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 yeahnatenelson
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours golden/orange with a large white head, eventually shrinking to nearly nothing.

Smell - citrus, buttered bread, butterscotch, whiff of ethanol.

Taste - A fair amount of citrus peel, LOTS of that buttered bread/butterscotch character. Sweet up front, then huge bittering in the finish. Boozy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, moderate prickly carbonation. Good amount of alcohol bite and mild warming of the throat.

Drinkability - Not bad at all. VERY drinkable for the abv - though it doesn't hide the alcohol very well. Tastes pretty good, but at the end of the day doesn't have the dynamic flavor profile I come to expect from the style - comes off as more of a boozy IPA.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. Best by 3/17/14.

A- One-finger white head, light orange body. Sporadic soapy lacing. Low retention. Fairly attractive looking beer.

S- Citrus and hides the high alcoholic content well. Hoppy and surprisingly smooth.

T- Hoppy, citrus and sprucey. High alcohol content is obvious, but not super boozy.

M- Boozy feel, thick and syrupy though. Very little carbonation present.

O- Well above average beer, but not a show-stopper.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of MisterClean
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz from Total Wine

A - Pours an orange-golden color, lots of orangish head, alpha clumps, which dissipates slowly. Nice lacing too. Kids, this is a 5. Has all of the coloring characteristics you want out of a true iPa (P = Pale, which some brewers forget).

S - Pineapple, yellow grapefruit, with a citrus finish. Lots of pineapple ester. Little to no maltiness as expected with an imperial IPA.

T - Pineapple, yellow grapefruit, with a small citrus finish. Again, great, as the nose matches the buds. If you appreciate the taste of yellow grapefruit as much as I do, you'll love it. If not, you'll probably dislike this beer.

M - Light bitterness, syrupy, with a strong citrus finish, which compensates for the light bitterness. A vast improvement from Green Flash's West Coast IPA, which is a bit bitter and too much pink grapefruit.

D - So good. Not a session, but not expected. This is probably the fastest I've downed a bomber. Excellent beer. Maybe, maybe only Hopsickle and Lagunitas' Maximus compare to this imperial...

Somebody should send the Alstroms this bad boy. Hmm, maybe if I label it as a yeast extraction.

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

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass. Light amber/orange color with a huge, billowy head. excellent lacing. Slightly cloudy but for the most part is transparent. Loads of tiny little bubbles can be seen if you look real close. Smells hoppy, a woodsy. Very pleasant on the nose. Wow, the taste is very different than what I expected. Hops are present, but it's more mild and balanced than I would have expected. Not a significant malt presence either. A little bit of grapefruit coming through. The 9.40% ABV is incredibly well-hidden. Medium to light bodied with the presence of carbonation coming through. Very tasty and drinkable and given the ABV this could be a dangerous one to like too much.

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

Okay, well this is the second time I've had this beer. The first was a grey market bottle. I found this previous bottle had very curious onion and garlic flavours (which weren't unpleasant).

This time around, the beer pours a golden yellow with good head and nice lacing.

Smell is...onions and garlic. Like sauteed onions, the hops are the onions and the malt is the butter. There's also wood shavings and a banana-y bourbon. Very interesting. Particularly reminds me of dried onions you get in Mi Goreng noodle packets.
There's also...cookie dough.

Taste is more of that oniony spice with a banana-y malt base. Decent bitterness, seeming to come from hops rather than alcohol. Wow, the hops feel like they're burning my tongue.

Medium bodied with medium carb. Decently bitter.

Overall an interesting beer. I do like the spices but there's not a great deal of complexity.

I think I would also prefer if there were some more traditional fruity hops just to keep the attention. Works very well as a unique beer though.

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

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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

Translucent Straw color, almost like a single IPA. Very little head. Carbonation average.

Smell is grapefruit hops all the way, and a slightly oily smell (if that makes sense).

The grapefruit hops are there, but they are balanced by a slick chewy malt. Body is very light for a DIPA, probably too light. really doesnt do much for me. Hops are there, and are definitely the highlight of the beer. they dont rip apart your taste buds, but the grapefruit hops are beautiful. If i had to guess, they used Cascade hops in this one.

Kind of just sits there in your mouth. the hops really pervade the aftertaste with the slick malt coating your mouth.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of cbl2
2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2/2/2007 $5.25 22 oz. 9.00% No best by date.


Pours a weak, hazy orange that is topped by a half inch of tight white head that slowly settles.


Fresh (too fresh) nose blistering hops (a combo of Summit and Nugget varieties) masks a backround of muted citrus. Herbal notes are too intense, and approaching mulch pile in fragrance.


Harsh metallic/medicinal notes kick off this taste-bud obliterator. The 101 IBU's are more than apparent (coupled with a pine sensation) as my palate puckers in defense of this affront to my senses. I love DIPA's when they are done well, but this one is not. Too one sided, with very little balance (a note of sweetness appears towards the end, I think. My mouth was a little too busy recuperating to notice).

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Photo of yamar68
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've heard really fantastic things about this brewery from a friend in San Diego. I ordered this bottle online and it came with no discernible bottling date and I would guess there's a reason for that...

A - Looks nice. Sort of a ruby/tangerine color with a healthy, slowly dissipating head - slightly off white.

S - There's everything you would expect from an Imperial IPA - heavy citrus / floral character, supported with some sweeter malts - but then there's this rather unpleasant layer of chives or garlic or something.

T - Just as expected. Hop bomb hits initially (with 101 IBUs) but then gets waved over by that onion type flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is just fine for the style, not the issue here.

O - I hope this bottle is over the hill and not demonstrative of the brew.

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