Beer Review – Green Flash Imperial IPA
Style: American Imperial IPA
Drink if you like: Hops on top of hops, an intense yet magic bitter feeling, the west coast.
Recently it was International Beer Day. Raise a glass of beer to help celebrate America’s first correction to an experiment-gone-wrong: prohibition. On this day, year 1933, we made beer legal again. That’s worth celebrating!
Your local Arkansas Beer Geek bloggers will be drinking a beer or two in honor of FDR, and one of the beers on our list is Green Flash Imperial IPA. We are having a “big-boy only” beer rule – and this is the brand new big boy IPA of Arkansas. Green Flash brews some amazingly crafted beers – and their specialty is HOPS. So just imagine when they wanted to brew an imperial / double American west-coast style IPA; they made a hop explosion. If Michael Bay was the director of an excessively hopped beer – this hop action movie would be his choice.
Let’s blow this beer up!
Green Flash Imperial IPA pours an intriguing golden yellow with orange highlights. It has a solid, thick and inviting head. You could smell the hop blast as soon as you popped the cap. You’ll find big orange-like citrus notes, fresh pine needle, that skunky cannabis aroma you smelled that one time in college, grapefruit and some sweet floral notes. Time for flavor detonation. A very slight alcohol burns coats your tongue as you feel the bitter awesomeness. Huge notes of PINE – BOOM. Grapefruit – KABLOW. PUNGENT HOP BITTERNESS ALL OVER – KABREECHHHHHAAAWWHHHHH! There is a slight biscuit backbone to this beer, but in true west coast style, don’t expect to notice it. This is a hop showcase – balance will not stand in the way.
This is a great beer to celebrate a true American beer innovation: the Imperial IPA. We own hop bombs like we own the great majority of the world’s military might. Strong, excessive, and awesome.
Ask your local beer merchants for this beer – if they don’t have it, they may be communists.
We gave this beer 4.5 Diamonds.