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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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3,202 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,202
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 123
Gots: 231 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008)
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squirrel49

South Dakota

2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

04-27-2014 03:51:11 | More by squirrel49
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thegerm87

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

02-21-2013 02:49:59 | More by thegerm87
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

01-13-2013 05:10:49 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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kojevergas

Texas

2.54/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 01/08/13. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; Green Flash has yet to really impress me and I've heard mixed reviews about this one. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. I've never had this before.

Served straight from the fridge but not quite as cold as the fridge usually renders beers. We'll call it sufficiently chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of nice cream and decent thickness, and great retention (~6 minutes) for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper. Vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style, but the head is impressive for the ABV. Other than that, there's nothing unique or special here. Indistinguishable from most other beers in the style.

Sm: Pale malts, floral hops, heavy hop oil, and light hop nectar. Shockingly light; not subtle, just light. Reading the label, I'm pleased to see they describe it as "complicated." Not complex - complicated. A touch of inadvertent honesty, perhaps? It's not fresh (in spite of being a mere 3 weeks old), but it does come off as pleasant.

T: Okay...unnecessarily heavy hop bitterness is overwhelmingly dominant. A hint of buried hop nectar, a hint of very buried citrus. Corrupted oily hops really attack the palate in a most unpleasant manner. Even the pale malt body is drowned out by the assault. Sweet jesus, that is really really imbalanced. I'm forced to appreciate it; it's sort of a master class on how not to brew an IPA. Grapefruit. No yeast character - and surprisingly no alcohol - comes through. Lacks complexity. There's no subtlety here at all.

Mf: Scratchy, oily, and coarse. It's as pleasant as it sounds. Overcarbonated. Too thick for the lack of flavour. Not at all refreshing. Horrible palate presence.

Dr: This is exactly how you shouldn't go about approaching the style. It lacks the key element: balance. This represents precisely what is wrong with IPAs - especially when executed by American breweries: it's not a dicksizing competition with hop content or IBUs. A good IPA has masterful balance and is refreshing. This is neither. Drinkable, if low quality. It's more difficult to drink than your typical DIPA. Though it does hide its ABV alright. A huge disappointment from Green Flash. Maybe the brewers could drive over to Alpine and learn a thing or two about balance. Is Silva Stout as highly hyped and yet as poorly brewed as this is?

Low C-

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 05:28:37 | More by kojevergas
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Yeah, I've heard this claim from plenty of DIPAs before... This stuff pours a clear amber-gold topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, citrus salad, and a kiss of booze. The taste finally brings the name's promise to fruition: The bitterness on display burned through my tastebuds like vikings at Lindesfarne. It was all rind, resin, oils, and whatnot, with no real hop flavors besides. An alcohol kick comes forth as well, creating a sense of vinyl/rubber when combined with the bitterness and the subsequently shell-shocked tongue. Things are too much for me, and they definitely detract from any kind of enjoyment on my part. Many pain winces were evinced. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, I suppose this beer delivers what it promises, but that's not really a good thing...

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 16:40:22 | More by TMoney2591
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: 1/4" cream coloured head over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Citrusy, piney and grassy hops are predominant.

T: Onions, garlic and a pine finish. Was this keg too fresh? I'm not sure, but its not the first time I have had these flavours in Green Flash IPAs and IIPAs.

M: Medium carbonation and viscosity.

O: The onion and garlic flavours were too predominant for me to enjoy this beer. Given the other reviews, it makes me wonder as to why this was the case; since I had a fresh palate walking into this beer and I love hop bombs. What I do know is that this is no Stone Ruination or Pliny the Elder, and that adding more hops does not always equal a better beer. A brewer said to me that adding a lot of hops to a beer is like adding a lot of salt to a dish. It seems like Green Flash added too much onion and garlic salt on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2012 19:54:59 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Westyn

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

04-16-2014 18:04:58 | More by Westyn
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user785335

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

06-10-2014 21:37:41 | More by user785335
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

07-21-2013 14:42:14 | More by mwbrady12
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Jackz29

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

03-17-2014 00:28:54 | More by Jackz29
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heytomcat

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

03-16-2014 14:02:04 | More by heytomcat
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deonreds

New York

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

08-08-2012 06:40:27 | More by deonreds
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Chrisdslap

California

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

05-24-2012 00:56:10 | More by Chrisdslap
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Ncpogs

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

01-18-2013 04:17:35 | More by Ncpogs
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

2.84/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Stella Artois glass (yea I know...it was all I had clean that wasn't a pint glass)

A- Pours a light amber color with about an inch and a half of white foamy head. Beautiful, abstract, lacing is visible throughout the glass as well.

