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

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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

This is my first beer from Green Flash upon recomendation for one of my local "pushers" as I call them.

Pours a quite brilliant orange to medium honey with a bright creamy white head that is sticky and tight up front. The head did make it to a three finger in my tulip with a normal pour, and while retention wasn't tops, it did lace somewhat. While the beer did pour slightly clouded at first, it seems to have cleared up entirely.

Nose is of citrus, slight pine, and decidedly earthy hops. Malt notes are also present with a delicate note of caramel. There is a hint of something I can't put my finger on, a sign of a great beer to come.

If one could call a DIPA/Imperial IPA balanced, I think that this beer would have to be on the list. The hops aren't overpowering for the style when taking into consideration others within driving distance. Maybe this is because of the fact that not a cascade was harmed in the making of this beer. The hop choices really do make this one unique IMO. The taste follows the nose in many respects, hops come in droves but are quickly matched with sweet malts, together than form a middle tang that is so very enjoyable. As the beer warms, alcohol is a bit more pronouced but still dealt with extremely well relative to the abv.

There is a slight woody/tanin feel to the mouthfeel, rosin maybe. Very silky smooth, really one of the best I've had in the style. As the bottle states it is in fact quaffable.

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Photo of Tolann
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 2nd beer review.

A really nice beer. Served from a bottle. First time I've had a beer from Green Flash.

Appearance - Rich golden color and cloudy. Pours with a nice head. No lacing.

Smell - Sweet, floral, some spice. more hops than malts.

Taste - Quick citrus hit at first sip. Hoppy ending that stays on your pallet.

Mouthfeel - smooth, not over carbonated. lighter feel.

Drinkability - This would be a nice bar sipping beer. I could order this all night.

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

Tangerine juice orange with honey colored edges. The first pour looks filtered and I don't see much (except beer) in the bottom of the bomber. The tremendously sticky alabaster crown is a DIPA masterpiece. In addition, the huge amount of Swiss cheesy lace easily qualifies as eye candy. We're off to a very good start.

For such an offbeat hop bill (Summit and Nugget), the nose is right in line and right up there with SoCal's best. I'm not sure which hop variety contributes what to the aroma, but I get a big blast of orange rind, pink grapefruit, pungent cheese and cannabis. Boy Howdy, this should be some good beer.

My first few mouthfuls tell me quite a bit. However, this is one of those DIPAs that I'll need to ponder a while before I can pull the trigger on a flavor score. At the moment, it's a dead heat between 'good' and 'very good'. Not that there's any heat. Although the 9.0% ABV is easily appreciated, it's also easily ignored while the beer is still cool and my tongue is relatively fresh. It should be even less noticeable in about 15 minutes or so.

I think the thing that's holding be back the most is that I'm just not enamored with these two hops. Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe, Amarillo... then we'd be talking. I like more brightness, more pure citrus peel flash than the mid-range, earthy, almost herbal quality that these hops deliver. At least there's precious little caramel malt to muddle things up even more. Some, but not much.

Anyone who doesn't like this mouthfeel doesn't like DIPAs. It's medium-full and has a luscious smoothness that is right up my alley. There has to be a few tons of malt present. Incidently, that may be why the stated 101 IBUs don't taste like it. This is definitely bitter beer, but it isn't BITTER beer.

I haven't liked Green Flash Brewery's non-hoppy beer. Their hoppy beer is a different story entirely, with a much happier ending. Extra Pale Ale is wonderfully drinkable and West Coast IPA has gotten some much deserved respect. Imperial India Pale Ale doesn't match Southern California's finest, but if I had access, I'd buy a bomber every now and then as an interesting change of pace.

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Photo of atsprings
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy pale orange with a decent frothy head that was slow to diminish. The aroma was dominated by floral citrus and pine hops with just a hint of sweet malt. The taste was possessed wonderful earthy hoppiness that somewhat overpowered the malts, but not too much at all. The beer was somewhat heavy with nice warming alcohol that was present but not aggressive. This is a very enjoyable beer and one I would love to have again.

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3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A two finger off white head establishes itself on top of a orange amber body that is a nice combination. Leaves a bit of lace. Softly fragrent ripe citrus based hops dance on a very inviting nose. Very grassy fresh green hop feel as it enters the mouth. Pine notes are very strong on the front of the palate. A slight bit of sweetness develops twords the end. high alchol content but it is well hidden. Very woodsy fresh. Thick mouthfeel is kicked up by the hops. Extremely drinkable.

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

22 ounce bomber, pours clear light amber, with that oily, slightly greenish hue that I welcome in a hoppy SD style DIPA, Light tan, creamy, tiny bubble, long lasting head and thick film. Also leaves nice sheeting and sticky reams of lace. Blast o'citric hops for the sniffer. Smooth, heady brew, more grapefruity hop waves, riding on a fluffy bed of bread crusty malts. Yum yum, finely crafted creation. "SD style" DIPA is the this stuff, giddy to find it on my way thru New Jersey...Its great to be an American...

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