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!

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

poured cold to a tall standard flare pilsner glass a crisp, clean, translucent sunlight orange with a finger and a half super foamy off white head leaving monster lace to the rim.

huge piney aroma, way up front to the point of crowding out all else... a slight hint of grapefruit hops trying, but not necessarily succeeding to pop through.

as expected, the piney hops are the star of this show. again, the pine dominates, though grapefruit is present and the malts make an appearance as well.

hops forward, big bodied for the style, smooth, creamy, bitter to the roof of the mouth.

drinkable - probably limited to a single bomber.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangish with white head. Sticky lacing.

S: Wow. Very piney. To be honest, I'm not really picking anything else up.

T: Pine, pine and then a little more pine. Does finish a little sweet. Not bad, but be prepared for pine with some citrus.

M: Smooth and slick.

D: This is a pretty bitter beer that lends itself to sipping. Alcohol isn't all that present.

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Photo of Chaney
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty Troegs Mad Elf tulip.

A: Poured a bright, bright orange... heck, even the massive head had traces of orange in it! The brew was mildly cloudy but not too, and the carbonation was moderate. The glass looked like it went through a car wash without rinsing when I was done.

S: I defy a brewer to make a beer more piney than this one. Jeez... sure the citrus was there (I got more orange than grapefruit), but it was the hops that rattled the earth here.

T: Liquified pine Christmas tree in a glass for sure, but a fair amount of orange as well. GF did a nice job of tempering the sweetness or potential syrupiness. The nugget cut through just about everything and played a prominent role. I got a bit of booze on the end, but it wasn't too bad.

M: Like I said, this was not a hop syrup, but a nice piney citrus bomb that might make some pucker... but not me. The carbonation aided somewhat is making this quaffable. Not quit as chewy as a pine cone.... but damn near close.

D: I am somewhat of a fair-weather hophead and have to be in the right mood for a citrus bomb. Tonight was one of those nights.

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Photo of Another6Pack
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bomber. Expectations calibrated to "high."

A: orange/dark honey colored. Requires an agressive pour to generate a head. Dissipates fairly quickly.

S: decent hop nose. Not intimidating like others. Slightly musty when focused on the smell, but not noticeable when drinking.

T: extremely well balanced. No major hop punch; neither the hops nor the malt jump out and dominate. Positively impacts mouthfeel and drinkability.

M/D: high marks here. Very easy drinking, and this live review went quickly.

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

I am providing a simple review of this exceptional Brew. If you have questions about the appearance, nose, etc. please read the previous reviews which are accurate. If you are wondering if you should try this beer, or wondering what other West Coast Hop Heads think of this beer, then you have the right review.

Green Flash plays the West Coast IPA game very well. This double IPA is insane! Never have I tasted the hops bum-rush followed by the balancing of those hops with malt and alcohol that slip passed the goal keeper practically unnoticed! Smooth and balanced.

Balance is the key to this brew which is presently my favorite Double IPA! Treat yourself to this beer ASAP!

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Photo of climax
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Both HopHead Red and West Coast IPA were incredible. Hopefully the good traits carry over to Goliath here....

It pours a tangerine orange, brilliant gold to the light. The head was thick and tall, the retention and lace very good.

The nose is beautiful, and I would have expected nothing less. Strong herbal tones and grassy oils are at the forefront. Pineapple and orange add a touch of sweetness, but are for the most part tart. Light graham cracker flavor draws the short straw, but the malt presence is appreciated.

The taste is a blast. The balance by the malt is noticeable, which is admirable considering the 101 IBUs. Nonetheless, this is a hop showcase, no worries. It's loaded with herbal goodness, and a finish like I just ate an orchard of pink grapefruit and oranges, awesome.

The hop oils contribute to a slick feel. The body is medium and thick. The carbonation is crisp, and the bite lasts through the dry finish. This one is certainly easy to drink, I need to catch myself and slow down because this 9% delight is quickly diminishing. I'm another notch in your bed post Green Flash, and I thank you for that.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, unknown date.

Pours lightly hazy orange/amber with a two finger foamy white head that leaves tons of lacing.

