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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,246 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,246
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 127
Gots: 239 | FT: 4
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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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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

So excited for this beer. Love Green Flash and this sounds great. Cheers to Hamiltons!

Thick full bright white head that collapses into a tighter clump of foam that remains. Beer is a bright orange/amber color that’s really nice looking. Copper. Lots of sticky, thick lace.

Really nice aroma. Thick, fresh and juicy. There are components of both pine and grapefruit.

Wow, aptly names. Lots of thick, sweet resinous hop flavor. Almost soapy with thick hop flavor. Grapefruit pith and some thick sticky pine. Some honey notes in the sweetness.

Oil slick on your tongue, some nice glowing heat from the ABV. Fairly bold body.

They clearly nailed what they tried to communicate in the name. I assume Scott Blair was involved in making this dream come true. Well done!!
NOT A SESSION BEER!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 23:13:06 | More by Reagan1984
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mklinger

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks: Quite a deep amber given that there are no crystal malts in here -- nothing but base malts. I guess this comes from the double mashing/double boiling and kettle caramelization. Very clear, low white head.

Aroma: Like sticking your nose in a bag of fresh hops -- dank, fruity, citrus, a bit green. Very fresh & appetizing.

Flavor: Wow, this is just way over-the-top in terms of hops. (I can still taste them the next morning.) It truly is a pale wrecker. Surprisingly drinkable & balanced for all these hops. While drinking it I didn't find it overwhelming at all, just afterwards was my mouth dry & puckered up from the hop exposure. Lots of bright fruit flavors -- peach & apricot as well as the usual grapefruit/citrus flavors. A very solid malt backbone but one that supports without drawing attention to itself. Great big, complex beer!

Mouthfeel was surprisingly light for such a big beer. Right where it should be for a IIPA.

A great beer for the right occassion -- not a beer I will always want, but one I'll definitely seek out for a special occassion and a great way to end the night.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 11:57:56 | More by mklinger
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly clear, amber body, with a good-sized white head. Retention is good, lacing excellent, lots of sticky sheets left on the glass. Very citrusy, very hoppy nose, lots of grapefruit, pineapple, orange. Piney resinous dankness underneath.

Flavor is hugely hoppy, powerfully bitter, bursting with citrus notes. Again, grapefruit and pineapples, pine and resins, very, very little malt presence or sweetness. All hops. Not balanced at all, an over-the-top west coast DIPA. Body is medium to a little thin for the style, but mouthfeel is good, with some stickiness, smooth carbonation. Long lingering bitter aftertaste. Every hophead should try this one for sure, definitely a standout in a crowded field. Preferred the hop combination in this to the GF IIPA. The name is no joke and it was hard to taste another beer clearly after this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 03:53:26 | More by tobelerone
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wattershed

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-21-2012 03:48:40 | More by wattershed
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MacQ32

South Carolina

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

A - Pours a nice slightly cloudy copper/orange color with a nice full white fluffy head. Decent retention, excellent lacing.

S - Lots of sweet citrus hops, some caramel malts for sure, some lighter sweeter fruit as well. Smells juicy and inviting.

T - It lives up to the name, I've eaten hops (or a hop, several times) before (who wouldnt?) and this is as close to that feeling/taste ive ever experienced in a beer. Dry bitter and overpowering. Maybe a little fruity sweetness at the back end but its pretty hard to tell, it wrecked my palate. I'm going to let this warm up for about 20 minutes and see if I can pick up more of the fruity/citrusy flavors...

Significantly better/more balanced (a ton). Still nice and hoppy but im getting sweet fruits up front, a bitter burst and then a lot of nice lingering citrusy/bitter flavors. Malts not really there on this one. When drank super cold, I'd say 3.25 just too unbalanced, but at ~50-55 severely improved.

M - Medium bodied, now that its warmed up a bit I wouldnt call it a session but not a sipper either. Perfect for a 2 an hour type pace as long as you let it warm up a wee bit.

