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

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
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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 bszern
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

Pours with a gnarly 4 finger head that provides lacing along the entire glass.

Smell is extremely citrusy. Very clean, no traces of the alcohol. This may be one of the best smelling IPAs out there.

The taste is complex but drinkable I was expecting a hop bomb, but it is not overpowering. The hops definately come through, but there is a sweetness that really makes it interesting. Absolutely no alcohol present, which is impressive because abv is pretty high. Aftertaste is very pleasant.

Overall, this is a great beer. I only wish they would put a bottling date on the label, which is why I can't give this a 5/5.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at work the other night.

Appearance- amber color, nice foamy head

Smell- citrus and piney hops, very nice

Taste- piney hops, loved the bitterness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Awesome, loved it, Very nice DIPA!!, Gonna get more of this

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Green Flash cask-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark gold color with a 3/4 inch head that retains quite well before slipping down to an 1/8 inch head leaving jagged lacing behind.

S- Pungent, fresh hop aroma that's sharp, floral and musky. Tight citrus notes with plenty of grapefruit and tart lemon.

T- Tangy bitterness sends the palate on a journey of tastes including the obvious grapefruit, starfruit, lemon, lime, fresh wet grass and kumquat. A touch of malt sweetness sneaks in but is immediately overpowered by the hops. The hops actually play so much of a dominant role that there's a bit of astringency. Also slightly metallic.

M- Very tingly and vibrant due to the hop varietals used. Also slick and oily with medium-high carbonation and a semi-light body.

O- Hop heads rejoice. Definitely bitter but doesn't go too overboard.

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

Color- clear gold. Slight head.

Aroma- fresh strong bitter stink weed hoppiness.

Taste- reminds us of the Stone Go to IPA ramped up 5 times! Starts with a terrific strong clean hop profile and sustains the hops throughout. Finishes clean and clear. For 101 IBUs this is a smooth work of art! And the high ABV if 9% is not apparent.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 5/23/2014

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Photo of Nick3
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into a Paulaner Wesbier glass. A clean white 2 finger head forms and holds nicely for more than a few sips. Beer is a translucent golden yellow color. Smell is pure hops with some citrus. If you like hops, you'll love the smell of this one. Taste is excellent; surprisingly, malts come through up-front and then the primary taste is well balanced off with the hops. The finish is hops as you would expect, but you can still taste the malts. Beer is light on the palate and the ample carbonation helps the beer dance across the toungue. I enjoyed this beer tremendously.

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

I poured half of a 22 oz bomber into my tulip...

The liquid was a bright, golden, orange, there was a thick bubbly white head.

You could smell the hops as soon as opened the bottle, hints of lemon, grapefruit, pine, tangerine and butter.

I took a sip and experienced a delightful bitter hop explosion, I tasted pine resin, orange and grapefruit, then a wave of sweet malt balances things out leaving a lingering bitter aftertaste.

This beer is thick, it left my mouth watering after every sip, there is low carbonation and a warming, dry finish.

The intense flavor hid the alcohol well, this is an excellent beverage, it filled me with joy after every sip.

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

This beer was from a bottle and was poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a nice cloudy and orange color with a light white foam.

S: Lots of citrus and orange, with pine. Blasted with hops.

T: Bold, nice fresh citrus and hop flavor right off the bat. Shades of grapefruit with some more hops in the back. An excellent overall crispiness to each sip.

M: Tingly, full and well balanced.

D: A terrific IPA. Wish I could try it on tap as I'm sure it would taste even fresher. An excellent IPA with great sticky overtones that coat your pallet and keep you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

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

Body is clear gold with an off-white head that lasts awhile and leaves curtains of lacing.

Smells of light malt, green grassy hops, a bit of sugar and some salt. Kind of like a nice green salad.

Very concentrated green grass hoppy taste along with a vegetal bitterness, maybe like mustard greens, with a biscuity malt background. Tongue numbing hop oils are present. Aggressively hopped, but still achieves balance. Finishes with a green vegetal and grapefruit rind slam.

Body at first seems light, but the malt sugars give it a bit thicker mouthfeel. Carbonation is pretty lively and effervescent, lending to a very refreshing mouthfeel overall. First sip and swallow takes the palate on a gallop but then settles to a long dry bitter finish allowing the tongue to recuperate from the effervescent bitter hop bash it has just received and then ultimately longing for another.

