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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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2,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 2046
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 smcolw


3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate level head, but it recedes slowly in a lumpy way. Slight haze on the orange-gold liquid.

Strong grapefruit-like hop aroma; there's an interesting aroma that reminds me of beef stew--rather odd.

Extra bitter, too much so--this is extreme. Good body. The beef stew shows up in the background.

If your idea of a good beer is sucking a hop pellet then this is one for you. I'm a hop head, but I prefer a little balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 00:50:11 | More by smcolw
Photo of Halcyondays


4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, 101 IBUs, uses Summit and Nugget Hops. Alc. 9%

A: Cloudy orange-yellow, with firm white head which leaves good lacing.

S: Smell is exceptional, from vibrant piney hops, to lemon candies, to freshly mown grass, the list goes on and on.

T: Brisk pine bitterness, cuts across the palate with some white grapefruit and cantaloupe backing it up. Small hints of malts in the aftertaste, but the taste is completely hop dominated, and improves quite nicely as it warms up.

M: Smooth and immensely creamy, a delight going down.

D: Pretty good, the 9% makes its presence known, but doesn't overtly knock you out. I agree with the label, highly quaffable for an Imperial IPA, this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 05:06:42 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of mactrail


2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Seems to have the same hops and flavor of the West Coast IPA, which may be great for you but not for me. More harsh than mellow, considering the big malty profile. Extravagant flare of hop fragrance and bitterness. Not a bad hop flavor, but just totally overdone. Very sharp, on the acidic side.

Appearance is nice, well foamed and plenty of spritz in the mouth. But it cuts right to the tongue. Only thing I can say on the plus side is the hops are extremely floral and not at all bad as aromatics, but they are overwhelmed by the dank grapefruit peel. I tried flavoring a couple of less hoppy beers, but the Green Flash took over like a bad dog.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 05:56:52 | More by mactrail
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice copper orange with nice fizzy head. Nose is floral hop aroma, some biscuity malts. Nice bitterness, but its all too much in the end. Malts are very heavy. A very toasted and caramel mats flavor, more than hops it seems. Smooth and dry finish. I thought the bottle was more hopfroward. On tap was pretty harsh! Wont drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 03:05:04 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of StonedTrippin


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

this is a high alpha bomb. it pours a funny orange honey color, with a lacey snowy white head on top that leaves some menacing lacing as it drinks. the nose is really fruity hops, almost tropical, with a sweeter malt profile and a lot of booze. it tastes like hop oil, like concentrate or something. very very intense hop flavor, a lot of fruit comes through from the nose too, pineapple and orange at the very least. big bold hops is all i can really taste after a few sips. mouthfeel is okay, feels heavy, even for an imperial. good carbonation though, and pretty drinkable for a beer of this size. its like all green flash beers really, a total hop overload, at the expense of complexity or other character, but it somehow all comes together. i liked this a lot, and at only 5 bucks a bomber, itll find its way into my fridge again.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 17:51:13 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of tempest


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

Had a goblet for $5 at Liberty St. Tavern. Appeared a clear amber with a short white head. The beer was rich with more classic American citrus hops, along the lines of Cascades, though I don't think those are used here. But it's the same sort of earthy, not quite catty, herbal grapefruit and pine character. There's a big, sort of thick caramel malt and bread backbone that's a little fuller than I'd like. Still, overall this is a fine example of the style. Big American hops backed by rich pale barley.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 04:28:44 | More by tempest
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from nugganooch; thanks Dane! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent orange-golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head leaves a ton of lacing on the glass and lasts for several minutes. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, light pine hops, and some light floral hops. Very hoppy and fruity, pretty nice.

t - Tastes of oranges, citrus hops, lemons, fruity malts, tropical fruitys, bready malts, some light caramel malts, and light alcohol. Not as hoppy as the nose and more malts, a slight step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light bitter bite up front.

o - Overall a very good DIPA. Nose is great and chock full of fresh hops and fruits. Taste is a little bitter and more malts come out, but it's a very good beer. Something I'd certainbly have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 01:55:11 | More by mdfb79
Photo of kojevergas


2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Newcastle glass at 1739 Public House in Los Feliz, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were above average given the brewery.

A: Pours a beige colour two finger head, somewhat thin, with no real cream and of typical retention. Colour is a hazy ruby-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubbl show.

Sm: Citrus and floral hops, some pine, and clean malts. Some light toasted character. An average strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, with off-putting bitterness towards the climax. Clean malts form the foundation. Little citrus; not enough to make it refreshing. A bit stale on the finish. Simple and imbalanced. A poor IPA. Not at all subtle.

Mf: Dreadfully thin; unable to support the flavours. Nicely crisp, though. A bit overcarbonated. Smoothness is off.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable for the style. Hides its ABV well. A middling, average effort from Green Flash. Enjoyable enough I guess, but priced quite high at $6.75. I wouldn't get this again.

