Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,939
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 196
Gots: 641 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of lsummers
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great orange amber with a one finger sandy white head that stays.

Smells straight away of the tropical fruits. Very refreshing.

Taste hits with the bitter piny pineapple pine and grapefruit hops, notes of peppery burnt toffee. Relatively sweet and very bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel is sticky and round. It's definitely full bodied.

Overall, this is a great example of a west coast double ipa. Green flash separates themselves from other west coast double ipa's in the fact theirs has so much hop bitterness combined with their roasted malts. It's a unique flavor that hasn't been replicated which makes it remember able.

Photo of blindtiger24
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Amber orange that is slightly cloudy. Not much visible carbonation. Thin one finger head that vanishes quickly. Good splotchy lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Massive sticky pine, cedar, and spruce aromas with some floral, caramel, and grapefruit in the background.

T: Dank, bitter hop flavor, super sticky resin, tobacco, chewy biscuits, toasted / charred marshmallow.

M: Medium to med heavy bodied ale. Those hops certainly do dominate and create a bitter burn on the tongue, fortunately that is to my liking, but can see where others might find that overwhelming. There is just enough sweetness to keep this from completely burning the tongue.

O: A challenging beer even for the avid hop head. I enjoyed it, but taking down more than one pint truly wrecks your ability to taste anything else.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of kasper
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gravity cask @ Gingerman in NYC.

A: Pours dirty amber with orange and cherry hues, kind. Literally no head because of the cask... looks sticky.

S: Wet and juicy citrus hops all over the place: pink grapefruit & tangerine. Has a sweet and really fruity malt background.

T: Loads of sweet pink grapefruit up front and then a big hit of juicy hop bitterness. Bitter aftertaste.

M: Sticky. Medium to heavy bodied. Overall pretty smooth, like high octane pink grapefruit juice.

D: Had this on gravity cask, second day the cask was on. No doubt it tasted better the first day. This is a big IPA laden with citrus bitterness. It's thick and sticky. Great beer but I don't ever see myself having a couple of these back to back.

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Photo of beertooth
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Maproom. Served in a big goblet.

This beer is a brilliant shade of honey orange with a thick and creamy two fingers of off white head. The bubbles die down and leave a nice layer and trail of lacing behind.

The nose is really tropical. Tons of pineapple, candied grapefruit, mango, more citrus and a touch of pine. There are also some pale malts hanging on in there as well.

The taste isn't as hop forward as it would seem from the nose. It's actually a little balanced(gasp!). Tropical hops mingle with bready malts really well in this beer. It finishes a little dry and isn't destroying my taste buds as much as I thought it would.

Mouthfeel is full with a nice little bubble bite.

This is one really well made DIPA. I'm going to eat something before having another though. One of the better DIPA's I've had in a while.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The body is a slightly hazy orangish hue with a dash of tan in it. The head is off white, huge, and leaves behind a cascading lace.

The smell is piney with orange and grapefruit. I pick up some malty sweetness, but not much.

Hell yeah. It's nice a bitter but still packs some flavor. It's very resinious and the citrus that comes through has that pithey bitterness to it. The caramel malt has a pretty hefty presence and this almost took me across the line to a hoppy barleywine.

Mouthfeel has a somewhat heavy body for a DIPA, but it's broken up with adequate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall, I thought this was a fantastic DIPA. I can see how some would say it's too bitter but I felt it was still able to deliver on flavor through the excessive bitterness.

Photo of nimrod979
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Glowing bright orange with a thick pillowy white head. Long retention and moderate lacing going on.

Aroma - Very inviting. Lots of tropical fruits, mango, grapefruit, orange citrusy hops to go with some dank piney resin. Hint of malts.

Taste - The citrus aroma doesn't carry much to the flavor. Mostly bitter, piney resin hops. Quick hint of malts for some balance and sweetness before being overtaken by a bone dry bitter finish. The citrus notes surface a little more towards the end.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy, oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Exceedingly long bitter hoppy finish.

Pretty good hop bomb, This beer has a lot of hype around it but I've had better DIPA's. Still a solid brew. I'd get it again.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 02/25/2013, possibly 02/28 since the date is a little smeared. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Fairly gentle pour yields about a half finger of creamy off-white head on top of a nice burnt golden orange colored body. A bit of a hazy look to it, with some bubbles lazily floating to the top.

S - Smell is of dank bitter hop nugs for sure. Grapefruit, rind, pine needles, and some earthiness. Perhaps a hint of caramelized malt.

