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 GeckoPunk
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copied from another reviewer (hagbergl)
Loved the smell and taste on this exquisite IIPA
would certainly drink again...

Appearance (4.5/5): Green Flash Imperial pours a beautiful golden yellow that has a slight haze to it. It's topped by a bone white head of foam that measures about 1.5 fingers (by the time it gets to our table). The head leaves a nice bit of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Smell (5/5): Big pine and grapefruit hop notes escape from the glass. Some herbal hop notes and earthier tones from the subdued malts and yeast character also show, but this is a super hoppy beer so the hop aromas are naturally–and pleasingly–dominant. I'm convinced that the smell of this beer is what hop heads dream about.

Taste (5/5): In one word: delicious. The taste follows the nose for the most part. Huge pine and citrus (grapefruit) hop flavors steal the show from the get-go. Fruity, tart, and spicy hops are supported by a a subtle caramel malt backbone that adds just the right amount of sweetness. Finishes bitter and quite dry. The aftertaste is–curiously–similar to weed (the flavor comes out of nowhere, really). Hardly any alcohol presence to this beer, which is great, since alcohol flavors do not usually, in my humble opinion, add much to IPAs (unlike some heavy stouts and Belgian ales whose flavor profiles benefit). The flavor of this beer is just bitter bliss and a total hop fix. This is one classy, finely tuned Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Green Flash Imperial is medium-bodied, though not very viscous or hop oily. Medium carbonation helps accentuate the hoppiness and lets the bitterness 'pop'.

Overall (5/5): This is a perfect example of a Double/Imperial IPA. It retains the dryness and medium-low sweetness of a regular IPA while reaching a beautifully in-your-face amount of bitter, fruity hop character only possible in a DIPA, and without becoming syrupy sweet or overly resinous and cloying. Just an amazing beer I wish I could find more often. Highly, highly recommended to lovers of the hop.

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

A: murky golden , nice thick healthy head upon hearty pour. beautiful! Just like I like it!

S: Hoppy classic grapefruit IPA scent. Little bread n' butter in the background.

T: A masterful blend of hoppy bitterness, malty sweetness, and bready heartiness. This beer dances on the tongue. Fantastic!

M: As this sloshes around your mouth, the 9.4 % APV is not what you are thinking about. The alcohol is amazingly masked, and the carbonation is subtle, yet present.

D: I am shocked how smooth and drinkable this is at 9.4%. Some of my favorite DIPA's are not nearly this drinkable as the alcohol smacks you in the face, not here. Dangerously drinkable...

Fantastic beer!

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

Appearance - thick golden yellow

Smell - Amazing, smelled like piny nuggets. It's the craziest thing.

Taste - It is perfectly balanced in hops, the bitterness is right on point. Great aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth, not too much bite, but some.

Overall - My favorite IIPA. I prefer it over Double Trouble - which is a great beer. Green Flash has great beers

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Photo of unibrew
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very impressive Imperial IPA for sure, and I'd definitely seek it out again. As most reviewers seem to agree, the west coast hoppiness is good, and not overdone. Seems just right to me. The alcohol isn't all that detectable for it's 9%, and you will feel it. There is balance in the malts too. I think I have to give this an A at least AND, I'd suggest this is the PERFECT beer to go with some spicy buffalo wings! Bring'em!

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

ej285701 got this for me in a beer exchange...thanks buddy!

Appearance: orange-gold-copper color with a nice 1" white head

Smell: hops and lots of them....slight citrus flavor

Taste: very hoppy with a nice citrus undertone...unbalanced but no need for it

Mouthfeel: full bodied

Drinkability: good, one bomber is enough for the night

Overall, a spectacular beer....i was not disappointed :)

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Mango colored cloudy

Smell: Pine, Grapefruit, Green Apple

Taste: Grapefruit, Wheat, Hint Blueberry and Mint flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full Bodied Smooth Tannins

Drinkability: Session or Sipper Whatever you can handle! I was amazed with the flavors in this Double IPA. A friend had it in his fridge and we tried it - I'm excited to taste more beer from Green Flash.

