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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,425 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,425
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 146
Gots: 299 | 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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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft offering served in a tulip pint. The brew appears a clear copper color with a yellowish stained tan head. Some spotty patches of lace stick to the glass and rising bubbles maintain the cap.

The aromatics are dominated by hop character: pine along with an oily dank to catty quality. A minor backing of toasty grain is present keeping this brew from smelling of straight hop juice.

The flavor is surprisingly toasty with malt and some residual sweetness. After the swallow, a big dank to catty hop element strikes and sticks to the palate. Flavors of pine and trace amounts of alcohol fade into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not a bad brew but considering the name, its a bit of a let down. I found it to be surprisingly balanced and almost with too much malt character. It is worth a try and something I would enjoy again while fresh.

stakem, Mar 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JayCin for knocking this tasty-looking extra off of my wants list with his box last week, been hoping to stumble across this one for a while. 12 oz. bottle dated 1/6/13. Craving hops tonight, had enough of the dark stuff for a night or two.

Pour is slightly oranged copper piping, healthy white head that sticks around. Marvelous nose on this beer, all the things that make your IPA-boner go pop: citrus, mixed tropical fruits, even pine, just enough sweetness.

Palate Wrecker is a coffin-serious name to give a beer, son: & this bruiser lives up to it. There's a disconcerting wave of caramel that whacks me behind the teeth & I think "malty?" But before the word even stops echoing in my head, the hop battalion arrives. Bittering hops seize the palate & give you a good hard shake. Hoppiness ensues: herbal, plenty of pine needles, but strangely enough, little of the fruitiness noted in the nose...maybe the intervening two months tamed that down. But in the end, this is all about the bitterness. Lovely resinous bite, slick & slippery. Like water, this goes down easily.

Lives up to its name, & that makes my heart glad. If you're going to brew a IIPA, throw that balance crap out the window: wreck my palate or give me stouts! Excellent beer. I hope this makes it to WI/MN soon!

maximum12, Mar 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A slim white frothy head circles the chalice, while the medium auburn orange-ish goodness settles underneath.

S: Wow: I poured this, walked away, and was hit with the hop slam as I walked back into the kitchen. It is really potent. While there maybe stronger aromas in Double IPA's this one certainly lets itself be known.

T: Oh, how I love Double IPA's! This one is right up there. Paired with homemade pizza, you won't find a better lunch on a snowy day. A good initial bite then a smooth settleing flavor. Very well blended.

M: Medium to heavy in neature.

O: I had been reading reviews of this and stopped because I feared getting myself too excited for it. Green Flash is still near the top of my "breweries to visit" list.

JK4Stout, Mar 06, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this first, years ago, at Hamilton's, on a fairly epic evening. This was back before it was bottled. Truly, it was Hamilton's Palate Wrecker. Now I am drinking it from a bottle, bought off the shelf in bumblefuck Iowa. Who'd a thunk it? Even just a few years ago. So much good beer most everywhere.

Clear amber liquid with modest off-white head that sticks for a bit then fades and leaves some lacing and a ring around the edge. It has enough color to indicate something other than base malt in the grain bill, but will it have the heft I hope for?

Smells good. A balanced mix of some booze, malty sweetness and citrusy hops. With a swirl the sweetness hides, but reemerges once the agitation settles. But not any notable caramel, just the sweetness. A bit warm, opens up the sinuses.

Sharp piny bitterness, right up front, is one element of the taste that was not detectable in the nose. It has a kind of "grow some hair on your balls" (for those who have them- not sure how to translate that phrase) intensity. And the bitterness will reemerge as the most prominent element after the finish. In between the fruity hop flavor, alcohol, and malty sweetness (again with the caramel flavor just barely out of reach) blend with the bitter lupulin goodness while producing a magnificent crescendo of IPA sensory satisfaction.

Good carbonation, medium body, bitter finish. Pretty smooth, aside from the crass bitterness (that comes with the territory when it is called Palate Wrecker).

So back to the first paragraph (for the 3 of you that might actually read this-- send me a beer mail if you do!) about having this at Hamilton's. I had been at the nearby and newly opened SD Toronado earlier, and ended up sitting next to Green Flash Brewmaster Chuck Silva. Was talking beer geek shit with him for a while before someone told me who he was. Later had the Palate Wrecker with him at Hamilton's, and lots of other fun.

But aside from fond memories, this beer kicks ass. I like my DIPA more on the "almost a hoppy barleywine" end of the spectrum, generally. Majaraja, Unearthly, for example. Palate Wrecker is certainly not that, but there is a solid foundation for the hops to play on, and it works for me.

sprucetip, Mar 05, 2013
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Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,425 ratings.