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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,423
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 146
Gots: 299 | FT: 4
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008)
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Photo of TeeJay
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Burnt orange light head with good lace on the glass

Nose: Bouquet of floral, citrus, wet hops,

Taste: Goes straight for the back of your palate with malty vanilla then moves to fruit and finishes bitter for a LONG time. Not to boozy for 9.5% ABV such a pleasant experience the way double ipa's should work

TeeJay, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of GoodBeerTire
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As high as the IBU numbers that this IPA has, I expected this to truly wreck my palate, but instead it wasn't quite so harsh. The malt backbone of this beer was enough to counteract the massive amount of hoppiness (or should I say happiness) that this ale provides. I apologize for not using the Beer Advocate form of rating, and rather just ramble about my tasting, but it tasted damn good. Not for those who can't handle the hops,but it you are a hop-head, go for it. Very similar to Lagunitas Hop Stupid, but a little more refined, as the malt backbone is a little heavier.
Not a beer to session with, as it is pretty strong, and it will "wreck the palate".

GoodBeerTire, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - this is an easy-foaming beer with a nice, white, puffy, clingy head and a gorgeously-cloudy deep brown body. This head is absolutely amazing and will stick around hours after last call.

Smell - The dry-hopping gives this DIPA a huge, raunchy, pine resin nose that dominates any other players in this bouquet.

Taste - This is a monster hop bomb. The piney resin takes over the taste and there's a lightly-sweet residual to the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is almost full in the body with little carbonation and a thick, oily, slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 90% of beer drinkers won't want to finish a bomber of this ale, and 90% of the people who do won't be able to drink anything after this, thus the name. I found it to be slickly sweet and a great take on the style.

RoyalT, May 20, 2012
Photo of flayedandskinned
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/17/12
Pour into a duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, deep orange with a 2 finger white head with great retention. tons of lacing as expecting.

Aroma: Dank hops straight to the nose! Pine, grapefruit and an earthy, onion-y note(The Columbus hop's calling card) A sweet, honey malt back ground. Smells delightful, yet intimidating.

Taste: Huge, resinous hops right up front; The usual citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, faint lemon zest with a solid, some what chewy malt backbone that really is a great base to showcase the crazy hoppiness. Finishes dry and BITTER!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, a little oily from the insane amount of hop resin. Medium carbonation.

Overall: An insanely bitter, and tasty IPA that truly lives up to it's name; drinking this is almost akin to chewing through hop cones. What really surprises me so much about this is the fact that it is 9.5%, yet isn't sweet. I was so happy that Green Flash brought this seasonal back from last year. Highly recommended to anyone who loves IPAs and especially excessively bitter ones!

flayedandskinned, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of lurpy1
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Palate Wrecker doesn't do this beer. Mother Fucker would be more like it. One of the most unrepentant, aggressive beers I've ever had, and I mean that as a compliment. Smells like pot. Tastes like hops, pine, a little bit of mint. Deadly high ABV too. Really does throw your palate off. Summed up best by the guy next to me at the bar: "Shit, man".

Still regard Green Flash as one of the most underrated breweries in the country. They were not messing around with this beer.

lurpy1, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Fridge on 5/13/12, notes taken when served.
A 12 oz. pour into a snifter, an acceptable glass. Thanks! Bria.

Pours a nice light ¼” off white head, with very brief longevity and some fair lace, spotty and clings to glass. A lively ale easily revived with a swirl of the glass.
Medium deep amber color, nice.

The aroma hits you hard! With distinct, powerful, aggressive hops, dry hopped, spicy, piney and resiny, with hints of grapefruit. Wow, complex! This is followed by light enjoyable malt, toasty. There is probably more malt here than you know but it is completely dominated by the hops.

Very crisp, distinct, bitter hop entry on the palate. Distinct, aggressive hops, pine and resin, very powerful and exceptionally enjoyable, followed by medium distinct, rich, toasty, malt that is completely overpowered by the incredible hop profile. Ale yeast.
The body is full, with a fine balanced carbonation and a light balanced sweetness.

Exceptional, very long finish of bitter, pine and resin hops, some rich malt, but then the hop oils come and linger forever, totally dominating the malt.

An extraordinary ale. Totally delicious, with mind blowing power.
I suppose it could be said that this ale is somewhat unbalanced, but that being said this is a hop heads dream! Like drinking liquid hops. Delicious!!!

Very Highly Recommended!

Note: I believe that Sierra Nevada’s Hoptimum is better balanced while still the equal in power but both stand as the best DIPA/IMP IPA’s I have had this year to date.

