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Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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4,031
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4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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

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Reviews: 725 | Ratings: 4,031
Photo of TangTKE402
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a 32oz. Boston Round into a tulip pint glass. Clear, cherrywood colored with a 1-finger beige head and some lacing.

S: Big hop notes right up-front, with a hint of alcohol esters. Fresh pine needles, citrus zest, grass, and some floral notes too, rounded out with a nice grainy backbone. Smells delicious and inviting.

T: Lots of flavor, with "big" being the defining characteristic. Big grapefruit rind taste up-front with big whole grain and grass flavors through the swallow and BIG bitterness on the aftertaste. Bone dry, and it lives up to its name. Other notes of blood orange, pine tar, flower petals, booze, and some tea biscuits all mixed in there. There is definitely a sap-your-mouth-of-all-flavor aftertaste that some might find off-putting, but I personally enjoy. It encourages me to drink more!

M: Clean and a bit chewy in-mouth with a hollow, bone-dry afterfeel. It's got good texture, and a full-body, not uncommon for a good DIPA. The filtered nature provides a very clean and crisp mouthfeel, one that belies the truly ruinous afterfeel.

O: A great one-off DIPA. One that I wouldn't drink many of, and it is important to remember to drink this after you have any other beers you might be interested in savoring, because it truly lives up to its name!

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Photo of 57md
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a copper with golden edges. The half finger of head yielded some lace, but nothing overly impressive. The nose was distinctly hoppy. The flavor was hoppy throughout, but there was a touch of alcohol sourness on the finish that almost reached unpleasant, but not bad enough to ruin this very good offering.

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Photo of JayCheG
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost amber color with a one finger light tan head. Fair lacing.
S: Intense fruit smells, grapefruit and almost a hint of orange. Plenty of pine and an afternote of caramel.
T: Hops up front mostly fruity and finishing with pine. Blends well with a caramelly malt flavor.
M: Medium bodied beer with a bit of a thicker feel
O: A balanced west coast style IIPA. Hop bitterness up front that is mellowed out by the malts.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clean, crisp, vibrant copper into my DFH glass. A nice finger or more sits atop like a cloud and dies down slowly. Not a whole lot of lacing left on the glass, but the legs are decently oily as they fade back in to this crytal clear elixer.

S- A blend of O.J., pineapple, and grapefruit juices mixed with orange blossom honey and grass clippings. Notes of basil, fennel seeds, bitter orange peel and sweet caramel. A very faint backround of cat piss, weed and compost. Each sniff brings something new to the party, and it really opens up nicely as it warms up.

T- Bitter citrus peel dipped in caramel, honey drizzled basil leaves, pineapple, mango, dry grass clippings. Lots of oranges and yellow grapefruit. Little hints of skunky weed living on my tongue and nasal passages. It has a nice backround sweetness that blends well with all that bitterness and compost. The alcohol is completely hidden.

M- Thick, oily, and juicy! Like biting into a freshly carved pineapple. Nice carbonation at first, but as it gives way it glides down and gripes you tongue leaving a wonderful sweet citrus tang.

O- Glad this finally made it to my area of NY after asking my local for months now. Well worth the wait and I'll be picking this up often if it sticks around. A very well rounded IIPA. Well done once again GF!

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Photo of lsummers
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great orange amber with a one finger sandy white head that stays.

Smells straight away of the tropical fruits. Very refreshing.

Taste hits with the bitter piny pineapple pine and grapefruit hops, notes of peppery burnt toffee. Relatively sweet and very bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel is sticky and round. It's definitely full bodied.

Overall, this is a great example of a west coast double ipa. Green flash separates themselves from other west coast double ipa's in the fact theirs has so much hop bitterness combined with their roasted malts. It's a unique flavor that hasn't been replicated which makes it remember able.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Amber orange that is slightly cloudy. Not much visible carbonation. Thin one finger head that vanishes quickly. Good splotchy lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Massive sticky pine, cedar, and spruce aromas with some floral, caramel, and grapefruit in the background.

T: Dank, bitter hop flavor, super sticky resin, tobacco, chewy biscuits, toasted / charred marshmallow.

M: Medium to med heavy bodied ale. Those hops certainly do dominate and create a bitter burn on the tongue, fortunately that is to my liking, but can see where others might find that overwhelming. There is just enough sweetness to keep this from completely burning the tongue.

