Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 713
Hads: 3,963
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 202
Gots: 651 | FT: 5
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Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008

Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary
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Photo of SpruceMoose
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's bollocks-freezing weather down here in Oz, and thus it was inevitable that I'd make the trek to one of my favourite locals, Acland Cellars, to acquire some super-strong crafts for the evening that awaited me. Something dense, I said, like a barley wine or an imperial stout. The clerk grimaces as he hands me the bottle; the title "Palate Wrecker" staring menacingly into me. At first I'm perplexed as to whether I should fear or admire this creation by notorious San Diego brewers Green Flash, but curiosity meant that I knew this beer would certainly need to be reviewed.

Good luck, the clerk tells me as I walk out into the frostbitten streets. Keep calm. Relax. Deep breaths. Here we go.

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured slowly into a 500ml Hobgoblin tall pint glass.

Appearance: The pour generates a modest head with a cloudy golden body, similar in shade to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with the intriguing density of a Belgian ale. Bubbles race frantically up the glass and contribute to the head, which laces evenly as it lowers itself deeper into the glass.

Smell: A hophead's paradise; intense aromas of citra and cascade (and perhaps even Goldings?) hops are immediately noticeable, and serve as a signal of what is to come.

Taste: The first swallow produces an intense bitterness that lingers not only on the tongue but all around the mouth. It sits there right after your first sip and stays around until the second. As a hophead, I'm naturally in heaven. Some booziness is noticeable after the first few sips.

Mouthfeel: Denser than your average IPA. Carbonation is moderate and the body is gentle despite the intense flavour. Overall very pleasant.

Overall: Hopheads would love it, maltists would scoff at it and lagerboys will run hysterically from it. Green Flash Palate Wrecker is a unique beer with plenty of character and much to offer the hop connoisseur. This is indeed an intense double IPA, and chances are you'd either fall head over heels for it or dismiss it as another overhopped generic American IPA. Regardless, my palate has been wrecked. (2,076 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy amber/orange color with an inch off-white frothy head that sticks around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like citrusy (tangerine, orange, grapefruit) and pine hops, and a bit of caramel malt. However, I don't pick up quite as much citrus in the taste (as compared to the aroma). Mostly I taste a lot of bitter pine hops, along with some citrusy hops (mango, grapefruit) and a little caramel malt. There's a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's lick and creamy with good carbonation. Overall I think this is a good brew and I'd buy it again in the future. $8.99 a bottle. (713 characters)

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

12oz bottle from Whatsarezaf (thanks for the extra!). Served in a Sweetwater snifter. No bottling date noticed. 

Pours clear amber with 2 fingers of frothy cream head that quickly dissapates. Nice consistant lacing. 

Smells of big piney and citrusy hops. A faint sweetness behind those pleasant hops. 

As the nose foretold, the taste is powerful resiny pine and citrus hops. Orange, mango, tree sap and pepper. Good and bitter. I can tell there is a bit of sweet malt backing but the hops dominate. There is a touch of booze bite but not you might expect from a beer pushing 10% abv. 

Medium light feel with a pleasing slight carbonated zing that makes the sticky bitter aftertaste tingle on the tongue. Not what I typically look for but really well done in this brew. 

Another impressive offering from Green Flash. I'd really like to see them in GA (for now I have to trade or pick them up on my semi-regular trips to Asheville). Palate Wrecker is no misnomer- in my opinion this sticks on the tongue with a bitter potency that Stone's Ruination never quite achieves. Worth a try if you want a seriously bitter hop-forward DIPA without the typically biscuity malts. Thanks again for the great surprise, Reza! (1,219 characters)

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

A: Nice clear orange / amber appearance with a full frothy head.
S: Citrus / spicy aroma.
T: Intense hop flavor which leads to slight malt flavor at the finish.
M: light mouthfeel with appreciable carbonation.
O: Very good IPA, I love the citrus and strong hop flavor. This is a very good IPA and I would love to drink this again. (333 characters)

Photo of michiganbeerdrinker
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What better to kick off my first beer rating for BA then with something from GreenFlash?

Recent distribution to Michigan has allowed this incredible beer to come our way.

while I did not drink it from a glass, rather straight from the bottle so not able to comment on color/clarity, this met my expectations for a GreenFlash Beer IPA.

