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RATINGS: 1433   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Wow! Bottle from State Line. The pour is turbid orange with 1-finger off-white head. The aroma is massive, coupling caramel malt, huge citrus and tropical fruit (mango, tangerine, pineapple, honeydew, star fruit), plus a solid dose of fresh black and white cracked pepper. The palate is rich, dense, hefty, complex, hoppy, and with the bevy of citrus fruits listed above. This one is like a slightly toned down version of Southern Tier IIPA, with a dash of Dreadnaught. Yeah man!!!!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 On tap at Mekong for the St Feuillien/Green Flash Collaboration Tapping on 08/05/2010. Clear amber body with a small white head. Sweet caramel and lots of hops. Big hop flavor with lots of caramel. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/6/3/14 - 3.3 01/29/2007 - Clear amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet caramel and citrus hops aroma. Very sweet floral hops with a bit of citrus hops and a caramel background. 8/3/8/3/16 - 3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2007
From a 22oz Bottle. Pours an incredibly clear honey gold color with a tall layer of frothy white head. Fresh hop aroma with a subtle layer of light vanilla caramel malt base. Citrus and white pine aromas abound, along with some soft white grapefruit. Medium bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. The body is actually a little bit on the light side considering the alcohol content, making this an enjoyable drinkable heavy hop hitter. Not too bitter at first, the hops start out slow, with a slightly biscuity malt base patiently taking a back seat, letting the hops shine. The hop character keeps building, bringing out flavors of blood orange zest at first, then transitioning to some white grapefruit tones, and finally finishing with a bit of a piney smack. Clean, lovely example of the style that brings out many of the great qualities of a typical IPA, without going overboard on any of the qualities like so many other examples of this style. Fine job!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2007
22oz bomber, no date. Pours a clear orange honey with a fading creamy slightly yellow head. Very fresh hop aromas so strong at first I was even smelling a bit of B.O.--not that this is bad, just that itís very pungent. Hops are mainly pineapple and citrus in nature, some resiny pine in the background. Malts are even further in the background--a little bit of cracker. Hops come out a bit perfumey and resiny/earthy on the tongue, as does a shitload of bitterness throughout. Completely unbalanced, though Iím not sure if thatís what weíre looking for in this case. Itís hard to differentiate the ETOH from the hop bite in the mouth, though I think the alcohol is somewhat noticeable. Dry finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This beer kicked my taste buds in the nuts. So eloquently spoken, I know--but the truth. Most bitterness in recent memory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2007
22oz bottle from Bev Mo La Mesa. Very intense hop aroma, also caught some citrus fruits and pine as well. Poured a lite rust color with an off white head. This is a great imperial IPA.....Green Flash is really starting to up their game!!

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3169) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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