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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 988
Hads: 2,566
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 17%
Wants: 142
Gots: 291 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006

Reaching new heights, the mountains of Summit and Nugget hops in this intense high gravity Imperial IPA will thrill even the extreme beer adventurer. Unearth savory pine, evergreen and pineapple aromas and experience the colossal rush of a hoppy adventure. We challenge you to conquer this mountain, then sit back, relax and savor the magnificence of the brew.
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Reviews: 988 | Hads: 2,566
Photo of PBoegel
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber purchased from Oliver's 3/28/2008.

My only regret is I did not buy all the bombers. Not sure how fresh this would be, I was cautiously optimistic.

Appearance is a crisp, clear, light gold, with a billowing white head.

Aromas are just wild. Fresh peeled grapefruit, fresh picked raspberries and blackberries, lemon zest, drying pine needles, pine sap, and some trying to peer through undertones of clean malt. Alcohol is well hidden.

Taste is very clean, very much if not 98% on the hop side, very fresh tasting hop experience. The malt is there, but only to carry the hop flavors around the tongue. Flavors on the hops are more a mix of citrus fruit and tropical fruits.

I am usually one to preach balance, but this is an Imperial IPA that absolutely showcases the magnificence of the hop vine. Very good mouthfeel, clean bright tastes and aromas. And for 9% abv extremely pleasant drinker.

More please.

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Photo of Pencible
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy bright gold with light yellow head. It smelled like honey and lemon hops with some cultured yeast. It tasted super bitter and dry with a blend of citrus and copper hops and a slight alcohol flavor. It was watery with a bit of carbonation and a very clean aftertaste of strong bitterness. Overall this was a powerful beer, good for sipping. But its flavor wasn't as balanced, and it wasn't as thick as I hoped (compared to other 2IPAs).

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bomber after being impressed with their West Coast IPA and Barleywine. This beer pours about three fingers of thick, white, foamy, clumpy head and an awfully clear light orange color. Dense clumps of lacing abound.

Smell is great. Dank, resinous, grapefruit and citrus but with a musky earthy, herbal undertone. It's like nothing else I've smelled before - must be the relatively new Summit hop variety. It's most reminiscent of Simcoe, just really nice, thick and clean. Oh yeah, there's a bit of malt sweetness on the nose but not much.

Wow this thing is bitter. Warning: drink as a nightcap, for you will not be able to taste anything else for days after. The resinous character carries over providing something else to focus on besides the sharp bitterness at the back of the mouth and sides of the tongue. The hops are relentless, herbal and earthy with a grapefruit sourness.

What can you say about the mouthfeel and drinkability? It's beautiful if you can't get enough hops. But at a time when a lot of brewers really can't, I'd settle for more malt presence in an IIPA like this. The hops stick mini needles into your tongue with each gulp, sending alcohol straight through your blood stream to your dome, and back out your legs so you can't move off your chair.

Some relief comes as the beer warms but at that point I'm taking things slow. One of these is more than enough. Recommended for the most adventurous of hopheads. You have been warned.

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Photo of bretseeley
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a 22oz bottle at BevMo for about $5.

A nice West Coast Imperial IPA, with a clean citrus hops bite and alcohol aftertaste that is just about right. Doesn't quite have the malty sweetness or balance of a 90 Minute or Maharaja, but still a reasonably priced, solid IIPA. I could have easily had a couple bottles in a sitting.

This one is worth checking out, and I will buy it again.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark golden body... frothy white head.. decent lacing..

S: Lovely blast of Summit and Nugget hops... when the beer hit the glass there was just a beautiful release of pine and citrus aromas.

T: Slightly unbalanced but still delicious. Lots of piney character comes through... some citrus comes through after the initial blast.. subtle malt background.. crisp bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation ... pine leaves a resiny feel in the mouth after each sip...

D: Solid imperial ipa... its a good one to crack open from time to time...

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Photo of BeTheBall
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Nice lively head, almost three fingers with a classic golden amber color that you would expect from an IPA.

Smelled of hops; grassy and pine, but not as strong as I expected from an Imperial.

Taste frankly was disappointing. I was hoping for a hop bomb, but bitterness was almost totally missing. That being said, there was a nice piney flavor, just weaker than even some IPA's I like. Aftertaste was also weak, bland to me.

