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 psinderson
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy light amber color with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Lots of grapefruit with a background of green apple.

Taste: Hop candy - Grapefruit, piney and earthy. Good hop flavor from beginning to end.

Mouthfeel: Good solid medium body.

Drinkability: Considering the intense flavors, this goes down decently.

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Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a white head, lots of lacing left on the glass. Less copper color than many other ales of this style. The aroma is filled with citrus and pine flavor, and ends with a nice malty note. Smooth malty bitterness begins on the tongue, then turns into a sharp hop flavor which is balanced on the finish with sweet malt flavor. The bottle claims 101 IBU’s but it shouldn’t deter any true hophead. Summit and Nugget hops give this Imperial IPA a unique flavor. This ale is very drinkable despite its 9 percent strength.

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

Pours pretty clear with a amber color. Nice big frothy head that faded to small skim coat on the top. Smell is grapefruit and pine needles. Big hop flavors, citrus, oily pine needle, floral etc. There is an attempt at balancing with a carmel malt flavor showing up. Alcohol is well hidden, but show late with a slight warming. Medium body with decent carbo. Drikability suffers from the big hoppiness and alcohol.

Overall, pretty good representation of the style. I have had better, but not that many better.

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Photo of macster
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazy amber-orange hue producing a tight, thick huge head. Nice foam retention and sheets of lacing noted throughout the glass.

Beautiful aromas of grapefruit and orange rinds, pineapple, sun-drenched pine needles, lemon zest and a touch of caramel swirled in malted milk.

Palate is quite full, velvety and slightly oily; has a nice chewiness in the mouthfeel.

Flavors are those of a classic and well done west coast IPA. Tons of citrus hops swarm over the tastebuds on the initial sip. A moderately welcomed and balanced caramel-toffee sweetness intervenes to render a nice balance. A faint spiciness and alcohol warmth appears in the background.

Very drinkable and solid rendition of the style.

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Photo of Willamette
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 22oz snifter.
Excellent, easy pour with a nice one finger head. The head settles quickly leaving a central slick and a clingy edge ring. The color is a typical orange / yellow but the cloudiness was perfectly uniform without visible particulates. I loved it. It does clear up a little by the end of the glass.
The smell was almost as good as the appearance. I think I like Moylans Hopsicle better but this could almost rate a 5. Pineapple and orange creamsicle come to mind.
The taste was a bit surprising. It bursts across the lips and onto the tongue but it ends quickly and leaves minimal aftertaste with only mild bitterness. I am not sure if it is mild or smooth but by the end of the glass I am thinking it is just very smooth, possibly warranting a higher rating than 4.
Mouthfeel is good. It is fairly thick but has minimal slickness and is only mildly dry.
The drinkability rating is somewhat skewed by my inability to determine whether I think it is a 'mild' or a 'smooth' Double IPA. I feel a little let down but at the same time I want to go get another one to see if I can figure out how I really feel about it. However, at 9% ABV (which was unnoticeable) I will have to visit this beer again some other day. I do highly recommend it, though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, been waiting to try this one forever. Seems I could never just get my hands on it no matter how hard I tried. Finally was able to score a couple when it was my BDAY BIF turn and I was totally stoked, not only was I able to try it, but I could try it a couple times! This review is from my first try...

A - Poured a somewhat hazy, mostly clear deep orange amber. Big two inch plus white head formed immediatly on top and slowly faded down to reveal on a slight ring of lace along the top. Decent side glass lace was evident from the start. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

S - Aroma was delicous. Full on citrus hop blast from the start. Deep orange and tangerine tones dominated here. Mixed in was a tiny bit of sugar, but alot of grapefruit and some lemon. Very fresh, bitter citrus smell. A slight aroma of alcohol could also be detected.

T - Yummy, a truly west coast double IPA. Such a strong hop presence. Tons of very bitter citrus hops, sweet and a good amount of alcohol. There was no balance here, and none was to be expected. Just a down the hatch, hardcore double IPA. This will hurt your tastebuds for sure. But in that really good way, damn this was fine.

