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 RJUGA03
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy & hazy slightly light amber

S-Typical strong hop odor.

T-Very bitter hopped and a bit piney.

M-Frothy and dry

D- It is a good beer to be enjoyed occasionally. I myself had this at Map Room in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood...also Map Room was a must go to bar in Men's Journal magazine.

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Photo of u2carew
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Consumed 10/6/09
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Big bubbles mix with thin lacing. Sticky to the sides of the glass. Hazy. Bronze in color.
S) Grapefruit. Did I say grapefruit? wow. Some earthy / dirt tones to the aroma. Notes of cannabis.
T) Hop bite from the start. Mixed well with a malty sweetness. This is west coast for SURE! In the aftertaste a light hop bitterness, no too overwhelming, but present.
M) Medium bodied. A bit syrupy / thick. Fizzy. Light tannin feel.
D) Yum. I'd have another and tell a friend to drink one too. Well done Green Flash!

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice golden color with decent, dense white head that faded to a soapy layer.

S - Hops: Grapefruit, fresh cut wet grass; pine, and barnyard wet straw. Maybe a touch of Earthiness.

T - Hoptacular. Assaults the tongue; hops, followed by more hops, and then to finish it off, some more bittering hops accented by some other sort of hop. Some malt on the back end and finishes with dry hops. There's a hop fight going on in my mouth and I'm calling the cops. The Hop Cops -- beaten to a hop pulp -- are sprinkled with fresh, wet hops. Other than all that, it's quite balanced.

M - Too numb to detect anything.

D - Have you lost your mind? 100+ IBU. 9% ABV. This ale is out of control. Recommended.

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Photo of GJ40
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a standard pint glass. No noticeable date. Acquired in a trade with LarryG.

A - Golden and hazy with a big white head. Good lacing.

S - Floral and fruity hops with pineapple, peach and mango. Some alcohol too.

T - A fruity start with a firm bitterness kicking in midway through and lasting well past you've swallowed. Lots of citrus throughout. This beer is a real hop bomb. The alcohol provides a warming effect as you go on.

M - Smooth with a very low carbonation.

D - Strong and flavorful but also very refreshing.

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Photo of bminor7
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY.

Decent carbonation. Cloudy golden orange brown.

Lots of great hop aroma. Reminds me of Hop Stoopid, which has an amazing smell. Nothing else quite like it, but this is close.

Very piney hop presence which dominates. Taste is bitter, a bit unpleasant. Alcohol present in the aftertaste. Definitely trademark for IIPA. Not as good as Avery Maharaja on a complexity level, but not many others are. Mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style.

Recommended, but not a best-of-style in my opinion. Drinkability is low, typical. That said, worth a try.

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Photo of stagger
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks great - slightly cloudy, orangeish tint, decent lacing; pretty much textbook. A nice odor of grassy & floral hops. Unfortunately, the taste is dominated by aspirin bitterness from front to back. usually with a DIPA you get an aromatic hop hit before bitterness takes over - not here. The bitterness so dominates that other flavours are flattened. I prefer more flavourful and aromatic hops. YMMV. Mouthfeel: medium body, appealing carbonation. Reasonably quaffable overall, but nothing I'm dying to return to anytime soon.

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

Looks like a beauty right from the start: Pours solid gold with two inches of downy head tempting you to jump right in.

A first whiff provides the comfortably familiar DIPA greeting: peach, pineapple and some balanced pine notes. Nothing overpowering here, which is good because I'm not in the mood for an enamel melter.

The taste is a bit less balanced than the smell. The pine and bitter flavors actually pack quite a punch right from the beginning. The citrus peel and peach sweetness is there, but not in the amount I was expecting. The finish has a biscuit and grass duo along with a very faint but unusual anise / mint quality from the hops. I generally prefer a bit more of the citrus sweetness to come through in a DIPA, but there is definitely more than enough material here to entertain the most devout hophead.

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 22oz snifter.

Pours a golden red with a thick creamy head that lasts and lasts. Very nice lacing on the glass, lots of lacing.

The smell is of big piney hops, and lots of them. Very strong hop scent, very piney, slight alcohol also detectable in the smell.

