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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: 670 | 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 Rifugium
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Broad Axe Tavern, Ambler, PA

Clear amber pour, with a small white head that left some splashes of lace on the glass. As would be expected, the aroma was dominated by hops, citrus pith and pine resin, with hints of a caramel malt backbone bringing up the rear. Lots of orange and grapefruit in the taste, resin, pretty intense WC hop bitterness, with a little tropical fruit and malt sweetness to take the edge off, but the hops were clearly in charge. Maybe not as intense as their regular IIPA, though I'd like to try them back to back to test that theory. Medium body, appropriately carbonated. Maybe a little intense for greenhorns, but a good brew for hopheads.

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Photo of russpowell
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Pine, grapefruit with a little breadyness, plus some booze

T: Follows the nose, in your face hoppyness up front, along with a little dryness. Some breadyness & a touch of caramel as this warms with a ton of grapefruit. Finishes with grapefruit peel, breadyness, pineyness

MF: Fairly thick, slight carbonation, nice balance

A super DIPA, love the agressive hops & super balance lying underneath, easily one the best DIPAs I've had in a while. I've been waiting for a hop ride like this for a whilw, well done Green Flash!

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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 duceswild
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from whatsarezaf.

Live review:
12oz bottle pours a nice golden orange with about a half finger of head. Upon opening the bottle you can smell the hops. I knew to expect a lot of hops, but WOW.

During drinking it leaves a Leaves a good lacing throughout the glass. Taste is of hops and pine. Even at 9.5% I don't get a lot of alcohol taste from this beer.

Not sure that I could correctly taste a beer properly after this one as it is a palate wrecker for sure.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big orange, caramel, pine, biscuit, grapefruit, mango, floral, honey, light herbal, and a touch of alcohol. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, caramel, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, and mango. Fairly intense pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, honey, pine, biscuit, and caramel on the finish for a good bit. Despite the intense hoppiness, there is a nice malt backbone to balance it out. Good flavor balance as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, sticky, and slightly slick mouthfeel. Smooth to drink but it is still a sipper. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a good sized warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and highly enjoyable DIPA. Nice malt balance and hop flavor profile.

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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass snifter.

A: Pours a dark copper color with a slight yeast haze; likewise, the bottom of the bottle remains coated with a thin layer of sediment. The brew is topped with a one finger off-white that has limited retention, but it leaves lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Very hop-forward, with suggestions of grapefruit rind, orange juice, and grapefruit juice; rather earthy and floral too. The rich and complex aromas of multiple hop varieties largely mask even the alcohol esters. 3.75

T: Some sweetness is there but this is very much a bitter brew, and the bitterness seems to build with repeated tasting. There is less citrus here than in the nose.

M: Full body; Medium+ carbonation; a bit harsh and acidic, presumably from the high hop load and ABV.

O: As warned, this strongly flavored beer assaults the senses and leaves a long-lasting bitter aftertaste with hints of grapefruit and pine. Quite bitter even among DIPAs. A less balanced alternative to brews like Hopslam, Stone Ruination or Hop Stoopid, all of which I definitely prefer to this strong and challenging beverage.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been craving some West Coast hops, here we go...amber glowing copper body with a big billowing off white head, leaves fine speckled lacing. Aroma earthy, citrus grapefruit layers of hops, dank mary jane, you name a hop character or aroma and I'm sure you can find it in this beer. The one characteristic that reigns supreme in this beer is the grapefruit pith it just flows out of the glass, flavor wise it borders as a barleywine big assertive alcohol with malts wrapped around it. Gotta love the West Coast hops, more waves of bitterness and hop flavors including more grapefruit bombs, earthy dirt, and again marijuana. Evident sticky hop oils on the palate yet lighter bodied than most DIPA/B wines out there they kept the palate surprisingly clean for this type of a beer, moderate carbonation works with this type of beer excellent feel to it. Overall I'm impressed I had it on draft a couple years back at a Penn Fest and it blew my mind, I'm not saying I have the same feeling as I did then but it's damn good.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forms a dome-like head that leaves some streaky lace on the glass. The liquid is actually fairly clear with an amber-orange color. It looks terrific.

Very impressive smell with a grapefruit touch. There's almost no more today aroma but that's okay.

Strong hop flavor that gives it a over-the-top bitterness. The alcohol is also large and the carbonation is accurate for the style. Overall, this is an extreme brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/21/10 notes. Had on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, lemon, oranges, grapefruit, and fruity malts.

t - Taste follows the nose. Lots of citrus hops and grapefruit, some bitterness up front but not as much as I expected.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation,

d - A pretty good DIPA. Lots of nice citrus hops and not too bitter. Would have again.

