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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash Palate WreckerGreen Flash Palate Wrecker

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pDev: 10.55%


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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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at St Augustines in vancouver. This is the last beer you want to drink in the evening as it really obiterates all else with its huge hops and deep bitterness. It is strangely balanced and not too over the top. I liked the beer and appreciated the fact it delivered the goods while staying very drinkable for the style. I could only have one but that is all you need with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 23:34:58 | More by canucklehead
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coldriver

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a deep amber with beautiful fluffy head and massive lacing. Citrus, piney, aroma hangs heavy in the air deep with resin. Wow, very bitter and oily, with typically fantastic Green Flash citrus resinous hop profile. Thick mouthfeel with palate wrecking dry finish that hangs on the taste buds. Great hop forward imperial IPA - Chuck Silva does it again!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 18:59:58 | More by coldriver
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A subdued orange, slightly honey in color. Leaves a 2 finger head.

S - Orange peel, grapefruit and piney attributes. But, overall it's definitely hoppy on the nose.

T - Whoa... Hop bomb here! It starts off hoppy, ends bitter and has a nice mix of citrus flavors in between. There's a slight velvety malty texture to it.

M - High carbonation, dry finish. Medium bodied on the palette.

O - It does what the name implies. It wrecks your palette and leaves any hop head satisfied. A hop forward IIPA that isn't a huge malt bomb.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 16:11:25 | More by cvm4
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Kendo

New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is coppery-orange with a smallish off-white head.

S: Not too strong - a bit of resiny pine and grapefruit.

T: Big-time resiny pine. Also a lot of malt underneath - toffee, caramel malt - but it's beat down by a lingering pine needle bitterness. Not so sure this is a true "palate wrecker" but it's definitely got a big dry-hopped-type bitter, lemony finish. Some spice too.

M: Somewhat gritty in feel. Medium to full in heft. Pretty smooth.

O: Good stuff. Packs a nice punch but goes down pretty easy.

M:

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 02:14:06 | More by Kendo
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is straight up orange, clear, and carries a dense foamy, oily looking, light head. Aroma is loaded with peaches, mangos, and cantaloupes. Reminds me of gourmet gummy peach candies. Malts come through as caramal, toffee, and white bread. There's also something in the mix that makes me think of vanilla oddly enough. Simple but large aroma. Taste is intense. This stands up to its name. The bitterness feels implosive. Flavors are heavy with tropical and melon-like fruits and thick viscous bready malt piles. Largly sticky and resinous like pine sap. This does have a bit of pine forest going on...flavors and texture. Carbonation is just big enough to stir up the heavy-ish syrup-like body adequately.

Pretty large multidimensional hoppiness here. I like it though more than one at a time would be excessive. Something like this needs to be enjoyed sparingly.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 00:51:36 | More by tastybeer
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wedge

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery orange colored liquid underneath a fat, tight-bubbled head of off-white foam. Spotty lace. Potent, fluid hop aromas...fresh, green hops over some slightly buttery caramel that blends rather well with the fruity hops. Flowers, peaches, mangoes, melons, and only a faint whiff of pine. Quite bitter and hoppy from the get-go. More melon and floral notes along with what can only be described as a freshly opened bag of dried hop flowers. The peaches carry through to the flavor as well, but the hops are mainly on a mission to brutally assault your tongue; the candy-like nature helps add some depth. Certainly on the heavy side and sticky - I'm not getting much booziness other than a growing warmth in the throat.

Lives up to its name. Intensely bitter, yet still quite fruity with a green, fresh hop candy presence. I like how it manages to move beyond just massive amounts of citrus. Quite well done, but something keeps it from being really great.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 00:40:54 | More by wedge
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stercomm

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - A hazy, organish honey color, with a big rich and thick white head that hangs around for a while. Very strong lacing.

S - Initial hit is all hops; pine, grapefruit, citrus. Lurking in the background is just a hint of malty sweets.

T - Awesome hops, lots of hops, but while there is a bitter dry taste, there is a subtle creaminess that kind of slides along the palate. Lots of citrus and grapefruit notes, pine notes, finish is very hoppy.

M - Medium bodied, lots of carbonation.

