Imperial IPA
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - Imperial
4.1 | pDev: 10%
May 04, 2020
Jul 23, 2015
Imperial IPAImperial IPA
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4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on May 04, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

22 oz bottle split two ways.
Pours a slightly hazy orange coppery colour with finger of off white head.
Aroma is fruity - ripe pineapple, mango, over ripe orange, pleasantly piney and just a touch of dankness.
The palate is struck with the sweetness of mango, pineapple, citrus, but quickly flooded with pine notes - striking hoppiness - resinous and building bitterness, but not out of balance at any point.
Medium to full mouthfeel - not strikingly alcoholic but a touch of boozy warmth remains - along with the lingering piney bitterness.

Dec 26, 2019
3.75 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 04, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

Green Flash Brewing 'Imperial IPA' @ 9.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a hazy gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a spotty lace along the snifter
S-Summit & Nugget hops
T-big bitter DIPA
MF-ok carbonation , full bodied
Ov-good beer
prost LampertLand

Nov 09, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by iguanodon from Utah

[Original rating 2015-02-07] Pours clear deep gold with a thick but fine grained off white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, grass, straw. Taste is citrusy hops well balanced with sweet malt. Nice thick mouth feel. A solid IIPA.

Oct 24, 2018
4 by ADKbeerguy from New York on Jan 29, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber-yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, tropical fruit, pine, and a little grass.

T: Tasted of some citrus notes (lemon, in particular), a slight grassy quality (this is less evident as you go along), pine resin, lots of hops, tropical fruit (mango), and light malt. The sweetness of the fruit and the bitterness of the hops are definitely well-balanced. Quite tasty, even with the grassy quality.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a well-made DIPA. Easy to drink and likable.

Nov 26, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brewerburgundy from Virginia

22oz bottle, New Belgium glass, best by 23 Sep 17.

Deep clear yellow, decent white head, but not much retention.

Seriously dank. Peach, pine, meyer lemon, and weed.

The bitterness is sour, sweet, and biting. There are fruit flavors of lemon, green mango, peach, and then the stars of pine and weed. The dank flavors wrap around bitterness that covers the tongue like a blanket.

Great medium high level of carbonation that keeps things north of syrupy.

Green Flash has done a lovely job of balancing high alcohol content, a big malt bill, and most importantly big bitterness. This is a true Imperial IPA. It's got a great aroma, huge bitterness, lots of alcohol, and a ton of flavor.

May 22, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jngrizzaffi from Texas

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a 1/2 finger width foamy head. Retention is mild. Lacing is good. Caramel malty aroma with resinous hops. Big caramel taste with mild citrus, ending with a bitter piney hop. Smooth bodied with moderate carbonation.

May 21, 2017
4.18 by jmaskell33 from New York on Apr 23, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Libeertarian from Montana

From old notes:

An evenly cloudy and almost metallic semi-clear apricot-toned amber. Even creamy-tan head of good retention, with splotchy but connected lacing. Very subdued aroma, but interesting nonetheless, with a slight citric tartness and some almost cured-meat notes, like I’ve detected in a handful of ciders and white wines. Palate is quite grassy for an IIPA, but still there are resin, citrus, pine, pepper, mustard seed, and mild perfume notes as well. Caramel and alcohol if anything else. Medium-bodied, with fine and fairly active carbonation, approaching effervescence. A little warmth, especially in nostrils and on back of tongue.

Apr 19, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by R_i_P from California

I picked up 4 bombers of this Imperial IPA yesterday from Smart N Final in Dana Point, CA -- excellent price at just over $5/bomber if you buy in quantity -- buy at least 4 bombers if you want the additional, special discount over the stated price per bomber. "Best By" date is July 28, 2017. ABV is 9.0%. Green Flash brews this with lots of Summit and Nugget hops -- it's a great hop combo.

This imperial IPA pours a clear amber with excellent carbonation. 2 fingers of ecru foam. Nice lacing. As you near the bottom, sometimes the pour becomes increasingly cloudy with lots of tasty, clear sediment chunks. I like the chunks; not all the bombers have them.

The smell is tropical fruits (pineapple) and evergreen. Very nice! The taste starts with tropical fruits, evergreen and pine resin, followed by a moderate hop bitterness that lingers on the palate. A moderate malt backbone holds the assembly together. The alcohol is well-hidden; nevertheless, at 9.0% ABV, be prepared for a pleasant buzz.

I'd like to compare this Imperial IPA with Green Flash's "West Coast IPA." Both are DIPAs and often sold side-by-side. However, each has a completely unique hop profile. Green Flash's West Coast IPA uses Simcoe, Columbus, Cascade, Centennial and Citra hops. It pours a darker amber color, 8.1% ABV, and most importantly, it's an insanely bitter and delicious brew -- the Holy Grail of West Coast IPAs.

