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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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93
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3,760 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,760
Reviews: 719
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 177
Gots: 487 | 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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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 5/27/14. Optimistic, aren't they? Well, not necessarily, read on!

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick

a: Clear copper with an inch tall offwhite head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Moderate pine.

t: Heavy caramel malt forward followed quickly by a solid hop bite which intensifies to yes nearly palate wrecking extent. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. High ABV is covered by the one-two punch of heavy caramel malt and strong pine hops.

m: Moderate to heavy, heavier than the clear liquid would suggest. Very smooth.

o: Loving the intensity of both malt and hops here! It is subtitled "Hamilton's Ale," so I'm wondering if the heavy caramel malt is basically something like a Scotch ale base, which would make this an Imperial Scotch Ale. If so it works wonderfully well! This is one of my new favorite Imperial IPAs, too bad it's so damned expensive, I paid over $4 for this one. But I appreciate what the Green Flashers must have had to do to put all this into it, and will gladly pay the price for this occasional treat.

UPDATE 3/4/14: Found a fourpack for $14 in Connecticut, so $3.50@ is a little better. Having the first bottle from that now, (Best By 6/27/14) and it generally confirms my earlier review, except I'm not getting as much of my beloved caramel malt aroma or flavor as reported before, and not as much as in the Shipyard XXXX I had last night. Also reducing the rating on mouthfeel from 4.5-4. But it's still so good, I'm surprised it's almost gone already. With luck and the creek don't rise, this will be a favorite top-hoppy seasonal of yours truly for years to come.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear amber not much carbonation, two finger white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Lots of pine, earthy, dirt. More pine. Harsh (in a good way) hops. Some malt to balance it out.

T-Like the nose, a lot of pine, earthy notes and dirt. Some orange/citrus notes. Then a good deal of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, leaves a strong hop bite on your tongue.

O-At the end of the day it is too harsh and not balanced enough. Yes it packs a hop bunch but the balance isn't there.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber/orange and translucent with a foamy white head.

S: Grapefruit peel, orange, lots of citrus in the nose and maybe some nectary mango and some pine and other floral notes in nose.

T: Taste is basically the same, that is to say, delicious.

M: Full bodied and not smooth but drinkable, not harsh.

O: An excellent Imperial IPA, one of my favorites from the San Diego area.

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4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottle says best by 06/03/14.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very ripe, dank, and juicy hop forward aroma with a big scent of earthy and citrus hops. Big scent of citrus hops upfront with hints of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon, and melon. Big presence of earthy and floral hops. Hints of grass and spicy pine resin. Backing presence of malt with hints of sweet caramel, cracker, grains, and yeast. A very good tropical aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sharp, bitter, juicy, and spicy hop dominated taste with big notes of citrus and earthy hops. Huge spicy and dank earthy pine resin taste along with some grassy hops. Big citrus hop taste with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, apricot, tangerine, lemon, and melon. Hops are pretty sharp and bitter. Background presence of malt with notes of sweet caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A very good juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy, chewy, and oily. Finishes very dry. Booze is hardly noticeable with the onslaught of hops.

Overall: A very good imperial West Coast style IPA. Lives up to its name with a very bitter and juicy mix of hop flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark gold to light amber in color with a white head
S-piney hop taste and grapefruit
T-The name is fitter, Strong pine resin flavor that stayed with you til the end. It seems pine resin is stuck in your mouth
M-medium body, and medium carbonation
O- if you like hops this is the beer for you

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Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,760 ratings.