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

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

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 deereless
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep gold to orange in color, quickly dissipating head, crystal clear, no lacing - 4.00, S: Absolutely loaded with green and pungent hop aromas, tons of pine and tree sap, edges towards the side of earthy - I would have guessed Simcoe hops though the label indicates Nugget and Summit, stellar aroma for an Imperial IPA - 4.75, T: Strong earthy hop bite, pine and grapefruit pith, alcohol is quite noticeable, some burnt raisin and rum soaked cake, I pick up the slightest bit of green grass - 4.50, Somewhat syrupy mouth feel - 4.50, D: For an Imperial IPA, this is extremely drinkable that pushes the limits of hop usage - 4.50

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Photo of fatmcq
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This (I)IPA has a light and frothy appearance. The smell is earthy, noting an interesting combination of grapefruit and pine needles. The taste is very hoppy and smooth. Although having a high alcohol content(9.4%), it's taste is masked by the thick; but delightful, earthy flavor of hops. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and frothy. While not being the most complex IPA from San Diego county, this has definately become one of my favorites.

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Photo of Neilio
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my new favorite IPAs

A: Dark amber color with about a three finger head

S: very floral, very much like some very potent pot

T: Very hoppy, a few of my other beer geek buddies didn't like because they thought it was overly bitter. I thought it the robust hoppiness was excellent

M: Decent acidity with lots of bubbles

D: I could drink this all day

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from Green Flash. Plenty of hop flavors without the suck-your-cheeks-out bitterness.
Smooth, citrus, flowery.
Measures up very well with the better IIPA's with a different slant.
Decent ABV and IBU's that are without the edge. Clearly the intent of the brewer and he met it well.
Kudos to Green Flash for a job well done.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of OTB
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice to come back to his after a while. Poured into a tulip glass the beer leaves a nice fluffy two finger cap that lingers as I drink leaving some serious lacing. The nose is all dank sweet crushed hops, nice forest pine and grapefruit emanate from my glass.the flavor profile is reminiscent of the nose, in your face hops, sweet grapefruit and a note of mango and tangerine fill out the offering all balanced with just the right touch of sweet maltiness. This classic west coast DIPA is just so reliable that I take it for granted some times. Available everywhere and priced at about six dollars a bomber make it even more enjoyable.

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Photo of bszern
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

Pours with a gnarly 4 finger head that provides lacing along the entire glass.

Smell is extremely citrusy. Very clean, no traces of the alcohol. This may be one of the best smelling IPAs out there.

The taste is complex but drinkable I was expecting a hop bomb, but it is not overpowering. The hops definately come through, but there is a sweetness that really makes it interesting. Absolutely no alcohol present, which is impressive because abv is pretty high. Aftertaste is very pleasant.

Overall, this is a great beer. I only wish they would put a bottling date on the label, which is why I can't give this a 5/5.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Green Flash cask-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark gold color with a 3/4 inch head that retains quite well before slipping down to an 1/8 inch head leaving jagged lacing behind.

S- Pungent, fresh hop aroma that's sharp, floral and musky. Tight citrus notes with plenty of grapefruit and tart lemon.

T- Tangy bitterness sends the palate on a journey of tastes including the obvious grapefruit, starfruit, lemon, lime, fresh wet grass and kumquat. A touch of malt sweetness sneaks in but is immediately overpowered by the hops. The hops actually play so much of a dominant role that there's a bit of astringency. Also slightly metallic.

M- Very tingly and vibrant due to the hop varietals used. Also slick and oily with medium-high carbonation and a semi-light body.

O- Hop heads rejoice. Definitely bitter but doesn't go too overboard.

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Photo of utfiero
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- clear gold. Slight head.

Aroma- fresh strong bitter stink weed hoppiness.

Taste- reminds us of the Stone Go to IPA ramped up 5 times! Starts with a terrific strong clean hop profile and sustains the hops throughout. Finishes clean and clear. For 101 IBUs this is a smooth work of art! And the high ABV if 9% is not apparent.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 5/23/2014

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Photo of Nick3
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into a Paulaner Wesbier glass. A clean white 2 finger head forms and holds nicely for more than a few sips. Beer is a translucent golden yellow color. Smell is pure hops with some citrus. If you like hops, you'll love the smell of this one. Taste is excellent; surprisingly, malts come through up-front and then the primary taste is well balanced off with the hops. The finish is hops as you would expect, but you can still taste the malts. Beer is light on the palate and the ample carbonation helps the beer dance across the toungue. I enjoyed this beer tremendously.

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Photo of JMad
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of dcguitar
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was from a bottle and was poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a nice cloudy and orange color with a light white foam.

S: Lots of citrus and orange, with pine. Blasted with hops.

T: Bold, nice fresh citrus and hop flavor right off the bat. Shades of grapefruit with some more hops in the back. An excellent overall crispiness to each sip.

M: Tingly, full and well balanced.

