Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev +1%
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!
04-02-2012 02:00:06 | More by jzeilinger
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
A. It has a beautifully thick, off-white foamy head. Streams of small bubbles running up the side. Good lacing. Copper color. Semi-opaque.
S. Has a weed-like scent to it.
T. Very, very intense bitter bite that almost has an electric shock effect. Quite unique. Has a rye-ish undertone. Someone said it has a pine-like hoppiness, and I would have to agree. A slight sweetness of caramel.
M. Very odd (but good) taste in back of the mouth. That's probably the pine. The aftertaste lingers for a while.
O. Very unique and interesting. The taste is vastly different from when it first hits the palate to the aftertaste that comes at the end. Complex.
04-28-2012 19:21:16 | More by Amalak
3.73/5 rDev -10.3%
Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Relic Brewing Co. imperial pint glass.
A: Poured a cloudy, deep, golden yellow color with a mighty chilled haze beneath a frothy, two-finger head of off-white carbonation that leaves some streaks of clingy lace on the glass.
S: Very spicy, herbal, bitter and fruity. The nose is dominated by lush, tropical and citrus fruits, grassy, oily hop resins and a peppery, lemongrass aroma. There's a slight whiff of solvent alcohol as well.
T: Bittersweet and acidic from the get-go, the hop oils burn the palate along with a full boat of orange rind, pineapple and grapefruit sweetness. Hints of caramel tease out of the malt bill, but the lush, burning hot flavor of esters and hop resins bum rush the tongue. The finish is sharp, acidic and very bittersweet with a lingering hot sting of alcohol in the aftertaste.
M: Full-bodied, sharp and sticky, this brew stings the palate with it's intensely hopped, bitter, boozy approach. It's indeed a sipper.
O: Green Flash Palate Wrecker stays true to its namesake and will surely find a niche among hopheads and gluttons for DIPA hop punishment. The 9.5% ABV aside, the IBUs on this brew are ridiculous and any hopes you had for tasting a complex or maltier brew after it have already been dashed. I can sip one every once in a while, but it's a specialty DIPA for sure.
09-05-2012 00:57:16 | More by Gambrinus1184
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
This is a beast of a beer. DIPAinsanity!
Pours a vibrant orange-golden color with thin foaming. The aroma is sticky sweet, with an intense resiny grapefruit oil character. And wait—is that a hint of apricot? Tangerines? Yum!
The bitterness decimates your palate, as promised, but its assertive in a way that makes you keep coming back for more. Are you in an abusive relationship with the hops? There is help out there! The flavor is intensely bitters, citrus (tangerines again), dried apricot and pine essence, with a dry sticky finish and just enough heft to coat your mouth and leave you eager for another sip. Wreck it!
02-26-2013 07:19:22 | More by elNopalero
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured from the bottle a clear copper color with two fingers of light beige head. Creamy lacing left behind.
Bright, juicy aroma of grapefruit and pine resin.
The taste was no surprise after the aroma. A big juicy bite of grapefruit and pine along with a nice backbone of caramel malts for balance. Finish had a bitter bite to it.
Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.
This one gives Hopslam a run for it's IIPA money. Big, bold, and full of flavor.
05-01-2012 22:51:05 | More by Monkeyknife
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
A-clear amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing
S-grapefruit, pine, slight pepper, grassy
T-some malt and caramel and a whopping dose of bitter resinous hop flavor that lingers on the palate
F-medium body with moderate carbonation, biting
O-a super-hopped DIPA with decent drinkability
06-28-2012 21:08:19 | More by MDDMD
4.2/5 rDev +1%
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.
01-28-2014 14:48:19 | More by dar482
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
Palate Wrecker pours a crystal clear amber color with a big, pillowy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly down to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.
The aroma is hoppy with notes of grass and orange rind. Some bready malt notes are also present. I think I was expecting more citrus hops, but it's still pleasant.
Each sip of this full bodied beer is very soft on the palate. Carbonation is mild. The flavor is fairly balanced between sweet caramel malt and bitter citrus hops, but the hops definitely win this battle. It starts with sweet notes of caramel and pale malt. The middle presents pine, grass and orange citrus. At the end some pepper comes through just before the bitter and dry finish. Once gone the orange citrus lingers on the palate.
A tasty beer that will please hop heads. Maybe it's my palate but I didn't think this beer was a hop bomb. Hides the 9% abv very well.
03-17-2012 20:25:34 | More by WanderingFool
3.95/5 rDev -5%
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.
04-09-2013 01:32:51 | More by Fatehunter
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Had on cask at Stone Bistro in Escondido a couple weeks ago. Taken from notes.
Appearance - Given in a standard pint glass. A dark orange hue and about half a finger of white thick head that leaves decent lacing.
