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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding
995 Reviews
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
995
Ratings:
2,611
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
Wants:
147
Gots:
319
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 995 | Ratings: 2,611
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 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 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 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 womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice, clear orange-copper color with minimal white foam.

S: This smells like a grapefruit orchard in the middle of a pine forest.

T: ...and it tastes like one too. Amazing (nearly overwhelming) pine. The grapefruit helps to cut through some of the amazing bitterness, but this beer is still very bitter (which is a good thing).

M: Great body, not much in the way of carbonation, though.

D: As much as I loved this beer, it is not something you can sit down and drink several bottles of. Still a great IIPA.

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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 TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

Cracked open a decidedly fresh bottle to see what the fuss was about (trust me, I've encountered some mild fuss out here...). It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of very lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, light cilantro, lemon zest, light orange rind, light grapefruit peel, light biscuit, and grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with the pine resin and cilantro really taking control of the situation, ensuring my tongue understands that hops are now in charge. Indeed. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice, very hoppy DIPA. Straight up.

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

Pours golden/bronze with 3+ fingers of rocky eggshell colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Breadyness & piney hops, with a hint of lemon & booze

T: Piney & citrus hops with some breadyness up front. Herbal/earhy hops & brown sugar follow as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops, grapefruit juice & warming booze/malt & more grapefruit hops

MF: Chewy with low carbonation, but very juicy for the abv

Drinks very good for the abv, just a little to heavy handed on the grapefruitty hops for me

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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 smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate level head, but it recedes slowly in a lumpy way. Slight haze on the orange-gold liquid.

Strong grapefruit-like hop aroma; there's an interesting aroma that reminds me of beef stew--rather odd.

Extra bitter, too much so--this is extreme. Good body. The beef stew shows up in the background.

If your idea of a good beer is sucking a hop pellet then this is one for you. I'm a hop head, but I prefer a little balance.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from nugganooch; thanks Dane! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent orange-golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head leaves a ton of lacing on the glass and lasts for several minutes. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, light pine hops, and some light floral hops. Very hoppy and fruity, pretty nice.

t - Tastes of oranges, citrus hops, lemons, fruity malts, tropical fruitys, bready malts, some light caramel malts, and light alcohol. Not as hoppy as the nose and more malts, a slight step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light bitter bite up front.

o - Overall a very good DIPA. Nose is great and chock full of fresh hops and fruits. Taste is a little bitter and more malts come out, but it's a very good beer. Something I'd certainbly have again.

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

Appears a copper apricot cla see through color off white head forms thick leaves even lace behind. Aroma has heavy grapefruit citrus and some tropical fruit flow touch of pineapple as well as some sugary malt biscuit sweetness and evident alcohol in the nose. Flavor is raw west coast hop character with leafy, citrus grapefruit hop flavor and bitterness hits hard big hop burps after one or two sips, light biscuit malt character with some sugary sweetness underlying. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied resinous oily slick texture even abonation flows pretty well grapefruit peel lacquer is left on the palate. Drinkability a solid west coast DIPA I'm glad I finally had the opportunity to meet up with this bad boy.

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

Pours a clouded orange gold with almost no white head. Even without the head, I still rate it what I do because of the color. Nose is strong with grass and perfumed tones. Did I say it was strong with grass? Just want to make sure. Flavor is nice, but a bit too vibrant, shall we say. It sings a bit too high in my mouth at first. Of course over time I either get used to it or it calms down. I am sure it's that I get used to it. Thick floral hoppy flavor profile. It is nice, but kind of one-sided. Not massively complex, but who cares. It's nice. Feel has a decent bubble to it and the liquid is fairly well bodied. Nice to drink. Could easy go on this all night.

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

A: Slightly hazy and light orange in color. The beer has a thick inch of head that leaves a great deal of lacing on the pint glass.

S: Hops, tart citrus, malt, respectively.

T: This DIPA tastes good, but is not the hop bomb I was expecting from Green Flash. The flavor is a hybrid of a hop driven, high alcohol DIPA and a maltier, more balanced version of the style. This is a big beer, for sure. I do wish it was more hop forward with less malt presence. I purchased this from a good store where the beer was kept cold, but there's really no way to discern the freshness of the beer, other than an educated guess based on the flavor.

M: Hop bitterness with a heavy dose of malt and alcohol in the finish. The feel is medium to full in body, with appropriate carbonation levels.

D: Although in my ideal world this be a bit different, the flavors found here are certainly enjoyable. Green Flash knows how to brew excellent beers, and even those that aren't necessarily my cup of tea (or beer) are still good brews and worth buying

Notes: Put a bottling date on your beers, especially IPAs and DIPAs! It's not that hard, and this small deed would be so helpful and informative to the consumer. Thank you to breweries like Dogfish Head and Russian River who have been doing this for years.

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Photo of jwc215
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden amber with a lasting, thin white head that leaves some traces of lacing down the glass.

The smel is of pine. My Christmas tree should smell so piney - If I were not in the same room, I would have thought I was standing to close to it. Slightly musty.

I should have known from the smell - pine - can almost taste the sap and everything. Some sweet malt ties the piney hops together, but hardly balances it out any. Some citrusy hops try to emerge but are held back by the overwhelming pine. The alcohol is noticeable, but not as much as expected for abv level.

Creamy body. Feels full. A slight acidity, almost metallic, aftertaste left on the tongue detracts a bit.

There is something of a smoothness about it, and plenty of hops, but the overwhelming pine, slight mustiness, and acidity make this fit the "mediocre" category for this style pretty well. Not a total loss if you are into pine, but I won't be getting this one again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into two goblets. Thanks to Nugganooch for this bottle.

