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 Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pre-Super Bowl XLII gift, a 22oz bomber from old "Bro" Artied2.

Poured a clear, medium-golden color into my Portsmouth Imperial Pint glass. Carbo was sparse and slow-rising. Head was light beige, creamy, and a full 1" to start. It slowly ebbed to about 1/4", leaving A-1 lacing behind. Aroma was replete with grapefruit and rindy, piney notes. Not overly powerful, but distinct none-the-less. Body was medium; no more, no less. Had a decent level of smoothness, as well.

Flavor exhibited a smidge of toasty malt, lending a subtle sweetness to the proceedings. The star of the show was the hops. They were all over the place! Lots of citrus and resins coating the mouth. Quite robust and powerful, to say the least. There was also a sharp, spicy bit of action at the finish, while the lupulins delightfully stuck in every nook and cranny. A nice treat, oh yeah! Thnx Bro!


look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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Photo of Overlord
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seldom am I so surprised by such a high B.Advocate rating.

Pours a burnished copper. Aggressive pour yielded a two inch head. Smells like floral hops. Maybe a hint of tropical sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin. I don't like the taste they went for, here. The hop content isn't overpowering, yet it manages to be pretty raw. There's a balancing sweetness, but it's almost rotten ... kind of like apricots or pineapple gone bad. Just didn't like this whatsoever.

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Photo of Hoppington
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: burnished copper orange
S: heavy hop floral
T: clementine grapefruit citrus notes dominate with floral aftertaste
M: bready, substantial
D: refreshing, hoppy - superb!

This stuff is just awesome on tap. Floral and super hoppy - enough to please any hophead. I would order this anytime I see it.

Well done!

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Photo of beaglemac
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper in color, nice head, this beer almosts looks like your average Macro lager. Smell is piney with a small amount of grapefruit citrus. Taste is weak in this one. I am disappointed in the taste. Not a good DIPA by any means. Mouthfeel is average. I think if it tasted better I would be able to drink a ton of these since the taste is so weak. Overall, not impressed.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a surprisingly clear, golden orange body with a good amount of off-white head. The foam retains well and leaves a decent amt. of lacing. As for the aroma, it smells like someone grew a fat vine of hops deep underground, pullled that shit out, and dripped hot tree sap onto the hops before they were used in the brewing. Earthy and fantastically fragrant, with a touch of the 'dro.

The flavor isn't a far cry from the aroma; earthy, marijuana-esque peaty malts set an undertone for the terrorizing bitter, spicy, resinous hops. Mouthfeel delivers an onslaught to the tastebuds with a medium-bodied, viscous brew that finishes with a hoppy symphony. Surprisingly, this is a beer I could imagine drinking every night of the week and not get tired's compex, tasty, and, at 9% ABV, gets the job DONE.

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

Pours a clouded orange gold with almost no white head. Even without the head, I still rate it what I do because of the color. Nose is strong with grass and perfumed tones. Did I say it was strong with grass? Just want to make sure. Flavor is nice, but a bit too vibrant, shall we say. It sings a bit too high in my mouth at first. Of course over time I either get used to it or it calms down. I am sure it's that I get used to it. Thick floral hoppy flavor profile. It is nice, but kind of one-sided. Not massively complex, but who cares. It's nice. Feel has a decent bubble to it and the liquid is fairly well bodied. Nice to drink. Could easy go on this all night.

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

slightly hazy very light amber with a beautiful white crown that leaves georgeous lace as it slowly fades away. i've had this beer many many times, but had taken a brief hiatus from it. when i cracked this one open, i was instantly reminded of why i really like it. hop bomb. stinky, funky, grapefruity, bubblegummy, yummy. it's hard to get much else from it as far as malt and such goes because the hops are so beautiful and overpowering. taste is just like the nose suggests, with just a little piney thing in the finish. nice and full and creamy with a hint of bitter in the finish. a couple of these bombers ,and it's nap time, for sure. gogogreenflash!!!

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Photo of boelker62
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a large frothy , white head over a slightly hazed amber body. The lacing is exceedingly excellent, and the head lasts for the duration. The smell is ridiculously intense as well, giving off citrus tones forever. Here's what I don't get yet, I usually look to label an aroma or flavor one of four citrus fruits: grapefruit (red or white), orange, lemon, or lime. Somehow, this beer has all four. Amazing.

