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

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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 spazaru
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I used to have some skin cells on my tongue. They were getting in the way, so thankfully Green Flash Imperial IPA removed them for me.

This is a great double IPA from Green Flash, the maker's of San Diego County's best IPA in my opinion, West Coast IPA.

Smells of intense yeast and tastes of straight hops which you would expect. Nice alcohol warming, but the mouthfeel isn't overly thick, so this goes down almost too easily, except for the skin cell removal of course.

Great job Green Flash. Stick to the stronger beers like this and your equally excellent Barleywine.

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

Hazy light copper. Frothy one finger head. Ivory white. Lace comes in webby rings. Got a great nose of juicy pink grapefruit pulp, bong resin and leather. My kind of nose for an IIPA. The flavor is pretty good too. It's got that grungey, resiny, oily hop feel to it. I get a hint of garlic on the palate as well. The malts are firm. They don't stand out obviously, but they don't fucking back down either. Toffee and caramel come to mind in this malt backbone. Alcohol gives a little bit of a lingering spiciness. But for 9%, I really don't get much on the buds. Very interesting and quite good. I could drink a few of these. For 101 IBUs, the bitterness really doesn't seem over-the-top.

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

My glass is filled with a clear golden liquid topped off with a nice two finger head of tight, off-white bubbles. Nice rings of lacing go down the glass like height marks on a door jamb. The second pouring revealed a slightly cloudier and darker shade of gold.

Pine hops are the strongest scent here, with citrus following a few car lengths behind. Just a hint of sweet malts in the beginning.

The taste is definitely DIPA. Pine and citrus hops hit you with bitterness from start to finish. The malt isn't even noticed. This brew just goes from pine to citrus to grassy then back to a resiny pine. Delicious.

Slick, oily moutheel to this full body beer. Resiny hop oils coat the entire mouth. I can taste the dryness, but I can barely feel it...if that makes any sense. I am glad that Green Flash has finally made it to my neck of the woods. I will be grabbing this one regularly.

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

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: A slightly hazy peach and copper-colored body with a billowing head that unfortunately fades too quickly. Perhaps this is too cold, but there's still some dotty lacing hanging around on the sides.

Smell: There's some kind of rooty bitterness that I can't put my finger on here at the forefront, and I'm not sure if it's supposed to be there or not. I guess at this point I wish I could differentiate between hop varieties, but unfortunately I can't. Since the barley wine of theirs I had recently was so aromatic and infused with citrus, I was expecting the same, but alas, this isn't as aromatic as I want it to be. The high IBUs, however, seem to be showing, as maybe there's not enough malt balance coming through, giving a kind of unevenness.

Taste: With more balance this could be incredible stuff, but I feel like the IBUs are at an all-time high. Still, it's very tasty, lip-spacking, and is infused with both the grapefruit and citrus elements and also the oily pine flavors, and for that I applaud it.

Mouthfeel: Pretty sticky and full, but that only adds to the flavors and the lip-smacking nature of the brew, with also enough carbonation to not let either side take control.

Drinkability: The IBUs are high, but thankfully the alcohol burn is pretty much absent, giving more focus to the flavor. Plus, at around $5 a bottle there's enough here for hopheads to like. I'll probably stick to the barley wine, but overall this was a pretty good experience, and it can certainly last a while too, which is also a plus.

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Photo of vtfan77
2.6/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Light gold with a big, fluffy white head and good lacing.

S- Big initial burst of piney hops. There are some underlying sweet fruity aromas including orange, grapefruit, and a little bit of a cotton candy smell.

T- A bit of sweet malt, then an intense bitterness. Hop flavors are rather nondescript. Not balanced in the least. The focus seems to be entirely on the bitterness and not on the flavor. Alcohol is unusually noticeable. I'd expect a little alcohol flavor from a 9% brew, but this is uncharacteristically strong. Generous bitterness on the finish.

M- Not bad, but not great either. A little thin, but not too highly carbonated. Pretty average.

D- Not very drinkable. The flavor just isn't very good, and the alcohol is not well-hidden. I'll have trouble finishing the bomber, and may not even do that.

Wow, this just wasn't good. I wasn't expecting anything spectacular, but I was at least hoping for a decent, drinkable DIPA. What I got was a complete mess. Now I don't mind bitterness, but if there's no hop flavor to go along with it, then it's pointless. I couldn't find a date on this bottle, so I'm almost wondering if it's a little past its prime or otherwise tainted. If all the bottles taste like this, then I would recommend staying away from this beer. I've had this brewery's barleywine and it's much better, so I'd suggest going with that instead.

