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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,344 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,344
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 137
Gots: 271 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008)
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Reviews by kojevergas:
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kojevergas

Texas

2.54/5  rDev -38.9%

Bottled 01/08/13. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; Green Flash has yet to really impress me and I've heard mixed reviews about this one. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. I've never had this before.

Served straight from the fridge but not quite as cold as the fridge usually renders beers. We'll call it sufficiently chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of nice cream and decent thickness, and great retention (~6 minutes) for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper. Vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style, but the head is impressive for the ABV. Other than that, there's nothing unique or special here. Indistinguishable from most other beers in the style.

Sm: Pale malts, floral hops, heavy hop oil, and light hop nectar. Shockingly light; not subtle, just light. Reading the label, I'm pleased to see they describe it as "complicated." Not complex - complicated. A touch of inadvertent honesty, perhaps? It's not fresh (in spite of being a mere 3 weeks old), but it does come off as pleasant.

T: Okay...unnecessarily heavy hop bitterness is overwhelmingly dominant. A hint of buried hop nectar, a hint of very buried citrus. Corrupted oily hops really attack the palate in a most unpleasant manner. Even the pale malt body is drowned out by the assault. Sweet jesus, that is really really imbalanced. I'm forced to appreciate it; it's sort of a master class on how not to brew an IPA. Grapefruit. No yeast character - and surprisingly no alcohol - comes through. Lacks complexity. There's no subtlety here at all.

Mf: Scratchy, oily, and coarse. It's as pleasant as it sounds. Overcarbonated. Too thick for the lack of flavour. Not at all refreshing. Horrible palate presence.

Dr: This is exactly how you shouldn't go about approaching the style. It lacks the key element: balance. This represents precisely what is wrong with IPAs - especially when executed by American breweries: it's not a dicksizing competition with hop content or IBUs. A good IPA has masterful balance and is refreshing. This is neither. Drinkable, if low quality. It's more difficult to drink than your typical DIPA. Though it does hide its ABV alright. A huge disappointment from Green Flash. Maybe the brewers could drive over to Alpine and learn a thing or two about balance. Is Silva Stout as highly hyped and yet as poorly brewed as this is?

Low C-

01-31-2013 05:28:37 | More by kojevergas
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raashdown

Maryland

4.93/5  rDev +18.5%

Had on draft at the brewery earlier this year, and found in bottle locally. If youre a fan of hops, this is your beer. It is on the pricier side, but well worth it. It is a beer to drink slowly and enjoy. For my first BA rating/review, what better beer to give such high marks. Amazing aroma and a delicious bite! Fantastic!

07-23-2014 01:27:57 | More by raashdown
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oberon

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

Good to see a new Green Flash offering here in the Triad.Poured into a tulip glass nice deep burnt orange with a well defined sticky one finger white head that left multiple globs of lace as it settled slowly into a frothy mass.Sharp grapefruit hops at the onset as soon as I opened the bottle along with some booze but it's not overly sweet,just smells sticky and good.Raw hop goodness on the palate with sharp grapefruit rind and herbal notes,mild caramel sweetness underneath cant hold up to the sharp bitter hop onslaught,and amazingly the sweetness is held in check well.This is what a DIPA should be a hop explosian not a sugary sweet malt bomb,I loved it hence the perfect taste score.Best beer I have had in 2012.

03-16-2012 20:37:18 | More by oberon
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mojohawk21

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-14-2014 01:48:57 | More by mojohawk21
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

Appearance - this is an easy-foaming beer with a nice, white, puffy, clingy head and a gorgeously-cloudy deep brown body. This head is absolutely amazing and will stick around hours after last call.

Smell - The dry-hopping gives this DIPA a huge, raunchy, pine resin nose that dominates any other players in this bouquet.

Taste - This is a monster hop bomb. The piney resin takes over the taste and there's a lightly-sweet residual to the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is almost full in the body with little carbonation and a thick, oily, slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 90% of beer drinkers won't want to finish a bomber of this ale, and 90% of the people who do won't be able to drink anything after this, thus the name. I found it to be slickly sweet and a great take on the style.

