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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,632
Reviews:
1,003
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
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335
For Trade:
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Photo of malloyca
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light orange-amber appearance. Throws off a strong aroma of grapefruit and fresh lemons with some metallic components. There is also a less pronounced aroma of raw green vegetables. Very dry on the palate, with lots of grapefruit, lemon and other citrus combining with a nice mouthfeel. There is faint, if any, malt profile, but that is fine for this style, which is all bitter hops.

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Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a finger of fluffy, off-white foam for a head. The head has pretty good retention and sticks around for a while. It leaves a nice foam lacing on the glass.

Huge hop aroma from the nose. Citrus and tropical fruits and an enormous amount of pine. A small amount of floral hops are present as is a bit of a caramel malt sweetness.

The taste has everything that is in the nose plus some. Huge citrus and tropical fruit flavors - grapefruit, pineapple, some lemon zest - and a huge pine presence. The malt is more of the toasty variety here, not much, but it's there. The difference between the nose and taste, and the dominating characteristic to the taste is a huge skunky hop taste that takes over towards the middle of each sip and leads to a hugely bitter finish that sticks to the tongue.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Surprisingly, the finish is pretty dry despite the sticky hop presence at the finish. Usually a beer with this amount of hops and an ABV this high is slick and oily with a fuller mouthfeel but that's not the case here.

Overall, this is a good take on a West Coast DIPA. Huge hop presence, minor malt character to balance it, huge bitterness, sticky, lingering finish. Definitely a one and done but an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is clear gold with an off-white head that lasts awhile and leaves curtains of lacing.

Smells of light malt, green grassy hops, a bit of sugar and some salt. Kind of like a nice green salad.

Very concentrated green grass hoppy taste along with a vegetal bitterness, maybe like mustard greens, with a biscuity malt background. Tongue numbing hop oils are present. Aggressively hopped, but still achieves balance. Finishes with a green vegetal and grapefruit rind slam.

Body at first seems light, but the malt sugars give it a bit thicker mouthfeel. Carbonation is pretty lively and effervescent, lending to a very refreshing mouthfeel overall. First sip and swallow takes the palate on a gallop but then settles to a long dry bitter finish allowing the tongue to recuperate from the effervescent bitter hop bash it has just received and then ultimately longing for another.

This is a refreshing, highly hopped IPA, and with a high ABV, it really must be sipped with respect. However, at least in California, this is an imperial IPA that can really deliver the goods at a very nice price point, for the time being.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Liquor Stop
San Marcos, CA

A clear, dark orange, bordering on light amber. Huge off-white head formed with large bubbles, eventually forming large craters in the top of the incredibly retentive head. As good of head retention as I've ever seen. Thick lacing down the glass. Perfect DIPA appearance.

A strong citrus aroma leaning more heavily toward a biting lemon than the traditional orange and mango scents I've become accustomed to with big, San Diego DIPAs. I also smell more dank, sticky marijuana in this beer than I do in any others. The only detractor is a slight soapy aroma which is unfortunate.

Biting hop citrus and bitterness in the mouth, and again, the most prominent citrus fruit is lemon. I also again get quite a bit of marijuana flavor. Not nearly as bitter or as pungent a beer as some DIPAs, this one seems a tad more balanced and hugely drinkable.

Medium bodied, plenty of carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

A wonderfully enjoyable and highly drinkable DIPA. This one does everything right. It's inexpensive as well, which is always appreciated.

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

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with two fingers of sticky yellow head that leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Smell. Oranges, cedar, lemons, pineapple, strawberries. Smells like a fresh fruit punch.

Taste. Red grapefruit, bitter citrus rind hops, a little caramel malt.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation with with a little warming alcohol.

Overall. A real nice best coast IIPA. Good and hoppy as it should be. Just a little boozy but that's forgivable when it tastes this good.

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

Green Flash, Imperial IPA

Pours a clear yellow with a chill haze. Relatively small foam, good lacing and retention. Aroma of west coast hops, floral, citrusy, grapefruit. In the taste, nice tropical fruit west coast style IPA, hop forward, decent balance and a good hit of alcohol in the end. Medium bodied, alittle syrupy. Strong and tasty. Overall, I liked it but it is very intense. For a double IPA, its about right.

