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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,435 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,435
Reviews: 661
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 146
Gots: 299 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

schnarr84, May 24, 2014
Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev -3.8%

JRod1969, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Monkeyknife, May 01, 2012
Photo of Oakenator
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Oakenator, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Gambrinus1184, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

bonbini26, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear golden copper color with a 1finger off-white head
S=floral tropical hop with malt some booze
T- huge tropical hops with pine and citrus hops malts work there way in to balance this but hops are in charge here
M-surprisingly not bitter but a touch boozy medium carbonation and an explosion of hops
O-tasty @ipa that will find its way into the fridge from time to time

gatornation, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of n2185
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin ring with decent lacing.

S: lots of citrusy hop aromas with grapefruit dominating. Strong pine and sticky weed aromas follow.

T: grapefruit and resiny pine dominate the flavor, though again with some dank weed notes. The finish is resiny and bitter, though just barely avoids being too much so.

M: medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer feels resiny and sticky in the mouth.

O: a good IPA, overall. It manages to be sticky, earthy, and bitter without being too much so.

n2185, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an extremely cloudy orange-hued gold. This is obviously unfiltered. Has a minimal head that vanishes instantly.

N: Oh yeah. Citrus and tropical fruits right off the bat. Tangerine, papaya, pineapple, navel orange and lemon. This is backed by a massive helping of caramel.

T: The caramel is way more prominent than I would have guessed. Just thick, thick caramel throughout which is covering up the complexities of the hops. I'm having trouble deciphering the different flavors beyond the malt. Upfront appears to be some lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple. This is followed by some mango and finishes with some resinous pine. Perhaps this is worthy of its name.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, dry and a little sticky.

O: This is too malty for a Double IPA. Where as the best (Pliny, Heady Topper, Hopslam) seem to find that happy medium of balance, this fails. Yet this does seem worthy of its name. The alcohol is very well hidden. I'm not blown away, but not bad.

justintcoons, May 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jsprain1, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AlCaponeJunior, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SpdKilz, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of far333
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

far333, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

JoEBoBpr, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of brewandbbq
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

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.

brewandbbq, Jun 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

djaeon, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
2.25/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Ryan011235, Aug 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

WeisGuy, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass, the Wrecker is a clear orange amber in color with half an inch of just off white head. Retention and lacing are pretty strong initially yet a bit scarce by mid pint. Though I might have forced all the carbonation out by constantly swirling this beer to drink the hops through my nose. Lots of resiny pine hops and some complimentary malts on the nose. Malts get more complex as the carbonation lessens and the hops subside a bit.

Taste follows the nose well with a hop barrage up front some balancing malts in the middle and a firm bitterness on the finish. It all blends together pretty well in a complimentary fashion, in a light molasses/grapefruit hop kind of way. Full bodied enough to hide the alcohol well though a bit one sided in an 'in your face' kind of way. Gets a bit chalky in the end, not surprisingly given the hop factor, which along with the
ABV keep the drinkability in check.

This years batch weighs in at 10.0% I believe.

HalfFull, Sep 24, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

CTJman, Jan 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mychalg9, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

david131, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Hopmodium, Jan 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

GABrew, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jzlyo, Jul 08, 2013
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,435 ratings.