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

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale AleGreen Flash Imperial India Pale Ale

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2,359 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,359
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 117
Gots: 179 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006)
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Photo of JoeBlow
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangish-yellow, turbid like a wheat. Kinda pretty. The turbidity doesn't bother me. Nice thick, soapy head which sticks around for a minute and laces a little bit.

S: Fruity hops. Strong and green smelling. Smells about average for an IPA.

T: The first taste is good. A nice sweetness bursts with the initial hop aroma. The hop taste is less aromatic than it smells. The sweetness is stabbed in the belly by a sharp, resinous bitterness (like earwax). Okay, I can deal with that. As it goes down, the bitter turns to a burn as I taste the 9.4% ABV. Not all high alcohol beers do this. My mouth is still hot well into the second sip. About halfway through the glass, the aroma disappears, which was the main part I was enjoying. Now I am left with the sharp bitterness and an almost syrupy sweetness without a lot of malt flavor. Weird. Is it too bitter or too sweet? It's much like a debt ceiling debate between republicans and democrats. You wan't to root for one, but end up hating both. The flavors just don't work well together.

M: Nice at first while the aroma is there. Then is becomes a resinous syrup at the end that you wish would maybe thin out a little. Like a tar-burn on your skin that you can't wash off.

Low drinkability. I had difficulty choking down an entire pint. I drank it slowly enough that I was slurring before it was gone (yeah, I'm a lightweight).

IPA is not my favorite style to begin with, but some I enjoy much more than others. I would say this is a little better than most I've tried. I enjoy the aroma more than the taste, and I've smelled better. The bitterness is overpowering. I'm sure many hopheads would disagree. Overall, not a bad beer, but I wouldn't buy it again.

JoeBlow, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

WestCoastBrew2, Feb 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

scootsmal, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of HomeBrewJake
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Two fingers of fluffy residual white head, hazy light orange in color. Almost looks like a light bodied wheat beer. Stellar lacing.

Aroma - Ripe citrus fruits and resin. Some pine, and some bready malts on the back end.

Taste - Loads of pine and resin. Some acidic fruit as well. Very tasty.

Feel - Pretty smooth. Fairly drinkable for an imperial ipa. Goes down easy.

Overall - Would definitely get this one again. Solid all the way around.

HomeBrewJake, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,359 ratings.