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
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
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337
For Trade:
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Ratings: 2,634 |  Reviews: 1,003
Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -0.7%
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 emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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 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 LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +3.4%
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 WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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 olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Boone757
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Galaxy Hut and served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice yellow color with a bit of darker orange character. White head with quite a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose is really nice with a plethora of hops--nice amounts of strong citrus, pine, and floral notes. The toast doesn't have quite that much actual hop flavor, but is taken over by a bruising bitterness.

The feel is fantastic and is the first time in awhile that I've been totally taken aback by a beer's hop level. Really, really strong bitterness and a body that doesn't support that bitterness, which is something I mean in a very good way. Very intriguing; I like this quite a bit and wish I hadn't waited so long to have my first.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of just slightly off-white head on top of a very hazy, golden-orange body. The foam settles somewhat quickly but leaves appropriately thick lace on the glass.

S - Sweet, candy like orange and pine hops with a hint of grapefruit. Lots of toasted malt backing up the hops with just a bit of caramel.

T - Sugary malt up front with notes of toast, biscuit and rock candy. Lots of citrus hop flavors with a distinctive emphasis on orange. Finishes with an increasing presence of pine hops and only moderate bitterness. Light lingering flavors of tobacco and fruity hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish with just a hint of alcoholic warmth.

D - This is a very bright and drinkable DIPA with an out of the ordinary hop profile. The hops are very strong, but much like DFH 90, there is more than an average amount of malt balancing. The hops are exceptionally fruity with a character that, more than anything else, resembles candied oranges. The malt is big and sweet, enough so that it makes the bitterness seem much more mild than it must be, but it finishes reasonably dry and makes for a balanced beer. This is quite drinkable for a beer of this size and depth and I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always like to get my hands on some "San Diego style" Double IPA's this is one and I was pleased with it.Poured into an imperial pint glass a mix of golden and deep reddish orange a tight formed 1/2 finger head that held decent retention atop,mix of hop aromas overripe pineapple and deep pine resin show through along with a big caramel sweetness the alcohol is hidden.Citrusy flavors at the forefront along with some pine resin wich becomes stronger as it warms more in my mind a very hefty caramel sweetness holds firm against the hops till the finish.Its very solid and the alcohol is kept in check very well,obviously there are better DIPA'S out there but it will cure a hop fix.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
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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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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 wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mactrail
2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Seems to have the same hops and flavor of the West Coast IPA, which may be great for you but not for me. More harsh than mellow, considering the big malty profile. Extravagant flare of hop fragrance and bitterness. Not a bad hop flavor, but just totally overdone. Very sharp, on the acidic side.

Appearance is nice, well foamed and plenty of spritz in the mouth. But it cuts right to the tongue. Only thing I can say on the plus side is the hops are extremely floral and not at all bad as aromatics, but they are overwhelmed by the dank grapefruit peel. I tried flavoring a couple of less hoppy beers, but the Green Flash took over like a bad dog.

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

First had: on tap at Burp Castle, NYC, NY

I love a good Green Flash IPA. They're always full of big hops, and when I'm in the mood for a great IPA, I know to reach for a Green Flash. I prefer the regular to the imperial, as far as drinkability goes, but the imperial is still very good.

Poured into a stemglass, a clear, dark golden color with a finger of white head that receded quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Strong, potent hops fill the nose, and not much else to say about the aroma. Big, big hops on the tongue, with bitterness of citrus zest. Some pine and grass in there, but it's the hops that you notice more than anything. Bitter and very dry finish. You're left feeling like you've just had...an imperial IPA. Medium body and definitely drinkable if you're in the market for hops.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a bright amber color with a foamy white head taking up the top two inches of the glass. Very nice head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a bright, juicy hop profile to it. I get a lot of citrusy fruits coming out with grapefruit and pineapple being a couple of the things I notice in it. It's very bright and juicy and just a great aroma overall.

The taste shows a little more of the juicy, fruity flavors to it up front. I get more of a grapefruit bitterness coming through in the finish. A little bit of the tropical fruit like flavors comes back and lingers in the finish though. A bit of alcohol is present as well. Very nice flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is a little on the heavy side for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it's a very good beer and an excellent version of the style. The hoppiness was great, at times it felt a little big and boozy but that isn't that surprising given the abv of it. Very enjoyable beer to sip on during football this afternoon.

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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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