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

Green Flash Imperial India Pale AleGreen Flash Imperial India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,062 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2062
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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CASK1

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured to a tulip glass.

A - Pale amber and quite hazy. Dense, long-lasting head with excellent lacing. Haziness cleared nicely when the beer warmed up.

S - Hops all the way. Fairly complex, with low tangerine and grapefruit, pine and resin, and a major dose of "dank". Very low bready malt underneath.

T - Less complex than aroma. The dank hops really dominate the flavor, with a low citrus hop flavor in the background for interest. Medium-high hop bitterness, with a slightly astringent finish. Low sweet, toasty malt. Low alcohol sweetness.

M - Medium-low body, medium-high carbonation. Low astringency. Low alcohol warmth, with a dry finish.

O - The dank hops (summit?) are really intense, especially in the flavor. I'd like more hop complexity. Very hop forward, even for an IIPA. A touch more malt balance would be appreciated. Unique example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 01:36:01 | More by CASK1
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken in mid September 2013. 1st time ever having this offering from Green Flash.

Green Flash style brown bomber. Just a larger bottle of their unique 12 oz bottle. Very awesome bottles Green Flash has these days. Really nothing like it in American brewing. I enjoy their bottle shape and array of simple logos with each brew having a specific colored label. Imperial India Pale ale's label color is of a yellow color. Poured this into a Stemmed Tulip/Belgian style tulip glass.

A - pours a bright copperish color with a bright brass orange being the base color. A nice head sits quite large after the pour and settles into a sturdy ring of lace leaving good, slow moving stick to the glass.

S - a solid display of malt in the nose. Pine and citrus hops make for a fairly balanced aroma. A hint of fruit and a whiff of Very fresh dank hoppy character on the nose. A bit of peppery spice notes in the background.

T - sweet malt and citrus hop notes get things started. Quickly following is a pine like hop bitterness that shows off its massive hop bill. A very Green Flash style peppery spice note hits toward the finish. Again, a very fresh tasting double. Dank and resinous hop flavor with some hop spices and pepper. A hop head treat! Lovely.

M - good feel and coating effect. Texture and thickness are spot on to the brewery's styand perfect for dipa style in general. Taste and feel aren't quite as balanced as the nose, and the abv does hit you all the whole letting you know it. But this is a hop affair. I have no doubt this is what Green Flash is going for here. A real stud among the heavy hitters on the hop side of the beer world.

O - Green Flash have a very well crafted ale in Imperial India Pale Ale. It's brilliantly bitter and almost rough. But it warms the belly and gives our taste buds a real hop loaded ride to ibu city. This was a rare find for us here at home. One of the Green Flash brews that don't come around as often as a few of the others do, but when it does I will be grabbing a bottle. This thing sure is tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 13:26:47 | More by BradtheGreat7
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colforbin73

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a hardcore hop-head's IPA. i haven't had it in ages --- and i was blown away when i brought the glass to my nose this evening.

pours an opaque copper with a fantastic head retention --- major stickies on the glass. aroma is OUTSTANDING ++! major resinous pineapple hop presence, tropical with a hint of vanilla and grassy malt sensations.

the taste is crazy bitter, 100 ibu type stuff. very fresh tasting... very dry and brimming with citrus --- very well rounded, you get a big hit of bitterness and the aroma but it mellows nicely after you swallow -- not actually a palate wrecker - there are many lesser beers that will really ruin you. this is so well made, the drink is excellent.

more aggressive than a PTE or Double Jack, but this beer is right there. top 3 west coast IIPA easy.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:02:07 | More by colforbin73
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy amber colour with two fingers of creamy white head.

Smell - Piney hops, citrus and tropical fruit, sweet caramel malts.

Taste - Nice punch of piney hops and citrus fruit/peel. Good use of caramel-like malts to balance out the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A good and balanced Imperial IPA that stays true to the style. Really happy that there is a solid malt backbone to support the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 03:56:13 | More by leaddog
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Barely hazy gold with thick, sticky white head and lacing.

Smell: Sweet and bitter mix of grapefruit, guava, caramel and bread.

Taste: Somewhat sweet with a malt core of bread and caramel, with sticky hop layers of grapefruit, tangerine and guava. Slightly spicy as well on the finish, with light bitterness. Balanced mix of sweet, dry, bitter and tart.

Feel: Full, creamy body with restrained carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: A flavorful, balanced DIPA that is just a trifle too sickly sweet to be a top echelon example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 03:14:09 | More by bsp77
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass. Super nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Strong resiny piney aroma, caramel, bready, floral, citrus, and a little alcohol.

Taste: Resiny pine, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel and bready malts, and a little warm alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little boozy, a little chewy, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, a nice sipper, and extremely drinkable. Scary. Hoppy and balanced.

