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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 JEdmund
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly clear for such a hopped up beer. Nice glowing orange color, with even some tall head formation.

Smell is big, and nice, but I have smelled bigger and better. Maybe my expectations were too high. Regardless, big dank hop aroma with citrusy sweet notes, grapefruit, pine, and a flowery perfume (Cascade?).

Sharp, biting hoppiness that has a lingering flavor; finishes dry. Yet it’s still drinkable. Body feels modest given the ABV. I like that. Definitely not thick and syrupy. In fact, it has a really pleasant fluffy texture, good carbonation. OK, the more I drink, the more it lives up to its name; my tongue feels scrubbed! I really feel those 100+ IBUs in the bone dry finish.

Given the unique brewing method, I somewhat expected to be overwhelmed and not enjoy this. But it’s pretty darn drinkable (for a seasoned hop veteran, of course : ).

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Photo of Scrapss
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the expensive and stylish to produce bottle into a chalice.

A: Deep orange and browns. two finger head and wispy, stringy lacing down to a 2 mm disk. Has negligible legs. Active, gentle carbonation.

S: Lemony, grassy and some earthy musk. some sweet malty notes. There is this really funky tropical fruit notes and sour/metallic-aliphatic hydrocarbon note.

T: Follows nose with lemon, grass, earthy notes with sweet caramel malt like notes. Yeast is bready and what seems like a metallic note peeking near finish. Like sweet mango bread that has started to over ferment, on verge of rot, sitting out at room temp for one too many days and gets a spritz of zinc and phenol. Ah. That's it. That throat spray. What is it called....Chloraseptic? I have not had that for years, so I know it ain't mixing with the brew today.

M: This is a DIPA? Reeaaaalllly? I don't think it's a classic DIPA with massive early hop additions for the sake of extreme bitterness. This has a lot of hop and malt notes going on, not sure where the metallic notes are coming from but they're not patently offensive.

O: This is "biggie small". There's elements of hugeness that are tempered with restraint.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my Ommegang tulip. Pours a translucent honey gold with a creamy, three inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a quarter inch cap embedded with pinpricks and ringlets. Thin, textured clusters of lacing are present during the tasting and exhibit good adhesion. Nose expresses citrus rind, light, candied fruit, ethanol, an earthy character and honeydew melon. Taste follows nose; however the alcohol somewhat over-asserts itself, masking many of the qualities present in the nose. Finishes with a light, lingering, earthy bitterness that gradually dissipates between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slightly oily texture and an even carbonation level. Overall, I have to say that I enjoy my DIPAs with a little more sweetness and tropical fruit; however, this was definitely a solid brew and worth trying.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle poured into a Tulip glass.
Bottle kept in fridge.
An aggressive pour.

A- Pours a very deep golden, almost orange color with tons of thick creamy white colored head that has a lot of staying power.

S- Mega hoppy. Plenty of pine, and citrus. Mainly grapefruit on the citrus side. Some tropical fruitiness, combined with a small amount of floral notes.

T- An explosion of hop flavor. A very strong piney, grapefruit rind bitterness. Malt is present, maybe some caramel malty flavor, but is very overpowered by the sticky, resinous hoppy flavor.

M- Thick and creamy. Not overly carbonated. I thought big carbonation when I saw the amount of head that this beer produced, but it is spot on.

O- A nice DIPA. Not the most balanced DIPA available. A real HOP BOMB. Hop heads, seek this one out.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a deep amber color with hints of deep orange and some red. Upon pouring a nice just off white head forms on the brew. It has a decent amount of persistence before fading to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell –Pine is huge, dominating the aroma. There are slighter aromas of a breadiness as well as some light citrus and woody aromas.

Taste – This is one bitter pine hopped brew throughout. There are transitions however, in the intensity of the bitter pine hop flavor. At the start of the taste, the bitter pine is more mild (at least comparatively to the end of the taste) and there is a little bit of sweeter citrus (tangerine and orange). Toward the middle it becomes a bit more bready in body with the sweetness fading and the bitter pine getting even stronger. At the end the bitter really takes hold and leaves an intense bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and creamy with the carbonation is on the lighter side. These characteristic really accentuate the bitter pine flavor giving the tongue some wicked intense flavors.

