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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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2,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 2047
Reviews: 955
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)
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Photo of FtownThrowDown


2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into my pint glass.
Pours a golden color with only the slightest of head that quickly recedes and is gone.
Smell. The smell is sticky-icky. You know when you get done cutting the grass and you turn the mower over to clean out the clumps. Yeah, that in a glass.
The taste is pretty much the same as the smell but with the obvious hop bitterness. Now I'm more of a fan of the simcoe hop. The juicier, more citrusy hop.
But for what it's worth, this beer was easily drinkable. It went down smooth. The mouthfeel was well balanced between the hops and what malt there was.
The alcohol does come through quite apparent. It's not hiding no where. It's as up front as the hops are.
Which is about the only thing that keeps this beer from being highly sessionable. A good offering. I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 13:44:12 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extraordinarily clear yellow/orange/gold body, topped by three fingers of rocky off-white foam. Dense lacing.

Big, powerful aroma of citrus and pine asserts itself even with the glass and bottle sitting passively on the desk.

Opening sip is sweet malty, but the malt more slips by then lays a foundation. Its a sand castle that's wipe out before its even shaped. Hops come roaring in, juicy yes, but also highly aggressive, sandblasting the mouth and tongue and roaring through like a bullet train. After adjusting to the force of the hops, there's an enjoyable orange streak running through the beer to the finish. Big hop snap at the swallow, and a lingering tingle in the center of the tongue, along with a caustic aftershock through the rest of the mouth.

Mouthfeel is a little sloppy, but ok overall. Good drinkability.

Could use a firmer malt foundation, but if you're looking for some aggressive hops, they are here. Not sure that Green Flash really needs an Imperial IPA, considering their wonderful West Coast IPA, but it's certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 21:31:44 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of cbl2

New York

2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2/2/2007 $5.25 22 oz. 9.00% No best by date.


Pours a weak, hazy orange that is topped by a half inch of tight white head that slowly settles.


Fresh (too fresh) nose blistering hops (a combo of Summit and Nugget varieties) masks a backround of muted citrus. Herbal notes are too intense, and approaching mulch pile in fragrance.


Harsh metallic/medicinal notes kick off this taste-bud obliterator. The 101 IBU's are more than apparent (coupled with a pine sensation) as my palate puckers in defense of this affront to my senses. I love DIPA's when they are done well, but this one is not. Too one sided, with very little balance (a note of sweetness appears towards the end, I think. My mouth was a little too busy recuperating to notice).

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 19:09:18 | More by cbl2
Photo of Zorro


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a clear copper colored ale with not much head formation and it doesn't last long. Still it is a nice looking Double IPA.

Smell is sweet, strong, fruity and spicy. There is an onion like odor to this with a trace of garlic to me it smells like scallion. Strong grapefruit and pine aroma mix with some pineapple scent.

The taste begins sweet and funky with an onion bread flavor and some bitterness. Strong pine sap and turpentine flavor and a numbing effect from the hop dose are the first things that are noticeable. Good and strong this has the basic flavors of a double IPA down; what this lacks is the extra subtleties that you get from the best examples of the style. Still if all you want is a butt kicking from hops this will do in a pinch.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not bad in the drinkability department so long as you don't mind that faint onion flavor, since I love onion and garlic breads this is not a problem. It isn't a very strong flavor and many would miss the taste. This is no Russian River or Three Floyds product but I could see buying this again if nothing like that were available.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 06:02:56 | More by Zorro
Photo of DrJay


3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty clear, light orange colour with a fluffy, off-white head. Finer bubbles tended to stick to the glass, leaving the coarser ones to form a cap on the beer. Piney, earthy hop aroma with a bit of powdery aspirin and just a hint of cattiness. Bitterness dominates the flavour with just a little malt sweetness backing it up (you really have to look for it). Hop flavour abounds, lots of pine resin and grapefruit rind, earthy notes and a little spicey. The lingering hop bitterness definitely leaves the palate dry. Medium bodied with average carbonation, a little on the coarse side yet appropriate somehow. Quite a hop bomb, but it still manages to hold together.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 23:55:52 | More by DrJay
Photo of drewbage


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nice fresh bomber procured and sampled in celebration of taking the Jeopardy Contestant quiz. Woo!

