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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 718
Hads: 3,998
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 204
Gots: 666 | 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: 718 | Hads: 3,998
Photo of SamJory
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Churchill pub in Victoria. Nonic Pint glass

Appearance : Quite a hazy gold/amber but a lot of that was a chill haze; it did start to clear as it warmed up

Smell : Pine, lemon peel, dank and a little biscuity malt thrown in. You can tell this beer is gonna be huge.

Taste : More pine, dank hops. An absolute hurricane of bitterness, it really hits you in waves and because of the way this beer is brewed (mashing and sparging with hopped wort) it has a very complex and intense hop character. Just doesn't fade, lots of hop resins lingering on the palate and far too easy to drink for 9.5% but just awesome.

Mouthfeel : Big and full, lots of body and a really dry bitter finish that just leaves you wanting another sip. Bit of a boozy sweetness on the back end.

Overall : Killer beer, just a massive imperial IPA and for anyone that likes big, crazy double/imperial IPAs this is a must try.

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Photo of sloanzilla
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one surprised me! For having such a high ABV it is quite smooth and I could easily get lost in one after another of these bad boys. I've only had it on draft but plan on getting it in the bottle, if i can find it. Can't stop thinking about you, oh great wrecker of palates!

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Photo of majorbase2
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a copper, amber color. Small, off-white foam head that dissipates quickly. Leaves some pretty good lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops, grapefruit, and malts. Good amount of pine. Alcohol isn't masked terribly well.

Taste: "Woah" was the first thing out of my mouth after the first sip. A pretty complex palette here. Lots of hops up front, and a lot more caramel malts in the taste than the aroma. Subsequent sips revealed more of a citrus punch. A little bit of grass/earthiness as well. Alcohol is masked a lot better in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Heavy body. Syrupy. Not a whole lot of carbonation, but it works perfectly here.

Overall: Not quite as good as I thought it was going to be from the buzz, but still a very good IIPA. At 9.5%, it's as easy of a drinker as you'll find, too.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. It will be interesting to see how this one really differentiates itself from the 'regular' ol' Green Flash Imperial IPA.

This beer pours a glassy, medium brassy amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some layered, bleeding runic script lace around the glass as things duly sink away.

It smells of bitter pine resin, sharp, oily orange, grapefruit, and lemon rind, bready caramel malt, a suppressed toffee sweetness, and further leafy, floral, and low-fi on the perfume hops. The taste is actually more malty up front than I might have been led to believe - rather sweet (but agreeably so) pastry-quality caramel, toffee, and bread pudding all getting their ya-yas out before that still heady pine needle, leafy things you don't fuck with on the mountain path, mild dank florals, and a few other nameless, but still astringent flora esters come 'a knockin'. Yer big-ass ABV is like a bomb-diffuser - a bit sweaty, but steady, and cool as a freaking cucumber, from your bystander perspective.

The bubbles are fairly laid-back, just a nice lilting frothiness throughout, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and more smooth than you would think, with all those trouble-making kids, er, I mean hops, lurking about, and even a tad creamy at times. It finishes well off-dry, the malt component not about to let us think it doesn't still have a say here, keeping things just as they've been thus far - no more, no less.

When I consider the term 'Palate Wrecker', a few items come to mind - one, so bitterly hoppy that your tastebuds suddenly decide to take a few days off, and two, the effect renders all others around it unworthy of the memory of the beer in play here, i.e. don't pour me another brew - I just had my palate wrecked! I don't believe that this actually falls into either category - it's just another well-made, stupidly drinkable, hedonistic example of the upper echelon of malt and hop interplay. There, I said it. Now Imma gonna go have another beer, my palate actually the one encouraging me as such.

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

Clear bright orange, good initial head with trails of lace.

Piney, bready aroma.

Pine, bread, caramel, orange rind, apricot, with a sweet, then dank finish. Quite flavorful.

Mouthfeel slick and viscous.

One of these is just about right, as the name implies, more than that would wear on me I think. Clearly a lot going on here, but balanced enough that it's enjoyable.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: solid brown 355ml brown bottle with embossed 'Green Flash', an acceptable non-macro label.

