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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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721 Reviews
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Reviews: 721
Hads: 4,012
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 24.88%
Wants: 207
Gots: 670 | 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: 721 | Hads: 4,012
Photo of Hendry
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Vinnie, don't put too many onions in the sauce!" Reading reviews before getting the opportunity to try a particular beer can be enlightening. Having felt the Green Flash West Coast IPA was pretty average, a friend recommended Palate Wrecker and gave me one to try.

The nose on this ale is really pleasing and inviting, hops abound for sure,plenty of grapefruit and other tropical tones. The pour was a pretty clear deep orange with about an inch of foamy white head. The aroma is a big feature here.

Flavor wise, this is a hoppy brew that rests heavily on the palate and has a savory character to it. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and halfway through, it becomes quite rich and not suited to chugging: this is a slow drinker. It really does have a savory onion quality to the aftertaste despite the citrus aroma from the hops. Some claim they can smell the onion in the aroma, but that isn't what I took away from it, so the flavors were deceptive to me given the attractiveness of the nose (I was expecting a sweeter aftertaste I guess).

The aftertaste is not displeasing as the brew is quite hoppy and peppy. I can appreciate the variation from the typical citrus bomb, and cannot knock it for that, but the flavor is not one I prefer to have in the rotation despite the interesting character, and quality ingredients. A couple of my friends really dig PW, and I respect their opinions, but at $14 a 4 pack not likely one I will reach for any time soon with all the choices out there.

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Photo of barczar
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant copper with a frothy one inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, resin, fresh cut grass, and catty hops form the aroma. Very tropical fruit-centric.

Flavor reveals slightly sweet caramel malt initially, with undertones of tropical fruit carrying into the fairly resiny and bitter finish. Pineapple juice and mango dominate the flavoring hops, with a hint of lime countering the malt sweetness.

Body is moderate to slightly full, with moderate carbonation and a fair amount of alcohol warmth.

Nice tropical fruit notes. It's more bitter than most dipas. Unfortunately a little too bitter for my palate, but the flavoring hops were delicious.

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Photo of jdhops
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear deep orange with an off-white head that quickly thins. Unusual but interesting lacing.

S: Piney and citrus, mostly citrus. Not as strong as expected, but pleasant.

T: Huge juicy citrus followed by a piney grapefruit bite. Bitter finish, then a creeping dryness. Alcohol well hidden. An amazing citrus to pine journey in seconds.

M: Medium carbonation. Full bodied. Palate still intact.

O: The freshest Palate Wrecker I've had, and by far the best. The juicy citrus was far more pronounced, the hop bitterness less harsh, and the alcohol more concealed than in previous tastings. A wonderful hop bomb. Highly recommended if you can find it now.

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Photo of Pencible
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with lots of off white head.
S: It smelled like tons of grapefruit, with some candied apricot.
T: It tasted like sweet honey and bitter grapefruit, with some citrus zest and waxy hops. It had a clean aftertaste that was more bitter than the start. Woo!
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Great full body.
D: This was a great IPA. The scent and taste were delicious. The body was amazing, but the finish was harsh with all the intense bitterness, so it was not easy to drink. I'd say this beer met its objective. Very nice brew.

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Photo of babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear shiny copper with one finger thick white head, settling to a thin ring, with wispy lacing left behind. Smell: grapefruit peel, resin, mildly herbal, with caramelized sugar and a little stone fruit in the back. Was expecting something more aggressive. Taste: oily hop extravaganza.. grapefruit, lemon rind, almost over caramel, then boozy with aggressive herbal and pine flavors, plus peach towards the end of the sip, finishing dry with a totally hop-wrecked palate. A tasty and intense hop-fix, not sure of its place in the DIPA elite, but digging it. Bottled 12/11/12.

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Photo of mackeyse
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The is actually a really good DIPA. Great hop aroma and grapefruit zing that really lingers. Hides the 9% well. There are better and higher IBU options out there and likely at a far better price point. But I am fortunate to have a local that sells singles so I will grab one on occasion and it's never disappointed. Green Flash gets a lot of grief on BA but this is a solid offering.