Smell - Massive amounts of hops, pine, and bitter citrus aromas.
Taste - A bitter grapefruit citrus burst up front followed by a rather strong malt caramel backbone which I was not expecting. The finish returns to bitter hops and a hint of pine. Not really what I was expecting.
Mouthfeel - Because it was on cask, very thick and creamy.
Overall - This really didn't wreck my palate to be honest. I wish it was a hint colder...the room temperature hurt this beer in my opinion. An interesting beer but nothing special or something I'd seek out in the future.
04-03-2011 02:40:39 | More by SpdKilz
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Well appearance wise, it's damn fine to look at. Orange-ish in color, a little hazy, with a slightly orange monster head that lasted and lasted and left sticky lacing.
Very resinous in aroma and flavor, almost sticky with pine resin, some malt sweetness, plus a little dank.
Body is pretty thick and chewy for an IPA, and leaves a blam! kinda bitter resinous coating as you enjoy each sip.
Green flash hasn't made a single beer yet that I haven't really liked. This one is no exception.
01-11-2014 16:26:32 | More by AlCaponeJunior
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours hazy copper with an inch-plus head of bone. A partial skim coat with tattered webwork of lacing throughout the glass.
Aromatics lead off with intense pine and grapefruit. Some lighter notes of tangerine and spicy honey follow through.
Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel.
Resinous pine, grapefruit pulp, and spruce bark start the palate. A firm, drying bitterness steps forward with a hint of alcohol warmth and faint malt.
Finishes with lingering pine, alcohol, and bitterness.
Great beer. Very hoppy with plenty of bitterness but not overly done.
06-09-2012 02:17:51 | More by brewandbbq
2.25/5 rDev -45.9%
On tap in a tulip at King's Table on 4/14/12
Deep honey amber with layers of brown and sun drenched gold. The head is one thumb of billowy, dense foam. Retention is about a third of that, but solid lace remains over most of the glass.
The aroma is dank hops, oily and piney. Rabid citrus, too - grapefruit and lemon zest. Solvent-like. The mean hop smell is tempered by ample notes of sugar cookie and sweet cracker. Smells like it might be too sweet. Yeaaah... This is going to be hard to finish. Semi-sweet malts swoon up front before being replaced by angry amounts of hops and alcohol. Yikes. I wish I could use the hop descriptors a la the aroma, but this is all scathing, vapidly dry bitterness. Earthy and dirty. Pretty much medicinal-grade bitterness.
Ugh. Full, sluggish feel. Lower than average carbonation is the only reason I can stand finishing this. A bit oily and resinous. Again, brutally dry.
Overall impression - Spiteful just to be. This is a chore to drink.
08-10-2012 06:48:16 | More by Ryan011235
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
Burnished copper with ruddy highlights and an orangey head of oily foam that settles slowly, leaving sheets up the insides of the glass. Subtle aroma of coarse brown sugar, ruby grapefruit, tangerine and orange rind pith, plus some honey notes.
A kick of big fat hops right upfront, pithy and resiny. Tons of citrus and pine, all at once flavorful and sticky and bitter. Flavors of tangerine and grapefruit, pine and orange rind. Bitterness lingers and hangs in the sides of the cheeks. Subtle malt rides beneath acting as a balance to the hops, but rides far beneath. Mouthfeel is a tad slick, but warm and tingly from the ABV. Carbonation tickle helps the hops pop. Great beer, a hophead's delight for those that like 'em bitter.
12-22-2013 21:23:05 | More by far333
4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.
I con immediately get a grassy and citrusy hop punch when I opened this. Good indicator.
Pours a nice golden copper color with some nice clean orange hues. There is a large ecru head that is pretty dense and appetizing. About 1.5 inch tall with some chunkier bubbles at the top. The head recedes very slowly and leaves some nice awesome sticky lacing. Very nice retention.
Aroma starts off with some nice toasty grain and quickly gets enveloped by some awesome grassy, herbal and citrus hop notes. Very crisp and refreshing hop juice notes. Orange peal and some nice grapefruit notes. There is also some tangerines and some mild tropical fruit notes. Maybe some mango. There is also a very nice earthy and tasty grain back note there that leads me to believe this will be balanced ;)
Wow. Intense hop bomb right off the bat. Strong citrus notes with intense resinous bitterness. Grapefruit rind and orange peel. Intense hop resin with some slight pine in there as well. There is a nice slight toasty grain malt note that eases the intensity of the hops. The finish is dry and bitter though. A hop heads dream.
Overall. Great DIPA, extremely hoppy and nice and bitter. As it warms it continuous to be a palate wrecker with some more resinous note notes precent.
04-17-2012 23:17:25 | More by JoEBoBpr
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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