Mouthfeel was good, nice carbonation all the way down.

As far as drinkability, when I open an Imperial IPA, I want to experience massive hops and bitterness, and got very little of this. I suppose this would make it even more drinkable for some, but for the style, it's not what I was looking for or hoping for.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in an oversized wine glass.

Slightly hazy, glowing auburn in color beneath a bright white, creamy head that holds as sheets of bubbles. Dimpled and thin lacing with an artistic arrangement.

Very strong pine-filled hop oils; cannabis-scented. Skunky resins but pleasant. Bright citrus and lime. Odd aromatics but intriguing.

Pine and spruce-filled resins with pleasant, fresh herbs. Semi-sweet malt base with an adequate stability for the pungent, brightly gritty hop profile. Notes of green apple, grapefruit, pear, and peach. Full crisp bitterness with notes of herbs, pine, and spruce.

Almost full in body; very oily, almost earthen with the abundance of hop resin. Balanced for the flavor intensities.

An unusual-flavored Double IPA. Obviously distinct; odd, but I'm craving more. An exciting, novel-tasting version of the style.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22-oz bomber poured into pint glasses.

A = Slightly hazy amber, big off hiwte head with good retention, mixture of foam, medium and large bubbles, heavy lacing.

S = Green apples, grapefruit rinds, pine.

T = Very bitter, as with the smell there are tart unripe apples, grapefruit and grapefruit zest, fresh young pine tips, some slight sweetness from the malt, but mostly just hops flavors, some slight watery thinness in the taste begins at mid-palate though.

M = Medium bodied, stings a littel on the tongue, good mouthcoating.

D = This is an okay DIPA, but it is pretty one note.

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Photo of F2brewers
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber poured into two Chimay goblets.

Appearance: Crystal clear copper in color...ideal for an IPA. Poured with a medium head which dissipated in uner 2 minutes. The bear left a light lacing on the glass.

Smell: The bottle indicates a unique mix of Summit and Nugget hops. I'm less familiar with the Sumit hops, but a quick look shows they're an extremely high alpha acid hop and likely contribute a good deal of the citrusy notes in the nose of this beer and were used, I suspect, in dry hopping. I use Nugget hops frequently and their piney essence was also present. Little to no malt aroma, but with an imperial IPA from the west coast, I'm not surprised.

Taste: A bit surprising, but the piney nature of the Nugget hops shone through more than expected. There's still a fair amount of citrus and grapfruit taste up front and just a touch of menthol/alcohol before the underdone malt backbone kicks in. This beer would benefit from more malt presence and a bit better overall balance. Yes, yes I know...Imperial IPAs are not about balance, but it does need more malt. The bitterness is strong, but it did not ruin my palate. That's a bit surprising since it lists 101 IBUs which is at the high end that most palates can discern.

The second goblet (see above) sat a bit longer and as it warmed, the pine essence retreated and gave way to more citrus and a bit more maltiness. An interesting change in the beer, but welcome. In both versions, the itterness is maintained throughout the tasting. It drops off only slightly even with several minutes between sips.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated with very small bubbles. Light body, but a slightly syrupy consistency which coats the mouth. Dry finish with a lingering bitterness that barely fades. I didn't note any difference between the colder and warmer versions.

Drinkability: Hopheads, rejoice! All others this beer is true to the style. Noone expects this to be a session beer, but drinking anything more than a bomber would likely require some kind of food pairing (spicy Thai?).

I'd like to try it again and match against its little brother, the West Coast IPA.


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Photo of joepais
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my pint glass produced a good two fingers worth of that had great retention. On top of a clear copper body

Tons of floral hop aroma citrus and pine fill your nose

Wow this has a good balance in flavor for 101 I.B.U there is enough malt to keep the hops in check

Mouth feel is medium with average carbonation

Good beer, the alcohol was well hidden to me. I don't think I could drink more than one bomber of these per sitting

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into glass - a little lighter than expected, with decent head - fair amount of lacing.

Bountiful floral hops with earthy, rustic malt/water backbone - reminds me of some of the Paper City offerings. Very nice if a little raw.

Hops are a little unbalanced but with this effort it's not a bad thing. Bitterness and floral tones clash with the alcohol and the butterscotch malt tones but it works well.

