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RATINGS: 1400   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bartzilla (532) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Pretty darn good. Exactly what I was expecting. Easy to drink and tons of delicious hops. You have to be careful or this stuff will get you all kinds of trashed. My favorite from Green Flash.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6797) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Draft. Rich amber beer with a thin off-white head. Fruity aroma of grapefruit/summer fruits. Fruity flavor with some resin and caramel backing. Thin bodied for an IIPA, but very drinkable -especially for 9%. Lingering fruity flavor, but not overly bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2006
(6/28/06, draft) Crystal clear amber body with white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, lemon/grapefruit, some floral. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/lemon, light alcohol burn. Chewy medium-full body.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Draught at Newport PIzzaís unofficial Stone/Ballast Point/go local party. Iíve had the GF West Coast IPA plenty of times, and essentially, this is it on steroids. As such, it has the same dumptruck-load of hops, just a bigger dumptruck. Taste the IPA and 2x IPA side by side, and the hop notes would be the identical floral and fruity bits, just stronger in the 2x. When I rated the GF WC IPA, I detracted a few points because of its lack of balance...way too much emphasis on the hops. In this case, the emphasis is welcome, and the doubling of the malt is not lost either, as there actually is more balance in the overall product. More grapefruity in nose and flavor, more golden in color and lighter in malt than the usual caramel IPA malt tone, but in this case the malt does not lose the flavor and aroma battle to the hops, but the two work in concert.. Only thing is a slight metallic note on the finish, and borderline vegetable, but not so much as to be distracting. The alcohol is well disguised, the mouthfeel is refreshingly effervescent for the style. All in all, pretty fantastic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006
(Draft: OíBrienís in San Diego, CA) Iím at the point where I expect a great beer out of Green Flash every time. True, this beer has seemingly been done a hundred times already by other brewers on the west coast, but that isnít to say that Chuck hasnít crafted a damn good Imperial IPA for the Green Flash lineup. Standard flavor profile of grapefruity hops, tea and a solidly malty base keep me wanting another sip. Good balance overall, despite the vat of hops in this beer, which is why I love the way this style is brewed on the west coast. The aromatic nose projects a grainy maltiness with a fair amount of spicy, citrusy hops at first. Like most of the Imperial IPAs with massive grapefruit front ends, it fades a bit, but unlike many, it doesnít turn vegetal. Body is medium-full, with a crisp and clean mouthfeel and ample carbonation. Medium gold color is one of the lighter shades Iíve seen with this style of beer. Modest haze doesnít prevent me from seeing through the beer. Small, off-white head dissipates to a ring, but leaves intricate patterns of ringed lace around the glass. And thatís a good thing because watching the dozens of streams of tiny, very slowly rising bubbles is totally mesmerizing, and this continues until Iíve emptied most of the glass. Another winner from Green Flash, one that I will order with regularity.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 17, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2006 On Tap at the Liars Club: A very good IIPA, however, I made the mistake of trying the Drakes Whomback before this one....and the Drakes definitely kicked this oneís arse. However, this is one of the more enjoyable beers that GF has put out and I REALLY hope that they decide to bottle this beer. A nice, hoppy, bitter IIPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1441) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2006
On cask at the Liarís Club in Mission Beach, CA. Pours a hazy orange color with a large frothy head. Huge citrusy hops aroma. Very overpowering. Very hoppy flavor. Some heavy malts as well. Chewy with some citrus notes as well. Definitely an enjoyable IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jennajlover (107) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Real ale fest copper very dark copper little to no head may be due to high percentage. very sweet and malty could have more hops but overall good beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUN 13, 2006
(On cask at the PP Real Ale Fest 2006). Golden pour with little carbonation and a syrupy but smooth body. Lots of hops and malts but the sweetness of the malts overpowers this one and drowns the hops a bit, Naming this brew the first Mango Imperial would be much better suited. Well hidden alcohol or it mightve been that i was already drunk. All i got was mangoes and light grapefruits.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
(On cask at the PP Real Ale Fest 2006)Pours with a golden-amber body topped by a thin head with little lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and flowery with a slight peppery note, as well as, a little citrus. The flavor is similar with a bit less pepper and a touch of tomato (?). Medium to full bodied, smooth and a touch warming.


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