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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,636
Reviews:
1,003
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
Wants:
151
Gots:
338
For Trade:
2
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Photo of dankabier1
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of milwaukee512
4.99/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another world-class brew from Green Flash. One of those few breweries where it can be assumed before trying that the quality will be almost unmatched. Imperial IPA does not disappoint. Probably the dankiest smelling beer I've ever tried, but flavor is well-balanced; strong, fresh hops with a perfect level of carbonation and drinkability for a double/imperial IPA. This is up there with the best DIPAs like Ballast Point's Dorado, New Glarus' Scream, or 3 Floyds Dreadnaught. It's that good.

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Photo of crapuccino
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GarrettB
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm quickly learning that Green Flash is established, or is establishing, itself as one of the pioneers of the San Diego hoppiness movement. Without any historical credentials, or even an ounce of research, I've deduced that their definitely a hop forward brewer, but in a style different from Stone. Stone feels...stickier, more syrupy, but better blended with the other ingredients. Green Flash wants you to feel like you're rubbing a hop cone against your gums a little bit, and I get it. Some people deeply appreciate intense IBUs, but that's not me. Beers like Green Flash'd Double IPA identify Green Flash as a kind of predator, out to take my money and kick me in the groin with hops. But I try it anyway. And the aroma starts with an appealing grain medley: biscuits, crackers and rye, with a touch of salt. I can get into this. And they extend into the flavor, mingling with an intense hoppy bitterness, but still in evidence. In fact, all the elements seem to combine to produce a deep umami flavor, with touches of parmesan and miso - good stuff, in my book. And so my initial prejudices are assuaged, and I happily down the rest of the beer, more eager to try Green Flash than before.

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Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of myuncle
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of 4thFloyd
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpd026
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bmcmahon1024
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of conradh
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Pahn
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Month old bottle into a red wine glass.

Appearance: Light orange with frothy white head. Good retention, very little lacing.

Smell: Dank, boozy. Inviting but nothing special.

Taste: starts out boozy sweet with heavy IBU taming the sweetness, then thick layers of dank, earthy, weedy, pungent, oniony Summit hops and piny/ slightly citrusy / slightly marijuana-y Nugget hops.

With time a lot of boozy esters come out, heavily complimenting the pungent, almost savory hops. This is a serious beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Unimpressive; bitter and carbonated enough, but neither dry nor juicy nor any other IPA enhancing adjective for feel. Straightforward, like the brash flavor. I don't dislike it at all and it's appropriate for the flavor, but it doesn't elevate the beer.

Overall: truth be told I love this beer. Just a ton of boozy flavor surrounded by really dirty, garlicky Summit hop flavor. Once you get a taste for this kind of beer, a big shameless example of it like Green Flash IIPA is something you keep going back to, and loving.

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

Photo of ryantheide
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A bit clear upon pour, not much head. Smells great. Tastes very good as well. Very good overall. But a tad overpriced....

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of h4ger
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mabermud
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at wine works for 2.99 drinks pretty well solid flavor profile for a 9.4 drinks like a 6.0 solid work here guys

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Photo of Urs
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of allentownpaguy
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Warren2621
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MacPhergus
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a shout head, light amber, clear. Mild aroma, mostly pine. Flavor balanced for a DIPA, slight sticky bitterness, lingering sweetness but the bitterness doesn't give up. No alcohol bite in the body.

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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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