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

Green Flash Imperial India Pale AleGreen Flash Imperial India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
4.09/5
2,637 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
Ranking:
#2,115
Reviews:
1,003
Ratings:
2,637
pDev:
10.51%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
151
Gots:
339
Trade:
2
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Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a clear looking copper color with a thick white head on top. The lacing sticks really well to the glass with clumps of retention on top of the beer. The smell if loaded with west coast hop aromas. The taste is also loaded with the citrusy bitter bite of all the hops used in this brew. The Mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied, good carbonation to it and a little bit oily. Overall the beer is a powerhouse of an IPA, it's enjoyable if you like the style. I would drink it again for sure.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down rather quickly but never completely faded away.
S: There are strong aromas of fresh citrus and pine resin hops in the nose; smells of orange seem to be more prominent than those of grapefruit.
T: Like the smell, flavors oranges and pine resin stand out in the overall taste, which also contribute a strong amount of bitterness. There are some notes of malty sweetness in the initial taste; flavors of spices are noticeable in the bitter aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and slightly oily on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a real hop bomb, but despite the high amount of bitterness it isn’t too difficult to drink. Although the alcohol is well masked from the taste, so are the malts, which makes it seem to be a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Championed as a "west coast style" IPA because of its deep resiny bitterness and bone-dry drinkability- the mouthfeel of this beer takes it a long, long way. But do the flavors measure up?

Green Flash's Imperial IPA pours with a bright golden, copper mix. Mild haze denotes the dry-hopped character of these lupulin-infussed ales. A froathy and creamy white head tops the beer, retains very well and laces with intermitten pockets as the beer falls. A classic American IPA appearance.

Earthy and citrusy, the aromatic profile layers notes of grapefruit over a deeply embedded aroma of pine, fresh cut grasses, earthy garlics and onions. The nose promises a biting and resiny bitterness; especially with the supressed caramel maltiness with subtle notes of butterscotch.

Flavors indeed follow up with restrained softer hop notes- foregoing the overly floral and perfumy varieties, and showcasing the taste of white grapefruit pulp with focus and purpose. Hop flavor develops toward the resiny bitterness of pine, grass, herbs, and overall earthy pungency. A dry malt base of caramel hardly rises to attention, rather supporting the hops and providing just enough balance to keep the beer from becoming too one-sided.

The body is where it's at- early maltiness is short lived and gives way quickly in order to hand over the reins to the hoppy dryness, alcoholic warmth, and dry-malt finish that dictates the beer. With such low influence from malt sweetness, this beer indeed becomes a showcase for hops!

It's with great appreciation that this Imperial IPA doesn't attempt to balance the hops with an equal rise of malt, rather remaining true to American IPAs where the hops dominate without malt interferrence. This allows the beer to deliver a high level of drinkability despite its alcohol content. But a stronger and more delicate potpouri of hops particularly in the nose could really rocket this beer to the likes of Dreadnaught and Hopslam.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. I grabbed this bomber during a recent trip to Austin, Texas. 5 bucks. I'll never get over that aspect of shopping for beer in the lower 48 - killer selection, AND very reasonable prices...but I digress.

This beer pours a glassy, pale copper-amber colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, frothy, and playfully bubbly off-white head, which takes a while to drop away, leaving some lovely honeycombed lacing scattered around the glass.

It smells quite strong, with fresh pine needles and squeezed grapefruit rind hop essences dominating, and a touch of onion astringency - it's still all very outdoors-y, until the relatively tame bready, sort of meaty caramel malt comes a' calling. The flavour kicks off with a wallop of bitter resinous pine hops, so much so, that I could feel my cheeks constricting. After a few more sips, and my palate duly re-adjusted, I could enjoy a more citrus-oriented hop bite, with more onion and cooked garlic spicy notes, and a perky enough grainy, lightly caramelized malt backbone trying gamely to assert itself. No real sign of the near 19-proof booze at this point.

The carbonation is fairly mellow, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually smooth, if you sort of ignore all those swirling hops mucking about. It finishes off-dry, the malt not ready to cede all just yet, and the hops still resplendent in coniferous tree, citrus fruit, and the start of any good pasta dish's vegetal character. There is only a minor warming from the big ABV, no real heat, which is welcome in any beer, and especially one like this.

At first, this seems to be a highly unbalanced beer, but it morphs (while continuing to batter your tastebuds) into something much more drinkable, provided you're a fan of the hops, of course. An eye-opener, not for the faint of heart, but it does evolve into an agreeable example of the style, or 'sub-style', as the label proclaims. Makes for a very tasty and effective kickstart to my heart before heading off to the Taboo Sex Show - giddee up!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Newcastle glass at 1739 Public House in Los Feliz, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were above average given the brewery.

A: Pours a beige colour two finger head, somewhat thin, with no real cream and of typical retention. Colour is a hazy ruby-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubbl show.

Sm: Citrus and floral hops, some pine, and clean malts. Some light toasted character. An average strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, with off-putting bitterness towards the climax. Clean malts form the foundation. Little citrus; not enough to make it refreshing. A bit stale on the finish. Simple and imbalanced. A poor IPA. Not at all subtle.

