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

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Reviews: 988
Hads: 2,565
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 17%
Wants: 142
Gots: 291 | 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:
Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006

Reaching new heights, the mountains of Summit and Nugget hops in this intense high gravity Imperial IPA will thrill even the extreme beer adventurer. Unearth savory pine, evergreen and pineapple aromas and experience the colossal rush of a hoppy adventure. We challenge you to conquer this mountain, then sit back, relax and savor the magnificence of the brew.
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Reviews: 988 | Hads: 2,565
Photo of s_wit
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: pretty standard ipa orange. Good lacing.

S: earthy, piney, citrus, somewhat different than other ipas. A little light on the aroma.

T: some citrus and pine come through with some bitterness as well. Not my favorite tasting ipa or imperial ipa but still good.

M: very smooth, and thick. Hides alcohol very well.

O: this is an interesting imperial ipa. Very different than anything I've had. Will definitely get it again sometime.

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

Okay, so I am more of a stout/porter guy. I bought this beer for my contribution to a beer tasting party to show some guys new to the craft beer scene how bitter beer can be. I didn't look up any reviews on this. I just saw IPA so I bought it expecting an overly bitter beer that only a few might enjoy. However, I was wrong. This beer was great. It was a great starter pale ale for me as well as for the others. I know some of the more experienced IPA/APA people who can gulp down Stone Ruination without making a face may think it too sweet. Instead, just think of this brew as a crossover beer for those of us unused to the bitter side of the beer world. The color was pretty with a frothy head. The smell was flowery hops and sweet fruitiness. The taste may not have been the hop bomb that most people expect, but it I know it was plenty for me. Whether this was the intention of Green Flash Brewing or not. They sure did change my mind on IPA s. For this reason I congratulate this beer for being an excellent crossover brew into the world of hops. Now excuse me, I have some exploring to do.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Need more Green Flash in my life; here’s their Imperial IPA. Cheers!

A: Translucent copper with a noticeable shimmer, adorned with a full, fizzy head of uneven suds – lots of dips in the valley of off-white cream. Chunky webs of lacing decorate the glass.

S: Absolutely dank, with a pungent tone of pine resin, juicy grapefruit, tangerine, and fresh pineapple. Slap this in my car as an air freshener and I’d be a happy man; it’s the scent of pure American hops. Hops are a tad woody on the end, like a mix of grass and cedar, while a little of the caramel cream and toast flavors of the malt appear.

T: Most definitely on the sweet side of the spectrum. Every sip is a venture into a syrupy palate of canned peaches, caramel candy, creamy vanilla, and orange marmalade. Hops don’t bite enough to distract, but rather add to the viscosity with a taste of tongue-drenching pine sap and cooked pineapple. The kick comes in the form of an herbal DIPA dryness, like astringent green tea with lemon rind, sage, and clove. It’s a little too much for me, tasting artificial matched up against the predominant sweetness of the palate – it’s too thick, too oily. Finishes with a pithy orange dryness, along with a rush of rich syrupiness, making this a definite sipper.

M: As expected, this beer is massive in texture as well as taste. The carbonation is nearly non-existent, with the mouthfeel’s emphasis being on a creamy thickness. Very slow-drinking because of that.

O: Beer that’s almost too much for me – no, it IS too much for me. This tastes like Dreadnaught’s twin brother, and that just happens to be a beer I don’t think I’ll ever buy again; some beers are just too sweet for me to fully enjoy, and this is one of them. In all, though, the hops are well-represented (especially in the nose), and there’s a lot I like about this beer – if you like your DIPAs wrapped in a big, sweet package, drink up!

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, amber colored with a white head that lingers leaving good lacing, slightly hazy

S: earthy musty hop aromas, pine resin, honey, citrus

T: big bitter hop flavor up front, sweetens slightly in the middle. finish is dry pine hop resin

M: full bodied, alcohol well hidden, higher carbonation

O: a solid DIPA but Palate Wrecker is better

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Photo of Act25
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured from a 22 oz into a set of three mugs for a 3 brother reunion at the shore.
Slightly hazy, mostly clear amber. Big two inch white head on top that slowly faded to rich rings of lace.

