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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,269 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,269
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 127
Gots: 249 | FT: 4
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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:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008)
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into my Bruery tulip.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker pours a fairly hazy orange, with no real highlights to speak of. The pour yields three fingers or so of just off white foam. Head retention is fairly good, with some chunky, spotty lacing left behind. The nose is nicely potent, with a fair split of grapefruit and pine aromas shining through. The flavor leads off with just a hint of candied sugar and caramel sweetness. Quickly, a raw, aggressive, intense bitterness rolls through, filling up the mid palate. This is the kind of tongue shredding action you need if you're going to call your beer "Palate Wrecker".The hoppy finish isn't as flavorful as I'd like. There's some amount of it, with the citrus component being more orange than grapefruit to balance with the resinous pine notes, but it's not attention grabbing. The mouthfeel isn't all that great, it's a little chewy and a little undercarbonated for the style. Palate Wrecker's got it's flaws, but it's a nice, aggressively bitter imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 03:30:06 | More by axeman9182
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Total Wine, picked up in Alexandria, VA. Poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a brilliant copper, intensely filtered and absolutely crystalline, the clarity of which showcases countless strings of delicate pearl-like carbonation. A pour of moderate intensity yields half a finger of off-white foamy head with moderately subpar retention, the only knock on this one's otherwise immaculate appearance. After a few minutes, the head has faded in to a thin, foamy collar, leaving a few crusty slips of lace alongsides the snifter in its wake.

Aroma: Dank, oily hop notes, and enough tingling alpha acids to balance the caramel sweet backbone. The sweetness is strong up front, emphasizing the citrus elements of the nose on this one, though they fade as it warms and in the tail end of the aroma, making way for the spiciness elements, more suggestive of pine, rosemary, thyme, and tobacco, themselves mingling interestingly with that faint hint of an alcohol burn.

Taste: What a great hop profile. A fat, heavily caramel base with plenty of residual, lighter sweetness but also a lot of heavier notes provides a solid and broad base to the marathon of individual hop notes present. The herbal and leafy notes are strong here, stronger than they are in many west coast DIPAs (which tend to be more citrus-centric) - this one is dank and tobacco-y, with lots of pine, thyme, and mint notes. That's not to say there isn't citrus - there is, plenty of it, tending towards the heavier side of the gamut, with lots of white and ruby red grapefruit notes, pithy, bitter, and an equal amount of tropical fruit notes, pineapple and nectarine-esque. At points, I almost get a gingerbread-esque note out of this one, with the way in which the malts intermingle with the spiciness of the hops. The bitterness plays a strong counterpoint to the aforementioned hop flavors, creating a unique synergy particularly well with the intense piney and herbal notes. A very varied, balanced, and robust flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and even, but with a persistent and stable amount of effervescence, the aggregate effect of which is to balance and amplify both the citrusy sweetness as well as the bitter astringencies of the flavor profile. Fairly nice.

Drinkability: Easily the best beer I've ever had from Green Flash, which is a brewery that - in my experience - makes consistently good beers, but never a world class beer. This is right up there w/ the Silva Stout from them, a coast-blending exercise in DIPAs, with enough east and west coast influences to make it very enjoyable. The 9.5% is right about where you'd want this one to clock in, but it's hidden well enough that this one's dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 03:20:07 | More by CrellMoset
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Brilbeck's in Syracuse for $7. Ah, this is a fine example of the DIPA style. Big floral, juicy grapefruit fills the aroma, while the flavor follows up with more spicy, grassy grapefruit. The finish isn't crisp, but a rounded and strong piney kick with citrus rind. The hops character covers a lot of ground and the malt isn't too sweet, as is the problem with some higher ABV DIPAs. Hop heads should check this out.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 01:16:54 | More by tempest
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MrJolly

Arizona

5/5  rDev +20.2%

05-14-2012 00:21:34 | More by MrJolly
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle into a goblet

A- Pours a clear copper orange with 2 fingers of super fluffy bright white head that sticks around.

S- Really nice pine notes up front with lots of citrus and tropical fruits. For example Red grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and maybe some mango or peach. Has a really nice astringency to it and almost dankness like you get from galaxy hops. Behind the hops the malts are definitely there creating a nice sweet backbone and hints of caramel. Smells fantastic.

T- When it comes to big DIPA's this one has it all! First thing i notice is a ton of aromatic like tropical fruit flavors the second it hits the tongue. Get a lot of citrus, pineapple, mango, and a small amount of lemon zest. After it settles in the mouth the sweet malts and caramel come out in the middle of the tongue completely balancing everything out and making for a really nice body and mouthfeel to the beer. The best part of the flavor profile is by far the finish, when the beer goes down and you have that moment where the flavor completely shifts and leaves your mouth dry with bitterness and an almost toasted sesame flavor in your mouth like sandpaper on the tongue. Just amazing.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a really nice strong bitter finish that leaves you dry wanting some more.

Skål!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 21:50:13 | More by Arenbeer
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syntheticwings

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-13-2012 21:45:27 | More by syntheticwings
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Jammer42

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-13-2012 21:31:01 | More by Jammer42
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a fluffy white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of mango, peach, pine resin, some honey sweetness and grapefruit.

Taste is bitter stone/pitted fruit up front that goes into a more mango/pine/resin middle before ending on a big bitter kick that has tropical and lighter fruit notes. The bitterness is somewhat harsh but not astringent, though, it does take away from the other flavors.

Medium to lighter body with medium to low carbonation works well. The alcohol is present but not out of balance.