M - Super sticky and smooth. This was a thick, almost syrup like brew. You could really feel it as you sipped. There was no mistaken this one for something light. It was almost chewey, very nice.

D - Good, the only thing I would knock it for is that it is high in alcohol so it would be very difficult to drink more then of these. Other then that, fantastic.

Overall this was everything I thought it would be. I super duper hopped double IPA from a great west coast brewery. Truly a treat to behold. I really enjoyed it and I am glad I have another for later on.

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Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved from jasonm in the jbif. Served slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Bottle opened with an extremely loud bang. Poured a very clear pale golden color. About two good fingers of bubbly, thick, off-white head formed. Head settled slowly, and left a thick layer of lace about half way down the glass. Huge citrus aromas were present. Tons of lemon, grapefruit, and some somewhat grassy, bitter hops. Maybe some pineapple notes as well. All the citrus and hops were smoothed out nicely with a very present maltiness. Tons of resiny hops assault your tastebuds as soon as you take a sip. More strong citrus, Some bitter hops and a smooth pine presence. A little hint of bread in the background as well. No really noticeable alcohol in the mouth, moderately carbonated. Nice smooth full bodied mouthfeel that pleases the palate. Very drinkable, smooth, well balanced and enjoyable.

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

Pours a bright orange with a tight white head.

Smell is pine resin with some underlying caramel sweetness and biscuit-y-ness.

Taste starts off with a little caramel sweetness that trasitions into a very piney, hoppy finish. Yes, pine is the predominate hop flavor in this one. Bitterness is not overwhelming and there is a warming alcohol presence.

A solid DIPA. Lots of piney hop flavor and firm bitterness. I love this style and this is a nice example. Bottoms up!

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Photo of RedHaze
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy orange tinged gold, with a dense two finger head that fades slowly to a thick cap. The resulting lace is very sticky, leaving a solid sheet on the interior of the glass.

Smell; lots of citrus with grapefruit and orange peels. There's a mild hint of some sweet malts, but this one is definitely all about the citric hops.

Taste; the grapefruit and oranges really stand out, and there's also a touch of lemons in there as well. The malts are more noticable in the flavor than they were in the aroma, with a little caramel and biscuits, and there's a little bit of an alcohol spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a bit of a biting carbonation, and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden color with an orange tint. Nice thick white head leaves behind a bunch of lacing.

S: A lot of fruit in the aroma, mostly in the form of orange and grapefruit. Very little of the pine that often dominates west coast IPA's.

T: Slightly sweet malt flavor with loads of grapefruit and other tropical citrus fruits. The hop bitterness is rather subtle, not at all over the top. Hard to believe that it is 101 IBU's.

M: The mouthfeel is medium to slightly full bodied. Lots of oily hops with a little bit of sticky sweetness.

D: Very drinkable for a DIPA. The 9% is hard to find until it catches up with you at the end. It is very well balanced and it goes down very easy. Another solid west coast DIPA, definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a- pours a dark orange hue with three fingers of creamy white head, excellent lacing throughout

s- nose is of fragrant citrus and piney hops, well balanced malt profile underneath, but this is definitely dominated by the hops (Summit & Nugget)

t- Delicious bitter hops that are not overwhelming, piney resin throughout is balanced by the more subtle malts, aftertaste is slightly bitter with a brief alcohol kick that is short-lasting

m- Medium-bodied and oily mouthfeel, adequate carbonation

d- Wow, this is one delicious and well-balanced DIPA that truly masks the abv, I could have several of these in a sitting without getting bored, all praise the San Diego craftbrew scene!!!

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

Orange coloured body with copper overtone. Large, foamy head that erupted right off the pour, reminding me of those volcano experiments with baking soda used for elementary school science experiments. The head would eventually simmer down and left thick remnants of lacing where it once lay. Each bubble is boldly outlined. Hazy, with only shadows able to be seen on the other side.

An aroma of citrus! All the citrus of the rainbow: mandarin, tangerine, orange, lemon; vibrant and fresh. All the smells are so exuberant! Not so much resiny, or even 'green', this is simply fruity. A wonderful mandarin/tangerine aroma, testament to the excellent hop bill!

