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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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Ratings: 2050
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:
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(Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006)
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this thanks to Rus - thanks!

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger, slightly off-white head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of herbal, almost grassy hops with a good deal of citrus hop aromas lurking in the background, all backed up by pale malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors with hints of caramel malt are joined shortly by hop flavors that are equally herbal and citrus. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the glass and could have a few more.

Overall this is a solid DIPA, though it's just a hair away from being great. Still, worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 21:40:53 | More by glid02
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

A: Slightly hazy and light orange in color. The beer has a thick inch of head that leaves a great deal of lacing on the pint glass.

S: Hops, tart citrus, malt, respectively.

T: This DIPA tastes good, but is not the hop bomb I was expecting from Green Flash. The flavor is a hybrid of a hop driven, high alcohol DIPA and a maltier, more balanced version of the style. This is a big beer, for sure. I do wish it was more hop forward with less malt presence. I purchased this from a good store where the beer was kept cold, but there's really no way to discern the freshness of the beer, other than an educated guess based on the flavor.

M: Hop bitterness with a heavy dose of malt and alcohol in the finish. The feel is medium to full in body, with appropriate carbonation levels.

D: Although in my ideal world this be a bit different, the flavors found here are certainly enjoyable. Green Flash knows how to brew excellent beers, and even those that aren't necessarily my cup of tea (or beer) are still good brews and worth buying

Notes: Put a bottling date on your beers, especially IPAs and DIPAs! It's not that hard, and this small deed would be so helpful and informative to the consumer. Thank you to breweries like Dogfish Head and Russian River who have been doing this for years.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 22:47:00 | More by Huhzubendah
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Gusler

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer dispenses from the 22-ounce bottle a somewhat hazy golden orange to amber with a majestic creamy white head that lingers long before vanishing, lace forms a solid sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, pushed by the hop floral aroma, lime like in its crispness, delightful sniff. Start has a decent malt presence, hops provide a huge spicy bite, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a strong acidity, the hops potent in their spiciness, sweet, bitter aftertaste welds itself to your palate, excellent beer, and a delight for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 18:22:32 | More by Gusler
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 received in my recent trade with Mhewes... Big thanks Michael, this will be a nice touch to the coming DIPA tasting... sharing slightly with Brenda, mine into my Smokestack glass.

1" head... with good lacing.. brew is a hop hazed light orange.

Nose is a big blast of tangerine skin and grapefruit.. some serious grassiness to it also.. just enough sweetness to keep the hoppiness from jumping out of the glass and sticking to my nose hairs.

Big bitterness out of the gate melts into a short lived malty/caramel sweetness then batted out of the park by a bunch of hop flavor.. citrus... lime... floral.. and again some grassiness.. The body is pretty middle of the road for DIPA's and the carbonation is a little sparse lending to a creaminess. Overall, this may be a little TOO weighted to the hop flavor for me, but it is by no means bad.. just seems a little out of whack for my palate.

Another nice beer from a cool trader... thanks again Michael.

3.5/4/4/4/4

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 07:06:12 | More by JohnGalt1
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Brad007

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another Green Flash ale to review. This time, their DIPA.

Pours a mixture of gold/light amber with a very frothy head into my glass.

There's a decent amount of citrus and malt in the nose. Still, I wish it were more aromatic.

An explosion of hops envelopes the tongue, followed by just the right amount of sweet, bready malt. The hops themselves have a minty edge. I'm terrible with telling apart hops but I can tell you that they're an integral part of any DIPA.

Lingering chewy malt and hop essences make up the mouthfeel. Exactly what you want when drinking something like this.

I don't know. I wouldn't call it the best I've had. Still, a hophead can't go wrong with this.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 05:47:39 | More by Brad007
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Aggressive head, off white and tan mixes with some uniformity and a fist full globing size. Body color is a gorgeous crystal clear orange amber.. WOW sheening orange glimmering body color here just a great looking brew with some good retention, not much lacing, nearly "perfect" looking. Tilting gives red rose highlights in the body, just SICK!

Bouquet is a giant meaty sausage basket. Dank earth hops, without the soil bent. Seasoned sausage and herbs, what the hell is going on here! I am craving salami and sopressata smelling this thing! Dense. I am drooling!

Palate and taste hits with a fantastic wicked dense mouthfeel. Thick malt plays with an earthy hop bent that rolls and brings earthy soil and dank character. Not sweet. A little one dimensional, nothing fruity or unique, just a good earth bent.