O - A hop heads delight, lots of strong hops but not over the top bitter. Good brew

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 21:43:32 | More by stercomm
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Local Option.
certainly seems more than 100 ibu. Just too bitter, despite piney hops and sugars. Better done than other super high bitter beers, there is some taste. Golden red colour. Not my favourite great DIPA.I like their regular very hoppy IPA just fine.Boozy.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 17:59:18 | More by Sammy
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this brown bottle in a tulip pint. No date. The beer was a rich but clear golden color. The head was tall and looked like parchment. Very nice.

The smell was citrus and wood. Fresh wheat bread. Clean.

The taste was spicy hops and satsuma oranges. Nice grassy aftertaste. Scary drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium to full with modest carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 13:53:55 | More by Cresant
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shand

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint!

Beware, fans of balance in your DIPAs. This is not the place for you. This is the beer for those of us who find the vast majority of DIPAs to be too malt-forward for us. I understand this isn't all of us, given that beers like Southern Tier Unearthly and Dogfish Head 90 Minute are higher rated than this. However, the hop junkie can find a lot to love here. It pours out a hazy orange color with a finger of head. The aroma is full of all sorts of hops. Citrus, tropical, piney, grapefruit, it's all here.

The taste is fantastic. It's just a huge punch of bitter hops. There's layers of complexity here for the hophead to peel back, just like in the nose. The mouthfeel is heavier but briskly carbonated, it leaves the mouth coated without feeling heavy. The drinkability is fantastic. Overall, this is a great double IPA for the unrepentant hophead. Don't look for full malt flavors here to balance this out.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:44:21 | More by shand
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Florida9

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange-tinted amber. Forms a very large white head that only slowly reduces down to a bubbly surface coating and a thick ring. Leaves some moderate lacing.

S: Lots of hop aroma, predominantly orange and citrus with touch of mango and just a little bit of pine resin.

T: Starts off with a mix of pine and malt. A bit of caramel and a little toast, then it sweetens up a little with notes of grapefruit and orange. Finishes with a strong grapefruit pith and pine resin bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium weight, but with a rather full, round feel in the mouth. Strong bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Well, I was expecting my palate to be wrecked and it wasn't! However, I was rewarded with a bitter, hop-forward, yet still very well balanced DIPA that I found quite enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 02:13:29 | More by Florida9
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emerge077

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd or 3rd time drinking this, poured the 16 oz. bottle in a small 10 oz. stemmed tulip glass.

Glistening deep saturated orange, creamy dense foam, long lasting and glass-coating. Webs of intricate lacing form inside the glass.

Toasted caramel, citrus peel, pungent hop resins.

Flavors are similar, big caramel and toasty malts, smooth and buttery. Moderate hop bitterness, slick and resiny. Buttery diacetyl is present but not overly distracting. Full bodied with lower carbonation and some sticky caramel sweetness. It has an English feel, much like Schells Burton Ale. Dry bitterness lingers, reminding that it's in fact a double IPA...

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:06:09 | More by emerge077
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-05-10 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost clear orange-amber with a 2.5-finger offwhite head that sticks around awhile and has good lacing.

S - Big hop bud floral, orange citrus, pineapple and a touch of spice. Don't get any malt.

T - Plenty of pine and leafy and oily hop bud flavor followed by some brief orange flesh and light malt sweetness that is almost immediately replaced by serious grapefruit rind bitterness, which lasts long into the aftertaste. A hint of orange creamsicle sweetness acts as a nice undertone in the aftertaste. I get the Palate Wrecker moniker though as this beer lives on the tongue-scraping side of DIPAs.

M - Medium mouthfeel and light-medium carbonation. Prickly, resinous, oily and thick . . . very nice.

O - I like this beer. It's harsher on the tongue than their West Coast IPA for sure, which is sometimes just what the hop doctor ordered. Wouldn't want it every day but would like to have it around. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 22:37:33 | More by Tucquan
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DoubleJ

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Yardhouse and served in a pint glass. Is that a good idea? On to the beer:

Dark orange/bronzed color with a healthy inch of foam on top. Both the head retention and the lacing meet my standards of good. Even better is the aroma. It's a big juicy nose, full of pineapple, tropical fruits, and some pine.

