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 kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pours a nice light orange hazy color with a nce thin white bubbly head. Nose is a bit caramel, hoppy of course, light pine and sweet fruit.

Taste is very fruity, fresh and hoppy. There is a nice malty backing that's sweet and pretty damn delicious. Overall a solid beer. I wish they had freshnes dates though!

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Brewed with Summit and Nugget hops to measure up to 101 IBUs, not 100 or 102, but 101. Not that it matters because the taste threshold for most people is about 80 IBUs. Three fingers of off-white head hold strong with a very impressive display of lacing down the glass. Clear brassy color. Smells of tangerines, crushed hemp seeds, fresh mint, black pepper, evergreen, ruby-red grapefruit and wildflowers from the hops; with some ripe passion fruit and pineapple juice from the alcohol. Slight bready tone in the nose but mild compared to the hops. Creamy up front with a slow rolling smoothness in the back. Hop bitterness nearly strangles the life out of our taste buds. After things settle down, flavors of faint white peppercorn, dried grass and pungent citric rind. Maltiness is there but more as the foundation to the full body, what biscuity flavors are present are blanketed by the massive hop presence. Alcohol is deceiving, it is warming but it does not come across as 9.0 percent ABV. The finish is a long, drawn out ramble of hop flavor and bitterness that leans to the dry side.

Excessively hopped with just enough malt to get by. Without a doubt, this beer goes down the righteous path to Imperial IPA and is a trophy beer for any veteran hophead.

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Photo of H1N1
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours amber with 2.5 fingers of thick foam. Good retention. Receded into a half finger that remained.

S- Citrusy hops. Some orange zest. A bit of pine.

T- Tasted hoppy with some definite citrus. I also tasted some juniper. Slight malty back. I can definitely taste the 9.4%.

M- Medium to full bodied. But the alcohol heat didn't hide very well.

D- I liked it, but I personally don't mind the alcohol bite. I could see how it might turn someone else off.

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

Proving that the Green Flash brewery is a one trick pony (but owe what a trick!), the Double IPA is a very nice example of the style, but seems to owe too much to it's younger brother the West Coats IPA.

Nose is a headier viersion of the WCIPA with a sweeter malt character on top. So far so good.

Taste: Starts off malty sweet, morphing quickly to a cornucopia of Western hops with a bitter closing note which lingers. Alcohol is nicely in check for a higher alcohol brew. Nicely done there. Problem (if one can say it's a problem) is that it is merely a maltier version of the WCIPA which breaks no new ground nor is particularly representative or respectful of the style (which is kind of an amalgam of styles at that). In that sense, I have a similar complaint to the one I have about their Hop Head Red which, though a well crafted effort;,./, seems to me to be a WCIPA version of a red ale. While they do work, the comparison with the original leaves both of them wanting.

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

Review from notes, thanks to WorldWideStout for this one!

Pours a very light golden color with 2 fingers of head, decent amount of carbonation. Smells are hops! Lots of hops and some citrus, smells delicious. Taste is malt at the front, then bitter with a nice hop finish, very tasty. Mouthfeel is nice with a drying finish, perfect amount if carb. Drinkability is good, can't wait to get try this one again.

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

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a mostly clear amber orange with sticky white head that leaves lots of lacing. Nose is very earthy and dirty smelling. Sticky bud, but not a lot of citrus. Herbal and almost eucalyptal from the Nugget hops. Palate is finessed and fairly bitter but not aggressive considering the 101 IBUs. Citrus appears on the palate but is like scorched grapefruit. (Ever grilled a grapefruit? It's awesome!) Earthy and bitter. Long finish is fairly clean given the alcohol and IBUs.

An excellent IIPA and a Must Try for any hophead. Love the Nugget - Taste the Nugget!

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Photo of BMoney575
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 8-29-10

Pours a very nice orange color, clear, with a thin white heads and single ring of lacing. The lacing widens and slowly sides down the edge.

Smell is huge sweat sock hops, sweet, piney, and a little earthy. A little on the aged side, but still very nice.

Taste is exactly like the smell, though the hops have an almost nutty quality. Different, but not bad, the finish is bitter and sweet, and the hops come through with a strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, super thick and syrupy, dead nuts for the style.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, the hop flavor is strong but balanced, and the alcohol is very well handled.

Overall, a very good DIPA, but like most I've had from the west coast, lacking just enough not to be epic.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, $5.55 from Pints O Plenty.

Appearance: This is a great looking imperial IPA. Clear dark orange-gold with a fluffy, rocky white head that has quite good retention. The lacing is excellent-- one of those beers that leaves the glass completely coated.

Smell: Big hoppy aromas with pine, grapefruit, orange peel, and a little weed. A little bit of sweet, grainy malt and alcohol.

