Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,094
Reviews:
770
Ratings:
4,170
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
Wants:
219
Gots:
725
Trade:
4
 
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Reviews: 770 | Ratings: 4,170
Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid imperial IPA. Not up there with the best, but nice and solid. In tap at Industry Public House on Leah's b-day weekend in Pittsburgh! Good ending for lunch!

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes 3/9/13: Pours clear golden amber producing 2 fingers of frothy, variously bubbled, moderately lasting, off-white head that leaves streaks and webs of lace. Aroma is sweet caramel malt with vanilla, resinous pine, grapefruit and other citrus with a hint of pineapple. Taste is hop forward resinous pine, grapefruit, lemon and orange pith and zest, backed by caramel malt sweetness with pineapple and spice (alcohol?) in a bitter finish. There is a tea-like herbal bitterness throughout. Starts bittersweet and finishes super bitter and dry. Aftertaste is resinous, oily hop bitter with some malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, creamy, drying, oily and drawing.

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Photo of stevoj
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly surprised, as it is not as intense as I thought after reading the description. Hoppy for sure, but relatively smooth and slick. Some malt comes through the hop assault as well, making this a tasty beer. Cheers!

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Photo of CollinaTiger
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz. bottle. Pours clear copper/gold color. Hop forward, boozy smell with hints of orange and pine. Malty bitter taste with hints of honey, grapefruit and pine. Bitter to the end. Pretty good but not my fave.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle - not really fresh (best by Aug 2017 - now November 2017) so I would like to try fresh but.... despite not fresh kept refrigerated and this was fantastic. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with 1-2 finger head. Caramel malt with citrus/tropical fruit aroma. Taste is sweet citrus, pineapple with distinct pine flavour followed by a dank sticky bitterness coating the mouth. Bites you and then begs you to have more. Appropriately boozy. Great!

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Photo of Wi_brew_bud
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So if you only Love in a beer is hops you can't really do too much better here cause this stops just short of a hop smoothie. I myself am a hops hunter so this is great. The look is about a 9 or 10 in srm in a clear glass in natural sunlight it is a 7. That's a little light since most DIPA is at least a 10. The smell is sweet and piny, nice and smooth with a nice thick forestry sting. The taste is pure hops. You can definitely feel the alcohol but you technically can't tast it cause of the power of the hops. The feel is heavy like a stout with a nice finish that reminds you of a morning coffee. Overall this is a Heavy DIPA that might be able to just get away within the fabled Triple IPA class. It begins and ends with the word Hops

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,best by 08/Aug/2017
Well with 4,140 reviews there is not much a can add.
Its a dam fine Imperial IPA i was lucky to find 12 here in Canada

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Photo of FLima
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let’s see how 6 Lbs. of hops per barrel feels like.
It poured a copper orange color with a thick thin off-white head with decent retention.
Delicious aroma with notes of passionfruit, lots of tangerines and mango, pineapple, resin, caramel, grapefruit and pine.
Hoppy flavor that made me sneeze in the first sip (my nose functions as my internal gadget to gauge hops). Mouth delivered predominant notes of mango, resin, pine, garlic, spices, some toasted malts, grapefruit, mild caramel, tea bags and lemon. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a long but not really aggressive finish. It does not feel to have over three digits of IBUs.
Medium towards full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% is well disguised.
Although this brew has a brutal hop addition, I felt this DIPA relatively very well balanced, no room for those caramel bombs with heavy body brews we often see in the style. Complexity also showed up in several layers.
I think this could be a challenge to other brewers to do a similar beer with the same hop punch as balance and rich as this one. Well done. Not for pussies, but you don’t need to be a Neanderthal for this.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz IPA glass.
Pours orange.. nice and clear. Smells beyond hopped. I was getting some grapefruit and caramel (which was surprisingly holding its own). Definitely no hiding the alcohol here. It's not overpowering, but is in no way in the shadows either. Very bitter all the way through, with a chunky grouping of grapefruit and a host of flavors that I had problems trying to identify. MF was carbonated, and sharp.

Only being an IPA drinker for about 5 month's now.. I think I dove into the deep end too fast. This beer was way over my head when trying to detect what I was drinking. I love an Imperial anything, but the alcohol in this one was right in my face. The most aptly named beer I've had so far!

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Photo of kitch
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best before date of 8th August 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A very nice clear copper amber colour with a two finger off white head that had great retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Earthy, piney with citrus mandarin, sweet candied orange and hints of caramel malt.

Taste: Strong bitterness, lots of citrus rind, and whenever they can get through the bitterness, there’s some pine, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel with hints of bready malt and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: It was nice but this definitely was a palate wrecker. A whole lot of bitterness, which I can certainly enjoy every now and then, but not too often.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy bronzed color with a slight orange tint along the sides of the glass. There was a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light lacing speckles and slides into a nice spiderweb clingy-ness. The smell has a sweet grapefruit over top of a light caramel malt, and then a lingering grassy to citrus rind bitterness. The taste has a bittersweet combination of sorts of grapefruit rind, pith and a super dry bitter citrus aftertaste leading to a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice session to sipping quality about it. Carbonated nicely as a DIPA, bitterness punch overtakes the carbonation as it should. Overall, this DIPA does everything it should and lives up to its name.

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Photo of Gavage
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: orange in color with a short head.

Smell: pine and earthy tones rise from the glass.

Taste: big malt profile with pine, earthiness, grapefruit, and a dank bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Light crispness to start, dry and smoother at finish.