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

Thanks to skinnyelvis for including this in my ba anniv. package. Shared with my brother after a long day of work. Review from notes--This was had last night.

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a thin white head. Slight retention with bubbles making their way to the top. Thick lacing down the glass.
S: Pine sap hops coupled with those always noticeable grapefruit flavors. Malty background tries to keep the hops a bit subdued, but their no match. Floral hop presence with a spicyness to them also.
T/M: Hops right from the get go. Grapefruit, citrus fruit, pears laced with a sharp and hot spicyness. Prickly pine needles oozing with sap and tar stick to the tongue. Resiny, oily, and juicy leave the mouth dry. Thicker body and at 9% it's quite drinkable. Quite bitter finish leading to a spicy grassy hop finish.
D: A very wonderful beer to indulge in. High abv is masked by the grapefruit and other hop flavors, although it comes through slightly in the spicyness. Very smooth. Almost bordering on a barleywine in my opinion. Nice one from Green Flash.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body was very clear, light copper color with a small sticky off white head. Very nice citrus nose, mostly orange rind with a slight piney smell. The taste starts off very bitter, in a good way, then a citrus fruity sweetness hits and a small bit of biscuity malt. It finshes pretty clean with slight lingering piney bitterness. The texture was creamy and smooth, very drinkable. A very good DIPA.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a thick gold with great carbonation, I just love the look of these big DIPA's in a glass the brew looks very thick and rich. The head is a big 2 fingers, White and leaves lots of lace.

The smell is big and deep piney citrus woodsy.

The taste follows, Lots of hops right up in your face. At first it over powers the malt but as it warms the malt makes it's play, Bringing back some balance.

The mouthfeel is good. Good body, nice carbonation.

The drinkability is good, for the price a great deal and I just might get more. Prosit MK

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

A: I was not expecting this color when I imagined what it would look like. It is an orangey-goldish color with a small head with what appears to be good carbonation. This is not what I might normally expect in an Imperial IPA but I love the appearance. Lots of good lacing on the glass.

S: A nice hoppy smell right up front, resiny and piney - I love it! If there are malty smells associated with it I can't detect them.

T: Wow that packs a punch - I like! The malt still seems to be hidden if there at all which is fine with me. A very decent tasting beer. Definitely a hop heads delight.

M: Has a chewy sticky mouthfeel with a strong bittering taste. The alcohol comes through strong.

D: This is a very good beer. I just feel like something is missing - certainly not the malt - I like it the way it is but it just needs a little tweaking. Overall a classic representation of the style. If you are a hop head you should enjoy this one. But I can see why it is not for everyone. I will definitely try this again at the next opportunity.

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Photo of vurt
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA on Valentine's Day-- bitter hops for a bitter holiday!

A: Green Flash Imperial IPA is yellow-gold in color, and almost perfectly clear. It is topped by a finger of fluffy white foam which lasts and lasts.

S: Immense, resiny hop aroma. White grapefruit pith, pine sap, warm grass, and something feline. This is what you would smell if you found yourself trapped in an elevator with the God of Hops and His cat.

T: Sure, there's some malty sweetness at the very beginning, when the beer first hits your tongue. But it is so quickly and thoroughly obliterated by hop flavors that the malt is more like a subliminal impression. Astonishingly bitter right from the start, with a truly impressive hop bite. There's some good apple fritter sweetness in the swallow, right before the hops boomerang on you. Bitterness lasts an insanely long time.

M: Full and round, thinned out by the astringent effect of all those hops. Some alcohol numbness sets in by the end of the bottle.

D: If you love hops, you can pick this up without hesitation. If you love balance, look elsewhere. I find this beer to be bracing, warming, and absolutely obnoxious. And in an imperial IPA, that's a virtue.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this 22oz. bottle up at Red, White, and Brew in Mt. Holly, NJ. Store owner highly recommended it – from one hophead to another.

A: Pours a hazy amber, gold. Decent head retention – about half an inch.
S: Ripe, biting hops dominate. Lots of pine scents. Some spiciness, too.
T: All hops as soon as it hits. Summit and nugget hops throughout (according to the label.) Slight citrus taste, hint of malt sweetness through the middle, but the aftertaste finishes with a dry, hopped bitterness and refreshing alcohol bite.
M: Full, chewy texture coats the mouth. Lots of malt sugars there.
D: Surprisingly drinkable for 100+ IBU and 9% ABV.

