Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,938
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
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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:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008

Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary
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Photo of mjl21
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of ElSid
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California

#74

Bottled on Date: 1/18/13

A: Orange gold with a traces of amber topped off with an good off-white head which is thick, fluffy, and determined.

S: Pineapple, mandarin orange, and apricot gust of fruity sweetness. Honey, caramel, and cane sugar are there also with faint breadiness.

T: Orange zest and pineapple quickly takes off to a towering spicy, bitterness which is dank, pine, garlic, and earth. There is a subtle, but measurable, vein of bread, honey, and caramel sweetness. As implied by the name, the hop bitterness ultimately Van Damme scissor kicks the taste buds to puckering and partially dry prostration.

M: Slippery with a medium, oily feel which coats the mouth. The carbonation is ample attempting to massage the tongue back into working condition.

O: Apparently one of highest hop per mL concentration Imperial IPA's out there, this brew will not let down even the most hop head forward beer thinkers, sporting an endless depth of hop flavors.

Photo of dav3290
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 6/24/13

A - Hazy orange that pours a massive head. Looks great in the glass.

S - Easily the highlight of the beer. Tropical notes with orange and grapefruit shining, smells great.

T - At first is a wave of tropical fruit with buttering hops, then on the backend is extreme EXTREME bitterness. Probably the most bitter beer I've had that stays in the back if your tongue for minutes on end.

M - Typical DIPA, medium mouthfeel

O - Palate Wrecker is exactly what it calls itself, don't plan in enjoying any other beers after you have this one. I'd recommend it being the last beer of the night. I enjoyed it but I enjoy big bitter hopbombs. This might have been a bit too much in terms of the backend bitterness for me but to each his own. Great DIPA.

Photo of BigCheese
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper amber, with mid/large sized white head. Head dies into a nice cap. Some lacing.

S: Hop oil, all citrus tropical hop hop profile, some honey too. Very pungent.

T: Red grapefruit rind, sour pineapple, very very bitter. A very mild hint of honey/caramel maltiness. Finishes with a very dry pine cone, non-ripe orange, dandylions. Some sugar candy too. Some chalky-ness. Insanely dry on the palette. Damn so hoppy, a tad 1 or 2 dimensional though.

M: Very resin-y, oily, carbonation low. As unsessionable as it gets. I dont think I'll be able to taste anything for 2 days.

O: Well this beer is pretty absurd. Most hop forward and bitter beer I've ever had, totally unbalanced, which I respect. I'm a pretty big hop lover and this isnt my cup of tea per se, but I'm really glad I tried it.

Photo of beermeplz
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It definitely lives up to the name. Stronger malt backbone than you might expect and an overall very flavorful beer. It may hit the spot if you're in the mood for a big beer with intense flavors. I'm liking it.

Photo of LittleDon
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No freshness date, but purchased in Austin, TX two days prior to drinking.

Crystal clear light copper color. Good head retention and lots of lace. Aroma is caramel with floral notes. Flavor is slightly boozy, earthy, and piney, kind of like a forest floor (except, of course, the boozy part). Finishes with tons of bitterness. Lives up to it's name, hard to get any flavor nuances after the first few sips. Medium plus body. Low moderate carbonation. Middle of the road to slightly sweet.

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

12oz bottle - from bevmo la quinta ca for 3$

Appearance - Clear amber colour with a large size frothy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, apricot, tangerines

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with lots of hops. It also has a sugary apricot flavour with a hint of pineapple and some grapefruit and oranges. It ends with a sweet and quite bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - It definitely has more hop bite that the regular green flash or even the DIPA green flash. I really enjoyed it and would probably pick it up ahead of the other green flash varieties. The hoppiness ranks up there with SN hoptimum in my books.

Photo of Hophead717
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, golden brown, with a foamy one-finger head that hangs around. A very pretty beer.

S: Equal parts orange citrus and fresh hops. Light, but serious. Some light caramel underneath, hinting that the beer might be more balanced than the name would imply.

T: Strong citrus hops upfront, namely grapefruit and light tangerine, with the most fleeting moment of caramel malt, before an all-out onslaught of bitterness from the hops hits the tongue. I love the intense bitterness, but the flavor in the finish is a bit sub-par for an ipa. Fine overall, but the finish is a letdown.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, well-carbonated. Excellent mouthfeel.

O: Great, except for the overly bitter finish. Overall, a good beer, but not the best.

Photo of ChazNarwicz
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

You know what your getting with the title. Very hoppy, but the finish is not too harsh. Mild citrus notes.

Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a frothy white head that slowly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Strong hoppy and malty aroma.

T: Strong bitter and sweet brew flavor mix. Hoppy at first followed by a caramel malt – almost barley wine-esk middle – finishes slightly dry and hoppy.

M: full body and medium carbonation.

O: Superb imperial ipa. Great mix between the malt and hops.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into an unbranded short-stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a deep golden amber with orangish accents. Big, fluffy two and half finger bright white head. Excellent retention and abundant lacing. A wallop of pineapple and mango and other tropical notes on the nose. You can almost feel the bitterness of the hops in the nostrils. A burst of pineapple, citrus floral notes, mango, a touch of caramel malt, and grapefruit rind bitterness that is balanced out on the finish by the sweetness of the unrelenting malt body. Huge malt backbone that is largely responsible for a chewy, smooth full-body; well carbonated. An excellent DIPA that should satisfy even the most ardent hophead's craving.

Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly clear, amber body, with a good-sized white head. Retention is good, lacing excellent, lots of sticky sheets left on the glass. Very citrusy, very hoppy nose, lots of grapefruit, pineapple, orange. Piney resinous dankness underneath.

Flavor is hugely hoppy, powerfully bitter, bursting with citrus notes. Again, grapefruit and pineapples, pine and resins, very, very little malt presence or sweetness. All hops. Not balanced at all, an over-the-top west coast DIPA. Body is medium to a little thin for the style, but mouthfeel is good, with some stickiness, smooth carbonation. Long lingering bitter aftertaste. Every hophead should try this one for sure, definitely a standout in a crowded field. Preferred the hop combination in this to the GF IIPA. The name is no joke and it was hard to taste another beer clearly after this one.

Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice golden color, good light tan head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Grapefruit hops right up front, then pine and resin, with a hint of malts

Taste: Grapefruit and resin hops up front and in your face. Pine hops are up next. Decent caramel malt backbone, but it can't stand up to the hops. Good amount of bitterness hits you almost at the end, then there's a nice citrusy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, good carbonation, little bit of oily-ness from the hops

Overall: Pretty good brew, but I'm glad I picked up a single rather than a full 4 pack. This is something I could probably drink one bottle a year of, but it is a very good and well executed brew. Not sure I would exactly say it wrecks your palate, but it is packed full of hops.

Photo of chefhatt
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this one into a glass. It has a amber color body with a 2' finger of white head. The smell has a carmel note, with a great blast of citrus hops. The taste has a great hop bit up front then a little malt on the back of the tongue. i love the bite from the hops it hits your tongue like a rocket. The moutfeel is great, leaves a nice little after taste on the tongue. Over all this is a great DIPA

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into shaped Dogfish pint.

A - Pours a hazy auburn color with a one finger pillow of off-white head. The head retains well and there is a great lacing left down the glass.

S - There is a powerful raw hop aroma of resin and pine. Also some serious citrus. The smell makes my mouth start to water. I catch another whiff every time I put it up to my mouth for a sip, and it gets a little bit danker each time, bordering on a trash aroma.

T - Immediately bitter with a strong pine hop bite. The middle mellows out a bit with some grapefruit, but it quickly returns to the hop assault on the finish. Leaves me with a resinous pine aftertaste that drys the tongue and throat. I enjoy it more and more as it warms and some of the balancing flavors appear.

M - Medium feel with a good carbonation. Suits the style well.

O - I was happy to snag this beer a few weeks ago in VA the first day it came in. There was no question to its freshness, which is important for a beer like this. It isn't quite a one-sided hop bomb, but it isn't far off. It lives up to it's name and I certainly wouldn't sample more beers of the style following this due to the tainted palate you will inevitably experience. It was a bit pricey, but I will get it again. Worth trying if you are a hop-head, but if you are easily turned off by bitterness, shy away.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown Green Flash style bottle with shades of Orange being the designated labeling color. Typical brilliance like all other Green Flash bottles. Just love them. Poured into a standard American Pint glass.

A - deep golden-orange body. Slightly off white head poured very nice and sat around the entire way down in form of a soapy thick ring of lace that left a good bit of stick.

S - more traditional hoppiness in the nose than in their other double ipa's. big grapefruit notes slam the front of the nose with chasers of lemon and pine. A hint of hop spice. Lovely, no a perfect incorporation of malt backbone. Light caramel and sweet breadiness with hints of alcohol in the back. Just a great nose!

T - grapefruit, lemon and light orange up front. Bitter pine notes are introduced toward the middle with the sweet but balanced caramel malt taking on a bigger load. Then comes the 'wrecker' part of it. Big grapefruit and fresh lemon give off a sharp bitterness in the finish.

M - full bodied with an exceptional feel and texture. Coating thickness Green Flash style. Alcohol is detected especially as Palate Wrecker warms a bit. Creamy mouthfeel and nicely balanced, but could be a bit too much for someone not into DiPa's that are meant to punish in a good way.

O - Palate Wrecker is a worthy bottling and has some real brilliance to it. I don't favor it as much as the other Green Flash double ipa's, but its still something ill buy every year. This is just another great offering from G Flash. It has equal quality and class to their other double ipa's, but still remains different in character. This is more traditional ipa turned up a few notches. Very enjoyable and well worth the experience over and over again.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was yet another beer that I picked up at Top Hops a few weeks back. I had never had this before and enjoyed all of Green Flash's other offerings that I had before, even if they tend to be similar to each other and to other beers from the Golden State. Amazingly, this one stood out to me, because of how smooth it went down and how hidden the alcohol was. This was indeed strong but it never felt it and everything worked harmoniously well together, which is rare for something as bold as a Double/Imperial IPA such as this.

