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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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716 Reviews
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Reviews: 716
Hads: 3,976
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 204
Gots: 656 | FT: 5
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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:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008

Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary
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Reviews: 716 | Hads: 3,976
Photo of Willytee3
3.32/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As the name would suggest there is not much complexity here, this one is a straight hop extract experience.

Pours a dark amber with dark orange hue, has a thin head with a slick and oily ring.

Smells of cleaning fluid like an orange citrus pine sol, with a rotting wet leaves pungency.

Tastes of extreme hop like extract, very one dimensional, dry almost goes full circle to a cardboard like pucker.

Feel is medium body trending toward a thinning by carbonation and killed by the strong alcohol overall.

IMO a complete failure of a DIPA by this otherwise favored brewery. There is no subtleness of craft here. I always look for a positive note from an an otherwise committed to the craft entity.
I could see this beer as still being able to deliver a hop experience after/during smoking 2 or 3 cigars! (808 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.32/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a hazy light orange with some yellow highlights towards the bottom of the glass. Only a sliver of white foam yet leaves some spotty lacing from swirling.

S - strong and interesting aroma. Very dank. Lots of candied orange peel, pine needles and green leaves. Hints of tropical fruit as well such as pineapple and possibly even some bananna peel.

T - sweet caramel notes up front. The crisp hop bitterness comes quickly and melds with the sweet notes for a very intense candied orange peel flavor. Sweet and bitter notes mingle and consume the palate well past the finish.

M - medium bodied. Creamy texture. Carbonation is mediumand.very crisp.

O - personally I felt this was a bit too sweet and not quite balanced. Yet an interesting DIPA overall. (763 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness dating of any kind poured into a tulip pint.

Slightly copper-hued orangey amber body with a small slightly beige head of 2 fingers. The head subsided quickly down to 1/4 finger and the proceeded to linger for quite some time, like an embarrassed man hanging around outside the porn section of the video rental store while trying to work up the nerve...

Shockingly malty.
Surprisingly well-balanced... Very bitter, but not over-hopped in the aromatic/flavoring department.
The flavor is rather bready sweet, like reminiscent of an amber ale... Kinda chalky maltiness. The hops are predominantly citrusy with grapefruit leading the pack.

The body is pretty oily and medium feeling.

Overall-- very bitter... I just it were more hop-forward in terms of flavor. Not bad, but nothing here to set the DIPA world ablaze with excitement. It does an adequate job covering the alcohol level. (919 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Speigelau IPA glass. Hazy dark copper/light amber. Vigorous side pour gives way to a foamy 2 finger white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S- Big citrus and floral hops. Grapefruit, tangerine. Sweet caramelized/honey comes though.

T- hop forward as expected. Borders on acidic, green apple type flavor. Very bitter. Name makes total sense. Could have used a lil more malt that I smelled. Some astringency, and a lack of continuity with the flavor.

M- Mid body, very dry. A little too dry maybe. Alcohol present. Creamy only for a second, then goes back to super dry.

O- Name make sense. Nice look/smell, but failed to come together in the end. Thought this would be more like Ruination, but its not. I enjoy a really hoppy beer, but this one missed the mark.

Bottled on 12/17/12
Consumed on 5/11/13

$11 for a 4 pk (855 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky dull bronze with minimal head.

Aromas of herbal hops, sweet malts and alcohol.

Flavor was much the same, and nowhere nearly as hoppy tasting as the Imperial IPA. Seemed like a barleywine kinda.

Full body and a sweet and sticky hop finish.

Definitely did not wreck my palate. (284 characters)

Photo of IAmAPenguin
3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Strong herbs, pines, hops, metallic caramel. Appearance: Crimson gold with no foam. Taste: Strong bitter hops, cinnamon, caramel, chalky molasses, brown sugar and faint grapefruit. Overall, I remember this being much better. Doesn't taste fresh and juicy Imperial IPA. Still it's really good. Strong bitterness and pronounced alcohol. I'd give this a B rating. (367 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, orangey amber in the wine glass. Nice head. Carbonation is a little coarse. Mouthfeel is slick. Big hop smell.

Intense hop flavor and aroma, as you might suspect. Rather dry and tends toward astringency after a few sips.

Ridiculously strongly hopped, which I guess is the point. A little sweet, and plenty of malt as well. It's a pure hop intensity, fruity and resiny. Flavor keeps going and going. It's kind of like bitter candy. Definitely too much of a good thing, though it is almost drinkable. Hot with alcohol and spicy hop acids.

I wonder if anyone at Hamilton's has tried this out in the dog bowl. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego. (681 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle shared by Thorpe, sampled alongside Deviant Dale's and Resin. All were a disappointing letdown in their own unique ways.

Pours a light clear copper with a thin foamy white head with ample lace. Exceptionally malty nose with mild citrus and grapefruit rind. Flavor is exceptionally bitter and dry, loads of resin and a robust malt presence as well. Bitter? yes. But also a little too sweet and sugary. Disappointing from Green Flash, particularly after Rayon Vert turned out so enjoyable. (501 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice transparent body that is a medium shade of copper. The head is a small fluffy white pillow that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Very catty, and a bit of herbal tea. Not very complex.

