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

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale AleGreen Flash Imperial India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,483 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,483
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 130
Gots: 225 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Terp96 on 12-02-2006

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice orange/tangerine color w/ a beautiful two finger head. Not much carbonation, and decent lacing. Somewhat cloudy, but fairly clear to see through. A really nice looking beer.

S- Orange, tangerine, malt, hops, something funky as well... onion??? not sure what that last thing is. Nice smelling except for that one thing. Would've been a 4.5 otherwise. Solid.

T- Pretty much the same as the nose. It doesn't taste like 101 IBU's to me. It's bitter, but not what I thought it would be. I can't figure out what that off taste is (onion, garlic?) but it really detracts from this beer. It's still tasty, but I've definitely had to lower the score because of that. Tasty, just not as good as their West Coast IPA.

M- Pretty much right with the style, not a whole lot to add to that. Definitely bitter, w/ a smoothness that shows itself in the aftertaste. This and the appearance are the strong suits of this beer for me.

O- Good solid beer that fails to meet the bar West Coast IPA has set. I'm going to have to read some other reviews to see if someone else figured out that onion/garlic smell/taste I was getting. Worth trying if you like the style. Definitely different, and not a bad effort... Just not world class.

Photo of gshak
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tripledbrew
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of nick76
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is very citrusy and piny with caramel malt and bread. The appearance is golden amber with a large head for the style. The flavor is like the aroma, simple but good. The palate is smooth. Overall it's very good and I look forward to another one.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at work the other night.

Appearance- amber color, nice foamy head

Smell- citrus and piney hops, very nice

Taste- piney hops, loved the bitterness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Awesome, loved it, Very nice DIPA!!, Gonna get more of this

Photo of shredder83
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of JamnesCameron
2.61/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Have been hearing good things about this beer.

A - Poured into a pint glass. Pours light copper with off white head. Good lace on the glass.

S - not sure about this one. hops are woody, earthy and an odor that I can't quite place. But it's not very pleasant.

T - worse than the smell. Shockingly bitter, piney. Not a hop profile that I particularly like.

M - astrigent bitterness, mouth puckering.

D - not for me, I won't try again. If you like piney hops, this is for you.

Photo of hoppymeal
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color and clear with a decent sized off white, light tan head that slowly chunks up and lightly laces on the glass. Citrus aroma, grapefruit, some lemon and a soft powdered sugar sweetness. Some fresh grassiness in the aroma as well. Taste follows the aroma closely with a light citrus sweetness up front that is slowly overtaken by a grassy dry and fairly bitter finish. Medium in body, a low to medium amount of carbonation. Alcohol is slightly evident in the finish but is fairly well balanced for its size. Nothing that was knocking my socks off flavor wise, but still a good beer with a decent amount of raw bitterness.

Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JMad
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured half of a 22 oz bomber into my tulip...

The liquid was a bright, golden, orange, there was a thick bubbly white head.

You could smell the hops as soon as opened the bottle, hints of lemon, grapefruit, pine, tangerine and butter.

I took a sip and experienced a delightful bitter hop explosion, I tasted pine resin, orange and grapefruit, then a wave of sweet malt balances things out leaving a lingering bitter aftertaste.

This beer is thick, it left my mouth watering after every sip, there is low carbonation and a warming, dry finish.

The intense flavor hid the alcohol well, this is an excellent beverage, it filled me with joy after every sip.

Photo of JLapadura
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of blknikon
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JandJMD
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of abcramer
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pretty clear; deep yellow; 1 finger egg shell head that receded slowly; moderate lacing;

S: a lot going on; pineapple, orange, hints of floral and pine;

T: pine is much more noticeable, especially from mid-palate through the finish; moderate bitterness that lingers; hides the alcohol well;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: hops are predominant, but not overpowering; dangerously easy to drink;

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Light orange in color, good clarity. Oily, clear lacing. Fluffy, off-white head. Aroma is citrusy...tangerine, orange, apricot. Mild sweetness. Taste is nicely bittered, grapefruit now enters the fruit salad. Mild sweetness and alcohol lightly on the back end. Very drinkable, considering the high abv. Very delicious, insane, great beer.

Photo of hellhammermario
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of davet100
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of seplo
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of olafphysics
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,483 ratings.