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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 secondtooth
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clean golden-amber, with a big head of white foam. Lovely detailed lace, too. Nice presentation.

Nose is definitely a nice citrus, tropical fruit (pineapple) and pine -- strong and hefty already. I can already see this is going to be exquisite.

Taste is heavy, yes, but well-balanced. The pine-tropical hops are dialed way up there, but this one remains easy to drink. The strong ABV isn't even too detectable here. A perfectly solid and standout IPA, well-worth a repeat purchase!

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Photo of bmwats
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a nonic.

A: Light amber hue. Pervasive and continual rising effervescence. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Settles very slowly. Leaves a very persistent foamy blanket. Spotty, dry, persistent lacing.

S: Pine resin, pine straw, pecans.

T: Hoppy pine with a little sweet agave nectar and grapefruit pith.

M: Full and hearty, however high alcohol is not so apparent. Bitter and flavorful aftertaste lingers on the palate.

D: Sipper... based on character.

Atmosphere is really excellent. Frothy head, persistent blanket, and persistent lacing. Nose is piny with a nutty tone. Hoppy, with touches of sweetness and citrus. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of Tsekouratos
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle at The Local Pub.

Apperance: Coppery golden colour, hazy, with a nice tan head. Very clear body!

Smell: Aroma was toffee, caramel and bread from the malts used probably. The hops were deffinitely there but no so intense as hopped. hints of pine and maybe pineapple.

Taste: The taste was a little bitter with tropical fruits (maybe peach?) while the aftertaste was pure caramel, again from the big malts used. I was hopping a not so balanced beer, but one on the hoppy side.

Apperance; The body was medium to full with average to high carbonartion.

Overall: not the best DIPA I ever had, but a nice one nontheless. i was hoping for more hops, but as it seems I tend to like Green Flash's Porter-Stous rather that their IPAs.

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Photo of davet100
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had been meaning to try this for some time now but my quest for a relatively fresh bottle had been unsuccessful. Alas, found some about 6 weeks old and for $5.99 a bomber, I figured it was worth a try, a good decision in the end. This was an interesting brew, pours a clean deep golden colour with a small head. The aroma is a little weird, lots going on with distinct pine and citrus notes, coupled with some bready and oniony notes. The summit hop really has a presence in this beer and the taste is initially dominated by this. However, as you work your way through, the flavours become more complex and some tropical fruit (pineapple and peach) come through, couple by plenty of pine and bitterness. The alcohol is very well hidden and the beer extremely well balanced with a light malt backbone; not heavy/syrupy like some big DIPA's. Initially, I wasn't sure what to make of this, but by the time I finished, I was a convert. I could see why some might not be and from experience I have found summit-heavy beers to be not so appealing. Green Flash got this right though, it is extremely well balanced and the flavours actually work very harmoniously. It is one of these beers that keeps you interested from start to finish so very much worth a go. A love it or hate it kind of beer in my opinion.

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Photo of JG-90
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange color with a moderate sized off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves heavy lacing. Smells of bread, grapefruit, and hop resin.

Taste starts with a creamy breadiness, then grapefruit and a bit of mint, with a resinous finish. Has a clean, dry, bready and resinous aftertaste. Has average body with above average carbonation for a DIPA.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much better than the current BA rating of 91.

A - Amber color. Pours little head.

S - Hints of citrus. Definite West Coast DIPA.

T - Initial taste lemon/pine, but as it warms, grapefruit rind comes out. Definitely hides alcohol. Not a hop monster like Ruination, but a good amount of hops. Malt/sweetness undetectable which I prefer. Bitterness increases as beer warms. Refreshing, a term not usually used with a DIPA.

M - Very nice. Yields a light foam in the mouth. Very well carbonated.

O - Very nice DIPA. Better exist, but for $5.99 for a 24 oz. bottle, a good alternative when Founder's Double Trouble or Bell's The Oracle are not available.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy deep straw color with a lot of orange and yellow hue. 1-finger white head with medium- retention.

