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RATINGS: 1491   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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3.7
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2007
22 Oz Bottle. Lemon, cat and Simcoe heavy aroma, dosed with heaps of resins and cones. Mostly piney with nips of orange liqeur. Pours a sainted clean, clear gold with a rim of linen white. On the mouth, initially a standard double IPA, with bristling pine cones, warm bready sugars, and a whole chaotic swirl of hop characters. A halcyon of cone production. This sorts out into a drier, bitter herbal quality, with the malt falling behind and finding a seat behind turpentine and grain alcohol. A nip warm and nosing, but generally composed of pleasing hop flavors. I’m not sure if I would have chose to build this beer with only Summit and Nugget, but as a duo they mostly get the job done before losing to a scathing bath of grass alcohols. Unique and somewhere in the field of decent west coast IIPAs. Some weird awkward tropical fruits and coarse grain characters show up down the line.

3.6
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
22oz bottle. Not a bad IPA but nothing to go ga-ga over. Better han most. Excellent aroma but lacking a bit in flavor and bitterness

3.6
mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange hue with a small bubbly white head. Smells very intense - pure pine needles, pineapple, citrus resin, and alcohol sweetness. Intense flavour a la barleywine-esque. Noticeable alcohol among piney hops but somewhat underwhelming in terms of profile. Mild sweetness and finishes with musty, lingering pine cone hops.

4.4
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2007
22oz bomber. Clear and honey golden. Soapy clinging white head. Soapy zesty citrus nose. Great, and I really mean GREAT aromas. Honey smooth malts. Great immediate potential. Then bang, big bitter hop finish. Sticky brew. Wonderful!

4
CultHero (16) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2007
A great IIPA to base good imperials on. Nice aroma and color with a quaffable grassy hop flavor.

3.9
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Poured a slightly cloudy dark yellow color with a moderate white head. Grassy, clean hop aroma. Aroma not very intense for a DIPA. Palate nice and thick. Taste has a nice spicy maltiness hiding underneath the hops, with the finish having a strong piney bitterness.

3.8
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2007
22 oz. bomber thanks to DYCSoccer17. Slightly hazy golden straw color. Quite profuse, long-lasting head. Lighter in color than many of the IIPAs I’ve had lately, but I I think this is to style. I definitely get the Summit coming through in the aroma - lots of grapefruit and strong pineyness here, layered with a light smattering of tropical fruits. Relatively muted, though. Lightly doughy initial maltiness supplanted quickly by a jagged, cutting pine forest. Medium ethanol notes exude through and tingle the nostrils (perhaps a bit much). It leaves you with a light bit of sweetness and moderate (for an IIPA) level of bitterness to ponder. Also a slightly warming ethanol sensation. The second beer that I’ve (knowingly) tried with Summit, and very similar (I liked the other one too). Nice beer.

3.6
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle: Orangish amber, fairly clear, large foamy off-white head, fairly sticky lacing, no real carbonation to speak of.   Very heavy pine and citrus peel nose.   Heavy citrus peel on the tongue.   Bitterness isn’t big, nor are the malts.   Seems more of a 1½ IPA.   If you like citrus peel, this is your beer.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate... certainly less than I would have expected.   Having recently had Oskar Blues Gordon on tap, I gotta say that this one would dissapoint me.   Good, but just seems not to be big enough.   Smooth, fairly clean, well balanced, but not at the level I thought it would be.


4.4
riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2007
This and Moylander IIPA are what I rate all other Imperial IPA’s on. At least when it comes to somewhat readily available IIPA’s. I have not had Three Floyds Dreadnaught, and apparently that is the best IIPA, but this is pretty much it for me. Intense pine floral aroma. As it warms I also get a little fruit punch from the malt. The beer is a golden orange color. The flavor really is dominated by the 101 IBU’s. I get a ton of pine. It is balanced by the malt only slightly, but it is pretty much a hop bomb. A little bit of floral bitterness too. Very resiny on the palate. Dry and heavy mouthfeel. This is my favorite IIPA.

3.7
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
22 oz. bottle- color of dark orange , with a decent off white head - nose of fresh hops , pine , mint , resin , cannabis , and slight malts – taste of fresh hops , slight mint , resin , cannabis , and slight malts - body is smooth, but too watery , and with low to medium carbonation – aftertaste of some metallic , hops , and resin


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