A nice, hoppy and bitter beer that really shines through with stone fruit flavors and some pine/resin.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 19:37:06 | More by TenHornsProud
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

05-13-2012 13:50:17 | More by JeffTheJuice
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prototypic

Ohio

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

Palate Wrecker pours an attractive copper stained gold color. It’s rather hazy. More than you’d expect. Backlighting gives it more of a copper or orange look. A really nice off-white head caps it off. It rises to over two fingers in height and is very slow to dissipate. A thick, sticky web of lace lines the glass. Looks good.

The nose is excellent. Citric and piney hop notes are abundant throughout. Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple are all present. A touch of pine follows. There’s no questioning the hop presence in this one. There is a little caramel malt in the background, but it doesn’t smell all that strong. I like that. Nevertheless, it does have a bit of a sugary, sweet smell. It’s not bad though. Not at all. Alcohol is blended very well. I wouldn’t have guessed it’s nearly 10% abv. Not even close to that actually. This is impressive!

The flavor impresses just as much. The malt base is a little sugary and sweet. There’s a light caramel flavor to it, but it’s very subtle. That’s my preference for DIPA. Hops are very flavorful. They add very nice citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and orange flavors to the mix. There is a hint of pine, as well. It’s definitely bitter, but it’s not completely palate wrecking. There’s enough malt here to negate some its aggressiveness. It’s bitter enough for me. Alcohol doesn’t seem anywhere near its listed 9.5%. It’s not warm or hot at all. Finishes with a nice citrus hop flavor and a bit of a bitter kick.

Palate Wrecker has a medium body that’s nice and smooth. Carbonation feels light and soft. Goes down way too easy. This bomber isn’t presenting much a challenge at all.

Green Flash Brewing Co. sure knows how to brew excellent west-coast style IPAs. Palate Wrecker is an excellent DIPA that’s chock full of delicious hop flavor. Frankly, this is quite a bit better than Green Flash’s Imperial IPA. Less malt and more hops seems to be a recipe for success. This is excellent stuff! Find some!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 03:09:33 | More by prototypic
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timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at St. Augistine's in Vancouver, BC. What a delicious punch to the face this is...make sure it's the last one you have though, as it is so strong you won't remember much else you had previous. The name really indicates what the beer is all about.

Delicious, and for any IPA or DIPA fan, you simply must check it out. It's like Green Flash's original IPA but twice as strong and twice as delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2012 02:07:20 | More by timtwoface
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joewsorenson


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-13-2012 01:57:08 | More by joewsorenson
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Number3red

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-13-2012 00:37:34 | More by Number3red
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at St Augustines in vancouver. This is the last beer you want to drink in the evening as it really obiterates all else with its huge hops and deep bitterness. It is strangely balanced and not too over the top. I liked the beer and appreciated the fact it delivered the goods while staying very drinkable for the style. I could only have one but that is all you need with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 23:34:58 | More by canucklehead
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PthPndr

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-12-2012 21:05:48 | More by PthPndr
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mjtiernan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-12-2012 19:02:57 | More by mjtiernan
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coldriver

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a deep amber with beautiful fluffy head and massive lacing. Citrus, piney, aroma hangs heavy in the air deep with resin. Wow, very bitter and oily, with typically fantastic Green Flash citrus resinous hop profile. Thick mouthfeel with palate wrecking dry finish that hangs on the taste buds. Great hop forward imperial IPA - Chuck Silva does it again!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 18:59:58 | More by coldriver
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A subdued orange, slightly honey in color. Leaves a 2 finger head.

S - Orange peel, grapefruit and piney attributes. But, overall it's definitely hoppy on the nose.

T - Whoa... Hop bomb here! It starts off hoppy, ends bitter and has a nice mix of citrus flavors in between. There's a slight velvety malty texture to it.

M - High carbonation, dry finish. Medium bodied on the palette.

O - It does what the name implies. It wrecks your palette and leaves any hop head satisfied. A hop forward IIPA that isn't a huge malt bomb.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 16:11:25 | More by cvm4
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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-12-2012 10:47:52 | More by bigred89
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ELECTRONICAnonymous

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-12-2012 06:34:10 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

05-12-2012 05:41:24 | More by StubFaceJoe
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Chopman50

California

2/5  rDev -51.9%

05-12-2012 04:00:58 | More by Chopman50
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Kendo

New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is coppery-orange with a smallish off-white head.

S: Not too strong - a bit of resiny pine and grapefruit.

T: Big-time resiny pine. Also a lot of malt underneath - toffee, caramel malt - but it's beat down by a lingering pine needle bitterness. Not so sure this is a true "palate wrecker" but it's definitely got a big dry-hopped-type bitter, lemony finish. Some spice too.

M: Somewhat gritty in feel. Medium to full in heft. Pretty smooth.

O: Good stuff. Packs a nice punch but goes down pretty easy.

M:

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 02:14:06 | More by Kendo
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-12-2012 01:14:25 | More by Lawnboy33
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tastybeer

North Carolina

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

This beer is straight up orange, clear, and carries a dense foamy, oily looking, light head. Aroma is loaded with peaches, mangos, and cantaloupes. Reminds me of gourmet gummy peach candies. Malts come through as caramal, toffee, and white bread. There's also something in the mix that makes me think of vanilla oddly enough. Simple but large aroma. Taste is intense. This stands up to its name. The bitterness feels implosive. Flavors are heavy with tropical and melon-like fruits and thick viscous bready malt piles. Largly sticky and resinous like pine sap. This does have a bit of pine forest going on...flavors and texture. Carbonation is just big enough to stir up the heavy-ish syrup-like body adequately.

Pretty large multidimensional hoppiness here. I like it though more than one at a time would be excessive. Something like this needs to be enjoyed sparingly.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 00:51:36 | More by tastybeer
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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