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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Palate WreckerGreen Flash Palate Wrecker

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721 Reviews
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Reviews: 721
Hads: 4,012
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 24.88%
Wants: 207
Gots: 670 | 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 mtomlins
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an aptley named beer! The nose has saome nice tropical notes to the hops with some spice and pine as well. On the palate, it has a nice malty start but transitions quickly to all bittering hops for a long, dry (astringent?) finish. Nice, but I wouldn't want more than one.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep slightly hazy orange amber brew with a sticky foam cap leaving sheets of lace. Pungent oranges, orange peels, marmalade and grapefruit along with a substantial caramelly malt nose. Biting bitterness right away, almost hot-spicy. Grapefruit pith. Oranges. Garlicky onion. Pine resin. The intense bitterness grudgingly yields just an inch to a creamy carmelly malt backbone which must exist in principle to warehouse all this hop intensity. Powerfully hoppy excellence.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous about this one. I enjoy a good IPA, but I'm anxious for this thing. Let's do this.

Look: 5 - Poured a beautiful dark orange/amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Absolutely gorgeous.

Smell: 4 - Mango, pineapple, (hops!). Not as strong of a scent as expected, but a nice one.

Taste: 5 - WOW. I was expecting a Mike Tyson punch to the face with hops, but what I got instead was this terrific blend of hops, malt, fruit. Outstanding. I don't know what's not to love about that.

Feel: 5 - Surprisingly easy drinking. Way smoother than expected.

Overall: 4.75 - I am incredibly impressed with this beer. The hops linger for days, but it's nice. A definite must try for any beer-lover, not just hop heads.

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Photo of Beergasm1
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in at 149 IBU's, not for novice craft beer drinker.

The pour gave me a 1 finger head, with a reddish orange color for the beer.

The smell is intense, mango, pineapple, almost an oniony type of smell but in a good way, apricot, and much more

The Taste is quite awesome, you get pineapple, mango. This beer is so hoppy that it basically numb your tongue. But if you're a hop head you will appreciate the numbing.

This is a great beer, and if you can get it, reach out an try it. Some good stuff

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Photo of Cheynem
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty unique. It's extremely bitter and malty. The smell is hoppy and delicious, but in my personal opinion the flavor profile is not really that well balanced. The hops are there and strong enough but it's hard to get a clear flavor profile because everything is just so strong. Too malty.

For the record, I love over the top beers, so it's not that. The issue is that the elements are not balanced correctly. It's still a really good beer but there are so many good DIPA on the market these days that it doesn't take much for me to reach for something else.

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Photo of FFreak
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 oz bottle into willy glass. A clear light-amber with two fingers of pure while fluffy head that slowly dissipates and leaves nice lacing. Smells slightly dank and piney, with just a hint of fruit and malt. Taste is overwhelmingly bitter, but with a slight burnt caramel-like aftertaste that helps offset the bitterness and makes it quickly dissipate. Hints of pine, resin, floral and citrus hops and nice sweet crystal malt. Mouth is thinner than I expected but comes across as refreshing and almost dry, but with just a touch of malt body. Overall, a really nice IIPA, and not at all the "palate wrecker" that the name would imply.

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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 Aaron_Eicher
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely phenomenal beer from Green Flash. This is one of those extreme brews where you might think you will share it with your dad or bro, but once you take a sip, you want it all to yourself.

It pours a light amber, similar to a spiced rum. However, this exudes hoppiness with a huge body to go with it. The fantastic part is that the body and bitterness completely hide the 9.5 ABV!

All in all, a huge hop load is well balanced and distributed from the smell to the taste.

Aaron's recommendation: Treat this like a dessert beer. The name says it all. It will wreck your palate, and you'll enjoy every second of it.

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Photo of KM_Seahawk
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark golden amber, nice aromas of citrus, some pine and sweet malt. The taste is extremely hoppy, grapefruit peel, pine, very resiny. Not very complex just a hop powerhouse and bitterness with long bitter finish.

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into the typical tulip tasting glass, this one is a familiar dark amber of my favorites within the category, and topped with a half inch of off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Notable lacing present throughout.

The aroma on this one is spectacular. Everything I like in the style, with a booming, in-your-face presence of floral hops, citrus/grapefruit, a hint of earthiness, a solid dose of maltiness (some caramel here perhaps) and just a discernible amount of alcohol. As embarrassing as it might be, I could easy sit and just smell this one for a while.

The taste takes a quick departure from the aroma that clearly was throwing up a feint with the maltiness and fruity sweetness and hits you as the name would imply. The hops are extremely forward and abundantly bitter throughout, and continue to linger throughout and after the finish. Only when sipping can I pick up a larger presence from the malts and grapefruit. Overall very much inline with my expectations from the name and the style.