Can't argue about a lack of hops: onion, cat pee, pineapple, pine resin, lemon zest and garlic. Wondering if the hops are starting to break down with a little age.

Onion, chive, pine resin, pine sap and citrus. Resin and bitterness build as the beer develops on the palate.

Full bodied with a rich mouthfeel. A little bit on the boozy side, but the alcohol is contained in the body of the beer.

Feel like I got an old bottle. Was looking for a date on the bottle, but didn't see one.

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

A - Yellow-orange. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Citrus and pine. They did not cheap out on high quality hops for the late additions and dry hopping.

T - The citrus and pine cuts through amazingly well for a beer with an ABV this high. It does not have that high ABV taste and the malt is very light for a beer with this high of an ABV.

M - Exceptionally smooth for a beer with an ABV this high.

O - I had this at the Amsterdam Ale house in NYC, only $6 for a pint. The best beer I had that day.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just got palate wrecker today too! Wanted to try both to compare the two. This one is obviously a step down from Palate Wrecker...

A -4.25 - The beer is still crystal clear, a nice golden/amber color (slightly lighter than palate wrecker) with a 2 finger head of loose/mixed bubbles.

S - 4.00 - Little tinge of alc, lots of citrusy flavors (grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime zest), with not that much malt background.

T - 4.00 - This beer is slightly less complex than palate wrecker, it is still an imperial ipa, still measures up to Ruination, it's a good imperial IPA in which you can taste a lot of hops with grapefruit/orange/lemon/lime zest as usual. Definitely a very bitter beer. I can tell hop Palate Wrecker is their flagship though.

M - 4.25 - Light --> medium bodied beer. Head sticks around forever giving a frothiness in your mouth that allows you to taste all the flavors. Doesn't have the tongue numbing bitterness of palate wrecker, it's just not there.

O - 4.00 - A very good imperial IPA, nothing about this beer makes it bad, no dankness, no onion/garlic flavor just the citrusy good hops that you want to taste. It tastes a lot weaker compared to palate wrecker. It's definitely more of a toned down imperial IPA.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-amber, slight head, altogether appetizing. Fine lacing.
Smell: citrus, pine, hoppy,
Taste: crisp, clean, slightly sweet with dry finish.
mouthfeel: smooth, no alcohol pop despite ABV, between medium & full body. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Overall: outstanding offering, especially given the elevated ABV. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle into an imperial pint glass

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber (bottled 4/11/13) into a snifter

Appearance – Pours a very hazy orange-amber color with a small half finger white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and some patchy foam on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is on the sweeter side with a good deal of tropical fruits of mango and tangerine. Mixed with these smells are a little bit of caramel and a bit of breadiness. There is a hoppy smell of a grapefruit and floral nature as well. While all these aromas are very nice there is a very little bit of an astringent aroma mixed within slightly taking away from the niceness of the aroma.

Taste - The taste begins sweeter of caramel and tropical fruits with a moderately light bready taste upfront. Mixed with these base flavors of the brew, there is a grapefruit and pine hop flavor that is present upfront. The grapefruit and pine gains strength as the taste advances and is joined by some grassy taste more toward the middle of the taste. Toward the end, the fruity flavor of the brew grow a bit stronger along with a rather strong and bitter pine flavor ramping up to its max accompanied and a little bit of alcohol coming to the tongue. A light earthy flavor joins the pine, grapefruit, and grassy hop tastes to, in the end, leave a nice mix of bitter hop mixed with a sweeter tropical fruit flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly creamier and thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation and thicker body really accentuate the mix of hop and fruit well all while suiting the abv of the brew making it a slower sipper.

Overall – Other than the slightly off nose, this was a very nice imperial IPA. It’s a bit on the sweeter side, but all comes together at the end of the taste to leave a satisfyingly pleasant taste on the tongue.

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Photo of s_wit
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: pretty standard ipa orange. Good lacing.

S: earthy, piney, citrus, somewhat different than other ipas. A little light on the aroma.

