Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 713
Hads: 3,957
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 202
Gots: 650 | 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 mondegreen
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into a Founders Balloon Tulip.

Pours a clear dark ruby orange. Two fingers of white head recede into a thick ring, leaving a nice lace on the glass.

Nose is pungent. Huge citrus hop aromas and a sturdy malt backbone create a smack in the face. Nothing subtle here.

Taste is huge. Resinous. Extremely bitter, but with enough substance to carry the load of hops. Bitterness lingers.

Mouth is pretty heavy for a DIPA, but the beer warrants it.

Overall, a bruiser of a Double IPA. Many beers try to achieve this level of over-the-top hop presence, but more often than not they fail for one reason or another. This one is spot on. (648 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12/17/12.

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Palate Wrecker is a slightly hazy amber orange color. It has thick rocky white head that leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is very hoppy and surprisingly fresh smelling despite having nearly four months on it. Nice citrusy west coast hoppy goodness with grapefruit and other citrus rind.

Flavor is similarly bold and, as the name suggests, is totally mouth puckeringly bitter. There is a fair bit of malt that tries to stand up to the hops but eventually fails. A mild beer drinker's nightmare, a hop heads dream.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It has no balance but that was probably never the goal anyway.

Overall a very good double IPA and one worth seeking out. (759 characters)

Photo of take_it_sleazy
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking around for this baby. Poured from 12 oz. bottle to Good Nature snifter.

A: deep, amber orange color. Light shines through in a beautiful way. Enjoying this one outside. Head about one finger thick that disappears quickly. Thin, lacy ring along the outside meniscus of the beer. Carbonation looks beautiful, as bubbles continuously rise to the top of the glass throughout enjoying this one.

S: so much going on with this one. Citrus, lemon, grapefruit, orange zest and sweat. The hops are definitely strong throughout, but are well balanced with the seemingly ten other things going on.

T: malty and refreshing rolled into one hoppy Goliath of an IPA. Bitterness up front that mellows over time. Definitely picking up some piney, resiny characteristics as well. Lives up to its name.

M: beer does well here. Pretty standard for the category, I think. Nice medium to light body that's very drinkable. Carbonation is wonderful and lingers for awhile.

O: not for the average hop fan. The bitterness will definitely turn some people off. However, if DIPAs are your thing, you are in for an interesting and delicious ride. (1,134 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap [on cask].

All I can say is what a great name (especially for a IIPA)!

Poured a medium amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral hops, and pine. Tastes of the same citrus, pine and a lighter maltiness. Nicely bitter. (257 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours amber in color with large white head. Lacing lasts well throughout the session. Aroma is lightly malty, caramel, toasted grain, resiny/hoppy, and grapefruit with alcoholic notes. Moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter finish. Full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and moderately alcoholic. A very nice hoppy beer! (381 characters)

Photo of abrethanson
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - pours a clear copper, carmel with (1) finger white head. A good amount of lacing left on the tulip glass. Pretty solid looking ale.

Smell - dominating pine bitterness, fresh citrus, and hop hop hop.

Taste - hop bomb all the way but very well balanced with the malts. Hops up front, malty caramel boozy body, and grapefruit / burnt bacon bitterness at the end. Hop bitterness aftertaste definitely sticks. A little dark fruit but is masked by the hops. The booziness is apparent but plays second fiddle in this arrangement. More hops than I generally enjoy but respect the ability to put that much in and still make it drinkable.

Mouthfeel - first sip the bitterness is apparent on your tongue. That is the point of this beer.

Overall - Really enjoyed but definitely not a sessionable ale and lives true to the name 'Palate Wrecker.' A fun and unique beer to taste. Because of the powerful flavors would be a good bottle to split with a friend.

Food Pairing - BBQ, BLT, french fries (1,002 characters)

Photo of JK4Stout
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A slim white frothy head circles the chalice, while the medium auburn orange-ish goodness settles underneath.