JTSbeerislife, May 23, 2012
Photo of GoalieRon33
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it on tap at The Crow's Nest in johnstown

A: darker than normal pale ale. Same coloration of yuengling. Pretty clear overall.

S: fruity. Banana and grapefruit. Astringency that is very welcome. Pungent, almost smells bitter.

T: holy crap the hops. Sooo bitter, but so tasty. Citrusy to almost a fault. This beer legitimately will wreck your palate. This beer is not for the faint of heart when it comes to hops. I would compare to a Sierra Nevada hoptimum.

M: stuff like this is normally a little heavier, but it's pretty crisp. The body is a real surprise considering the overpowering nature of the beer

If you like hops, you must try it. If you like malt, God bless, crack one open, take a sip, and pass it on to your hop head friends

GoalieRon33, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

For some reason this is one of the only green flash brews that isnt in my area so I got it out of town. Been looking forward to this for a while.

A- Super hazy orange with a two finger foamy head. What a double should look like.

S- Potent pine needles and sugary citrus fruits ranging from mango, pineapple and lime. A sweet malt backbone that is completely engulfed by hops. It's a fantastic smelling brew.

T- A touch of alcohol up front followed by a wave of bitterness and hop insanity. The hops are Very fruity and citrusy all across the board. A lot of lime, orange and pineapple. This beer is extremely piney which I love in an IPA. Not as bitter as I was expecting but still incredibly bitter. No malt flavors that I could pick up on.

M- Fairly warming. If you are ok with bitter then this one is pretty darn easy to drink. Leaves a bitter bite afterwards.

O- I feel that I am quite biased towards hop focused beers so having said that this one is definitely among the best. The hop flavor is potent and quite the experience. The beer itself is pretty easy drinking and its only fault in my eyes is a slight alcohol flavor I could live without.

TwelveOunces, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of GoblueMS
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an excellent DIPA. The owners at Highland Beverage in Birmingham, AL recommended I try this, and I am pleased they did.

The appearance is orange-golden with a seriously tenacious head which eventually diminishes to a two-finger height, leaving significant lacing on the mug.

Aroma is of citrus, hops, and pungent pineapple--all good, and fresh.

Taste is right there with the best DIPAs I have ever tried: Hopslam, Hopsickle, and Maharaja.

Mouthfeel is just what you would expect from such a brew: oily, lasting, extremely inviting for another sip.

Overall an excellent DIPA. I will purchase this in cases going forward, and hope Green Flash will start being distributed in Mississippi once we are past the start date of higher ABV sales here. Cheers!

GoblueMS, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of LisaEisMe
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful Golden coppery murky Beer with a nice head. I have found myself going back to this one since I discovered it a few months ago. Super duper charged DPIA. This beer is a new fav for me. Extraordinarily bold. Definitely one you will remember. It is bitter, and I adore it.

LisaEisMe, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Big, fluffy, off-white head, high retention. Clear, copper body. Aroma includes a ton of grapefruit and pine, exploding from the glass. Taste is extremely bitter, pine dominating, some caramel malt sweetness in the distant background but certainly one of the most biting and bruising bitter beers available. Delicious, despite its out of balance-ness. Awesome.

KickbacksSteve, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Douglas14
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy shit! God, Green Flash loves its hops. The Palate Wrecker was poured from a gravity cask. It is hazy amber-orange color with no head (obviously because of the cask). Nevertheless, the color profile is phenomenal. The smells is intensely and absurdly of wonderfully fruity hops. The taste is the same. It is right in your face hops. Incredible! The taste also has a strong malty-sweet balance to it. Just amazing. Lots of grapefruit and orange...kind of resin-y. This beer really does wreck your palate. If you are lucky enough to come across it get it. It's awesome.

Douglas14, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a light auburn color with good carbonation and a nice white cap. Bubbles fade away with no lacing after a few minutes.This beer looks heavy.

S: Wow bittering hops with orange peel, grapefruit, pine needles and some bread. Big nose with a nice booze sting.

T: Immediate hop bitterness with a big pine needle aand grapefruit presence then with some orange peel. Some heaviness in the middle with bread, grapefruit and a light flower note and more pine. Sticky, warm and bitter on the back end.

M: Heavy, low carbonation

O: Very good on taste and mouthfeel, palate wrecker indeed

barleywinefiend, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Alextricity
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$3.49 single that Brandon at Fairway Sav-Mor got for me (why thank you, kind sir!)

Appearance: A beautiful orange/amber color with a nice haze. Semi-aggressive pour resulted in a perfect pour with two fingers of head floating on top... soapy and creamy in texture. Awesome lacing. Phenomenal looking beer.