Overall, kerrpies, I need a cheese plate here with this. A real great looking brew that just screams food pairing, mixing a non boozy hop rush and balanced earth boquet that screams winning. Nice job.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 21:23:52 | More by smakawhat
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden with a decent initial head that fades to a thin cap. Pretty good lacing. Smells of spearmint, coriander, bubblegum. Unusual hop profile in the smell, also quite dry. Taste is somewhat similar, but the coriander note is quite a bit more restrained. Alittle waxy and a little beefy tasting with big but meaty/earthy hops.I don't get much citrus. I like the regular ipa quite a bit better than this. The alcoholseems somewhat restrained.A little slick in the mouth with a fairly big, dry body. Not the most drinkable beer on the planet. Very dry, alcoholic, and with a hop profile that doesn't charm makes it a one time thing for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 21:42:59 | More by Georgiabeer
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HopHead84

California

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

On tap at Newport Pizza.

Pours a vibrant golden orange with a 1 finger head. Retention is pretty good and the minimal lacing is scattered. It was a pretty bad pour. The aroma is of grapefruit and other citrus, with some pine. There is no malt aroma to speak of. The taste is very citrusy. Mostly delicious bitter grapefruit. There is a high level of hop bitterness and the alcohol is well hidden. Where is the malt? Oh, I nearly forgot, this is a San Diego Pale Ale. I love the flavor. Finish is dry and very bitter. The beer is nicely carbonated. It's medium bodied, dry, and has a sticky mouthfeel. I could drink quite a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2009 20:05:41 | More by HopHead84
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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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear to very lightly hazy golden yellow to orange in color. The beer has a two finger tall dense light beige head that reduces by about 40% leaving a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: What a super intense hoppy aroma! Aromas of pine/resin and citrus/orange rind hops dominant the smell. This is so inviting.

T: The flavors start with a light amount of malty sweetness that is quickly overtaken by the intense hop flavors. There are pine/resin flavors as well as orange citrus from the hops, though the orange is more a bitter orange rind. Light notes of spices and quite a bit of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and lightly oily.

O: Way too intense to be an easy drinking beer or sessionable, this is much more of a sipping beer for the evening. The flavors and aroma of this beer are really quite enjoyable and definitely a beer that I really enjoyed, would get again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 00:17:28 | More by dbrauneis
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Bronze with an off-white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Big hop aroma with plenty of depth (grapefruit, pine, liquid reefer & an underlying herbaceous quality that's quite unique). Toffee & a little cotton-candy/fruity-sweetness round out the nose.

T: Grapefruit, pine, grass & herbs; bready with a little toffee sweetness; crisp bitterness is not at all harsh (low cohumulone); alcohol is really well-hidden. The quality malts & herbal hops are somewhat Maibock-like, but then the westcoast hops really hit you. It's not a stereotypical DIPA, but I really like it.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth and creamy with a little hop acidity.

D: Incredibly drinkable for its weight.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 20:40:22 | More by Derek
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip April,15 2011

A clear copper with not much for visible carbonation but somehow produces a thumbs width of cream colored foam the has a short life but leaves a fair bit of lace

S nice nose with tangerine, grapefruit, guava, pine and toffee, pretty strong tropical fruits going on here and I like it a fair bit, this is what I think of when a big West Coast DIPA is what I'm thinking about. I could smell this all day

T now its all about the rind of the big citrus fruits I could smell and there's a little more pine, something should be said for how well concealed the booze is and it has some earthy tones but compared to the smell it's lacking (still good though)

M fairly bitter but I wouldn't guess 100+ IBU's but I'm not that surprised I suppose, leaves some grit on the gums and I'd be tasting this even after a few lagers

O a solid DIPA and if .25 increments were an option here they would have been dropped a couple times so I'll make up for it in the overall

I'm a little surprised how fast this bomber hit my gut (and my head for that matter) but what can you do? world class smell going on here and its very drinkable for a big hop bomb that should make this one worth seeking out if your a hop head

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 06:30:57 | More by wordemupg
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ccrida

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my St. Feuillien goblet, the Green Flash IIPA is bright bronze with a 1 finger egg shell head that quickly subsides to a pretty thick collar and skim that coats most of the empty glass with creamy foam. Very nice.