O: A challenging beer even for the avid hop head. I enjoyed it, but taking down more than one pint truly wrecks your ability to taste anything else.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter in several increments. A reddish golden bronze color sporting a nice creamy beige head, I am indeed preparing for a palate-wrecking experience. Skimmed a couple of reviews below and cannot resist mentioning ... To the guy who was confused, the mash is sparged with a further dose of hopped wart, as opposed to the more typical water. The basis for the beer is a hopped wort, further purged of fermentables by yet more hopped wort. In any event, the aroma here is perfumy sweet, floral and herbal yet with a subtle butterscotch vibe, citrus, vinous fruit like white wine, and some dry white pepper. Green Flash manages to coax some complex multifaceted hop flavors out of its IPAs and this is no exception. The initial tastes are on the light side, some candied ginger, sweet tropical mango and lychee, something decidedly floral ... Honeysuckle? These elements give way to some grapefruit and blood orange citrus, green tea ... The bitterness ain't wrecking my palate initially, although now there's some interesting burnt mint and leather flavors revealing themselves. Soapy, slick mouthfeel with a few bubbles but not too fizzy. And BOOM, there's the bitter: Juniper and menthol, celery stalk and black pepper. About halfway through the bottle, a rank, powerfully resinous bitterness assails the mouth, like oolong tea steeped with pine needles. Some dried apricot appears in the otherwise pungent finish. Quite thick and syrupy but this does little to reign in the hoppy assault. While I have had more bitter DIPAs, at least in terms of raw power, this one steals the show when it comes to balancing aggression with nuance. Had to track it down in BC rather than Alberta.

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Photo of kasper
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gravity cask @ Gingerman in NYC.

A: Pours dirty amber with orange and cherry hues, kind. Literally no head because of the cask... looks sticky.

S: Wet and juicy citrus hops all over the place: pink grapefruit & tangerine. Has a sweet and really fruity malt background.

T: Loads of sweet pink grapefruit up front and then a big hit of juicy hop bitterness. Bitter aftertaste.

M: Sticky. Medium to heavy bodied. Overall pretty smooth, like high octane pink grapefruit juice.

D: Had this on gravity cask, second day the cask was on. No doubt it tasted better the first day. This is a big IPA laden with citrus bitterness. It's thick and sticky. Great beer but I don't ever see myself having a couple of these back to back.

Sent from my iPhone 3G

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Photo of hotpauko
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A lot going on here and yes a little more malty than expected but hops is the star. A bit of a bite but have had others more bitter. Real nice alcohol and piney smell. Creamier feel if allowed to get to room temp. Alcohol is hidden in taste but seems to pop up post swallow. Not much sweetness, it'd be great to see a Palate Wrecker offshoot with some sweetness. Grab this if you can and like strong hops.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice amber with a one-finger foamy white head. Some light lacing.

S - Pine, tropical fruit(grapefruit and orange), and sweet malts.

T - Taste is sweet malts followed by a nice hit of tropical fruits. The finish is bitter piney hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry and sticky.

O - Very tasty beer. Definetly recommended for the hop heads.

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Photo of MarkDeming
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Awesome beer. Though it proclaims itself a "palate wrecker," it is accessible and not too boozy. A ton of hops but not to the point where the bitterness overcomes you. Copper color, nice lacing around the glass, and a piney essence. Very good. Will get again.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle bottles on the 4th making it only 11 days old!!!

A- pours a beautiful clean golden orange with a two finger slightly off white head, the head disapates nicley leaving ridiculous lacing throughout, a beautiful looking brew

S- deep resinous pine, hops, hops, and more hops, and a bit of tropical citrus, mango, pineapple, very resinous smelling, I feel like you can really smell the dry hoping.

T- much like the nose, citrus up front, developing into a deep pine and bitter hop resins, finishes with a deep burnt pine, very nice, and suprisingly well rounded, but in no way overly sweet for the amount of hops going on here.

M- medium to almost heavy, slick, oily and resinous, with medium carbonation, bitter on the finish with a bit of a mouth drying bitter after taste. Much more drinkable and well rounded then I expected, while at the same time staying true to its name.

O- a very complex dipa, and again it is not too sweet, like some dipas can be, almost reminds me of a more drinkable founders devil dancer, an intense brew, appropriately named, of you arent looking for a hop bomb then stay away from this one.... Thank you Green Flash, for yet another world class brew

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Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Palate Wrecker sounds more intimidating than it looks; it's a flashy beer with a bright disposition. A golden-amber tone, this Double IPA doesn't shy away from the light - it brags of its clarity and luminous streaks of persimmon. Its layer of foam is only half as thick as pantyhose.

