Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,935
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 196
Gots: 636 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008

Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary
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Photo of jooler
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really hoppy initial taste with a bite to it. It kind of tastes like Lagunitas sucks mixed with stone ipa. Pretty bitter. not bad

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 hoplover82
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very good iipa. Very balanced and bold. Tons of piny and citrus notes from the hops. With just the right amount of malt sweetness to balance the beer and give it complexity. Silky, creamy mouthfeel. A very good interpretation of the style. Very Impressive

Photo of tillmac62
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 6/27/14. Pours a clear medium amber with a nice dark ruby hue. Average head and lacing. Rich nose of grapefruit, with hints of other sweet citrus, over a light background of pine and caramel malt. Medium body with a smooth texture. The carbonation level is on the low end of normal. The complex flavor profile is a hop assault over a nice caramel balance. Grapefruit begins the assault with notes of other citrus. It then progresses to pine coupled with a nice intense bitterness that is pine and grapefruit rind. Towards the end, a well balanced caramel sweetness emerges to somewhat soothe the palate. The finish is an alcohol burn at the back of the throat with lingering bitterness and tartness. This one is not for the faint hearted.

Photo of JayCheG
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost amber color with a one finger light tan head. Fair lacing.
S: Intense fruit smells, grapefruit and almost a hint of orange. Plenty of pine and an afternote of caramel.
T: Hops up front mostly fruity and finishing with pine. Blends well with a caramelly malt flavor.
M: Medium bodied beer with a bit of a thicker feel
O: A balanced west coast style IIPA. Hop bitterness up front that is mellowed out by the malts.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-tangerine with a thick white head that lasts a long time and leaves some amazingly thick lacing and also some cascading. Beautiful beer.

S-grapefruit peaches, citrus, and hops

T-bitter and bold, citrus and just a hint of pine, definitely grapefruit and a lingering hop bitterness. This is one intense beer.

M-Thick and chewy

D-To me this has a low drinkability its very, very heavy and full flavored. Its not as light as other versions of the style, it really weighs you down.

Overall, this is a good double ipa but not my favorite. I would love to try it on tap sometime.

Photo of lsummers
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great orange amber with a one finger sandy white head that stays.

Smells straight away of the tropical fruits. Very refreshing.

Taste hits with the bitter piny pineapple pine and grapefruit hops, notes of peppery burnt toffee. Relatively sweet and very bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel is sticky and round. It's definitely full bodied.

Overall, this is a great example of a west coast double ipa. Green flash separates themselves from other west coast double ipa's in the fact theirs has so much hop bitterness combined with their roasted malts. It's a unique flavor that hasn't been replicated which makes it remember able.

Photo of Neorebel
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Palate Wrecker certainly lives up to its namesake! Let's start with the color - it's a murky, yet sediment-free burnt orange, with a billowy cap of white suds. It looks rich and full of flavor... almost overflowing with it. The aroma is very bright and bursting with fruit esters - kiwi, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, and a little dash of brown sugar. Getting to the actual flavor - it's got a good amount of malt sweetness that I did not expect, and the hop aspects start off with that grapefruit juiciness, then it evolves to"resinous," to a final super piny, drying bitterness. I welcome the harshness of the finish. It's amazing how one beverage goes from juicyfruit to such a sharp dryness. I love it. It's a heavy beer too, beware. I will absolutely be buying this masterpiece again!

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a hazy light orange with some yellow highlights towards the bottom of the glass. Only a sliver of white foam yet leaves some spotty lacing from swirling.

S - strong and interesting aroma. Very dank. Lots of candied orange peel, pine needles and green leaves. Hints of tropical fruit as well such as pineapple and possibly even some bananna peel.

T - sweet caramel notes up front. The crisp hop bitterness comes quickly and melds with the sweet notes for a very intense candied orange peel flavor. Sweet and bitter notes mingle and consume the palate well past the finish.

M - medium bodied. Creamy texture. Carbonation is mediumand.very crisp.

O - personally I felt this was a bit too sweet and not quite balanced. Yet an interesting DIPA overall.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour netted me a finger of taupe colored head. This sits on top of a tan/orange body.

