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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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #804
Ranked #3,174
4.12 | pDev: 10.44%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Green Flash Imperial India Pale AleGreen Flash Imperial India Pale Ale
Notes: he mountains of Summit and Nugget hops in this high gravity Imperial will thrill even the most experienced beer explorer. Savory evergreen and pineapple aromas mingle with flavors of bitter, resinous pine and grapefruit pith. A colossal rush of hoppy adventure!
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours golden with a moderate slightly off white head. It does leave a quite a bit of lacing behind.

Smell: The initial aroma is stone fruit with a caramel background to it. The stone fruit is most favorable towards peach. Present are also citrus and a bit of floral.

Taste: The flavor has a strong hop bitterness highlighted by peach and floral elements. There is also a caramel backbone to it as well.

Feel: It has a moderate feel to it with moderately high hop bitterness that lingers well into the finish.

Overall, this is a quality imperial IPA that is not over done with the bitterness, but does provide a good bitter bite to it.

Mar 05, 2017
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Ahypercube from California

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Half a bomber into a goblet:

L: A faintly brown burnt orange body that is almost transparent, but just a little cloudy. Very light orange-colored cream head with a frothy consistency that leaves minimal lacing despite feeling like a very dense liquid. Definitely not super carbonated.

S: Strong odor of (fairly oxidized) pineapple with orange and pear feeding into caramel and malty toasted bread. Nice.

T: That pineapple is dominant and comes in waves. Some sort of funky bread flavor also mingles with it throughout. Besides pineapple I get hints of mango, peach, cranberry, and a bit of pine, finishing in something like banana bread (funky and malty) with a strongly peppery undertone. I'm actually liking this less as I drink more of it. It's a particular sort of bitterness (like cranberries) that I don't like. Keeps building.

F: Excellent consistency. The redeeming factor that keeps this beer drinkable. A little syrupy if anything.

O: Not bad, but no reason to choose it over West Coast IPA. Too malt-heavy in my opinion.

Feb 01, 2017
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 6oz bottle. Best by Dec.22/16
A wonderful IPA at 101 IBU
On the dank side of the hoppy IPA.s Citrus hit with great hop bitterness perfect balance.
I love it.

Jan 04, 2017
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AnthonyJS from California

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer boasts of pine flavor, and I'd have to agree with that after tasting it. It has a lighter flavor than their West Coast IPA, but evergreen flavors are present which are surprisingly refreshing. I've grown to love this one, and if you appreciate pine flavors in your beer you should not be disappointed.

Nov 19, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber with thick fluffy head. Nice pungent hoppy aroma followed by astringent hoppy taste. Mouthfeel is normal, finish is short, but hoppy nature lingers on. Very well done imperial IPA.

Nov 18, 2016
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the_awesometeer from California

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer is a hazy golden orange color with a thick mousse like head that lasted a long time. Almost no hop aroma at all instead I get a lot of malts and a slight alcohol aroma. It smells very sweet. A nice background of fruit aromas, citrus and maybe some tropical as well. The taste is similar a nice malt sweetness to start then a nice herbal hops flavor kicks in and all of this is backed with a mixture of citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Mouth coating not the typical dryness I get from this style, there is some but not tons. Little carbonation.

Oct 16, 2016
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ReviewingUnderInfluence from Canada (AB)

3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very dank garlic-esque hops, big sweet malts and some pine resin, grapefruit bitterness. A lot more malty and dank than I typically like in my Imperial IPAs, but very well balanced .

Aug 12, 2016
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Mongrel from Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty standard stiff pine and citrus up front, and then some candied orange and pink/guava/jam flavors move in (Galaxy?). Im surprised to say there's a touch of cranberry too. Ample malt backbone, but still finishes dry with plenty of west coast bitterness. Also some booze on the finish, unfortunately.

Solid DIPA that falls a little short of remarkable. Certainly worth a try though.

