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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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93
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3,423 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,423
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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Photo of tdm168
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, golden orange with a big, off white, foamy, dense head that has decent retention. The nose is faintly herbal, mildly grassy, and has an underlying bready aroma. The flavor is bready and malty up front, but it quickly changes to herbal, bitter, citrusy, piny hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

I like what Green Flash tried to do here. As a hop head I will always promote the extreme. The flavor is solid and really does showcase almost all of what hops can do. It's not nearly as hoppy, bitter, or intense as the name would lead one on to believe, but overall it's a good DIPA.

tdm168, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Palate Wrecker, which clocks in at "100+" IBUs, according to Green Flash's website, opens with exactly the kind of nose that IBU level entails, overflowing with grapefruit rind, pink grapefruit, rose hips, pine sap, mint, eucalyptus, dandelion stem, and the aromatic version of the bitterness you get when you suck on non-flavored vitamin C tablets. In other words, the hop aromas are intense, but at the same time, varied and playful, bouncing between several notes and speaking of the kind of balance with which high-wire artists are familiar. There are also massive sugars in here, beginning with deep orange, lemon, lime, apricot, and berry fruit esters, and delving from there into brown sugars, all of which is grounded by toast crust and rising wheat dough. As a whole, the nose is amazing, and at least for a hophead, begs to be put on the tongue.

On the tongue, it's immediately apparent why this beer is called "Palate Wrecker": the hop flavors--dandelion stem, pine sap, grapefruit rind, mint, anise, eucalyptus, pepper--are so intense that I doubt any other beer would have much flavor if imbibed after this one. The hops wash over the tongue in such power that the mouth's soft tissues tingle and burn in response, and even the nose fills with slightly eye-watering (but in the best way possible) vapors. There are sugars somewhere deep, deep beneath that hop blast, bringing brown sugars, orange, apricot, berry, and toast crust, but they're present in much the same way that your underwear is: you know it's there, but you're really not paying that much attention to it. The beer does come across as imbalanced because of this, but the hop flavors are so intense, varied, nuanced, and delicious that it doesn't particularly concern this drinker. There's only the slightest touch of alcohol vapors in here, mostly coming through late in the mouthful, but even these blend nicely with the hops, much like the alcohol in a good martini. Even the aftertaste, which can still be nicely detected a good sixty seconds after swallowing, is hops, hops, hops. Mouthfeel is a lightly syrupy medium, and carbonation is medium (though it feels like medium high, thanks to the burning effect of the hops).

Overall, if you're a hophead, then this beer should be at the very top of your "must try" list, because you're really not going to find a brew that better showcases what can be done with a skilled, intelligent application of this ingredient. Just don't expect to taste much of anything when you're done--if the hops don't take care of that, the 9.5% ABV will.

jondeelee, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of ralphw56
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ralphw56, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

jwat, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev -3.8%

UltimateLivewire, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent light gold with a small white cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of intense citrus, herbs, pine, flowers...reminds me tad of Hop Slam.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a blast of honey infused sugars and bitters.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, abrasive with the hops, and grassiness and herbs.

weeare138, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
3/5  rDev -27.9%

jmccraney, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Lukahn
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Lukahn, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Hawkeye1113
1/5  rDev -76%

Hawkeye1113, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of carrollmel7
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

carrollmel7, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to a large Hill Farmstead stem. No bottling date, but I picked this up the first day it hit the stores here so I’m assuming it’s as fresh as it’ll get.

Appearance (4.5): Beautiful clear, orange-gold body with an off-white head starting at two and a half fingers and fading slowly, leaving a sudsy web of lace. Surface of the head is rocky, with a mix of big fat bubbles and little bubbles all over the place. Looks great for the style.

Smell (4.0): This is an awesome, pungent mix of lime juice and weed with sweet citrus notes thrown in there—but there’s a strong lime juice thing going on here. Grassy. Great smell.