Pale pale brilliantly clear copper beer with a billowing white head of foam that holds fairly well down the pint.

Aroma is of cats fighting in pine boughs. It's a big ugly, a big pungent, loud and delightfully obnoxious.

Barest hints of crystal malt futilely holds back an onslaught of pine scented cleansing waves of hop flavor. Finish is a little sweet on the lips and a little lingeringly bitter on the tongue.

Overall a nice, average DIPA (god, did I just call a DIPA average? strange world)

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 05:32:56 | More by drewbage
Photo of sloejams


3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Being a big fan of Green Flash's West Coast IPA, picking up a bombers of these was a no brainer. Unlike the regular IPA, the balancing of this was off enough for me to be disappointed. The grapefruit ting was a bit much. Still this was a not bad offering and certainly worthy of a try. Me, I'll stick to their IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 20:56:25 | More by sloejams
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper with about three fingers of mammoth head. Slow to die, it leaves some clumps of lacing on the way down.

S - MMM! Hops. Grapefruit pith and spruce with other strong citrus notes. Some white pepper and a little biscuity character too.

T - A bit of a peppery alcohol with a strong pine bitterness. A slight biscuity finish joins the waning pine on the finish. That alcohol is too promnient a feature here for my tastes.

M - Thin, a little harsh and only slighty refreshing.

D - Pretty good, the mouthfeel could afford to be better and the abv makes its presence know much more than it should. But it really isn't bad all around. I probably won't have it again (especially with that delicious barleywine for the same price), but if offered, I wouldn't pass it up..

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 23:19:06 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of warriorsoul


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to zrrbrrt for this new beer...
Pours a golden peach color with two fingers of white head...half of which goes nowhere and what recedes leaves behind some thick, web-like lacing.
Tons of citrus hops in the nose...Juicy-fruit gum comes to mind.
Has some sweetness to it...adding a touch of caramel to the hoppiness.
Taste is incredible...less balanced than others, but well appreciated here. Dusty hops that coat the enamel...very fruity with a huge bitter bite to finish it off.
Mouthfeel is above medium-bodied...not cloying in the least. Dangerously drinkable...bomber went away in no time.
I am now sold on any beer this place puts out...but it is their IPA's that will keep me coming back again and again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 23:20:04 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of MaltyGoodness


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazed orange-amber with a creamy white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Rich, layered hop aroma. Waves of pine and citrus, loads of grapefruit. Fresh and tangy smelling.

Huge hop flavor, a tasty combination of piney and citrusy hops. A very tangy grapefruit flavor that allows subtle hints of the underlying caramel malt base to sneak through. High IBUs, but maintains enough balance to keep it in check. Well crafted brew.

Full body, light carbonation.

A very nice DIPA, with good drinkability. A good example of the style, it maintains some control where many others become unbalanced. Hopheads will want to get their hands on this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 04:05:24 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a thick three finger head that lasts quite a while. The head settles to a thick surface foam that remained. Nice lacing painted the glass.

Smell: loads of pine and grapefruits fill the air. No need to stick the nose in the glass to pick up aroma.

Taste: well balanced double IPA. Hearty malt profile, loads of pine, green grapes, and biting grapefruits. Alcohol is definitely noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Prickly crisp and dry at the start, smoother and dry at the finish. Very long aftertaste as the bitterness and citrus glues to the tongue.

