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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,122
Reviews:
758
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
Wants:
215
Gots:
709
For Trade:
5
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Photo of dsshuck
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of MacQ32
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice slightly cloudy copper/orange color with a nice full white fluffy head. Decent retention, excellent lacing.

S - Lots of sweet citrus hops, some caramel malts for sure, some lighter sweeter fruit as well. Smells juicy and inviting.

T - It lives up to the name, I've eaten hops (or a hop, several times) before (who wouldnt?) and this is as close to that feeling/taste ive ever experienced in a beer. Dry bitter and overpowering. Maybe a little fruity sweetness at the back end but its pretty hard to tell, it wrecked my palate. I'm going to let this warm up for about 20 minutes and see if I can pick up more of the fruity/citrusy flavors...

Significantly better/more balanced (a ton). Still nice and hoppy but im getting sweet fruits up front, a bitter burst and then a lot of nice lingering citrusy/bitter flavors. Malts not really there on this one. When drank super cold, I'd say 3.25 just too unbalanced, but at ~50-55 severely improved.

M - Medium bodied, now that its warmed up a bit I wouldnt call it a session but not a sipper either. Perfect for a 2 an hour type pace as long as you let it warm up a wee bit.

O - Very very nice aggressive west coast ipa, discovered green flash about a week ago when they started distributing down here and they are now probably a personal top 5-10 brewery for me. love it.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Roguer
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Almost crystal clear orange/copper liquid with a nice flat white head. Decent retention, and nice lacing.

Strong citrus hop aroma with some pine, and extremely juicy fruit. Pineapple and tangerine.
Some caramel malt and honey.

Extremely bright and hoppy, as expected. Pine and dry hops up front, malts in the middle, with pulpy ruby red grapefruit and resinous hops in the finish. Extremely juicy IPA. Some dry orange peel on the very back-end.

Good hop oil retention and resinous residue. A little on the syrupy side, but good carbonation sting; still feels lively. Medium feel; some citrus peel aftertaste; very little alcohol heat at all. Flavor lingers forever.

Despite the name, this is a very juicy, somewhat balanced IPA. I edited this review based on getting a stray musty/funky smell and flavor in my first bottle. The second bottle had none of that, although the malts were completely overpowered this time around.

I guess that costs Green Flash a point in consistency, but it's a good IPA.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - deep golden-red hue, inauspicious enough start. Creamy manila head with gluey, sticky lace all around.

Aroma - pungent, herbal, minty, pine resin. Not a grain in sight.

Taste - a brief bit of orangey citrus up front, pineapple too. The rest of the beer is built for max IBUs. So bitter I almost can't define related flavors. There are some entry notes of resin and grapefruit rind, but it quickly becomes white noise with the overpowering bitterness. On the other side, some abv heat returns some flavor to the palate, and some warm citrus notes help define the ending. I rather like the opening and closing, but the middle is a bit of a task.

Mouthfeel - not as big a body for a DIPA, giving it some added crispness, a nice touch for the style. Not especially smooth from the hop oils, in this case I don't mind as it allows the bitter to wash out faster and the more citrusy flavors of the finish to arrive that much faster.

Drinkability - glad I had a chance to try it. I know a few hopheads on my block who I'll try to grab a few more for, but one and done for me. DIPAs are a tough style for me - I find many I don't necessarily care for, but I can't stay away from the style. The audacious use of ingredients with such generous abandon has a certain allure I keep coming back to.

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Photo of ZachT
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Ristaccia
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep honey-caramel color, with impeccable clarity. The head is lovely as well at 1 finger and tons of dancing lace.

Tons of chinook and columbus on the nose. Practically a freshly picked hop/opened hop pouch. Slight dirty caramelish aromas behind that.

Um, holy crap. This beer doesn't lie and neither will I. This will destroy your tongue in several ways. First, it stimulates the salival glands to secrete at the utter dryness of the alcohol and hop combining. Second, it twists your tongue as the hop practically attacks it like white blood cells on a virus. Some facial expressions will be made. Third, it scrubs your tongue of all dignity like a paint scraper on the wall. Fourth, the heavy alcohol presence creates a hotness in both your mouth and down your tube to your belly. This is a little tastier but no less bitter than chewing on raw hop.

Feel is hot and burning, with a dry feel and a scrubbing sensation.

Overall, a drain pour in the best way possible. It's simply too much for me. It's my fault, not the beer's. It's not a bad beer. But the hops are insane and it's by far the hoppiest, most bitter beer I've ever had. Hop heads, unite.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Somewhat murky dark apricot, big white head, tons of cling. Looking good.

S - Nice malt center but completely dominated by citrus and pine.

T - Nice. Meat thick caramel center splashed heavily with hop juice.

M - Medium to heavy body, great carb and balance.

D - I really like this one.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay glass. The appearance is a deep clear gold with 2 fingers of dense white head, heavy lacing left behind, terrific head retention. This looks picture perfect for a DIPA. The aroma has aromatic dry hopped goodness all over it. Bright tropical notes are balanced by deep notes of resinous pine with some grapefruit in there as well. Malts are present on the nose in the form of sweet caramel, bread, and graham cracker. The taste is big and bold with hops from beginning to end. The malts are present up front with mellow bready sweetness, dank hops quickly take hold as this thing is a hop monster. The deep bitterness of the pine is brightened up by some tropical fruit. The body is big and the carbonation is moderate to high. Overall, this beer has a truly impressive hop bill. The aromatic hops and the bittering hops are balanced beautifully and there is a nice sturdy malt backbone which holds everything up. This brew is fantastic, a definite must try.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ehammond1
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Green Flash Brewing Co.
Mira Mesa, CA

Clear golden amber. Not much of a head nor much lacing down the glass, but still a pretty beer.

A pungent, ripe, dank aroma of citrus hops in the nose. Little to no malt character, which is fine by me in a big DIPA. There's a piney and sticky hop aroma as well; it all comes together very nicely.

The taste isn't quite on par with the aroma, though it is still a delicious beer. Loads of bitterness, citrus, and pine flavor--relatively simple, but delicious.

Medium bodied, amble carbonation.

A hoppy, strong, bitter DIPA. A signature Green Flash brew.

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Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Volsdawg10
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jaswilson2
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of NJBeer265
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

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

Golden orange, but hard to tell in this light. Not much head, but the ring is sturdy. 3.5

Pine and grapefruit in the nose. Smidge of orange rind. Some booze and toasted malts. Not as impressive as I'd have liked. 4.0

Huge bitterness. Loads of pine, grapefruit, and alcohol. A hot and hop bitter Imperial IPA. Has a green grass note with a hint of vanilla. Hardly a noticable malt character. Not far from alcoholic hop juice. Interesting. 4.0

Balanced. Maybe a little thin-bodied. Still mentioning the heat here. 4.0

I like this enough. It's just crazy. A palate wrecker for sure. Obscene bitterness. For hopheads and crazy people, alike. 4.0

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Photo of DIPAFAN
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bcsbeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of sharpski
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Herky21
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,122 ratings.
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