Go to beer? Yes.
Great first IPA for an up and coming hop head? yes. (409 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear amber color with a two finger off-white head.

S- Pine, wet grass/onion, citrus, just lots of hops, hint of tropical fruits.

T- Just tons of hops. Some citrus up front, big pine and resin hops in the finish, wet grass/onions really are not noticeable in the taste, there is a nice caramel malts backbone. Bitterness really stay with you.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Lives up to the name and is a solid DIPA. The 9.5% ABV is well hidden, and I feel this is pretty easy to drink. Definitely provides a good hops fix. (563 characters)

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

What a monster! Pours coppery into a Duvel tulip with an off-white head that's quite sticky.

Smells like a citrus-pine monster and tastes just as much. Be careful with this one if you're susceptible to heart burn. ß-acids make this one a stomach wrecker too. Malt backbone provides a sweetness to help drive the citrus notes. This is a beer you should try if you love Ruination.

Note: this is less sweet. (409 characters)

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

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear perfect amber with a nice white head that fades to a layering and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with powerful grapefruit and pine notes as well as some nice sweet malt and tropical fruit flavors in the background.

T: The taste starts with a nice tropical fruit flavor as well as some pine and grapefruit with a sweetness on the finish.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy.

O: This is most likely a bit past it's prime given the previous reviews mentioning more pine and grapfruit than tropical flavors in the finish. I actually like it with some age as it's less harsh than the super pine west coast DIPAs. (685 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very dark orange color. fluffy head. smells of grapefruit. very bitter on the palate. nice thick coating around the sides where the level was. beautiful brew to look at and pour. some decent carbonation. bitter indeed. this is what 149 IBUs is? I wonder what a lemon or a grapefruit is? nice color. nice pour. nice to look at. more bitter than I want to taste, but it's a great brew and they did a great job with this one. borderline novelty brew unless they're really producing and selling mass quantities of this. I suppose as a seasonal they probably do pretty well, though.... (580 characters)

Photo of mjl21
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Beachwood BBQ. Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a clear orangish amber with a massive two finger head that does a good job of sticking around.

S-Really nice fresh citrus hop nose that also has dank qualities. There is a little bit of caramel sweetness, but hops lead the way.

T-It starts with a musty citrus hop taste. Like the nose there is dank flavor and some caramel sweetness. Lots of resiny pine coats the tongue and enhances the strong bitterness of this beer. A little bit of booze can be picked up.

M-Medium bodied and smooth from the cask pour.

D-A very bitter beer that is best served at the end. I could have easily had two of these.

I had this over a year ago at the Toronado in SF and rememeber it being bitter as hell. This pint definitely confirmed what I had remembered. It worked very well on cask and is worth seeking out if you love hops assaulting your palate. (900 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Brilbeck's in Syracuse for $7. Ah, this is a fine example of the DIPA style. Big floral, juicy grapefruit fills the aroma, while the flavor follows up with more spicy, grassy grapefruit. The finish isn't crisp, but a rounded and strong piney kick with citrus rind. The hops character covers a lot of ground and the malt isn't too sweet, as is the problem with some higher ABV DIPAs. Hop heads should check this out. (437 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Sparkling orangy-gold pour. Thin layer of white head.

Aroma, huge piney hops. Some floral citrus. Pretty straight forward here.

Taste, Again big pine. More grapefruit, citrus.
Was surprised how much brown sugar and caramel malt background there was in this. Hops are still the show though. The bitter finish crushes all, more than any dipa I've had to date.

Solidly mid bodied. Ample carbonation, but it seems a little scratchy. I think this makes the warming seem a little higher as well. Still drinks pretty well.
A big bitter beer, as advertised. (558 characters)