Low C

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2012 17:47:50 | More by kojevergas
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 Rifugium


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Burp Castle, NYC, NY

I love a good Green Flash IPA. They're always full of big hops, and when I'm in the mood for a great IPA, I know to reach for a Green Flash. I prefer the regular to the imperial, as far as drinkability goes, but the imperial is still very good.

Poured into a stemglass, a clear, dark golden color with a finger of white head that receded quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Strong, potent hops fill the nose, and not much else to say about the aroma. Big, big hops on the tongue, with bitterness of citrus zest. Some pine and grass in there, but it's the hops that you notice more than anything. Bitter and very dry finish. You're left feeling like you've just had...an imperial IPA. Medium body and definitely drinkable if you're in the market for hops.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 16:47:04 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Billolick

New York

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

22 ounce bomber, pours clear light amber, with that oily, slightly greenish hue that I welcome in a hoppy SD style DIPA, Light tan, creamy, tiny bubble, long lasting head and thick film. Also leaves nice sheeting and sticky reams of lace. Blast o'citric hops for the sniffer. Smooth, heady brew, more grapefruity hop waves, riding on a fluffy bed of bread crusty malts. Yum yum, finely crafted creation. "SD style" DIPA is the fushizzle...love this stuff, giddy to find it on my way thru New Jersey...Its great to be an American...

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 03:28:13 | More by Billolick
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Will pour a five+ finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grapefruit nose and flavor is grapefruit hops and almost enough malt to balance. Light bitter aftertaste. $7.59 for a 22oz bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 22:08:02 | More by jdhilt
Photo of lacqueredmouse


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

Pours a slightly hazed but reasonably light pale golden colour. Head is very fine, a little filmy, but it stays across the top of the beer without breaking up. Lacing is intricate and fine, just like the head. Looks relatively light in body, but is belied by the static carbonation when it's swirled. Looks very nice.

Nose is pungent, cutting and biting. In fact, it's assaulting in quite a range of ways. Huge, potent citrus and grapefruit characters, almost going as far as crushed lemon leaves - the fruit is probably too sweet for this aroma - with a hint of BO and a slight skunkiness. It's not unpleasant, however. The potent notes just accentuate what a powerful beer this is. So many hops, and so fresh, so bold and so extreme. I love it.

Taste is much as I expected after the nose. Minimal sweetness, and a cutting but clean hop bitterness right through the centre of the palate. Citrus is dominant throughout, with a slight astringency coming through and the fruit characters drop away. It's pretty well on-target for an Imperial IPA, but the lightness in the body, and the lack of sweetness almost makes it feel a little unbalanced.

This is unapologetic, and while it really only does one thing - dose you up with clean and fresh hops - it does it well. The lightness in turn aids the drinkability, although at 9.4% ABV you probably want to share a bomber anyway. Tasty brew nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 00:54:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
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 Wasatch


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice cloudy golden orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy off-white one-finger head, with a very nice thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, sweet, very nice blend of malts, citrus, and pines. The taste is a hop bomb, slightly malty, nice touch of citrus and pines. Also, a nice chewiness to this brew. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice DIPA, recommended for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 22:39:02 | More by Wasatch
Photo of corby112


3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a two finger pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Dank, resinous aroma with a good balance of earthy and fruity hop character. Very floral with hints of grass and line followed by tropical and citrus fruit notes. Hints of orange peel, grapefruit and
mango followed by some pale malt and strong booze.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a blast of dry, tongue coating hop bitterness that's countered by some faint tropical fruit, pale malt and strong alcohol flavor. Hits of pine needle, pineapple and grapefruit are quickly countered by bread, biscuit and boozy heat. The high abv isn't very well masked and it takes away too much of the hop flavor for my liking. Still, a really solid interpretation of the style. Just a bit too boozy for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 02:42:53 | More by corby112
Photo of DoubleJ


3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have 22 ounces of fun in my hand. Here's my nightcap, so on to the beer:

Poured into an oversized wine glass, the beer is a deep chill-hazed blonde color that glows. Major hop aroma, smells of tropical fruits and a surprisngly strong chocolate scent. Not a very hoppy beer at all, nor is it all that bitter for a DIPA. The label expresses "101 I.B.U.", but it sure doesn't taste bitter. There were some piney notes, but I kept thinking about sweet treats as I consumed this. The feel seems a little thinner for the style.

Despite being a San Diego brewed IPA, it doesn't deliever as much hops as one might hope. But it sure does deliever with the booze : )

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 06:11:45 | More by DoubleJ
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 biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Orange coloured body with copper overtone. Large, foamy head that erupted right off the pour, reminding me of those volcano experiments with baking soda used for elementary school science experiments. The head would eventually simmer down and left thick remnants of lacing where it once lay. Each bubble is boldly outlined. Hazy, with only shadows able to be seen on the other side.

