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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash Palate WreckerGreen Flash Palate Wrecker

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pDev: 10.55%


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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GPHarris

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick light tan head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout that billows really well. the body is a bright copper color.
s - big fruity hops like grapefruits and oranges.
t - grapefruit with some nice toffee balance.
m - creamy, medium thickness.
o - palate wrecker indeed. thank you, sir, may i have another?

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 00:24:26 | More by GPHarris
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Emerges clear and bronze in color with a stark white colored head. Loads of lacing, head retention, the works. Two finger sized head recedes very slowly into a quarter inch froth atop the beverage.

This one is also a nose wrecker. Full of delicious hop goodness in the nose. Even with allergies, this one takes my nose and squeezes all aromas into its cilia. Piney and citrusy and delicious. There is also a nice bit of maltiness to back up the hoppiness, and some sweet alcohol presents itself nicely as well. Smells extremely fresh, like fresh hop cones.

Killer flavor as well. Very well balanced. I generally like beers that lean more toward hoppy than malty (balanced) but this one seems to marry the two quite well. There is still a prevailing hop bitterness and flavor, but the malt and alcohol combat that nicely and offer a semi balanced beer. ( As the beer warms slightly, the balance leaves the table and Mr. hoppy takes his rightful seat at the head). Quite bitter, very tasty.

The hops linger for a long time on the palate, and as this one warms, the hops slaps the palate and call it it's bitch. Very long, bitter finish with just the right amount of oiliness and lemon rind.

A bitter beer for sure, and a delicious one. As balanced as an overly hoppy beer can be for sure. The bitterness will certainly drive some away, but I dig it man. A great beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 21:34:36 | More by SaCkErZ9
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beergoot

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour revealed a deep golden yellow body with a big, fluffy, billowy, white head; nice, small, gently rising carbonation bubbles. Big citrus and pine hop aroma with an underlying caramel malt character; grapefruit. Excellent meld of luscious malt sugars with hard biting yet controlled hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; dry finish.

The relatively crazy hop IBUs definitely make their presence known, and as long as you know what you're getting yourself into, then this IIPA should make your day. Although the crazy-mad hop bittering character is there, the malt sweetness and toasted grain notes also make their presence felt, making for a wild and wonderful ale experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 00:44:46 | More by beergoot
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AMG55

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly hoppy and strong.

Appearance: Hazy dark orange pour with a slightly off white head.

Smell: Aroma is straight dank hops, pine resin, herbal notes, slightly sweet citrus and very pleasant.

Taste: Holy crap! Bitter but lots of citrus/grapefruit assault the palate. ABV is apparent in this but it's so enjoyable I don't care. This has a great refreshing characteristic after your are done with your first drink.

Mouthfeel: It is so very smooth but so refreshingly different. The hoppiness doesn't dominate and is very balanced with the malt aspect of the beer. The beer beckons to have more.

It does live up to its name. Pleasant citrus taste with tongue shredding bitterness. Fantastic IIPA, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 16:27:32 | More by AMG55
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best By: 06/03/14

A: In a tulip glass the beer poured a dense off-white/yellowish head with mixed bubbles and great retention. As the foam fell into the clear, dark orange liquid, it left a thick coat of lacing on the edge. When agitated the foam would kick up more, no noticeable legs, but the foam might be getting in the way.

S: Big aroma on this just the way I like my IPAs. Dank, reisonous, and pine hop aroma that seem very developed and refined. Slight sweet-tarts like aroma, with a tiny bit of toast malt coming through.

T: Blam! Hope this was the last beer you wanted to drink. Huge bitterness that smacks you in the taste buds and doesn’t let up as you keep sipping. Same reisonous, pine and dank hop flavors coming through. Some tropical fruit flavors coming through also. Very much reminds me of DFH 90 minute but with a different hop variety. In the aftertaste there is some lingering toasty malt flavors but otherwise this beer is all hops.