Overall: For a DIPA, this is solid and extremely balanced. I love it so much that the replay system is not working in Atlanta. Patriots are soaring high in Atlanta and that includes a Mulligan too.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 03:23:54 | More by Flounder57
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance 4.0: Beautiful, opaque golden color. Nice 1/2" head. Excellent lacing.

Smell 3.75: Nice bouquet, but not as hop-forward as one might expect. Also, there is a very pleasant butterscotch/ caramel scent in here that is beguiling.

Taste 4.00: Front is sweet and has a very slight alkaline hint. Middle is big but balanced and this is where a wave of hop-madness assaults the taste-buds. Citrus, pine, bitter, alkaline, chlorophyll...just about any hop taste you can think of. Also a big hit of sweet malt at this taste level. Finish is smooth and the tastes from the middle quickly fade away here into a short and refreshing aftertaste that is (of course) hop-focused.

Mouthfeel 4.25: Mouthfeel is actually one of the best parts of this beer and does an excellent job rounding out the various (and varied) hop assaults.

Overall 4.00: Very good Imperial IPA that is as big as you would think and also features an excellent balance of malt and hop. Not the best IPA on the planet, but it is certainly worthy of the appellation "outstanding." Be aware: this is an over-the-top beer alcohol wise, so cancel your helicopter flying school field test if you try to down one of these at lunch. Nonetheless, hop-heads should check this one out of they can find it.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 04:33:21 | More by BeerDocT
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clean golden-amber, with a big head of white foam. Lovely detailed lace, too. Nice presentation.

Nose is definitely a nice citrus, tropical fruit (pineapple) and pine -- strong and hefty already. I can already see this is going to be exquisite.

Taste is heavy, yes, but well-balanced. The pine-tropical hops are dialed way up there, but this one remains easy to drink. The strong ABV isn't even too detectable here. A perfectly solid and standout IPA, well-worth a repeat purchase!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 12:37:58 | More by secondtooth
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a nonic.

A: Light amber hue. Pervasive and continual rising effervescence. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Settles very slowly. Leaves a very persistent foamy blanket. Spotty, dry, persistent lacing.

S: Pine resin, pine straw, pecans.

T: Hoppy pine with a little sweet agave nectar and grapefruit pith.

M: Full and hearty, however high alcohol is not so apparent. Bitter and flavorful aftertaste lingers on the palate.

D: Sipper... based on character.

Atmosphere is really excellent. Frothy head, persistent blanket, and persistent lacing. Nose is piny with a nutty tone. Hoppy, with touches of sweetness and citrus. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 04:02:24 | More by bmwats
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Tsekouratos

Greece

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle at The Local Pub.

Apperance: Coppery golden colour, hazy, with a nice tan head. Very clear body!

Smell: Aroma was toffee, caramel and bread from the malts used probably. The hops were deffinitely there but no so intense as hopped. hints of pine and maybe pineapple.

Taste: The taste was a little bitter with tropical fruits (maybe peach?) while the aftertaste was pure caramel, again from the big malts used. I was hopping a not so balanced beer, but one on the hoppy side.

Apperance; The body was medium to full with average to high carbonartion.

Overall: not the best DIPA I ever had, but a nice one nontheless. i was hoping for more hops, but as it seems I tend to like Green Flash's Porter-Stous rather that their IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 20:40:02 | More by Tsekouratos
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davet100

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had been meaning to try this for some time now but my quest for a relatively fresh bottle had been unsuccessful. Alas, found some about 6 weeks old and for $5.99 a bomber, I figured it was worth a try, a good decision in the end. This was an interesting brew, pours a clean deep golden colour with a small head. The aroma is a little weird, lots going on with distinct pine and citrus notes, coupled with some bready and oniony notes. The summit hop really has a presence in this beer and the taste is initially dominated by this. However, as you work your way through, the flavours become more complex and some tropical fruit (pineapple and peach) come through, couple by plenty of pine and bitterness. The alcohol is very well hidden and the beer extremely well balanced with a light malt backbone; not heavy/syrupy like some big DIPA's. Initially, I wasn't sure what to make of this, but by the time I finished, I was a convert. I could see why some might not be and from experience I have found summit-heavy beers to be not so appealing. Green Flash got this right though, it is extremely well balanced and the flavours actually work very harmoniously. It is one of these beers that keeps you interested from start to finish so very much worth a go. A love it or hate it kind of beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 18:57:43 | More by davet100
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JG-90

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange color with a moderate sized off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves heavy lacing. Smells of bread, grapefruit, and hop resin.

Taste starts with a creamy breadiness, then grapefruit and a bit of mint, with a resinous finish. Has a clean, dry, bready and resinous aftertaste. Has average body with above average carbonation for a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 21:00:15 | More by JG-90
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much better than the current BA rating of 91.

