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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,354
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 141
Gots: 274 | 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%

03-13-2013 04:11:30 | More by david131
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-26-2013 21:38:16 | More by dfhhead25
Photo of bmwats


3.95/5  rDev -5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A: Amber hue. Substantial rising effervescence. Pours about a 2+ finger, dry, frothy, brown-white head. Craters in quite a desiccating fashion, slowly but surely settling to a light foamy blanket and some remaining residue.

S: Pine straw, hops, pine resin, lemon citrus, and a nice floral component.

T: Lightly nutty malt grain, boat loads of pine resin, and plenty of lemon pith.

M: Syrupy body. Extremely bitter. Mouth-drying finish.

D: Sip and enjoy. The character will dictate as much.

Atmosphere is really nice. Plenty of effervescence, giant head, and some very spotty yet persistent lacing. Very piney and floral with lemon citrus. Has a slight nutty base character with an extremely hoppy bitter palate. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

01-07-2014 02:32:38 | More by bmwats
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color with moderate yeast haze. The head is a two finger offwhite color with a frothy texture and good retention. A thick wall of lacing is left nicely on the glass.

S: Quite malty - oh who the hell am I kidding, this is loaded with insane hoppiness. Grapefruit rind, pine, dankness, weed, onions, and even some black pepper all mingle on the nose. Basically, anything one might expect in an extreme DIPA is all here. Only the slightest hint of caramel malts break up the hop assault.

T: And there we go, this is really bitter from the hops. There isn't much citric qualities here, this is almost entirely piny, floral, resinous, and faintly metallic. Touches of caramel malt in the midtaste try in vain to balance things, but are quickly overtaken by massive finishing bitterness and booze.

M: Heavy and a little syrupy; I prefer my DIPAs to be a little lighter and more delicate. This doesn't have a particularly clean finish, but make no mistake, this still turns the palate into scorched earth with gobs and shitloads of hop oils and resin. As a result, it's very difficult to drink a bottle of this quickly. Moderately high carbonation and extreme dryness.

O: If you don't like overly bitter DIPAs, avoid this like the plague. If this is the kind of DIPA you're looking for (a completely unbalanced palate killer), then there are few better. Basically, if you're the kind who loves Dave's Insanity Sauce (guilty), then this will be right up your alley.

06-18-2012 20:32:40 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-19-2014 20:41:22 | More by thufflife
Photo of justintcoons


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

05-05-2012 22:00:10 | More by justintcoons
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-29-2012 04:01:04 | More by richkrull
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3.3/5  rDev -20.7%

12 oz bottle with no freshness dating of any kind poured into a tulip pint.

Slightly copper-hued orangey amber body with a small slightly beige head of 2 fingers. The head subsided quickly down to 1/4 finger and the proceeded to linger for quite some time, like an embarrassed man hanging around outside the porn section of the video rental store while trying to work up the nerve...

Shockingly malty.
Surprisingly well-balanced... Very bitter, but not over-hopped in the aromatic/flavoring department.
The flavor is rather bready sweet, like reminiscent of an amber ale... Kinda chalky maltiness. The hops are predominantly citrusy with grapefruit leading the pack.

The body is pretty oily and medium feeling.

Overall-- very bitter... I just it were more hop-forward in terms of flavor. Not bad, but nothing here to set the DIPA world ablaze with excitement. It does an adequate job covering the alcohol level.

04-15-2012 03:44:32 | More by AleWatcher
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-24-2014 22:50:21 | More by schnarr84
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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottled on 12/17/12.

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Palate Wrecker is a slightly hazy amber orange color. It has thick rocky white head that leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is very hoppy and surprisingly fresh smelling despite having nearly four months on it. Nice citrusy west coast hoppy goodness with grapefruit and other citrus rind.

Flavor is similarly bold and, as the name suggests, is totally mouth puckeringly bitter. There is a fair bit of malt that tries to stand up to the hops but eventually fails. A mild beer drinker's nightmare, a hop heads dream.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It has no balance but that was probably never the goal anyway.

Overall a very good double IPA and one worth seeking out.

04-07-2013 04:08:38 | More by GilGarp
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

03-29-2012 00:35:05 | More by n2185
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-04-2013 00:20:36 | More by WeisGuy
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-27-2013 04:16:16 | More by mklisz
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

07-29-2013 01:58:57 | More by Zachtheporter
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-04-2014 02:35:02 | More by ajzy
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-08-2014 20:43:02 | More by bigbeers84
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-27-2013 23:01:00 | More by mpayne5
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

S: Big grapefruit rind, some orange, light malty character, some pine, maybe mint.

L: Fairly clear amber, creamy white head that dissipates. Sticky lacing.

T: Hoppy blast of grapefruit and pine up front. Medium high piney bitterness with just enough malt sweetness. Finish is very long and unbelievably hoppy, lives up to its name. Dry, bitter and hoppy finish.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, alcohol slightly present.

Very good, the bitterness in this beer is unreal, yet it has enough sweetness to not be out of balance.

05-19-2012 02:42:33 | More by bum732
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-04-2013 19:52:59 | More by CoolEthan
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

06-09-2012 02:23:30 | More by djaeon
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

07-12-2013 19:54:11 | More by doremite
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

Umm, wow. Pours hazy orange-gold with an impressive short-but-thick white head. Colossal citrus/floral hop aroma. Grapefruit and pine oil just pound you in the face. The taste surpasses the nose. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and truckloads of resin. A tad more citrus than earthy pine, but who cares. Just a little caramel malt to give it a hint of sweetness. I really have to thank the Green Flash guys for not making the chronic mistake of putting too much malt in and making this a sour-candy DIPA. Its nearly perfect the way it is.

12-09-2008 00:08:09 | More by magictrokini
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

A - Clear amber, light copper with 2 fingers of off white head. A big streaks of lace are left behind.

S - Big resiny hops. Candied citrus alcohol. Peach, mango and pine with some light bready malt.

T - Big resiny piney hops followed but a touch of candied citrus. High in bitterness and hop flavor. Sweet caramel malt that blends with the candied citrus and a touch of alcohol. Slightly dank, grapefruit, peach and citrus piths.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry lingering finish feels like you could scrape the hops resins out of your mouth.

D - I think this beer is appropriately named. Glad I picked this up last time in Chicago.

02-13-2013 00:24:22 | More by brewcrew76
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-23-2013 02:04:58 | More by mikeincharleston
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

08-23-2013 18:50:40 | More by nlmartin
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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