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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,192
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 121
Gots: 227 | 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:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008)
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a clear copper color with two fingers of light beige head. Creamy lacing left behind.

Bright, juicy aroma of grapefruit and pine resin.

The taste was no surprise after the aroma. A big juicy bite of grapefruit and pine along with a nice backbone of caramel malts for balance. Finish had a bitter bite to it.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

This one gives Hopslam a run for it's IIPA money. Big, bold, and full of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 22:51:05 | More by Monkeyknife
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, brownish copper with moderate carbonation and a two-finger white head.

S: Sweet and mild caramel malts, citrus rind, as well as some grassy and flowery hops.

T: Bready and slight caramel malts, bitter hops with hints of citrus rind, resin and spices - but bitterness is the overwhelming hop impression, and it lasts into the hang.

M: Chewy mouthfeel, somewhat heavy body, moderate alcohol presence, relatively low carbonation sensation.

O: This was solid, but the amount of bitterness from the hops was quite high without having much in the way of other flavors the hops should have imparted. I'll probably drink another but I'm not going to run out to grab it.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 22:49:49 | More by macrosmatic
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured two fingers of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is amazing: bold grapefruit and pine with some lemon and honey in the background.
The taste is big and bold. Lemon and pine bitterness with a balanced malt profile. The alcohol is well hidden.
A fairly smooth texture with moderate carbonation.
A great double with nice drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 01:32:51 | More by Fatehunter
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-30-2012 03:23:27 | More by JRod1969
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at Stone Bistro in Escondido a couple weeks ago. Taken from notes.

Appearance - Given in a standard pint glass. A dark orange hue and about half a finger of white thick head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell - Massive amounts of hops, pine, and bitter citrus aromas.

Taste - A bitter grapefruit citrus burst up front followed by a rather strong malt caramel backbone which I was not expecting. The finish returns to bitter hops and a hint of pine. Not really what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel - Because it was on cask, very thick and creamy.

Overall - This really didn't wreck my palate to be honest. I wish it was a hint colder...the room temperature hurt this beer in my opinion. An interesting beer but nothing special or something I'd seek out in the future.

Serving type: cask

04-03-2011 02:40:39 | More by SpdKilz
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Zach136

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-10-2013 01:23:16 | More by Zach136
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-24-2013 02:54:33 | More by Davepoolesque
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copper with an inch-plus head of bone. A partial skim coat with tattered webwork of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with intense pine and grapefruit. Some lighter notes of tangerine and spicy honey follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel.

Resinous pine, grapefruit pulp, and spruce bark start the palate. A firm, drying bitterness steps forward with a hint of alcohol warmth and faint malt.

Finishes with lingering pine, alcohol, and bitterness.

Great beer. Very hoppy with plenty of bitterness but not overly done.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 02:17:51 | More by brewandbbq
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Phelps

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a shaker pint.

Shiny copper, perfectly clear. One finger of very dense, sticky, sand-colored head becomes a fleece-like top layer and deposits thick, grippy walls of lace.

Funky and dank nose. Onions first, then grapefruit, grass, a touch of pineapple, a little baked bread, some caramel.

Big bitterness in the flavor. Grapefruit pith, a touch of dank weed, burnt sugar. It’s a little funky. Saltine crackers and a touch of biscuit come out as it warms. Maybe some floral character as well.

Thick, syrupy medium body with moderate, pinching carbonation and just a hint of fizz. Alcohol is a mild warming in the throat.

Decent. A nice big hop flavor here, and way bitter. It could actually use a little more malt to back it up. Palate not quite wrecked, but definitely bent.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 05:02:25 | More by Phelps
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Palate Wrecker pours a crystal clear amber color with a big, pillowy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly down to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy with notes of grass and orange rind. Some bready malt notes are also present. I think I was expecting more citrus hops, but it's still pleasant.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is very soft on the palate. Carbonation is mild. The flavor is fairly balanced between sweet caramel malt and bitter citrus hops, but the hops definitely win this battle. It starts with sweet notes of caramel and pale malt. The middle presents pine, grass and orange citrus. At the end some pepper comes through just before the bitter and dry finish. Once gone the orange citrus lingers on the palate.

