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 Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by seaoflament on 10-04-2008

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737
Ratings:
4,079
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
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Reviews: 737 | Ratings: 4,079
Photo of cavedave
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold topped by a finger of off white lather. Crazy slathers of lace cling caressingly.

Herbal bitter and citrus atop a solid base of neutral sweet, some hints of tart yeast beneath it all make a nice aroma.

My, but this is a bitter beer isn't it? Solid dose of herbal bitter overtops all the other flavors of this baby. Pine, grapefruit pith, and that tangy yeast are in there but front and back this is a bitter mothertrucker of a beer.

Light drinking, but a clinging resin of hop bitter stays on the palate through the glass. Spritzy carb adds some carbonic punch to it that this one hardly needs. Super sharp finish, a def palate wrecker, as named.

Like your hoppy pales big and bitter? You will love this one. For me it lacks some of the finer flavors more late hop additions might have added to balance, and isn't as fine as I like.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to a large Hill Farmstead stem. No bottling date, but I picked this up the first day it hit the stores here so I’m assuming it’s as fresh as it’ll get.

Appearance (4.5): Beautiful clear, orange-gold body with an off-white head starting at two and a half fingers and fading slowly, leaving a sudsy web of lace. Surface of the head is rocky, with a mix of big fat bubbles and little bubbles all over the place. Looks great for the style.

Smell (4.0): This is an awesome, pungent mix of lime juice and weed with sweet citrus notes thrown in there—but there’s a strong lime juice thing going on here. Grassy. Great smell.

Taste (4.5): What really caught me off guard here is the grassiness of it: there’s a lot of other stuff going on in the hop profile, but the grassy character comes in right at the beginning and hangs on forever. The finish is a skunky, bitter flavor that walks the line between intense herbal, grassy notes and chewing on grapefruit rind. There’s a sweet pineapple / mango character in the background that mixes in with a pale, understated malt body—bready and plain, it comes out a bit more as it warms but it really doesn’t hold a chance next to the hops. This is great, and I’m enjoying the hell out of it.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Very good mouthfeel, finishes dry as hell (probably thanks to the booze) and it has a medium to lighter-side-of-medium body to it; carbonation is relatively understated but balanced. It’s an easy drinker, if you can handle the hops.

Overall (4.5): Great beer. Love it. It could definitely be a bit more balanced, and I’ve had DIPAs with a more nuanced or complex hop profile, but this beer promised an unrelenting hop experience and that’s exactly what it delivered. Very, very happy to have enjoyed this bastard, and I look forward to wrecking myself again in the future.

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Photo of Strix
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright orange, good initial head with trails of lace.

Piney, bready aroma.

Pine, bread, caramel, orange rind, apricot, with a sweet, then dank finish. Quite flavorful.

Mouthfeel slick and viscous.

One of these is just about right, as the name implies, more than that would wear on me I think. Clearly a lot going on here, but balanced enough that it's enjoyable.

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Photo of danieelol
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Platinum

Pours a nice smooth mango with great head and lacing.

Smell is citrus, pine, tropical fruits. Lots of pineapple and tangello. Great. Very luscious. Hop heaven. Do smell some malt also.

Wow, they weren't kidding. In the mouth this is truly bone dry. Lots of orange, pineapple and tropical fruits. No alcohol. Just hops; no sugar. This is as dry and bitter as black espresso and is honestly a little cloying after a while.

Mouthfeel is yummy hops and malt, lots of bitterness.

Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer. Also I seem to never be happy- I usually complain about beer being too sweet, and now I'm complaining about a DIPA being too dry. Would buy again.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz stubby brown bottle, nice simple label, NO DATE (ugh)

Appearance: Into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint. This pours a dark gold/light orange amber with an ivory head of large bubbles. There isn't much of a cap, but it has fairly decent retention.

Smell: Quite nice; some light juicy citrus and a whole lotta pine! Fresh, vibrant, juicy, and just a HINT of earthy malt, but you really have to look for it. Pleasant!

Taste: Massive bitterness hits almost immediately. Earthy pine, a bit of bitter citrus peel, and as it warms, a bit of earthy malt. Big, BIG bitterness. I dunno the exact bitterness, but the GF website lists it as 100+ and I have NO trouble believing that. There's enough of a malt backbone and sweetness, however, that although this is blisteringly bitter, it doesn't really feel 'overdone' or completely out of whack like some other tongue-destroying DIPAs.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full, blisteringly bitter, but enough residual sweetness to make things seem balanced...at least in a manner of speaking.

