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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Palate WreckerGreen Flash Palate Wrecker

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721 Reviews
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Reviews: 721
Hads: 4,012
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 24.88%
Wants: 206
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 StoutHunter
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Green Flash's Palate Wrecker last week for $3.39 at The Lager Mill. Green Flash recently entered the marker in Michigan and since I've never had anything from them I thought would pick up a few of their beers to try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling, but it just showed up so it should be fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, but it's pretty simple and it's not too eye catching. It poured a nice slightly darker orange color that took on more of an amber and crimson hue when held to the light with two and half fingers of fairly creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patching rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of floral, earthy, slightly piney, green onion and citrus fruit hops with the green onion aromas sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a light toasted, slightly grainy, and caramel malt like aroma with a little bit of sweet malts in the background. The aroma is nice, but the green onion and garlic aromas are a little strong for me.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart all the aspects that they did in the aroma with the green onion/garlic like hops still sticking out the most with a citrus hop flavor showing up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a toasted, grainy, caramel malt and sweet malt flavors. On the finish there's a lower amount of high bitterness that lingers for a little bit with a citrus hop and green onion like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but the green onion/garlic aspect was just as strong as it was in the aroma.

M- Not the smoothest, slightly crisp, a little sticky, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice but I wish it was smoother.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and decent example of the style, it had a lot of those west coast IPA aspect but the green onion seemed to get a little out of hand in this one and I thought it started to clash with the other flavors. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't the smoothest, slightly crisp, a little sticky, not too filing and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, i don't have the urge to drink another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a very nice looking beer, it had good color, head and lacing. What I liked the least about this beer was the heavy green onion/garlic aspect, it just doesn't blend well with the other hoppy aspects. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not hard to find a DIPA that I like more for a better price. I would recommend this as a good DIPA unless you really like the onion/garlic aspect. All in all I was a little let down with this beer, I've heard that many people enjoy this beer, but I can't say that was the case for me, those onion/garlic hops really held this beer back from being as good as it could be. This isn't my favorite DIPA and it didn't make for the best first impression for Green Flash, better luck next time guys, this one just wasn't for me.

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

April 2012, bought from Bottleworks.

A - Pretty clear with a reddish hint. Small head.

S - Nothing too strong, but I can get a light, hoppy scent.

T - Decently strong front with a good finish. I enjoy the bitterness left on the tongue. Fairly simple beer with straightforwardness of taste. Can pick up some citris as well.

M - Good oxidation. Hits the mouth fully and lingers, almost as if it's radically expanding on the palate.

O - Not as impressive as anticipated. I was expecting more notes of smell and taste, but it's a solid ale for summer days and when you're in need of a little bite.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy cow! Massive hop scent smack floats though the air upon opening... Yum!

iHuge! foamy white head rises from the hazed orange brew. Lots of yellow and some reds. Nice lacing too, A+.

Huge Cascase nose on this brew, almost overwhelming and too much. Strong pine and mild citrus.

Overly bitter, very little smoothness. Lots of bitterness remains long after brew is gone. This brew is like drinking pine sap. WHOA, slightly overwhelming. Good carbonation and no heat.

Slight mess of a brew, but a west coast hop bomb nonetheless. Flavor is overwhelmingly bitter without enough sweetness or smoothness. Recommended, but for only the biggest of hopheads.

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear, coppery gold, topped with a one and one half finger off white head. Decent fine lacing left behind.

S- Smells pretty good. Not great. Some citrus. Hops. Pine.

T- Expected more due to aroma. But...it is not there for me. Bitter hops and pine resin.

M- O.k. carbonation. Feels clean.

O- Guess I am missing something on this one, based on others reviews. Maybe it wasn't stored correctly. No date on bottle, so no idea regarding freshness.

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter.

A Amber/orange in color. Clear, filtered, transparent. Half inch of tan head when poured aggressively. This fades down to about a quarter inch and hangs around.

S A clean and fresh citrus smell right up front. Hops, of course. Some pine resin and malt, but both are rather subtle.

T Super hoppy. Bitter. Very boozy. Very hot. There is a some malt and a tinge of burnt sugar.

M There is fullness due to the malt that does exist under the far more pronounced layers.

O Palate Wrecker! No shit palate wrecker. I give it to GF for aiming to do something and following through. The booze and the bitterness define this brew. Both are prominent and unrelenting. It's good but, damn, it is bordering on too much. If such a thing exists.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a brilliantly clear orange with hints of red. One-inch white head dies down after a while, leaving only a thin, filmy slip atop the beer. Thick, sticky rings of fine-bubbled lacing stick to the glass.