A fairly light mouthfeel especially considering the alcohol percentage. The malts make up a sturdy base. A light graininess. Some acidity can be felt as hits the back of the throat on the way down. There's an occasional, additional sting which may again be part result from acidity of the hops, or perhaps (more likely) the high level of alcohol (which, otherwise, couldn't be detected).

Toasted malts, in generous amount, make the base of the flavour. The taste of citrus, especially in the aftertaste, is strong with good, lasting resonance on the palate. An almost orange pop sickle character at times. Strong flavour of mandarin and tangerine.

Well, for something that poured with big head, had a big hop smell, a big hop taste, and a big alcohol percentage this really didn't drink like it was all that "big" - credit to the brewers. It was rather pleasant and very easy to enjoy on a lovely, summer afternoon.

Thanks BeerTruth!

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

22 Oz Bottle. Lemon, cat and Simcoe heavy aroma, dosed with heaps of resins and cones. Mostly piney with nips of orange liqueur. Pours a sainted clean, clear gold with a rim of linen white. On the mouth, initially a standard double IPA, with bristling pine cones, warm bready sugars, and a whole chaotic swirl of hop characters. A halcyon of cone production. This sorts out into a drier, bitter herbal quality, with the malt falling behind and finding a seat behind turpentine and grain alcohol. A nip warm and nosing, but generally composed of pleasing hop flavors. I’m not sure if I would have chose to build this beer with only Summit and Nugget, but as a duo they mostly get the job done before losing to a scathing bath of grass alcohols. Unique and somewhere in the field of decent west coast IIPAs. Some weird awkward tropical fruits and coarse grain characters show up down the line.

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Photo of grub
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

biegaman shared this one. thanks jan!

22oz bottle.

pours a nice golden yellow, slightly orangey, with a huge fluffy tan head that drops slowly and leaves lots of clumpy lace.

good aroma. grapefruit and tangerine. resiny. bread and cracker malt. a bit catty.

taste is ok. bready malt. bit of yeast and spice. medium bitterness level. grapefruit and a bit of tangerine. bit of a letdown.

mouthfeel is good. clingy resiny bitterness. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is ok. fairly well balanced. the flavour didn't really do it for me and seemed to be a bit of a letdown after the great appearance and nice aroma.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden with a decent initial head that fades to a thin cap. Pretty good lacing. Smells of spearmint, coriander, bubblegum. Unusual hop profile in the smell, also quite dry. Taste is somewhat similar, but the coriander note is quite a bit more restrained. Alittle waxy and a little beefy tasting with big but meaty/earthy hops.I don't get much citrus. I like the regular ipa quite a bit better than this. The alcoholseems somewhat restrained.A little slick in the mouth with a fairly big, dry body. Not the most drinkable beer on the planet. Very dry, alcoholic, and with a hop profile that doesn't charm makes it a one time thing for me.

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Photo of Franchise
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this offering up when I was on the west coast for business. The proprietor of the shop I was in told me this was a great brewery in the san diego area. Lets get to the review this offering pours a dark orange with a moutainous frothy white head that fades but doesn't disappear. The body has minimal yeast flowing throughout, and the aroma is strong ripened fruit, pineapple, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, doughy malty charachter.

The taste is very boozey upfront, syrupy mouthfeel, followed by sugary tropical fruit, that is quickly washed away by that resiny bitterness. This is a solid IIPA and stands up to any of the best out there solid offering from Green Flash now I want to try more!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity and very hoppy and the two are quite nicely blended with a good malt background.

T: The taste is very-well balanced with a strong hops bitterness and a heavy citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly bitter. Nothing much more to say except that it’s just a damn flavorful beer.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, great kick, this beer has everything that you look for in a 2IPA. It’s a great beer that I could drink until the 9.00% ABV catches up with me.

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Photo of ReDave
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber in Fresno's BevMo. [if you can believe that!]

Rich golden pale amber.

Very full fluffy head.

Thick lacing all the way down.

Aroma doesn't seem quite as strong as the West Coast IPA, [but ;-P I have another to try again!]

