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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,269 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,269
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 127
Gots: 249 | FT: 4
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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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wedge

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery orange colored liquid underneath a fat, tight-bubbled head of off-white foam. Spotty lace. Potent, fluid hop aromas...fresh, green hops over some slightly buttery caramel that blends rather well with the fruity hops. Flowers, peaches, mangoes, melons, and only a faint whiff of pine. Quite bitter and hoppy from the get-go. More melon and floral notes along with what can only be described as a freshly opened bag of dried hop flowers. The peaches carry through to the flavor as well, but the hops are mainly on a mission to brutally assault your tongue; the candy-like nature helps add some depth. Certainly on the heavy side and sticky - I'm not getting much booziness other than a growing warmth in the throat.

Lives up to its name. Intensely bitter, yet still quite fruity with a green, fresh hop candy presence. I like how it manages to move beyond just massive amounts of citrus. Quite well done, but something keeps it from being really great.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 00:40:54 | More by wedge
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ALLISON01

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.2%

05-11-2012 22:40:28 | More by ALLISON01
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stercomm

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - A hazy, organish honey color, with a big rich and thick white head that hangs around for a while. Very strong lacing.

S - Initial hit is all hops; pine, grapefruit, citrus. Lurking in the background is just a hint of malty sweets.

T - Awesome hops, lots of hops, but while there is a bitter dry taste, there is a subtle creaminess that kind of slides along the palate. Lots of citrus and grapefruit notes, pine notes, finish is very hoppy.

M - Medium bodied, lots of carbonation.

O - A hop heads delight, lots of strong hops but not over the top bitter. Good brew

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 21:43:32 | More by stercomm
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Local Option.
certainly seems more than 100 ibu. Just too bitter, despite piney hops and sugars. Better done than other super high bitter beers, there is some taste. Golden red colour. Not my favourite great DIPA.I like their regular very hoppy IPA just fine.Boozy.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 17:59:18 | More by Sammy
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this brown bottle in a tulip pint. No date. The beer was a rich but clear golden color. The head was tall and looked like parchment. Very nice.

The smell was citrus and wood. Fresh wheat bread. Clean.

The taste was spicy hops and satsuma oranges. Nice grassy aftertaste. Scary drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium to full with modest carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 13:53:55 | More by Cresant
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mhaugo

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-11-2012 04:00:38 | More by mhaugo
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shand

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint!

Beware, fans of balance in your DIPAs. This is not the place for you. This is the beer for those of us who find the vast majority of DIPAs to be too malt-forward for us. I understand this isn't all of us, given that beers like Southern Tier Unearthly and Dogfish Head 90 Minute are higher rated than this. However, the hop junkie can find a lot to love here. It pours out a hazy orange color with a finger of head. The aroma is full of all sorts of hops. Citrus, tropical, piney, grapefruit, it's all here.

The taste is fantastic. It's just a huge punch of bitter hops. There's layers of complexity here for the hophead to peel back, just like in the nose. The mouthfeel is heavier but briskly carbonated, it leaves the mouth coated without feeling heavy. The drinkability is fantastic. Overall, this is a great double IPA for the unrepentant hophead. Don't look for full malt flavors here to balance this out.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:44:21 | More by shand
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Florida9

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange-tinted amber. Forms a very large white head that only slowly reduces down to a bubbly surface coating and a thick ring. Leaves some moderate lacing.

S: Lots of hop aroma, predominantly orange and citrus with touch of mango and just a little bit of pine resin.

T: Starts off with a mix of pine and malt. A bit of caramel and a little toast, then it sweetens up a little with notes of grapefruit and orange. Finishes with a strong grapefruit pith and pine resin bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium weight, but with a rather full, round feel in the mouth. Strong bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Well, I was expecting my palate to be wrecked and it wasn't! However, I was rewarded with a bitter, hop-forward, yet still very well balanced DIPA that I found quite enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 02:13:29 | More by Florida9
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-11-2012 01:23:59 | More by DWolf
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emerge077

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd or 3rd time drinking this, poured the 16 oz. bottle in a small 10 oz. stemmed tulip glass.

Glistening deep saturated orange, creamy dense foam, long lasting and glass-coating. Webs of intricate lacing form inside the glass.

Toasted caramel, citrus peel, pungent hop resins.

Flavors are similar, big caramel and toasty malts, smooth and buttery. Moderate hop bitterness, slick and resiny. Buttery diacetyl is present but not overly distracting. Full bodied with lower carbonation and some sticky caramel sweetness. It has an English feel, much like Schells Burton Ale. Dry bitterness lingers, reminding that it's in fact a double IPA...

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:06:09 | More by emerge077
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-05-10 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost clear orange-amber with a 2.5-finger offwhite head that sticks around awhile and has good lacing.

S - Big hop bud floral, orange citrus, pineapple and a touch of spice. Don't get any malt.