Taste (4.5): What really caught me off guard here is the grassiness of it: there’s a lot of other stuff going on in the hop profile, but the grassy character comes in right at the beginning and hangs on forever. The finish is a skunky, bitter flavor that walks the line between intense herbal, grassy notes and chewing on grapefruit rind. There’s a sweet pineapple / mango character in the background that mixes in with a pale, understated malt body—bready and plain, it comes out a bit more as it warms but it really doesn’t hold a chance next to the hops. This is great, and I’m enjoying the hell out of it.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Very good mouthfeel, finishes dry as hell (probably thanks to the booze) and it has a medium to lighter-side-of-medium body to it; carbonation is relatively understated but balanced. It’s an easy drinker, if you can handle the hops.

Overall (4.5): Great beer. Love it. It could definitely be a bit more balanced, and I’ve had DIPAs with a more nuanced or complex hop profile, but this beer promised an unrelenting hop experience and that’s exactly what it delivered. Very, very happy to have enjoyed this bastard, and I look forward to wrecking myself again in the future.

fmccormi, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Bytemesis
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Bytemesis, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours amber in color with large white head. Lacing lasts well throughout the session. Aroma is lightly malty, caramel, toasted grain, resiny/hoppy, and grapefruit with alcoholic notes. Moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter finish. Full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and moderately alcoholic. A very nice hoppy beer!

CuriousMonk, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of bentonquest
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

bentonquest, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Kirby
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Kirby, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of PerHops
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This is a beautiful golden orange with a pillowy head that settles down but leaves copious lacing around the glass.

S- Supery hoppy! Herbal, grassy, catty, pine, faint citrus. No alochol on the nose. Can smell some malts, too.

T- Starts off moderately sweet, but quickly asserts itself as dry and bitter. Kind of earthy with an oniony presence and some pine.

M- Good drinkability for the style.

O- Well made beer, but not my favorite example of the style.

PerHops, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of CliffBrake
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper color with a modest white head that leaves a light coat of lacing on the glass.

Aroma of orange marmalade, a touch of pine and caramel.

Caramel and biscuit base is prominent and mouthcoating, leaving a sweetish impression. Orange marmalade and pine hops seem imbedded in this base but not really floating on top of it or front and center. Bitterness is obvious, but subdued and fairly mellow, blending with the malt base.

Medium body with a light carbonation.

CliffBrake, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of mikeyodell
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Red-orange/ deep amber in color and transparent, very pleasing. Head retention and lacing pretty good as well.

S- Spicy and boozy, piney and sweet with a mild citrus

T- Hops over malt and a bit astringent

M- Quite carbonated- helps to make it a little bit more drinkable; coating and lingering towards the end

O- Starts out a little weak but punishes you in the end. A good and dynamic one this is.

mikeyodell, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of djbreezy
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Freakin' Frog in Las Vegas, NV.

appearance - medium orange with good head and retention

smell - dank hop presence, pine notes and citrus notes

taste - citrus and grapefruit hop notes followed by a nice malt backbone, good complexity

mouthfeel - big body, a bit slick, well carbonated

overall - great beer, lots of nice hop character, big bodied and delicious, alcohol is well hidden (nice to see this IIPA just under 10%)

djbreezy, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of beerFool28607
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

beerFool28607, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Burt
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Burt, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: vigorous pour into Duvel Tulip yielded a half-glass head of tan foam over a dark orange beer

S: citrus, hop, and pine

T: grapefruit and lemony citrus notes, piney background with lots of hoppiness; sweeter pine taste as it warmed

M: crips, bright, fresh, not sharp, no bite - very refreshing - makes me think of lake fishing on a rowboat in the summer

O: another great imperial-style IPA, in the same line as Shipyard's XXXX, Burton Baton, and the 471 IPA - if you like woodsy, piney, citrusy strong abv IPAs, then this is right up your alley

Greywulfken, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of GarretD
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

GarretD, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of BraatenBrew
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

April 2012, bought from Bottleworks.

A - Pretty clear with a reddish hint. Small head.

S - Nothing too strong, but I can get a light, hoppy scent.

T - Decently strong front with a good finish. I enjoy the bitterness left on the tongue. Fairly simple beer with straightforwardness of taste. Can pick up some citris as well.

M - Good oxidation. Hits the mouth fully and lingers, almost as if it's radically expanding on the palate.

O - Not as impressive as anticipated. I was expecting more notes of smell and taste, but it's a solid ale for summer days and when you're in need of a little bite.

BraatenBrew, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of fox227
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

fox227, Apr 11, 2012
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,423 ratings.