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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 718
Hads: 3,999
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 204
Gots: 666 | FT: 4
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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: 718 | Hads: 3,999
Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a deep copper amber orange color. Produced a really nice cap of white froth with great retention behind it. Some lacing left behind. Some froth still remained with my last sip!

(S)- Its actually quite dry and resin-like from the massive hop level. At the same time, some good sweet caramel malts peek through with subtle hints of citrus fruit.

(T)- This really is a hop bomb, but a nicely complex one that showcases alot of what hops can do. You get plenty of the dry resin-like flavor, but also bits of pine hidden in a vibrant citrus profile of pineapple, orange, and lemon. The malt backbone is there, but just in a supporting role with a subtle sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and a great balance to it overall. I definitely get where this gets its name, but it is not completely over-the-top. The hop level is massive and does get a bit bitter as it warms, but it has a really nice range from dry, to sweet, and fruity.

(O)- I really like this one, particularly going into it with no known expectations. In a style that I tend to quickly get bored with how many examples are out there, this is a nice surprise.

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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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours an orange amber with a thick off-white cap that rises to a little under two fingers. Loads of sticky lace and patches of foam over the top of the liquid.

Heavily hopped. Huge notes of ruby red grapefruit, orange rind, papaya, and pineapple. Big, sticky, juicy hops. A clean, sturdy bready malt bill in the back, allowing these hops to shine.

This guy lives up to its name. Heavy bitterness. This might be the most bitter dipa I have tasted, and with a name like palate wrecker, it better be.

Ruby red grapefruit pummels the palate with oranges, papaya, mango, and pineapple rounding out a juicy tropical fruit profile. The bitterness hits early and often. Big lingering fruity bitterness with a touch of pine needles.

Medium body with perfect carbonation. For a beer this big and bad, the feel is pretty damn close to perfect. Mostly smooth, slightly oily, with just a hint of booze. Huge lingering bitterness.

Fantastic dipa. Once in a while a beer comes by and knocks you over the head. This is one of those beers.

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Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a medium orange color with just a touch of haze. It forms a clean, pure white head just more than a finger tall that sticks around and leaves patchy lacing in good quantity.
This beer offers a heavy dose of pure, raw pine. There's a good amount of malt and some balance in the aroma that doesn't carry entirely over to the flavor, in which the hops dominate. It's as hoppy as expected, but what's lost in the raw hoppiness is the balance needed and the subtlety. The aroma is big and complex, with a flash of caramel and some citrus as well as rind and sweeter fruits. In the flavor, pine and a bit of grapefruit allowed to peek through dominate everything else.
The body is medium and works to support the big flavor. Malts keep it from being bracingly dry. Crispness is in this one throughout, and there's a good smoothness that pulls into the finish.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a deep amber color with hints of deep orange and some red. Upon pouring a nice just off white head forms on the brew. It has a decent amount of persistence before fading to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell –Pine is huge, dominating the aroma. There are slighter aromas of a breadiness as well as some light citrus and woody aromas.

Taste – This is one bitter pine hopped brew throughout. There are transitions however, in the intensity of the bitter pine hop flavor. At the start of the taste, the bitter pine is more mild (at least comparatively to the end of the taste) and there is a little bit of sweeter citrus (tangerine and orange). Toward the middle it becomes a bit more bready in body with the sweetness fading and the bitter pine getting even stronger. At the end the bitter really takes hold and leaves an intense bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and creamy with the carbonation is on the lighter side. These characteristic really accentuate the bitter pine flavor giving the tongue some wicked intense flavors.

Overall – This was a bitter pine IPA if I have ever had one. With its intense nature, its potent flavors overload the bitter taste buds on the tongue. A bitter IPA’s lover’s kind of beer, and one I actually found quite pleasurable (even though I would consider myself a sweeter IPA kind of guy).

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Photo of popery
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium gold and perfectly transparent. Frothy white head. Looks nice, if fairly generic.

Big grapefruit rind aroma. Really big. It's definitely a GF beer. Tons of hops. Lots of resiny, sticky pine. Flashes of bright lemon. There's some light caramel sweetness, but it's way in the background. The beer almost smells bitter.

The taste starts with a touch of sugary malt. Strong hop bitterness quickly takes over, but it doesn't entirely overwhelm the malt until the finish. The finish is strong with more of that sticky, resinous hop flavor. After each sip, it feels like my mouth is coated with hop extract. It's intense and wonderful.

Light to medium body, particularly for a beer of this strength. Hop oiliness all over the palate.

