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:
2,632
Reviews:
1,003
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
Wants:
148
Gots:
336
For Trade:
2
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Photo of DrStiffington
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bcaputo99
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of TheHopsman
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mchegash
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Bright deep orange with a good amount of light tan head. Slighlty less than average amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

S: Lots of citrus and extreme amount of tropical fruit flavors going on here. Some pine aromas as well as a bit of resin.

T: Lots and lots of delicious tropical fruit flavors, along with additional citrus, pine and resin aspects.

F: Thick, heavy and syrupy, but in a good way. Very smooth, with a slightly less than average carbonation.

O: This is a great IIPA, highly recommended.

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

Photo of Omnium
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HaightAshbury
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Shanty76
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Elpadrino42069
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dwinslow15
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imperial by Green Flash Brewing Co. is an American Double/Imperial variety of brew. The smell is nice and floral/rich/refreshing. The head is minimal but somewhat persistent/thick. The color is a nice thick looking dark gold amber. The body is about half way between medium and thick on a scale of light/medium/thick.

The taste of this beer is unique and sort of a connoisseurs American Double/Imperial if I may say so. Its lacking in the sort of fruity/melony side of the mouth taste that some American Double's/Imperials throw in there for a sweeter taste. Instead the sweetness of this beer sits at a sort of cliff face of hops, like a sort of campsite of subtle sweetness in the shadow of a great wall of hops.

This beer's initial taste has that sort of piney-ness inherent to the beer as described by the brewers. It also has a sort of "wild-hops" flavor to it. Its an interesting sort of wild-hops flavor though. It seems as though it might either be the sort of "Dirtwolf" wild hops, or instead something like a wild-hops flavor that is sort of the byproduct(surely carefully planned) of the other hops flavors sort of "crossing", either way its very good and is sort of a masterpiece of different hops flavors intersections if it is not the by-product of simply using gamier hops per se.

Either way the wild hops flavor sort of goes strait into the cliff face of piney hops that really sort of plant their flag on this beer's taste if one will. The sort of strength of the hops for taste, descends into a sort of rich beery mid taste, that's not really bready, but is instead sort of refreshingly crisp. This sort of trough of rich taste sort of arches back up into the sort of back-end hops after taste that is equally hoppy and is sort of a pinier version of "Palate Wrecker's" tasty after taste if one will. The after taste is sort of "steely" too(might just be a slightly diminished lingering piny-ness).

Overall I would say that this is a great beer. I feel like I understand now why the beer was simply named "Imperial" because its almost like when a very talented brewer makes an excellent sort of "specimen"/example beer, they can just use the variety they are mastering as a title, sort of like how some modern art paintings have simple names like "Blue", etc. Either way, really a masterful beer.

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

Photo of msumike89
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Redgoatman
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of hogrider
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Steve78
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,632 ratings.
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