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Photo of BradBLR
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a light amber color with a white head that lasted the entire beer with a better than average amount of lacing. The smell was a very floral smell with hints of citrus and a slight hint a malt. The smell was terrific, my only criticism would be that I would want the smell to be stronger. Maybe my bottle was older, not sure but the smell was great.

The taste of this beer was all hops, very intense but not overpowers. A hop heads dream. The hops were still balanced nicely with a slight bitter malt and the after taste was very hop bitter. The mouthfeel was good with the CO2 possibly being a little too strong, but the thickness was great.

Wow, my first beer from Green Flash and I will add this to my favorites list. I always feel when you pour a double IPA and it is light in color, that it will either be a mediocre IPA or a superb hoppy dream and the later is what you will get from this beer.

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Photo of dar482
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer has comes in an amber/orange color.

The aroma is peachy, grapefruit, and citrus aroma and very dank.

The flavor is hugely peach, grapefruit with a slight pine dryness. It’s very juicy with its hop character. There is a bready sweet malt to finish it out.

The body is medium/light to make it really drinkable.

The beer is very smooth, easy drinking, yet quite complex. I’m really surprised by how well this beer held up because it was bottled November 2012 when I had this. I’ve had two of the same batch, and despite it being over 6 months, the hops still hold. I didn’t really get any “old” hop flavors.

This one really blew me away and is going up there with my favorite Double IPAs. This is underrated in my mind and I really recommend it.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
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 Hopheadjnr
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from a 22oz bottle into a Guiness pint glass.

A...Pours a hazy orange color with a creamy, three finger head. Noticeable med size bubbles comprise head that slowly recedes to, and maintains a perfect 1/2" head with layered lacing. Lacing is like a line mark on glass for each sip.

S...Great bouquet on the nose. Very complex aroma. Picking up earthy notes with pine, citrus and maybe a bit of grass. Smells very nice.

T...Great. Getting hops right up front like I should expect in an Imperial ipa. Hops with a quickly fading bitterness that turns a bit malty sweet with a swallow and finishes with the earthiness that I could smell with the pour. Really a great, full flavor beer. good as it gets. Full feel with the perfect carbonation. Really works on all levels.

O... This is a spectacular beer. Very robust and complex while maintaining a perfect balance. The taste changes from hitting your lips to the finish. Complex in all the right ways, a lot going on in this one. Nearly a perfect dipa.
I will seek this out over and over again when I want to really enjoy a great beer. I will look forward to pairing this with a cigar in the future. I think it will go nice with something not too strong, maybe a Punch Champion or anything with a corojo or natural shade capa.

Buy this beer, enjoy.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

This beer pours a cloudy, orange color with a huge tan head that took quite a while to settle down to a layer, leaving lots of tiny bubble, sticky lace on the glass.

The aroma is of citrus hops, mostly grapefruit.

The taste is terrific, bittersweetness. The flavor of grapefruit is slightly sweetened by the balance of malt. I love this beer!

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with clean carbonation feel.

Since I love the taste of this beer so much, how could I give the drinkability less than a 5? Be aware of the abv, so enjoy this brew slowly. I was sad when my glass went empty.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on-tap in a snifter at Churchkey in DC. Blindsided by this incredible brew.

A - Beautiful, golden hue with near-perfect head retention and lacing. The only better-looking DIPA is PtE.

S - A bouquet of freshly-cut flowers and grassy hops, but sweet pineapple nectar provides a strong balance in the nose.

T - Unexpectedly sweet and tart, with the expected floral and citrus as welll. A prominent caramel malt backbone provides an overall balance in taste that is exceptional.

M - Liquid silk. Medium body, persistent carbonation, and a sublime hoppy finish make this the best-feeling DIPA this side of Ruination.

D - I couldn't put this down. The alcohol is completely concealed by the overwhelming balance of the flavor and mouthfeel. Goes down ridiculously easy.

Wow. I really hope to have this again someday, and I wonder how the bottled version holds up to this, one of the best tap-drinking experiences of my life.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe my score reflects the 9.4% abv or that I havn't had a good West Coast IPA in awhile but hot damn what a great beer.

