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

I have 22 ounces of fun in my hand. Here's my nightcap, so on to the beer:

Poured into an oversized wine glass, the beer is a deep chill-hazed blonde color that glows. Major hop aroma, smells of tropical fruits and a surprisngly strong chocolate scent. Not a very hoppy beer at all, nor is it all that bitter for a DIPA. The label expresses "101 I.B.U.", but it sure doesn't taste bitter. There were some piney notes, but I kept thinking about sweet treats as I consumed this. The feel seems a little thinner for the style.

Despite being a San Diego brewed IPA, it doesn't deliever as much hops as one might hope. But it sure does deliever with the booze : )

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

Green Flash, Imperial IPA

Pours a clear yellow with a chill haze. Relatively small foam, good lacing and retention. Aroma of west coast hops, floral, citrusy, grapefruit. In the taste, nice tropical fruit west coast style IPA, hop forward, decent balance and a good hit of alcohol in the end. Medium bodied, alittle syrupy. Strong and tasty. Overall, I liked it but it is very intense. For a double IPA, its about right.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.31/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Green Flash Imperial IPA came in a glass, the color was very bright golden wth some faint traces of orange. Much lighter than most DIPA's I've come across. A nice sturdy white head up top leaving minor stick. Smell is light grapefruit with a small amount of bubblegum and sweet malt scent. There is cabbage and dead veggie smell, sulfur, nasty musk after some warming. Taste wise GF Impy has grapefruit with minor amounts of other tropics, small pine, and a nice pale malt backing. This takes a complete 180 in the middle turning to sulfur, plastic, throwup and just plain nastiness. Hard to put down and harder to describe. Feel, GFIIPA goes down like a single and does not have the extra sweetness I find in alot of doubles. Carb is fine. This was not a good look but Im going to try it again off the tap and out the bottle just to make sure.

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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 Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear, full copper color. It is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head that has some staying power to it and even leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. As I pours this a hit of hop aromatics hit my nose; it even has that sort of rank hop character. Ah yes, the aroma is definitely massively hop driven. In addition to the characteristic fruity American hop character there is a touch of the rankness that almost has a sort of garlic-like, maybe onion-type, but certainly herbaceous; a sort of hop reek if you will. A hop reek that seems to be characteristic of a hop like Summit, though this beer is not overly Summit driven, which can get too distracting. Don't get me wrong though, this beer is dominated by the typical fruity hop driven notes; I get notes of grapefruit, concentrate apricot, lychee, peach and even some light tropical fruit notes. If you really dig for it you can notice some biscuit like malt character, but by and large the malt aromatics only play a supporting role for hops that are the focus of this beer.

Served at a cool, 58°F (14°C), this beer has a bracing hop bite to it from the get go. A long lingering bitterness finishes this beer off, though I would not say that the bitterness is over the top. Lightly sweet from the underlying malt, this serves to accentuate the fruity hop notes. The herbaceous, green hop character from the aroma is a touch muted here in the flavor, but is most certainly still noticeable. The hop character actually has a nice balance between fruit & herbal notes; both are over the top (as they should be in a good Double IPA) and in fact this beer actually leaves a touch of hop burn as it flows down to my stomach. The hop character communicates flavors of candied orange peel, peaches, lychee and tropical fruit as well as notes of basil, a touch of onion, and herbaceous pine. What this thing hits perfectly is the mouthfeel / body; it remains light and drinkable and does not take on that sticky sweetness of many examples of this style; certainly this is a west coast version, and that is certainly the stylistic version that I prefer. It is by no means dry though, there is just enough malt to add some sweetness that really helps to carry the hop flavors.

Deliciously hoppy, yet at times aggressively burning; this is certainly an exercise in self flagellation. I had forgotten how enjoyable a raw, aggressive hop bomb could be, but at the same time it makes me remember that this (and most examples of the style) is not something I would want to be drinking every day.

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Photo of dar482
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer has comes in an amber/orange color.

The aroma is peachy, grapefruit, and citrus aroma and very dank.

The flavor is hugely peach, grapefruit with a slight pine dryness. It’s very juicy with its hop character. There is a bready sweet malt to finish it out.

