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RATINGS: 1196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 149   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Palate Wrecker was originally brewed for the Hamilton’s Tavern 2nd Anniversary celebration. It’s the most complicated West Coast–inspired IPA we have ever brewed—mashing and sparging with hopped wort, in addition to our hop layering regimen for IPA. We use almost 6 lbs/bbl of Columbus and Centennial hops to create this very bitter hop monster (tested at 149 IBU and no extracts in case you were wondering). By popular demand, it is now released for the world to enjoy (even though this beer isn’t for everyone, only the real hop heads!!!). Cheers! - Chuck Silva - Brewmaster - Green Flash Brewing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7395) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours a gently hazed amber gold with a large dense white head. Big bright citrus on the nose, soft caramel and toast. Medium bodied, toast and sweet malt, long bitterness and earth. A touch sweet, but well balanced overall. Big bitterness on the finish, long malt and toast. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusgus (233) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber with thick off-white head. Heady aroma full of fruits and weed. Oranges, apricots, red currants, white flowers, very hoppy indeed. Medium full mouthfeel with alcohol apparent throughout the whole time, but not annoying. High carbonation and dry finish accentuates the citrus, grapefruit finish along with a marked, spicy bitterness. Great take on a strong IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (5071) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2012
This poured a ruby red color with a biege head. Aroma was mainly citrus and grass, some caramel malt there too. flavor was very bitter fitting of the nam,e, some grapefruit and pine, with light balancing malt. Wish this one wasn’t so over the top bitter and was a little more balanced. would have been a lot better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle. Smells like a pine forest, with some hoppiness. Pours golden orange with white head. Taste is all hops & pine needles with faint citrus. Lasting finish, good stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1435) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2012
This is what I am looking for! A massive hop missile aimed straight at my palatte. Massive hope aroma of pine and resin. This is an assualt that I will be glad to be subjigated to any time. Flavor is bitter with a moderately sweet finish. Absolutely a hop heads delight!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3923) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Bomber from Country Club Liquors. Nose is citrus, musty, and a tiny bit of ivy hopwise with a light amount of caramel backbone. Clear copper orange with a bigger lightly lacing yellow beige head. Flavor is lots of bitterness with piney-ivy note. Finishes very bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (2703) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle. Clear bright amber with an off-white head that soon fades to a coat but laces fairly well. Aroma of pine, resin, toffee, some kumquat. Nice, brooding, almost sweaty hops. Much more citrus in the taste - grapefruit rather than kumquat. Plain caramel sweetness is there but pretty much overwhelmed by bitterness. Plenty of pine and pepper, fairly harsh at the end. Plenty of hop flavours, but they’re higgledy piggledy and fail to disguise the deadness of the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (2164) - USA - MAY 15, 2012
Had some from a bottle and on draft, and the draft was noticeably better. Fresh pine aroma. A sweet, strong, sticky IPA, dripping with hop resin. Peppery, with a bit of flowers in the taste. A bit harsh from the bottle, but still a very impressive brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Morey (46) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2012
INFORMATION: According to the Green Flash website, this beer is released in the Spring. I spotted this in a bottle shop in Ohio over the weekend, and decided to throw a single in a mixed six pack. I held it up to the light, and there was absolutely no sediment to speak of. So I crossed my fingers, hoping for a fairly fresh bottle. It’s brewed with 6 lbs. of hops per barrel and weighs in at over 100 IBUs.

APPEARANCE: Pours a very hazy copper-orange color. Topped with two fingers of cream colored foam. The head settled to and thin and spotty layer after about 10 minutes or so. Good head retention, and even better lacing.

AROMA: Grapefruit, Pine Resin, Caramel Malt, and Wet Grassy Hops in the nose.

TASTE: Big layer of caramel malt up front accompanied by a good amount of wet-hop bitterness. The sweetness from the malt really shows itself about midway. Thankfully, there’s a second wave of bitterness that immediately follows, and sweeps it’s way over the entire palate. The finish is filled with lingering flavors of sticky hops, caramel, and freshly squeezed grapefruit.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body with a pretty light carbonation level for the style.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: This is obviously not super fresh. Does that mean that I shouldn’t review it? I think not. Who’s fault is it that there’s no date on this bottle afterall? It’s still a pretty tasty beer. It just taste like a hopped-up Barleywine at this point. As a DIPA however, it’s just too malty. I hope to have a fresh one sometime soon, and I can only hope that Green Flash starts to bottle date sooner rather than later!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Bottle courtesy of an extra via trade. Thanks! Pours a deep amber orange hue, a touch darker, mellow haze with a lively carbonation, more fiery spring sunset edges. A cakey offwhite head sits atop larger, laces well and sticks around pretty well overall. Aromas offer a melange of lemons, melon, and florals. Some ok orange citrus, touches of sweeter cotton candy, pale malts, and a touch of girthiness. Fresh grass, florals, fairly lively fruit presence. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a touch bigger, with a firm bitter smack up front. Rich hoppy dryness and bitter elements of florals, lemon, and grass. Touches of orange, melon, and touches of mellow malty jabs. Middle shows some gentle cotton candy, pale malts, bread. Some fruity sweetness of faint tropical elements. Mango and more grapefruit starts to overwhelm. Backend dries out again, dry florals, citrusy grapefruit and lemon, touches of gentle heat, more dry hops, and some pale malt crisp and sweet elements. Overall, a solid beer but a bit forgetable without a defining hop character. The sweetness works at times and at others gives that cotton candy twang. Ok, but a lot of IIPAs would be preferred over this. Great appearance and lacing, very nice aroma, flavor. Solid, but below the top tier ones.

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