Full bodied, strong, filled with big citrus and grapefruit flavor. And it's not terribly bitter. But make no mistake, it still is a palate wrecker. The alcohol hides itself well, showing itself primarily when it heats the chest. It's not a beer you'll want to chug, but it also isn't a beer for mere sipping.

Count it as one more good hop related nectar to come out of San Diego.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 16:43:33 | More by DoubleJ
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Nice bright yellow/golden tan with a foamy 2 inch head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Hops, lemon, floral fruits, hop oils, citric orange and grapefruit. A slight aromoa of malts and caramel at the end.

Taste - As expected, huge hop bite. Tons of bitter fruits, citric bitey fruits along with alcohol. Grapefruit and lemon really take over leaving only the slightest trace of caramel malt at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat, bitter, and certainly wreck the mouth, tounge and palate. Alcohol warms everything up along with a little sting. Aftertaste is bitter, hoppy and warm.

Overall - This beer is as advertised, a hop bomb with ultra high ibu's. Totally a hophead beer, with minimal malt and yeast. If you want a monster, this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 23:26:39 | More by wvsabbath
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Three plus fingers worth of airy slightly creamy head comprised of medium and large sized bubbles... Solid retention... The color is a slightly glowing warm resiny orange hued amber... Limited carbonation - just a couple of stray moderated paced bubbles throughout... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Hops from the get go... Earthy... Oranges... Light grapefruit... A touch of pineapple... Slightly musky... A faint piney hop component... A solid malt base lies beneath with notes of caramel and cracker...

T - The hops take on much more of an earthy an dpiney presence on the palette... The citrus notes are subtle at best... Cracker and a bit of caramel serve as a sturdy malt base... A slight spiciness as well... The finish is pungent... Perhaps even some onion notes...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Lush... Slightly creamy... A bit chewy... Regal... Very nice mouthfeel, especially considering the high IBU count... Buckles the tongue on the finish...

D - A solid all around with American DIPA... The hops don't disappoint and there is plenty more to keep this one interesting... The stellar mouthfeel is among the best I've experienced for the style...

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 01:59:02 | More by philbe311
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from Jersey into a Green Flash Pint Glass.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker pours a golden/orange looking liquid that glides into the glass smooth like creating a inch of loose off white foam leaving some specs here and there. A nice amount of activity and bubbles.

Smell is all west coast hop scent like expected. A very nice bouquet of citrus rind, grapefruit, mango etc. Some floral hop scent comes up with some biscuit like scent coming from a light malting. This smells delicious, if that makes sense.

Taste is up there with the big boys on the left coast. A nice blast of citrus mixing into some pine ending with a light bready malt that drowns out the hops on the finish without too much sweetness. Well rounded but the pine lingers in the aftertaste, which is not a bad thing.

Feel is at about medium with ample carb, there is some bite to this from the bubbles. Palate wrecker is bitter and would be a lot to handle for a newbie, but a craft drinker with experience could handle this. A lingering aftertaste, with just a touch of the 9.5% coming out. This would go well with some spicy food.

I gotta say between this and Rayon Vert, Green Flash has been pumping out some great new beers in a 12oz format at affordable rates. I could drink two 12ozer's of this in a sitting no problem. I am constantly impressed by west coast IPA's in general, I just wish more east coast brewers would catch up.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 02:17:23 | More by BARFLYB
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zeff80

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit, mango and bubblegum. Some caramel aromas.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel, citrus, grapefruit and bread crust. Spicy bitterness adds balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a strong alcohol warmth and a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty DIPA. Another great brew from Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 01:14:41 | More by zeff80
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Bold as expected. Pine, floral, grapefruit, a bit spicy. Grassy and resinous. Some mild caramel sweetness and some pale malt.

Appearance: Light copper, high clarity. Some bubbles rising. Head is light brown with orange highlights. Great retention, super fluffy. Lots of lacing.

Taste: No misnomer here. Bold pine, grapefruit and some mild floral notes. Resinous, sticking to the back of my tongue. Some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slick and oily. Mild carbonation, very smooth, never stinging.

Overall: I'd trade some pine for grapefruit, but that's my only negative comment. About what I expected. Lasting flavor, never quite becoming harsh.

