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

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of jdhilt
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Will pour a five+ finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grapefruit nose and flavor is grapefruit hops and almost enough malt to balance. Light bitter aftertaste. $7.59 for a 22oz bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
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 .

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Photo of calise1122
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains, NY.

A: Pours a dark, burnt orange brown. Very cloudy with a nice off-white head with good lacing

S: Tangerine, Orange, Cereal/Grains, lots of hop and I think I am getting a little bit of caramel

T: Very bitter... Where I smelled tangerine I am tasting lemon and pine. Again, some caramel peaks through as the time passes and the pint regresses to room temp. I am not sure which hops are used, but it has more earth driven flavors than a lot of DIPA's I have had.

M: Medium to full bodied, good mouthfeel... alcohol is very present

D: I could use a little more balance, but the pint was poured extremely cold and with each sip some of the caramel notes started to come through.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangish with white head. Sticky lacing.

S: Wow. Very piney. To be honest, I'm not really picking anything else up.

T: Pine, pine and then a little more pine. Does finish a little sweet. Not bad, but be prepared for pine with some citrus.

M: Smooth and slick.

D: This is a pretty bitter beer that lends itself to sipping. Alcohol isn't all that present.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy amber/orange. Two fingers of off white head don't last as long as I'd expect leaving a thick cap. Good lacing.

S - Very herbal with a substantial earthy backing. Rosemary and pine come to mind, with something salty smelling...fresh dirt maybe?

T - Pine hits immediately, with an indistinct herbal character. A little bit of bitter citrus peel pulls through. Caramel sweetness really helps balance this brew out, but even so it's fairly bitter in the finish.

M - Medium bodied, maybe approaching full bodied, with a moderate level of carbonation.

D - A decent brew, fairly easy to drink. Not anything too impressive or mind blowing, but worth getting at least once.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate level head, but it recedes slowly in a lumpy way. Slight haze on the orange-gold liquid.

Strong grapefruit-like hop aroma; there's an interesting aroma that reminds me of beef stew--rather odd.

Extra bitter, too much so--this is extreme. Good body. The beef stew shows up in the background.

If your idea of a good beer is sucking a hop pellet then this is one for you. I'm a hop head, but I prefer a little balance.

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Photo of rtaps
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear golden, with about a finger white with nice laced rim left behind.

has a piney, and fruity(pineapple), floral aroma

taste follows the nose. pineapple and some floral, not really picking up on the pine like i thought i would.

light-medium bodied pretty high carbonation. leaves the mouth watery.

overall its a pretty solid ipa

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Photo of rawfish
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red amber, crystal clear with a billowing head of 3 fingers. Quickly recedes into a rocky parchment foam leaving loose lacing on the glass that falls apart at the slightest agitation.

Caramel malts, rich honey and tangerine citrus aroma. Hops are quite floral accompanied by a heavy alcohol tone. Sweet and boozy, hops blend into the malt and it all gets delivered in a muddled package.

Caramel malt with a touch of honey gives way nearly immediately to rich hop flavor, very resinous and earthy, orange citrus pairs well and comes in juicy and full. The drink never bitters too much but the alcohol is well hidden and integrated into the sweetness of the malt.

Thick solid body, average carbonation, impressed by the lack of sticky residue on the finish and hidden alcohol. Bitterness and drying could be improved some.

A much more full and balanced than I expected. This is not just a blatant explosion of hops but one that takes into account alcohol and balance as well and meshes them well. Solid, fits the mold as a DIPA to be reckoned with.

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Photo of dgilks
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop hazed, golden colour with a nice, 1-finger white head. Okay head retention.

Interesting earthy, tropical hop aroma with the unfortunate sweaty note that Summit gives you.

The flavour is okay. The malt sits firmly in the background with a massive hit of bitterness up front. The hops are an odd choice with Summit delivering a slightly sweaty, tropical fruit note and the Nugget again contributing a woody, earthy note.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

This is an interesting IIPA. It breaks the mould of C-hop driven IIPAs but the hop choices are odd to say the least and don't necessarily deliver.

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Photo of david131
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy, luminescent orange liquid with a creamy white head. As good as it gets.