Appearance: pours a hazy, heavy golden orange with little visible carbonation. An off-white head jumps and drops quickly to a solid ring. Limited lacing.

Aroma: oh boy! Plenty of sweet caramels, and tons of pine and citrus hops. Enticing.

Taste: pine and floral hops take centre stage with some bread malt and an earthy resin.

Aftertaste: the earthen resin dominates the aftertaste - the flavours linger nicely.

Mouth feel: a pretty full, thick body with some sharp, fine carbonation. Quite a bite to it.

Overall: a pretty decent American IPA - different to the norm per the Green Flash style. Also per the Green Flash style however, the price is a bit too steep at AU$175 for a case of 24 x 355mL - it ain't that good. Not worth it. Perhaps for one every now and then at a tasting.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The bottle has a date of best before 8/29/14.

A - pours out a clear orange producing a one finger off white head with fine and medium sized bubbles. Excellent lacing.

S - I get dank hops right up front, sweet breadyness, pine, grassy, garlic, onion. Nice and pungent.

T - Dankness, pine, onion-garlic, bitterness, bready malt throughout, slight alcohol, tons of lasting and building bitterness.

M - Medium full bodied, soft and oily, with an extreme bitterness that scrubs on the tongue. A unique beer in this category leaving your palate raped from Palate Wrecker!

O - Palate Wrecker is definitely a beer for someone who wants a aggressive hop bomb because it definitely delivers in these two areas. Not for someone just getting into craft beer it will be to much bitterness/hopyness for them. If you like really aggressive hop bombs this one is for you, Cheers!

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Photo of jellikit
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: orange. Thick, foamy head. Lots of small bubbles rising throughout drink.
S: peach and pine.
T: medium malty goodness. Slightly sweet. Bubblegum. Flowery. Piney. Warm alcohol notes.
M: medium-heavy body like Kate Upton. Medium carbonation.
O: great double IPA. Strong, hoppy, and tasty. Well balanced for a big beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thin, lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine/resin with caramel and a hint of honey.

The taste is of huge pine/resin with strong sticky caramel. It has a hot, spicy, bitter finish.

It has a thick, full body.

Well, it is aptly named. Plenty of piney hops with a strong sweet backbone that pulls back to leave a spicy, bitter bite. A strong sipper, here.

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Photo of beerbully
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Dogfish IPA glass

I have been sitting on this bottle for a while so it is not exactly fresh, although I did have some fresh but didn't bother to review at that time

A-copper, amber slightly opaque, 1/2 inch off white head, constant bubbling from bottom of glass which could be the result of the glassware, fairly thick lacing with above average retention

S-citrus hops upon the first whiff, grapefruit, mango, lemon, slight bubble gum, slight pine

T-sweet caramel, brown sugar malts out of the gate balanced by the hops in the middle and again the malts then a bitter finish. Hops taste mostly of grapefruit, lemon, orange peel and pine. Pine is most noticeable at the finish

M-med bodied beer that gives a mouthful of beer perfect carbonation of the style and abv

O-Very good beer, good balance...alcohol well hidden...not for the meek as you need to really like hops to enjoy this...appropriately named

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Photo of QueerBeer
4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Second time having this, but the first time was pre-reviewing. Pour is a beautiful translucent amber with nice white foam and beautiful sticky lacing. Taking a whiff gets you a noseful of piney, floral, hoppy goodness. And the flavor is like everything good about hops just exploded in your mouth. So delightful. And super easy drinking; at 9.5% I got buzzed in a hurry. I love this beer.

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Photo of Moose90
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10oz Pour @ Rí Rá Irish Pub

A – Dark copper orange color. Head is thin and sticky. Steady carbonation rising up.

S – Holy cow, big, sweet, dank, piney, resinous, malty, caramel, bright. Lots going on here. Citrus fruits, orange, lemon juice. Cannot wait to take a gulp of this.

T – Quite sweet initially, but the brutal hops cut through that nicely..peppery, and fresh pine. Interesting. Sweet overall, quite viscous, some more notes of orange and lemon come through, like a lemon curd, or orange marmalade. Balance here is what makes this great, with all the complexities, it is very smooth, drinkable and great.