Photo of SSS
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Golden yellow with a hint of orange, nice white head on top that lingers ever so soft.
S-Pronounced hop resin aroma, pine and fruit with a toasted malt character peaking through
M-Medium body in a quenching fluid that dries out in time
T-Oh so bitter and yet a sweetness that only really comes from too many hops. The bitterness lingers and lingers. It is almost too much for my personal palate. I also get a caramel level.
O-So this beer is definitely unique, there is a bitterness that comes from it that is borderline pain in my book. I enjoyed one, two would be a challenge. I recommend. (598 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip. The color was of a nice burnt sienna, with reddish and yellowish hues when held to the light. A one finger tan head held strong, showing great retention. Eventually, spotty patterned lacing was left around the glass. Carbonation appeared lighter, and a chill haze permeated the beverage. No sediment was noted. The nose was beautifully fruity, with pineapple, red apple, and a hint of strawberry. Huge grapefruit hops came through, with light bubblegum esters, and pale malts. The malt bill also exhibited some light steel, toast, and caramel, becoming somewhat grassy with warmth. Our first impression was that this was a very bitter brew, but had a nice sweet balance. As we sipped, fruit hit the palate first. Blueberry and Juicy Fruit gum, with lime and pineapple sugars dominated the entire front. The peak came in, cutting, with cherry booziness, and a huge bitter hop quality. Citrus and pine took over, taking us to the finish, where a continued massive citric flavoring washed the palate clean. Lactic creaminess and booze, with a finally cutting metallic sweetness of pale malts helped to characterize the finish. The aftertaste breathed with soft honey, pale malts, huge citrus, bittering hop cone and Earth, and tannin tea leaves. The body was medium, and the carbonation was high. The mouth was significantly puckered, with citrus, and a nice warming booze. With each sip came a nice soft slurp, froth, and cream. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the huge hoppiness in the nose and, more massively, in the taste. The beer was so bitter, metallic, and sweet, all coming in for a beautiful balance. For Green Flash this level of hop bitterness is to be expected, but for some it may be just a bit overwhelming. (1,890 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber in colour with a medium-sized white head. Good retention and great lacing.

HUGE citrus nose. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Some caramel malt behind. Very nice.

Citrus is big in the taste as well. Orange, grapefruit. Some pine. A big hop flavour, no doubt about that. Caramel malt is there as well to provide a contrast. Quite bitter.

Medium bodied, high carbonation. Oily.

Overall, a very nice DIPA! (410 characters)

Photo of BeerdedHophead
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm little late to the game on actually setting up and account here and reviewing, but I've been visiting and reading reviews on this site for years now.

Green Flash is one of my favorite brewing companies so I figured this would be a good beer to start with. I've had it both on tap and from a bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Copper. Slightly cloudy. Actually, cloudier than expected.

S: Fruity. Very fruity. Hints of banana.

T: Hoppy. But, for it being 9.5% it hides it very well.

M: Syrupy. I realize most DIPAs are and it's the only drawback for me. I enjoy the bitter sting of a dry IPA.

O: if you don't enjoy hops... Beware. This beer is truly a work of art, like most of their brews. (702 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Tenaya Creek, poured into a tulip glass.

A - pours a crystal clear golden copper color, with a 1/2 finger of thin white head.

S - has a mouth watering apricot, citrus aroma. A little piney, but mostly juicy citrus aromas.

T/M - great bold hop flavor profile. Tastes citrus like the smell, and finishes bitter and slightly dry. Medium mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

O - this a just what I was looking for in a DIPA. Big bold hoppy character, with the alcohol very well hidden. There is NO indication that this a 9.5%. A great brew that I would definitely have again. (585 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this first, years ago, at Hamilton's, on a fairly epic evening. This was back before it was bottled. Truly, it was Hamilton's Palate Wrecker. Now I am drinking it from a bottle, bought off the shelf in bumblefuck Iowa. Who'd a thunk it? Even just a few years ago. So much good beer most everywhere.

Clear amber liquid with modest off-white head that sticks for a bit then fades and leaves some lacing and a ring around the edge. It has enough color to indicate something other than base malt in the grain bill, but will it have the heft I hope for?

Smells good. A balanced mix of some booze, malty sweetness and citrusy hops. With a swirl the sweetness hides, but reemerges once the agitation settles. But not any notable caramel, just the sweetness. A bit warm, opens up the sinuses.

Sharp piny bitterness, right up front, is one element of the taste that was not detectable in the nose. It has a kind of "grow some hair on your balls" (for those who have them- not sure how to translate that phrase) intensity. And the bitterness will reemerge as the most prominent element after the finish. In between the fruity hop flavor, alcohol, and malty sweetness (again with the caramel flavor just barely out of reach) blend with the bitter lupulin goodness while producing a magnificent crescendo of IPA sensory satisfaction.

