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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Photo of ccrida
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my St. Feuillien goblet, the Green Flash IIPA is bright bronze with a 1 finger egg shell head that quickly subsides to a pretty thick collar and skim that coats most of the empty glass with creamy foam. Very nice.

The aroma is classic west coast hops, big and bold, but not as over the top as I was expecting. Perhaps it was the blurb on the label about the San Diego style IPA, but this is not super pungent for a west coast double, more what I would expect regular west coast IPA. The hops smell mainly like a sour citrus and spice, with a nice whiff of gingerbread from the malt. Good and pungent, but not extreme...

The taste, while very balanced and quite good, is nevertheless a little underwhelming, and not as hoppy as I'd have hoped. While in some cases this would be worthy of bonus points, but since they boast of their intention to be extremely hoppy on the label, in my mind it falls a little short. Nevertheless, this is still a tasty brew. The malt is sweeter and more pronounced then on the nose, yet soft and not at all cloying, even as it warms. The alcohol finally makes an appearance on the finish, from slight to less so as it warms, and struggles to push through the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is very oily, lots of hop resins here, and medium bodied.

This is actually pretty drinkable for a DIPA, or IIPA as they call it, although I don't think this was brewed for an Imperial court...the balance, and 'restraint' of the hops, for a west coast DIPA, make this an easy drinker that doesn't beat up the pallet to much. As usual for the style, I think it's better on the colder side then warm, a little less then fridge temp.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bottle a nice orange-ish hazy color with a nice head retention. Aromas of a sweet citrusy hop. It is nice and hoppy, grapfruity, and a little sticky. Tons of lacing on the glass, that sticky hop lacing. It also hides its 9% really well.

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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 rallison
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've already reviewed this in the bottle. This is just an update basically - sampled on tap at Beachwood.

Tons and tons of citrusy hops are at the forefront. Strong, sweet caramel malt base never overcomes the hops presence. Nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich and fulfilling. An excellent DIPA, both on tap and in the bottle.

Highly recommended - San Diego - and Green Flash - sure know how to brew 'em. And, for a more in depth review, so my bottle review of this one.

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Photo of joecast
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

clear golden with a light copper tinge. light carbonation. nice frothy white head with good retention and very nice lacing.

super fresh hoppy aroma. nice pine and citrus. cant get over how fresh it smells. really clean.

the taste is a rush of hops. strong in flavor and bitterness just like it should be. never gets overbearing or (too) unbalanced. if its possible to hide 101 ibu's these guys have done it. leaves a lip smacking hoppy, almost pungent, after taste in the mouth.

probably the easiest drinking double ipa i've had. the abv and hops go down so well its scary. these guys know hops and how to use them.

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Photo of BradBLR
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a light amber color with a white head that lasted the entire beer with a better than average amount of lacing. The smell was a very floral smell with hints of citrus and a slight hint a malt. The smell was terrific, my only criticism would be that I would want the smell to be stronger. Maybe my bottle was older, not sure but the smell was great.

The taste of this beer was all hops, very intense but not overpowers. A hop heads dream. The hops were still balanced nicely with a slight bitter malt and the after taste was very hop bitter. The mouthfeel was good with the CO2 possibly being a little too strong, but the thickness was great.

Wow, my first beer from Green Flash and I will add this to my favorites list. I always feel when you pour a double IPA and it is light in color, that it will either be a mediocre IPA or a superb hoppy dream and the later is what you will get from this beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber. Nice slightly hazed dark orange coloured beer, with a nice looking off white frothy,thick head. Pungent hoppy aroma, transcending the usual pine..till I get a whiff of green onion! All hop. Very bitter indeed, grapefruit, pine,crab apples,thankfully none of the "green onion" makes it to the taste, but this is all mouth puckering juicy bitterness. I believe the 101 IBU! Ok mouthfeel , though the unrelenting bitterness does challenge the taste buds. Overall an OK beer..for sure a great one for hopheads. But for me it went just too far.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a standard pint.

This is quite a good looking beer. Rich golden orange body catches the light well. Cream colored head with foam like the head of a well made latté.

The aroma is not as intense as some of the style, but surely not bad. Some sweetness comes through the hops.

Flavor develops as oily hops make way to more piney, sharp hop flavors. A nice grain flavor shows itself as the brew warms.

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Photo of bosco7
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy pale color. The head is substantial with microscopic bubbles. Quality lacing.

Pungent ruby red grapefruit, some pine, carmel malt, and some mineraly aromas. Very nice.