Hoppy. Piney, floral, grapefruit and mandarin oranges. Sweet malts balance it out.

Very sweet up front. Sweet malt, flowers and mandarin orange seduce you, then pine and grapefruit mug your tongue once you have put your trust into the beer. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad thing.

Medium to heavy bodied. Carbonation is just right, enough to keep the beer from getting bogged down in your mouth. Dry finish, but not as much as you might think.

Photo of Philousa
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sits a clear, pale gold with a full one inch head. Even lacing the whole ride. Surprise, surprise, strong hop presence. Piney, resinous, earthy. Some flowery nectar aromas. Some hearty bread malt lies behind the hops. Detected something somewhat spicy after a while, like tarragon. Solid wheat bread malt presence makes itself known to the tastebuds along with some chewy biscuit. Some nectar/honey in the transition to bitterness, which is strong: earthy, somewhat piney. Affects your palate over time. A numbing effect is observed. Earns the name.

This is a pretty damn good beer. I feel like it's reaching a bit too hard for the highest IBUs possible title, but it's still great with a noticeably good malt to back up the hops. Hops are done very well. You can tell many types were used and they all got along with one another. Love the nectar flavor brought out by both the malt and hops.

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 InkedinRi
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved this ipa! Green flash really knows how to brew a tasty ipa!

Photo of Hendry
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Vinnie, don't put too many onions in the sauce!" Reading reviews before getting the opportunity to try a particular beer can be enlightening. Having felt the Green Flash West Coast IPA was pretty average, a friend recommended Palate Wrecker and gave me one to try.

The nose on this ale is really pleasing and inviting, hops abound for sure,plenty of grapefruit and other tropical tones. The pour was a pretty clear deep orange with about an inch of foamy white head. The aroma is a big feature here.

Flavor wise, this is a hoppy brew that rests heavily on the palate and has a savory character to it. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and halfway through, it becomes quite rich and not suited to chugging: this is a slow drinker. It really does have a savory onion quality to the aftertaste despite the citrus aroma from the hops. Some claim they can smell the onion in the aroma, but that isn't what I took away from it, so the flavors were deceptive to me given the attractiveness of the nose (I was expecting a sweeter aftertaste I guess).

The aftertaste is not displeasing as the brew is quite hoppy and peppy. I can appreciate the variation from the typical citrus bomb, and cannot knock it for that, but the flavor is not one I prefer to have in the rotation despite the interesting character, and quality ingredients. A couple of my friends really dig PW, and I respect their opinions, but at $14 a 4 pack not likely one I will reach for any time soon with all the choices out there.

Photo of humuloner22
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have eyeballed this beer for a while. I have waited for it to go on sale just to entice me, it took some time but a store finally did discount it. My primary worry about the rating of this one is that it may have sat too long and may be past it prime. It was alright, not my favorite, but very nice aroma will have to say.

I can see where the name is derived it does have a strong bitterness that would be best consumed with something strong enough to hold up to it like a Thai or spicy Cajun dish.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a tinge of red to make it more bronze. Solid for the style.

Smell: Strong floral, fruity, piney hop resin.

Taste: Bitter, it may have been better consumed on a fresher note and I will give this one another chance. I think it has more potential than this particular one allows. I can see where the name comes from it has a potent alcohol taste, but It also has that strong hop/grapefruit rind bitterness to distract the palate for a while after consuming it.

Overall: This would be a good spicy food beer. Drink with something that can hold up to the hops. Spicy Thai food, hot wings, Mexican, or Creole. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite. As far as San Diego area beers go I still prefer Stone.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a darker orange/amber color, very clear, with 1 finger puffy white head.

S - Full nose of grapefruit and piney hops. A bit of sweetness in the backbone of this, but just a great smelling, hoppy beer.

T - Man, that's some hops! The taste starts out very bitter before fading into a bit of fruity sweetness. Grapefruits and citrus. Finishes with another kick of resiny hop.

M - Quite dry, leaves the mouth a bit dry as well. But still rather smooth.

Overall - Delicious beer. For severe hop lovers for sure.

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle bottles on the 4th making it only 11 days old!!!

