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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Palate WreckerGreen Flash Palate Wrecker

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Ratings: 3,189
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 121
Gots: 227 | FT: 5
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-25-2012 02:27:14 | More by GeoffreyM
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

02-01-2013 01:01:28 | More by BeerOps
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-18-2013 19:51:10 | More by DIPAFAN
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-29-2013 03:26:16 | More by thinwhiteduke
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a frothy white head that slowly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Strong hoppy and malty aroma.

T: Strong bitter and sweet brew flavor mix. Hoppy at first followed by a caramel malt – almost barley wine-esk middle – finishes slightly dry and hoppy.

M: full body and medium carbonation.

O: Superb imperial ipa. Great mix between the malt and hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 03:27:48 | More by ckollias
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North Carolina

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

Clear orange gold with forced 1/2 finger of medium cream head. Light retention and disjointed lace all around the glass.

Aggressive nose. Lots of grapefruit. More floral, but lots of hop resin and oil. Nice hop bomb.

Taste is big with grapefruit and estery hops. Top of the class, really. Not much malt balance, but who cares?

Body is a tad thin, but not too noticeable.

Overall, I'd love to get this again. In my top 5 DIPA's. Not to easy to get on the East Coast, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 00:00:23 | More by beer2day
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-23-2013 22:44:31 | More by dvmin98
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-06-2013 06:57:14 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-26-2013 18:02:35 | More by WynnO
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-19-2014 21:23:08 | More by taez555
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-27-2012 23:38:35 | More by polishkaz
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4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Save-on in Mentor, a store less than two miles from my house, recently added a few taps from which to sell a great selection of growlers. I bought one of these last night and drank most of it myself. That's really unnecessary!

It's a pretty, well crafted beer and the head never got wimpy. The aroma is strong, malty, yeasty (a little) and very hoppy and piney. The taste is the same, but a little sweeter than I would like (only a very little). The aftertaste won't let you forget what you are drinking.

Overall this is a huge beer that I would never refuse, but more than one or three is more than is necessary.

Serving type: growler

02-17-2013 22:51:54 | More by schoolboy
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-26-2013 18:14:59 | More by Brabander
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-20-2013 03:22:44 | More by 2GOOFY
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

01-06-2014 15:19:10 | More by ThatsThatDude
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3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a one finger white head. Head fades to a thin wispy cap with some thin lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is full of pine with a hint of tropical fruit along with some apple and peach. Malt is pretty much absent with only the faintest hint of bread.

The taste and mouthfeel is where this beer really begins to impress. A huge punch of resiny pine along with a very impressive palate stripping bitterness. A very tiny amount of bready malt is in the background but is completely buried by all the hops. A very dry mouthfeel for a IIPA which is a wonderful change from the usual.

Overall, this is a pretty delicious IIPA. While it is not something I would drink on a regular basis, it is a nice change up and one of my favorites in the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 00:20:12 | More by rangerred
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-11-2013 01:01:11 | More by AnitaBrewski
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-24-2014 15:02:01 | More by herman77
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: Citrus, dank odor.

Taste: Big time bitter from the start to finish. A little bit of sweetness peeks through. Dry, bitter finish.

Overall: Very bitter, but very drinkable double IPA from Green Flash. I'll have to compare it to their Imperial IPA that's in my fridge. This definitely will give you your hop and bitterness fix.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 22:42:54 | More by Mdog
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (no dates or codes) into a tulip. Pours a deep clear orange/amber w/ a big dense off-white head, sticky lacing, almost no carbonation rising from the bottom.

Aroma is a big burst of tropical fruit, grapefruit and pine. I get the sense this might have been even more powerful super-fresh; unfortunately because there's no bottle date I don't know how old this is. Still a really good pungent West Coast IPA aroma.

Taste leads off with a combination of dry pale and chewy caramel malts and dank, sticky hop resin. Some dried apricots in there too. Not surprisingly in a beer called Palate Wrecker, the bitterness is here in spades. Tongue-scouring, almost spicy. Booze is pretty much covered up by the full frontal assault of other flavors.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy and leaves a hefty aftertaste. While you don't taste the alcohol you definitely feel its warming presence going down - not to mention pretty quickly elsewhere.

Overall, a solid 4.0 beer. It's interesting and complex enough to be called good, but perhaps lacks the refinement to go beyond that. Still, enjoyable and tasty on a cool rainy Sunday afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 21:53:27 | More by draheim
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3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber

Pours a light copper orange, a soft apricot color. There's little head in the pour, unless you give it a bit of a swirl, and then you're left with a finger of dingy white head and a spotty lace.

It's got the style down pat in the nose. A combination of pine, grapefruit and pineapple. In the nose there seems to be enough malt in the background to hold up to the hops. There are layers and complexity because you can smell the citrus, as well as sweetness.

The taste falls a bit flat. The complexity is gone, the layers nowhere to be found. There's a biscuit, malty taste, but all is overshadowed by the hops. Unfortunately, I don't taste much West Coast influence. There's some pine, some earthiness, but no citrus...nothing for balance.

I don't have a problem with hop bombs, but there needs to be some complexity and balance or the beer is simply uneven and not all the good to drink. This is all hops, and not really in a good way. While I appreciate the name, it's a bit hard to drink because it's just all hops. The malt in the nose doesn't come through and the beer is just bitter from beginning to end, with a dry finish. Your tongue/palate never get a break.

Not all the easy to drink. After a few sips, you can't feel anything and your taste buds are shot for the immediate future. I like the ABV, but it's not an easy sipper

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 02:31:49 | More by RickS95
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-28-2012 22:08:01 | More by BigTrubble
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-19-2014 15:13:23 | More by NJBeer265
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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear shiny copper with one finger thick white head, settling to a thin ring, with wispy lacing left behind. Smell: grapefruit peel, resin, mildly herbal, with caramelized sugar and a little stone fruit in the back. Was expecting something more aggressive. Taste: oily hop extravaganza.. grapefruit, lemon rind, almost over caramel, then boozy with aggressive herbal and pine flavors, plus peach towards the end of the sip, finishing dry with a totally hop-wrecked palate. A tasty and intense hop-fix, not sure of its place in the DIPA elite, but digging it. Bottled 12/11/12.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 04:17:30 | More by babaracas
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3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip
bottled on: 12/11/12

Pours a clear, bright copper with a thick, foamy off white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Big resinous, citric hops. I would score this higher, but the alcohol is a tad bit more noticeable than I would like.

More resiny and citric hop notes.

Medium+ body, with mild carbonation. Faint oily, slick coating of the mouth.

First impressions from appearance and the aroma were quite good. The taste, while enjoyable, was nothing particularly memorable, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 09:00:19 | More by vkv822
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,189 ratings.