A little viscosity on the mouth - strong but soothing.

Somewhat heavy as the bomber depletes, but overall a solid effort; there are more well-balanced options out there but this is a nice, rustic change of pace.

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Photo of hchinaski
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber enjoyed on 2/25/08

Poured a lovely, crisp coppery color into my Duvel tulip glass. Average head, but damn what an awesome looking crispness to it.

Smells exactly like what i was expecting, a nice pungent hopppy florally scent not too overpowering.

Loved the taste of the hops hitting popping me lightly in the mouth.

Nice mouth, could have been a little creamier, but not complaining.

Man, i could get in trouble drinking these. My taste buds werent shot after finishingh the bomber like what happens with some other D/IIPA's. Gonna have to pick up another one of these soon.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison for $4.99...
"San Diego-style IPA" on the green front logo sticker along with "Intense hop flavors and aromas from a unique blend of Summit and Nugget hops"...
Just recently sampled the original Green Flash West Coast IPA, which was really great, so had high hopes for their Imperial version...
Pours a lucid, clear, slightly apple-juice color with immense frothy head that soon receded, leaving a copious amount of lacing...
Smell was absolutely terrific, bursting with fresh hops, caramel, vanilla, esters, and honey...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma with a bombardment of freshly picked hops, bitter-sweet caramel, vanilla, honey, and candied sugars... The IPA taste was really on-point with this one, true-to-the style, and an above-average rendition of the genre, superb at all points, with hardly any defects except the hefty 9% ABV which was difficult to notice behind a tidal wave of fresh hops bursting with aroma and flavor... About as perfect to the style as you can get... Amazing stuff... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of dsigmon
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: amber color with offwhite head. Amazing head retention and lacing.

S: strong floral smell with bitter hops and alcohol

T/M: wonderfully bitter and hoppy. Strong taste of bitter grapefruit and a light malt ending. Mouthfeel is too thin for a dipa.
D: good beer overall but not something I would crave

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Photo of rkuhnel
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle this poured a clear amber with moderate white head and good lacing. Nose of strong citrus and a medium mouthfeel. Flavor is mostly citrus hops, and it made me sneeze, the first time beer has ever done that. Long bitter finish. Alcohol quite noticeable.

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Photo of JayQue
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful golden/orange color. Nice size white head and good lacing. Good smell of hops and grapefruit.

Taste is pretty good...strong bitterness, hops, grapefruit. No hint of 9.0 abv.

Where this beer falls down a bit is mouthfeel. Most DIPAs and IPAs that appear thin in the mouthfeel department, correct themselves with a quick coating of the tongue and paralysis of the tastebuds. This one stays a bit on the watery side.

Drinkability is fairly good. The lack of alcohol taste and smoothness keep it drinkable for a high octane beer.

Not bad...I have had more memorable high octane beers in the IPA family.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a huge thick eggshell colored head. Left a wall of lacing as the head dissipated. The smell is of grassy/buddy and citrus hops, slight pine and resin, mango sweetness. What started as a nice grassy hop aroma didn't exactly translate into the taste. The taste starts off grassy but is quickly neutralized by a sweet honey bread malt. I must say I prefer my DIPAs to be onesided on the hop side, not balanced with a sweet sticky malt flavor. Anywho, the feel is moderate, with tingly carbonation, finishes with rough bitterness. Initially the alcohol is well hidden but after a while it shows up as some belly burn. I guess as DIPAs go, this is pretty middle of the pack; not outrageously hoppy nor a sickly sweet hop booze bomb.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz from Total Wine

A - Pours an orange-golden color, lots of orangish head, alpha clumps, which dissipates slowly. Nice lacing too. Kids, this is a 5. Has all of the coloring characteristics you want out of a true iPa (P = Pale, which some brewers forget).

S - Pineapple, yellow grapefruit, with a citrus finish. Lots of pineapple ester. Little to no maltiness as expected with an imperial IPA.

T - Pineapple, yellow grapefruit, with a small citrus finish. Again, great, as the nose matches the buds. If you appreciate the taste of yellow grapefruit as much as I do, you'll love it. If not, you'll probably dislike this beer.

M - Light bitterness, syrupy, with a strong citrus finish, which compensates for the light bitterness. A vast improvement from Green Flash's West Coast IPA, which is a bit bitter and too much pink grapefruit.