Tastes very good, Malty as expected with a big beer, but sharp hop bitterness present as well.

If I am able to get this on a regular basis. [please BevMo] Then this will be in regular rotation.

I've seen that this is available much farther East than i would normally expect, Go San Diego, and to the domination of the west coast hop head migration!


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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a copper apricot cla see through color off white head forms thick leaves even lace behind. Aroma has heavy grapefruit citrus and some tropical fruit flow touch of pineapple as well as some sugary malt biscuit sweetness and evident alcohol in the nose. Flavor is raw west coast hop character with leafy, citrus grapefruit hop flavor and bitterness hits hard big hop burps after one or two sips, light biscuit malt character with some sugary sweetness underlying. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied resinous oily slick texture even abonation flows pretty well grapefruit peel lacquer is left on the palate. Drinkability a solid west coast DIPA I'm glad I finally had the opportunity to meet up with this bad boy.

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden/bronze with 3+ fingers of rocky eggshell colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Breadyness & piney hops, with a hint of lemon & booze

T: Piney & citrus hops with some breadyness up front. Herbal/earhy hops & brown sugar follow as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops, grapefruit juice & warming booze/malt & more grapefruit hops

MF: Chewy with low carbonation, but very juicy for the abv

Drinks very good for the abv, just a little to heavy handed on the grapefruitty hops for me

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, 101 IBUs, uses Summit and Nugget Hops. Alc. 9%

A: Cloudy orange-yellow, with firm white head which leaves good lacing.

S: Smell is exceptional, from vibrant piney hops, to lemon candies, to freshly mown grass, the list goes on and on.

T: Brisk pine bitterness, cuts across the palate with some white grapefruit and cantaloupe backing it up. Small hints of malts in the aftertaste, but the taste is completely hop dominated, and improves quite nicely as it warms up.

M: Smooth and immensely creamy, a delight going down.

D: Pretty good, the 9% makes its presence known, but doesn't overtly knock you out. I agree with the label, highly quaffable for an Imperial IPA, this is a great beer.

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Photo of scottoale
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22fl.oz. brown bomber into my Stone 10th anniv. pint orange-gold ale with a green tinge around the sides of the glass. The head was a thick off-white to beige of three fingers that left gobs of lace sticking to the upper regions of the pint glass...good carbonation kept it aloft for some time.

The smell was totally of resinous, sticky pinecone hop-hippity-hops and a faint citrus fruity sweetness towards the end...smell's like a hop-bomb for sure.

The taste...hmm, let me see...very piney and most definetely a hop-bomb, just like the smell indicates (go figure).

Good full body of an Imply double IPA with it's big 9% ABV well hidden under the pine needles.

I consider myself to be pretty hoppy in the head, but think this one would get old rather quickly as pine gets rather prickly in no time at 101 IBU's.

None the less a very tasty brew in small doses...hop to it!

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to sirhc and Zorro for this great brew!

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear bright orange with a huge fluffy white three finger head. Grabs a hold of the glass extremely well. Takes a while to die down to a nice layer that stays the whole tasting. Wow, smell is pure pine, strong evergreen odor. Honsestly there is nothing else I can smell but I like it. Taste is a whole lotta pine hops that dries out the mouth quickly. Flavor in the end is a very dry/bitter bite. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. I really did enjoy this DIPA because I'm a hophead, but I would like to see more than just pine dominating the flavor and smell, definitely worth a try though.

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Photo of Reed415
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Hazy orange color with a significant Head

S - Piney hops and Citrus fruit

T - Tons of piney hops, citrus, and firm maltiness. Pretty well balanced

M - Medium body, and medium carbonation, alcohol is well hidden

D - Above Average DIPA, Worth A Try

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Photo of Tizzod
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color, with a nice thick white head that thins out nicely, into my Green Flash pint glass (thanks to Cost Plus World Market). Good lacing as well. Smell was very strong pine and resin and some citrus notes. Taste was awesomely piney and bracing. Wonderful lingering bitter hop aftertaste. This is exceptionally drinkable given high abv. One of my first big west coast hop bombs and I can't wait to keep drinking them. Yum.

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