T: Very strong grapefruit rind, accompanied by a faint caramel sweetness. There's not a whole lot of hop flavor, but there is a ton...and I mean a ton of bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is very strong and commanding. There is no way to drink this without knowing it is there...a real kick in the face, and it lives up to the name "Palate Wrecker." The body is medium and leans toward full-bodied.

O: Overall the beer has impressive bitterness, but unfortunately lacks the complexity of hop flavor. It's not really a beer that I would recommend, but it has a novelty appeal for being extremely bitter. (804 characters)

Photo of RobM77
3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Nice copper color, but lost me beyond that. I enjoy a good IPA, but I guess I don't understand absolutely killing a beer by overpowering it completely to one side or the other - too much malt or too much hops.

To me, the true craft of brewing a solid beer is balance and learning to meld flavors. This is flat out in your face hops - but as it's name goes, that is the intention of this beer, so it succeeds to that end. How hard it is to brew a beer like this though - probably not so hard.

Not a big fan, but I can understand how a true over the top hop head would be. To me, this beer doesn't even compare to Green Flash's excellent West Coast IPA, which shows a good balance of malt and hops. (726 characters)

Photo of antott0523
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an attractive amber color. Carbonation is barely visible. Moderate beige head with some minor lacing.

Smell: Hops comes through as grapefruit and pine. The malt presence is faint and earthy.

Taste: Hops hit the tongue hard. Give it a swish and the hop oils will envelope the tongue in a warm, comforting manner. Grapefruit flavors linger, with barely noticeable malt notes of sweet tea.

Mouthfeel: The initial burst of hop oils hits like sandpaper; in a good way, if that makes sense. Drink quickly, because I found as the beer approached room temperate this effect vanished. Sticky, but not cloying,

Overall: Above average. The citrus hop notes are really not complex at all, but the sheer presence of hop oils hits the tongue hard, and I like that. There is a faint malt back that is intriguing. Overall, one of the better DIPA's that I have had recently, up against Victory DirtWolf and Flying Dog Double Dog, all of which I have tried for the first time yesterday and today. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a rich and hazy gold-amber with close to 3 fingers of thick, slightly yellow tinted head.

Smell. Big bitter citrus rinds, sweet roasted light grains, some cedar as well.

Taste. Big pine sap, oily bitter citrus rinds, some roasted lighter grains and a big lingering bitterness in the end. Just too much of a good thing here all around.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation. Thick and a bit sticky.

Overall. I can see that this is meant to be pretty extreme and all, but it's really a bit much. Feels like my tastebuds are numb ...and I still have half a bottle left! (606 characters)

Photo of BrianGaynor
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at the Lockview in Akron, OH.

A: Almost a red-orange color. Much darker than a traditional IPA that I'm used to.

S: dull, leafy hops smell. Nothing to write home about with the scent.

T: mild hop taste. Surprisingly good taste considering the dull smell.

M: you cannot tell that this beer is 9.5% ABV when you drink it. I could easily drink a couple of these. Quite easy on the palate.

O: I enjoyed trying this beer. Would get it again. (482 characters)

Photo of dmatsui
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a bomber. Beautiful bone white 4 finger head with irregular head and lots of lacing. A swirl shows some alcohol legs. Surprisingly clear but still has a nice pale burnt orange.

Caramel-esque notes up front and a decent hop spice. Definitely some strong bittering hops. Not very citrusy.

Hop spiciness comes through nicely while a persistent bitterness dominates the palate. Not much citrus characteristics. Malt bill is understated, resulting in a strong booziness. Some rindy, pithy flavors come through, but the bittering hops take charge in this Socal brew.

Mouthfeel is spicy, dry, bitter and hot. Slightly oily.

Overall, it is very reminiscent of the Green Flash West Coast IPA. There is a hint of copper, and that spiciness is persistent throughout. A nice heavy double, but not a citrusy as one would expect. (844 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a very yellowish head. Classic massive west coast nose, reminiscent of green flashes west coast ipa. Great lacing. Notes of fresh pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, with touches of peaches mangos and pine. Big full body with well blended flavors, the same that are on the nose. Hop bitterness is high. A little tart. Extremely drinkable at 9% but not a huge difference from green flash west coast ipa to this. Its very good but im not sure why the two exist side by side. Finish is a bit longer on this one though if your one of those people that like those hops to line their teeth. (603 characters)

Photo of Vec2267
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - orange / gold, clear, white head, great retention and lacing

S - pine resin, some sweet citrus/floral notes

T - pine resin, citrus pith, bitterness

M - medium, rich because of the blast of flavors, not syrupy

O - not enough balance, tons of hop bitterness without anything interesting/enjoyable

If you buy this expecting a balanced, enjoyable beer you will be disappointed. There are better hop bombs that manage to provide a more balanced, enjoyable experience. The best part of this beer is the smell. (512 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty dank, but this is one that probably shouldn't be bottled. I've had it in that format a few times, and never felt it lived up to the name, and this is no exception. Resinous, malt sugars, moderate bitterness. The bottles are just not really notable, even buying them from a cooler at a bottle shop with high turn-over, like I did with the bomber from The Bier Stein in Eugene. (382 characters)

Photo of boralyl
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a clear dark orange into my tulip. It produces a huge 1.5 inch fluffy, white head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing.

