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

This is my first beer from Green Flash upon recomendation for one of my local "pushers" as I call them.

Pours a quite brilliant orange to medium honey with a bright creamy white head that is sticky and tight up front. The head did make it to a three finger in my tulip with a normal pour, and while retention wasn't tops, it did lace somewhat. While the beer did pour slightly clouded at first, it seems to have cleared up entirely.

Nose is of citrus, slight pine, and decidedly earthy hops. Malt notes are also present with a delicate note of caramel. There is a hint of something I can't put my finger on, a sign of a great beer to come.

If one could call a DIPA/Imperial IPA balanced, I think that this beer would have to be on the list. The hops aren't overpowering for the style when taking into consideration others within driving distance. Maybe this is because of the fact that not a cascade was harmed in the making of this beer. The hop choices really do make this one unique IMO. The taste follows the nose in many respects, hops come in droves but are quickly matched with sweet malts, together than form a middle tang that is so very enjoyable. As the beer warms, alcohol is a bit more pronouced but still dealt with extremely well relative to the abv.

There is a slight woody/tanin feel to the mouthfeel, rosin maybe. Very silky smooth, really one of the best I've had in the style. As the bottle states it is in fact quaffable.

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Photo of Tolann
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 2nd beer review.

A really nice beer. Served from a bottle. First time I've had a beer from Green Flash.

Appearance - Rich golden color and cloudy. Pours with a nice head. No lacing.

Smell - Sweet, floral, some spice. more hops than malts.

Taste - Quick citrus hit at first sip. Hoppy ending that stays on your pallet.

Mouthfeel - smooth, not over carbonated. lighter feel.

Drinkability - This would be a nice bar sipping beer. I could order this all night.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tangerine juice orange with honey colored edges. The first pour looks filtered and I don't see much (except beer) in the bottom of the bomber. The tremendously sticky alabaster crown is a DIPA masterpiece. In addition, the huge amount of Swiss cheesy lace easily qualifies as eye candy. We're off to a very good start.

For such an offbeat hop bill (Summit and Nugget), the nose is right in line and right up there with SoCal's best. I'm not sure which hop variety contributes what to the aroma, but I get a big blast of orange rind, pink grapefruit, pungent cheese and cannabis. Boy Howdy, this should be some good beer.

My first few mouthfuls tell me quite a bit. However, this is one of those DIPAs that I'll need to ponder a while before I can pull the trigger on a flavor score. At the moment, it's a dead heat between 'good' and 'very good'. Not that there's any heat. Although the 9.0% ABV is easily appreciated, it's also easily ignored while the beer is still cool and my tongue is relatively fresh. It should be even less noticeable in about 15 minutes or so.

I think the thing that's holding be back the most is that I'm just not enamored with these two hops. Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe, Amarillo... then we'd be talking. I like more brightness, more pure citrus peel flash than the mid-range, earthy, almost herbal quality that these hops deliver. At least there's precious little caramel malt to muddle things up even more. Some, but not much.

Anyone who doesn't like this mouthfeel doesn't like DIPAs. It's medium-full and has a luscious smoothness that is right up my alley. There has to be a few tons of malt present. Incidently, that may be why the stated 101 IBUs don't taste like it. This is definitely bitter beer, but it isn't BITTER beer.

I haven't liked Green Flash Brewery's non-hoppy beer. Their hoppy beer is a different story entirely, with a much happier ending. Extra Pale Ale is wonderfully drinkable and West Coast IPA has gotten some much deserved respect. Imperial India Pale Ale doesn't match Southern California's finest, but if I had access, I'd buy a bomber every now and then as an interesting change of pace.

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Photo of atsprings
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy pale orange with a decent frothy head that was slow to diminish. The aroma was dominated by floral citrus and pine hops with just a hint of sweet malt. The taste was possessed wonderful earthy hoppiness that somewhat overpowered the malts, but not too much at all. The beer was somewhat heavy with nice warming alcohol that was present but not aggressive. This is a very enjoyable beer and one I would love to have again.

