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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 716
Hads: 3,978
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 204
Gots: 657 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008

Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary
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Reviews: 716 | Hads: 3,978
Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a very yellowish head. Classic massive west coast nose, reminiscent of green flashes west coast ipa. Great lacing. Notes of fresh pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, with touches of peaches mangos and pine. Big full body with well blended flavors, the same that are on the nose. Hop bitterness is high. A little tart. Extremely drinkable at 9% but not a huge difference from green flash west coast ipa to this. Its very good but im not sure why the two exist side by side. Finish is a bit longer on this one though if your one of those people that like those hops to line their teeth. (603 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a vivid, clear tangerine with three fingers of eggshell head. Huge aroma of grapefruit, pine, honey, caramel, and a hint of booze.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Fairly standard grapefruit up front followed by strong honey sweetness and then a blast of intense orange, tangerine, and intensely bitter pine on the long finish.

Palate wrecker indeed, but I really enjoyed this one. (419 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange gold with forced 1/2 finger of medium cream head. Light retention and disjointed lace all around the glass.

Aggressive nose. Lots of grapefruit. More floral, but lots of hop resin and oil. Nice hop bomb.

Taste is big with grapefruit and estery hops. Top of the class, really. Not much malt balance, but who cares?

Body is a tad thin, but not too noticeable.

Overall, I'd love to get this again. In my top 5 DIPA's. Not to easy to get on the East Coast, though. (479 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really excited when I saw this on the menu at Mohawk House for dinner. I ordered it second with the knowledge that it would affect any beer following. I also felt like a strong IPA would still come in well against a ribeye with a cajun rub and chimichurri sauce.

This is a very good looking beer. The head is fluffy, and it retained really well. I like the sticky lacing that it left behind.

You get a ton of grapefruit from the head, but you don't have to get close to the glass to experience this. I also pick up a little bit of malt in the background.

Usually these triple IPA's look and smell really good. Then they fall off with taste and feel. Green Flash somehow made 150 IBU's drinkable. They did a good job of offsetting the over-hopping with a good dose of malt. It works out to some amazing hopping. I really liked the flavor on this. This is a hop-heads dream.

Unfortunately the bitterness in the aftertaste is just impossible to balance out. I was tasting this beer on the roof of my mouth over 20 minutes after leaving the restaurant. The malt was gone at this point, and I really needed water to compensate.

This was a very new experience for me. I'm glad to have it. I recommend checking it out. Just know that this beer does not play well with others. (1,281 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured in SA glass.

Huge two-finger head froths over a pale orange elixir. Belgian lace covers the glass as the brew is tasted.

Heavy, dank resin, pine, no malt. Hop head's dream.

Nice bitterness coats the tongue. Feels like I've been chewing on cones of sticky hops. A bit boozy.

Dense, thick, alcohol.

This one takes it up a notch (or 10) and is very aptly named. A must try if hops are your thing. (417 characters)

Photo of sitarist
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber in color. There is over an inch of white head that last awhile before falling to a top coating. Spots of lacing slide back into the drink.

Pungent, in your face aroma. It is dank, herbal, and resinous with hints of citrus peel. Despite the strong hop presence; it is still pleasantly sweet. Candied hops! Kush?

Its hard to discern any specific flavor. There are hints of orange peel, herbs, and mint; but for the most part it overwhelms my palate. Coca leaves?

It has a unique mouthfeel. Medium body yet creamy, biter yet cool, sticky yet thin. Did I mention that its bitter?

This is an excellent beer for a hop-head like myself, but my wife says that she would rather chew aspirin than take another sip. Lives up to their moniker. (748 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good West Coast DIPA. Pours a clear light copper color with a frothy white head that hangs around pretty good. A lot of filmy lacing on the glass as well as patches of thick lacing.

Aroma is pretty good as well....citrus and floral hops.

Outstanding taste and mouthfeel. Strong citrus hops presence and bitterness (mostly grapefruit), some balancing caramel malt. The bitterness is predominant but it is not the head shrinking Avery Maharajah or Founders Devil Dancer kind of bitterness.

There is a certain light pillowy nature to the mouthfeel kind of like RR Blind Pig. Crisp mouthfeel, plenty rich enough and no hint of the 9.50% alcohol. Goes down smooth. You can appreciate the bitterness without a grimace.