D: A terrific IPA. Wish I could try it on tap as I'm sure it would taste even fresher. An excellent IPA with great sticky overtones that coat your pallet and keep you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is clear gold with an off-white head that lasts awhile and leaves curtains of lacing.

Smells of light malt, green grassy hops, a bit of sugar and some salt. Kind of like a nice green salad.

Very concentrated green grass hoppy taste along with a vegetal bitterness, maybe like mustard greens, with a biscuity malt background. Tongue numbing hop oils are present. Aggressively hopped, but still achieves balance. Finishes with a green vegetal and grapefruit rind slam.

Body at first seems light, but the malt sugars give it a bit thicker mouthfeel. Carbonation is pretty lively and effervescent, lending to a very refreshing mouthfeel overall. First sip and swallow takes the palate on a gallop but then settles to a long dry bitter finish allowing the tongue to recuperate from the effervescent bitter hop bash it has just received and then ultimately longing for another.

This is a refreshing, highly hopped IPA, and with a high ABV, it really must be sipped with respect. However, at least in California, this is an imperial IPA that can really deliver the goods at a very nice price point, for the time being.

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Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am providing a simple review of this exceptional Brew. If you have questions about the appearance, nose, etc. please read the previous reviews which are accurate. If you are wondering if you should try this beer, or wondering what other West Coast Hop Heads think of this beer, then you have the right review.

Green Flash plays the West Coast IPA game very well. This double IPA is insane! Never have I tasted the hops bum-rush followed by the balancing of those hops with malt and alcohol that slip passed the goal keeper practically unnoticed! Smooth and balanced.

Balance is the key to this brew which is presently my favorite Double IPA! Treat yourself to this beer ASAP!

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass

It poured a hazy deepish orange color with a one finger head. The smell was purely west coast IPA, Massive amounts of grapefruit and other citrus fruits. A good astringency from the hops came through in both taste and smell. Tasted like a grapefruit and a mango got together. The feel of this beer is almost kind of pulpy, It has a rich feel and I feel like tiny little hop particles were filling my mouth. It goes down rather smooth and I cant taste the 9.4% alcohol but I could feel it a little. Overall, this is a classic well done example of a west coast Imperial IPA and what it should be.

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Photo of BBP
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber color with full, cloudlike head. Slight carbonation as well. Excellent lacing.

S- The aroma seems to be filled with the spectrum of hops. There's not a ton of potency to it, but I was impressed that nearly all the scents that come from hops really came out in this one.

T- The beginning is pretty bright, as the tropical and citrus hop aromas come out, but then the pine really takes a stand. The taste is just slightly a step down from the aroma, in that it doesn't tastes just quite as complex, but it still tastes superbly brewed, and has much more complexity than the average DIPA.

There is some malt, but it really doesn't play much of a part. In very little time at all, there's a large amount of hop bitterness built up. The pine also builds up in the aftertaste. I'm finding this to be quite impressive, and I definitely think it's worth seeking out.

M- Medium full body. Slightly dry and sticky in the finish.

O- Overall, I found this caught me by surprise, and I wasn't expecting it to be as much of a superb example of the style as it was. It also has an incredible price point too, considering the quality. I wouldn't pass this one up.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from their bomber of this ale...

Appearance - Pours a quick finger of golden eggshell foam, body is a lightly hazed bright golden orange - just a beautiful ale, leaves beatiful webbed rings after each quaff.

Smell - Citrus of orange and lemon, tropical fruits of mango and papaya, grapefruit, whiff of pine, slight vanilla carmel, smells fantastic!

Taste - Oh my goodness the hops! Much like the nose, and so balanced and complex - this starts with a wonderful combination of citrus of oranges and ruby red grapefruit, I also get light unsweetened mango and papaya, this is accompanied by some huge floral hop flavors, near the end of the sip I get bittering dryness of peach pits and grapefruit pith, and finishing with dried citrus rinds and a touch of pine. No alcohol here whatsoever, perfectly hidden - all of this rides a whiff of malt backbone, imparting a flavor like a nearly unsweetened bullseye (carmel with a vanilla center) - this is not a sweet DIPA by any means, but provides just enough sweetness to counter the intense citrus and floral hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, the flavors are bold and fill the mouth. The carb is medium but very soft and smooth, like a gentle foam, with some wonderful bright edges at the back and sides of the tongue. Finishes nearly clean and somewhat dry, begging another quaff...

Overall - My first thought was that this could be Arctic Panzer if I were blindfolded, just add a bit of the fruitiness of Dreadnaught w/out the sweetness - the complexity and balance here are nearly perfect. At $5.49 a bomber I will pick this one up every time I see it. If you like your DIPA's on the dry bitter side, not sweet and nearly puckering, then this is a must try - two thumbs way up for me :)

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Photo of beerbully
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from bomber

A-Clear copper color with huge head after a slightly aggressive poured thick lacing covering the sides of the glass

S-Very aromatic. Pinapple,mango,orange, grapefruit, some floral overtones

T-Much like the nose. This brew packs alot of flavor. Juicy citrus hops. Not very balance but if you like juicy hops this should do it.

