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
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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 DaftCaskBC
2.83/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: 1/4" cream coloured head over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Citrusy, piney and grassy hops are predominant.

T: Onions, garlic and a pine finish. Was this keg too fresh? I'm not sure, but its not the first time I have had these flavours in Green Flash IPAs and IIPAs.

M: Medium carbonation and viscosity.

O: The onion and garlic flavours were too predominant for me to enjoy this beer. Given the other reviews, it makes me wonder as to why this was the case; since I had a fresh palate walking into this beer and I love hop bombs. What I do know is that this is no Stone Ruination or Pliny the Elder, and that adding more hops does not always equal a better beer. A brewer said to me that adding a lot of hops to a beer is like adding a lot of salt to a dish. It seems like Green Flash added too much onion and garlic salt on this one. (874 characters)

Photo of kdb150
2.83/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

A - Amber color, 2 fingers of cream-colored head slowly recedes, leaving lots of sticky lacing behind. A nice quarter-inch coating sticks around for a long while. Great for the style.

S - All hops, all the time. Citrus and grapefruit dominate, against a bankground hinting at dankness. A bit of alcohol bite as well. Nice aroma, with the alcohol note knocking it down a notch.

T - Overwhelming bitter/dank flavor, with just a hint of the great citrus/grapefruit that was in the nose. With no real malt backbone to speak of to balance out the bitterness, this did not deliver at all on the flavor. I guess I should have taken the name at its word, but the taste has no redeeming qualities at all, it just overwhelms with an unpleasant bitter dankness that should never be the only flavor in a beer.

M - Good feel, not thin, not overly thick, with good carbonation.

O - It's honestly a shame the taste on this beer is so awful, because everything else is actually rather good. But with the overwhelming dank, bitter flavor, it's hard to recommend this beer. I'll skip it in the future. (1,143 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.89/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Green Flash pint glass.

Pours a clear light copper color with a very nice off-white head. Tons of ringy lacing on the way down.

The nose carried a bit of light bready malt and some resinous hops. Very light citrus peel in the background. This is surprisingly malty. Not in the sense thy there is a strong malt presence, but just in the overall balance as there really isn't that much hop aroma there.

The flavor continues down this path. Some amber and bready malt with a heavy bitterness though not much hop flavor at all. Very unfortunate. A bit of alcohol there as well. Body is light-medium with good carbonation and pretty heavy bitterness.

I really just couldn't get into this one. (739 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.94/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle to tulip.
Bottled on 01/08/13. Sampled on 05FEB13.

[A] Bright white and beautiful, the head rises to a finger and a half. Foamy, fluffy and incredibly well sustained, leaving a thick coating all around the glass. The body is a perfectly bright and the color of annealed copper. Above average lacing in strands.

[S] Dank, resiny hop notes abound. Floral in a green, stemmy kind of way plus dried pine. Light caramel.

[T] Just like the nose: Dank, resiny and woodsy. The flavors are on the complete opposite end of the citrusy/tropical fruit IPA spectrum, which is a nice change, but it's not my preferred flavor profile. More malty than it should be. And the finish is less-dry than expected.

[M] Full bodied with just the right amount of bitterness to overshadow the sweet, pale malt character. The carbonation is very fine, but perfectly adequate, grazing smoothly and swiftly over the tongue.

[O] Ok so, Palate Wrecker is a bit of an overstatement. I thought the beer was decent but I was more impressed with the draft version which, in all fairness was a few weeks fresher. The flavor profile is either not for me, or the bottle did not age well, or the beer wasn't very good to begin with. In any case, I would take another shot with this one, but I'll look for a fresher example. (1,301 characters)

Photo of GarrettFM
2.98/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I admire how well built this brew is. I acknowledge its complexity. I see the parallels to Stone's Bastard line. But to my (un-wrecked?) palate, the primary flavor here is a rank one, and this rankness is neither inherently interesting nor pleasantly counterbalanced by creamy or sweet notes. It is the liquid equivalent of that guy we all know--the abrasive, intelligent jerk who thinks his intelligence justifies his abrasiveness. (432 characters)

Photo of Glennlawless
3.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint Glass.