This is a refreshing, highly hopped IPA, and with a high ABV, it really must be sipped with respect. However, at least in California, this is an imperial IPA that can really deliver the goods at a very nice price point, for the time being.

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

I am providing a simple review of this exceptional Brew. If you have questions about the appearance, nose, etc. please read the previous reviews which are accurate. If you are wondering if you should try this beer, or wondering what other West Coast Hop Heads think of this beer, then you have the right review.

Green Flash plays the West Coast IPA game very well. This double IPA is insane! Never have I tasted the hops bum-rush followed by the balancing of those hops with malt and alcohol that slip passed the goal keeper practically unnoticed! Smooth and balanced.

Balance is the key to this brew which is presently my favorite Double IPA! Treat yourself to this beer ASAP!

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

Served on tap into a tulip glass

It poured a hazy deepish orange color with a one finger head. The smell was purely west coast IPA, Massive amounts of grapefruit and other citrus fruits. A good astringency from the hops came through in both taste and smell. Tasted like a grapefruit and a mango got together. The feel of this beer is almost kind of pulpy, It has a rich feel and I feel like tiny little hop particles were filling my mouth. It goes down rather smooth and I cant taste the 9.4% alcohol but I could feel it a little. Overall, this is a classic well done example of a west coast Imperial IPA and what it should be.

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

A- Amber color with full, cloudlike head. Slight carbonation as well. Excellent lacing.

S- The aroma seems to be filled with the spectrum of hops. There's not a ton of potency to it, but I was impressed that nearly all the scents that come from hops really came out in this one.

T- The beginning is pretty bright, as the tropical and citrus hop aromas come out, but then the pine really takes a stand. The taste is just slightly a step down from the aroma, in that it doesn't tastes just quite as complex, but it still tastes superbly brewed, and has much more complexity than the average DIPA.

There is some malt, but it really doesn't play much of a part. In very little time at all, there's a large amount of hop bitterness built up. The pine also builds up in the aftertaste. I'm finding this to be quite impressive, and I definitely think it's worth seeking out.

M- Medium full body. Slightly dry and sticky in the finish.

O- Overall, I found this caught me by surprise, and I wasn't expecting it to be as much of a superb example of the style as it was. It also has an incredible price point too, considering the quality. I wouldn't pass this one up.

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

Poured from their bomber of this ale...

Appearance - Pours a quick finger of golden eggshell foam, body is a lightly hazed bright golden orange - just a beautiful ale, leaves beatiful webbed rings after each quaff.

Smell - Citrus of orange and lemon, tropical fruits of mango and papaya, grapefruit, whiff of pine, slight vanilla carmel, smells fantastic!

Taste - Oh my goodness the hops! Much like the nose, and so balanced and complex - this starts with a wonderful combination of citrus of oranges and ruby red grapefruit, I also get light unsweetened mango and papaya, this is accompanied by some huge floral hop flavors, near the end of the sip I get bittering dryness of peach pits and grapefruit pith, and finishing with dried citrus rinds and a touch of pine. No alcohol here whatsoever, perfectly hidden - all of this rides a whiff of malt backbone, imparting a flavor like a nearly unsweetened bullseye (carmel with a vanilla center) - this is not a sweet DIPA by any means, but provides just enough sweetness to counter the intense citrus and floral hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, the flavors are bold and fill the mouth. The carb is medium but very soft and smooth, like a gentle foam, with some wonderful bright edges at the back and sides of the tongue. Finishes nearly clean and somewhat dry, begging another quaff...

Overall - My first thought was that this could be Arctic Panzer if I were blindfolded, just add a bit of the fruitiness of Dreadnaught w/out the sweetness - the complexity and balance here are nearly perfect. At $5.49 a bomber I will pick this one up every time I see it. If you like your DIPA's on the dry bitter side, not sweet and nearly puckering, then this is a must try - two thumbs way up for me :)

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

Poured into a pint glass from bomber

A-Clear copper color with huge head after a slightly aggressive poured thick lacing covering the sides of the glass

S-Very aromatic. Pinapple,mango,orange, grapefruit, some floral overtones

T-Much like the nose. This brew packs alot of flavor. Juicy citrus hops. Not very balance but if you like juicy hops this should do it.

