Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 714
Hads: 3,964
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 202
Gots: 651 | 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

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Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008

Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary
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Reviews: 714 | Hads: 3,964
Photo of Act25
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this brewer. Consider this an experiment and not a regular beer for me.

A: crystal clear, burnt orange, bright clarity. Pleasant white head that lasts and laces. modest pinpoint carbonation
S: All citrus, pine, sharp hops. Acute, bright, tight, not much malts.
T: Follows the smell, but more complex, and nuanced, dank, herbal, pine and grass add to the citrus brass.
MF: Sharp, tingle, bitter. But interesting, kind of like a liquore, cointreau or a brandy. Good in that way. Good to let warm and drink like a brandy.

More of an after dinner brandy that an IPA. Interesting to let warm and let flatten. Good both at cellar temp and warm. Odd one.

Too much? Yes! but well done, and interesting. Yes! I am nursing with some chocolates and late night reading. (770 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper body with orange hues beneath the feather white head which lies constant atop the beer.

Abundant citrus and pine hop aromas float from the glass. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, pine needles, and flower petals are all present.

Palate Wrecker huh, no kidding. The citrus, pine/wood, and floral hop aromas ravage the palate like an unstoppable rebel force. There is some nice malt backbone to support the strong hops as well.

The wrecker offers a rather thick body with medium carbonation and a sticky, resin, palate coating finish.

As advertised, this beer is an assault on the palate. Tons of hops for the senses to study and one I look forward to having again. (685 characters)

Photo of mooseo
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Burnt orange-amber with a large, white fluffy head.

S - Nice fresh tropical fruit aroma. Mango, peach, grapefruit, and pine resin.

T - Huge waves of bitter grapefruit, pine and tropical fruit. A touch of caramel malt sweetness comes through, but the flavor is mostly dominated by dank, resinous hops. Ends with a long, earthy bitter piney finish.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, oily mouthfeel. High carbontation with a dry finish. Warming alcohol.

O - A very enjoyable beer. Good drinkability, alcohol is well hidden. Great flavor, although not the most complex or distinct tasting double IPA I've had. Thankfully, "Palate Wrecker" lives up to its name and delivers the goods. (718 characters)

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.

Super-hop bomb. One of the hoppier beers I've had.

A medium color gold. Two finger head upon first pour.

Pine on the nose. Pine on the tongue. This DIPAs more bitter than sweet.

Not my favorite DIPA but drinkable. If you like your IPAs on the bitter side, this one is for you. Not much grapefruit notes if any. (343 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small pine dry hop. In the taste, big pine like hops and a small note of alcohol in the end. A small bitterness and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice big to mellow pine hops all the way through, quite enjoyable. (318 characters)

Photo of LtCracker20
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clear golden copper body with a 3-finger off white head that falls to about a 1/2 inch cap. Some good sticky lace.

S- A little sweetness comes through first, but it's quickly followed by piney and citrusy hop aroma. The caramel sweetness comes back through towards the end again. Not getting any kind of booziness though, which is good. Just a little too sweet on the nose.

T- Good resiny hop flavor...Nice and sticky. Pine comes through first, then some grapefruit flavors. There's still some sweetness there. I know it's a DIPA, but I would've liked a little less sweetness. Still very good.

MF- Almost a full body on this, still pretty thick. Carbonation levels are right for me. Flavor's like a slick sheet of oil on the tongue. Flavors seem to last a while.

O- A very good beer. I was expecting even more of a hop bomb, but it is very drinkable. (865 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pretty golden brown with a fluffy, white head and good lacing.

Nose is pineapple, fresh pine, caramel, and roasted hops.

Taste is bitter as expected, with plenty of sugars for balance. There is fresh bread and vanilla extract. There is some pine and lime.

Mouthfeel has plenty of hop bite with medium carbonation.

Overall, it is a hop bomb for sure, with enough sugar and complexity to not be over the top. (424 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold color with a big head, nice lacing down the sides of the glass too.

Aromas are resiny, with some notes of orange, hard candies, and a floral like quality.

Taste is bitter up front, with some sharp grapefruit notes. Beer then settles into subtle sweetness, sugar, hard candies, and some cracker notes. Finish is crisp, biting, and aggressive, if you don't like bitter citrus flavors, you won't care for this one.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, with crisp and snappy carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice big, bitter, and bold DIPA. It's name fits it, because it's pretty abrasive, but I dig it. Not super unbalanced, but certainly well tipped towards the hops/bitter side. (692 characters)

Photo of tony223366
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Awesome fluffy head with great retention. It's so thick and luxurious! Perfect clarity with a caramel color. There's a light red hue as well. Good steady action from the carbonation.

