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

2,634 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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of shand
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Looks like a great imperial IPA, a slightly hazy orange-amber color with a large head. The aroma is very, very hoppy. Citrus, pine, grapefruit, and the like. A small amount of malts back it up. The taste is very hoppy, without being very bitter or very sweet. One of the most "balanced" DIPAs I've had, and I'm not using the term balanced as a euphemism for sweet like some people tend to. It'll hit you with the hops all night long, but it'll still call you back in the morning. The mouthfeel is a little undercarbed for my taste, but otherwise full and coating, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, it's a very good double IPA that just falls short of the top tier. It's surely a very good beer though.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of pearljam118
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a golden yellow, slightly hazy with about 2 fingers of head with decent lacing.

S - Sticky pine and lots of hops

T - Piney taste almost tastes like weed. Lots of hops balanced in the aftertaste with good malt.

M - High carbonation, light mouthfeel

O - Very very good, different than other west coast double's but in a good way. A definite go to if I find it on tap or in a bomber.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of rogueleonardi
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden yellow color. Had a nice 2inch white head poured on tap into a tall pint glass. Great carbonation w/ bubbles rising from the bottom.

S - Good hop characters with lots citrus and pine. Some grapefruit, orange, and lemon. The citrus and piney hops have a great balance.

T - Lots of hops strong citrus flavors up front with a nice piney balance. Not a lot of bitterness to this. I was expecting more of a bite from a 101 ibu beer.

M - Great carbonation, has a very fresh crisp taste which was surprising for an imperial ipa. No alcohol to speak of.

O - Overall this was a great beer. Besides the fact the citrus was lacking in taste, and there wasn't that bitterness I was looking for, it was a really good beer. Nice refreshing taste, with a nice aroma.

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

I let this beer age for almost a year before finally trying it. For being so strong, there is no taste of alcohol at all. It pours a very nice orange color with plenty of head. The aroma is all citrus and floral.

With the first taste there are a strong amount of hops, but they are balanced with a subtle malt background. For all of the amazing hop flavor it is a surprisingly easy beer to drink with a very low bitter aftertaste. One of my new favorites from Green Flash.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,634 ratings.
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