Everything was solid about this, from the pour on down. A nice frothy head, radian apricot hue, and a bit of amber-like translucence combined for a nice appearance , before I took a sip. The aroma was that of pine, grapefruit, and some tropical fruits and all of these were repeated in the smooth and potent taste. Almost no malt to be found here but the mouthfeel was certainly solid and this pulled off the near-impossibility of a dry-hopped strength with a wet hop finish that squeezed all of the oil, resin, and metallic bitterness of out each hop. There was even a hint of white chocolate in here, like in the Sonoran Cordillera Blanca that added a hint of tangerine and cocoa underneath everything. As everything faded in the aftertaste, just some earthiness remained and oil that didn't seem to completely harmonize with everything else.

For sure, this was a strong beer and I could feel the booze by the time I finished off the contents of the bottle that I bought. While the alcohol is not detectable via taste, it's present and gives this beer the oomph underneath everything else that went on. This won't certainly wreck anyone's palate but it will give it a good run for its money and push the edge of it out just a bit further, and given that so many hoppy beers are not that discernible from each other, what more could you ask for? Take a good hour and give this is go, there's a lot to like here for anyone who loves hops and depth in a beer.

Photo of HaightAshbury
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just a good solid beer. Not overwhelming in any way, but just strong on all fronts. If u drink one, good luck switching to another. It would seem all others pale in comparison. Enjoyed it!

Photo of TeamMathis
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big! Bitter! Fruit, pine, citrus rind, pepper, salt, and delight. Dry mouth aftertaste. And beautiful color and head. I want this again.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance is brownish red with little frothy head

smells of citrus hops grapefruit, and pineapple

taste extremely bitter...through that you can taste the bitter citrus hops

feel is dry and little dryer than expected

overall a very good ipa, i would buy it again

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash Brewing Co. - Palate Wrecker - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

Look - Pours golden amber/copper with a small fizzy head. Good lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Smell - Citrus and pine hops, sweet caramel malt, smooth mix, mouthwatering.

Taste - Snappy, turns smooth, followed by two hoppy waves, pine and then citrus.

Mouthfeel - Sits heavy and earrthy, decent drinkability. The mouthfeel was not the best aspect of this brew. It really does wreck your palate, but it was not in a good way for me.

Overall - Great brew, a bit raw on the palate (as advertised) but not quite what I expected. I would recommend trying though as taste is subjective.

Photo of MikeWard
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12oz bottle into a Fullers ESB goblet. Bottling date was 02/25/13, so beer is over 5 months old.

Poured a slightly hazy copper coloring, with a little less than an inch of clean white head. Head eventually diminished to a covering, and toward the end, simply a ring around the glass. Lacing was initially good, but did drop down the glass quite quickly.

Nose was all about sweet fruity hops, and a faint wiff of booze background.

Taste, well, if this is 5 months along, I've gotta get me some fresh off the line. Reminded me somewhat of Nugget Nectar. Nice big hop taste, but not overpowering, so balance must be extremely good. I'm loving this.

Mouth was on the light side of heavy, a slightly syrupy feel to it as I rolled it around the tongue. A nice slow burn on the roof of the mouth betrayed the high alcohol presence, but certainly not harsh or jarring.

Overall, about the best double IPA I've tried. Would be interesting to stand it up against one a month old to see if, when fresh, the hops overpower all. Definitely recommended, and certainly stands up well alongside it's slightly weaker brother, West Coast IPA.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled On: 01/29/13

A: Pours a copper color with slightly less than a fingers worth of head that fades quite quickly

S: Very hoppy. Get nice citrus and pine notes, as well as a solid malt backbone. Very nice balance going on

T: Again, very hoppy. Pretty dank, along with citrus peel, pine, and some earthiness. A semi-sweet malt backbone helps to hold things together, but in the end the hops prevail. Bitter throughout

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A palate wrecker, indeed! A bomber will give you your hop fix for a week, much less the rest of the day. I definitely wouldn't want to drink another beer after this, because I doubt I would taste it it very much as I'd want to. Averagely priced, and definitely worth a try

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orangish/amber, finger and a half of off white head, nice lacing

Smell is big on orange, mango, citrus, pine needle, sweet malt coming through a little more then I would have thought, grapefruit, pineapple. Very floral

Taste is pine resin, tropical and citrus notes, grapefruit bitterness, a little melon like sweetness, sweet malt, a little alcohol on the finish, big pine bitterness toward the end mixed in with a nice earthy hop bitterness

Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium, low to medium carbonation, very and I mean very dry on the finish.

Been waiting to try this one ever since Green Flash came to the area. It is good, maybe not as good as I was hoping, but that is probably mostly due to my build um in my mind. Glad I got a 4 pack but due to the price I will probably only pick this one up every once in a great while.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12-11-12, poured on 1-20-13 out here on the east coast. Pours a pretty copper, small head,And lots of bubbles throughout. Smells very nice. Great smell with tons of pine and grapefruit. Wow on the taste. Huge bitter pine here--meets the level of Short's Huma--and balanced in excellent fashion with sweet citrus. Goes down with a sweet candy-like quality, with just the right carbonation. Medium mouthfeel, slight prickles. Right on for style and hit the palate wrecking they were going for here. Really like this one.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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