Overall: a well balanced big beer that can't be avoided by hop heads.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at N.E. Tap House Grille
Deep golden color with a long lasting frothy off white head. Rich tropical earthy resinous dank hops on the nose with bits of bready and light caramel to round it out. Flavor is a hint on the sweet side but the onslaught of hops balances that nicely. Moderate resinous earthy bitterness. Pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of Squire
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful red gold color with small white cap.

Aroma of strong pine and a sense of weight behind the aroma. Can't say that I actually smell the malt but it makes it's presence known.

Taste is what you'd expect from a 100 IBU brew. Hops everywhere, infield, outfield, pitching and catching. I began to notice malt about mid palate and that flavor builds to the finish then hops reemerge in the aftertaste. It all comes across as a clean, well made brew that's well rounded for the power it possesses. What I do not detect, in scent or flavor, is alcohol.

Full texture with just enough carbonation.

This is a powerful brew. Body, substance and 9.5 ABV move this guy into the heavyweight class. The sort of thing professional linebackers have for afternoon tea.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy orange with reddish tint, not much head
S- Pine really comes out as it warms, citrus forward
T- Super piney, armpit dankness, some citrus sweetness.
M- nice carbonation and level of bitterness
O- I love super citrusy and dank IPA's, this is a great one.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into libbey tulip
BB 9/1/17
L- slightly hazy burnt orange with reddish tints, thin white lacing no head
S- tangerine, mango, candied orange, some pine as it warms
T- sweet caramel malt, sweet candied citrus, with bitter piney finish
F- medium bodied, creamy feel, above average carbonation, with a bitterness bite
Overall, a unique beer in that it's very sweet and also very bitter

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Photo of andrewh995
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper gold with a thin white head. Smells of citrus and hops. Flavor is also citrus, tons of hop bitterness, some sweetness, and booze. Creamy full mouthfeel with low carbonation. Overall very delicious and bitter IPA. My only complaint is they didn't hide the alcohol well at all.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.25] The bottle lists the ABV (9.5%) and there is a best by date (09/01/2017). The beer is a super transparent orange color. It has 1 1/2 fingers of white head.

S: [3.75] Pine, pineapple, oranges,

T: [3.25] It is assertive. There is alcohol heat present. Pineapple, candied oranges, pine.

M: [3.50] Lower carbonation and a bit syrupy. There is a long lingering dry finish.

O: [3.50] I get where they are trying to go. Uber hop bomb. Unfortunately it came across as a bit medicinal to me. I think there are beers at 1/2 the ABV with better balance and flavor.

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Photo of princessbay710
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy the retro brand label. Clear amber pour, memory-foam pillow top head and lacing. Smells like fruity, resinous, sunshiney hops. Mouth feel is creamy while the taste is a proper display of the previously mentioned hops in addition to slight astringency in the after bite. On one hand I appreciate this beer for it's display of the style and it's hops, and on another I don't think I'll be going out of my way for it again, but who can complain at 9.5% Green Flash has succeeded in what they aimed for in this beer I feel.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber colored beer with a nice big head. What really shines is the lacing. Straight up soapy-like lace that surrounds the entire glass. Completely different from 99% of the beers I've tries. Super thick lace.

Smell is a piney, earthy hop with a ton of roasted malt. A little heavy - carried over from the taste. A definitively big malty character which has a little bit of an edge over the hops. A little bitter but it doesn't linger too long. Pine is the main hop I'm tasting. A little bit of alcohol but not too much. Finishes pretty dry. Reminds me of the original Double IPA's. (Malty)

Overall a decent imperial IPA. Pretty easily drinkable, I could see myself knocking back a couple, price point is pretty high compared to other Imperial IPA's/doubles. Not a bad choice.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Green Flash Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy light beige head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Resinous pine, spicy herbal notes, fruity notes, some citrus, big caramel/toffee sweetness, bready malt, and a little alcohol.

T: Old school DIPA all the way. Big sweet malty backbone fighting with a mountain of hops. Floral notes jump out first, citrus, lemon, orange, a little grapefruit, big time resinous pine, spicy herbal tones, underlying fruity notes, passion fruit, peach, a hint of melon, sturdy bready malty back bone, and a ton of caramel/toffee sweetness, plus some alcohol that elbows its way into the fight.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, with a little warmth as it goes down.

O: The smell alone brings back memories of sitting in my long time favorite pub, watching pint after pint of this get poured, wishing I was into IPAs so I could try it just for the name. Years later it's nice to get my hands on it. Gotta say, it lives up to that name. Not my favorite DIPA, but a nice piece of nostalgia for me.

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Photo of pandaslap
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sixpoint Resin in style but more malty than piney, and less delicious overall. That said, a totally worthwhile contribution to the cannon of piney 2x ipas.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My lady friend told me about this lil' treat...she told me it was aptly named and that the consumption of one of these dandies was the last thing she recalled on a given evening... my read: a solid American Double worth a try.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear, coppery color. Thin head with minimal streak lacing. The aroma is tangerine, stone fruit, butterscotch, and caramel malt. The flavor is as the label says: "hop forward". Lots of pine and citrus packed in this one. Very bitter and resinous. Still drinkable tho, and balanced enough. Kinda boozy, with some alcohol vapor. Worth checking out at least.

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

12oz bottle, BB Aug. 1/17. Fresh!
Pours clear without much head. No lacing.
Smells boozy...like vodka does.
Too dry and astringent for my taste preference. The booze overpowers the hops, leaving them as mere background, just some sticky resin as aftertaste.
At "6lbs per barrel", this is a damn waste of good hops. The palate gets 'wrecked' by the booze, not the hops!
Suggestion: ease back on the abv stick, and let the hops be the stars.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,170 ratings