Taste: Up front the flavor is juicy-fruit hops, but as it goes down, it becomes very bitter and more grassy/herbal. The finish is dry and bitter with a slight graininess. Yeah, too bitter, not enough malty balance.

Mouthfeel: Its pretty full feeling with a smooth, almost creamy presence. There is a ridiculous amount of resiny tongue rape.

Drinkability: Damn good beer and a reasonably priced bomber. I wish the finish was a little less dry and bitter and a little more on the sweet side.

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

Green Flash Brewing Company--Imperial India Pale Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 9.40% ABV. 101 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Creamy foamy lacy white head. Cloudy bright orange gold color. Big smooth floral hop front. Crisp mildly cloying dry tangy pine hop resin pale caramel dough body. Hop-Hoppy balanced rich smooth end. Nice sedating hops. Sampled 6/8/2010. $6.49 Each.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive amber/copper.

A clean pine hop scent. Slight malts in the background.

Nice but very strong blended hop taste.

Crisp and dry mouthfeel.

I'd have it again.

Was hoping for a little more since the West Coast IPA is pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark amber with fluffy head.

S-Hop bomb. Big citrus and pine scent. Very powerful smell.

T-Like the nose. Hop foward and very delicious. Very bitter. Pine and citrus complement eachother. The type of brew that destroys your taste buds for the night. Slight malt is overpowered.

M-Resinous and sticky.

D-Big flavors. I love the taste. The bitterness makes it a bit difficult to drink more than two glasses. Alcohol is present but well hidden.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy, luminescent orange liquid with a creamy white head. As good as it gets.

S- Remarkably faint. I get some caramel, pine, grass, and a touch of pineapple. What is there is enjoyable.

T- Caramel, pine, grass, and a bit of fruitiness. There may be a touch of nuttiness at the tail end. Opened up a bit as it warmed, but still tame considering the style and alcohol content.

M- The alcohol is apparent, but only in a warming aspect. The mouthfeel is outstandingly creamy. There is a lasting numbness on the finish.

D- Faint flavors for the style and alcohol content. But, as it warmed it did open up some more. This is by no means bad, but it is not going to be a beer that I remember.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours gold/orange in color into my pint glass with about two fingers of head and very nice lacing.

S - Grapefruit, hops, pine and a touch of alcohol.

T - Tons of hops and bitterness in this brew. Some citrus bite, but really this one is all about the hops and bitterness, with the tiniest hint of malts.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium in body and really great all around.

D - Love the west coast IPA's, and super happy to see an Imperial from Green Flash!!!

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

22oz bomber poured into SA glass.

Yellow-orange liquid, solid one-finger head, Belgian lace as the tasting proceeds.

Earth tones, grass, hops, pines, alcohol vapors (at 9.4%).

Solid IPA here. Full on hops (101 IBUs) disguise the ample alcohol content. Not much malt as the brewers wanted to flex and show off their ability to cram each barrel full of the herbaceous perennial.

Very well balanced mouth feel. Soft bittering, smooth aftertaste, tangy. Nice.

Solid addition to the stable of IPA's that boast multiple hopping and increased alcohol content. Would like to taste on tap before elevating this brew to the status among such luminaries as Three Floyds Dreadnaught or Bells Hopslam.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Pours a very nice slightly hazy strong golden yellow with a ver nice orange hue. A nice .5 inch head is great and dense and recedes quick leaving some nice sticky lacing.

S - Pour grapefruits up the nose. Citrus and pine as well. Nice balance between the hop and the sweetness. Very inviting.

T - Starts off mild sweetness with great grapefruit flavor and nice citrus dryness. Some nice pine resin is found in the flavor as well. Some slight biscuit malt is present and gives it some bready flavors.

M & D - Well balanced DIPA with a good grapefruit sweetness and nice citrus hop blast. Delicious and very drinkable. Green Flash impresses again.

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

Hop hazed, golden colour with a nice, 1-finger white head. Okay head retention.

Interesting earthy, tropical hop aroma with the unfortunate sweaty note that Summit gives you.

The flavour is okay. The malt sits firmly in the background with a massive hit of bitterness up front. The hops are an odd choice with Summit delivering a slightly sweaty, tropical fruit note and the Nugget again contributing a woody, earthy note.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

This is an interesting IIPA. It breaks the mould of C-hop driven IIPAs but the hop choices are odd to say the least and don't necessarily deliver.

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

A- Nice light amber color with orange hues and a 2 finger head with decent retention and decent lacing.

S- What can you expect from a brewery who's IPA is called West Coast IPA, this is the Imperial so dont expect anything but over-the-top pine and citrus hops with a light malt backbone.

