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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%


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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FosterJM

California

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

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

California

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on cask at Pizza Port in Carlsbad yesterday and took notes. The smell is herbal, slightly spicy hops. The color is bright, clear copper in the glass with just a small bubbly head. The mouthfeel is so smooth and soft! The taste is woody and hoppy with a semi-sweet grainy malt in back. If there is such a thing as a non-sweet honey taste, I'd attribute that to this beer. It has a lovely apricot finish, too. I wish I could go back today for another round.

Serving type: cask

08-15-2011 20:34:50 | More by PhiloPsych
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at Stone Bistro in Escondido a couple weeks ago. Taken from notes.

Appearance - Given in a standard pint glass. A dark orange hue and about half a finger of white thick head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell - Massive amounts of hops, pine, and bitter citrus aromas.

Taste - A bitter grapefruit citrus burst up front followed by a rather strong malt caramel backbone which I was not expecting. The finish returns to bitter hops and a hint of pine. Not really what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel - Because it was on cask, very thick and creamy.

Overall - This really didn't wreck my palate to be honest. I wish it was a hint colder...the room temperature hurt this beer in my opinion. An interesting beer but nothing special or something I'd seek out in the future.

Serving type: cask

04-03-2011 02:40:39 | More by SpdKilz
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

11-09-2010 14:11:54 | More by dedrinker
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mjl21

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Beachwood BBQ. Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a clear orangish amber with a massive two finger head that does a good job of sticking around.

S-Really nice fresh citrus hop nose that also has dank qualities. There is a little bit of caramel sweetness, but hops lead the way.

T-It starts with a musty citrus hop taste. Like the nose there is dank flavor and some caramel sweetness. Lots of resiny pine coats the tongue and enhances the strong bitterness of this beer. A little bit of booze can be picked up.

M-Medium bodied and smooth from the cask pour.

D-A very bitter beer that is best served at the end. I could have easily had two of these.

I had this over a year ago at the Toronado in SF and rememeber it being bitter as hell. This pint definitely confirmed what I had remembered. It worked very well on cask and is worth seeking out if you love hops assaulting your palate.

Serving type: cask

01-03-2010 23:34:24 | More by mjl21
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Kaiser81

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a 5 oz pour on cask from O'brien's Tuesday night

A - a golden amber color with no head, and no carbonation

S - A balanced hops/malt combination coupled withi lots of sweet fruit

T - Grapefruit taste up fron, maltiness on the back end. I'm not the biggest grapefruit fan, and this seemeed to dominate the taste

M - Flat with no body; probably due to the cask conditions. Also a little syrupy

D - Kind of disappointed; the grapefruit taste dominated, with none of the sweetness I had hoped for in the smell of it.

Wondering how this is normally when not on cask

Serving type: cask

11-12-2009 04:53:26 | More by Kaiser81
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap [on cask].

All I can say is what a great name (especially for a IIPA)!

Poured a medium amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral hops, and pine. Tastes of the same citrus, pine and a lighter maltiness. Nicely bitter.

Serving type: cask

12-09-2008 04:10:40 | More by hopdog
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Douglas14

California

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy shit! God, Green Flash loves its hops. The Palate Wrecker was poured from a gravity cask. It is hazy amber-orange color with no head (obviously because of the cask). Nevertheless, the color profile is phenomenal. The smells is intensely and absurdly of wonderfully fruity hops. The taste is the same. It is right in your face hops. Incredible! The taste also has a strong malty-sweet balance to it. Just amazing. Lots of grapefruit and orange...kind of resin-y. This beer really does wreck your palate. If you are lucky enough to come across it get it. It's awesome.

Serving type: cask

11-14-2008 14:59:16 | More by Douglas14
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kasper

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gravity cask @ Gingerman in NYC.

A: Pours dirty amber with orange and cherry hues, kind. Literally no head because of the cask... looks sticky.

S: Wet and juicy citrus hops all over the place: pink grapefruit & tangerine. Has a sweet and really fruity malt background.