S - The aroma has a lot of hop resin, pine, and grapefruit present. There is also just a hint of caramel sweetness detectable.

M - Medium in body with a slick oily feel from the hops resin. The carbonation is moderate and works well with the style. The oils stick around and coat the inside of your mouth.

T - The taste is pretty one dimensional. There is a little bit of grapefruit followed by a wall of bitterness that lasts through the finish. A faint caramel sweetness shows up in the aftertaste.

This beer is like biting into a raw hop, and not in a good way, unless you like a biting bitterness. There is certainly no false advertising, this will wreck your palate. It's worth a try, but this just wasn't for me, there are far too many complex imperial IPAs out there. (932 characters)

Photo of mikeyodell
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Red-orange/ deep amber in color and transparent, very pleasing. Head retention and lacing pretty good as well.

S- Spicy and boozy, piney and sweet with a mild citrus

T- Hops over malt and a bit astringent

M- Quite carbonated- helps to make it a little bit more drinkable; coating and lingering towards the end

O- Starts out a little weak but punishes you in the end. A good and dynamic one this is. (405 characters)

Photo of stewart124
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange with lingering white head.

Noticeable alcohol in the nose with white grapefruit and vanilla.

Plenty of bitterness in the background with a medium amount of caramel and bready notes. Lingering pine and hop resin on the tongue. Not much detectable alcohol in character. Loads of white pepper on the palate.
Very tasty DIPA. This isn't weak at all but there is a heavy hand of hops and malt for sure. Well balanced for sure with such a lingering hop bite I can see why it is the palate wrecker. (508 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "stubby" bottle into a wine goblet.
Deep copper/tea color with a decent head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Sharp note of grassy hops that's right in your face.
Taste-Big shot of malt, then a wave of grassy, leafy hops that launch a bitterness assault that doesn't let up through the finish. Palate wrecker is right because the bitterness outbalances everything in this brew. Too one-sided for my taste. (411 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

luckily, when Green Flash releases a new beer, at least you can tell whether or not its fresh. If you buy it within the first few weeks its been in your area, well its relatively fresh, if you don't.... good luck.

pours a clear copper with a huge off-white head that sticks around for a while and laces in chunks.

weaker than expected aroma. lots of piney, woody hops... some bitter citrus hops, and plenty of caramelly, biscuity malts behind that.

woody, citrusy, bitter hops collide with the malts reminding me of fresh Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada, yet not quite as complex nor smooth. alcohol harshness and a slightly harsh bitterness really do make this a palate wrecker.

medium bodied with ample carbonation and an alcohol harshness throughout.

well... its decent. not worth the cost for me, though. kind of falls between an IIPA and a barleywine, but there are many examples of both styles I enjoy more. (913 characters)

Photo of B33R501
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is just ok. pretty color, nice head. aroma and taste bitter citrus, lots of hops but i get too much onion flavor. way hot going down, too boozy. not real pleasant and a bit of a chore to finish just the one bottle.

i like the lingering citrus bitterness but not real fond of the rest of the delivery or the overall flavors.

pass. (336 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Aroma of fresh hops, lychee, passion fruit, pears and orange blossom. Underneath is sweet-smelling clean malt and confectionery.
Very aggressive flavours, masses of sharp hops with piney, herbal and resinous characters. A fair whack of clean, syrupy malt underneath. Reminiscent of hopped malt extract... The sharp bitterness overpowers everything afterwards, seeming to linger forever to the point of being unpleasant.
Carbonation could be a bit higher.
True to it's name, but that's not exactly a good thing. (546 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass snifter.

A: Pours a dark copper color with a slight yeast haze; likewise, the bottom of the bottle remains coated with a thin layer of sediment. The brew is topped with a one finger off-white that has limited retention, but it leaves lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Very hop-forward, with suggestions of grapefruit rind, orange juice, and grapefruit juice; rather earthy and floral too. The rich and complex aromas of multiple hop varieties largely mask even the alcohol esters. 3.75

T: Some sweetness is there but this is very much a bitter brew, and the bitterness seems to build with repeated tasting. There is less citrus here than in the nose.

M: Full body; Medium+ carbonation; a bit harsh and acidic, presumably from the high hop load and ABV.

O: As warned, this strongly flavored beer assaults the senses and leaves a long-lasting bitter aftertaste with hints of grapefruit and pine. Quite bitter even among DIPAs. A less balanced alternative to brews like Hopslam, Stone Ruination or Hop Stoopid, all of which I definitely prefer to this strong and challenging beverage. (1,128 characters)

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.