A tasty beer that will please hop heads. Maybe it's my palate but I didn't think this beer was a hop bomb. Hides the 9% abv very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 20:25:34 | More by WanderingFool
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-05-10 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost clear orange-amber with a 2.5-finger offwhite head that sticks around awhile and has good lacing.

S - Big hop bud floral, orange citrus, pineapple and a touch of spice. Don't get any malt.

T - Plenty of pine and leafy and oily hop bud flavor followed by some brief orange flesh and light malt sweetness that is almost immediately replaced by serious grapefruit rind bitterness, which lasts long into the aftertaste. A hint of orange creamsicle sweetness acts as a nice undertone in the aftertaste. I get the Palate Wrecker moniker though as this beer lives on the tongue-scraping side of DIPAs.

M - Medium mouthfeel and light-medium carbonation. Prickly, resinous, oily and thick . . . very nice.

O - I like this beer. It's harsher on the tongue than their West Coast IPA for sure, which is sometimes just what the hop doctor ordered. Wouldn't want it every day but would like to have it around. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 22:37:33 | More by Tucquan
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap in a tulip at King's Table on 4/14/12

Deep honey amber with layers of brown and sun drenched gold. The head is one thumb of billowy, dense foam. Retention is about a third of that, but solid lace remains over most of the glass.

The aroma is dank hops, oily and piney. Rabid citrus, too - grapefruit and lemon zest. Solvent-like. The mean hop smell is tempered by ample notes of sugar cookie and sweet cracker. Smells like it might be too sweet. Yeaaah... This is going to be hard to finish. Semi-sweet malts swoon up front before being replaced by angry amounts of hops and alcohol. Yikes. I wish I could use the hop descriptors a la the aroma, but this is all scathing, vapidly dry bitterness. Earthy and dirty. Pretty much medicinal-grade bitterness.

Ugh. Full, sluggish feel. Lower than average carbonation is the only reason I can stand finishing this. A bit oily and resinous. Again, brutally dry.

Overall impression - Spiteful just to be. This is a chore to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2012 06:48:16 | More by Ryan011235
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jak

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-08-2012 04:02:00 | More by jak
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elNopalero

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beast of a beer. DIPAinsanity!

Pours a vibrant orange-golden color with thin foaming. The aroma is sticky sweet, with an intense resiny grapefruit oil character. And wait—is that a hint of apricot? Tangerines? Yum!

The bitterness decimates your palate, as promised, but its assertive in a way that makes you keep coming back for more. Are you in an abusive relationship with the hops? There is help out there! The flavor is intensely bitters, citrus (tangerines again), dried apricot and pine essence, with a dry sticky finish and just enough heft to coat your mouth and leave you eager for another sip. Wreck it!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 07:19:22 | More by elNopalero
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animal69

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-26-2013 04:25:32 | More by animal69
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

I con immediately get a grassy and citrusy hop punch when I opened this. Good indicator.

Pours a nice golden copper color with some nice clean orange hues. There is a large ecru head that is pretty dense and appetizing. About 1.5 inch tall with some chunkier bubbles at the top. The head recedes very slowly and leaves some nice awesome sticky lacing. Very nice retention.

Aroma starts off with some nice toasty grain and quickly gets enveloped by some awesome grassy, herbal and citrus hop notes. Very crisp and refreshing hop juice notes. Orange peal and some nice grapefruit notes. There is also some tangerines and some mild tropical fruit notes. Maybe some mango. There is also a very nice earthy and tasty grain back note there that leads me to believe this will be balanced ;)

Wow. Intense hop bomb right off the bat. Strong citrus notes with intense resinous bitterness. Grapefruit rind and orange peel. Intense hop resin with some slight pine in there as well. There is a nice slight toasty grain malt note that eases the intensity of the hops. The finish is dry and bitter though. A hop heads dream.

Overall. Great DIPA, extremely hoppy and nice and bitter. As it warms it continuous to be a palate wrecker with some more resinous note notes precent.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 23:17:25 | More by JoEBoBpr
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far333

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Burnished copper with ruddy highlights and an orangey head of oily foam that settles slowly, leaving sheets up the insides of the glass. Subtle aroma of coarse brown sugar, ruby grapefruit, tangerine and orange rind pith, plus some honey notes.

