The Green Flash Brewing Co. is known for their big beers, and this one is no exception. With 101 IBU's (International Bitterness Units), 9.4% abv and the word Imperial printed in huge letters on the bottle, this is clearly not a session beer. I'm a fan of their West Coast IPA so I was excited to try this bigger, bolder brew.
This beer is somewhat cloudy with a nearly saison-like orangey gold hue and a creamy head. Its aroma is a nicely complex mixture of earthy, fruity, and citrus hops. Its has an intense flavour of pungently earthy hops with citrus notes. This quickly blends into an intensely bitter finish that showcases every bit of this beer's 101 IBU's. Although I found the finish to be somewhat harsh I definitely enjoyed this beer; its earthy hop character made for a refreshing change from the predominant grapefruit flavour of many North American IPA's. If you love hop flavour and bitterness as well as crushing amounts of alcohol (as I do), then this beer is probably for you.
Rating: Very Good