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
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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!

Added by Terp96 on 12-02-2006

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous hazy yellow orange with a big frothy white head and outstanding retention and lacing.

Smells like dank wet hops, oily acidic hop resins, caramelized citrus, tropical fruitiness.

Taste is dominated by hops. Layers of citrus, spruce, pine, and mango lead into some malty sweetness and a huge wave of bitterness assaults the palate.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated. Oily.

Damn good DIPA. Hop Heads Rejoice

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Photo of sirhc3034
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of dbc5
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of ahommell
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into Chimay Chalice

A: Turn signal amber. Turn signal is slightly aged with this hazy oxidized turn signal vibe it puts off. White head that pours a finger and stays around half that throughout. Lacing is considerable.

S: Floral hops. Grass. Citrus. Malt.

T: Floral. No hop bite that is in some IPAs. EXCELLENT. I don't believe I have had a better IPA. I might have bitten into a mellow hop pellet but I don't know it. It is delicious. Citrus. Lemon whites. Light alcohol. Full marks.

M: Medium to full bodied for style. Carbonation is adequate. Smooth, filling. The lack of burn from alcohol is absolutely refreshing.

O: May not have had a better IIPA. Green Flash has impressed me before; they only continue to impress.

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Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Lots of lacing. A nice, sweet grassy, pine, citrus hop aroma. The initial taste is sweet and malt, but that is quickly overpowered by the big pine, citrus flavor from the hops. The malt is in the background and there are some flowery notes in the taste due to the hops. The finish is nice and spicy bitter. I thought the mouthfeel was a little thinner than some of the Double IPAs I've had recently, it was about right. Great drinkability, I really enjoyed the flavor.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color. Lovely big slightly off-white head with good lacing and nice retention.

Smell: The aroma isn't too strong. Fairly biscuity, with light citrus hops.

Taste: There's a fair amount of sweetness starting out, and it just gets stronger as you get towards the finish. Sure, there's some hops and biscuit flavors going on too, but they seem overwhelmed by the sweet, alcoholic malts. The aftertaste is generally bitter, but with some underlying sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and fairly viscous. Very smooth with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Tough with all that sweetness. Very strong in the ABV department, and after a bit you can really taste it in the aftertaste.

I continue to struggle to find a Green Flash beer that I truly enjoy. They all seem to clash with me a bit or otherwise miss the mark. Now that they're moving in just down the street from me, I'm hoping I'll be able to find one that suits my fancy.

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

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a snifter glass in two parts. Reads "101 IBUs" on the label.

Appearance: Clear golden orange in color. First pour had a large three finger beige head with really good retention (the second pour had a much smaller head).

Aroma: Grapefuit, tropical and pine are everywhere in the aroma. Not much malt presence overall. Very aromatic.

Taste: Pine notes dominate. The hops really assert here and pine is definitely the main note. Some grapefruit is also present. Very bitter and astrigent. Definitely a big hopbomb.

Mouthfeel: Very full and creamy. Somee oily tones as well, but the creaminess to this IPA is the real draw in my opinion.

Drinkability: The ABV and the overpoweringly bitter hops make this hard to drink a lot of (even for a hophead). I was finished after only one bomber.

Overall, a nice, big, bitter DIPA that really delivers with strong hop flavors. The hops tend to be a bit bitter and that can get overpowering. My only problem is that the aromatic tropical fruit notes seemed absent or covered up in the flavor.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of rxthree
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of hayesjw
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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 -9.3%
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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Photo of AnalogErik
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MisterClean
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
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 +5.9%
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 -4.6%
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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Photo of robear
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrDave
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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