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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,351
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 140
Gots: 273 | 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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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +17.3%

A-nice dark amber with a thick cream colored head

S-a lot of hops. Wow. Fresh strong slightly citrusy hops. Wow. 

T-it comes in with a burst of hops I'm not sure ive experienced before. In and out it's an explosion of bitterness and fresh citrusy hops. No off flavors. Man this is awesome. 

M-medium creamy carbonation. Bitter in and out. Perfect.

O- There is nothing wrong with this beer!! It is exactly how an ipa ought to be. The flavor is so rich and strong and enjoyable. I got to find more of this! 

05-28-2012 02:53:36 | More by AdamBear
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riored4v

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured in to a tulip. 2 finger, off-white head with a clear copper colored body. Great lacing.

Aroma was very nice. Definitely a double IPA. Loads of citrus and malty sweetness. Some mango and grapefruit. Some caramel malts and a light breadiness.

Taste was great as well. Mild bitterness upfront that seems to increase on the tongue. Lingers slightly with a grapefruity-ness. Good maltiness mellows out the hops. Some definite caramel and bready flavors. Hop flavor is tropical flavors with some strong citrus, grapefruit and resinous hops. Coats the tongue in the finish, without being overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium body with medium-high carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall this was a nice brew. No signs of ABV, good bitterness without being excessive. Sweetness helps mellow it all out.

05-28-2012 01:35:26 | More by riored4v
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adamhand

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-28-2012 01:31:39 | More by adamhand
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oldvines

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-27-2012 18:05:28 | More by oldvines
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ADZA

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

Pours a golden orange hue looking exactly like lucozade and leaves a two finger head that stays and leaves a rim of creamy clingy lacing,the smell is pineapple,fresh piney hops,boiled candy and bubblegum,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and a tad syrupy with tastes almost identical to smell with hints of pineapple,grapefruit,lemonade bitter lemons,bubblegum,boiled candy and finished with a sherbet bitterness and overall its a nice drop really is what it says it is and i would definately buy again cheers.

05-27-2012 07:38:44 | More by ADZA
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

05-27-2012 03:54:39 | More by brez8791
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%

Appearance. Pours a rich and hazy gold-amber with close to 3 fingers of thick, slightly yellow tinted head.

Smell. Big bitter citrus rinds, sweet roasted light grains, some cedar as well.

Taste. Big pine sap, oily bitter citrus rinds, some roasted lighter grains and a big lingering bitterness in the end. Just too much of a good thing here all around.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation. Thick and a bit sticky.

Overall. I can see that this is meant to be pretty extreme and all, but it's really a bit much. Feels like my tastebuds are numb ...and I still have half a bottle left!

05-27-2012 02:43:19 | More by Rutager
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farrago

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Foams up over three fingers of off-white, delicate with a few deep dimples, retains well at about a finger, the lacing doesn’t stick as you think it might, you get a few, albeit thick, streaks here or there. Murky to opaque orange rust colored liquid, more red than yellow tint, very few visible bubbles. The nose is classic, lots of orange to grapefruit citrus, pine, honeyed bread, flowers, pepper and milk chocolate, fills out with resonant pineapple, peach, nectarine fruit scents, thick and syrupy nostril texture, too dense to really lift much. Full-bodied, the carbonation relatively light for the heaviness you get here too, glues itself to your mouth pores as well. Pine sap, cocoa, orange and both white and pink grapefruit pith, the bitterness creates the initial impression of dryness, however, it stays juicy through the flowers and pineapple, mango, nectarine, apricot fruit. The pepper and earth components extend the finish, lots of reverb, even more prickle than expected with the so-so carbonation. Isn’t breaking new flavor territory but amplifies everything while staying well balanced. That honey sneaks out onto stage through the finish, brings some caramel and molasses along. Impressive.

05-26-2012 22:45:13 | More by farrago
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tubeboy

Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%

Pours a semi clear amber with a about 1.5 fingers of light tan head that leave a thin lacing with each sip. I smell citrus and hops that are more like pine than grass. This beer tastes great in the mouth and then it smacks you with the hops. This is not for amateur beer palates. Excellent mouthfeel for an IPA. I really love Green Flash West Coast IPA and Double Stout as as go to beers, but I will most definitely buy this for my next beer tasting.

05-26-2012 21:11:33 | More by tubeboy
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tkarsies

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Had this as one of the special guest taps at Barley's Smokehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Served cool in a 13 oz tulip.

Nice clear amber appearance with small tan head that left some sticky lacing. Minimal carbonation seen.

