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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,435
Reviews: 661
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 147
Gots: 299 | 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:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008)
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Photo of McStagger
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Re review now that I have a fresh batch!

A: Pours transparent with a darkened rust colored hue. Finger of tanner than khaki head. Tight bubbles. Moderate retention. Minimal carbonation, with medium bubbles rising to the surface. Lacing is moderate.

S: Smells bitter and boozy. Straw needles, cat piss, onion/garlic, some grapefruit citrus. Some heat coming off the nose too. It's spicy and rustic, similar to an aggressive Grenache. a As it opens up and warms, a huge underlying malt presence is noted. Lots of caramel, some straw and grain. Still, it's overwhelmingly pungent and dank.

T: Massive malt sweetness is almost completely consumed by hop bitterness. Big , resinous bitterness that really sticks with you. Hops are sweet tropical fruit, bitter stone fruit skin, lemon, definite soapiness, get some pepper like notes in the sinuses (could just be booze heat), more tropical fruit. Aftertaste is spicy, with lots of dandelion/floral bitterness and some prickly pepper heat.

M: Full bodied, finishes fairly dry and crisp. Some slickness from the malt and alcohol, but nothing overpowering.

O: Amazing beer. While many will poo poo it as simply upping the IBU's arms race, there are some serious flavors and aromas within this brew. It's not for the weak of palate, but it holds some amazing secrets for those that can look past the brutal bitterness.

McStagger, Apr 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

cackalacky, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of TheTinDoor
4/5  rDev -3.8%

TheTinDoor, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of CMui
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

CMui, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Pando
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Pando, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of ChopsMeister
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

ChopsMeister, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of mbeach
5/5  rDev +20.2%

mbeach, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of apg1014
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

apg1014, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Atomicskis5
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of ManMoosePig
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

ManMoosePig, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of ConorE728
4/5  rDev -3.8%

ConorE728, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Segelstrom
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Segelstrom, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Bauzen
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was recommended by a friend. He described it as a "Hearty but dry IPA" and promised me I'd enjoy it.

I really did enjoy it.

Beautiful light copper in color, and aroma reflects fruitiness in the hops.

Phenomenal balance and restraint is exhibited in this beer. Well-chosen hops, and masterful brewing on full display. Green Flash could easily have wrecked this beer by making it stronger or more intense, but they didn't.

The flavor tends to linger on your palate, like the name implies. It's an excellent choice if you aren't pairing this beer with anything. It can stand alone as an 'enjoy me all by myself' beer.

Best way I can describe it is a refined, balanced version of Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas. If you like that beer, you'll LOVE this one.

Bauzen, Apr 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jeannewilliams, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

riemster, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of TonyMorrell
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

TonyMorrell, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev -3.8%

tripledbrew, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured two fingers of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is amazing: bold grapefruit and pine with some lemon and honey in the background.
The taste is big and bold. Lemon and pine bitterness with a balanced malt profile. The alcohol is well hidden.
A fairly smooth texture with moderate carbonation.
A great double with nice drinkability.

Fatehunter, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of GoodBeerTire
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As high as the IBU numbers that this IPA has, I expected this to truly wreck my palate, but instead it wasn't quite so harsh. The malt backbone of this beer was enough to counteract the massive amount of hoppiness (or should I say happiness) that this ale provides. I apologize for not using the Beer Advocate form of rating, and rather just ramble about my tasting, but it tasted damn good. Not for those who can't handle the hops,but it you are a hop-head, go for it. Very similar to Lagunitas Hop Stupid, but a little more refined, as the malt backbone is a little heavier.
Not a beer to session with, as it is pretty strong, and it will "wreck the palate".

GoodBeerTire, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

OUJayhawk1799, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

FrankHammer, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA

Appearance - Clear and golden orange in color, served to me in a snifter with an off-white, half finger head sitting on top. Fair retention, leaving a ring of microbubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Fair lacing with good stick.

Smell - Pungent hop aroma. Big tropical notes: sweet candied mango, pineapple, apricot and orange, all backed by a moderate pine character.

Taste - Follows the nose. An assault of hop, strengthened by a lightly toasted bread malt backbone. Tropical sweetness. Moderate pine dank, then a grapefruit pith bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Close to full body, slightly sticky in fact, with fair carbonation. Smooth, easy finish.

Overall - A mighty fine TIPA here. Classic West Coast Imperial IPA profile. I wouldn't mind giving this one another go, and I'd invite anyone who loves their IPA's do the same!

TheSixthRing, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

gshak, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Thads324
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.
Pours a completely clear deep golden color. Pillows of right white bubbly head that dissipates very slowly. Good lacing
Smells of a bit of pine, grass, tangerine and musky earth at the tail end. A hair of husk, plain grains and corn. Mild and nice

Taste is bigger than the aroma. The hops are well balanced. Starting with citrus and leafy green bitterness. A good bitterness is carried by grainy and basic sweet malts. Sharp bitterness and pine towards the end, along with more tropical fruit and heavy citrus rinds.
Higher end of medium bodied, bitter, good clean finish

A clean, good drinking dipa with a solid balance of malt and varying levels of flavorful hops. A very fine brew

Thads324, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of askham
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

askham, Apr 07, 2013
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,435 ratings.