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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,344 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,344
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 138
Gots: 271 | 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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watermelonman

California

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

This was served showing off a great golden glow with a nice full head, and it left big rings of lace.

Sticky resin dominates the smell along with light citrus. However the taste, while quality, is not my favorite. Stacks of bitterness dominate without all the ancillary hop flavors that I know and love. This tastes like what happens when I cook and reduce an IPA too much for the rest of the recipe. Bitterness is great, but not when it is standing alone. I suppose it is living up to its name of wrecking palates, and I can appreciate that, but I want more. More citrusy grapefruit, more malt backbone, or more sticky resin, this is a good beer but needs another dimension to become a great one.

06-11-2013 07:12:53 | More by watermelonman
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DearthVader

California

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

5 oz taster at the new tasting room.

Pours a very nice amber that glows brightly. Thick 1" heads sits atop the see-through body. You can catch the carbonation bubbles towards the top of the brew. Thick lacing. Very nice looking DIPA.

Smells of orange and lemon peel and gobs of hops. Slight hues of sweet malt, but the hops definitely dominate here.

Taste is up front with hops which lead into more hops abd finished with hops. There's obviously more to it. Citrus and some tropical fruits, but definitely hard to pick out from all the hops that you're pounded by from this beer.

Medium to full bodied with an intense dryness. You have to be in the mood for this one which at the time, I was.

A solid brew, but I'm content with just the 5 oz pour I had.

06-22-2011 23:23:58 | More by DearthVader
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/19/12
*From notes

-- Bottled 3/6/12 --

A: A standard pour yields a sticky two finger head. It hangs out for some time, and there's plenty of lacing and a thick collar that follows. The hue is clean orange-amber.

S: A bit muted for what eventually comes off like a Triple IPA. Spicy, with lot of bite in the nostrils.

T: Extremely intense. I can't stress this enough: they got the name right. It's brutal - searing my tongue with enough hop oil that it feels like I'm eating a hop pellet. There's that onion-like quality here that begins to overwhelm everything else, kind of like a baby Founders Devil Dancer.

M: Not nearly thick and dense enough to carry all the hurt. This beer cries out for weight and complexity. As it stands, the mouthfeel is average at best.

O: Tell your Mama to forget the soap - she'll be using Green Flash's Palate Wrecker to wash your mouth. It's like an S&M porno for your taste buds. This is for the biggest of hop fiends who simply can't get enough of the green stuff. I'd recommend grabbing a single first, as I don't know if I could kill a four-pack, even with a few days to do so. Absolutely bruising, packs a wallop from beginning to end.

You've been warned.

03-22-2012 22:30:12 | More by Rhettroactive
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

INFORMATION: According to the Green Flash website, this beer is released in the Spring. I spotted this in a bottle shop in Ohio over the weekend, and decided to throw a single in a mixed six pack. I held it up to the light, and there was absolutely no sediment to speak of. So I crossed my fingers, hoping for a fairly fresh bottle. It’s brewed with 6 lbs. of hops per barrel and weighs in at over 100 IBUs.

APPEARANCE: Pours a very hazy copper-orange color. Topped with two fingers of cream colored foam. The head settled to and thin and spotty layer after about 10 minutes or so. Good head retention, and even better lacing.

AROMA: Grapefruit, Pine Resin, Caramel Malt, and Wet Grassy Hops in the nose.

TASTE: Big layer of caramel malt up front accompanied by a good amount of wet-hop bitterness. The sweetness from the malt really shows itself about midway. Thankfully, there’s a second wave of bitterness that immediately follows, and sweeps it’s way over the entire palate. The finish is filled with lingering flavors of sticky hops, caramel, and freshly squeezed grapefruit.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body with a pretty light carbonation level for the style.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: This is obviously not super fresh. Does that mean that I shouldn’t review it? I think not. Who’s fault is it that there’s no date on this bottle afterall? It’s still a pretty tasty beer. It just taste like a hopped-up Barleywine at this point. As a DIPA however, it’s just too malty. I hope to have a fresh one sometime soon, and I can only hope that Green Flash starts to bottle date sooner rather than later!

