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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Gots: 641 | 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

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 CHADMC3
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of BigN8tion
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I was introduced to this beer at the Beer Store over on Second Street Pike (Philly Suburb) I was initially a little skeptical because I'm not really in to hoppy beers but this one is so well balanced with equal hops and malt as well as alcohol. Really tasty and fun to drink.

Photo of mccallisters_dali
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Se - Bottle poured into a Foothills pint glass

App - radiantly amber with a thin white head

Smell - Citrus, grapefruit and piney, In my opinion it's the best part about this beer

Taste - Hoppy and not quite as malty as what I typically go for in a beer that is over 9%. That being said the hops are not too overpowering by any means and while at first taste you might be fooled into thinking that this beer has a low drinkability, but I feel like that vanishes shortly after.

Photo of Anker13
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2/21/13 Green Flash | Palate Wrecker | On Draft

On draft at Churchkey in DC

Appearance- Beautilful copper in color, white lacy head, translucent

Aroma- Wonderful hop notes, citrusy and piney, grapefruit, subtle toasted bread

Mouthfeel- Moderate Co2, slight coating, medium bodied, a little oily

Taste- with each sip it definitely "wrecks your palate". You get wave after wave of grapefruit/piney hops. Enough malt character to keep it interesting, but not enough to make it an exceptional beer

Residual- pleasant bitterness, grapefruity and sweet

Overall- A solid DIPA. Worth a try, but odds are I would not seek this one out again. It's a borderline hop bomb in my opinion. Not quite so hoppy that you straight up avoid it, but hoppy enough to make it a one and done. There are a lot of better DIPAs out there, but I can see why this has a following.

Photo of schoolboy
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Save-on in Mentor, a store less than two miles from my house, recently added a few taps from which to sell a great selection of growlers. I bought one of these last night and drank most of it myself. That's really unnecessary!

It's a pretty, well crafted beer and the head never got wimpy. The aroma is strong, malty, yeasty (a little) and very hoppy and piney. The taste is the same, but a little sweeter than I would like (only a very little). The aftertaste won't let you forget what you are drinking.

Overall this is a huge beer that I would never refuse, but more than one or three is more than is necessary.

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden amber in color with a bright white half-finger head. Minimal lacing

S-Mangoes, peaches are very profound at first. A strong, crisp citrus smell burns as the sweet fruit smell fades away. The piney smell is a bit overpowering.

T-Bitter, citrusy fruits with a sweet mango aftertaste. The piney note in the smell comes through strong in the taste and is a bit too strong in the finish.

MF-crisp, highly carbonated. A bit dry.

O-IPA's are one of my least favorite styles of beer, but this was a pretty good brew. The sweet fruit smell is fantastic, but it is overpowered in the taste by a more bitter fruit and piney note. Definitely worth a try and is a good sessionable IPA.

Photo of colforbin73
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the first bottle i had, it was the first beer i had yesterday and it was really refreshing -- it had First Beer of the Day edge. this second one, today -- i already had a Dale;s Pale Ale.... and NOW.... it is the Palate Wrecker.

pours a rich amber... it looks resionous... syrupy and builds a small white foam that sticks to the glass. the smell... i am lost -- it is not overpowering, i am getting hops, some sugar and pine.

the taste mellows as you sip.... but DEFINITELY not one for the faint of heart if you don't like the Bitter. i come back to pine and lemon pith... there is a beautiful floral bouquet that hits the top of the palate... but upon your tongue lingers the deep burn of bitterness and alcohol.

if DOUBLE JACK is an A+ .... this is an A- at best. a little too boozy and acidic hops.

Photo of mikem0487
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of cjoc83
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/29/13. Pours a clear copper/amber color with an initial 2-finger bright white head that fades fast and leaves no lace in my tulip.

A surprisingly prominent malt backbone is there in the nose, but make no mistake, the hops are the stars of the show here. Big grapefruit, fresh mango, lemon zest, earthy and piney hops at every turn. Some booze is definitely noticeable as well.

A fitting explosion of hops for a beer named Palate Wrecker. Dank, earthy hops give way to big citrus; grapefruit (a lot of grapefruit), mango, pineapple, lemon zest, and then the sweet, caramel malts come in, giving this beer an outstanding, but subtle, sweetness before finishing off with some piney bitterness and solvent alcohol.

Very smooth mouthfeel that's nice and creamy. Dry finish with some lingering hop bitterness and some alcohol warmth. Good shit.

If you're a hop-head (and why would you be looking at reviews of this unless you were), I would definitely recommend this. Every shade of hops with a creamy mouthfeel and a surprisingly sizable caramel malt backbone holding it all together. Not cheap (my 4-pack was $15), and the alcohol is a little more prominent than I would have liked, but very good.