Appearance - A hazy golden body topped by an ample white head. Lacing is minimal. I might even go so far as to say it's murky. Just a bit.

Smell - Not the hop bomb I was hoping/expecting. It's got a healthy dose of citrus, but it's also got a dominating sweetness and booziness right behind it. Oh man this is gonna be a big one.

Taste - Like the aroma, the citrus hops come first, but it's so sweet that they seem to take second fiddle. Caramel malts and booze are the flavors that drown out the hops. In the aftertaste are piney hops and a slightly sustained bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Not very syrupy considering the sweetness. Still a bit thick, but not as much as I expected. What's dominating is the booze. It's way too much considering that it's only 9.4%. No need for it to be this hot.

Overall - A slight disappointment. It's strange that I thought Green Flash West Coast IPA didn't have enough malt to it and this one has way too much. I'd bet a 2 part West Coast IPA and 1 part Imperial IPA combination would be spectacular.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper with 1" of white, foamy, dense head that has decent retention. The nose has citrusy, floral notes, but nothing defining. The taste is bready, doughy malt that give a pineapple notes when combined with the hops. The hop character is citrusy and leaves a mild bitter finish on the palate. It's medium bodied, well carbonated, and very smooth.

This is an unoffensive, complex, smooth, enjoyable IPA.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Aggressive head, off white and tan mixes with some uniformity and a fist full globing size. Body color is a gorgeous crystal clear orange amber.. WOW sheening orange glimmering body color here just a great looking brew with some good retention, not much lacing, nearly "perfect" looking. Tilting gives red rose highlights in the body, just SICK!

Bouquet is a giant meaty sausage basket. Dank earth hops, without the soil bent. Seasoned sausage and herbs, what the hell is going on here! I am craving salami and sopressata smelling this thing! Dense. I am drooling!

Palate and taste hits with a fantastic wicked dense mouthfeel. Thick malt plays with an earthy hop bent that rolls and brings earthy soil and dank character. Not sweet. A little one dimensional, nothing fruity or unique, just a good earth bent.

Overall, kerrpies, I need a cheese plate here with this. A real great looking brew that just screams food pairing, mixing a non boozy hop rush and balanced earth boquet that screams winning. Nice job.

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

Review #1600 and my 100th Imperial IPA review. To be read in the accent of an early 20th century British officer.

Beer brewed for the occupation, heavily hopped with a high alcohol to survive the steerage of transport to the confederated principalities of the Indian subcontinent. This particular tankard is amber and hazy no doubt from the strapped barrels this particular ale was stored in for it's journey. Head is mild and white with a healthy coating on the walls of the glass. Looks smashing.

Aroma is floral of the variety of the Humulus flower, a curious weed from the hemp family. There is an earthiness that reminds me of the highlands, almost a moss or sulfur. A maltiness accompanies this flower on this olfactory journey.

As I tipple, the palate of the beer unfolds a fan of flavors ranging from sweet to bitter on the end. Smooth, one of the best drinks of the annum. I could imbibe nearly a gallon (in the Queen's measurements) of this fine ale. The finish is dasterdly bitter, but not overly dry. As I approach the finish I realize that that's all there is and there is to be no more. I would fancy another pint or quart.

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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 fushizzle...love this stuff, giddy to find it on my way thru New Jersey...Its great to be an American...

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Photo of GClarkage
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/30/07- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep golden color upon the pour. Full 3/4 inch tight knit bubbled head...fairly creamy. Small chunks and light lace cobwebs remain.

Smell- Mostly pine resin hops with maybe a touch of toasted malt.

Taste- Possible just a touch of a lightly stale taste? The malt? A bit too buscuit flavored. Pine hops come into play soon and take over the show. Maybe a bit of grapefruit as well. The stale taste fades after a bit.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level. Fuller mouthfeel and a sugary coating left behind.

Drinkability- Not a bad choice for a DIPA. Not sure what that stale taste at first was, but it didn't take away too much from it. I'd try it again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, pale, honeygold-yellow coloring with a thin film of white, frothy head. Aromas of citrus and berries, both sweet and robust, with a heavy backbone of resiny, wet, rich hops. Flavors are hop forward, and they bring the thunder. Very rich, mouth filling hops profile, peppery and resiny, with a heavy oregano and grass character, as well. The citrus shines through as a very tart and crisp grapefruit highlight, and it helps to cut the richness of the hops. A light caramel malt flavor balances everything out. The aftertaste is more of the hops spicing, with a tart and bitter citrus effect, and the slightest hint of marijuana. The beer clings all over the glass while you drink, and the finish is slick, and slightly lingering. Great representation of the style, and it definitely represents the West Coast. Delicious!

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Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent pale and Carapils malt scent along with a very bitter hop blast. The hop aroma is awesome. It really refreshes the senses. The taste is good also. It has a rich pale malt flavor that is complimented well with the choice of hops. This is a hop lovers dream. The Nugget hops are great. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable Imperial IPA. It's full of body as well as hops.

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

A: poured a golden yellow with orange hues and a finger of white head that had good sticky lacing.

S: piney hoppy caramel aromas with a nice sweet malt presence and hints of citrus fruit.

T: piney hop and grapefruit bitterness up front with caramel notes. Pretty good balance between the hops and the malts

M: meduim body with good carbonation that has a nice bitter finish and lingers on the palate after a sip.

D: decnt high gravity DIPA from green flash. Drinks good down to the bottom, will get some more soon.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.
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