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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,343 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,343
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 137
Gots: 271 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008)
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

01-22-2013 02:50:46 | More by GarthDanielson
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-23-2013 17:51:15 | More by rolltide8425
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-27-2014 01:42:47 | More by DrBier
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

22oz bottle popped on 4.16.12 and poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a light tan, huge head. Great retention.

S - Pine, floral, tropical fruit.

T - Grass and pine heaven.

D - Good carbonation, a light to medium body, with a bitter finish.

O - Smells awesome, the taste loses some of the citrus, but is still good.

04-22-2012 04:06:12 | More by HuskyinPDX
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

01-22-2013 18:10:32 | More by THECPJ
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dirtylou

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

22oz bomber, chucks

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, glowing orange-amber body, minimal white film.

smell: bright citrus - sugared grapefruit rind, pine resin, boozy caramel malt

taste: 150 ibu's : lots and lots of hops - bitter red grapefruit, pine resin, thick syrupy caramel malt, honey, spicy. I mean - I enjoyed this but hope it represents an outlier because we really don't need 150 ibu DIPA's. The bitterness is extreme and the hops stick to the palate for hours

mouthfeel: sticky sweet, high bitterness, spicy alcohol

overall: fierce and abrasive - worth a bomber

05-04-2012 05:04:39 | More by dirtylou
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-30-2013 16:47:23 | More by drummermattie02
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

03-21-2012 03:53:26 | More by tobelerone
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-02-2014 21:43:08 | More by scruffwhor
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12oz bottle poured into tulip

They finally bottled this, awesome! Pours a slightly hazed auburn color with some copper hues. Tuft of slightly off-white head rests on top, leaving plenty of patchy lacing on the glass.

Bursting nose with intense grapefruit and citrus tones. Almost abrasive with some pine resin and light fruity sweetness. Bready malts with alcohol warmth.

Bitter and dry on the tongue up front with an explosion of pine and grapefruits. Some lighter citrus flavor attempts to cut through, only to be overwhelmed by the burning hop presence. Malt backbone lurks in between the bitterness with a momentary splash of sweetness from caramel and toasted bread crust. Finishes bitter and hoppy with some boozy warmth.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the palate with dryness. I'm happy to see they finally bottled this one - it's a great example of extreme hop presence and bitterness, even if it's slightly unbalanced at times.

04-07-2012 20:27:22 | More by xnicknj
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ccrida

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Pretty dank, but this is one that probably shouldn't be bottled. I've had it in that format a few times, and never felt it lived up to the name, and this is no exception. Resinous, malt sugars, moderate bitterness. The bottles are just not really notable, even buying them from a cooler at a bottle shop with high turn-over, like I did with the bomber from The Bier Stein in Eugene.

01-16-2014 05:35:46 | More by ccrida
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.51/5  rDev +8.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
9.5% ABV

A - Shimmering clarity allows the beer's gorgeous deep honey golden color to shine beautifully, capped by a well-retained ivory head that splatters lace all over the snifter.

S - Green Flash is known to make some hoppy beers so I wasn't expecting to be surprised by the aroma but this beer legitimately smells like straight-up hops. I've grown hops for three years now and the aroma that comes off Palate Wrecker smells like your hands after you've spent two hours plucking the sweet little green buds from their bines; bright citrus, deep gooey resin, all the things that make a hop head rejoice! The best part about the aroma of this beer is that Green Flash knew exactly when to put the brakes on because the finish starts to get that overly hopped, dank rubbery smell.

T - Palate Wrecker's surprisingly gripping resinous aroma fades into a tropical fruit-laded bomb of caramel-coated honeydew melon, sticky mango, and freshly juiced grapefruit with a small squeeze of lemon oil and sprinkle of lemongrass on the finish!

M - Incredibly smooth for the level of IBUs one might perceive to be in this beer, Palate Wrecker has big balance from it's sweet malty base, a la 9.5% but, it goes down well and finishes with a lingering earthy dryness compliments of the bitter hops.

O - There's hoppy beers, then there's Palate Wrecker. Upon smelling the beer I immediately considered my palate destroyed but Green Flash balances this tropical hop bomb with so much sweet malt that the smooth body and bitter finish even out for a wonderfully drinkable experience!

01-14-2014 00:44:58 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/19/12
*From notes

-- Bottled 3/6/12 --

A: A standard pour yields a sticky two finger head. It hangs out for some time, and there's plenty of lacing and a thick collar that follows. The hue is clean orange-amber.

