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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,819 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,819
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 184
Gots: 539 | 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:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008

Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary
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Ratings: 3,819 | Reviews: 733
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours fairly cloudy orange-golden, smallish head that fades to a clumpy coating pretty fast. Already appears to be leaving some lacing from the fading of the head, even though I haven't taken a sip yet. Smell is big and round and sweet, mostly flowers, maybe some orange, some grapefruit rind.

Taste is a bright sweet flash that is quickly dominated by hoppy bitterness. Lots of grapefruit rind, some pine.

Mouthfeel is dry and light, slightly sticky. Overall, this is quite nice.

Photo of kell50
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dertyd
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ldhughes3
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of JoeMans
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of 57md
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a copper with golden edges. The half finger of head yielded some lace, but nothing overly impressive. The nose was distinctly hoppy. The flavor was hoppy throughout, but there was a touch of alcohol sourness on the finish that almost reached unpleasant, but not bad enough to ruin this very good offering.

Photo of sharpski
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks NoLeafClover44 for the unexpected extra.

A - Pours golden orange. Little on the darker side for a DIPA. Crystal clear, with about a 1.5 finger head. Head sticks around for a while and leaves a pretty nice lacing down the glass.

S - Some citrus and pine. It's a nice smelling DIPA. There's some malt there, but the smell is definitely dominated by pungent hops. Not getting much tropical fruit, more of an earthy DIPA.

T - The name is appropriate. The taste is dominated by bitterness, which is all well and good, but there's not a lot of hop flavor. The malt backbone is broken essentially. Completely unbalanced. I love my DIPAs to be hop bombs, but I don't just want to taste bitterness. This is why I love Heady Topper. Not many beers can pull off extreme bitterness and extreme hop aromatics and flavors. I give this a 4 because they weren't afraid to just wreck your palate, and I love a beer like that occasionally. I love bitterness. Someone who doesn't might have issues.

M - Not much alcohol present. It's well carbonated. It could be a little heavier or thicker. The carbonation just seemed to rush it across the tongue without really coating the mouth, which I like out of big DIPAs. So perhaps a mix of a little too much carbonation and a thinner body. Overall, still very good for a 9.5% DIPA.

O - I like this beer for what it is, but I wouldn't seek it out often. I love the bitterness, and could even deal with much more, but I like hop bitterness to come with hop flavor. I know it's possible, but it's clearly not the easiest thing to pull off. Props for making a beer like this. All too often I don't get enough bitterness from (D)IPAs, but this was nice. If you like bitter beers, search this out. If you don't, don't.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rudabegga9
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours glowing peach with a dense, pillowy white head that lasts forever. Enormous patches of laces stick to the glass on the way down. Hops fill the air when I pop the cap of the beer, huge citrus and orange hop flavors and some pine and cookie dough in the background. The taste is immensely hoppy with an immediate mouthcoating intense bitterness that pervades the whole glass. Grapefruit and lemon notes mix with a resinous pine bitterness. The timid malt profile is doughy and light. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a sparse carbonation - intense hop resin mouthcoating makes for a lot of numbing. The finish is infinitely long and bitter. Delicious. Alcohol isn't prominent for the strenghth and is only complimentary to the bitterness attack.

This is one of my favorite DIPAs ever. Super hoppy and also very multi-faceted. I will say it will probably put off anyone who isn't into hops, it's pretty intense. Still one of the best. Green Flash rocks.

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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

Green Flash's Palate Wrecker lives up to its name, with a long-lingering aggressive bitterness that emphasizes just how many hops were used in the making of the beer. Despite the intense hoppiness, the recipe makes use of a few dashes of malt flavor, to add interest and a minor nod towards balance. Add that in to a carefully calculated mouthfeel to extend time the hops sit on your palate, and you have one of my favored DIPAs at the moment. It's a DIPA that truly shows the power of hops, generally eschews balance, and still have everything work out in the end.

Pours a 2.5cm, full head of fairly dense, small bubbles that gradually recedes to a thin cap atop the beer throughout the session. Leaves some modest lacing as it descends, good, but nothing amazing. Body is a golden orange color, with orange-yellow highlights becoming more prominent as beer is held to light. Carbonation streams are visible in this transparent (filtered) beer.

Aroma of slight malt sweetness dominated by heavy, fruity hops that are a bit grapefruit and mango-like. Not getting much in the way of pine resin scent, unlike others, apparently. Like most DIPAs, there is a faint iced-tea aroma for me.

Taste opens with malt sweetness and some bright fruit flavors, such as mango and peach. Bitterness and grapefruit flavor quickly creeps in afterwards, dominating the taste buds. Mild caramel-like malt flavors appear in the latter half of tasting the more this warms, with slight ethanol traces. The aftertaste is powerfully strong, the flavor like I had chewed on a grapefruit and its rind for a while.

Body is medium to medium-heavy, with moderate carbonation to accentuate the thickness and lengthen the full-on hop effect on the palate. Mouthfeel is generally smooth, with little foaming action or carbonation crispness. Finish is expectedly dry, from hops and sugars from the huge malt bill.

Photo of JKV96
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of farrago
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foams up over three fingers of off-white, delicate with a few deep dimples, retains well at about a finger, the lacing doesn’t stick as you think it might, you get a few, albeit thick, streaks here or there. Murky to opaque orange rust colored liquid, more red than yellow tint, very few visible bubbles. The nose is classic, lots of orange to grapefruit citrus, pine, honeyed bread, flowers, pepper and milk chocolate, fills out with resonant pineapple, peach, nectarine fruit scents, thick and syrupy nostril texture, too dense to really lift much. Full-bodied, the carbonation relatively light for the heaviness you get here too, glues itself to your mouth pores as well. Pine sap, cocoa, orange and both white and pink grapefruit pith, the bitterness creates the initial impression of dryness, however, it stays juicy through the flowers and pineapple, mango, nectarine, apricot fruit. The pepper and earth components extend the finish, lots of reverb, even more prickle than expected with the so-so carbonation. Isn’t breaking new flavor territory but amplifies everything while staying well balanced. That honey sneaks out onto stage through the finish, brings some caramel and molasses along. Impressive.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of grittybrews
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a vivid, clear tangerine with three fingers of eggshell head. Huge aroma of grapefruit, pine, honey, caramel, and a hint of booze.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Fairly standard grapefruit up front followed by strong honey sweetness and then a blast of intense orange, tangerine, and intensely bitter pine on the long finish.

Palate wrecker indeed, but I really enjoyed this one.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,819 ratings.