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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,389
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 144
Gots: 282 | 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 largadeer
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden peach skin hue. Clarity and head retention are excellent.

Very dank, resinous marijuana-like aroma. Lighter notes of tropical fruit, and a trace of bubblegum (not sure where that's coming from). A bit of malt, but that's not unexpected for a DIPA approaching 10%. Smells excellent.

This lives up to its name. Sticky, coating, attacking bitterness hits the palate almost immediately, but it (narrowly) avoids astringency. Resinous, herbal, oniony hop flavors are dominant, but there's just enough fruitiness to keep things interesting. There's a trace of malt up front, but the obliterating bitterness soon destroys any trace of sweetness.

Overall, another great hoppy beer from Green Flash; go figure.

largadeer, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing sunset bronze color, with a just off-white head that is creamy and foamy and quite something to look at. As it slowly dies down, it leaves a good bit of lace dotting on the glass.

Huge nose overall, and hugely herbal. Definite qualities of rye, with that grain's spicy sort of flair, spruce-like, and also resembling marijuana (not that I would know what that smells like, but from what I've been told...okay, I totally know what it smells like). The alcohol nudges in proudly and underscores everything. For hop heads (and hop noses) but definitely also having its own personality.

Take the spruce, rye, alcohol and kind-bud qualities of the nose, add a slight trace of mint and a ton of caramel, and you have the main components of palate wrecker's flavor. Although it's hugely hopped, it wouldn't make my Top 10 list of true hop-loaded palate wreckers (Hopsickle and Gubna are #1 and #2). Some salt and citrus rind, more in the finish than anything. It's definitely a little bit hot right now, so I'd say this is one of the rare hop-heavy beers that could actually be better with a couple months' age on it. But that would be the max. It's killer fresh, especially if you love a seriously good hop-centric beer.

The feel is as smooth and creamy, yet just bubble-energized enough, as you'd want your Double IPAs. Or, I shouldn't speak for you...but I know it's how I want my double IPAs to feel.

Off-the-chain excellence here from what I still think is the best brewery in the U.S. And if not the best, they're at least the most consistently excellent at what they do. I'd like to see Green Flash expand their style boundaries just a tad more, but still, they're kicking ass like crazy, every single time. Hell yeah.

Metalmonk, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of bccocx
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

bccocx, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Eriktheipaman, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper color with a huge 2 finger fluffy white head that leaves massive lacing down the glass with each sip.

S: Big citrus and pine hops, orange peel, caramel malt and a lot of hop resin.

T: Tons of hops here. A big growing pine hop bite with a lingering bitterness throughout. A slight hint of biscuity malt in the background, but the balance is definitely not quite there. Finish leaves some dry and bitter aspirin flavors on the tongue, which I wasn't crazy about. A hop monster, but the flavors are a tad off. A good DIPA, but not fantastic.

notchucknorris, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of jeonseh
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my GI tulip

A - Copper with a golden hue. Very clean looking and slightly reflective. Poured with a big two finger head that settled down to about a quarter inch white head. Leaves some light lacing on the glass as you drink

S - Smells of orange,caramel malt, pine and slight lemon peel. Has a good balance between sweet and bitter in the nose.

T - Wow, on the fist sip you know why this is called Palate Wrecker. There is a big, kick of bitter piney hops that hits strong up front. There is some orange sweetness that comes through but only serves as a slight respite for your mouth from the hops onslaught. There is a slight lemon peel that also comes through. The finish is more piney hops that leave a slight lingering bitterness that hangs on the tongue.

MF - Good medium body that has a nice balance and fits the beer just right. Slight carbonation comes through in the mouth. Despite all the hops, the finish is rather clean with only a slight resin lingering on the tongue

O - This is a beer whose name is not false advertising. It is one hoppy beer that really beings along the pine and bitter flavors. Nice to see a DIPA that doubles the hops instead of loading up on sweet malts. Reminds me of a West Coast version of Furious but with a thinner body.

jeonseh, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks NoLeafClover44 for the unexpected extra.

A - Pours golden orange. Little on the darker side for a DIPA. Crystal clear, with about a 1.5 finger head. Head sticks around for a while and leaves a pretty nice lacing down the glass.

S - Some citrus and pine. It's a nice smelling DIPA. There's some malt there, but the smell is definitely dominated by pungent hops. Not getting much tropical fruit, more of an earthy DIPA.

T - The name is appropriate. The taste is dominated by bitterness, which is all well and good, but there's not a lot of hop flavor. The malt backbone is broken essentially. Completely unbalanced. I love my DIPAs to be hop bombs, but I don't just want to taste bitterness. This is why I love Heady Topper. Not many beers can pull off extreme bitterness and extreme hop aromatics and flavors. I give this a 4 because they weren't afraid to just wreck your palate, and I love a beer like that occasionally. I love bitterness. Someone who doesn't might have issues.

M - Not much alcohol present. It's well carbonated. It could be a little heavier or thicker. The carbonation just seemed to rush it across the tongue without really coating the mouth, which I like out of big DIPAs. So perhaps a mix of a little too much carbonation and a thinner body. Overall, still very good for a 9.5% DIPA.