It pours clear gold with white head and awesome lacing.

The smell is pineapple and mango with other tropical fruits and a slight grassy note.

The taste is very bitter on the front and grows intensity as you swallow but a very sweet tropical flavor makes an appearance before the bitterness and some alcohol comes in on the back. Very pleasant.

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Photo of henskejk
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap

A - medium orange color, with a light colored head

S - a lot of sweet malts coupled with a significant hop aroma including citrus notes

T - a lot of hops in the taste, but also a significant amount of malty sweetness to help counter the hop bitterness.

M - medium body, not light, but also not heavy on the tongue

O - very enjoyable brew, I really liked how the maltiness balanced out the bitterness to give a strong but enjoyable beer. would recommend this.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz from Total Wine

A - Pours an orange-golden color, lots of orangish head, alpha clumps, which dissipates slowly. Nice lacing too. Kids, this is a 5. Has all of the coloring characteristics you want out of a true iPa (P = Pale, which some brewers forget).

S - Pineapple, yellow grapefruit, with a citrus finish. Lots of pineapple ester. Little to no maltiness as expected with an imperial IPA.

T - Pineapple, yellow grapefruit, with a small citrus finish. Again, great, as the nose matches the buds. If you appreciate the taste of yellow grapefruit as much as I do, you'll love it. If not, you'll probably dislike this beer.

M - Light bitterness, syrupy, with a strong citrus finish, which compensates for the light bitterness. A vast improvement from Green Flash's West Coast IPA, which is a bit bitter and too much pink grapefruit.

D - So good. Not a session, but not expected. This is probably the fastest I've downed a bomber. Excellent beer. Maybe, maybe only Hopsickle and Lagunitas' Maximus compare to this imperial...

Somebody should send the Alstroms this bad boy. Hmm, maybe if I label it as a yeast extraction.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Lord Hobo- pours a pretty clear copper color with some finger head, minimal retention and a little nice lacing.

Smells pretty open and hoppy- a mix of pine and citrus.

Taste is nice, sweet and malty at the beginning, followed by moderate pine/floral hops with a medium dry finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent- medium light body with moderate carbonation. Great DIPA- great hop flavors; get it if available.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tumbler, no BB date.

Appearance is a clear red/amber color, also has some orange coloration. A strong pour creates a powerful frothy head that takes at least 5 minutes to subside to a manageable level. My god is this frothy! Leaves an intense lacing over the course of the drink as the head goes down to a skum. Smell is of pine, resin, and sweetness. Wow! this beer smells like weed: a sweet, skunky, grassy, earthiness that tickles to sinuses. Awesome smell. Taste is sweet and resiny. Like a punch of hops to the tastebuds. Finishes quite bitter. Even as it warms it hides the alcohol quite well. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy with hop oils that cling to the teeth and palate.

One of the most interesting smelling beers I have ever encountered, a lot going on in this one. One of my favorite DIPAs even if it isn't exactly the most representative of the style. If it was a tad less bitter in the finish then it would be about perfect. Known as "weed beer" amongst my friends.

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Photo of TexasBrewSlinger
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into New Belgium glass. nice creamy thick, persistant head, bright amber/copper color very pretty...

nose is very tropical mango, pineapple, spice, so far so good

taste big flavor. the tropical fruits are there. there is a creamy orange note, a little bit of green spice.

this is perfectly balanced. the alcohol is disguised, the aromas and flavors are very bright without being over the top. I like it a lot. I will definately buy again.

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Photo of bum732
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautiful cloudy burnt orange. Big fluffy head that leaves amazing lacing behind. Smells are intense hop aroma consisting of grapefruit, cannabis, tropical fruit sweetness. Tastes up front with the fantastic hop aroma followed by the nicely balanced malt sweetness. Finishes not too dry, not too sweet, just right. Alcohol is very nicely masked, dangerous brew. Tastes similar to how it smells, just a shitload of hops.

I love this beer, one of the best imperial IPAs i've ever had. Balance is near perfect, the aroma is just plain unreal. I must've gotten a very fresh bottle. Alcohol is very well hidden so i must be careful when i drink this. Highly recommend for those hop heads and i can't wait to try this again.