Paired this with a filet of salmon with a spicy jerk sauce. Excellent – the sauce helped balance the high IBU and allowed some of the sweeter tones of the beer to come through.

All in all, a solid imperial IPA. I’ll pick up another bottle soon.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pizza Port in Port Carlsbad. Good hop juice, piney. Drinkable though over 100 IBU. Orangey colour with white head. Citrus taste. Satisfying though assaulting as it is. Summit and nugget hops. A change of pace, but their IPA and most IPA are more my speed. Had a bottle 15 months later and it was certainly as good, and mellowed as aged a year.
A year and a half later, in bottle. Good, orange, average DIPA. And on tap 1.5 years later, even better. Lots of lace.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into my pint glass.
Pours a golden color with only the slightest of head that quickly recedes and is gone.
Smell. The smell is sticky-icky. You know when you get done cutting the grass and you turn the mower over to clean out the clumps. Yeah, that in a glass.
The taste is pretty much the same as the smell but with the obvious hop bitterness. Now I'm more of a fan of the simcoe hop. The juicier, more citrusy hop.
But for what it's worth, this beer was easily drinkable. It went down smooth. The mouthfeel was well balanced between the hops and what malt there was.
The alcohol does come through quite apparent. It's not hiding no where. It's as up front as the hops are.
Which is about the only thing that keeps this beer from being highly sessionable. A good offering. I would have again.

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

Extraordinarily clear yellow/orange/gold body, topped by three fingers of rocky off-white foam. Dense lacing.

Big, powerful aroma of citrus and pine asserts itself even with the glass and bottle sitting passively on the desk.

Opening sip is sweet malty, but the malt more slips by then lays a foundation. Its a sand castle that's wipe out before its even shaped. Hops come roaring in, juicy yes, but also highly aggressive, sandblasting the mouth and tongue and roaring through like a bullet train. After adjusting to the force of the hops, there's an enjoyable orange streak running through the beer to the finish. Big hop snap at the swallow, and a lingering tingle in the center of the tongue, along with a caustic aftershock through the rest of the mouth.

Mouthfeel is a little sloppy, but ok overall. Good drinkability.

Could use a firmer malt foundation, but if you're looking for some aggressive hops, they are here. Not sure that Green Flash really needs an Imperial IPA, considering their wonderful West Coast IPA, but it's certainly worth trying.

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Photo of cbl2
2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2/2/2007 $5.25 22 oz. 9.00% No best by date.


Pours a weak, hazy orange that is topped by a half inch of tight white head that slowly settles.


Fresh (too fresh) nose blistering hops (a combo of Summit and Nugget varieties) masks a backround of muted citrus. Herbal notes are too intense, and approaching mulch pile in fragrance.


Harsh metallic/medicinal notes kick off this taste-bud obliterator. The 101 IBU's are more than apparent (coupled with a pine sensation) as my palate puckers in defense of this affront to my senses. I love DIPA's when they are done well, but this one is not. Too one sided, with very little balance (a note of sweetness appears towards the end, I think. My mouth was a little too busy recuperating to notice).

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

This is a clear copper colored ale with not much head formation and it doesn't last long. Still it is a nice looking Double IPA.

Smell is sweet, strong, fruity and spicy. There is an onion like odor to this with a trace of garlic to me it smells like scallion. Strong grapefruit and pine aroma mix with some pineapple scent.

The taste begins sweet and funky with an onion bread flavor and some bitterness. Strong pine sap and turpentine flavor and a numbing effect from the hop dose are the first things that are noticeable. Good and strong this has the basic flavors of a double IPA down; what this lacks is the extra subtleties that you get from the best examples of the style. Still if all you want is a butt kicking from hops this will do in a pinch.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not bad in the drinkability department so long as you don't mind that faint onion flavor, since I love onion and garlic breads this is not a problem. It isn't a very strong flavor and many would miss the taste. This is no Russian River or Three Floyds product but I could see buying this again if nothing like that were available.

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

Pretty clear, light orange colour with a fluffy, off-white head. Finer bubbles tended to stick to the glass, leaving the coarser ones to form a cap on the beer. Piney, earthy hop aroma with a bit of powdery aspirin and just a hint of cattiness. Bitterness dominates the flavour with just a little malt sweetness backing it up (you really have to look for it). Hop flavour abounds, lots of pine resin and grapefruit rind, earthy notes and a little spicey. The lingering hop bitterness definitely leaves the palate dry. Medium bodied with average carbonation, a little on the coarse side yet appropriate somehow. Quite a hop bomb, but it still manages to hold together.

