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
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
Ratings:
2,633
Reviews:
1,003
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
Wants:
150
Gots:
337
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from nugganooch; thanks Dane! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent orange-golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head leaves a ton of lacing on the glass and lasts for several minutes. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, light pine hops, and some light floral hops. Very hoppy and fruity, pretty nice.

t - Tastes of oranges, citrus hops, lemons, fruity malts, tropical fruitys, bready malts, some light caramel malts, and light alcohol. Not as hoppy as the nose and more malts, a slight step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light bitter bite up front.

o - Overall a very good DIPA. Nose is great and chock full of fresh hops and fruits. Taste is a little bitter and more malts come out, but it's a very good beer. Something I'd certainbly have again.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

A: A nice, clear orange-copper color with minimal white foam.

S: This smells like a grapefruit orchard in the middle of a pine forest.

T: ...and it tastes like one too. Amazing (nearly overwhelming) pine. The grapefruit helps to cut through some of the amazing bitterness, but this beer is still very bitter (which is a good thing).

M: Great body, not much in the way of carbonation, though.

D: As much as I loved this beer, it is not something you can sit down and drink several bottles of. Still a great IIPA.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

Cracked open a decidedly fresh bottle to see what the fuss was about (trust me, I've encountered some mild fuss out here...). It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of very lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, light cilantro, lemon zest, light orange rind, light grapefruit peel, light biscuit, and grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with the pine resin and cilantro really taking control of the situation, ensuring my tongue understands that hops are now in charge. Indeed. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice, very hoppy DIPA. Straight up.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into two goblets. Thanks to Nugganooch for this bottle.

Appearance - A hazy golden body topped by an ample white head. Lacing is minimal. I might even go so far as to say it's murky. Just a bit.

Smell - Not the hop bomb I was hoping/expecting. It's got a healthy dose of citrus, but it's also got a dominating sweetness and booziness right behind it. Oh man this is gonna be a big one.

Taste - Like the aroma, the citrus hops come first, but it's so sweet that they seem to take second fiddle. Caramel malts and booze are the flavors that drown out the hops. In the aftertaste are piney hops and a slightly sustained bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Not very syrupy considering the sweetness. Still a bit thick, but not as much as I expected. What's dominating is the booze. It's way too much considering that it's only 9.4%. No need for it to be this hot.

Overall - A slight disappointment. It's strange that I thought Green Flash West Coast IPA didn't have enough malt to it and this one has way too much. I'd bet a 2 part West Coast IPA and 1 part Imperial IPA combination would be spectacular.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Slightly hazy and light orange in color. The beer has a thick inch of head that leaves a great deal of lacing on the pint glass.

S: Hops, tart citrus, malt, respectively.

T: This DIPA tastes good, but is not the hop bomb I was expecting from Green Flash. The flavor is a hybrid of a hop driven, high alcohol DIPA and a maltier, more balanced version of the style. This is a big beer, for sure. I do wish it was more hop forward with less malt presence. I purchased this from a good store where the beer was kept cold, but there's really no way to discern the freshness of the beer, other than an educated guess based on the flavor.

M: Hop bitterness with a heavy dose of malt and alcohol in the finish. The feel is medium to full in body, with appropriate carbonation levels.

D: Although in my ideal world this be a bit different, the flavors found here are certainly enjoyable. Green Flash knows how to brew excellent beers, and even those that aren't necessarily my cup of tea (or beer) are still good brews and worth buying

Notes: Put a bottling date on your beers, especially IPAs and DIPAs! It's not that hard, and this small deed would be so helpful and informative to the consumer. Thank you to breweries like Dogfish Head and Russian River who have been doing this for years.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper with 1" of white, foamy, dense head that has decent retention. The nose has citrusy, floral notes, but nothing defining. The taste is bready, doughy malt that give a pineapple notes when combined with the hops. The hop character is citrusy and leaves a mild bitter finish on the palate. It's medium bodied, well carbonated, and very smooth.

This is an unoffensive, complex, smooth, enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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

Pours a clouded orange gold with almost no white head. Even without the head, I still rate it what I do because of the color. Nose is strong with grass and perfumed tones. Did I say it was strong with grass? Just want to make sure. Flavor is nice, but a bit too vibrant, shall we say. It sings a bit too high in my mouth at first. Of course over time I either get used to it or it calms down. I am sure it's that I get used to it. Thick floral hoppy flavor profile. It is nice, but kind of one-sided. Not massively complex, but who cares. It's nice. Feel has a decent bubble to it and the liquid is fairly well bodied. Nice to drink. Could easy go on this all night.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Aggressive head, off white and tan mixes with some uniformity and a fist full globing size. Body color is a gorgeous crystal clear orange amber.. WOW sheening orange glimmering body color here just a great looking brew with some good retention, not much lacing, nearly "perfect" looking. Tilting gives red rose highlights in the body, just SICK!

Bouquet is a giant meaty sausage basket. Dank earth hops, without the soil bent. Seasoned sausage and herbs, what the hell is going on here! I am craving salami and sopressata smelling this thing! Dense. I am drooling!

Palate and taste hits with a fantastic wicked dense mouthfeel. Thick malt plays with an earthy hop bent that rolls and brings earthy soil and dank character. Not sweet. A little one dimensional, nothing fruity or unique, just a good earth bent.

Overall, kerrpies, I need a cheese plate here with this. A real great looking brew that just screams food pairing, mixing a non boozy hop rush and balanced earth boquet that screams winning. Nice job.

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Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,633 ratings.
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