S: Wow: I poured this, walked away, and was hit with the hop slam as I walked back into the kitchen. It is really potent. While there maybe stronger aromas in Double IPA's this one certainly lets itself be known.

T: Oh, how I love Double IPA's! This one is right up there. Paired with homemade pizza, you won't find a better lunch on a snowy day. A good initial bite then a smooth settleing flavor. Very well blended.

M: Medium to heavy in neature.

O: I had been reading reviews of this and stopped because I feared getting myself too excited for it. Green Flash is still near the top of my "breweries to visit" list. (736 characters)

Photo of ImperialRed36
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intense and aromatic. This beer hits you hard right from the start. Classic West Coast IPA with citrusy, piney nose, full bodied flavor and over the top hoppiness taste. Strong notes of grapefruit and toasted bread. Every sip leaves you wanting another. At 9.5%, a 22 oz'er is all the name says it is - a palate wrecker. Outstanding effort from the guys in San Diego. (367 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gigantic cream colored foam head on top of a copper brew. Decent lacing.

Toasted maltiness, but a big grapefruit note. No doubt the hops are there.

Nice happiness up front, with a toasted malt balance. The resinous hop flavor is throughout, and the bitterness is in great balance. Some light sweetness, but not fruity. Good hoppy finish that is both bitter and mouth-coating. Alcohol is not even a factor -- don't notice it at all.

Medium body, bite and mouth-coating goodness.

Overall, a winner. A double IPA that hides the alcohol so well that it makes the beer entirely drinkable. (587 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours fairly cloudy orange-golden, smallish head that fades to a clumpy coating pretty fast. Already appears to be leaving some lacing from the fading of the head, even though I haven't taken a sip yet. Smell is big and round and sweet, mostly flowers, maybe some orange, some grapefruit rind.

Taste is a bright sweet flash that is quickly dominated by hoppy bitterness. Lots of grapefruit rind, some pine.

Mouthfeel is dry and light, slightly sticky. Overall, this is quite nice. (520 characters)

Photo of darthvohn
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Snifter

Appearance: Deep orange-gold with a dense fluffy white head.

Smell: Sweet fruit - pineapple, lemon, orange & grapefruit is in abundance here, along with nice floral sweet honey and piney hop aroma. I get bready malts here as well. This is a intense smelling beer.

Taste: Malty caramel arrives first but gets pushed aside as the big citrus and pine resin flavors bulldoze to center stage. A long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel:Sticky and tacky feeling that totally coats the mouth and tongue. Creamy notes are there to ease the hops along to the finish.

Overall: The is a fantastically bitter double IPA. While the hoppy bitterness is huge, the malt does a very good job pulling back on their reins. I can only imagine how much more intense this would be if the malt profile was smaller. Great job Green Flash! (829 characters)

Photo of zimm421
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a 12 oz snifter at World of Beer in Columbus on 6/1/2013 (reviewed from notes). The beer is a nice golden amber color, and has a decent looking off-white head. The head was minimal due to the pour, but a good amount remained around the edges of the glass.

The nose is full of citrus, lots of orange and grapefruit, as well as nice pineapple. There are also hints of sweetness coming through in the form of caramel. The taste is very bitter up front, the citrus comes through again, and pretty much dominates the flavor. The sweetness is still present, and actually stands out quite well until the finish, which is also dominated by bitterness. The complexity here is wonderful, and each sip is great.

The mouthfeel is pretty typical of your DIPA, medium-to-thick body, with some stickiness left behind. Overall, this is a great brew. Even at 9.5%, it is refreshing, and fairly drinkable, and the flavor combinations are exceptional. (945 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a dark orange, with a one inch head, and good lacing down the glass.

Smells quite herbal and earthy, lots of pine, and some citrus. No malt aromas at all.

The taste follows suit. This bottle is slightly old, so some sweet malt flavors are shining a little bit, but it's still quite the hop bomb you'd expect. Lots of earthy pine and grapefruit flavors, sweet but spicy. Very dank and herbal. Searing bitterness.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, miraculously stays dry. Low carbonation.

