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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
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Green Flash Imperial India Pale AleGreen Flash Imperial India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

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!

Added by Terp96 on 12-02-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,165
Reviews:
1,003
Ratings:
2,638
pDev:
10.51%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
151
Gots:
339
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,638 |  Reviews: 1,003
Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much better than the current BA rating of 91.

A - Amber color. Pours little head.

S - Hints of citrus. Definite West Coast DIPA.

T - Initial taste lemon/pine, but as it warms, grapefruit rind comes out. Definitely hides alcohol. Not a hop monster like Ruination, but a good amount of hops. Malt/sweetness undetectable which I prefer. Bitterness increases as beer warms. Refreshing, a term not usually used with a DIPA.

M - Very nice. Yields a light foam in the mouth. Very well carbonated.

O - Very nice DIPA. Better exist, but for $5.99 for a 24 oz. bottle, a good alternative when Founder's Double Trouble or Bell's The Oracle are not available.

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Photo of scxcrunner
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Libationguy
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy deep straw color with a lot of orange and yellow hue. 1-finger white head with medium- retention.

Can't argue about a lack of hops: onion, cat pee, pineapple, pine resin, lemon zest and garlic. Wondering if the hops are starting to break down with a little age.

Onion, chive, pine resin, pine sap and citrus. Resin and bitterness build as the beer develops on the palate.

Full bodied with a rich mouthfeel. A little bit on the boozy side, but the alcohol is contained in the body of the beer.

Feel like I got an old bottle. Was looking for a date on the bottle, but didn't see one.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of ianmatth
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of csfcmitchell
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ISmith87
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just got palate wrecker today too! Wanted to try both to compare the two. This one is obviously a step down from Palate Wrecker...

A -4.25 - The beer is still crystal clear, a nice golden/amber color (slightly lighter than palate wrecker) with a 2 finger head of loose/mixed bubbles.

S - 4.00 - Little tinge of alc, lots of citrusy flavors (grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime zest), with not that much malt background.

T - 4.00 - This beer is slightly less complex than palate wrecker, it is still an imperial ipa, still measures up to Ruination, it's a good imperial IPA in which you can taste a lot of hops with grapefruit/orange/lemon/lime zest as usual. Definitely a very bitter beer. I can tell hop Palate Wrecker is their flagship though.

M - 4.25 - Light --> medium bodied beer. Head sticks around forever giving a frothiness in your mouth that allows you to taste all the flavors. Doesn't have the tongue numbing bitterness of palate wrecker, it's just not there.

O - 4.00 - A very good imperial IPA, nothing about this beer makes it bad, no dankness, no onion/garlic flavor just the citrusy good hops that you want to taste. It tastes a lot weaker compared to palate wrecker. It's definitely more of a toned down imperial IPA.

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Photo of beerhast
3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BrandonZp5
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of chasmandocharles
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of EBeckett3
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of Drknight
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of s_wit
3.64/5  rDev -11%
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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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 2,638 ratings
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