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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,326 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,326
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 135
Gots: 266 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a clear dark orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace forms down the glass with each sip. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit, and herbal hops. Taste is of intense citrus zest, citrus fruit, and grapefruit extract. There is a pretty assertive bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slight crispness and a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it's quite hoppy without any real malt presence.

04-01-2012 06:57:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of popery


4.48/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours medium gold and perfectly transparent. Frothy white head. Looks nice, if fairly generic.

Big grapefruit rind aroma. Really big. It's definitely a GF beer. Tons of hops. Lots of resiny, sticky pine. Flashes of bright lemon. There's some light caramel sweetness, but it's way in the background. The beer almost smells bitter.

The taste starts with a touch of sugary malt. Strong hop bitterness quickly takes over, but it doesn't entirely overwhelm the malt until the finish. The finish is strong with more of that sticky, resinous hop flavor. After each sip, it feels like my mouth is coated with hop extract. It's intense and wonderful.

Light to medium body, particularly for a beer of this strength. Hop oiliness all over the palate.

I'd like to shake the hand of whoever recently lit a fire under Green Flash. Between Palate Wrecker and Rayon Vert, they are a huge two for two with new beers. I've always liked their stuff, but I didn't expect anything quite this excellent.

04-01-2012 04:23:41 | More by popery
Photo of Topher78


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Blistered...that's what your tongue feels like after the first sip of Green Flash's latest DIPA entry. There is a good reason they call this bad boy “Palate Wrecker”, there is nothing smooth or subtle about this brew. It's an in your face HOP A-BOMB! This brew pours a brilliant golden orange with a fingers worth of a white head that leave nice lacing. The aroma is amazing and is very reminiscent of “Pliny the Elder” in that it has big citrus and pine notes to it. My first thought after I tasted it... “What the %^&* just happened to my tongue?” I could feel my pupils dilate as my taste buds were obliterated by a bitterness like I've never tasted before. There is absolutely no malt backbone to balance out the hop bitterness but who cares? That's why I bought this beer, to be blown away by a super hoppy beer and “Palate Wrecker” more than fits the bill.

04-01-2012 01:18:52 | More by Topher78
Photo of TicoCali


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-01-2012 00:59:44 | More by TicoCali
Photo of RollBeerTide


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-31-2012 21:16:11 | More by RollBeerTide
Photo of Lantern

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

03-31-2012 17:10:07 | More by Lantern
Photo of Stumpy29er

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-31-2012 13:40:37 | More by Stumpy29er
Photo of BenHesk12


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Palate Wrecker is not a name that leaves you wondering why they called it that. This is one of the most bitter beers I have ever tried, and I like it. Less floral and fruity than Green Flash's other IPA's this beer pours a very light copper color and hits you with hardcore hop and long lasting burnt bitter flavor. While this is a beer worth appreciating, it's hard to see myself drinking more than one at a time, the appealing flavors of the IPA don't really seem to be existent. In that sense, it doesn't live up to the advertisement on the bottle that it is a very complex beer, more it's an experimental specialty brew pushing the limits of layered dry hopping in the IPA style.

03-31-2012 05:02:34 | More by BenHesk12
Photo of DonFrap


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-31-2012 04:41:33 | More by DonFrap
Photo of miked234

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-31-2012 00:57:11 | More by miked234
Photo of billab914


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

12oz bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone tulip. It poured a clear, dark copper color with a frothy white head rising well above the top of the beer. Nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a strong hoppiness to it with a resiny, orange rind and grapefruit bitterness being the dominant flavor. I get some alcohol mixing with some malty sweetness. It's definitely a hop forward beer though.

The taste has some malty, slightly caramel like flavors to it up front. midway though a very bold resiny, citrus rind, grapefruit hoppiness starts to take over and lasts through the finish. A little bit of candied orange is there as well.

The mouthfeel is a little above average with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer. It had a pretty bold, bitter, resiny hoppiness to it which fit the name of the beer pretty well.

03-31-2012 00:06:58 | More by billab914
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

On tap at Lazy Boy in White Plains, NY.
Poured into pint.
Looks like crisp golden hay but nice thick head. Smells of piney hops, but slight citrus and sweet. Taste is of very strong hop and pine flavors. A bit of pineapple/grapefruit and cotton candy. Very nice and surprising DIPA. Worth trying if you see it..heck, if you see this on tap, im sure there are other great brews to try, but still worth a taste for sure. Enjoy.