T: Loads of sweet pink grapefruit up front and then a big hit of juicy hop bitterness. Bitter aftertaste.

M: Sticky. Medium to heavy bodied. Overall pretty smooth, like high octane pink grapefruit juice.

D: Had this on gravity cask, second day the cask was on. No doubt it tasted better the first day. This is a big IPA laden with citrus bitterness. It's thick and sticky. Great beer but I don't ever see myself having a couple of these back to back.

Sent from my iPhone 3G

Serving type: cask

11-10-2008 01:20:03 | More by kasper
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Luisfcarrizo

Florida

5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out a clear deep amber with a big creamy white head. There is great retention and nice sticky lacing. The aroma is big citrus hops, with distinct grapefruit notes, and hints of caramel malt in the background. The taste is also big hops, but splendidly balanced against the malt backbone. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than the taste and aroma indicated but it's not at all thin or watery. A great big DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 21:28:35 | More by Luisfcarrizo
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jeff12hoops

California

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best beer I've tried from Green Flash. Pours a standard amber and has an incredible smell with sweet and hoppy notes. To my surprise and delight, not overpowering at all as its moniker implies. Hoppy, not too heavy, with a strong, direct flavor. Nice aftertaste. One of the best IPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 04:38:54 | More by jeff12hoops
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BeerdedHophead

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm little late to the game on actually setting up and account here and reviewing, but I've been visiting and reading reviews on this site for years now.

Green Flash is one of my favorite brewing companies so I figured this would be a good beer to start with. I've had it both on tap and from a bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Copper. Slightly cloudy. Actually, cloudier than expected.

S: Fruity. Very fruity. Hints of banana.

T: Hoppy. But, for it being 9.5% it hides it very well.

M: Syrupy. I realize most DIPAs are and it's the only drawback for me. I enjoy the bitter sting of a dry IPA.

O: if you don't enjoy hops... Beware. This beer is truly a work of art, like most of their brews.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2014 21:52:51 | More by BeerdedHophead
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GoalieRon33

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it on tap at The Crow's Nest in johnstown

A: darker than normal pale ale. Same coloration of yuengling. Pretty clear overall.

S: fruity. Banana and grapefruit. Astringency that is very welcome. Pungent, almost smells bitter.

T: holy crap the hops. Sooo bitter, but so tasty. Citrusy to almost a fault. This beer legitimately will wreck your palate. This beer is not for the faint of heart when it comes to hops. I would compare to a Sierra Nevada hoptimum.

M: stuff like this is normally a little heavier, but it's pretty crisp. The body is a real surprise considering the overpowering nature of the beer

If you like hops, you must try it. If you like malt, God bless, crack one open, take a sip, and pass it on to your hop head friends

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2014 01:32:48 | More by GoalieRon33
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tbraun1

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber to Pint Glass

A - Light copper/amber with rich tan head. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Hop citrus punch! Mild alcohol bite to the nose. Somewhat piney.

T - Hop bomb for sure. Grapefruit all the way.

M - Just enough carbonation and smooth on the palate. Excellent balance.

O - I would definitely buy this one again. Very well balanced for DIPA. Not too much alcohol in the taste and really is smooth once it warms up a bit. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 00:10:59 | More by tbraun1
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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in an IPA glass over 25 minutes from a bottle "best-dated" 7/2/14.

The base is a misty copper orange with a huge, clumpy-merange head stained with the pour. Large patches of lacing hold on and a thick central island floats deep into the drinking session.

The nose is heavily dominated by hemp bound by a ring of smoke. There is some lime and pine and a touch of grapefruit in there somewhere...rounded out by a nice dose of dried apricot. It's hard to find malt notes.

Caramel malts lead the flavor profile. Pine slides in on a foundation of earth, and citrus sprouts from the top--pithy grapefruit, mostly, and a touch of pineapple. Some of the smoke and hemp show up in the back half, melded to a bit of dank funk like apricot Stilton. Then it's long and bitter, reflecting its appellation.

