Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

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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Photo of fscottkey
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
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 -5.1%
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 +3.4%
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 -5.1%
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 -11.1%
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 -3.1%
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 -9.9%
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 -9.4%
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 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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Photo of Wiffler27
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours clear amber with a solid head

smell is oddly mild. clearly fruity hops but not shining crazy through

highly hoppy, very bitter. a true palate wrecker. flavor is mostly hops and body is average. nothing truly special but a very bitter beer. i had 2 Stone Enjoy By's before this and Enjoy By is clearly a much better beer but this isn't bad. a true bitter dIPA

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From their Norfolk Brewery: from the growler, it pours a slightly dark amber with a modest head. Lots of piney hops in the nose. The mouth gets a nicely hoppy malty flavor. Yum!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Topped with a light tan to pink, dense, uniform foam, the body is a shimmering dark amber.

Dank and fruity on the nose, I get super sticky, sweaty, overripe peach in massive amounts, with a little cannabis and pine. Some woody funk arises as it warms.

Taste flips the script, with super bitter pine coming first, then woody grapefruit and peach meekly trying to fight through this tongue thrashing monster.

Palate Wrecker has a really smooth, slick body, almost soft and pillowy with a balanced finish, if not for the immense and biting bitterness.

To anyone unfamiliar or less experienced with downing intense hop cocktails like this, or even less extreme, normal IPAs, this will scar you for life.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clean golden amber with head and lace for days. Super pine hops with big malt backbone, but the hops win out. So clean n delish, high powered. One of GF's best brews.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The nose on this beer isn't terribly distinctive - ambiguously fruity, bubblegum-y, maybe some grape.

On the palate it is hugely bitter, almost numbing up front. Again, some sort of ambiguous fruit salad notes fall into place with a light caramel sweetness backing it up. There are floral, grassy and grapefruit notes, but mostly big, bitter pine.

I had a little glass of bourbon before this and my palate is certainly confused, if not wrecked. It was expecting some relief from the booze, but the extreme IBUs here are bringing a similar sort of thrashing. Wish I could taste a little more character behind the bitterness, but alas, this beer is what it's marketed to be.

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Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Assessment: Wow! Picked-up a six-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for about twelve dollars. Huge explosion of hops, very nice smell and taste, a bit too high ABV for my taste, but would get as a one-off again.

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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/1/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear medium orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky/resinous, and slightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.5%. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, and despite the drying bitter/resinous finish. Very dank and juicy on hops; nice malt backbone, but never too sweet or heavy. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a regular amber color, aroma is complex, a pine-resin-malt-orange citrus flavor, and even a banana smell. Nice. Taste is hop-malt heavy, aftertaste is slightly bitter with pine citrus there also. Excellent!

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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 StoutElk_92
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours clear copper orange with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh red grapefruit, tangerine, nutty toasty caramel malt, some apricot, pineapple, papaya, with clean floral earthy herbal grass and spicy resinous pine. Tastes like green onions, red grapefruit pith, tangerine, nutty toasty caramel malt, apricot, pineapple, papaya, with floral earthy herbal grass and dank spicy resinous pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice bitter and balanced double IPA.

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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 dsa7783
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a ruddy, tawny hue with moderate frothing. Strong, boozy aroma replete with hints of grapefruit and citrus. Similar flavor profile.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a clear darkish orange. Smell is citrus, floral, piney. Taste is big citrus and pine, with some earthiness as well. Bitterness is big but not overwhelming (or maybe I'm just immune these days). Feel is a thickish medium. A big beer that I enjoyed.

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

Clear golden orange with one finger of bone color head that lasts about ten minutes. Splashes of lace on the sides of the nonic pint glass.
Smell is piney with some floral notes.
Taste is big pine resin oily hops with just a bit of malt support.
Mouthfeel is medium with proper carbonation. Finish is long dry and bitter.
Overall a true palate wrecker for sure! Kind of like drinking hop oil.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Tulip. Best by date is the 1st of August 2017.

L: Clear bright amber, half finger light beige head that slowly recedes into a thin layer.

S: A lot of hops to sort through here, picking up some floral, pine, citrus and possibly herbal notes as well. Really well balanced in the hops category but not overall as expected. Faint caramel sweetness in the background though. Really makes your mouth water. Detecting a hint of booze in there too.

T: Boy is that a wallop to the palate! Very bitter but not so much that you don't want to keep drinking. Lots of citrus and pine hops making themselves heard here with underlying notes of the floral and herbal. Boozy hit after the hops mellow out. Caramel notes try to take contorl and lose becoming some background noise. Unbalanced as expected.

F: Oily, slick, Medium-full body with good carbonation. A bit syrupy.

O: Not the best IIPA but not the worst, a solid beer.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just as the name states. A palate wrecker for sure! Super bitter, from beginning to end. Solid beer,but maybe overdone with the bitterness. Aromas are nice, but over 100 IBUs make sure you're ready!!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in orange, looks less orange as you age these. 1/4" white head. Aroma of massive caramel, hot booze, lots of bitter hops.

Taste is indeed a palate wrecker, its around 100ibus and a ton of caramel crystal malt. Plenty of citrus impact on this one. The fresher it is, the more citrus and hoppiness like a dipa, the more it ages, the more the malt and caramel seem to take over, as well as the alcohol seeming stronger.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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