S- Very piney and super astringent. Hints of urine/ammonia...what?

T- Very sharp flavor on the front AND back end of things. It does hat it's named after and that is Wreck your Palate. My taste buds are shot at this point and it's due to the very sharp, astringent flavor of the west coast hops used and the process taken in the boil for this beer.

M- Carbonation is characteristic of the style and the bitterness puckers my mouth. There is a slight sweetness on the finish.

O- Overall an interesting brew. You've got the astringency of a serious India Pale Ale style along with the biscuity malt of an Oktoberfest style. Lots I flavor goin on! It doesn't mask the ABV however. Some alcoholic presence is detected on the nose and on the palate...

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 09:14:35 | More by Budinetz
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Green Flash pint glass.

Pours a clear light copper color with a very nice off-white head. Tons of ringy lacing on the way down.

The nose carried a bit of light bready malt and some resinous hops. Very light citrus peel in the background. This is surprisingly malty. Not in the sense thy there is a strong malt presence, but just in the overall balance as there really isn't that much hop aroma there.

The flavor continues down this path. Some amber and bready malt with a heavy bitterness though not much hop flavor at all. Very unfortunate. A bit of alcohol there as well. Body is light-medium with good carbonation and pretty heavy bitterness.

I really just couldn't get into this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 02:03:05 | More by Thorpe429
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle to tulip.
Bottled on 01/08/13. Sampled on 05FEB13.

[A] Bright white and beautiful, the head rises to a finger and a half. Foamy, fluffy and incredibly well sustained, leaving a thick coating all around the glass. The body is a perfectly bright and the color of annealed copper. Above average lacing in strands.

[S] Dank, resiny hop notes abound. Floral in a green, stemmy kind of way plus dried pine. Light caramel.

[T] Just like the nose: Dank, resiny and woodsy. The flavors are on the complete opposite end of the citrusy/tropical fruit IPA spectrum, which is a nice change, but it's not my preferred flavor profile. More malty than it should be. And the finish is less-dry than expected.

[M] Full bodied with just the right amount of bitterness to overshadow the sweet, pale malt character. The carbonation is very fine, but perfectly adequate, grazing smoothly and swiftly over the tongue.

[O] Ok so, Palate Wrecker is a bit of an overstatement. I thought the beer was decent but I was more impressed with the draft version which, in all fairness was a few weeks fresher. The flavor profile is either not for me, or the bottle did not age well, or the beer wasn't very good to begin with. In any case, I would take another shot with this one, but I'll look for a fresher example.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 01:19:56 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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kdb150

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

A - Amber color, 2 fingers of cream-colored head slowly recedes, leaving lots of sticky lacing behind. A nice quarter-inch coating sticks around for a long while. Great for the style.

S - All hops, all the time. Citrus and grapefruit dominate, against a bankground hinting at dankness. A bit of alcohol bite as well. Nice aroma, with the alcohol note knocking it down a notch.

T - Overwhelming bitter/dank flavor, with just a hint of the great citrus/grapefruit that was in the nose. With no real malt backbone to speak of to balance out the bitterness, this did not deliver at all on the flavor. I guess I should have taken the name at its word, but the taste has no redeeming qualities at all, it just overwhelms with an unpleasant bitter dankness that should never be the only flavor in a beer.

M - Good feel, not thin, not overly thick, with good carbonation.

O - It's honestly a shame the taste on this beer is so awful, because everything else is actually rather good. But with the overwhelming dank, bitter flavor, it's hard to recommend this beer. I'll skip it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 06:26:15 | More by kdb150
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seavercm

Georgia

3/5  rDev -27.9%

03-03-2014 14:58:00 | More by seavercm
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jmccraney

Washington

3/5  rDev -27.9%

04-13-2012 16:39:11 | More by jmccraney
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Bieniek30

New York

3/5  rDev -27.9%

04-15-2014 01:28:01 | More by Bieniek30
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broadway848

New York

3/5  rDev -27.9%

07-20-2013 01:34:19 | More by broadway848
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sneth019

Maryland

3/5  rDev -27.9%

04-28-2012 19:54:12 | More by sneth019
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Dcunicelli

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.9%

02-13-2014 18:50:11 | More by Dcunicelli
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TooGood

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -27.9%

03-16-2014 12:33:13 | More by TooGood
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,202 ratings.