“San Diego IPA, as it has come to be known by many, is pale in color, super-hoppy, high-gravity, yet a highly quaffable ale. Our Imperial IPA is created in this new tradition with intense hop flavors and aromas from a unique blend of Summit and Nugget hops.” 9.4% ABV Imperial IPA
Purchased from The Fort in Fresno, California.
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a nonic glass. The color is a clear golden-orange. A modest off-white head is poured, possessing an orange-ish hue and leaving good lacing. Plenty of carbonation is seen crawling up the glass.
Immediately after popping the lid, intense grapefruit citrus aromas flow from the bottle. I also get some dank musty smells, piney hops, as well as an underlying syrupy sweetness.
Medium bodied, with a relatively soft mouthfeel before swallowing and giving way to light carbonation and heavy hop bitterness. The flavors are subdued compared to the heavy, pungent aromas the ale puts off. The sweet side of the beer really becomes the mainstays in the flavors. Sticky, syrupy citrus notes, with touches of orange marmalade. The sweet malts give way to a bitter, grapefruit dank flavor that lingers on the palate. The 9.4% ABV goes impressively unnoticed.
Green Flash’s Imperial IPA is another big, bitter beer that epitomizes the San Diego style IPA. Huge grapefruit citrus hops are the forefront of the aromas, but the added malts (and ABV) add sweetness that goes beyond balancing in the flavor. Definitely for those who enjoy a hop bomb that is ramped up by huge malt sweetness. 8/10
Green Flash Brewing Company – San Diego, California