S: A bit muted for what eventually comes off like a Triple IPA. Spicy, with lot of bite in the nostrils.

T: Extremely intense. I can't stress this enough: they got the name right. It's brutal - searing my tongue with enough hop oil that it feels like I'm eating a hop pellet. There's that onion-like quality here that begins to overwhelm everything else, kind of like a baby Founders Devil Dancer.

M: Not nearly thick and dense enough to carry all the hurt. This beer cries out for weight and complexity. As it stands, the mouthfeel is average at best.

O: Tell your Mama to forget the soap - she'll be using Green Flash's Palate Wrecker to wash your mouth. It's like an S&M porno for your taste buds. This is for the biggest of hop fiends who simply can't get enough of the green stuff. I'd recommend grabbing a single first, as I don't know if I could kill a four-pack, even with a few days to do so. Absolutely bruising, packs a wallop from beginning to end.

You've been warned.

03-22-2012 22:30:12 | More by Rhettroactive
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light to medium coppery amber, massive fine off-white head with good retention and tons of lacing. Color, head and active carbonation give a nice look to this IPA. Intense aroma of grapefruit, pine and herbal hops and sweet malt. Flavor follows, with intense piney hops, citrus balanced by sweet malt. A long, resinous bitter hop finish and aftertaste. The malt supports the hops assault well. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess and nice mouth feel from the healthy carbonation. I opened this with a bit of trepidation because Green Flash ales are sometimes a bit astringently bitter for me and this was named to put fear into my heart. It is very hop forward, but the malt body supports it well and I enjoyed this very much. Nicely done, but you really have to like intense hops.

04-21-2012 03:35:26 | More by LiquidAmber
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +20.2%

04-19-2012 22:57:57 | More by iL0VEbeer
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flagmantho

Washington

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

01-09-2013 05:25:52 | More by flagmantho
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: The smell hits you the moment you open the bottle: A massive shot of hops, along with a lot of citrus as well.

T: Tasted exactly like a West Coast DIPA should taste: Massive amounts of hops, citrus (grapefruit), a little malt, and piney quality. ABV% is barely noticeable. A complex and enjoyable flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, yet bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An excellent, well made, easy to drink beer.

03-26-2012 12:05:52 | More by avalon07
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-20-2013 16:14:31 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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chippo33

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-21-2012 04:43:44 | More by chippo33
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -8.9%

The Pallet Wrecker is a big IPA...very bitter. The beer poured a cloudy golden with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is very bitter with hints of citrus. The taste is starts and finishes very bitter. There is alot of grapefruit zeal present. The mouthfeel is full bodies with good carbonation. Overall this is a big sipping beer. This would be a fav or bitter heads.

05-14-2014 03:10:18 | More by WoodBrew
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.2%

02-02-2013 00:22:44 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

edit: I now see this brew has been bottled 12/17/12 making this over 5 months old. Guess that really does make the difference for an IPA...

A - An impressive 1/2 inch of sticky rocky head atop of a quite hazy colored amber brown beer. Not bad.
S - Not as piney as I figured which is kind of a relief, citrus and melon hops dominate with a mild bit of sweet malts to the balance.
T - Ok this has to be old because it's hardly bitter. In fact I am kind of digging it since it has a nice bittering hop to woody sweeter malt bill. I want to say it's like a barleywine but that's simply not true. It does have some hops clinging to the palate so it does have some edge. Reminds me of ruination...
M - Light to medium dangerously drinkable despite the age. Not bad.

Overall not that I regret picking up a whole six pack for 10 bucks this is one drinkable old DIPA. Not notable alcohol taste and great balance of hops to malt make for a very drink able brew.

05-27-2013 23:52:29 | More by DrDemento456
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-04-2013 11:43:27 | More by Cynic-ale
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy amber/orange color with an inch off-white frothy head that sticks around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like citrusy (tangerine, orange, grapefruit) and pine hops, and a bit of caramel malt. However, I don't pick up quite as much citrus in the taste (as compared to the aroma). Mostly I taste a lot of bitter pine hops, along with some citrusy hops (mango, grapefruit) and a little caramel malt. There's a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's lick and creamy with good carbonation. Overall I think this is a good brew and I'd buy it again in the future. $8.99 a bottle.

04-27-2012 21:38:42 | More by bluejacket74
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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

07-13-2014 01:12:33 | More by KAF
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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