M: Sticky icky mouthfeel all over the tongues. Low to medium carbonation with a medium body. The hop oils left on the pallet truly do wreck anything else you try to consume afterwards.

O: It lives up to its name. Not something I would drink on a regular basis but a one and done kind of beer. Very tasty and packed full of hop goodness.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 02:15:59 | More by guityler83
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Hopscat

Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really want to love this beer, based on what I paid , $4.00 /12 oz , and it's reputation. Bottle poured into snifter. Orange/yellow body with some haze. Nice white head that leaves a nice ring and lacing. Very nice looking
S- Big citrus slap at first with some other fruit and some earthy notes in the background.
T- lots of grapefruit rind and citrus lusciousness , lemon and peach . Bitterness almost overwhelms upfront but sweet malty goodness backbone for balance. Boozy and bitter finish just liked I had hoped for. Too complex to review without notes
M- medium body , oily and the carbonation seems to dance on the tongue.
O- Really love this one. It's in my top 3 DIPAs. I've got so many more to try

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 20:40:36 | More by Hopscat
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing sunset bronze color, with a just off-white head that is creamy and foamy and quite something to look at. As it slowly dies down, it leaves a good bit of lace dotting on the glass.

Huge nose overall, and hugely herbal. Definite qualities of rye, with that grain's spicy sort of flair, spruce-like, and also resembling marijuana (not that I would know what that smells like, but from what I've been told...okay, I totally know what it smells like). The alcohol nudges in proudly and underscores everything. For hop heads (and hop noses) but definitely also having its own personality.

Take the spruce, rye, alcohol and kind-bud qualities of the nose, add a slight trace of mint and a ton of caramel, and you have the main components of palate wrecker's flavor. Although it's hugely hopped, it wouldn't make my Top 10 list of true hop-loaded palate wreckers (Hopsickle and Gubna are #1 and #2). Some salt and citrus rind, more in the finish than anything. It's definitely a little bit hot right now, so I'd say this is one of the rare hop-heavy beers that could actually be better with a couple months' age on it. But that would be the max. It's killer fresh, especially if you love a seriously good hop-centric beer.

The feel is as smooth and creamy, yet just bubble-energized enough, as you'd want your Double IPAs. Or, I shouldn't speak for you...but I know it's how I want my double IPAs to feel.

Off-the-chain excellence here from what I still think is the best brewery in the U.S. And if not the best, they're at least the most consistently excellent at what they do. I'd like to see Green Flash expand their style boundaries just a tad more, but still, they're kicking ass like crazy, every single time. Hell yeah.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 22:46:56 | More by Metalmonk
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popery

California

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 04:23:41 | More by popery
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours an orange amber with a thick off-white cap that rises to a little under two fingers. Loads of sticky lace and patches of foam over the top of the liquid.

Heavily hopped. Huge notes of ruby red grapefruit, orange rind, papaya, and pineapple. Big, sticky, juicy hops. A clean, sturdy bready malt bill in the back, allowing these hops to shine.

This guy lives up to its name. Heavy bitterness. This might be the most bitter dipa I have tasted, and with a name like palate wrecker, it better be.

Ruby red grapefruit pummels the palate with oranges, papaya, mango, and pineapple rounding out a juicy tropical fruit profile. The bitterness hits early and often. Big lingering fruity bitterness with a touch of pine needles.

Medium body with perfect carbonation. For a beer this big and bad, the feel is pretty damn close to perfect. Mostly smooth, slightly oily, with just a hint of booze. Huge lingering bitterness.