D - So good. Not a session, but not expected. This is probably the fastest I've downed a bomber. Excellent beer. Maybe, maybe only Hopsickle and Lagunitas' Maximus compare to this imperial...

Somebody should send the Alstroms this bad boy. Hmm, maybe if I label it as a yeast extraction.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber-orange body with sticky fluffy head.

Nose is sweet and tart. Citrus is evident.

Flavor is strong and intense. Plenty of sweet malt backbone. Strong citrus finish with a definite boozy character. A flavor blast, it does not hold back a bit.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and oily. A little tooth-stripping tartness.

Drinkability is moderate for the style. The strength and syrupy sweetness reduces my desire for more.

Good, very good... and I like it. But it's not great. I like their West Coast IPA more than this.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber, somewhat light in color but with a lovely head that remains for nearly the entire glass. Smell seems all hops at first but soon enough sweet malts come through. Pine and some candied citrus. Caramel and light biscuit malt. Taste is a little too bitter, even considering the huge amount of malt flavor. A little heat comes up. Prickle on the tongue and near full in the mouth. Interesting combination of hops in this one and its not your typical west coast hop monster. A bomber is no problem but much more would be a little rough.

Thanks to Solomon420 for the treat!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden orange color with a big fluffy white head.

S: Light pine aroma, perfume flowery aroma with some spiciness.

M: Sweet grapefruit upfront is followed by a very smooth and even floral finish. Bittering is soft and eloquent from start to finish and not over the top like other imperial ipas and fades nicely on the tongue. Touts a 101ibu rating. Nicely balanced and incredible soft bittering hop tones from 2 lesser known and used hop varieties Summit and Nugget. Big floral flavor upon warming.

M: nice rounded fullness, carbonation and smooth

D: Incredible drinkability, well balanced and goes down effortlessly. high recommend and very good enjoyability factor.

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Photo of JDV
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Very nice bright, piney, citrusy hoppy aroma. Slightly long bitter lasting flavor that is quite big but not undrinkable, especially for the style. I'm somewhat surprised I could handle the 101 IBUs enough to finish this, as this was one of my very first Double IPA ratings. Pretty nice, overall, but I think I prefer Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA, if its available. Worthy of a rerate however.

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Photo of mattster
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opened 22 oz bottle and poured into Nonic glass.

Formed nice bubbly 1.5" head across top of amber hazy brew.

Smell is very much of hops. A hint of pineyness. Nice hint of something citrus/floral.

Taste is very hoppy as well. Nice on palate, flavors sort of pop up all over the place. Bits of pineapple.

Mouth feel is very coating, very full body. Nice finish. Aftertaste is however a bit concerning, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have 22 ounces of fun in my hand. Here's my nightcap, so on to the beer:

Poured into an oversized wine glass, the beer is a deep chill-hazed blonde color that glows. Major hop aroma, smells of tropical fruits and a surprisngly strong chocolate scent. Not a very hoppy beer at all, nor is it all that bitter for a DIPA. The label expresses "101 I.B.U.", but it sure doesn't taste bitter. There were some piney notes, but I kept thinking about sweet treats as I consumed this. The feel seems a little thinner for the style.

Despite being a San Diego brewed IPA, it doesn't deliever as much hops as one might hope. But it sure does deliever with the booze : )

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy amber with 2 inches of white froth upon pouring, which dissipates into a small cap.

Smell - Lots of raw pine initially, and then the malt aroma comes out a bit more, revealing notes of tropical fruit. The more I smell it, the more the hop aroma seems a bit off to me. Not off in an old or stale way, but more in the sense that it kind of reminds me of Pine-Sol and raw onions.

Taste and mouthfeel - Sweet, fruity notes mix harmoniously with flavors of citrus and pine from the hops, eventually leading way to a bitter, drying finish. The taste is thankfully a bit cleaner than the nose, though it still has a certain onion-like roughness to it that leaves me unimpressed.

Notes - The nose put me off quite a bit, but this is otherwise decent stuff. That being said, Green Flash's regular IPA is significantly better than this.



Upon revisiting this from an extremely fresh bottle, I've come around on it. A great beer, but freshness is key. The hop character is very unique, heavy on pine and raw onion.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.