Good carbonation, medium body, bitter finish. Pretty smooth, aside from the crass bitterness (that comes with the territory when it is called Palate Wrecker).

So back to the first paragraph (for the 3 of you that might actually read this-- send me a beer mail if you do!) about having this at Hamilton's. I had been at the nearby and newly opened SD Toronado earlier, and ended up sitting next to Green Flash Brewmaster Chuck Silva. Was talking beer geek shit with him for a while before someone told me who he was. Later had the Palate Wrecker with him at Hamilton's, and lots of other fun.

But aside from fond memories, this beer kicks ass. I like my DIPA more on the "almost a hoppy barleywine" end of the spectrum, generally. Majaraja, Unearthly, for example. Palate Wrecker is certainly not that, but there is a solid foundation for the hops to play on, and it works for me. (2,212 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

my favorite green flash brew so far. a hophead's dream here. pours a barely red honey color with a proper white head on top. smell is a floral hop bouquet and some yeast with a belgian feel, or at least that fruity/spice hefe feel to it. flavor is not all hops, although they are clearly dominant. i also taste orange, pale malts, and a touch of honey. this is an excellent springtime imperial ipa. it just has something light and airy about it, despite how massive it is. feel is very very brightly carbonated and the body is squarely medium. one beer definitely gets ya buzzed too, no matter who you are. i suggest this one highly, its fantastic (647 characters)

Photo of DrStiffington
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks great. smells pretty good, but I don't get much. Maybe it's me. The taste is the real draw, here. It's not called Palate Wrecker for nothing. Bitter, strong hops dominate here. Some citrus, but mostly just a hop bomb, in the best way. Usually DIPAs have a bigger malt presence. Not here. Mouthfeel thick and sticky. Great beer! (333 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into becker pint glass; clear golden amber with a fluffy white head that leads tons of lacing. Smell is big on piney and dank hops, with a nice malt backbone. Taste starts out with very bitter piney hops right off the bat, with some sweeter fruity hops following, more subdued. It gets more drinkable after each sip, and the caramel malt is more noticeable as it warms. Hop-heads will love this; others may find it too bitter. A great in-your-face DIPA; don't be expecting something called "Palate Wrecker" to be subtle. (527 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA

Appearance - Clear and golden orange in color, served to me in a snifter with an off-white, half finger head sitting on top. Fair retention, leaving a ring of microbubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Fair lacing with good stick.

Smell - Pungent hop aroma. Big tropical notes: sweet candied mango, pineapple, apricot and orange, all backed by a moderate pine character.

Taste - Follows the nose. An assault of hop, strengthened by a lightly toasted bread malt backbone. Tropical sweetness. Moderate pine dank, then a grapefruit pith bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Close to full body, slightly sticky in fact, with fair carbonation. Smooth, easy finish.

Overall - A mighty fine TIPA here. Classic West Coast Imperial IPA profile. I wouldn't mind giving this one another go, and I'd invite anyone who loves their IPA's do the same! (881 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer appeared a deep, clear orange with a thick slightly off white head that was well retained and settled into a thin cap. Carbonation was noticeably rising from the bottom of the glass. The beer gave off a big, strong pine hop aroma...that was about it. I doubt anything else would have been able to cut it. The beer had a huge pine hop taste, overly so for my taste, with a very bitter aftertaste. The beer had a moderate to heavy feel, it was creamy, and was well carbonated. Overall, while I have grown tired of the style, this is still a quality beer and one that I would definitely drink again. (605 characters)

Photo of tviz33
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a Ballast Point tumbler.

A- Pours a finger and a half of white suds that settle to a thin covering over top of a completely transparent orange body.

S- Bright citrus and some toasty malts.

T- It didn't exactly wreck my palate like I expected, but was rather balanced. Cracker and bread-like character balances the bitterness.

M- Medium-full and a little slick. Decent carbonation slippery on the way down like oil. The alcohol heat is only slightly noticeable.

O- Pretty solid offering. Wouldn't mind another one bit. (557 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%

They aren't kidding here. Seriously hopped up. Still there was nice body besides just the hops, and amazingly strong floral aroma. quite carbonated, very crisp. Almost makes your tongue numb. (191 characters)

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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