A - Nice,filtered nice lacing. decent head that faded quick. nice looking

S - I Got that initial grapefruit tinge to it....orange peel...alcohol.

T - Just getting a lot of alcohol and mild grapefruit notes. Nothing Special.

Overall this beer is nothing great..just your typical double. (302 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip. Hazy copper liquid with a finger of off-white foam that settles to a ring. Some dots of lacing remain on the glass. Aroma is grapefruit peel, orange juice, mint, dank hops, caramel, and bread. Taste is briefly citrus sweet then all is bitterness. Like a walnut meets grapefruit peel, meets pine needles. Medium body, oily texture, moderate carbonation, long bitter finish. (403 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Another double IPA from Green Flash, and although I was unimpressed with their bottled imperial IPA, I was eager to give this one a shot (mainly based on my love for the IPA and red). Again, I was disappointed. Poured a fairly clear orange-amber color, with a fairly solid white head. Big hoppy nose (shock!)--grapefruit, orange zest, weed leads to a body that is similarly overrun with hops, along with a little malt, apparently in an effort to keep this one balanced. Like with the IIPA, it doesn't work. For whatever reason, Green Flash's IIPAs just don't work for me, although I generally love the style as well as pretty much everything else Green Flash brews. (665 characters)

Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.19/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured into a tumbler

A: copper/orange color. no head. moderate lacing. chill head. rich color, but unassuming.

S: piney green flash hop profile. citrus. notes of a light, clean malt.

T: hops, y'all. extremely bitter. made me say "wooo." some faint citrus, specifically lemon in the finish. it may be the piney resins that give the beer a green tea quality.

M: the mouthfeel is as balanced as could be asked from a beer called "palate wrecker." the hops are sharp and overwhelming upfront, but the beer finishes clean and smooth.

O: pretty distinctive green flash hop profile kicked up a notch. interesting, but not as enjoyable as the imperial ipa. a little too in your face. palate wrecker, indeed. (705 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, couldn't find a bottling date/code

A - Deep orange/light brown and crystal clear. Quick fading head and little lacing.

S - Semi-fresh hops but a nice Earthy and floral aroma. Quite fragrant but not too over the top like many beers of this style.

T - Mirrors the aroma with semi-fresh hops that are sticky, taste of pine, sap and fresh cut flowers. Flavor sticks to the palate well and has a chewy feel to it. Aftertaste is very Earthy and piney and lasts.

M/O - Medium body that is well carbonated and nice viscosity. Easy to drink but not a sipper. The floral taste lingers for a while. Overall I was honestly expecting more but I prefer the West Coast IPA over this one. (716 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a globe glass

A-- Poured a clear, golden orange color. Moderate aggressive pour resulted in a three finger eggshell white head. Took it's time in receding, leaving a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good half ring and soapy streaks. Head finally settled to a good half finger of thick foam.

S-- Boiled pineapple, bubblegum, lots of pine, resin and hippie lettuce. Malt? Who needs malt with this! Powerful, straight at you nose.

T-- Grilled, honey covered pineapple, more bubblegum and a whole pine tree. Very thick and ripe candied and stewed orange and pineapple in the back of the taste.

M-- Full bodied would be an understatement. Over the top might best way to put it. Low carbonation? Yep. Oily and coating. Over indulged on pine I think. Palate raping, dream crushing and just plain over the top like a Nicholas Cage movie.

O-- Good looking and smelling. Rest is crazy. Not a session beer. Slow sipper while pondering why go to these extremes for the sake of going there. One dimensional and goes from first gear to 4th. (1,070 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Green Flash Palate Wrecker wasn't hoppy or bitter. Maybe I got an old batch. I checked the date and it's only a month old. Hmmm, weird.

A: Clear orange colour and a 3 cm head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: Chlorine aroma with a little bit of sweetness. 3.5

T: Spicy with some maltiness. Almost salty. This isn't very bitter or hoppy. Maybe I got an old batch. 3

M: Low carbonation. 3.5

O: 3 (394 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks great. Lots of lacing, 2 finger head, burnt orange color.

