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RATINGS: 1515   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. Its all about the hops!" -- Brewmaster Chuck Silva
101 IBU

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle. Hazy dark honey body with a thick ring of bubbles and a small island of bubbles. Nose-metal, cinnamon, nutmeg, light mint, very candy like. Taste-light chocolate, medium alcohol, low bitter, sweet tea, very light pine, very light citric/grapefruit, kefir lime, fairly high pH, pineapple, lightly buttery. All in all, all of the usual IPA flavors are there (citrus, pine, grapefruit, etc.) but everything is very muted. No one flavor profile dominates. If I was blindly tasting this, I wouldnt think that it was a IIPA, more like a IPAX1.5. Since I am quickly tiring of IIPAs, I rather enjoy the laid back nature of this beer. Unique, and I am going to give it a relatively high score based upon its restrain and uniqueness. Nose becomes more like an English barleywine as it warms.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8557) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Bomber pours a clear a clear gold with frothy off white head and sweet lacing. The aroma is lighter than it should be to be a top notch brew with hints of sweet malts and mild citrus grapefruit hops. The taste begins somewhat neutral then becomes sweet with malts as grapefruit hop bitterness and floral hops bloom. The mouth feel is thick speaking to the gravity of the beer yet with virtually no hint of the 9% ABV. Nice lingering grapefruit hop bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Golden(1)->Dark brown(5) : 2     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 1
Aroma:
Intensity : 2  
Yeast : 3   Bread : 1   Tropical Fruits : 3   Soap : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX   Fusel : XX  
Malt : 3   Biscuity : 3   Hay : 2   Toasty : XX   Caramel : XX   Fruity : XX   Nutty : XX   Honey : 3   Maple : XX   Molasses : XX   Cereals : XX   Grainy : 2
Hops : 4   Noble(1)->American(5) : 5   Leafy : XX   Spicy : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : 2   Grapefruit : XX Orange : 4   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : 3  
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : XX   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX   Dates : 3   Bourbon : XX   Bubblegum : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 5   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 4   Complex : 2   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : 2   Chalk : XX   Astringent : 3   Alcohol : 4   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: An archetypal Californian ipa, though with more alcohol and slightly less intense hop aromatics.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3386) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Bomber. Been in my fridge for a while. Pours orange with a nice pinky sized bright white head. Nose is subdued, not sure if this is because of bottle age or what, but there is hops there but they dont jump by any means. Taste is sweet, pretty front ended in its heat and piney and citrusy. A good DIPA, but I guess Im spoiled.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2007
Pours golden orage colors with thin white head. Strong citrus hop aroma. Again, strong american citrus hop flavors but is lacking malts to balance hop flavors and high bitterness. I tasted this one right after Yulesmith Holiday ale and must admit that it would benefit from having a stronger malt profil. This is still a well brewed Imperial IPA but as many of them on the market.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Bottle. appearance is okay, cloudy orange gold color with a small head. Aroma is straight hops up front, citrus hops, grassy hops, alcohol aroma with some fruit as well. Flavor is very complex and changes throughout glass. Alcohol, citrus, some spice, grapes and grapefruit, white rice, maybe even cotton candy, touch of pine. Also manages to have some decent malt profile. As close to barleywine as another style has come for me. Why this beer should be punished for not having the largest body around, I dont know... thats why I bump it up to reflect the 4.6 it deserves even though the body was a bit thin.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2007
22 oz bottle. Poured a clear light orange color. Head was white with decent retention and lacing. Attractive aroma of malty caramel, alcohol, resiny hops, and honey touched cereal grain. Slightly sweet on the tongue with moderate hop bitterness of about 5 out of 10 that lingers. Tasted of peach, caramel, and grapefruity hops. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2007
whoa- An initial piney scent turns into a straight cannabis aroma. No complaints. Then, the beer explodes with a resiny flavor that I quite enjoyed. A very good example of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2007
The beer dispenses from the 22-ounce bottle a somewhat hazy golden orange to amber with a majestic creamy white head that lingers long before vanishing, lace forms a solid sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, pushed by the hop floral aroma, lime like in its crispness, delightful sniff. Start has a decent malt presence, hops provide a huge spicy bite, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a strong acidity, the hops potent in their spiciness, sweet, bitter aftertaste welds itself to your palate, excellent beer, and a delight for hop heads.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 22oz Bottle from the bay area; thank you Karen T!

Pours a fairly light gold with an offwhite head, presenting an aroma that is really heavy on the citrus and pith and not much else in there. The flavor, while one dimensional, is very nice - not too sweet, a mouth-puckering bitter citrus with almost a hint of sour, mild sweet malts flirting around the hops but none of the overdone burnt caramel that so often mars the style, leaving a deliciously drinkable beer that goes down a lot easier than its 9% might make one think. Slight flavor of alcohol, relatively smooth mouthfeel, serious hop showcase, all-around about as nice as IIPA gets.

A curious note: both nights after drinking this one, I had a strange caffeine-like buzz that kept me from sleeping in the middle of the night. Something in the hops? Or just coincidence?


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