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

993 Reviews
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Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
he mountains of Summit and Nugget hops in this high gravity Imperial will thrill even the most experienced beer explorer. Savory evergreen and pineapple aromas mingle with flavors of bitter, resinous pine and grapefruit pith. A colossal rush of hoppy adventure!

Added by Terp96 on 12-02-2006

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

Slightly hazy tannish gold. Extremely fine head settles to an incomplete cap, which leaves some lace.

Wild hop nose - lots of piney, sappy notes, combined with a peachy citrus note. With time, some pineapple and sweat come out. No hint of malt.

Big hop flavor in the mouth as well. There is a penetrating bitterness throughout. Tons of citrus and sappy pine. There is a wooliness to it, presumably from all of the raw hop. There must be some malt in there somewhere, but I never tasted it - its sole purpose seems to be to provide a pulpit for the hops to preach from. Long, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit furry from all of the hops. Drinkable, but I prefer some discernible malt in both the nose and the palate. I was surprised this has a lot of Summit in it - the few other beers I've had that were hopped with that beers have tasted of scallions to me, so this was a pleasant surprise. Also, the 9+% alcohol was well hidden. Thanks to marc77 for the trade!

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz amber at about 35F into a standard 16 oz pint.

Aroma at the bottle top was all California hops.

Poured with medium body with a nice off-white head about 3/4" high.

Color is medium amber, leaning towards straw yellow, and slightly hazy.

Nose in the glass is cornucopia of aromas, hoppy, citrusy, sweet and a bit fruity. Very enticing.

Taste is adequately balanced between hops, malt and alcohol. Lots of residual body, but not much caramel flavor, just a really sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is only low to moderate thickness for the style, crisp, and alcohol warmth is evident.

As it warms, maintains its balance--does not get excessively heavy or sweet.

Overall a very drinkable beer, glad that I had a bomber for a second glass.

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Photo of ressletr
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just have one question for this beer: Where's the alcohol. This beer is so smooth it reminds me of drinking an Pale ale. Simply incredible. With a straw like color, piney smell, and flavor of drinking a mellow pale ale. Simply incredible, I would have to say prove to me this is a 9% alcohol beer, it surely tastes awesome, but the alcohol is hidden without a doubt.

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

Big thanks to fartingdog for hooking me up with this via BC2. You rock!

Pours a crystal clear amber, huge fluffy white head forms, massive chunky lace, nice retention, looks pretty damn good. Smell is kind of subdued, but grapefruit and pineapple, floral, caramel, some pine hops, pretty nice although not destroying my nasal passage. Taste is nice, grapefruit, some pineapple, floral, caramel, honey, resinous hops, some fruity alcohol notes in the finish, perfect bitterness, but leaves something to be desired. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, low carbonation, nice alcohol warming, which is hidden pretty well. Nice solid DIPA, won't knock your socks off but drinks pretty good.

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Photo of stephendr
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle- color of dark orange , with a decent off white head - nose of fresh hops , pine , mint , resin , cannabis , and slight malts – taste of fresh hops , slight mint , resin , cannabis , and slight malts - body is smooth, but too watery , and with low to medium carbonation – aftertaste of some metallic , hops , and resin

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Photo of bradybeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is medium gold in color-a nice departure from the ones that I have been seeing that are dark gold-nearly brown-and fluffy white head with medium carbonation wand a hint of malt and hops. Taste is excellent-the 9% doen't hit you up front and the hops for me is in perfect balance with the malt-neither is overpowering.

Mouthfeel for a Imperial IPA is medium-and I would almost say light.

This has to be one of the most drinkable Imperial IPAs I have tried yet

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden IPA with a very substantial head that's not going anywhere. The smell is what you expect from a great IPA, nothing more or less. Big and hoppy. The taste is honey & hops. I was recently talked out of using nugget hops for a recipe, and this beer has talked me right back into them. This beer is basically flawless, the only thing missing is the x-factor that is packed by a Stone or Alesmith. The mouthfeel is creamy, and the nuggets leave their mark at the end of the quaff. This is a big winner for Green Flash, whose other products I haven't enjoyed nearly as much.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/30/07- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep golden color upon the pour. Full 3/4 inch tight knit bubbled head...fairly creamy. Small chunks and light lace cobwebs remain.

