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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 715
Hads: 3,975
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 204
Gots: 656 | FT: 5
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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

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Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008

Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary
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Reviews: 715 | Hads: 3,975
Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear orange/ light brown with one finger of off-white head. Head leaves some lacing but doesn't last long.

S - Very citrusy nose, with some pine and some biscuit malt.

T - Big punch of both pine and grapefruit out if the gate. Some biscuity malt is just enough, and doesn't take away from the hop display. Very nice lingering bitter finish. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable.

M - Medium mouthfeel is herbal, grassy and bitter. Slight numbing alcohol.

O - I don't know if my palate was wrecked, but this is definitely a hop showcase and a very enjoyable DIPA. (571 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - deep golden-red hue, inauspicious enough start. Creamy manila head with gluey, sticky lace all around.

Aroma - pungent, herbal, minty, pine resin. Not a grain in sight.

Taste - a brief bit of orangey citrus up front, pineapple too. The rest of the beer is built for max IBUs. So bitter I almost can't define related flavors. There are some entry notes of resin and grapefruit rind, but it quickly becomes white noise with the overpowering bitterness. On the other side, some abv heat returns some flavor to the palate, and some warm citrus notes help define the ending. I rather like the opening and closing, but the middle is a bit of a task.

Mouthfeel - not as big a body for a DIPA, giving it some added crispness, a nice touch for the style. Not especially smooth from the hop oils, in this case I don't mind as it allows the bitter to wash out faster and the more citrusy flavors of the finish to arrive that much faster.

Drinkability - glad I had a chance to try it. I know a few hopheads on my block who I'll try to grab a few more for, but one and done for me. DIPAs are a tough style for me - I find many I don't necessarily care for, but I can't stay away from the style. The audacious use of ingredients with such generous abandon has a certain allure I keep coming back to. (1,302 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is orange in color with golden highlights. There is not much of an off-white head.

S - The smell seems to be a nice balance of citrus and caramel malt.

T - At first I get the caramel malt. Then comes a rush of citrus, and finally some taste bud crippling bitterness.

M - Medium

O - I don't think I have had a beer this bitter since Ruination. (390 characters)

Photo of stewart124
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange with lingering white head.

Noticeable alcohol in the nose with white grapefruit and vanilla.

Plenty of bitterness in the background with a medium amount of caramel and bready notes. Lingering pine and hop resin on the tongue. Not much detectable alcohol in character. Loads of white pepper on the palate.
Very tasty DIPA. This isn't weak at all but there is a heavy hand of hops and malt for sure. Well balanced for sure with such a lingering hop bite I can see why it is the palate wrecker. (508 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The best Green Flash beer I have tried so far.

Pours out a really nice bright, hazy orange with hints of amber and a nice fluffy white head.

The aroma is full of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and other fruity and floral hop scents. Very heavy on the tropical fruit with no malt detected.

The taste is very close to the aroma. There is a ton of intense fruity and floral hop flavor with a slight hint of malt sweetness in the background. It's very bitter, dry and finishes crisp.

The alcohol is hidden very well and this is very easy to drink. A great Imperial IPA. (570 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Pine, grapefruit with a little breadyness, plus some booze

T: Follows the nose, in your face hoppyness up front, along with a little dryness. Some breadyness & a touch of caramel as this warms with a ton of grapefruit. Finishes with grapefruit peel, breadyness, pineyness

MF: Fairly thick, slight carbonation, nice balance

A super DIPA, love the agressive hops & super balance lying underneath, easily one the best DIPAs I've had in a while. I've been waiting for a hop ride like this for a whilw, well done Green Flash! (635 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at Deep Ellum, Allston, MA - 4/2012
(review from notes)

sits a copper / orange tone in the glass with less than a 1" head remaining upon being served. aromatic nose offers an abundance of citrus / pine hops with a secondary malt presence. no surprises there.

flavor follows as expected with that assertive rush of citric (primarily grapefruit and orange rind) and pine hops follows by some background malt character. very bitter from start to finish. medium-plus bodied on the palate with average carbonation.

overall, as advertised this one bombards the palate with an unmitigated assault of hops. not something i'd want more than one of in a sitting but i like it; will definitely be back for a revisit in the future. (729 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small pine dry hop. In the taste, big pine like hops and a small note of alcohol in the end. A small bitterness and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice big to mellow pine hops all the way through, quite enjoyable. (318 characters)

Photo of challenja
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served On Tap at the Black Squirrel in ADMO DC.

