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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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Photo of notchucknorris
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper color with a really nice cream colored head.

S: Huge pine hops and a good dash of some tropical elements- mango and pineapple. Maybe a bit of apricot as well.

T: This is my firstl IPA from Green Flash and it's excellent. The hops are huge, fresh and citrusy but are kept in check by some biscuity hops. I'm going to have to get some more of this one.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. It has a nice 2-finger off white head. The head has excellent retention and leaves tons of great looking lace on the glass.

S - It smells of sweet caramel malts and big piney hops. There are nice tropical fruit and citrus notes such as pineapple, orange, and grapefruit.

T - The taste follows the nose quite a bit. There is some initial malty sweetness, that is followed by tropical fruit notes and piney hops. It is also a bready characteristic as well. The finish has some strong lingering hop bitterness and citrus.

M - It has a medium body and medium carbonation. There is a bit of an oily feel to it. Also, there is some mouth puckering hop bitterness.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy and has great flavor. If you like high IBU beers, I think you will enjoy this one. I would definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have always been a huge fan of Green Flash West Coast IPA, aside from it's price tag. Therefore I am going into this one with high hopes.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger white foamy head. Very sticky lacing on this one with a persistent head.

S - Citrus and piney hops, and not much else. Very sweet aspect as well.

T - Wow! Initial blast of sweet, citrus hops followed by a wallop of piney, earthy hops. Sweet, dry and boozy in the finish. Hints of tangerine and mango for sure. Not overly sweet with a bit of woodiness or oak.

M - A bit too oily and overcarbonated for the style in my opinion. Medium bodied and slick on the lips.

D - Prepare to have your palatte destroyed for the rest of the night. Way too hoppy and sweet to session but this bomber is indeed going to be drank.

Overall, very good example of my favorite style. Haven't had a beer from Green Flash that I haven't liked, and for $5.99 this was a great value taboot.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip April,15 2011

A clear copper with not much for visible carbonation but somehow produces a thumbs width of cream colored foam the has a short life but leaves a fair bit of lace

S nice nose with tangerine, grapefruit, guava, pine and toffee, pretty strong tropical fruits going on here and I like it a fair bit, this is what I think of when a big West Coast DIPA is what I'm thinking about. I could smell this all day

T now its all about the rind of the big citrus fruits I could smell and there's a little more pine, something should be said for how well concealed the booze is and it has some earthy tones but compared to the smell it's lacking (still good though)

M fairly bitter but I wouldn't guess 100+ IBU's but I'm not that surprised I suppose, leaves some grit on the gums and I'd be tasting this even after a few lagers

O a solid DIPA and if .25 increments were an option here they would have been dropped a couple times so I'll make up for it in the overall

I'm a little surprised how fast this bomber hit my gut (and my head for that matter) but what can you do? world class smell going on here and its very drinkable for a big hop bomb that should make this one worth seeking out if your a hop head

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

On tap into snifter.

A - Nice, hazy golden orange. Good head formation and lacing

S - Some citric fruits (lemon, oranges), grassy, caramel malt

T - I did not pick up very much citric fruits except at the very first sip. As the flavour develops mid-palate I get all grass, pine and grains. There is also a strong onioness to it, a la Gubna.

M - Medium, sticky, slight burn

O - A well put together IIPA but the presence of that onion flavour took this one back a bit.

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22ozer into a Pint Glass
A - A very nice fresh looking golden color with plenty of orange notes laced in. Nice large bubbly, yet non resiliant white head that leaves a medium sized ring around the edge of the pint glass.
S - A good cirtus hop bomb right away. A lot of sweet fruits on this note an dnot as many bitter fruits. The smell ends with some lemony rhine and no pine in the nnose.
T & M - Awesome citrus hops all over the place. Truly reminds me of a west coast IPA right off the bat. There is not an incredibly strong malty backbone to this brew. It is nothing but fresh, sugary citrus with a bitter hop finish. THe beer is incredibly smooth with chewy note as well.
O - Great IPA, what I think of as a westy IPA through and through. I really enjoyed this one. If I were to pick out one flaw (like picking out the one flaw in a nice looking model) the smell is nice but simple.


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Photo of Nugganooch
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass
*No dating visible but bottling number located on bottom

A: Pours a slightly hazy orangish color - almost a light copper with dark golden hues. A nice 1.5 finger of lumpy off-white head formed that was gone in just a few minutes. Some intermittent lacing down the glass as well.

S: Very nice and clean aromas of bright citrus - lemon peel and orange rinds here. Some slight floral notes as well. I pick up a little bit of sweet caramel after the beer settles a bit but it is mostly all sweet citrusy hops baby.

T: BIG HOPS - Sweet candied citrus fruits, lemon zest, and sticky resinous pine flavors are very abundent here. Bitters are present throughout but not overbearing on the palate. A nice peppery sensation down the throat. Caramel sweet throughout but not heavy malt whatsoever. Slight warming affect.

M: Great combo of creamy and sticky mouthfeel that hangs on to the palate and is balanced well with a slight puckering from the bitterness.

D: I would say above average by DIPA standards. The ABV's are masked incredibly well here with only a slight warming towards the end as the big sweet hoppiness starts to fade.

A must try for those in search of a true hop bomb. Albeit a little one-note with the overall profile of flavors this brew is crafted incredibly well. A great hop delivery with really nice balance for such a big beer. Chuck Silva is the man and it's all about the hops!

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Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracking this one open and hoping it's fresh. Poured a clear copper color with a big sticky and resiny looking off-white colored head.

Aroma has plenty of citrusy tangerine and grapefruit to go around, but also a strong pine/evergreen scent going to. Agitating the beer a bit allows for some bready malt characters to show through.

Taste was plenty hoppy but not as bitter as expected. Lots of hoppy citrusy and evergreen flavors with a good showing of malt backbone too. Seems heavy on the late addition finishing hops in the boil kettle.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a solid medium body feel but nothing spectacular. Overall, a solid double IPA but I would love to know how fresh I'm having this. It was new to the store I bought it from but that doesn't mean it was new to the distributor. I'll score it for what it is, but certainly knowing the date of bottling would be better.

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Photo of malloyca
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -2.2%
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%
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 -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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 +8.8%
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 -3.4%
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 -7.8%
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 -26.9%
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 -2.2%
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 -1.2%
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.

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 +6.1%
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 -5.9%
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 -2.7%
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 +2.7%
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 +21.5%
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 +1.5%
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 -14.4%
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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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 2,640 ratings