05-20-2012 17:04:40 | More by Morey
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

Picked up a bottle of this at Russell's in Amherst. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a wonderful crystal clear light copper with a great almost two finger off white creamy head that fades to leave lots of sticky side lacing and a nice creamy thick blanket.

S - Lots of sweet, sticky malt aromas here with some very light pine resin.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more of those sweet malts with light pine bitterness. There is alot of hops on the end for sure, and it would probably mess up your taste buds for future beers. Just pine bitterness and lots of sweet malts.

M - Mouthfeel is good for a DIPA. Nice carbonation, alcohol isnt too noticeable. Goes down easy.

O - Overall, I'd say this is a palate wrecker, but for me its also kind of a malt bomb. And malt bombs are something I really dont care for in my DIPAs. Wish this was a bit more citrus or pine heavy to drown out the sweetness.

07-17-2012 19:21:31 | More by rudzud
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woemad

Washington

3.71/5  rDev -10.8%

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $3.29. There seems to be some sort of freshness date stamped below the label. Unfortunately, it is illegible.

Poured a slightly hazy, dark amber color, with a big, creamy beige head.

Grapefruity hops are in the nose, though not in as much force as I imagined from something called Palate Wrecker. Maybe this has been sitting for a while. Damn that unreadable date! There’s some biscuity malts as well.

The hop flavor is bigger on the tastebuds than in the nose. Definitely more of the grapefruity, citrusy hop variety. I actually found myself wishing for more of a piney, bitter flavor. There’s a bit more sweetness than I was expecting as well.

Upper-medium bodied, with a coating, sticky mouthfeel.

This is one of those DIPAs that are like high-octane tropical fruit juice. While considerably more drinkable than some of that leaning (Hop Juice, I’m looking at you), this isn’t entirely my cup of tea. My first beer from Green Flash that didn’t completely wow me.

08-12-2013 02:36:53 | More by woemad
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raynmoon

California

3.71/5  rDev -10.8%

Smells nice. It has a nice dry tangerine smell to it, some sweetness. Kind of smells like my homebrews, which knocks it down a bit.

Wow, a punch of bitterness and alcohol. Alcohol only adds a puckering sting on the initial sip. A little overly bitter, with the malt staying a little far in the back, same with the hops. This definitely does wreck your palate. Bitterness lingers. It's juicy but the alcohol starts to kick into the aftertaste before any pine or tropical fruit :/

Light carbonation, slightly creamy. Works nicely.

Overall this is pretty good. I'm not the biggest fan of the hop profile in this. Seems like Cascade, Centennial maybe? I typically like a little more tropical notes in my double IPAs.

Seems sort of like a Sierra Nevada brew ha. Good but probably won't be buying much more of this soon considering Hoptimum, Sucks and Enjoy all by me.

04-23-2013 05:40:35 | More by raynmoon
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

12oz bottled December 11, 2012...very fresh. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear amber with a thick two finger off-white head that sticks around forever leaving nice sheets and spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is big and dank hops, marijuana, onion, grapefruit, some pine and cat pee, dankity dank. Very good strength.

Flavor is chewy resinous hops, grapefruit, onion, marijuana, quite a big caramel malt backbone as well, needed to try to balance the biting bitterness. As it warms the bitterness subsides somewhat and the big malts come forward more. Decent alcohol bite too.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied for an IPA, sticky, good carbonation.

Pretty good dank DIPA. At first the bitterness was huge and biting...settles down quite a bit as the malts really kick in. I love unbalanced super-bitter IPAs and while this is quite good, it could have been better and lived up to its name more.

12-24-2012 02:56:07 | More by elgiacomo
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ADZA

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

Pours a golden orange hue looking exactly like lucozade and leaves a two finger head that stays and leaves a rim of creamy clingy lacing,the smell is pineapple,fresh piney hops,boiled candy and bubblegum,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and a tad syrupy with tastes almost identical to smell with hints of pineapple,grapefruit,lemonade bitter lemons,bubblegum,boiled candy and finished with a sherbet bitterness and overall its a nice drop really is what it says it is and i would definately buy again cheers.

