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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 718
Hads: 3,999
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 204
Gots: 666 | 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:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008

Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary
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Reviews: 718 | Hads: 3,999
Photo of elNopalero
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beast of a beer. DIPAinsanity!

Pours a vibrant orange-golden color with thin foaming. The aroma is sticky sweet, with an intense resiny grapefruit oil character. And wait—is that a hint of apricot? Tangerines? Yum!

The bitterness decimates your palate, as promised, but its assertive in a way that makes you keep coming back for more. Are you in an abusive relationship with the hops? There is help out there! The flavor is intensely bitters, citrus (tangerines again), dried apricot and pine essence, with a dry sticky finish and just enough heft to coat your mouth and leave you eager for another sip. Wreck it!

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife got this for me about a week ago. My friend tried it before I did and said it really was a palate wrecker.

Appearance- copper color, nice head, nice lacing

Smell- beautiful smell of hops, smells very fresh like they do before they are added to the wort, I love that smell.

Taste- very hoppy but very well balanced, tastes and smells like fresh hops into the wort, piney

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, nice carbonation

Drinkabilty- It is delicious. I love it. One of the best! The hops in there are so wonderful!

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Photo of tubeboy
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi clear amber with a about 1.5 fingers of light tan head that leave a thin lacing with each sip. I smell citrus and hops that are more like pine than grass. This beer tastes great in the mouth and then it smacks you with the hops. This is not for amateur beer palates. Excellent mouthfeel for an IPA. I really love Green Flash West Coast IPA and Double Stout as as go to beers, but I will most definitely buy this for my next beer tasting.

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Photo of timtwoface
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at St. Augistine's in Vancouver, BC. What a delicious punch to the face this is...make sure it's the last one you have though, as it is so strong you won't remember much else you had previous. The name really indicates what the beer is all about.

Delicious, and for any IPA or DIPA fan, you simply must check it out. It's like Green Flash's original IPA but twice as strong and twice as delicious.

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Photo of DrFayhee
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden-orange with medium head and nice lacing.
S: Beautiful floral hops with lots of bright citrus and pine.
T: Amazing hop bomb with tropical fruits, herbs, and tart berries. Just a perfect, complex, west coast-style IPA.
M: Beautiful clean mouthfeel. Tingliness that come from the flavor rather than the carbonation.
O: This is one of the best west coast IPAs I've had. I love almost all of this brewer's offerings but this is really amazing. It doesn't so much wreck my palate as wreck my ability to enjoy other IPAs.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

El Dankerino. The Big Lebrewski.
Says best by 8/11/2015

Appearance - orange amber crystal clear with nice off white head that sticks/leaves nice lacing
Smell - Dank, resinous, garlic/onion/ganja in a good way. Then the tropical fruits come in - papaya, mango, orange.
Taste - Same as smell add piney bitterness, basically perfect.
Feel - Feels like an IIPA. Alc covered.
Overall - This is one of those every time I see it reasonably fresh I buy it. On par with all the best double/imperial ipas.

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Photo of QueerBeer
4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Second time having this, but the first time was pre-reviewing. Pour is a beautiful translucent amber with nice white foam and beautiful sticky lacing. Taking a whiff gets you a noseful of piney, floral, hoppy goodness. And the flavor is like everything good about hops just exploded in your mouth. So delightful. And super easy drinking; at 9.5% I got buzzed in a hurry. I love this beer.

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Photo of HomeBrewJake
4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - One finger of white head. Bright beautiful deep clear orange in color. Not a whole lot of lacing

Smell - Pine, pine and more pine. Some citrus and lemon zest in there as well.

Taste - Piney with some citrus peel and then a solid lasting pine aftertaste.

Feel - Fairly carbonated, but it coats the inside of your mouth with a piney sticky film. You can taste it from the tip of your tongue to the back of your throat. Incredible.

Overall - Got lucky and got to try it on tap, but I'm definitely going to try to grab a few bottles of it too. Amazing!

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow well when I swirl it around in the glass I get a huge smell of tangerines, clementines, grapefruit and pine smells. You get hit with a hoppy sweetness that quickly changes into a spicy tingly orange peel bitterness and ending with a citric bite that stays in the aftertaste and back of your tongue for a while. Even after you haven't taken a sip for a while it still tastes like you took a sip not so long ago. Its really bitter.

I heard they used the ipa wort and brewed it in with this ipa or something like that and its literally a double ipa. Its really fruity and citrusy tasting and can get some candy like fruit flavors that are very enjoyable before it turns over into the massive and growing bitterness.

The malt is there with a slight bready sweetness but the sweetness gets over taken by the hop flavors. You can tell its a big beer too a bit of alcohol burn on this one. Im also noticing it leaving a very dry parched aftertaste. Its really intense after a while and truly is a palate wrecker.

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Photo of Aaron_Eicher
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely phenomenal beer from Green Flash. This is one of those extreme brews where you might think you will share it with your dad or bro, but once you take a sip, you want it all to yourself.

It pours a light amber, similar to a spiced rum. However, this exudes hoppiness with a huge body to go with it. The fantastic part is that the body and bitterness completely hide the 9.5 ABV!

