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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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2,330 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,330
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 116
Gots: 170 | 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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3/5  rDev -26.7%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
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4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really don't get some of the complaints for this beer. "No hints of hops"? Are we even drinking the same beer? Anyway, this beer might be my favorite double IPA, at least out of the ones easily available to us poor British Columbians. It is one of the best examples of the style, with an insanely up-front grapefruit-y hop aroma on the mouthfeel and a really dry aftertaste. At 9.4% abv, it's probably also really dangerous, as I could see myself drinking multiple bombers with nary a thought given to to the side effects. It's so dry and delicious, nothing bad could ever happen if you drank like 5 bombers in a row, right?

I really don't know what else to say about this beer. I keep trying to come up with some downsides to it and I keep coming up short. The smell isn't as delicious as the actual taste of it, I guess? That's a valid complaint, right? Also, the appearance of it misleads you into thinking it is a normal beer as opposed to the alcoholic cornucopia it actually is, so that is definitely another valid complaint against it. It's also kinda pricy in BC, which kinda sucks if you get addicted to it, much like how it sucks when you have to pay for crack cocaine.

smekermann, Dec 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

BGdad, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

twowheelssoar, Dec 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

jgluck, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

beersvh23, Dec 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

terry33, Dec 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Lex_Talionis, Dec 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

justinm4bama, Dec 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

pathead, Dec 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

aflyershckyfan, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

williamjbauer, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

2dogbrew, Dec 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

psuscott1, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of tylerprince
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this from a fresh bomber. A tad disappointed.

A: A beautiful hazy copper-orange with two-finger off-white head and ample lacing. Nice bubble show. Unfortunately, this is the best part of the beer...

S: Panoply of hops. Mint, citrus, and pine, with the citrus being a tad subdued. Unfortunately evokes memories of the trub left at the bottom of a carboy after siphoning off a homebrew.

T: Sour citrus up front gives way to pine, ending with an unpleasant bitterness. No hints of hops, and no attempts made to hide the 9.4% ABV.

M: Thick without being syrupy. Resinous. What I look for in an IIPA.

O: A very disappointing beer from Green Flash. I'm a huge fan of their imperial stout, but this IIPA is a hoppy mess that misses the point entirely.

tylerprince, Dec 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

e30todamax, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

rolive, Nov 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

jpvenezia, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

LiquorsInc, Nov 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

akttr, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Vec2267
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy, orange, generous white head, nice lacing

S - intense, grapefruit, mint, pine, all hops

T - bracing hops, the taste follows the nose, bitter grapefruit, mint, pine, hot

M - incredibly rich without being syrupy

O - hops, hops, and more hops - bit of a one trick pony

Vec2267, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

SDG1070, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light copper with big head. Heavy lacing. Aroma of strong grapefruit, huge juicy bitterness in the nose. very nice. Very floral and aromatic. Heavy hop bite that lingers. Taste is pinier than the smell, and dryer that expected, but still a beautiful combo of the fruit and massive dry pine bit. Big flavor that completely masks the alcohol rather well. Medium mouthfeel and pretty slick on the palate. Nice double.

BMMillsy, Nov 23, 2012
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,330 ratings.