The taste is like the smell, hops, lots of pine with some grapefruit. Some malt biscuit flavor is there on the finish, secondary to the hops of course. Very hoppy DIPA, definietly represents the West Coast DIPA scene well. HOPPY!!!

The mouthfeel is similar to biting a grapefruit. Bitter and citrus with a medium-high level of carbonation. A creamy finish that lingers on the tongue for quite awhile.

Due to the bitterness it is not the most drinkable DIPA out there, however a good DIPA isn't something you drink all night, if that was the case it'd be an IPA. Very good offering from Green Flash, something all hop lover should try.

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Photo of kegger22
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber with a generous head that showed good retention. The aroma was hops citrus. The taste was a hops grapefruit with a pine needle bitter aftertaste. However, as it warmed the malt sweetness started to assert itself. The feel was light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was also good. A very good Imperial IPA, not as good as Dreadnaught, but better than Founders Double Trouble. Maybe compares well to DFH Burton Baton.

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Photo of BigMike
2.95/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Tulip.

Pours a tangerine orange color. With some gold and apricot highlights. A beautiful white creamy head tops it off with some decent lacing.

Smell is strong fresh grapefruit and candied pineapple and orange zest.

Flavor is very uneven. This one is a hop monster. I love hops as much as the next guy but this one was just pure bitterness. Grapefruit and orange and tangerine peel. Rubbing alcohol dominates the finish and makes it hard to swallow.

Mouthfeel is rich and oily. Coats the tongue with hoppy biterness. A bit overly carbonated

Due to the unbalance of this one i scored the drinkability a 3. I was really disappointed in this one. I've had other beers from green flash that i really enjoyed. This not being one of them.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice light peachy gold color with a smeared glow of haze to its cast. A finger high, bubbly, densely set foam dances to the top briefly before bowing out to leave lots of splotchy/patchy lacing.

Like the aroma as it has a unique smokey resinous quality thats quite unique to its hoppy nose tone. A murky, almost soapy-like, dense fog of hop smoke is created within a low citrusy meld of old pear and mango inbetween moldy bread. Weird, but I like it.

Unfortunately the flavors aren't quite as fun, or I should more or less say its not as significantly unique. It mirrors the aromas tone but just not in a fevered pitch high enough for it to go boom like some hop bomb Dbl. IPA's. Not that it necessarily has to do that, but its slightly missing something that makes me go 'wow' or 'super yum'. It's quite mild and malty, with an unholy soft, succulant smoothness across the entire mouth. A fairly big and creamy, malty, old, yet doughy breadyness is smeared across the palate with a gooey residue as partial little bits of hoppy touches tingle the rest of the tongue with nibbles of pithy grapefruitish citric bitterness and resinous tropical oils. Just a nitch of the smokeyness lingers with a tone of citrus as it rests very late on mind and back of the palate.

Condensingly smooth, tender, creamy, big, and bold with a simple and adequately mild tone of carbonation that allows just enough hops to fling about and lightly pin prick every other corpuscle of the tongue as it drys with bitterness in places ever so faintly with a oily, resinous citric quality.

It's a drinkable enough Dbl. IPA as the body is quite nice and creamy thick with maltyness and has just enough zip of hops to kick it in gear. Not at all like some huge beastly hopped up bittered brutes that are out there. However, it did remind me alot of Rush Rivers' Double Bubble...with its smokey content; which I also liked.

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Photo of McGIPA
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is just a GREAT double IPA...pours fantastic with a head that wont smells great..piney and u can smell every hop and then some...the first taste tells you that ur really gonna love this beer...of all the doubles I've had this is in my top 5 for sure...

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Photo of rabsten
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The quintessential west coast IPA. Piney, floral, flavorful, just damned near perfect.

White fluffy head with great lacing over a striaght amber body. Pine and hibiscuis nose. Hard hit you in the moth hops with sweet, sedate malt background. Great mouthfeel and easy to drink. So much so it's dangerous.

Bottom line.
Great. Fucking. Beer.

