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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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716 Reviews
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Reviews: 716
Hads: 3,977
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 4.35%
Wants: 204
Gots: 656 | 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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Reviews: 716 | Hads: 3,977
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber color and clear with white head that lingers well in glass.

Smell is heavily hop floral with hints of rose and cinnamon. Of course there is an abundance of citrus notes. Grapefruit and orange are heavy in the nose.

Taste had more malt character than I was expecting given previous reviews. Yes, there is a massive punch of hop flavor, but not overpoweringly so. Nice grapefruit, orange and pine. Bitterness lingers well on the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel is very dry and medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall this is a superb DIPA. (555 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Resisting the notion that balance has any place in IPA- standard American varieties, imperial varieties or otherwise, Pale Wrecker pushes hop bitterness and flavor to the hilt while suppressing sweetness and body to a hardly-recognizable status. The hop dominance shreds the palate and puts on quite a bitter display.

Burnt orange in color, the deep yet clearly amber ale has much brighter clarity than I expect from highly hopped ales. Capped by a slightly off-white foam stance, the froth shows stubborn persistence and laces the glass moderately with pocketed islands interspersed about the glass.

No mistake about it! Hops are all over the nose. Grapefruit, orange peel, pine needles, fresh-cut grass, chive, and light apricot share the rim of the snifter with only the slightest caramel-dipped sense of malt sweetness in support of the hops. And at 9.5% abv, the alcohols provide a light rosy tint to the hop complexities.

Flavors follow a similar path as the malts struggle to make a mark over the onslaught of hop flavor that strikes the early palate. Citrusy goodness of red and white grapefruit (both pulp and pith), orange peels, light tropical apricot and mango roundness, and herbal grass, chive, and rose all take turns giving new impressions to the taste buds with each sip. But with hardly any rebuttal from malt flavor, the beer hurries into a deeply gripping bitterness from hops and solvent-like alcohol and light metal taste.

Incredibly dry from start to finish, especially for an imperial IPA, the beer ignores any stage-setting from malt structures and quickly sheds its carbonated creaminess and zestiness- instead favoring a dive into resinous bitterness with moderate stemmy astringency and a moderately unsettled solvent alcohol bitterness that both assists the hop bitterness and deters from it at the same time.

Palate Wrecker lives up to its name as it gets a bitter/astringent boost from both hop techniques in brewing and from alcohol. It's fun to explore what's familiar and what's unique in the bitter complexes in this heavily hop-tilted ale. (2,081 characters)

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 1/8/2013, so a little over two weeks old. Lots of anticipation.

A: Gorgeous, thick head with prominent lacing left behind as it drinks. Toward the deep copper end of the IPA spectrum.

S: Big peach and mango citrus. Unlike some IPAs that stop being impressive after your acclimation to the initial scent, this one keeps on going.

T: Hm. Nice initial citrus blast, but then a weird (almost off) middle and a blank, super dry back end. It truly wrecks the palate. By the third sip, it's totally one-dimensional, with bitterness dominating.

O: Undiscriminating hop junkies will dig it, but I found this disappointing for such a highly rated beer. The hop profile seems experimental, at least in contrast to Green Flash's West Coast IPA. (782 characters)

Photo of nUgZ
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a one finger head and nice lacing.

S: Citrus and piney hops along with some faint sweet bready malts.

T: Big punch of piney and citrus hops balanced with sweet bready malts. The alcohol is almost completely hidden.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Easy to drink.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. It's very tasty, easy to drink, and hides the alcohol beautifully. Well done Green Flash! (468 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours fairly dark for an IPA but the smell of that traditional piny west coast IPA hits you quick. The first few sips were top notch with that piny IPA very strong on the tongue. You quickly realize why it's called Palate Wrecker since it definitely burns out some taste buds the more you drink. For me, this Imperial IPA class is stacked with world class beers and this might have fell short of the upper tier by just a bit. Definitely a must try and one I'd go back to but the heaviness of the hops on the tongue made it fall just a tad short. (545 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter glass. Pours clear copper with a two-finger length white head that dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. There are plentiful tiny bubbles visible rising in the glass. There are aromas of sweet and bready malts with citrus (grapefruit and orange) and piney hops. The hop aroma is pretty intense. The first sip lives up to the namesake of the beer. The hops burst in the mouth with the piney hops and the citrus hops are there, but not as strong. The malts are there in the backbone, providing some nice bready sweetness. The alcohol is well-masked here and I can't even taste it at all. This is an excellent beer. (661 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer appeared a deep, clear orange with a thick slightly off white head that was well retained and settled into a thin cap. Carbonation was noticeably rising from the bottom of the glass. The beer gave off a big, strong pine hop aroma...that was about it. I doubt anything else would have been able to cut it. The beer had a huge pine hop taste, overly so for my taste, with a very bitter aftertaste. The beer had a moderate to heavy feel, it was creamy, and was well carbonated. Overall, while I have grown tired of the style, this is still a quality beer and one that I would definitely drink again. (605 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip. The color is dark amber and clear. There is a small bubbly white head.

