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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,469 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,469
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 153
Gots: 307 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

mrebeka, Jun 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

schopenhauerale, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

beerpadawan, Mar 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Molson2000, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

dfhhead25, Aug 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

jsh420, Oct 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

brez8791, May 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

mklisz, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of StoutHunter
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Green Flash's Palate Wrecker last week for $3.39 at The Lager Mill. Green Flash recently entered the marker in Michigan and since I've never had anything from them I thought would pick up a few of their beers to try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling, but it just showed up so it should be fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, but it's pretty simple and it's not too eye catching. It poured a nice slightly darker orange color that took on more of an amber and crimson hue when held to the light with two and half fingers of fairly creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patching rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of floral, earthy, slightly piney, green onion and citrus fruit hops with the green onion aromas sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a light toasted, slightly grainy, and caramel malt like aroma with a little bit of sweet malts in the background. The aroma is nice, but the green onion and garlic aromas are a little strong for me.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart all the aspects that they did in the aroma with the green onion/garlic like hops still sticking out the most with a citrus hop flavor showing up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a toasted, grainy, caramel malt and sweet malt flavors. On the finish there's a lower amount of high bitterness that lingers for a little bit with a citrus hop and green onion like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but the green onion/garlic aspect was just as strong as it was in the aroma.

M- Not the smoothest, slightly crisp, a little sticky, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice but I wish it was smoother.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and decent example of the style, it had a lot of those west coast IPA aspect but the green onion seemed to get a little out of hand in this one and I thought it started to clash with the other flavors. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't the smoothest, slightly crisp, a little sticky, not too filing and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, i don't have the urge to drink another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a very nice looking beer, it had good color, head and lacing. What I liked the least about this beer was the heavy green onion/garlic aspect, it just doesn't blend well with the other hoppy aspects. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not hard to find a DIPA that I like more for a better price. I would recommend this as a good DIPA unless you really like the onion/garlic aspect. All in all I was a little let down with this beer, I've heard that many people enjoy this beer, but I can't say that was the case for me, those onion/garlic hops really held this beer back from being as good as it could be. This isn't my favorite DIPA and it didn't make for the best first impression for Green Flash, better luck next time guys, this one just wasn't for me.

StoutHunter, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Stinger80OH, Jul 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

RedneckBeerz, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Satchboogie, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of jzeilinger
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a medium orange gold that's clear with minimal head and a thin white lacing ring, no carbonation. Head starts thick but dies down quick.

S - The nose is full of spicy tropical fruit orange and grapefruit rinds. Peppery and resinous.

T - Follows the nose and lives up to the title. Spicy tropical fruit resins, peppery, and ground fruit rinds. The caramel malt in this beer is merely a formality. Sweet malt hits up front but gets beaten down by a wall of bitterness. Finishes with a spicy sweet bitterness and is gradually replaced with just a straight up bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body, slightly dry, and coats the tongue with a ridiculous amount of hop resins.

O - Awesome IPA and lives up to its name, my palette is trashed!

jzeilinger, Apr 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

zonker17, May 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

hoppymcgee, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Adamostella, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ThePorterSorter, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange body, with chill haze. Four fingers of snow white highly whipped bubbles. Lace covers all.

Big grapefruit aroma. Clean, fresh, and inviting.

Sweetness upfront with a drizzle of caramel, then juicy fruit just explodes everywhere. Then a battering ram of bitterness shatters everything at the swallow, and overpowers the afterglow. This beer is well named.

Solid mouthfeel.

West Coast IPA remains my fav from Green Flash, but this is worthy of trying. I'd stick to one at a time though, and make it a closer.

RonfromJersey, May 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

seeswo, May 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

duff247, May 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

kaelingirl, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of arizcards
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12 oz bottle from Total Wine in late March for $2.99.

Beer poured a nice clear copper color with a near perfect white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is wonderful. Citrus hops are extremely aromatic up front and lasting long as i sip away.

Taste is true to the style. Caramel and crystal malts form a nice backbone that is overwhelmed by intense grapefruit. Pine resin finishes strong and leaves a resin slick behind in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall this is a very solid brew. The flavors are clean and well defined. Glad i could try it and will look for it in the future.

arizcards, Apr 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Smarty_Pints, Feb 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Brew33, Jan 22, 2013
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,469 ratings.