The aroma is classic west coast hops, big and bold, but not as over the top as I was expecting. Perhaps it was the blurb on the label about the San Diego style IPA, but this is not super pungent for a west coast double, more what I would expect regular west coast IPA. The hops smell mainly like a sour citrus and spice, with a nice whiff of gingerbread from the malt. Good and pungent, but not extreme...

The taste, while very balanced and quite good, is nevertheless a little underwhelming, and not as hoppy as I'd have hoped. While in some cases this would be worthy of bonus points, but since they boast of their intention to be extremely hoppy on the label, in my mind it falls a little short. Nevertheless, this is still a tasty brew. The malt is sweeter and more pronounced then on the nose, yet soft and not at all cloying, even as it warms. The alcohol finally makes an appearance on the finish, from slight to less so as it warms, and struggles to push through the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is very oily, lots of hop resins here, and medium bodied.

This is actually pretty drinkable for a DIPA, or IIPA as they call it, although I don't think this was brewed for an Imperial court...the balance, and 'restraint' of the hops, for a west coast DIPA, make this an easy drinker that doesn't beat up the pallet to much. As usual for the style, I think it's better on the colder side then warm, a little less then fridge temp.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 02:27:46 | More by ccrida
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dirtylou

Washington

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

22oz bomber, scooped at armanetti's in Chicago

consumed during nfl premiere - steelers/titans

appearance: poured into unmarked tulip-chalice, pulpy copper-orange body, wavy beige froth with moderate retention

smell: potent citrus hops, pungent citrus - orange & grapefruit, honey, sharp pungent cheese, dripping pine

taste: green flash delivers in the hophead department - juicy and bitter, grapefruit peel, orange peel, resinous pine, flashes of honey liquor, lemon zest. big and bold - i like

mouthfeel: creamy and zesty, a touch acidic, moderate-high bitterness, moderate alcohol bite

drinkability: a bomber of bitter hops - beware

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 01:27:47 | More by dirtylou
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beertunes

Washington

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

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a pretty semi-gold color, with about a 1/2 inch of head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was like a christmas tree in a glass. Very piney, very slight citrus aroma, some malt in the background. The taste was not as piney as the aroma had me believe, and was still very hoppy and bitter with a very dry finish.

The body was fairly typical for the style, but still very good. Drinkability was very good for such a bold example of the style. Overall, worth your time and worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2010 20:32:09 | More by beertunes
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

Sample at Oggi's Mission Valley location. This beer pours a mostly clear yellow-gold color with a medium thin off-white head that diminishes slowly. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Citrus and hops aroma with a hint of spice. Medium-bodied with flavors of piney hops and spice, plus some grapefruit. Very little malt is present for balance. The finish is slightly astringent hops and citrus with a lingering hops aftertaste. Above average, and would be much better if it were more balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2008 18:58:46 | More by Dogbrick
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger head with nice retention on a slightly hazy golden with amber hues body. scattered lacing.

S: lots of aroma with herbal, floral and predominantly orange peel and grapefruit citrus. A bit of a musty resin as well.

T: pine and grassy hops with citrus trying to sneak in towards the finish. The malt base balances this one out really well. Its not too bitter.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: just right degree of bitterness in this well balanced DIPA. The booze arent as well hidden as I would like but still an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 00:56:45 | More by kylehay2004
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bottle a nice orange-ish hazy color with a nice head retention. Aromas of a sweet citrusy hop. It is nice and hoppy, grapfruity, and a little sticky. Tons of lacing on the glass, that sticky hop lacing. It also hides its 9% really well.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 16:54:01 | More by OWSLEY069
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice light peachy gold color with a smeared glow of haze to its cast. A finger high, bubbly, densely set foam dances to the top briefly before bowing out to leave lots of splotchy/patchy lacing.

Like the aroma as it has a unique smokey resinous quality thats quite unique to its hoppy nose tone. A murky, almost soapy-like, dense fog of hop smoke is created within a low citrusy meld of old pear and mango inbetween moldy bread. Weird, but I like it.

Unfortunately the flavors aren't quite as fun, or I should more or less say its not as significantly unique. It mirrors the aromas tone but just not in a fevered pitch high enough for it to go boom like some hop bomb Dbl. IPA's. Not that it necessarily has to do that, but its slightly missing something that makes me go 'wow' or 'super yum'. It's quite mild and malty, with an unholy soft, succulant smoothness across the entire mouth. A fairly big and creamy, malty, old, yet doughy breadyness is smeared across the palate with a gooey residue as partial little bits of hoppy touches tingle the rest of the tongue with nibbles of pithy grapefruitish citric bitterness and resinous tropical oils. Just a nitch of the smokeyness lingers with a tone of citrus as it rests very late on mind and back of the palate.

