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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 MagicJeff
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into my tulip

Appearance: Beautiful burnt orange/goldish with a nice head retained throughout. This thing looks like a beauty.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, and caramel malt.

Taste: Woo this name is appropriate. Tremendous grapefruit/orange zest front taste. Right when it's about to be overwhelming you get some sweet caramel and toffee. Still a bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel: Finishes dryer than I expected from a West Coast IPA. Didn't get that oily/resiny mouth coating. Medium to full bodied due to the hoppiness.

Overall: I can't see too many non-hopheads appreciating this beer; it trends a fine line between a solid IPA and just another hop bomb, but I think it pulls it off. Decent value too for a $6 bomber. Worth a try if you love West Coast IPA's.

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Photo of MoistPope
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

First beer I've tried by Green Flash.

Nice dark amber color with a thick yellowish head. Not as much lacing as other but it's present.

Smells of citrus and pine all over it, possibly some passion fruit. Dank.

Hops, hops, and more hops. Very hoppy dipa. Tastes more of pine than citrus. Extremely bitter! Hopeheads wet dream.

Very dry with medium carbonation.

This is a Royal Rumbal of tastes. One sip and its piny, next sip it's froral. This beer keeps you one your toes. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. This is definitely a palate wrecker. I had with my dinner and didn't taste nothing but hops.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.


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Photo of Cobrito
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Golden, pretty clear, nice head.

S--Powerful, complex hops, very dank, but also very natural smelling, combination of an alpine forest and a compost heap.

T--A dankness combined with a complex array of resinous, herbal hops, and a sweetish malt mainly stays in the background but intrudes a bit too much in the finish.

M--Tremendously drinkable for such a challengingly hop-forward brew, though a tad sweet in the standard DIPA style about which I have mixed feelings.

GF generally pulls this one off very well. The first one I had was challenging , but the second and third went down very easily. A world-class DIPA, though inferior to its cousin, Stone Ruination.

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Photo of TeeJay
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Burnt orange light head with good lace on the glass

Nose: Bouquet of floral, citrus, wet hops,

Taste: Goes straight for the back of your palate with malty vanilla then moves to fruit and finishes bitter for a LONG time. Not to boozy for 9.5% ABV such a pleasant experience the way double ipa's should work

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber color and clear with white head that lingers well in glass.

Smell is heavily hop floral with hints of rose and cinnamon. Of course there is an abundance of citrus notes. Grapefruit and orange are heavy in the nose.

Taste had more malt character than I was expecting given previous reviews. Yes, there is a massive punch of hop flavor, but not overpoweringly so. Nice grapefruit, orange and pine. Bitterness lingers well on the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel is very dry and medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall this is a superb DIPA.

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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 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 nUgZ
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a one finger head and nice lacing.

S: Citrus and piney hops along with some faint sweet bready malts.

T: Big punch of piney and citrus hops balanced with sweet bready malts. The alcohol is almost completely hidden.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Easy to drink.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. It's very tasty, easy to drink, and hides the alcohol beautifully. Well done Green Flash!

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Photo of sjones5045
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours fairly dark for an IPA but the smell of that traditional piny west coast IPA hits you quick. The first few sips were top notch with that piny IPA very strong on the tongue. You quickly realize why it's called Palate Wrecker since it definitely burns out some taste buds the more you drink. For me, this Imperial IPA class is stacked with world class beers and this might have fell short of the upper tier by just a bit. Definitely a must try and one I'd go back to but the heaviness of the hops on the tongue made it fall just a tad short.

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Photo of acevenom
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter glass. Pours clear copper with a two-finger length white head that dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. There are plentiful tiny bubbles visible rising in the glass. There are aromas of sweet and bready malts with citrus (grapefruit and orange) and piney hops. The hop aroma is pretty intense. The first sip lives up to the namesake of the beer. The hops burst in the mouth with the piney hops and the citrus hops are there, but not as strong. The malts are there in the backbone, providing some nice bready sweetness. The alcohol is well-masked here and I can't even taste it at all. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer appeared a deep, clear orange with a thick slightly off white head that was well retained and settled into a thin cap. Carbonation was noticeably rising from the bottom of the glass. The beer gave off a big, strong pine hop aroma...that was about it. I doubt anything else would have been able to cut it. The beer had a huge pine hop taste, overly so for my taste, with a very bitter aftertaste. The beer had a moderate to heavy feel, it was creamy, and was well carbonated. Overall, while I have grown tired of the style, this is still a quality beer and one that I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip. The color is dark amber and clear. There is a small bubbly white head.

The aroma has a nice blend of melon and pine. There is a mild undertone of sweetness in the aroma.

The taste is a rich onslaught of sweet hops. The hoppy pine flavor is mostly strong in the finish. The start is sweet and slightly melony. This is full bodied and sticky. I like it, but I'm personally more a fan of drier IPA's. Still; this delivers when fresh.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bomber bottled on Dec eighteenth.

A: Pours a deep golden amberish color, with nice 2 finger head. Retains head well with wonderful lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus pine hops,some earthy tones round out the aroma. Fairly straight forward aroma, HOPS. Slight malt overhang as well.

T: Pine is first flavor that hits. Hops in the face, carmel malts coming in. Big citrus/piney hops dominates this taste. Some dankness for the finish.

M: Thick, medium to heavy bodied. Tons of carbonation, bitter dry finish. Really just dries the palate in anticipation of the next sip. Sticky coating to the mouth as it finishes.

