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RATINGS: 1476   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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


CanIHave4Beers' rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3790) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Must have been saving this rate for after the Pliny one... Drank both this and Pliny the Elder with my brother in law Dwain on the same night maybe nine months ago. Dwain, who maybe had never had an IPA in his life up till this point had some commentary that he asked me to write down about the beers we were drinking. I intended originally to provide a whole series of such ratings where I put down my notes then his but I think this only panned out to like two or three beers. Maybe Iíll try again in the future.

Pours a golden, almost a light orange color with a huge white head and good lacing on the glass.

The aroma is herbal with a touch of cooking spice. There are plenty of pungent fruity hops. The alcohol character is very low and there is a little bit of toasty malt.

The flavor is hoppy with a medium bitterness, the hops are more of the spicy and grassy varietals but the beer does feature some melon and orange rind character as well as some odd tomato notes and a little bit of toasty malt.


And now for the Brother Dwain bonus rate:
Aroma:
This is a fruity beer by smell, and it also smells like good pot.

Flavor: This tastes really bitter & not as good as Pliny the Elder

Overall: Way too bitter for me to even drink.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (1025) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - FEB 2, 2016
For some reason, I took a real liking to Green Flashís Imperial IPA. I believe the ludicrous amount of hops may have had something to do with it. Pour is orange and not too hazy. Long-lasting head - slightly rocky. Floral and tropical on the nose. Flavor notes of earth, nectar, pine, grapefruit, orange, and peach. A chewy resinous feel with lots of crispness and bitterness. Thereís just enough malt in the background to keep this ale in line. Yes, itís brisk and boozy, but also quite easy to enjoy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (1469) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 1, 2016
Bottle from Deconinck, Vichte - BE. Color: clear golden beer with medium carbonation and medium white foam. Smell: hoppy resin domination. Grassy and resin. Hoppy. Taste: medium body with superb hoppy blast, resin. Pine notes. Grassy and floral. Good attenuation. Quiet drinkable. Aftertaste: high bitterness, resin and pine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mambossa (218) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2016
To snifter. Pours a nice softly hazed bright orange, medium sized head with stucco-shaped lacing. Nose is a healthy blend of pine resin and ripe mango with a twist of pineapple. Flavor is also displaying an ample amount of pine, some citrus rind, and ripe tropical fruit following after. Sturdy malt to stand up to the extremely high alpha hops used. Linger is sticky but no overbearing flavor. Itís pretty solid, this bottle seems to be maybe a month or two old (best by date is in Feb), but surprisingly still hugely hoppy and satisfying. Booze is hidden by all that pine resin. I love piney imperials. And this satisfies my craving almost as much as Pure Hoppiness. This is just a tad sticky for me!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222 (1044) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Tropical piney hop aroma. Taste is malty with lots of hop balance. Still finishes with slight piney resin hop, but slight sweet too from the malt. Fairly balanced but hops are a bit overpowering. Good double ipa, and get some nice pineapple hops in the finish, but still feel it is a bit unbalanced?? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (5465) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle at Tilt Brum; clear amber pour with a thin white head, aroma has massive pine hops along with mango, taste has some sweet caramel, mango, pine, some big IBUs.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1796) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Bomber. Pours a golden orange with a white head and hoppy, citrusy nose. Taste is bitter, lots of hops, citrus, and caramel notes with a bitter, dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TattooJack (406) - Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Poured from the bomber, nice orange look. Taste is spicy, creamy, tropical, got that bitter, and is a nice 9.4%. Green Flash does the strong stuff well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
angelkostvo (1031) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 3, 2015
Orange colour, white head. Aroma of orange, biscuits, malt. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter. Medium body, slick to oily texture, soft carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfontana (377) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 5, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2015 Keg pour at Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival. Aroma is herbs, hay hops. Appearance is golden brown pour, mild sparkle, attractive thick two-finger width white head and lacing. Taste is medium bitter balanced with sweet and corn chip. Palate is medium bodied, average to lively carbonation with bitterness felt between the teeth at the back of the mouth, pleasant long bitter finish. Overall, an attractive, balanced, tasty beer with good mouth feel. A little weak on aroma.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tsd08460 (511) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Aroma: caramel, resin, citrus, spruce, grass, Appearance: clear gold, off-white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious


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