An aroma of citrus! All the citrus of the rainbow: mandarin, tangerine, orange, lemon; vibrant and fresh. All the smells are so exuberant! Not so much resiny, or even 'green', this is simply fruity. A wonderful mandarin/tangerine aroma, testament to the excellent hop bill!

A fairly light mouthfeel especially considering the alcohol percentage. The malts make up a sturdy base. A light graininess. Some acidity can be felt as hits the back of the throat on the way down. There's an occasional, additional sting which may again be part result from acidity of the hops, or perhaps (more likely) the high level of alcohol (which, otherwise, couldn't be detected).

Toasted malts, in generous amount, make the base of the flavour. The taste of citrus, especially in the aftertaste, is strong with good, lasting resonance on the palate. An almost orange pop sickle character at times. Strong flavour of mandarin and tangerine.

Well, for something that poured with big head, had a big hop smell, a big hop taste, and a big alcohol percentage this really didn't drink like it was all that "big" - credit to the brewers. It was rather pleasant and very easy to enjoy on a lovely, summer afternoon.

Thanks BeerTruth!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 14:03:08 | More by biegaman
Photo of johnmichaelsen


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

Finally available in Maryland!!! On tap at Max's.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose... just some light dank earth, light pepper, light dry citrus and some noticeable pine. What I do get is very, very good, and promises a dry, west coast DIPA. On the palate this is flat out yummy. The pine really comes through in this West Coast all the way DIPA, and the bitterness is huge and impressive. There's enough malt to keep the bitterness in check, but otherwise the hops really shine through in this excellent beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full in this dry, bitter DIPA. Also, while I can tell the alcohol is up there, it's not at all intrusive or obtrusive. The finish is long, piney, and endlessly bitter.

Just an altogether in your face, kick ass West Coast DIPA. Thank you God....

Edit from 11/4/11. This beer seems to now be fairly available on tap here in Baltimore (knock on wood), and so I've been able to have it a few times. Maybe my sense of smell was off when I first had it, because the last few times, I've been hugely impressed by the dank earth, dry citrus and pine I pick up on the nose. Just an all around incredible, unusally outstanding DIPA... this is an incredible addition to the beer scene here in Bawlmore.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 19:49:04 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to fartingdog for hooking me up with this via BC2. You rock!

Pours a crystal clear amber, huge fluffy white head forms, massive chunky lace, nice retention, looks pretty damn good. Smell is kind of subdued, but grapefruit and pineapple, floral, caramel, some pine hops, pretty nice although not destroying my nasal passage. Taste is nice, grapefruit, some pineapple, floral, caramel, honey, resinous hops, some fruity alcohol notes in the finish, perfect bitterness, but leaves something to be desired. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, low carbonation, nice alcohol warming, which is hidden pretty well. Nice solid DIPA, won't knock your socks off but drinks pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 01:36:42 | More by Viggo
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours much darker than the usual ipa from green flash. Approaching brown ale territory. Smell, subdued for Imp ipa, but you know its there in its hop glory.

Taste, a little much malt heft and whatnot for my preference. Their single Ipa is much better for going to the edge of the cliff with the hops, this one seems to jump up the malt bill a little much for San Diego style. All in all a good beer, just not incredible like the single.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 00:59:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Bighuge


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light copper. Frothy one finger head. Ivory white. Lace comes in webby rings. Got a great nose of juicy pink grapefruit pulp, bong resin and leather. My kind of nose for an IIPA. The flavor is pretty good too. It's got that grungey, resiny, oily hop feel to it. I get a hint of garlic on the palate as well. The malts are firm. They don't stand out obviously, but they don't fucking back down either. Toffee and caramel come to mind in this malt backbone. Alcohol gives a little bit of a lingering spiciness. But for 9%, I really don't get much on the buds. Very interesting and quite good. I could drink a few of these. For 101 IBUs, the bitterness really doesn't seem over-the-top.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 04:36:10 | More by Bighuge
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Light golden orange color with a big fluffy white head.

S: Light pine aroma, perfume flowery aroma with some spiciness.

M: Sweet grapefruit upfront is followed by a very smooth and even floral finish. Bittering is soft and eloquent from start to finish and not over the top like other imperial ipas and fades nicely on the tongue. Touts a 101ibu rating. Nicely balanced and incredible soft bittering hop tones from 2 lesser known and used hop varieties Summit and Nugget. Big floral flavor upon warming.

M: nice rounded fullness, carbonation and smooth

D: Incredible drinkability, well balanced and goes down effortlessly. high recommend and very good enjoyability factor.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 00:47:26 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Stinkypuss


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

Green Flash, Imperial IPA

Pours a clear yellow with a chill haze. Relatively small foam, good lacing and retention. Aroma of west coast hops, floral, citrusy, grapefruit. In the taste, nice tropical fruit west coast style IPA, hop forward, decent balance and a good hit of alcohol in the end. Medium bodied, alittle syrupy. Strong and tasty. Overall, I liked it but it is very intense. For a double IPA, its about right.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 13:27:31 | More by Stinkypuss
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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