Smell was piney, citrusy, hoppy goodness. No sweet malty aroma to get in the way of the hops.

Hoppy, bitter taste. This actually does have some malt that tries to balance out the hops....but it loses miserably. But, this is what I was hoping for. Hop bomb. Menu said 147 IBU, and I can't argue with that number.

Mouthfeel was smooth, a bit creamy, and lightly carbonated. Not that I noticed because my mouth was numb from the hops.

Overall this lives up to my expectation of being quite the hop bomb. Green Flash nails it for sure. Doubt I would want more than 2; I am only just now able to feel my tongue again 24 hours later. Would definitely come back to this when I need a major hop fix.

05-26-2012 14:42:32 | More by tkarsies
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Horbar

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-26-2012 02:37:51 | More by Horbar
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1%

A: Pours a clear copper amber, with mid/large sized white head. Head dies into a nice cap. Some lacing.

S: Hop oil, all citrus tropical hop hop profile, some honey too. Very pungent.

T: Red grapefruit rind, sour pineapple, very very bitter. A very mild hint of honey/caramel maltiness. Finishes with a very dry pine cone, non-ripe orange, dandylions. Some sugar candy too. Some chalky-ness. Insanely dry on the palette. Damn so hoppy, a tad 1 or 2 dimensional though.

M: Very resin-y, oily, carbonation low. As unsessionable as it gets. I dont think I'll be able to taste anything for 2 days.

O: Well this beer is pretty absurd. Most hop forward and bitter beer I've ever had, totally unbalanced, which I respect. I'm a pretty big hop lover and this isnt my cup of tea per se, but I'm really glad I tried it.

05-26-2012 01:43:48 | More by BigCheese
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-26-2012 01:17:05 | More by SocalKicks
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obrike

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

Picked up a 4 pack at my Round Rock Specs.

Poured an orange/amber into my Chimay chalis...nice off white head and good spotty lacing for the duration.

Lovely smell. Uber-resinous pine, some tropical fruits(mango, cantelope maybe), orange rind. Very nice. Smells super green...super fresh.

Wham! A hop punch in the face...without much malt backing it up. The earthy resiny pine is dripping on this one. Some bitter orange rind seeping through too. Also getting some "oniony" flavor on the backend as well. Not the most balanced DIPA, but I don't think it's supposed to be. A good effort, but all things considered, I prefer Green Flash West Coast IPA to this one.

05-25-2012 23:51:41 | More by obrike
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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mooseo

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Burnt orange-amber with a large, white fluffy head.

S - Nice fresh tropical fruit aroma. Mango, peach, grapefruit, and pine resin.

T - Huge waves of bitter grapefruit, pine and tropical fruit. A touch of caramel malt sweetness comes through, but the flavor is mostly dominated by dank, resinous hops. Ends with a long, earthy bitter piney finish.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, oily mouthfeel. High carbontation with a dry finish. Warming alcohol.

O - A very enjoyable beer. Good drinkability, alcohol is well hidden. Great flavor, although not the most complex or distinct tasting double IPA I've had. Thankfully, "Palate Wrecker" lives up to its name and delivers the goods.

05-25-2012 03:58:21 | More by mooseo
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demgoth

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-25-2012 03:20:45 | More by demgoth
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-25-2012 02:27:14 | More by GeoffreyM
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Schulzy1

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-25-2012 01:33:29 | More by Schulzy1
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PhotoMattT

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-24-2012 23:41:09 | More by PhotoMattT
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-24-2012 23:34:42 | More by sludgegnome
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TheMadStork


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-24-2012 23:14:47 | More by TheMadStork
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seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

05-24-2012 21:43:00 | More by seeswo
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

clear amber pour with 2 fingers of white creamy head, great lacing.

smells of grapefruit, honey, caramel, pine, grass.

taste is bitter up front, a garlic type funk, bitter-sweet like burnt caramel, very earthy, slight citrus (grapefruit) taste.

medium body, very creamy, moderate carbonation, slight burning sensation on the lips.

i can see why it's named palate wrecker, it's so bitter it almost tastes like you're drinking burnt beer. i was hoping fr a tastier brew, hoppy, yet well balanced (at least with the hops... i mean, there are so many varieties you could just mix them all up, get a really high ibu count and have it be delicious!) but i guess this is probably what they were going for. i prefer their west coast ipa - but that's just me.

05-24-2012 07:50:05 | More by facundoCNB
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duff247

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-24-2012 03:57:14 | More by duff247
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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