Aroma is orange, tangerine and grapefruit citrus, good pine notes, floral and a bit grassy, some hints of caramel malt.

Flavor is some bitter grapefruit rind, pine, resinous hops, juicy, some caramel and bready malt sweetness, good bitterness, dry finish, alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and slick, medium carbonation.

I have a feeling this may be a touch dated but still very good.

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Photo of fatmcq
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This (I)IPA has a light and frothy appearance. The smell is earthy, noting an interesting combination of grapefruit and pine needles. The taste is very hoppy and smooth. Although having a high alcohol content(9.4%), it's taste is masked by the thick; but delightful, earthy flavor of hops. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and frothy. While not being the most complex IPA from San Diego county, this has definately become one of my favorites.

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Photo of tbrown4
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle -> DFH signature glass.

Pours light amber with a one finger head. Sweet aroma. Excellent malt/hop balance. Citrus notes. Long lingering bitter middle that suprisingly easy to drink. Heavy lacing. Thin head remains throughout the tasting.

Not enough depth for me, but certainly a very good IIPA.

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Photo of jtk
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark gold and amber. Small head. Mine had about an eighth of a finger head. Head disappeared quickly. Extremely light carbonation flowing up.

Smell: Citrus and pine.

Taste: First citrus then pine and then grapefruit rind finish. Hops all the way. After a few sips the pine came through more.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation. Light creamy.

Drinkability: Yes. Even with the high alcohol content, yet still quite drinkable.

Really nice Imperial IPA.



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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy and light orange in color. The beer has a thick inch of head that leaves a great deal of lacing on the pint glass.

S: Hops, tart citrus, malt, respectively.

T: This DIPA tastes good, but is not the hop bomb I was expecting from Green Flash. The flavor is a hybrid of a hop driven, high alcohol DIPA and a maltier, more balanced version of the style. This is a big beer, for sure. I do wish it was more hop forward with less malt presence. I purchased this from a good store where the beer was kept cold, but there's really no way to discern the freshness of the beer, other than an educated guess based on the flavor.

M: Hop bitterness with a heavy dose of malt and alcohol in the finish. The feel is medium to full in body, with appropriate carbonation levels.

D: Although in my ideal world this be a bit different, the flavors found here are certainly enjoyable. Green Flash knows how to brew excellent beers, and even those that aren't necessarily my cup of tea (or beer) are still good brews and worth buying

Notes: Put a bottling date on your beers, especially IPAs and DIPAs! It's not that hard, and this small deed would be so helpful and informative to the consumer. Thank you to breweries like Dogfish Head and Russian River who have been doing this for years.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a shaker: Finger of spongey, beige head over cloudy, golden-orange body that shines around the edges. Some map-like lacing.

Resiny, thick floral smell with a pungent character that kind of wraps up inside but stays bright. Grapefruit smell. Very impressive, not too sweet.

Bitter citrus dominates the taste, strong lemon, grapefruit, & orange zest with a very subtle sweetness in back, like pie crust but even more subdued, don't even really notice it til the aftertaste. Hugely bitter, again a kind of pungency like blue cheese -- leaves the same kind of impression. Great taste, I love a big hop taste that's not overly sweet like so many DIPAs seem to be.

Full-bodied, turns creamy & smooth. Pretty formidable but doesn't kill my tastebuds. Crisper than most DIPAs, stays light & doesn't weigh me down.

Damn, this is too good -- a big guy, but very enjoyable & light on its feet. Alcohol & hops are pretty serious, but I could probably have a few of these. One of my favorite DIPAs.

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Photo of stimulus
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle with a yellow label into a snifter.
I'm fairly certain this is fresh since GF just changed distributors in NJ, and the store I bought it from hasn't had it in a couple of years.

A: Pours a clear orange with a one finger white head that deteriorates but leaves light lacing.
S: Just as hoppy as WCIPA, with heavy citrus and pine undertones.
T: Doesn't disappoint, the aromas prepare the palate well. A very hoppy double ipa with great splashes of citrus fruits and heavy pine on the finish.
M: Smooth, light bodied, well carbonated, but a bit sticky on the finish.
D: An absolute palate wrecker, but much more balanced than the brewery's regular IPA, for those looking for better balance. It is also worth noting that this beer doesn't have any alcohol bite.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a Smuttynose goblet. A large off-white foam head rests atop golden orange liquid. A good amount of lacing and film is left behind as I swirl my glass about. A few streams of carbonation can be viewed within the liquid, rising towards the top.