O - Very very nice aggressive west coast ipa, discovered green flash about a week ago when they started distributing down here and they are now probably a personal top 5-10 brewery for me. love it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 00:31:07 | More by MacQ32
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -27.9%

03-20-2012 21:29:42 | More by jenray
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RichH55

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-20-2012 14:42:18 | More by RichH55
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gvacca

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-20-2012 11:41:50 | More by gvacca
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FUNKPhD

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-20-2012 02:24:33 | More by FUNKPhD
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travolta

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: A bright peach color with an eggshell head that develops a good head with decent lacing.

Nose: Fresh hops, apricot, clean and strong.

Taste: Crisp, which fades to syrupy, big hoppy profile. Grapefruit, apricot, lots of citrus and green.

Notes: Very clear hop profile in the nose and taste. Southern California is the land of "palate wreckers", so this does not stand up to the stated style. It would make for a great IPA, but not an imperial or double.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 02:17:31 | More by travolta
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-19-2012 19:35:22 | More by jacewg
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John_M

Oregon

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

On tap at Alewife the other day.

The beer pours copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all DIPA goodness, showcasing considerable pine (and I mean a lot of pine), light tropicl fruit and considerable dry citrus. The nose is intense and attractive in this beer. On the palate, this is jut not a style of DIPA that I tend to like. There is considerable pine and hoppy bitterness, but the beer is also on the sweet side, which only serves to intensify the underlying booziness in this beer. As a result, despite the considerable bitterness in this beer, the alcoholic heat comes on strong at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, bitter, alcoholic finish.

Really a chore drinking this beer down given the blend of pine, sweetness and noticeable alcohol. Have to say I much prefer the regular DIPA from these guys.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 18:15:22 | More by John_M
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-19-2012 16:51:26 | More by nmann08
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cosmicevan

New York

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one JUST showed up in town the other day. enjoyed from a deschutes snifter.

a - a hard pour yeilds a classic transparent orange with a HUGE frothy off white IPA head. head was pretty creamy and hung out.

s - soapy hops. sweat and pine, but some ivory in there. crisp and clean.

t - BIG hop blast of bitterness, my palate is officially wrecked!

m - bitter, but not overly so...close, but i can handle a smidge more.

o - overall, this is kind of what i expected...actually, i expected bitter for the sake of bitter, like 1000 ibu. nice double ipa, but finishes with huge bitterness, not really one to start your night, great one to finish with. good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 04:02:42 | More by cosmicevan
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yokken

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-18-2012 05:06:30 | More by yokken
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-18-2012 03:14:40 | More by Rollzroyce21
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Zorro

California

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with an off-white colored head. This is on the darker end of the color IPA Orange.

Smell is strong hops with a distinct emphasis on citrus. Strong grapefruit and orange aromas. There is some wood and tea scents but not really malt. Sandalwood and faint cinnamon.

Starts out bitter and slightly savory with a tea bag aftertaste. Very strongly hopped the bitterness is the first thing you notice. There is some grapefruit to this but the hop level makes it hard to pick out any kind of malt. Overall the taste is a dry very bitter beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this beer does live up to its name it IS a Palette Wrecker. A DIPA on the dry and bitter end of the spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 01:53:01 | More by Zorro
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-17-2012 20:29:40 | More by ygtbsm94
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

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

Palate Wrecker pours a crystal clear amber color with a big, pillowy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly down to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy with notes of grass and orange rind. Some bready malt notes are also present. I think I was expecting more citrus hops, but it's still pleasant.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is very soft on the palate. Carbonation is mild. The flavor is fairly balanced between sweet caramel malt and bitter citrus hops, but the hops definitely win this battle. It starts with sweet notes of caramel and pale malt. The middle presents pine, grass and orange citrus. At the end some pepper comes through just before the bitter and dry finish. Once gone the orange citrus lingers on the palate.

A tasty beer that will please hop heads. Maybe it's my palate but I didn't think this beer was a hop bomb. Hides the 9% abv very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 20:25:34 | More by WanderingFool
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-17-2012 16:22:58 | More by fehrminator
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Rizalini

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Tenaya Creek, poured into a tulip glass.

A - pours a crystal clear golden copper color, with a 1/2 finger of thin white head.

S - has a mouth watering apricot, citrus aroma. A little piney, but mostly juicy citrus aromas.

