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

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Reviews: 984
Hads: 2,550
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 6.65%
Wants: 138
Gots: 282 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of utfiero
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- clear gold. Slight head.

Aroma- fresh strong bitter stink weed hoppiness.

Taste- reminds us of the Stone Go to IPA ramped up 5 times! Starts with a terrific strong clean hop profile and sustains the hops throughout. Finishes clean and clear. For 101 IBUs this is a smooth work of art! And the high ABV if 9% is not apparent.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 5/23/2014 (462 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love the way a good DIPA looks. It's like a well proportioned, classic, beauty. Well we have a good looker here. The body was clear, and a couple of shades deeper than amber. The head was two fingers thick at first, but settled down a little smaller afterwards, and there was a steady stream of gentle carbonation. The aroma was prototypical DIPA, in the form of grapefruit, and was quite strong, as it hit me even at an arms length. The first sip indicated a hop bomb, as the bitterness was bracing and bold. There was a lot of citric tasting hop acids, and they were supported by a biscuit like malt backing. The finish was bready, and the hops lingered on. This was a well crafted DIPA, and should be taken as a textbook example of the style. Everything here was just as it should be. (789 characters)

Photo of sommersb
2.87/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tasted On: 05-10-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

A: Hazy, honey-colored beer with a big off-white head. Very good lacing and head retention.

S: Lots of hop aromas; pine, floral and citrus, plus tropical fruits

T: So now things go downhill; after an initial taste of tropical fruit, I start to notice a weird vegetable flavor, like a wild onion. This grows worse with each sip...I really don't like this

M: Medium body; the finish has more off flavors of onion/vegetable, leaving a bad taste in my mouth

O: The beer has great promise in the looks and smell, but the taste was so bad I did not finish the bottle. I've read that Summit hops may be the cause of the onion-y flavors; if so I need to avoid beers that use Summit for flavoring. (847 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Super malt bomb, but excellent strong IPA. Full of flavor. Super sweet, not much hop to this one. Like it overall.

Strong character, lasting flavor of malt. Some pine overall. No grapefruit, or pineapple,but slight tangerine. Overall malty IPA, which isn't my favorite, but good.. (281 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Half-bomber poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours quite hazy. A deep tangerine hue in the center with sun-kissed honey around the edges. Absolutely gorgeous color. Cream colored head starts off at a perfect two-finger stature. Eventually fades down to about a 1/2" and retains well until the end. Big splotches of lacing left in random locations around the glass.

S: Big wave of citrus hops. Pink grapefruit, orange peel, touches of lemon underneath. Grapefruit dominates, mostly. A bit of earthy pine takes over the aroma as the beer warms in the glass. Peppery booze also peeks through as it approaches room temperature. A little surprised I didn't pick up any malt presence.

T: Admittedly, this brew is approaching its enjoy-by date so I know for a fact that this isn't as much of a hop bomb as it once was, but hops STILL dominate the palate with their floral bitterness. Grapefruit takes the passenger seat for those floral hops, which I find to be quite nice—a bit more rustic rather than citrusy. Malt comes through in the middle adding just a shade of balance, but is overall dominated by the hops. Finishes piney and bitter. Some alcohol warmth lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied, but doesn't touch chewiness. Lots of creaminess with an effervescent carbonation. Green Flash describes this as "quaffable" on their label, and I'm going to have to agree with that wholeheartedly. Wonderfully drinkable. Becomes a LITTLE harder to sip often as it warms; the alcohol really starts to show its face and slows you down.

O: My second offering from Green Flash and so far they're 2-for-2 when it comes to delivering excellent beers. I noted before that this one was nearing its enjoy-by date, so I'm going to assume that it's not as fresh as it could have been, but that didn't hinder its enjoyability at all. It was still a hop bomb that provided everything I look for. I wasn't floored by it, but I enjoyed it more than the standard fare. Would really like to try this again, but a bit fresher. (2,015 characters)

Photo of glass_house
2.32/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle poured into a footed tulip

Light amber-orange with two fingers of off-white head that leaves a nice collar and sticky lacing. Aroma is a little bit of bright citrus and a lot of dank, funky grass.

Initial taste is some piney bitterness, but is quickly overshadowed by pungent onion and garlic. I force myself to drink half of this bomber thinking it might get better, but it gets worse. I throw in the towel and dump the rest. I guess the mouthfeel was ok, but it's tough to tell since I'm so distracted by the onion.