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Photo of Strix
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright orange, good initial head with trails of lace.

Piney, bready aroma.

Pine, bread, caramel, orange rind, apricot, with a sweet, then dank finish. Quite flavorful.

Mouthfeel slick and viscous.

One of these is just about right, as the name implies, more than that would wear on me I think. Clearly a lot going on here, but balanced enough that it's enjoyable.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a copper, amber color. Small, off-white foam head that dissipates quickly. Leaves some pretty good lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops, grapefruit, and malts. Good amount of pine. Alcohol isn't masked terribly well.

Taste: "Woah" was the first thing out of my mouth after the first sip. A pretty complex palette here. Lots of hops up front, and a lot more caramel malts in the taste than the aroma. Subsequent sips revealed more of a citrus punch. A little bit of grass/earthiness as well. Alcohol is masked a lot better in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Heavy body. Syrupy. Not a whole lot of carbonation, but it works perfectly here.

Overall: Not quite as good as I thought it was going to be from the buzz, but still a very good IIPA. At 9.5%, it's as easy of a drinker as you'll find, too.

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Photo of WSGosset
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Beautiful translucent copper with a finger of tight foamy head. Nice lacing.

S: This is pretty much what it smells like to open a bag of fresh hop pellets. The smell is strong and distinctive, though not necessarily all that inviting. For as much as I enjoy taking a good whiff of my hops when I open them, that doesn't mean I want to put them in my mouth.

T: Duh, it's bitter. That having been said, it is not as crazy as I was expecting given what I had heard.

M: Clean and smooth with a decent amount of body.

O: I think this a good looking beer which definitely lives up to the hype of being a hop bomb. For as bitter as it is, it is actually very drinkable. It was worth trying and I would definitely pick it up again, though I can't say that this is going to become an automatic buy for me.

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Photo of beertooth
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Maproom. Served in a big goblet.

This beer is a brilliant shade of honey orange with a thick and creamy two fingers of off white head. The bubbles die down and leave a nice layer and trail of lacing behind.

The nose is really tropical. Tons of pineapple, candied grapefruit, mango, more citrus and a touch of pine. There are also some pale malts hanging on in there as well.

The taste isn't as hop forward as it would seem from the nose. It's actually a little balanced(gasp!). Tropical hops mingle with bready malts really well in this beer. It finishes a little dry and isn't destroying my taste buds as much as I thought it would.

Mouthfeel is full with a nice little bubble bite.

This is one really well made DIPA. I'm going to eat something before having another though. One of the better DIPA's I've had in a while.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The body is a slightly hazy orangish hue with a dash of tan in it. The head is off white, huge, and leaves behind a cascading lace.

The smell is piney with orange and grapefruit. I pick up some malty sweetness, but not much.

Hell yeah. It's nice a bitter but still packs some flavor. It's very resinious and the citrus that comes through has that pithey bitterness to it. The caramel malt has a pretty hefty presence and this almost took me across the line to a hoppy barleywine.

Mouthfeel has a somewhat heavy body for a DIPA, but it's broken up with adequate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall, I thought this was a fantastic DIPA. I can see how some would say it's too bitter but I felt it was still able to deliver on flavor through the excessive bitterness.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Glowing bright orange with a thick pillowy white head. Long retention and moderate lacing going on.

Aroma - Very inviting. Lots of tropical fruits, mango, grapefruit, orange citrusy hops to go with some dank piney resin. Hint of malts.

Taste - The citrus aroma doesn't carry much to the flavor. Mostly bitter, piney resin hops. Quick hint of malts for some balance and sweetness before being overtaken by a bone dry bitter finish. The citrus notes surface a little more towards the end.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy, oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Exceedingly long bitter hoppy finish.

Pretty good hop bomb, This beer has a lot of hype around it but I've had better DIPA's. Still a solid brew. I'd get it again.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 02/25/2013, possibly 02/28 since the date is a little smeared. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Fairly gentle pour yields about a half finger of creamy off-white head on top of a nice burnt golden orange colored body. A bit of a hazy look to it, with some bubbles lazily floating to the top.

