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Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews:
725
Ratings:
4,031
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

Added by seaoflament on 10-04-2008

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Reviews: 725 | Ratings: 4,031
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into a Founders Balloon Tulip.

Pours a clear dark ruby orange. Two fingers of white head recede into a thick ring, leaving a nice lace on the glass.

Nose is pungent. Huge citrus hop aromas and a sturdy malt backbone create a smack in the face. Nothing subtle here.

Taste is huge. Resinous. Extremely bitter, but with enough substance to carry the load of hops. Bitterness lingers.

Mouth is pretty heavy for a DIPA, but the beer warrants it.

Overall, a bruiser of a Double IPA. Many beers try to achieve this level of over-the-top hop presence, but more often than not they fail for one reason or another. This one is spot on.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber in colour with a medium-sized white head. Good retention and great lacing.

HUGE citrus nose. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Some caramel malt behind. Very nice.

Citrus is big in the taste as well. Orange, grapefruit. Some pine. A big hop flavour, no doubt about that. Caramel malt is there as well to provide a contrast. Quite bitter.

Medium bodied, high carbonation. Oily.

Overall, a very nice DIPA!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copper with an inch-plus head of bone. A partial skim coat with tattered webwork of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with intense pine and grapefruit. Some lighter notes of tangerine and spicy honey follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel.

Resinous pine, grapefruit pulp, and spruce bark start the palate. A firm, drying bitterness steps forward with a hint of alcohol warmth and faint malt.

Finishes with lingering pine, alcohol, and bitterness.

Great beer. Very hoppy with plenty of bitterness but not overly done.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (no bottled on date) into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours out a hazy orange with a thin white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Nose is not as punchy as I expected, but still is nice and citrusy (not too piney or medicinal). I get primarily lemon and grapefruit with a little bit of pine and flowery notes.

Medium-bodied beer with a slick, oily mouthfeel. Hops blast the palate nearly from the get-go. Behind the intense bitterness, there is a sweet caramel-like malty presence. Sweetness notwithstanding, the hops run the show here. They coat the mouth and linger like crazy on the finish along with a faint spark of alcohol. This stuff reminds me a lot of Stone Ruination. It is just a screw-it-and-throw-caution-to-the-wind hop bomb.

This wasn't a bad beer, and it really lives up to its name, but I'm glad I only bought a single of it. I probably won't buy it again, simply because at this price I would rather buy FFF Dreadnaught (assuming it's available). Hopheads would love this beer. Just don't plan on drinking a different beer right after you have this one.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my Ommegang tulip. Pours a translucent honey gold with a creamy, three inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a quarter inch cap embedded with pinpricks and ringlets. Thin, textured clusters of lacing are present during the tasting and exhibit good adhesion. Nose expresses citrus rind, light, candied fruit, ethanol, an earthy character and honeydew melon. Taste follows nose; however the alcohol somewhat over-asserts itself, masking many of the qualities present in the nose. Finishes with a light, lingering, earthy bitterness that gradually dissipates between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slightly oily texture and an even carbonation level. Overall, I have to say that I enjoy my DIPAs with a little more sweetness and tropical fruit; however, this was definitely a solid brew and worth trying.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright orange amber with a finger of creamy head and streaky lacing.

S - You can smell this from across the room. Pine resin, tropical fruit. All hops and shitloads of the stuff.

T - Very bitter. Pine resin joins forces with strong mandarin peel and rips into your tongue until it recoils. Unbalanced but what do you expect right?

M - Extreme IBUs, I found it a bit over the top for full enjoyment and I consider myself a hophead of sorts (maybe I need to reassess that). Oily and resinous full bodied hop explosion.

O - I get it. I do. But for me when bitterness overpowers flavour to such a degree, that's to the beers detriment.

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

Appearance is pretty golden brown with a fluffy, white head and good lacing.

Nose is pineapple, fresh pine, caramel, and roasted hops.

Taste is bitter as expected, with plenty of sugars for balance. There is fresh bread and vanilla extract. There is some pine and lime.

Mouthfeel has plenty of hop bite with medium carbonation.