S: This smells amazing! I'm six inches away from the glass I can smell it as clear as day. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit. Lots of caramel Some straight up grain aroma as well. Alcohol isn't to be found.

T: Phew! This is such a huge beer. There's tons of citrus and tons of hops and tons of caramelly/grain. The finish is incredibly bitter. This is definitely a hop heads beer. Not quite as bright as pliny but it's really an impressive beer. So much bitter grapefruit!

M: Medium to thick body with tons of prickly carbonation and lots of sour astringency.

O: Not quite as balanced as pliney but if you're ever looking for a hop bomb, this is one beer I wouldn't hesitate to suggest. Now if you're looking for balance in your beer you should mosey on and find something else. (969 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange-tinted amber. Forms a very large white head that only slowly reduces down to a bubbly surface coating and a thick ring. Leaves some moderate lacing.

S: Lots of hop aroma, predominantly orange and citrus with touch of mango and just a little bit of pine resin.

T: Starts off with a mix of pine and malt. A bit of caramel and a little toast, then it sweetens up a little with notes of grapefruit and orange. Finishes with a strong grapefruit pith and pine resin bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium weight, but with a rather full, round feel in the mouth. Strong bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Well, I was expecting my palate to be wrecked and it wasn't! However, I was rewarded with a bitter, hop-forward, yet still very well balanced DIPA that I found quite enjoyable to drink. (821 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fresh bottle...pretty sure this was released on March 12th...So bout 9 days old. Pours an almost clear, copper color with a large white head that takes some time to diminish. Scent is very fresh with intense hoppiness and some lovely grapefruit character. Hints of mango and pineapple as well. Very little malt characteristics, as the nose would lead. Taste is initially sweet citrus flavors with just a bit of malt...but that doesn't last very long. You immediately get slapped in the face with intense bitterness and grapefruit. This beer definitely has a lingering bitter finish. Nice blend of tropical and citrus fruits with an immense amount of pine and a bit of earthy flavors. I wonder how long it will take before this lingering bitterness on the back of my tongue goes away. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky with a bit of crispness...more sticky though. Drinkability is high...if you can handle the bitterness. (917 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear, dark golden orange with a frothy and sticky mound of off white head.

S: Intensely floral and ctrusy with a ton of sweeter orange character and ruby red grapefruit, dank resinous pine.

T: Dry and bitter, orange, some tropical fruits, pineapple, lots of floral & citrus-forward hops, herbal & piney hop oil, with a touch of a bready malt backbone.

MF: Moderate body with good carbonation, dry and bitter with a dry finish.

O: A pretty good DIPA, not quite a palate wrecker but definitely bitter and astringent and hop-froward to the extreme. (599 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big fluffy airy head sits a top a clean copper body. The lacing was tremendous with thick lines of foam.

The scent is earthy, herbal hops. Sweet caramel malt sits to the background with ever so slight appearances of grapefruit rind.

My palate detects so many fruits that would be atypical of the style. I catch watermelon, kiwi, strawberry and a bitter grapefruit. Caramel malt flavor is evident and supports the whole taste.

For something called Palate Wrecker this is surprisingly clean. There is a bitter side with some astringency but it's not off putting.

I'm not sure why my palate perceived this in such a fashion but Damn I like it. (644 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light amber. Full, messy off white head and lacing.
Smell: edgy hops but not as edgy as the name would indicate. Subdued grapefruit. Some creamy fruit.
Taste: not near as palate wrecking as advertised, but that isn't a bad thing. Some edgy grapefruit hops but resting on a nice creamy base.
Overall: all bark in the name but quite gentle IMO. Tasty, nicely done. (376 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is dark orange in color and poured with little head.
S: There are strong aromas of orange citrus in the nose.
T: The overall taste is dominated by flavors of hops, which persist through the aftertaste making this beer true to its name. The alcohol is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: You need to have a heavy tolerance for hops in order to finish this beer because it isn’t that balanced. (466 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear light gold with an ample white head and decent retention. slowly recedes to a quarter inch of remaining foam.
S: smells of citrus, mostly grapefruit and a bit of caramel sweetness
T: slowly building hoppy character with a little bit of breadiness. Faint hints of pine and grapefruit in the mouth but on the swallow it is all hops that coat the mouth with a burst of pine, citrus, and a slight floral flavor with plenty of oily hop goodness to go around
M: slightly thin with soft and slightly prickly at times carbonation.
O: This beer is a trickster. I let it sit in my mouth and it tastes like a bitter but on the swallow is a huge punch in the mouth of hop flavor. this beer went from 'why did I buy a four pack' to 'I'm glad there's more!' (761 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of resiny pine, citrus, grapefruit and sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some resiny pine, grapefruit, faint citrus, caramel and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (522 characters)

Photo of Cobrito
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Golden, pretty clear, nice head.

