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:
4,149
Reviews:
765
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
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216
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720
For Trade:
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Photo of JintheHam
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kitch
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
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 -4.3%
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 pkkosmatka
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gavage
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Beachops
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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 emeyer
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ronniebruner
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of willcumbie
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Manuel_M
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Squire123
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Dillinger
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwilcox767
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
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 -6.3%
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 rarigney
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrewh995
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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 mdlb44
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,149 ratings.
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