Incredibly hoppy beer from Green Flash, but what do you expect from these guys? Manages to stay drinkable, despite the barrage of flavors. (669 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear amber/ brownish color, with a nice finger of off white head at the top that leaves a little lacing around the glass as you drink it.

S: Lots of hops on the nose, slight hint of tropical fruit and some caramel as well, little hint of booze on the tail end.

T: The hops hit the mouth right away, the pine and citrus are very present, kick in the mouth from the bitterness, slight honey note on the tail end.

M: Slick and sticky, medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation.

O: This was a very good IPA, if you like a kick from the hops this is the beer for you, a very refreshing and enjoyable brew from Green Flash. (641 characters)

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured an orange/Dark golden color...Very Piney smell, Citrus and hops. Taste is extremely hoppy, piney and Citrus. Taste is very strong on these flavors on first sip. The more you drink, the better the hop taste gets unlike other very hoppy beers. (249 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber/orange and translucent with a foamy white head.

S: Grapefruit peel, orange, lots of citrus in the nose and maybe some nectary mango and some pine and other floral notes in nose.

T: Taste is basically the same, that is to say, delicious.

M: Full bodied and not smooth but drinkable, not harsh.

O: An excellent Imperial IPA, one of my favorites from the San Diego area. (388 characters)

Photo of mikem0487
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Bottled on 01/29/13

A-A clear amber with a red hue. Has a thumbs width off white head. Head dissipated pretty steadily and leaves some nice lacing.

S-Thats in your face hops and I love it. The citrus hops dominate this beer. Extremely floral with grapefruit, kiwi, orange rind, red delicious apple, with a malt profile that helps to tame down the hops.

T-Grapefruit and tangerine right there. Lemon, pineapple also on the palate. Like the smell it has a malt profile to bring it all together. Smooth caramel and nutty taste try to balance out the hop taste. Hops still win.

M-Nicely carbed, medium body that finishes bitter. Would be surprised if it didnt finish any other way.

O-Highly enjoyable Imperial IPA. It starts where it finishes, the aroma brings you in with a huge hop aroma and the taste leaves you with a huge hop profile on your palate. Great beer but the taste could be slightly more balanced. (947 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a deep and clear amber golden color in the body. A medium, 2 finger head forms and retains very well, with a dense layer of froth leaving a good lace too.

S- Big hops bitterness right up front with the primary scent profile being a sticky, resinous, pine smell. Not much else here, maybe a hint of floral hops scent.

T- Hops bitterness up front, slight hints of malt in the middle, and a lingering bitterness on the end. Hops up front are not overpowering, rather not as strong as the scent, and very sticky and piney in flavor. Some malt peeks in during the middle of the drink, balancing out some of the bitterness, before the hops make their presence felt in a very bitter, lingering hops flavor.

M- This beer is thick and sticky all the way through. Carbonation level is rather low and that enhances the thick feel of the beer. Bitterness and a hidden alcohol presence makes this one a slower drink.

Overall, a very good DIPA. Pretty big hops presence for the hop heads, while there is a bit of malt to balance it out for those not as fond of the hops. (1,069 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting around to reviewing this bad-boy. Been waiting in the fridge for quite a while.

Appearance 3.75: Great looking beer, pours out a deep golden color. Nice, creamy, 1/2" head. Decent lacing.

Smell 4.25: Great bouquet. Very (of course!) hop-forward, but interestingly, the hops that are forward are all citrus: grapefruit, candied orange rind and almost a crystallized ginger smell.

Taste 4.5: Front is big with a massive kick of hoppiness, but very little sweetness. Middle is where a giant wave of malt and alkaline hoppiness hits you like a mule. But, this is all well-balanced and smooth. Finish is a rain of alkaline hoppiness in the mouth. Very interesting: there is very little outstanding hop flavor with this beer other than a clean hop bitterness. Did they use Magnum? Aftertaste is a citrusy blast, primarily of grapefruit. Also a nice warming feeling from all the alcohol.

