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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,507 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,507
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 158
Gots: 316 | 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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Photo of PerHops
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This is a beautiful golden orange with a pillowy head that settles down but leaves copious lacing around the glass.

S- Supery hoppy! Herbal, grassy, catty, pine, faint citrus. No alochol on the nose. Can smell some malts, too.

T- Starts off moderately sweet, but quickly asserts itself as dry and bitter. Kind of earthy with an oniony presence and some pine.

M- Good drinkability for the style.

O- Well made beer, but not my favorite example of the style.

Photo of CliffBrake
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper color with a modest white head that leaves a light coat of lacing on the glass.

Aroma of orange marmalade, a touch of pine and caramel.

Caramel and biscuit base is prominent and mouthcoating, leaving a sweetish impression. Orange marmalade and pine hops seem imbedded in this base but not really floating on top of it or front and center. Bitterness is obvious, but subdued and fairly mellow, blending with the malt base.

Medium body with a light carbonation.

Photo of mikeyodell
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Red-orange/ deep amber in color and transparent, very pleasing. Head retention and lacing pretty good as well.

S- Spicy and boozy, piney and sweet with a mild citrus

T- Hops over malt and a bit astringent

M- Quite carbonated- helps to make it a little bit more drinkable; coating and lingering towards the end

O- Starts out a little weak but punishes you in the end. A good and dynamic one this is.

Photo of djbreezy
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Freakin' Frog in Las Vegas, NV.

appearance - medium orange with good head and retention

smell - dank hop presence, pine notes and citrus notes

taste - citrus and grapefruit hop notes followed by a nice malt backbone, good complexity

mouthfeel - big body, a bit slick, well carbonated

overall - great beer, lots of nice hop character, big bodied and delicious, alcohol is well hidden (nice to see this IIPA just under 10%)

Photo of beerFool28607
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Burt
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

A: vigorous pour into Duvel Tulip yielded a half-glass head of tan foam over a dark orange beer

S: citrus, hop, and pine

T: grapefruit and lemony citrus notes, piney background with lots of hoppiness; sweeter pine taste as it warmed

M: crips, bright, fresh, not sharp, no bite - very refreshing - makes me think of lake fishing on a rowboat in the summer

O: another great imperial-style IPA, in the same line as Shipyard's XXXX, Burton Baton, and the 471 IPA - if you like woodsy, piney, citrusy strong abv IPAs, then this is right up your alley

Photo of GarretD
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BraatenBrew
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

April 2012, bought from Bottleworks.

A - Pretty clear with a reddish hint. Small head.

S - Nothing too strong, but I can get a light, hoppy scent.

T - Decently strong front with a good finish. I enjoy the bitterness left on the tongue. Fairly simple beer with straightforwardness of taste. Can pick up some citris as well.

M - Good oxidation. Hits the mouth fully and lingers, almost as if it's radically expanding on the palate.

O - Not as impressive as anticipated. I was expecting more notes of smell and taste, but it's a solid ale for summer days and when you're in need of a little bite.

Photo of fox227
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of tdmccarthy
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of DCon
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of gibby
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

my favorite green flash brew so far. a hophead's dream here. pours a barely red honey color with a proper white head on top. smell is a floral hop bouquet and some yeast with a belgian feel, or at least that fruity/spice hefe feel to it. flavor is not all hops, although they are clearly dominant. i also taste orange, pale malts, and a touch of honey. this is an excellent springtime imperial ipa. it just has something light and airy about it, despite how massive it is. feel is very very brightly carbonated and the body is squarely medium. one beer definitely gets ya buzzed too, no matter who you are. i suggest this one highly, its fantastic

Photo of bigash
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of boralyl
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a clear dark orange into my tulip. It produces a huge 1.5 inch fluffy, white head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing.

S - The aroma has a lot of hop resin, pine, and grapefruit present. There is also just a hint of caramel sweetness detectable.

M - Medium in body with a slick oily feel from the hops resin. The carbonation is moderate and works well with the style. The oils stick around and coat the inside of your mouth.