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Photo of silentjay
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pretty clear, yet glowing copper with a huge, cloud-like pure white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves some decent lacing.

lots of pine, grass, cat urine, raw yellow onion, grapefruit, bitter orange.... just an onslaught of hops, not much malt is detectable, but its smell has me drooling a bit.

onion flavor is there a bunch in the flavor (not on the level of gubna, however), with some juicy and bitter citrus, trace amounts of pine and fresh cut grass translate into the flavor as well. summit hops are definitely more dominant than the nuggets, though both are detected and interlaced. not a big fan of summit hops, so this one's not perfect for me in flavor.

medium bodied, bubbly and resiny with a slightly bitter lingering aftertaste.

not bad. kind of an odd combination of hop flavors (malts are almost undetectable from beginning to end), but it works decently in an odd way. would drink again. decent value. not my favorite imperial IPA, but its definitely interesting. as it warms, the garlic comes through more until most the citrus flavors are undetectable and the vegetable flavors take over, unfortunately.

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Photo of nickhiller
2.99/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: clear but not crystal, amber colored, nice frothy one finger head is slow to dissipate, with great retention and huge rings of lace to recommend it.

S: mowed lawn, horse sweat, marijuana, lemonade

T: honeycomb, earthy like mushrooms, grapefruit, lemon rind good luck trying to taste anything ever again, it's so full of hop resins that the bitterness stays in your mouth long after you've put the glass down. This is what I would imagine slugging hop extract would feel like.

M: heavy and syrupy, carbonation is ample but short lived which reduces the burn from the alcohol but does little to blunt the bitterness.

D: lacks the malt profile required to support this kind of hop onslaught. It's not that it's not sweet, in fact it's arguably too sweet, and it's not that it necessarily has too much hops. The problem is its one-dimensionality, lots of flavor, extreme flavor, but without the complexity that makes that interesting.

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

Appearance: Golden Honey. Slightly Orange. It's a little opaque. It has a weak head with minimal retention.

Smell: A huge dose of bread pale malts. There is a huge blast of very citric hops.

Taste: Wow. This taste great. It has a good blend of cocoa malts. Very bitter piney hops. Slight tropical fruit sweetness. Apricot. Pineapple. Very bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a chalky finish.

Drinkability: Good but not quite as enjoyable as the Pliny the Elder which she had before.

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Photo of bobpanz
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Appearance- dark golden color similar to honey, thick white head that was high but diminished shortly after pour.

Aroma- Incredible tropical scent. Pineapple most notable.

Taste- Disappointing considering the aroma. Maybe I set my expectations too high.The flavor is as intense as the aroma, and that's not necessarily a good thing. Fruity at first with a bitter finish. Serving temp might not be ideal. Alcohol is fairly apparent.

Mouthfeel- Lighter, less intense, smooth, subtly creamy.

Overall
A beer that smells so good that the taste sort of disappoints. A good DIPA, but the bitterness is hard to ignore.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Amber and hazy, almost the same look as a hefeweizen. Big head, 3 fingers, that dissapates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma-I didn't even want to taste the brew I just wanted to keep smelling it. Instantly a huge aroma of Pineapple and Mango, with some citrus in there. After a few more sniffs got some floral and pine notes. Wow, can't wait to taste.

Taste-Definitely get the malt here, still able to pick up alot of the fruits. Fruits and Malt basically throughout from beginning to end. Not as hoppy as I'd wished, more hops I would probably given it a 5.

Mouthfeel-Bitter in the aftertaste, medium bodied.

Overall-Though the hops aren't the star, this is still an excellent beer. The fruit aroma and taste is great. Definitely a good represenation of a West Coast IPA(which I don't get to drink often). I really like where this beer is going, definitely going to seek out some more Green Flash products.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slight burnished golden colour, mild haze but mostly transparent. Head is pleasant, off-white and foamy, retaining a thin crown. Lace is decent, sticky. Yeah, pretty good.

Smells great, like an imperial IPA should. Lots of sweet, fruit-tinged West Coast hop aromas, with plenty of citrus, pine resin and a good hazelnutty caramel malt underlying. Slight tang to the hops, but otherwise sweet, airy, pleasant.

Taste is decent enough, quite malty with lots of nutty and caramel sweetnesses kicking me in the fact. Hops are a bit subdued - possibly showing its age here - with a pleasant citrus-forward flavour early-mid that provides a slight fruit rind bitterness later, but it virtually disappears by the finish, leaving a nutty back-palate and mild citric aftertaste. Decent, but aged. I will endeavour to grab a fresh one next time I'm in the states. *ahem*

Nice foamy texture to it, a bit drying on the back, but good body. Great mouthfeel.

