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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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721 Reviews
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Reviews: 721
Hads: 4,012
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 24.88%
Wants: 206
Gots: 671 | FT: 4
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: 721 | Hads: 4,012
Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Big grapefruit rind, some orange, light malty character, some pine, maybe mint.

L: Fairly clear amber, creamy white head that dissipates. Sticky lacing.

T: Hoppy blast of grapefruit and pine up front. Medium high piney bitterness with just enough malt sweetness. Finish is very long and unbelievably hoppy, lives up to its name. Dry, bitter and hoppy finish.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, alcohol slightly present.

Very good, the bitterness in this beer is unreal, yet it has enough sweetness to not be out of balance.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 3/25/12

Appearance: Clear, copper orange - moderately-sized, foamy white head, fades to a nice ring that leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Aggressively hopped, as promised by the name - tons of citrus, pine, and weed - wet, dank, and oily - ripe orange and grapefruit flesh, pine resin, weed, and some herbal spiciness - some pale malts and booze underneath

Taste: Pleasantly brutal - fleshy orange and grapefruit, along with zest and some serious pith - oily, resiny pine - very bitter, with a lingering bitterness - a nice malt base underneath, biscuity, somewhat boozy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, intensely sticky, oily, and with pithy dryness - harsh, far from endearing

Overall: Certifiably destructive

This is as aggressive as the phrase "Palate Wrecker" suggests. I appreciate aggressive hops, but this is borderline ridiculous. That being said, this is a must-try.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, thick head of off white bubbles. Sticky lace.

Smell is high on the malty caramel. Tropical fruit notes, and a whiff of alcohol.

Big blast of citric rinds. Grapefruit and lemon dominate. Resinous pine covers the tongue. Caramel like malts. Alcohol is present, but not overly boozy.

Oily hop resins coat my mouth. Slightly biting carbonation.

In a sea of DIPAs, Palate Wrecker actually distinguishes itself with it's high alpha assault on your taste buds . Maybe not the most complex brew, but it's raw hop bitterness is sure to please a true hop head.

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Photo of Docrock
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into snifter at 42*.

A - the definition of amber in color, pours out a nice 1-1/2 " head that slowly dissipated to a thin film, not enough to be called a cap. Lacing is fair.

S - just smush a grapefruit in your face, followed by the resinous pine, smells great.

T - very little of the grapefruit and or citrus comes through. It's dominated by the resinous pine that lingers for quite a while. Might try next time with some food to see hoe it actually affects the palate.

M - it actually tastes a bit thin, I don't know how? Carbonation is light, can feel the alcohol after a third of a glass but all I'm getting is the pine and lingering aftertaste.

O - obviously hoppy but not as complex as I hoped for. Still enjoyable and will try with food on the next bottle. Overall a decent beer but for me needs a little more body.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big orange, caramel, pine, biscuit, grapefruit, mango, floral, honey, light herbal, and a touch of alcohol. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, caramel, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, and mango. Fairly intense pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, honey, pine, biscuit, and caramel on the finish for a good bit. Despite the intense hoppiness, there is a nice malt backbone to balance it out. Good flavor balance as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, sticky, and slightly slick mouthfeel. Smooth to drink but it is still a sipper. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a good sized warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and highly enjoyable DIPA. Nice malt balance and hop flavor profile.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to start sifting through these Xmas gifts. This one was purchased by my mom, chosen simply because she "thought it looked strong". Thanks Ma. Best by 6/4/15.

A - Pour into a snifter glass is a dark orange/amber color with a finger or so of white head to start. Body is translucent. A slight cap and bits of lace remain by the end.

S - Lots of earthy weedy citrus in the nose. Particularly lots of grapefruit and straight up weed, with pineapple and piny hops there as well. Decent strength with very slight bready malt noticeable.

T - Taste opens things up nicely. Some more welcome malt presence brings caramel and honey along with some toasted bread, but still very much a 'palate wrecker'. Weedy grapefruit is still dominant for hops, but it delivers a good and intense variety of citrus pulp and earthy grass flavors.

M - Medium body that leans towards light-feeling for 9.5%, nice ample carbonation, hop bitterness is somewhat intense but not overbearing and well-softened by the malt. Slight alcohol but all in all pretty easy drinking for the style and ABV.

O - I've had this a few times now but this is the first time I've been able to really sit down with it, very good stuff. Classic Green Flash hop profile, not as complex as their West Coast IPA, but lots of good flavor to be had and a tasty slight malt backbone, drinks good for the ABV too.

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Photo of MaltAndHopsFC
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper amber color with a dense white finger of head. looks very nice and the lace clings to the glass.