S: Bright scents of tangerine, mango, and peach. Floral with a green scent of young plant shoots. Spicy alcohol. Lots of black pepper. Crusty, bready, and biscuity malts.

T: Bitter pine tar and resin on the attack. Subtle citrus and tropical flavors and green, shoot-like tastes are ensnared in all that resiny bitterness. Black pepper taste is present throughout. Spicy alcohol is a touch hot and boozy, but not off-putting. Malt base of toasted bread crust and biscuit. Bitterness holds the tongue in a death-grip. Finishes very bitter with a resiny and green hop impression.

M: Medium bodied, oily and tongue-raking, fine-bubbled and sharp carbonation, creamy in a foamy way.

O: This is a DIPA of a different breed, and truthfully I don't quite know what to make of it. It is intensely bitter, but to the point of sacrificing some of the more pleasant, citrusy hop tastes. The pepper-like taste hinders drinkability a little, and I can see it coming across as too boozy for some. It is at least aptly named. This was a one-and-done for me.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a four pack that cost $12. I was excited to try this and while it was a decent DIPA it just really wasn't my bag. Nice orange color, thick head, thick lacing. Smells like a bit of pine, strong hops which I like but I wasn't quite wowed. The flavor is extremely bitter but also has a strong caramel flavor from the malts. Kind of sweet too which I did not care for. Overall, above average but I won't be buying any more.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, pine, citrus. Taste is very aggressive hops, citrus, some pine sand resin, a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer, and I like my hops, but this one was just a bit over the top for me. Consider my palate wrecked.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Local Option.
certainly seems more than 100 ibu. Just too bitter, despite piney hops and sugars. Better done than other super high bitter beers, there is some taste. Golden red colour. Not my favourite great DIPA.I like their regular very hoppy IPA just fine.Boozy.

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Photo of vkv822
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip
bottled on: 12/11/12

Pours a clear, bright copper with a thick, foamy off white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Big resinous, citric hops. I would score this higher, but the alcohol is a tad bit more noticeable than I would like.

More resiny and citric hop notes.

Medium+ body, with mild carbonation. Faint oily, slick coating of the mouth.

First impressions from appearance and the aroma were quite good. The taste, while enjoyable, was nothing particularly memorable, in my opinion.

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Photo of gatorlove
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm all for a super hoppy dipa, but this beer has all of the hop bitterness and not a lot of the flavor. And the bitterness lingers on the tongue afterms taking a sip, like sucking on a wet bag of hops from the boil.

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Photo of MortarPestle
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An in your face IPA as the name implies. Hop bitterness was appropriate for a Palate Wrecker, but seemed to lack the blanace seen in other Green Flash offerings.

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Photo of beagle75
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with two fingers of off-white foam head that collapses to a large and persistent pad. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and a few lines of bubbles climb through the center of the column.

S: Syrupy citrus and green herbaceous hops are positioned centrally in the nose, appropriate in quality and intensity for a West Coast-style DIPA. Malt is refined and largely non-contributory, adding just a suggestion of caramel candy. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with heaps of refined pale and caramel malt that quickly give way to potent green herbaceous and piney hop aromatics. Carbonic acidity is intense into the middle where precocious bitterness surges without regard for balance. Synergy between qualities creates the illusion of flavor similar to how an electrical fire smells. Flavors dry out considerably toward the finish as heavy green herbaceous flavors marry well with the punishing bitterness that lingers long on the palate. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, briefly scorching on the palate due to acidity, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: When naming a beer, the brewer may want to take care not to promise too much. Such warnings aside, this beer fulfills its namesake promise very ably by cultivating an obnoxiously self-conscious level of bitterness. Despite the punishing intensity of its bitterness upon the palate, the dank green flavors match it well, making it an appropriate beer to review on 4/20.

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Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with an off-white colored head. This is on the darker end of the color IPA Orange.

Smell is strong hops with a distinct emphasis on citrus. Strong grapefruit and orange aromas. There is some wood and tea scents but not really malt. Sandalwood and faint cinnamon.

Starts out bitter and slightly savory with a tea bag aftertaste. Very strongly hopped the bitterness is the first thing you notice. There is some grapefruit to this but the hop level makes it hard to pick out any kind of malt. Overall the taste is a dry very bitter beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this beer does live up to its name it IS a Palette Wrecker. A DIPA on the dry and bitter end of the spectrum.

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Photo of Andreji
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So choice no. 3 last night. palate wrecker? i wasn't scared it would ruin the rest of my beers....rather intrigued. how's this wrecking?

