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RATINGS: 1492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   IBU: 101   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"San Diego-style IPA, as it has come to be known by many, is a super-hoppy, high gravity, yet highly quaffable ale. Green Flash Imperial IPA is created in this new tradition, with intense hop flavors and aromas from a unique blend of Summit and Nugget hops. It’s all about the hops!" -- Brewmaster Chuck Silva
101 IBU


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Pours thick head on top of a body of slightly opaque amber. Has a wonderful floral and hoppy aroma and a bitter finish that sticks around longer than a lot of beers I taste. Leaves a very pleasant aftertaste on the my palate. A worthy IPA for sure!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Pours a hazy copper orange color color with a white head. Aroma is caramel and resinous hops. Flavor is light on the malt with a piney resinous bitter hop finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with a frothy white head. Great hoppy aroma, grapefruit, pine, resin, terrific. Taste is more of the same intense hops. Mostly pine in the taste. Not much in the way of malt, a little unbalanced, but I like it that way. Good bitter finish that lingers. I like.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Poured a deep deep copper-amber with a medium to wispy white head. Dominated by resinous piny hops aroma and chewy malts. A bit cloying in the finish with waves of palate bruising bitterness. Not well balanced, but right up my alley. I still prefer the regular GF IPA to this one.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Wow...what an aroma..I thought someone lit a doobie...the hop aroma was WAY OUT THERE. Almost was too strong...golden pour, medium head, sour taste, but very enjoyable! This miight be one of my first Imperial IPA’s. Not sure.... I’d definitely recommend this to all my IPA loving compadres!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Bottle, purchased while in Cali. Pours an orangish amber with slight whitish head. Citrusy aroma, but a little lacking, but most IIPAs seem this way to me, especially compared to aromatic IPAs. Big malt backing to an agressively hopped ale, wonderful. This was an excellent and very drinkable IIPA, enjoyed very much, but I can’t get it in Ohio. One of my favorite styles, and this one did not let me down.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (22523) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2007
Bottle. Thank you bu11zeye for this one. Pour a clear orange color with a small white head. Malty hoppy grapefruit aroma, also some hints of pine. Malty and very hoppy grapefruit flavor with some piney hints. Long malty hoppy bitter finish and also a long hoppy bitter aftertaste. Good Stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle. Hazy dark honey body with a thick ring of bubbles and a small island of bubbles. Nose-metal, cinnamon, nutmeg, light mint, very candy like. Taste-light chocolate, medium alcohol, low bitter, sweet tea, very light pine, very light citric/grapefruit, kefir lime, fairly high pH, pineapple, lightly buttery. All in all, all of the usual IPA flavors are there (citrus, pine, grapefruit, etc.) but everything is very muted. No one flavor profile dominates. If I was blindly tasting this, I wouldn’t think that it was a IIPA, more like a IPAX1.5. Since I am quickly tiring of IIPA’s, I rather enjoy the laid back nature of this beer. Unique, and I am going to give it a relatively high score based upon it’s restrain and uniqueness. Nose becomes more like an English barleywine as it warms.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8040) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Bomber pours a clear a clear gold with frothy off white head and sweet lacing. The aroma is lighter than it should be to be a top notch brew with hints of sweet malts and mild citrus grapefruit hops. The taste begins somewhat neutral then becomes sweet with malts as grapefruit hop bitterness and floral hops bloom. The mouth feel is thick speaking to the gravity of the beer yet with virtually no hint of the 9% ABV. Nice lingering grapefruit hop bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Golden(1)->Dark brown(5) : 2     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 1
Aroma:
Intensity : 2  
Yeast : 3   Bread : 1   Tropical Fruits : 3   Soap : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX   Fusel : XX  
Malt : 3   Biscuity : 3   Hay : 2   Toasty : XX   Caramel : XX   Fruity : XX   Nutty : XX   Honey : 3   Maple : XX   Molasses : XX   Cereals : XX   Grainy : 2
Hops : 4   Noble(1)->American(5) : 5   Leafy : XX   Spicy : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : 2   Grapefruit : XX Orange : 4   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : 3  
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : XX   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX   Dates : 3   Bourbon : XX   Bubblegum : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 5   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 4   Complex : 2   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : 2   Chalk : XX   Astringent : 3   Alcohol : 4   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: An archetypal Californian ipa, though with more alcohol and slightly less intense hop aromatics.


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