Very pleasant drinking. Without that aggressive hop bitterness it's very palatable. But will need to judge a fresher bottle, really.

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Photo of plfahey
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Burnished gold in color, clear. Tall, nearly white head with good retention and great lacing.

Aroma-HUGE hop bouquet-with tropical fruits (pineapple, mango), citrus (orange, grapefruit), flowers, and pine. Light toasted and caramel malt aromas are perceptible. Light pungent alcohols.

Flavor-Extremely light grainy malt backbone is overwhelmed by hop flavors and hop bitterness. Lots of pine and grapefruit, along with some floral notes and light pineapple. Alcohol is present, but barely noticeable. Hop bitterness is moderately high to high, though I would hardly call this a tongue-peeler. Finish is dry from hop bitterness and alcohol, and has drawn out piney, green hop flavors.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit creamy. No astringency even with high hop rates. Definite alcohol warmth.

It's good, and the hop profile is awesome, but a huge beer like this needs to have some sort of malt profile to back it up-there's not much malt in the aroma (which I can deal with), but I'd like some more malt character in the flavor. After about half the bottle, I'm ready to be done with it.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-03-12 at The Drafting Room Hopfest

A - Mildly hazy golden orange with a 1-finger head and lots of lacing

S - Pineapple. orange, hop floral, orange citrus, pine and a hint of grain.

T - Bready, pineapple, grapefruit and fresh fruit taste, like a hint of raspberry, which was enjoyable. Plenty of bitterness. Alcohol is evident but well-integrated. Lingering sweetness and bitterness clings to the tongue. Sweeter than the GF West Coast IPA

M - A little less than medium body and carbonation. Smooth. Resinous and a little prickly.

D - Had this with a Pliny the Younger and Pliny the Elder, side-by-side-by-side. It tasted quite good but didn't have the complexity of either of the Russian River brews. Not surprisingly, the Imperial tasted better on-tap than from the bottle, probably because this was fresh. Given the choice, I'd take the West Coast IPA over the Imperial.

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Photo of SquirrelBoy22
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite IPA's of all time. Crush fresh hops in your hand and it will smell like this beer. I love this beer so much I went to their garage about an hour or so away from San Diego and told them they need to sell this in Seattle as we LOVE IPA's! They have started sending it to us!!! I bought a case of it from them at the "pub" to bring back and had to pull all sorts of stuff out of my checked bag just so I would be under the 50 lb limit. Oh yes, it is that good!

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Photo of brew3crew
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a transparent amber with white head and great retention.
S-nice amounts of citrus and pine hops
T-alot like it smells. Nice blend of pine and citrus hopswith a clean and smooth inishh
M-medium bodied and very smooth
D-very drinkable. Gone in no time!!

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber bottle into a snifter glass. No bottle date present, as with other Green Flash stuff that we get here on East Coast.

A: Pours a hazy, yellow/orange color, thin white head, mild carbonation, head fades quickly, OK lacing on the glass.

S: Not the hoppy burst that I was expecting or had read about in other posts. Starting to think that this bottle might be out-dated. I get more malt than hops.

T: I don't get hops! I get all malt here. Some bite on the back end with mild hops. But nothing floral or citrusy. Upsetting.

M: Hardly any mouth coating here. No DIPA mouth pucker either. I understand that most DIPAs are sweeter, but this is a malt bomb. As mentioned, some bite at end.

D: I hate to say it, because I love the GF West Coast IPA, but this one is a "one and done" for me. Very unpleased. I blame the bottle dating problem, no the beer.

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Photo of NefariousR
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. glass bottle into a tulip imperial pint glass.

A - Clear orange amber with a thick, foamy off-white head. I'm a little surprised at how clear the beer is, given how much sediment is visible in the Green Flash West Coast IPA.

S - Lots of piny, resiny hops. Citrus fruits - grapefruit, a little orange as well. Backed up by a sweet foundation.

T - Quite malty and sweet actually -- resembles some barleywines I've tried. Fear not, there's still plenty of hop content. Pine and grapefruit, followed by a nutty sweetness.

M - Medium-bodied, oily and sticky. Warming alcohol is felt in the mouth and throat,

D - Quite drinkable, a very balanced DIPA yet still will satisfy all but the most purist of hopheads.

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Photo of sme4r
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I will be drinking this as long as the store carries it.

A: Dark golden coloring with medium lacing.

S: Smells pretty malty, but it still cant hides the hops in this Imperial IPA

M: Medium carbonation, very stringent. Bitter, but "Duh."