Fantastic dipa. Once in a while a beer comes by and knocks you over the head. This is one of those beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 03:05:53 | More by ColForbinBC
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay glass. The appearance is a deep clear gold with 2 fingers of dense white head, heavy lacing left behind, terrific head retention. This looks picture perfect for a DIPA. The aroma has aromatic dry hopped goodness all over it. Bright tropical notes are balanced by deep notes of resinous pine with some grapefruit in there as well. Malts are present on the nose in the form of sweet caramel, bread, and graham cracker. The taste is big and bold with hops from beginning to end. The malts are present up front with mellow bready sweetness, dank hops quickly take hold as this thing is a hop monster. The deep bitterness of the pine is brightened up by some tropical fruit. The body is big and the carbonation is moderate to high. Overall, this beer has a truly impressive hop bill. The aromatic hops and the bittering hops are balanced beautifully and there is a nice sturdy malt backbone which holds everything up. This brew is fantastic, a definite must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 07:54:06 | More by homebrew311
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Poured a bright, compactly non-see-throughable orange color, with about a finger or so head that clung to the glass and then some.

S: Explose citrus content here: Sort of an orange and grapefruit 1-2 punch to the snout, plus some malt. Just kidding. There was no malt to be found...

T: This really reminded me of Dreadnaught. Seriously, this had all the hop bitterness, but there was an undercurrent of pomegranate that was totally awesome. Bitter, bitter stuff... but fresh.

M: The lacing was probably one of the best I've had in recent memory. The bitterness was there, but overall this was highly drinkable and more than a worthy entry into the hophead Hall of Fame.

O: Another amazing West Coast IPA. Imagine that....

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 23:24:21 | More by Chaney
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been craving some West Coast hops, here we go...amber glowing copper body with a big billowing off white head, leaves fine speckled lacing. Aroma earthy, citrus grapefruit layers of hops, dank mary jane, you name a hop character or aroma and I'm sure you can find it in this beer. The one characteristic that reigns supreme in this beer is the grapefruit pith it just flows out of the glass, flavor wise it borders as a barleywine big assertive alcohol with malts wrapped around it. Gotta love the West Coast hops, more waves of bitterness and hop flavors including more grapefruit bombs, earthy dirt, and again marijuana. Evident sticky hop oils on the palate yet lighter bodied than most DIPA/B wines out there they kept the palate surprisingly clean for this type of a beer, moderate carbonation works with this type of beer excellent feel to it. Overall I'm impressed I had it on draft a couple years back at a Penn Fest and it blew my mind, I'm not saying I have the same feeling as I did then but it's damn good.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 23:38:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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JWU

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to bring out something special for review #100!

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter glass. (and shared with others!)

A- a clear light amber/orange with one finger of fluffy head that dissipates quickly. Not much in the way of lacing, and certainly some alcohol legs.

S- Almost a 5 on smell. Booze is hidden well, but a little is there, fresh grapefruit, mango, peach, orange, and papaya with a hint of white pepper. Fantastic.

T- Deceptive. Starts out with a dance between biscuity and slightly caramel malts and moderate bitterness, but the hops/bitterness ramp up in a serious way mid to end of the sip. Hops are largely piney and resinous in nature, but do have a citric tinge to them. The more you drink, the more the bitterness layers on top of itself. Palette Wrecker indeed.

M- I can't compliment them enough here. light to moderate carbonation moves things along but doesn't get in the way, the mouthfeel is medium to medium-full, creamy and just a tad syrupy.

O- This is an outstanding imperial IPA. Haven't had anything like it before, and I congratulate Green Flash on coming up with something new, and not following the crowd. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 00:42:04 | More by JWU
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AgentMunky

California

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: A finger and a half of head. Translucent amber. Some effervescence. Decent lacing.

S: Splendiferous! Fruity, tropical, resiny, strong, floral, beautiful hops. Excellent! Some biscuity, caramelly malt as well.

T: Wow. Palate wrecker indeed. Obviously well over 100+ IBU and one of the hoppiest beers I've ever encountered, up there with Devil Dancer and Ultramate. Astringent pine is tempered by the fruitiness inherent in some hop varietals (I suspect a lot is going on here, but perhaps just three or four assertive strains). The malt base gives important body to the beer, serves as a platform for the alcoholic strength, and keeps things from getting unduly out of hand. Still, hop-forward, overpoweringly so at times, with an aftertaste that has a touch of soap or unpleasant bitterness to it.

M: Substantial, light carbonation, and surprisingly not very dry.

