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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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721 Reviews
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Reviews: 721
Hads: 4,012
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 24.88%
Wants: 206
Gots: 671 | 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:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008

Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary
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Reviews: 721 | Hads: 4,012
Photo of Neorebel
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Palate Wrecker certainly lives up to its namesake! Let's start with the color - it's a murky, yet sediment-free burnt orange, with a billowy cap of white suds. It looks rich and full of flavor... almost overflowing with it. The aroma is very bright and bursting with fruit esters - kiwi, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, and a little dash of brown sugar. Getting to the actual flavor - it's got a good amount of malt sweetness that I did not expect, and the hop aspects start off with that grapefruit juiciness, then it evolves to"resinous," to a final super piny, drying bitterness. I welcome the harshness of the finish. It's amazing how one beverage goes from juicyfruit to such a sharp dryness. I love it. It's a heavy beer too, beware. I will absolutely be buying this masterpiece again!

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Photo of Wortman1998
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy amber in color with a great white/tan colored, creamy head. Laces the glass nicely.

S: Hoppy,herbs...

T: Not nearly as hoppy as many od the Double IPA's that I've been having lately, actually a pleasant change! I'm enjoying this more than I had expected. Bitter enough with some citrusy flavors and a pleasant piney taste as well. The ABV level is somewhat hidden in this beers overall flavoring, so be careful!

Mouthfeel: Nicely smooth, really pleasant.

Pallet Wrecker may be overstating it a bit, but it's a fine IPA that I will enjoy again!

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clean, crisp, vibrant copper into my DFH glass. A nice finger or more sits atop like a cloud and dies down slowly. Not a whole lot of lacing left on the glass, but the legs are decently oily as they fade back in to this crytal clear elixer.

S- A blend of O.J., pineapple, and grapefruit juices mixed with orange blossom honey and grass clippings. Notes of basil, fennel seeds, bitter orange peel and sweet caramel. A very faint backround of cat piss, weed and compost. Each sniff brings something new to the party, and it really opens up nicely as it warms up.

T- Bitter citrus peel dipped in caramel, honey drizzled basil leaves, pineapple, mango, dry grass clippings. Lots of oranges and yellow grapefruit. Little hints of skunky weed living on my tongue and nasal passages. It has a nice backround sweetness that blends well with all that bitterness and compost. The alcohol is completely hidden.

M- Thick, oily, and juicy! Like biting into a freshly carved pineapple. Nice carbonation at first, but as it gives way it glides down and gripes you tongue leaving a wonderful sweet citrus tang.

O- Glad this finally made it to my area of NY after asking my local for months now. Well worth the wait and I'll be picking this up often if it sticks around. A very well rounded IIPA. Well done once again GF!

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear amber/ brownish color, with a nice finger of off white head at the top that leaves a little lacing around the glass as you drink it.

S: Lots of hops on the nose, slight hint of tropical fruit and some caramel as well, little hint of booze on the tail end.

T: The hops hit the mouth right away, the pine and citrus are very present, kick in the mouth from the bitterness, slight honey note on the tail end.

M: Slick and sticky, medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation.

O: This was a very good IPA, if you like a kick from the hops this is the beer for you, a very refreshing and enjoyable brew from Green Flash.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass; thanks to Jesse13713 for sharing one of these with me.

A: Pours a foggy, almost opaque copper-amber color with half a finger of frothy, white head.

S: Very resinous, with big quantities of pine and citrus hops, alongside equally strong bready, sweet, malts.

T: Pine and resin really control the flavor, with a bit of floral hops making their way in (I'm not seeing much of the citrus here). Malt backbone is tasty without taking away from the hop bitterness, which is very pronounced on the finish.

M: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated; quite creamy and smooth. A lightly dry finish really adds to the taste at the end, and the generally sticky mouthfeel meshes perfectly with the flavors presented. This has just about everything I'm looking for in it.

O: Quite a tasty beer. It's balanced, but just slightly in the favor of bitterness (which I prefer); it has a diverse, strong hoppy flavor; it's mouthfeel really ties things together, making this one easy to go through quickly in spite of its size.

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Photo of KingEdward
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great hoppy ipa! The look of the beer is an amber color and its crystal clear with nice white head. The smell is of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and caramel from the malt. The taste is hoppy, sweet caramel, dry, bitter, piney, citrus, and grape fruit. The mouth feel is nice with great carbonation and bitter that goes on forever. I thought this might be too hoppy but it is perfect bitterness for hopheads. It is also well balanced with its nice caramel malt character. Awesome!

