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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,247 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,247
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 127
Gots: 239 | 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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sneaks2210

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-16-2012 02:32:07 | More by sneaks2210
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-21-2012 21:03:26 | More by nh2032
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shand

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint!

Beware, fans of balance in your DIPAs. This is not the place for you. This is the beer for those of us who find the vast majority of DIPAs to be too malt-forward for us. I understand this isn't all of us, given that beers like Southern Tier Unearthly and Dogfish Head 90 Minute are higher rated than this. However, the hop junkie can find a lot to love here. It pours out a hazy orange color with a finger of head. The aroma is full of all sorts of hops. Citrus, tropical, piney, grapefruit, it's all here.

The taste is fantastic. It's just a huge punch of bitter hops. There's layers of complexity here for the hophead to peel back, just like in the nose. The mouthfeel is heavier but briskly carbonated, it leaves the mouth coated without feeling heavy. The drinkability is fantastic. Overall, this is a great double IPA for the unrepentant hophead. Don't look for full malt flavors here to balance this out.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:44:21 | More by shand
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-30-2014 05:20:27 | More by Kurmaraja
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avisong

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-05-2012 01:37:01 | More by avisong
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear amber pour with 2 fingers of white creamy head, great lacing.

smells of grapefruit, honey, caramel, pine, grass.

taste is bitter up front, a garlic type funk, bitter-sweet like burnt caramel, very earthy, slight citrus (grapefruit) taste.

medium body, very creamy, moderate carbonation, slight burning sensation on the lips.

i can see why it's named palate wrecker, it's so bitter it almost tastes like you're drinking burnt beer. i was hoping fr a tastier brew, hoppy, yet well balanced (at least with the hops... i mean, there are so many varieties you could just mix them all up, get a really high ibu count and have it be delicious!) but i guess this is probably what they were going for. i prefer their west coast ipa - but that's just me.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 07:50:05 | More by facundoCNB
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-08-2014 00:56:51 | More by JohnnieNepal
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augustgarage

California

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap during Green Flash night at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a tulip glass.

Persimmon body with ECE/SAE amber highlights. Brilliant clarity. Distinguished creamy and delicate (albeit slender) magnolia head. Glorious lacing, barely broken up by thin strands of legs.

Interesting balance of scents: leather, malt, earth, apricot pits, indistinct hops. Mild pine. Alcohol adds some interesting notes as well.

Having braced myself to be overwhelmed by hops, I was pleasantly surprised to find a good balance on the palate. Certainly hops are here in abundance, but the potently bitter grapefruit and herbal notes are joined by bread crust, licorice, earth, and alcohol. Bitter finish with hints of menthol. The bitterness builds slowly, gradually becoming very intense, though not really out of balance. A real lumbering giant of an Imperial IPA.

Not quite medium-bodied; sticky; well carbonated.

By the end of the glass, the name seems much more apt. Drinkability is rather low compared to Pliny the Elder, 90 minute, etc

Overall, this remains with you for quite some time...

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2009 04:07:04 | More by augustgarage
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Emerges clear and bronze in color with a stark white colored head. Loads of lacing, head retention, the works. Two finger sized head recedes very slowly into a quarter inch froth atop the beverage.

This one is also a nose wrecker. Full of delicious hop goodness in the nose. Even with allergies, this one takes my nose and squeezes all aromas into its cilia. Piney and citrusy and delicious. There is also a nice bit of maltiness to back up the hoppiness, and some sweet alcohol presents itself nicely as well. Smells extremely fresh, like fresh hop cones.

Killer flavor as well. Very well balanced. I generally like beers that lean more toward hoppy than malty (balanced) but this one seems to marry the two quite well. There is still a prevailing hop bitterness and flavor, but the malt and alcohol combat that nicely and offer a semi balanced beer. ( As the beer warms slightly, the balance leaves the table and Mr. hoppy takes his rightful seat at the head). Quite bitter, very tasty.

The hops linger for a long time on the palate, and as this one warms, the hops slaps the palate and call it it's bitch. Very long, bitter finish with just the right amount of oiliness and lemon rind.

A bitter beer for sure, and a delicious one. As balanced as an overly hoppy beer can be for sure. The bitterness will certainly drive some away, but I dig it man. A great beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 21:34:36 | More by SaCkErZ9
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

07-14-2013 05:33:55 | More by ssimpson89
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-27-2013 03:44:34 | More by CaptDavyJones
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Keith_R

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-10-2013 01:23:44 | More by Keith_R
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Lantern


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

03-31-2012 17:10:07 | More by Lantern
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-19-2012 19:35:22 | More by jacewg
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brystmar

Texas

2.3/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap in Oceanside on the 18th, reviewed from notes.

Aroma is predominantly of fresh, piney hops with some citrus and booze characters too. Flavor profile is exactly what you should expect from the name: a hop bomb of the first order. Extremely biting, bitter, and alcoholic. No perceptible malt sweetness to balance out this beast. This beer embodies everything I dislike about IPAs.