I'd like to shake the hand of whoever recently lit a fire under Green Flash. Between Palate Wrecker and Rayon Vert, they are a huge two for two with new beers. I've always liked their stuff, but I didn't expect anything quite this excellent.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with a creamy, thin white mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquats, tangerine, blood orange, and herbs absolutely throttle the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, brown sugar, lemon, lime, kumquats, herbs, tangerine, grapefruit, blood orange, and biscuit coat the palate. The finish is bitter and resinous with pronounced flavors of lemon, lime, kumquat, and grapefruit chased by a wash of peppery alcohol.

M: Medium in body and resinous. Carbonation is delicate. Alcohol presence is pronounced, yet not distracting.

O: A very solid DIPA. While I do not find this to be an enthralling example of the style, Palate Wrecker is still a very flavorful, well constructed brew. I would have no difficulty recommending this to fans of the style.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. Bottom of the front of the bottle says Bottled on: 12/11/12.

A- Pours a medium amber color with nearly a full inch of off-white head that retains wonderfully before eventually retiring to an 1/8 inch head Thick, spread-out cobwebs of lacing.

S- Citrusy, floral hops of the west coast variety play off the nose with an enticing sweetness and sharpness. Musty, dank, pungent.

T- Taste is well balanced with plenty of citrusy hop bite and just enough malty sweetness. Notes of pineapple, lemon and grapefruit. The bitterness is intense and lingering but has enough grassy and fruity characteristic to make for a great flavor profile. Alcohol is well-masked also. Great hop burps.

M- Sharp and bitey with a crispness one doesn't find in IPAs as much. Also a bit oily with medium carbonation.

O- A welcome assault to the palate.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small pine dry hop. In the taste, big pine like hops and a small note of alcohol in the end. A small bitterness and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice big to mellow pine hops all the way through, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: A finger and a half of head. Translucent amber. Some effervescence. Decent lacing.

S: Splendiferous! Fruity, tropical, resiny, strong, floral, beautiful hops. Excellent! Some biscuity, caramelly malt as well.

T: Wow. Palate wrecker indeed. Obviously well over 100+ IBU and one of the hoppiest beers I've ever encountered, up there with Devil Dancer and Ultramate. Astringent pine is tempered by the fruitiness inherent in some hop varietals (I suspect a lot is going on here, but perhaps just three or four assertive strains). The malt base gives important body to the beer, serves as a platform for the alcoholic strength, and keeps things from getting unduly out of hand. Still, hop-forward, overpoweringly so at times, with an aftertaste that has a touch of soap or unpleasant bitterness to it.

M: Substantial, light carbonation, and surprisingly not very dry.

O: A magnificent Double IPA and highly recommended for hopheads. Would drink again for sure.

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Photo of maximum12
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JayCin for knocking this tasty-looking extra off of my wants list with his box last week, been hoping to stumble across this one for a while. 12 oz. bottle dated 1/6/13. Craving hops tonight, had enough of the dark stuff for a night or two.

Pour is slightly oranged copper piping, healthy white head that sticks around. Marvelous nose on this beer, all the things that make your IPA-boner go pop: citrus, mixed tropical fruits, even pine, just enough sweetness.

Palate Wrecker is a coffin-serious name to give a beer, son: & this bruiser lives up to it. There's a disconcerting wave of caramel that whacks me behind the teeth & I think "malty?" But before the word even stops echoing in my head, the hop battalion arrives. Bittering hops seize the palate & give you a good hard shake. Hoppiness ensues: herbal, plenty of pine needles, but strangely enough, little of the fruitiness noted in the nose...maybe the intervening two months tamed that down. But in the end, this is all about the bitterness. Lovely resinous bite, slick & slippery. Like water, this goes down easily.

Lives up to its name, & that makes my heart glad. If you're going to brew a IIPA, throw that balance crap out the window: wreck my palate or give me stouts! Excellent beer. I hope this makes it to WI/MN soon!

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Photo of dar482
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden orange color.

The aroma has floral, dankness, pine, orange, grapefruit, along with a sweet bready malt.

The beer comes strong and is aggressively bitter. There is lots of floral hops, a tinge of garlic flavor, but throughout the beer is very green and leafy, almost like used up tea leaves. It almost tastes of a cooked leafy vegetable. It's not a bright green flavor, but substantial and leafy. There's a dankness with a big bready malt that is not very sweet. The finish keeps going one with "greeness" and pine.

A well made beer that hides its alcohol quite well. Unlike a fruity West Coast style of DIPA, this plays on those green and pine hop flavors. Even if it's not one's preference, this is a great beer to have around.

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Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Sparkling orangy-gold pour. Thin layer of white head.

Aroma, huge piney hops. Some floral citrus. Pretty straight forward here.

Taste, Again big pine. More grapefruit, citrus.
Was surprised how much brown sugar and caramel malt background there was in this. Hops are still the show though. The bitter finish crushes all, more than any dipa I've had to date.