Photo of brodericksloth
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

hop bomb; definitely palate wrecker but smoother than expected after first blow to your senses.

alcohol very present but masked well.

amber color nice head sticks around for a while; ok lacing

tropical hops not piney or resiney; crisp and clean; malts present but not overstated

It's easy to create a following with this one

Photo of acsprouse
4.99/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: orange/ amber/ copper hue. Thick White head

S: hops hops hops. Very slight malts. Citrus, very.floral, fruits

M: medium bodied, nicely carbonated for the style. Resiny piney

T: hops! Spice, floral, citrus, everything a double ipa should be. Slight alcohol heat but perfect balance for such a big hop bomb!

O: wow, hop heaven. If your a hop head you have to try this beer

Photo of Dave1999
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich amber colour with a bright white foamy head.

The smell is citrus hops, grapefruit, lemons and oranges, with some sweet malts coming through as the beer warms up.

The taste is piney hops,citrus hops, slightly sweet and very bitter.

The mouthfeel is smooth bodied and oily with low to medium carbonation.

Overall this beer is about as hopy and bitter as it gets, as it warms a sweeter malt back bone begins to form though. Hides its abv extremely well. Coats your mouth with a bitter hopy taste for a while after finishing.

Definately let this beer warm up before drinking to appreciate the full range of flavours.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash Palate Wrecker has a very thick, frothy, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, golden-amber appearance, some ascending bubbles, and a bit of splotchy, thin lacing left behind. The aroma is of very intense grape fruit, with some sweet breadiness riding along. Taste is sweet, toffee-like, super bitter, and piney. Mouthfeel is medium, oily, and chewy, and Green Flash Palate Wrecker finishes dry, mentholated, and full. Well, it didn’t wreck my palate, but I still find it to be wonderful and delicious.

RJT

Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Sparkling orangy-gold pour. Thin layer of white head.

Aroma, huge piney hops. Some floral citrus. Pretty straight forward here.

Taste, Again big pine. More grapefruit, citrus.
Was surprised how much brown sugar and caramel malt background there was in this. Hops are still the show though. The bitter finish crushes all, more than any dipa I've had to date.

Solidly mid bodied. Ample carbonation, but it seems a little scratchy. I think this makes the warming seem a little higher as well. Still drinks pretty well.
A big bitter beer, as advertised.

Photo of Morningside
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition. Served in a Dogfish Head Tulip. Taken from notes on January 25th, 2013.

A- Gorgeous deep orange amber color, pristine clarity. Off-white foamy two finger resilient head, leaving somewhat spotty lacing behind.

S- Huge pine and grapefruit, overshadowing sweet bready malt. Underneath there's sweet tropical fruit and a hint of melon.

T- Sometimes a beer's name is misleading and I really feel cheated. This is not one of those times. Tremendous bitterness. Gigantic citrus flavor carried with resiny pine and barely balanced at all by sweet malts. This is a sipper, but I'm having no trouble getting this down at 9.5%. Hints of peppery spice as it warms, with an expectedly dry and bitter finish.

M- Slight carbonation, with mouth-coatingly dry, resiny notes.

O- You want hops? We've got 'em right here. This is a must-try for hop-heads, potential hop-heads, or anyone who has enjoyed a West Coast-style DIPA. If not, stay away, because you will run away crying. This has a beautiful balance of bitter and sweet that obviously leans heavily towards the former, but never feels one-dimensional or cartoonish.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear amber, light copper with 2 fingers of off white head. A big streaks of lace are left behind.

S - Big resiny hops. Candied citrus alcohol. Peach, mango and pine with some light bready malt.

T - Big resiny piney hops followed but a touch of candied citrus. High in bitterness and hop flavor. Sweet caramel malt that blends with the candied citrus and a touch of alcohol. Slightly dank, grapefruit, peach and citrus piths.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry lingering finish feels like you could scrape the hops resins out of your mouth.

D - I think this beer is appropriately named. Glad I picked this up last time in Chicago.

Photo of barnzy78
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with a friend, pours amber-ish with a frothy, off-white head that leaves thick chunky lacing on the glass. Nice tropical nose with mango, pineapple, and a heavy caramel backbone. Tastes are bold with tropical notes of pineapple and mango, grapefruit, caramel, tea leaf, finishes bitter & dry. Mouth-feel is creamy & drying, a bit resiny; alcohol is present and warming. Bitter hops linger. Overall, I really enjoyed finally having this one, and it lived up to expectations! Definitely recommendable.

Photo of vandemonian
3.26/5  rDev -21.6%
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

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter this beer was a beautiful clear amber color with just a small rim of head, which lingered.

A lot of hops in the aroma. Herbal/piney hops, a little citrus. A touch of sweet malt.

Mostly a herbal/pine taste. Some grapefruit. Bready background.

Hop bomb. Alcohol well-hidden. Great beer for hop heads.

Photo of Sludgeman
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz, bottled on 1/1/13, purchased January 2013.