Thank god we finished our bottle of Churchill's Finest Hour before touching this monster. A true palate wrecker.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2012 05:20:10 | More by brystmar
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic pint.

Appearance: Clear orange with small white head and light lacing.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, orange, tropical notes and spice. Great West Coast aroma at first, but then it mellows out considerably after a couple minutes.

Taste: Wow, this is a bitter, pine bomb. Some grapefruit, orange and tropical flourishes as well, with some spiciness at the end. But, shit is this bitter, with lingering pine.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, bone dry. Other than a hint of booze, this is surprisingly light and dry for a Double IPA, which usually have at least a hint of sweetness.

Overall: Palate Wrecker is an apt name. While not as flavorful as their standard West Coast IPA, this is definitely the personification of bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 04:50:29 | More by bsp77
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

02-13-2013 01:28:25 | More by randylangford
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "stubby" bottle into a wine goblet.
Deep copper/tea color with a decent head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Sharp note of grassy hops that's right in your face.
Taste-Big shot of malt, then a wave of grassy, leafy hops that launch a bitterness assault that doesn't let up through the finish. Palate wrecker is right because the bitterness outbalances everything in this brew. Too one-sided for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 15:17:06 | More by hosehead83
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice slightly cloudy copper/orange color with a nice full white fluffy head. Decent retention, excellent lacing.

S - Lots of sweet citrus hops, some caramel malts for sure, some lighter sweeter fruit as well. Smells juicy and inviting.

T - It lives up to the name, I've eaten hops (or a hop, several times) before (who wouldnt?) and this is as close to that feeling/taste ive ever experienced in a beer. Dry bitter and overpowering. Maybe a little fruity sweetness at the back end but its pretty hard to tell, it wrecked my palate. I'm going to let this warm up for about 20 minutes and see if I can pick up more of the fruity/citrusy flavors...

Significantly better/more balanced (a ton). Still nice and hoppy but im getting sweet fruits up front, a bitter burst and then a lot of nice lingering citrusy/bitter flavors. Malts not really there on this one. When drank super cold, I'd say 3.25 just too unbalanced, but at ~50-55 severely improved.

M - Medium bodied, now that its warmed up a bit I wouldnt call it a session but not a sipper either. Perfect for a 2 an hour type pace as long as you let it warm up a wee bit.

O - Very very nice aggressive west coast ipa, discovered green flash about a week ago when they started distributing down here and they are now probably a personal top 5-10 brewery for me. love it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 00:31:07 | More by MacQ32
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woemad

Washington

3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $3.29. There seems to be some sort of freshness date stamped below the label. Unfortunately, it is illegible.

Poured a slightly hazy, dark amber color, with a big, creamy beige head.

Grapefruity hops are in the nose, though not in as much force as I imagined from something called Palate Wrecker. Maybe this has been sitting for a while. Damn that unreadable date! There’s some biscuity malts as well.

The hop flavor is bigger on the tastebuds than in the nose. Definitely more of the grapefruity, citrusy hop variety. I actually found myself wishing for more of a piney, bitter flavor. There’s a bit more sweetness than I was expecting as well.

Upper-medium bodied, with a coating, sticky mouthfeel.

This is one of those DIPAs that are like high-octane tropical fruit juice. While considerably more drinkable than some of that leaning (Hop Juice, I’m looking at you), this isn’t entirely my cup of tea. My first beer from Green Flash that didn’t completely wow me.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 02:36:53 | More by woemad
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CHickman

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC. Pours orange with a creamy 1/4 inch off white head; great lacing that leaves rings clinging to the glass.

Smells of huge hops, floral, piney and citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, grapefruit and bread/grains.

Tastes of huge hops, floral hops, piney hops and citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, grapefruit, lemon, grass, a touch of brown sugar, a hint of syrup and some mild spices - what a tasty brew, it is delicious! It bombarded my palate, but didn't wreck it.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with little to no carbonation, a light crisp feel and a very smooth feel overall. I guess it was balanced, but it's hard to judge since this was a hop assault and just a very tasty beer that any hop-head will enjoy. The 9% ABV was well hidden and this beer went down very easy. A definite recommendation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2010 03:02:05 | More by CHickman
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-05-2012 02:24:30 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Hamilton's.

Poured a light gold with a noticable white creamy head.

Smell of citrus hops with a little pine.

Pine takes over the flavor profile. A hint of citrus still remains, but mostly piney/resinous flavors. Very little malt detectable and a very bitter finish due to hops.

Light mouthfeel and good carbonation. Typical of a west coast style.

Decent beer, but would have better if the hop profile was a little more balanced in the flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 12:42:12 | More by jmarsh123
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-09-2012 15:14:18 | More by tbone1384
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codynevels

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-16-2011 20:38:11 | More by codynevels
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,247 ratings.