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RATINGS: 1465   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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. It’s all about the hops!" -- Brewmaster Chuck Silva
101 IBU


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2007
22 oz. bomber in Colorado on 3/23/07 poured a clear gold and offered up a large rocky white head with excellent durability and lace. Monster fresh hop aroma is backed up by light toffee. Medium body and resinous mouthfeel that nicely fits the style, and without obvious evidence of the high ABV. Caramel base flavors juxtaposed to the grapefruit bitterness that brings on and extended dry finish. Really nice Imperial IPA for hopheads.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2007
Tap at Hamilton’s, San Diego. Pale golden beer with a thick creamy white head. Massive hop aroma, perhaps even greater than their regular IPA with more sweet tropical fruit character. Mango, pineapple, and juicy fruit character. There is also a touch of herbal hop aroma behind the fruity aromatics. Very lean body leaving just fruity sweet hops, grapefruit, pine, and chewy hop resins. Seems less bitter than the regular IPA because it’s a little bit less resinous. As I approach the bottom of the pint, the hops begin to taste a bit soapy, but it’s still a great pint.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - MAR 24, 2007
Bottle. Oooh what a Ipa, very good balance, fruity and malty at the same time and then very hoppy, Chuck Silva you got my vote.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2007
draft at liar’s club. a dark miller lite in appearance. all i smell is masssive hops. super sharp northwest coast hops. tyler would love this. IIPA’s all taste the same to me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Bottle shared by nolankowal: Hazy peach color with an off white head. Aroma, pine, grapefruit and other citrus notes, resinous hop notes. Flavor, pale and caramel malts up front, a sticky grapefruit and piny hop character. Great flavor from the hops, but I thought it lacked that big bitter punch on the back end. Good beer though.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Bomber pours a hazed, but radiant, peach body topped by a one finger, creamy, almond head. Excellent retention and island chain lacing drapes the pint glass. Aroma has prominent pink garpefruit complimented by orange esters, lemonrind and pine. Creamy, well carbonated, medium body has no hint of the 9% abv. Citrus fruit hoppiness dominates the taste, with a restrained honey-like sweetness balancing well. Nugget hops are prominent. Outstanding balance and dangerous drinkability. One of the better west coast DIPA’s I’ve had the fortune to sample.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Lots of piney hops in the aroma.Pours a very light copper with a big white head.Big hops totally dominate the flavor.Medium to full mouthfeel with a huge hop finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2007
[Bottle from Beermouth tasted with the hop-bros at Jess’ cosy inn.]
Filtered look with amber colour and huge head. Aroma of pine and other fruits combined with grasshops. Flavor of malted fruits and alcohol ending up in a bitter finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
bottle from total wine. semi-cloudy amber, not overly carbonated. aroma is big grassy hops, herbal earthy happy hops, peaches. medium body, a hint of malt fades into an explosion of hop flavor. the bitterness is perfectly balanced against the 9% alcohol and is not over the top. just a ton of wonderful hop flavor and a dangerously drinkable beer. damn.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Didn’t really get the pineiness others are repoerting,it was all hops alright ,but a more field grain aroma, certainly pleasant enough,taste was a more lucoius grain hop dominated taste ,with the sticky caramel backing.Alcohol became evident as it warmed ,another great West Coast IPA,but I would label this the proto San Diego hop beer. Thanks Kingpin


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