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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,217 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,217
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 122
Gots: 234 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 3,217 | Reviews: 651 | Display Reviews Only:
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Chmpgn36


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

07-01-2012 02:49:59 | More by Chmpgn36
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TallGuyCM

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

07-08-2012 09:43:07 | More by TallGuyCM
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diegoblue

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

02-12-2013 04:26:10 | More by diegoblue
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

02-13-2013 01:28:25 | More by randylangford
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GR_Beer_Nut

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-19-2013 16:47:26 | More by GR_Beer_Nut
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Jyoungquist

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

06-15-2014 04:06:15 | More by Jyoungquist
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dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-23-2014 23:51:36 | More by dpgoblejr
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eagles22

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

03-02-2013 01:58:58 | More by eagles22
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Casey3236

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

03-31-2013 08:14:03 | More by Casey3236
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

02-22-2013 04:14:59 | More by comfortablynirm
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The body was a deep orange shade of amber, and formed a two finger thick head in the tulip glass. The aroma was very piney and spicy and very much in line with the West Coast style. The taste is where the complexity started to show up. There was a mouth puckering, tobacco like bitterness up front which stayed throughout the taste. The initial shock of bitter was followed by some tropical fruits, such as mango and pineapple. The finish was spicy, with notes of ginger and clove. The beer felt very dry and did not show much of the character of the malt. This definitely lived up to its name, as I can't imagine having another beer after this, except if it's another Palate Wrecker.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 04:32:29 | More by rajendra82
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LeaderOCola

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
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)

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 08:02:50 | More by LeaderOCola
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Miles228

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

03-05-2014 01:11:18 | More by Miles228
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Turbodog666

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

06-18-2013 23:58:00 | More by Turbodog666
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Dark33

Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

05-01-2012 01:24:31 | More by Dark33
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OneBeertoRTA

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

01-26-2013 22:48:56 | More by OneBeertoRTA
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

07-20-2012 02:16:15 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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ObiBeerCanobi

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

02-07-2014 01:43:36 | More by ObiBeerCanobi
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kcp85

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

01-26-2014 02:46:36 | More by kcp85
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-17-2012 01:54:45 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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mcphish22

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

05-16-2012 17:07:46 | More by mcphish22
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brurevu

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 18:19:57 | More by brurevu
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 23:39:21 | More by M_C_Hampton
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BrandonMelton


4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 01:37:02 | More by BrandonMelton
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served up in my tulip at cellar temperature.

An unstoppable three-finger, slightly off-white head puffs up no matter how carefully poured. The body is a crystal clear dark golden orange. One might call it amber.

Resinous pine, pink grapefruit, and dank hops fill the aroma. Ahh... these are some of my favorite IPA scents...

And it hits! A hurricane of hugely bitter hops! The flavor has a resinous and resonating explosion of bitterness that tastes of citrus, pine, and grapefruit peel. It has a dry, astringent bitterness in the finish that reveals a little bit of maltiness: that splendid biscuity breadiness that the finer IPAs possess. Seldom does an IPA deliver such intense hoppiness as this. What more can one ask for in a DIPA's flavor?

Feel? Oh yeah. The feel. Sorry but the deliciously dank, bafflingly bitter hop flavor has me distracted, I'm affraid. The feel is ideal... for unleashing the untamed hop beast within.

Few DIPAs have made an impression on me like this one has. As I sip it, my palate not only adjusts to the unbridled bitterness, but begins to crave it. For true connoisseurs of IPAs, this is not a palate wrecker, but a palate placebo. Bathe in the bitterness, my friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 17:38:49 | More by Kuaff
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,217 ratings.