In contrast, Green Flash's Imperial IPA pours a lighter amber and delivers a juicier, far less bitter hop taste. It's 9.0% ABV. It's really delicious -- even if you're a hophead extremist like me.

In short, it's like comparing a West Coast DIPA to an East Coast DIPA -- it depends on your taste. If forced to choose, I'll take Green Flash's West Coast IPA over its Imperial IPA -- but it'd be a damn close. Whenever I take a break from extremely hopped brews, this Imperial IPA fits the ticket. Fortunately, Imperial IPA is now readily available. Try Smart N Final if you have any problem.

Apr 15, 2017
4 by StevenH from New Jersey on Apr 09, 2017
4 by MickeyHops from California on Mar 27, 2017
4.47 by gboley from California on Mar 19, 2017
4.24 by BdM from Netherlands on Mar 09, 2017
4.24 by Georgiabeer from Georgia on Mar 03, 2017
4.02 by Rbodacious from Virginia on Jan 01, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Skrumpy from Oregon

Clear, golden amber with a thin, bubbly head. Aroma is tropical fruit, pineapple and mango, along with bread malt and pine. Some alcohol vapor present as well. Flavor follows suit with a big hops bite - grapefruit and pine. Bold, resinous and juicy. A very good DIPA.

Dec 31, 2016
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Buck89 from Tennessee

Poured into a snifter. A moderately hazy dark amber-orange color with a frothy white head. Nice staying power. Earthy, piney and resin on the nose with plenty of orange and pineapple. Also prominent, slightly sweet caramel - just enough. The taste is as billed - a big West Coast IPA with assertive bitterness and all the flavors from the nose. A big malt presence that was slightly sweet but not overbearing. Warm on the finish appropriate for it's size.

Dec 31, 2016
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4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by MichaelRabdau from Virginia

Savory hints of evergreen and pine, with the hoppiness perfectly balanced against pineapple sweetness and grapefruit bitterness. This beer is a master stroke and is a lot bigger than it tastes, so don't let it deceive you!

Dec 27, 2016
4.02 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Dec 24, 2016
3.75 by mpenske from California on Nov 05, 2016
4.02 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Oct 17, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Kinger22 from Virginia

This one pours a hazy orange with a beautiful head; the smell is light, but has some pleasant scents of hops and fruit. The taste is stronger than the scent, with a solid base layer of hops. This beer sits easy.

Oct 17, 2016
3.58 by keng1343 from Colorado on Oct 04, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Radome from Florida

Poured from a bomber bottle into a globe glass.

L - Golden color with an orange cast. Slightly hazy. White head fairly active, fading to a solid sheet.

S - Strong aromas of tropical fruit-like and earthy hops. This is balanced by bready malt and a whiff of alcohol.

T - Bready malt flavors hit first, followed by a punch of hops bitterness that brings flavors of mango and citrus. Off-dry finish. Some metallic flavors were present on first our, but they faded as it breathed.

F - Medium body. Rich, fluffy carbonation. Moderate alcohol presence. Strong hops bitterness.

O - A very good Imperial IPA.

Oct 02, 2016
4.29 by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina on Sep 05, 2016
3.5 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Aug 27, 2016
4 by jroberts8811 from Missouri on Aug 26, 2016
4.86 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas on Aug 10, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Andrewharemza from Australia

From bottle (pint), pours a Amber colour with a good white head that disapates to a layer that hangs around til the sip.
Aroma pineapple, pine, grapefruit, sweet.
Taste just like the nose, ABV very well hidden. Crushable.
And thank you America for supplying this to an island called Tasmania closest to Antarctica.

Aug 04, 2016
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4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Roby923 from Canada (AB)

Love this Imperial IPA. From the deep amber color, exceedingly hoppy scent, and the full bodied taste, this is another winner from Green Flash. ABV is the limiting factor from consuming a vast amount, good to sip as would a fine bourbon. Bottled from The Matchbox, MDW.

Jul 25, 2016
3.56 by tedho21 from Pennsylvania on Jul 22, 2016
4.01 by Squire from Mississippi on Jun 28, 2016
4.18 by greencovesteve from North Carolina on Jun 16, 2016
2.5 by Shradical from Virginia on May 18, 2016
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3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by tbryan5 from Louisiana

A nice and pleasant Imperial IPA. Not the best but certainly not the worst. The balance could be improved and tweaked a little but it's not bad by any means.

May 03, 2016
3 by 2ellas from New Hampshire on Apr 26, 2016
4.3 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut on Apr 26, 2016
Imperial IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 63 ratings