S--Powerful, complex hops, very dank, but also very natural smelling, combination of an alpine forest and a compost heap.

T--A dankness combined with a complex array of resinous, herbal hops, and a sweetish malt mainly stays in the background but intrudes a bit too much in the finish.

M--Tremendously drinkable for such a challengingly hop-forward brew, though a tad sweet in the standard DIPA style about which I have mixed feelings.

GF generally pulls this one off very well. The first one I had was challenging , but the second and third went down very easily. A world-class DIPA, though inferior to its cousin, Stone Ruination. (672 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright orange amber with a finger of creamy head and streaky lacing.

S - You can smell this from across the room. Pine resin, tropical fruit. All hops and shitloads of the stuff.

T - Very bitter. Pine resin joins forces with strong mandarin peel and rips into your tongue until it recoils. Unbalanced but what do you expect right?

M - Extreme IBUs, I found it a bit over the top for full enjoyment and I consider myself a hophead of sorts (maybe I need to reassess that). Oily and resinous full bodied hop explosion.

O - I get it. I do. But for me when bitterness overpowers flavour to such a degree, that's to the beers detriment. (648 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip

They finally bottled this, awesome! Pours a slightly hazed auburn color with some copper hues. Tuft of slightly off-white head rests on top, leaving plenty of patchy lacing on the glass.

Bursting nose with intense grapefruit and citrus tones. Almost abrasive with some pine resin and light fruity sweetness. Bready malts with alcohol warmth.

Bitter and dry on the tongue up front with an explosion of pine and grapefruits. Some lighter citrus flavor attempts to cut through, only to be overwhelmed by the burning hop presence. Malt backbone lurks in between the bitterness with a momentary splash of sweetness from caramel and toasted bread crust. Finishes bitter and hoppy with some boozy warmth.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the palate with dryness. I'm happy to see they finally bottled this one - it's a great example of extreme hop presence and bitterness, even if it's slightly unbalanced at times. (976 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-amber with a low white head .

Smell: Super-hoppy aroma, piney, citrus, floral.

Taste: Bitter up front, only gets more so on into the aftertaste. Malt doesn’t stand a chance, adding just a bit of sweetness in the middle. Can detect some alcohol towards the end. This is the most bitter beer I have ever had.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick, mildly carbonated.

Overall: Super-bitter DIPA that showcases hops, not much else. Then again, if you order a beer called Palette Wrecker, you get what you asked for. (541 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (206 characters)

Photo of cooler4life
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 Bomber Edition

A: Poured a half finger head that has a apricot orange hue. Some lacing but does not stick around.

S: This beer has a fantastically strong hop resin base. However, I need more. Earthy, mossy tones round out the edges.

T: This one cuts through the BS with a chiseled hop blade. Citrus, mango, and black pepper provide the main flavors. Smooth but strong. The ABV lurks in the background, but is barely noticeable.

M: Excellent. I've had some strong DIPAs that just seem to crush the carbonation. This one is slightly prickly and very sticky.

O: A smooth ride into Hopville. All aboard! (610 characters)

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

Had on cask at Stone Bistro in Escondido a couple weeks ago. Taken from notes.

Appearance - Given in a standard pint glass. A dark orange hue and about half a finger of white thick head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell - Massive amounts of hops, pine, and bitter citrus aromas.

Taste - A bitter grapefruit citrus burst up front followed by a rather strong malt caramel backbone which I was not expecting. The finish returns to bitter hops and a hint of pine. Not really what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel - Because it was on cask, very thick and creamy.

Overall - This really didn't wreck my palate to be honest. I wish it was a hint colder...the room temperature hurt this beer in my opinion. An interesting beer but nothing special or something I'd seek out in the future. (778 characters)

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

Poured 12oz into tulip. Pour is pretty clear, orange, two finer head. Smell a lot of melon, hops, floral, tons of citrus, a lot of orange. Taste is very smooth for the ibus. I get a lot of that melon, lavender, citrus, pine resin, a little licorice. Overall very very drinkable, very good and not your run of the mill imperial IPA, it has a unique floral flavor that makes it stand out. (386 characters)

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.