This is a DIPA worthy of revisiting many times. Would be deadly in a bomber unless you knew and respected the high abv. (844 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip

They finally bottled this, awesome! Pours a slightly hazed auburn color with some copper hues. Tuft of slightly off-white head rests on top, leaving plenty of patchy lacing on the glass.

Bursting nose with intense grapefruit and citrus tones. Almost abrasive with some pine resin and light fruity sweetness. Bready malts with alcohol warmth.

Bitter and dry on the tongue up front with an explosion of pine and grapefruits. Some lighter citrus flavor attempts to cut through, only to be overwhelmed by the burning hop presence. Malt backbone lurks in between the bitterness with a momentary splash of sweetness from caramel and toasted bread crust. Finishes bitter and hoppy with some boozy warmth.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the palate with dryness. I'm happy to see they finally bottled this one - it's a great example of extreme hop presence and bitterness, even if it's slightly unbalanced at times. (976 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent golden, huge fluffy white head, great retention and sticky lacing. It doesn't get too much better as for as appearance goes. Lots of fruitiness right off the bat. I'm picking up some grapefruit and alot of orange. There's a touch of booze in the aromas as well, but not overwhelming. The flavors are bold. More graprefruit in the mix. I'm picking up a decent amount of pine too. Resin is there, finishes somewhat sweet. Alcohol goes unnoticed in the flavors for the most part, making it pretty easy to drink. Mouthfeel is right on, moderate amount of carbonation and makes for a smooth drink.

My only beef is that it's somewhat one note. I was expecting a little more based on it being from Green Flash and called Palate Wrecker. But nonetheless, it's a nice beer.

This is a really nice DIPA. It's not exactly mind blowing, but very well done.. (902 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark amber pour with a huge tan head atop it. Retention is top-notch, the head truly never fades. Lacing leaves an almost uninterrupted sheet all over the glass.

S: Huge amounts of grapefruit, citrus, resin and pine. Very strong bready malt too. Bitter dream to smell.

T: Pretty much every kind of hop in here. Grapefruit, onions/garlic, pine, resin, citrus and tropical fruit everywhere. There is a pretty strong bready malt in there too but mostly overpowered by all the hops.

M: Fairly thick and syrupy. Quite drying. Very bitter.

O: A must-have for the hop head. I'm not a fan of summit hops (I assume that's the onion/garlic hop flavor) so I wasn't the hugest fan, but it was still quite good. Palate wrecker indeed, this is basically Devil Dancer Junior. (776 characters)

Photo of Giovacchini
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- copper with a thin white head.

S- mango, orange, grapefruit, floral hops, and some alcohol.

T- tropical fruits, grassiness, very little malt present, bitter hops, and alcohol.

M- nice carbonation and lingering bitterness.

O- I enjoyed this beer. I have drank so many DIPA's this year it's hard for me to find one that blows me away. This beer was good but not great and I'll take a Pliny over this any day. (413 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into a snifter glass from a growler purchased at Green's in Columbia, SC off Piney Grove!

A: Nice thick off white head with heavy lacing. Deep amber color with a slight haze.

S: Pine needles, fresh cut forestry. Some citrus.

T&M: Well-ballanced up front. Piney, citrusy and then the hop bitterness begins to unleash. Little to no alcohol burn. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

This is so good! Definitely the top of the heap for DIPA's. Palate numbing bitterness is definitely appropriate. (516 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear copper hue with a rocky two finger head. Retention is just okay but leaves a nice crown of lacing on the glass.

Very green and herbaceous, pine needles and forest floor, buries the sweet malt beneath it. Hints of tubers and orange citrus. Alcohol and vegetables on the finish, this could be very bitter, already a bit scared.

Pine needles, apricot, and orange citrus on the attack that shifts to a bit of onion and herbs later in the drink. Awfully bitter, leaves me shifting my tongue to clear the soapy resinous feeling. Caramel malt licks the sides of the tongue providing just enough sweetness to be evident.

Average body and carbonation. The bitterness leaves a residue, soapy and bitter mouth coating. Not sticky at all with alcohol hidden well.

Palate numbing bitterness delivers as promised. Summit hops with plenty of alpha acids, the aroma isn't very pleasant but it's a true treat for hop heads. Alcohol is well hidden. I have to say that this beer delivers what is promised, well done Green Flash. (1,033 characters)

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

Served from a fresh bottle into a Founders Tulip.

