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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of schoolboy
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky golden orange with a large cream colored head that leaves tons of lacing and caps the beer until the finish.

Smell is tropical and grapefruit from the hops, a hint of the malt is in the back somewhere, but hops are big.

Taste is almost all grapefruit and it's pith. Bitter and powerful. This flavor lasts until the finish which smooths out some.

Feeling is lightly viscous, and good carbonation, though the booze and pith make this not so easy to drink.

Big and bold, great aspects, perhaps not so complex though. A great price point makes this a great beer.


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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of shand
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of joex444
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of pearljam118
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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%

Photo of rogueleonardi
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -26.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of PthPndr
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 2,639 ratings
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