Aroma: Hoppy! A lot of pine in the nose with citrus and floral scents pushing through to the surface

Taste: A right smack of hops to greet you and a light-kiss of caramel malt on the finish keeps you coming back for more, but it’s the hops you are here to see. Grapefruit, Pine, and Resiny flavors are all here. Lets party.

Mouth-feel: Crisp, full, and chewy.

Overall: What a beer. This is a proper DIPA for any hop aficionado. Definitely more assertive than other DIPA's, seems like they're not really going for balance on this but hopheads won't mind. Another great offering from Green Flash.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light hazy peach/apricot color with a pretty thick head that sticks around a good while.

Smells of mango, pineapple, some kind of flowers.

Taste is similar but with some spiciness and a (not displeasing) vegetable flavor in the finish.

Great and complex DIPA. Will be drinking again.


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Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic pint.

Appearance: Clear orange with small white head and light lacing.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, orange, tropical notes and spice. Great West Coast aroma at first, but then it mellows out considerably after a couple minutes.

Taste: Wow, this is a bitter, pine bomb. Some grapefruit, orange and tropical flourishes as well, with some spiciness at the end. But, shit is this bitter, with lingering pine.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, bone dry. Other than a hint of booze, this is surprisingly light and dry for a Double IPA, which usually have at least a hint of sweetness.

Overall: Palate Wrecker is an apt name. While not as flavorful as their standard West Coast IPA, this is definitely the personification of bitter.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Green Flash Brewing Co.
Mira Mesa, CA

Clear golden amber. Not much of a head nor much lacing down the glass, but still a pretty beer.

A pungent, ripe, dank aroma of citrus hops in the nose. Little to no malt character, which is fine by me in a big DIPA. There's a piney and sticky hop aroma as well; it all comes together very nicely.

The taste isn't quite on par with the aroma, though it is still a delicious beer. Loads of bitterness, citrus, and pine flavor--relatively simple, but delicious.

Medium bodied, amble carbonation.

A hoppy, strong, bitter DIPA. A signature Green Flash brew.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled 12/17/12

a: orange, amber hue. smallish head.

s: light malts. pineapple/apricot. resiny hops.

t: constant sweet maltiness carpet bombed with resinous piney hops. decent amount of bitterness

m: medium body & carbonation. finishes slightly dry.

o: Great name, solid DIPA. Nothing earth shattering here but very enjoyable. Look forward to trying this again next year.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear amber not much carbonation, two finger white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Lots of pine, earthy, dirt. More pine. Harsh (in a good way) hops. Some malt to balance it out.

T-Like the nose, a lot of pine, earthy notes and dirt. Some orange/citrus notes. Then a good deal of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, leaves a strong hop bite on your tongue.

O-At the end of the day it is too harsh and not balanced enough. Yes it packs a hop bunch but the balance isn't there.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a 5 oz pour on cask from O'brien's Tuesday night

A - a golden amber color with no head, and no carbonation

S - A balanced hops/malt combination coupled withi lots of sweet fruit

T - Grapefruit taste up fron, maltiness on the back end. I'm not the biggest grapefruit fan, and this seemeed to dominate the taste

M - Flat with no body; probably due to the cask conditions. Also a little syrupy

D - Kind of disappointed; the grapefruit taste dominated, with none of the sweetness I had hoped for in the smell of it.

Wondering how this is normally when not on cask

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well appearance wise, it's damn fine to look at. Orange-ish in color, a little hazy, with a slightly orange monster head that lasted and lasted and left sticky lacing.

Very resinous in aroma and flavor, almost sticky with pine resin, some malt sweetness, plus a little dank.

Body is pretty thick and chewy for an IPA, and leaves a blam! kinda bitter resinous coating as you enjoy each sip.

Green flash hasn't made a single beer yet that I haven't really liked. This one is no exception.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear and orange amber with a fat creamy head of off white orange tinged foam that sits there all day and never really falls completely. Refreshes with each tip of the glass and leaves lovely lace.

Nose is BIG! Big pine, big grapefruit citrus with pithy tartness. Some orange peel to brighten and to sweet that and maybe even some tropical back notes. The malt is like an icy little bit of sugar on the nose. There is just a faint touch of onion on the nose but it is not prominent and not off putting.

Taste is even BIGGER! Huge pine needles, tart and wonderfully pithy grapefruit. Sweet, sweet orange and a malt that is unsung but it must be there. The mouthfeel is sticky from the tip of the tongue to the back palate. Coats the whole mouth with a nice sticky resin and allows all those flavors to reside. That faint little bit of onion is a touch spicy on the palate and gives this depth. It finishes with a substantial bitter. The bitter starts mid palate and gets stronger by the time it finishes. It lingers in the aftertaste with all the other flavors. Dry crisp and no alcohol on the palate.

