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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,436
Reviews: 661
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 147
Gots: 300 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

bluckbeyes, Jun 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

tedho21, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of mondegreen
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mondegreen, Jun 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Dizbro21, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of seth72104
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

seth72104, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

2378GCGTG, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Element1290
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Element1290, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Kmccabe33
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Kmccabe33, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of rkarimi
4.16/5  rDev 0%

rkarimi, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

jrenihan, Jun 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

mwayne, Jun 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Wmbolling, Jun 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Ozzy2004Ironman, Jun 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

djaeon, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of brewandbbq
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

brewandbbq, Jun 09, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

deadonhisfeet, Jun 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jak, Jun 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Chou, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my Ommegang tulip. Pours a translucent honey gold with a creamy, three inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a quarter inch cap embedded with pinpricks and ringlets. Thin, textured clusters of lacing are present during the tasting and exhibit good adhesion. Nose expresses citrus rind, light, candied fruit, ethanol, an earthy character and honeydew melon. Taste follows nose; however the alcohol somewhat over-asserts itself, masking many of the qualities present in the nose. Finishes with a light, lingering, earthy bitterness that gradually dissipates between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slightly oily texture and an even carbonation level. Overall, I have to say that I enjoy my DIPAs with a little more sweetness and tropical fruit; however, this was definitely a solid brew and worth trying.

Jwale73, Jun 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

kennethkearns, Jun 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Rickythejeweler, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of dansmcd
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright orange amber with a finger of creamy head and streaky lacing.

S - You can smell this from across the room. Pine resin, tropical fruit. All hops and shitloads of the stuff.

T - Very bitter. Pine resin joins forces with strong mandarin peel and rips into your tongue until it recoils. Unbalanced but what do you expect right?

M - Extreme IBUs, I found it a bit over the top for full enjoyment and I consider myself a hophead of sorts (maybe I need to reassess that). Oily and resinous full bodied hop explosion.

O - I get it. I do. But for me when bitterness overpowers flavour to such a degree, that's to the beers detriment.

dansmcd, Jun 07, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pretty golden brown with a fluffy, white head and good lacing.

Nose is pineapple, fresh pine, caramel, and roasted hops.

Taste is bitter as expected, with plenty of sugars for balance. There is fresh bread and vanilla extract. There is some pine and lime.

Mouthfeel has plenty of hop bite with medium carbonation.

Overall, it is a hop bomb for sure, with enough sugar and complexity to not be over the top.

dorianmarley, Jun 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Capmech1, Jun 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Shnanign, Jun 07, 2012
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,436 ratings.