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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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2,239 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,239
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 106
Gots: 139 | 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 diesel59

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

green flash imperial ipa... thats were it all started for me.... a local grocer (kobackers) had this in stock a few years back and i had opted for something new that day... well what a suprise... no generic beer ever tasted the same after that day.... this is truly one of the best ipas you will ever encounter...

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 03:51:53 | More by diesel59
Photo of SamuelJackson45


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice light amber color.

S- smell of hops with citrus notes.

T- strong bitter bite of the hops oily with citrus taste.

M- Semi dry with strong hop bite with citrus taste lingering through out sip.

D- Very good beer. Diggin these west coast IPA. So many hops and how they grow in this country just boggle my mind. Worth a another buy.


Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 07:54:21 | More by SamuelJackson45
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Naven: Poured a deep copper color ale with huge foamy head with perfect retention and some good lacing. Aroma of red grapefruit is astonishing and up there with the best of the style. Taste is also dominated by some red grapefruit with some medium bitterness and some light caramel malt. Body is above average with some good carbonation. I have to admit that this hop bombs is definitely better then standard IIPA out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 20:14:19 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of bcm119


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 01:54:59 | More by bcm119
Photo of largadeer


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 01:34:47 | More by largadeer
Photo of Yesac


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy orange and slight amber in color. Small fizzy white head. Decent lacing on the glass.

S- Huge sweet and sharp fresh floral hops. Excellent.

T- Sharp hop bitterness with a floral blanket overall. Some toasty malt at the very end. Slightly to sharp of a bitterness for my tastes. However I don't think this is a fresh bottle.

M- Thick bodied. Slightly sticky

D- Smooth, smells great and tasts great. Just a tad to bitter though however this is a great DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 01:08:55 | More by Yesac
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with a small head and thin lace.Some reddish tints.
The aroma was sweet,candy apples and fruit notes.
The taste started off sweet with some malts and tiny caramel hints. Piney and full of grapefruit and hops.
This was an atomic bomb of hops and it had the apple and orange taste that followed. When it was slightly cold it did not seem as bitter as when it warmed up,but it was not an unbearable bitterness. It was well balanced bitterness.
It felt a bit sticky,medium to high carbonation with a medium body. A bit of a dry finish.

Notes: A no nonsense,complex brew full of awesome hops and grapefruit. What a bitterness that lingered on my tongue and pounced on my palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 00:45:07 | More by Lexluthor33
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a nonic pint.

Pours honey gold with a decent white head and some ok lacing.

Smell is sweet and hopalicious. Citrus and a little of what some people might call cat-pee.

Taste is really good. Actually pretty balanced with a consistent hop flavor throughout to make sure you're aware this is a IIPA.

Mouthfeel is prickly and full.

With the alcohol well hidden and the fresh flavor here, this is a damn good drinkable beer.

Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 19:33:44 | More by foureyedgeek
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bottle a nice orange-ish hazy color with a nice head retention. Aromas of a sweet citrusy hop. It is nice and hoppy, grapfruity, and a little sticky. Tons of lacing on the glass, that sticky hop lacing. It also hides its 9% really well.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 16:54:01 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of womencantsail


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice, clear orange-copper color with minimal white foam.

S: This smells like a grapefruit orchard in the middle of a pine forest.

T: ...and it tastes like one too. Amazing (nearly overwhelming) pine. The grapefruit helps to cut through some of the amazing bitterness, but this beer is still very bitter (which is a good thing).

M: Great body, not much in the way of carbonation, though.

D: As much as I loved this beer, it is not something you can sit down and drink several bottles of. Still a great IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 00:26:51 | More by womencantsail
Photo of BMoney575


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 8-29-10

Pours a very nice orange color, clear, with a thin white heads and single ring of lacing. The lacing widens and slowly sides down the edge.

Smell is huge sweat sock hops, sweet, piney, and a little earthy. A little on the aged side, but still very nice.

Taste is exactly like the smell, though the hops have an almost nutty quality. Different, but not bad, the finish is bitter and sweet, and the hops come through with a strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, super thick and syrupy, dead nuts for the style.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, the hop flavor is strong but balanced, and the alcohol is very well handled.

Overall, a very good DIPA, but like most I've had from the west coast, lacking just enough not to be epic.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 20:57:17 | More by BMoney575
Photo of czechsaaz


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice grassy hop aroma right off. A little citrus but not much so a little unusual for a West Coast DIPA. Some yeasty effects of bread and a little fruity ester. The hops are big but a little caramel smelling malt is under them.

