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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Need more Green Flash in my life; here’s their Imperial IPA. Cheers!

A: Translucent copper with a noticeable shimmer, adorned with a full, fizzy head of uneven suds – lots of dips in the valley of off-white cream. Chunky webs of lacing decorate the glass.

S: Absolutely dank, with a pungent tone of pine resin, juicy grapefruit, tangerine, and fresh pineapple. Slap this in my car as an air freshener and I’d be a happy man; it’s the scent of pure American hops. Hops are a tad woody on the end, like a mix of grass and cedar, while a little of the caramel cream and toast flavors of the malt appear.

T: Most definitely on the sweet side of the spectrum. Every sip is a venture into a syrupy palate of canned peaches, caramel candy, creamy vanilla, and orange marmalade. Hops don’t bite enough to distract, but rather add to the viscosity with a taste of tongue-drenching pine sap and cooked pineapple. The kick comes in the form of an herbal DIPA dryness, like astringent green tea with lemon rind, sage, and clove. It’s a little too much for me, tasting artificial matched up against the predominant sweetness of the palate – it’s too thick, too oily. Finishes with a pithy orange dryness, along with a rush of rich syrupiness, making this a definite sipper.

M: As expected, this beer is massive in texture as well as taste. The carbonation is nearly non-existent, with the mouthfeel’s emphasis being on a creamy thickness. Very slow-drinking because of that.

O: Beer that’s almost too much for me – no, it IS too much for me. This tastes like Dreadnaught’s twin brother, and that just happens to be a beer I don’t think I’ll ever buy again; some beers are just too sweet for me to fully enjoy, and this is one of them. In all, though, the hops are well-represented (especially in the nose), and there’s a lot I like about this beer – if you like your DIPAs wrapped in a big, sweet package, drink up!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, amber colored with a white head that lingers leaving good lacing, slightly hazy

S: earthy musty hop aromas, pine resin, honey, citrus

T: big bitter hop flavor up front, sweetens slightly in the middle. finish is dry pine hop resin

M: full bodied, alcohol well hidden, higher carbonation

O: a solid DIPA but Palate Wrecker is better

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured from a 22 oz into a set of three mugs for a 3 brother reunion at the shore.
Slightly hazy, mostly clear amber. Big two inch white head on top that slowly faded to rich rings of lace.

S - Aroma was first rate. Citrus hop from start. Deep orange, grapefruit, and tangerine tones dominate amidst a pine outer layer. Very fresh, bitter citrus with pine and some ipa stink.

T - A solid west coast double IPA. Strong, original, peppery hop presence. Bitter citrus hops, sweet and an alcohol kick, no messing around. Pine, herbs, grass, atop a strong base.

M - Sticky and smooth. Thick brew. As others wrote: Chewy, a grapefruit orchard in a pine forest.

Overall - one of the best DIPAs found.

Must try for hop heads.

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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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