Every beer uses hops - every Green Flash beer seems to use a boatload of them. Of course, you'd expect as much from a beer named 'Palate Wrecker'. The bitterness, mind you, is reserved for the palate and the aroma has plenty of sweet candied citrus fruit notes that include papaya, mango, orange, and grapefruit.

There is also a great deal of leafiness - it's like they cleared a forest and hid the evidence (leaves, needles, bark, resins) in the flavour. Every element of the forest is present on the palate. But there's also brighter, lemony citrus oils as well as lavender-like herbals and florals, elements that lighten up the beer's 9.5% profile. There's some caramel and biscuits present too.

Despite its 100+ IBUs this DIPA is more approachable than most its counterparts; you'd never guess its true alcohol content and can drink it just as easily as you would a standard IPA half its strength. The softer, agreeable green tea-like aftertaste completely misleads this beer's actual potency and leaves one anxious to open another bottle (even if it's not a good idea).

'Palate Wrecker' is a misleading name for a beer that is so smooth and approachable (for hopheads, anyhow). Green Flash is a brewery that typically caters exclusively to craft beer drinkers - their products aren't for the mass market and this one is no exception. Those that like lupulin will find few better, more flavorful examples of this earthy, herbal, tropical style.

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Photo of Mdog
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: Citrus, dank odor.

Taste: Big time bitter from the start to finish. A little bit of sweetness peeks through. Dry, bitter finish.

Overall: Very bitter, but very drinkable double IPA from Green Flash. I'll have to compare it to their Imperial IPA that's in my fridge. This definitely will give you your hop and bitterness fix.

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Photo of mocktm
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, excited to pop this one open. How can you not with a name like Palate Wrecker?

Deep golden hue with a rocky, unrelenting head. Solid amounts of lacing as well.

Hops kick you in the face immediately on this. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, melon rind and some caramel malt. Smells dank and damn awesome.

Persistently bitter with a citrus forward profile, contains copious amounts of grapefruit and grass. Alcohol is present but well hidden; I wouldn't peg this one at 9.5% if I had to guess.

Sticky, resinous, thick, and semi heavy, this is definitely a DIPA. Oddly, still drinks rather easily for the ABV.

Hoppy and glorious, would recommend without a moment's hesitation. Glad I still have three more, cheers!

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Green Flash Brewery.

Pours a clear golden brown with a beautiful thick white head.

Smell- hops, pine trees, citrus fruit, pineapple, and some hop oil in the smell

Taste- super crisp and follows the nose really well. Tons of citius hops up front with a nice balance of hops to finish it out. Hop oils lace the tongue.

Overall- a good brew and the name does as it says. Very good. DIPA

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Photo of wedge
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery orange colored liquid underneath a fat, tight-bubbled head of off-white foam. Spotty lace. Potent, fluid hop aromas...fresh, green hops over some slightly buttery caramel that blends rather well with the fruity hops. Flowers, peaches, mangoes, melons, and only a faint whiff of pine. Quite bitter and hoppy from the get-go. More melon and floral notes along with what can only be described as a freshly opened bag of dried hop flowers. The peaches carry through to the flavor as well, but the hops are mainly on a mission to brutally assault your tongue; the candy-like nature helps add some depth. Certainly on the heavy side and sticky - I'm not getting much booziness other than a growing warmth in the throat.

Lives up to its name. Intensely bitter, yet still quite fruity with a green, fresh hop candy presence. I like how it manages to move beyond just massive amounts of citrus. Quite well done, but something keeps it from being really great.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden orange, solid cap of dense white foam, good retention and lacing. Huge notes of tropical, citrus and floral hops - grapefruit, orange, mango and light pineapple, moderately sweet malt base stands up nicely to the hops but dont interfere in the bouquet. Taste brings juicy and fruity hops with a little more earthiness, malt is lightly sweet and notable in the taste and play with the hops nicely. Fuller side of medium bodied, oily creamyness, lingering bitterness. Solid dIPA with big hop presence and a malt backbone to stand up to it.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a murky burnt orange color with a half inch of head. Lots of lacing. Big whiff of piney and citrus hops. Slightly sweet. The flavor is very dry, piney bitter hops. Some sweet malt flavor but the piney hops dominate. Nice alcohol presence. Dry finish. Oily mouthfeel. This is certainly a bitter Imperial IPA. More malt presence than I expected. Overall, this is a great hoppy beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a fluffy white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of mango, peach, pine resin, some honey sweetness and grapefruit.

