Imperial IPA
Green Flash Brewing Co.

Imperial IPAImperial IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,123
ABV:
9%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,693
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 9.93%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
61
From:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 61
Photo of LampertLand
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of iguanodon
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of R_i_P
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Buck89
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MichaelRabdau
4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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!

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Photo of Kinger22
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Radome
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Roby923
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm surprised there are only 3 reviews of this so far. Green Flash is easily findable here in CA and I usually grab one when the price is right.

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass -- head is thick and slowly dissipates to leave nice lacing. Look is golden/amber, opaque but no sentiment. No visible carb. Very attractive.

Nose is not overpowering, slight citrus, a little metallic/hard-water in there. Taste closer to what I expected with a strong bitter overcurrent right away, with juicy slightly spoiled citrus and dank pine (chinook?), a couple sticks of burnt malt, all the typical tastes you expect in an IIPA hiding underneath the surface, balanced together very well. But ultimately it's shouted down by the bitter top. This beer is doing one thing, and the rest is curtains and cuffs.

Hides alcohol very well, aftertaste is more dry, got orange peel, a little cream in there, doesn't feel "big" or muddled, rather very clean and not too hoppy. Refreshing, really drinkable, ultimately not super complicated or nuanced, therefore a little underwhelming. For those who like the basic west coast IPA thing with a stronger assertive bitter, a good choice.

Green Flash beers tend to be straight-forward and this Imperial IPA doesn't exploit the styles' characteristics, either. Simple name, simple label, simple goals. But maybe the perfect gateway IIPA for your doubting friends .

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Photo of TAHEETNA
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautiful. Nice head, amber color. I didn't detect a heavy smell at all, but the taste was almost creamy smooth. I thought the bitterness was totally exceptable. Not at all overpowering with a bitter tongue. This IMO is one hell of good beer. I could drink this all day long. Great buzz factor with 9% ABV. Green Flash has always had exceptional beers, and this is no different. I have always been surprised at how great the beers Green Flash produces. My respect for Green Flash is GREATER everytime I drink their beers. They deserve more respect for the quality beers they make.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle.

A: Clear. Pale amber. Poured with thick and dense foam.
S: Pineapple and grapefruit. Honey sweet notes.
T: Pineapple and citrus fruits. Pine. High bitterness. Little sweet hints. Dry finish.
M: medium bodied. Refreshing carbonation.
O: Flavorful and refreshing despite its relatively high alcohol content.

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Photo of Tireguy303
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Holy hell. What a dank beer. Love it. Rolls off the tongue and has that hop bite that gets your attention right away and melts away with a great bitter after taste.

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Imperial IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 61 ratings