The mouthfeel is intense without being heavy, and this is about as refreshing of an ale as I have ever had, with a dry feel and light carbonation, and an almost perfect dosguosing of the alcohol. What fun. Really. Can't wait for more.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into the tulip

A - Slightly murky bright copper. Near white heads leaves fairly soon. Clinging sudsy lacing.

S - Malt and alcohol is fairly masked by citrus and pine.

T- Fabulous. Deep sweet malt balanced with bitter hops. Malt sweeter and heavier than I anticipated.

M - Medium to heavy build, good carb, nice finish.

D - I wouldn't easily tire of this one.

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Photo of sanatar
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been reading posts on this website for a while and have decided to start reviewing beers. Had this from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Brilliantly clear golden color with a frothy creamy white head. Great foam stand and lacing.

S - Great hoppy aroma. Citrus, grapefruit and lemons come through. No DMS, no Diacetyl.

F - Great full complex hop flavor. Tons of hop flavor and bitterness, once again lots of citrus, nice lingering bitterness sticks with me until the next sip. No DMS or Diacetyl, clean fermentation.

M - Medium-light body, and medium carbonation, finishes dry and really lets the bitterness linger, slight alcohol warmth.

O - Overall a great beer, very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden; great example of an Imperial IPA. The first time I had it I remember not liking it and am glad I gave it a second chance. It’s cool to see a Double IPA come out with some different hops. I am excited to brew a clone recipe of it.

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Photo of Vancer
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour of a lighter amber, with a very frothy white head and sheet lacing – from a high % brew ~

Very sharp pine and citrus in the quaff, and also in the aroma. Finishes with a woody pine. Leave a bit of nice oil in the mouth that quickly subsides. No hint of the high alcohol.

Nice brew for a fall sipper, packs a punch by the end. Different, but not one to miss.

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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 chefscott79
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance-looks good....not a ton of brussels lace

Smell-great hoppy smell...smells like nugget and summit hops....yummy

taste-great hoppy taste....lots of hop complexity...great stuff

mouthfeel...semi prickly carbonation and great mouthfeel

drinkability-well I drank quite a bit of this beer at the greenflash 5th anniversary and then I went to stone for more beer afterwards...and got denied beer because I was I would say it is drinkable but watch out!

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Photo of tpd975
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice even honey golden hue with a big bubbly head. A small put thick head remains after the inital pour. Lacing is left in sheets with this one. One side of the glass was so covered you could barely see thru it.

S: Nice citrus aromas. Tons of bitter lemon and zesty grapefruit. i like it.

T: Tons of grapefruit right up front. Malt appears in the middle to lessen the bitter blow of the hops. Then a strange taste appears. I don't know how to place it. It tastes kind of like the white part of the grapefruit mixed with stale grass. Not good at all. It finishes crips and dry.

M: Nice and full bodied, filling like you would expect from a big DIPA.

D: So So. That strange taste in the middle kind of blow it for me.

Overall: It's a nice looking brew that starts off so nice. I just can't get over the odd taste in the middle. It starts great and finishes wonderful, but when its all said and done it's just okay.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this after a rather bland Pale Ale! What a difference. Pours a hazy light gold with just a little head and slight sticky lacing. Smell is mild, spicy hops, slight malt sweetness.
Taste is one of the spiciest hop notes ever. Thick grapefruit and pine dominate with a lingering aftertaste of bitter citrus rind. Very interesting to try to isolate the flavors, they're so different.
Feels oily and smooth, and very drinkable. Really nice.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: clear, dark gold color with thick foamy head that retains well & leaves plenty of lacing
s: hoppy as expected -- very piney aromas
t: hops start it off, followed by soft malts in the middle & finish with spicy hops that aren't too bitter, sweet malts linger on the palate
m: crisp carbonation to start, cream body in the middle & a small shot of carbonation to finish
d: certainly fits the style, just didn't have anything that really stood out, but worth a try

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

Shared this bomber with Bwatson.

A: Looks great as it pours out. Doesn't look like a traditional DIPA, as far as the color, a little lighter than most. Light lacing

S: Grapefruit, pineapple. The hops blot out any chance that the malts had.

