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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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93
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3,423 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,423
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 146
Gots: 299 | 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:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

gfx, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

xnicknj, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JazzIPA55, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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..

BB1313, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Dope, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Giovacchini
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Giovacchini, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DoctorDog, Apr 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

TGS, Apr 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

BDeibs, Apr 07, 2012
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4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

cdizinno, Apr 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

TCJosh, Apr 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

dpmacd, Apr 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

thesarahfuller, Apr 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

GoGators, Apr 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

DangerDawg, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of rawfish
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

rawfish, Apr 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Tgmckinn, Apr 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

DevilsCups, Apr 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

djrn2, Apr 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

smi, Apr 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

coastiefish, Apr 06, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

spinrsx, Apr 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

fubofnic, Apr 06, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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

barleywinefiend, Apr 05, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

ryan1788a5, Apr 05, 2012
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,423 ratings.