Overall – This was a bitter pine IPA if I have ever had one. With its intense nature, its potent flavors overload the bitter taste buds on the tongue. A bitter IPA’s lover’s kind of beer, and one I actually found quite pleasurable (even though I would consider myself a sweeter IPA kind of guy).

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Photo of TTAmod
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Green Flash-shaped bottle poured into pint glass:

A: Pours a dark, slightly hazy orange. Thick, light white head. Looks effervescent. This beer is pretty lively for 9.5%.

S: Smell is actually pretty tropical and there's a touch of roasted caramel malt.

T: Yowza. There's a bit of grapefruit and pine up front, but it's brief and soon it gives way to a full onslaught of bitter, raw, resin-y hops. There's some marijuana, pine-needle, and just pure bitterness. You really have to be a hop-lover to enjoy this beer (thankfully I am.) There's a bit of roasted caramel malt and sugar somewhere in there, but it ends very dry and with a long, lingering bitterness.

M: Actually pretty smooth, light and palatable (if you can handle the extreme bitterness.) Drinks like a beer with a much lower ABV.

O: Let me reiterate: if you don't love hops (and I don't mean those girly hop varieties, like Citra,) you will probably not like this beer. This is a real man's beer. Green Flash pretty much symbolizes west coast IPAs, and this is the best IPA Green Flash makes. My bottle is a few months old, and the hop barrage is completely relentless. I can't even imagine this super-fresh. Anyways, yeah, the DIPA scene is heading toward the more tropical, fruity, hop varieties, but this one is completely old-school and completely awesome. It's a bit one-dimensional in its hoppiness, but it's a hophead's dream.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at CK. Beer is amber and clear with a soft white cap of medium and small bubbles, nice retention but low carbonation, looks nice.

Aroma is strong in my face with some nice earthy CTZ hop aromas. Not sure what hops exactly but it has that sense, mild malt sweetness cuts through as well.

This beer is bitter, the finish isn't too dry but it is quite bitter. Mildly dry I suppose, medium in body to start out with, beer is chewy with resinous hops, nice throughout, if you like your IPAs big and hoppy, this is a good one.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green Flash Palate Wrecker
From 1/22/14 tasting notes...

Enjoyed on draft at Benno's in West Allis, WI. This was a 10 oz tapper. Served chilled...

A) This was an amber brew, with a small white head. The head stuck around for the duration, and there were a few rings of lace clinging to the glass. Nice...

S) Indeed, the hops is strong in the aroma. Sticky pine and citrus rind primarily. Light floral and tropical fruit as well.

T) Kaboom... It's a hop bomb... Pine, grapefruit, orange peel. Strong lingering bitterness is in store for you. I don't think perfect balance in the flavor department was the intention here, although the malt base does provide some sweetness. Additionally, the alcohol is well hidden. I wouldn't have guessed this is a 9.5% ABV.

M) Medium bodied with peppy carbonation. My palate was coated in sticky hop bitterness. Finishes dry with some citrus rind and pine.

O) A must try for hop heads... Did it leave my palate scorched and destroyed for the remainder of my visit to Benno's? Well, not exactly, but I did eat two corn dogs, and some chips before enjoying my next brew. Glad to recommend...

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Photo of da_beers
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

@jmscowcroft brought a bomber over to share and review, we have been looking forward to this one for awhile. He found this hiding behind a different beer at the local shop.
A - coppery golden pour, minimal head that dissipates quickly. Had decent lacing, was bottled in Jan of this year.
S - Huge hop smell! Earthy notes abundant. Pines and citrus notes come thru at the end, hits with a malty sweetness as well.
T - very light sweet malt taste. Citrus at the end. Hops are obviously abundant here, massive blast. The earthiness lasts thru the end.
M - very smooth and almost velvety. Light/moderate carbonation. Has a crisp finish.
D - "Palate Wrecker" is an appropriate. Not a sessionable ale for sure. Wouldn't want multiples of this one.
O - overall enjoyed this hop bomb. Drinkibility is the low point for me, but the complexity is great. I would recommend if you haven't tried and love IPAs!