The body is medium/light to make it really drinkable.

The beer is very smooth, easy drinking, yet quite complex. I’m really surprised by how well this beer held up because it was bottled November 2012 when I had this. I’ve had two of the same batch, and despite it being over 6 months, the hops still hold. I didn’t really get any “old” hop flavors.

This one really blew me away and is going up there with my favorite Double IPAs. This is underrated in my mind and I really recommend it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 received in my recent trade with Mhewes... Big thanks Michael, this will be a nice touch to the coming DIPA tasting... sharing slightly with Brenda, mine into my Smokestack glass.

1" head... with good lacing.. brew is a hop hazed light orange.

Nose is a big blast of tangerine skin and grapefruit.. some serious grassiness to it also.. just enough sweetness to keep the hoppiness from jumping out of the glass and sticking to my nose hairs.

Big bitterness out of the gate melts into a short lived malty/caramel sweetness then batted out of the park by a bunch of hop flavor.. citrus... lime... floral.. and again some grassiness.. The body is pretty middle of the road for DIPA's and the carbonation is a little sparse lending to a creaminess. Overall, this may be a little TOO weighted to the hop flavor for me, but it is by no means bad.. just seems a little out of whack for my palate.

Another nice beer from a cool trader... thanks again Michael.


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Photo of tobelerone
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I wasn't the biggest fan of this beer, a little disappointed after enjoying the "single" IPA so much. The hop profile here was just too weird for me to enjoy all that much. It's somewhat unique but simply not that pleasant.

The appearance of the beer is very nice...great big slowly settling head on top of a cloudy golden/apricot colored body.

Very aromatic, smells extremely hoppy, which should be no surprise if you bought this bottle. Pine and grapefruit detectable. Others have suggested marijuana, I didn't really get that too much.

The taste is enormous and not all that good, at least to my palate. A buddy who had a little bit of this bottle with me and who is much less of a hop head than I was fascinated by the flavor; I just found it to be too much to enjoy more than a few ounces. Reminded me strongly of Founder's Devil Dancer; is that the Summit Hops? Brings the onion/garlic vibe strongly. Grapefruit and to a lesser extent pine are in there too. Booze is hidden, as is any sweeter, hop-softening malt characteristics. An aspect I sometimes find to be a little much in DIPA's is really downplayed here.

I thought the mouthfeel was pretty good; med. carbonation, slightly sticky, finish not overly long. This is definitely a hophead only beer and even then, ya gotta love that onions and garlic thing to really enjoy this one. Glad I tried it, unlikely to be going back.

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

This is a clear copper colored ale with not much head formation and it doesn't last long. Still it is a nice looking Double IPA.

Smell is sweet, strong, fruity and spicy. There is an onion like odor to this with a trace of garlic to me it smells like scallion. Strong grapefruit and pine aroma mix with some pineapple scent.

The taste begins sweet and funky with an onion bread flavor and some bitterness. Strong pine sap and turpentine flavor and a numbing effect from the hop dose are the first things that are noticeable. Good and strong this has the basic flavors of a double IPA down; what this lacks is the extra subtleties that you get from the best examples of the style. Still if all you want is a butt kicking from hops this will do in a pinch.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not bad in the drinkability department so long as you don't mind that faint onion flavor, since I love onion and garlic breads this is not a problem. It isn't a very strong flavor and many would miss the taste. This is no Russian River or Three Floyds product but I could see buying this again if nothing like that were available.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, 101 IBUs, uses Summit and Nugget Hops. Alc. 9%

A: Cloudy orange-yellow, with firm white head which leaves good lacing.

S: Smell is exceptional, from vibrant piney hops, to lemon candies, to freshly mown grass, the list goes on and on.

T: Brisk pine bitterness, cuts across the palate with some white grapefruit and cantaloupe backing it up. Small hints of malts in the aftertaste, but the taste is completely hop dominated, and improves quite nicely as it warms up.

M: Smooth and immensely creamy, a delight going down.

D: Pretty good, the 9% makes its presence known, but doesn't overtly knock you out. I agree with the label, highly quaffable for an Imperial IPA, this is a great beer.