Big, grassy hops make up the nose. They are apparent as soon as the beer is poured.

Bitter, grassy hops are the first thing I taste. Oily bitterness and alcohol are tasted as I swallow. Both flavors linger on.

Full bodied and plenty of carbonation. Not too much coat in my mouth, but sticky bitterness coats my lips. What is left in my mouth has a bitter flavor.

Fairly drinkable, about average for the style. One 22oz bottle will be enough for me, but I can see myself ordering a few glasses of this at a bar (assuming it arrives in something more reasonable than a full pint glass).

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Photo of juju7
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One for the serious hopheads. Quite an interesting nose of citrus, dried herbs, sweet jelly and a hint of the malt-just a hint. An absolute ball-tearing bitterness in the mouth that lingers on forever. Herbal with some white pepper undertones. Moreish, satisfying and full-on. A true benchmark IIPA. Can't get enough of this.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man this stuff is good no GREAT! poured a clear see-thru orangish amber with decent head that quickly disapated leaving tons of beautiful lacing.
smelled of hops,cirus hops ,flowery hops and piney hops!
Taste was great with the sweet/sourthing goin onnice and bitter but sweetly smooth!
mouth was spot on for a DIPA full bodied with a touch of alchohol warmth,beauty!
Would love to pound these all night if I could afford - GREAT BREW!!!!

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

This beer was from a bottle and was poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a nice cloudy and orange color with a light white foam.

S: Lots of citrus and orange, with pine. Blasted with hops.

T: Bold, nice fresh citrus and hop flavor right off the bat. Shades of grapefruit with some more hops in the back. An excellent overall crispiness to each sip.

M: Tingly, full and well balanced.

D: A terrific IPA. Wish I could try it on tap as I'm sure it would taste even fresher. An excellent IPA with great sticky overtones that coat your pallet and keep you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of niibuyaa
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A= Nice appearance, yet a little lighter amber than expected. Nice head of off white. About 2.5 fingers worth. Note I did pour this poorly.

S= All the hoppyness a boy could wish for. With your average citrus hints, but a bit more mellow than the regular Green Flash IPA.

T= A bit muted compared to the more common IPA by them, but still all the flavor you come to expect in a well crafted IPA.At first I liked it, but felt it fell a bit short of what I expect from this brewer but the subtly of the notes later more than make up for my misconception.

M= Perfect in every way. they really excelled on this point. By far the best feeling mouthful they've managed thus far. Exceptional to say the least. You really feel its girth.

D= An exceptionally well balanced beer, you simply do not notice the high alcohol content. But since it is high, I have to knock off a half point because it's no session beer, but a way to close out a heady session.

Despite my first misgivings in the taste department, this is my favorite incarnation of the IPA to date. Truly worth the price of admission.

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Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22 oz bomber it was a hazy copper color with a good head with some lacing.smell is hops both floral and pine with a stale malt background..taste was hops first with pine and grapefruit they were faint in taste IMO but could smell them it finished with a balnd stale malt taste that kinda ruined the hops..still not bad.mouth feel is medium and creamy its just not a top notch is good the bomber dissapeared it was just not a wow dipa

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Photo of stylinprofiylin
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy. very nice gold amber color. off white yellow creme head.

S- Starts sweet and creamy and leads into a natural pine hoppy smell.

T- Medium carb. Hops are very Rich and present. Citrusy, maybe lemon. Aftertaste sticks.

M- Creamy and smooth with a BOLD taste. Has a rather harsh aftertaste.

D- bitterness does go well with most meat. i'f i had a steak, i'd have another.

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

22oz bottle into a nonic pint.

Pours honey gold with a decent white head and some ok lacing.

Smell is sweet and hopalicious. Citrus and a little of what some people might call cat-pee.

Taste is really good. Actually pretty balanced with a consistent hop flavor throughout to make sure you're aware this is a IIPA.