05-27-2012 07:38:44 | More by ADZA
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Relic Brewing Co. imperial pint glass.

A: Poured a cloudy, deep, golden yellow color with a mighty chilled haze beneath a frothy, two-finger head of off-white carbonation that leaves some streaks of clingy lace on the glass.

S: Very spicy, herbal, bitter and fruity. The nose is dominated by lush, tropical and citrus fruits, grassy, oily hop resins and a peppery, lemongrass aroma. There's a slight whiff of solvent alcohol as well.

T: Bittersweet and acidic from the get-go, the hop oils burn the palate along with a full boat of orange rind, pineapple and grapefruit sweetness. Hints of caramel tease out of the malt bill, but the lush, burning hot flavor of esters and hop resins bum rush the tongue. The finish is sharp, acidic and very bittersweet with a lingering hot sting of alcohol in the aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied, sharp and sticky, this brew stings the palate with it's intensely hopped, bitter, boozy approach. It's indeed a sipper.

O: Green Flash Palate Wrecker stays true to its namesake and will surely find a niche among hopheads and gluttons for DIPA hop punishment. The 9.5% ABV aside, the IBUs on this brew are ridiculous and any hopes you had for tasting a complex or maltier brew after it have already been dashed. I can sip one every once in a while, but it's a specialty DIPA for sure.

09-05-2012 00:57:16 | More by Gambrinus1184
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -10.1%

Very nice pour for an IPA. Orange and clear and a super white 2 finger head with tight bubbles and great retention.

Smells wonderfully citrus hops screamin from the glass.

Taste - Very flavorful up front, with the hops really kicking in on the finish with some lingering bitterness. The more I sip, the more bitter it gets. A little too much raw bitterness for my preference.

Mouthfeel - Warm, buttery and thick. Very nice for an Imperial.

Overall - Many IPA's with scary hop names end up being tame and flavorful. The Palate Wrecker is the first one that has an accurate title. It truly is a hop bomb and bitter on the palate.

03-13-2013 23:46:50 | More by bubseymour
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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -10.1%

Tasted in an IPA glass over 25 minutes from a bottle "best-dated" 7/2/14.

The base is a misty copper orange with a huge, clumpy-merange head stained with the pour. Large patches of lacing hold on and a thick central island floats deep into the drinking session.

The nose is heavily dominated by hemp bound by a ring of smoke. There is some lime and pine and a touch of grapefruit in there somewhere...rounded out by a nice dose of dried apricot. It's hard to find malt notes.

Caramel malts lead the flavor profile. Pine slides in on a foundation of earth, and citrus sprouts from the top--pithy grapefruit, mostly, and a touch of pineapple. Some of the smoke and hemp show up in the back half, melded to a bit of dank funk like apricot Stilton. Then it's long and bitter, reflecting its appellation.

In the mouth, it's sticky and heavy with resin. Weighs heavily in paralingual gutters with some sharper, drying bitterness on top of the tongue. The start is creamy, and then the moderately high carbonation slices through to give the taste experience a bit of spice. The full body with all these facets is the highlight of the brew.

Overall, I can't say I largely enjoy drinking this beer. But I certainly appreciate the work involved in creating it, and the interplay of some imposing elements. A worthwhile experience.

04-06-2014 02:50:18 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-11-2012 01:23:59 | More by DWolf
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Jcru33

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

08-07-2014 04:57:05 | More by Jcru33
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-03-2012 18:54:38 | More by bpfrush
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jminch

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

02-09-2013 12:29:19 | More by jminch
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amstokesdb9

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

02-11-2014 03:53:44 | More by amstokesdb9
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

07-12-2013 19:54:11 | More by doremite
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

11-10-2012 23:49:15 | More by acurtis
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crowsoup

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

10-03-2012 19:01:24 | More by crowsoup
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

06-05-2013 03:22:13 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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hansenme

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-03-2013 04:34:02 | More by hansenme
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Adavar

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-24-2014 17:50:00 | More by Adavar
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morganhowell

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-01-2012 23:43:04 | More by morganhowell
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HuntDaddy540

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-08-2014 15:46:27 | More by HuntDaddy540
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,344 ratings.