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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,473 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,473
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 151
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%

aflies, Aug 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

theCoder, Aug 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

aztraz, Aug 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

JaysonMyers, Aug 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Btr73, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forms a dome-like head that leaves some streaky lace on the glass. The liquid is actually fairly clear with an amber-orange color. It looks terrific.

Very impressive smell with a grapefruit touch. There's almost no more today aroma but that's okay.

Strong hop flavor that gives it a over-the-top bitterness. The alcohol is also large and the carbonation is accurate for the style. Overall, this is an extreme brew.

smcolw, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour netted me a finger of taupe colored head. This sits on top of a tan/orange body.

Hoppy. Piney, floral, grapefruit and mandarin oranges. Sweet malts balance it out.

Very sweet up front. Sweet malt, flowers and mandarin orange seduce you, then pine and grapefruit mug your tongue once you have put your trust into the beer. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad thing.

Medium to heavy bodied. Carbonation is just right, enough to keep the beer from getting bogged down in your mouth. Dry finish, but not as much as you might think.

CFHMagnet, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
2.25/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap in a tulip at King's Table on 4/14/12

Deep honey amber with layers of brown and sun drenched gold. The head is one thumb of billowy, dense foam. Retention is about a third of that, but solid lace remains over most of the glass.

The aroma is dank hops, oily and piney. Rabid citrus, too - grapefruit and lemon zest. Solvent-like. The mean hop smell is tempered by ample notes of sugar cookie and sweet cracker. Smells like it might be too sweet. Yeaaah... This is going to be hard to finish. Semi-sweet malts swoon up front before being replaced by angry amounts of hops and alcohol. Yikes. I wish I could use the hop descriptors a la the aroma, but this is all scathing, vapidly dry bitterness. Earthy and dirty. Pretty much medicinal-grade bitterness.

Ugh. Full, sluggish feel. Lower than average carbonation is the only reason I can stand finishing this. A bit oily and resinous. Again, brutally dry.

Overall impression - Spiteful just to be. This is a chore to drink.

Ryan011235, Aug 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

WoodenLeg410, Aug 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DSlim71, Aug 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

BeerBucks, Aug 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

flyers1980, Aug 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

deonreds, Aug 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

dogfish7, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass; thanks to Jesse13713 for sharing one of these with me.

A: Pours a foggy, almost opaque copper-amber color with half a finger of frothy, white head.

S: Very resinous, with big quantities of pine and citrus hops, alongside equally strong bready, sweet, malts.

T: Pine and resin really control the flavor, with a bit of floral hops making their way in (I'm not seeing much of the citrus here). Malt backbone is tasty without taking away from the hop bitterness, which is very pronounced on the finish.

M: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated; quite creamy and smooth. A lightly dry finish really adds to the taste at the end, and the generally sticky mouthfeel meshes perfectly with the flavors presented. This has just about everything I'm looking for in it.

O: Quite a tasty beer. It's balanced, but just slightly in the favor of bitterness (which I prefer); it has a diverse, strong hoppy flavor; it's mouthfeel really ties things together, making this one easy to go through quickly in spite of its size.

AwYeh, Aug 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

TrickkyGangsta, Aug 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

99firehawkman, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz stubby brown bottle, nice simple label, NO DATE (ugh)

Appearance: Into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint. This pours a dark gold/light orange amber with an ivory head of large bubbles. There isn't much of a cap, but it has fairly decent retention.

Smell: Quite nice; some light juicy citrus and a whole lotta pine! Fresh, vibrant, juicy, and just a HINT of earthy malt, but you really have to look for it. Pleasant!

Taste: Massive bitterness hits almost immediately. Earthy pine, a bit of bitter citrus peel, and as it warms, a bit of earthy malt. Big, BIG bitterness. I dunno the exact bitterness, but the GF website lists it as 100+ and I have NO trouble believing that. There's enough of a malt backbone and sweetness, however, that although this is blisteringly bitter, it doesn't really feel 'overdone' or completely out of whack like some other tongue-destroying DIPAs.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full, blisteringly bitter, but enough residual sweetness to make things seem balanced...at least in a manner of speaking.

Conclusion: I'm not a HUGE fan of DIPAs, though there are a few I really like. This is, however, one of the better ones I've had. Crazy-big bitterness, but nice flavors to go with bitter smackdown, and enough malt sweetness to keep this from being completely one-sided. Nice mouthfeel and good drinkability, especially considering its gravity. $12.00 for a 4pk isn't too bad either. Now if only we could get a freakin date-stamp on it...This might well be an A- if it had just a bit more complexity.


BedetheVenerable, Aug 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

masonkessinger, Aug 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

elspaniard, Aug 02, 2012
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,473 ratings.