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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,191
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 121
Gots: 227 | 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:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008)
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Palate Wrecker sounds more intimidating than it looks; it's a flashy beer with a bright disposition. A golden-amber tone, this Double IPA doesn't shy away from the light - it brags of its clarity and luminous streaks of persimmon. Its layer of foam is only half as thick as pantyhose.

Every beer uses hops - every Green Flash beer seems to use a boatload of them. Of course, you'd expect as much from a beer named 'Palate Wrecker'. The bitterness, mind you, is reserved for the palate and the aroma has plenty of sweet candied citrus fruit notes that include papaya, mango, orange, and grapefruit.

There is also a great deal of leafiness - it's like they cleared a forest and hid the evidence (leaves, needles, bark, resins) in the flavour. Every element of the forest is present on the palate. But there's also brighter, lemony citrus oils as well as lavender-like herbals and florals, elements that lighten up the beer's 9.5% profile. There's some caramel and biscuits present too.

Despite its 100+ IBUs this DIPA is more approachable than most its counterparts; you'd never guess its true alcohol content and can drink it just as easily as you would a standard IPA half its strength. The softer, agreeable green tea-like aftertaste completely misleads this beer's actual potency and leaves one anxious to open another bottle (even if it's not a good idea).

'Palate Wrecker' is a misleading name for a beer that is so smooth and approachable (for hopheads, anyhow). Green Flash is a brewery that typically caters exclusively to craft beer drinkers - their products aren't for the mass market and this one is no exception. Those that like lupulin will find few better, more flavorful examples of this earthy, herbal, tropical style.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 05:23:30 | More by biegaman
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BuffaloTapHugger

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

01-09-2014 23:56:24 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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heystevec

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-09-2014 22:48:48 | More by heystevec
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AdamThomas

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-09-2014 17:57:00 | More by AdamThomas
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JGLittle

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-09-2014 17:20:10 | More by JGLittle
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-09-2014 03:50:54 | More by BigJim5021
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

01-09-2014 03:06:26 | More by alex_hart
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BradT

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-09-2014 00:43:22 | More by BradT
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bigpoppa67

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-09-2014 00:41:24 | More by bigpoppa67
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roger617

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-09-2014 00:13:09 | More by roger617
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banger7

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-09-2014 00:09:30 | More by banger7
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-08-2014 18:23:12 | More by KarlHungus
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BridgieT

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-08-2014 14:42:25 | More by BridgieT
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-08-2014 05:40:08 | More by Localdrinklax
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-08-2014 04:37:00 | More by Cramerican
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-08-2014 00:56:51 | More by JohnnieNepal
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mikerieder

South Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-08-2014 00:50:09 | More by mikerieder
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-07-2014 22:35:15 | More by plumcrazyfx
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orangish/amber, finger and a half of off white head, nice lacing

Smell is big on orange, mango, citrus, pine needle, sweet malt coming through a little more then I would have thought, grapefruit, pineapple. Very floral

Taste is pine resin, tropical and citrus notes, grapefruit bitterness, a little melon like sweetness, sweet malt, a little alcohol on the finish, big pine bitterness toward the end mixed in with a nice earthy hop bitterness

Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium, low to medium carbonation, very and I mean very dry on the finish.

Been waiting to try this one ever since Green Flash came to the area. It is good, maybe not as good as I was hoping, but that is probably mostly due to my build um in my mind. Glad I got a 4 pack but due to the price I will probably only pick this one up every once in a great while.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 20:49:58 | More by nickapalooza86
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A: Amber hue. Substantial rising effervescence. Pours about a 2+ finger, dry, frothy, brown-white head. Craters in quite a desiccating fashion, slowly but surely settling to a light foamy blanket and some remaining residue.

S: Pine straw, hops, pine resin, lemon citrus, and a nice floral component.

T: Lightly nutty malt grain, boat loads of pine resin, and plenty of lemon pith.

M: Syrupy body. Extremely bitter. Mouth-drying finish.

D: Sip and enjoy. The character will dictate as much.

Atmosphere is really nice. Plenty of effervescence, giant head, and some very spotty yet persistent lacing. Very piney and floral with lemon citrus. Has a slight nutty base character with an extremely hoppy bitter palate. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 02:32:38 | More by bmwats
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

01-07-2014 01:13:58 | More by ScaryEd
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Mealhouse

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-06-2014 17:42:49 | More by Mealhouse
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ThatsThatDude

New York

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

01-06-2014 15:19:10 | More by ThatsThatDude
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip. Best By: 06/03/14 bottle date.

Long lasting off-white foam head got to about a finger's-width. Lots of bubbles in the cap, and dense, leaves behind great sheet lacing. The orange-copper body also shines brightly. Very attractive beer.

Resinous and fruity bouquet blooming out of this tulip! Slightly sweet malt is detected under the grapefruit and tangerine scent. Great nose.

Absolutely huge resinous hop profile on Palate Wrecker, and of course the bitterness of this one is a twelve out of ten, lasts forever after the finish. There is a tangerine sweetness to the palate, with some more sour grapefruit notes. Along with a herbal pepperiness that hangs out closer to the finish. A biscuity malt also peeks through for just a second, adding to the sweet quality of the palate. However, Palate Wrecker is absolutely dominated by that resin quality that just kicks one in the face. Bombastic DIPA on the palate for sure!

Slick with a medium to light body. Good creaminess detected on the tongue as well. Very dry, oh so dry, and the hop bite has huge staying power. Make this your last beer of the night, because that flavor just does not go away.

Palate Wrecker may not be big on providing a wide array of scents and flavors, but it does not need it. If you want a DIPA that is going to just absolutely kick you in the mouth and make you say "yes sir, I'd like some more", then Palate Wrecker is probably the beer to find and consume. At your own risk.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 05:35:45 | More by Pintofbrown
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crowbar540

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-06-2014 04:37:49 | More by crowbar540
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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