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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,258 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,258
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 126
Gots: 246 | 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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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear copper with frothy creamy head. lots of nice retention and lacing.

ripe fruity citrus, very fresh and lush. sweet and slightly bitter.

more bitter in flavor. a prefect complex mixture of pine and citrus bitterness. some nice citrus grapefruit in the finish. some booze also in the finish.

moderate but slightly light carbonation. easy to drink, not too heavy.

pretty decent DIPA. nothing really bad about it. enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 23:40:49 | More by hooliganlife
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +20.2%

04-19-2012 22:57:57 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Rasputin

Illinois

2/5  rDev -51.9%

04-19-2012 17:34:50 | More by Rasputin
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz (I thought) normal sized bottle. No bottling information, as per usual with Green Flash. But this just hit the shelves here so I assume it's fresh. Poured this into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a really clear amber orange color. Finger and a half bright white tight bubbled head. Carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Pretty beer.

S: I get lots of fruit: grapefruit, tangerine, mango, overripe peach, etc. Lots of astringency.

T: It's funny. It's definitely a hop bomb. But I really think with all the hoppy beers out there, I'm almost immune. You definitely get punched in the face with a hop bitterness in the tip of the tongue. As it moves to the middle of the mouth where you'd expect some malt balance it's just more fruity hop notes assaulting your tongue. Little daggers of flavor and bitterness. On the close is crisp and a little dry with lingering flavor. It's not boozy, but you do feel some warmth at 9.5%. Especially as a first beer. I would certainly drink this at the end of a drinking evening as it most certainly screws with your taste buds.

M: Medium bodied. Lots of hop coated goodness.

O: A-

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 17:10:13 | More by inlimbo77
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scott2269

Ohio

5/5  rDev +20.2%

04-19-2012 15:41:25 | More by scott2269
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woosterbill

Connecticut

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

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to HopStoopid120 for tossing this one my way.

A: A straight pour yields a towering three-finger head of dense, creamy off-white head that recedes slowly toward the clear copper body, leaving abundant lace. Gorgeous.

S: Whoa, that's some intense grapefruit hoppiness - plus just a hint of cannabis. Moderate booze, and a touch of toffee. Quite good.

T: Follows the nose: grapefruit pith, dank weed, sweet toffee malt, and a hugely bitter, boozy finish. Big, bold, and very tasty.

M: A little on the light side body-wise, but with a moderate dose of pleasantly fine carbonation. Not bad at all.

O: The name might be a bit of an overstatement, but it's definitely an assertive DIPA. I appreciated the touch of malt backbone, as it was really necessary to keep the substantial booziness in check. I really hope Green Flash comes to CT, as this would be terrific to drink fresh on tap.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 01:40:09 | More by woosterbill
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SiflandOlly

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-19-2012 00:47:19 | More by SiflandOlly
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

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

12 ounce bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a very hazy dark orange (almost ruby red) with a big thick frothy slightly-off-white head on top, 2-fingers worth.

S: Pine and Grapefruit, at a moderate volume. More pine than grapefruit.

T: Dry, earthy notes and lots of pine. But that traditional "california IPA" grapefruit is also there. Strong sweetness on the back end, as expected from a "Double IPA" weighing in at 9.5%. This reminds me of a cross between a piney/earthy English style IPA and a California IPA, then kick the sweetness/ABV up a notch.

Strong bitterness on the back end of this beer. One of the more bitter beers I've had, just a shade less bitter than the Port IPA or the Arctic Panzer I've had.

M: Carbonation is a touch light, and the beer doesn't have as much heft as you'd expect at first, but then lots of residue left behind on the finish.

D/O: A little heavy on the "bitter" and pine for my liking. Not quite as much grapefruit/citrus reward as my *favorites*. Overall, a good IPA. Certainly one I'd revisit at a later date, but not something I'd choose to revisit tonight.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 00:01:09 | More by psuKinger
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Sudsanonymous


3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

04-18-2012 04:50:00 | More by Sudsanonymous
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therope

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-18-2012 02:57:58 | More by therope
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Titans77

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker bronze. 2 and half fingers of white head. Nice alcohol lacing and some moderate carbonation floating to the top of the head. Good looking brew for sure.

S - HOPS. Lots and lots of citrus hops. I like the smell, but it really doesn't come off as complex as I had hoped. Lack of noticeable malt backbone might have something to do with that though.

T - HOP BOMB. Exactly what I wanted from this brew. At 149 IBUs I was NOT disappointed. Citrus and pine to the extreme. If it was any more hoppy, it might have been too much. But this damn near perfect for a DIPA. Best tasting DIPA that I have had so far.

M - medium bodied, smooth and drinkable. Nothing spectacular in the sense, but well above average. Very bitter, very good.

