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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,264 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,264
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 126
Gots: 248 | 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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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
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twelveinches

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-16-2012 06:03:30 | More by twelveinches
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-16-2012 04:44:49 | More by steamboatbrewer
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hilgart1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-16-2012 04:20:28 | More by hilgart1
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Ishogai

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-16-2012 04:03:36 | More by Ishogai
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cardern

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-16-2012 00:45:58 | More by cardern
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy cow! Massive hop scent smack floats though the air upon opening... Yum!

iHuge! foamy white head rises from the hazed orange brew. Lots of yellow and some reds. Nice lacing too, A+.

Huge Cascase nose on this brew, almost overwhelming and too much. Strong pine and mild citrus.

Overly bitter, very little smoothness. Lots of bitterness remains long after brew is gone. This brew is like drinking pine sap. WHOA, slightly overwhelming. Good carbonation and no heat.

Slight mess of a brew, but a west coast hop bomb nonetheless. Flavor is overwhelmingly bitter without enough sweetness or smoothness. Recommended, but for only the biggest of hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 00:13:52 | More by chugalug06
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abrethanson

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - pours a clear copper, carmel with (1) finger white head. A good amount of lacing left on the tulip glass. Pretty solid looking ale.

Smell - dominating pine bitterness, fresh citrus, and hop hop hop.

Taste - hop bomb all the way but very well balanced with the malts. Hops up front, malty caramel boozy body, and grapefruit / burnt bacon bitterness at the end. Hop bitterness aftertaste definitely sticks. A little dark fruit but is masked by the hops. The booziness is apparent but plays second fiddle in this arrangement. More hops than I generally enjoy but respect the ability to put that much in and still make it drinkable.

Mouthfeel - first sip the bitterness is apparent on your tongue. That is the point of this beer.

Overall - Really enjoyed but definitely not a sessionable ale and lives true to the name 'Palate Wrecker.' A fun and unique beer to taste. Because of the powerful flavors would be a good bottle to split with a friend.

Food Pairing - BBQ, BLT, french fries

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 23:34:04 | More by abrethanson
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-15-2012 22:54:26 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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HoppySailor

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-15-2012 22:12:13 | More by HoppySailor
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/31/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a piney bite of hops bitterness followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, although there are better 2IPA’s out there, this is still a solid beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 20:07:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big orange, caramel, pine, biscuit, grapefruit, mango, floral, honey, light herbal, and a touch of alcohol. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, caramel, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, and mango. Fairly intense pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, honey, pine, biscuit, and caramel on the finish for a good bit. Despite the intense hoppiness, there is a nice malt backbone to balance it out. Good flavor balance as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, sticky, and slightly slick mouthfeel. Smooth to drink but it is still a sipper. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a good sized warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and highly enjoyable DIPA. Nice malt balance and hop flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 04:39:28 | More by superspak
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-15-2012 04:08:23 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness dating of any kind poured into a tulip pint.

Slightly copper-hued orangey amber body with a small slightly beige head of 2 fingers. The head subsided quickly down to 1/4 finger and the proceeded to linger for quite some time, like an embarrassed man hanging around outside the porn section of the video rental store while trying to work up the nerve...

Shockingly malty.
Surprisingly well-balanced... Very bitter, but not over-hopped in the aromatic/flavoring department.
The flavor is rather bready sweet, like reminiscent of an amber ale... Kinda chalky maltiness. The hops are predominantly citrusy with grapefruit leading the pack.

The body is pretty oily and medium feeling.

Overall-- very bitter... I just it were more hop-forward in terms of flavor. Not bad, but nothing here to set the DIPA world ablaze with excitement. It does an adequate job covering the alcohol level.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 03:44:32 | More by AleWatcher
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-15-2012 02:53:37 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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dfecteau

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-15-2012 01:16:24 | More by dfecteau
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SgunnarW

California

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful golden amber with a massive 3 finger off-white head that lingers. Nice carbonation and bubbles creeping up the side of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Sm: Initially very sweet with hints of caramel followed by some citrus. Grapefruit and apricot definitely dominate.

T: Holy hops! The hops don't come through in the nose like they do in the taste. A lingering sweetness up front is destroyed by massively amazing hop bitterness. Slightly tart in the middle, almost mouth-puckeringly so, which is where the grapefruit shines. The alcohol is very warming in the finish, and coupled with the hops, this beer is almost mouth numbing. Awesome.

Mf: Medium bodied with great carbonation. A bit astringent as well.

O: Yum. A definite hop-bomb for sure. I've been searching for this kind of bitterness in a DIPA for a while now!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 00:17:12 | More by SgunnarW
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rcatalano

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-15-2012 00:06:06 | More by rcatalano
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keepitsimple1990


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-14-2012 22:53:11 | More by keepitsimple1990
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jstewart1130

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-14-2012 20:32:21 | More by jstewart1130
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,264 ratings.