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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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3,398 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,398
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 145
Gots: 290 | FT: 4
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%

Tiernan, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head and shows pretty good retention. The head is a very light beige that is almost off-white while the body is a medium to dark amber which appears as a medium amber in the light. A good amount of lacing has been left behind.

Nose- Starts with a blast of hops that range from musty to grapefruit to more generic citrus notes. Some pine and resin. Some tropical fruits. A bit of honey. The glass shows a little more caramel but even this seems to get covered over by the aromatic and fruity hops. While I know that the fruity hops won't carry over to the flavor profile, here's hoping...

Taste- Has a hint of sweetness and then just launches a full out assault of bitter hops. Very deep grapefruit, pine and resin, lots of earwax. It's like licking bark. Some sweetness tries to peak through but the bittering hops are pretty boisterous in this one. I'm not surprised by any of this or the strong burnt caramel presence that is only deepened by the extreme grapefruit and matchstick notes. Five years ago, I would have loved this beer. Now, I can't stand a beer like this. Not that it isn't good; it's a pretty solid beer and accomplishes its aims. Does have enough milder fruitiness about it to sustain it. I do catch some orange, some hints of honey and floral notes. It's a really good beer when it isn't being so goddamn abrasive and clearly shows why it's ranked as high as it is.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavy, this moves it into American Barleywine range. A little more than medium bodied with a thick, syrup texture that has a bit of zip. While structurally sound, even the mouthfeel seems abrasive.

Drinkability- This one is not easy. For a second it is, but this quickly turns. It's brash, it's abrasive. It still has enough of a malt backbone to keep this in check while your palate does indeed get wrecked. If you're into that kind of thing, 3.49 ain't that bad. For me, it's way too much.

Overall- Solid beer for me but I understand the love. This beer is not bullshit- this is one of the most devastatingly hopped beers I've ever had. I used to like that but now, a beer like this is a chore. It is alcoholic enough to make me briefly forget all that though. Worth a try but it is pretty much what it says it is.

artoolemomo, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of match1112
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

match1112, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Zimm
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Zimm, May 15, 2013
Photo of DustinSWB
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DustinSWB, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA

Appearance - Clear and golden orange in color, served to me in a snifter with an off-white, half finger head sitting on top. Fair retention, leaving a ring of microbubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Fair lacing with good stick.

Smell - Pungent hop aroma. Big tropical notes: sweet candied mango, pineapple, apricot and orange, all backed by a moderate pine character.

Taste - Follows the nose. An assault of hop, strengthened by a lightly toasted bread malt backbone. Tropical sweetness. Moderate pine dank, then a grapefruit pith bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Close to full body, slightly sticky in fact, with fair carbonation. Smooth, easy finish.

Overall - A mighty fine TIPA here. Classic West Coast Imperial IPA profile. I wouldn't mind giving this one another go, and I'd invite anyone who loves their IPA's do the same!

TheSixthRing, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

derkfromwi, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

DelicateDelirium, Mar 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Phillyz, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of BarrytheBear
4/5  rDev -3.8%

BarrytheBear, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

WastingFreetime, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev -3.8%

smutty33, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of lucasj82
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

lucasj82, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Mattias
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Mattias, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

DeanMoriarty, Sep 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

skaboom420, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jkball01, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of chugalug06
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy cow! Massive hop scent smack floats though the air upon opening... Yum!

iHuge! foamy white head rises from the hazed orange brew. Lots of yellow and some reds. Nice lacing too, A+.

Huge Cascase nose on this brew, almost overwhelming and too much. Strong pine and mild citrus.

Overly bitter, very little smoothness. Lots of bitterness remains long after brew is gone. This brew is like drinking pine sap. WHOA, slightly overwhelming. Good carbonation and no heat.

Slight mess of a brew, but a west coast hop bomb nonetheless. Flavor is overwhelmingly bitter without enough sweetness or smoothness. Recommended, but for only the biggest of hopheads.

chugalug06, Apr 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

vinny21bal, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

ldhughes3, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

FrankHammer, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

erialbill, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kell50, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of russwbeck
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours out of the bottle a nice orange brown color with a billowing white head. Fluffy and thick, the head lasts forever and coats the side of my glass.

S: A big citrus aroma attacks the nostrils as you delve your nose into this one. It almost smells like you're holding a fresh hop in your hand. There is some light malt coming out as well. Hop bomb all the way, but nicely thought out.

T: I have to say this is pretty good. The hop resins really hang out on the back of the mouth as the citrus and grapefruit rules the taste. Bitter and piney, the hops provide a nice secondary taste to the fruits. This is a well executed beer, and the results live up to its name. You won't be able to taste much else for the rest of the night! (Not that that's a bad thing)

MF: The body is so light and crisp I can't believe how much flavor it has. The dry finish puts the cap on a wonderful beer that is just so easy to drink.

O: I enjoyed this even more than I did when I had it on-tap. Just a really outstanding Imperial IPA. Hope Green Flash keeps making this bad boy. Sit back, pop the bottle open, and relax. Perfect IPA for enjoying the warm weather.

russwbeck, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Danielr26
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Danielr26, Mar 02, 2013
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,398 ratings.