T - A bitter hop bite. Fruity, juicy, and bitter. Grapefruits & pine needles. Some earthy malts, again. Hint of copper / minerals. Vague hint of hop spice, with virtually no alcohol presence in the taste at all, considering this beer's intense 9.50% abv. This beer warms me up all nice and cozy though, that's for sure.

M - Feel is of resinous hop bitterness, and some dryness.

Overall, one of the greater imperial IPA's that I have tried in recent times. One that lives up to it's subsequent hype, and is destined to become a classic. Highly recommended.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker ---4.5/5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/31/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a piney bite of hops bitterness followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, although there are better 2IPA’s out there, this is still a solid beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of MartzMimic
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the tap at Oak & Ore OKC a clear copper with a finger or so of white head. Medium lacing on the glass. The nose is substantial, with lots of grapefruit and resin. There's a nice maltiness at first, with grapefruit and mango, then the piney resin kicks in. Loads of hoppy bitterness. Medium mouth. This is one of the better Green Flash beers. I've liked some of the others, but this seems a notch above.

Photo of scottfrie
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours a deep citrus amber with a billow, greasy and rocky cream colored head that slowly collapsed into a thick, oily, film leaving sheets of sticky rocky lacing down the glass.
S: Huge fresh notes of citrus hops including tangerine and grapefruit. I catch a few whiffs of orange zest and tropical fruits. Malts maybe come through with a hint of sweet caramel, but for the most part this is a bouquet of hops.
T: Follows the nose. Bitter notes of citrus with slighter notes of sweet tropical fruits and caramel malt fill my palate. The finish is actually pretty darn bitter, but definitely in a good and very drinkable way. Citrus rind and hop resin linger in the aftertaste.
M: Greasy and drying mouthfeel, medium-full body, with just a touch of the high alcohol poking through. Carbonation is rather viscous.
O: This is definitely a bitter dipa and a good one at that. Probably one of my favorite from GF. Not my favorite hoppy beer though, but definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfectly clear dark gold. Head is rocky and off-white. Big chunks of lacing stick to the glass. Head drops to a thin ring in short order. Very pretty.

Smell: Weed and orange flesh. Easily one of the dankest noses I've encountered in a long while. Bright citrus aromas as well. A nice big malt base offers some attempts at balance. Caramel and biscuit malts in good measure. Pine and some lingering sweetness.

Taste: Lingering pithy bitterness. Loads of citrus zest and fleshy orange flavors. Pine and the faintest touch of weed. Dank and resinous in the best way. Aggressively bitter. Malts are sweet and offer some much needed relief from the hops. They don't balance it by any means, but add a nice sweet counterpoint. Vague hints of mango and floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and oily with a lingering dryness. An almost full body and a lively carbonation make this a smooth experience overall. A bit lighter than expected given the nose and flavor profile.

Overall: Unbalanced in the best possible way. So much hop aggression it's almost comical at times. The pithy bitterness reminds me of FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf, and that's good company.

Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So excited for this beer. Love Green Flash and this sounds great. Cheers to Hamiltons!

Thick full bright white head that collapses into a tighter clump of foam that remains. Beer is a bright orange/amber color that’s really nice looking. Copper. Lots of sticky, thick lace.

Really nice aroma. Thick, fresh and juicy. There are components of both pine and grapefruit.

Wow, aptly names. Lots of thick, sweet resinous hop flavor. Almost soapy with thick hop flavor. Grapefruit pith and some thick sticky pine. Some honey notes in the sweetness.

Oil slick on your tongue, some nice glowing heat from the ABV. Fairly bold body.

They clearly nailed what they tried to communicate in the name. I assume Scott Blair was involved in making this dream come true. Well done!!
NOT A SESSION BEER!!!

Photo of djbreezy
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Freakin' Frog in Las Vegas, NV.

appearance - medium orange with good head and retention

smell - dank hop presence, pine notes and citrus notes

taste - citrus and grapefruit hop notes followed by a nice malt backbone, good complexity

mouthfeel - big body, a bit slick, well carbonated

overall - great beer, lots of nice hop character, big bodied and delicious, alcohol is well hidden (nice to see this IIPA just under 10%)

Photo of barnzy78
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with a friend, pours amber-ish with a frothy, off-white head that leaves thick chunky lacing on the glass. Nice tropical nose with mango, pineapple, and a heavy caramel backbone. Tastes are bold with tropical notes of pineapple and mango, grapefruit, caramel, tea leaf, finishes bitter & dry. Mouth-feel is creamy & drying, a bit resiny; alcohol is present and warming. Bitter hops linger. Overall, I really enjoyed finally having this one, and it lived up to expectations! Definitely recommendable.