A: Orange gobstopper copper with a mellow sunset amber glow.

S: Hoppy sticky resin pine cone. Sweet grapefruit with candied orange bitter leavings.

T: This is one for the Hook Books. You can really taste 6 different Hop varietals flowing through this brew. Ruby red grapefruit forward. Orange rind and sappy pine cone. White confection sugar with coconut biscuit leavings. (tasting alot of biscuit lately...mmmm biscuits...)

M: Really descent medium carbo on this one. Very swisher feel to this one. NOt to heavy, not to light. It's jusssstt right..

O: A real winner for Green Flash. It takes 1st place in my taste book for them, beating out their Imperial and West Coast IPA's. A seriously goof treat for serious IPA coneheads. (781 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a perfectly clear orange pumpkin colour with about 3 fingers of foamy white head that settles to thin foamy rim.

S: Strong initial scent of pine resin followed by sweet tropical fruit, pineapple and orange peel.

T: Strong herbal citrus bitterness upfront, reminiscent of Campari. A surprising amount of sweet maltiness in the middle which finishes with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation that nicely coats the mouth.

O: Surprisingly well balanced for such a hop forward beer. The alcohol is nearly undetectable. (566 characters)

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into tulip glass

A - Small head, about 1.5 fingers leaves moderate lacing. Amber color, a bit clouded.

N - Typical IIPA scents of citrus and pine, lots of malt and hops

T - Sweet malt and lots of bitter hops. Citrus. Good amount of carbonation. More going on as it warms.

M - Really good, right amount of carbonation and decent balance.

O - I like it a lot. It's a step below Pliny, but not a big one. (433 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky tawny brown body. A solid, creamy off-white head, sticky and lingering.

S - A big blend of hops and malt in the nose. Sweet floral hops and viscous malt. A hint of maple syrup sugars, and tropical fruit.

T - A robust flavor profile, with bitter dry hops up front, tawngy mineral water and a bite of alcohol. Some malt sweetness and floral hop notes, with a bitter aftertaste.

M - A fairly smooth and soft mouth, with a bitter dry finish. Creamy carbonation supports the strength.

O - A real hoppy brew, with a few other notes. (540 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-grapefruit, pine, slight pepper, grassy

T-some malt and caramel and a whopping dose of bitter resinous hop flavor that lingers on the palate

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, biting

O-a super-hopped DIPA with decent drinkability (304 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost clear, dark amber with random carbonation under a big, off-white, long-lasting, foamy head. Ths fine patchy lace leaves a nice screen on a Fisheye Pint glass.

Bold, fresh pine and citrus with some apricot, this one represents the style well.

As one should expect from an IIPA, grapefruit and fresh pine dominate with high bitterness from the entry long into the finish. There is some, but only some, light sweetness.

Full bodied and palate-coating, the alcohol is less than anticipated and it is very dry with modest carbonation.