Jul 27, 2016
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green Flash Brewing 'Imperial IPA' @ 9.0% , served on tap GCBF'13 & a 650 ml bottle purchased for $10
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a hazey gold in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-malty , also kinda boozey
T-somewhat smooth start , dry finish
MF-mild carbonation , big full body , a dryness lingers on the palate
Ov-good DIPA , on tap or bottle
prost LampertLand

Jul 01, 2016
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap. A nice one finger creamy and foamy white head with good retention. The color of the beer is amber with some copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with some carbonation bubble.

A very strong grapefruit, citrus, floral, resin, toasted malt, bread, caramel, and yeast aroma.

A big grapefruit, perfume, floral, caramel, toasted bread, and yeast round out the flavors.

The mouthfeel is creamy, carbonated, and finishes clean.

A big big DIPA, great flavors. A good malt backbone, the hops profile good. It is not overly aggressive with hops, it kinda eases your palate into this beer, I would drink again.

Jun 23, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hits those darker than average notes for an ipa, brown appearance. Aroma hits some hop notes, I think some of their pales and single ipas have better dry hopping than this one.

Taste just is bigger and a heavier malt bill than what I want. Heavier, woodsier, not light and dry enough, more than I wanted caramel/toffee notes. I still like its bitterness and hoppiness. At least the alcohol isn't huge, covers that up well. Still better than average for style, just wish the malt bill was lower.

Stay away from the bomber format, too high price per oz, at least go 12oz/4 pack on this one.

May 05, 2016
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Chiefy770 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 Fluid Ounce Bottle
"Best By" date of June 18th, 2016
Reviewed on April 23rd, 2016
Served in an IPA Glass

Poured a hazy, deep gold body with a very nice amber glow. A nice sized bright white head, around an inch tall, formed, collapsed, and left a decent amount of sticky lacing.

Very dank. Mouthwatering citrus. Nice leafy herbal undertones. Cracker. Sweet and bready malt backbone.

Sweet citric hops hit the tongue first. Grapefruit, lemon zest, touch of orange. Herbal hops also carried a good deal of weight, especially as the beer warmed up. Lemongrass and pine. Nice backbone of sweet malts with caramel, sweet bread, and a touch of cracker being the primary flavors. Very nice balance of fruit and herbal hops.

Medium-bodied. Moderate/Low carbonation. The malts thrived in this sparsely carbonated DIPA. Overall mouthfeel felt richer than other variants of the style.

Everything works for this DIPA. Big hop flavor without being aggressively bitter. The mouthfeel was a bit dense for my liking but it did not take much away from the experience. A modern classic that every hop-head should try!

Apr 24, 2016
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michiganmatt from California

4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Bright deep orange with a good amount of light tan head. Slighlty less than average amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

S: Lots of citrus and extreme amount of tropical fruit flavors going on here. Some pine aromas as well as a bit of resin.

T: Lots and lots of delicious tropical fruit flavors, along with additional citrus, pine and resin aspects.

F: Thick, heavy and syrupy, but in a good way. Very smooth, with a slightly less than average carbonation.

O: This is a great IIPA, highly recommended.

Jan 05, 2016
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DavidS333 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imperial by Green Flash Brewing Co. is an American Double/Imperial variety of brew. The smell is nice and floral/rich/refreshing. The head is minimal but somewhat persistent/thick. The color is a nice thick looking dark gold amber. The body is about half way between medium and thick on a scale of light/medium/thick.

The taste of this beer is unique and sort of a connoisseurs American Double/Imperial if I may say so. Its lacking in the sort of fruity/melony side of the mouth taste that some American Double's/Imperials throw in there for a sweeter taste. Instead the sweetness of this beer sits at a sort of cliff face of hops, like a sort of campsite of subtle sweetness in the shadow of a great wall of hops.

