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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,355 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,355
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 141
Gots: 274 | FT: 4
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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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angrybabboon

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Consumed 3/25/12

Appearance: Clear, copper orange - moderately-sized, foamy white head, fades to a nice ring that leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Aggressively hopped, as promised by the name - tons of citrus, pine, and weed - wet, dank, and oily - ripe orange and grapefruit flesh, pine resin, weed, and some herbal spiciness - some pale malts and booze underneath

Taste: Pleasantly brutal - fleshy orange and grapefruit, along with zest and some serious pith - oily, resiny pine - very bitter, with a lingering bitterness - a nice malt base underneath, biscuity, somewhat boozy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, intensely sticky, oily, and with pithy dryness - harsh, far from endearing

Overall: Certifiably destructive

This is as aggressive as the phrase "Palate Wrecker" suggests. I appreciate aggressive hops, but this is borderline ridiculous. That being said, this is a must-try.

03-25-2012 06:49:29 | More by angrybabboon
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

On tap at Lazy Boy in White Plains, NY.
Poured into pint.
Looks like crisp golden hay but nice thick head. Smells of piney hops, but slight citrus and sweet. Taste is of very strong hop and pine flavors. A bit of pineapple/grapefruit and cotton candy. Very nice and surprising DIPA. Worth trying if you see it..heck, if you see this on tap, im sure there are other great brews to try, but still worth a taste for sure. Enjoy.

03-30-2012 20:43:07 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Thads324

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

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

04-07-2013 21:18:22 | More by Thads324
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Docrock

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into snifter at 42*.

A - the definition of amber in color, pours out a nice 1-1/2 " head that slowly dissipated to a thin film, not enough to be called a cap. Lacing is fair.

S - just smush a grapefruit in your face, followed by the resinous pine, smells great.

T - very little of the grapefruit and or citrus comes through. It's dominated by the resinous pine that lingers for quite a while. Might try next time with some food to see hoe it actually affects the palate.

M - it actually tastes a bit thin, I don't know how? Carbonation is light, can feel the alcohol after a third of a glass but all I'm getting is the pine and lingering aftertaste.

O - obviously hoppy but not as complex as I hoped for. Still enjoyable and will try with food on the next bottle. Overall a decent beer but for me needs a little more body.

01-05-2013 03:51:44 | More by Docrock
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Well appearance wise, it's damn fine to look at. Orange-ish in color, a little hazy, with a slightly orange monster head that lasted and lasted and left sticky lacing.

Very resinous in aroma and flavor, almost sticky with pine resin, some malt sweetness, plus a little dank.

Body is pretty thick and chewy for an IPA, and leaves a blam! kinda bitter resinous coating as you enjoy each sip.

Green flash hasn't made a single beer yet that I haven't really liked. This one is no exception.

01-11-2014 16:26:32 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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FosterJM

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

1115th Review on BA
Cask to stemmed cup

@Hamiltons San Diego, CA

App- A dark orange color with some yellow bottom highlights and a very fast receding 1/2 in head. Left great sticky cling all the way down the glass.

Smell- A great mix of deeper citrus and hops. Very tropical in the nose and lends itself to a layer of supporting malts. A little oily at points but the cask and the temp I expected that.

Taste- The primary layer I got on this was deep damp tropical fruits. A bit of tangerine and a bit of orange. Mixed in come the hop oils and ABV boozy flavors. A bit creamy from the cask and a bit warm. All the flavors meshed well. Its a good beer but not a great DIPA.

Mouth- A thicker medium body with touches of warming booze and very creamy. A good low/medium carbonation level on cask.

Drink- A good solid DIPA put on cask. Nice balance and was good but wasn't great.

02-24-2012 19:07:56 | More by FosterJM
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

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 : ).

04-14-2012 02:21:43 | More by JEdmund
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

06-08-2012 00:16:01 | More by Jwale73
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

05-29-2012 03:22:03 | More by rfbenavi80
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

03-27-2012 03:52:43 | More by drabmuh
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JeffONeal

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

08-15-2014 03:30:23 | More by JeffONeal
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

04-26-2013 23:05:33 | More by StaveHooks
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Emnmarko

Michigan

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%

A- Dark golden amber and clear. One finger head leaves soapy halo and moderate lacing. Looks tough.

S- Strong citrus in the form of grapefruit orange and lemon. Nice and zesty.

T- More bitter than the citrus notes in the nose. The fruit grove is replaced with a bitter dank earthy hop blast. The malt balance is there backing this offensive as should any quality brew. An abundance of flavor coming together nicely.

M- Slightly heavy but at 9.5 what do you expect. Leaves a waxy light waxy feeling.