Drinkability: the high alcohol levels drop this down a bit. Overall this was a very fresh and tasty DIPA. One bottle will keep you busy for a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 14:08:52 | More by Gavage
Photo of IntriqKen


4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours golden yellow and crystal clear.
Two finger head
Aromas are ....damn this is fresh smelling..totally hops....green citrus and very much pine oils.
Taste is just plain balanced...sweet malts and bitter hops...pine oils, grapefruit peel, orange peel.
Finish to drying citrus tang.
Wonderful...want another sip...and another...and maybe a whole mouthful.
Very good FRESH DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 04:10:01 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of SkinnyElvis


3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Crosling for the bomber in a trade. Unusual for me, but I prefer the Green Flash IPA to the double. Lighter in color than a DIPA. Unusual hops nose. Tastes good but the hop profile is not typical. Fairly easy to drink.

Scary to think me and my BA bro blitheringidiot are starting to review beers sequentially but while on opposite coasts. D'BLOH!


Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 00:34:29 | More by SkinnyElvis
Photo of blitheringidiot


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a golden vitreous whiskey hue topped with a settled frothy off white collar displaying no bubbles rising.

Amazingly potent scents of bright vicious hops that awake my nose like that of a smelling salt. Some serious cat pee in this nose. Wow! Like a pine cone straight outta the john! But not that there's anything wrong with that!

First swigs: Pine tree sap and pine cone bitter with that signature San Diego 2IPA aspect of hops that seems to be all the rage "with the kids" these days. Some mouth puckering fresh grapefruit is an understatement. Bracing flavors with a floral secondary flavor.

Medium to full bodied with a glue hops. IBUs must be through the roof, here. Tacky and syrupy. Wow!

Last swigs: Kudos for using Nuggett and Summit. Surprised to find that there is no Simcoe in here. This will smack the smile off your face and put it back on!

Beer is good. Happy 2IPA beering.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 06:58:51 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear, full copper color. It is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head that has some staying power to it and even leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. As I pours this a hit of hop aromatics hit my nose; it even has that sort of rank hop character. Ah yes, the aroma is definitely massively hop driven. In addition to the characteristic fruity American hop character there is a touch of the rankness that almost has a sort of garlic-like, maybe onion-type, but certainly herbaceous; a sort of hop reek if you will. A hop reek that seems to be characteristic of a hop like Summit, though this beer is not overly Summit driven, which can get too distracting. Don't get me wrong though, this beer is dominated by the typical fruity hop driven notes; I get notes of grapefruit, concentrate apricot, lychee, peach and even some light tropical fruit notes. If you really dig for it you can notice some biscuit like malt character, but by and large the malt aromatics only play a supporting role for hops that are the focus of this beer.

Served at a cool, 58°F (14°C), this beer has a bracing hop bite to it from the get go. A long lingering bitterness finishes this beer off, though I would not say that the bitterness is over the top. Lightly sweet from the underlying malt, this serves to accentuate the fruity hop notes. The herbaceous, green hop character from the aroma is a touch muted here in the flavor, but is most certainly still noticeable. The hop character actually has a nice balance between fruit & herbal notes; both are over the top (as they should be in a good Double IPA) and in fact this beer actually leaves a touch of hop burn as it flows down to my stomach. The hop character communicates flavors of candied orange peel, peaches, lychee and tropical fruit as well as notes of basil, a touch of onion, and herbaceous pine. What this thing hits perfectly is the mouthfeel / body; it remains light and drinkable and does not take on that sticky sweetness of many examples of this style; certainly this is a west coast version, and that is certainly the stylistic version that I prefer. It is by no means dry though, there is just enough malt to add some sweetness that really helps to carry the hop flavors.

Deliciously hoppy, yet at times aggressively burning; this is certainly an exercise in self flagellation. I had forgotten how enjoyable a raw, aggressive hop bomb could be, but at the same time it makes me remember that this (and most examples of the style) is not something I would want to be drinking every day.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 01:02:44 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of SacoDeToro


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright golden/amber color with a small foamy white head.

The aroma was of very citrusy and herbal hops. Some alcohol and light biscuit was in the nose.