Not sure what to think. I enjoyed Palate Wrecker, West Coast IPA, and Green Bullet. I want to be fair but this beer actually disgusted me. It was the first time I have EVER picked up the infamous garlic/onion in any IPA, and I don't know why. Appears to be rather fresh (best by 7/27/14). Maybe too fresh??? Maybe some day I'll give it another shot, but for the price of a bomber I doubt it (925 characters)

Photo of sderenne
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received this in my "beer of the month club". I had only had one other beer from this brewery which was good,not great but good. This one blows the other IPA I had from them out of the water.
It's nice to see more great quality beers available to me. I have been a huge Sierra Nevada drinker for years.Their quality has always been top notch. Recently I have discovered other small breweries that are making very high quality beer. I feel blessed to live in Northern California and have so many quality beers being made in the area. Sacramento has and will have many small/startup craft brewers around the area. Many of these places are open only a few days a week and the beers are not being bottled,just served on tap or growlers to go but the quality is still very good. Its great to see people working and enjoying beers like other people in the past did with wines. (870 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed over the course of an evening, poured from the bottle into a pint glass. A light orange amber, just grading into bronze color with a large quantity of whitish foam on top. Nose is resplendent with leafy, floral, piney, and spicy hop aromatics, with some citrus and tropical notes apparent but more of a floral green spice up top. Palate is a yin-yang esque nigh-perfect integration of sweet and intensely bitter (or perhaps juxtaposition is a better word, as the flavors remain separate). Initially I get fresh orange juice and cotton candy, followed by a pulverizing blast of pine needles, quinine, black pepper, light onion/garlic and toasted crusts. There's the sweetness again, this time calling to mind orange creamsickle, tangerine and perhaps a little grapefruit, grape skins, peach. A lot of fruit flavors and there's gotta be hop varietals in here besides just Summit and Nugget, although there's more than enough green flavor and pungent spice to successfully ID these. Heavy duty stuff but has some of the flavor complexity of its little brother, West Coast IPA. The hops are aggressive but fail to overshadow the sweet malts, although I will say that the bitterness gathers steam and near the end I am getting that euphoric spicy numbing that I crave in this style. Pretty thick and syrupy yet smooth and drinkable (perhaps that's the endorphins talking). Fits the West Coast mould but maybe less tropical and more earthy/spicy than others. Haters gotta hate, but Green Flash has at least one diehard fan up here. (1,533 characters)

Photo of ahommell
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into Chimay Chalice

A: Turn signal amber. Turn signal is slightly aged with this hazy oxidized turn signal vibe it puts off. White head that pours a finger and stays around half that throughout. Lacing is considerable.

S: Floral hops. Grass. Citrus. Malt.

T: Floral. No hop bite that is in some IPAs. EXCELLENT. I don't believe I have had a better IPA. I might have bitten into a mellow hop pellet but I don't know it. It is delicious. Citrus. Lemon whites. Light alcohol. Full marks.

M: Medium to full bodied for style. Carbonation is adequate. Smooth, filling. The lack of burn from alcohol is absolutely refreshing.

O: May not have had a better IIPA. Green Flash has impressed me before; they only continue to impress. (755 characters)

Photo of Oakengroves
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Whole Foods pursuant to beer steward label stating, "beat Pliny in blind in-store taste test." A misrepresentation of sorts. A deep amber appearance. The scent is slightly off, as if the hops used were not very fresh. Great taste but a little flat. Acceptable mouth feel but lacking interesting spices or notes. An excellent imperial IPA, but not likely to purchase again. (385 characters)

Photo of Emnmarko
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy and with the color of honey. Nice two finger head hung out for a few minutes and left a tight creamy off white cap that left considerable lacing.

S- Spicy hop aromas mingle with a dank earthy smell. What a west coast imperial IPA smells like.

T- First sweet wet fruity citrus hop flavor then very quickly becomes pine needle and the forest floor. Hop forward brew with a biscuit - bready background.

M- Call it an extra medium bodied ale. Sits in the throught a bit. Good carbonation.

O- This a very good example of a west coast imperial IPA with a heavy dose of hops to enjoy. Green Flash did a fine job putting this brew together. I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys this type of beer. Cheers. (718 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep honeyed pour, off color white head dissipates quickly. Stratospheric lacing on the sides.

Aroma a floral blend of tropical fruits. Hop leaf sharpness tingles the nose and sweet rich malt.

