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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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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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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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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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,636 ratings.
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