This beer's initial taste has that sort of piney-ness inherent to the beer as described by the brewers. It also has a sort of "wild-hops" flavor to it. Its an interesting sort of wild-hops flavor though. It seems as though it might either be the sort of "Dirtwolf" wild hops, or instead something like a wild-hops flavor that is sort of the byproduct(surely carefully planned) of the other hops flavors sort of "crossing", either way its very good and is sort of a masterpiece of different hops flavors intersections if it is not the by-product of simply using gamier hops per se.

Either way the wild hops flavor sort of goes strait into the cliff face of piney hops that really sort of plant their flag on this beer's taste if one will. The sort of strength of the hops for taste, descends into a sort of rich beery mid taste, that's not really bready, but is instead sort of refreshingly crisp. This sort of trough of rich taste sort of arches back up into the sort of back-end hops after taste that is equally hoppy and is sort of a pinier version of "Palate Wrecker's" tasty after taste if one will. The after taste is sort of "steely" too(might just be a slightly diminished lingering piny-ness).

Overall I would say that this is a great beer. I feel like I understand now why the beer was simply named "Imperial" because its almost like when a very talented brewer makes an excellent sort of "specimen"/example beer, they can just use the variety they are mastering as a title, sort of like how some modern art paintings have simple names like "Blue", etc. Either way, really a masterful beer.

Nov 28, 2015
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milwaukee512 from Wisconsin

4.99/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another world-class brew from Green Flash. One of those few breweries where it can be assumed before trying that the quality will be almost unmatched. Imperial IPA does not disappoint. Probably the dankiest smelling beer I've ever tried, but flavor is well-balanced; strong, fresh hops with a perfect level of carbonation and drinkability for a double/imperial IPA. This is up there with the best DIPAs like Ballast Point's Dorado, New Glarus' Scream, or 3 Floyds Dreadnaught. It's that good.

Sep 29, 2015
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm quickly learning that Green Flash is established, or is establishing, itself as one of the pioneers of the San Diego hoppiness movement. Without any historical credentials, or even an ounce of research, I've deduced that their definitely a hop forward brewer, but in a style different from Stone. Stone feels...stickier, more syrupy, but better blended with the other ingredients. Green Flash wants you to feel like you're rubbing a hop cone against your gums a little bit, and I get it. Some people deeply appreciate intense IBUs, but that's not me. Beers like Green Flash'd Double IPA identify Green Flash as a kind of predator, out to take my money and kick me in the groin with hops. But I try it anyway. And the aroma starts with an appealing grain medley: biscuits, crackers and rye, with a touch of salt. I can get into this. And they extend into the flavor, mingling with an intense hoppy bitterness, but still in evidence. In fact, all the elements seem to combine to produce a deep umami flavor, with touches of parmesan and miso - good stuff, in my book. And so my initial prejudices are assuaged, and I happily down the rest of the beer, more eager to try Green Flash than before.

Sep 23, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a clear amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has piney and malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice balance of piney and malt flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good beer

Aug 29, 2015
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Pahn from New York

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Month old bottle into a red wine glass.

Appearance: Light orange with frothy white head. Good retention, very little lacing.

Smell: Dank, boozy. Inviting but nothing special.

Taste: starts out boozy sweet with heavy IBU taming the sweetness, then thick layers of dank, earthy, weedy, pungent, oniony Summit hops and piny/ slightly citrusy / slightly marijuana-y Nugget hops.

With time a lot of boozy esters come out, heavily complimenting the pungent, almost savory hops. This is a serious beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Unimpressive; bitter and carbonated enough, but neither dry nor juicy nor any other IPA enhancing adjective for feel. Straightforward, like the brash flavor. I don't dislike it at all and it's appropriate for the flavor, but it doesn't elevate the beer.

Overall: truth be told I love this beer. Just a ton of boozy flavor surrounded by really dirty, garlicky Summit hop flavor. Once you get a taste for this kind of beer, a big shameless example of it like Green Flash IIPA is something you keep going back to, and loving.