In the mouth, it's sticky and heavy with resin. Weighs heavily in paralingual gutters with some sharper, drying bitterness on top of the tongue. The start is creamy, and then the moderately high carbonation slices through to give the taste experience a bit of spice. The full body with all these facets is the highlight of the brew.

Overall, I can't say I largely enjoy drinking this beer. But I certainly appreciate the work involved in creating it, and the interplay of some imposing elements. A worthwhile experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 02:50:18 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy copper with slightly off-white head. Leaves nice lacing. Head never really dissipates.

S - This is where it's at. Possibly the best smelling beer I've ever had. It smells like fresh. Fresh hops. Fresh malted barley. Amazing aroma. Lemon, apricot.

T - Very well balanced. Very tiny let down after the smell, but that just speaks to how great I thought the smell was. The hops and malt, mostly caramel, are fighting it out on this one. Hops comes through a bit stronger, but I feel it goes back and forth. That's why I say balanced. The big surprise here is No Alcohol roughness. For 9.5% this is hidden very well.

M - Medium to thick body, medium carb. Coats the palate with bitterness like an IPA or DIPA should.

O - I was a little skeptical of this at first. I love fresh Green Flash, but I've been burnt in the past with the IPA being outdated (my own fault I know), but this beer is just awesome. Fresh is the biggest adjective. It tastes like this was just brewed and then bottled this morning.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 00:18:23 | More by kjfinnerty
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another single I bought today (12oz, $4.00) at The Beer Store. Hadn't done much in the way of hops lately, so have to make amends...

Again, using my fancy-schmancy Sammy glass.... Color is a lovely, clear copper, with plentiful carbo. Head is a touch off-white/light tan, and looks creamy and fine, lasting well. Lacing is all over the sides, too. Nose is solidly hoppy with some light maltiness mixed in. Feel is smooth and silky, with a medium-plus body.

Flavor has a good bit of malty action, more than I was led to believe by the guy at the store, who said this was purely hoppy. Bummed? Hell no! I like a bit of malt, even in DIPAs... Now there is a solid whack of hops here, too, but it's not overly bitter. There's citrus, some resiny pine, a hint of apricot.... Quite nice, all in all... Had this back-to-back with The Illinois, and I'm not sure which I like more.... Leaning a bit towards this one.... Zum Wohl!!

4.2/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1640

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 20:02:19 | More by Bierman9
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darthvohn

Texas

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Snifter

Appearance: Deep orange-gold with a dense fluffy white head.

Smell: Sweet fruit - pineapple, lemon, orange & grapefruit is in abundance here, along with nice floral sweet honey and piney hop aroma. I get bready malts here as well. This is a intense smelling beer.

Taste: Malty caramel arrives first but gets pushed aside as the big citrus and pine resin flavors bulldoze to center stage. A long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel:Sticky and tacky feeling that totally coats the mouth and tongue. Creamy notes are there to ease the hops along to the finish.

Overall: The is a fantastically bitter double IPA. While the hoppy bitterness is huge, the malt does a very good job pulling back on their reins. I can only imagine how much more intense this would be if the malt profile was smaller. Great job Green Flash!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 23:21:34 | More by darthvohn
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a great smelling beer. It's an awfully handsome, clear golden pour into a tulip, with a big cottony head that sticks around.

The aroma really distinguishes this brew. Sweet, juicy fruits galore: red grapefruit, pineapple, and finally sweet tangerine. Perhaps a honey/floral tea character.

Its early sweetness is all fruit juice. Yum. The hops come on as a salty, white grapefruit bitterness. There's almost no malt sweetness; the sweetness is fruit, only. Not candied fruit, just juicy sweet fruit. Once it's down the gullet, the aftertaste turns sharply bitter, white grapefruit rind. That hurts this beer.

Great medium-bodied richness. The high carbonation is great.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 01:50:33 | More by martyl1000
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Copper - golden orange color with a massive and billowy white head that lasts. lots of sticky foam lacing.