What’s in a name? This one delivers as advertised. A great hop bomb with tons of flavor and aroma. While difficult to consume, it is well worth the effort. One could discuss this beer at length as it holds up to warming. However, the palate screams for relief. (804 characters)

Photo of HopsMalt
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear orange / amber appearance with a full frothy head.
S: Citrus / spicy aroma.
T: Intense hop flavor which leads to slight malt flavor at the finish.
M: light mouthfeel with appreciable carbonation.
O: Very good IPA, I love the citrus and strong hop flavor. This is a very good IPA and I would love to drink this again. (333 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a murky burnt orange color with a half inch of head. Lots of lacing. Big whiff of piney and citrus hops. Slightly sweet. The flavor is very dry, piney bitter hops. Some sweet malt flavor but the piney hops dominate. Nice alcohol presence. Dry finish. Oily mouthfeel. This is certainly a bitter Imperial IPA. More malt presence than I expected. Overall, this is a great hoppy beer worth seeking out. (417 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

For some reason this is one of the only green flash brews that isnt in my area so I got it out of town. Been looking forward to this for a while.

A- Super hazy orange with a two finger foamy head. What a double should look like.

S- Potent pine needles and sugary citrus fruits ranging from mango, pineapple and lime. A sweet malt backbone that is completely engulfed by hops. It's a fantastic smelling brew.

T- A touch of alcohol up front followed by a wave of bitterness and hop insanity. The hops are Very fruity and citrusy all across the board. A lot of lime, orange and pineapple. This beer is extremely piney which I love in an IPA. Not as bitter as I was expecting but still incredibly bitter. No malt flavors that I could pick up on.

M- Fairly warming. If you are ok with bitter then this one is pretty darn easy to drink. Leaves a bitter bite afterwards.

O- I feel that I am quite biased towards hop focused beers so having said that this one is definitely among the best. The hop flavor is potent and quite the experience. The beer itself is pretty easy drinking and its only fault in my eyes is a slight alcohol flavor I could live without. (1,190 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, orangey amber in the wine glass. Nice head. Carbonation is a little coarse. Mouthfeel is slick. Big hop smell.

Intense hop flavor and aroma, as you might suspect. Rather dry and tends toward astringency after a few sips.

Ridiculously strongly hopped, which I guess is the point. A little sweet, and plenty of malt as well. It's a pure hop intensity, fruity and resiny. Flavor keeps going and going. It's kind of like bitter candy. Definitely too much of a good thing, though it is almost drinkable. Hot with alcohol and spicy hop acids.

I wonder if anyone at Hamilton's has tried this out in the dog bowl. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego. (681 characters)

Photo of danieelol
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Platinum

Pours a nice smooth mango with great head and lacing.

Smell is citrus, pine, tropical fruits. Lots of pineapple and tangello. Great. Very luscious. Hop heaven. Do smell some malt also.

Wow, they weren't kidding. In the mouth this is truly bone dry. Lots of orange, pineapple and tropical fruits. No alcohol. Just hops; no sugar. This is as dry and bitter as black espresso and is honestly a little cloying after a while.

Mouthfeel is yummy hops and malt, lots of bitterness.

Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer. Also I seem to never be happy- I usually complain about beer being too sweet, and now I'm complaining about a DIPA being too dry. Would buy again. (691 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick light tan head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout that billows really well. the body is a bright copper color.
s - big fruity hops like grapefruits and oranges.
t - grapefruit with some nice toffee balance.
m - creamy, medium thickness.
o - palate wrecker indeed. thank you, sir, may i have another? (357 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass snifter.

A: Pours a dark copper color with a slight yeast haze; likewise, the bottom of the bottle remains coated with a thin layer of sediment. The brew is topped with a one finger off-white that has limited retention, but it leaves lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Very hop-forward, with suggestions of grapefruit rind, orange juice, and grapefruit juice; rather earthy and floral too. The rich and complex aromas of multiple hop varieties largely mask even the alcohol esters. 3.75

T: Some sweetness is there but this is very much a bitter brew, and the bitterness seems to build with repeated tasting. There is less citrus here than in the nose.

M: Full body; Medium+ carbonation; a bit harsh and acidic, presumably from the high hop load and ABV.

