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!

Added by Terp96 on 12-02-2006

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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a solid, foamy 3 finger cream head that clings to the glass, leaving a lot of lacing.

Pine resin, floral hops, and bready caramel malt dominate the aroma, with grapefruit and citrus pith adding complexity throughout.

Flavor is almost fruity at the finish. Interesting. Citrus pith lingers in the background. The bready, slightly caramel malt flavor supports the hops well, which provide fruity citrus highlights, apricot, grapefruit, and a bit of pine and resin at the slightly bitter finish.

Body is moderate, with moderately low carbonation. There's a touch of astringency present, finishing with an alcohol warmth.

Another great offering by Green Flash. This is a fairly complex ipa with delicious hop flavor. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but still makes itself felt. Would definitely try again!

Update: Tried on draft from a growler, and it was far more bitter and less fruity. Preferred bottled.

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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full amber with reddish tone. Clear with a slight haze. Two fingers of cream color head . Good amount of lacing. Aroma is all floral, fruity hops. A bit of slightly too ripe pineapple. Taste is bitter resinous oily hops. Again the grapefruit aspect is slightly over ripe. Might be from the high abv. Good amount of malts but not enough for my liking. Mouthfeel is quite good with just barely enough carbonation. Alcohol is actually well hidden so watch out. Nice bitter medium dry grapefruit finish. No freshness date that I could find. Would like to try it on tap sometime. I down rated the drinkability a touch due to the 9.4% abv. Not a session beer unless you are a very large person. I am more than halfway through this bomber and it still has a cap of head after a good ten minutes. It would be much better with an abv of about 7.5% IMO. A virtual Barleywine except for the mouthfeel.

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3.04/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear bright amber, and off-white head, good lacing and some curtains.

The smell is to me rather off, ammonia, old toilet, some bitter opine resin. Old grape-fruit peel.

Starts heavy in the malt register, sweet bread nuances, then bitter resin and sour oils.

Medium carbonation, oily and sticky, a dry finish.

This was far to intrusive to me.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle.

A – Poured out a clear light amber with a huge two fingers of head that left generous lines of lacing all down the glass.

S – Nice citrus aroma with a strong grapefruit in the nose. Floral. Hops. Piney. Slight alcohol.

T – Nice citrus hop punch right after the first sip. It’s an assault on the taste buds and ooh so good. Orange peel, grapefruit and apricots. It moves over to a piney and resinous flavor. Has a malty finish with a touch of drying.

M – Smooth and creamy. Nicely carbonated. Medium body.

O – Just a great brew here with plenty of hop punch but really interesting flavors to go along. Warming alcohol but honestly does not feel like a 9%. I wish they sent this east. Will try more on my next trip west.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite clear but pretty in the glass with a nice head and lace.

Great smell - floral, hoppy

Hoppy (but not TOO over the top), well disguised alcohol

Thank you to Chad for this nice IPA. It is a very nice Imperial that hides the alcohol in an evil way. Experience has taught me to be careful with these - they can induce next day remorse over the excessive ingestion of goodness.

It's a goodness you very quickly can feel, like shots of booze. It's good cold, like the style should be and even beter as it warms. This is definitely a bomber to consider again and again. Top of the line!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow-orange with a fluffy 3 finger white head, very clingy and reduces slowly.

The nose on this magnificent brew is, by far, the most reminiscent of good weed that I've ever smelled in a beer- a moist leafiness, a grapefruit dominant citrus cocktail and delicate tropical fruit hints with a nice coating of florally, agave nectar-like sweetness to the whole thing.

Palate is big bodied with a small but sufficient honeyed sweetness that fits in perfectly with the intense hop slickness, while the completely oppressive hop bitterness comes in big and brings just a hint of toast from the malt. A citrussy juiciness pushes that malt back into the shadows, and the bitterness just keeps on rolling. Alcohol is there but easily forgettable. More citrus rind on the finish, pithy and bitter, with a very long puckering bitterness, some dark resinous characteristics and a big dryness.

Easily one of my favorite DIPAs and certainly the best I've had in probably about 3 months. Enough juiciness and bright hop flavors to strike a solid balance with the massive bitterness. And that heavenly aroma... sigh...

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,636 ratings.
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