S: Very typical west coast DIPA smell. Piney, grapefruit, citrus, but I smell some onion?

T: Man... too much hops... it does wreck my palate... (in a not-very-flattering manner). Not a fan of how this beer tastes. Yucky after taste too.

M: Good amount of carbonation, medium thickness.

O: man... this beer doesn't taste very good. I love hoppy beers, but man... this isn't good much at all. It's painful as you're swallowing it. Give it a try, but I bet you won't keep seeking for this (like me). (571 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - deep golden-red hue, inauspicious enough start. Creamy manila head with gluey, sticky lace all around.

Aroma - pungent, herbal, minty, pine resin. Not a grain in sight.

Taste - a brief bit of orangey citrus up front, pineapple too. The rest of the beer is built for max IBUs. So bitter I almost can't define related flavors. There are some entry notes of resin and grapefruit rind, but it quickly becomes white noise with the overpowering bitterness. On the other side, some abv heat returns some flavor to the palate, and some warm citrus notes help define the ending. I rather like the opening and closing, but the middle is a bit of a task.

Mouthfeel - not as big a body for a DIPA, giving it some added crispness, a nice touch for the style. Not especially smooth from the hop oils, in this case I don't mind as it allows the bitter to wash out faster and the more citrusy flavors of the finish to arrive that much faster.

Drinkability - glad I had a chance to try it. I know a few hopheads on my block who I'll try to grab a few more for, but one and done for me. DIPAs are a tough style for me - I find many I don't necessarily care for, but I can't stay away from the style. The audacious use of ingredients with such generous abandon has a certain allure I keep coming back to. (1,302 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in standard ale glass

A: carbonation a bit weak; good floral head, with microbubbles; copper color; good lacing
S: wow--floral hop bomb aroma; a tad bit of orange
T: dominated by an insane amount of hops; overly flavorful/intense; this is cute as a gimmick, but the finishing hops are way too high, and it is not balanced against the malt; it is complex and flavorful, though
M: heavy mouthfeel

I won't get another one of these, appropriately named (465 characters)

Photo of Willytee3
3.32/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As the name would suggest there is not much complexity here, this one is a straight hop extract experience.

Pours a dark amber with dark orange hue, has a thin head with a slick and oily ring.

Smells of cleaning fluid like an orange citrus pine sol, with a rotting wet leaves pungency.

Tastes of extreme hop like extract, very one dimensional, dry almost goes full circle to a cardboard like pucker.

Feel is medium body trending toward a thinning by carbonation and killed by the strong alcohol overall.

IMO a complete failure of a DIPA by this otherwise favored brewery. There is no subtleness of craft here. I always look for a positive note from an an otherwise committed to the craft entity.
I could see this beer as still being able to deliver a hop experience after/during smoking 2 or 3 cigars! (808 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.32/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a hazy light orange with some yellow highlights towards the bottom of the glass. Only a sliver of white foam yet leaves some spotty lacing from swirling.

S - strong and interesting aroma. Very dank. Lots of candied orange peel, pine needles and green leaves. Hints of tropical fruit as well such as pineapple and possibly even some bananna peel.

T - sweet caramel notes up front. The crisp hop bitterness comes quickly and melds with the sweet notes for a very intense candied orange peel flavor. Sweet and bitter notes mingle and consume the palate well past the finish.

M - medium bodied. Creamy texture. Carbonation is mediumand.very crisp.

O - personally I felt this was a bit too sweet and not quite balanced. Yet an interesting DIPA overall. (763 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness dating of any kind poured into a tulip pint.

Slightly copper-hued orangey amber body with a small slightly beige head of 2 fingers. The head subsided quickly down to 1/4 finger and the proceeded to linger for quite some time, like an embarrassed man hanging around outside the porn section of the video rental store while trying to work up the nerve...

Shockingly malty.
Surprisingly well-balanced... Very bitter, but not over-hopped in the aromatic/flavoring department.
The flavor is rather bready sweet, like reminiscent of an amber ale... Kinda chalky maltiness. The hops are predominantly citrusy with grapefruit leading the pack.

The body is pretty oily and medium feeling.