O: As warned, this strongly flavored beer assaults the senses and leaves a long-lasting bitter aftertaste with hints of grapefruit and pine. Quite bitter even among DIPAs. A less balanced alternative to brews like Hopslam, Stone Ruination or Hop Stoopid, all of which I definitely prefer to this strong and challenging beverage. (1,128 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber with steady piles of taupe rocky head that rims. Straight, insanely heavy fresh hop sack nose with piles of resin.
Bit of caramel and some orange sorbet then lots of orange and sap hops.
Big tangerine end and a bitter linger. Medium, clingy, oily, salty with slight stick.

Are there pellet hops here? Not enough aroma, somehow. Not what I'd expect from a SDPA. (374 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color with moderate yeast haze. The head is a two finger offwhite color with a frothy texture and good retention. A thick wall of lacing is left nicely on the glass.

S: Quite malty - oh who the hell am I kidding, this is loaded with insane hoppiness. Grapefruit rind, pine, dankness, weed, onions, and even some black pepper all mingle on the nose. Basically, anything one might expect in an extreme DIPA is all here. Only the slightest hint of caramel malts break up the hop assault.

T: And there we go, this is really bitter from the hops. There isn't much citric qualities here, this is almost entirely piny, floral, resinous, and faintly metallic. Touches of caramel malt in the midtaste try in vain to balance things, but are quickly overtaken by massive finishing bitterness and booze.

M: Heavy and a little syrupy; I prefer my DIPAs to be a little lighter and more delicate. This doesn't have a particularly clean finish, but make no mistake, this still turns the palate into scorched earth with gobs and shitloads of hop oils and resin. As a result, it's very difficult to drink a bottle of this quickly. Moderately high carbonation and extreme dryness.

O: If you don't like overly bitter DIPAs, avoid this like the plague. If this is the kind of DIPA you're looking for (a completely unbalanced palate killer), then there are few better. Basically, if you're the kind who loves Dave's Insanity Sauce (guilty), then this will be right up your alley. (1,533 characters)

Photo of righthereisay
1.88/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

OK, first let me say, that of all types of beer, IPA's are my least favorite. If I would like excessive bitterness, I would choose to chew on aspirin.

I purchased this on tap at a restaurant because it was most bang for your buck. How bad could it be? I've drank plenty of IPAs that are decent, and I'm sure (as any beer) this will go down and be at least OK.

Pours gold/amber. Nice white head (1/2 inch).

Smell: Citrus, pineapple, pine. Not too bad of a smell. At this point, I think it will do the job.

Taste: Ugh. How can you taste it? It is bitter in a glass. Trying to get beyond the bitterness, I tasted pine, maybe some orange peel. It was BAD. I know a lot of folks love this bitterness stuff, but this went too far. Again, if I wanted to taste bitterness, I would chew on my daily aspirin. But nobody does that.

Mouthfeel - Not too much body, probably because the bitterness takes over. I couldn't wait to finish it. At least at 9.5% I will get a little buzz out of the whole experience.

Overall: Obviously my ranking is way out of the norm for this beer. I understand that IPA's are not my thing, but I really cannot understand why anyone would rank this so high. I think any beer company could put a ton of bitterness into their beer. But they also need to have room in there for some complex tastes and a good body. Again, I've drank a ton of IPAs, all better than this one. This was the worst IPA I've ever had.

Only reason I gave overall a 1.5 instead of a 1.0 is because it at least has a lot of alcohol. (1,527 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze with an off-white head, bit of retention, some lace.

Huge aroma of pine, grapefruit rind, dried mango, candied pineapple and sponge toffee.

Assertive bitterness, piny resin, grapefruit rind, mango, papaya, sponge toffee, hint of biscuit, some alcohol warmth but it's surprisingly clouded by the plethora of flavour.

Perfect attenuation. It has a crisp, dry finish without any alcohol burn. Plenty of hop acidity.

Overall, a really great brew. Definitely among the best of the DIPA's.

I really need to try this back-to-back with a Pliny the Elder. (559 characters)

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.