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RATINGS: 1487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   IBU: 101   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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. It’s all about the hops!" -- Brewmaster Chuck Silva
101 IBU

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3.9
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Pours a clouded orange gold with almost no white head. Even without the head, I still rate it what I do because of the color. Nose is strong with grass and perfumed tones. Did I say it was strong with grass? Just want to make sure. Flavor is nice, but a bit too vibrant, shall we say. It sings a bit too high in my mouth at first. Of course over time I either get used to it or it calms down. I am sure it’s that I get used to it. Thick floral hoppy flavor profile. It is nice, but kind of one-sided. Not massively complex, but who cares. It’s nice. Feel has a decent bubble to it and the liquid is fairly well bodied. Nice to drink. Could easy go on this all night.

3.9
hayduke (5599) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2015 From a 22 oz bottle this poured a clear amber with moderate white head and good lacing. Nose of strong citrus and a medium mouthfeel. Flavor is mostly citrus hops, and it made me sneeze, the first time beer has ever done that. Long bitter finish. Alcohol quite noticeable. Great beer. R-rated almost seven years later. This tastes so fresh.

3.7
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Bomber. Pours pale, translucent yellow/orange with a nice soapy white head. Strong hoppy aroma on this one. The summit hops stand out with a pungent, earthy aroma. Some garlic/onion characteristics are noticeable but not really distracting as they have been in other brews. Behind the pungent aroma is some sharp citrus, mostly oranges. Taste is exactly the same as the aroma. Medium bodied, drinkable, smooth bitterness. The hop flavor and aroma in this are different than most others in the style. This was a solid IIPA if not a standout.

2.9
pleasesir (14) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2008
New to NYC, 22oz. From Spuyten Duyvil Grocery. Large foamy head that disappears quickly w/ no cap or lacing. Nice aroma, fresh/resiny slightly skunky (the good kind of skunk!). Very dry and quite bitter but sort of one dimensional, reminds me of some of the Slyfox Project offerings this year. Not really what I was hoping for in an IIPA but worth a try.

3.7
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Some nice malt sweetness but not enough. Citrus and pepper hop raise promising aromatic but just falls short on malt complexity. Not bad.

3.7
ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2008
Bottled. Thanks to omhper. Pours out in a clear dark golden colour with a rich white foam. Huge hoparoma of lychee, orange-peels and grapefruit. Bittersweet full flavour of lychee, pine-needles and grass with sugary undertones. Strikingly bitter finish of grass and lychee.

4
Veeks (65) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
hoppy and tasty the way a good pale ale should be...sweet at first and then results in a bitter hint after you’ve put the glass down...good, clean aroma...worth a shot if you like pale ales...

3.2
omhper (25349) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2008
Bottled. Somewhere between deep golden and pale amber, firm head. Striking lychee aroma. Full bodied and very sweet. The attempts at balancing the vast amounts of hops results in excessive sweetness,and it feels a bit sticky. The lovely hop flavour fades out into an inky bitter finish.

4.3
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 31, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 pale orange, paler than expected. smells piney. flavor is sticky on the tongue, very hoppy throughout. very resinous. has a really unique flavor profile, sort of spicy, citrusy and grassy in a unique and very tasty way. toasty/biscuity malt backing enough to be noticeable but obviously overpowered by the hops. alcohol noticeable in the finish but it’s welcomed. has a nice warming zing at the end and not the alc flavor. very lively brew. unique and enjoyable, definitely delivers the hops as well. a favorite of mine for sure!

3.9
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2008
22 oz bottle poured a golden color pushing orange. The overwhelming hop aroma was citrus orange, grapefruit, and lime. Nice head that laced around the glass nicely. Hop bitterness matches aroma with a bit of grassiness. Breadlike malt supports the weight of the hops. A bit of residual sweetness remains with honey notes appear. A bit of bitterness remains after the swallow. Nice west coast IPA.


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