T - Plenty of pine and leafy and oily hop bud flavor followed by some brief orange flesh and light malt sweetness that is almost immediately replaced by serious grapefruit rind bitterness, which lasts long into the aftertaste. A hint of orange creamsicle sweetness acts as a nice undertone in the aftertaste. I get the Palate Wrecker moniker though as this beer lives on the tongue-scraping side of DIPAs.

M - Medium mouthfeel and light-medium carbonation. Prickly, resinous, oily and thick . . . very nice.

O - I like this beer. It's harsher on the tongue than their West Coast IPA for sure, which is sometimes just what the hop doctor ordered. Wouldn't want it every day but would like to have it around. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 22:37:33 | More by Tucquan
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-10-2012 22:32:59 | More by oldp0rt
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DoubleJ

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Yardhouse and served in a pint glass. Is that a good idea? On to the beer:

Dark orange/bronzed color with a healthy inch of foam on top. Both the head retention and the lacing meet my standards of good. Even better is the aroma. It's a big juicy nose, full of pineapple, tropical fruits, and some pine.

Full bodied, strong, filled with big citrus and grapefruit flavor. And it's not terribly bitter. But make no mistake, it still is a palate wrecker. The alcohol hides itself well, showing itself primarily when it heats the chest. It's not a beer you'll want to chug, but it also isn't a beer for mere sipping.

Count it as one more good hop related nectar to come out of San Diego.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 16:43:33 | More by DoubleJ
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FishPondManager

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-10-2012 03:00:16 | More by FishPondManager
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Nice bright yellow/golden tan with a foamy 2 inch head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Hops, lemon, floral fruits, hop oils, citric orange and grapefruit. A slight aromoa of malts and caramel at the end.

Taste - As expected, huge hop bite. Tons of bitter fruits, citric bitey fruits along with alcohol. Grapefruit and lemon really take over leaving only the slightest trace of caramel malt at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat, bitter, and certainly wreck the mouth, tounge and palate. Alcohol warms everything up along with a little sting. Aftertaste is bitter, hoppy and warm.

Overall - This beer is as advertised, a hop bomb with ultra high ibu's. Totally a hophead beer, with minimal malt and yeast. If you want a monster, this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 23:26:39 | More by wvsabbath
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-09-2012 06:25:45 | More by orangesol
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GMBtheProfessor


4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-09-2012 02:11:29 | More by GMBtheProfessor
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-09-2012 02:11:16 | More by bumchilly25
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Three plus fingers worth of airy slightly creamy head comprised of medium and large sized bubbles... Solid retention... The color is a slightly glowing warm resiny orange hued amber... Limited carbonation - just a couple of stray moderated paced bubbles throughout... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Hops from the get go... Earthy... Oranges... Light grapefruit... A touch of pineapple... Slightly musky... A faint piney hop component... A solid malt base lies beneath with notes of caramel and cracker...

T - The hops take on much more of an earthy an dpiney presence on the palette... The citrus notes are subtle at best... Cracker and a bit of caramel serve as a sturdy malt base... A slight spiciness as well... The finish is pungent... Perhaps even some onion notes...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Lush... Slightly creamy... A bit chewy... Regal... Very nice mouthfeel, especially considering the high IBU count... Buckles the tongue on the finish...

D - A solid all around with American DIPA... The hops don't disappoint and there is plenty more to keep this one interesting... The stellar mouthfeel is among the best I've experienced for the style...

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 01:59:02 | More by philbe311
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krisleonard

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-08-2012 19:28:33 | More by krisleonard
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rastapenguin22

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

05-08-2012 18:10:54 | More by rastapenguin22
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virinow

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-08-2012 11:47:18 | More by virinow
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from Jersey into a Green Flash Pint Glass.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker pours a golden/orange looking liquid that glides into the glass smooth like creating a inch of loose off white foam leaving some specs here and there. A nice amount of activity and bubbles.

Smell is all west coast hop scent like expected. A very nice bouquet of citrus rind, grapefruit, mango etc. Some floral hop scent comes up with some biscuit like scent coming from a light malting. This smells delicious, if that makes sense.

Taste is up there with the big boys on the left coast. A nice blast of citrus mixing into some pine ending with a light bready malt that drowns out the hops on the finish without too much sweetness. Well rounded but the pine lingers in the aftertaste, which is not a bad thing.

Feel is at about medium with ample carb, there is some bite to this from the bubbles. Palate wrecker is bitter and would be a lot to handle for a newbie, but a craft drinker with experience could handle this. A lingering aftertaste, with just a touch of the 9.5% coming out. This would go well with some spicy food.

I gotta say between this and Rayon Vert, Green Flash has been pumping out some great new beers in a 12oz format at affordable rates. I could drink two 12ozer's of this in a sitting no problem. I am constantly impressed by west coast IPA's in general, I just wish more east coast brewers would catch up.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 02:17:23 | More by BARFLYB
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-08-2012 01:40:50 | More by kevgod
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zeff80

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit, mango and bubblegum. Some caramel aromas.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel, citrus, grapefruit and bread crust. Spicy bitterness adds balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a strong alcohol warmth and a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty DIPA. Another great brew from Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 01:14:41 | More by zeff80
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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