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

Purchased locally from Ray's Market (props again).

Pours a nice deep orange, with a moderate head. Smell is some pine, faint citrus and that unmistakable peppery bite of the summits. Taste is an explosion of hops and piney tang. The nuggets doing their job, but the summits are forefront. Pretty dry finish, with a nice lingering mix of alcohol, pepper and pine.

At 9.4%, you can get into serious trouble here. Incredibly drinkable, and a 22oz went quickly for me! Anecdote alert! - A group of friends pre-gamed w/homebrew for a couple hours, then proceeded to the Beer Stein in Eugene (Oregon). 2 quick glasses - one of this, one of Green Flash's Palate Wrecker. Both went down waaaay too easy! Not everyone made it to the Umphrey's show afterwards...

Another reviewer mentioned a case date of 1/5/11. I didn't see the case, but judging from the fresh supply in the cooler, I was likely drinking the same batch. I only mention because this beer does change a fair amount w/age.

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Photo of jsanford
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Present from THECPJ. Thanks Shane!

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with a creamy white head that fades to a pillow of foam floating on the surface. Nice retention.
S - Sweet honey malt, grapefruit, tangerine, and pine resin. Nice and pungent.
T - Hops obviously dominate, with flavors of pine resin, grapefruit, and orange peel. Finishes a bit sweet, I'm detecting that honey flavor again.
M - Creamy and smooth with a nice sharp carbonation. Bit of alcohol in the finish, but for +9% ABV it's masked pretty well.
D - Well, at that high ABV this bomber will be plenty for me. Still, this was a nice treat. I've been very impressed with the Green Flash offering I've sampled and this is no exception.

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Photo of danxbar
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delivered, received, and purchased from Whole Foods in Redwood City. Bottling date on the case (the only place it is listed) reads January 5, 2011! I have never seen this beer so fresh so little hesitation in grabbing a bottle. It has been at least four months since I last had this beer, but have always enjoyed it so there are some high expectations here...

Pours a nice shade of pale tangerine with a lacey but dissolving head. Smells like rich white grapefruit, and even a hint of sweet somethingelse... I am surprised the bitterness remains quite subdued in the nose but it hits right away on the tongue. It finishes with a bit of sweetness and a subtle astringent bite from the alcohol but if anything it is a counterbalance to the hop attack. Not perfectly balanced, but not too thin either. Real focus on the hop/malt interplay in the finish showcasing balance to the extreme. Drinks like a big bad DIPA should, in a dangerous way.

The freshness of this beer has either made a huge difference in the subtleties of the flavor, or I psyched myself out. Usually not my go-to style of beer, if I had to have just one (and just one of these will surely do) this is a good one to have.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the blue monkey.

A- comes to me with a finger or so of off white creamy head that settles slowly leaving a ton of good lace around the glass and a island on top. A lovely copper orange in color.

S- loads of grapefruit and pine resin. Mild bready malt hit.

T- hop forward that's for sure with an aggressive grapefruit rind bitterness mixed in with a nice citrus bite of lemon zest. Malts bring to mind toasted bread with some caramel and sorgrum sweetness to balance things out.

M- on the fuller side of body with a lighter carb that when given a good swish becomes amazingly creamy in mouth.

D- this is a different beast then most dipas and I really like it. I can't quite rap my head around what makes it stand out but ill work on it.

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Photo of WildTurkey
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange color. Thick frothy head. Plenty of lacing after. Strong smell of citrus and pine, and malt. Strong hop wallop taste of grapefruit, and biscuit flavor and some sweet malt. Medium body and pretty dry. A very hoppy and strong ale. Not bad.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz Bottle

Appearance - Mellow yellow/light tan, nice 2 inch white head that lasted a long time. Lots of lacing.

Smell - Hops, lots of citrus fruits, some yeast, hops overpowering and all i can smell

Taste - Very hoppy, very piney, bitter imperial ipa. Alcohol is present with each drink, Malts add some sweetness but its very hop bitter. Nothing more then that, hops hops and more hops

Mouthfeel - Its thin beer but very strong hoppy aftertaste that crushes mouth. Palette is numbed by both the hops and alcohol. Eat and drink water after this monster.

Drinkabilty - Being 9.4% and so hoppy, this 22oz is more then enough. This is intense and a hop lovers dream. I enjoy this very much but its for hopheads for sure. Green flash is making good brews.

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Photo of mendonjoebeer
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pint glass. Quite cloudy with small head and reasonable carbonation.

Smell somewhat as expected- piney hops,citrus, but then some pepper & some musty odor?wet grass?

Taste of hops,pine,grapefruit,pepper. It has some other aftertaste that I cannot pinpoint. It is not an overpowering thing, but not a good thing either- maybe like romano cheese? I was afraid this might be too bitter for me, but that was not the case.

Feels very good going down- nice body & carbonation level

It is quite drinkable for such a strong flavorful beer. The alcohol is well hidden and can get you in trouble. I wish I knew how old this bottle was. I cannot see any date on the bottle. I think it may be a little old for this style. Sure wish there was a bottle date. I would try again if I knew the next bottle was fresh! I have to believe a fresh bottle will taste & smell better

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Photo of gfthree7
4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This Double IPA was enjoyed on New Years Eve 2010, from a 22 oz bottle into a chilled glass.

The appearance has the classic IPA look; gold and robust with a moderate foam head. The beer maintained a little bit of a frothy top all the way through the end of the bottle.

The smell really surprised me - some significant citrus-sweet apricot/tangerine flavors along with a hoppy scent that tells me this beer isn't for the weak at heart.

The taste is just... Wow! Super hoppy with the aroma and taste of the sweet citrus flavors making this one of the very best beers I've ever had.

The Green Flash Imperial is very drinkable for fans of the Double IPAs. Impressive! Fantastic! I can't say enough...

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Photo of robwestcott
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -12.5%
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 -6.4%
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 -1.5%
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%
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 +9.3%
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 -4.4%
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 +9.3%
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 +0.2%
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 -0.5%
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 -4.6%
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 +5.6%
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 +5.6%
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 -4.6%
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 +9.3%
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 +16.6%
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%
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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Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 2,640 ratings