A kick of big fat hops right upfront, pithy and resiny. Tons of citrus and pine, all at once flavorful and sticky and bitter. Flavors of tangerine and grapefruit, pine and orange rind. Bitterness lingers and hangs in the sides of the cheeks. Subtle malt rides beneath acting as a balance to the hops, but rides far beneath. Mouthfeel is a tad slick, but warm and tingly from the ABV. Carbonation tickle helps the hops pop. Great beer, a hophead's delight for those that like 'em bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 21:23:05 | More by far333
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VeganUndead

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-30-2014 18:46:04 | More by VeganUndead
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david131

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-13-2013 04:11:30 | More by david131
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dar482

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden orange color.

The aroma has floral, dankness, pine, orange, grapefruit, along with a sweet bready malt.

The beer comes strong and is aggressively bitter. There is lots of floral hops, a tinge of garlic flavor, but throughout the beer is very green and leafy, almost like used up tea leaves. It almost tastes of a cooked leafy vegetable. It's not a bright green flavor, but substantial and leafy. There's a dankness with a big bready malt that is not very sweet. The finish keeps going one with "greeness" and pine.

A well made beer that hides its alcohol quite well. Unlike a fruity West Coast style of DIPA, this plays on those green and pine hop flavors. Even if it's not one's preference, this is a great beer to have around.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 14:48:19 | More by dar482
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A: Amber hue. Substantial rising effervescence. Pours about a 2+ finger, dry, frothy, brown-white head. Craters in quite a desiccating fashion, slowly but surely settling to a light foamy blanket and some remaining residue.

S: Pine straw, hops, pine resin, lemon citrus, and a nice floral component.

T: Lightly nutty malt grain, boat loads of pine resin, and plenty of lemon pith.

M: Syrupy body. Extremely bitter. Mouth-drying finish.

D: Sip and enjoy. The character will dictate as much.

Atmosphere is really nice. Plenty of effervescence, giant head, and some very spotty yet persistent lacing. Very piney and floral with lemon citrus. Has a slight nutty base character with an extremely hoppy bitter palate. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 02:32:38 | More by bmwats
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gatornation

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear golden copper color with a 1finger off-white head
S=floral tropical hop with malt some booze
T- huge tropical hops with pine and citrus hops malts work there way in to balance this but hops are in charge here
M-surprisingly not bitter but a touch boozy medium carbonation and an explosion of hops
O-tasty @ipa that will find its way into the fridge from time to time

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 18:09:50 | More by gatornation
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HalfFull

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass, the Wrecker is a clear orange amber in color with half an inch of just off white head. Retention and lacing are pretty strong initially yet a bit scarce by mid pint. Though I might have forced all the carbonation out by constantly swirling this beer to drink the hops through my nose. Lots of resiny pine hops and some complimentary malts on the nose. Malts get more complex as the carbonation lessens and the hops subside a bit.

Taste follows the nose well with a hop barrage up front some balancing malts in the middle and a firm bitterness on the finish. It all blends together pretty well in a complimentary fashion, in a light molasses/grapefruit hop kind of way. Full bodied enough to hide the alcohol well though a bit one sided in an 'in your face' kind of way. Gets a bit chalky in the end, not surprisingly given the hop factor, which along with the
ABV keep the drinkability in check.

This years batch weighs in at 10.0% I believe.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 03:32:23 | More by HalfFull
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-29-2013 02:11:30 | More by Satchboogie
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness dating of any kind poured into a tulip pint.

Slightly copper-hued orangey amber body with a small slightly beige head of 2 fingers. The head subsided quickly down to 1/4 finger and the proceeded to linger for quite some time, like an embarrassed man hanging around outside the porn section of the video rental store while trying to work up the nerve...

Shockingly malty.
Surprisingly well-balanced... Very bitter, but not over-hopped in the aromatic/flavoring department.
The flavor is rather bready sweet, like reminiscent of an amber ale... Kinda chalky maltiness. The hops are predominantly citrusy with grapefruit leading the pack.

The body is pretty oily and medium feeling.

Overall-- very bitter... I just it were more hop-forward in terms of flavor. Not bad, but nothing here to set the DIPA world ablaze with excitement. It does an adequate job covering the alcohol level.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 03:44:32 | More by AleWatcher
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,192 ratings.