S - Aroma was first rate. Citrus hop from start. Deep orange, grapefruit, and tangerine tones dominate amidst a pine outer layer. Very fresh, bitter citrus with pine and some ipa stink.

T - A solid west coast double IPA. Strong, original, peppery hop presence. Bitter citrus hops, sweet and an alcohol kick, no messing around. Pine, herbs, grass, atop a strong base.

M - Sticky and smooth. Thick brew. As others wrote: Chewy, a grapefruit orchard in a pine forest.

Overall - one of the best DIPAs found.

Must try for hop heads.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy pale golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, grapefruit, orange zest, honey, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus notes with light-moderate bread/honey malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of bright citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, cracker, bread, honey, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of bright citrus/floral hop flavors; with a moderate honey/bready malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA Style! Great balance and complexity of bright citrus/floral/pine hop flavors with moderate bread/honey malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for being over 9%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of alk3kenny
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours and nice burnt orange color good head sticks to the glass in a ring. Not a lot on the nose some faint hops... pine citrus. Don't see a bottling date but I'm guessing this isn't super fresh. Taste is really nice hop bitterness, leaves a nice residue on the tongue. Easily drinkable no alcohol hotness despite the abv. Green Flash rarely disappoints and this is no exception really good beer.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, purchased at Total Wine & More (Spokane) poured in to a snifter.

Pours a hazy orange/gold color, with a modest frothy white head.

Smell is sweet and fruity, the expected citrus notes, but also a soft fruit aroma like melons, peaches and pears.

Taste is a soft fruit flavor as well, with a distinct dry bitterness along side, and a hint of "boozey" flavors along with some alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not as cloying as it might be for the style, but dry, with a lingering dry bitterness, and the aforementioned heat.

Overall a decent IIPA. Probably not as "quaffable" as the label might suggest. But not pretty good all around.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. The beer is a deep copper with a small white head that disappears quickly, leaving white lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very piney, citrusy and certainly hoppy. Some floral notes as well and it is a nice aroma for a DIPA, about what you'd expect.

Taste: A bit of a let down for me, with good hoppiness but a little too much malt maybe. I definitely get the citrus and this drinks very easily, but more flavor would be helpful.

Mouthfeel: Very light for a DIPA and the alcohol is extremely well-masked with no noticeable burn. This is well carbonated as well but could benefit with a bit more body.

Overall: This is a slightly above average DIPA but not the best by any means. While I did enjoy it, I won't rush out to try this again as I think there are many better alternatives. Green Flash's West Coast IPA is far better than this in my opinion.

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Photo of pkalix
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours bright neon tangerine gold with a finger of white fluffy head.
smell is red. that's all that comes to my mind when I smell it. red. then some funky vine fruit along with a bit of citrus.
taste has a bitter citrus to it. kind of indescribable. grapefruit mixed with pink lemon? with a pink grapefruit lingering aftertaste on the roof of the mouth.
overall, it's okay. it looks good in the glass. smell is funky but interesting. taste is just too bitter-funk for me but I enjoy it. I gave it a 4 because I appreciate the originality. i'd buy it again....

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Photo of Drunkenass
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic! For an Imperial IPA, it drinks much lighter than 9.4%. This beer tastes citrusy, like biting into a fresh Lemon with a silky smooth soft yet bitter aftertaste. I picked this up on a recent trip to LA and will seek it out again.

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Photo of patpbr
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep orange with a thick head and nice lacing
S - Citrus, floral and some pine. not as attention grabbing as i would of thought.
T - Nice balance of floral hops and malts. Hints of grapefruit and citrus and sweetness.
M - Medium body and moderate carbination with a bitter slight dry finish
O - This is a well balanced Imperial sipper. Not the best in class but a good drink.

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Photo of Shooter1960
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had a 22 ounce Bomber in a tulip glass. Color was a deep coppery gold. Minimal smell. The tte was good, but the hop's in the West Coast IPA was more present. While it was a good beer, the West Coast has better flavor and the Pallette Wrecker is by far the best of the bottled Green Flash.