Smell: Holy hell, that's the stuff. Huge amount of dankness with an overall aggressive hop aroma. A slightly dirty character to it as well. A lot of that earthy pine aroma, with underlying fruitiness and maltiness.

Taste: Hm, juuust a little hoppy, eh? Wow. So many hop flavors on this one from the pine resin stickiness, lemon zest flavor and bitterness, tropical fruits, and just a really nice amount of malt that really accents the beer nicely. Yes, accents -- there's a decently sweet malt profile, but this is most definitely a hop head's sort of brew, as it's got a face smacking amount of bitterness on the finish. Perfect choice when you just want a bold, gigantic, bitter brew.

Feel: A nice medium body with medium carbonation that works wonders on this beer. Not too thick to drink like some sort of medicine, and the carbonation's not too high as to help make the bitterness overwhelming.

Palate Wrecker is right. Stone has their Ruination, which is supposedly palate wrecking, but I thought that beer was pleasantly balanced -- this is a different beast. This beer isn't quite balanced, but it doesn't look to be. It's showcasing the hops the best way Green Flash knows how, and this is a masterfully crafted beer. I prefer this to their West Coast IPA by quite a margin, and would consider this to now be one of my all-time favorite DIPAs.

The ONLY reason I won't give this one a higher rating is because as great as it is, the bitterness would probably stop me from drinking a lot of this before the ABV caught up to me. Regardless, legendary brew.

Alextricity, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of BrianJohnson
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice orange coloring, fairly clear, good off-white two finger head with nice lacing
Smell: Piny, citrusy, some hints of grapefruit
Taste: Very hoppy, but with a slight sweetness underneath. The hop bitterness dissipates rather quickly.
Mouthfeel: Feels almost thinner than I'd like. Lacks the thick malt backbone. Has more backbone than Harpoon Leviathan but less than DFH 90-Minute.
Overall: I like it very much and will definitely buy again.

BrianJohnson, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Pine, grapefruit with a little breadyness, plus some booze

T: Follows the nose, in your face hoppyness up front, along with a little dryness. Some breadyness & a touch of caramel as this warms with a ton of grapefruit. Finishes with grapefruit peel, breadyness, pineyness

MF: Fairly thick, slight carbonation, nice balance

A super DIPA, love the agressive hops & super balance lying underneath, easily one the best DIPAs I've had in a while. I've been waiting for a hop ride like this for a whilw, well done Green Flash!

russpowell, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Pentastar
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Coppery amber with light 1 finger head, lacing sticks to the glass.

Aroma: Fresh hops with citrus and pine, very fresh hops!

Taste: Orange rind and intense hops, a definate grapefruit presence, pineapple and unripe peaches. Very intense bitterness in the aftertaste. This is the hoppiest beer I have tried thus far.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation even from a growler fill. This beer doesn't dissapoint.

Drinkability: I could drink this beer all day, excellent beer, I highly recommend.

Pentastar, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Just released. $3.80 from Neds-- that's $23.80 a sixpack for those who like math.

Appearance: Clear copper color. Above average head retention and lacing. Nice.

Smell: Just a huge, potent hops aroma with an amazing amount of bitter citrus, pine resin, and dank. Some caramel malt in the background. Pretty incredible.

Taste: Resiny, dank hops bomb. Straight up grapefruit pith and sucking on pine needles. An intentionally unbalanced beer, but there is a bit of sweetness that keeps this thing far from being painful. Harsh, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Big, sticky, resiny. Finishes bitter and resiny.

Overall: This is a huge DIPA. A true palate wrecker. Not an everyday beer, but a serious hop bomb for when you're in the mood. Nearly perfect.

rapidsequence, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, no bottle date on bottle or 4 pack. Pours a clear orange red with a three quarters of an inch yeas with awesome lacing. Smell is lots of grapefruit, some onion, garlic, tangerine, grass, pineapple, and pine. Taste wow Devil Dancer and Double Crooked Tree come to mind. Lots grapefruit and garlic, with all those other flavors in the nose, in supporting roles, maybe some booze that lingers with the grapefruit. Body is large, but unlike many Imperial IPAs this all about the hops, the malt barely has a cameo. Plenty of life, not dry, and for me very drinkable. Love this beer, it is not for everybody. This would be a selection in hop head heaven.

SawDog505, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of CrellMoset
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Total Wine, picked up in Alexandria, VA. Poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a brilliant copper, intensely filtered and absolutely crystalline, the clarity of which showcases countless strings of delicate pearl-like carbonation. A pour of moderate intensity yields half a finger of off-white foamy head with moderately subpar retention, the only knock on this one's otherwise immaculate appearance. After a few minutes, the head has faded in to a thin, foamy collar, leaving a few crusty slips of lace alongsides the snifter in its wake.