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3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A two finger off white head establishes itself on top of a orange amber body that is a nice combination. Leaves a bit of lace. Softly fragrent ripe citrus based hops dance on a very inviting nose. Very grassy fresh green hop feel as it enters the mouth. Pine notes are very strong on the front of the palate. A slight bit of sweetness develops twords the end. high alchol content but it is well hidden. Very woodsy fresh. Thick mouthfeel is kicked up by the hops. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, pours clear light amber, with that oily, slightly greenish hue that I welcome in a hoppy SD style DIPA, Light tan, creamy, tiny bubble, long lasting head and thick film. Also leaves nice sheeting and sticky reams of lace. Blast o'citric hops for the sniffer. Smooth, heady brew, more grapefruity hop waves, riding on a fluffy bed of bread crusty malts. Yum yum, finely crafted creation. "SD style" DIPA is the this stuff, giddy to find it on my way thru New Jersey...Its great to be an American...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Naven: Poured a deep copper color ale with huge foamy head with perfect retention and some good lacing. Aroma of red grapefruit is astonishing and up there with the best of the style. Taste is also dominated by some red grapefruit with some medium bitterness and some light caramel malt. Body is above average with some good carbonation. I have to admit that this hop bombs is definitely better then standard IIPA out there.

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Photo of flexabull
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange color, with a nice big white head.

Aromas are of big time grapefruits, citrus, and fresh floral hop smells.

Beer has a very citrus hop like character to it. Quite hoppy, bitter, grapefruits, and fresh floral flavors. Underneath there some creamy malt flavors. Finish is mineral like, with an alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel is nice and full.

Drinkability is good. A nice double IPA, but not quite in the top of the style.

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

I like their IPA, so this one should be good.
Pours a hazy, golden amber with a nice, dense, 2-finger head. A bit rocky, a bit sticky. The haziness clears up as the beer warms and as I drink.
Aroma hits from the very first of the pour. Strong citrus, pine and green vine smell. A bit of alcohol, too. A pleasant floral, a bit herbal (from the nugget hops, I'm guessing). Very nice.
Taste follows nose; bitter herbal quallity blend nicely with the floral and citrus. Green vine and a pinch of dates comes through as well. Alcohol is noticeable. Great bite to it, clean finish. A 22oz bottle is a bit much, but I made good of it.

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Photo of goschool
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pour is clear orange with gold accents and a large white foamy head that fades, but leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: There are mainly hops in the nose. Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, tropical fruit, aromas were in front of sugary sweet malts and a bit of booze.

Taste: Bitter hops propel grapefruit, all sorts of other citrus fruit, and pine in front of a solid malt base that starts out biscuity and evolves into sweet brown sugar. Warming alcohol pops in, just a bit, at the finish.

Mouthfeel: If you let the medium-bodied elixir slosh around in your mouth before swallowing, the carbonation gets livelier and combines forces with the rough mouthfeel that's so common in big hoppy beers.

Drinkability: Big, hoppy beers are almost always fun to drink and this one is no exception. As such, I won't give it a pass, but there are loads of better 2IPA's regularly available in the Los Angeles area.

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Photo of psinderson
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy light amber color with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Lots of grapefruit with a background of green apple.

Taste: Hop candy - Grapefruit, piney and earthy. Good hop flavor from beginning to end.

Mouthfeel: Good solid medium body.

Drinkability: Considering the intense flavors, this goes down decently.

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Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a white head, lots of lacing left on the glass. Less copper color than many other ales of this style. The aroma is filled with citrus and pine flavor, and ends with a nice malty note. Smooth malty bitterness begins on the tongue, then turns into a sharp hop flavor which is balanced on the finish with sweet malt flavor. The bottle claims 101 IBU’s but it shouldn’t deter any true hophead. Summit and Nugget hops give this Imperial IPA a unique flavor. This ale is very drinkable despite its 9 percent strength.

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Photo of Monsone
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty clear with a amber color. Nice big frothy head that faded to small skim coat on the top. Smell is grapefruit and pine needles. Big hop flavors, citrus, oily pine needle, floral etc. There is an attempt at balancing with a carmel malt flavor showing up. Alcohol is well hidden, but show late with a slight warming. Medium body with decent carbo. Drikability suffers from the big hoppiness and alcohol.

Overall, pretty good representation of the style. I have had better, but not that many better.

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Photo of macster
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazy amber-orange hue producing a tight, thick huge head. Nice foam retention and sheets of lacing noted throughout the glass.

Beautiful aromas of grapefruit and orange rinds, pineapple, sun-drenched pine needles, lemon zest and a touch of caramel swirled in malted milk.

Palate is quite full, velvety and slightly oily; has a nice chewiness in the mouthfeel.