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Photo of draheim
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap into a mason jar @ Chuck's, Seattle. Pours a slightly hazy orange w/ a thin head attributable to the pour.

Aroma is tropical and juicy, clean and hoppy.

Taste is likewise juicy and tropical with lots of orange and some grapefruit. Sharply bitter finish. ABV hidden well.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and clean, drinkable.

Overall a very solid DIPA from Green Flash. I much prefer this to their regular IPA and Palate Wrecker.

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Photo of dar482
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer has comes in an amber/orange color.

The aroma is peachy, grapefruit, and citrus aroma and very dank.

The flavor is hugely peach, grapefruit with a slight pine dryness. It’s very juicy with its hop character. There is a bready sweet malt to finish it out.

The body is medium/light to make it really drinkable.

The beer is very smooth, easy drinking, yet quite complex. I’m really surprised by how well this beer held up because it was bottled November 2012 when I had this. I’ve had two of the same batch, and despite it being over 6 months, the hops still hold. I didn’t really get any “old” hop flavors.

This one really blew me away and is going up there with my favorite Double IPAs. This is underrated in my mind and I really recommend it.

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Photo of bpasquini
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Goldish-orange in color, leaves a good head and nice lacing

S: Piney hops, citrus hops, pineapple, and some grapefruit

T: Burst of citrus hops lightly backed with some pine hops, can notice a little pineapple and grapefruit as well, good sharp bitterness as well, bitterness lingers a little but it's light and is a complement

M: Very light for a IIPA, slightly oily, really crisp, really good carbonation level too

O: Really good beer, and really light and crisp for a IIPA, definitely recommend buying if you see it, would make an exceptional beer for summer time

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Photo of jjboesen
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green Flash Brewing is another wonderful San Diego brewery. Having visited this fine city during Beer Week 2012, I discovered for myself the embarrassment of beer riches that are available to thirsty visitors. Obviously, any brewer wishing to make it here must make some great beer. Green Flash need not worry. Particularly when producing this high gravity IPA.

Its appearance evokes a pleasant Belgian Pale Ale, the heady is thick and chunky and slow to subside; the body is a cloudy amber, alive with a rushing school of carbonation bubbles. The nose overpowers your senses with an intense explosion of pine needles – imagine a forest in your nostrils. The palate is invaded by an aggressive citrus army consisting of pineapple, mango and peach wielding their weapons, thrusting them into the tongue. There is no quarter today.

And yet, despite this, the body is surprisingly light; not the chewy biscuit one would expect from such a hop bomb. While I could not drink more than one at a single sitting, I would most assuredly try. This is just another superb beer from “America’s finest City.”

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Photo of mattkoon
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours with a very thick head- its a golden, buttery color. the smell is very hoppy, pine citrus. the taste is more bitter, and bold than citrus. this is a good solid ipa. i would like a little more citrus- but i am really reaching out on a limb here to find anything wrong with this beer. this is the third beer from green flash that i have had and theyve all been pretty good... this just makes want to try other beers from them.

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Photo of Mittsies
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried the beer several times on both tap and from the bottle.
Reviewing from the tap:

Golden color with a great head. Some of the best lacing I've seen as far as IPAs go.
When I think of a D-IPA, this is exactly how I picture it.
Walling will stay at the top of a pint glass long after finishing the beverage.

Aroma is almost entirely citrus and pine, very strong tangerine and grapefruit notes.
Pretty typical scent overall, but still very exceptional.

Taste is sour, bitter, hoppy, and very pungent. Sharp and musky.
The taste is borderline overbearing in terms of bitterness.
Very strong dank aftertaste, sort of a "stinky" flavor.
The flavor changes dramatically as it warms up, bringing out more than just the intense hops.
Observing the taste more closely, the hops are complimented with a bit of pine and malt.
Goes great with food as well, as the strong, bitter taste lingers well.

For such a bitter IPA, the mouthfeel is surprisingly light.
Very refreshing, smooth and crispy. Carbonated very well.