05-20-2012 10:46:26 | More by RoyalT
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-15-2013 21:28:17 | More by aszatk01
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%

Copper-colored, just like a clean penny with amazing clarity throughout the entire brew - Palate Wrecker looks eerily similar to the Nugget Nectar I had just a few days earlier, though not quite as vibrant. Lots of carbonation bubbles rise to the top, meeting a beige-eggshell color head that leaves a little bit of lacing behind on its way down.

Powerful and commanding is the aroma, asserting itself with heavy doses of both earthy and floral hops - you can smell the bitterness ready to cut through your taste buds. Don't be fooled, however - the aroma is showing a significant sweetness to it, as well. A cornucopia of fruits and citrus jump on board, and actually smell very reminiscent of Fruity Pebbles. I tried to find a better description, but goddamn, I'm definitely smelling some Pebbles. There's also a caramel malt sweetness lingering backstage and although it's buried from the abundance of hops, it is still easily identifiable.

Speaking of those caramel malts, they happen to be the first thing my palate picks up on as this beer hits my lips. It's not long, though, before an inherent bitterness emerges and does nothing but continue to grow, start to finish. The bitterness seems to last forever, even long after the beer is gone. That's the whole point of this beer, right? To fuck up your palate? Well they've succeeded by making a bitterness that is one of the strongest and longest-lasting that I've found in recent memory. It hits hard and resonates with no end in sight.

Alongside the raping bitterness are handfuls of floral, perfume-like, and rosey flavors from the hops. Citrus is also abound, though not quite as similar to Fruity Pebbles on the palate anymore. It's now more akin to bitter citrus and grapefruit - think: peel, pith, rind, etc. Pretty heavy bodied with a sticky character and plenty of carbonation.

Bitterness is what they wanted and bitterness is what they give you. Bitterness is the king here. It's actually not as "palate destroying" (or "wrecking", I guess) as you might think, but maybe I'm just conditioned to this kind of thing. This reminded me of a less flavorful Ruination. There weren't enough "other" flavors to go with the heavy bitterness. Just seems like they were being bitter just to be bitter. In that case, I'll just suck on a hop. Not bad, but probably wouldn't seek it out again. Just grab a Ruination or Hoptimum (in season) if you want a hop attack.

02-28-2013 17:34:06 | More by tectactoe
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Hoppin_mad

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-03-2014 18:13:00 | More by Hoppin_mad
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-18-2014 03:03:49 | More by OhioBobcat
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withliterature

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-13-2013 14:45:42 | More by withliterature
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-25-2012 04:17:35 | More by Schlais
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Tiernan

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-17-2013 22:19:18 | More by Tiernan
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-08-2013 00:44:57 | More by tbryan5
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woodchipper

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-25-2013 20:25:49 | More by woodchipper
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SanFranJake

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-27-2013 02:11:55 | More by SanFranJake
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BenTherHppedThat

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

03-30-2012 11:02:37 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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SkiBum22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

09-28-2013 20:27:27 | More by SkiBum22
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joemetric

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-10-2014 14:45:07 | More by joemetric
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EastBay_Nick

California

5/5  rDev +20.2%

07-13-2013 21:14:58 | More by EastBay_Nick
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Joebraggot

Michigan

5/5  rDev +20.2%

01-29-2014 00:36:02 | More by Joebraggot
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-11-2013 18:10:12 | More by danthehopslamman
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joel66

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

03-07-2013 02:11:57 | More by joel66
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.45/5  rDev +7%

In a snifter this beer was a beautiful clear amber color with just a small rim of head, which lingered.

A lot of hops in the aroma. Herbal/piney hops, a little citrus. A touch of sweet malt.

Mostly a herbal/pine taste. Some grapefruit. Bready background.

Hop bomb. Alcohol well-hidden. Great beer for hop heads.

02-09-2013 14:28:30 | More by lordofthewiens
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freshflesh

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-23-2014 07:27:28 | More by freshflesh
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

02-09-2014 22:14:02 | More by SD-Alefan
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Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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