Smell- Mostly pine resin hops with maybe a touch of toasted malt.

Taste- Possible just a touch of a lightly stale taste? The malt? A bit too buscuit flavored. Pine hops come into play soon and take over the show. Maybe a bit of grapefruit as well. The stale taste fades after a bit.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level. Fuller mouthfeel and a sugary coating left behind.

Drinkability- Not a bad choice for a DIPA. Not sure what that stale taste at first was, but it didn't take away too much from it. I'd try it again.

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Photo of bcm119
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark straw color with a sticky off white head. Strong crushed pine needle aroma, with hints of sweet candied fruit. A powerful citric/piney hoppiness attacks early, continues through a viscous mid-palate sting, and finishes with a sticky hop resin flavor. Malts seem to add little more than body and sticky sweetness. Not a clean beer, and really not all that drinkable. I much prefer the GF regular IPA to sip or session. Kind of a one trick pony: big hops. Delicious aroma, but it goes downhill from there.

Updated to increase scores. On tap at Barclay's this was delicious. The fresher version had less syrupy sweetness and a more complex hop character. Glad I tried this in its freshest form, GF is a good brewery.

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite West Coast IPAs, Green Flash has an amazing hoppiness to it, in both smell and taste. The bitterness is slightly overwhelming at first, but this beer is amazing at slightly under room temperature. I was able to get a growler of this being directly poured from a cask down in Maryland. It had about 1/2 inch of yeast down at the bottom, and an amazing cloudiness to it.

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Photo of tommy78
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden Yellow color. A medium amount of head that quickly settled into the beer.

Smell - Nothing but citrus in the aroma. I detected a hint of malt but the citrus overpowered it. Definitely a SoCal vibe to it.

Taste - The citrus aroma quickly translated into the taste. I detected some hops in the taste, but it was most citrus for me.

Mouthfeel - I immediately tasted some intense carbonation. But as soon as the beer reached the palate, there was nothing left.

Drinkability - I could easily have two of these a night. It is smooth for the most part, with a good taste. Plus, it goes really well with poultry or game. Enjoy this brew.

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Photo of nickss
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow.... a bit too light for a DIPA in my opinion. However, the head is a magnificent 3" chunky monstrosity, which leaves thick lacing along the glass. Absolutely gorgeous head on this one.

Delicious pine-resin aroma... crisp citrus. Not much depth or complexity... but a great nose nonetheless.

KABLAMO! 101 IBUs of tongue-puckering hoppiness gives my palate a swift butt-kicking. The pine-resin that was in the aroma makes itself very apparent in the flavour. Much like the aroma, however, it is moderately one-dimensional. Perhaps a bit of lemon rind and additional citrus join in.

Big mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Pretty damn nice.... maybe a bit less carbonation?

Pretty drinkable for a 101 IBU, 9% DIPA.... however that still does not mean it's incredibly drinkable.
All in all... quite enjoyable, and one I will certainly grab again at $4.99 a bomber.

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Photo of clickpush
2.6/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour: 22oz bomber to tulip glass. Vigorous pour yields vigorous head - about 3.5 finger white head over clear gold body. Sticky descent is slow paced, head is pock marked and corroded, fluffy and light.

Nose: Sweet hoppy smell. All pine and pineapple. Seriously.

Mouth: Almost no carbonation. Overly sweet. Quite bitter, w/ lingering hop flavors and alcohol heat. The malt character is quite boring, no depth - just unfermented sugar (maybe brown sugar flavor?) and pounding grapefruit hoppiness. Served this one around 55-60 degrees hoping that would open it up a bit, but nothing's going on here. I'm thinking some chilling may have improved the mouthfeel, but it's really pretty undrinkable.

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Photo of ChazMania
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very clear, mirror like but no head.

