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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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93
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3,423 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,423
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 146
Gots: 299 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jeannewilliams, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

riemster, Apr 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

TonyMorrell, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

tripledbrew, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured two fingers of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is amazing: bold grapefruit and pine with some lemon and honey in the background.
The taste is big and bold. Lemon and pine bitterness with a balanced malt profile. The alcohol is well hidden.
A fairly smooth texture with moderate carbonation.
A great double with nice drinkability.

Fatehunter, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of GoodBeerTire
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As high as the IBU numbers that this IPA has, I expected this to truly wreck my palate, but instead it wasn't quite so harsh. The malt backbone of this beer was enough to counteract the massive amount of hoppiness (or should I say happiness) that this ale provides. I apologize for not using the Beer Advocate form of rating, and rather just ramble about my tasting, but it tasted damn good. Not for those who can't handle the hops,but it you are a hop-head, go for it. Very similar to Lagunitas Hop Stupid, but a little more refined, as the malt backbone is a little heavier.
Not a beer to session with, as it is pretty strong, and it will "wreck the palate".

GoodBeerTire, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

OUJayhawk1799, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

FrankHammer, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA

Appearance - Clear and golden orange in color, served to me in a snifter with an off-white, half finger head sitting on top. Fair retention, leaving a ring of microbubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Fair lacing with good stick.

Smell - Pungent hop aroma. Big tropical notes: sweet candied mango, pineapple, apricot and orange, all backed by a moderate pine character.

Taste - Follows the nose. An assault of hop, strengthened by a lightly toasted bread malt backbone. Tropical sweetness. Moderate pine dank, then a grapefruit pith bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Close to full body, slightly sticky in fact, with fair carbonation. Smooth, easy finish.

Overall - A mighty fine TIPA here. Classic West Coast Imperial IPA profile. I wouldn't mind giving this one another go, and I'd invite anyone who loves their IPA's do the same!

TheSixthRing, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

gshak, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Thads324
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.
Pours a completely clear deep golden color. Pillows of right white bubbly head that dissipates very slowly. Good lacing
Smells of a bit of pine, grass, tangerine and musky earth at the tail end. A hair of husk, plain grains and corn. Mild and nice

Taste is bigger than the aroma. The hops are well balanced. Starting with citrus and leafy green bitterness. A good bitterness is carried by grainy and basic sweet malts. Sharp bitterness and pine towards the end, along with more tropical fruit and heavy citrus rinds.
Higher end of medium bodied, bitter, good clean finish

A clean, good drinking dipa with a solid balance of malt and varying levels of flavorful hops. A very fine brew

Thads324, Apr 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

askham, Apr 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

jmilo64, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

meatyard, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12/17/12.

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Palate Wrecker is a slightly hazy amber orange color. It has thick rocky white head that leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is very hoppy and surprisingly fresh smelling despite having nearly four months on it. Nice citrusy west coast hoppy goodness with grapefruit and other citrus rind.

Flavor is similarly bold and, as the name suggests, is totally mouth puckeringly bitter. There is a fair bit of malt that tries to stand up to the hops but eventually fails. A mild beer drinker's nightmare, a hop heads dream.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It has no balance but that was probably never the goal anyway.

Overall a very good double IPA and one worth seeking out.

GilGarp, Apr 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Tjvan2, Apr 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

RWACKO, Apr 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

grimey68, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

cosmic-ray, Apr 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ItsBeer4Me, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

lovindahops, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

WritersBlock, Apr 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

DerekMorgan, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

TheMultiYeast, Apr 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

polopaul20, Apr 05, 2013
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,423 ratings.