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RATINGS: 1503   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
draft at najas - first smell and taste told me the same thing....grass. definitely grassy, herbal hops easy to drink, though nothing that set my world on fire. solid, not spectacular IIPA

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5457) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Pour is a clear amber with a nice white head and good lacing. Very nice aroma of hops, caramel, grapefruit, citrus, and malt. Flavors of caramel, citrus, sweet malt, fruit, and bitter hops. Thin to medium mouthfeel for the style. A very nice refreshing IIPA.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2007
On draft at Grey Lodge in Philly. Golden in color with a nice fluffy white head that left a nice lacing. Citrusy hoppy malty aroma. Grapefruit, piney, and orangey hops. Nice hop bitterness. Tart fruity grassy flavor. Nice floral notes. Finish is bitter. Full bodied. Well balanced. Crisp and refreshing. Great.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. This beer rocked. Hop flavor was right on. Great bite. Was nice and floral.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Pours golden with white head. Aroma of tart grapefruit and pine. bitter hoppy mouthful with a long lingering bitterness. Very in your face brew. Maybe will mellow out with age...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2007
February 8th, 2007 bottling. Super fresh. Light gold, very nice head. Fairly nice hop nose but not super great. Awfully drinkable. It goes down super easy. Nice body. Nice hop flavor. A good Double IPA, but far from great, especially for being so fresh.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Way drinkable, high-octane IIPA. Odd combination of Christmas wreath, and freshly mown lawn with a balsam note in the nose; some musty, bubble-gum fruitiness and wafflely malts; moderate, creamy body. Very nice, though a bit odd.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Hazy and nicely golden with a healthy head upon itself. Very spicy and stringent nose. Body is on the light side, but with a soft creaminess at its base. Carbonation was moderate. Hops were so strong I could feel them; electric, metallic and sharp. Massive pine and grapefruit. Quite the hop shotgun blast. Malts were subdued and restrained in the background, although some nice caramel and cocoa notes popped up here and there. Aftertaste was filled with piney-grassy juices. Tolerable amount of bitterness. 9 percent was hidden fairly well, and it gave the beer a nice edge. Fun stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2010 Clear orange in color; head is nearly white, almost full, and creamy, yet a little fluffy. Great longevity on the head and excellent lacing. Pleasant, yet simple nose for an IIPA; citrus is big up front with notes of tangerine and pink grapefruit with underlying notes of pine and grass. Very similar flavor with hops flavors being almost totally dominant noting most obviously tangerine and pine resin; only hints at a cookie-like sweetness under the high bitterness. Palate is medium, lively, and a little sticky; a tad thin for the style. Finishes mostly bitter with pine resin sticking around with a very little cookie sweetness, then it vanishes ghostly. Very drinkable for the ABV, but somewhat simple for an IIPA; no real complexities, but no complaints either. Basically, just an amped up version of their West Coast IPA, not better, not worse. Tried another bottle a couple years later in a bomber... the palate seems not as thin which is nice, the citrus notes are more juicy and bold, and an herbal bitterness finds its way underneath everything to give a nice complexity to the beer. It seems like one of those beers that has plenty of hops but not enough to get in the way of the overall beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (7602) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Sampled part of Bomber. Golden amber color, with nice head. Aroma is powerfully hoppy and the citrus aroma is strong. Palate is really thick with hops, when I was drinking it it was almost like I was chewing the hops.


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