Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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4.16/5
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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
Ranking:
#1,461
Reviews:
767
Ratings:
4,159
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
218
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721
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,159 |  Reviews: 767
Photo of Bieniek30
3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of emmasdad
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Another double IPA from Green Flash, and although I was unimpressed with their bottled imperial IPA, I was eager to give this one a shot (mainly based on my love for the IPA and red). Again, I was disappointed. Poured a fairly clear orange-amber color, with a fairly solid white head. Big hoppy nose (shock!)--grapefruit, orange zest, weed leads to a body that is similarly overrun with hops, along with a little malt, apparently in an effort to keep this one balanced. Like with the IIPA, it doesn't work. For whatever reason, Green Flash's IIPAs just don't work for me, although I generally love the style as well as pretty much everything else Green Flash brews.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear shiny copper with one finger thick white head, settling to a thin ring, with wispy lacing left behind. Smell: grapefruit peel, resin, mildly herbal, with caramelized sugar and a little stone fruit in the back. Was expecting something more aggressive. Taste: oily hop extravaganza.. grapefruit, lemon rind, almost over caramel, then boozy with aggressive herbal and pine flavors, plus peach towards the end of the sip, finishing dry with a totally hop-wrecked palate. A tasty and intense hop-fix, not sure of its place in the DIPA elite, but digging it. Bottled 12/11/12.

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3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a brilliantly clear orange with hints of red. One-inch white head dies down after a while, leaving only a thin, filmy slip atop the beer. Thick, sticky rings of fine-bubbled lacing stick to the glass.

S: Bright scents of tangerine, mango, and peach. Floral with a green scent of young plant shoots. Spicy alcohol. Lots of black pepper. Crusty, bready, and biscuity malts.

T: Bitter pine tar and resin on the attack. Subtle citrus and tropical flavors and green, shoot-like tastes are ensnared in all that resiny bitterness. Black pepper taste is present throughout. Spicy alcohol is a touch hot and boozy, but not off-putting. Malt base of toasted bread crust and biscuit. Bitterness holds the tongue in a death-grip. Finishes very bitter with a resiny and green hop impression.

M: Medium bodied, oily and tongue-raking, fine-bubbled and sharp carbonation, creamy in a foamy way.

O: This is a DIPA of a different breed, and truthfully I don't quite know what to make of it. It is intensely bitter, but to the point of sacrificing some of the more pleasant, citrusy hop tastes. The pepper-like taste hinders drinkability a little, and I can see it coming across as too boozy for some. It is at least aptly named. This was a one-and-done for me.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,159 ratings