Flavors are those of a classic and well done west coast IPA. Tons of citrus hops swarm over the tastebuds on the initial sip. A moderately welcomed and balanced caramel-toffee sweetness intervenes to render a nice balance. A faint spiciness and alcohol warmth appears in the background.

Very drinkable and solid rendition of the style.

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Photo of Willamette
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 22oz snifter.
Excellent, easy pour with a nice one finger head. The head settles quickly leaving a central slick and a clingy edge ring. The color is a typical orange / yellow but the cloudiness was perfectly uniform without visible particulates. I loved it. It does clear up a little by the end of the glass.
The smell was almost as good as the appearance. I think I like Moylans Hopsicle better but this could almost rate a 5. Pineapple and orange creamsicle come to mind.
The taste was a bit surprising. It bursts across the lips and onto the tongue but it ends quickly and leaves minimal aftertaste with only mild bitterness. I am not sure if it is mild or smooth but by the end of the glass I am thinking it is just very smooth, possibly warranting a higher rating than 4.
Mouthfeel is good. It is fairly thick but has minimal slickness and is only mildly dry.
The drinkability rating is somewhat skewed by my inability to determine whether I think it is a 'mild' or a 'smooth' Double IPA. I feel a little let down but at the same time I want to go get another one to see if I can figure out how I really feel about it. However, at 9% ABV (which was unnoticeable) I will have to visit this beer again some other day. I do highly recommend it, though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, been waiting to try this one forever. Seems I could never just get my hands on it no matter how hard I tried. Finally was able to score a couple when it was my BDAY BIF turn and I was totally stoked, not only was I able to try it, but I could try it a couple times! This review is from my first try...

A - Poured a somewhat hazy, mostly clear deep orange amber. Big two inch plus white head formed immediatly on top and slowly faded down to reveal on a slight ring of lace along the top. Decent side glass lace was evident from the start. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

S - Aroma was delicous. Full on citrus hop blast from the start. Deep orange and tangerine tones dominated here. Mixed in was a tiny bit of sugar, but alot of grapefruit and some lemon. Very fresh, bitter citrus smell. A slight aroma of alcohol could also be detected.

T - Yummy, a truly west coast double IPA. Such a strong hop presence. Tons of very bitter citrus hops, sweet and a good amount of alcohol. There was no balance here, and none was to be expected. Just a down the hatch, hardcore double IPA. This will hurt your tastebuds for sure. But in that really good way, damn this was fine.

M - Super sticky and smooth. This was a thick, almost syrup like brew. You could really feel it as you sipped. There was no mistaken this one for something light. It was almost chewey, very nice.

D - Good, the only thing I would knock it for is that it is high in alcohol so it would be very difficult to drink more then of these. Other then that, fantastic.

Overall this was everything I thought it would be. I super duper hopped double IPA from a great west coast brewery. Truly a treat to behold. I really enjoyed it and I am glad I have another for later on.

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Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved from jasonm in the jbif. Served slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Bottle opened with an extremely loud bang. Poured a very clear pale golden color. About two good fingers of bubbly, thick, off-white head formed. Head settled slowly, and left a thick layer of lace about half way down the glass. Huge citrus aromas were present. Tons of lemon, grapefruit, and some somewhat grassy, bitter hops. Maybe some pineapple notes as well. All the citrus and hops were smoothed out nicely with a very present maltiness. Tons of resiny hops assault your tastebuds as soon as you take a sip. More strong citrus, Some bitter hops and a smooth pine presence. A little hint of bread in the background as well. No really noticeable alcohol in the mouth, moderately carbonated. Nice smooth full bodied mouthfeel that pleases the palate. Very drinkable, smooth, well balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of gubbt
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange with a tight white head.

Smell is pine resin with some underlying caramel sweetness and biscuit-y-ness.

Taste starts off with a little caramel sweetness that trasitions into a very piney, hoppy finish. Yes, pine is the predominate hop flavor in this one. Bitterness is not overwhelming and there is a warming alcohol presence.

A solid DIPA. Lots of piney hop flavor and firm bitterness. I love this style and this is a nice example. Bottoms up!

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Photo of RedHaze
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy orange tinged gold, with a dense two finger head that fades slowly to a thick cap. The resulting lace is very sticky, leaving a solid sheet on the interior of the glass.

Smell; lots of citrus with grapefruit and orange peels. There's a mild hint of some sweet malts, but this one is definitely all about the citric hops.