A - Beautiful in the glass. Deep to medium amber with a frothy, fluffy bone white head that lasts for a while. Legs for days. Only the slightest bit of haze.

S - I smell this one from 2 feet away. As soon as I popped the cap, a huge citrus grapefruit aroma leaped out. Massive pine notes with a touch of tropical note.

T - Outstanding beer for hopheads. Unless you love hops, steer clear. If you're like me, this one is a clear winner. Massive grapefruit notes with hints of citrusy tropical fruit. Grapefruit is the big flavor here. Dank, delicious hops. There's malt in this?

M - Carbonated very well. I remember seeing yeast at the bottom of West Coast IPA. Is Green Flash still bottle-conditioning? Minimal sediment in this one, but carbonated great. Slightly thick, which works for this beer.

O - Massive, massive hop-bomb of a DIPA. If you want to know what chewing on hop-cones feels like, pick this one up. Highly recommended. (994 characters)

Photo of coastiefish
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20oz pint

A - Looks great. Nice one finger creamy head, copper with depth.

S - The nose on this is phenomenal. Clean fruits, peppery, grassy, very fresh hops, rounded with a bit of sweet bread. This is lovely.

T - Leaves me licking my lips, tonguing my mouth. I like that. Interactive ;) After having an east coast IPA (Victory) makes even my eyes twinge a bit. This is what I crave. I love the grapefruit that is found mid way through the sip and lingers heavily through the finish. The front starts out clean and refreshing then engulfs your senses.

M - Smooth. Creamy, its a bit thicker than some of the Imperial India Pales I'm used to (PNW), but I enjoy it. The thickness add a dimension.

O - If you arent looking to session, try this beer. If you like big, impressionable brews, try this beer. It's an experience as well as a fun brew. (847 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle - from bevmo la quinta ca for 3$

Appearance - Clear amber colour with a large size frothy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, apricot, tangerines

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with lots of hops. It also has a sugary apricot flavour with a hint of pineapple and some grapefruit and oranges. It ends with a sweet and quite bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - It definitely has more hop bite that the regular green flash or even the DIPA green flash. I really enjoyed it and would probably pick it up ahead of the other green flash varieties. The hoppiness ranks up there with SN hoptimum in my books. (850 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a light auburn color with good carbonation and a nice white cap. Bubbles fade away with no lacing after a few minutes.This beer looks heavy.

S: Wow bittering hops with orange peel, grapefruit, pine needles and some bread. Big nose with a nice booze sting.

T: Immediate hop bitterness with a big pine needle aand grapefruit presence then with some orange peel. Some heaviness in the middle with bread, grapefruit and a light flower note and more pine. Sticky, warm and bitter on the back end.

M: Heavy, low carbonation

O: Very good on taste and mouthfeel, palate wrecker indeed (590 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a brilliantly clear orange with hints of red. One-inch white head dies down after a while, leaving only a thin, filmy slip atop the beer. Thick, sticky rings of fine-bubbled lacing stick to the glass.

S: Bright scents of tangerine, mango, and peach. Floral with a green scent of young plant shoots. Spicy alcohol. Lots of black pepper. Crusty, bready, and biscuity malts.

T: Bitter pine tar and resin on the attack. Subtle citrus and tropical flavors and green, shoot-like tastes are ensnared in all that resiny bitterness. Black pepper taste is present throughout. Spicy alcohol is a touch hot and boozy, but not off-putting. Malt base of toasted bread crust and biscuit. Bitterness holds the tongue in a death-grip. Finishes very bitter with a resiny and green hop impression.

M: Medium bodied, oily and tongue-raking, fine-bubbled and sharp carbonation, creamy in a foamy way.

O: This is a DIPA of a different breed, and truthfully I don't quite know what to make of it. It is intensely bitter, but to the point of sacrificing some of the more pleasant, citrusy hop tastes. The pepper-like taste hinders drinkability a little, and I can see it coming across as too boozy for some. It is at least aptly named. This was a one-and-done for me. (1,304 characters)

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

22oz. Poured into Duvel tulip

A: crystal clear burnt orange with 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head which leaves behind decent lace.

