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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: 671 | 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 zac16125
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Best before: 06/14

A: Golden copper with less than a fingers width of bright white head, pretty good retention and leaves a fair amount if lacing.

S: Big hop forward aroma, citrus ring, dank resinous notes, and spicy floral hops. Lots of malty sweetness to balance.

T: Piney bitterness and lots if citrus rind, soapy hop notes, sweet malts. Hop profile is ok but it's not my favorite hop flavors. Malts are heavy To balance and at times overtake the hops.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriately low, smooth for the style, fair drinkability.

O: Good but not great. Worthy of a drink but not something I'd likely purchase again.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper and very malt-forward double IPA. I'm a bit surprised its marketed as a west coast beer, as it has a lot more in common with a dark, rich, malty DIPA like Dogfish 90. The hops are extremely piney and citrusy.

A good DIPA, but nothing special and the drinkability suffers a bit from the malt sweetness.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (no bottled on date) into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours out a hazy orange with a thin white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Nose is not as punchy as I expected, but still is nice and citrusy (not too piney or medicinal). I get primarily lemon and grapefruit with a little bit of pine and flowery notes.

Medium-bodied beer with a slick, oily mouthfeel. Hops blast the palate nearly from the get-go. Behind the intense bitterness, there is a sweet caramel-like malty presence. Sweetness notwithstanding, the hops run the show here. They coat the mouth and linger like crazy on the finish along with a faint spark of alcohol. This stuff reminds me a lot of Stone Ruination. It is just a screw-it-and-throw-caution-to-the-wind hop bomb.

This wasn't a bad beer, and it really lives up to its name, but I'm glad I only bought a single of it. I probably won't buy it again, simply because at this price I would rather buy FFF Dreadnaught (assuming it's available). Hopheads would love this beer. Just don't plan on drinking a different beer right after you have this one.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of largadeer. Thanks, Chris!

A: Pours a clear amber-gold body with a pinky finger of off-white head that breaks apart into a large-bubbled cap. Not much lace.

S: Orange and grapefruit citrus with a heavy pine resin presence. There is a noticeable malt sweetness as well. It's faintly woodsy and tea-like; very interesting.

T, M: Orange, grapefruit, and pine resin up front, with a mild, tea-like astringency in the finish. It's not as clean as I was hoping, with some oily residue that lives up to the beer's name. I find the carbonation only half-cleansing. Medium body.

O: This is pretty solid. I'd buy more if they bottle dated.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: solid brown 355ml brown bottle with embossed 'Green Flash', an acceptable non-macro label.

Appearance: pours a hazy, heavy golden orange with little visible carbonation. An off-white head jumps and drops quickly to a solid ring. Limited lacing.

Aroma: oh boy! Plenty of sweet caramels, and tons of pine and citrus hops. Enticing.

Taste: pine and floral hops take centre stage with some bread malt and an earthy resin.

Aftertaste: the earthen resin dominates the aftertaste - the flavours linger nicely.

Mouth feel: a pretty full, thick body with some sharp, fine carbonation. Quite a bite to it.

Overall: a pretty decent American IPA - different to the norm per the Green Flash style. Also per the Green Flash style however, the price is a bit too steep at AU$175 for a case of 24 x 355mL - it ain't that good. Not worth it. Perhaps for one every now and then at a tasting.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know much about this one, sounds interesting, Green Flash's version of Ruination? Just a guess based on the name. Poured from bottle pint glass the hop aroma is immediately present upon the pour. The beer arrives a slightly hazy orange color with a good 2 finger white cap, decent retention and lacing. The beer is a hop bomb so the aroma is heavy on the hops. Mostly citrus with a bit of pine. I love hops but this is almost so strong it's uninviting. The beer is bitter, not nearly to Ruination's level but bitter. Unbalanced. Very resiny with pine and earthy tones more prevalent than the nose suggests. Hides the alcohol well though. Hops dominate any malt base. Full bodied. Good carbonation. Overall, not bad but nowhere near balanced. 1 is enough.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice pour for an IPA. Orange and clear and a super white 2 finger head with tight bubbles and great retention.

Smells wonderfully citrus hops screamin from the glass.

Taste - Very flavorful up front, with the hops really kicking in on the finish with some lingering bitterness. The more I sip, the more bitter it gets. A little too much raw bitterness for my preference.

