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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,422
Reviews: 660
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mychalg9, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

buzzy, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of AleWatcher
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

AleWatcher, Apr 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

GABrew, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

bobv, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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

mpayne5, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Mantooth, Mar 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ajzy, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Damian74Shensky, May 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Zachtheporter, Jul 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

JeffTheJuice, May 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

doremite, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

bum732, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Rollzroyce21, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

JimmyFlatRock, Feb 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

CraigTravor, May 17, 2014
Photo of CHickman
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.

CHickman, Apr 03, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

jplopez21, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

CoolEthan, May 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

DerekMorgan, Apr 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

bostonryan, Jan 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Chucker17, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of ummswimmin
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really excited when I saw this on the menu at Mohawk House for dinner. I ordered it second with the knowledge that it would affect any beer following. I also felt like a strong IPA would still come in well against a ribeye with a cajun rub and chimichurri sauce.

This is a very good looking beer. The head is fluffy, and it retained really well. I like the sticky lacing that it left behind.

You get a ton of grapefruit from the head, but you don't have to get close to the glass to experience this. I also pick up a little bit of malt in the background.

Usually these triple IPA's look and smell really good. Then they fall off with taste and feel. Green Flash somehow made 150 IBU's drinkable. They did a good job of offsetting the over-hopping with a good dose of malt. It works out to some amazing hopping. I really liked the flavor on this. This is a hop-heads dream.

Unfortunately the bitterness in the aftertaste is just impossible to balance out. I was tasting this beer on the roof of my mouth over 20 minutes after leaving the restaurant. The malt was gone at this point, and I really needed water to compensate.

This was a very new experience for me. I'm glad to have it. I recommend checking it out. Just know that this beer does not play well with others.

ummswimmin, Apr 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

waddellc2, Jan 28, 2013
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,422 ratings.