M – A big beer, for sure, though it remains crisp. It is undoubtedly sweet, but not so much so that it kills you. For a IIPA, wow, just wow.

O – Had this from the bottle prior to this, can't believe I found it on tap. What a great beer this is, supreme balance.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Pallet Wrecker is a big IPA...very bitter. The beer poured a cloudy golden with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is very bitter with hints of citrus. The taste is starts and finishes very bitter. There is alot of grapefruit zeal present. The mouthfeel is full bodies with good carbonation. Overall this is a big sipping beer. This would be a fav or bitter heads.

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Photo of zac16125
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Best before: 06/14

A: Golden copper with less than a fingers width of bright white head, pretty good retention and leaves a fair amount if lacing.

S: Big hop forward aroma, citrus ring, dank resinous notes, and spicy floral hops. Lots of malty sweetness to balance.

T: Piney bitterness and lots if citrus rind, soapy hop notes, sweet malts. Hop profile is ok but it's not my favorite hop flavors. Malts are heavy To balance and at times overtake the hops.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriately low, smooth for the style, fair drinkability.

O: Good but not great. Worthy of a drink but not something I'd likely purchase again.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter in several increments. A reddish golden bronze color sporting a nice creamy beige head, I am indeed preparing for a palate-wrecking experience. Skimmed a couple of reviews below and cannot resist mentioning ... To the guy who was confused, the mash is sparged with a further dose of hopped wart, as opposed to the more typical water. The basis for the beer is a hopped wort, further purged of fermentables by yet more hopped wort. In any event, the aroma here is perfumy sweet, floral and herbal yet with a subtle butterscotch vibe, citrus, vinous fruit like white wine, and some dry white pepper. Green Flash manages to coax some complex multifaceted hop flavors out of its IPAs and this is no exception. The initial tastes are on the light side, some candied ginger, sweet tropical mango and lychee, something decidedly floral ... Honeysuckle? These elements give way to some grapefruit and blood orange citrus, green tea ... The bitterness ain't wrecking my palate initially, although now there's some interesting burnt mint and leather flavors revealing themselves. Soapy, slick mouthfeel with a few bubbles but not too fizzy. And BOOM, there's the bitter: Juniper and menthol, celery stalk and black pepper. About halfway through the bottle, a rank, powerfully resinous bitterness assails the mouth, like oolong tea steeped with pine needles. Some dried apricot appears in the otherwise pungent finish. Quite thick and syrupy but this does little to reign in the hoppy assault. While I have had more bitter DIPAs, at least in terms of raw power, this one steals the show when it comes to balancing aggression with nuance. Had to track it down in BC rather than Alberta.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas pint glass
From: Costco in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7.29 (w/ Costco card)
Purchased: April 22, 2014
Consumed: April 29, 2014
Misc.: Best by June 11, 2014

Poured a dark orange, amber hazy color with two fingers of khaki white head. A decent amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Average amount of uneven layered spotty lacing along the sides of the glass. Good retention.

Smelled a pleasant mix of hops and malts. Got floral hops, citrus hops, Cascade hops, spruce, rye hops, mint toothpaste, amber malts, caramel, some slightly wet earthy malts and some unknown spicy notes.

Tasted pretty much what I expected it to after the smell. Got those heavy, earthy malts more than the hops. Caramel, rye, amber, citrus hops, light honey, light lemon and sour tropical fruit, all with an unknown spicy bitter note lingering on the tongue long after.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Not as good as I hoped, but still a decent imperial IPA.

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Photo of brureview
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a Spiegalgau IPA glass.

Beautiful clear light copper color with a 4F head. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass/

Aroma- grapefruit, some vanilla. Not as strong as other West Coast DIPAs, but quite good.

Mouth Feel- very carbonated as expected.

Taste. Excellent grapefruit, citrus. The finish is exceptionally hoppy( 100 IBUs) which rounds out the flavor profile. The hoppy bitterness lingers on my tongue.

An excellent DIPA- very West Coast. One of my favorite breweries from this region.

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Photo of antott0523
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an attractive amber color. Carbonation is barely visible. Moderate beige head with some minor lacing.

Smell: Hops comes through as grapefruit and pine. The malt presence is faint and earthy.

