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

Served from a 22oz. bottle purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my DFH snifter at the appropriate temperature (06/01/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange with a creamy one finger off-white head which left thick ringed lacing. Great looking DIPA.

S: Great bitter pine/citrus hops aroma with notes of grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit along with a mild semi-sweet caramel/toffee malt.

T: Bitter citrus hops of grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit hit the palate first with an extremely fresh taste of pine and a well balanced caramel malt backbone. The bitterness is spot on and linger beautifully with a nice grassy feel in the finish.

M: Fuller-bodied with fairly low and creamy carbonation.

D: Good drinkability but this is a 9% DIPA with a serious degree of bitterness. Not quite as bitter as the version that I had on-tap.

Overall I was very impressed with this DIPA from Green Flash for its fresh taste and excellent hop profile and balance. This to me is extremely similar to Pliny the Elder and that is always a great thing. Recommended.

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Photo of mjd83goblue
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Many thanks to torchednoodle for this surprise!

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a 2" head. Fresh, raw hops dominate the aroma.

Tons of sweet grapefruit, some pineapple. Balanced with (quite) sweet malt, with just a hint of something darker at the end. Nicely bitter finish. Palate-wrecker, but very enjoyable.

Mouthful is on point. Went down very easy.

Just a fantastic DIPA. True west coast style. Thanks again!

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

Dull glowing orange with an awesome head of stiff off white peaks. Retention is excellent, a thick crusting of lace is left behind.

Aroma is bold citrus, grapefruit, bittersweet florals, and green resinous marijuana. Caramelized, biscuitty malt sweetness emerges as the beer warms a bit.

Flavor erupts with crushed grapefruit and tangerine peels, fresh cut flowers, fruit, and oozing hop resin. The malt is perfect, caramel and honeyed biscuits. Balance is good with an emphasis on the hops.

Body is big, slick, and creamy. The malt presence is big, just enough to carry the massive hop flavors. Great drinkability, i finished a bomber and was looking for more!

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a Duvel Tulip a golden orange color with a thick and fluffy off white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Lots of ripe pineapple and citrusy hops. Pretty sweet smelling. Not unlike candied pineapple.

Much like the nose. Strong pineapple presence, sharp grapefruit hop bite, and some pine resin. Decent alcohol presence. There is a solid malt backbone though that adds some caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Bitter grapefruit peel lingers well after.

Velvety and creamy feeling. I would call this medium bodied. The hops suck all of the moisture out of the tongue leaving a very dry finish.

An awesome DIPA and a great representation of a west coast style one at that. I would welcome this one any day.

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Photo of Zippie9999
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this beer on tap @ The Dirty Truth in N. Hampton, Ma
A: pours a hazy, golden orange with a nice white lacing and fluffy cushiony head.
S: Holy citrus Batman! Grapefruit, citrus, hemp.
T: Incredible wallop from the hops. Definitely a force to be reckoned with. Stone brewing needs to take notes from these guys!
M: silky and sublime. Definitely a resinous lingering aftertaste from the hop oils!
D: wow. Incredibly smooth, complex, and enjoyable. great representation of a West Cost Ipa! I'd be hard pressed to find a better imperial ipa.

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

A - Yellow-orange. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Citrus and pine. They did not cheap out on high quality hops for the late additions and dry hopping.

T - The citrus and pine cuts through amazingly well for a beer with an ABV this high. It does not have that high ABV taste and the malt is very light for a beer with this high of an ABV.

M - Exceptionally smooth for a beer with an ABV this high.

O - I had this at the Amsterdam Ale house in NYC, only $6 for a pint. The best beer I had that day.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pours a bright orange amber, with a big 2 inch head that lingers. Nice lacing, but more mild then I remember. Smell is orange, pine, and dank weed. Taste is all that with some grapefruit and booze in the finish. Nice full body, with plenty of carbonation. Very approachable for the high ABV. This is the first time I drank this knowing the date bottled on 9/13/11, thx to Case n Keg letting me go out back to check. Fresh this is one of the best DIPA out.

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Photo of ahommell
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into Chimay Chalice

A: Turn signal amber. Turn signal is slightly aged with this hazy oxidized turn signal vibe it puts off. White head that pours a finger and stays around half that throughout. Lacing is considerable.

