Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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3,934 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,934
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 196
Gots: 634 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008

Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary
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Ratings: 3,934 | Reviews: 747
Photo of TTripp725
1.52/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

The alcohol is so overbearing that it ruins what I suspect would be a good beer.

Photo of Ookie37
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It is real and it is spectacular. But I think you can actually OD on hops with this too, it is some thing to experience but not swim in.

Photo of aRauf
2.33/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

The Palate Wrecker is just that. Consuming this foul beer does not make you more of a man, though it may put hair on your chest.

Bursting with flavor reminiscent of hoppier, more refined brews, this beer taste like a combination of ales were spilled on the brewery floor while it was being mopped, then funneled into a "new brew", one that the already intoxicated brew master rightfully decided would indeed wreck your palate. The scent is promising, though stifled by the bitter, rotten-hop flavor. It finishes no better than its initial shock, but, perhaps worst of all, the flavor sticks; hence the name "Palate Wrecker".

My first sample of this beer was rather humerus, as not only was my palate wrecked, but also my appetite. My friend, who was also sampling, literally threw up almost immediately after tasting this vial concoction. A third friend also tasted it, and didn't mind the flavor. So there are your stats: 1 in three will tolerate this beer, 1 in three will dislike this beer, and 1 in three will throw up after trying this beer.

I will never purchase this beer (unless I need a good gag gift).

Photo of MrMeerbill
3.24/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Highly disappointing was expecting a hop bomb more like a boozy firecracker

Photo of HopHunter19
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

El Dankerino. The Big Lebrewski.
Says best by 8/11/2015

Appearance - orange amber crystal clear with nice off white head that sticks/leaves nice lacing
Smell - Dank, resinous, garlic/onion/ganja in a good way. Then the tropical fruits come in - papaya, mango, orange.
Taste - Same as smell add piney bitterness, basically perfect.
Feel - Feels like an IIPA. Alc covered.
Overall - This is one of those every time I see it reasonably fresh I buy it. On par with all the best double/imperial ipas.

Photo of Jameson77
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange color, poor a very light head
smell of citrus floral hops
Strong carbonation that has a nice smooth finish, a little boozy with a nice citrus taste with still the pine of a more west coast ipa.
Full mouthful
Overall I give this a 4.5, a great ipa because I like the citrus balance with the hops.

Photo of BuccoFan
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a well-crafted beer that rightfully advertises itself as an acquired taste. I at least did not acquire it on my first try.

Photo of Sculpin-it
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big hop blast smoothed out with big malty back. Nice amber color with a sticky head. Nice blend hops malt citrus. It lingers nicely.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Palate Wrecker pours a hazy bronze color with a large lacing head. There is a big hoppy flavor, big malt flavors too. Big strong flavors. Overall its very aggressive, big hop flavors, very sharp flavors.

Photo of bnes09
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice creamy head with beautiful lace shapes. Tropical fruit aroma. Dank and earthy. Flavor begins with a corn bread malt backbone. Hops are aggressive at first then turn pungent with a spicy, brine like flavor. Pine, grass and earthy notes come to mind. Bone dry finish with a grainy texture on the tongue. Total palate destruction.

Photo of MortarPestle
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An in your face IPA as the name implies. Hop bitterness was appropriate for a Palate Wrecker, but seemed to lack the blanace seen in other Green Flash offerings.

Photo of TeamMathis
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big! Bitter! Fruit, pine, citrus rind, pepper, salt, and delight. Dry mouth aftertaste. And beautiful color and head. I want this again.

Photo of bgold86
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best American Imperial IPA's around. Great nose, great hoppy taste, nice bitter finish; one of the finest!

Photo of Noahtrumble
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Great beer, not as hoppy as I thought, but just enough to make it a great beer.

Photo of HoppedChef84
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little malty but that supports the abv. Not as intimidating as I thought it would be, dangerously good to drink.

Photo of Lezlibelle
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not into really hoppy beer, but I have to give this one credit for its honesty. Hoppy smell with a fruity/hoppy kick that evolves into a lingering bitterness that isn't unpleasant. It just is what it is! If you like hoppy beer, you'll enjoy this one.

Photo of sicilian
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Strong hop bite up front but smooth on the finish and aftertaste
ABV is hidden very well and the malty backbone does an OK job smoothing the IBU
It doesn't wreck your palate but certainty wakes it up

Photo of JPowell712
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It lives up to its name. This is a great hoppy beer of you like imperial or double IPA's. The way it hits you is very aggressive, it is true hop lovers dream beer. The 9.5% ABV is blended well with the malts so although a bitter beer, it finished smooth. This is one of the strongest hopped beers I have had.

Photo of clcross
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Juicy happy goodness that fits not go down like a 9.5

Photo of Brevbin
2.89/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Tasted overwhelmingly old. Served at Zapp's Beer Fest.

Photo of BeerDocT
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting around to reviewing this bad-boy. Been waiting in the fridge for quite a while.

Appearance 3.75: Great looking beer, pours out a deep golden color. Nice, creamy, 1/2" head. Decent lacing.

Smell 4.25: Great bouquet. Very (of course!) hop-forward, but interestingly, the hops that are forward are all citrus: grapefruit, candied orange rind and almost a crystallized ginger smell.

Taste 4.5: Front is big with a massive kick of hoppiness, but very little sweetness. Middle is where a giant wave of malt and alkaline hoppiness hits you like a mule. But, this is all well-balanced and smooth. Finish is a rain of alkaline hoppiness in the mouth. Very interesting: there is very little outstanding hop flavor with this beer other than a clean hop bitterness. Did they use Magnum? Aftertaste is a citrusy blast, primarily of grapefruit. Also a nice warming feeling from all the alcohol.

Mouthfeel 4.25: Very nice in the mouth. Smooth and with a level of carbonation that helps to balance out the big ABV.

Overall 4.25: Excellent beer. Great hop blending and very flavorful without being overpowering (regardless of its name). Amazingly light given its ABV, this is a delicious brew for a brief sessioning...aw, heck, just drink all four of them, but make it a Friday night. Recommended to all IPA fans.

Photo of moundbz
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a bitter bomb, with a great scent

Photo of Austin32
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wouldn't call it pallet wrecker....more like pallet enhancer.

Photo of mtomlins
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an aptley named beer! The nose has saome nice tropical notes to the hops with some spice and pine as well. On the palate, it has a nice malty start but transitions quickly to all bittering hops for a long, dry (astringent?) finish. Nice, but I wouldn't want more than one.

Photo of JackieTH
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep slightly hazy orange amber brew with a sticky foam cap leaving sheets of lace. Pungent oranges, orange peels, marmalade and grapefruit along with a substantial caramelly malt nose. Biting bitterness right away, almost hot-spicy. Grapefruit pith. Oranges. Garlicky onion. Pine resin. The intense bitterness grudgingly yields just an inch to a creamy carmelly malt backbone which must exist in principle to warehouse all this hop intensity. Powerfully hoppy excellence.

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Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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