Taste: Hops hit the tongue hard. Give it a swish and the hop oils will envelope the tongue in a warm, comforting manner. Grapefruit flavors linger, with barely noticeable malt notes of sweet tea.

Mouthfeel: The initial burst of hop oils hits like sandpaper; in a good way, if that makes sense. Drink quickly, because I found as the beer approached room temperate this effect vanished. Sticky, but not cloying,

Overall: Above average. The citrus hop notes are really not complex at all, but the sheer presence of hop oils hits the tongue hard, and I like that. There is a faint malt back that is intriguing. Overall, one of the better DIPA's that I have had recently, up against Victory DirtWolf and Flying Dog Double Dog, all of which I have tried for the first time yesterday and today.

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Photo of ksimons
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a bright orange/amber color with a fingers worth of white head that slowly fades to leave some lacing around the top

S-primarily hops with citrus, mostly grapefruit, and pine hops with some light bready malt to give a bit of sweetness

T-really massive amount of hops in the taste with big pine and citrus flavors. Malt does not come to play much in the taste at all, actually its almost absent. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-medium body, medium to full carbonation

Overall this is a massive hop beer with not a lot of balance which makes it slightly difficult to finish. Definitely lives up to the name!

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

Poured out a clear deep amber with a big creamy white head. There is great retention and nice sticky lacing. The aroma is big citrus hops, with distinct grapefruit notes, and hints of caramel malt in the background. The taste is also big hops, but splendidly balanced against the malt backbone. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than the taste and aroma indicated but it's not at all thin or watery. A great big DIPA.

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Photo of jeff12hoops
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best beer I've tried from Green Flash. Pours a standard amber and has an incredible smell with sweet and hoppy notes. To my surprise and delight, not overpowering at all as its moniker implies. Hoppy, not too heavy, with a strong, direct flavor. Nice aftertaste. One of the best IPAs I've had.

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

dark, slightly cloudy orange with a thin creamy head that sticks around. smells like a pine cone covered in fresh yard trimmings. amazing nose. the taste is exactly as advertised on the bottle; palate wrecker. intensely bitter hop (centennial/columbus/simcoe) combo with a decent malt core, and some grapefruit rind and onion peel flavors rounding it out. the onion takes on a slight garlic as it warms. like stone's ruination ipa, take the brew's name advertisement seriously. =)

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Photo of BeerdedHophead
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm little late to the game on actually setting up and account here and reviewing, but I've been visiting and reading reviews on this site for years now.

Green Flash is one of my favorite brewing companies so I figured this would be a good beer to start with. I've had it both on tap and from a bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Copper. Slightly cloudy. Actually, cloudier than expected.

S: Fruity. Very fruity. Hints of banana.

T: Hoppy. But, for it being 9.5% it hides it very well.

M: Syrupy. I realize most DIPAs are and it's the only drawback for me. I enjoy the bitter sting of a dry IPA.

O: if you don't enjoy hops... Beware. This beer is truly a work of art, like most of their brews.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it on tap at The Crow's Nest in johnstown

A: darker than normal pale ale. Same coloration of yuengling. Pretty clear overall.

S: fruity. Banana and grapefruit. Astringency that is very welcome. Pungent, almost smells bitter.

T: holy crap the hops. Sooo bitter, but so tasty. Citrusy to almost a fault. This beer legitimately will wreck your palate. This beer is not for the faint of heart when it comes to hops. I would compare to a Sierra Nevada hoptimum.

M: stuff like this is normally a little heavier, but it's pretty crisp. The body is a real surprise considering the overpowering nature of the beer

If you like hops, you must try it. If you like malt, God bless, crack one open, take a sip, and pass it on to your hop head friends

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Photo of tbraun1
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber to Pint Glass

A - Light copper/amber with rich tan head. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Hop citrus punch! Mild alcohol bite to the nose. Somewhat piney.

T - Hop bomb for sure. Grapefruit all the way.

M - Just enough carbonation and smooth on the palate. Excellent balance.

O - I would definitely buy this one again. Very well balanced for DIPA. Not too much alcohol in the taste and really is smooth once it warms up a bit. Very enjoyable.

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Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.