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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 716
Hads: 3,979
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 204
Gots: 657 | 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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Reviews: 716 | Hads: 3,979
Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at CK. Beer is amber and clear with a soft white cap of medium and small bubbles, nice retention but low carbonation, looks nice.

Aroma is strong in my face with some nice earthy CTZ hop aromas. Not sure what hops exactly but it has that sense, mild malt sweetness cuts through as well.

This beer is bitter, the finish isn't too dry but it is quite bitter. Mildly dry I suppose, medium in body to start out with, beer is chewy with resinous hops, nice throughout, if you like your IPAs big and hoppy, this is a good one. (529 characters)

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep golden orange in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some burnt orange + copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/orange rind hops along with some much lighter notes of pine hops and just a hint of caramel malts.

T: Light amounts of caramel malt sweetness initially but that is quickly overtaken by the flavors of the hops - citrus/orange rind and Light hints of alcohol are present in the finish along with the moderate to strong amounts of bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: As the name would indicate, this is a seriously hop heavy beer and slightly out of balance (tons of bitterness compared with just a light hint of sweetness). This is not the easiest of beers to drink both from the hop intensity and the not so hidden alcohol. Not sure I would have another of these but glad to have tried it. (1,191 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft offering served in a tulip pint. The brew appears a clear copper color with a yellowish stained tan head. Some spotty patches of lace stick to the glass and rising bubbles maintain the cap.

The aromatics are dominated by hop character: pine along with an oily dank to catty quality. A minor backing of toasty grain is present keeping this brew from smelling of straight hop juice.

The flavor is surprisingly toasty with malt and some residual sweetness. After the swallow, a big dank to catty hop element strikes and sticks to the palate. Flavors of pine and trace amounts of alcohol fade into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not a bad brew but considering the name, its a bit of a let down. I found it to be surprisingly balanced and almost with too much malt character. It is worth a try and something I would enjoy again while fresh. (903 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Common Table in Dallas. The beer pours a clear gold/yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the hops. I get a lot of orange citrus and pine notes, as well as some caramel malt to keep things balanced. The flavor is definitely all about the hops. I get a ton of bitterness as well as some bitter oranges and pine notes. The caramel malt is hidden in the background and plays a secondary role. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (467 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is light golden and clear with a soft white head. The aroma brings a potent dose of hops, light citrus and pine, and alcohol. Upon my first sip I decided this beer is aptly named. Massive hop character does indeed assault the palate. Alcohol presence is rather forward, and steers me clear of a second helping. This is decent, with some nice things happening, but I prefer a more elegant showcase for the hops, instead of being bombarded with an intensely hoppy alcohol bomb. Personal preference perhaps, but I feel this is middle of the road (or a slight step above) for a DIPA today. (625 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, golden orange with a big, off white, foamy, dense head that has decent retention. The nose is faintly herbal, mildly grassy, and has an underlying bready aroma. The flavor is bready and malty up front, but it quickly changes to herbal, bitter, citrusy, piny hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

I like what Green Flash tried to do here. As a hop head I will always promote the extreme. The flavor is solid and really does showcase almost all of what hops can do. It's not nearly as hoppy, bitter, or intense as the name would lead one on to believe, but overall it's a good DIPA. (632 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from Jersey into a Green Flash Pint Glass.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker pours a golden/orange looking liquid that glides into the glass smooth like creating a inch of loose off white foam leaving some specs here and there. A nice amount of activity and bubbles.

Smell is all west coast hop scent like expected. A very nice bouquet of citrus rind, grapefruit, mango etc. Some floral hop scent comes up with some biscuit like scent coming from a light malting. This smells delicious, if that makes sense.

Taste is up there with the big boys on the left coast. A nice blast of citrus mixing into some pine ending with a light bready malt that drowns out the hops on the finish without too much sweetness. Well rounded but the pine lingers in the aftertaste, which is not a bad thing.

Feel is at about medium with ample carb, there is some bite to this from the bubbles. Palate wrecker is bitter and would be a lot to handle for a newbie, but a craft drinker with experience could handle this. A lingering aftertaste, with just a touch of the 9.5% coming out. This would go well with some spicy food.

I gotta say between this and Rayon Vert, Green Flash has been pumping out some great new beers in a 12oz format at affordable rates. I could drink two 12ozer's of this in a sitting no problem. I am constantly impressed by west coast IPA's in general, I just wish more east coast brewers would catch up. (1,411 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone tulip. It poured a clear, dark copper color with a frothy white head rising well above the top of the beer. Nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a strong hoppiness to it with a resiny, orange rind and grapefruit bitterness being the dominant flavor. I get some alcohol mixing with some malty sweetness. It's definitely a hop forward beer though.

The taste has some malty, slightly caramel like flavors to it up front. midway though a very bold resiny, citrus rind, grapefruit hoppiness starts to take over and lasts through the finish. A little bit of candied orange is there as well.