Aroma: Dank, oily hop notes, and enough tingling alpha acids to balance the caramel sweet backbone. The sweetness is strong up front, emphasizing the citrus elements of the nose on this one, though they fade as it warms and in the tail end of the aroma, making way for the spiciness elements, more suggestive of pine, rosemary, thyme, and tobacco, themselves mingling interestingly with that faint hint of an alcohol burn.

Taste: What a great hop profile. A fat, heavily caramel base with plenty of residual, lighter sweetness but also a lot of heavier notes provides a solid and broad base to the marathon of individual hop notes present. The herbal and leafy notes are strong here, stronger than they are in many west coast DIPAs (which tend to be more citrus-centric) - this one is dank and tobacco-y, with lots of pine, thyme, and mint notes. That's not to say there isn't citrus - there is, plenty of it, tending towards the heavier side of the gamut, with lots of white and ruby red grapefruit notes, pithy, bitter, and an equal amount of tropical fruit notes, pineapple and nectarine-esque. At points, I almost get a gingerbread-esque note out of this one, with the way in which the malts intermingle with the spiciness of the hops. The bitterness plays a strong counterpoint to the aforementioned hop flavors, creating a unique synergy particularly well with the intense piney and herbal notes. A very varied, balanced, and robust flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and even, but with a persistent and stable amount of effervescence, the aggregate effect of which is to balance and amplify both the citrusy sweetness as well as the bitter astringencies of the flavor profile. Fairly nice.

Drinkability: Easily the best beer I've ever had from Green Flash, which is a brewery that - in my experience - makes consistently good beers, but never a world class beer. This is right up there w/ the Silva Stout from them, a coast-blending exercise in DIPAs, with enough east and west coast influences to make it very enjoyable. The 9.5% is right about where you'd want this one to clock in, but it's hidden well enough that this one's dangerously drinkable.

CrellMoset, May 14, 2012
Photo of Hoptimus-Prime
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color , with a fluffy white head.
Aroma of hops is very powerful, with hints of grapefruit , pineapple and mango.
The taste... amazing! Hops stand up front offering a dominating bitterness , with the classic west coast IPA characteristics. The bitterness lingers on the palate.
Mouth feel is medium bodied with a crisp dry finish.
Overall, I really enjoy this beer, in fact Palate wrecker is one of my all time favorites. The only bad part is that it tastes so good that is really hard to drink them in moderation... 9.5 abv is only apparent after you've had a couple .

Hoptimus-Prime, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of ISmith87
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5 - Nice orange/amber, between a golden and copper color, a finger of off white head with very fine bubbles and it laces the glass nicely.

Aroma/Smell - 4.25 - A lot of citrusy hops, grapefruit, pine, orange/lemon/lime zest all in there. Some caramel/malty sweetness but that is mostly in the background.

Taste - 4.75 - Amazing intense grapefruit, pine, zest orange/lemon/lime taste like always. The malt is actually pretty prevalent in this beer with comparison to other IPAs. Aka you can actually taste the malt. It's almost a little bit spicy, it leaves a strong hop/alc bite in your mouth. @ 9.5 ABV it makes sense.

Mouthfeel - 4.50 - light-medium body beer, nice frothy head that never goes away. Alc taste/warmth comes off of it but not in a bad way. Bitter/grapefruit aftertaste but like most imperial IPAs.

Overall - 4.50 - This beer is more similar to Pliny and Hop Stoopid than I expected. Great beer, I would love to do a blind taste test with this and other double ipas.

ISmith87, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very solid beer, flush with bitter herbal notes and a long finish. Quite bitter and very distinctive- I'm very glad they bottled this one. Amber in color with a somewhat short head, but that's okay given the abv. It's got that dill/green onion and sour cream thing going on in the nose from the hops- I happen to love those notes, but I know many do not. Really nicely bitter in the mouth, with an almost beefy flavor rife with the herbal and onion notes as well as some pine to give it some backbone. This is no citrus bomb, but if you're into this profile you'll love it. Very firm in the mouth at first, but then with a creamy finish and a long, mouthwatering, lingering bitterness. An all around excellent beer.

Georgiabeer, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of YardmanFTB
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is beer is for extreme hop-heads only. The maltiness and high gravity of the beer mask some of the extreme bitterness from so many hops in the boil. At 9.5% it is an intense experience. I really enjoy this one, but I like hops more than the average drinker.

YardmanFTB, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of yamcarts
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%

yamcarts, Sep 04, 2014
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,423 ratings.