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RATINGS: 1396   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   IBU: 101   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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"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. Itís all about the hops!" -- Brewmaster Chuck Silva
101 IBU


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
Bottle. A rich golden color, relatively clear, with a big foamy white head. Grapefruit, apricot, citrus and hoppy grass aroma. A enough of a malt base to not leave me hanging in a sea of dry bitterness. Sweet and hoppy (pine) flavors with a nice spice. Nicely balanced and hides the alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2007
Sampled at a gathering of TN Ratebeerians a couple months ago; thanks to illinismitty for sharing. Creamy eggshell tan head, big and lasting over a hazy, pale orange beer. Smell is wonderfully delicate, flowery and leafy hops with grassy notes. In the mouth, an initial malt baseline of dusty grains gives way to grapefruit and orange. The fruit flavors are full and round on a firm body. The fruit persists into the finish, where flowery hops reemerge on top. A vein of grassiness lives all the way through from start to finish, most noticeable as the fruits die away and the salty, dirty bitterness emerges on the sides. The finish lingers for days. Iím really surprised that this isnít rated higher. Maybe we just had a really good bottle in Nashville.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 28, 2007
Tried at Green Flashís tasting room with my friend Joel from work. Joel bought a 22oz 12 pack for $40. I love imperial anything, especially IPAs. This one is average, so the rating is not as high as other IIPAs.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - APR 24, 2007
UPDATED: APR 25, 2007 Hoppy, very sweaty gym socks aroma. Slightly tart and even a touch funky. Pours with great lacing, very pale. Flavor is interesting and balanced, big hops but not in your face like three floyds stuff, rather they are very yellow and laid back, yet still IIPA strong. Finish is interesting, almost savory, with odd notes of potato, salt. Palate is clean and smooth for 9%.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3214) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 24, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 22oz bomber bought in DC at a whole foods. Bright orange with a foamy white head. good head retention the whole way through. lots of piney hops here-delicious and juicy ones. Man, if its the summit, i dig them! a backbone of floral notes as well which balance well with the pine and resin here. flavors have tons of piney hops-like eating a cascade hop cone at times. truely delicious! after the pine and resin, there is a tropical fruity note that is wonderful. this is a GEM of an IIPA and i wish i bought more so my buddy vyvvy could sample it. Damn, maybe next time i go to DC. This is one that is hard to beat and definately under-rated! ReRate fresh bottle-hmmm, this beer is still pretty good, but has alot of things that make it not as highly rated as i once had it. THe nose is still really nice-dank pine and resin. Flavors are where its goes down a bit. Lots of piney hops, but the beer doesnt really come together very well, somewhat like the Bear REpublic IIPA.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2007
Bottle courtesy of dirtymartini, thanks again! Orange-yellow pour with a white head. Aroma of pine and grapfruit...fairly pungent with some spicy characters and some sweet malt notes. FLavor of resiny pine hops backed with some light sweet malt...more spice elements as well. Medium bodied...bittersweet and bright throughout. Pretty nice stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3283) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 22, 2007
22 ounce bomber purchased from the Nugget on Mace in Davis, CA. The aroma is just LOADED with pine trees. Smells sooo good. There is also a bit of hemp in the nose, too. Very quaffable and enjoyable to the nose. Transparent light copper/dark golden body with a nice, frothy off-white head which leaves attractive lacing. Wish it was a little darker. This is like drinking a pine tree. Lots of piney hops in the start, which is backed up by some nice chewy malts. Lightly sweet in the middle with a little touch of booziness. Finishes with more bitter piney and hempy hops. Relatively one-dimensional, but that is a damn good dimension and this is well-balanced for being such a big beer. Great job.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2007
Pours a very nice medium orange hazy color with a one inch off-white head. The smell is intensly hoppy with citrus and spicy tones. Excellent bitter taste with a big hoppy finish. This brewery doesnít disappoint, Green Flash knows how to satisfy the hop heads.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (5948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2007
Bottle (650ml) shared with HogTownHarry, jerc, mabel, mds & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a small diminishing white head. Aroma: Oh yeah thatís nice! Big, fresh resin & citrus hops backed by sweet malt. Flavour: Big (that word again!) citrus hops taste with a long bitter finish -- delicious to this hop-head. Alcoholís well hidden. Nice medium to full body. Simply a wonderful IIPA!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (801) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 20, 2007
22 oz bomber. Big fruity and hoppy aroma. Pours a clear straw color with a big frothy three finger head. Flavor consists of an overpowering grapefruit backed by pine notes. Slight oily mouthfeel. I expected a biggerlingering hop bitterness on the finish, which was dissappointing. Overall, it is still a good West Coast IIPA.


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