Overall-- very bitter... I just it were more hop-forward in terms of flavor. Not bad, but nothing here to set the DIPA world ablaze with excitement. It does an adequate job covering the alcohol level. (919 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Speigelau IPA glass. Hazy dark copper/light amber. Vigorous side pour gives way to a foamy 2 finger white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S- Big citrus and floral hops. Grapefruit, tangerine. Sweet caramelized/honey comes though.

T- hop forward as expected. Borders on acidic, green apple type flavor. Very bitter. Name makes total sense. Could have used a lil more malt that I smelled. Some astringency, and a lack of continuity with the flavor.

M- Mid body, very dry. A little too dry maybe. Alcohol present. Creamy only for a second, then goes back to super dry.

O- Name make sense. Nice look/smell, but failed to come together in the end. Thought this would be more like Ruination, but its not. I enjoy a really hoppy beer, but this one missed the mark.

Bottled on 12/17/12
Consumed on 5/11/13

$11 for a 4 pk (855 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky dull bronze with minimal head.

Aromas of herbal hops, sweet malts and alcohol.

Flavor was much the same, and nowhere nearly as hoppy tasting as the Imperial IPA. Seemed like a barleywine kinda.

Full body and a sweet and sticky hop finish.

Definitely did not wreck my palate. (284 characters)

Photo of IAmAPenguin
3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Strong herbs, pines, hops, metallic caramel. Appearance: Crimson gold with no foam. Taste: Strong bitter hops, cinnamon, caramel, chalky molasses, brown sugar and faint grapefruit. Overall, I remember this being much better. Doesn't taste fresh and juicy Imperial IPA. Still it's really good. Strong bitterness and pronounced alcohol. I'd give this a B rating. (367 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, orangey amber in the wine glass. Nice head. Carbonation is a little coarse. Mouthfeel is slick. Big hop smell.

Intense hop flavor and aroma, as you might suspect. Rather dry and tends toward astringency after a few sips.

Ridiculously strongly hopped, which I guess is the point. A little sweet, and plenty of malt as well. It's a pure hop intensity, fruity and resiny. Flavor keeps going and going. It's kind of like bitter candy. Definitely too much of a good thing, though it is almost drinkable. Hot with alcohol and spicy hop acids.

I wonder if anyone at Hamilton's has tried this out in the dog bowl. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego. (681 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle shared by Thorpe, sampled alongside Deviant Dale's and Resin. All were a disappointing letdown in their own unique ways.

Pours a light clear copper with a thin foamy white head with ample lace. Exceptionally malty nose with mild citrus and grapefruit rind. Flavor is exceptionally bitter and dry, loads of resin and a robust malt presence as well. Bitter? yes. But also a little too sweet and sugary. Disappointing from Green Flash, particularly after Rayon Vert turned out so enjoyable. (501 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice transparent body that is a medium shade of copper. The head is a small fluffy white pillow that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Very catty, and a bit of herbal tea. Not very complex.

T: Very strong grapefruit rind, accompanied by a faint caramel sweetness. There's not a whole lot of hop flavor, but there is a ton...and I mean a ton of bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is very strong and commanding. There is no way to drink this without knowing it is there...a real kick in the face, and it lives up to the name "Palate Wrecker." The body is medium and leans toward full-bodied.

O: Overall the beer has impressive bitterness, but unfortunately lacks the complexity of hop flavor. It's not really a beer that I would recommend, but it has a novelty appeal for being extremely bitter. (804 characters)

Photo of RobM77
3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Nice copper color, but lost me beyond that. I enjoy a good IPA, but I guess I don't understand absolutely killing a beer by overpowering it completely to one side or the other - too much malt or too much hops.

To me, the true craft of brewing a solid beer is balance and learning to meld flavors. This is flat out in your face hops - but as it's name goes, that is the intention of this beer, so it succeeds to that end. How hard it is to brew a beer like this though - probably not so hard.

Not a big fan, but I can understand how a true over the top hop head would be. To me, this beer doesn't even compare to Green Flash's excellent West Coast IPA, which shows a good balance of malt and hops. (726 characters)

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