Condensingly smooth, tender, creamy, big, and bold with a simple and adequately mild tone of carbonation that allows just enough hops to fling about and lightly pin prick every other corpuscle of the tongue as it drys with bitterness in places ever so faintly with a oily, resinous citric quality.

It's a drinkable enough Dbl. IPA as the body is quite nice and creamy thick with maltyness and has just enough zip of hops to kick it in gear. Not at all like some huge beastly hopped up bittered brutes that are out there. However, it did remind me alot of Rush Rivers' Double Bubble...with its smokey content; which I also liked.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 02:28:45 | More by tavernjef
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A very hoppy aroma, with a lot of citrus and other fruit on hand as well.

T: Tasted of hops (though not as much as you might think), some malt, caramel, pine, citrus (grapefruit), pineapple, and a tinge of grassiness as well. This is an incredibly robust and complex flavor that is completely focused and easy to like.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those beers that actually lives up to its reputation. An excellent piece of brewing.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 14:18:43 | More by avalon07
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largadeer

California

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy amber with 2 inches of white froth upon pouring, which dissipates into a small cap.

Smell - Lots of raw pine initially, and then the malt aroma comes out a bit more, revealing notes of tropical fruit. The more I smell it, the more the hop aroma seems a bit off to me. Not off in an old or stale way, but more in the sense that it kind of reminds me of Pine-Sol and raw onions.

Taste and mouthfeel - Sweet, fruity notes mix harmoniously with flavors of citrus and pine from the hops, eventually leading way to a bitter, drying finish. The taste is thankfully a bit cleaner than the nose, though it still has a certain onion-like roughness to it that leaves me unimpressed.

Notes - The nose put me off quite a bit, but this is otherwise decent stuff. That being said, Green Flash's regular IPA is significantly better than this.

B-

03/03/2011:

Upon revisiting this from an extremely fresh bottle, I've come around on it. A great beer, but freshness is key. The hop character is very unique, heavy on pine and raw onion.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 01:34:47 | More by largadeer
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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

Pours a lazy, hazy medium-dark golden color. Nice foamy, large bubbled head. Nice retention and lacing.

Of course, the citrusy west coast hoppiness is the most prevalent scent, but I am really surprised at how well the malty backbone of this beer stands out. Hops seem to smell mostly citrusy and grassy.

Flavors are more hoppy than in the nose. I get more of the grassy hops in the taste, but there is still plenty of tangy grapefruit flavors here. Seems to have a different hoppy flavor than the WCIPA, but nonetheless tasty in it's own right. I taste hints of honey, green grapes and warming alcohol. A good beer. Period. Will buy again, and urge all hopheads out there to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 05:52:18 | More by twiggamortis420
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, pale, honeygold-yellow coloring with a thin film of white, frothy head. Aromas of citrus and berries, both sweet and robust, with a heavy backbone of resiny, wet, rich hops. Flavors are hop forward, and they bring the thunder. Very rich, mouth filling hops profile, peppery and resiny, with a heavy oregano and grass character, as well. The citrus shines through as a very tart and crisp grapefruit highlight, and it helps to cut the richness of the hops. A light caramel malt flavor balances everything out. The aftertaste is more of the hops spicing, with a tart and bitter citrus effect, and the slightest hint of marijuana. The beer clings all over the glass while you drink, and the finish is slick, and slightly lingering. Great representation of the style, and it definitely represents the West Coast. Delicious!

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 21:46:30 | More by GarthDanielson
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like the aroma to this one...different in some ways but familiar in others....a lot of bong resin, and pine in an oily perfumey scent... herbal...

Body is about perfect...medium to full bodied...malt holds up nicely to the 101 IPA's....I like the malt backbone on this as it never really jumps into the forefront but provides a nice canvas for the hops to work.

The taste is herbal/piney...bitter but very flavorful which is a key component for me when I drink IPA's....anyone can make them bitter...can you give them a good bite and showcase the flavor of the hops as welll? That is the true litmus test for me and this beer accomplishes that nicely.

Top notch beer..and with a $4.99 price tag for a 22 ounce I would definitely purchase this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 05:59:56 | More by ZAP
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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