The flavor of the beer was powerfully bitter with huge amounts of grapefruit and earthy spice. The maltiness was light and crisp - just the way I like it in a double IPA. As the beer warmed, more of the spicy earthiness came out in the hops, along with some gassiness. The flavors were reminiscent of Centennial and Chinook hops, but with noticeably less coarseness. The combination of Summit and Nugget hops in this brew prove to be quite nice.

The carbonation was just right and the mouthfeel was light and crisp.

The was an excellent DIPA with a very distinct hop profile from many of the other DIPAs out right now. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 21:10:57 | More by SacoDeToro
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dull copper orange color with scores of little bubbles racing to the surface. Head is fairly creamy with a light beige tint to it.

S: Fresh OJ, grapefruit rind, floral hops and lemons.

T: Starts with marischino cherries and old orange juice. Lot of lymon and grapefruit rind in there as well which transitions to that "band aid" taste. Alcohol is very present and adopts the band aid flavor before handing it over to a grainy taste. Finishes really grainy with a strong herbal bitterness to it.

M: Full mouthfeel with a nice consistency to it. Probably the best part of the beer.

D: This beer just didn't work for me. Flavors weren't balanced and I found some of the aspects just not desirable. But I also wouldn't categorize this beer as bad.


Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 21:20:15 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of mentor


3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle obtained from Liquor Max (Loveland), thanks to Crosling for the recommendation. Pours a two finger light orange-tan head over a crystal clear gorgeous copper liquid. Smells wonderful. Rich sweet pink grapefruit, pine, oranges, lemon zest. Some fruity esters, but they are buried below the intense hops.

Tastes dry and much more mild hop flavor than I was expecting. Sharp grapefruit and flat dry hop oils. Some grassy and malt sweet with a mouthfeel much less than I would expect from a DIPA. Fruity is buried way beneath and has no distinct character. Overall very dry bitter beer which appears worse, because of the rough alcohol finish. Mild ethanol flavor in the finish that is drying and rubbing alcohol in the aftertaste. The flavors of this beer are disjointed. Compared to the enticing smell, the flavor is quite a let-down.

Md to md-light body and heavy carbonation. not very drinkable, but it got me a good lit on.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 02:54:29 | More by mentor
Photo of BeerRun13


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pors a super clear deep gold color with a solid/sturdy, bubbly cream color head. Fades a bit and leaves awesome lace.
Resin hop aroma. Pine, citrus, and something I would have to describe as almost pungent or musty... but in a good way. Reading the lable, this may be one my first encounters with sumit hops, but not sure.
Hops galore in this one. Pine for sure, a touch of citrus, and a flavor that mirrors that other quality I got from the nose. Sweet mid sip and a big bitterness that washes it down. Bitterness grows as you drink.
Medium to full bodied. Nicely carbonated. Oily and slick.
I know that one of these days hops are gonna kill my taste buds, but I love 'em. This one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 22:10:43 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of weeare138


3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to doppel07 for breaking this 22 ounce bottle open...
Appears a transparent, light orange with a small white head. Tiny speckles of lacing are left aound the glass.
Smell is of skunky, sticky marijuana, spicey, earthy, citrus, bordering cat piss, and intense spiced grapefruit.
Taste is sweet, spicey, citrus, earthy, bitterly hopped, woody with a grassy rawness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, mildly sweet, and semi-dry.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 19:45:46 | More by weeare138
Photo of akorsak


3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 650 mL bomber from my 2006 Secret Santa, nvsblman.

A: The ale is a copper red color with a small wispy head that laces well.

S: The ale has a very pungent hop aroma. I pick up some grapefruit but it is overpowered by the pungency.

T: The ale has an interesting taste. The intense hops in the nose pop up in the taste too. There is a bit of grapefruit hops but there is a lot of bitterness that doesn't fit in with the grapefruit. It has the effect of making the whole beer taste bad. I think that the hops are a little too overloaded, not paired well together.