S- Remarkably faint. I get some caramel, pine, grass, and a touch of pineapple. What is there is enjoyable.

T- Caramel, pine, grass, and a bit of fruitiness. There may be a touch of nuttiness at the tail end. Opened up a bit as it warmed, but still tame considering the style and alcohol content.

M- The alcohol is apparent, but only in a warming aspect. The mouthfeel is outstandingly creamy. There is a lasting numbness on the finish.

D- Faint flavors for the style and alcohol content. But, as it warmed it did open up some more. This is by no means bad, but it is not going to be a beer that I remember.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. The beer is a deep copper with a small white head that disappears quickly, leaving white lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very piney, citrusy and certainly hoppy. Some floral notes as well and it is a nice aroma for a DIPA, about what you'd expect.

Taste: A bit of a let down for me, with good hoppiness but a little too much malt maybe. I definitely get the citrus and this drinks very easily, but more flavor would be helpful.

Mouthfeel: Very light for a DIPA and the alcohol is extremely well-masked with no noticeable burn. This is well carbonated as well but could benefit with a bit more body.

Overall: This is a slightly above average DIPA but not the best by any means. While I did enjoy it, I won't rush out to try this again as I think there are many better alternatives. Green Flash's West Coast IPA is far better than this in my opinion.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz brown bottle served into a flaired tulip glass
Poured a hazy,glowing reddish orange,generous slightly off-white colored head,very creamy,very good retention.leaving chunky islands and collars of lace. Not much carbination noticable with some particles at the bottom of the bottle.

Strong pineapple aroma,followed by sweet carmelly/toffeee-like,as floral with some grassiness. strong and pleasing aroma.

Heavy malt taste up front with lots of carmell with a burnt edge,quickly followed up by a strong hop rush of pine with tons of grapefruit. Very leafy leaving and oil slick of hoppyness. Has a good balance that finishes with heavy citrus rind.The alcohol was well hidden or buried under the hops. Juicy grapefruit with an aciditic mouthfeel.

Rough at first taste,tames out the more you drink. A good double in the middle of the pack. Te bomber was enough for me. Worth a try,would definatly drink again.

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Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow-orange color with a white head that recedes leaving quite a bit of lacing on the way down.

Aromas begin with a plethora of resiny, dank hops. Strong citrus, pine and floral notes. Little to no malt profile in this beast.

The taste begins with the same assault of wretching hop bitterness. A punch of resiny dank bitterness highlighted by grapefuit and pine. My problem is that is doesn't have quite that much actual hop flavor; just a bruising bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is super sticky, bitter and resinous. Palate wrecker for sure with little to no malt sweetness to balance the hop bitterness.

Overall this is not my cup of tea. Way too bitter to enjoy more than a few sips. No my style of an enjoyable DIPA.

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Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22 oz bomber it was a hazy copper color with a good head with some lacing.smell is hops both floral and pine with a stale malt background..taste was hops first with pine and grapefruit they were faint in taste IMO but could smell them it finished with a balnd stale malt taste that kinda ruined the hops..still not bad.mouth feel is medium and creamy its just not a top notch is good the bomber dissapeared it was just not a wow dipa

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into snifter.

A - Nice, hazy golden orange. Good head formation and lacing

S - Some citric fruits (lemon, oranges), grassy, caramel malt

T - I did not pick up very much citric fruits except at the very first sip. As the flavour develops mid-palate I get all grass, pine and grains. There is also a strong onioness to it, a la Gubna.

M - Medium, sticky, slight burn

O - A well put together IIPA but the presence of that onion flavour took this one back a bit.

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Photo of Jaynuze
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle; crisp golden coloring and very clear. Nice frothy head, that thinly laces the glass as I sip.
Nice light nose, not as floral or citrus as I usually like, but pleasant.
The taste is the same as the nose, not overbearing, but pleasant. A little more mild than I had expected, but it certainly does not have the mouth full of pennies effect that some DIPAs have. A really nicely balanced beer ... crazy to say when talking Imperial styles A really nice mouthfeel and it is almost impossible to tell that it is 9.5% ABV ... maybe that will be easier to tell once I've finished the bottle. Decent beer, glad I finally had the chance to try it out!