Mouthfeel - Warm, buttery and thick. Very nice for an Imperial.

Overall - Many IPA's with scary hop names end up being tame and flavorful. The Palate Wrecker is the first one that has an accurate title. It truly is a hop bomb and bitter on the palate.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper color with a huge 2 finger fluffy white head that leaves massive lacing down the glass with each sip.

S: Big citrus and pine hops, orange peel, caramel malt and a lot of hop resin.

T: Tons of hops here. A big growing pine hop bite with a lingering bitterness throughout. A slight hint of biscuity malt in the background, but the balance is definitely not quite there. Finish leaves some dry and bitter aspirin flavors on the tongue, which I wasn't crazy about. A hop monster, but the flavors are a tad off. A good DIPA, but not fantastic.

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Photo of peacebone116
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Bright copper with a perky, soap-like off-white head that actually sticks around throughout enjoyment leaving thick lace at the edges.

N: The smells are overpowering, right from the pour. It SMELLS bitter. There are notes of pine, grass, and citrus...all very generic, but definitely complex.

T/M: The flavors in this are incredibly complex. There is pine and citrus and....a ton of bitterness--definitely the hint of onion-like hop notes. The malt backing is substantial and truly helps to balance out the bitterness, even toning down the nugget and/or summit hops' oniony flavors. The alcohol is evident but not hot in the medium body.

This is an excellent beer with an extreme complexity....but there is nothing really "special" about it. The beer is super bitter with lots of different flavors, but not one that stands out as excellent. It is an excellent sipping beer, but not one that would necessarily want to have on home-draft even though I am primarily a Imperial IPA fan. Overall, this beer just really does not do it for me.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle popped on 4.16.12 and poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a light tan, huge head. Great retention.

S - Pine, floral, tropical fruit.

T - Grass and pine heaven.

D - Good carbonation, a light to medium body, with a bitter finish.

O - Smells awesome, the taste loses some of the citrus, but is still good.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Resisting the notion that balance has any place in IPA- standard American varieties, imperial varieties or otherwise, Pale Wrecker pushes hop bitterness and flavor to the hilt while suppressing sweetness and body to a hardly-recognizable status. The hop dominance shreds the palate and puts on quite a bitter display.

Burnt orange in color, the deep yet clearly amber ale has much brighter clarity than I expect from highly hopped ales. Capped by a slightly off-white foam stance, the froth shows stubborn persistence and laces the glass moderately with pocketed islands interspersed about the glass.

No mistake about it! Hops are all over the nose. Grapefruit, orange peel, pine needles, fresh-cut grass, chive, and light apricot share the rim of the snifter with only the slightest caramel-dipped sense of malt sweetness in support of the hops. And at 9.5% abv, the alcohols provide a light rosy tint to the hop complexities.

Flavors follow a similar path as the malts struggle to make a mark over the onslaught of hop flavor that strikes the early palate. Citrusy goodness of red and white grapefruit (both pulp and pith), orange peels, light tropical apricot and mango roundness, and herbal grass, chive, and rose all take turns giving new impressions to the taste buds with each sip. But with hardly any rebuttal from malt flavor, the beer hurries into a deeply gripping bitterness from hops and solvent-like alcohol and light metal taste.

Incredibly dry from start to finish, especially for an imperial IPA, the beer ignores any stage-setting from malt structures and quickly sheds its carbonated creaminess and zestiness- instead favoring a dive into resinous bitterness with moderate stemmy astringency and a moderately unsettled solvent alcohol bitterness that both assists the hop bitterness and deters from it at the same time.

Palate Wrecker lives up to its name as it gets a bitter/astringent boost from both hop techniques in brewing and from alcohol. It's fun to explore what's familiar and what's unique in the bitter complexes in this heavily hop-tilted ale.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking copper color with a foamy thick white head on top. the smell of this beer was hoppy, lots of piney citrus with some grapefruit notes in there too. The taste of the beer got a little better as it warmed up but wasn't quite what I was hoping for in the beer. The mouthfeel was well carbonated, medium bodied and a little oily. Overall this beer was good, it's bound to please just about any hop head out there but I feel that I've had much better IIPA's.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy copper orange with a medium pillowy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is a little subdued - piney, resiny, dank hops with some sweet caramel malt and a little melon.

The flavor is a little caramel malt and fruit with a ton of resiny, piney, very bitter hops that linger in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a monster hop bomb. Tons of bitterness, but not a lot of good hop flavors.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap during Green Flash night at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a tulip glass.