Starts with biscuit, carmel and is rounded off with tangerine, pepper, peach and spruce. Bitterness is suprisingly subtle. Noticeable alcohol in the finish.

Not really wowed by any particular aspect of this DIPA however I am glad that this brew lacks the cascade/centennial hop character that is so overused in IPAs these days.

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Photo of mjgardner
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this with bross242 and dannosparks. One of 31 in a great day of beer tasting.

Appearance - Dark golden color with a nice white head that had fairly good retention. Mild lacing throughout.

Smell - Big grapefruit citrus aroma with some pine resin as well. A bit of pineapple as the end.

Taste - Monster grapefruit and pine taste. I also picked up a bit of pineapple as well.

Moutfeel - Medium bodied with fairly good carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a fairly drinkable Imperial IPA. The alcohol is hidden very well, so be careful.

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Photo of Realale
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy tannish gold. Extremely fine head settles to an incomplete cap, which leaves some lace.

Wild hop nose - lots of piney, sappy notes, combined with a peachy citrus note. With time, some pineapple and sweat come out. No hint of malt.

Big hop flavor in the mouth as well. There is a penetrating bitterness throughout. Tons of citrus and sappy pine. There is a wooliness to it, presumably from all of the raw hop. There must be some malt in there somewhere, but I never tasted it - its sole purpose seems to be to provide a pulpit for the hops to preach from. Long, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit furry from all of the hops. Drinkable, but I prefer some discernible malt in both the nose and the palate. I was surprised this has a lot of Summit in it - the few other beers I've had that were hopped with that beers have tasted of scallions to me, so this was a pleasant surprise. Also, the 9+% alcohol was well hidden. Thanks to marc77 for the trade!

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz amber at about 35F into a standard 16 oz pint.

Aroma at the bottle top was all California hops.

Poured with medium body with a nice off-white head about 3/4" high.

Color is medium amber, leaning towards straw yellow, and slightly hazy.

Nose in the glass is cornucopia of aromas, hoppy, citrusy, sweet and a bit fruity. Very enticing.

Taste is adequately balanced between hops, malt and alcohol. Lots of residual body, but not much caramel flavor, just a really sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is only low to moderate thickness for the style, crisp, and alcohol warmth is evident.

As it warms, maintains its balance--does not get excessively heavy or sweet.

Overall a very drinkable beer, glad that I had a bomber for a second glass.

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Photo of ressletr
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just have one question for this beer: Where's the alcohol. This beer is so smooth it reminds me of drinking an Pale ale. Simply incredible. With a straw like color, piney smell, and flavor of drinking a mellow pale ale. Simply incredible, I would have to say prove to me this is a 9% alcohol beer, it surely tastes awesome, but the alcohol is hidden without a doubt.

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Photo of Viggo
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to fartingdog for hooking me up with this via BC2. You rock!

Pours a crystal clear amber, huge fluffy white head forms, massive chunky lace, nice retention, looks pretty damn good. Smell is kind of subdued, but grapefruit and pineapple, floral, caramel, some pine hops, pretty nice although not destroying my nasal passage. Taste is nice, grapefruit, some pineapple, floral, caramel, honey, resinous hops, some fruity alcohol notes in the finish, perfect bitterness, but leaves something to be desired. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, low carbonation, nice alcohol warming, which is hidden pretty well. Nice solid DIPA, won't knock your socks off but drinks pretty good.

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Photo of stephendr
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle- color of dark orange , with a decent off white head - nose of fresh hops , pine , mint , resin , cannabis , and slight malts – taste of fresh hops , slight mint , resin , cannabis , and slight malts - body is smooth, but too watery , and with low to medium carbonation – aftertaste of some metallic , hops , and resin

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Photo of bradybeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is medium gold in color-a nice departure from the ones that I have been seeing that are dark gold-nearly brown-and fluffy white head with medium carbonation wand a hint of malt and hops. Taste is excellent-the 9% doen't hit you up front and the hops for me is in perfect balance with the malt-neither is overpowering.

Mouthfeel for a Imperial IPA is medium-and I would almost say light.

This has to be one of the most drinkable Imperial IPAs I have tried yet

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden IPA with a very substantial head that's not going anywhere. The smell is what you expect from a great IPA, nothing more or less. Big and hoppy. The taste is honey & hops. I was recently talked out of using nugget hops for a recipe, and this beer has talked me right back into them. This beer is basically flawless, the only thing missing is the x-factor that is packed by a Stone or Alesmith. The mouthfeel is creamy, and the nuggets leave their mark at the end of the quaff. This is a big winner for Green Flash, whose other products I haven't enjoyed nearly as much.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/30/07- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep golden color upon the pour. Full 3/4 inch tight knit bubbled head...fairly creamy. Small chunks and light lace cobwebs remain.