Mf: Dreadfully thin; unable to support the flavours. Nicely crisp, though. A bit overcarbonated. Smoothness is off.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable for the style. Hides its ABV well. A middling, average effort from Green Flash. Enjoyable enough I guess, but priced quite high at $6.75. I wouldn't get this again.

Low C

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is making it's first appearance in Illinois finally...

Pours a deep orange tone with high clarity. Three fingers of sticky foam rise up, producing a fluffy head. Lacing rings the glass.

Pungent mary jane hop aroma, very herbal, with some peppery notes and graprefruit rind.

Sticky sweet, medium bodied, low carbonation with an earthy hop bitterness in the middle. Long dry finish with residual grapefruit rind flavors. This one is strong and sneaky...one bottle is enough for a 'session' but sharing might be a good idea.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a marvelous head that sticks and laces beautifully

Smell: Grapefruit and pine, with undertones of biscuity malt

Taste: The biscuity malt is always discernable and acts as a platform for the grapefruit and pineapple hops to address the tastebuds; after the swallow, the hops continue to take top billing, but for 101 IBUs, I was not overwhelmed by bitterness

Mouthfeel: It is rare that mouthfeel becomes the most prominent attribute, but the smoothness here is really impressive; medium to full bodied, but very creamy, with a nice undertone of silky smooth carbonation

Drinkability: This is certainly a fine DIPA, but I think it lacks a little something in the flavor profile - just doesn't have the suck your taste buds dry aspect of many other DIPA

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Mad Mex in Willow Grove PA. Served in a 12oz goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange amber color with a finger of fluffy white carbonation and decent retention.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops with some malt and warming alcohol.

Taste: You get hit hard with bitter citrus peel hops right off the bat. There is just enough sweet malt to balance the taste out a bit. The finish is bitter, but the alcohol doesn't make itself known.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with an aggressive amount of smooth carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: This is a nice DIPA. There is a good balance of hops and malt. I would have another.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, amber/orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of sudsy foam on the glass.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and tropical fruit. There was a burnt toast maltiness.

T - It tasted of tart grapefruit, tropical fruits and some caramel sweetness. Big bitter bite with a touch of roastiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This i a very good very good Imperial IPA. Love the tropical fruit flavors and grapefruit.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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 LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bit above the glass gives the beer a big off white head that falls. but kind of slowly, into a decent lacing above a clear rich golden colored IPA.

Big citrus hops aroma and as it sits a tiny bit of malt creeps into the nose.

Citrus to almost grassy hops, lightly bitter, backing malts taste.

A citrus dry aftertaste with lasting light citrus bitterness on a medium bodied Imperial.

A pretty good beer at 9.40% ABV I really didn't smell or taste the alcohol which is one thing I like about beer. The lack of an outward presence of alcohol in aroma and taste and more complexity with the combinations of hops, malts, and yeasts.

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy amber with 2 inches of white froth upon pouring, which dissipates into a small cap.

Smell - Lots of raw pine initially, and then the malt aroma comes out a bit more, revealing notes of tropical fruit. The more I smell it, the more the hop aroma seems a bit off to me. Not off in an old or stale way, but more in the sense that it kind of reminds me of Pine-Sol and raw onions.

Taste and mouthfeel - Sweet, fruity notes mix harmoniously with flavors of citrus and pine from the hops, eventually leading way to a bitter, drying finish. The taste is thankfully a bit cleaner than the nose, though it still has a certain onion-like roughness to it that leaves me unimpressed.

Notes - The nose put me off quite a bit, but this is otherwise decent stuff. That being said, Green Flash's regular IPA is significantly better than this.

B-

03/03/2011:

Upon revisiting this from an extremely fresh bottle, I've come around on it. A great beer, but freshness is key. The hop character is very unique, heavy on pine and raw onion.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy pale golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, grapefruit, orange zest, honey, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus notes with light-moderate bread/honey malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of bright citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, cracker, bread, honey, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of bright citrus/floral hop flavors; with a moderate honey/bready malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA Style! Great balance and complexity of bright citrus/floral/pine hop flavors with moderate bread/honey malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for being over 9%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear to very lightly hazy golden yellow to orange in color. The beer has a two finger tall dense light beige head that reduces by about 40% leaving a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: What a super intense hoppy aroma! Aromas of pine/resin and citrus/orange rind hops dominant the smell. This is so inviting.

T: The flavors start with a light amount of malty sweetness that is quickly overtaken by the intense hop flavors. There are pine/resin flavors as well as orange citrus from the hops, though the orange is more a bitter orange rind. Light notes of spices and quite a bit of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and lightly oily.

O: Way too intense to be an easy drinking beer or sessionable, this is much more of a sipping beer for the evening. The flavors and aroma of this beer are really quite enjoyable and definitely a beer that I really enjoyed, would get again.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity and very hoppy and the two are quite nicely blended with a good malt background.

T: The taste is very-well balanced with a strong hops bitterness and a heavy citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly bitter. Nothing much more to say except that it’s just a damn flavorful beer.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, great kick, this beer has everything that you look for in a 2IPA. It’s a great beer that I could drink until the 9.00% ABV catches up with me.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 2,637 ratings
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