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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Palate WreckerGreen Flash Palate Wrecker

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Ratings: 3,349
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 138
Gots: 272 | 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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Photo of thebigredone


4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-26-2014 00:51:30 | More by thebigredone
Photo of Cresant


3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

05-11-2012 13:53:55 | More by Cresant
Photo of BeerBucks

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-09-2012 00:50:57 | More by BeerBucks
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

02-27-2013 02:54:18 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of beergoot


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

The pour revealed a deep golden yellow body with a big, fluffy, billowy, white head; nice, small, gently rising carbonation bubbles. Big citrus and pine hop aroma with an underlying caramel malt character; grapefruit. Excellent meld of luscious malt sugars with hard biting yet controlled hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; dry finish.

The relatively crazy hop IBUs definitely make their presence known, and as long as you know what you're getting yourself into, then this IIPA should make your day. Although the crazy-mad hop bittering character is there, the malt sweetness and toasted grain notes also make their presence felt, making for a wild and wonderful ale experience.

05-23-2013 00:44:46 | More by beergoot
Photo of uturn


4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-11-2013 21:02:02 | More by uturn
Photo of hooliganlife


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

pours a clear copper with frothy creamy head. lots of nice retention and lacing.

ripe fruity citrus, very fresh and lush. sweet and slightly bitter.

more bitter in flavor. a prefect complex mixture of pine and citrus bitterness. some nice citrus grapefruit in the finish. some booze also in the finish.

moderate but slightly light carbonation. easy to drink, not too heavy.

pretty decent DIPA. nothing really bad about it. enjoyable.

04-19-2012 23:40:49 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of TrickkyGangsta


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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


3.65/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

07-25-2011 12:42:12 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of bubseymour


3.74/5  rDev -10.1%

Very nice pour for an IPA. Orange and clear and a super white 2 finger head with tight bubbles and great retention.

Smells wonderfully citrus hops screamin from the glass.

Taste - Very flavorful up front, with the hops really kicking in on the finish with some lingering bitterness. The more I sip, the more bitter it gets. A little too much raw bitterness for my preference.

Mouthfeel - Warm, buttery and thick. Very nice for an Imperial.

Overall - Many IPA's with scary hop names end up being tame and flavorful. The Palate Wrecker is the first one that has an accurate title. It truly is a hop bomb and bitter on the palate.

03-13-2013 23:46:50 | More by bubseymour
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-28-2013 00:56:10 | More by waddellc2
Photo of bacher468


3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

06-02-2012 21:09:44 | More by bacher468
Photo of zeledonia


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-17-2012 19:49:06 | More by jrohrbacher
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-28-2013 02:54:03 | More by anteater
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-16-2011 20:38:11 | More by codynevels
Photo of KYGunner


4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

Big fluffy airy head sits a top a clean copper body. The lacing was tremendous with thick lines of foam.

The scent is earthy, herbal hops. Sweet caramel malt sits to the background with ever so slight appearances of grapefruit rind.

My palate detects so many fruits that would be atypical of the style. I catch watermelon, kiwi, strawberry and a bitter grapefruit. Caramel malt flavor is evident and supports the whole taste.

For something called Palate Wrecker this is surprisingly clean. There is a bitter side with some astringency but it's not off putting.

I'm not sure why my palate perceived this in such a fashion but Damn I like it.

01-12-2014 01:10:34 | More by KYGunner
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

01-30-2013 20:35:30 | More by CTJman
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-29-2013 03:26:16 | More by thinwhiteduke
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West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Nice bright yellow/golden tan with a foamy 2 inch head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Hops, lemon, floral fruits, hop oils, citric orange and grapefruit. A slight aromoa of malts and caramel at the end.

Taste - As expected, huge hop bite. Tons of bitter fruits, citric bitey fruits along with alcohol. Grapefruit and lemon really take over leaving only the slightest trace of caramel malt at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat, bitter, and certainly wreck the mouth, tounge and palate. Alcohol warms everything up along with a little sting. Aftertaste is bitter, hoppy and warm.

Overall - This beer is as advertised, a hop bomb with ultra high ibu's. Totally a hophead beer, with minimal malt and yeast. If you want a monster, this is for you.

05-09-2012 23:26:39 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of TheBrewo


4.2/5  rDev +1%

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.

06-06-2012 19:02:10 | More by TheBrewo
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-17-2014 06:18:44 | More by CraigTravor
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-18-2013 19:51:10 | More by DIPAFAN
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-23-2012 01:46:19 | More by DaveHack
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-16-2013 06:29:20 | More by brandon911
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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