Mouthfeel is prickly and full.

With the alcohol well hidden and the fresh flavor here, this is a damn good drinkable beer.

Nicely done.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Galaxy Hut and served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice yellow color with a bit of darker orange character. White head with quite a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose is really nice with a plethora of hops--nice amounts of strong citrus, pine, and floral notes. The toast doesn't have quite that much actual hop flavor, but is taken over by a bruising bitterness.

The feel is fantastic and is the first time in awhile that I've been totally taken aback by a beer's hop level. Really, really strong bitterness and a body that doesn't support that bitterness, which is something I mean in a very good way. Very intriguing; I like this quite a bit and wish I hadn't waited so long to have my first.

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

I bought a 22oz Bomber, left it outside in the 50 degree weather for about an hour and poured it into a snifter.

The beer was a medium amber color with very light carbonation and a thick creamy head.

Once I brought the glass to my nose I was knocked back by the strong floral and piney smell. Very piney! I had a flashback to being in the woods. I could almost taste the hops by the smell alone. It was quite interesting, I have never smelt such a dank pine before.

The taste was very similar to the smell. The hoppiness of it was delightful. I was able to get a tinge of fruit, something bitter like a grapefruit accompanying the piney hops. There were several flavors I enjoyed, obviously, the hops (I can't get over how piney they were!) were the alpha male of this beer but the supplementary flavors worked well to balance it out.

Even though the flavors were robust, the mouthfeel was rather light and smooth. The alcohol was hidden very nicely. The carbonation was light and enjoyable, certainly not overpowering.

Overall, I was impressed with this beer. It was not what I expected which is always fun. I have never smelled or tasted hops like this before. I think i said "it's so piney!" several times during the consumption (and this post). The beer started strong and finished strong. I am attracted to beers that set themselves apart from others. I can appreciate the brew-masters who take risks to create something different. This was a successful risk in my opinion considering I have never tasted hops that were this potent. It was easy to drink and I will definitely buy it again.

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

650ml shared with a friend.
A- Red tinged yellow. About 2cm of head that quickly subsides to a whisper on the top.

S- very floral and piney, touch of pepper and a lot of pine. slighly herby, and maybe a touch of passionfruit and grapefruit.

T- straight up you get that hop flavour that was so predominant in the smell. Pine, citrus, grapefruit, pepper and a little bit of pasisonfruit. on warming up a touch of alcohol comes through and with a bit of dried dark fruit, sultana and raisin. a little malt sweetness also comes through with the alcohol.

M- slightly on the thicker side of medium, bitterness grabs the back of the mouth length is mid length, a touch of dryness. good but i expected a bit more.

D- halved a bomber with a mate, and i dont think i could have more than a full one. not the most drinkable of beers, but very tasty though.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I sampled the Green Flash Barleywine in the US last year but I never ran across any of their IPAs while I was there... the Barleywine wasn't exactly my cup of tea, but I had the regular IPA the other day and I was delighted with it (I didn't take notes). Let's see how it's big brother fares...

Hazy gold-orange with a finger or so of head. Big rising bubbles. The inside of the glass is entirely coated in foam after I'm done.

One-dimensional nose, and sort of weak compared to the regular IPA - I remember remarking to a friend when I opened that bomber that it was as if the room had filled up with candied orange peel, and she agreed. This one is mostly dank and weedy with some grapefruit peel undertones. Which I guess is what I expected.

Raw, aggressive bitterness. You hate to see a review where someone says something 'tastes of hops', as vague as that is, but this really does. Pine, citrus, herbs, grass, sweatsock/resiny pot - it's all there. A peppery twang and a considerable amount of sweet malt backing it all up. Straightforward, but well enough balanced - not quite a kick in the teeth.

Body is on the heavier side of medium, carbonation is ample. Lush. Very dry finish. Pretty much perfect in that department.

At this time there's not much on my stomach but the beer from last night and a single bit of toast. Is it for that reason that I'm buzzed off half a bomber or is it just that this beer is 9.4% and that would have happened anyway? Regardless, I might want to drink more but this beer would put me on my arse (and possibly you on yours) after more than a glass or two.

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