Solidly mid bodied. Ample carbonation, but it seems a little scratchy. I think this makes the warming seem a little higher as well. Still drinks pretty well.
A big bitter beer, as advertised.

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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 lordofthewiens
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter this beer was a beautiful clear amber color with just a small rim of head, which lingered.

A lot of hops in the aroma. Herbal/piney hops, a little citrus. A touch of sweet malt.

Mostly a herbal/pine taste. Some grapefruit. Bready background.

Hop bomb. Alcohol well-hidden. Great beer for hop heads.

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't make it to Hamilton's when I was out there but I will next time. Always good to try a fresh, new Double IPA.

A- Orange-amber beer poured into a snifter. Frothy white head forms to around a finger in size and retains decently. Some webs of lace around the glass.

S- Hop bomb. Big notes of citrus fruit, pine resin, berries, tropical fruit like peach and cantaloupe. "West Coast Style"

T- Fresh bag'o'hops from the homebrew store. Hop leaf flavor with notes of big pine resin, citrus zest and fruit. Also has an herbal and floral feel here that isn't quite as present in the nose.

MF- Creamy body with a moderately thick feel overall. Pretty big bitterness in the finish, crisp.

Solid Double IPA but doesn't really hit me as a great one. I don't wanna call it one dimensional but it just doesn't drink as nicely as others.

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

Appearance - this is an easy-foaming beer with a nice, white, puffy, clingy head and a gorgeously-cloudy deep brown body. This head is absolutely amazing and will stick around hours after last call.

Smell - The dry-hopping gives this DIPA a huge, raunchy, pine resin nose that dominates any other players in this bouquet.

Taste - This is a monster hop bomb. The piney resin takes over the taste and there's a lightly-sweet residual to the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is almost full in the body with little carbonation and a thick, oily, slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 90% of beer drinkers won't want to finish a bomber of this ale, and 90% of the people who do won't be able to drink anything after this, thus the name. I found it to be slickly sweet and a great take on the style.

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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 Pencible
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with lots of off white head.
S: It smelled like tons of grapefruit, with some candied apricot.
T: It tasted like sweet honey and bitter grapefruit, with some citrus zest and waxy hops. It had a clean aftertaste that was more bitter than the start. Woo!
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Great full body.
D: This was a great IPA. The scent and taste were delicious. The body was amazing, but the finish was harsh with all the intense bitterness, so it was not easy to drink. I'd say this beer met its objective. Very nice brew.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz, no date.

appears a clear orange amber color, with 1/2" white head. great lacing and excellent head retention. massive hop aroma stings the nose. pine, grapefruit.

hops dominate the taste as expected. bitter, but also mutli layered hops. resin, piney, citrus, fruity, earthy. enough malt to at least keep it in check. coats the tongue, a bit oily. medium carbonation.

overall - definitely lives up to the name, but there are more enjoyable DIPAs.

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

A - Pours clear orange/ light brown with one finger of off-white head. Head leaves some lacing but doesn't last long.

S - Very citrusy nose, with some pine and some biscuit malt.

T - Big punch of both pine and grapefruit out if the gate. Some biscuity malt is just enough, and doesn't take away from the hop display. Very nice lingering bitter finish. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable.

M - Medium mouthfeel is herbal, grassy and bitter. Slight numbing alcohol.

O - I don't know if my palate was wrecked, but this is definitely a hop showcase and a very enjoyable DIPA.

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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!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber with steady piles of taupe rocky head that rims. Straight, insanely heavy fresh hop sack nose with piles of resin.
Bit of caramel and some orange sorbet then lots of orange and sap hops.
Big tangerine end and a bitter linger. Medium, clingy, oily, salty with slight stick.

Are there pellet hops here? Not enough aroma, somehow. Not what I'd expect from a SDPA.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to HopStoopid120 for tossing this one my way.

A: A straight pour yields a towering three-finger head of dense, creamy off-white head that recedes slowly toward the clear copper body, leaving abundant lace. Gorgeous.

S: Whoa, that's some intense grapefruit hoppiness - plus just a hint of cannabis. Moderate booze, and a touch of toffee. Quite good.

T: Follows the nose: grapefruit pith, dank weed, sweet toffee malt, and a hugely bitter, boozy finish. Big, bold, and very tasty.

M: A little on the light side body-wise, but with a moderate dose of pleasantly fine carbonation. Not bad at all.

O: The name might be a bit of an overstatement, but it's definitely an assertive DIPA. I appreciated the touch of malt backbone, as it was really necessary to keep the substantial booziness in check. I really hope Green Flash comes to CT, as this would be terrific to drink fresh on tap.


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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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Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.