T - The taste is pretty one dimensional. There is a little bit of grapefruit followed by a wall of bitterness that lasts through the finish. A faint caramel sweetness shows up in the aftertaste.

This beer is like biting into a raw hop, and not in a good way, unless you like a biting bitterness. There is certainly no false advertising, this will wreck your palate. It's worth a try, but this just wasn't for me, there are far too many complex imperial IPAs out there.

Photo of DrFunkenstein
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mwill7287
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No bottling date :(. Enjoyed Easter Sunday, 4/8/12.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, quite vibrant ruby-orange color. Plenty of carbonation bubbles float about the brew. A cloudy white head, initially about one finger deep, recedes to a thin cap within a few minutes. 4/5

Smell: On the tropical, citrus fruit side, highlights being orange, pineapple and mango notes. The beer has a deep & luscious smell, quite a rich nose. 4.5/5

Taste: While fruits dominated the nose, the taste proves a bit more complex. First thing I get on this thing is a dose of piney resin, very "green" tasting. As the name suggests, this is a bitter, very hoppy beer! Fighting through the high hop rate is an underlying citrus layer which becomes more prominent with warming, and in the aftertaste. There might be malt in this beer but it's hard to tell with the all out hop assault attacking my tongue! 4/5

Mouthfeel: Being high in bitterness this beer produces a solid dryness on the palate. Bubbly carbonation tickles the tongue. Surprisingly this one is only a tad bit sticky on the lips. Hops coat every square millimeter of my tongue. This is certainly a sipper. 3.75/5

Overall: The complex taste of this beer makes you want to take your time with it and explore. As previously said, the high bitterness rate, not to mention the high ABV, make this one a sipper for sure. Save this beer for later in the night - it really will wreck your palate. Very solid beer. 3.75/5

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

What a monster! Pours coppery into a Duvel tulip with an off-white head that's quite sticky.

Smells like a citrus-pine monster and tastes just as much. Be careful with this one if you're susceptible to heart burn. ß-acids make this one a stomach wrecker too. Malt backbone provides a sweetness to help drive the citrus notes. This is a beer you should try if you love Ruination.

Note: this is less sweet.

Photo of xavier390
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of stimulus
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a six IPA tasting session.
No freshness date, but I know this is the first bottling. 4 pack.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber with a one finger white head.
S: Dank, piney hops dominate the aroma.
T: Just piney hops here, there is an extreme lingering bitterness that may be unpleasant for some, but definitely sets it apart in this tasting.
M: Sticky, medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated.
O: Like the OB Deviant Dale's, this is definitely targeted at hopheads; however, the strong lingering bitterness doesn't fall back well on any malt. This is good to remind me what bitterness tastes like every once in awhile, but I definitely prefer Green Flash's other hoppy offerings.

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a very yellowish head. Classic massive west coast nose, reminiscent of green flashes west coast ipa. Great lacing. Notes of fresh pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, with touches of peaches mangos and pine. Big full body with well blended flavors, the same that are on the nose. Hop bitterness is high. A little tart. Extremely drinkable at 9% but not a huge difference from green flash west coast ipa to this. Its very good but im not sure why the two exist side by side. Finish is a bit longer on this one though if your one of those people that like those hops to line their teeth.

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

Poured a vivid, clear tangerine with three fingers of eggshell head. Huge aroma of grapefruit, pine, honey, caramel, and a hint of booze.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Fairly standard grapefruit up front followed by strong honey sweetness and then a blast of intense orange, tangerine, and intensely bitter pine on the long finish.

Palate wrecker indeed, but I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of beer2day
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange gold with forced 1/2 finger of medium cream head. Light retention and disjointed lace all around the glass.

Aggressive nose. Lots of grapefruit. More floral, but lots of hop resin and oil. Nice hop bomb.

Taste is big with grapefruit and estery hops. Top of the class, really. Not much malt balance, but who cares?

Body is a tad thin, but not too noticeable.

Overall, I'd love to get this again. In my top 5 DIPA's. Not to easy to get on the East Coast, though.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,507 ratings.