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Photo of arvidkoval
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh man this looks lovely. Dark orange in color with a nice white head. Smells of pineapple and grapefruit. Taste has tropical fruit and more grapefruit with some very noticeable bitterness to remind you what you're dealing with here. A hint of booziness. Feels like the right amount of carbonation. This really does live up to the name. My taste buds have been assaulted and are currently in the fetal position. This is so good!

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass

A - Pours a clear copper/amber with a firm 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great heaping edges of head left with chunky lacing left behind. Great looking beer.

S - Pine jumps out with grapefruit right behind it, very hoppy aroma, sticky caramel malts, perfumey ethanol, vanilla, fresh baked bread.

T - Resinous pine sap, sweet grapefruit turns to a rindy and oily bitterness. Stone fruit and bitter pineapple come to mind. Some lemon/lime twang shows up toward the finish. The pine runs strong through the middle with the grapefruit on the sides, forming a synergistic punishment of bitterness. The caramel malt holds it's ground and adds a buttery sweetness. Finishes dry with an aggressive pine bite with notes of peppery herbs. Grapefruit sneaks in quickly in the aftertaste wiping out all other flavors.

M - Heavy in weight, but has a medium body, oily feel, medium carbonation, dry and assertively bitter finish.

And a palate wrecker it is! Just an in your face DIPA. Lots of bitterness with pine and grapefruit fighting it out. Pine comes strong up front but grapefruit pushes more at the end. It's like talking a bite out of a fresh grapefruit, rind and all. Solid malt base for the extreme use of hops. Not a very complex mix of flavors but if your looking for a hop bomb this is it.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, chucks

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, glowing orange-amber body, minimal white film.

smell: bright citrus - sugared grapefruit rind, pine resin, boozy caramel malt

taste: 150 ibu's : lots and lots of hops - bitter red grapefruit, pine resin, thick syrupy caramel malt, honey, spicy. I mean - I enjoyed this but hope it represents an outlier because we really don't need 150 ibu DIPA's. The bitterness is extreme and the hops stick to the palate for hours

mouthfeel: sticky sweet, high bitterness, spicy alcohol

overall: fierce and abrasive - worth a bomber

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Photo of jellikit
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: orange. Thick, foamy head. Lots of small bubbles rising throughout drink.
S: peach and pine.
T: medium malty goodness. Slightly sweet. Bubblegum. Flowery. Piney. Warm alcohol notes.
M: medium-heavy body like Kate Upton. Medium carbonation.
O: great double IPA. Strong, hoppy, and tasty. Well balanced for a big beer.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Copper - golden orange color with a massive and billowy white head that lasts. lots of sticky foam lacing.

S- Big blast of citrus hop aroma, ruby red grapefruit. Some tropical stuff, too, pineapple.

T- Sweet malts, very sweet. Caramel. The citrus flavor is mild compared to the aroma. This bottle was given to me by a friend, freshness may be an issue here.

M- Solid feel and body. Sweet, sticky, and resinous. Lasting hop bitterness.

O- A bit too sweet to palate wreck, perhaps. Good, though.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a brilliant, haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head pours two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam with a bit of an orange cast; head retention is quite good. Wonderful!

Smell: strong, fresh, citrusy, funky and ever so slightly dank hops pervade the aroma. A hint of the sweet malt also makes it through the lupulus barrage. Quite nice.

Taste: bright fresh hops right up front; piney, citrusy, resiny. This is followed by a sweet malt with a big alcohol warmth, and finishes out with a balanced bitterness. It's bitterness actually seems low for its overall hoppiness, but make no mistake: this is an appropriately bitter beer for the style.

Mouthfeel: big body and a good carbonation make for a very creamy and satisfying mouthfeel. Good stuff.