Conclusion: I'm not a HUGE fan of DIPAs, though there are a few I really like. This is, however, one of the better ones I've had. Crazy-big bitterness, but nice flavors to go with bitter smackdown, and enough malt sweetness to keep this from being completely one-sided. Nice mouthfeel and good drinkability, especially considering its gravity. $12.00 for a 4pk isn't too bad either. Now if only we could get a freakin date-stamp on it...This might well be an A- if it had just a bit more complexity.

B+

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Photo of dcotom
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruddy orange with a thick white head. Lots of spotty lacing. Burst of pine and grapefruit upon opening the bottle. Aromas of pine, orange, grapefruit, and light caramel that carry over to the palate. Alcohol is prominent, along with a lingering resiny bitterness. Despite the hop intensity and the high ABV, this is delicious, nicely balanced, and insanely drinkable.

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Photo of yamar68
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mnphish for the pour!

Pours a glowing copper gold with a slim and soapy cap of off-white carbonation.

Pungent conifer, mango and sweet citrus. Smells beautiful. So far so good.

Hops all up in my grill... definitely too hoppy to butt chug but I totally would if I could.

Delicious, even if it's exclusively a mouth drinker.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber with a one finger slightly yellowed head. Not much visible carbonation in the body. Leaves some spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Loads of fresh hop are the first thing you smell, reminds me of a brewhouse. A blend of resinous pine, earthiness and citrus. Solid malt backing on this baby, can tell this is going to be a heavy brew.

T: As the name hints, this is one hop bomb of a palate wrecker. Dominant hops and strong bitterness permeate this brew. Malts make an attempt to back it up but hops win over. Pinyness and earthiness come from the hop. Quite a bitter beer.

M: Full body with a nectar like feel, a bit sticky from the abundance of hops. Low carbonation. Booze is warming but doesnt show up too much on the tongue.

Overall this is a tasty beer for serious hop heads only. Great hop profile that nails the double IPA category.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Green Flash Palate Wrecker wasn't hoppy or bitter. Maybe I got an old batch. I checked the date and it's only a month old. Hmmm, weird.

A: Clear orange colour and a 3 cm head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: Chlorine aroma with a little bit of sweetness. 3.5

T: Spicy with some maltiness. Almost salty. This isn't very bitter or hoppy. Maybe I got an old batch. 3

M: Low carbonation. 3.5

O: 3

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper body with orange hues beneath the feather white head which lies constant atop the beer.

Abundant citrus and pine hop aromas float from the glass. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, pine needles, and flower petals are all present.

Palate Wrecker huh, no kidding. The citrus, pine/wood, and floral hop aromas ravage the palate like an unstoppable rebel force. There is some nice malt backbone to support the strong hops as well.

The wrecker offers a rather thick body with medium carbonation and a sticky, resin, palate coating finish.

As advertised, this beer is an assault on the palate. Tons of hops for the senses to study and one I look forward to having again.

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

dark, slightly cloudy orange with a thin creamy head that sticks around. smells like a pine cone covered in fresh yard trimmings. amazing nose. the taste is exactly as advertised on the bottle; palate wrecker. intensely bitter hop (centennial/columbus/simcoe) combo with a decent malt core, and some grapefruit rind and onion peel flavors rounding it out. the onion takes on a slight garlic as it warms. like stone's ruination ipa, take the brew's name advertisement seriously. =)

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Photo of mulder1010
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a globe glass

A-- Poured a clear, golden orange color. Moderate aggressive pour resulted in a three finger eggshell white head. Took it's time in receding, leaving a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good half ring and soapy streaks. Head finally settled to a good half finger of thick foam.

S-- Boiled pineapple, bubblegum, lots of pine, resin and hippie lettuce. Malt? Who needs malt with this! Powerful, straight at you nose.

T-- Grilled, honey covered pineapple, more bubblegum and a whole pine tree. Very thick and ripe candied and stewed orange and pineapple in the back of the taste.

M-- Full bodied would be an understatement. Over the top might best way to put it. Low carbonation? Yep. Oily and coating. Over indulged on pine I think. Palate raping, dream crushing and just plain over the top like a Nicholas Cage movie.