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

Finally available in Maryland!!! On tap at Max's.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose... just some light dank earth, light pepper, light dry citrus and some noticeable pine. What I do get is very, very good, and promises a dry, west coast DIPA. On the palate this is flat out yummy. The pine really comes through in this West Coast all the way DIPA, and the bitterness is huge and impressive. There's enough malt to keep the bitterness in check, but otherwise the hops really shine through in this excellent beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full in this dry, bitter DIPA. Also, while I can tell the alcohol is up there, it's not at all intrusive or obtrusive. The finish is long, piney, and endlessly bitter.

Just an altogether in your face, kick ass West Coast DIPA. Thank you God....

Edit from 11/4/11. This beer seems to now be fairly available on tap here in Baltimore (knock on wood), and so I've been able to have it a few times. Maybe my sense of smell was off when I first had it, because the last few times, I've been hugely impressed by the dank earth, dry citrus and pine I pick up on the nose. Just an all around incredible, unusally outstanding DIPA... this is an incredible addition to the beer scene here in Bawlmore.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 fl.oz. bottle. Sampled on August 1, 2010. The pour is copper-yellow with a muted haziness that eliminates some of the clarityu in a marginal fashion. The aroma comes on strong with its bready hoppiness but there is also a kind of green apple and grapefruit sourness in the mix. It really digs into my throat when I taste it clearing out the senses with its boild hops and odd caramel fudge sweetness. It has some great qualities but it is not a beer I would drink frequently.

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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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Photo of Derek
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Bronze with an off-white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Big hop aroma with plenty of depth (grapefruit, pine, liquid reefer & an underlying herbaceous quality that's quite unique). Toffee & a little cotton-candy/fruity-sweetness round out the nose.

T: Grapefruit, pine, grass & herbs; bready with a little toffee sweetness; crisp bitterness is not at all harsh (low cohumulone); alcohol is really well-hidden. The quality malts & herbal hops are somewhat Maibock-like, but then the westcoast hops really hit you. It's not a stereotypical DIPA, but I really like it.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth and creamy with a little hop acidity.

D: Incredibly drinkable for its weight.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Newport Pizza.

Pours a vibrant golden orange with a 1 finger head. Retention is pretty good and the minimal lacing is scattered. It was a pretty bad pour. The aroma is of grapefruit and other citrus, with some pine. There is no malt aroma to speak of. The taste is very citrusy. Mostly delicious bitter grapefruit. There is a high level of hop bitterness and the alcohol is well hidden. Where is the malt? Oh, I nearly forgot, this is a San Diego Pale Ale. I love the flavor. Finish is dry and very bitter. The beer is nicely carbonated. It's medium bodied, dry, and has a sticky mouthfeel. I could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a two-finger offwhite head with sticky lace patches all down glass on top of auburn-tinted gold. Great citric and floral hop smell; almost soapy with minor malt (bready). A good hop taste with citric notes but I was expecting a little more hops for a DIPA. Well-balanced, medium-bodied, with a smoother finish with a little sweet malt thrown in (even a little sticky and bready in the finish). Not a powerful DIPA but still a good beer with solid hop presence and a little sweetness that makes it enjoyable.

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Photo of weeare138
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to doppel07 for breaking this 22 ounce bottle open...
Appears a transparent, light orange with a small white head. Tiny speckles of lacing are left aound the glass.
Smell is of skunky, sticky marijuana, spicey, earthy, citrus, bordering cat piss, and intense spiced grapefruit.
Taste is sweet, spicey, citrus, earthy, bitterly hopped, woody with a grassy rawness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, mildly sweet, and semi-dry.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Will pour a five+ finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grapefruit nose and flavor is grapefruit hops and almost enough malt to balance. Light bitter aftertaste. $7.59 for a 22oz bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH.

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

Pours a slightly hazed but reasonably light pale golden colour. Head is very fine, a little filmy, but it stays across the top of the beer without breaking up. Lacing is intricate and fine, just like the head. Looks relatively light in body, but is belied by the static carbonation when it's swirled. Looks very nice.