Smell/ aroma is faint yet grassy.

Taste - very nice, grass - hop and citrus flavor.

M- nice, rich and complex.

D) very bright, not for the early ipa person, but for someone searching for what's next.

I like this but it may not be for everyone.

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Photo of Crosling
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Super fresh, drank within two weeks of being bottled. Light gold, very nice head. Fairly nice hop nose but not super great. Awfully drinkable. It goes down super easy. Nice body. Nice hop flavor. A good Double IPA, but far from great, especially for being so fresh.

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Photo of InsidiousRex
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow I was really impressed with this product. Was expecting a smack in the face no apologies enamel pealing hop acid bath as many west coast double IPA’s are these days. But instead got something with more than one dimension with true subtlies in flavor and body. Just enough malt to give a subtle sweetness to it although not necessary “balanced” in the truest sense. And the hop taste is pleasant and the bitterness isn’t off the scale.

This is kind of a Pliney the Elder meets Hop Wallop. The taste is very earthy, nutty with mild citrus and clover notes. Some pine and just a touch of peppery spiciness but overall incredibly drinkable and pleasant from first taste to contemplative after taste.

I was pleased with the Green Flash IPA so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised I enjoyed this product so much. I guess it’s the first time in a while Ive had an extreme beer that’s surprised me some and that’s a good thing. You can only get knocked off your bar stool so many times before they all start tasting basically the same… Very well done.

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Photo of Phatz
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is not my favorite product out of Green Flash. Bitter yes. But there is a point where bitter becomes overpowering. Many breweries have one that goes over the top. Near me Victories is Hop Wallop. Green Flash, maybe be this one, their 'Imperial India Pale Ale' takes that rank. To me a Double IPA is not only supposed to load up on the hops but give it some balancing sweetness as well. This is a bitter beer. Hop heads rejoice, but it didn't quite do it for me.

Appearance: Pours a translucent but not transparent pale golden orange color with a quick fade off white head.

Smell: The hop bitterness did not smell fresh at all! It smelled stale and earthy and quite bitter pine solvent aroma.

Taste: It starts off very hard to drink. As it warms and I adjust to it, 2/3rds of the way through my bomber, I started to actually enjoy the beer. But it took me a long time to warm up to the abrasive chemical like bitter and alcohol. It was a smelly feet, body odor like aftertaste. Not all bad but it made me think of onion bagels and arm pits. After I got that out of my head I tried to focus on the pine attribute. Where is the malt backbone??? seems to be quite minuscule in proportion. The bitterness sin the aftertaste goes beyond pleasant for me. It became a bit bothersome. It was definitely better with some cedar cheese.

Mouthfeel: The beer flavor is over the top but the mouthfeel is pleasant. Medium body with decent carbonation and other than the big bitter pucker it is nice on the palate.

Drinkability: The bomber was a bit rough to start but after all my taste buds were burnt off I finished it off. Just give it some time. This beer is for the hopheads.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of merlin48
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle thanks to srandycarter. Pours a hazy, but radiant, peach body topped by a creamy, one finger almond head. Retention is excellent and island chain lacing drapes the pint glass.

Aroma is pink grapefruit, lemonrind, and orange with hints of pine in the background.

Mouthhfeel is creamy and medium bodied with solid carbonation.

Taste opens with citrus fruit hoppiness, followed by a restrained malt sweetness that adds a note of clover honey. The malt sweetness struggles to tame the hops bitterness but never fully succeeds. Outstanding balance with prominent Nugget hops. No hint of the 9% abv. Finishes slightly bitter with a prominent pink grapefruit aftertaste.

Outstanding DIPA that is exceedingly drinkable.

