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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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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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sukwonee

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -23.1%

A: Looks great. Lots of lacing, 2 finger head, burnt orange color.

S: Very typical west coast DIPA smell. Piney, grapefruit, citrus, but I smell some onion?

T: Man... too much hops... it does wreck my palate... (in a not-very-flattering manner). Not a fan of how this beer tastes. Yucky after taste too.

M: Good amount of carbonation, medium thickness.

O: man... this beer doesn't taste very good. I love hoppy beers, but man... this isn't good much at all. It's painful as you're swallowing it. Give it a try, but I bet you won't keep seeking for this (like me).

04-26-2012 05:48:45 | More by sukwonee
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.

Super-hop bomb. One of the hoppier beers I've had.

A medium color gold. Two finger head upon first pour.

Pine on the nose. Pine on the tongue. This DIPAs more bitter than sweet.

Not my favorite DIPA but drinkable. If you like your IPAs on the bitter side, this one is for you. Not much grapefruit notes if any.

04-26-2012 01:52:11 | More by ucsbmullet
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Momar42

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium Globe

A - pours a somewhat cloudy, deep orange color. Decently thick head is generated from a vigorous pour. Head is about a finger and a half of creamy off-white/yellowish colored foam. Fair amount of light lacing down the glass.

S - piney overtones with a hint of citrus at the back. There is a slight sweetness detectable with maybe a touch of alcohol on the nose.

T - once again, just as it smells...Piney. With the first sip of this pine tree there is a healthy dose of bitterness that dazzles the tongue. There is a creaminess that attempts to balance it, but the bitterness triumphs with every sip. Less intense but still evident is the sense of alcohol.

M - moderately thick mouthfeel that has a long finish.

O - all in all a pretty solid, yet underwhelming IIPA that hits alot of the normal areas but doesn't standout in any of them. The hop bite and burn is nice but the alcohol could be better blended. Also the overall taste lacks something yet seems to linger too long. Nice possibilities but just misses in too many areas. Wouldn't turn one down in the future but don't think I'll seek it out in the future.

04-26-2012 01:47:46 | More by Momar42
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bluntedboywonder

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-26-2012 00:22:08 | More by bluntedboywonder
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swaghawk

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-25-2012 23:41:38 | More by swaghawk
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

A - Pours a darker orange/amber color, very clear, with 1 finger puffy white head.

S - Full nose of grapefruit and piney hops. A bit of sweetness in the backbone of this, but just a great smelling, hoppy beer.

T - Man, that's some hops! The taste starts out very bitter before fading into a bit of fruity sweetness. Grapefruits and citrus. Finishes with another kick of resiny hop.

M - Quite dry, leaves the mouth a bit dry as well. But still rather smooth.

Overall - Delicious beer. For severe hop lovers for sure.

04-25-2012 20:14:23 | More by BeerBuckeye
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a thick finger of off-white head. This maintains a frothy ½ finger, ringing the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is floral, piney, herbal, and spicy in the nose, with a zesty feeling grapefruit presence and notes of fresh backed biscuits from the malts across the back. This has some nice hoppy power to it in the nostrils.

The taste starts off with a bold hoppy blast of grapefruit, resins, and spice, which lingers hard on the finish. Soft herbal tones, light tropical fruit, and tight sweet grains help to balance out some of the aggressiveness out here but man, that spice and pine sticks to the tongue with some strength. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and really fills the mouth with a big slick oily creaminess that moves rather easily for the size. There is a bit of light crispness to this, while the alcohol, although not stinging, does really pop the assertiveness of these hops.

My previous experience with this beer had been on cask during a visit to San Diego and I have to say that I really enjoyed this more here out of the bottle. I still feel that it’s a little too big overall but the fresh hoppy power of this wins out in the end, helping cover up the high ABV. This is a nice representation of the West Coast style.

04-25-2012 19:30:18 | More by Kegatron
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a nice golden orange, solid cap of dense white foam, good retention and lacing. Huge notes of tropical, citrus and floral hops - grapefruit, orange, mango and light pineapple, moderately sweet malt base stands up nicely to the hops but dont interfere in the bouquet. Taste brings juicy and fruity hops with a little more earthiness, malt is lightly sweet and notable in the taste and play with the hops nicely. Fuller side of medium bodied, oily creamyness, lingering bitterness. Solid dIPA with big hop presence and a malt backbone to stand up to it.

04-25-2012 18:11:48 | More by rfgetz
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear, dark golden orange with a frothy and sticky mound of off white head.

S: Intensely floral and ctrusy with a ton of sweeter orange character and ruby red grapefruit, dank resinous pine.

T: Dry and bitter, orange, some tropical fruits, pineapple, lots of floral & citrus-forward hops, herbal & piney hop oil, with a touch of a bready malt backbone.

MF: Moderate body with good carbonation, dry and bitter with a dry finish.