Deep gold, almost orange, color. arrived with a half inch solid and just off-white head that faded to a solid thin layer of foam. Just a couple of areas of rising bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Very nice lacing with each sip all the way through the pint.

Very complex flavors. Plenty of bittering hops but lots of cereal grain maltiness too. I'm thinking grape nuts. Hop flavor, oh yeah. Woody hops, some citrus hops, and even a little floral too. I'm thinking there's a bunch of varieties in here. Warming up I get lots of caramel malt backbone but still dry as can be from the high bitterness but the malt flavors are there too.

Full bodied with a high but still creamy carbonation. A little warming from alcohol but no harsh alcohol flavor at all.

This is one big-ass beer. I'm on a hop kick again. I go in cycles. This is right in my wheelhouse right now. Eventually I;ll shift back to big bodied malty, spicy, belgians but right now, this is something I'm going to drink until the kegs around town kick.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 05:28:55 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of boyfromthenorth


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Best IPA on West Coast - hands down. Packaging isn't so hot. Almost didn't want to buy but I had heard about them and anything Green Flash has gotta be groovy.

Fantastic , balance IPA really great. Wish it was sold in more State that I could purchase because I would definitely buy this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 22:49:52 | More by boyfromthenorth
Photo of aficionado

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing orange-yellow body. The lacing is superb; it's leaving concentric rings around my Duvel tulip.

If pine trees bore tropical fruits akin to pineapple, and then bitter white grapefruit and fresh pine needles were mixed with those fruits to brew this beer, this is what it would smell like... Sweet, juicy pine fruits along with bitter floral grapefruit on the tail end.

Aggressively hopped and I'm loving it. Tastes fresh and dank: very citrusy and piney. I drank a lot of hoppy beers in my life and I feel the flavor of this beer is leagues better than Green Flash West Coast IPA. Sweet tropical fruits give character to that backbone of biting dank pine. Sweeter than PtE, but less sweet than the similarly hopped Hop Stoopid. I also taste the Summit hops with their pungent, onion-like aroma... but this is NOT as potent as Devil Dancer.

Body is moderate. Carbonation is on the higher side, which aids drinkability.

Overall, this is a man's Imperial IPA. Big, bold, dank, and it leaves a lasting impression. I like this beer a lot.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 00:05:00 | More by aficionado
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled this at a recent home brew club meeting.

this beer pours a nice golden straw color with a decent white that lasts. The smell is nice, typical west coast style ipa smell, nice citrus floral hop aroma. the taste is fairly similar to the smell citrus floral hop flavors, with fairly controlled bitterness, nothing over the top bitter. the abv is fairly well hidden. the mouthfeel is a little bit heavier than normal for the style, but not as heavy as hoptimum. very drinkable. definitely worth trying

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 04:23:55 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of regspeir


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with a large 2-inch white head which settled quickly. Lacing is light but present and carbonation is excellent for this style. The nose was pine, lemon and grapefruit. Taste was sweet and soft. The Pine is upfront but the citrus and a sweet malt underbelly make this more than a burn-your-mouth hop bomb. There was a pleasing, mildly bitter aftertaste. Although it does not feel thin, it is soft and smooth for an Imperial IPA. Except for the ABV, I wanted more and will go back to this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 19:52:39 | More by regspeir
Photo of Tucquan


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-03-12 at The Drafting Room Hopfest

A - Mildly hazy golden orange with a 1-finger head and lots of lacing

S - Pineapple. orange, hop floral, orange citrus, pine and a hint of grain.

T - Bready, pineapple, grapefruit and fresh fruit taste, like a hint of raspberry, which was enjoyable. Plenty of bitterness. Alcohol is evident but well-integrated. Lingering sweetness and bitterness clings to the tongue. Sweeter than the GF West Coast IPA

M - A little less than medium body and carbonation. Smooth. Resinous and a little prickly.

D - Had this with a Pliny the Younger and Pliny the Elder, side-by-side-by-side. It tasted quite good but didn't have the complexity of either of the Russian River brews. Not surprisingly, the Imperial tasted better on-tap than from the bottle, probably because this was fresh. Given the choice, I'd take the West Coast IPA over the Imperial.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 11:58:38 | More by Tucquan
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a BBC pint glass.

A: Golden, murky yellow amber color with a tinge of orange and some degree of clarity despite the chilled haze and yeast. A two-finger head of ivory foam forms a creamy cap of carbonation that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Like opening a bag of pelletized hops, this DIPA has the aroma of orange rinds, musty grapefruit and granulated hop reins.