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Photo of coldriver
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a deep amber with beautiful fluffy head and massive lacing. Citrus, piney, aroma hangs heavy in the air deep with resin. Wow, very bitter and oily, with typically fantastic Green Flash citrus resinous hop profile. Thick mouthfeel with palate wrecking dry finish that hangs on the taste buds. Great hop forward imperial IPA - Chuck Silva does it again!

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Photo of sitarist
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber in color. There is over an inch of white head that last awhile before falling to a top coating. Spots of lacing slide back into the drink.

Pungent, in your face aroma. It is dank, herbal, and resinous with hints of citrus peel. Despite the strong hop presence; it is still pleasantly sweet. Candied hops! Kush?

Its hard to discern any specific flavor. There are hints of orange peel, herbs, and mint; but for the most part it overwhelms my palate. Coca leaves?

It has a unique mouthfeel. Medium body yet creamy, biter yet cool, sticky yet thin. Did I mention that its bitter?

This is an excellent beer for a hop-head like myself, but my wife says that she would rather chew aspirin than take another sip. Lives up to their moniker.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper color with a modest white head that leaves a light coat of lacing on the glass.

Aroma of orange marmalade, a touch of pine and caramel.

Caramel and biscuit base is prominent and mouthcoating, leaving a sweetish impression. Orange marmalade and pine hops seem imbedded in this base but not really floating on top of it or front and center. Bitterness is obvious, but subdued and fairly mellow, blending with the malt base.

Medium body with a light carbonation.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an unbranded short-stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a deep golden amber with orangish accents. Big, fluffy two and half finger bright white head. Excellent retention and abundant lacing. A wallop of pineapple and mango and other tropical notes on the nose. You can almost feel the bitterness of the hops in the nostrils. A burst of pineapple, citrus floral notes, mango, a touch of caramel malt, and grapefruit rind bitterness that is balanced out on the finish by the sweetness of the unrelenting malt body. Huge malt backbone that is largely responsible for a chewy, smooth full-body; well carbonated. An excellent DIPA that should satisfy even the most ardent hophead's craving.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very good iipa. Very balanced and bold. Tons of piny and citrus notes from the hops. With just the right amount of malt sweetness to balance the beer and give it complexity. Silky, creamy mouthfeel. A very good interpretation of the style. Very Impressive

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Photo of JayCheG
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost amber color with a one finger light tan head. Fair lacing.
S: Intense fruit smells, grapefruit and almost a hint of orange. Plenty of pine and an afternote of caramel.
T: Hops up front mostly fruity and finishing with pine. Blends well with a caramelly malt flavor.
M: Medium bodied beer with a bit of a thicker feel
O: A balanced west coast style IIPA. Hop bitterness up front that is mellowed out by the malts.

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Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice golden color, good light tan head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Grapefruit hops right up front, then pine and resin, with a hint of malts

Taste: Grapefruit and resin hops up front and in your face. Pine hops are up next. Decent caramel malt backbone, but it can't stand up to the hops. Good amount of bitterness hits you almost at the end, then there's a nice citrusy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, good carbonation, little bit of oily-ness from the hops

Overall: Pretty good brew, but I'm glad I picked up a single rather than a full 4 pack. This is something I could probably drink one bottle a year of, but it is a very good and well executed brew. Not sure I would exactly say it wrecks your palate, but it is packed full of hops.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pt 6 fl oz bomber from FMcD's poured into a tulip glass. Best by 7/2/14

A - Dark ruby red, with a two finger fluffy head that retains for a good while

S - Overwhelming grapefruit, citrus, and hops.

T - Woah, what the hell just happened? Very interesting...How to explain....The grapefruit and citrus from the nose disappear, but the hops remain. Mild sea salt. An undercurrent of dark fruit , bready malts, and alcohol heat. Grass. Bitterness lingers.

M - Mouthfeel is above average. There is some sultry smoothness to it.

O - Saw the name, and I was up for the challenge. Finished the 2nd glass, and now I am getting sleepy. I am afraid to brush my teeth for the fear of what may happen.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-tangerine with a thick white head that lasts a long time and leaves some amazingly thick lacing and also some cascading. Beautiful beer.

S-grapefruit peaches, citrus, and hops

T-bitter and bold, citrus and just a hint of pine, definitely grapefruit and a lingering hop bitterness. This is one intense beer.

M-Thick and chewy

D-To me this has a low drinkability its very, very heavy and full flavored. Its not as light as other versions of the style, it really weighs you down.

Overall, this is a good double ipa but not my favorite. I would love to try it on tap sometime.

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Photo of lsummers
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great orange amber with a one finger sandy white head that stays.