O: A magnificent Double IPA and highly recommended for hopheads. Would drink again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 08:05:35 | More by AgentMunky
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 2-finger frothy, somewhat rocky, cream-colored head. Nice retention but not much lacing. Crystal clear with lots of bubbles.

S – This is one of the best hop bouquets that I’ve smelled in a while. I’m getting a blast of grapefruit, orange, peach, mango, and resinous pine. If I try hard, I can get some bready and caramel malt, but this one is very hop-forward. I can only hope that the taste is this delectable.

T – This tastes awesome. Caramel malt sweetness appears up front for just a second before the bitter blast of hops comes through. Bittersweet grapefruit, orange, and peach appear first, followed by the classic “oniony” twang of Summit hops, and finally more grapefruit, mango, and pine round out the finish. Again, the hop profile is terrific.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky, chewy, and mouth-coating feel, and a very bitter and dry finish. Bitter grapefruit and pine hops linger on the palate and tongue for a long time.

O – This is an awesome DIPA. It’s not very balanced between the malt and the hops, but it’s not meant to be – after all, the name is Palate Wrecker. While it’s not quite blisteringly bitter enough to truly wreck my palate, it comes dangerously and wonderfully close. Especially as I’m getting toward the end of my glass, the bitterness builds and builds with each sip that I take. I’ve been hearing raves about this beer for a while and I’m so glad that I finally got to try it. It’s insanely drinkable for a beer this bitter that clocks in a nearly 10% ABV. On top of all of that, it’s downright delicious. I’m going to be on the lookout for more from Green Flash. They have a winner here.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 05:47:58 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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Roman5150

Spain

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle purchased from Total Beverages in Murfreesboro, TN

appearance: very beautiful amber, 2 finger white head that dissapears quickly

smell: piney, resiny, earthy, citrusy, less grapefruit than other IPAs, more hops, hops, and more hops. this is a great smelling beer.

taste: very hoppy, in the same class as hop stoopid and ruination, this is surely a "palate wrecker". very bitter earthy finish, somewhat dry, but resolves nicely with a fruity satisfaction. Very refreshing, also some notes of grapefruit, not very much malt in this one.

mouthfeel: perfect carbonation, very smooth

overall: I'd have to do some side by side tests to compare this with Ruination and Hop Stoopid, but this is equal if not the winner for the hoppiest beer i've tried. It's so bitter, yet so damn tasty and refreshing. Give this to a non hop head and they will give you the "o" face like they just took a shot of bourbon. I bought the last 4 pack of the year at my local store, I will be buying more next year.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 08:32:44 | More by Roman5150
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Palate Wrecker certainly lives up to its namesake! Let's start with the color - it's a murky, yet sediment-free burnt orange, with a billowy cap of white suds. It looks rich and full of flavor... almost overflowing with it. The aroma is very bright and bursting with fruit esters - kiwi, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, and a little dash of brown sugar. Getting to the actual flavor - it's got a good amount of malt sweetness that I did not expect, and the hop aspects start off with that grapefruit juiciness, then it evolves to"resinous," to a final super piny, drying bitterness. I welcome the harshness of the finish. It's amazing how one beverage goes from juicyfruit to such a sharp dryness. I love it. It's a heavy beer too, beware. I will absolutely be buying this masterpiece again!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 23:01:03 | More by Neorebel
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jeff12hoops

California

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best beer I've tried from Green Flash. Pours a standard amber and has an incredible smell with sweet and hoppy notes. To my surprise and delight, not overpowering at all as its moniker implies. Hoppy, not too heavy, with a strong, direct flavor. Nice aftertaste. One of the best IPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 04:38:54 | More by jeff12hoops
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magictrokini

California

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Umm, wow. Pours hazy orange-gold with an impressive short-but-thick white head. Colossal citrus/floral hop aroma. Grapefruit and pine oil just pound you in the face. The taste surpasses the nose. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and truckloads of resin. A tad more citrus than earthy pine, but who cares. Just a little caramel malt to give it a hint of sweetness. I really have to thank the Green Flash guys for not making the chronic mistake of putting too much malt in and making this a sour-candy DIPA. Its nearly perfect the way it is.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2008 00:08:09 | More by magictrokini
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz, bottled on 1/1/13, purchased January 2013.