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

Poured from a nice fresh bomber procured and sampled in celebration of taking the Jeopardy Contestant quiz. Woo!

Pale pale brilliantly clear copper beer with a billowing white head of foam that holds fairly well down the pint.

Aroma is of cats fighting in pine boughs. It's a big ugly, a big pungent, loud and delightfully obnoxious.

Barest hints of crystal malt futilely holds back an onslaught of pine scented cleansing waves of hop flavor. Finish is a little sweet on the lips and a little lingeringly bitter on the tongue.

Overall a nice, average DIPA (god, did I just call a DIPA average? strange world)

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Photo of sloejams
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Being a big fan of Green Flash's West Coast IPA, picking up a bombers of these was a no brainer. Unlike the regular IPA, the balancing of this was off enough for me to be disappointed. The grapefruit ting was a bit much. Still this was a not bad offering and certainly worthy of a try. Me, I'll stick to their IPA.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper with about three fingers of mammoth head. Slow to die, it leaves some clumps of lacing on the way down.

S - MMM! Hops. Grapefruit pith and spruce with other strong citrus notes. Some white pepper and a little biscuity character too.

T - A bit of a peppery alcohol with a strong pine bitterness. A slight biscuity finish joins the waning pine on the finish. That alcohol is too promnient a feature here for my tastes.

M - Thin, a little harsh and only slighty refreshing.

D - Pretty good, the mouthfeel could afford to be better and the abv makes its presence know much more than it should. But it really isn't bad all around. I probably won't have it again (especially with that delicious barleywine for the same price), but if offered, I wouldn't pass it up..

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to zrrbrrt for this new beer...
Pours a golden peach color with two fingers of white head...half of which goes nowhere and what recedes leaves behind some thick, web-like lacing.
Tons of citrus hops in the nose...Juicy-fruit gum comes to mind.
Has some sweetness to it...adding a touch of caramel to the hoppiness.
Taste is incredible...less balanced than others, but well appreciated here. Dusty hops that coat the enamel...very fruity with a huge bitter bite to finish it off.
Mouthfeel is above medium-bodied...not cloying in the least. Dangerously drinkable...bomber went away in no time.
I am now sold on any beer this place puts out...but it is their IPA's that will keep me coming back again and again.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazed orange-amber with a creamy white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Rich, layered hop aroma. Waves of pine and citrus, loads of grapefruit. Fresh and tangy smelling.

Huge hop flavor, a tasty combination of piney and citrusy hops. A very tangy grapefruit flavor that allows subtle hints of the underlying caramel malt base to sneak through. High IBUs, but maintains enough balance to keep it in check. Well crafted brew.

Full body, light carbonation.

A very nice DIPA, with good drinkability. A good example of the style, it maintains some control where many others become unbalanced. Hopheads will want to get their hands on this brew.

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

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a thick three finger head that lasts quite a while. The head settles to a thick surface foam that remained. Nice lacing painted the glass.

Smell: loads of pine and grapefruits fill the air. No need to stick the nose in the glass to pick up aroma.

Taste: well balanced double IPA. Hearty malt profile, loads of pine, green grapes, and biting grapefruits. Alcohol is definitely noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Prickly crisp and dry at the start, smoother and dry at the finish. Very long aftertaste as the bitterness and citrus glues to the tongue.

Drinkability: the high alcohol levels drop this down a bit. Overall this was a very fresh and tasty DIPA. One bottle will keep you busy for a while.

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

Pours golden yellow and crystal clear.
Two finger head
Aromas are ....damn this is fresh smelling..totally hops....green citrus and very much pine oils.
Taste is just plain balanced...sweet malts and bitter hops...pine oils, grapefruit peel, orange peel.
Finish to drying citrus tang.
Wonderful...want another sip...and another...and maybe a whole mouthful.
Very good FRESH DIPA.

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

Thanks to Crosling for the bomber in a trade. Unusual for me, but I prefer the Green Flash IPA to the double. Lighter in color than a DIPA. Unusual hops nose. Tastes good but the hop profile is not typical. Fairly easy to drink.

Scary to think me and my BA bro blitheringidiot are starting to review beers sequentially but while on opposite coasts. D'BLOH!


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