Aug 03, 2015
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MacPhergus from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a shout head, light amber, clear. Mild aroma, mostly pine. Flavor balanced for a DIPA, slight sticky bitterness, lingering sweetness but the bitterness doesn't give up. No alcohol bite in the body.

Jul 06, 2015
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jonwiseman from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is outstanding. It's strong and that's good and bad. Wish I could drink a few of these. Tastes of copper and citrus with a hint of malt. Much like their single ipa only better. Great beer in all respects.

Jun 12, 2015
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Gajo74 from New York

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden color with a decent foam head that retains well and leaves pockets of lace.
Typical IPA aroma consisting of citrus pith, pine resin, spices and herbs. There are also strong hints of caramel malt and some alcohol.
The taste and feel are dynamic. Plump, juicy and sweet at first, which is highlighted by the caramel malts. The mouthfeel is medium to full and chewy during this phase. Then, the hops take over. They dry up the palate and provide a semi intense citrus and pine resin. In the third phase, the fruity and malt sweetness and bitterness from the hops come together providing a nice balance.
Really good DIPA I wish I saw more frequently.

Jun 08, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: The beer pours gold under a 2” white foam cap. I have had this from the bottle brilliant and with a haze. It’s not a chill haze.
S: Fresh mown grass, grapefruit, light fruits.
T: A firm malt backbone supports rich hop flavors and masks potent levels of alcohol. Light bread and fruit precede a big grapefruit rind bitterness mellowed by citrus flavors.
F: Creamy medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: Although everyting is big in this beer, it’s smooth with nothing harsh or out of balanced.

May 09, 2015
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DabblinWiscCraft from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one at the local grocer the other day. No bottled on date on this bomber. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a nice orange blossom honey/amber color with a half-inch of off-white head that drops to a film but doesn't leave any clearing on the surface. A little hazy with minimal effervescence. Some decent lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S: Apricot in the nose, along with some malt sweetness and a hint of pine/herbal hops. Not a very big bouquet, but it's quite pleasant.

T: Caramel malt at the start, with an onrush of big pine and herbal hops following closely after. The middle has more of that piney, earthy and herbal hop flavor, mingling with some clear alcohol and sweeter malts. The back end is very hoppy and bitter, with that warming alcohol riding it out almost to the end. While really delivering the hops, this beer still manages to stay pretty balanced. I would have cut down some of that clear alcohol flavor, but I suppose that reminds you of the big ABV.

F: Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and bright on the palate. This one goes down relatively easy for such a high ABV. No lingering syrupy quality, though the bitter of the hops sticks around for quite a while.

O: I really enjoy this DIPA, as I've enjoyed several other offerings from Green Flash. It hits all the right notes--it's very solid for this stye--even if it doesn't completely alter my reality. If you're looking for a very drinkable, sweeter DIPA with a big ABV and plenty of lively hops, this one will suit you nicely.

May 02, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours into the glass with a nice head. Hops are definitely there but not overwhelming. Tasty. Excellent example of a US Imperial IPA.

Mar 28, 2015
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Kuaff from Alaska

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In my tulip at cellar temperature.

Its color is an amber-orange of great clarity capped with a small amount of white foam. It looks like something I would like to imbibe. Yes.

Smells even MORE like something I'm inclined to imbibe. A heavy dose of pine, potently spicy hops that make me blush a little just from a whiff, orange zest, pineapple, and honey all combine for a real knock-out of an aroma.

The flavor is sublime, divine, and balanced fine, possessing ample citrus fruits, copious quantities of sprightly pine bitterness and astringency, and a sweet little kiss of honey that complements the whole thing.

I really like the feel going on here. Full, but at the same time seamless in some way...

Just as the big old "imperial" on the label suggests, this is not a subtle beer. It casts a maelstrom of roaring magic hoppiness that few can endure, and even fewer can enjoy. But those of us who are acclimated to such hops hurricanes (you know who you are) will find that there's nowhere they'd rather be than in the middle of a glass.

Mar 13, 2015
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 2642 ratings