Taste; the grapefruit and oranges really stand out, and there's also a touch of lemons in there as well. The malts are more noticable in the flavor than they were in the aroma, with a little caramel and biscuits, and there's a little bit of an alcohol spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a bit of a biting carbonation, and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden color with an orange tint. Nice thick white head leaves behind a bunch of lacing.

S: A lot of fruit in the aroma, mostly in the form of orange and grapefruit. Very little of the pine that often dominates west coast IPA's.

T: Slightly sweet malt flavor with loads of grapefruit and other tropical citrus fruits. The hop bitterness is rather subtle, not at all over the top. Hard to believe that it is 101 IBU's.

M: The mouthfeel is medium to slightly full bodied. Lots of oily hops with a little bit of sticky sweetness.

D: Very drinkable for a DIPA. The 9% is hard to find until it catches up with you at the end. It is very well balanced and it goes down very easy. Another solid west coast DIPA, definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a- pours a dark orange hue with three fingers of creamy white head, excellent lacing throughout

s- nose is of fragrant citrus and piney hops, well balanced malt profile underneath, but this is definitely dominated by the hops (Summit & Nugget)

t- Delicious bitter hops that are not overwhelming, piney resin throughout is balanced by the more subtle malts, aftertaste is slightly bitter with a brief alcohol kick that is short-lasting

m- Medium-bodied and oily mouthfeel, adequate carbonation

d- Wow, this is one delicious and well-balanced DIPA that truly masks the abv, I could have several of these in a sitting without getting bored, all praise the San Diego craftbrew scene!!!

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Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange coloured body with copper overtone. Large, foamy head that erupted right off the pour, reminding me of those volcano experiments with baking soda used for elementary school science experiments. The head would eventually simmer down and left thick remnants of lacing where it once lay. Each bubble is boldly outlined. Hazy, with only shadows able to be seen on the other side.

An aroma of citrus! All the citrus of the rainbow: mandarin, tangerine, orange, lemon; vibrant and fresh. All the smells are so exuberant! Not so much resiny, or even 'green', this is simply fruity. A wonderful mandarin/tangerine aroma, testament to the excellent hop bill!

A fairly light mouthfeel especially considering the alcohol percentage. The malts make up a sturdy base. A light graininess. Some acidity can be felt as hits the back of the throat on the way down. There's an occasional, additional sting which may again be part result from acidity of the hops, or perhaps (more likely) the high level of alcohol (which, otherwise, couldn't be detected).

Toasted malts, in generous amount, make the base of the flavour. The taste of citrus, especially in the aftertaste, is strong with good, lasting resonance on the palate. An almost orange pop sickle character at times. Strong flavour of mandarin and tangerine.

Well, for something that poured with big head, had a big hop smell, a big hop taste, and a big alcohol percentage this really didn't drink like it was all that "big" - credit to the brewers. It was rather pleasant and very easy to enjoy on a lovely, summer afternoon.

Thanks BeerTruth!

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz Bottle. Lemon, cat and Simcoe heavy aroma, dosed with heaps of resins and cones. Mostly piney with nips of orange liqueur. Pours a sainted clean, clear gold with a rim of linen white. On the mouth, initially a standard double IPA, with bristling pine cones, warm bready sugars, and a whole chaotic swirl of hop characters. A halcyon of cone production. This sorts out into a drier, bitter herbal quality, with the malt falling behind and finding a seat behind turpentine and grain alcohol. A nip warm and nosing, but generally composed of pleasing hop flavors. I’m not sure if I would have chose to build this beer with only Summit and Nugget, but as a duo they mostly get the job done before losing to a scathing bath of grass alcohols. Unique and somewhere in the field of decent west coast IIPAs. Some weird awkward tropical fruits and coarse grain characters show up down the line.

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Photo of grub
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

biegaman shared this one. thanks jan!

22oz bottle.

pours a nice golden yellow, slightly orangey, with a huge fluffy tan head that drops slowly and leaves lots of clumpy lace.

good aroma. grapefruit and tangerine. resiny. bread and cracker malt. a bit catty.

taste is ok. bready malt. bit of yeast and spice. medium bitterness level. grapefruit and a bit of tangerine. bit of a letdown.

mouthfeel is good. clingy resiny bitterness. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is ok. fairly well balanced. the flavour didn't really do it for me and seemed to be a bit of a letdown after the great appearance and nice aroma.

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