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RATINGS: 1435   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. Itís all about the hops!" -- Brewmaster Chuck Silva
101 IBU

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2010 Clear orange in color; head is nearly white, almost full, and creamy, yet a little fluffy. Great longevity on the head and excellent lacing. Pleasant, yet simple nose for an IIPA; citrus is big up front with notes of tangerine and pink grapefruit with underlying notes of pine and grass. Very similar flavor with hops flavors being almost totally dominant noting most obviously tangerine and pine resin; only hints at a cookie-like sweetness under the high bitterness. Palate is medium, lively, and a little sticky; a tad thin for the style. Finishes mostly bitter with pine resin sticking around with a very little cookie sweetness, then it vanishes ghostly. Very drinkable for the ABV, but somewhat simple for an IIPA; no real complexities, but no complaints either. Basically, just an amped up version of their West Coast IPA, not better, not worse. Tried another bottle a couple years later in a bomber... the palate seems not as thin which is nice, the citrus notes are more juicy and bold, and an herbal bitterness finds its way underneath everything to give a nice complexity to the beer. It seems like one of those beers that has plenty of hops but not enough to get in the way of the overall beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (5062) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Sampled part of Bomber. Golden amber color, with nice head. Aroma is powerfully hoppy and the citrus aroma is strong. Palate is really thick with hops, when I was drinking it it was almost like I was chewing the hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Beer pours a really attractive honey color with a big, fluffy off white head that is totally retained. Aroma is BIG grapefruit hoppy goodness with a bit of pine resin. Flavor is really nice, juicy citrus, sweet pineapple, wonderful hoppy bitterness. I have not been a big fan of Double IPAs lately, but I really am enjoying this one. Great job, Green Flash!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2007
22oz bomber poured into my pint glass. Pours a golden color with only the slightest of head that quickly recedes and is gone. Smell. The smell is sticky-icky. You know when you get done cutting the grass and you turn the mower over to clean out the clumps. Yeah, that in a glass. The taste is pretty much the same as the smell but with the obvious hop bitterness. Now Iím more of a fan of the simcoe hop. The juicier, more citrusy hop. But for what itís worth, this beer was easily drinkable. It went down smooth. The mouthfeel was well balanced between the hops and what malt there was. The alcohol does come through quite apparent. Itís not hiding no where. Itís as up front as the hops are. Which is about the only thing that keeps this beer from being highly sessionable. A good offering. I would have again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
Better than average double IPA at Pizza Port in Port Carlsbad. Good hop juice, piney. Drinkable though over 100 IBU. Orangey colour with white head. Citrus taste. Satisfying though assaulting as it is. Summit and nugget hops. A change of pace, but their IPA and most IPA are more my speed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2007
A TREMENDOUS I2PA! Something Iíll tell the grandkids about. Intense hoppieness that doesnít dry you out. Pours yellow with crazy carbonation factor 5. Smells of hops with hops added. Tastes like a liquid pine tree meets hop flavored bubbilicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Tap at DIPA fest. Very aggressive beer, dominated by very floral yet bitter hops. Nice mouthfeel and lasting bitter finish. Aroams are nice as well, fruity and piney with an added floral component. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 11, 2007
CHRONIC!!! this is soooo good, i voted this peopleís choice award at the KLCC brewfest, nearly perfect balance of all things perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5066) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. The aroma is very piney with a moderate citrus presence. It pours a transparent orange with a msall white head. The flavor is very tropical fruity up front. It finishes with moderate citrus and lgiht grapefruit hops. Itís not nearly as hoppy as I expected, especially having already tried their regular IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
buck1313 (3) - USA - FEB 9, 2007 does not count
As it poured in the pint, I noticed a very frothy, creamy white head that really clung to the glass. The hop aroma was very apparent as it should be for an IIPA. Citrus and pine notes were the major hop aroma I noticed. The alcohol was not hidden in the beer. In fact, it was quite in your face. My pour had very low carbonation. I think a little more would have taken away from the very harsh bitterness. It was good, but I want not overly impressed. I wouldnítgo out of my way looking for it. It is easy to over-hop a beer with little balance. I think Green Flash achieved that with this beer.

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