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

Green Flash Imperial India Pale AleGreen Flash Imperial India Pale Ale
2,637 Ratings
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 CalbeDacks
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of rkarimi
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shnanign
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of pisano
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured out of 22oz bomber into tulip glass

a: hazy golden orange with half finger off white head that doesn't stick around too long, white ring around glass

s: goddam, is it December? straight up smells like a Christmas tree. Tons of pine with a nice malty sweetness. Some apricot. No alcohol on the nose. Love it.

t: I feel like I'm chewing on pine needless, in a good way of course. Delicious piney hops well balanced with the sweetness of the malt. Some fresh grapefruit as well. No alcohol whatsoever.

m: sticky mouthfeel, medium body with nice carbonation, no alcohol burn.

o: this is absolutely one of my favorite, likely top three, imperial IPAs

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Photo of WhiskeeTango
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Hellyeahimdrinking
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass, like all green flash, I have no idea how fresh this is. This is a golden color with a large tight bubbled slightly off white color with good retention and leaves a nice lacing. The smells are of hops, pine, and grapefruit, a little caramel and some alcohol. The feel is medium with a mouth coating resin. The taste is pretty good super high hops with a little caramel backbone. Pretty good, although this is the third one I've bought and the first which is good and fresh.

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Photo of rippedflesh89
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 3 fingers of head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color is a virbrant yellow orange. Nice color.

S. Smells like a hoppy DIPA. Citrusy tropical hop aroma. Decent bitterness. Smells like what I like a DIPA to smell like.

T. Tastes like some apricot, orange, marmalade. Nice hoppy tropical taste. Pretty sweet taste. Bitterness comes out on the tongue.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Nice lingering sweet bitter flavor.

O. Good DIPA. Has most of the qualities that I like in a DIPA. Has a nice marmalade flavor.

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Photo of Jaynuze
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle; crisp golden coloring and very clear. Nice frothy head, that thinly laces the glass as I sip.
Nice light nose, not as floral or citrus as I usually like, but pleasant.
The taste is the same as the nose, not overbearing, but pleasant. A little more mild than I had expected, but it certainly does not have the mouth full of pennies effect that some DIPAs have. A really nicely balanced beer ... crazy to say when talking Imperial styles A really nice mouthfeel and it is almost impossible to tell that it is 9.5% ABV ... maybe that will be easier to tell once I've finished the bottle. Decent beer, glad I finally had the chance to try it out!

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Photo of KevinTK
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rudy
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MikeDre
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of cbnz
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of hainesly
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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 beernads
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ncketchum
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A - pours a clear yellow, big head which fades quickly.

S - piney citrus hops with a solid amount of malt on the nose

T - like the nose, lots of hops up front, good amount of malt backbone. Not purely a hop bomb.

M - very smooth, not too thick, not a whole lot of alcohol burn

O - very good offering from Green Flash. Definitely will seek this out again.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Duvel glass

Big fluffy light tan head. The beer was a dark and cloudy orange color with very minor translucence. Left a bit of decent lacing.

Lots of piney hops. Citrus and resin and a sweet backbone. Minor hint of booze

Nice bitter hops that finish fairly citric and resinous. Not too much difference from the nose. A bit of a sweet backbone

Lighter in body as far as a DIPA goes. A bit oily. Left that resinous feeling on your teeth.

An incredibly drinkable IPA, but getting through 22oz of it can be a bit daunting. Still very delicious with enough flavors and aromas nicely laid out, but they weren't fighting for any kind of dominance.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of sevenarts
2.43/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pale golden orange, fluffy white head with moderate lacing.

S: Lots of well-blended hops: sweet citrus, pine, some vegetal, almost grassy aromas.

T/M: This is all over the place. Some sweet, citrusy hops up front, followed by pine bitterness and an at-times overwhelming garlic/onion flavor that comes and goes throughout, and is sometimes especially dominant in the aftertaste. Very weird, bordering on unpleasant.

O: This is very disappointing. I love the Green Flash West Coast IPA and Palate Wrecker, so I had high expectations for this one. But the hops here are kind of unpleasant, and are dominated by a strange, sickly garlic/onion/vegetal character that leaves a nasty aftertaste behind.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 2,637 ratings
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