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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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93
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3,345 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,345
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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laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-22-2012 23:17:30 | More by laxer8811
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dafla67

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

A: orange/amber color; fluffy two-finger head.

S: orange peel; piney; lots of hops

T: strong hop flavor right away and throughout; very balanced with plenty of sweetness at end.

M: smooth; medium body

O: my personal Green Flash favorite. High ABV is disguised to allow one to endulge & enjoy multiple glasses.

05-22-2012 20:59:13 | More by dafla67
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tony223366

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Awesome fluffy head with great retention. It's so thick and luxurious! Perfect clarity with a caramel color. There's a light red hue as well. Good steady action from the carbonation.

S: This smells amazing! I'm six inches away from the glass I can smell it as clear as day. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit. Lots of caramel Some straight up grain aroma as well. Alcohol isn't to be found.

T: Phew! This is such a huge beer. There's tons of citrus and tons of hops and tons of caramelly/grain. The finish is incredibly bitter. This is definitely a hop heads beer. Not quite as bright as pliny but it's really an impressive beer. So much bitter grapefruit!

M: Medium to thick body with tons of prickly carbonation and lots of sour astringency.

O: Not quite as balanced as pliney but if you're ever looking for a hop bomb, this is one beer I wouldn't hesitate to suggest. Now if you're looking for balance in your beer you should mosey on and find something else.

05-22-2012 05:08:46 | More by tony223366
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GregSVT

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear perfect amber with a nice white head that fades to a layering and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with powerful grapefruit and pine notes as well as some nice sweet malt and tropical fruit flavors in the background.

T: The taste starts with a nice tropical fruit flavor as well as some pine and grapefruit with a sweetness on the finish.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy.

O: This is most likely a bit past it's prime given the previous reviews mentioning more pine and grapfruit than tropical flavors in the finish. I actually like it with some age as it's less harsh than the super pine west coast DIPAs.

05-22-2012 03:41:57 | More by GregSVT
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ncfranklin

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12oz bottle to a Duvel Tulip.

A: Golden orange, with a small off-white head that recedes to a ring. Probably the alcohol level keeping the head off this one.

S: A forest of hops here. Really potent citrus of orange and grapefruit, lemony almost, notes of floral character and pine. This is what west-coast hops is all about. Nothing else going on in the nose beyond this bouquet.

T: Hops. Sticky, resiny, citrus and pine hops all over the place. This is as flavorful of a hop bomb as any I've ever had. Grapefruit and floral are most prominent flavors, but theirs alot going on under this bitter tongue biter. Only the slightest biscuity malt is present, and you really have to strain to taste it.

M: I don't think I'm breaking new ground by saying this one is bitter. It finishes clean, has lots of aftertaste of resiny hops. But yeah, don't plan on tasting any beer after this one.

O: West Coast big IPA's always seem to be a little too syrupy and boozy for me. This one hit it perfectly. It's a bitter bruiser with a ton of flavor. Definitely want more of this soon.

05-22-2012 00:49:35 | More by ncfranklin
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%

I've been craving some West Coast hops, here we go...amber glowing copper body with a big billowing off white head, leaves fine speckled lacing. Aroma earthy, citrus grapefruit layers of hops, dank mary jane, you name a hop character or aroma and I'm sure you can find it in this beer. The one characteristic that reigns supreme in this beer is the grapefruit pith it just flows out of the glass, flavor wise it borders as a barleywine big assertive alcohol with malts wrapped around it. Gotta love the West Coast hops, more waves of bitterness and hop flavors including more grapefruit bombs, earthy dirt, and again marijuana. Evident sticky hop oils on the palate yet lighter bodied than most DIPA/B wines out there they kept the palate surprisingly clean for this type of a beer, moderate carbonation works with this type of beer excellent feel to it. Overall I'm impressed I had it on draft a couple years back at a Penn Fest and it blew my mind, I'm not saying I have the same feeling as I did then but it's damn good.

05-21-2012 23:38:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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LambicKing

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-21-2012 23:26:29 | More by LambicKing
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%

Poured from a "stubby" bottle into a wine goblet.
Deep copper/tea color with a decent head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Sharp note of grassy hops that's right in your face.
Taste-Big shot of malt, then a wave of grassy, leafy hops that launch a bitterness assault that doesn't let up through the finish. Palate wrecker is right because the bitterness outbalances everything in this brew. Too one-sided for my taste.

05-21-2012 15:17:06 | More by hosehead83
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Bloodbuzz99

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

05-21-2012 00:19:44 | More by Bloodbuzz99
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draheim

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.8%

22oz bottle (no dates or codes) into a tulip. Pours a deep clear orange/amber w/ a big dense off-white head, sticky lacing, almost no carbonation rising from the bottom.

Aroma is a big burst of tropical fruit, grapefruit and pine. I get the sense this might have been even more powerful super-fresh; unfortunately because there's no bottle date I don't know how old this is. Still a really good pungent West Coast IPA aroma.

Taste leads off with a combination of dry pale and chewy caramel malts and dank, sticky hop resin. Some dried apricots in there too. Not surprisingly in a beer called Palate Wrecker, the bitterness is here in spades. Tongue-scouring, almost spicy. Booze is pretty much covered up by the full frontal assault of other flavors.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy and leaves a hefty aftertaste. While you don't taste the alcohol you definitely feel its warming presence going down - not to mention pretty quickly elsewhere.

