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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,346
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 138
Gots: 271 | 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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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color with moderate yeast haze. The head is a two finger offwhite color with a frothy texture and good retention. A thick wall of lacing is left nicely on the glass.

S: Quite malty - oh who the hell am I kidding, this is loaded with insane hoppiness. Grapefruit rind, pine, dankness, weed, onions, and even some black pepper all mingle on the nose. Basically, anything one might expect in an extreme DIPA is all here. Only the slightest hint of caramel malts break up the hop assault.

T: And there we go, this is really bitter from the hops. There isn't much citric qualities here, this is almost entirely piny, floral, resinous, and faintly metallic. Touches of caramel malt in the midtaste try in vain to balance things, but are quickly overtaken by massive finishing bitterness and booze.

M: Heavy and a little syrupy; I prefer my DIPAs to be a little lighter and more delicate. This doesn't have a particularly clean finish, but make no mistake, this still turns the palate into scorched earth with gobs and shitloads of hop oils and resin. As a result, it's very difficult to drink a bottle of this quickly. Moderately high carbonation and extreme dryness.

O: If you don't like overly bitter DIPAs, avoid this like the plague. If this is the kind of DIPA you're looking for (a completely unbalanced palate killer), then there are few better. Basically, if you're the kind who loves Dave's Insanity Sauce (guilty), then this will be right up your alley.

06-18-2012 20:32:40 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

06-18-2012 19:39:47 | More by carteravebrew
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

06-18-2012 14:49:09 | More by hannaho
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1.75/5  rDev -57.9%

OK, first let me say, that of all types of beer, IPA's are my least favorite. If I would like excessive bitterness, I would choose to chew on aspirin.

I purchased this on tap at a restaurant because it was most bang for your buck. How bad could it be? I've drank plenty of IPAs that are decent, and I'm sure (as any beer) this will go down and be at least OK.

Pours gold/amber. Nice white head (1/2 inch).

Smell: Citrus, pineapple, pine. Not too bad of a smell. At this point, I think it will do the job.

Taste: Ugh. How can you taste it? It is bitter in a glass. Trying to get beyond the bitterness, I tasted pine, maybe some orange peel. It was BAD. I know a lot of folks love this bitterness stuff, but this went too far. Again, if I wanted to taste bitterness, I would chew on my daily aspirin. But nobody does that.

Mouthfeel - Not too much body, probably because the bitterness takes over. I couldn't wait to finish it. At least at 9.5% I will get a little buzz out of the whole experience.

Overall: Obviously my ranking is way out of the norm for this beer. I understand that IPA's are not my thing, but I really cannot understand why anyone would rank this so high. I think any beer company could put a ton of bitterness into their beer. But they also need to have room in there for some complex tastes and a good body. Again, I've drank a ton of IPAs, all better than this one. This was the worst IPA I've ever had.

Only reason I gave overall a 1.5 instead of a 1.0 is because it at least has a lot of alcohol.

06-17-2012 14:28:41 | More by righthereisay
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-17-2012 02:53:45 | More by channels321
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

06-17-2012 02:15:32 | More by Brushkanna
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%

Bronze with an off-white head, bit of retention, some lace.

Huge aroma of pine, grapefruit rind, dried mango, candied pineapple and sponge toffee.

Assertive bitterness, piny resin, grapefruit rind, mango, papaya, sponge toffee, hint of biscuit, some alcohol warmth but it's surprisingly clouded by the plethora of flavour.

Perfect attenuation. It has a crisp, dry finish without any alcohol burn. Plenty of hop acidity.

Overall, a really great brew. Definitely among the best of the DIPA's.

I really need to try this back-to-back with a Pliny the Elder.

06-16-2012 22:10:19 | More by Derek
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

06-15-2012 20:46:59 | More by mscott1975
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

06-15-2012 19:00:46 | More by timwardjr
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

06-14-2012 17:44:37 | More by bluckbeyes
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

06-13-2012 20:38:37 | More by tedho21
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

12oz. bottle into a Founders Balloon Tulip.

Pours a clear dark ruby orange. Two fingers of white head recede into a thick ring, leaving a nice lace on the glass.

Nose is pungent. Huge citrus hop aromas and a sturdy malt backbone create a smack in the face. Nothing subtle here.

Taste is huge. Resinous. Extremely bitter, but with enough substance to carry the load of hops. Bitterness lingers.

Mouth is pretty heavy for a DIPA, but the beer warrants it.

Overall, a bruiser of a Double IPA. Many beers try to achieve this level of over-the-top hop presence, but more often than not they fail for one reason or another. This one is spot on.

06-13-2012 20:30:37 | More by mondegreen
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-13-2012 15:20:05 | More by Dizbro21
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-13-2012 07:03:30 | More by seth72104
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-12-2012 16:30:52 | More by 2378GCGTG
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-12-2012 03:50:00 | More by Element1290
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

06-12-2012 02:20:19 | More by Kmccabe33
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4.16/5  rDev 0%

06-12-2012 00:26:30 | More by rkarimi
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1%

Amber in colour with a medium-sized white head. Good retention and great lacing.

HUGE citrus nose. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Some caramel malt behind. Very nice.

Citrus is big in the taste as well. Orange, grapefruit. Some pine. A big hop flavour, no doubt about that. Caramel malt is there as well to provide a contrast. Quite bitter.

Medium bodied, high carbonation. Oily.

Overall, a very nice DIPA!

06-12-2012 00:24:49 | More by jrenihan
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-10-2012 04:55:41 | More by mwayne
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-10-2012 01:13:14 | More by Wmbolling
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-09-2012 23:32:51 | More by Ozzy2004Ironman
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

06-09-2012 02:23:30 | More by djaeon
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New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copper with an inch-plus head of bone. A partial skim coat with tattered webwork of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with intense pine and grapefruit. Some lighter notes of tangerine and spicy honey follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel.

Resinous pine, grapefruit pulp, and spruce bark start the palate. A firm, drying bitterness steps forward with a hint of alcohol warmth and faint malt.

Finishes with lingering pine, alcohol, and bitterness.

Great beer. Very hoppy with plenty of bitterness but not overly done.

06-09-2012 02:17:51 | More by brewandbbq
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3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured from a bottle (no bottled on date) into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours out a hazy orange with a thin white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Nose is not as punchy as I expected, but still is nice and citrusy (not too piney or medicinal). I get primarily lemon and grapefruit with a little bit of pine and flowery notes.

Medium-bodied beer with a slick, oily mouthfeel. Hops blast the palate nearly from the get-go. Behind the intense bitterness, there is a sweet caramel-like malty presence. Sweetness notwithstanding, the hops run the show here. They coat the mouth and linger like crazy on the finish along with a faint spark of alcohol. This stuff reminds me a lot of Stone Ruination. It is just a screw-it-and-throw-caution-to-the-wind hop bomb.

This wasn't a bad beer, and it really lives up to its name, but I'm glad I only bought a single of it. I probably won't buy it again, simply because at this price I would rather buy FFF Dreadnaught (assuming it's available). Hopheads would love this beer. Just don't plan on drinking a different beer right after you have this one.

06-09-2012 00:31:38 | More by deadonhisfeet
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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