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

Clear, bright red coloring, milky white head on top, stays small, but stays it does.

Aroma: big, flowery hops presence, plenty of pine, gobs of fruit (gobs, I said, gobs!). Not too bitter, not sweet, either. Nicely balanced, I'd say.

Taste: Now it starts to slay. Intense bitterness boards the palate, with swords brandished, pistols blazing, all it's weapons cocked and ready, in for a conquering. Massive bitterness that lays waste to the tastebuds. Prickly pine and a slathering of citrus, lemon, lime, grapefruit. Intense.

Lean body, nothing to back up the hop attack, but I don't expect such from an self-proclaimed bruiser as this. Malt body takes a back seat to bitter hop punishment. High alcohol lays low at first, then roars on in.

I like this. It's right on the money for what it's trying to do. Oddly, I wasn't impressed when I had the first two bottles. Maybe I just wasn't paying close attention. That can happen sometimes. If you don't really take the time to slow down and appreciate every aspect in the moment, you find yourself thinking, "yeah, yeah, hops, booze, bitterness, la, la, la…"

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thin, lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine/resin with caramel and a hint of honey.

The taste is of huge pine/resin with strong sticky caramel. It has a hot, spicy, bitter finish.

It has a thick, full body.

Well, it is aptly named. Plenty of piney hops with a strong sweet backbone that pulls back to leave a spicy, bitter bite. A strong sipper, here.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep golden orange in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some burnt orange + copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/orange rind hops along with some much lighter notes of pine hops and just a hint of caramel malts.

T: Light amounts of caramel malt sweetness initially but that is quickly overtaken by the flavors of the hops - citrus/orange rind and Light hints of alcohol are present in the finish along with the moderate to strong amounts of bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: As the name would indicate, this is a seriously hop heavy beer and slightly out of balance (tons of bitterness compared with just a light hint of sweetness). This is not the easiest of beers to drink both from the hop intensity and the not so hidden alcohol. Not sure I would have another of these but glad to have tried it.

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

On tap at CK. Beer is amber and clear with a soft white cap of medium and small bubbles, nice retention but low carbonation, looks nice.

Aroma is strong in my face with some nice earthy CTZ hop aromas. Not sure what hops exactly but it has that sense, mild malt sweetness cuts through as well.

This beer is bitter, the finish isn't too dry but it is quite bitter. Mildly dry I suppose, medium in body to start out with, beer is chewy with resinous hops, nice throughout, if you like your IPAs big and hoppy, this is a good one.

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft offering served in a tulip pint. The brew appears a clear copper color with a yellowish stained tan head. Some spotty patches of lace stick to the glass and rising bubbles maintain the cap.

The aromatics are dominated by hop character: pine along with an oily dank to catty quality. A minor backing of toasty grain is present keeping this brew from smelling of straight hop juice.

The flavor is surprisingly toasty with malt and some residual sweetness. After the swallow, a big dank to catty hop element strikes and sticks to the palate. Flavors of pine and trace amounts of alcohol fade into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not a bad brew but considering the name, its a bit of a let down. I found it to be surprisingly balanced and almost with too much malt character. It is worth a try and something I would enjoy again while fresh.

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Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, golden orange with a big, off white, foamy, dense head that has decent retention. The nose is faintly herbal, mildly grassy, and has an underlying bready aroma. The flavor is bready and malty up front, but it quickly changes to herbal, bitter, citrusy, piny hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

I like what Green Flash tried to do here. As a hop head I will always promote the extreme. The flavor is solid and really does showcase almost all of what hops can do. It's not nearly as hoppy, bitter, or intense as the name would lead one on to believe, but overall it's a good DIPA.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is light golden and clear with a soft white head. The aroma brings a potent dose of hops, light citrus and pine, and alcohol. Upon my first sip I decided this beer is aptly named. Massive hop character does indeed assault the palate. Alcohol presence is rather forward, and steers me clear of a second helping. This is decent, with some nice things happening, but I prefer a more elegant showcase for the hops, instead of being bombarded with an intensely hoppy alcohol bomb. Personal preference perhaps, but I feel this is middle of the road (or a slight step above) for a DIPA today.

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Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone tulip. It poured a clear, dark copper color with a frothy white head rising well above the top of the beer. Nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a strong hoppiness to it with a resiny, orange rind and grapefruit bitterness being the dominant flavor. I get some alcohol mixing with some malty sweetness. It's definitely a hop forward beer though.

The taste has some malty, slightly caramel like flavors to it up front. midway though a very bold resiny, citrus rind, grapefruit hoppiness starts to take over and lasts through the finish. A little bit of candied orange is there as well.