Nose is pungent, cutting and biting. In fact, it's assaulting in quite a range of ways. Huge, potent citrus and grapefruit characters, almost going as far as crushed lemon leaves - the fruit is probably too sweet for this aroma - with a hint of BO and a slight skunkiness. It's not unpleasant, however. The potent notes just accentuate what a powerful beer this is. So many hops, and so fresh, so bold and so extreme. I love it.

Taste is much as I expected after the nose. Minimal sweetness, and a cutting but clean hop bitterness right through the centre of the palate. Citrus is dominant throughout, with a slight astringency coming through and the fruit characters drop away. It's pretty well on-target for an Imperial IPA, but the lightness in the body, and the lack of sweetness almost makes it feel a little unbalanced.

This is unapologetic, and while it really only does one thing - dose you up with clean and fresh hops - it does it well. The lightness in turn aids the drinkability, although at 9.4% ABV you probably want to share a bomber anyway. Tasty brew nonetheless.

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Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a two finger pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Dank, resinous aroma with a good balance of earthy and fruity hop character. Very floral with hints of grass and line followed by tropical and citrus fruit notes. Hints of orange peel, grapefruit and
mango followed by some pale malt and strong booze.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a blast of dry, tongue coating hop bitterness that's countered by some faint tropical fruit, pale malt and strong alcohol flavor. Hits of pine needle, pineapple and grapefruit are quickly countered by bread, biscuit and boozy heat. The high abv isn't very well masked and it takes away too much of the hop flavor for my liking. Still, a really solid interpretation of the style. Just a bit too boozy for me.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden orange color with a big fluffy white head.

S: Light pine aroma, perfume flowery aroma with some spiciness.

M: Sweet grapefruit upfront is followed by a very smooth and even floral finish. Bittering is soft and eloquent from start to finish and not over the top like other imperial ipas and fades nicely on the tongue. Touts a 101ibu rating. Nicely balanced and incredible soft bittering hop tones from 2 lesser known and used hop varieties Summit and Nugget. Big floral flavor upon warming.

M: nice rounded fullness, carbonation and smooth

D: Incredible drinkability, well balanced and goes down effortlessly. high recommend and very good enjoyability factor.

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


Appearance - Clear yellow/amber colour with a large size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruits, oranges, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an below average amount of carbonation and the beer has a sweet sugary taste. I can taste hops mixed with caramel and grapefruit and oranges. There is also a bit of apricot and it ends with a fruity sweet aftertaste. There isn't as much lingering hop bitterness as I expected.

Overall - I'm a big fan of GF's IPA, and this one tastes very close. It's got a sweeter flavour but it's missing a big hop profile. I wish that GF would use a bottle dating system. Still, this is a fantastic west coast DIPA that I would have no issue buying again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice copper orange with nice fizzy head. Nose is floral hop aroma, some biscuity malts. Nice bitterness, but its all too much in the end. Malts are very heavy. A very toasted and caramel mats flavor, more than hops it seems. Smooth and dry finish. I thought the bottle was more hopfroward. On tap was pretty harsh! Wont drink again.

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

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a pretty semi-gold color, with about a 1/2 inch of head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was like a christmas tree in a glass. Very piney, very slight citrus aroma, some malt in the background. The taste was not as piney as the aroma had me believe, and was still very hoppy and bitter with a very dry finish.

The body was fairly typical for the style, but still very good. Drinkability was very good for such a bold example of the style. Overall, worth your time and worth seeking out.

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Photo of akorsak
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 650 mL bomber from my 2006 Secret Santa, nvsblman.

A: The ale is a copper red color with a small wispy head that laces well.

S: The ale has a very pungent hop aroma. I pick up some grapefruit but it is overpowered by the pungency.

T: The ale has an interesting taste. The intense hops in the nose pop up in the taste too. There is a bit of grapefruit hops but there is a lot of bitterness that doesn't fit in with the grapefruit. It has the effect of making the whole beer taste bad. I think that the hops are a little too overloaded, not paired well together.

M: The mouth is dominated by the strong, intensely bitter hops.

D: The drinkability is limited by the higher abv and a taste that is too bitter and unfocused. Stick with the West Coast IPA for a nice hop flavor.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,627 ratings.
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