Pour is amber hued with a rather thin "dark white" head. nothing special, although it seemed to pour rather like those english bitters i haven't learned to like.

Smell...overwhelmingly hoppy. even though in itself it's not too strong, there's no malt here. it's hop paradise if you know....sort of heading down this metallic astringency. i'm not sure i crave it...

And the taste confirmed what i suspected. overwhelmingly bitter. palate-wrecking indeed. not disabling, as in: this won't stop me from having more beers, but it certainly stops you from enjoying this one past its first sip. and if you choose to wait between them, then every sip seems like the first and you'll just feel bitter-ed somehow.

Not my kinda brew but seems well elaborate so i won't flunk it. someone out there must love it i have no doubt.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Palate Wrecker
Green Flash Brewing Co.
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.50 %

LOOK: Copper colored brew, fine clarity. Small white film of a head that laces down the glass and retains fairly well.

SMELL: Citrus, pine, herbal tea, and a fair amount of malt sweetness. There is a pinch of alcoholic aromas as well, making for a solid nose.

TASTE: Tangerine and orange flavors upfront, with a piney earthy bitterness that achieves palate wrecking status. Earthy pine and citrus rind, some alcohol, and a sweet honeyed malt character. Tasty for a big double IPA.

FEEL: Full bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sticky feel but very nice with a small dry hop bite.

OVERALL: It was who we thought it was. Green Flash making a palate wrecking IPA that is definitely a fine beer. Would recommend to any fan of hoppy beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one JUST showed up in town the other day. enjoyed from a deschutes snifter.

a - a hard pour yeilds a classic transparent orange with a HUGE frothy off white IPA head. head was pretty creamy and hung out.

s - soapy hops. sweat and pine, but some ivory in there. crisp and clean.

t - BIG hop blast of bitterness, my palate is officially wrecked!

m - bitter, but not overly so...close, but i can handle a smidge more.

o - overall, this is kind of what i expected...actually, i expected bitter for the sake of bitter, like 1000 ibu. nice double ipa, but finishes with huge bitterness, not really one to start your night, great one to finish with. good, not great.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darker orange pour, clean and clear. somewhat rocky white head, but it didn't last too long.
Aroma is chalk full of citrus bite and some old bark. Alcohol is present. Just shy of Pine-Sol.
Palate Wrecker almost lives up to it's name, but even after I finished it I could still sense that the malt was weak. Good? Bad? Meh, you be the judge of that. For me it was nice, but would like to see more malt to counter the hops as they strive for Lemon Pine Sol level. This might be very good with spicy dishes, if you like spice and pain. Otherwise it would be a bit tough to drink.

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Photo of TheFightingMongooses
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 01/08/13. Three weeks old today...not too bad.

A: Nice orangey-amber with unceasing carbonation that floats lazily to the top. A decent cream colored head leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

S: Big floral, resinous hops with a touch of pine. There are layers of tropical fruits (mostly pineapple) and caramel malts.

T: Taste follows the nose well. On the finish there is a good malty sweetness that is quickly overpowered by bitterness. There are hints of pineapple on the back end.

M: Works really well for this beer; medium bodied and sticky. The carbonation creates a great, creamy texture. The alcohol here is at 9.5% but I'd never know it! It contributes no warmth or flavor that I pick up on.

O: This one is good, but not outstanding. It's pretty well balanced even with the heavy bitterness and very drinkable for 9.5%, which could be dangerous. Maybe it's a good thing that I only have one! Not my favorite D/IPA, which is fine since it's not readily available in my area.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden amber in color with a bright white half-finger head. Minimal lacing

S-Mangoes, peaches are very profound at first. A strong, crisp citrus smell burns as the sweet fruit smell fades away. The piney smell is a bit overpowering.

T-Bitter, citrusy fruits with a sweet mango aftertaste. The piney note in the smell comes through strong in the taste and is a bit too strong in the finish.

MF-crisp, highly carbonated. A bit dry.

O-IPA's are one of my least favorite styles of beer, but this was a pretty good brew. The sweet fruit smell is fantastic, but it is overpowered in the taste by a more bitter fruit and piney note. Definitely worth a try and is a good sessionable IPA.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper-colored, just like a clean penny with amazing clarity throughout the entire brew - Palate Wrecker looks eerily similar to the Nugget Nectar I had just a few days earlier, though not quite as vibrant. Lots of carbonation bubbles rise to the top, meeting a beige-eggshell color head that leaves a little bit of lacing behind on its way down.