Persimmon body with ECE/SAE amber highlights. Brilliant clarity. Distinguished creamy and delicate (albeit slender) magnolia head. Glorious lacing, barely broken up by thin strands of legs.

Interesting balance of scents: leather, malt, earth, apricot pits, indistinct hops. Mild pine. Alcohol adds some interesting notes as well.

Having braced myself to be overwhelmed by hops, I was pleasantly surprised to find a good balance on the palate. Certainly hops are here in abundance, but the potently bitter grapefruit and herbal notes are joined by bread crust, licorice, earth, and alcohol. Bitter finish with hints of menthol. The bitterness builds slowly, gradually becoming very intense, though not really out of balance. A real lumbering giant of an Imperial IPA.

Not quite medium-bodied; sticky; well carbonated.

By the end of the glass, the name seems much more apt. Drinkability is rather low compared to Pliny the Elder, 90 minute, etc

Overall, this remains with you for quite some time...

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Photo of colforbin73
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the first bottle i had, it was the first beer i had yesterday and it was really refreshing -- it had First Beer of the Day edge. this second one, today -- i already had a Dale;s Pale Ale.... and NOW.... it is the Palate Wrecker.

pours a rich amber... it looks resionous... syrupy and builds a small white foam that sticks to the glass. the smell... i am lost -- it is not overpowering, i am getting hops, some sugar and pine.

the taste mellows as you sip.... but DEFINITELY not one for the faint of heart if you don't like the Bitter. i come back to pine and lemon pith... there is a beautiful floral bouquet that hits the top of the palate... but upon your tongue lingers the deep burn of bitterness and alcohol.

if DOUBLE JACK is an A+ .... this is an A- at best. a little too boozy and acidic hops.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 1/8/2013, so a little over two weeks old. Lots of anticipation.

A: Gorgeous, thick head with prominent lacing left behind as it drinks. Toward the deep copper end of the IPA spectrum.

S: Big peach and mango citrus. Unlike some IPAs that stop being impressive after your acclimation to the initial scent, this one keeps on going.

T: Hm. Nice initial citrus blast, but then a weird (almost off) middle and a blank, super dry back end. It truly wrecks the palate. By the third sip, it's totally one-dimensional, with bitterness dominating.

O: Undiscriminating hop junkies will dig it, but I found this disappointing for such a highly rated beer. The hop profile seems experimental, at least in contrast to Green Flash's West Coast IPA.

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Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden orange color with tangerine hues and a half finger frothy white head.  Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Resinous earthy aroma with grassy/soily pine notes countered by sweet fruit and pale malt.  Hints of pine needle and grass followed by grapefruit and orange peel.  Biscuity malt with graham cracker and sweet booze.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry resinous hops that provide a strong bitterness that lingers into a dry finish.  Earthy pine needle and spruce followed mid palate by citrus/tropical fruit notes that prevent it from becoming one dimensional.  Citrus rind, grapefruit and pineapple followed by biscuity malt and sweet booze.  Thin and a bit watered down but easy to drink.  Strong bitterness is nicely countered by sweeter notes but it's a bit too thin and boozy for my liking.

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Photo of stimulus
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a six IPA tasting session.
No freshness date, but I know this is the first bottling. 4 pack.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber with a one finger white head.
S: Dank, piney hops dominate the aroma.
T: Just piney hops here, there is an extreme lingering bitterness that may be unpleasant for some, but definitely sets it apart in this tasting.
M: Sticky, medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated.
O: Like the OB Deviant Dale's, this is definitely targeted at hopheads; however, the strong lingering bitterness doesn't fall back well on any malt. This is good to remind me what bitterness tastes like every once in awhile, but I definitely prefer Green Flash's other hoppy offerings.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is light golden and clear with a soft white head. The aroma brings a potent dose of hops, light citrus and pine, and alcohol. Upon my first sip I decided this beer is aptly named. Massive hop character does indeed assault the palate. Alcohol presence is rather forward, and steers me clear of a second helping. This is decent, with some nice things happening, but I prefer a more elegant showcase for the hops, instead of being bombarded with an intensely hoppy alcohol bomb. Personal preference perhaps, but I feel this is middle of the road (or a slight step above) for a DIPA today.