An Imperial IPA that improves as it warms up, fabulous!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 00:57:37 | More by soulfly1492
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Big citrus, lemon rind, and grapefruit nose. A little bit of peppery spiciness which I think is due to the alcohol tickles the nostrils. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Very clear amber pour with a thick and sudsy white head that retains well.

Flavor: More of the same...lots of bitter grapefruit, lemon rind, and pine tar-like flavors assault the palate. A touch of caramel sweetness in the background that is quickly beaten down by the hop flavors. Balance is decidedly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with lively moderate carbonation. A little bit of prickly astringency that kind of caves the back of my tongue in a pleasant hop assault.

Overall impression: Not sure my palate is "wrecked" but it's been taken behind the woodshed and it's been shown who's the boss. The alcohol is a touch on the hot side but I wouldn't want to age it for fear of the hops fading. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 20:24:19 | More by mattcrill
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Palate Wrecker
Green Flash Brewing Co.
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.50 %

LOOK: Copper colored brew, fine clarity. Small white film of a head that laces down the glass and retains fairly well.

SMELL: Citrus, pine, herbal tea, and a fair amount of malt sweetness. There is a pinch of alcoholic aromas as well, making for a solid nose.

TASTE: Tangerine and orange flavors upfront, with a piney earthy bitterness that achieves palate wrecking status. Earthy pine and citrus rind, some alcohol, and a sweet honeyed malt character. Tasty for a big double IPA.

FEEL: Full bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sticky feel but very nice with a small dry hop bite.

OVERALL: It was who we thought it was. Green Flash making a palate wrecking IPA that is definitely a fine beer. Would recommend to any fan of hoppy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 15:01:09 | More by Stinkypuss
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a nice dark golden color with a 2" off-white head. Some clumps and strings of lacing on the glass.

S- A lot going on here. Some caramel, floral, citrus, and pepper.

T- Nice sweetness and citrus, followed by spicy, pepper bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Hop bitterness definitely leaves a lingering aftertaste.

O- Good dipa. This is a little different with the floral and pepper aspect. Not sure if my palate is wrecked but it's on the fringe.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 01:00:06 | More by kawilliams81
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an extremely cloudy orange-hued gold. This is obviously unfiltered. Has a minimal head that vanishes instantly.

N: Oh yeah. Citrus and tropical fruits right off the bat. Tangerine, papaya, pineapple, navel orange and lemon. This is backed by a massive helping of caramel.

T: The caramel is way more prominent than I would have guessed. Just thick, thick caramel throughout which is covering up the complexities of the hops. I'm having trouble deciphering the different flavors beyond the malt. Upfront appears to be some lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple. This is followed by some mango and finishes with some resinous pine. Perhaps this is worthy of its name.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, dry and a little sticky.

O: This is too malty for a Double IPA. Where as the best (Pliny, Heady Topper, Hopslam) seem to find that happy medium of balance, this fails. Yet this does seem worthy of its name. The alcohol is very well hidden. I'm not blown away, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 22:00:10 | More by justintcoons
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larryi86

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear amber color with a two finger off-white head.

S- Pine, wet grass/onion, citrus, just lots of hops, hint of tropical fruits.

T- Just tons of hops. Some citrus up front, big pine and resin hops in the finish, wet grass/onions really are not noticeable in the taste, there is a nice caramel malts backbone. Bitterness really stay with you.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Lives up to the name and is a solid DIPA. The 9.5% ABV is well hidden, and I feel this is pretty easy to drink. Definitely provides a good hops fix.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 21:49:18 | More by larryi86
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flexabull

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold color with a big head, nice lacing down the sides of the glass too.

Aromas are resiny, with some notes of orange, hard candies, and a floral like quality.

Taste is bitter up front, with some sharp grapefruit notes. Beer then settles into subtle sweetness, sugar, hard candies, and some cracker notes. Finish is crisp, biting, and aggressive, if you don't like bitter citrus flavors, you won't care for this one.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, with crisp and snappy carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice big, bitter, and bold DIPA. It's name fits it, because it's pretty abrasive, but I dig it. Not super unbalanced, but certainly well tipped towards the hops/bitter side.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 21:25:15 | More by flexabull
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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