The mouthfeel is a little above average with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer. It had a pretty bold, bitter, resiny hoppiness to it which fit the name of the beer pretty well. (845 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Part of a four pack for $14 and change...no bargain here...and no freshness info that I can find, c'mon GF great beer but this style cries out for some consumer friendly information...anyway..pours clear, medium amber, lite tan head, that stays, froths and leaves nice, fine and scattered lacing. Nose is the expected blast of fresh and gooey hop goodness, with resins, citrus and pine infused hop cones coming to mind.

Full flavor, full and again fresh tasting hop crunch. Malty and quite smooth and soft under coating. Hop lovers rejoice go get and enjoy.

Close your eyes and you are in San Diego, enjoying a fine example of the local nectar. Well done and worth the price of admission. (739 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a nonic pint glass.

Wicked retention on an off white head that sits tall and long, four fingers deep, with a crystal clear red to orange amber body. Some slow rising carbonation comes in appearance, while the head clumps and sticks and goes nowhere. Great looking here, with giant ringing clumps of lacing all throughout while drinking.

Nose is airy pine hop, mild herbal tea hanging in the background, with a juicy citrus malt quench it seems is to come. This smells real impressive.

A mixture on the palate of much hop aroma, from varying angles, citrus sweet with herbal tea character. Bitterness and dryness comes on the finish with a lingering sweetness. Real juicy and oily character mixing with a good solid malt backbone.

I wouldn't call this a total palate wrecker, I'd just call this a real solid IPA. Quite enjoyable. (860 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark amber with a medium white head, good retention, leaving lots of lacing.

S: Pine forest, it smells like a Christmas tree.

T: While the pine is overt in the smell, the flavour gives more of a balance in the various hop elements. Lots of pine along with a pink grapefruit character and a bit of booze. Certainly an interesting flavour.

M; Nice full body, full of hop resin, aftertaste didn't last as long as I thought it would due to the name, but nice.

D: Another real good beer from Green Flash, I'd definitely have it again, but I'd make sure to make it my last beer of the day. (624 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle shared by Thorpe, sampled alongside Deviant Dale's and Resin. All were a disappointing letdown in their own unique ways.

Pours a light clear copper with a thin foamy white head with ample lace. Exceptionally malty nose with mild citrus and grapefruit rind. Flavor is exceptionally bitter and dry, loads of resin and a robust malt presence as well. Bitter? yes. But also a little too sweet and sugary. Disappointing from Green Flash, particularly after Rayon Vert turned out so enjoyable. (501 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Yardhouse and served in a pint glass. Is that a good idea? On to the beer:

Dark orange/bronzed color with a healthy inch of foam on top. Both the head retention and the lacing meet my standards of good. Even better is the aroma. It's a big juicy nose, full of pineapple, tropical fruits, and some pine.

Full bodied, strong, filled with big citrus and grapefruit flavor. And it's not terribly bitter. But make no mistake, it still is a palate wrecker. The alcohol hides itself well, showing itself primarily when it heats the chest. It's not a beer you'll want to chug, but it also isn't a beer for mere sipping.

Count it as one more good hop related nectar to come out of San Diego. (701 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darker orange pour, clean and clear. somewhat rocky white head, but it didn't last too long.
Aroma is chalk full of citrus bite and some old bark. Alcohol is present. Just shy of Pine-Sol.
Palate Wrecker almost lives up to it's name, but even after I finished it I could still sense that the malt was weak. Good? Bad? Meh, you be the judge of that. For me it was nice, but would like to see more malt to counter the hops as they strive for Lemon Pine Sol level. This might be very good with spicy dishes, if you like spice and pain. Otherwise it would be a bit tough to drink. (579 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Brilbeck's in Syracuse for $7. Ah, this is a fine example of the DIPA style. Big floral, juicy grapefruit fills the aroma, while the flavor follows up with more spicy, grassy grapefruit. The finish isn't crisp, but a rounded and strong piney kick with citrus rind. The hops character covers a lot of ground and the malt isn't too sweet, as is the problem with some higher ABV DIPAs. Hop heads should check this out. (437 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Palate Wrecker
Green Flash Brewing Co.
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.50 %

LOOK: Copper colored brew, fine clarity. Small white film of a head that laces down the glass and retains fairly well.

SMELL: Citrus, pine, herbal tea, and a fair amount of malt sweetness. There is a pinch of alcoholic aromas as well, making for a solid nose.

TASTE: Tangerine and orange flavors upfront, with a piney earthy bitterness that achieves palate wrecking status. Earthy pine and citrus rind, some alcohol, and a sweet honeyed malt character. Tasty for a big double IPA.

FEEL: Full bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sticky feel but very nice with a small dry hop bite.