T: some citrus and pine come through with some bitterness as well. Not my favorite tasting ipa or imperial ipa but still good.

M: very smooth, and thick. Hides alcohol very well.

O: this is an interesting imperial ipa. Very different than anything I've had. Will definitely get it again sometime.

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

Okay, so I am more of a stout/porter guy. I bought this beer for my contribution to a beer tasting party to show some guys new to the craft beer scene how bitter beer can be. I didn't look up any reviews on this. I just saw IPA so I bought it expecting an overly bitter beer that only a few might enjoy. However, I was wrong. This beer was great. It was a great starter pale ale for me as well as for the others. I know some of the more experienced IPA/APA people who can gulp down Stone Ruination without making a face may think it too sweet. Instead, just think of this brew as a crossover beer for those of us unused to the bitter side of the beer world. The color was pretty with a frothy head. The smell was flowery hops and sweet fruitiness. The taste may not have been the hop bomb that most people expect, but it I know it was plenty for me. Whether this was the intention of Green Flash Brewing or not. They sure did change my mind on IPA s. For this reason I congratulate this beer for being an excellent crossover brew into the world of hops. Now excuse me, I have some exploring to do.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Need more Green Flash in my life; here’s their Imperial IPA. Cheers!

A: Translucent copper with a noticeable shimmer, adorned with a full, fizzy head of uneven suds – lots of dips in the valley of off-white cream. Chunky webs of lacing decorate the glass.

S: Absolutely dank, with a pungent tone of pine resin, juicy grapefruit, tangerine, and fresh pineapple. Slap this in my car as an air freshener and I’d be a happy man; it’s the scent of pure American hops. Hops are a tad woody on the end, like a mix of grass and cedar, while a little of the caramel cream and toast flavors of the malt appear.

T: Most definitely on the sweet side of the spectrum. Every sip is a venture into a syrupy palate of canned peaches, caramel candy, creamy vanilla, and orange marmalade. Hops don’t bite enough to distract, but rather add to the viscosity with a taste of tongue-drenching pine sap and cooked pineapple. The kick comes in the form of an herbal DIPA dryness, like astringent green tea with lemon rind, sage, and clove. It’s a little too much for me, tasting artificial matched up against the predominant sweetness of the palate – it’s too thick, too oily. Finishes with a pithy orange dryness, along with a rush of rich syrupiness, making this a definite sipper.

M: As expected, this beer is massive in texture as well as taste. The carbonation is nearly non-existent, with the mouthfeel’s emphasis being on a creamy thickness. Very slow-drinking because of that.

O: Beer that’s almost too much for me – no, it IS too much for me. This tastes like Dreadnaught’s twin brother, and that just happens to be a beer I don’t think I’ll ever buy again; some beers are just too sweet for me to fully enjoy, and this is one of them. In all, though, the hops are well-represented (especially in the nose), and there’s a lot I like about this beer – if you like your DIPAs wrapped in a big, sweet package, drink up!

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

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, amber colored with a white head that lingers leaving good lacing, slightly hazy

S: earthy musty hop aromas, pine resin, honey, citrus

T: big bitter hop flavor up front, sweetens slightly in the middle. finish is dry pine hop resin

M: full bodied, alcohol well hidden, higher carbonation

O: a solid DIPA but Palate Wrecker is better

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Photo of Act25
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured from a 22 oz into a set of three mugs for a 3 brother reunion at the shore.
Slightly hazy, mostly clear amber. Big two inch white head on top that slowly faded to rich rings of lace.

S - Aroma was first rate. Citrus hop from start. Deep orange, grapefruit, and tangerine tones dominate amidst a pine outer layer. Very fresh, bitter citrus with pine and some ipa stink.

T - A solid west coast double IPA. Strong, original, peppery hop presence. Bitter citrus hops, sweet and an alcohol kick, no messing around. Pine, herbs, grass, atop a strong base.

M - Sticky and smooth. Thick brew. As others wrote: Chewy, a grapefruit orchard in a pine forest.

Overall - one of the best DIPAs found.