Wonderful! Everything you expected from a beer name Palate Wrecker.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bright orange-amber with rocky, fluffy, light tan head. Superb retention! And thick, sticky, chunky lacing, if you can call it that. Hands down, the best lace I've ever seen. No haze or flecks. Resin, sweet orange, and stewed vegetables. Quite good, but not very strong. Flavors, on the other hand...They really do wreck the palate! Nothing, I can't handle, or appreciate, though. Very dank, vegetal and bitter throughout, but also a sweet, almost dark fruit underbelly. A definite and powerful black pepper retro-olfaction here as well. Outstanding beer if that's what you're into, which it just so happens that I am. Medium to full in body, carbonation seems fairly subtle, but only because of thickness of brew I think. Smooth and warming.

I was mentioning to a friend that I was reviewing this beer and she said in reply:

"I was going to make a palate joke, but it would be in bad taste."

Maybe that's funny, and maybe it isn't. But I laughed hard when I finally got it!

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Photo of bound4er
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A. Copper / orange / amber appearance with an off white head of average height. Emits lots of carbonation bubbles.

S. Resinous hop oils, veggie like pine and faint malt.

T. Piney, oily resinous hop assault up front with some citrus under all the bitterness. There is some malt to balance things out a bit but Palate Wrecker sure is aptly named.

M. Nice carbonation and creaminess here.

O. I like this beer even though I prefer a bit more malt balance in my DIPA's. This would go really well with spicy food - chile, Mexican, Thai, etc.

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Photo of GoBeerGo
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a clear amber with a persistent fluffy head. Smells strong of bitter hops, citrus, resin and toast. Tastes strong of bitter citrus hops and floral notes. Feels dry with medium-light body, lively carbonation, finishes long, strong and bitter! *EFL

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Photo of Rcraft
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Quickly foams to a 1-2 finger head, but recedes to a thin layer around the edges with slight lacing. Orange-amber in appearance, a bit transparent in good light.

S: While you can definitely smell the piney hops, it's not the most pungent aroma. I had to get a few whiffs in a snifter to really gather the variety this brew presented (but that might just be my nose?). Definitely more piney than fruity, I would say - with some citrus mixed in, of course. The longer I try to smell it, though, the more I can pick up.

T: Solid through all temperatures. You can start this one out very cold and get good flavors, and finish your glass a while later a bit warmer and it still has an enjoyable taste. Good balance.

M: The hops/bitter sticks with your mouth for a while if you aren't eating anything. Very pleasant to me. Nothing extraordinary but definitely present.

O: You're looking to pay ~$14 for a 4-12oz pack. For the price, it offers a decent experience. I'll probably have it again for occasions but I'm not going to go out of my way to find this. Solid DIPA!

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Photo of philbe311
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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...

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark golden amber and clear. One finger head leaves soapy halo and moderate lacing. Looks tough.

S- Strong citrus in the form of grapefruit orange and lemon. Nice and zesty.

T- More bitter than the citrus notes in the nose. The fruit grove is replaced with a bitter dank earthy hop blast. The malt balance is there backing this offensive as should any quality brew. An abundance of flavor coming together nicely.

M- Slightly heavy but at 9.5 what do you expect. Leaves a waxy light waxy feeling.

O- A quality beer from a quality brewer. A hop forward IPA with attitude. Hop heads rejoice!

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

On tap at Lazy Boy in White Plains, NY.
Poured into pint.
Looks like crisp golden hay but nice thick head. Smells of piney hops, but slight citrus and sweet. Taste is of very strong hop and pine flavors. A bit of pineapple/grapefruit and cotton candy. Very nice and surprising DIPA. Worth trying if you see it..heck, if you see this on tap, im sure there are other great brews to try, but still worth a taste for sure. Enjoy.

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

1115th Review on BA
Cask to stemmed cup

@Hamiltons San Diego, CA

App- A dark orange color with some yellow bottom highlights and a very fast receding 1/2 in head. Left great sticky cling all the way down the glass.

Smell- A great mix of deeper citrus and hops. Very tropical in the nose and lends itself to a layer of supporting malts. A little oily at points but the cask and the temp I expected that.

Taste- The primary layer I got on this was deep damp tropical fruits. A bit of tangerine and a bit of orange. Mixed in come the hop oils and ABV boozy flavors. A bit creamy from the cask and a bit warm. All the flavors meshed well. Its a good beer but not a great DIPA.

Mouth- A thicker medium body with touches of warming booze and very creamy. A good low/medium carbonation level on cask.

Drink- A good solid DIPA put on cask. Nice balance and was good but wasn't great.

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Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.