Overall, a solid 4.0 beer. It's interesting and complex enough to be called good, but perhaps lacks the refinement to go beyond that. Still, enjoyable and tasty on a cool rainy Sunday afternoon.

05-20-2012 21:53:27 | More by draheim
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

INFORMATION: According to the Green Flash website, this beer is released in the Spring. I spotted this in a bottle shop in Ohio over the weekend, and decided to throw a single in a mixed six pack. I held it up to the light, and there was absolutely no sediment to speak of. So I crossed my fingers, hoping for a fairly fresh bottle. It’s brewed with 6 lbs. of hops per barrel and weighs in at over 100 IBUs.

APPEARANCE: Pours a very hazy copper-orange color. Topped with two fingers of cream colored foam. The head settled to and thin and spotty layer after about 10 minutes or so. Good head retention, and even better lacing.

AROMA: Grapefruit, Pine Resin, Caramel Malt, and Wet Grassy Hops in the nose.

TASTE: Big layer of caramel malt up front accompanied by a good amount of wet-hop bitterness. The sweetness from the malt really shows itself about midway. Thankfully, there’s a second wave of bitterness that immediately follows, and sweeps it’s way over the entire palate. The finish is filled with lingering flavors of sticky hops, caramel, and freshly squeezed grapefruit.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body with a pretty light carbonation level for the style.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: This is obviously not super fresh. Does that mean that I shouldn’t review it? I think not. Who’s fault is it that there’s no date on this bottle afterall? It’s still a pretty tasty beer. It just taste like a hopped-up Barleywine at this point. As a DIPA however, it’s just too malty. I hope to have a fresh one sometime soon, and I can only hope that Green Flash starts to bottle date sooner rather than later!

05-20-2012 17:04:40 | More by Morey
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-20-2012 15:26:37 | More by PhatAtUT
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cdwil

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-20-2012 13:24:33 | More by cdwil
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

Appearance - this is an easy-foaming beer with a nice, white, puffy, clingy head and a gorgeously-cloudy deep brown body. This head is absolutely amazing and will stick around hours after last call.

Smell - The dry-hopping gives this DIPA a huge, raunchy, pine resin nose that dominates any other players in this bouquet.

Taste - This is a monster hop bomb. The piney resin takes over the taste and there's a lightly-sweet residual to the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is almost full in the body with little carbonation and a thick, oily, slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 90% of beer drinkers won't want to finish a bomber of this ale, and 90% of the people who do won't be able to drink anything after this, thus the name. I found it to be slickly sweet and a great take on the style.

05-20-2012 10:46:26 | More by RoyalT
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Sorcerer

United Kingdom (England)

4.85/5  rDev +16.6%

Very Special Beer Review.

Poured into a tulip. 1 inch of frothy oily head. Dissipates over 5 draughts into a persistent one bubble layer. Persistent and clinging lacing remains to beyond the end.

Smells like apricot jam and hops, and hops, and hops. Shellac, pine, poison oak, salty-sand, freshly sawed open oak.

Mouthfeel is thick, bitter, malt sweetness, then how much alcohol question is eclipsed by bitterness bombs of hop explosion. Moderate carbonation bubbles through a thick malty sweetness. The thick malty sweetness is overdriven by the hop resins and synthesized into a West Coast IPA idealism. Through this turn of events the malty alcoholic sweetness and dirty dish rag IPA beginnings unfold into a full-on hop-head delight which opens up upon airing and warming bringing into to sharp relief a panoply of hoppy delights layered one upon the other. Drinkable. Obviously and dangerously more drinkable than cheap lager.

Flavor is bitter burlap sack at first, then malty sweetness, then briefly the alcohol shock, but moves on into hop domination territories. Wood, cured older wood, pine-sap, fresh plywood, grapefruit, freshly mowed lawn, mountain spring water (yes some sort of intense clean soft water effect!), pickle, pepper, poppy seeds, citrus rinds, bitter marmalade.

After-taste is pleasant for bitter hop lovers. Intense, slightly metallic, leathery, and bright. From a couple of inches forward of the tonsils and back down is almost numb. I just drank three bottles of this.

Overall, I've got to say that this beer really opened up as it warmed during drinking and revealed a variety of hop decoction characters of the highest quality. Stunning. I would like to compare this side-by-side with similar styles one day.

05-20-2012 03:39:30 | More by Sorcerer
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datphoo

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-20-2012 02:45:58 | More by datphoo
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-20-2012 02:10:19 | More by Stockfan42
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mbula163

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

05-20-2012 01:30:59 | More by mbula163
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kew

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-19-2012 23:13:02 | More by kew
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fpreh1957

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-19-2012 21:19:05 | More by fpreh1957
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HopFace

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-19-2012 19:49:20 | More by HopFace
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amp138

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

05-19-2012 18:30:21 | More by amp138
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Harvey98

Arizona

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-19-2012 16:09:28 | More by Harvey98
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.9%

05-19-2012 03:28:54 | More by TheBigBoy
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BlackIIPAJK

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-19-2012 03:09:45 | More by BlackIIPAJK
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,345 ratings.