Photo of mackeyse
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Strix
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of majorbase2
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of WSGosset
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Beautiful translucent copper with a finger of tight foamy head. Nice lacing.

S: This is pretty much what it smells like to open a bag of fresh hop pellets. The smell is strong and distinctive, though not necessarily all that inviting. For as much as I enjoy taking a good whiff of my hops when I open them, that doesn't mean I want to put them in my mouth.

T: Duh, it's bitter. That having been said, it is not as crazy as I was expecting given what I had heard.

M: Clean and smooth with a decent amount of body.

O: I think this a good looking beer which definitely lives up to the hype of being a hop bomb. For as bitter as it is, it is actually very drinkable. It was worth trying and I would definitely pick it up again, though I can't say that this is going to become an automatic buy for me.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another beer from the Bistro DIPA fest. Bright orange hue, minimal head. Not cask, but lacking carbonation, could have been the end of the keg, had it towards the end of the day.

Citrus aroma, moreso than grapefruit, comes off orange or tangerine. Uber hoppy, duh. Very bitter. Perfect malt pairing, just a notch under balanced.

I've since had bottles of this, it seems to go back and forth descriptor wise between a barleywine and a dipa. I prefer it fresh, and subsequent batches (like even the Toronado BW fest) have been heavier malt wise at times, but then the last one was lighter and more dipa tropical fruit edges to it. Either way, drink asap on the first one to decide where you want it to go from there. Good with or without age.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber with a one finger slightly yellowed head. Not much visible carbonation in the body. Leaves some spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Loads of fresh hop are the first thing you smell, reminds me of a brewhouse. A blend of resinous pine, earthiness and citrus. Solid malt backing on this baby, can tell this is going to be a heavy brew.

T: As the name hints, this is one hop bomb of a palate wrecker. Dominant hops and strong bitterness permeate this brew. Malts make an attempt to back it up but hops win over. Pinyness and earthiness come from the hop. Quite a bitter beer.

M: Full body with a nectar like feel, a bit sticky from the abundance of hops. Low carbonation. Booze is warming but doesnt show up too much on the tongue.

Overall this is a tasty beer for serious hop heads only. Great hop profile that nails the double IPA category.

Photo of tastybeer
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is straight up orange, clear, and carries a dense foamy, oily looking, light head. Aroma is loaded with peaches, mangos, and cantaloupes. Reminds me of gourmet gummy peach candies. Malts come through as caramal, toffee, and white bread. There's also something in the mix that makes me think of vanilla oddly enough. Simple but large aroma. Taste is intense. This stands up to its name. The bitterness feels implosive. Flavors are heavy with tropical and melon-like fruits and thick viscous bready malt piles. Largly sticky and resinous like pine sap. This does have a bit of pine forest going on...flavors and texture. Carbonation is just big enough to stir up the heavy-ish syrup-like body adequately.

Pretty large multidimensional hoppiness here. I like it though more than one at a time would be excessive. Something like this needs to be enjoyed sparingly.

Photo of dbossman
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light copper hue with a thin film of a head and great lacing

S: This is a hop BOMB: tropical fruits, citrus, some weed; some sweet boozy grains underneath too

T: That is a hop forward, bitter brew: bitter, bitter, bitter with loads of tropical and weedy and piney and sprucey hop flavors; not balanced at all but this is still a fun beer

F: Sticky and oily with a near perfect mouth feel for a DIPA

O: This is indeed a palate destroyer; there is not much but a crap ton of hops here but man, is it tasty

Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a thick finger of off-white head. This maintains a frothy ½ finger, ringing the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is floral, piney, herbal, and spicy in the nose, with a zesty feeling grapefruit presence and notes of fresh backed biscuits from the malts across the back. This has some nice hoppy power to it in the nostrils.

The taste starts off with a bold hoppy blast of grapefruit, resins, and spice, which lingers hard on the finish. Soft herbal tones, light tropical fruit, and tight sweet grains help to balance out some of the aggressiveness out here but man, that spice and pine sticks to the tongue with some strength. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and really fills the mouth with a big slick oily creaminess that moves rather easily for the size. There is a bit of light crispness to this, while the alcohol, although not stinging, does really pop the assertiveness of these hops.

My previous experience with this beer had been on cask during a visit to San Diego and I have to say that I really enjoyed this more here out of the bottle. I still feel that it’s a little too big overall but the fresh hoppy power of this wins out in the end, helping cover up the high ABV. This is a nice representation of the West Coast style.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,939 ratings.