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Photo of JoshuaCain
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear light golden honey color with a sticky one-finger head. dissipates a little quick, but leaves alot of lace.
aroma is, obviously, very big on hops. initial blast of citrusy grapefuit with floral orange blossom in the middle and a heavy resinous/piney type of note in the back. alcohol tingle in present with a big whiff.
taste is also big on the grapefruit-like citrusy notes, but with a very nice caramel malt backbone. there is a bit of pine as well with an unexpected spice character that adds a lot to the overall profile. alcohol is present, but doesn't overpower, even at warmer temperatures.
mouthfeel is quite enjoyable, medium/full with a creamy carbonation.
overall drinkability is pretty high, considering the relatively low price. the bitterness is not too intense considering the 101 IBU's, there is enough malts to lend a little balance. the alcohol is also very well hidden, it drinks almost like a regular IPA.

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Photo of JBogan
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather standard looking burnt orange with a small head and minimal lacing.

Smells of the usual citric hoppiness.

Tastes also quite like an ordinary hoppy IPA. Grapefruit is a main attraction. Somewhat bitter aftertaste, but not as offputting as some hop bombs.

Mouthfeel was nice and thick and slick. Very smooth.

Well, what is there to say. If you like rather simple beers which taste mainly of hops, then this is one which should please you.

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Photo of AJDean
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have heard quite a bit about this brewery and was anxious to try this beer. I had this out of a 22 oz.
This poured a nice golden color with a slight haze. The smell had a wonderful hop forward character that i really enjoyed. This is a really big beer and unfortunately the abv is not masked very will. With 102 ibu's you think it would be but i think a little more malt character would have made this great. Overall i enjoyed it but I expect a little more balanced IPA.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to nonic, served cool.

A - 3.5 - Dull gold (meh) with with thick, white, textured head (very nice).

S - 3.5 - Faint aroma. Maybe the ghost of a hop note, a rumor of a malt note.

T - 3.5 - Head doesn't taste like much of anything. Beer doesn't taste like much of anything. Mild bitterness, mostly in the aftertaste.

M - 3.5 - Light-medium body. Soft.

O - Overall this comes across as an inoffensive, mild, generic beer without much going on, that you could drink with just about any meal and not have it compete or clash with anything. Except for the aftertaste bitterness, I'd almost expect to get this in a British pub it's so mild. Not at all what I was expecting.

Went back and looked at the date. Turns out it was just over 3 months old. I guess that explains it. Lesson learned - don't trust IPAs that you order online unless the vendor is willing to tell you the bottle dating. I'll come back and re-score this after I can find a fresher bottle.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours golden/orange with a large white head, eventually shrinking to nearly nothing.

Smell - citrus, buttered bread, butterscotch, whiff of ethanol.

Taste - A fair amount of citrus peel, LOTS of that buttered bread/butterscotch character. Sweet up front, then huge bittering in the finish. Boozy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, moderate prickly carbonation. Good amount of alcohol bite and mild warming of the throat.

Drinkability - Not bad at all. VERY drinkable for the abv - though it doesn't hide the alcohol very well. Tastes pretty good, but at the end of the day doesn't have the dynamic flavor profile I come to expect from the style - comes off as more of a boozy IPA.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber bottle into a snifter glass. No bottle date present, as with other Green Flash stuff that we get here on East Coast.

A: Pours a hazy, yellow/orange color, thin white head, mild carbonation, head fades quickly, OK lacing on the glass.

S: Not the hoppy burst that I was expecting or had read about in other posts. Starting to think that this bottle might be out-dated. I get more malt than hops.

T: I don't get hops! I get all malt here. Some bite on the back end with mild hops. But nothing floral or citrusy. Upsetting.

M: Hardly any mouth coating here. No DIPA mouth pucker either. I understand that most DIPAs are sweeter, but this is a malt bomb. As mentioned, some bite at end.

D: I hate to say it, because I love the GF West Coast IPA, but this one is a "one and done" for me. Very unpleased. I blame the bottle dating problem, no the beer.

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