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Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10 oz. pour into a tulip. Liberty Union, Chester Springs, PA

A- Orange gold. Clear. Light white head, but very thin.

S- Citrus, pine, some toasted notes in the malt.

T- Some pine notes and dry citrus peel. Malt is barely noticeable. Fairly juicy.

M- Medium body, some hoppy boozy burn but less bitter than the name suggests.

O- This was juicier than expected, and less palate wrecking than expected.

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Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone tulip. It poured a clear, dark copper color with a frothy white head rising well above the top of the beer. Nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a strong hoppiness to it with a resiny, orange rind and grapefruit bitterness being the dominant flavor. I get some alcohol mixing with some malty sweetness. It's definitely a hop forward beer though.

The taste has some malty, slightly caramel like flavors to it up front. midway though a very bold resiny, citrus rind, grapefruit hoppiness starts to take over and lasts through the finish. A little bit of candied orange is there as well.

The mouthfeel is a little above average with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer. It had a pretty bold, bitter, resiny hoppiness to it which fit the name of the beer pretty well.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head and shows pretty good retention. The head is a very light beige that is almost off-white while the body is a medium to dark amber which appears as a medium amber in the light. A good amount of lacing has been left behind.

Nose- Starts with a blast of hops that range from musty to grapefruit to more generic citrus notes. Some pine and resin. Some tropical fruits. A bit of honey. The glass shows a little more caramel but even this seems to get covered over by the aromatic and fruity hops. While I know that the fruity hops won't carry over to the flavor profile, here's hoping...

Taste- Has a hint of sweetness and then just launches a full out assault of bitter hops. Very deep grapefruit, pine and resin, lots of earwax. It's like licking bark. Some sweetness tries to peak through but the bittering hops are pretty boisterous in this one. I'm not surprised by any of this or the strong burnt caramel presence that is only deepened by the extreme grapefruit and matchstick notes. Five years ago, I would have loved this beer. Now, I can't stand a beer like this. Not that it isn't good; it's a pretty solid beer and accomplishes its aims. Does have enough milder fruitiness about it to sustain it. I do catch some orange, some hints of honey and floral notes. It's a really good beer when it isn't being so goddamn abrasive and clearly shows why it's ranked as high as it is.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavy, this moves it into American Barleywine range. A little more than medium bodied with a thick, syrup texture that has a bit of zip. While structurally sound, even the mouthfeel seems abrasive.

Drinkability- This one is not easy. For a second it is, but this quickly turns. It's brash, it's abrasive. It still has enough of a malt backbone to keep this in check while your palate does indeed get wrecked. If you're into that kind of thing, 3.49 ain't that bad. For me, it's way too much.

Overall- Solid beer for me but I understand the love. This beer is not bullshit- this is one of the most devastatingly hopped beers I've ever had. I used to like that but now, a beer like this is a chore. It is alcoholic enough to make me briefly forget all that though. Worth a try but it is pretty much what it says it is.

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Photo of duceswild
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from whatsarezaf.

Live review:
12oz bottle pours a nice golden orange with about a half finger of head. Upon opening the bottle you can smell the hops. I knew to expect a lot of hops, but WOW.

During drinking it leaves a Leaves a good lacing throughout the glass. Taste is of hops and pine. Even at 9.5% I don't get a lot of alcohol taste from this beer.

Not sure that I could correctly taste a beer properly after this one as it is a palate wrecker for sure.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a month old single into a NB globe glass

A: fairly clear goldish amber, 1 finger off-white head that subsides within a minute or two
S: pine resin, grapefruit rind, floral notes, caramel and pale bready malts
T: waves of hoppy bitterness, some decent malt backbone, but mainly bitter and resiny. Floral notes on the end, all the while unrelentingly bitter and dry. I like bitterness a lot...this doesn't overwhelm, but at the same time, it doesn't really do much that is very interesting to me. Ok, but nothing too exciting.
M: medium carbonation, creamy, dry, bitter.

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Photo of PerHops
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This is a beautiful golden orange with a pillowy head that settles down but leaves copious lacing around the glass.

S- Supery hoppy! Herbal, grassy, catty, pine, faint citrus. No alochol on the nose. Can smell some malts, too.

T- Starts off moderately sweet, but quickly asserts itself as dry and bitter. Kind of earthy with an oniony presence and some pine.

M- Good drinkability for the style.

O- Well made beer, but not my favorite example of the style.

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