A - Pours golden and clear, a rocky off-white head, 1-finger high, dissapated to a thin lasting layer, fingers of lace

S - Floral (reminds me of my knock-out roses), some pine, faint grapefruit and just a little pepper

T - A big clean hoppy beer, a little sweetness primarily upfront, but faintly underneath to the end, hoppy bitternes middle to end, somewhat unbalanced towards hops

MF - Medium body, dry, sharpt with a lasting bitterness on roof of mouth and tongue.

O - Generally hides its 9.5% ABV well. Reminds me a lot of a SN Celebration, but with more floral notes up front. Need to do a side-by-side.

Photo of Hoptimus-Prime
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color , with a fluffy white head.
Aroma of hops is very powerful, with hints of grapefruit , pineapple and mango.
The taste... amazing! Hops stand up front offering a dominating bitterness , with the classic west coast IPA characteristics. The bitterness lingers on the palate.
Mouth feel is medium bodied with a crisp dry finish.
Overall, I really enjoy this beer, in fact Palate wrecker is one of my all time favorites. The only bad part is that it tastes so good that is really hard to drink them in moderation... 9.5 abv is only apparent after you've had a couple .

Photo of Immortale25
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. Bottom of the front of the bottle says Bottled on: 12/11/12.

A- Pours a medium amber color with nearly a full inch of off-white head that retains wonderfully before eventually retiring to an 1/8 inch head Thick, spread-out cobwebs of lacing.

S- Citrusy, floral hops of the west coast variety play off the nose with an enticing sweetness and sharpness. Musty, dank, pungent.

T- Taste is well balanced with plenty of citrusy hop bite and just enough malty sweetness. Notes of pineapple, lemon and grapefruit. The bitterness is intense and lingering but has enough grassy and fruity characteristic to make for a great flavor profile. Alcohol is well-masked also. Great hop burps.

M- Sharp and bitey with a crispness one doesn't find in IPAs as much. Also a bit oily with medium carbonation.

O- A welcome assault to the palate.

Photo of Brewsephus
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.
Bought at the Local Bottle-Shop.

A- Pours a one finger, off-white, beige head. Small/Medium bubbles last on surface. Head last more than 2 minutes, leaving large bubbles and lacing up the sides of the glass. Beer is copper colored, and brilliantly clear.

S-Pine, Floral, very strong odor. Strong strawberry aroma. Straight tropical fruit. An amazing scent!

T- Bitterness is robust, but not over-powering. Flavors of guava, pine, and sage grass. Alcohol is not apparent in flavor until the fruit and bitterness dissipates, leaving a light harshness on the back of the tongue and cheeks. This is to be expected with a 9.5% ABV massive beer. The malt does come through towards the end, slightly oak, more pine than anything. There is a disparity from the SMELL and the FLAVOR. Bitterness borders on puckering.

M- Perfectly carbonated. Full, round, medium body, great succulent mouthfeel.

O- I admit, I had high expectations for this beer; being from Green Flash, and one of their anniversary beers. I wanted this beer to taste like a hop farmer wet dream. The smell is amazing, best beer I have ever smelled. The crazy amount of fruit in the nose is intoxicating. The flavor, while being able to hold its own, seemed to be the most neglected part of this beer. Amazing legs, crazy awesome scent, mouthfeel for days, and a flavor that leaves you wanting more fruit. The bitterness could be toned back, and with that, the ABV, I think would make this beer much more palatable and much more sensational fruit and pine. While I don't regret buying this, if I was looking for a radical beer full of fruit, I would grab a Green Flash West Coast IPA.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.94/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Photo of rdilauro
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice golden amber hue with a full creamy white beige head. From a distance, you could mistake this brew to be one of many golden ales from the mass produced breweries.

But here is where that stops. All you need to be is within a few feet of the opened bottle and you can pick up the aroma of fresh strong hops. As I put my nose into the glass, the hops seemed to get stronger and stronger.

As with many high hopped brews, I could pick up scents of grapefruit along with other citrus. The initial taste was a bit over the top, at least at first. However, the mouthful and the finish was satisfying and lingering.

The second and third sips were the same, the initial taste on the tongue, went quickly to the top of the lounge without hitting some of the other sense spots.

The finish was perfect. I think the only thing that kept me from rating this even higher was that each sip was a bit much.

But the rest was as good as it gets for full hoppy beer

I looked at the Green Flash website and was amazed, no I guess not really to see that the IBU was over 149 for this one!

02/01/13:
I think after tasting about a dozen or so real classy high IBU IPAs, I've come to know exactly what I want and what I am looking for. Make new mistake, Palate Wrecker is a beer that any hop-head should try. Its worth it. I have about 5 more bottles for this year. I enjoyed it, but
not the same way I did a year ago. I guess the term palate-wrecker holds true. It is a big bold beer to taste, but easier to drink than lets say another beer's 120. But my mouth is hanging real dry after drinking one bottle. One bottle, thats it, because when I started to taste other beers, I couldn't pick up the things I normally would have...
Next time, try the ones I want to taste and finish perhaps with the Palate Wrecker

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,938 ratings.