O - I like this beer for what it is, but I wouldn't seek it out often. I love the bitterness, and could even deal with much more, but I like hop bitterness to come with hop flavor. I know it's possible, but it's clearly not the easiest thing to pull off. Props for making a beer like this. All too often I don't get enough bitterness from (D)IPAs, but this was nice. If you like bitter beers, search this out. If you don't, don't.

nrs207, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Part of a four pack for $14 and change...no bargain here...and no freshness info that I can find, c'mon GF great beer but this style cries out for some consumer friendly information...anyway..pours clear, medium amber, lite tan head, that stays, froths and leaves nice, fine and scattered lacing. Nose is the expected blast of fresh and gooey hop goodness, with resins, citrus and pine infused hop cones coming to mind.

Full flavor, full and again fresh tasting hop crunch. Malty and quite smooth and soft under coating. Hop lovers rejoice go get and enjoy.

Close your eyes and you are in San Diego, enjoying a fine example of the local nectar. Well done and worth the price of admission.

Billolick, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
2.85/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Green Flash pint glass.

Pours a clear light copper color with a very nice off-white head. Tons of ringy lacing on the way down.

The nose carried a bit of light bready malt and some resinous hops. Very light citrus peel in the background. This is surprisingly malty. Not in the sense thy there is a strong malt presence, but just in the overall balance as there really isn't that much hop aroma there.

The flavor continues down this path. Some amber and bready malt with a heavy bitterness though not much hop flavor at all. Very unfortunate. A bit of alcohol there as well. Body is light-medium with good carbonation and pretty heavy bitterness.

I really just couldn't get into this one.

Thorpe429, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/19/12
*From notes

-- Bottled 3/6/12 --

A: A standard pour yields a sticky two finger head. It hangs out for some time, and there's plenty of lacing and a thick collar that follows. The hue is clean orange-amber.

S: A bit muted for what eventually comes off like a Triple IPA. Spicy, with lot of bite in the nostrils.

T: Extremely intense. I can't stress this enough: they got the name right. It's brutal - searing my tongue with enough hop oil that it feels like I'm eating a hop pellet. There's that onion-like quality here that begins to overwhelm everything else, kind of like a baby Founders Devil Dancer.

M: Not nearly thick and dense enough to carry all the hurt. This beer cries out for weight and complexity. As it stands, the mouthfeel is average at best.

O: Tell your Mama to forget the soap - she'll be using Green Flash's Palate Wrecker to wash your mouth. It's like an S&M porno for your taste buds. This is for the biggest of hop fiends who simply can't get enough of the green stuff. I'd recommend grabbing a single first, as I don't know if I could kill a four-pack, even with a few days to do so. Absolutely bruising, packs a wallop from beginning to end.

You've been warned.

Rhettroactive, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fresh bottle...pretty sure this was released on March 12th...So bout 9 days old. Pours an almost clear, copper color with a large white head that takes some time to diminish. Scent is very fresh with intense hoppiness and some lovely grapefruit character. Hints of mango and pineapple as well. Very little malt characteristics, as the nose would lead. Taste is initially sweet citrus flavors with just a bit of malt...but that doesn't last very long. You immediately get slapped in the face with intense bitterness and grapefruit. This beer definitely has a lingering bitter finish. Nice blend of tropical and citrus fruits with an immense amount of pine and a bit of earthy flavors. I wonder how long it will take before this lingering bitterness on the back of my tongue goes away. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky with a bit of crispness...more sticky though. Drinkability is high...if you can handle the bitterness.

DovaliHops, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of noahfree
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$11.95 for a 4 pack. One of my favorites right now. Much like Stones Ruination but takes it to a whole different level. I've read it compares to Hopslam but haven't had the slam, so I can't compare the 2. If you enjoy anything with hops, procure this brew as soon as possible. Lives up to its name to, gotta love it...

noahfree, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of silentjay
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

luckily, when Green Flash releases a new beer, at least you can tell whether or not its fresh. If you buy it within the first few weeks its been in your area, well its relatively fresh, if you don't.... good luck.

pours a clear copper with a huge off-white head that sticks around for a while and laces in chunks.

weaker than expected aroma. lots of piney, woody hops... some bitter citrus hops, and plenty of caramelly, biscuity malts behind that.

woody, citrusy, bitter hops collide with the malts reminding me of fresh Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada, yet not quite as complex nor smooth. alcohol harshness and a slightly harsh bitterness really do make this a palate wrecker.

medium bodied with ample carbonation and an alcohol harshness throughout.

well... its decent. not worth the cost for me, though. kind of falls between an IIPA and a barleywine, but there are many examples of both styles I enjoy more.

silentjay, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev -3.8%

AlexM, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of dhartogs
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this on draft at brewery, and just had a bottle, review from bottle. I love this beer, when i first had a sample I thought, wow, as good as Hopslam. So finally they distribute this in bottles to VA and I could do a side by side, it stand right up there. Nice head, a bit of lacing, not no too much head. Golden color, a hint of orange.

The smell on this is amazing, beautiful hops but not over powering.

The taste, first taste the hops punches you in the mouth, in a good, way, them mellows out, then comes back for more. This is all in the first taste. It's got a bit of a heavy mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer is fantastic, I noticed as it warmed up, it got better and better, I would have one of these a day. Anyone who is a hop head needs to add this to their must try.

dhartogs, Mar 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

razorsdescent, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of emaciated
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

emaciated, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
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!!!

Reagan1984, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of mklinger
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.

mklinger, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
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.

tobelerone, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of wattershed
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

wattershed, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of MacQ32
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.

MacQ32, Mar 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

jenray, Mar 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

RichH55, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of gvacca
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

gvacca, Mar 20, 2012
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,389 ratings.