S - Smell is of dank bitter hop nugs for sure. Grapefruit, rind, pine needles, and some earthiness. Perhaps a hint of caramelized malt.

T - A bitter hop bite. Fruity, juicy, and bitter. Grapefruits & pine needles. Some earthy malts, again. Hint of copper / minerals. Vague hint of hop spice, with virtually no alcohol presence in the taste at all, considering this beer's intense 9.50% abv. This beer warms me up all nice and cozy though, that's for sure.

M - Feel is of resinous hop bitterness, and some dryness.

Overall, one of the greater imperial IPA's that I have tried in recent times. One that lives up to it's subsequent hype, and is destined to become a classic. Highly recommended.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker ---4.5/5

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/31/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a piney bite of hops bitterness followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, although there are better 2IPA’s out there, this is still a solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the tap at Oak & Ore OKC a clear copper with a finger or so of white head. Medium lacing on the glass. The nose is substantial, with lots of grapefruit and resin. There's a nice maltiness at first, with grapefruit and mango, then the piney resin kicks in. Loads of hoppy bitterness. Medium mouth. This is one of the better Green Flash beers. I've liked some of the others, but this seems a notch above.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours a deep citrus amber with a billow, greasy and rocky cream colored head that slowly collapsed into a thick, oily, film leaving sheets of sticky rocky lacing down the glass.
S: Huge fresh notes of citrus hops including tangerine and grapefruit. I catch a few whiffs of orange zest and tropical fruits. Malts maybe come through with a hint of sweet caramel, but for the most part this is a bouquet of hops.
T: Follows the nose. Bitter notes of citrus with slighter notes of sweet tropical fruits and caramel malt fill my palate. The finish is actually pretty darn bitter, but definitely in a good and very drinkable way. Citrus rind and hop resin linger in the aftertaste.
M: Greasy and drying mouthfeel, medium-full body, with just a touch of the high alcohol poking through. Carbonation is rather viscous.
O: This is definitely a bitter dipa and a good one at that. Probably one of my favorite from GF. Not my favorite hoppy beer though, but definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfectly clear dark gold. Head is rocky and off-white. Big chunks of lacing stick to the glass. Head drops to a thin ring in short order. Very pretty.

Smell: Weed and orange flesh. Easily one of the dankest noses I've encountered in a long while. Bright citrus aromas as well. A nice big malt base offers some attempts at balance. Caramel and biscuit malts in good measure. Pine and some lingering sweetness.

Taste: Lingering pithy bitterness. Loads of citrus zest and fleshy orange flavors. Pine and the faintest touch of weed. Dank and resinous in the best way. Aggressively bitter. Malts are sweet and offer some much needed relief from the hops. They don't balance it by any means, but add a nice sweet counterpoint. Vague hints of mango and floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and oily with a lingering dryness. An almost full body and a lively carbonation make this a smooth experience overall. A bit lighter than expected given the nose and flavor profile.

Overall: Unbalanced in the best possible way. So much hop aggression it's almost comical at times. The pithy bitterness reminds me of FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf, and that's good company.

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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark amber pour with a huge tan head atop it. Retention is top-notch, the head truly never fades. Lacing leaves an almost uninterrupted sheet all over the glass.

S: Huge amounts of grapefruit, citrus, resin and pine. Very strong bready malt too. Bitter dream to smell.

T: Pretty much every kind of hop in here. Grapefruit, onions/garlic, pine, resin, citrus and tropical fruit everywhere. There is a pretty strong bready malt in there too but mostly overpowered by all the hops.

M: Fairly thick and syrupy. Quite drying. Very bitter.

O: A must-have for the hop head. I'm not a fan of summit hops (I assume that's the onion/garlic hop flavor) so I wasn't the hugest fan, but it was still quite good. Palate wrecker indeed, this is basically Devil Dancer Junior.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So excited for this beer. Love Green Flash and this sounds great. Cheers to Hamiltons!

Thick full bright white head that collapses into a tighter clump of foam that remains. Beer is a bright orange/amber color that’s really nice looking. Copper. Lots of sticky, thick lace.

Really nice aroma. Thick, fresh and juicy. There are components of both pine and grapefruit.