03-30-2012 20:43:07 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

03-30-2012 19:06:16 | More by DelicateDelirium
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

03-30-2012 11:02:37 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

03-30-2012 06:26:13 | More by CEDAMA
Photo of Arbitrator


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of largadeer. Thanks, Chris!

A: Pours a clear amber-gold body with a pinky finger of off-white head that breaks apart into a large-bubbled cap. Not much lace.

S: Orange and grapefruit citrus with a heavy pine resin presence. There is a noticeable malt sweetness as well. It's faintly woodsy and tea-like; very interesting.

T, M: Orange, grapefruit, and pine resin up front, with a mild, tea-like astringency in the finish. It's not as clean as I was hoping, with some oily residue that lives up to the beer's name. I find the carbonation only half-cleansing. Medium body.

O: This is pretty solid. I'd buy more if they bottle dated.

03-30-2012 06:22:22 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-30-2012 03:23:27 | More by JRod1969
Photo of NoLeafClover44


4.23/5  rDev +1.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into shaped Dogfish pint.

A - Pours a hazy auburn color with a one finger pillow of off-white head. The head retains well and there is a great lacing left down the glass.

S - There is a powerful raw hop aroma of resin and pine. Also some serious citrus. The smell makes my mouth start to water. I catch another whiff every time I put it up to my mouth for a sip, and it gets a little bit danker each time, bordering on a trash aroma.

T - Immediately bitter with a strong pine hop bite. The middle mellows out a bit with some grapefruit, but it quickly returns to the hop assault on the finish. Leaves me with a resinous pine aftertaste that drys the tongue and throat. I enjoy it more and more as it warms and some of the balancing flavors appear.

M - Medium feel with a good carbonation. Suits the style well.

O - I was happy to snag this beer a few weeks ago in VA the first day it came in. There was no question to its freshness, which is important for a beer like this. It isn't quite a one-sided hop bomb, but it isn't far off. It lives up to it's name and I certainly wouldn't sample more beers of the style following this due to the tainted palate you will inevitably experience. It was a bit pricey, but I will get it again. Worth trying if you are a hop-head, but if you are easily turned off by bitterness, shy away.

03-30-2012 02:21:55 | More by NoLeafClover44
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-30-2012 01:03:19 | More by freduardo
Photo of DaveONan

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-29-2012 22:26:31 | More by DaveONan
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-29-2012 16:44:21 | More by capolo2k
Photo of dunit697


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Hell yes, That's all I want to start off saying. I just tried this beast last night and was so glad I did. I found it at a home brew shop in orange and I coincidentally was going there to buy a bag of hops. I simply just love the smell of hops, nothing better. I have really grown to like IPA's as of recent because of the mix between different hops and aromas that really come out. This beer smelt like a true hop king. I wanted to sit there smelling it all night. The appearance was good, but with a smell like it had, i didn't much care what it looked like. The taste was great too, again, if your a hop lover, otherwise be prepared for a smack in the face. I am not going to say there is nothing else to the beer, but the hops are so prevalent it was hard for me to taste much else. Mouth feel was good, strong. Bitter enough u didn't want to let it sit there terribly long. Overall a must try for IPA fans!

03-29-2012 15:48:09 | More by dunit697
Photo of brystmar


2.3/5  rDev -44.7%

On tap in Oceanside on the 18th, reviewed from notes.

Aroma is predominantly of fresh, piney hops with some citrus and booze characters too. Flavor profile is exactly what you should expect from the name: a hop bomb of the first order. Extremely biting, bitter, and alcoholic. No perceptible malt sweetness to balance out this beast. This beer embodies everything I dislike about IPAs.

Thank god we finished our bottle of Churchill's Finest Hour before touching this monster. A true palate wrecker.

03-29-2012 05:20:10 | More by brystmar
Photo of Mora2000


4.23/5  rDev +1.7%

On tap at the Common Table in Dallas. The beer pours a clear gold/yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the hops. I get a lot of orange citrus and pine notes, as well as some caramel malt to keep things balanced. The flavor is definitely all about the hops. I get a ton of bitterness as well as some bitter oranges and pine notes. The caramel malt is hidden in the background and plays a secondary role. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

03-29-2012 05:03:56 | More by Mora2000
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-29-2012 03:32:53 | More by kdmcguire10
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,326 ratings.