As an imperial this holds true to character. Stark hop bitterness and malt supporting in harmony. The malt brings much depth to help coat the hop in the mouth. Grapefruit rind numbing on the tongue.

Mouthfeel has an oily slickness to it. Medium bodied and a welcomed lingering bitterness throughout.

A lot of fantastic IPAs available here (I know, first world problems) and part of me wants to grade this higher. An outstanding IPA that I've been waiting to try. Love what Green Flash is doing! (691 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- a medium amber with a big creamy white head. Head has great retention and leaves big lacing

S- big citrus hops and a pleasant malt sweetness

T- the taste is a nice level up from the aroma. Big hops are superbly balanced against the malt backbone

M- nice full feeling and a nice crisp finish

O- a nice big flavored IIPA (325 characters)

Photo of TheBigE5
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Golden amber, not quite perfectly clear, finger of head when poured

S - Very hoppy, floral and grassy

T - sweet at first, biscuity in the middle and the hops come back from the nose and emerge in the finish

M - very very smooth and lightly carbonated, which I prefer

The taste of a great IPA with a lot of hop character and nearly double the bang. (396 characters)

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

A:
Pours a clear brilliant orange with a big creamy beige head that settles from three inches to two or so. Excellent retention; beautiful, thick, even lacing.

S:
Mild alcohol sourness, caramel malts, astringent, piney and citrus-tinged hop aromas.

T:
Mellow and vaguely nutty with a rising bitterness that quickly falls back down before lingering and humming on your tongue for a while afterwards. Biscuit, earth, wet grass, citrus rind, hot dirt.

M:
Almost-coating, bubbly, and with a lingering tingle. Medium body. Almost creamy. Great for this kind of beer.

O:
Very good Double IPA.
This beer is just the right amounts of aggressiveness and restraint for a fiercely bitter IPA, in my book. A very pretty beer, the nose teases with some thick malt smells and some sweeter hop odors but the flavors are a hoppier and more tingly offshoot of this.
All-in-all, this is just about a perfect match of intense West Coast IPA characteristics with the most drinkability as possible.
Will have again; worth searching for if you are an IPA fan. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange-gold, good head.

Smell: Piney, grapefruit rind, underlying sweetness.

Taste: Bitter first, then a little caramel, then back to bitter. Solid citrus bitter throughout with a lasting bitter finish.

Overall: This fits my personal definition of a west coast double IPA. Tongue-bruising bitterness throughout with not as strong of a malt/sweet backbone. Hits the spot for a hop bomb. (405 characters)

Photo of jdhops
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a pint glass. Best by 3/1/14.

A: Pours a cloudy deep orange with a fluffy off-white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

S: Slight citrus, mostly grapefruit.

T: Piney with a bitter drying finish. And I mean that in the best way. The summit and nugget hops are quick, but not abrasive, and give this DIPA a unique weedy flavor. The bitterness lingers and dries in a way that invites repeated tastings.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O: Another winner from Green Flash. Not as hop-forward as Palate Wrecker or Green Bullet, but finishes a bit smoother. The 9.4% ABV is well-hidden behind the piney dryness. (635 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a willi becher.
Pours a nice medium amber, two fingers of head. Nice lacing.
Smell is hoppy and balanced with sweet breadiness.
Taste is very balanced, right in line with aromas. Clean.
Crisp finish.
Right in line with the classic west coast IPA style. Not overly hoppy, citrusy or floral. (328 characters)

Photo of smanders
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've liked a number of Green Flash offerings, so when I saw this 22 oz. for $7 at Wegmans I had to give it a try.

A - light copper color with a fairly creamy head.

S - more citrus (grapefruit and lemon) than pine. This one really whets the appetite.

T - a hint of orange juice followed by piney, bitter notes. Exceptionally balanced IIPA; nothing overwhelms...just a smooth, delicious melding of Summit & Nugget hops.

M - nice consistency for such a high alcohol DIPA/IIPA.

Drinkability - My first bottle was a drain pour, but thankfully I gave this one another try. Green Flash has really been presenting some fantastic ales to all of us out here on the east coast. Thanks GF! (683 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 3/17/14 labeled on the neck of bottle. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a glowing haze; fluffy white head that fades and leaves great retention and solid lacing. The aromas are very similar to Green Bullet, in my opinion. Lots of rubber. Some onion and garlic. Some grapefruit. The flavors have a solid bitterness to it. Lots of pine needles. More onion and garlic. This isn't a super fruity example of the style, although there are some citrus notes along with some underlying tropical notes. More grapefruit. Some lime. Even some pineapple in the mix. Malts seem to really take a backseat. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with active carbonation. It's smooth. Barely any hints of alcohol. This makes a nice sipper.