M-Creamy thick for the style. nice slick coating of the mouth

O-this was the perfect beer for the moment. the smell and flaovr just exploded for me.. Very drinkable as the alcohol was well hidden.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite clear but pretty in the glass with a nice head and lace.

Great smell - floral, hoppy

Hoppy (but not TOO over the top), well disguised alcohol

Thank you to Chad for this nice IPA. It is a very nice Imperial that hides the alcohol in an evil way. Experience has taught me to be careful with these - they can induce next day remorse over the excessive ingestion of goodness.

It's a goodness you very quickly can feel, like shots of booze. It's good cold, like the style should be and even beter as it warms. This is definitely a bomber to consider again and again. Top of the line!

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Photo of hoplover82
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer smells great... like... orange ... prunes....pinnaples... piney. Wow!

It pours a very hazy unfiltered sunshine sunset hue that has a three finger head that sticks around for a good while, leaves me beautiful lattice work, just magnefisent.

The flavor is of much pine and a little citrus. Just the right amount of malts in the back just a little sweet. But this ones about the hops!. (Which I love) One of my favorite DIPAs by far.

Very Drnkable.

Can't go wrong with Green Flash. Thanks Brewers! THe Lord bless the hop harvest.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very hazy, neat orange colour, nice white cap, lots of lacing

S - big clean hoppy nose, very classic, with that lovely malt aroma backing it up, more sweet grapefruit and tropical/citrus than piney, really good

T - juicy sweet tropical hop blast greets the tongue, very fine malt backbone gives it a hint of caramel, aftertaste is bitter with tons of grapefruit and pine notes with lots of alcohol (that tastes good actually).

M - medium body, slightly oily, puckering resin, very dry finish from the hop bitterness, warming alcohol

D - it doesn't get much better than this

Wow, what a roller coaster ride. Insane hopping, yet somehow exceptionally balanced. Lots of malt and sweetness, yet it's not at all heavy or cloying. I love tropical hop aroma/flavour, but I also really like biting piney hop bitterness, and this beer has both, which you don't often find. I shared a bottle of this about a year ago at a tasting and absolutely loved it... boy am I happy to finally have a bottle all to myself. Perhaps the best IIPA I've tasted.

Thanks to Canucklehead for the bottle!

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Photo of Kadonny
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a snifter glass.

A: A wonderful slightly hazy lighter amber orangy color. Minimal off white head with minimal glass lacing.

S: This is where there is a hint of how good this beer is. I've had a TON of DIPAs, but this one smelled like no other. Amazing. Scents of sweet fruit and malt with pine, citrus and grapefruit and alcohol. Wow, each time I smell it I get something else. My buddy sitting next to me said it looked like I was making love to the glass with my nose.

T: Was I let down after that smell? No freaking way. As much hop punch as this beer carries, can you believe the first flavor to hit you is sweetness? Well it is. Sweet bready biscuity malt with some sweet fruits. The middle is where the massive hops flavors hit with citrus, grapefruit, pine, lemon and some fresh cut grass. Amazing. Finish is hops lingering and the sweet malt lying underneath the bitterness. Wow, just wow.

M: Full coating mouthfeel with a decent presence of alchohol that is very nice and warming. Nice bitterness lingering.

D: For this huge 9% abv monster? Awesome. I so enjoyed my glass I wanted another. Just so drikable.

Overall this beer ranks up there with the best DIPAs I have ever had. Amazing. Green Flash is kicking ass and I couldn't be happier. This is one very different but very awesome beer. Buy it, drink it and enjoy. Dear Santa: Bring me some Green Flash IIPA please...Thanks!

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Photo of arizcards
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in late January for $4.59.
This beer pours a golden orange color with a nice fluffy white head that is leaving a nice lacing in my glass. Nose is a blast of citrusy hops, mmmm. Taste is somewhat malty but finishes near perfectly with a whopping amount of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth for the style. Overall drinkability is very good despite the high abv. This is a very good representation of style and it compares quite well to the other San Diego hop peddlers high IBU brews.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow-orange with a fluffy 3 finger white head, very clingy and reduces slowly.

The nose on this magnificent brew is, by far, the most reminiscent of good weed that I've ever smelled in a beer- a moist leafiness, a grapefruit dominant citrus cocktail and delicate tropical fruit hints with a nice coating of florally, agave nectar-like sweetness to the whole thing.

Palate is big bodied with a small but sufficient honeyed sweetness that fits in perfectly with the intense hop slickness, while the completely oppressive hop bitterness comes in big and brings just a hint of toast from the malt. A citrussy juiciness pushes that malt back into the shadows, and the bitterness just keeps on rolling. Alcohol is there but easily forgettable. More citrus rind on the finish, pithy and bitter, with a very long puckering bitterness, some dark resinous characteristics and a big dryness.

Easily one of my favorite DIPAs and certainly the best I've had in probably about 3 months. Enough juiciness and bright hop flavors to strike a solid balance with the massive bitterness. And that heavenly aroma... sigh...

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,627 ratings.
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