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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,463
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 152
Gots: 307 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

heffIPAlover, Jan 22, 2014
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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.

zeledonia, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Rilesmiles, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

StArnoldFan, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Summer92, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BigGold, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

zdeck37, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

harsley, Jan 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

bsm80x, Jan 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ivorycannon, Jan 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Jcarter1221, Jan 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

rworkman, Jan 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

MLaVioletteJr, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

wiltznucs, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JT99125, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Rachel_McCulley, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

sanitarium16, Jan 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

cgrz, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

PalatePilot, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ber12, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

TimHitchings, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

staaaaalin, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of threeviews
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Best By: 05-27-14) into a 13oz, Defiant Brewery etched tulip/balloon glass.

A- Pours a clear copper/amber color with a 1.5 finger, eggshell white, soapy head which sticks around for quite awhile...beautiful lacing as the brew is consumed.

S- Pungent dank hops: bitter citrus, pine resin, sweet tropical fruit and some booze.

T- Pine at the front of the palate followed by citrus flesh and and then bitter citrus rind. In contrast, I don't feel this is as an extreme DIPA as mentioned in previous reviews. Hop forward? Yes, absolutely...but not astringent as some might report.

M- A fairly slick (honey-like) mouthfeel. Chico/American/California ale yeast provides mild carbonation and allows the hop oils to have adequate time to absorb into the palate. A substantial malt backbone supports the hops nicely.

O- Despite the disparagement with ABV, Palate Wrecker is overtly reminiscent of Stone's Ruination IPA than anything else. If you have a penchant for bitter brews...this might be your weapon of choice. For the price, however, I will take Stone's Ruination without a thought. This is my 4th Green Flash brew and although I enjoy Palate Wrecker, I will prefer their Green Bullet, as it is much more unique. If/When Green Flash' satellite brewery in Virginia Beach, VA launches, I hope that brews like Palate Wrecker will be more affordable in the East Coast....until then, I will take Stone's Ruination IPA. (4Pack - $13.59)

threeviews, Jan 19, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Very clear with a steady stream of bubbles coming up but no head to speak of. Nice tangerine color.

S: Oh my this smells delicious. An incredibly pungent aroma of citrusy hops that makes my mouth water. So many delicious tropical fruits in the smell - grapefruit, peach, apricot, etc.

T: Wow do those hops ever present themselves up front in the taste and surprisingly, there is a follow up of malt right after which gives the beer some backbone. Insanely bitter finish that truly does wreck the palate.

M: Very light and smooth mouthfeel. Little carbonation on the palate.

O: This is a fun beer to drink. There is so much going on that it's hard to wrap your head around it. It does not feel like 9.5% ABV, more like 7.5% or so. Takes awhile for your palate to get use to this beer. Wonderfully refreshing and complex all at the same time. Highly recommended.

JaredM, Jan 19, 2014
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,463 ratings.