Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,516 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,516
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 160
Gots: 325 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$3.49 single that Brandon at Fairway Sav-Mor got for me (why thank you, kind sir!)

Appearance: A beautiful orange/amber color with a nice haze. Semi-aggressive pour resulted in a perfect pour with two fingers of head floating on top... soapy and creamy in texture. Awesome lacing. Phenomenal looking beer.

Smell: Holy hell, that's the stuff. Huge amount of dankness with an overall aggressive hop aroma. A slightly dirty character to it as well. A lot of that earthy pine aroma, with underlying fruitiness and maltiness.

Taste: Hm, juuust a little hoppy, eh? Wow. So many hop flavors on this one from the pine resin stickiness, lemon zest flavor and bitterness, tropical fruits, and just a really nice amount of malt that really accents the beer nicely. Yes, accents -- there's a decently sweet malt profile, but this is most definitely a hop head's sort of brew, as it's got a face smacking amount of bitterness on the finish. Perfect choice when you just want a bold, gigantic, bitter brew.

Feel: A nice medium body with medium carbonation that works wonders on this beer. Not too thick to drink like some sort of medicine, and the carbonation's not too high as to help make the bitterness overwhelming.

Palate Wrecker is right. Stone has their Ruination, which is supposedly palate wrecking, but I thought that beer was pleasantly balanced -- this is a different beast. This beer isn't quite balanced, but it doesn't look to be. It's showcasing the hops the best way Green Flash knows how, and this is a masterfully crafted beer. I prefer this to their West Coast IPA by quite a margin, and would consider this to now be one of my all-time favorite DIPAs.

The ONLY reason I won't give this one a higher rating is because as great as it is, the bitterness would probably stop me from drinking a lot of this before the ABV caught up to me. Regardless, legendary brew.

Photo of TheFizzinator
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looking a beautiful deep orange/bronze mixture with a nice frothy head. The smell, tropical fruits ahoy! There is a touch of spiciness and onion in the nose as well. Not off putting in the slightest, it actually smells quite wonderful. This thing is practically a Quad IPA if such a thing were true. So the initial and sustained bitterness is not exactly a secret with this beer called Palate Wrecker. The onion hits harder on the taste and fills around the bitterness and burst of tropical fruits. The mouth is actually kind of smooth and creamy but with a huge dry finish. Medium carbonation in play.

It's a huge hop bomb that does what the name implies. I think I need to lie down now.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of dar482
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden orange color.

The aroma has floral, dankness, pine, orange, grapefruit, along with a sweet bready malt.

The beer comes strong and is aggressively bitter. There is lots of floral hops, a tinge of garlic flavor, but throughout the beer is very green and leafy, almost like used up tea leaves. It almost tastes of a cooked leafy vegetable. It's not a bright green flavor, but substantial and leafy. There's a dankness with a big bready malt that is not very sweet. The finish keeps going one with "greeness" and pine.

A well made beer that hides its alcohol quite well. Unlike a fruity West Coast style of DIPA, this plays on those green and pine hop flavors. Even if it's not one's preference, this is a great beer to have around.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Steamer
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a cream colored head.I can smell the hops 2 feet away - pine needles and lemon zest. Amazingly smooth; a pleasant hops bitterness settles in on the palate after a while, but there is also a distinctive grapefruit tartness - outstanding. Hardly any hint of the alcohol; surprising considering the high ABV. Leaves the mouth dry and wanting more. The name kept me from trying this one before as I'm not usually a fan of extreme hops. I'm glad I tried it because, even though it may be quite hopped up, it is exceptionally well-crafted and blended.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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

Pours clear and orange amber with a fat creamy head of off white orange tinged foam that sits there all day and never really falls completely. Refreshes with each tip of the glass and leaves lovely lace.

Nose is BIG! Big pine, big grapefruit citrus with pithy tartness. Some orange peel to brighten and to sweet that and maybe even some tropical back notes. The malt is like an icy little bit of sugar on the nose. There is just a faint touch of onion on the nose but it is not prominent and not off putting.

Taste is even BIGGER! Huge pine needles, tart and wonderfully pithy grapefruit. Sweet, sweet orange and a malt that is unsung but it must be there. The mouthfeel is sticky from the tip of the tongue to the back palate. Coats the whole mouth with a nice sticky resin and allows all those flavors to reside. That faint little bit of onion is a touch spicy on the palate and gives this depth. It finishes with a substantial bitter. The bitter starts mid palate and gets stronger by the time it finishes. It lingers in the aftertaste with all the other flavors. Dry crisp and no alcohol on the palate.

Wonderful! Everything you expected from a beer name Palate Wrecker.

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

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Orange color with a one-finger head
S: Grapefruit, pine resin, light malt
T: Hoppy. Pine first, then grapefruit then generic malt flavors. Very bitter, very hoppy, slightly one dimensional
M: Bitter and hoppy
O: Even though I love hoppy beers, the beer's name does hold true, the hops are almost a bit too much for my palate. Take that as a bit of a warning but overall it's still a solid well-made beer

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,516 ratings.