O- A quality beer from a quality brewer. A hop forward IPA with attitude. Hop heads rejoice!

02-13-2014 01:38:59 | More by Emnmarko
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%

A-Clear amber not much carbonation, two finger white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Lots of pine, earthy, dirt. More pine. Harsh (in a good way) hops. Some malt to balance it out.

T-Like the nose, a lot of pine, earthy notes and dirt. Some orange/citrus notes. Then a good deal of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, leaves a strong hop bite on your tongue.

O-At the end of the day it is too harsh and not balanced enough. Yes it packs a hop bunch but the balance isn't there.

01-19-2014 01:38:17 | More by rlee1390
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%

Light hazy peach/apricot color with a pretty thick head that sticks around a good while.

Smells of mango, pineapple, some kind of flowers.

Taste is similar but with some spiciness and a (not displeasing) vegetable flavor in the finish.

Great and complex DIPA. Will be drinking again.

8.2/10

01-27-2013 20:03:35 | More by AlexFields
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%

A. Copper / orange / amber appearance with an off white head of average height. Emits lots of carbonation bubbles.

S. Resinous hop oils, veggie like pine and faint malt.

T. Piney, oily resinous hop assault up front with some citrus under all the bitterness. There is some malt to balance things out a bit but Palate Wrecker sure is aptly named.

M. Nice carbonation and creaminess here.

O. I like this beer even though I prefer a bit more malt balance in my DIPA's. This would go really well with spicy food - chile, Mexican, Thai, etc.

12-29-2013 21:15:54 | More by bound4er
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Rcraft

Arizona

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Quickly foams to a 1-2 finger head, but recedes to a thin layer around the edges with slight lacing. Orange-amber in appearance, a bit transparent in good light.

S: While you can definitely smell the piney hops, it's not the most pungent aroma. I had to get a few whiffs in a snifter to really gather the variety this brew presented (but that might just be my nose?). Definitely more piney than fruity, I would say - with some citrus mixed in, of course. The longer I try to smell it, though, the more I can pick up.

T: Solid through all temperatures. You can start this one out very cold and get good flavors, and finish your glass a while later a bit warmer and it still has an enjoyable taste. Good balance.

M: The hops/bitter sticks with your mouth for a while if you aren't eating anything. Very pleasant to me. Nothing extraordinary but definitely present.

O: You're looking to pay ~$14 for a 4-12oz pack. For the price, it offers a decent experience. I'll probably have it again for occasions but I'm not going to go out of my way to find this. Solid DIPA!

05-05-2013 09:05:06 | More by Rcraft
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mocktm

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz bottle, excited to pop this one open. How can you not with a name like Palate Wrecker?

Deep golden hue with a rocky, unrelenting head. Solid amounts of lacing as well.

Hops kick you in the face immediately on this. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, melon rind and some caramel malt. Smells dank and damn awesome.

Persistently bitter with a citrus forward profile, contains copious amounts of grapefruit and grass. Alcohol is present but well hidden; I wouldn't peg this one at 9.5% if I had to guess.

Sticky, resinous, thick, and semi heavy, this is definitely a DIPA. Oddly, still drinks rather easily for the ABV.

Hoppy and glorious, would recommend without a moment's hesitation. Glad I still have three more, cheers!

06-01-2012 22:01:05 | More by mocktm
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bum732

Lesotho

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

S: Big grapefruit rind, some orange, light malty character, some pine, maybe mint.

L: Fairly clear amber, creamy white head that dissipates. Sticky lacing.

T: Hoppy blast of grapefruit and pine up front. Medium high piney bitterness with just enough malt sweetness. Finish is very long and unbelievably hoppy, lives up to its name. Dry, bitter and hoppy finish.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, alcohol slightly present.

Very good, the bitterness in this beer is unreal, yet it has enough sweetness to not be out of balance.

05-19-2012 02:42:33 | More by bum732
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Jaycase

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz bottled 12/17/12

a: orange, amber hue. smallish head.

s: light malts. pineapple/apricot. resiny hops.

t: constant sweet maltiness carpet bombed with resinous piney hops. decent amount of bitterness

m: medium body & carbonation. finishes slightly dry.

o: Great name, solid DIPA. Nothing earth shattering here but very enjoyable. Look forward to trying this again next year.

01-21-2013 04:39:20 | More by Jaycase
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badboyrsl84

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

On tap at the Green Flash Brewery.

Pours a clear golden brown with a beautiful thick white head.

Smell- hops, pine trees, citrus fruit, pineapple, and some hop oil in the smell

Taste- super crisp and follows the nose really well. Tons of citius hops up front with a nice balance of hops to finish it out. Hop oils lace the tongue.