Overall: a tasty and very drinkable beer for its ABV and general palate-wrecking properties. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of mwill7287
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No bottling date :(. Enjoyed Easter Sunday, 4/8/12.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, quite vibrant ruby-orange color. Plenty of carbonation bubbles float about the brew. A cloudy white head, initially about one finger deep, recedes to a thin cap within a few minutes. 4/5

Smell: On the tropical, citrus fruit side, highlights being orange, pineapple and mango notes. The beer has a deep & luscious smell, quite a rich nose. 4.5/5

Taste: While fruits dominated the nose, the taste proves a bit more complex. First thing I get on this thing is a dose of piney resin, very "green" tasting. As the name suggests, this is a bitter, very hoppy beer! Fighting through the high hop rate is an underlying citrus layer which becomes more prominent with warming, and in the aftertaste. There might be malt in this beer but it's hard to tell with the all out hop assault attacking my tongue! 4/5

Mouthfeel: Being high in bitterness this beer produces a solid dryness on the palate. Bubbly carbonation tickles the tongue. Surprisingly this one is only a tad bit sticky on the lips. Hops coat every square millimeter of my tongue. This is certainly a sipper. 3.75/5

Overall: The complex taste of this beer makes you want to take your time with it and explore. As previously said, the high bitterness rate, not to mention the high ABV, make this one a sipper for sure. Save this beer for later in the night - it really will wreck your palate. Very solid beer. 3.75/5

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Photo of mtomlins
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an aptley named beer! The nose has saome nice tropical notes to the hops with some spice and pine as well. On the palate, it has a nice malty start but transitions quickly to all bittering hops for a long, dry (astringent?) finish. Nice, but I wouldn't want more than one.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have eyeballed this beer for a while. I have waited for it to go on sale just to entice me, it took some time but a store finally did discount it. My primary worry about the rating of this one is that it may have sat too long and may be past it prime. It was alright, not my favorite, but very nice aroma will have to say.

I can see where the name is derived it does have a strong bitterness that would be best consumed with something strong enough to hold up to it like a Thai or spicy Cajun dish.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a tinge of red to make it more bronze. Solid for the style.

Smell: Strong floral, fruity, piney hop resin.

Taste: Bitter, it may have been better consumed on a fresher note and I will give this one another chance. I think it has more potential than this particular one allows. I can see where the name comes from it has a potent alcohol taste, but It also has that strong hop/grapefruit rind bitterness to distract the palate for a while after consuming it.

Overall: This would be a good spicy food beer. Drink with something that can hold up to the hops. Spicy Thai food, hot wings, Mexican, or Creole. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite. As far as San Diego area beers go I still prefer Stone.

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Photo of cjoc83
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/29/13. Pours a clear copper/amber color with an initial 2-finger bright white head that fades fast and leaves no lace in my tulip.

A surprisingly prominent malt backbone is there in the nose, but make no mistake, the hops are the stars of the show here. Big grapefruit, fresh mango, lemon zest, earthy and piney hops at every turn. Some booze is definitely noticeable as well.

A fitting explosion of hops for a beer named Palate Wrecker. Dank, earthy hops give way to big citrus; grapefruit (a lot of grapefruit), mango, pineapple, lemon zest, and then the sweet, caramel malts come in, giving this beer an outstanding, but subtle, sweetness before finishing off with some piney bitterness and solvent alcohol.

Very smooth mouthfeel that's nice and creamy. Dry finish with some lingering hop bitterness and some alcohol warmth. Good shit.

If you're a hop-head (and why would you be looking at reviews of this unless you were), I would definitely recommend this. Every shade of hops with a creamy mouthfeel and a surprisingly sizable caramel malt backbone holding it all together. Not cheap (my 4-pack was $15), and the alcohol is a little more prominent than I would have liked, but very good.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bomber bottled on Dec eighteenth.

A: Pours a deep golden amberish color, with nice 2 finger head. Retains head well with wonderful lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus pine hops,some earthy tones round out the aroma. Fairly straight forward aroma, HOPS. Slight malt overhang as well.