The mouthfeel is a little above average with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer. It had a pretty bold, bitter, resiny hoppiness to it which fit the name of the beer pretty well.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Common Table in Dallas. The beer pours a clear gold/yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the hops. I get a lot of orange citrus and pine notes, as well as some caramel malt to keep things balanced. The flavor is definitely all about the hops. I get a ton of bitterness as well as some bitter oranges and pine notes. The caramel malt is hidden in the background and plays a secondary role. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Poured from the bomber into a nonic pint glass.

Wicked retention on an off white head that sits tall and long, four fingers deep, with a crystal clear red to orange amber body. Some slow rising carbonation comes in appearance, while the head clumps and sticks and goes nowhere. Great looking here, with giant ringing clumps of lacing all throughout while drinking.

Nose is airy pine hop, mild herbal tea hanging in the background, with a juicy citrus malt quench it seems is to come. This smells real impressive.

A mixture on the palate of much hop aroma, from varying angles, citrus sweet with herbal tea character. Bitterness and dryness comes on the finish with a lingering sweetness. Real juicy and oily character mixing with a good solid malt backbone.

I wouldn't call this a total palate wrecker, I'd just call this a real solid IPA. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Part of a four pack for $14 and change...no bargain here...and no freshness info that I can find, c'mon GF great beer but this style cries out for some consumer friendly information...anyway..pours clear, medium amber, lite tan head, that stays, froths and leaves nice, fine and scattered lacing. Nose is the expected blast of fresh and gooey hop goodness, with resins, citrus and pine infused hop cones coming to mind.

Full flavor, full and again fresh tasting hop crunch. Malty and quite smooth and soft under coating. Hop lovers rejoice go get and enjoy.

Close your eyes and you are in San Diego, enjoying a fine example of the local nectar. Well done and worth the price of admission.

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

A bottle from Jersey into a Green Flash Pint Glass.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker pours a golden/orange looking liquid that glides into the glass smooth like creating a inch of loose off white foam leaving some specs here and there. A nice amount of activity and bubbles.

Smell is all west coast hop scent like expected. A very nice bouquet of citrus rind, grapefruit, mango etc. Some floral hop scent comes up with some biscuit like scent coming from a light malting. This smells delicious, if that makes sense.

Taste is up there with the big boys on the left coast. A nice blast of citrus mixing into some pine ending with a light bready malt that drowns out the hops on the finish without too much sweetness. Well rounded but the pine lingers in the aftertaste, which is not a bad thing.

Feel is at about medium with ample carb, there is some bite to this from the bubbles. Palate wrecker is bitter and would be a lot to handle for a newbie, but a craft drinker with experience could handle this. A lingering aftertaste, with just a touch of the 9.5% coming out. This would go well with some spicy food.

I gotta say between this and Rayon Vert, Green Flash has been pumping out some great new beers in a 12oz format at affordable rates. I could drink two 12ozer's of this in a sitting no problem. I am constantly impressed by west coast IPA's in general, I just wish more east coast brewers would catch up.

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

On-tap at the Yardhouse and served in a pint glass. Is that a good idea? On to the beer:

Dark orange/bronzed color with a healthy inch of foam on top. Both the head retention and the lacing meet my standards of good. Even better is the aroma. It's a big juicy nose, full of pineapple, tropical fruits, and some pine.

Full bodied, strong, filled with big citrus and grapefruit flavor. And it's not terribly bitter. But make no mistake, it still is a palate wrecker. The alcohol hides itself well, showing itself primarily when it heats the chest. It's not a beer you'll want to chug, but it also isn't a beer for mere sipping.

Count it as one more good hop related nectar to come out of San Diego.

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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 tempest
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Brilbeck's in Syracuse for $7. Ah, this is a fine example of the DIPA style. Big floral, juicy grapefruit fills the aroma, while the flavor follows up with more spicy, grassy grapefruit. The finish isn't crisp, but a rounded and strong piney kick with citrus rind. The hops character covers a lot of ground and the malt isn't too sweet, as is the problem with some higher ABV DIPAs. Hop heads should check this out.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark amber with a medium white head, good retention, leaving lots of lacing.

S: Pine forest, it smells like a Christmas tree.

T: While the pine is overt in the smell, the flavour gives more of a balance in the various hop elements. Lots of pine along with a pink grapefruit character and a bit of booze. Certainly an interesting flavour.

M; Nice full body, full of hop resin, aftertaste didn't last as long as I thought it would due to the name, but nice.

D: Another real good beer from Green Flash, I'd definitely have it again, but I'd make sure to make it my last beer of the day.

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