O - my favorite beer to date. Haven't had much to this point being a young BA guy, but damnit, my palate is in love with this hop bomb. Must buy for me. Will be picking up more for sure!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:28:13 | More by Titans77
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Brenden

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a medium orange color with just a touch of haze. It forms a clean, pure white head just more than a finger tall that sticks around and leaves patchy lacing in good quantity.
This beer offers a heavy dose of pure, raw pine. There's a good amount of malt and some balance in the aroma that doesn't carry entirely over to the flavor, in which the hops dominate. It's as hoppy as expected, but what's lost in the raw hoppiness is the balance needed and the subtlety. The aroma is big and complex, with a flash of caramel and some citrus as well as rind and sweeter fruits. In the flavor, pine and a bit of grapefruit allowed to peek through dominate everything else.
The body is medium and works to support the big flavor. Malts keep it from being bracingly dry. Crispness is in this one throughout, and there's a good smoothness that pulls into the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2012 01:23:54 | More by Brenden
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Brown120

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-18-2012 00:39:48 | More by Brown120
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know much about this one, sounds interesting, Green Flash's version of Ruination? Just a guess based on the name. Poured from bottle pint glass the hop aroma is immediately present upon the pour. The beer arrives a slightly hazy orange color with a good 2 finger white cap, decent retention and lacing. The beer is a hop bomb so the aroma is heavy on the hops. Mostly citrus with a bit of pine. I love hops but this is almost so strong it's uninviting. The beer is bitter, not nearly to Ruination's level but bitter. Unbalanced. Very resiny with pine and earthy tones more prevalent than the nose suggests. Hides the alcohol well though. Hops dominate any malt base. Full bodied. Good carbonation. Overall, not bad but nowhere near balanced. 1 is enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 00:18:36 | More by hopfacebrew
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SeriousALEment

Ohio

5/5  rDev +20.2%

04-18-2012 00:04:25 | More by SeriousALEment
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

I con immediately get a grassy and citrusy hop punch when I opened this. Good indicator.

Pours a nice golden copper color with some nice clean orange hues. There is a large ecru head that is pretty dense and appetizing. About 1.5 inch tall with some chunkier bubbles at the top. The head recedes very slowly and leaves some nice awesome sticky lacing. Very nice retention.

Aroma starts off with some nice toasty grain and quickly gets enveloped by some awesome grassy, herbal and citrus hop notes. Very crisp and refreshing hop juice notes. Orange peal and some nice grapefruit notes. There is also some tangerines and some mild tropical fruit notes. Maybe some mango. There is also a very nice earthy and tasty grain back note there that leads me to believe this will be balanced ;)

Wow. Intense hop bomb right off the bat. Strong citrus notes with intense resinous bitterness. Grapefruit rind and orange peel. Intense hop resin with some slight pine in there as well. There is a nice slight toasty grain malt note that eases the intensity of the hops. The finish is dry and bitter though. A hop heads dream.

Overall. Great DIPA, extremely hoppy and nice and bitter. As it warms it continuous to be a palate wrecker with some more resinous note notes precent.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 23:17:25 | More by JoEBoBpr
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nanobrew

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-17-2012 22:17:30 | More by nanobrew
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-17-2012 19:49:06 | More by jrohrbacher
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-17-2012 08:15:39 | More by sbricker
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-17-2012 05:52:58 | More by MarkyMOD
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours an orange amber with a thick off-white cap that rises to a little under two fingers. Loads of sticky lace and patches of foam over the top of the liquid.

Heavily hopped. Huge notes of ruby red grapefruit, orange rind, papaya, and pineapple. Big, sticky, juicy hops. A clean, sturdy bready malt bill in the back, allowing these hops to shine.

This guy lives up to its name. Heavy bitterness. This might be the most bitter dipa I have tasted, and with a name like palate wrecker, it better be.

Ruby red grapefruit pummels the palate with oranges, papaya, mango, and pineapple rounding out a juicy tropical fruit profile. The bitterness hits early and often. Big lingering fruity bitterness with a touch of pine needles.

Medium body with perfect carbonation. For a beer this big and bad, the feel is pretty damn close to perfect. Mostly smooth, slightly oily, with just a hint of booze. Huge lingering bitterness.

Fantastic dipa. Once in a while a beer comes by and knocks you over the head. This is one of those beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 03:05:53 | More by ColForbinBC
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-17-2012 02:10:42 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-17-2012 01:54:45 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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RTrain12

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-16-2012 22:59:26 | More by RTrain12
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a gold/orange. Very nice three finger head that leaves a huge mess of lace stuck to the glass. Tons of visible carbonation.

Grapefruit, pale malts, orange and herbal hops make up the nose.

The taste has a great hop kick. I'd say this one wrecks the West Coast and Imperial they brew. Strong citrus taste up front, kumquat, grapefruit rind, a hint of malt, followed by fresh cut grass and mineral hops. Goes down very smooth for being so hoppy with a high ABV.

My favorite of the Green Flash IPA's. Glad they bottled it up.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 20:39:06 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,258 ratings.