S: right up front I get massive onion and garlic. Me thinks there be summit hops in this one. Beyond that I get juicy citrus fruit and sweet bread. A hop heads dream.

T: following the scent, the first taste is onion and garlic with a nice blanket of ultra bitterness hidden underneath. Middle of the tongue I get some nice citrusy notes, which quickly yield to yet more onion. This one is definitely a "palate wrecker". I'm really enjoying it. Extremely bitter, and crushingly hoppy.

M: pretty typical for the style I suppose. Medium carbonation with a medium body. Nothing offensive here.

Overall: between this, West Coast and Imperial IPA, it seems like Green Flash is doing something right. The onion and garlic may throw some folks off, but this is an above average beer from an above average brewery. Well done, boys. (961 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - medium brown in color, clear, with good carbonation and about a finger or so's worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - very hoppy-smelling, with hints of fruity notes, maybe apricots?

Taste - right away it's a pretty intense bite from the hops, and then you taste them toward the middle, and then you feel the bite again in the finish. Pretty much tastes like hops steeped in water with no malts added, though I'm sure there were.

Mouthfeel - pretty nice balance actually. Not leaning more toward either the watery or the creamy sides.

Overall - this is a pretty intense brew! Not bad at all for the style, but maybe a bit much for my palate...although...hence the name. (759 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Bright copper with a perky, soap-like off-white head that actually sticks around throughout enjoyment leaving thick lace at the edges.

N: The smells are overpowering, right from the pour. It SMELLS bitter. There are notes of pine, grass, and citrus...all very generic, but definitely complex.

T/M: The flavors in this are incredibly complex. There is pine and citrus and....a ton of bitterness--definitely the hint of onion-like hop notes. The malt backing is substantial and truly helps to balance out the bitterness, even toning down the nugget and/or summit hops' oniony flavors. The alcohol is evident but not hot in the medium body.

This is an excellent beer with an extreme complexity....but there is nothing really "special" about it. The beer is super bitter with lots of different flavors, but not one that stands out as excellent. It is an excellent sipping beer, but not one that would necessarily want to have on home-draft even though I am primarily a Imperial IPA fan. Overall, this beer just really does not do it for me. (1,089 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, no bottle date on bottle or 4 pack. Pours a clear orange red with a three quarters of an inch yeas with awesome lacing. Smell is lots of grapefruit, some onion, garlic, tangerine, grass, pineapple, and pine. Taste wow Devil Dancer and Double Crooked Tree come to mind. Lots grapefruit and garlic, with all those other flavors in the nose, in supporting roles, maybe some booze that lingers with the grapefruit. Body is large, but unlike many Imperial IPAs this all about the hops, the malt barely has a cameo. Plenty of life, not dry, and for me very drinkable. Love this beer, it is not for everybody. This would be a selection in hop head heaven. (681 characters)

Photo of jcomp21
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. First thought is that this is DEFINITELY a palate wrecker. Whooo. Man.

I took one sip and that flavor lasted for literally minutes. This is the hoppiest beer I have ever had. Really fun! On the front of the taste, we get all variety of hops, very grapefruity and piney,... as it moves to the back of the tongue the bitterness really kicks in. And that bite goes on and on and on....

Appearance is a dark golden almost light amber in color... nice little bubbles spread out flow slowly to the top.

One finger white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Overall I would recommend this beer for experienced hop heads only. Very enjoyable!

see ya on the next one. (669 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle shared by Thorpe, sampled alongside Deviant Dale's and Resin. All were a disappointing letdown in their own unique ways.

Pours a light clear copper with a thin foamy white head with ample lace. Exceptionally malty nose with mild citrus and grapefruit rind. Flavor is exceptionally bitter and dry, loads of resin and a robust malt presence as well. Bitter? yes. But also a little too sweet and sugary. Disappointing from Green Flash, particularly after Rayon Vert turned out so enjoyable. (501 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife got this for me about a week ago. My friend tried it before I did and said it really was a palate wrecker.

Appearance- copper color, nice head, nice lacing

Smell- beautiful smell of hops, smells very fresh like they do before they are added to the wort, I love that smell.

Taste- very hoppy but very well balanced, tastes and smells like fresh hops into the wort, piney

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, nice carbonation

Drinkabilty- It is delicious. I love it. One of the best! The hops in there are so wonderful! (519 characters)

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.