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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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93
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3,266 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,266
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 126
Gots: 248 | 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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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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bbadger

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-20-2013 02:43:56 | More by bbadger
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 06/03/14. That's a long ways off. Tasted 21 January 2014.

Pours very clear dark orange. One finger of yellowish head. Good retention, solid lacing. Not much visible carbonation. Nice color.

Smell is a blast of pine, well backed by potent caramely sweetness. One of the most powerfully piney IPAs I've encountered, and fantastic.

Taste is excellent. It's robust, a bit sweet before the piney bitterness kicks. No joke about wrecking your palate - the hop bitterness in this will do some damage to the taste buds. Lasting, too.

Feel is really good. Full-bodied, sticky, and persistent, but with enough carbonation to keep things stirred up. Excellent.

I really like this beer. It's like a West Coast IPA jacked up a big notch. Super piney, super bitter, and outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 05:10:18 | More by zeledonia
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codynevels

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-16-2011 20:38:11 | More by codynevels
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-19-2013 04:02:17 | More by Rekrule
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this brown bottle in a tulip pint. No date. The beer was a rich but clear golden color. The head was tall and looked like parchment. Very nice.

The smell was citrus and wood. Fresh wheat bread. Clean.

The taste was spicy hops and satsuma oranges. Nice grassy aftertaste. Scary drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium to full with modest carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 13:53:55 | More by Cresant
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

06-02-2012 21:09:44 | More by bacher468
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-26-2013 21:38:16 | More by dfhhead25
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josephwa

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-13-2014 15:21:56 | More by josephwa
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mychalg9

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-13-2013 23:49:38 | More by mychalg9
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DRBiser

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

05-25-2014 12:49:52 | More by DRBiser
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bobv

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-04-2013 15:57:10 | More by bobv
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-08-2013 00:44:57 | More by tbryan5
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uturn

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-11-2013 21:02:02 | More by uturn
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LambicKing

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-21-2012 23:26:29 | More by LambicKing
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-08-2013 21:06:47 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip. The color was of a nice burnt sienna, with reddish and yellowish hues when held to the light. A one finger tan head held strong, showing great retention. Eventually, spotty patterned lacing was left around the glass. Carbonation appeared lighter, and a chill haze permeated the beverage. No sediment was noted. The nose was beautifully fruity, with pineapple, red apple, and a hint of strawberry. Huge grapefruit hops came through, with light bubblegum esters, and pale malts. The malt bill also exhibited some light steel, toast, and caramel, becoming somewhat grassy with warmth. Our first impression was that this was a very bitter brew, but had a nice sweet balance. As we sipped, fruit hit the palate first. Blueberry and Juicy Fruit gum, with lime and pineapple sugars dominated the entire front. The peak came in, cutting, with cherry booziness, and a huge bitter hop quality. Citrus and pine took over, taking us to the finish, where a continued massive citric flavoring washed the palate clean. Lactic creaminess and booze, with a finally cutting metallic sweetness of pale malts helped to characterize the finish. The aftertaste breathed with soft honey, pale malts, huge citrus, bittering hop cone and Earth, and tannin tea leaves. The body was medium, and the carbonation was high. The mouth was significantly puckered, with citrus, and a nice warming booze. With each sip came a nice soft slurp, froth, and cream. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the huge hoppiness in the nose and, more massively, in the taste. The beer was so bitter, metallic, and sweet, all coming in for a beautiful balance. For Green Flash this level of hop bitterness is to be expected, but for some it may be just a bit overwhelming.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 19:02:10 | More by TheBrewo
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled On: 01/29/13

A: Pours a copper color with slightly less than a fingers worth of head that fades quite quickly

S: Very hoppy. Get nice citrus and pine notes, as well as a solid malt backbone. Very nice balance going on

T: Again, very hoppy. Pretty dank, along with citrus peel, pine, and some earthiness. A semi-sweet malt backbone helps to hold things together, but in the end the hops prevail. Bitter throughout

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A palate wrecker, indeed! A bomber will give you your hop fix for a week, much less the rest of the day. I definitely wouldn't want to drink another beer after this, because I doubt I would taste it it very much as I'd want to. Averagely priced, and definitely worth a try

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 02:54:18 | More by BEERMILER12
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-12-2013 17:59:02 | More by mikeburd1128
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-23-2014 22:36:40 | More by Oakenator
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-06-2013 04:31:46 | More by DerekMorgan
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

07-01-2012 00:37:30 | More by ms11781
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-23-2012 01:46:19 | More by DaveHack
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

Green Flash's Palate Wrecker lives up to its name, with a long-lingering aggressive bitterness that emphasizes just how many hops were used in the making of the beer. Despite the intense hoppiness, the recipe makes use of a few dashes of malt flavor, to add interest and a minor nod towards balance. Add that in to a carefully calculated mouthfeel to extend time the hops sit on your palate, and you have one of my favored DIPAs at the moment. It's a DIPA that truly shows the power of hops, generally eschews balance, and still have everything work out in the end.

Pours a 2.5cm, full head of fairly dense, small bubbles that gradually recedes to a thin cap atop the beer throughout the session. Leaves some modest lacing as it descends, good, but nothing amazing. Body is a golden orange color, with orange-yellow highlights becoming more prominent as beer is held to light. Carbonation streams are visible in this transparent (filtered) beer.

Aroma of slight malt sweetness dominated by heavy, fruity hops that are a bit grapefruit and mango-like. Not getting much in the way of pine resin scent, unlike others, apparently. Like most DIPAs, there is a faint iced-tea aroma for me.

Taste opens with malt sweetness and some bright fruit flavors, such as mango and peach. Bitterness and grapefruit flavor quickly creeps in afterwards, dominating the taste buds. Mild caramel-like malt flavors appear in the latter half of tasting the more this warms, with slight ethanol traces. The aftertaste is powerfully strong, the flavor like I had chewed on a grapefruit and its rind for a while.

Body is medium to medium-heavy, with moderate carbonation to accentuate the thickness and lengthen the full-on hop effect on the palate. Mouthfeel is generally smooth, with little foaming action or carbonation crispness. Finish is expectedly dry, from hops and sugars from the huge malt bill.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 03:52:15 | More by falloutsnow
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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