Mouthfeel 4.25: Very nice in the mouth. Smooth and with a level of carbonation that helps to balance out the big ABV.

Overall 4.25: Excellent beer. Great hop blending and very flavorful without being overpowering (regardless of its name). Amazingly light given its ABV, this is a delicious brew for a brief sessioning...aw, heck, just drink all four of them, but make it a Friday night. Recommended to all IPA fans. (1,332 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent light gold with a small white cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of intense citrus, herbs, pine, flowers...reminds me tad of Hop Slam.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a blast of honey infused sugars and bitters.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, abrasive with the hops, and grassiness and herbs. (398 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC. Pours orange with a creamy 1/4 inch off white head; great lacing that leaves rings clinging to the glass.

Smells of huge hops, floral, piney and citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, grapefruit and bread/grains.

Tastes of huge hops, floral hops, piney hops and citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, grapefruit, lemon, grass, a touch of brown sugar, a hint of syrup and some mild spices - what a tasty brew, it is delicious! It bombarded my palate, but didn't wreck it.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with little to no carbonation, a light crisp feel and a very smooth feel overall. I guess it was balanced, but it's hard to judge since this was a hop assault and just a very tasty beer that any hop-head will enjoy. Strong bitterness, the 9% ABV was well hidden and this beer went down very easy. A definite recommendation. (841 characters)

Photo of cocojoe
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Translucent copper amber color

S: Resinous, piney, floral. Sweet boozy malt comes through. smoothe.

T: Big body, caramel malt, bitter.

M: Big bitter body

O: REally lovely IIPA. Its what, I think, it should be. Copiously hopped, but a huge malt body that won't back down. (278 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Palate Wrecker!! I'm bracing my taste buds. 7 weeks fresh, 12 oz bottle poured into a Hop Leaf tulip glass. $13/4-pack.

Appearance: Deep amber and clear. 3 fingers of off-white creamy head with moderate retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Not getting a ton on the nose here. Pine and floral, grassy notes. Some citrus, orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Nice, but subdued.

Taste: Wow. There's the hops. Biting grassy hoppy goodness up front, with a wallop of bittering hops. Even after one sip, my taste buds are in shock. I'm sure there's a lot of malt in this one given the high ABV, but there is no way you're tasting anything other than hops with this guy. At 150 IBUs (reportedly, and I believe it), this is not for the faint of heart.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth. Moderate carbonation and good body. Not overly dry.

Overall: This was made to be intentionally unbalanced, but even still, it is smooth and full bodied, so as to lend to the best possible experience. A lot of people won't like this, and it is honestly not for everybody. But with a name like Palate Wrecker, you should know what you're getting into. Given what they were going for, Green Flash hits the nail on the head. Not one I'd drink more than one of in a sitting, and definitely saving it for the end of the night, but I'll enjoy it again. (1,311 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone. I was super excited to get to try this one!

A: The pour looks innocent enough, a pale copper color with a thin layer of white foam on top.

S: This is what I expect from Green Flash, pure hops in the nose. Very citrusy, mostly grapefruit and a bit of lemon with a substantial hit of pine as well.

T: A very intense grapefruit flavor leads the charge, followed by a bit of caramel malt. The finish is quite bitter and has some very nice resinous pine character to it.

M: This is a medium to full bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: One of the better IPAs I've had in awhile. The typical flavors you expect from a Green Flash IPA and it definitely lives up to the name. Just watch out for this one because it packs a punch. (759 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep slightly hazy orange amber brew with a sticky foam cap leaving sheets of lace. Pungent oranges, orange peels, marmalade and grapefruit along with a substantial caramelly malt nose. Biting bitterness right away, almost hot-spicy. Grapefruit pith. Oranges. Garlicky onion. Pine resin. The intense bitterness grudgingly yields just an inch to a creamy carmelly malt backbone which must exist in principle to warehouse all this hop intensity. Powerfully hoppy excellence. (472 characters)

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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