The aroma has a nice blend of melon and pine. There is a mild undertone of sweetness in the aroma.

The taste is a rich onslaught of sweet hops. The hoppy pine flavor is mostly strong in the finish. The start is sweet and slightly melony. This is full bodied and sticky. I like it, but I'm personally more a fan of drier IPA's. Still; this delivers when fresh. (453 characters)

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bomber bottled on Dec eighteenth.

A: Pours a deep golden amberish color, with nice 2 finger head. Retains head well with wonderful lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus pine hops,some earthy tones round out the aroma. Fairly straight forward aroma, HOPS. Slight malt overhang as well.

T: Pine is first flavor that hits. Hops in the face, carmel malts coming in. Big citrus/piney hops dominates this taste. Some dankness for the finish.

M: Thick, medium to heavy bodied. Tons of carbonation, bitter dry finish. Really just dries the palate in anticipation of the next sip. Sticky coating to the mouth as it finishes.

O: Excellent beer, not as good as I remembered last year's batch being however. Rather simple hop bomb beer, that's influenced by the West Coast style, but has enough malt backbone to make East Coast IPA fans happy. (839 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a clear, vibrant, orange-copper coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white layer of surface head. Aromas blast the nose with citrus and floral hops, both tart and resiny. Very inviting and powerful nose. Flavors are all over the palate. Initial blast of resiny hops, both oily and bitter, followed quickly by floral highlights and a tropical fruit blend of grapefruit and pineapple. The caramel malt backbone does its best to balance this behemoth. The hops also impart a solid spiced highlight, mostly pepper, throughout the brew. Tangy and very bitter aftertaste, leading to a slightly oily, dry finish. Tremendously crafted brew that tackles a tall flavor profile and keeps it all so very drinkable. (752 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had heard good things about this DIPA. Pours a nice medium copper with a one-finger head into my glass.

Subdued notes of grapefruit in the nose. Doesn't seem very bountiful at this point. Hmm.

Taste is a definite slam dunk of hoppiness. Acidic citrus notes mix with malt that's slightly charred. It all comes together so well in my mouth.

Lingering alcohol warmth and grapefruit notes make up the finish. Enveloping bitterness. Hop head's dream.

Check it out. Not sure if my palate will recover so soon. (511 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The nose on this one is pretty nice. Shows good character without getting obnoxious and nice subtle tones that still give enough to keep it interesting. Flavor profile is definitely a palate wrecker as it's intense and rich and thick and leaves a lot on your tongue. But not so out there that its a laborious drinker. I can dig it. (331 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of Jaycase
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled 12/17/12

a: orange, amber hue. smallish head.

s: light malts. pineapple/apricot. resiny hops.

t: constant sweet maltiness carpet bombed with resinous piney hops. decent amount of bitterness

m: medium body & carbonation. finishes slightly dry.

o: Great name, solid DIPA. Nothing earth shattering here but very enjoyable. Look forward to trying this again next year. (383 characters)

Photo of begforme4484
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber purchased from Total Wine in Brier Creek, Raleigh, NC.

The beer is a very clear amber with deep orange hues. Not much in terms of bubble activity rising through the beer. About 2 fingers worth of off white head rescinded down to a film over the top relatively quickly.

Smell of light malt, apricot, pine and some grassy notes. It doesn't smell like a double IPA, nor does it smell like a typical west coast, familiar, but close.

Hehehehe, much more bitter than I was expecting! That it actually made me giggle like that when I sipped it. The whole sip is just a surge of harsh bitterness. I like it.

Mouthfeel is borderline dry with medium to low carbonation.

Quite impressed with this beer, will definitely have another(or ten). (741 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 babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear shiny copper with one finger thick white head, settling to a thin ring, with wispy lacing left behind. Smell: grapefruit peel, resin, mildly herbal, with caramelized sugar and a little stone fruit in the back. Was expecting something more aggressive. Taste: oily hop extravaganza.. grapefruit, lemon rind, almost over caramel, then boozy with aggressive herbal and pine flavors, plus peach towards the end of the sip, finishing dry with a totally hop-wrecked palate. A tasty and intense hop-fix, not sure of its place in the DIPA elite, but digging it. Bottled 12/11/12. (584 characters)

Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A clear gold/amber color with a thick off-white head that leaves lacing down the glass.

Strong pine and herbal hop aromas. Very resiny and dank. Also sweet malt and some alcohol. Has a "hop syrup" type aroma.

Yep, definitely hop infused. A sweet malt base that has a heavy dose of pine and a bit of citrus hop. Some fruity esters in there too, some pineapple, peach, apple. Doesn't finish as bitter as I would have expected but there is a bit of a bite in the finish. The alcohol is only apparent in a slight burn in the finish as it is hidden behind the extreme hop flavor.

A heavier feel with a syrupy and oily feel to it.