S- Big blast of citrus hop aroma, ruby red grapefruit. Some tropical stuff, too, pineapple.

T- Sweet malts, very sweet. Caramel. The citrus flavor is mild compared to the aroma. This bottle was given to me by a friend, freshness may be an issue here.

M- Solid feel and body. Sweet, sticky, and resinous. Lasting hop bitterness.

O- A bit too sweet to palate wreck, perhaps. Good, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 22:40:47 | More by NiceTaps
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GOBLIN

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Green Flash Palate Wrecker

Crash

Poured into pint glass

A: Orange to copper, copper to orange

S: Grapefruit, papaya, mango and caramel

T: Tasty, impressive that it doesn't overload you with hops. I can still detect citrus/tropical fruits with a caramel malt backbone

M: Smooth and sticky

O: I'll be back brah !

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2014 19:33:01 | More by GOBLIN
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michiganbeerdrinker

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What better to kick off my first beer rating for BA then with something from GreenFlash?

Recent distribution to Michigan has allowed this incredible beer to come our way.

while I did not drink it from a glass, rather straight from the bottle so not able to comment on color/clarity, this met my expectations for a GreenFlash Beer IPA.

Go to beer? Yes.
Great first IPA for an up and coming hop head? yes.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 20:10:38 | More by michiganbeerdrinker
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KornWallace

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 3/23/14
Location: Halftime Poughkeepsie
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Copper to brown. With the carbonation cascading down the side of glass. With next to no carbonation on a pour.
Aromatics: Hops all the way. Some orange as well, a little malt and I don't get much else.
Flavor: The mouthfeel starts very creamy. Then the bitterness of the hops kicks in. Almost no fruit hits my tongue some orange peel though.
Finish: Some orange peel remains, with the bitterness of the hops. A lot of the hops.
Notes: Best by 6/8/14

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:57:57 | More by KornWallace
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10 oz. pour into a tulip. Liberty Union, Chester Springs, PA

A- Orange gold. Clear. Light white head, but very thin.

S- Citrus, pine, some toasted notes in the malt.

T- Some pine notes and dry citrus peel. Malt is barely noticeable. Fairly juicy.

M- Medium body, some hoppy boozy burn but less bitter than the name suggests.

O- This was juicier than expected, and less palate wrecking than expected.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 12:10:39 | More by BWED
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krustster

Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first time blasting this one. I've had a chance before and sort of chickened out, based more on the name than anything. But it's been a few months and I've gotten a taste for extreme hops, so let's give it a shot.

Appearance: Dark, reddish gold. Giant head that was very slow to form. I poured this right out of the fridge which typically reduces head, and for a few seconds there was nothing but eventually the foam rose up to its full height. Very sticky appearance. I poured it too fast and the bubbles rose past the top of the glass but never overflowed. Must be a lot of hops (duh)!

Smell: lots of hops (duh again). Big West Coast attributes of citrus and pine or whatever. Lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, all of the hottest fruits are somewhat identifiable in here. It really reminds me of a stronger Lagunitas Sucks. Deliciously fragrant.

Taste: intense, but actually not as intense or flavorful as the nose implies. They added a lot of bready malts to balance the hops and I think it may have actually been too much. It balances out the (very powerful) bitterness, but the sweeter malts take over somewhat from the super fruity hops. Still quite good, but a very odd beast in terms of balance. The citrus hops pop out more as it warms, but the finish is still all malt. Bitterness is high, not unpleasant, just kind of odd with how the flavors are balanced.

Mouthfeel: sticky as all hell, likely due to the mass amounts of hops. Medium to heavy body from huge malts. Just about right for a big DIPA.

Overall: A confusing beer. Enjoyable to drink, way more enjoyable to smell, but in the end it left me wondering why they added so much malt to balance out a beer that is advertised as a "palate wrecker". I'm glad I tried it but at this price I likely won't have it again. Still very tasty, just didn't live up to its full potential as I see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:36:34 | More by krustster
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Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,880 ratings.