A- pours a beautiful clean golden orange with a two finger slightly off white head, the head disapates nicley leaving ridiculous lacing throughout, a beautiful looking brew

S- deep resinous pine, hops, hops, and more hops, and a bit of tropical citrus, mango, pineapple, very resinous smelling, I feel like you can really smell the dry hoping.

T- much like the nose, citrus up front, developing into a deep pine and bitter hop resins, finishes with a deep burnt pine, very nice, and suprisingly well rounded, but in no way overly sweet for the amount of hops going on here.

M- medium to almost heavy, slick, oily and resinous, with medium carbonation, bitter on the finish with a bit of a mouth drying bitter after taste. Much more drinkable and well rounded then I expected, while at the same time staying true to its name.

O- a very complex dipa, and again it is not too sweet, like some dipas can be, almost reminds me of a more drinkable founders devil dancer, an intense brew, appropriately named, of you arent looking for a hop bomb then stay away from this one.... Thank you Green Flash, for yet another world class brew

Photo of McStagger
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Re review now that I have a fresh batch!

A: Pours transparent with a darkened rust colored hue. Finger of tanner than khaki head. Tight bubbles. Moderate retention. Minimal carbonation, with medium bubbles rising to the surface. Lacing is moderate.

S: Smells bitter and boozy. Straw needles, cat piss, onion/garlic, some grapefruit citrus. Some heat coming off the nose too. It's spicy and rustic, similar to an aggressive Grenache. a As it opens up and warms, a huge underlying malt presence is noted. Lots of caramel, some straw and grain. Still, it's overwhelmingly pungent and dank.

T: Massive malt sweetness is almost completely consumed by hop bitterness. Big , resinous bitterness that really sticks with you. Hops are sweet tropical fruit, bitter stone fruit skin, lemon, definite soapiness, get some pepper like notes in the sinuses (could just be booze heat), more tropical fruit. Aftertaste is spicy, with lots of dandelion/floral bitterness and some prickly pepper heat.

M: Full bodied, finishes fairly dry and crisp. Some slickness from the malt and alcohol, but nothing overpowering.

O: Amazing beer. While many will poo poo it as simply upping the IBU's arms race, there are some serious flavors and aromas within this brew. It's not for the weak of palate, but it holds some amazing secrets for those that can look past the brutal bitterness.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.25/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

32 oz. growler filled last weekend poured into a 20 oz. highball shaker.

A - Pours a golden copper into the glass. A two-finger head of off-white, tight foam capped with lots of soap suds bubbles dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a well-pronounced ring of lace around the glass. On the surface, it's the bubbles that mostly remain, with a bit of very fine lace toward the sides. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a brilliant sunrise orange and crystal clear.

S - Acidic hops of grapefruit and pine, with notes of resiny floral. Nose is slightly muted. Dark, bitter orange rind emerges as it warms in the glass.

T - The bitter pine really pushes its way to the front and shoves everything else aside. Woody, with dried bitter herbs. There's so much bitter in this taste profile, it almost has a burnt quality to it, like the butt-end of a cheap dark cigar. The taste is noticeably more bitter and blunt than the nose suggests it would be, and lacks distinctive components. Rather than giving each hop it's own turn at the mic, it's as if they all went into a blender to create the sole effect of being outrageously bitter. No ABV is detectable - the hops even wipe that away. Occasionally, a touch of toasted malt with a hint of caramel sneaks onto the tongue for just a second, but that gets quickly stomped out by the hops. As the tongue begins to adjust to the hop bombing raid and the beer warms, the caramel in the malt stays around a bit longer, but it's always well - very well - in the background. This is not a taste I enjoy.

M - Decently fizzy, almost foamy. Body is on the lighter side, but with good structure. Component integration leaves something to be desired because the hops completely overwhelm the mouth - it's like a muffin that's all top and no base. Finish is dry, but not to the point of puckering, and consists solely of hops taking over the tongue and not letting go. Well into the growler, the dryness from the hops becomes so pronounced, the puckering begins, as if my tongue will do anything to be free of the aftertaste. It's like a hot sauce that simply will not let go.