Smells straight away of the tropical fruits. Very refreshing.

Taste hits with the bitter piny pineapple pine and grapefruit hops, notes of peppery burnt toffee. Relatively sweet and very bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel is sticky and round. It's definitely full bodied.

Overall, this is a great example of a west coast double ipa. Green flash separates themselves from other west coast double ipa's in the fact theirs has so much hop bitterness combined with their roasted malts. It's a unique flavor that hasn't been replicated which makes it remember able.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a month old single into a NB globe glass

A: fairly clear goldish amber, 1 finger off-white head that subsides within a minute or two
S: pine resin, grapefruit rind, floral notes, caramel and pale bready malts
T: waves of hoppy bitterness, some decent malt backbone, but mainly bitter and resiny. Floral notes on the end, all the while unrelentingly bitter and dry. I like bitterness a lot...this doesn't overwhelm, but at the same time, it doesn't really do much that is very interesting to me. Ok, but nothing too exciting.
M: medium carbonation, creamy, dry, bitter.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.32/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a hazy light orange with some yellow highlights towards the bottom of the glass. Only a sliver of white foam yet leaves some spotty lacing from swirling.

S - strong and interesting aroma. Very dank. Lots of candied orange peel, pine needles and green leaves. Hints of tropical fruit as well such as pineapple and possibly even some bananna peel.

T - sweet caramel notes up front. The crisp hop bitterness comes quickly and melds with the sweet notes for a very intense candied orange peel flavor. Sweet and bitter notes mingle and consume the palate well past the finish.

M - medium bodied. Creamy texture. Carbonation is mediumand.very crisp.

O - personally I felt this was a bit too sweet and not quite balanced. Yet an interesting DIPA overall.

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Photo of McStagger
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Re review now that I have a fresh batch!

A: Pours transparent with a darkened rust colored hue. Finger of tanner than khaki head. Tight bubbles. Moderate retention. Minimal carbonation, with medium bubbles rising to the surface. Lacing is moderate.

S: Smells bitter and boozy. Straw needles, cat piss, onion/garlic, some grapefruit citrus. Some heat coming off the nose too. It's spicy and rustic, similar to an aggressive Grenache. a As it opens up and warms, a huge underlying malt presence is noted. Lots of caramel, some straw and grain. Still, it's overwhelmingly pungent and dank.

T: Massive malt sweetness is almost completely consumed by hop bitterness. Big , resinous bitterness that really sticks with you. Hops are sweet tropical fruit, bitter stone fruit skin, lemon, definite soapiness, get some pepper like notes in the sinuses (could just be booze heat), more tropical fruit. Aftertaste is spicy, with lots of dandelion/floral bitterness and some prickly pepper heat.

M: Full bodied, finishes fairly dry and crisp. Some slickness from the malt and alcohol, but nothing overpowering.

O: Amazing beer. While many will poo poo it as simply upping the IBU's arms race, there are some serious flavors and aromas within this brew. It's not for the weak of palate, but it holds some amazing secrets for those that can look past the brutal bitterness.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour netted me a finger of taupe colored head. This sits on top of a tan/orange body.

Hoppy. Piney, floral, grapefruit and mandarin oranges. Sweet malts balance it out.

Very sweet up front. Sweet malt, flowers and mandarin orange seduce you, then pine and grapefruit mug your tongue once you have put your trust into the beer. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad thing.

Medium to heavy bodied. Carbonation is just right, enough to keep the beer from getting bogged down in your mouth. Dry finish, but not as much as you might think.

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Photo of Philousa
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sits a clear, pale gold with a full one inch head. Even lacing the whole ride. Surprise, surprise, strong hop presence. Piney, resinous, earthy. Some flowery nectar aromas. Some hearty bread malt lies behind the hops. Detected something somewhat spicy after a while, like tarragon. Solid wheat bread malt presence makes itself known to the tastebuds along with some chewy biscuit. Some nectar/honey in the transition to bitterness, which is strong: earthy, somewhat piney. Affects your palate over time. A numbing effect is observed. Earns the name.

