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

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
2,634 Ratings
Green Flash Imperial India Pale AleGreen Flash Imperial India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

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!

Added by Terp96 on 12-02-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,634
Reviews:
1,003
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
Wants:
151
Gots:
338
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of davet100
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had been meaning to try this for some time now but my quest for a relatively fresh bottle had been unsuccessful. Alas, found some about 6 weeks old and for $5.99 a bomber, I figured it was worth a try, a good decision in the end. This was an interesting brew, pours a clean deep golden colour with a small head. The aroma is a little weird, lots going on with distinct pine and citrus notes, coupled with some bready and oniony notes. The summit hop really has a presence in this beer and the taste is initially dominated by this. However, as you work your way through, the flavours become more complex and some tropical fruit (pineapple and peach) come through, couple by plenty of pine and bitterness. The alcohol is very well hidden and the beer extremely well balanced with a light malt backbone; not heavy/syrupy like some big DIPA's. Initially, I wasn't sure what to make of this, but by the time I finished, I was a convert. I could see why some might not be and from experience I have found summit-heavy beers to be not so appealing. Green Flash got this right though, it is extremely well balanced and the flavours actually work very harmoniously. It is one of these beers that keeps you interested from start to finish so very much worth a go. A love it or hate it kind of beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tdatt43
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of ClintonRalston
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of JG-90
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange color with a moderate sized off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves heavy lacing. Smells of bread, grapefruit, and hop resin.

Taste starts with a creamy breadiness, then grapefruit and a bit of mint, with a resinous finish. Has a clean, dry, bready and resinous aftertaste. Has average body with above average carbonation for a DIPA.

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Photo of supa0525
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much better than the current BA rating of 91.

A - Amber color. Pours little head.

S - Hints of citrus. Definite West Coast DIPA.

T - Initial taste lemon/pine, but as it warms, grapefruit rind comes out. Definitely hides alcohol. Not a hop monster like Ruination, but a good amount of hops. Malt/sweetness undetectable which I prefer. Bitterness increases as beer warms. Refreshing, a term not usually used with a DIPA.

M - Very nice. Yields a light foam in the mouth. Very well carbonated.

O - Very nice DIPA. Better exist, but for $5.99 for a 24 oz. bottle, a good alternative when Founder's Double Trouble or Bell's The Oracle are not available.

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Photo of scxcrunner
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of RegalEagle
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Libationguy
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy deep straw color with a lot of orange and yellow hue. 1-finger white head with medium- retention.

Can't argue about a lack of hops: onion, cat pee, pineapple, pine resin, lemon zest and garlic. Wondering if the hops are starting to break down with a little age.

Onion, chive, pine resin, pine sap and citrus. Resin and bitterness build as the beer develops on the palate.

Full bodied with a rich mouthfeel. A little bit on the boozy side, but the alcohol is contained in the body of the beer.

Feel like I got an old bottle. Was looking for a date on the bottle, but didn't see one.

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Photo of LuauLarry
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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 csfcmitchell
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of ISmith87
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just got palate wrecker today too! Wanted to try both to compare the two. This one is obviously a step down from Palate Wrecker...

A -4.25 - The beer is still crystal clear, a nice golden/amber color (slightly lighter than palate wrecker) with a 2 finger head of loose/mixed bubbles.

S - 4.00 - Little tinge of alc, lots of citrusy flavors (grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime zest), with not that much malt background.

T - 4.00 - This beer is slightly less complex than palate wrecker, it is still an imperial ipa, still measures up to Ruination, it's a good imperial IPA in which you can taste a lot of hops with grapefruit/orange/lemon/lime zest as usual. Definitely a very bitter beer. I can tell hop Palate Wrecker is their flagship though.

M - 4.25 - Light --> medium bodied beer. Head sticks around forever giving a frothiness in your mouth that allows you to taste all the flavors. Doesn't have the tongue numbing bitterness of palate wrecker, it's just not there.

O - 4.00 - A very good imperial IPA, nothing about this beer makes it bad, no dankness, no onion/garlic flavor just the citrusy good hops that you want to taste. It tastes a lot weaker compared to palate wrecker. It's definitely more of a toned down imperial IPA.

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Photo of beerhast
3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of BrandonZp5
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of chasmandocharles
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of EBeckett3
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-amber, slight head, altogether appetizing. Fine lacing.
Smell: citrus, pine, hoppy,
Taste: crisp, clean, slightly sweet with dry finish.
mouthfeel: smooth, no alcohol pop despite ABV, between medium & full body. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Overall: outstanding offering, especially given the elevated ABV. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle into an imperial pint glass

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,634 ratings.
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