Overall, I found the hoppy bitterness to be right in line with what I wanted from this one. Very nice "hop bomb" of sorts with some pleasantries added for sustained enjoyment. I look forward to procuring this one again in the future.

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Photo of hotpauko
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A lot going on here and yes a little more malty than expected but hops is the star. A bit of a bite but have had others more bitter. Real nice alcohol and piney smell. Creamier feel if allowed to get to room temp. Alcohol is hidden in taste but seems to pop up post swallow. Not much sweetness, it'd be great to see a Palate Wrecker offshoot with some sweetness. Grab this if you can and like strong hops.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip. Hazy copper liquid with a finger of off-white foam that settles to a ring. Some dots of lacing remain on the glass. Aroma is grapefruit peel, orange juice, mint, dank hops, caramel, and bread. Taste is briefly citrus sweet then all is bitterness. Like a walnut meets grapefruit peel, meets pine needles. Medium body, oily texture, moderate carbonation, long bitter finish.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a month old single into a NB globe glass

A: fairly clear goldish amber, 1 finger off-white head that subsides within a minute or two
S: pine resin, grapefruit rind, floral notes, caramel and pale bready malts
T: waves of hoppy bitterness, some decent malt backbone, but mainly bitter and resiny. Floral notes on the end, all the while unrelentingly bitter and dry. I like bitterness a lot...this doesn't overwhelm, but at the same time, it doesn't really do much that is very interesting to me. Ok, but nothing too exciting.
M: medium carbonation, creamy, dry, bitter.

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Photo of Ip_Ah_Man
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice lacey head

Medium body

BIG hops

The 9.4% abv and it makes an appearance

not a big fan of double ipas, but this is certainly making a case for the imperials

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Photo of mackeyse
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The is actually a really good DIPA. Great hop aroma and grapefruit zing that really lingers. Hides the 9% well. There are better and higher IBU options out there and likely at a far better price point. But I am fortunate to have a local that sells singles so I will grab one on occasion and it's never disappointed. Green Flash gets a lot of grief on BA but this is a solid offering.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is pine hops with a decent amount of caramel/brown sugar. High ABV is hidden. $4.85 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of stephens101
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wreck my palate baby, oh yeah...

A buoyant tan froth sticks full across this clear reddish-orange brew.

Aroma involves plenty of citrus with an undercurrent of malt and resin. Seems innocuous enough so far.

Highly complex on the tongue with layers of oily hops disintegrating into waves of malty goodness along with subtle notes of spice and vanilla among a citrus background.

Medium bodied with just enough alcohol to keep you awake or put you to sleep depending on your desire.

Ironically balanced and tasty as hell, but I'm sure that's the point.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grassy, citrusy hop nose with some graham cracker and fresh cut grass. Pours brilliant copper amber under a 2” off-white foam cap. This is a very creamy beer – it enters with a hint of big malt and caramel but then a big grapefruit rind bitterness blended with a little quinine turns the malt around. Medium full body and carbonation. The carbonation is very fine.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light auburn/dark gold color with thick off white head that reduces with thick lacing, and great clarity; citrus and fresh cut grass notes; malt balances nicely with bitter grass and Myers lemon flavors, a little alcohol on the exhale-nice; bitter(in a good way) tongue coating with citrus and hop finish; overall a great example of the "west coast" style, bigger IPA.

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Photo of gatorlove
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm all for a super hoppy dipa, but this beer has all of the hop bitterness and not a lot of the flavor. And the bitterness lingers on the tongue afterms taking a sip, like sucking on a wet bag of hops from the boil.

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Photo of beermeplz
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It definitely lives up to the name. Stronger malt backbone than you might expect and an overall very flavorful beer. It may hit the spot if you're in the mood for a big beer with intense flavors. I'm liking it.

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Photo of eatsoutalot
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Does not wreck your palate, but does turn it every which way but loose. Great example of a high IBU beer that's not harsh. High ABV is undetectable. Good stuff.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour into tulip glass. Pale golden color with tints of reddish brown. Nice small head with minimal retention and light lacing. Excellent hop aroma builds the anticipation for the taste. Taste did not disappoint. Very delicious and well-balanced for the high happiness. This is my kind of beer and an excellent way to end the night. If you had this first, you wouldn't be able to properly appreciate a lesser beer.

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Photo of kmbeer
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super hoppy; really strong citrus and pine flavors. Definitely couldn't have more than two in a sitting, and it has likely wrecked my palate for any subsequent beers, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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

This is my kind of beer! Wow, love the bitterness. The only downside is that my throat is dry the next day after drinking it. But for my next homebrew, I hope to make a copy of this one. Cheers

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