O: A pretty good DIPA, not quite a palate wrecker but definitely bitter and astringent and hop-froward to the extreme.

04-25-2012 15:35:31 | More by Scotchboy
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page101

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-25-2012 11:49:57 | More by page101
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Kevlee722

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-25-2012 07:19:33 | More by Kevlee722
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-25-2012 04:18:13 | More by Chugs13
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-25-2012 04:17:35 | More by Schlais
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druptight

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-25-2012 02:29:22 | More by druptight
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Duff27

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Inch tall dense white head on a murky darker orange.

Dank mango tropical fruits galore, lovin it.

More of the beautiful beach island tastes. Very dank, mouth watering. Well above average bitterness. Somewhat boozy but easy going down.

Thicker mouthfeel for a double IPA, well carbonated.

It's getting harder and harder to separate your DIPA from the next guys and I think Green Flash is on to something here. I can s we this beer being polarizing but with that said its well worth a try is you like dank highly hopped beers.

04-25-2012 01:44:14 | More by Duff27
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dlello2

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Awesome orange ipa color... neither cloudy or clear. Good finger and a half of head coats the sides of glass. Nice.

S - Great citrus and hops smell. Very fresh, standard west coast DIPA smell. Very good.

T - This definitely lives up to the name! I was assaulted by hop bitterness in this one. The touch of alcohol I'm getting is almost covered up by the malt backbone. If this was a little easier/smoother going down I would have scored it higher.

M - Excellent. Great amount of carbonation, nice medium/light body.

O - This is an excellent double ipa... Other than a slighty bitter aftertaste it does everything for me. Really like this one!

Update: Almost a year later I'm going to update--scores all the same. This one was bottled on 12/17 (less than a month ago). It is ridiculously piney smelling. Also get a bit of marijuana. Flavor is really nice--really need to sip it to not be assaulted by bitterness. Aftertaste is the only piece that I'm not loving. Still a great beer.

04-25-2012 00:34:40 | More by dlello2
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guillemiro

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-24-2012 23:46:35 | More by guillemiro
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-24-2012 23:36:49 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

04-24-2012 20:29:23 | More by ElGallo
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PowDay

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-24-2012 09:10:01 | More by PowDay
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

04-24-2012 02:05:28 | More by Hanzo
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runfoodrun

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-24-2012 01:58:55 | More by runfoodrun
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scottfrie

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

12oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours a deep citrus amber with a billow, greasy and rocky cream colored head that slowly collapsed into a thick, oily, film leaving sheets of sticky rocky lacing down the glass.
S: Huge fresh notes of citrus hops including tangerine and grapefruit. I catch a few whiffs of orange zest and tropical fruits. Malts maybe come through with a hint of sweet caramel, but for the most part this is a bouquet of hops.
T: Follows the nose. Bitter notes of citrus with slighter notes of sweet tropical fruits and caramel malt fill my palate. The finish is actually pretty darn bitter, but definitely in a good and very drinkable way. Citrus rind and hop resin linger in the aftertaste.
M: Greasy and drying mouthfeel, medium-full body, with just a touch of the high alcohol poking through. Carbonation is rather viscous.
O: This is definitely a bitter dipa and a good one at that. Probably one of my favorite from GF. Not my favorite hoppy beer though, but definitely worth seeking out.

04-24-2012 01:27:48 | More by scottfrie
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flayedandskinned

California

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

Bottled on 12/17/12
Pour into a duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, deep orange with a 2 finger white head with great retention. tons of lacing as expecting.

Aroma: Dank hops straight to the nose! Pine, grapefruit and an earthy, onion-y note(The Columbus hop's calling card) A sweet, honey malt back ground. Smells delightful, yet intimidating.

Taste: Huge, resinous hops right up front; The usual citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, faint lemon zest with a solid, some what chewy malt backbone that really is a great base to showcase the crazy hoppiness. Finishes dry and BITTER!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, a little oily from the insane amount of hop resin. Medium carbonation.

Overall: An insanely bitter, and tasty IPA that truly lives up to it's name; drinking this is almost akin to chewing through hop cones. What really surprises me so much about this is the fact that it is 9.5%, yet isn't sweet. I was so happy that Green Flash brought this seasonal back from last year. Highly recommended to anyone who loves IPAs and especially excessively bitter ones!

04-24-2012 01:00:05 | More by flayedandskinned
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Mrjwsjr


1.05/5  rDev -74.8%

I don't know if the bottle I got had turned bad but me and a buddy split the bottle and the smell was almost enough to turn our stomachs. I was the first to give it a sip and I can honestly say the taste was worse than the smell. My buddy almost didn't try it based on my reaction because he knows I like stronger beers than him. But he took a sip and about spit it back out. I can honestly say that this is the first beer I have ever dumped out. I will not be taking a chance on this beer again.

04-23-2012 23:47:54 | More by Mrjwsjr
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,345 ratings.