Wow, aptly names. Lots of thick, sweet resinous hop flavor. Almost soapy with thick hop flavor. Grapefruit pith and some thick sticky pine. Some honey notes in the sweetness.

Oil slick on your tongue, some nice glowing heat from the ABV. Fairly bold body.

They clearly nailed what they tried to communicate in the name. I assume Scott Blair was involved in making this dream come true. Well done!!

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Photo of djbreezy
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Freakin' Frog in Las Vegas, NV.

appearance - medium orange with good head and retention

smell - dank hop presence, pine notes and citrus notes

taste - citrus and grapefruit hop notes followed by a nice malt backbone, good complexity

mouthfeel - big body, a bit slick, well carbonated

overall - great beer, lots of nice hop character, big bodied and delicious, alcohol is well hidden (nice to see this IIPA just under 10%)

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Photo of barnzy78
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with a friend, pours amber-ish with a frothy, off-white head that leaves thick chunky lacing on the glass. Nice tropical nose with mango, pineapple, and a heavy caramel backbone. Tastes are bold with tropical notes of pineapple and mango, grapefruit, caramel, tea leaf, finishes bitter & dry. Mouth-feel is creamy & drying, a bit resiny; alcohol is present and warming. Bitter hops linger. Overall, I really enjoyed finally having this one, and it lived up to expectations! Definitely recommendable.

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good beer. Like the hoppiness and smooth drinkable nature of the beer. Definitely a spot on west coast ipa. Color is nice, smell is great! The hops scent is perfect! Nice bitterness when it hits the palate by not overbearing at all. Defnielty a great example of what a west coast ipa should taste like.

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Photo of Roguer
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Almost crystal clear orange/copper liquid with a nice flat white head. Decent retention, and nice lacing.

Strong citrus hop aroma with some pine, and extremely juicy fruit. Pineapple and tangerine.
Some caramel malt and honey.

Extremely bright and hoppy, as expected. Pine and dry hops up front, malts in the middle, with pulpy ruby red grapefruit and resinous hops in the finish. Extremely juicy IPA. Some dry orange peel on the very back-end.

Good hop oil retention and resinous residue. A little on the syrupy side, but good carbonation sting; still feels lively. Medium feel; some citrus peel aftertaste; very little alcohol heat at all. Flavor lingers forever.

Despite the name, this is a very juicy, somewhat balanced IPA. I edited this review based on getting a stray musty/funky smell and flavor in my first bottle. The second bottle had none of that, although the malts were completely overpowered this time around.

I guess that costs Green Flash a point in consistency, but it's a good IPA.

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Photo of TangTKE402
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a 32oz. Boston Round into a tulip pint glass. Clear, cherrywood colored with a 1-finger beige head and some lacing.

S: Big hop notes right up-front, with a hint of alcohol esters. Fresh pine needles, citrus zest, grass, and some floral notes too, rounded out with a nice grainy backbone. Smells delicious and inviting.

T: Lots of flavor, with "big" being the defining characteristic. Big grapefruit rind taste up-front with big whole grain and grass flavors through the swallow and BIG bitterness on the aftertaste. Bone dry, and it lives up to its name. Other notes of blood orange, pine tar, flower petals, booze, and some tea biscuits all mixed in there. There is definitely a sap-your-mouth-of-all-flavor aftertaste that some might find off-putting, but I personally enjoy. It encourages me to drink more!

M: Clean and a bit chewy in-mouth with a hollow, bone-dry afterfeel. It's got good texture, and a full-body, not uncommon for a good DIPA. The filtered nature provides a very clean and crisp mouthfeel, one that belies the truly ruinous afterfeel.

O: A great one-off DIPA. One that I wouldn't drink many of, and it is important to remember to drink this after you have any other beers you might be interested in savoring, because it truly lives up to its name!

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Photo of 57md
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a copper with golden edges. The half finger of head yielded some lace, but nothing overly impressive. The nose was distinctly hoppy. The flavor was hoppy throughout, but there was a touch of alcohol sourness on the finish that almost reached unpleasant, but not bad enough to ruin this very good offering.

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Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.