All in all, a huge hop load is well balanced and distributed from the smell to the taste.

Aaron's recommendation: Treat this like a dessert beer. The name says it all. It will wreck your palate, and you'll enjoy every second of it.

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Photo of JG-90
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a large light beige head that becomes rocky as it recedes. Head has good retention and leaves heavy lacing. Beer is a copper/orange/golden color. Smells of citrus, most noticably grapefruit and orange, but also with a bit of lemon. Also smells very resiny with a bit of pine. Just a hint of caramel malt.

Taste starts with hop resin, moves on to pine, ends with piney, grapefruit and orange. Has a sticky, resiny, piney, slightly caramel malty finish. Mouthfeel is just less than heavy with moderate carbonation, a little creamy/bready. I love this beer, the great hop flavors along with just the right (but very small) amount of malt. Also, some hops bombs have an oppressive aftertaste, this one does not at all.

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Photo of cmp26
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is a great beer its a little spendy but worth it.i poured 2 in to my 32oz mug and after finishing had a nice buzz and was ready for bed after the 4th. this is a really strong hoppy beer with a creamy head aromatic head.i wish they would make it in six packs 4 beers is enough but your always left with that feeling of wanting more. i highly recomend trying this delicious brew

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Photo of Auraan
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a transparent, deep amber with a one finger off white head. It looked quite nice. Scents of citrus, lemon, and grapefruit. Very appealing aromas. Flavor is almost entirely bitter grapefruit pith, grapefruit rind, a tiny hint of grapefruit and a bit of pine. Very little malt character, very much a hop forward beer. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, with low carbonation. The beer hid it's alcohol content quite well. An excellent hop forward beer, pure citrus and bitterness, probably one of the best west coast DIPAs I've tasted.

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

dark, slightly cloudy orange with a thin creamy head that sticks around. smells like a pine cone covered in fresh yard trimmings. amazing nose. the taste is exactly as advertised on the bottle; palate wrecker. intensely bitter hop (centennial/columbus/simcoe) combo with a decent malt core, and some grapefruit rind and onion peel flavors rounding it out. the onion takes on a slight garlic as it warms. like stone's ruination ipa, take the brew's name advertisement seriously. =)

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Photo of Derek
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze with an off-white head, bit of retention, some lace.

Huge aroma of pine, grapefruit rind, dried mango, candied pineapple and sponge toffee.

Assertive bitterness, piny resin, grapefruit rind, mango, papaya, sponge toffee, hint of biscuit, some alcohol warmth but it's surprisingly clouded by the plethora of flavour.

Perfect attenuation. It has a crisp, dry finish without any alcohol burn. Plenty of hop acidity.

Overall, a really great brew. Definitely among the best of the DIPA's.

I really need to try this back-to-back with a Pliny the Elder.

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Photo of BrandonMelton
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1/5/13 - 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with about a finger and a half of head. Crystal clear with a decent amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Bright white head leaves a trail of lacing running down the glass.

Aroma: Huge explosion of hop aroma that can be detected the moment the bottle is opened. Dank, resinous, pine aromas invade the senses, accompanied by bitter citrus. Bitter white grapefruit with a hint of lemon peel. A slight touch of alcohol on the nose adds a white wine quality which foreshadows the dryness to come.

Taste: Extreme citrus bitterness up front. Bitter white grapefruit, without even a hint of the sweetness associated with a ruby red grapefruit. Mid-palate is an explosion of dank, resinous, pine flavors. Behind the bold dankness, moving toward the back of the palate, emerges a dry, almost white wine flavor that carries into the still-bitter finish. This is by far the most bitter and dry beer I've ever tasted. As the beer warms, a hint of sweetness emerges - like a very subtle, slight hint of Valencia orange; even a hint of peach.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Nearly perfect mouthfeel for the style. The extreme dryness prepares the palate for another explosion of bitterness after each sip.

Overall: This beer is perfectly named, as it will destroy all ability to accurately perceive flavors for at least 30 minutes after enjoying it. Palate Wrecker will literally ruin the following beer if you don't allow enough time (or palate cleansing) in between beers. Simply fantastic. One of my favorite Imperial IPAs. The only detraction comes in terms of drinkability, where the extreme bitterness and dryness is a limiting factor. But this is a trade-off well worth making on this particular beer, as it is those very bitter and dry characteristics that make this beer unique.

Score: 96

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Photo of Shooter1960
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Poured a dark copper orange into a 16 ounce pint style glass. The smell was not overly distinctive but you could smell some of the hops. The taste was very strong complex hop flavors. Left good lacing on the glass. There was not any lingering after taste. Had four on tap and subsequently bought two in bottles. The bottles paled by comparison but the draft was a top quality IPA. Stumbled on this beer when my local favorite beer place switched out the WEST Coast IPA with this one day. Discovered the ABV after the fourth beer.