O - The beer is aptly named, as the intensity of the hops overwhelms everything else. If the point of this beer is to see just how unbalanced a beer can be, then mission accomplished. I've tasted several well-balanced, surprising delicious Imperial / Double IPAs recently that let the malts share the stage with a hop extravaganza, proving that a big beer can be both hop-forward and balanced, which is what made them quality beers. This beer is the opposite of that concept. It's going to be a while before my tongue forgives me. To sum this beer up in one word (other than the obvious "bitter"): obnoxious.

Photo of travolta
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: A bright peach color with an eggshell head that develops a good head with decent lacing.

Nose: Fresh hops, apricot, clean and strong.

Taste: Crisp, which fades to syrupy, big hoppy profile. Grapefruit, apricot, lots of citrus and green.

Notes: Very clear hop profile in the nose and taste. Southern California is the land of "palate wreckers", so this does not stand up to the stated style. It would make for a great IPA, but not an imperial or double.

Photo of joeseppy
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour yields a one inch head that is dense and has some staying power. Cloudy golden amber and scattered lacing.

Tropical fruit nose dominated by melons and papaya. Pine nuts and light malt playing second fiddle.

Extreme hop front followed by intense sweet malt to the back. Pretty straight forward; hop and sweet.

Mouthfeel is chewy in a sweet danish fashion and carbonation holds.

Aggressive sweetness from the malt is distracting; love the bitterness though. Tastes more like a barleywine. Not going to purchase again but worth a try if you are curious enough.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up while in San Francisco. Smells like roses, I mean west coast ipas. Pours a dark, clear amber/copper colour. Tastes very bitter and piney. It does as the name suggests and leaves a nice tingle feeling. The high 9.5% alcohol is well hidden with each sip though. Prefered this a little more on tap, but its still pretty solid in bottle too.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass

A - 4.5 - Poured a caramel orange and rust, tinges of bourbon brown colors. Forms about a half finger of slightly off white head. Low head potential, decent head retention. Spotty lacing left behind on the walls of the glass.
S - 4.75 - Juicy and gushing with tropical juice. Mango, oranges and lots of savory, extremely dank hops. My idea of an ideal DIPA aroma.
T - 4.25 - Upfront there is an initial, almost malty sweetness which I'm not extremely keen on. However, this quickly and instantly fades lending way to extremely savory hops and oranges. This beer is BITTER, not for the beginner IPA drinker or faint of heart. This beer ends on an extremely, licking-a-grapefruit-peel bitterness that lingers for a LONG time. Definitely an accurate name for this beer!
F - 4.25 - Medium/thin body, what you would expect from the style.
O - 4.50 - A very good DIPA, especially for those who have tried it all and are looking for a new thrill and a kick in the mouth. This is definitely a palate wrecker and will leave even the most veteran of IPA drinkers with an awesome punch of bitter hops to the mouth.

Photo of cdizinno
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into a snifter glass from a growler purchased at Green's in Columbia, SC off Piney Grove!

A: Nice thick off white head with heavy lacing. Deep amber color with a slight haze.

S: Pine needles, fresh cut forestry. Some citrus.

T&M: Well-ballanced up front. Piney, citrusy and then the hop bitterness begins to unleash. Little to no alcohol burn. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

This is so good! Definitely the top of the heap for DIPA's. Palate numbing bitterness is definitely appropriate.

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle poured into a Tulip glass.
Bottle kept in fridge.
An aggressive pour.

A- Pours a very deep golden, almost orange color with tons of thick creamy white colored head that has a lot of staying power.

S- Mega hoppy. Plenty of pine, and citrus. Mainly grapefruit on the citrus side. Some tropical fruitiness, combined with a small amount of floral notes.

T- An explosion of hop flavor. A very strong piney, grapefruit rind bitterness. Malt is present, maybe some caramel malty flavor, but is very overpowered by the sticky, resinous hoppy flavor.

M- Thick and creamy. Not overly carbonated. I thought big carbonation when I saw the amount of head that this beer produced, but it is spot on.

O- A nice DIPA. Not the most balanced DIPA available. A real HOP BOMB. Hop heads, seek this one out.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,935 ratings.