Taste is bitter stone/pitted fruit up front that goes into a more mango/pine/resin middle before ending on a big bitter kick that has tropical and lighter fruit notes. The bitterness is somewhat harsh but not astringent, though, it does take away from the other flavors.

Medium to lighter body with medium to low carbonation works well. The alcohol is present but not out of balance.

A nice, hoppy and bitter beer that really shines through with stone fruit flavors and some pine/resin.

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Photo of litheum94
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling dates. 2012 release.

Clear, dark amber body. A giant, billowing, light tan head pours out. Thick and foamy, it slowly collapses in on itself, leaving a scant cover with moderate lacing.

Tons of hop aromas on the nose: pine, citrus and cedar. Faint caramel malts and fruity esters.

First sip lives up to the name: caramel malts followed by a walloping hop bitterness. Whoa! Subsequent sips show a little more restraint. Caramel and biscuit malts peek their heads up. The hops are right there again, with flavors of pine, citrus, cedar and a spice from the alcohol. The bitterness stays in the mouth for a damn long time.

This is a good example of a beer that doesn't try to be balanced, but is still well done. This brewery knows what they're doing.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber with steady piles of taupe rocky head that rims. Straight, insanely heavy fresh hop sack nose with piles of resin.
Bit of caramel and some orange sorbet then lots of orange and sap hops.
Big tangerine end and a bitter linger. Medium, clingy, oily, salty with slight stick.

Are there pellet hops here? Not enough aroma, somehow. Not what I'd expect from a SDPA.

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Photo of sevenarts
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear reddish gold. Modest head, strong lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit and piney hops.

T/M: Bitter hops up front: grapefruit, citrus, some pine. The hops are layered and linger for quite a while, leaving behind a slightly bitter aftertaste. As the name suggests, this is big and bold, and very tasty.

O: Nice strong double IPA, as intense as you'd expect.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-grapefruit, pine, slight pepper, grassy

T-some malt and caramel and a whopping dose of bitter resinous hop flavor that lingers on the palate

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, biting

O-a super-hopped DIPA with decent drinkability

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Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash Palate Wrecker

Appearance: This bitter behemoth pours a brilliant, clear, deep amber color, like a particularly beautiful sunset. There are hues of orange and gold throughout the pour as well. The creamy, bone-white, dense head cascades nearly over the top of the glass with even a gentle pour; the retention is ridiculous. The lacing is beautiful, as if tiny spiders wove it all over the glass. Carbonation is evident, but does not seem to be overpowering. This is a perfect looking IIPA.

Aroma: Grapefruit and resinous pine dominate the aroma. Behind the immense waves of bitterness rides a barrage of tropical fruits along the lines of slight pineapple, mango, and indiscriminate citrus. There is a surprisingly strong malt backbone hidden under all the hop aromas that gives an enticingly sweet caramel aroma. For an IIPA, one would expect stronger aromas. What is there is good (if mostly one note), but there just is not enough of it there. Perhaps this beer is not as purposefully imbalanced as the name would lead one to believe…

Taste: …or not. It easily earns its moniker. Lots of grapefruit rind, pine resin, and aggressive bitterness hits hard, fast, and never lets up. There is a bit of the pineapple, mango, and citrus flavors hiding somewhere in the beverage, possibly sheltering from the roving astringent menace. Sweet caramel malts underscore the taste and are present in each swig, but never really get a chance to shine. This is a hoppy, bitter beast with no designs on being balanced. It succeeds in laying waste to all palates that may stand in its path.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is nearly right where it should be: light-medium, not syrupy, but also not watery and overly thin; maybe just a little bit more malt to this one would have filled it out to make it flawless. The carbonation is perfect and pairs with the hoppy astringency to become a mouth-ravishing juggernaut. The alcohol is never evident on its own, but makes its presence known as the glass empties. The beer is surprisingly drinkable, but the sheer bitterness of it makes it almost a sipper, where the light-medium body would lead one to believe it was sessionable.

Overall: This sort of reminded me of what Hopslam used to be prior to 2013, albeit far more hop-forward. Hop haters need not apply, as this will just end up being a drainpour. The bitterness is extremely assertive and may even be too much for even seasoned hopheads. It is not quite as bitter as Sixpoint Resin or Stone Ruination, but it is extremely close. Seek this out as it really is a great beer, but brace yourself. 17/20

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.