Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,935
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 196
Gots: 636 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008

Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary
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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Broad Axe Tavern, Ambler, PA

Clear amber pour, with a small white head that left some splashes of lace on the glass. As would be expected, the aroma was dominated by hops, citrus pith and pine resin, with hints of a caramel malt backbone bringing up the rear. Lots of orange and grapefruit in the taste, resin, pretty intense WC hop bitterness, with a little tropical fruit and malt sweetness to take the edge off, but the hops were clearly in charge. Maybe not as intense as their regular IIPA, though I'd like to try them back to back to test that theory. Medium body, appropriately carbonated. Maybe a little intense for greenhorns, but a good brew for hopheads.

Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks NoLeafClover44 for the unexpected extra.

A - Pours golden orange. Little on the darker side for a DIPA. Crystal clear, with about a 1.5 finger head. Head sticks around for a while and leaves a pretty nice lacing down the glass.

S - Some citrus and pine. It's a nice smelling DIPA. There's some malt there, but the smell is definitely dominated by pungent hops. Not getting much tropical fruit, more of an earthy DIPA.

T - The name is appropriate. The taste is dominated by bitterness, which is all well and good, but there's not a lot of hop flavor. The malt backbone is broken essentially. Completely unbalanced. I love my DIPAs to be hop bombs, but I don't just want to taste bitterness. This is why I love Heady Topper. Not many beers can pull off extreme bitterness and extreme hop aromatics and flavors. I give this a 4 because they weren't afraid to just wreck your palate, and I love a beer like that occasionally. I love bitterness. Someone who doesn't might have issues.

M - Not much alcohol present. It's well carbonated. It could be a little heavier or thicker. The carbonation just seemed to rush it across the tongue without really coating the mouth, which I like out of big DIPAs. So perhaps a mix of a little too much carbonation and a thinner body. Overall, still very good for a 9.5% DIPA.

O - I like this beer for what it is, but I wouldn't seek it out often. I love the bitterness, and could even deal with much more, but I like hop bitterness to come with hop flavor. I know it's possible, but it's clearly not the easiest thing to pull off. Props for making a beer like this. All too often I don't get enough bitterness from (D)IPAs, but this was nice. If you like bitter beers, search this out. If you don't, don't.

Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I had this beer was in the parking lot of Captain Lawrence a few years back, when Green Flash sent a keg of this to NY by mistake. I remember being pretty impressed with it then, let's see what I think of it now. $8.99/bomber (ouch), hopefully it's fresh.

A clear copper with a dense, creamy off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a great looking DIPA. The nose is nice and aggressively hoppy, dank, resiny, weed-like with pine aromatics. A little alcohol is noticeable, along with a mild caramel presence. A moderate bitterness is perceived as well. There is some candied citrus character as well, particularly oranges? Very nice.

The palate is pretty excellent. Big, bold, resiny and mildly sweet, this does make a strong case for its name. Bold pine and grapefruit, with less weed than the nose would suggest, this is wonderfully resiny and bitter, juicy, mildly fruity and nicely palate-coating. Some sweetness is present, but really, this is a wonderful example what a mindfully bitter DIPA should be. The sweetness is a little more than I like, though. Medium-light in body with mild-moderate carbonation, this feels pretty great on the palate. Bitter, resiny, hoppy finish with a mildly green hop character, this is pretty excellent. The sweetness is increasingly noticeable as I work through the bomber, not enough to make me slow down, but enough to be noticed. Recommended, especially if you can find (more reasonably priced) 12oz bottles.

Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (no dates or codes) into a tulip. Pours a deep clear orange/amber w/ a big dense off-white head, sticky lacing, almost no carbonation rising from the bottom.

Aroma is a big burst of tropical fruit, grapefruit and pine. I get the sense this might have been even more powerful super-fresh; unfortunately because there's no bottle date I don't know how old this is. Still a really good pungent West Coast IPA aroma.

Taste leads off with a combination of dry pale and chewy caramel malts and dank, sticky hop resin. Some dried apricots in there too. Not surprisingly in a beer called Palate Wrecker, the bitterness is here in spades. Tongue-scouring, almost spicy. Booze is pretty much covered up by the full frontal assault of other flavors.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy and leaves a hefty aftertaste. While you don't taste the alcohol you definitely feel its warming presence going down - not to mention pretty quickly elsewhere.

Overall, a solid 4.0 beer. It's interesting and complex enough to be called good, but perhaps lacks the refinement to go beyond that. Still, enjoyable and tasty on a cool rainy Sunday afternoon.

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Orange color with a one-finger head
S: Grapefruit, pine resin, light malt
T: Hoppy. Pine first, then grapefruit then generic malt flavors. Very bitter, very hoppy, slightly one dimensional
M: Bitter and hoppy
O: Even though I love hoppy beers, the beer's name does hold true, the hops are almost a bit too much for my palate. Take that as a bit of a warning but overall it's still a solid well-made beer

Photo of Mosstrooper
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Deep golden-amber color with a large off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thin ring of bubbly lace.

Smell: Hops dominate completely- grapefruit and floral aromas with a hint of piney aromas.

Taste: Begins with melon flavor, rounding out to breadiness before finally finishing with grapefruit and woody bitterness. Bitter hops linger long after a sip is taken.

Mouthfeel: Medium, oily body with an even oilier finish that dries out quickly.

