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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,387
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 144
Gots: 282 | 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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A: A slim white frothy head circles the chalice, while the medium auburn orange-ish goodness settles underneath.

S: Wow: I poured this, walked away, and was hit with the hop slam as I walked back into the kitchen. It is really potent. While there maybe stronger aromas in Double IPA's this one certainly lets itself be known.

T: Oh, how I love Double IPA's! This one is right up there. Paired with homemade pizza, you won't find a better lunch on a snowy day. A good initial bite then a smooth settleing flavor. Very well blended.

M: Medium to heavy in neature.

O: I had been reading reviews of this and stopped because I feared getting myself too excited for it. Green Flash is still near the top of my "breweries to visit" list.

JK4Stout, Mar 06, 2013
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Had this first, years ago, at Hamilton's, on a fairly epic evening. This was back before it was bottled. Truly, it was Hamilton's Palate Wrecker. Now I am drinking it from a bottle, bought off the shelf in bumblefuck Iowa. Who'd a thunk it? Even just a few years ago. So much good beer most everywhere.

Clear amber liquid with modest off-white head that sticks for a bit then fades and leaves some lacing and a ring around the edge. It has enough color to indicate something other than base malt in the grain bill, but will it have the heft I hope for?

Smells good. A balanced mix of some booze, malty sweetness and citrusy hops. With a swirl the sweetness hides, but reemerges once the agitation settles. But not any notable caramel, just the sweetness. A bit warm, opens up the sinuses.

Sharp piny bitterness, right up front, is one element of the taste that was not detectable in the nose. It has a kind of "grow some hair on your balls" (for those who have them- not sure how to translate that phrase) intensity. And the bitterness will reemerge as the most prominent element after the finish. In between the fruity hop flavor, alcohol, and malty sweetness (again with the caramel flavor just barely out of reach) blend with the bitter lupulin goodness while producing a magnificent crescendo of IPA sensory satisfaction.

Good carbonation, medium body, bitter finish. Pretty smooth, aside from the crass bitterness (that comes with the territory when it is called Palate Wrecker).

So back to the first paragraph (for the 3 of you that might actually read this-- send me a beer mail if you do!) about having this at Hamilton's. I had been at the nearby and newly opened SD Toronado earlier, and ended up sitting next to Green Flash Brewmaster Chuck Silva. Was talking beer geek shit with him for a while before someone told me who he was. Later had the Palate Wrecker with him at Hamilton's, and lots of other fun.

But aside from fond memories, this beer kicks ass. I like my DIPA more on the "almost a hoppy barleywine" end of the spectrum, generally. Majaraja, Unearthly, for example. Palate Wrecker is certainly not that, but there is a solid foundation for the hops to play on, and it works for me.

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Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,387 ratings.