A - Amber color. Pours little head.

S - Hints of citrus. Definite West Coast DIPA.

T - Initial taste lemon/pine, but as it warms, grapefruit rind comes out. Definitely hides alcohol. Not a hop monster like Ruination, but a good amount of hops. Malt/sweetness undetectable which I prefer. Bitterness increases as beer warms. Refreshing, a term not usually used with a DIPA.

M - Very nice. Yields a light foam in the mouth. Very well carbonated.

O - Very nice DIPA. Better exist, but for $5.99 for a 24 oz. bottle, a good alternative when Founder's Double Trouble or Bell's The Oracle are not available.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 01:26:49 | More by Duane_Opfer
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy deep straw color with a lot of orange and yellow hue. 1-finger white head with medium- retention.

Can't argue about a lack of hops: onion, cat pee, pineapple, pine resin, lemon zest and garlic. Wondering if the hops are starting to break down with a little age.

Onion, chive, pine resin, pine sap and citrus. Resin and bitterness build as the beer develops on the palate.

Full bodied with a rich mouthfeel. A little bit on the boozy side, but the alcohol is contained in the body of the beer.

Feel like I got an old bottle. Was looking for a date on the bottle, but didn't see one.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 06:01:11 | More by Libationguy
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just got palate wrecker today too! Wanted to try both to compare the two. This one is obviously a step down from Palate Wrecker...

A -4.25 - The beer is still crystal clear, a nice golden/amber color (slightly lighter than palate wrecker) with a 2 finger head of loose/mixed bubbles.

S - 4.00 - Little tinge of alc, lots of citrusy flavors (grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime zest), with not that much malt background.

T - 4.00 - This beer is slightly less complex than palate wrecker, it is still an imperial ipa, still measures up to Ruination, it's a good imperial IPA in which you can taste a lot of hops with grapefruit/orange/lemon/lime zest as usual. Definitely a very bitter beer. I can tell hop Palate Wrecker is their flagship though.

M - 4.25 - Light --> medium bodied beer. Head sticks around forever giving a frothiness in your mouth that allows you to taste all the flavors. Doesn't have the tongue numbing bitterness of palate wrecker, it's just not there.

O - 4.00 - A very good imperial IPA, nothing about this beer makes it bad, no dankness, no onion/garlic flavor just the citrusy good hops that you want to taste. It tastes a lot weaker compared to palate wrecker. It's definitely more of a toned down imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:47:44 | More by ISmith87
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-amber, slight head, altogether appetizing. Fine lacing.
Smell: citrus, pine, hoppy,
Taste: crisp, clean, slightly sweet with dry finish.
mouthfeel: smooth, no alcohol pop despite ABV, between medium & full body. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Overall: outstanding offering, especially given the elevated ABV. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle into an imperial pint glass

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 04:04:51 | More by EBeckett3
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber (bottled 4/11/13) into a snifter

Appearance – Pours a very hazy orange-amber color with a small half finger white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and some patchy foam on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is on the sweeter side with a good deal of tropical fruits of mango and tangerine. Mixed with these smells are a little bit of caramel and a bit of breadiness. There is a hoppy smell of a grapefruit and floral nature as well. While all these aromas are very nice there is a very little bit of an astringent aroma mixed within slightly taking away from the niceness of the aroma.

Taste - The taste begins sweeter of caramel and tropical fruits with a moderately light bready taste upfront. Mixed with these base flavors of the brew, there is a grapefruit and pine hop flavor that is present upfront. The grapefruit and pine gains strength as the taste advances and is joined by some grassy taste more toward the middle of the taste. Toward the end, the fruity flavor of the brew grow a bit stronger along with a rather strong and bitter pine flavor ramping up to its max accompanied and a little bit of alcohol coming to the tongue. A light earthy flavor joins the pine, grapefruit, and grassy hop tastes to, in the end, leave a nice mix of bitter hop mixed with a sweeter tropical fruit flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly creamier and thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation and thicker body really accentuate the mix of hop and fruit well all while suiting the abv of the brew making it a slower sipper.

Overall – Other than the slightly off nose, this was a very nice imperial IPA. It’s a bit on the sweeter side, but all comes together at the end of the taste to leave a satisfyingly pleasant taste on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 01:30:20 | More by Darkmagus82
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s_wit

Wisconsin

3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 00:12:14 | More by s_wit
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AmishLightning

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 18:42:33 | More by AmishLightning
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 02:49:45 | More by BarryMFBurton
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.06/5  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

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 01:14:04 | More by M_C_Hampton
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Act25

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 03:23:22 | More by Act25
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 04:32:51 | More by superspak
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alk3kenny

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 23:01:45 | More by alk3kenny
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RJLarse

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 22:48:38 | More by RJLarse
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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