T/M - great bold hop flavor profile. Tastes citrus like the smell, and finishes bitter and slightly dry. Medium mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

O - this a just what I was looking for in a DIPA. Big bold hoppy character, with the alcohol very well hidden. There is NO indication that this a 9.5%. A great brew that I would definitely have again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 05:47:16 | More by Rizalini
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

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

Appearance: Perfectly clear dark gold. Head is rocky and off-white. Big chunks of lacing stick to the glass. Head drops to a thin ring in short order. Very pretty.

Smell: Weed and orange flesh. Easily one of the dankest noses I've encountered in a long while. Bright citrus aromas as well. A nice big malt base offers some attempts at balance. Caramel and biscuit malts in good measure. Pine and some lingering sweetness.

Taste: Lingering pithy bitterness. Loads of citrus zest and fleshy orange flavors. Pine and the faintest touch of weed. Dank and resinous in the best way. Aggressively bitter. Malts are sweet and offer some much needed relief from the hops. They don't balance it by any means, but add a nice sweet counterpoint. Vague hints of mango and floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and oily with a lingering dryness. An almost full body and a lively carbonation make this a smooth experience overall. A bit lighter than expected given the nose and flavor profile.

Overall: Unbalanced in the best possible way. So much hop aggression it's almost comical at times. The pithy bitterness reminds me of FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf, and that's good company.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 03:05:36 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Just released. $3.80 from Neds-- that's $23.80 a sixpack for those who like math.

Appearance: Clear copper color. Above average head retention and lacing. Nice.

Smell: Just a huge, potent hops aroma with an amazing amount of bitter citrus, pine resin, and dank. Some caramel malt in the background. Pretty incredible.

Taste: Resiny, dank hops bomb. Straight up grapefruit pith and sucking on pine needles. An intentionally unbalanced beer, but there is a bit of sweetness that keeps this thing far from being painful. Harsh, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Big, sticky, resiny. Finishes bitter and resiny.

Overall: This is a huge DIPA. A true palate wrecker. Not an everyday beer, but a serious hop bomb for when you're in the mood. Nearly perfect.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 01:46:30 | More by rapidsequence
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

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

A-Pours a lightly cloudy marmalade hue. Head is creamy light the head of a latte. Head leaves more lacing than would be expected from its stature. Head also retains.

S-Absolutely wreaks of citrus flesh. I prefer my IPA/DIPAs citrusy before piney in regards to the hop bouquet. This one truly pleases me. Like ripping into a clementine. Ripe and supremely fresh. Behind the citrus is a nice grain and bread combination. Don't be fooled however, this is one of the most citrus-specific noses I have come across.

T-The citrus is blatantly the flavor forerunner. Also there is an excellent backing of floral, grass, and pine hops. The bread and grain help to balance this out a bit but this is hoppy for days. The flavor is not as course as the name would suggest but it is plenty bitter. The shocking part of this brew is that the flavor is incredibly savory. Palate Wrecker? More like Palate Pleasure (BOOM!).

M-Bitter but not as bitter as I was expecting. Resinous and creamy. Carbonation is prevalent but the bubbles are small. Nice feel; the body is not as heavy as anticipated.

O/D-First off, I must say I only bought a single bottle (12 oz.). The single was over $4 and a 4-pack clocks in at about $15. That is quite a ridiculous price. Regardless, this beer is extremely delicious. This is my style of DIPA. I do not know if I enjoy this than their West Coast IPA, but this is unquestionably one of the better DIPAs I have had is quite a while. Shockingly citrusy.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 21:17:42 | More by VelvetExtract
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oberon

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good to see a new Green Flash offering here in the Triad.Poured into a tulip glass nice deep burnt orange with a well defined sticky one finger white head that left multiple globs of lace as it settled slowly into a frothy mass.Sharp grapefruit hops at the onset as soon as I opened the bottle along with some booze but it's not overly sweet,just smells sticky and good.Raw hop goodness on the palate with sharp grapefruit rind and herbal notes,mild caramel sweetness underneath cant hold up to the sharp bitter hop onslaught,and amazingly the sweetness is held in check well.This is what a DIPA should be a hop explosian not a sugary sweet malt bomb,I loved it hence the perfect taste score.Best beer I have had in 2012.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 20:37:18 | More by oberon
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,246 ratings.