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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Palate WreckerGreen Flash Palate Wrecker

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Ratings: 3,350
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 139
Gots: 272 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-31-2012 04:41:33 | More by DonFrap
Photo of Beaver13


3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy copper orange with a medium pillowy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is a little subdued - piney, resiny, dank hops with some sweet caramel malt and a little melon.

The flavor is a little caramel malt and fruit with a ton of resiny, piney, very bitter hops that linger in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a monster hop bomb. Tons of bitterness, but not a lot of good hop flavors.

06-04-2013 04:43:54 | More by Beaver13
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-30-2014 18:46:04 | More by VeganUndead
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

01-22-2013 20:25:44 | More by Brew33
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

02-28-2014 21:17:42 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of notchucknorris


3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

A: Clear copper color with a huge 2 finger fluffy white head that leaves massive lacing down the glass with each sip.

S: Big citrus and pine hops, orange peel, caramel malt and a lot of hop resin.

T: Tons of hops here. A big growing pine hop bite with a lingering bitterness throughout. A slight hint of biscuity malt in the background, but the balance is definitely not quite there. Finish leaves some dry and bitter aspirin flavors on the tongue, which I wasn't crazy about. A hop monster, but the flavors are a tad off. A good DIPA, but not fantastic.

03-23-2012 19:49:36 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of arizcards


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

04-22-2012 23:37:19 | More by arizcards
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-09-2012 02:11:16 | More by bumchilly25
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-03-2013 19:20:44 | More by oglmcdgl
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-27-2012 02:55:51 | More by whatname
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-04-2012 20:42:33 | More by CoryR
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-10-2012 04:12:55 | More by Stinger80OH
Photo of JayQue


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Really good West Coast DIPA. Pours a clear light copper color with a frothy white head that hangs around pretty good. A lot of filmy lacing on the glass as well as patches of thick lacing.

Aroma is pretty good as well....citrus and floral hops.

Outstanding taste and mouthfeel. Strong citrus hops presence and bitterness (mostly grapefruit), some balancing caramel malt. The bitterness is predominant but it is not the head shrinking Avery Maharajah or Founders Devil Dancer kind of bitterness.

There is a certain light pillowy nature to the mouthfeel kind of like RR Blind Pig. Crisp mouthfeel, plenty rich enough and no hint of the 9.50% alcohol. Goes down smooth. You can appreciate the bitterness without a grimace.

This is a DIPA worthy of revisiting many times. Would be deadly in a bomber unless you knew and respected the high abv.

04-08-2012 00:17:57 | More by JayQue
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-29-2013 02:11:30 | More by Satchboogie
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-16-2014 10:55:25 | More by Fettpopps
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

12oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is orange in color with golden highlights. There is not much of an off-white head.

S - The smell seems to be a nice balance of citrus and caramel malt.

T - At first I get the caramel malt. Then comes a rush of citrus, and finally some taste bud crippling bitterness.

M - Medium

O - I don't think I have had a beer this bitter since Ruination.

07-14-2012 19:51:43 | More by buschbeer
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

06-06-2014 15:01:48 | More by hoppymcgee
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-15-2013 03:24:13 | More by Zbeetleman
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours amber in color with large white head. Lacing lasts well throughout the session. Aroma is lightly malty, caramel, toasted grain, resiny/hoppy, and grapefruit with alcoholic notes. Moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter finish. Full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and moderately alcoholic. A very nice hoppy beer!

04-12-2012 18:38:39 | More by CuriousMonk
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a brilliant copper with a frothy one inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, resin, fresh cut grass, and catty hops form the aroma. Very tropical fruit-centric.

Flavor reveals slightly sweet caramel malt initially, with undertones of tropical fruit carrying into the fairly resiny and bitter finish. Pineapple juice and mango dominate the flavoring hops, with a hint of lime countering the malt sweetness.

Body is moderate to slightly full, with moderate carbonation and a fair amount of alcohol warmth.

Nice tropical fruit notes. It's more bitter than most dipas. Unfortunately a little too bitter for my palate, but the flavoring hops were delicious.

03-02-2013 19:42:39 | More by barczar
Photo of philbe311


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Three plus fingers worth of airy slightly creamy head comprised of medium and large sized bubbles... Solid retention... The color is a slightly glowing warm resiny orange hued amber... Limited carbonation - just a couple of stray moderated paced bubbles throughout... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Hops from the get go... Earthy... Oranges... Light grapefruit... A touch of pineapple... Slightly musky... A faint piney hop component... A solid malt base lies beneath with notes of caramel and cracker...

T - The hops take on much more of an earthy an dpiney presence on the palette... The citrus notes are subtle at best... Cracker and a bit of caramel serve as a sturdy malt base... A slight spiciness as well... The finish is pungent... Perhaps even some onion notes...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Lush... Slightly creamy... A bit chewy... Regal... Very nice mouthfeel, especially considering the high IBU count... Buckles the tongue on the finish...

D - A solid all around with American DIPA... The hops don't disappoint and there is plenty more to keep this one interesting... The stellar mouthfeel is among the best I've experienced for the style...

05-09-2012 01:59:02 | More by philbe311
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-21-2014 01:13:30 | More by JohneHoodlum
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

08-26-2013 12:32:43 | More by jampics2
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

07-22-2014 20:01:57 | More by atlbravsrno1
Photo of Tucquan


4.11/5  rDev -1.2%

Had this on 2012-05-10 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost clear orange-amber with a 2.5-finger offwhite head that sticks around awhile and has good lacing.

S - Big hop bud floral, orange citrus, pineapple and a touch of spice. Don't get any malt.

T - Plenty of pine and leafy and oily hop bud flavor followed by some brief orange flesh and light malt sweetness that is almost immediately replaced by serious grapefruit rind bitterness, which lasts long into the aftertaste. A hint of orange creamsicle sweetness acts as a nice undertone in the aftertaste. I get the Palate Wrecker moniker though as this beer lives on the tongue-scraping side of DIPAs.

M - Medium mouthfeel and light-medium carbonation. Prickly, resinous, oily and thick . . . very nice.

O - I like this beer. It's harsher on the tongue than their West Coast IPA for sure, which is sometimes just what the hop doctor ordered. Wouldn't want it every day but would like to have it around. Good stuff.

05-10-2012 22:37:33 | More by Tucquan
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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