O-- Good looking and smelling. Rest is crazy. Not a session beer. Slow sipper while pondering why go to these extremes for the sake of going there. One dimensional and goes from first gear to 4th.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in standard ale glass

A: carbonation a bit weak; good floral head, with microbubbles; copper color; good lacing
S: wow--floral hop bomb aroma; a tad bit of orange
T: dominated by an insane amount of hops; overly flavorful/intense; this is cute as a gimmick, but the finishing hops are way too high, and it is not balanced against the malt; it is complex and flavorful, though
M: heavy mouthfeel

I won't get another one of these, appropriately named

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -3.4%

From notes on 1/16/14

Lite ruby in color. Very clear, no particles. Strong hoppy smell. Earthy aroma. Very bitter. I know you can only taste bitterness to 80 IBUs, but this just seems so much more bitter than others I've had in that range. Earthy flavor. Hops also come through. Hops and bitterness are noticed throughout you’re mouth. I like it. This really will wreck your palate.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - medium brown in color, clear, with good carbonation and about a finger or so's worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - very hoppy-smelling, with hints of fruity notes, maybe apricots?

Taste - right away it's a pretty intense bite from the hops, and then you taste them toward the middle, and then you feel the bite again in the finish. Pretty much tastes like hops steeped in water with no malts added, though I'm sure there were.

Mouthfeel - pretty nice balance actually. Not leaning more toward either the watery or the creamy sides.

Overall - this is a pretty intense brew! Not bad at all for the style, but maybe a bit much for my palate...although...hence the name.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a ever-so-slightly hazy amber color with a two-inch off-white head that has great staying power, slowly reducing to leave sticky webbed lacing behind.

I think I just cracked open am evergreen bough and stuffed it up my nose. I may as well be rolling in the hemlock; this is one piney, resinous smelling brew! I've got to give it a few minutes to catch the hints of honey, pineapple and mango dancing just out of reach underneath this hop monster.

My tongue is curling as I start sipping this one; resinous, oily hops, tobacco, oak leaves and just a tease of sweet malt are curdling my mouth even before I get to the secondary bitter finish. The taste is intense enough to open the nasal passages and get that hop taste into my sinuses!

Medium to full bodied, I think my tongue is starting to go numb. The heat from this brew creeps down the throat and warms the belly.

Drinking this is like having a chile pepper eating contest; if you like spicy food, you'll jump at that challenge any time; if your idea of hot is a dash of tobasco sauce, then you'll bow out. Same here; serious hop-heads will like the challenge of this aptly names ale; everyone else will poo-poo this as over the top nonsense. I fall in the fire-breathing mouth wrecker category, and am enjoying this ale. Sadly, its intensity is making me regret that I've got all 22 ounces of this to myself.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Deep golden-amber color with a large off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thin ring of bubbly lace.

Smell: Hops dominate completely- grapefruit and floral aromas with a hint of piney aromas.

Taste: Begins with melon flavor, rounding out to breadiness before finally finishing with grapefruit and woody bitterness. Bitter hops linger long after a sip is taken.

Mouthfeel: Medium, oily body with an even oilier finish that dries out quickly.

Overall: An excellent DIPA, however, the it doesn't seem as memorable to me as other hoppy brews that Green Flash has put out. Still, the hop flavors are deeper than most beers- especially West Coast brews where, all too often, the brewers seem to just say "screw it, let's throw a bunch of hops in this and it will be good." This has a lot of hops, but it's well done.

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Photo of stewart124
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange with lingering white head.

Noticeable alcohol in the nose with white grapefruit and vanilla.

Plenty of bitterness in the background with a medium amount of caramel and bready notes. Lingering pine and hop resin on the tongue. Not much detectable alcohol in character. Loads of white pepper on the palate.
Very tasty DIPA. This isn't weak at all but there is a heavy hand of hops and malt for sure. Well balanced for sure with such a lingering hop bite I can see why it is the palate wrecker.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Copper - golden orange color with a massive and billowy white head that lasts. lots of sticky foam lacing.

S- Big blast of citrus hop aroma, ruby red grapefruit. Some tropical stuff, too, pineapple.

T- Sweet malts, very sweet. Caramel. The citrus flavor is mild compared to the aroma. This bottle was given to me by a friend, freshness may be an issue here.

M- Solid feel and body. Sweet, sticky, and resinous. Lasting hop bitterness.

O- A bit too sweet to palate wreck, perhaps. Good, though.

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

Poured 12oz into tulip. Pour is pretty clear, orange, two finer head. Smell a lot of melon, hops, floral, tons of citrus, a lot of orange. Taste is very smooth for the ibus. I get a lot of that melon, lavender, citrus, pine resin, a little licorice. Overall very very drinkable, very good and not your run of the mill imperial IPA, it has a unique floral flavor that makes it stand out.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 1/8/2013, so a little over two weeks old. Lots of anticipation.