OVERALL: It was who we thought it was. Green Flash making a palate wrecking IPA that is definitely a fine beer. Would recommend to any fan of hoppy beer. (830 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very solid beer, flush with bitter herbal notes and a long finish. Quite bitter and very distinctive- I'm very glad they bottled this one. Amber in color with a somewhat short head, but that's okay given the abv. It's got that dill/green onion and sour cream thing going on in the nose from the hops- I happen to love those notes, but I know many do not. Really nicely bitter in the mouth, with an almost beefy flavor rife with the herbal and onion notes as well as some pine to give it some backbone. This is no citrus bomb, but if you're into this profile you'll love it. Very firm in the mouth at first, but then with a creamy finish and a long, mouthwatering, lingering bitterness. An all around excellent beer. (717 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden orange color with tangerine hues and a half finger frothy white head.  Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Resinous earthy aroma with grassy/soily pine notes countered by sweet fruit and pale malt.  Hints of pine needle and grass followed by grapefruit and orange peel.  Biscuity malt with graham cracker and sweet booze.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry resinous hops that provide a strong bitterness that lingers into a dry finish.  Earthy pine needle and spruce followed mid palate by citrus/tropical fruit notes that prevent it from becoming one dimensional.  Citrus rind, grapefruit and pineapple followed by biscuity malt and sweet booze.  Thin and a bit watered down but easy to drink.  Strong bitterness is nicely countered by sweeter notes but it's a bit too thin and boozy for my liking. (902 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent light gold with a small white cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of intense citrus, herbs, pine, flowers...reminds me tad of Hop Slam.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a blast of honey infused sugars and bitters.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, abrasive with the hops, and grassiness and herbs. (398 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a clear, vibrant, orange-copper coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white layer of surface head. Aromas blast the nose with citrus and floral hops, both tart and resiny. Very inviting and powerful nose. Flavors are all over the palate. Initial blast of resiny hops, both oily and bitter, followed quickly by floral highlights and a tropical fruit blend of grapefruit and pineapple. The caramel malt backbone does its best to balance this behemoth. The hops also impart a solid spiced highlight, mostly pepper, throughout the brew. Tangy and very bitter aftertaste, leading to a slightly oily, dry finish. Tremendously crafted brew that tackles a tall flavor profile and keeps it all so very drinkable. (752 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with an off-white colored head. This is on the darker end of the color IPA Orange.

Smell is strong hops with a distinct emphasis on citrus. Strong grapefruit and orange aromas. There is some wood and tea scents but not really malt. Sandalwood and faint cinnamon.

Starts out bitter and slightly savory with a tea bag aftertaste. Very strongly hopped the bitterness is the first thing you notice. There is some grapefruit to this but the hop level makes it hard to pick out any kind of malt. Overall the taste is a dry very bitter beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this beer does live up to its name it IS a Palette Wrecker. A DIPA on the dry and bitter end of the spectrum. (700 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on tap at the Taproom on 11/11/2009 in a 6oz glass. The beer is dark orange with a frothy one finger white head. Great retention and scattered lacing. Great clarity.

The nose is strong pine and grapefruit notes, as I remembered it from last year. Some light caramel notes are present, but it's mainly aromatic pine and grapefruit.

The name is befitting, as this beer is bitter as hell. It attacks my palate with fury and malice. The bitterness has a nice backing of hop flavor with resiny pine and grapefruit. A low level of caramel sweetness is evident, but it doesn't approach balancing. The finish is dry and very, very bitter with noticeable alcohol lingering line. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky. A damn fine and very bitter double IPA. This is a veritable palate wrecker. (789 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Alewife the other day.

The beer pours copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all DIPA goodness, showcasing considerable pine (and I mean a lot of pine), light tropicl fruit and considerable dry citrus. The nose is intense and attractive in this beer. On the palate, this is jut not a style of DIPA that I tend to like. There is considerable pine and hoppy bitterness, but the beer is also on the sweet side, which only serves to intensify the underlying booziness in this beer. As a result, despite the considerable bitterness in this beer, the alcoholic heat comes on strong at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, bitter, alcoholic finish.

Really a chore drinking this beer down given the blend of pine, sweetness and noticeable alcohol. Have to say I much prefer the regular DIPA from these guys. (862 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
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 (590 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Palate Wrecker sounds more intimidating than it looks; it's a flashy beer with a bright disposition. A golden-amber tone, this Double IPA doesn't shy away from the light - it brags of its clarity and luminous streaks of persimmon. Its layer of foam is only half as thick as pantyhose.

Every beer uses hops - every Green Flash beer seems to use a boatload of them. Of course, you'd expect as much from a beer named 'Palate Wrecker'. The bitterness, mind you, is reserved for the palate and the aroma has plenty of sweet candied citrus fruit notes that include papaya, mango, orange, and grapefruit.

There is also a great deal of leafiness - it's like they cleared a forest and hid the evidence (leaves, needles, bark, resins) in the flavour. Every element of the forest is present on the palate. But there's also brighter, lemony citrus oils as well as lavender-like herbals and florals, elements that lighten up the beer's 9.5% profile. There's some caramel and biscuits present too.

Despite its 100+ IBUs this DIPA is more approachable than most its counterparts; you'd never guess its true alcohol content and can drink it just as easily as you would a standard IPA half its strength. The softer, agreeable green tea-like aftertaste completely misleads this beer's actual potency and leaves one anxious to open another bottle (even if it's not a good idea).

'Palate Wrecker' is a misleading name for a beer that is so smooth and approachable (for hopheads, anyhow). Green Flash is a brewery that typically caters exclusively to craft beer drinkers - their products aren't for the mass market and this one is no exception. Those that like lupulin will find few better, more flavorful examples of this earthy, herbal, tropical style. (1,741 characters)

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.