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RATINGS: 1499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   IBU: 101   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
"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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Cloudy dark copper body with a very slight head around the sides of the glass. Strange and interesting aroma - it is musty and cellared, with a strong dose of citrus, sugar, and of course, an array of hops. Sharply hoppy flavor, as expected and its powerful. Not much sweetness here to balance it out. Not that Iím complaining. I like a beer with a hop bang. This beer is pretty hot yet, which I expect will diminish over time. Tasty, a good overall beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Cloudy light orange beer, with a foamy, sticky lace - stereotypical west coast giant hop nose, orange peel, mango - tastes a bit oxidized - I guess the bottle is a little old - strong pineapple flavor, with apricot and orange - super dry hoppy character, which I prefer to the sticky sweet malt character that many of these beers exhibit - long summit hop finish - a tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2007
22oz bottle. Bright gold color with offwhite head. Nose is definitely more subdued than I was expecting given the West Coast IPA-- aromas of citrus hoppiness, orange and pineapple, with some faint earthiness in the background, along with a sugary note, like cookie dough. Flavor is all hops, really fresh and clean, with a faint sugary malt throughout. Deep bitterness emerges in the finish, rounding out the hops explosion. Smooth palate throughout, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. A bit sweet for my tastes overall. Not all that far removed from the West Coast IPA, and in that sense not as exciting as I was expecting, but darned tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 bottle....iím not getting into this one so much as this doesnít add to many of the iipas that exist out there....in summary, a decent iipa that is accented by an amalgamation of piney and citrus hops with malt added for balance. i would easily have this again but nothing makes it shine above the rest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2011 Bomber courtesy of Joey at South Bay! Definitely the best beer Iíve had from Green Flash. A big, bad-ass SoCal DIPA, this one is very piney and peppery, almost too much so at the expense of more floral or softer characteristics. But if itís a bit more one-dimensional than Iíd ultimately like, itís damn sure another winner from the home of American IPAs!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2007
22oz. Seems like more than 101 IBUs, hops are definitely the main feature here. Moderate to strong Carbonation, the Alcohol is highly evident. Not quite as refined or complex as I like my Imperial IPAs, could possibly do better with a little bit less alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3277) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Bottle, thanks Wetherel! Given Green Flashís West Coast IPA, I was expecting an aggressive blast of hops all over the place. This really wasnít that. The nose was hoppy, sure, but nothing ridiculous. I got strong orange and pot in the nose with some sweet floral scents. I gotta say, this one is pretty unique for the style. The bitterness hits me in the back regions of my palate, hard. Nothing really strikes me up front. More residual dryness is noted on this one. It feels like garlic on my tongue, but has a lot of citrus flavor. The bright citrus/pine blast Iím accustomed to from this style is morphed a bit here. I found this to be a unique delivery of bitterness with more emphasis on grass, vegetation, and a very, very dry pine needle finish. This one wasnít that resinous, all things considered. Now, Iím not sure how long this bottle has sat around, perhaps it did lose a bit of its edge. But as it stands, there are very strong flavors of fresh hops that make me believe it canít be too old. I liked the unique flavor on this one, but thought it could stand a bit more oomph.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Bomber, thanks to NachlamSie, shared with Tronraner and NachlamSie. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a lasting white head. The aroma is of pine, citrusy fruits such as grapefruit, orange, and lemon, and hops. At a claimed 101 IBU, Iím surprised at how bearable its bitterness is. It actually isnít really as bitter as I thought itíd be. The flavour is very clean with pine, citrus, and hops and the finish is very dry. The finish isnít too intense in bitterness either. Reading the previous rates, Iím beginning to believe that this bottle may have been aged for some time to lose its hopsy bitterness. Either way, itís very tasteful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Bomber shared by NachlamSie. Pours a cloudy gold with whitish head. The aroma has lots of orange, vague pineapple, some cookies, and even some onion-like acidity. The flavor is an acidic orange with some lemon and honey. Bitterness is strong, but not mindblowing. The malts are clean and sweet throughout, and the hops citrusy. The finish is slightly tart. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2007
2007 22 oz. bottle. Pours slightly cloudy but translucent orange-amber. Aroma is full-on citrus hops; grapefruit with some alcohol. Flavor is intensely bitter with citrus and overly skunky cat piss hops dominating as well as some out-of-place cloyingly sweet flavor in the back. Finished dry. Palate was medium to medium-full and carbonation was moderate. Generally smooth but had some alcohol burn. Overall, I thought this was a pretty messy DIPA. Kind of like a mutated GF West Coast IPA which I thought was solid. This version is bigger but also quite unbalanced.

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