Overall, it is a hop bomb for sure, with enough sugar and complexity to not be over the top.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip. The color was of a nice burnt sienna, with reddish and yellowish hues when held to the light. A one finger tan head held strong, showing great retention. Eventually, spotty patterned lacing was left around the glass. Carbonation appeared lighter, and a chill haze permeated the beverage. No sediment was noted. The nose was beautifully fruity, with pineapple, red apple, and a hint of strawberry. Huge grapefruit hops came through, with light bubblegum esters, and pale malts. The malt bill also exhibited some light steel, toast, and caramel, becoming somewhat grassy with warmth. Our first impression was that this was a very bitter brew, but had a nice sweet balance. As we sipped, fruit hit the palate first. Blueberry and Juicy Fruit gum, with lime and pineapple sugars dominated the entire front. The peak came in, cutting, with cherry booziness, and a huge bitter hop quality. Citrus and pine took over, taking us to the finish, where a continued massive citric flavoring washed the palate clean. Lactic creaminess and booze, with a finally cutting metallic sweetness of pale malts helped to characterize the finish. The aftertaste breathed with soft honey, pale malts, huge citrus, bittering hop cone and Earth, and tannin tea leaves. The body was medium, and the carbonation was high. The mouth was significantly puckered, with citrus, and a nice warming booze. With each sip came a nice soft slurp, froth, and cream. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the huge hoppiness in the nose and, more massively, in the taste. The beer was so bitter, metallic, and sweet, all coming in for a beautiful balance. For Green Flash this level of hop bitterness is to be expected, but for some it may be just a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of AimToCheat
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, I have never given a 100% positive review, but this beer is pretty much perfect. A hop head's dream come true. Definitely one of the top three IPA's I have ever had, I would drink this over pliny the younger any day. My only gripe is that I wish it was available year 'round.

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Photo of nickfl
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, amber colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - A pungent, sweaty pine hop aroma with some thick caramel malt in the background.

T - Pine hops and thick, bready malt up front. Some more pine and sweaty hop character in the middle with a touch of darker sugar. Finishes with pine, grapefruit, and strong bitterness that just manages to balance out the rich malt.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is a really well made, slightly dark and straight forward DIPA. The hops are pungently aromatic, but also strongly bitter which is good, since anything less would leave the thick malt cloyingly unbalanced. Nicely done, and quite drinkable for such a big beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger frothy head, minimal retention but nice lacing on a crystal clear amber with crimson hues. one of the most attractive beers I have seen.

S: very nice pine notes are foremost with citrus, floral and herbal notes as well. Very hoppy. The aroma is just a little understated but is very good.

T: lots of pine, medicinal and herbal hops. The citrus is mild. This one is particularly bitter but it doesn't offend. nice strong malt backbone.

M: fairly thick body and moderate carbonation. sharp bite to the finish.

Overall: This beer is very well made and one of the more attractive beers I have ever seen. The hops are strong but well balanced by the malt. Booze are well hidden.

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Photo of dbossman
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light copper hue with a thin film of a head and great lacing

S: This is a hop BOMB: tropical fruits, citrus, some weed; some sweet boozy grains underneath too

T: That is a hop forward, bitter brew: bitter, bitter, bitter with loads of tropical and weedy and piney and sprucey hop flavors; not balanced at all but this is still a fun beer

F: Sticky and oily with a near perfect mouth feel for a DIPA

O: This is indeed a palate destroyer; there is not much but a crap ton of hops here but man, is it tasty

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Photo of BogBoyJD
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this one and has to get it. Didn't t think I could get Green Flash in MD. Tried this one after a couple of hoppy

Pours a deep orange with a thick white head. Lacing last all the way down.

Smell is all hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange. In other words all citrus. Some pine, very fresh. Booze is hidden well

All hops here. Hops! Like orange rind and hops. Not much of the bready malt or caramel character of a strong IPA but plenty of hops! If u haven't noticed this beer is all about the HOPS! Very sweet, but it is hidden by the hops.

Very oily, but nice. Really does coat the mouth. Great feel!

Very happy with this one. A bit of malt would have been nice like Nugget Nectar, but then I suppose the hops wouldn't live up to the name. Truly does wreck the palate. Couldn't drink anything close to hoppy. Had a Bud Light the next day and it tasted pretty good. Just a warning. Would have this one again

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Photo of BrianGaynor
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at the Lockview in Akron, OH.

A: Almost a red-orange color. Much darker than a traditional IPA that I'm used to.

S: dull, leafy hops smell. Nothing to write home about with the scent.

T: mild hop taste. Surprisingly good taste considering the dull smell.

M: you cannot tell that this beer is 9.5% ABV when you drink it. I could easily drink a couple of these. Quite easy on the palate.

O: I enjoyed trying this beer. Would get it again.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a globe glass

A-- Poured a clear, golden orange color. Moderate aggressive pour resulted in a three finger eggshell white head. Took it's time in receding, leaving a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good half ring and soapy streaks. Head finally settled to a good half finger of thick foam.

S-- Boiled pineapple, bubblegum, lots of pine, resin and hippie lettuce. Malt? Who needs malt with this! Powerful, straight at you nose.

T-- Grilled, honey covered pineapple, more bubblegum and a whole pine tree. Very thick and ripe candied and stewed orange and pineapple in the back of the taste.

M-- Full bodied would be an understatement. Over the top might best way to put it. Low carbonation? Yep. Oily and coating. Over indulged on pine I think. Palate raping, dream crushing and just plain over the top like a Nicholas Cage movie.

O-- Good looking and smelling. Rest is crazy. Not a session beer. Slow sipper while pondering why go to these extremes for the sake of going there. One dimensional and goes from first gear to 4th.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.