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RATINGS: 1428   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


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2007 Bottle from crosling. Pale orange color with large head that vanishes fast. Aroma of citrus hops and perfume. The taste was pretty good mix of hop and semi sweet malts. Good fruitiness. Smooth on the palate with nice bitter finish. Nothin fancy just a solid IIPA

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3158) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Thanks to Illinismitty for sharing this one at the Nashville tasting. Pours a brilliantly clear, dark yellow/amber body that puts a firm creamy white head in the glass. Interesting hop aroma that is both earthy and fruity and light at the same time. Lots of malt in the flavor, but it too is only supportive of the hop flavor. Good solid IIPA.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Holy schmoley, does this brewery know aromatics; IPA as well, for that matter. Pours a clear copper/amber with superior retention of a most silky and substantial head. Aroma is splendid, I am so glad; I had myself all worked up because I was so sure it wouldnít live up to the lovely aromatic nuances of their standard IPA, but indeed it does. In fact, I think it may be a little better if not only for the intensity and brash, but fresh and unique hop blend. Pine, grapefruit, sorbet, bready malts, fruit loops(I love that) and onions and lesser other herbs. Smells killer. There is also substantial alcohol but it only seems to perpetuate more expressive interplay between the many varied scents. Flavor is at first very light, sharp and dryly hoppy, not too dissimilar in taste from their standard offering. Much lighter in body and finish than expected, to my utter delight. This will be gone in a matter of minutes I suspect. More sips reveal a little vanilla and more of the herbal character, along with much warming from the alcohol. Malt only provides a semblance of balance here, but it handles the task well. Finish is semi-dry for an imperial IPA and very balanced. Quite refreshing. They nailed the quaffability issue the label spoke of. Only complaint is that this is my only bottle, pity that is. As an aside, I think the lacing left at the end may be the most spectacular I have ever seen. Itís so intricate, I might take a picture.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Nice clear amber pout, very hoppy sweet aromas explode from the glass. A citrusy, apricot, bready sweet array of malt and hop flavors arrannged beautifully on the palate. Balance is excellent, a terrific DIPA, I was very sad when the bottle was empty.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Pours light golden/amber with a small white head. Very piney aroma, with a light hint of grapefruit, and roasty malt. Hop bitterness is masked by the huge malts, but there is alot of roasty, woody, caramel flavor. Palate is medium, sticky, and lightly bitter. The flavors, body, and aroma are there, there just really isnít any balance in this beer. Hops are definately a backseat to the malt in this brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2007
I picked up this 22 on a whim, since i hadnít been impressed by the other Green Flash stuff Iíd had, but this one ainít bad. looks like light iced tea, except with plenty of hops along with a suprising sweetness. the label says "all about the hops" but the maltiness (for an ipa) is what sticks out at me. Very pleasant to drink for a 2x ipa, but it doesnít have quite the same quality as a alesmith or a stone.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2007
22oz bottle. pours a bright amber pale color with nice head. nose is clearly PNW hops, hop aroma is soft, grassy, piney, grapefruit, and leathery. flavor just isnít bitter enough (unsure of age), very biscuity, citrus, sweet finish, alcohol in the flavor too. a very big hoppy beer finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle from Shawan Liquours in Cockeysville, MD. Pours amber with a white head. Great aroma, like this was made with wet hops. Aroma is sweet and herbal with notes of fruit loops cereal. The hops take center stage on this one. Mixed complex hop profile of light tropical fruitiness and mixed with some grassy bitterness. Very nice backdrop of mildly sweet pale malts. Finish reminds me of a harvest ale, with a pleasant leafy and citrusy hop bite. Good beer that I would have no problem purchasing again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9986) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Bomber poured a lightly hazy gold with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of pine, citrus and light carmel. Palate was light to medium bodied, crisp and slightly resiny. Flavors of pine, orange, grapefruit and light carmel with a lingering bitter citrus finish. It would be even better with a bigger malt backbone!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2507) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Large offwhite head, retention is good, ends up rocky with some spotty lacing left behind. Clear copper orange hued brew. Nose of citrus, melon, lightly tropical and a touch rubbery. Body is medium, lightly chewy, crisp and tangy. Lots of hop flavor, a bit tropical, citrusy, grapefruit, lemon/lime and peach all well integrated with a lightly sweet caramel maltiness. Finish is a touch sweet and hop resiny with a nice hop bite. Alcohol shows lovingly as it warms. Nice job Green Flash!


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