Smell- Mostly pine resin hops with maybe a touch of toasted malt.

Taste- Possible just a touch of a lightly stale taste? The malt? A bit too buscuit flavored. Pine hops come into play soon and take over the show. Maybe a bit of grapefruit as well. The stale taste fades after a bit.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level. Fuller mouthfeel and a sugary coating left behind.

Drinkability- Not a bad choice for a DIPA. Not sure what that stale taste at first was, but it didn't take away too much from it. I'd try it again.

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Photo of bcm119
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark straw color with a sticky off white head. Strong crushed pine needle aroma, with hints of sweet candied fruit. A powerful citric/piney hoppiness attacks early, continues through a viscous mid-palate sting, and finishes with a sticky hop resin flavor. Malts seem to add little more than body and sticky sweetness. Not a clean beer, and really not all that drinkable. I much prefer the GF regular IPA to sip or session. Kind of a one trick pony: big hops. Delicious aroma, but it goes downhill from there.

Updated to increase scores. On tap at Barclay's this was delicious. The fresher version had less syrupy sweetness and a more complex hop character. Glad I tried this in its freshest form, GF is a good brewery.

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite West Coast IPAs, Green Flash has an amazing hoppiness to it, in both smell and taste. The bitterness is slightly overwhelming at first, but this beer is amazing at slightly under room temperature. I was able to get a growler of this being directly poured from a cask down in Maryland. It had about 1/2 inch of yeast down at the bottom, and an amazing cloudiness to it.

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Photo of tommy78
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden Yellow color. A medium amount of head that quickly settled into the beer.

Smell - Nothing but citrus in the aroma. I detected a hint of malt but the citrus overpowered it. Definitely a SoCal vibe to it.

Taste - The citrus aroma quickly translated into the taste. I detected some hops in the taste, but it was most citrus for me.

Mouthfeel - I immediately tasted some intense carbonation. But as soon as the beer reached the palate, there was nothing left.

Drinkability - I could easily have two of these a night. It is smooth for the most part, with a good taste. Plus, it goes really well with poultry or game. Enjoy this brew.

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Photo of nickss
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow.... a bit too light for a DIPA in my opinion. However, the head is a magnificent 3" chunky monstrosity, which leaves thick lacing along the glass. Absolutely gorgeous head on this one.

Delicious pine-resin aroma... crisp citrus. Not much depth or complexity... but a great nose nonetheless.

KABLAMO! 101 IBUs of tongue-puckering hoppiness gives my palate a swift butt-kicking. The pine-resin that was in the aroma makes itself very apparent in the flavour. Much like the aroma, however, it is moderately one-dimensional. Perhaps a bit of lemon rind and additional citrus join in.

Big mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Pretty damn nice.... maybe a bit less carbonation?

Pretty drinkable for a 101 IBU, 9% DIPA.... however that still does not mean it's incredibly drinkable.
All in all... quite enjoyable, and one I will certainly grab again at $4.99 a bomber.

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Photo of clickpush
2.6/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour: 22oz bomber to tulip glass. Vigorous pour yields vigorous head - about 3.5 finger white head over clear gold body. Sticky descent is slow paced, head is pock marked and corroded, fluffy and light.

Nose: Sweet hoppy smell. All pine and pineapple. Seriously.

Mouth: Almost no carbonation. Overly sweet. Quite bitter, w/ lingering hop flavors and alcohol heat. The malt character is quite boring, no depth - just unfermented sugar (maybe brown sugar flavor?) and pounding grapefruit hoppiness. Served this one around 55-60 degrees hoping that would open it up a bit, but nothing's going on here. I'm thinking some chilling may have improved the mouthfeel, but it's really pretty undrinkable.

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Photo of ChazMania
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very clear, mirror like but no head.

Smell/ aroma is faint yet grassy.

Taste - very nice, grass - hop and citrus flavor.

M- nice, rich and complex.

D) very bright, not for the early ipa person, but for someone searching for what's next.

I like this but it may not be for everyone.

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Photo of Crosling
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Super fresh, drank within two weeks of being bottled. Light gold, very nice head. Fairly nice hop nose but not super great. Awfully drinkable. It goes down super easy. Nice body. Nice hop flavor. A good Double IPA, but far from great, especially for being so fresh.

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