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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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3,389 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,389
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 144
Gots: 282 | 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%

LambicKing, May 21, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

hosehead83, May 21, 2012
Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Bloodbuzz99, May 21, 2012
Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

draheim, May 20, 2012
Photo of Morey
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Morey, May 20, 2012
Photo of PhatAtUT
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

PhatAtUT, May 20, 2012
Photo of cdwil
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

cdwil, May 20, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

RoyalT, May 20, 2012
Photo of Sorcerer
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sorcerer, May 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

datphoo, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Stockfan42, May 20, 2012
Photo of mbula163
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

mbula163, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

kew, May 19, 2012
Photo of fpreh1957
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

fpreh1957, May 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

HopFace, May 19, 2012
Photo of amp138
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

amp138, May 19, 2012
Photo of Harvey98
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Harvey98, May 19, 2012
Photo of TheBigBoy
3/5  rDev -27.9%

TheBigBoy, May 19, 2012
Photo of BlackIIPAJK
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BlackIIPAJK, May 19, 2012
Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Big grapefruit rind, some orange, light malty character, some pine, maybe mint.

L: Fairly clear amber, creamy white head that dissipates. Sticky lacing.

T: Hoppy blast of grapefruit and pine up front. Medium high piney bitterness with just enough malt sweetness. Finish is very long and unbelievably hoppy, lives up to its name. Dry, bitter and hoppy finish.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, alcohol slightly present.

Very good, the bitterness in this beer is unreal, yet it has enough sweetness to not be out of balance.

bum732, May 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

jsurfs82, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

xnapshot, May 18, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

Green Flash's Palate Wrecker lives up to its name, with a long-lingering aggressive bitterness that emphasizes just how many hops were used in the making of the beer. Despite the intense hoppiness, the recipe makes use of a few dashes of malt flavor, to add interest and a minor nod towards balance. Add that in to a carefully calculated mouthfeel to extend time the hops sit on your palate, and you have one of my favored DIPAs at the moment. It's a DIPA that truly shows the power of hops, generally eschews balance, and still have everything work out in the end.

Pours a 2.5cm, full head of fairly dense, small bubbles that gradually recedes to a thin cap atop the beer throughout the session. Leaves some modest lacing as it descends, good, but nothing amazing. Body is a golden orange color, with orange-yellow highlights becoming more prominent as beer is held to light. Carbonation streams are visible in this transparent (filtered) beer.

Aroma of slight malt sweetness dominated by heavy, fruity hops that are a bit grapefruit and mango-like. Not getting much in the way of pine resin scent, unlike others, apparently. Like most DIPAs, there is a faint iced-tea aroma for me.

Taste opens with malt sweetness and some bright fruit flavors, such as mango and peach. Bitterness and grapefruit flavor quickly creeps in afterwards, dominating the taste buds. Mild caramel-like malt flavors appear in the latter half of tasting the more this warms, with slight ethanol traces. The aftertaste is powerfully strong, the flavor like I had chewed on a grapefruit and its rind for a while.

Body is medium to medium-heavy, with moderate carbonation to accentuate the thickness and lengthen the full-on hop effect on the palate. Mouthfeel is generally smooth, with little foaming action or carbonation crispness. Finish is expectedly dry, from hops and sugars from the huge malt bill.

falloutsnow, May 17, 2012
Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up while in San Francisco. Smells like roses, I mean west coast ipas. Pours a dark, clear amber/copper colour. Tastes very bitter and piney. It does as the name suggests and leaves a nice tingle feeling. The high 9.5% alcohol is well hidden with each sip though. Prefered this a little more on tap, but its still pretty solid in bottle too.

WeedKing4, May 17, 2012
Photo of HarmonMW
4/5  rDev -3.8%

HarmonMW, May 17, 2012
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,389 ratings.