A: Gorgeous, thick head with prominent lacing left behind as it drinks. Toward the deep copper end of the IPA spectrum.

S: Big peach and mango citrus. Unlike some IPAs that stop being impressive after your acclimation to the initial scent, this one keeps on going.

T: Hm. Nice initial citrus blast, but then a weird (almost off) middle and a blank, super dry back end. It truly wrecks the palate. By the third sip, it's totally one-dimensional, with bitterness dominating.

O: Undiscriminating hop junkies will dig it, but I found this disappointing for such a highly rated beer. The hop profile seems experimental, at least in contrast to Green Flash's West Coast IPA.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip. The color is dark amber and clear. There is a small bubbly white head.

The aroma has a nice blend of melon and pine. There is a mild undertone of sweetness in the aroma.

The taste is a rich onslaught of sweet hops. The hoppy pine flavor is mostly strong in the finish. The start is sweet and slightly melony. This is full bodied and sticky. I like it, but I'm personally more a fan of drier IPA's. Still; this delivers when fresh.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Palate Wrecker, which clocks in at "100+" IBUs, according to Green Flash's website, opens with exactly the kind of nose that IBU level entails, overflowing with grapefruit rind, pink grapefruit, rose hips, pine sap, mint, eucalyptus, dandelion stem, and the aromatic version of the bitterness you get when you suck on non-flavored vitamin C tablets. In other words, the hop aromas are intense, but at the same time, varied and playful, bouncing between several notes and speaking of the kind of balance with which high-wire artists are familiar. There are also massive sugars in here, beginning with deep orange, lemon, lime, apricot, and berry fruit esters, and delving from there into brown sugars, all of which is grounded by toast crust and rising wheat dough. As a whole, the nose is amazing, and at least for a hophead, begs to be put on the tongue.

On the tongue, it's immediately apparent why this beer is called "Palate Wrecker": the hop flavors--dandelion stem, pine sap, grapefruit rind, mint, anise, eucalyptus, pepper--are so intense that I doubt any other beer would have much flavor if imbibed after this one. The hops wash over the tongue in such power that the mouth's soft tissues tingle and burn in response, and even the nose fills with slightly eye-watering (but in the best way possible) vapors. There are sugars somewhere deep, deep beneath that hop blast, bringing brown sugars, orange, apricot, berry, and toast crust, but they're present in much the same way that your underwear is: you know it's there, but you're really not paying that much attention to it. The beer does come across as imbalanced because of this, but the hop flavors are so intense, varied, nuanced, and delicious that it doesn't particularly concern this drinker. There's only the slightest touch of alcohol vapors in here, mostly coming through late in the mouthful, but even these blend nicely with the hops, much like the alcohol in a good martini. Even the aftertaste, which can still be nicely detected a good sixty seconds after swallowing, is hops, hops, hops. Mouthfeel is a lightly syrupy medium, and carbonation is medium (though it feels like medium high, thanks to the burning effect of the hops).

Overall, if you're a hophead, then this beer should be at the very top of your "must try" list, because you're really not going to find a brew that better showcases what can be done with a skilled, intelligent application of this ingredient. Just don't expect to taste much of anything when you're done--if the hops don't take care of that, the 9.5% ABV will.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife got this for me about a week ago. My friend tried it before I did and said it really was a palate wrecker.

Appearance- copper color, nice head, nice lacing

Smell- beautiful smell of hops, smells very fresh like they do before they are added to the wort, I love that smell.

Taste- very hoppy but very well balanced, tastes and smells like fresh hops into the wort, piney

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, nice carbonation

Drinkabilty- It is delicious. I love it. One of the best! The hops in there are so wonderful!

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know much about this one, sounds interesting, Green Flash's version of Ruination? Just a guess based on the name. Poured from bottle pint glass the hop aroma is immediately present upon the pour. The beer arrives a slightly hazy orange color with a good 2 finger white cap, decent retention and lacing. The beer is a hop bomb so the aroma is heavy on the hops. Mostly citrus with a bit of pine. I love hops but this is almost so strong it's uninviting. The beer is bitter, not nearly to Ruination's level but bitter. Unbalanced. Very resiny with pine and earthy tones more prevalent than the nose suggests. Hides the alcohol well though. Hops dominate any malt base. Full bodied. Good carbonation. Overall, not bad but nowhere near balanced. 1 is enough.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,079 ratings.
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