M-Creamy thick for the style. nice slick coating of the mouth

O-this was the perfect beer for the moment. the smell and flaovr just exploded for me.. Very drinkable as the alcohol was well hidden.

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

Not quite clear but pretty in the glass with a nice head and lace.

Great smell - floral, hoppy

Hoppy (but not TOO over the top), well disguised alcohol

Thank you to Chad for this nice IPA. It is a very nice Imperial that hides the alcohol in an evil way. Experience has taught me to be careful with these - they can induce next day remorse over the excessive ingestion of goodness.

It's a goodness you very quickly can feel, like shots of booze. It's good cold, like the style should be and even beter as it warms. This is definitely a bomber to consider again and again. Top of the line!

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Photo of hoplover82
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer smells great... like... orange ... prunes....pinnaples... piney. Wow!

It pours a very hazy unfiltered sunshine sunset hue that has a three finger head that sticks around for a good while, leaves me beautiful lattice work, just magnefisent.

The flavor is of much pine and a little citrus. Just the right amount of malts in the back just a little sweet. But this ones about the hops!. (Which I love) One of my favorite DIPAs by far.

Very Drnkable.

Can't go wrong with Green Flash. Thanks Brewers! THe Lord bless the hop harvest.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very hazy, neat orange colour, nice white cap, lots of lacing

S - big clean hoppy nose, very classic, with that lovely malt aroma backing it up, more sweet grapefruit and tropical/citrus than piney, really good

T - juicy sweet tropical hop blast greets the tongue, very fine malt backbone gives it a hint of caramel, aftertaste is bitter with tons of grapefruit and pine notes with lots of alcohol (that tastes good actually).

M - medium body, slightly oily, puckering resin, very dry finish from the hop bitterness, warming alcohol

D - it doesn't get much better than this

Wow, what a roller coaster ride. Insane hopping, yet somehow exceptionally balanced. Lots of malt and sweetness, yet it's not at all heavy or cloying. I love tropical hop aroma/flavour, but I also really like biting piney hop bitterness, and this beer has both, which you don't often find. I shared a bottle of this about a year ago at a tasting and absolutely loved it... boy am I happy to finally have a bottle all to myself. Perhaps the best IIPA I've tasted.

Thanks to Canucklehead for the bottle!

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a snifter glass.

A: A wonderful slightly hazy lighter amber orangy color. Minimal off white head with minimal glass lacing.

S: This is where there is a hint of how good this beer is. I've had a TON of DIPAs, but this one smelled like no other. Amazing. Scents of sweet fruit and malt with pine, citrus and grapefruit and alcohol. Wow, each time I smell it I get something else. My buddy sitting next to me said it looked like I was making love to the glass with my nose.

T: Was I let down after that smell? No freaking way. As much hop punch as this beer carries, can you believe the first flavor to hit you is sweetness? Well it is. Sweet bready biscuity malt with some sweet fruits. The middle is where the massive hops flavors hit with citrus, grapefruit, pine, lemon and some fresh cut grass. Amazing. Finish is hops lingering and the sweet malt lying underneath the bitterness. Wow, just wow.

M: Full coating mouthfeel with a decent presence of alchohol that is very nice and warming. Nice bitterness lingering.

D: For this huge 9% abv monster? Awesome. I so enjoyed my glass I wanted another. Just so drikable.

Overall this beer ranks up there with the best DIPAs I have ever had. Amazing. Green Flash is kicking ass and I couldn't be happier. This is one very different but very awesome beer. Buy it, drink it and enjoy. Dear Santa: Bring me some Green Flash IIPA please...Thanks!

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

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in late January for $4.59.
This beer pours a golden orange color with a nice fluffy white head that is leaving a nice lacing in my glass. Nose is a blast of citrusy hops, mmmm. Taste is somewhat malty but finishes near perfectly with a whopping amount of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth for the style. Overall drinkability is very good despite the high abv. This is a very good representation of style and it compares quite well to the other San Diego hop peddlers high IBU brews.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow-orange with a fluffy 3 finger white head, very clingy and reduces slowly.

The nose on this magnificent brew is, by far, the most reminiscent of good weed that I've ever smelled in a beer- a moist leafiness, a grapefruit dominant citrus cocktail and delicate tropical fruit hints with a nice coating of florally, agave nectar-like sweetness to the whole thing.