T- Very nicely balanced, for a West Coast Imperial IPA. I love me some hops and this delivers, pine/citrus resiny hops dominate heavily with a nice heavy caramel malt backbone and a nice bitter finish with slight heat.

M- Medium almost full body with loads of carbonation and extremely balanced for a 9%+ Imperial West Coast IPA.

D- Very easy to finish one bomber, however toward the end you tend to start noticing the heat on the finish, one of these was enough than move on to another IPA to finish.

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Photo of thain709
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer was had that hazy, burnt orange body with a creamy two finger, white head...good retention lead to great lacing

S - Can you say hops? A west coast IPA always focuses on resiny pine and bold, juicy citrus...just what you get here

T - Can you say balance? I was really surprised at the amount of caramel backbone present in this couldn't smell it but you can tell it's there...but trust me the hops are still there...juicy grapefruit and orange peel...resiny, bitter finish

M - Medium bodied...good carbonation, smooth, creamy, balanced, bitter

D - I was really impressed with how balanced this beer was for having 101 IBUs...the alcohol is not present one bit...this is my favorite Green Flash beer

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Photo of Zippie9999
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this beer on tap @ The Dirty Truth in N. Hampton, Ma
A: pours a hazy, golden orange with a nice white lacing and fluffy cushiony head.
S: Holy citrus Batman! Grapefruit, citrus, hemp.
T: Incredible wallop from the hops. Definitely a force to be reckoned with. Stone brewing needs to take notes from these guys!
M: silky and sublime. Definitely a resinous lingering aftertaste from the hop oils!
D: wow. Incredibly smooth, complex, and enjoyable. great representation of a West Cost Ipa! I'd be hard pressed to find a better imperial ipa.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 fl.oz. bottle. Sampled on August 1, 2010. The pour is copper-yellow with a muted haziness that eliminates some of the clarityu in a marginal fashion. The aroma comes on strong with its bready hoppiness but there is also a kind of green apple and grapefruit sourness in the mix. It really digs into my throat when I taste it clearing out the senses with its boild hops and odd caramel fudge sweetness. It has some great qualities but it is not a beer I would drink frequently.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the dirty truth after a scary Dudleytown hike.

Big head. Dark blonde body with very nice lacing.

With the first smell I can tell this is going to be big. Nice and hoppy.

Flavors explode on your taste bud. No adjunct ingredients. Bich and bold hops burst on your plate with a very enjoyable smooth finish. IBU's must be huge on this but the grapefruit hop bitterness isn't overwhelming at all.

9.4 percent? Wow I am feeling pretty good but have no idea how I got there. Alcohol is perfectly hidden and taste is right up front.

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

pours beautiful, massive head and sticky lacing with the usual mind-blowing imperial flaxen-orangey clarity. just looks world class.

the nose reveals the tart sweet citrus herbal camphor that lines the skull of any hophead. great balance here. i get it all in one whiff. something even more pungent and ethereally sweet here...

just simply so full-bodied, luscious, balanced, herbal, tangy-tart not as grapefruity but perfect enough for that. i actually had the first lager glass of this cold with my chile relleno ... now that it warmed up a bit, it's richly exploding with flavors that would be stellar cooled down...

drinkable? is that a koan?

so recommended....

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

Served from a bomber bottle. No freshness date.

A - Poured into a Duvel glass, it has a rich golden color with perhaps a slight touch of orange and about a fingers worth of off-white head.

S - As with most double IPA's the hops are very present. I detect mostly pine aromas with very minimal fruity or floral notes.

T - I would describe the taste as generally balanced. The hops let you know they're there but the malty sweetness is definitely in the background. I get a very slight floral taste/smell also. And even at 9.4% ABV, I don't find the alcohol to be noticeable at all.

M - The mouthfeel is a light-medium and fantastic. This beer just feels great in your mouth. It's smooth with just a touch of stickiness.

D - I wish I had a second bottle. This beer is great.

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

I had been looking forward to trying this one for a while. It pours a light orange colour with soapy white head and lots of lacing. Smell is just a blasting of hop aroma, pine and tropical fruits. Lots of bitterness here, but that is what I want in a IIPA. Huge hop bite in the flavour with some caramel malt in there too, somwhere. Nice carbonation level. This is up there with my favourite IIPA's.

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

22oz Bomber

A - Gold, not clear. Good head, good lacing. Interesting !

S - POW! Is that concentrated pine tree resin and orange peels? Can't wait to taste it !

T - Mmmm, that is tasty, you can feel the ABV right away. An almost smoky and resinous herbal flavor, hard to describe, there must have been a lot of hops brewed in here. A bit rough, but great for the same reason.

M - good body, good carbonation

D - An Adventure really.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,636 ratings.
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