O: Excellent beer, not as good as I remembered last year's batch being however. Rather simple hop bomb beer, that's influenced by the West Coast style, but has enough malt backbone to make East Coast IPA fans happy.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a clear, vibrant, orange-copper coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white layer of surface head. Aromas blast the nose with citrus and floral hops, both tart and resiny. Very inviting and powerful nose. Flavors are all over the palate. Initial blast of resiny hops, both oily and bitter, followed quickly by floral highlights and a tropical fruit blend of grapefruit and pineapple. The caramel malt backbone does its best to balance this behemoth. The hops also impart a solid spiced highlight, mostly pepper, throughout the brew. Tangy and very bitter aftertaste, leading to a slightly oily, dry finish. Tremendously crafted brew that tackles a tall flavor profile and keeps it all so very drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had heard good things about this DIPA. Pours a nice medium copper with a one-finger head into my glass.

Subdued notes of grapefruit in the nose. Doesn't seem very bountiful at this point. Hmm.

Taste is a definite slam dunk of hoppiness. Acidic citrus notes mix with malt that's slightly charred. It all comes together so well in my mouth.

Lingering alcohol warmth and grapefruit notes make up the finish. Enveloping bitterness. Hop head's dream.

Check it out. Not sure if my palate will recover so soon.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The nose on this one is pretty nice. Shows good character without getting obnoxious and nice subtle tones that still give enough to keep it interesting. Flavor profile is definitely a palate wrecker as it's intense and rich and thick and leaves a lot on your tongue. But not so out there that its a laborious drinker. I can dig it.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12-11-12, poured on 1-20-13 out here on the east coast. Pours a pretty copper, small head,And lots of bubbles throughout. Smells very nice. Great smell with tons of pine and grapefruit. Wow on the taste. Huge bitter pine here--meets the level of Short's Huma--and balanced in excellent fashion with sweet citrus. Goes down with a sweet candy-like quality, with just the right carbonation. Medium mouthfeel, slight prickles. Right on for style and hit the palate wrecking they were going for here. Really like this one.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of begforme4484
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber purchased from Total Wine in Brier Creek, Raleigh, NC.

The beer is a very clear amber with deep orange hues. Not much in terms of bubble activity rising through the beer. About 2 fingers worth of off white head rescinded down to a film over the top relatively quickly.

Smell of light malt, apricot, pine and some grassy notes. It doesn't smell like a double IPA, nor does it smell like a typical west coast, familiar, but close.

Hehehehe, much more bitter than I was expecting! That it actually made me giggle like that when I sipped it. The whole sip is just a surge of harsh bitterness. I like it.

Mouthfeel is borderline dry with medium to low carbonation.

Quite impressed with this beer, will definitely have another(or ten).

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Photo of cooler4life
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 Bomber Edition

A: Poured a half finger head that has a apricot orange hue. Some lacing but does not stick around.

S: This beer has a fantastically strong hop resin base. However, I need more. Earthy, mossy tones round out the edges.

T: This one cuts through the BS with a chiseled hop blade. Citrus, mango, and black pepper provide the main flavors. Smooth but strong. The ABV lurks in the background, but is barely noticeable.

M: Excellent. I've had some strong DIPAs that just seem to crush the carbonation. This one is slightly prickly and very sticky.

O: A smooth ride into Hopville. All aboard!

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Photo of babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear shiny copper with one finger thick white head, settling to a thin ring, with wispy lacing left behind. Smell: grapefruit peel, resin, mildly herbal, with caramelized sugar and a little stone fruit in the back. Was expecting something more aggressive. Taste: oily hop extravaganza.. grapefruit, lemon rind, almost over caramel, then boozy with aggressive herbal and pine flavors, plus peach towards the end of the sip, finishing dry with a totally hop-wrecked palate. A tasty and intense hop-fix, not sure of its place in the DIPA elite, but digging it. Bottled 12/11/12.

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Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A clear gold/amber color with a thick off-white head that leaves lacing down the glass.

Strong pine and herbal hop aromas. Very resiny and dank. Also sweet malt and some alcohol. Has a "hop syrup" type aroma.

Yep, definitely hop infused. A sweet malt base that has a heavy dose of pine and a bit of citrus hop. Some fruity esters in there too, some pineapple, peach, apple. Doesn't finish as bitter as I would have expected but there is a bit of a bite in the finish. The alcohol is only apparent in a slight burn in the finish as it is hidden behind the extreme hop flavor.

A heavier feel with a syrupy and oily feel to it.

Lives up to it's name. Sufficiently numbed the palate and I'm pretty sure I'll be tasting this for the rest of the night.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a brilliant, haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head pours two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam with a bit of an orange cast; head retention is quite good. Wonderful!

Smell: strong, fresh, citrusy, funky and ever so slightly dank hops pervade the aroma. A hint of the sweet malt also makes it through the lupulus barrage. Quite nice.

Taste: bright fresh hops right up front; piney, citrusy, resiny. This is followed by a sweet malt with a big alcohol warmth, and finishes out with a balanced bitterness. It's bitterness actually seems low for its overall hoppiness, but make no mistake: this is an appropriately bitter beer for the style.

Mouthfeel: big body and a good carbonation make for a very creamy and satisfying mouthfeel. Good stuff.

Overall: a tasty and very drinkable beer for its ABV and general palate-wrecking properties. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an unbranded short-stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a deep golden amber with orangish accents. Big, fluffy two and half finger bright white head. Excellent retention and abundant lacing. A wallop of pineapple and mango and other tropical notes on the nose. You can almost feel the bitterness of the hops in the nostrils. A burst of pineapple, citrus floral notes, mango, a touch of caramel malt, and grapefruit rind bitterness that is balanced out on the finish by the sweetness of the unrelenting malt body. Huge malt backbone that is largely responsible for a chewy, smooth full-body; well carbonated. An excellent DIPA that should satisfy even the most ardent hophead's craving.

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