Tasting: September 24, 2011
Style: Imperial IPA
I really enjoyed Green Flash’s West Coast IPA. It lacks a name — or the name is simply the style. I take the lack of name as a brash comment to others that try to emulate the style — “this is what you are all trying to copy.” Here again is another Green Flash beer using the style as the title — simply “Imperial”. From the label — 101 IBU (take that) and 9.4% ABV (so there). Really benchmark numbers for a good Imperial (or double) IPA.
This is hops, hops and more hops. It’s like taking a hand full of hops and putting them in your mouth with maybe a water chaser. The only other beer that I’ve had of late that gives me that hop in the mouth sensation is Founder’s Devil Dancer. These are bold citrus — grapefruit hops with a peppery base. Any malt is simply too subtle and easily overpowered. It doesn’t take long for the hop oils to coat my lips and make them sticky. I’ll say this — if you want a good example of a California imperial IPA — this is it. 92 points for me.
Read my review of Green Flash’s West Coast IPA Here