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Photo of Somebody_Else
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Why I love this beer:

I love how the beer slowly changes character as you drink it and it starts warming slightly. How it goes from a crisp, almost unbalanced hoppiness only to evolve into a delicious biscuity presence toward the end. And how I can continue to recycle the sticky hops flavor from tongue to nose long after the liquid has been swallowed. I have fallen in love with this beer. Most definitely on my top 5 list.

Thank you, Green Flash!

I like this beer better than just about anything. I really Really REALLY like this beer. That is all.

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Photo of brurevu
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From my tasting notes: The beautiful deep amber brew gave off a gorgeous aroma of sweet grapefruit and floral hops and was a wonderful smelling IPA. The taste was aggressively hoppy with a great blend of citrus, dank and piney hop flavors to make it a perfect Hop Bomb. While it covered my palate with a hoppy resinous residue it was surprisingly drinkable and an enormously enjoyable Double IPA. In short, I loved this beer.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, copper amber colored with a huge fluffy off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: fruity aromas of pineapple, orange, grapefruit, papaya, it literally smells like you just opened a can of tropical mixed fruit salad, citrus hops

T: pineapple and grapefruit up front, malt comes out in middle with a smooth caramel sweetness, finish is a hop explosion of grapefruit peel and pine resin

M: thick and creamy, alcohol makes itself well known, correct carbonation

O: buy it if you find it, the smell alone makes this a fantastic beer, let it warm for the flavors to fully develop

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle to a Duvel Tulip.

A: Golden orange, with a small off-white head that recedes to a ring. Probably the alcohol level keeping the head off this one.

S: A forest of hops here. Really potent citrus of orange and grapefruit, lemony almost, notes of floral character and pine. This is what west-coast hops is all about. Nothing else going on in the nose beyond this bouquet.

T: Hops. Sticky, resiny, citrus and pine hops all over the place. This is as flavorful of a hop bomb as any I've ever had. Grapefruit and floral are most prominent flavors, but theirs alot going on under this bitter tongue biter. Only the slightest biscuity malt is present, and you really have to strain to taste it.

M: I don't think I'm breaking new ground by saying this one is bitter. It finishes clean, has lots of aftertaste of resiny hops. But yeah, don't plan on tasting any beer after this one.

O: West Coast big IPA's always seem to be a little too syrupy and boozy for me. This one hit it perfectly. It's a bitter bruiser with a ton of flavor. Definitely want more of this soon.

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Photo of LeaderOCola
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Saw a lot of negative reviews for this and had to create an account just to chime in.

Sure this might get a negative review if

1) you dont like hops
2) you dont like citrus
3) you dont like high alcohol
4) you dont like IPAs

If , however, you like any and all of the above, this is the beer for you.

Standing tall , strong, and above peers like Stone Ruination, Green Flash West Coast IPA, any of the Oregon contenders, etc. This *is* the definitive west coast USA IPA. It reeks of scent, flavor, mouth-feel, and anything else you might want. It has grapefruit notes out-the-arse, and it does indeed, 'wreck' you palate. But that's only an issue if you want to eat during, not after. Chase this with a slice of pizza, a filet mignon, or ceviche- it doesn't matter. Your palate- true to word- will be cleansed, save for a slightly lingering citrus note. They should--- for diet conscious customers--- put out nutrition info, this must be ~250-300 cal/bottle, if that matters to you. With that said, enjoy. And drive safely home (aka taxi)

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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My spectrum of samples may be small....but damn, this is one of the best, if not best, I have had in terms of sheer hoppiness...beautiful smell....initial/after taste so piny/herbal...so much goodness all the way around


my daughter and wife....who distaste IPA's really enjoyed this

upper echelon overall...

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Photo of Immortale25
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. Bottom of the front of the bottle says Bottled on: 12/11/12.

A- Pours a medium amber color with nearly a full inch of off-white head that retains wonderfully before eventually retiring to an 1/8 inch head Thick, spread-out cobwebs of lacing.

S- Citrusy, floral hops of the west coast variety play off the nose with an enticing sweetness and sharpness. Musty, dank, pungent.

T- Taste is well balanced with plenty of citrusy hop bite and just enough malty sweetness. Notes of pineapple, lemon and grapefruit. The bitterness is intense and lingering but has enough grassy and fruity characteristic to make for a great flavor profile. Alcohol is well-masked also. Great hop burps.

M- Sharp and bitey with a crispness one doesn't find in IPAs as much. Also a bit oily with medium carbonation.

O- A welcome assault to the palate.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous about this one. I enjoy a good IPA, but I'm anxious for this thing. Let's do this.

Look: 5 - Poured a beautiful dark orange/amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Absolutely gorgeous.

Smell: 4 - Mango, pineapple, (hops!). Not as strong of a scent as expected, but a nice one.

Taste: 5 - WOW. I was expecting a Mike Tyson punch to the face with hops, but what I got instead was this terrific blend of hops, malt, fruit. Outstanding. I don't know what's not to love about that.

Feel: 5 - Surprisingly easy drinking. Way smoother than expected.

Overall: 4.75 - I am incredibly impressed with this beer. The hops linger for days, but it's nice. A definite must try for any beer-lover, not just hop heads.

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Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.