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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,327 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,327
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 137
Gots: 267 | 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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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-12-2012 10:47:52 | More by bigred89
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ELECTRONICAnonymous

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-12-2012 06:34:10 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

05-12-2012 05:41:24 | More by StubFaceJoe
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Chopman50

California

2/5  rDev -51.9%

05-12-2012 04:00:58 | More by Chopman50
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Kendo

New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is coppery-orange with a smallish off-white head.

S: Not too strong - a bit of resiny pine and grapefruit.

T: Big-time resiny pine. Also a lot of malt underneath - toffee, caramel malt - but it's beat down by a lingering pine needle bitterness. Not so sure this is a true "palate wrecker" but it's definitely got a big dry-hopped-type bitter, lemony finish. Some spice too.

M: Somewhat gritty in feel. Medium to full in heft. Pretty smooth.

O: Good stuff. Packs a nice punch but goes down pretty easy.

M:

05-12-2012 02:14:06 | More by Kendo
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-12-2012 01:14:25 | More by Lawnboy33
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

This beer is straight up orange, clear, and carries a dense foamy, oily looking, light head. Aroma is loaded with peaches, mangos, and cantaloupes. Reminds me of gourmet gummy peach candies. Malts come through as caramal, toffee, and white bread. There's also something in the mix that makes me think of vanilla oddly enough. Simple but large aroma. Taste is intense. This stands up to its name. The bitterness feels implosive. Flavors are heavy with tropical and melon-like fruits and thick viscous bready malt piles. Largly sticky and resinous like pine sap. This does have a bit of pine forest going on...flavors and texture. Carbonation is just big enough to stir up the heavy-ish syrup-like body adequately.

Pretty large multidimensional hoppiness here. I like it though more than one at a time would be excessive. Something like this needs to be enjoyed sparingly.

05-12-2012 00:51:36 | More by tastybeer
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wedge

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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%

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

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

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

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

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%

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.

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

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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%

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...

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

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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%

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.

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%

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.

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
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,327 ratings.