Palate is big bodied with a small but sufficient honeyed sweetness that fits in perfectly with the intense hop slickness, while the completely oppressive hop bitterness comes in big and brings just a hint of toast from the malt. A citrussy juiciness pushes that malt back into the shadows, and the bitterness just keeps on rolling. Alcohol is there but easily forgettable. More citrus rind on the finish, pithy and bitter, with a very long puckering bitterness, some dark resinous characteristics and a big dryness.

Easily one of my favorite DIPAs and certainly the best I've had in probably about 3 months. Enough juiciness and bright hop flavors to strike a solid balance with the massive bitterness. And that heavenly aroma... sigh...

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

Served from a 22oz. bottle purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my DFH snifter at the appropriate temperature (06/01/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange with a creamy one finger off-white head which left thick ringed lacing. Great looking DIPA.

S: Great bitter pine/citrus hops aroma with notes of grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit along with a mild semi-sweet caramel/toffee malt.

T: Bitter citrus hops of grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit hit the palate first with an extremely fresh taste of pine and a well balanced caramel malt backbone. The bitterness is spot on and linger beautifully with a nice grassy feel in the finish.

M: Fuller-bodied with fairly low and creamy carbonation.

D: Good drinkability but this is a 9% DIPA with a serious degree of bitterness. Not quite as bitter as the version that I had on-tap.

Overall I was very impressed with this DIPA from Green Flash for its fresh taste and excellent hop profile and balance. This to me is extremely similar to Pliny the Elder and that is always a great thing. Recommended.

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Photo of mjd83goblue
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Many thanks to torchednoodle for this surprise!

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a 2" head. Fresh, raw hops dominate the aroma.

Tons of sweet grapefruit, some pineapple. Balanced with (quite) sweet malt, with just a hint of something darker at the end. Nicely bitter finish. Palate-wrecker, but very enjoyable.

Mouthful is on point. Went down very easy.

Just a fantastic DIPA. True west coast style. Thanks again!

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

Dull glowing orange with an awesome head of stiff off white peaks. Retention is excellent, a thick crusting of lace is left behind.

Aroma is bold citrus, grapefruit, bittersweet florals, and green resinous marijuana. Caramelized, biscuitty malt sweetness emerges as the beer warms a bit.

Flavor erupts with crushed grapefruit and tangerine peels, fresh cut flowers, fruit, and oozing hop resin. The malt is perfect, caramel and honeyed biscuits. Balance is good with an emphasis on the hops.

Body is big, slick, and creamy. The malt presence is big, just enough to carry the massive hop flavors. Great drinkability, i finished a bomber and was looking for more!

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a Duvel Tulip a golden orange color with a thick and fluffy off white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Lots of ripe pineapple and citrusy hops. Pretty sweet smelling. Not unlike candied pineapple.

Much like the nose. Strong pineapple presence, sharp grapefruit hop bite, and some pine resin. Decent alcohol presence. There is a solid malt backbone though that adds some caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Bitter grapefruit peel lingers well after.

Velvety and creamy feeling. I would call this medium bodied. The hops suck all of the moisture out of the tongue leaving a very dry finish.

An awesome DIPA and a great representation of a west coast style one at that. I would welcome this one any day.

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Photo of Zippie9999
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this beer on tap @ The Dirty Truth in N. Hampton, Ma
A: pours a hazy, golden orange with a nice white lacing and fluffy cushiony head.
S: Holy citrus Batman! Grapefruit, citrus, hemp.
T: Incredible wallop from the hops. Definitely a force to be reckoned with. Stone brewing needs to take notes from these guys!
M: silky and sublime. Definitely a resinous lingering aftertaste from the hop oils!
D: wow. Incredibly smooth, complex, and enjoyable. great representation of a West Cost Ipa! I'd be hard pressed to find a better imperial ipa.

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

A - Yellow-orange. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Citrus and pine. They did not cheap out on high quality hops for the late additions and dry hopping.

T - The citrus and pine cuts through amazingly well for a beer with an ABV this high. It does not have that high ABV taste and the malt is very light for a beer with this high of an ABV.

M - Exceptionally smooth for a beer with an ABV this high.

O - I had this at the Amsterdam Ale house in NYC, only $6 for a pint. The best beer I had that day.

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