Overall- a good brew and the name does as it says. Very good. DIPA

07-23-2011 18:04:27 | More by badboyrsl84
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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Green Flash Palate Wrecker

Appearance: This bitter behemoth pours a brilliant, clear, deep amber color, like a particularly beautiful sunset. There are hues of orange and gold throughout the pour as well. The creamy, bone-white, dense head cascades nearly over the top of the glass with even a gentle pour; the retention is ridiculous. The lacing is beautiful, as if tiny spiders wove it all over the glass. Carbonation is evident, but does not seem to be overpowering. This is a perfect looking IIPA.

Aroma: Grapefruit and resinous pine dominate the aroma. Behind the immense waves of bitterness rides a barrage of tropical fruits along the lines of slight pineapple, mango, and indiscriminate citrus. There is a surprisingly strong malt backbone hidden under all the hop aromas that gives an enticingly sweet caramel aroma. For an IIPA, one would expect stronger aromas. What is there is good (if mostly one note), but there just is not enough of it there. Perhaps this beer is not as purposefully imbalanced as the name would lead one to believe…

Taste: …or not. It easily earns its moniker. Lots of grapefruit rind, pine resin, and aggressive bitterness hits hard, fast, and never lets up. There is a bit of the pineapple, mango, and citrus flavors hiding somewhere in the beverage, possibly sheltering from the roving astringent menace. Sweet caramel malts underscore the taste and are present in each swig, but never really get a chance to shine. This is a hoppy, bitter beast with no designs on being balanced. It succeeds in laying waste to all palates that may stand in its path.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is nearly right where it should be: light-medium, not syrupy, but also not watery and overly thin; maybe just a little bit more malt to this one would have filled it out to make it flawless. The carbonation is perfect and pairs with the hoppy astringency to become a mouth-ravishing juggernaut. The alcohol is never evident on its own, but makes its presence known as the glass empties. The beer is surprisingly drinkable, but the sheer bitterness of it makes it almost a sipper, where the light-medium body would lead one to believe it was sessionable.

Overall: This sort of reminded me of what Hopslam used to be prior to 2013, albeit far more hop-forward. Hop haters need not apply, as this will just end up being a drainpour. The bitterness is extremely assertive and may even be too much for even seasoned hopheads. It is not quite as bitter as Sixpoint Resin or Stone Ruination, but it is extremely close. Seek this out as it really is a great beer, but brace yourself. 17/20

04-30-2013 19:08:53 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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wedge

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Coppery orange colored liquid underneath a fat, tight-bubbled head of off-white foam. Spotty lace. Potent, fluid hop aromas...fresh, green hops over some slightly buttery caramel that blends rather well with the fruity hops. Flowers, peaches, mangoes, melons, and only a faint whiff of pine. Quite bitter and hoppy from the get-go. More melon and floral notes along with what can only be described as a freshly opened bag of dried hop flowers. The peaches carry through to the flavor as well, but the hops are mainly on a mission to brutally assault your tongue; the candy-like nature helps add some depth. Certainly on the heavy side and sticky - I'm not getting much booziness other than a growing warmth in the throat.

Lives up to its name. Intensely bitter, yet still quite fruity with a green, fresh hop candy presence. I like how it manages to move beyond just massive amounts of citrus. Quite well done, but something keeps it from being really great.

05-12-2012 00:40:54 | More by wedge
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a nice golden orange, solid cap of dense white foam, good retention and lacing. Huge notes of tropical, citrus and floral hops - grapefruit, orange, mango and light pineapple, moderately sweet malt base stands up nicely to the hops but dont interfere in the bouquet. Taste brings juicy and fruity hops with a little more earthiness, malt is lightly sweet and notable in the taste and play with the hops nicely. Fuller side of medium bodied, oily creamyness, lingering bitterness. Solid dIPA with big hop presence and a malt backbone to stand up to it.

04-25-2012 18:11:48 | More by rfgetz
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a clear orange with a fluffy white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of mango, peach, pine resin, some honey sweetness and grapefruit.

Taste is bitter stone/pitted fruit up front that goes into a more mango/pine/resin middle before ending on a big bitter kick that has tropical and lighter fruit notes. The bitterness is somewhat harsh but not astringent, though, it does take away from the other flavors.

Medium to lighter body with medium to low carbonation works well. The alcohol is present but not out of balance.

A nice, hoppy and bitter beer that really shines through with stone fruit flavors and some pine/resin.

05-13-2012 19:37:06 | More by TenHornsProud
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,355 ratings.