D: If you like high IBU's then you are good with this. I want lots, I wish I had more.

Loved it.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - 2 fingers of off-white yellowish head creates deep mounds and sticky lacing. Light amber color.

S - A mix of oily citrus, skunky herbal, and earthy hops. A candy sweet malt sits shyly on the back row.

T - A nutty, earthy, tangerine citrus hops blast a whirlwind of flavor. Leafy herbal flavors sweep in and turns the flavor on a dime. The caramel malt hold up good and a white sugar sweetness adds to contend with the hops. Finish is dry and biscuty.

M - Awesome mouthfeel! Starts sudsy creamy then goes thick and silky.

The Summit and Nugget hops definatly add a different twist to the hop profile. Don't know how fresh this was but it didn't seem like 101 ibu's. A fine herbal DIPA.

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

Bomber...tulip glass.

This pours a brilliant yellow-orange color, with a film-like foam.

The aroma is a great feature. Very piney and citrusy. Aroma just pouring out. Just what I like.

Taste - grapefruit chiefly; wood, juniper berries also.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability - very manageable; it does have a strong bitter aftertaste which is not unpleasant but could be if you don't like really bitter beers. Slight alcohol burn.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured into a tulip glass... bright white three finger head that lingers and drips like California Sea Foam down the rim of the glass. Beautiful honey orange hazy color. Cloudy with really nice carbonation.

S- Grapefruit and lemon peel hit the nose at first sniff. Subtle pine hoppiness. Very floral and fresh. Like a breeze at a picnic in a grapefruit grove. Clover, thyme and honey linger...

T- Clean and fresh citrus peel taste. Sticky, hoppy, and piney. Nice bubble action cover the tongue. Really nice balance of hops, malt, and citrus... Barely a hint of alcohol comes thru on this 9.4% Imperial!

M- Between the citrus and piney taste... kinda numbs the tongue a bit. It really sticks around, but not cloyingly sweet like some IIPA's can be. Make your mouth feel really fresh! Like Citra-mint or something.

D- This is fantastic! Really glad I picked this one up! I'm really happy to have a piece of sunny San Diego in my glass! 9.4%, 101 I.B.U.'s, and only $5.99 for a bomber... Here comes the sun!!!

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Photo of n2185
2.86/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a very hazy orange with two fingers of fluffy white head. Head recedes into a thin white cap but leaves nice lacing.

S: A little caramel malt up front followed by a hint of sweet citrus and then lots of sticky, resiny pine.

T: Similar to the aroma, there's a slight sweetness with some citrus up front but then the resin and pine kick in, knocking every other flavor out of the way. Finish is quite bitter and lingers on the tongue well after the sip is taken.

M: Medium body and carbonation that provides a kick for the bitterness. There's an oily texture to it as well.

D: With the lingering bitterness and oily texture, it's not all that drinkable.

Overall, not a bad DIPA, but a bitter bomb without much complexity.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy copper, high carbonation, nice head that has some staying power and sticks to the sides.

S - Where is the hop aroma a IIPA should have? There is some citrus hops and a little sweet malt, which is good, but it just too muted.

T - A little floral hop to start with a light but hearty malt backbone. The citrus comes on late and there is lot of bitter on the finish. Seems a little out of balance, starts off too soft and then comes on too strong at the end.

M - Lots of malt in there with some larger sugars still hanging around in there. Nice alcohol warmth, but too much carbonation though for a IIPA.

D - This is a good beer, a good representation of an IIPA, but lacked some balance.

Overall, this was below average for Green Flash. I don't got a bad one or what, but I had tons of carbonation and this didn't seem to be the case in other reviews. Also just seemed a bit out of balance, not enough aroma, and flavor starts off a bit weak. Will have to sample again and edit review if necessary.

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Photo of Avantyawn
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: murky golden , nice thick healthy head upon hearty pour. beautiful! Just like I like it!

S: Hoppy classic grapefruit IPA scent. Little bread n' butter in the background.

T: A masterful blend of hoppy bitterness, malty sweetness, and bready heartiness. This beer dances on the tongue. Fantastic!

M: As this sloshes around your mouth, the 9.4 % APV is not what you are thinking about. The alcohol is amazingly masked, and the carbonation is subtle, yet present.

D: I am shocked how smooth and drinkable this is at 9.4%. Some of my favorite DIPA's are not nearly this drinkable as the alcohol smacks you in the face, not here. Dangerously drinkable...

Fantastic beer!

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,632 ratings.
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