T: Full on juicy malt flavor through mid-palate with a rush of bright, citrusy malts, lush grapefruit and oranges, floral and bitter herbal hops and a huge biscuity backbone. The hops take over the show in quick fashion and usher the finish through to a bitter, chewy and burning herbal citrus aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied, relatively clean but still maintaining a bit of chewiness and herbal, spicy hop sting.

O: A very nice, west-coast stylized DIPA that's a hop onslaught without being a burning, bitter hot mess. The 9.4% ABV is there, but so is a plethora of juicy malts and musty hop notes to chew on. Attention to detail and controlled chaos has me thinking Green Flash is the best of Sierra Nevada and Stone combined; a hop-centric's sleeper DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 03:48:56 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of buzzardman


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light yellow color good two finger head. doesn't have a huge hop
smell but it is good. nice grapefruit hop taste. maybe a little to bitter on the finish. definitely has cascade hops which I like. overall a really good ipa but not one of my favorites. it really tastes alot like stone ruination just not as smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 22:49:14 | More by buzzardman
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml shared with a friend.
A- Red tinged yellow. About 2cm of head that quickly subsides to a whisper on the top.

S- very floral and piney, touch of pepper and a lot of pine. slighly herby, and maybe a touch of passionfruit and grapefruit.

T- straight up you get that hop flavour that was so predominant in the smell. Pine, citrus, grapefruit, pepper and a little bit of pasisonfruit. on warming up a touch of alcohol comes through and with a bit of dried dark fruit, sultana and raisin. a little malt sweetness also comes through with the alcohol.

M- slightly on the thicker side of medium, bitterness grabs the back of the mouth length is mid length, a touch of dryness. good but i expected a bit more.

D- halved a bomber with a mate, and i dont think i could have more than a full one. not the most drinkable of beers, but very tasty though.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 08:03:10 | More by shambeano
Photo of deanhead


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden to Orange almost tawny with a huge, thick rocky head that reduced a thin layer of bubbles with a sticky lace.

Aroma is Piny, and spicy. Pesto, walnuts, and rancid pine nuts. Hints of cooked eggplant.

Piny, grassy taste with hints of raisins. Spicy & Green, almost chlorophyll like. slight notes of wheatgrass.

Mouthfeel is Dank and viscous, full bodied and sticky.

Highly drinkable given it's ABV. Well balanced and well made beer. If you like IIPA, you should try this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 18:30:46 | More by deanhead
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District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date, but seems to have just hit the shelves. Tulip glass.

A: Big three fingers of yellowish cream colored foam, nicely packed, on top of a gold/copper beer. Nice lacing and good retention.

S: Huge, delicious hop aroma. Smells very fresh. Lots of floral, tropical fruit, and citrus. A hint of malt adds nice complexity.

T: Spicy tropical fruit and grapefruit, some floral notes, while finishing moderately bitter.

M: Medium carbonation and body. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O: I'm not a huge fan of Green Flash, but wow, this really impressed me. Tons of hop flavor with some malt presence without the overwhelming bitterness that I've come to expect from them.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 05:43:09 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of ressletr


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 21:06:59 | More by ressletr
Photo of ElGordo


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright orange color with golden highlights, topped by a creamy, bright white head. Awesome, huge, sharp aroma of hops, hops, and more hops. Assertive spicy notes of grapefruit, pine, grass, and dank cannabis. Really not sure I've smelled anything this hoppy that hasn't been passed through a Randall.
Palate is a bit more balanced, with the hops blending with lightly sweet caramel malt up front. The sharp, piney flavor of the hops comes through just before the swallow, with a flourish of grapefruit appearing right before the hoppy, fairly alcoholic finish. Almost like chewing on some Simcoe hops, I think.
Body is rich and a little syrupy, which tends to be the case with some of these DIPAs that verge on being hop wines. Still, very drinkable, although the 9% alcohol asserts itself about halfway through the bottle. Maybe find a friend to share this one with.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 04:49:30 | More by ElGordo
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz btl into an over-sized snifter..

Copper, orange color with fluffy, white head that stayed around until i gave it a swirl.. Aroma's of pine and peaches...

Flavorful... apricots and skunky herbs... well balanced. Alcohol is hard to detect. Light to medium coating with bitter aftertaste that is balanced with sweet fruits.

I haven't had a green flash that i didn't like, so it comes as no surprise what a good beer this is...

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 07:43:31 | More by Swentzel
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