Lives up to it's name. Sufficiently numbed the palate and I'm pretty sure I'll be tasting this for the rest of the night. (773 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a brilliant, haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head pours two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam with a bit of an orange cast; head retention is quite good. Wonderful!

Smell: strong, fresh, citrusy, funky and ever so slightly dank hops pervade the aroma. A hint of the sweet malt also makes it through the lupulus barrage. Quite nice.

Taste: bright fresh hops right up front; piney, citrusy, resiny. This is followed by a sweet malt with a big alcohol warmth, and finishes out with a balanced bitterness. It's bitterness actually seems low for its overall hoppiness, but make no mistake: this is an appropriately bitter beer for the style.

Mouthfeel: big body and a good carbonation make for a very creamy and satisfying mouthfeel. Good stuff.

Overall: a tasty and very drinkable beer for its ABV and general palate-wrecking properties. I'd definitely have this again. (960 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of BrandonMelton
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1/5/13 - 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with about a finger and a half of head. Crystal clear with a decent amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Bright white head leaves a trail of lacing running down the glass.

Aroma: Huge explosion of hop aroma that can be detected the moment the bottle is opened. Dank, resinous, pine aromas invade the senses, accompanied by bitter citrus. Bitter white grapefruit with a hint of lemon peel. A slight touch of alcohol on the nose adds a white wine quality which foreshadows the dryness to come.

Taste: Extreme citrus bitterness up front. Bitter white grapefruit, without even a hint of the sweetness associated with a ruby red grapefruit. Mid-palate is an explosion of dank, resinous, pine flavors. Behind the bold dankness, moving toward the back of the palate, emerges a dry, almost white wine flavor that carries into the still-bitter finish. This is by far the most bitter and dry beer I've ever tasted. As the beer warms, a hint of sweetness emerges - like a very subtle, slight hint of Valencia orange; even a hint of peach.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Nearly perfect mouthfeel for the style. The extreme dryness prepares the palate for another explosion of bitterness after each sip.

Overall: This beer is perfectly named, as it will destroy all ability to accurately perceive flavors for at least 30 minutes after enjoying it. Palate Wrecker will literally ruin the following beer if you don't allow enough time (or palate cleansing) in between beers. Simply fantastic. One of my favorite Imperial IPAs. The only detraction comes in terms of drinkability, where the extreme bitterness and dryness is a limiting factor. But this is a trade-off well worth making on this particular beer, as it is those very bitter and dry characteristics that make this beer unique.

Score: 96 (1,916 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip
bottled on: 12/11/12

Pours a clear, bright copper with a thick, foamy off white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Big resinous, citric hops. I would score this higher, but the alcohol is a tad bit more noticeable than I would like.

More resiny and citric hop notes.

Medium+ body, with mild carbonation. Faint oily, slick coating of the mouth.

First impressions from appearance and the aroma were quite good. The taste, while enjoyable, was nothing particularly memorable, in my opinion. (503 characters)

Photo of Docrock
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into snifter at 42*.

A - the definition of amber in color, pours out a nice 1-1/2 " head that slowly dissipated to a thin film, not enough to be called a cap. Lacing is fair.

S - just smush a grapefruit in your face, followed by the resinous pine, smells great.

T - very little of the grapefruit and or citrus comes through. It's dominated by the resinous pine that lingers for quite a while. Might try next time with some food to see hoe it actually affects the palate.

M - it actually tastes a bit thin, I don't know how? Carbonation is light, can feel the alcohol after a third of a glass but all I'm getting is the pine and lingering aftertaste.

O - obviously hoppy but not as complex as I hoped for. Still enjoyable and will try with food on the next bottle. Overall a decent beer but for me needs a little more body. (855 characters)

Photo of MaltAndHopsFC
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper amber color with a dense white finger of head. looks very nice and the lace clings to the glass.

Aroma: Hoppy! A lot of pine in the nose with citrus and floral scents pushing through to the surface

Taste: A right smack of hops to greet you and a light-kiss of caramel malt on the finish keeps you coming back for more, but it’s the hops you are here to see. Grapefruit, Pine, and Resiny flavors are all here. Lets party.

Mouth-feel: Crisp, full, and chewy.

Overall: What a beer. This is a proper DIPA for any hop aficionado. Definitely more assertive than other DIPA's, seems like they're not really going for balance on this but hopheads won't mind. Another great offering from Green Flash. (780 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Manito Tap House

Toasted apricot with a solid quilt of fine toasted cream foam. Unusual look for a IIPA. Lots of pine, tangerine, grapefruit (tons of grapefruit), some pineapple, nice dose of underlying biscuity malt with a touch of sweetness. Bitter, metallic, sweet, pine, resin, more resin, some grapefruit peel, some nice spicy hops - really hoppy (haven't said that in a while). Medium bodied with small, sharp fleeting carb leaves a active feeling beer with a character wet almost slick finish. Nice mouthfeel here. Good beer. (543 characters)

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.