One of the best D-IPAs I've had in terms of flavor.
Great on tap or from the bottle.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, bottled 3/11/13

Pours a dark gold with orange and brown tints and a single finger of foam. Retention has receded pretty quickly to a thin ring around the sides. Good visibility, lacing, a moderate carbonation. Looks pretty good

Smells of strong fruity hops- pine apple, passion fruit, grapefruit, pine, orange, lemon, and lime. Quite a bouquet of floral and fruity hop notes really dominating everything else. Sweet bready and caramel malts mix with the alcohol to create a good backbone. This is quite complex

Taste isn't quite as prolific as the aroma, but has quite a lot going on. Strong fruity hops up front, grapefruit, pine apple, along with some other citrus. The malt makes the beer pretty sweet that contrasts well with all the hops, but is hidden for the most part itself

Feel is medium bodied and dry. Very bitter but nicely balanced in sweetness, finishes pretty well. Nice bite from the carbonation and well concealed alcohol makes this very easy to drink

Overall this stuff is top shelf. It reminds me a lot of Deschutes Hop Henge, only done vastly better. Very well balanced fruity hop bomb, what's not to love? Glad to get this in Nevada finally

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Photo of AmitC
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

Color is pale golden. Over two fingers thick head of off white color with excellent retention. Very awesome lacing on the sides. A few bubbles seen rising up. Clear but translucent.

Aroma is strong. Very nice herbal and citrus aroma. Strong pine notes. A good malt presence. Excellent touch overall.

Taste is tremendously bitter. Upfront, in the middle and towards the end. Just awesome. Very strong and powerful. Strong grapefruit and citrus presence. A lot of piney flavor. Alcohol warmth. Strong malt and booze.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Somewhat oily. Low to moderate carbonation. Drinks really easy for a DIPA this bitter.

I am impressed but not surprised.

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Photo of JaredM
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excited about this beer. Served right out of the fridge in a pint glass.

Clear copper look to the beer with a quickly dissipating half finger of head. Steady stream of carbonation. I would have liked to have seen a bit more haze.

Deep, dank abundant aromas of citrus and grapefruit. I'm getting some hints of a sweet peach too which is very refreshing.

Bitter hops, primarily much of what was on the nose. Not overly bitter however and it's fairly well balanced. I'm feeling the 9.4% from this which has to be expected. This is most definitely a sipper and enjoyed over a period of time.

Smooth beer, considering that it's a double. Can feel the presence of the alcohol but it's not overpowering at all.

I strongly recommend this beer to anyone. It's very solid and it has a fantastic flavor and aroma. I'm totally sold on Green Flash. I was impressed with their West Coast IPA I had last week as well. This is very similar to that in smell & taste but is still distinctly its own.

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Photo of retry4z
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served cool in a snifter glass.

Looks amazing - a clear copper with red hues. a decent head that calms to a lace quickly.

Smells of hops, sweet flowers, and sweet fruit.

Taste of hops, some sweetness, and a slight bitterness.

Medium consistency that doesn't go down too easily, but it's a good sipping beer.

Overall, it's Green Flash's best beer that's worth a try.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have love almost all of the Green Flash beers that I have tasted. This one poured crystal clear with almost no head. There was little aroma in the nose. I almost wasnt sure I was tasting an IPA. I was hoping for more hops

The initial taste left me somewhat disappointed. What I felt the most was a strong alcohol taste. I would not have objected to that if the hops balanced that off to make are better balanced beer.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Look - Pours golden with a copper hue, subtle cloudiness. Full, soapy head. Great lacing.

Smell - Malts, honey, caramel, generally sweet. Citrus hops are present but quiet subtle. In terms of the style, the smell was a bit off-putting but I try to give the benefit of the doubt.

Taste - Nice floral citrus hops and malt blend, very smooth and appealing here. True to the aroma but more hops, which is good seeing as how it is a DIPA.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable, hops rest gently, quite smooth. Lighter than expected. I noticed that as it warms it gets a bit boozier, but it was a welcome, warming booziness that was enjoyable.

Overall - Great brew, unique, would strongly recommend. This brew reminds me somewhat of Dogfish Head 90-minute, but again it is unique so it has significant differences.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.