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

22oz bomber, scooped at armanetti's in Chicago

consumed during nfl premiere - steelers/titans

appearance: poured into unmarked tulip-chalice, pulpy copper-orange body, wavy beige froth with moderate retention

smell: potent citrus hops, pungent citrus - orange & grapefruit, honey, sharp pungent cheese, dripping pine

taste: green flash delivers in the hophead department - juicy and bitter, grapefruit peel, orange peel, resinous pine, flashes of honey liquor, lemon zest. big and bold - i like

mouthfeel: creamy and zesty, a touch acidic, moderate-high bitterness, moderate alcohol bite

drinkability: a bomber of bitter hops - beware

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Photo of Crimefish22
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bomber purchased from Stagecoach Liquor in Thousand Oaks, Ca.

A- Hazy golden/extremely light brown. Not much head or lace retention. Which knocks off a few points for me. I love the thick merengue head of a Smuttynose Finest Kind or a Southern Tier Unearthly.

S- Delightful. The piney tinge of hops hits you first thing. Citrus notes, very inviting. This is what beer should smell like.

T- Citrus from the hops. A dry biscuity finish. This ale is the real article. Green Flash can brew IPAs with anyone.

M- Smooth, not too heavy but a nice creamy feel. Crisp carbonation boosts the flavor and the aroma.

D- I could down one bomber easily then nurse the second. That's about all you can ask from a big IPA.

A tasty entry. I would throw this in the mix with Southern Tier and Stone for my favorite double IPAs. If you're in the mood for a strong IPA, give this one a whirl. Thin smoked gouda was an ok pairing, but I think a smoked or a sharp cheddar would be perfect with this one.

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Photo of purpletape
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a:light copper

s: hops, pineapple, and more hops.

t: fruity, hoppy finish

m:sweet yet a little bitter leaves you wanting more.

d: really easy to drink. hands down my go to imperial ipa. a must for anyone who loves a "hoppy beer" at a reasonable price!

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Photo of adamette
2.32/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Live review. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio a few weeks ago. No observed "best by" or "freshness date" observed by me. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Basic orange yellow translucent body under a typical generous whipped egg white head. All of that is typical of the style. 3.0

S As advertised, grapefruit hops and a healthy malt background, this beer smells very bitter and sweet (but not bittersweet!). True to style, no surprises. 3.5

T Bitter hops, big malt but a really revolting rubbing alcohol bitterness taste that lingers well into the aftertaste on the back of my tongue. I will wait and sip over time to see what the effect of warming has and get back to this. (later note): Nope, no change. The taste of this beer does not impress me. 2.0

M Well, a big beer with the intense bitterness and sweet malt bigness but also, unfortunately, thanks to the rubbing alcohol bitter aftertaste. 2.0

D Not good. I finished about 14 ounces of the 22 due to the bitter, unwelcome aftertaste. This is nothing that I want to continue to drink. Sorry. 1.5

Notes: I had heard good things about this Green Flash beer prior to buying it (which led me to try it). I am not impressed.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
2.61/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Have been hearing good things about this beer.

A - Poured into a pint glass. Pours light copper with off white head. Good lace on the glass.

S - not sure about this one. hops are woody, earthy and an odor that I can't quite place. But it's not very pleasant.

T - worse than the smell. Shockingly bitter, piney. Not a hop profile that I particularly like.

M - astrigent bitterness, mouth puckering.

D - not for me, I won't try again. If you like piney hops, this is for you.

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Photo of SourHopHead
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Heard alot about this beer and finally got my hands on a couple bottles.

A: Orange copper color.

S: Fruity and piney hop aroma.

T: Hop balance is really nice. Mix of fruity, piney, and spicy.

M: Med body, fair head retention.

D: This beer lived up to my expectations. Spicy, fruity, piney hop complexity. Went down smooth and I will drink it whenever I see it.

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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing about this brew and figured I'd save it for my 22nd birthday. Good choice.

This IPA pours a golden hue with a thin lasting head. Just as I would expect out of an Imperial.

This is easily one of the best smelling brews I've encountered in this genere. Bright citrus, beautiful hops, and even a slight tartness as of grapefruit is unleashed when poured.