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Photo of jletts
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A "San Diego-style IPA" as it says on the label...known for being super hoppy. Just what I needed after a long day of field work, a hop-infused kick in the ass! This beer poured a nice clear copper color with a strong white head that clung to the upper rim of my tulip glass. A pungent and beautiful aroma of dank and herbal green hops with a whispering of pine forest and cannabis was the first thing I noticed. After warming, and a few swirls, I was able to conjur up a fruity, almost champagne-like aroma that came through in the effervescence. The aroma seemed to have many layers, and evolved as the beer warmed. The taste of the beer also really shows off the hops, with notes of pine resin (not unlike some of the flavors in retsina, a Greek wine made with pine resin), fresh herbs, grass. Lots of Nugget and Summit hops used here, as mentioned on the label, and the 101 IBU rating reflects this. Some cookie malt flavors were muted to the background and really only provided a base for which to showcase the hops. I thought the consistency was very good for the style. With the 9% ABV, a little strong for too many but still drinkable if you are in the mood for a hop bomb!

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Photo of Umbra
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up yesterday since I was in the mood for some hoppiness as I put together an "assembly required" piece of furniture. 22 oz'r pours a bright amber hued orange with a fluffy head. Nose full of grapefruit and pine.

The pine and grapefruit come through pretty strongly in the flavor. IBU's off the charts. If there's any malt in there, I don't really see them, which I think detracts overall from the style and beer in general. Very good in and of itself. Mouthfeel was smooth, leaving the tongue parched afterwards, requiring another drink, leaving the tongue parched...Next thing you know, its gone.

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Photo of Braudog
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz’er ... pour a nice light, bright orange, with a massive airy, rocky head. of white foam. Pure hop nuggets assault the olfactory glands on the first whiff ... wow ... quite the tease for the hophead like me. As I begin to drink it, the utter oily, resiny hoppiness starts pouring down my gullet before the first bit of liquid touches the lips. Surprisingly the beer itslef is less brutally hoppy than all that aroma suggests. Instead, it’s nice and even-keeled with a decent citrus hop flourish, but without being overwhelming. Still a lot of resiny, oily hop here, but blended into a light-to-the-lips beer. Wow. (#2758, 3/18/2007)

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Photo of kernalklink
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper orange with nice fizzy head. Aromas are interesting and strong. Huge floral hop aroma, some biscuity malts. Now, i know that hops are botanical cousins to cannabis, but goddamn. Aromas are strong in that department. The volatile hop oils transfer to the taste, where the flavors are too overwhelming. Nice bitterness, but its all too much in the end. Malts are not really present, not that your numb tongue would be able to discern them. Slight alcohol burn. Smooth and dry finish. Perfect DIPA for some hop-heads, and other "-heads", but not for me.

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

Pours a light copper color and clear with a decent sized off white, light tan head that slowly chunks up and lightly laces on the glass. Citrus aroma, grapefruit, some lemon and a soft powdered sugar sweetness. Some fresh grassiness in the aroma as well. Taste follows the aroma closely with a light citrus sweetness up front that is slowly overtaken by a grassy dry and fairly bitter finish. Medium in body, a low to medium amount of carbonation. Alcohol is slightly evident in the finish but is fairly well balanced for its size. Nothing that was knocking my socks off flavor wise, but still a good beer with a decent amount of raw bitterness.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, murky faint amber in color. Sizeable head. Big piney and resiny hop aroma-very frsh smelling as well. Grapefruit flavors dominate with a nice "catty" characteristic to it. Not as sweet and malty as some DIPAs I have had. Not as much pucker to it either. Good body-quite dry in the finish. Very drinkable beer though there are some better ones out there. Between this and their West Coast IPA it all sort of gets blurred. Well worth consuming however.

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

22oz. bottle.

Hazy, golden color. Medium sized, off white head. Summit & Nugget hops bring the flavor in at 101 IBUs.

Grapefruit, grass and pine. Smells like a hop bomb....No malt balance in aroma.

It is, it is a hop bomb! No confusion with an American barleywine. Grapefruit and pine. Hops supported by a cracker-like malt. A bit of a soapy aftertaste?

Medium + in body. Medium + carbonation. Dry as can be. Soap is back as a mouth-coating feeling.

I like the taste, but this one is kind of rough. Unbalanced is a bit of an understatement.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 993 ratings.