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RATINGS: 1462   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3898) - 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 (11246) - 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 (2641) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 Pours a brilliantly clear, full copper color. It is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head that has some staying power to it and even leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. As I pours this a hit of hop aromatics hit my nose; it even has that sort of rank hop character. Ah yes, the aroma is definitely massively hop driven. In addition to the characteristic fruity American hop character there is a touch of the rankness that almost has a sort of garlic-like, maybe onion-type, but certainly herbaceous; a sort of hop reek if you will. A hop reek that seems to be characteristic of a hop like Summit, though this beer is not overly Summit driven, which can get too distracting. Donít get me wrong though, this beer is dominated by the typical fruity hop driven notes; I get notes of grapefruit, concentrate apricot, lychee, peach and even some light tropical fruit notes. If you really dig for it you can notice some biscuit like malt character, but by and large the malt aromatics only play a supporting role for hops that are the focus of this beer.

Served at a cool, 58įF (14įC), this beer has a bracing hop bite to it from the get go. A long lingering bitterness finishes this beer off, though I would not say that the bitterness is over the top. Lightly sweet from the underlying malt, this serves to accentuate the fruity hop notes. The herbaceous, green hop character from the aroma is a touch muted here in the flavor, but is most certainly still noticeable. The hop character actually has a nice balance between fruit & herbal notes; both are over the top (as they should be in a good Double IPA) and in fact this beer actually leaves a touch of hop burn as it flows down to my stomach. The hop character communicates flavors of candied orange peel, peaches, lychee and tropical fruit as well as notes of basil, a touch of onion, and herbaceous pine. What this thing hits perfectly is the mouthfeel / body; it remains light and drinkable and does not take on that sticky sweetness of many examples of this style; certainly this is a west coast version, and that is certainly the stylistic version that I prefer. It is by no means dry though, there is just enough malt to add some sweetness that really helps to carry the hop flavors.

Deliciously hoppy, yet at times aggressively burning; this is certainly an exercise in self flagellation. I had forgotten how enjoyable a raw, aggressive hop bomb could be, but at the same time it makes me remember that this (and most examples of the style) is not something I would want to be drinking every day.

Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Bottle. You canít brew in San Diego county if you donít know how to brew one of these bad boys. What else would you expect from a San Diego-style IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
this was a pretty good ipa but wasnt hoppy enough. it might not have been fresh enough but finish way balanced and malty. had some musty character to it too.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Crystal clear golden appearance with large soady display of head. Vewry limited in carbonation bubbles rising to the top but when they do they are a large size. Aroma is a full array of fruit and pine tree. Flavor is strong with a nice touch of grapefryit and fresh green hops. Alos has a real bitter aftertaste that is sure to only be enjoyed by the most faint of heart.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Pours honey colored w/ a full, semi creamy froth that recedes slowly to Hawiian islands and contiguous brewers lace. Aroma of sweet malt and sugared grapefruit pulp. Full nectar w/ soft residual effers creating a silky texture. This brew is on the sweet side w/ decadent flavors of malted caramel and ruby red grapefruit. Not very complex and the hops are kind of subdued by the heavy malt componant. Itís a maltbomb for sure. Alcohol is well hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2007
22oz. bottle. Pale yellow-orange with a large rocky white head. Earthy, grassy hop character underneath higher notes of candied pineapple and grapefruit. Oily citric hop flavor up front, quickly becomes a grapefruit skin and wet lawn resinous bitterness. Lasting bitterness and some astringency in the finish with a freshly crushed hop pellet coarseness.


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