A - Pours golden and clear, a rocky off-white head, 1-finger high, dissapated to a thin lasting layer, fingers of lace

S - Floral (reminds me of my knock-out roses), some pine, faint grapefruit and just a little pepper

T - A big clean hoppy beer, a little sweetness primarily upfront, but faintly underneath to the end, hoppy bitternes middle to end, somewhat unbalanced towards hops

MF - Medium body, dry, sharpt with a lasting bitterness on roof of mouth and tongue.

O - Generally hides its 9.5% ABV well. Reminds me a lot of a SN Celebration, but with more floral notes up front. Need to do a side-by-side.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 13:21:25 | More by Sludgeman
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AmitC

Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a big snifter glass.

A very nice smell emanates as soon as i pop open the cap.

Color is standard amber or golden pale. A one finger thick head that recedes slowly and stays well. Excellent lacing and stickiness. A good amount of bubbles seen rising up. Very clear.

Aroma is a winner here. A lot of citrus hops. A good amount of herbal and flower nose. Strength of aroma is good to strong. Fills the nose very quickly and can be smelled from a distance. Very typical usage of citrus hops. A decent of sweetness imparted by malts as well.

I was expecting a palate wrecking flavor. But it fails to do anything that serious with my palate. Bitter it is, but not one of the most bitter ales that i have had. A mix of bitter sweet malty taste that ends with a palate full of bitterness. Front and middle could have been more hoppy. Bitterness grows on you as you keep drinking it. Some resin like character and a good amount of herbal and flowery taste. Some sweet grapefruit like taste as well. Finish of course is dry and bitter. Front part of the tongue is senseless as i finish this beer. This is not just due to the beer itself but a few of the precursors as well.

A nice oily and resiny feel that is very welcome in a IPA. Medium body. Slick and smooth. Almost light. Moderate to slightly high carbonation. Astringency, yes it has a lot of bitterness but no alcohol whatsoever. Goes down really easily for a 9.5%.

Well it just about manages to deliver on expectations. It is strong, powerful and bitter but as easily drinkable. Do not drink other brews for some time after having this. A winner.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 19:49:12 | More by AmitC
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Nugganooch

California

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Briens Pub - Kearny Mesa
*notes from 08/15/11 - very excited since I haven't had this brew in a year or two now and WOW is it better than my memory serves!

A: My PW arrived with a very thin white cap that fizzled out pretty quickly leaving behind just a super clear and light amber colored DIPA. Lacey.

S: Big grapefruit and mango aromas. Pineapple resins. Just a great fruity bouqet all around.

T: Tastes of juicy sweet pineapple, grapefruit flesh, and a touch of pine but more fruity than anything. Big malty caramel bread backbone. Layers of flavor here. Residual peppery bitterness on the palate. Has some warmth but all very well balanced at 10%ABV. Dry light crispy finish. So good!

M: Nice creamy texture that comes in a bit lighter on the palate. Resiny tongue coat. Solid dry finish.

D: Way balanced for a big DIPA with layers of fruity hop flavors and a soft caramel sweetness. Warm but not boozy.

Probably my favorite brew from Green Flash and so glad to see this out again. A big DIPA that I would put up there against the best of them including Alpine's Bad Boy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 18:28:20 | More by Nugganooch
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grittybrews

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a vivid, clear tangerine with three fingers of eggshell head. Huge aroma of grapefruit, pine, honey, caramel, and a hint of booze.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Fairly standard grapefruit up front followed by strong honey sweetness and then a blast of intense orange, tangerine, and intensely bitter pine on the long finish.

Palate wrecker indeed, but I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 02:50:01 | More by grittybrews
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 21:44:11 | More by jondeelee
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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