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RATINGS: 1462   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   IBU: 101   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
"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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2007
This and Moylander IIPA are what I rate all other Imperial IPAís on. At least when it comes to somewhat readily available IIPAís. I have not had Three Floyds Dreadnaught, and apparently that is the best IIPA, but this is pretty much it for me. Intense pine floral aroma. As it warms I also get a little fruit punch from the malt. The beer is a golden orange color. The flavor really is dominated by the 101 IBUís. I get a ton of pine. It is balanced by the malt only slightly, but it is pretty much a hop bomb. A little bit of floral bitterness too. Very resiny on the palate. Dry and heavy mouthfeel. This is my favorite IIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
22 oz. bottle- color of dark orange , with a decent off white head - nose of fresh hops , pine , mint , resin , cannabis , and slight malts Ė taste of fresh hops , slight mint , resin , cannabis , and slight malts - body is smooth, but too watery , and with low to medium carbonation Ė aftertaste of some metallic , hops , and resin

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Bottle. Hazy orange caramel, off white head. The aroma is quite unique on this one. I smell intensely fresh hops and apricot. The flavor is hops, apricot, walnut, wheat, floral. Very flavorful and fresh. This is one of my favorite Imperial IPAs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (12455) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Whoo! The resiny pine hop aroma is so intense that it suggests fresh cat p... Joking, I think. Fantastic aroma. Hazy orange amber color with a mobile white head that enthusiastically laces. The start is like evergreen. I donít taste citrus, but pineapple I can believe. The mouthfeel is firm. Itís almost smooth. The mouth impact is hop. 101 IBU? Can that be measured? It has legs like good wine. Or at least the illusion of such. Itís almost creamy. Finish? My mouth is probably finished for the evening. No way that hop is wearing off soon. I have no idea why this is not on the "best" list.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle sampled on 1/20/07: Pours a transparent copper orange with a nicely-lacing thin white head. Aroma of sweet light caramel malt and good fresh grapefruity hops. Body starts fairly full, malty and sweet with a good grapefruity citrus hoppy balance toward a crisp, bittersweet finish. A nice double IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7315) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 [260-20070413] 1pt6floz (c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, jerc, mds, tupalev). Pine resin pineapple aroma with sweet citrus and slight body odour/feet characteristics. Hazy, orange body with few bubbles and a quick bubbly white head. Very sweet pine bite in the flavour, very pineapple. Bitter medium body. Too hopjuicy for me but it blends better after you get used to it. (9/4/6/3/14) 3.6

[1332B-20080508] 1pt6floz bottle. Pine evergreen hops aroma has some orange resin notes. Clear, orange amber brown body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Super bitter grassy resin evergreen flavour is all fresh. Bitter medium body. Definitely a bitter bite. (7/3/8/3/17) 3.8
(w/ jerc, manuchampions)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2606) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (642) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - 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%.

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