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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,468 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,468
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 153
Gots: 307 | 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 Lucho
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Lucho, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

bonbini26, Mar 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

woodycorn44, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at CK. Beer is amber and clear with a soft white cap of medium and small bubbles, nice retention but low carbonation, looks nice.

Aroma is strong in my face with some nice earthy CTZ hop aromas. Not sure what hops exactly but it has that sense, mild malt sweetness cuts through as well.

This beer is bitter, the finish isn't too dry but it is quite bitter. Mildly dry I suppose, medium in body to start out with, beer is chewy with resinous hops, nice throughout, if you like your IPAs big and hoppy, this is a good one.

drabmuh, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into tulip.

A: clear and orange. bright orange. big sticky white head has great retention and tons of sticky lacing.

S: this thing is bursting with spruce trees and pine sap. definitely a solid honey aroma as well. certainly a hop-centric aroma.

T: similar to the nose, a big dose of piney, sap-like flavor to start things off. pine flavor remains throughout the palate. finish is nice and bitter, but definitely not overwhelming or cloying. there is some pineapple in there too.

M: carbonation is fine bubbled and zesty. full-bodied.

D: i have to disagree with the name of this beer. my palate is not wreaked. it is happy. very happy. super hoppy brew is not overwhelmed with a massive malt body. to be honest, i couldnt even detect much malt at all. hard to believe this is 9.5%abv. really tasty stuff from green flash.

Jimmys, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

whartontallboy, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of EdyRuOk
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

EdyRuOk, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Massbmx
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Massbmx, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Bilco
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Bilco, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of iskeptopotamus
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

iskeptopotamus, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: The smell hits you the moment you open the bottle: A massive shot of hops, along with a lot of citrus as well.

T: Tasted exactly like a West Coast DIPA should taste: Massive amounts of hops, citrus (grapefruit), a little malt, and piney quality. ABV% is barely noticeable. A complex and enjoyable flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, yet bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An excellent, well made, easy to drink beer.

avalon07, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of theempire
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

theempire, Mar 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

TXhomebrewer, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of kdown
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

kdown, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

PEIhop, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of jjcote
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

jjcote, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 3/25/12

Appearance: Clear, copper orange - moderately-sized, foamy white head, fades to a nice ring that leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Aggressively hopped, as promised by the name - tons of citrus, pine, and weed - wet, dank, and oily - ripe orange and grapefruit flesh, pine resin, weed, and some herbal spiciness - some pale malts and booze underneath

Taste: Pleasantly brutal - fleshy orange and grapefruit, along with zest and some serious pith - oily, resiny pine - very bitter, with a lingering bitterness - a nice malt base underneath, biscuity, somewhat boozy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, intensely sticky, oily, and with pithy dryness - harsh, far from endearing

Overall: Certifiably destructive

This is as aggressive as the phrase "Palate Wrecker" suggests. I appreciate aggressive hops, but this is borderline ridiculous. That being said, this is a must-try.

angrybabboon, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't make it to Hamilton's when I was out there but I will next time. Always good to try a fresh, new Double IPA.

A- Orange-amber beer poured into a snifter. Frothy white head forms to around a finger in size and retains decently. Some webs of lace around the glass.

S- Hop bomb. Big notes of citrus fruit, pine resin, berries, tropical fruit like peach and cantaloupe. "West Coast Style"

T- Fresh bag'o'hops from the homebrew store. Hop leaf flavor with notes of big pine resin, citrus zest and fruit. Also has an herbal and floral feel here that isn't quite as present in the nose.

MF- Creamy body with a moderately thick feel overall. Pretty big bitterness in the finish, crisp.

Solid Double IPA but doesn't really hit me as a great one. I don't wanna call it one dimensional but it just doesn't drink as nicely as others.

cbutova, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of TeamUgly
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

TeamUgly, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of gregshead
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

gregshead, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of argock
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. 4-pack purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $13.99.

A: Burnished amber with thick, rocky off-white 2-3 finger head with decent retention and spotty formations of lace.

S: The hops aroma is raw and explosive with tons of resin, pine, and grapefruit rind finishing with some wet hops herbal notes. The maltiness is provides some caramel and burned sugar notes.

T: The flavor is very bitter but very complex from a hops standpoint with resin, wet hops earthy herbal notes, and intense grapefruit rind. It is hefty but really well done without puckering bitterness -- there are layers of flavor that come through with intensity but without being overwhelming or overbearing. The maltiness is mostly sticky without being overly sweet. It provides the backing this kind of big hops blast needs.

M: The body is medium-to-full with low carbonation giving it a layering, slightly sticky feel. The aftertaste is herbal, wet hops with resin and grapefruit rind.

O: I was really surprised at how good this beer was. Green Flash WC IPA is a really good beer, but I have had some dogs from them (Barleywine for the worst example). This beer is upper tier for DIPAs -- intense, complex, hops-forward, with huge aroma and flavor.

argock, Mar 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

SheboyganJake, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

2dogbrew, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

millerbuffoon, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of lurpy1
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Palate Wrecker doesn't do this beer. Mother Fucker would be more like it. One of the most unrepentant, aggressive beers I've ever had, and I mean that as a compliment. Smells like pot. Tastes like hops, pine, a little bit of mint. Deadly high ABV too. Really does throw your palate off. Summed up best by the guy next to me at the bar: "Shit, man".

Still regard Green Flash as one of the most underrated breweries in the country. They were not messing around with this beer.

lurpy1, Mar 24, 2012
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,468 ratings.