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Photo of DeutscheJeff
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Just what I have been looking for, this beer is like hop-overload! Can it get any better for a hop-head? I think not. Pours a murky golden color, with a lasting head that laces the entire glass. This beer is fantastic, it's just a shame it can't be had in 6 packs! Still a fantastic beer for a bomber especially considering the price!

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Photo of Neorebel
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this bottle as I noticed it was newly available at the store. No date on the bottle but based on my previous statement I'm assuming it's very fresh. Pours a glorious copper/gold color with a thick foamy head. There's much lacing on the glass as each sip is taken. Well-carbonated. Stunning appearance! Aroma - wow! Very strong and bright grapefruit and citrus - juicy and fresh! A hint of pine in there as well. I can't do the nose justice enough - it's really bursting out of the glass like none other! The taste is magnificent as well - very bitter, just the way an Imperial IPA should be. Has a taste that can be described perfectly as cannabis! Earthy & resiny. The initial smacking of flavor on the palate still is the sweet citrus however, and it warms nicely going down. No malts detected whatsoever. It fully coats the mouth, like velvet, with a nice crisp finish. One cannot tell that this beer is over 9% by any means, so watch out! I finished the bomber myself and of course I have a bit of a dried out feeling afterward but that is to be expected. One of the best beer drinking experiences I've had in a while.

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Photo of dfillius
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass at O'Brien's Pub in San Diego.
A: Crystal clear and over-flowing with head. 1 finger of head remained inthe glass when I got the glass from the bartender. This subsided into a perfect coat of foam on top. Color was golden-amber, like the mineral amber
S: Marijuana - fully. Spicy aroma actually tingled my nostril!. Wow - strong hops.
T: Marijuana then garlic then a nice malt backbone. The second sip leaves a biting bitterness.
M: Tingly, a little numbing...Do hops do that?
D: Strong but very tasty.

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Photo of Derek
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Bronze with an off-white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Big hop aroma with plenty of depth (grapefruit, pine, liquid reefer & an underlying herbaceous quality that's quite unique). Toffee & a little cotton-candy/fruity-sweetness round out the nose.

T: Grapefruit, pine, grass & herbs; bready with a little toffee sweetness; crisp bitterness is not at all harsh (low cohumulone); alcohol is really well-hidden. The quality malts & herbal hops are somewhat Maibock-like, but then the westcoast hops really hit you. It's not a stereotypical DIPA, but I really like it.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth and creamy with a little hop acidity.

D: Incredibly drinkable for its weight.

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A frothy cask pour, dirty yellow bronze, larger head but expected for a cask. Big lacing.

S - Smells of sweet citrus hops, mixed with that bitter kinda grapefruit smell.

T - Taste was big citrus and bitter grapefruit, kinda creamy and frothy for a GF imperial but great bousy aftertaste! Very good multi-level taste that starts with citrus and mid way is the bitter grapefruit, after is that bousy finish but creamy and not dry.

M - Creamy, balanced aftertaste but mostly bousy and bitter, lower carbonation, perfect for a cask though.

O - Overall I enjoyed this cask, Poured at the taproom SD 8/3/11

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Photo of omnigrits
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a straight pint glass.

A pale amber colour with plenty of rising bubbles and a good-looking white head that leaves good lace and subsides to a thin layer that never completely goes away.

Masses of citrus and pine hops in the nose with a hint of sweetness. The flavour is excellent - a touch of malt at the beginning but then the hops wade in with all guns blazing and take your taste buds down. Well, it's not quite that bad. In fact it's not that bad at all. Green Flash have done a superb job of balancing the flavour hops and the bittering hops. Although it says 101 IBUs on their website, and indeed there is an extremely bitter finish to this one, it's nowhere near as unpleasant as some of the high-IBU DIPAs I've tried.

Mouthfeel is good, could maybe be a bit more full given the incredibly intense flavour, but despite that, this beer has just become one of my favourite DIPAs and I'd love to try it on tap.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,630 ratings.
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