T: Hops a little overpowering. Not as sweet as some of the others that I've had.

M: Very light.

D: Goes down smooth, very smooth.

All in all, a good DIPA.

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Photo of eatdrinknbmerry
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-oz bottle.

I'm a big fan of Green Flash Brewing Company, and seeing this at the store... no need for hesitation.

Big, foamy head that stays up for a while.

Floral aroma... one of GF's standards in IPA's.

Taste... light sustaining hops... subtly sweet and fruity bite.

Mouthfeel... feels medium full... not a bit of wateriness to it.

I love it. I love it. I love it.

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Photo of Gusler
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer dispenses from the 22-ounce bottle a somewhat hazy golden orange to amber with a majestic creamy white head that lingers long before vanishing, lace forms a solid sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, pushed by the hop floral aroma, lime like in its crispness, delightful sniff. Start has a decent malt presence, hops provide a huge spicy bite, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a strong acidity, the hops potent in their spiciness, sweet, bitter aftertaste welds itself to your palate, excellent beer, and a delight for hop heads.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always like to get my hands on some "San Diego style" Double IPA's this is one and I was pleased with it.Poured into an imperial pint glass a mix of golden and deep reddish orange a tight formed 1/2 finger head that held decent retention atop,mix of hop aromas overripe pineapple and deep pine resin show through along with a big caramel sweetness the alcohol is hidden.Citrusy flavors at the forefront along with some pine resin wich becomes stronger as it warms more in my mind a very hefty caramel sweetness holds firm against the hops till the finish.Its very solid and the alcohol is kept in check very well,obviously there are better DIPA'S out there but it will cure a hop fix.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a soft white billowy head that sticks. Really nice foam.

Spicy smells of citrus and alcohol; slight tropical asian fruit (lychee).

Slight sweet maltiness leads into asian melon fruit flavor that gets punctuated by a spicy citrus bittering finish.

The alcohol is shown off in the smell and flavor of this beer more than hidden. I believe its the alcohol which produces the lychee-like impression that I have found in several different big (big alcohol) SoCal IPAs.

Nice and drinkable, but lots of better DIPAs out there for my taste.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz brown bottle served into a flaired tulip glass
Poured a hazy,glowing reddish orange,generous slightly off-white colored head,very creamy,very good retention.leaving chunky islands and collars of lace. Not much carbination noticable with some particles at the bottom of the bottle.

Strong pineapple aroma,followed by sweet carmelly/toffeee-like,as floral with some grassiness. strong and pleasing aroma.

Heavy malt taste up front with lots of carmell with a burnt edge,quickly followed up by a strong hop rush of pine with tons of grapefruit. Very leafy leaving and oil slick of hoppyness. Has a good balance that finishes with heavy citrus rind.The alcohol was well hidden or buried under the hops. Juicy grapefruit with an aciditic mouthfeel.

Rough at first taste,tames out the more you drink. A good double in the middle of the pack. Te bomber was enough for me. Worth a try,would definatly drink again.

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Photo of sid6581
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Stella glass. First beer I've had from Green Flash.

Beautiful pour, nice head quickly retreating but leaving a fine lace on the glass.

Hops are in your face! Very apparent in the aroma and flavor. Spicy.

A well-balanced beer. Alcohol is warming but not overpowering. Smooth, slick, mouth feel.

Not available locally here in NY, however I will definitely buy this again should I come across it.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never even heard of this brewery before but my nearby beer pimp started carrying some so I thought I'd try!
Not the most impressive looking double IPA on the block. Pours a quite pale amber with hardly any head and barely any sort of lacing anywhere.
The scent makes more of an impression. There's a strong, deep floral hop scent that also has some nice top notes of hops. Pleasing sweetnesses.
The flavors remind one of the odors. Not too shabby but there's some lack of balance. The bitter hop flavors are a bit too aggressive as it lingers in the finish for a bit too long. Reminds me a little bit of Victory's Hop Wallop but doesn't strike me as being quite as enjoyable.
This brew seems to need more or less of something to make it really sing. It should either go more over the top, to the point where you don't care about imbalance because of the strong perspective... or some more balance.There are many double IPA's out there, and well, this is one of them!

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,627 ratings.
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