This is a pretty damn good beer. I feel like it's reaching a bit too hard for the highest IBUs possible title, but it's still great with a noticeably good malt to back up the hops. Hops are done very well. You can tell many types were used and they all got along with one another. Love the nectar flavor brought out by both the malt and hops.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass

A - 4.5 - Poured a caramel orange and rust, tinges of bourbon brown colors. Forms about a half finger of slightly off white head. Low head potential, decent head retention. Spotty lacing left behind on the walls of the glass.
S - 4.75 - Juicy and gushing with tropical juice. Mango, oranges and lots of savory, extremely dank hops. My idea of an ideal DIPA aroma.
T - 4.25 - Upfront there is an initial, almost malty sweetness which I'm not extremely keen on. However, this quickly and instantly fades lending way to extremely savory hops and oranges. This beer is BITTER, not for the beginner IPA drinker or faint of heart. This beer ends on an extremely, licking-a-grapefruit-peel bitterness that lingers for a LONG time. Definitely an accurate name for this beer!
F - 4.25 - Medium/thin body, what you would expect from the style.
O - 4.50 - A very good DIPA, especially for those who have tried it all and are looking for a new thrill and a kick in the mouth. This is definitely a palate wrecker and will leave even the most veteran of IPA drinkers with an awesome punch of bitter hops to the mouth.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.25/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

32 oz. growler filled last weekend poured into a 20 oz. highball shaker.

A - Pours a golden copper into the glass. A two-finger head of off-white, tight foam capped with lots of soap suds bubbles dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a well-pronounced ring of lace around the glass. On the surface, it's the bubbles that mostly remain, with a bit of very fine lace toward the sides. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a brilliant sunrise orange and crystal clear.

S - Acidic hops of grapefruit and pine, with notes of resiny floral. Nose is slightly muted. Dark, bitter orange rind emerges as it warms in the glass.

T - The bitter pine really pushes its way to the front and shoves everything else aside. Woody, with dried bitter herbs. There's so much bitter in this taste profile, it almost has a burnt quality to it, like the butt-end of a cheap dark cigar. The taste is noticeably more bitter and blunt than the nose suggests it would be, and lacks distinctive components. Rather than giving each hop it's own turn at the mic, it's as if they all went into a blender to create the sole effect of being outrageously bitter. No ABV is detectable - the hops even wipe that away. Occasionally, a touch of toasted malt with a hint of caramel sneaks onto the tongue for just a second, but that gets quickly stomped out by the hops. As the tongue begins to adjust to the hop bombing raid and the beer warms, the caramel in the malt stays around a bit longer, but it's always well - very well - in the background. This is not a taste I enjoy.

M - Decently fizzy, almost foamy. Body is on the lighter side, but with good structure. Component integration leaves something to be desired because the hops completely overwhelm the mouth - it's like a muffin that's all top and no base. Finish is dry, but not to the point of puckering, and consists solely of hops taking over the tongue and not letting go. Well into the growler, the dryness from the hops becomes so pronounced, the puckering begins, as if my tongue will do anything to be free of the aftertaste. It's like a hot sauce that simply will not let go.

O - The beer is aptly named, as the intensity of the hops overwhelms everything else. If the point of this beer is to see just how unbalanced a beer can be, then mission accomplished. I've tasted several well-balanced, surprising delicious Imperial / Double IPAs recently that let the malts share the stage with a hop extravaganza, proving that a big beer can be both hop-forward and balanced, which is what made them quality beers. This beer is the opposite of that concept. It's going to be a while before my tongue forgives me. To sum this beer up in one word (other than the obvious "bitter"): obnoxious.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have eyeballed this beer for a while. I have waited for it to go on sale just to entice me, it took some time but a store finally did discount it. My primary worry about the rating of this one is that it may have sat too long and may be past it prime. It was alright, not my favorite, but very nice aroma will have to say.

I can see where the name is derived it does have a strong bitterness that would be best consumed with something strong enough to hold up to it like a Thai or spicy Cajun dish.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a tinge of red to make it more bronze. Solid for the style.

Smell: Strong floral, fruity, piney hop resin.

Taste: Bitter, it may have been better consumed on a fresher note and I will give this one another chance. I think it has more potential than this particular one allows. I can see where the name comes from it has a potent alcohol taste, but It also has that strong hop/grapefruit rind bitterness to distract the palate for a while after consuming it.

Overall: This would be a good spicy food beer. Drink with something that can hold up to the hops. Spicy Thai food, hot wings, Mexican, or Creole. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite. As far as San Diego area beers go I still prefer Stone.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour yields a one inch head that is dense and has some staying power. Cloudy golden amber and scattered lacing.

Tropical fruit nose dominated by melons and papaya. Pine nuts and light malt playing second fiddle.

Extreme hop front followed by intense sweet malt to the back. Pretty straight forward; hop and sweet.

Mouthfeel is chewy in a sweet danish fashion and carbonation holds.

Aggressive sweetness from the malt is distracting; love the bitterness though. Tastes more like a barleywine. Not going to purchase again but worth a try if you are curious enough.

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Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.