Must try for hop heads.

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy pale golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, grapefruit, orange zest, honey, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus notes with light-moderate bread/honey malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of bright citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, cracker, bread, honey, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of bright citrus/floral hop flavors; with a moderate honey/bready malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA Style! Great balance and complexity of bright citrus/floral/pine hop flavors with moderate bread/honey malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for being over 9%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of alk3kenny
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours and nice burnt orange color good head sticks to the glass in a ring. Not a lot on the nose some faint hops... pine citrus. Don't see a bottling date but I'm guessing this isn't super fresh. Taste is really nice hop bitterness, leaves a nice residue on the tongue. Easily drinkable no alcohol hotness despite the abv. Green Flash rarely disappoints and this is no exception really good beer.

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

22 oz bottle, purchased at Total Wine & More (Spokane) poured in to a snifter.

Pours a hazy orange/gold color, with a modest frothy white head.

Smell is sweet and fruity, the expected citrus notes, but also a soft fruit aroma like melons, peaches and pears.

Taste is a soft fruit flavor as well, with a distinct dry bitterness along side, and a hint of "boozey" flavors along with some alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not as cloying as it might be for the style, but dry, with a lingering dry bitterness, and the aforementioned heat.

Overall a decent IIPA. Probably not as "quaffable" as the label might suggest. But not pretty good all around.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. The beer is a deep copper with a small white head that disappears quickly, leaving white lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very piney, citrusy and certainly hoppy. Some floral notes as well and it is a nice aroma for a DIPA, about what you'd expect.

Taste: A bit of a let down for me, with good hoppiness but a little too much malt maybe. I definitely get the citrus and this drinks very easily, but more flavor would be helpful.

Mouthfeel: Very light for a DIPA and the alcohol is extremely well-masked with no noticeable burn. This is well carbonated as well but could benefit with a bit more body.

Overall: This is a slightly above average DIPA but not the best by any means. While I did enjoy it, I won't rush out to try this again as I think there are many better alternatives. Green Flash's West Coast IPA is far better than this in my opinion.

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Photo of pkalix
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours bright neon tangerine gold with a finger of white fluffy head.
smell is red. that's all that comes to my mind when I smell it. red. then some funky vine fruit along with a bit of citrus.
taste has a bitter citrus to it. kind of indescribable. grapefruit mixed with pink lemon? with a pink grapefruit lingering aftertaste on the roof of the mouth.
overall, it's okay. it looks good in the glass. smell is funky but interesting. taste is just too bitter-funk for me but I enjoy it. I gave it a 4 because I appreciate the originality. i'd buy it again....

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Photo of Drunkenass
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic! For an Imperial IPA, it drinks much lighter than 9.4%. This beer tastes citrusy, like biting into a fresh Lemon with a silky smooth soft yet bitter aftertaste. I picked this up on a recent trip to LA and will seek it out again.

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

A - Poured a deep orange with a thick head and nice lacing
S - Citrus, floral and some pine. not as attention grabbing as i would of thought.
T - Nice balance of floral hops and malts. Hints of grapefruit and citrus and sweetness.
M - Medium body and moderate carbination with a bitter slight dry finish
O - This is a well balanced Imperial sipper. Not the best in class but a good drink.

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Photo of Shooter1960
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had a 22 ounce Bomber in a tulip glass. Color was a deep coppery gold. Minimal smell. The tte was good, but the hop's in the West Coast IPA was more present. While it was a good beer, the West Coast has better flavor and the Pallette Wrecker is by far the best of the bottled Green Flash.

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Photo of draheim
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap into a mason jar @ Chuck's, Seattle. Pours a slightly hazy orange w/ a thin head attributable to the pour.

Aroma is tropical and juicy, clean and hoppy.

Taste is likewise juicy and tropical with lots of orange and some grapefruit. Sharply bitter finish. ABV hidden well.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and clean, drinkable.

Overall a very solid DIPA from Green Flash. I much prefer this to their regular IPA and Palate Wrecker.

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