This is a unique take on the style. I personally like Palate Wrecker and Green Bullet more than this. It has alot of similarities with Green Bullet. The craftsmanship is definitely there, just like with all Green Flash beers. This is good stuff, but nothing overly exciting. (1,011 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas gift ...

Hazy light orange color with 1/2 finger of paper white head. Light retention. Decent, but thin lace.

Nose is a hops smorgasbord. Pine, grass, herbal, floral, and even a light tropical fruit component. Lots to enjoy here.

Taste is more tropical fruit with everything else appearing as an encore. Very hot, with significant hop esters. This is a big IPA.

Thin feel. This really is all about the hops.

Overall, one to try. So hop forward, may be difficult to go back to. (494 characters)

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

Poured from their bomber of this ale...

Appearance - Pours a quick finger of golden eggshell foam, body is a lightly hazed bright golden orange - just a beautiful ale, leaves beatiful webbed rings after each quaff.

Smell - Citrus of orange and lemon, tropical fruits of mango and papaya, grapefruit, whiff of pine, slight vanilla carmel, smells fantastic!

Taste - Oh my goodness the hops! Much like the nose, and so balanced and complex - this starts with a wonderful combination of citrus of oranges and ruby red grapefruit, I also get light unsweetened mango and papaya, this is accompanied by some huge floral hop flavors, near the end of the sip I get bittering dryness of peach pits and grapefruit pith, and finishing with dried citrus rinds and a touch of pine. No alcohol here whatsoever, perfectly hidden - all of this rides a whiff of malt backbone, imparting a flavor like a nearly unsweetened bullseye (carmel with a vanilla center) - this is not a sweet DIPA by any means, but provides just enough sweetness to counter the intense citrus and floral hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, the flavors are bold and fill the mouth. The carb is medium but very soft and smooth, like a gentle foam, with some wonderful bright edges at the back and sides of the tongue. Finishes nearly clean and somewhat dry, begging another quaff...

Overall - My first thought was that this could be Arctic Panzer if I were blindfolded, just add a bit of the fruitiness of Dreadnaught w/out the sweetness - the complexity and balance here are nearly perfect. At $5.49 a bomber I will pick this one up every time I see it. If you like your DIPA's on the dry bitter side, not sweet and nearly puckering, then this is a must try - two thumbs way up for me :) (1,748 characters)

Photo of dqderrick
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I could break this down further... but here is the Reader's Digest version.

For $6.99 and sometimes $5.99 here in San Diego, this IIPA/DIPA is one of the best.

Consistent, skunky smell, crazy hop taste with a strong pine and grapefruit.

For those reading this and preparing to taste, be sure to review. (306 characters)

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

Poured into a rinsed chalice from the bottle. Best by 3/1/2014

A: slightly hazy golden hued with a little activity. Shallow head to thin white ring.

S: Citrus, musty lemons. Biscuity malts. Bitter orange. Some lemon grass notes.

T: Bitter citrus, toasty malts. It's very smooth and lively and complex citrus blend. Imperial? This is different. Not as big as Imperial implies normally, but very intense and complex without being smack-you-over-the-head,

M: Medium filling. Creamy, oily....and inviting. This is Imperial? really? So damn smooth. This is a very nice bitter & multi-layer complex citrus finish, with toasty malts bringing a support structure.

O: I really like this. Complex. Like it muchly. (710 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottle says best by 03/01/14.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big and juicy hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus and piney hops. Upfront scent of citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, apricot, tangerine, lemon, and papaya. Big herbal and grassy hop presence with a big scent of dank pine resin. Soft pale malt background with hints of grains, caramel, cracker, and yeast. Very hop dominate. A very good West Coast aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy, oily, and bitter hop forward taste with big notes of citrus and pine. Big citrus hop presence upfront with notes of orange pulp, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, apricot, lemon, tangerine, and slight papaya. Big taste of herbal, earthy, and grassy hops with lots of oily pine resin. Background presence of pale malt with notes of grains, cracker, yeast, and caramel. A very good juicy West Coast IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Big full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very oily, juicy, and bitter. Very drying. Alcohol heat is hidden behind the hop assault.

Overall: A very good Imperial IPA. Not for the faint of heart as this is very bitter but a hop head should love it. (1,422 characters)

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 984 ratings.