Powerful and commanding is the aroma, asserting itself with heavy doses of both earthy and floral hops - you can smell the bitterness ready to cut through your taste buds. Don't be fooled, however - the aroma is showing a significant sweetness to it, as well. A cornucopia of fruits and citrus jump on board, and actually smell very reminiscent of Fruity Pebbles. I tried to find a better description, but goddamn, I'm definitely smelling some Pebbles. There's also a caramel malt sweetness lingering backstage and although it's buried from the abundance of hops, it is still easily identifiable.

Speaking of those caramel malts, they happen to be the first thing my palate picks up on as this beer hits my lips. It's not long, though, before an inherent bitterness emerges and does nothing but continue to grow, start to finish. The bitterness seems to last forever, even long after the beer is gone. That's the whole point of this beer, right? To fuck up your palate? Well they've succeeded by making a bitterness that is one of the strongest and longest-lasting that I've found in recent memory. It hits hard and resonates with no end in sight.

Alongside the raping bitterness are handfuls of floral, perfume-like, and rosey flavors from the hops. Citrus is also abound, though not quite as similar to Fruity Pebbles on the palate anymore. It's now more akin to bitter citrus and grapefruit - think: peel, pith, rind, etc. Pretty heavy bodied with a sticky character and plenty of carbonation.

Bitterness is what they wanted and bitterness is what they give you. Bitterness is the king here. It's actually not as "palate destroying" (or "wrecking", I guess) as you might think, but maybe I'm just conditioned to this kind of thing. This reminded me of a less flavorful Ruination. There weren't enough "other" flavors to go with the heavy bitterness. Just seems like they were being bitter just to be bitter. In that case, I'll just suck on a hop. Not bad, but probably wouldn't seek it out again. Just grab a Ruination or Hoptimum (in season) if you want a hop attack.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Hamilton's.

Poured a light gold with a noticable white creamy head.

Smell of citrus hops with a little pine.

Pine takes over the flavor profile. A hint of citrus still remains, but mostly piney/resinous flavors. Very little malt detectable and a very bitter finish due to hops.

Light mouthfeel and good carbonation. Typical of a west coast style.

Decent beer, but would have better if the hop profile was a little more balanced in the flavor.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/19/12
*From notes

-- Bottled 3/6/12 --

A: A standard pour yields a sticky two finger head. It hangs out for some time, and there's plenty of lacing and a thick collar that follows. The hue is clean orange-amber.

S: A bit muted for what eventually comes off like a Triple IPA. Spicy, with lot of bite in the nostrils.

T: Extremely intense. I can't stress this enough: they got the name right. It's brutal - searing my tongue with enough hop oil that it feels like I'm eating a hop pellet. There's that onion-like quality here that begins to overwhelm everything else, kind of like a baby Founders Devil Dancer.

M: Not nearly thick and dense enough to carry all the hurt. This beer cries out for weight and complexity. As it stands, the mouthfeel is average at best.

O: Tell your Mama to forget the soap - she'll be using Green Flash's Palate Wrecker to wash your mouth. It's like an S&M porno for your taste buds. This is for the biggest of hop fiends who simply can't get enough of the green stuff. I'd recommend grabbing a single first, as I don't know if I could kill a four-pack, even with a few days to do so. Absolutely bruising, packs a wallop from beginning to end.

You've been warned.

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Photo of raynmoon
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells nice. It has a nice dry tangerine smell to it, some sweetness. Kind of smells like my homebrews, which knocks it down a bit.

Wow, a punch of bitterness and alcohol. Alcohol only adds a puckering sting on the initial sip. A little overly bitter, with the malt staying a little far in the back, same with the hops. This definitely does wreck your palate. Bitterness lingers. It's juicy but the alcohol starts to kick into the aftertaste before any pine or tropical fruit :/

Light carbonation, slightly creamy. Works nicely.

Overall this is pretty good. I'm not the biggest fan of the hop profile in this. Seems like Cascade, Centennial maybe? I typically like a little more tropical notes in my double IPAs.

Seems sort of like a Sierra Nevada brew ha. Good but probably won't be buying much more of this soon considering Hoptimum, Sucks and Enjoy all by me.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper color with a modest white head that leaves a light coat of lacing on the glass.

Aroma of orange marmalade, a touch of pine and caramel.

Caramel and biscuit base is prominent and mouthcoating, leaving a sweetish impression. Orange marmalade and pine hops seem imbedded in this base but not really floating on top of it or front and center. Bitterness is obvious, but subdued and fairly mellow, blending with the malt base.

Medium body with a light carbonation.

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