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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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2,406 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,406
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 122
Gots: 189 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

mcdonald422, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

sneaks2210, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of drrone
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - golden yellow, slightly hazy, nice head that is about half a finger width. Nice, prominent lacing.

S - Definite pine and citrus, with subtle hops. Was expecting more hops.

T - Nice taste. A little more bitter/sour than I would have expected. Light on the hops. It has a nice honey taste to it that grows as you drink it. Quite nice.

M - Smooth, not heavy. Decent carbonation.

O- Not a bad beer, but I was expecting better. I would buy it again though.

drrone, Feb 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

RumHam, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of MaddMatt639
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on January 13, 2013:

A: Pours a chestnut color. Has a good lacing and has close to an inch of foam. Foam stays for awhile.

S: Strong smell of citrus and pine. Don't smell much else. Hops are smelt in there too.

T: Very hoppy in the beginning, but not overly hoppy. Slightly sweet in the end with very strong pine notes.

M: Medium heaviness on the tongue. Still can taste the pine.

O: Not as hoppy as I was expecting for an Imperial, but still quite enjoyable. I enjoyed the taste of pine.

MaddMatt639, Feb 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

RudnicsMEB, Feb 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Azrael, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of JK4Stout
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Not too bad. A good little mellow brown. Just a shade lighter than a marine's trousers (honestly only used that comparison so I couls write "trousers") Nice head too...a bout a finger. Could be just a shade or two darker.

S: nice citrus hops flavor. lots of floral aroma. Very pleasant.

T: I'm giving this a solid four with room for improvement. It won't change your religion, but it certain makes the night a lot better.

M: Little watery on the tail end, but that can be expected with this lighter double. Hell, they may have wanted a sessionable double, so I won't knock much off.

O: It really is good. It is thirty degrees on my porch and I'm still digging it pretty hard, so it isn't just a warm weather beer. I'll def. give it a second go.

JK4Stout, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

brewtus, Feb 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

hardrock, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

bman_85, Feb 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Alek, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

adkieffer, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

juanbon, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

sandiego67, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

MCain04, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

BugTownPub, Feb 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

matjack85, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

jvillefan, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

dmorgan310, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Haybeerman, Feb 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

DRTBrewster, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

taospowder, Feb 07, 2013
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
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,406 ratings.