S: Floral hops. Grass. Citrus. Malt.

T: Floral. No hop bite that is in some IPAs. EXCELLENT. I don't believe I have had a better IPA. I might have bitten into a mellow hop pellet but I don't know it. It is delicious. Citrus. Lemon whites. Light alcohol. Full marks.

M: Medium to full bodied for style. Carbonation is adequate. Smooth, filling. The lack of burn from alcohol is absolutely refreshing.

O: May not have had a better IIPA. Green Flash has impressed me before; they only continue to impress.

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

Poured form a 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

Color is pale golden. Over two fingers thick head of off white color with excellent retention. Very awesome lacing on the sides. A few bubbles seen rising up. Clear but translucent.

Aroma is strong. Very nice herbal and citrus aroma. Strong pine notes. A good malt presence. Excellent touch overall.

Taste is tremendously bitter. Upfront, in the middle and towards the end. Just awesome. Very strong and powerful. Strong grapefruit and citrus presence. A lot of piney flavor. Alcohol warmth. Strong malt and booze.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Somewhat oily. Low to moderate carbonation. Drinks really easy for a DIPA this bitter.

I am impressed but not surprised.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours golden yellow and crystal clear.
Two finger head
Aromas are ....damn this is fresh smelling..totally citrus and very much pine oils.
Taste is just plain balanced...sweet malts and bitter hops...pine oils, grapefruit peel, orange peel.
Finish to drying citrus tang.
Wonderful...want another sip...and another...and maybe a whole mouthful.
Very good FRESH DIPA.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden in color, I've had it both clear and somewhat hazy, so I guess it depends on the batch.

S- What a great potent smell, like the pungent aroma from a handful of hop pellets.

T- Awesome hop attack here. Resiny, very bitter, spicy. Great when looking for a huge hop assault.

M- On the drier side, not close to syrupy, nice medium mouthfeel.

Very good DIPA, and quite a bit different in hop profile than Pure Hoppiness or Pliny the Elder. I think it relates a little closer to Ruination.

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Photo of RodBurg
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Newport Pizza in Ocean Beach. Golden orange in color with a wafty head and webby lacing. Not exactly cloudy but by no means would I call it filtered.

Amazing hop aromas pouring off this one. Juicy grapefruit, evergreen, pineapple, mint, tropical flowers. Mouthwatering.

Crazy hop tastes as well. Oily pine and grapefruit hit the palate. Great bitterness with spearmint and lemon notes. Considering the alcohol content here, I'm surprised its not thicker in body. Caramel notes from the malt are in there but very well hidden in the background.

Incredibly drinkable. Awesome hop bomb that went very well with the pizza I ordered. Be sure and drink this one fresh!

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Photo of mtrentm
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Nice orange color with great clarity & a nice two-finger orangish-white head leaving behind sticky lacings.

S: Very pungent hoppy aroma. Nice & spicy with a hint of citrus lingering in the background.

T: The flavors are just as the nose suggested... starts off with a bit of a grain earthyness along with sweet malt, then on to the hops with a spicy citrus flavor. It finishes sweet with a long lasting hoppiness.

M: Full-bodied, big alcohol flavor & nice subtle carbonation.

D: A very nice drinkable DIPA that I will be having again for sure!

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Photo of JRhode
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle split with jhamel. New yellow label, very fresh (8/9/09).

Had this beer a couple of times a few years back when I was first diving into craft brew head first. Hated it; old bottles that were overly malty and sweet. Glad to have a fresh one finally.

Golden orange in color with impressive clarity. Head quickly dissipates leaving sticky lacing.

Smells of ripe pineapple and sweet malt-- like a tropical juice blend.

Fruity hoppiness leads to a mildly sweet mid palate which is followed by a bitter, dry finish. Fantastic. For a hop monster, there is an interesting balance.

Full bodied and tongue coating without becoming syrupy. Prickly bitterness on the finish adds another dimension to mouthfeel. I might like a tad more carbonation though.

At 9.4% abv, this is much more drinkable than many similar abv IIPAs (Maharaja, Dorado).

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,628 ratings.
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