Certainly reminds me of Dogfish 90, and almost to the points of a Burton Baton--enough complexity that somewhat resembles a great Barleywine. Also, the sweetness never seems to relent. I love it.

Again, the combination of sweetness and bitter and tart hops creates an unusual, lasting aftertaste.

This is a big brew--and you can certainly feel it. It's worth trying if you're stuck on traditional IPA's. Also, I can't picture myself drinking this with any type of food. The beautiful hops would be compramised--and the food itself would be rendered bland. This is perfect as a sipper on a summer's evening.


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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice, clear orange-copper color with minimal white foam.

S: This smells like a grapefruit orchard in the middle of a pine forest.

T: ...and it tastes like one too. Amazing (nearly overwhelming) pine. The grapefruit helps to cut through some of the amazing bitterness, but this beer is still very bitter (which is a good thing).

M: Great body, not much in the way of carbonation, though.

D: As much as I loved this beer, it is not something you can sit down and drink several bottles of. Still a great IIPA.

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Photo of JRhode
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle split with jhamel. New yellow label, very fresh (8/9/09).

Had this beer a couple of times a few years back when I was first diving into craft brew head first. Hated it; old bottles that were overly malty and sweet. Glad to have a fresh one finally.

Golden orange in color with impressive clarity. Head quickly dissipates leaving sticky lacing.

Smells of ripe pineapple and sweet malt-- like a tropical juice blend.

Fruity hoppiness leads to a mildly sweet mid palate which is followed by a bitter, dry finish. Fantastic. For a hop monster, there is an interesting balance.

Full bodied and tongue coating without becoming syrupy. Prickly bitterness on the finish adds another dimension to mouthfeel. I might like a tad more carbonation though.

At 9.4% abv, this is much more drinkable than many similar abv IIPAs (Maharaja, Dorado).

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Photo of jsh420
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours orange copper with a 1 finger head that left lacing all over th glass

smells of juicy grapefruit some pine

taste was juicy grapefruit and some pine with a very sweet malt backbone - not bitter at all

mouthfeel is smooth and creamy not sticky like most dipa's

drinkability is dangerous given the 9% abv

overall a great beer but kinda of a let down when compared to the green flash ipa which i would drink over this everytime but i am glad i tried it

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Photo of bjacobsen
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a cask at Stone World Bistro into an 8 ox. glass.

A- Medium to light copper color brought to me with no head at all, but hey it's cask. I watched this beer being hand pumped and there is a certain appreciation that goes along with this.

S- Powerful, but sweetly subdued hop aromas that gave way to a faint, but noteworthy, sweet caramel scent.

T- With this being my first IPA or DIPA from a cask, I can really appreciate the complexity, and depth of balance that this has to offer. The hop oil presence was very pronounced, perhaps because there was little carbonation to counter. Definite warmth to this one, and not the room temperature pour. Clean and biting finish with brief bitter-hop aftertaste,

M- Well, this was a first for me. The absence of carbonation threw me off. That said, it was an oily, mouth coating beer that was relatively drinkable despite the DIPA status.

D- Again, pretty drinkable.l I could have enjoyed another of these had they not tempted me with so many other treats that I had yet to try. Not sessionable, however.

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Photo of oxnard111
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Stone IPA glass

A - Light copper color. Not cloudy like a hef beer, but not fully clear either. Thick large bubble 2 finger head that dissipated quickly to a thing soapy layer. Little to no carbonation.

S - Hoppy aroma is first to come to my nose, but a musty malty aroma is next. Citrus smells and something else, maybe cantelope.

T - Very well balanced. For being 101 IBU, it really isn't overpowering like you would expect. Citrus and hops are very present but also has great malty after taste. I think I've had regular IPA's that kick your butt more than this.

M - Thin and flowing. Slight burn on the aftertaste that is totally expected with a DIPA.

D - Surprisingly very drinkable. Almost drinks like an IPA. I could do a couple of these, and probably be pretty shitty in the process. Much more drinkable than say a Stone Ruination.

Overall I am enjoying this beer. As stated before I have had stronger IPA and this is a DIPA.

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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