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RATINGS: 1516   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. Itís all about the hops!" -- Brewmaster Chuck Silva
101 IBU

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3.4
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 A Very nice bright, piney, citrusy hoppy aroma. Slightly long bitter lasting flavor that is quite big but not undrinkable, especially for the style. Iím somewhat surprised I could handle the 101 IBUs enough to finish this. Decent, but I prefer Dogfish Headís 90 Minute IPA, if its available.

3.7
jrob21 (3663) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Cloudy orange color. Bubblegum and sweet citrus flavors. Surprisingly smooth for a double IPA. Requisite bitterness with some sugary sweetness on the finish. Not an overwhelmingly sugary flavor though. Good citrus fruit flavors as well.

4
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2007
101 IBUs?!? Yowza! A hopheadís delight, this ale has a golden amber body with a tall head that pastes lacing to the sides of the glass. The aroma is strong with hoppy bitterness - grapefruit pulp & zest, orange blossoms, pine. Nice. It has a blistering, hot peppery mouthfeel. Nice. Some malt finally comes through in the taste, just enough to keep the lips from cracking. Nice. The finish is a prolonged bitter burning sensation. Nice. The alcohol level is hidden beneath it all. Non-hopheads may call this one dimensional. I call it very nice indeed.

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4.5
IPALover (63) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 17, 2007
This is an outstanding San Diego Pale Ale (AKA IIPA) which features a strong but smooth hoppy mouth feel behind a pleasant (for a hophead) aroma. This beer is a staple at home on tap (since they sell 5G kegs to locals).

3.9
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Samplded in a 22 oz bottle. Very rich amber color and strong hops in taste for a storng strong IPA. Alcohol is smooth for a 9% beer and pour releases a very smooth fresh aroma full of hoppy goodness.

4.5
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Light amber/orange color. Smells of piney, citrusy, fruity hops. Wow! Very bitter. Piney, floral, great IPA! Amazing!

3.5
beisen (90) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Copper orange with a large frothy head. Nice lacing throughout. Flavor is some malt with obvious strong hops. Slightly piney, but a little too much bitterness for my taste. Nice thick mouthfeel. Good, but I prefer Racer 5 or Stone over this IPA.

4
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - JUL 10, 2007
22 oz. bomber in Fresnoís BevMo. [if you can believe that!] Rich golden pale amber. Very full fluffy head. Thick lacing all the way down. Aroma doesnít seem quite as strong as the West Coast IPA, [but ;-P I have another to try again!] Tastes very good, Malty as expected with a big beer, but sharp hop bitterness present as well. If I am able to get this on a regular basis. [please BevMo] Then this will be in regular rotation. Iíve seen that this is available much farther East than i would normally expect, Go San Diego, and to the domination of the west coast hop head migration! Recommended

3.4
Holdwine (1227) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Maltier than I expected, but still quite a nice pour. Sweet on the nose and tongue with enough bitterness to keep the hopheads happy. Clean and crisp finish.

3.7
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Pour was a nice orangish-copper color with a substantial off-white head that showed good retention and offered up nice rings of lacing. The aroma was sweet caramel, soft citrus, floral hops and pine resin. The flavor was a very well balanced blend of sweet malt keeping in check a super dry blast of pine and floral hops. Not quite enough citrus in the flavor to call this one superb, but it was close. Expectedly succinct finish. Problem-free mouthfeel.


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