M: The mouth is dominated by the strong, intensely bitter hops.

D: The drinkability is limited by the higher abv and a taste that is too bitter and unfocused. Stick with the West Coast IPA for a nice hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 03:22:24 | More by akorsak
Photo of jwc215


3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden amber with a lasting, thin white head that leaves some traces of lacing down the glass.

The smel is of pine. My Christmas tree should smell so piney - If I were not in the same room, I would have thought I was standing to close to it. Slightly musty.

I should have known from the smell - pine - can almost taste the sap and everything. Some sweet malt ties the piney hops together, but hardly balances it out any. Some citrusy hops try to emerge but are held back by the overwhelming pine. The alcohol is noticeable, but not as much as expected for abv level.

Creamy body. Feels full. A slight acidity, almost metallic, aftertaste left on the tongue detracts a bit.

There is something of a smoothness about it, and plenty of hops, but the overwhelming pine, slight mustiness, and acidity make this fit the "mediocre" category for this style pretty well. Not a total loss if you are into pine, but I won't be getting this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 18:24:53 | More by jwc215
Photo of phisig137


3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber/ golden color, with a one finger head from a vigorous pour. Decent retention with no lacing, just a small ring of foam in the glass.

Aroma is outrageous. Pine-sol. Seriously piney hops, along with some grassiness, combined with a decent level of alcohol present in the nose, makes this smell like floor cleaner. This is definitely a love it or hate it smell. I think it's pretty good, and leaves me curious as to the flavor.

Unfortunately, I'm let down here. Tons of hop flavor, but not well integrated at all. Very little malt presence does not help this at all. The different hop flavors clash quite badly, leaving you with an unpleasant bitterness that is harsh and metallic. Mouthfeel is fairly full and creamy. Drinkability is pretty good for the alcohol.

I've got to say that I've very disappointed in this. The Green Flash West Coast IPA I really enjoy sometimes, this one just doesn't do it at all. Very unbalanced, harsh hoppiness, with no malt to back it up. Their standard IPA is much better. For that matter, their barleywine is a far better DIPA than this is... I won't be buying it again...

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 02:03:18 | More by phisig137
Photo of Beaver13


3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is strong piney and peppery hops with a little charcoal and doughy malts underneath.

The flavor is kind of a mish-mash. There's some sweet bready malts, a little fruitiness (melon) and a good amount of hops (piney, peppery and floral). It ends with some harsh bitterness and a little sweetness and a weird aftertaste. The flavor profile is just not very smooth and the flavors don't blend well. The mouthfeel is medium with some harsh carbonation.

Overall, this was a bit of a let down. I like their IPA, so I was looking forward to this, but it was not as good.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 07:37:27 | More by Beaver13
Photo of DogFood11


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter it forms a fluffy white head that leaves some sliding lace. Orange outer shell and copper towards the core but fairly light overall. Pretty good lacing that is coat like and sticky.

Piney as a mu fucka. This is my third bomber out of the case and I admit I went into it thinking it would be a doubled up version of their west coast IPA. Kind of like when I and others have gone into Sierra Nevada IPA thinking it must be a hoppier version of the pale ale when they are completely different and independant of eachother. This is the same in that it doesn't reflect any of the attributes of its IPA. The verdict here is that its hop profile couldn't be farther from its smaller product. This offering is huge in RAW PINEY HOPS!! Its very raw and somewhat musky, but at the end of the day the pine needles take over. Wet towel malt profile is a complete afterthought but its hiding in the backdrop.

Notes: Love this brewery. I had to re-review this offering as it has grown on me and now I love this thing. My first impressions were that it was too raw but in the right mood this thing is a hop lovers dream. I can appreciate the quality of this. Double up that hop recipe for the west coast IPA and you'll have beer gold. For now though this brew has a time and a place where it fits perfectly. In typical Green Flash style the price is very reasonable.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 08:15:17 | More by DogFood11
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,047 ratings.