T: Pine is first flavor that hits. Hops in the face, carmel malts coming in. Big citrus/piney hops dominates this taste. Some dankness for the finish.

M: Thick, medium to heavy bodied. Tons of carbonation, bitter dry finish. Really just dries the palate in anticipation of the next sip. Sticky coating to the mouth as it finishes.

O: Excellent beer, not as good as I remembered last year's batch being however. Rather simple hop bomb beer, that's influenced by the West Coast style, but has enough malt backbone to make East Coast IPA fans happy.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear copper with frothy creamy head. lots of nice retention and lacing.

ripe fruity citrus, very fresh and lush. sweet and slightly bitter.

more bitter in flavor. a prefect complex mixture of pine and citrus bitterness. some nice citrus grapefruit in the finish. some booze also in the finish.

moderate but slightly light carbonation. easy to drink, not too heavy.

pretty decent DIPA. nothing really bad about it. enjoyable.

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Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A clear gold/amber color with a thick off-white head that leaves lacing down the glass.

Strong pine and herbal hop aromas. Very resiny and dank. Also sweet malt and some alcohol. Has a "hop syrup" type aroma.

Yep, definitely hop infused. A sweet malt base that has a heavy dose of pine and a bit of citrus hop. Some fruity esters in there too, some pineapple, peach, apple. Doesn't finish as bitter as I would have expected but there is a bit of a bite in the finish. The alcohol is only apparent in a slight burn in the finish as it is hidden behind the extreme hop flavor.

A heavier feel with a syrupy and oily feel to it.

Lives up to it's name. Sufficiently numbed the palate and I'm pretty sure I'll be tasting this for the rest of the night.

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Photo of dickieb
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Starts of a really nice looking beer, clear amber/ reddish in color with a small white head and above average lacing. The smell is piney citrusy and resiny with floral notes, everything a hop head is looking for. The flavor is strong and very bitter living up to its name, not exactly a hop bomb due to a good malt profile but still waves of bitter hops dominates the flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit rich for me but by no means bad and overall this is a very good beer. I would not session this one, but a good one to sip.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had searched high and low for a date stamp before buying but didn't see anything. It was from a store that rotates craft beer pretty slowly. However, now that I've drank half the bottle I found the date stamp and it confirms my suspicions: this bottle is 11 months old.

As a result my findings are going to be a little different than fresh obviously but I've enjoyed it anyway so I thought I'd rate it up.

A: Deep and dark version of orange with a light beige head with good resilience and decent lacing.

S: Green pine, earthy citrus was what I thought of. May not make literal sense but paints the right picture.

T: Well, here's when the age is apparent - it's got a great maltiness with light caramel and even some vanilla. The hops are there but definitely muted from fresh, and I don't get great resolution on the type of hops anymore. It's primarily citrus at this point, though - grapefruit and pineapple I think. This beer is really sweet now, both from the hops and malt side.

M: Very creamy and mouth coating for an IPA. It's slightly dry on the back end but mostly just creamy now.

O: I've never tried this fresh, but I'm pretty satisfied with it for being nearly a year old. Some IPA's will develop into interesting "mini-barleywines" if cellared, though most will just kind of fade into nothing interesting. I think this one does a lot better than most. I might actually keep one of the four-pack for another year just to see.

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Photo of Thads324
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.
Pours a completely clear deep golden color. Pillows of right white bubbly head that dissipates very slowly. Good lacing
Smells of a bit of pine, grass, tangerine and musky earth at the tail end. A hair of husk, plain grains and corn. Mild and nice

Taste is bigger than the aroma. The hops are well balanced. Starting with citrus and leafy green bitterness. A good bitterness is carried by grainy and basic sweet malts. Sharp bitterness and pine towards the end, along with more tropical fruit and heavy citrus rinds.
Higher end of medium bodied, bitter, good clean finish

A clean, good drinking dipa with a solid balance of malt and varying levels of flavorful hops. A very fine brew

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