Overall: An excellent DIPA, however, the it doesn't seem as memorable to me as other hoppy brews that Green Flash has put out. Still, the hop flavors are deeper than most beers- especially West Coast brews where, all too often, the brewers seem to just say "screw it, let's throw a bunch of hops in this and it will be good." This has a lot of hops, but it's well done.

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Smell of alcohol. Taste of sweet grapefruit, cantaloupe and alcohol. Powerful bitterness.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/21/10 notes. Had on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, lemon, oranges, grapefruit, and fruity malts.

t - Taste follows the nose. Lots of citrus hops and grapefruit, some bitterness up front but not as much as I expected.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation,

d - A pretty good DIPA. Lots of nice citrus hops and not too bitter. Would have again.

Photo of brodericksloth
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

hop bomb; definitely palate wrecker but smoother than expected after first blow to your senses.

alcohol very present but masked well.

amber color nice head sticks around for a while; ok lacing

tropical hops not piney or resiney; crisp and clean; malts present but not overstated

It's easy to create a following with this one

Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -3.8%

From notes on 1/16/14

Lite ruby in color. Very clear, no particles. Strong hoppy smell. Earthy aroma. Very bitter. I know you can only taste bitterness to 80 IBUs, but this just seems so much more bitter than others I've had in that range. Earthy flavor. Hops also come through. Hops and bitterness are noticed throughout you’re mouth. I like it. This really will wreck your palate.

Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnished golden orange. Half an inch of off-white foam head.

Smells like raw, bracing pine, an acrid pungent citrus, and a hint of smelted grapefruit.

Taste is just hop wrenching, with a big bold pine needle slurry mixed with citrus rinds and a bunch of bitterness. No real malt presence.

Good. Probably best green flash beer I can think of. Nice bubbly mouthfeel to lighten it up.

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with a creamy, thin white mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquats, tangerine, blood orange, and herbs absolutely throttle the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, brown sugar, lemon, lime, kumquats, herbs, tangerine, grapefruit, blood orange, and biscuit coat the palate. The finish is bitter and resinous with pronounced flavors of lemon, lime, kumquat, and grapefruit chased by a wash of peppery alcohol.

M: Medium in body and resinous. Carbonation is delicate. Alcohol presence is pronounced, yet not distracting.

O: A very solid DIPA. While I do not find this to be an enthralling example of the style, Palate Wrecker is still a very flavorful, well constructed brew. I would have no difficulty recommending this to fans of the style.

Photo of TheDoctor
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a clear orangeish gold with a healthy three fingers of tiny-bubbled tan head that sinks to a fat film. Good retention; some scattered lacing.

S:
Hops. Has a tight, astringent smell that has grapefruit and hard water featured prominently. However, it is hoppy enough that it is hard to keep anything straight beyond it smelling like hops.

T:
Hops. Bitter up front with some more earthiness and musky hop flavors coming in the middle and end.

M:
Tight and dry. Medium body with a lingering aftertaste that kind of starts to be tingly after a while.

O:
Pretty good IIPA.
This is a palate wrecker if there ever was one. Lots of hop bitterness and little else. It doesn't taste like a novelty to me, but it is definitely pretty intense. It gets to my threshold of bitterness but backs off a little which helped me not be turned off by it. Nonetheless, it doesn't seem to be the most drinkable beer ever. It is by no means bad. It tastes like liquid hops. If anything its major weakness to me is that it is kind of 'one note.' Other than that, though, it isn't half bad.
Would maybe have again: a must for in-your-face-IPA lovers.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas pint glass
From: Costco in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7.29 (w/ Costco card)
Purchased: April 22, 2014
Consumed: April 29, 2014
Misc.: Best by June 11, 2014

Poured a dark orange, amber hazy color with two fingers of khaki white head. A decent amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Average amount of uneven layered spotty lacing along the sides of the glass. Good retention.

Smelled a pleasant mix of hops and malts. Got floral hops, citrus hops, Cascade hops, spruce, rye hops, mint toothpaste, amber malts, caramel, some slightly wet earthy malts and some unknown spicy notes.

Tasted pretty much what I expected it to after the smell. Got those heavy, earthy malts more than the hops. Caramel, rye, amber, citrus hops, light honey, light lemon and sour tropical fruit, all with an unknown spicy bitter note lingering on the tongue long after.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Not as good as I hoped, but still a decent imperial IPA.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured in SA glass.

Huge two-finger head froths over a pale orange elixir. Belgian lace covers the glass as the brew is tasted.

Heavy, dank resin, pine, no malt. Hop head's dream.

Nice bitterness coats the tongue. Feels like I've been chewing on cones of sticky hops. A bit boozy.

Dense, thick, alcohol.

This one takes it up a notch (or 10) and is very aptly named. A must try if hops are your thing.

Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a small off white head, with very good retention and spotty lacing. Has a strong aroma with grapefruit, pine, citrus zest, onion, and caramel. Smells like there is should be a lot of malt sweetness.

There is a good amount of sweetness and hop bitterness in the taste, with caramel, grapefruit, citrus zest, pine, onion, and oranges. Tastes about as sweet as I thought it would, based on the aroma.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Leaves a sticky sweet feeling in the mouth after each sip. Resinous with a dry finish. The alcohol is well disguised for a 9.50 % abv beer. Well worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd or 3rd time drinking this, poured the 16 oz. bottle in a small 10 oz. stemmed tulip glass.

Glistening deep saturated orange, creamy dense foam, long lasting and glass-coating. Webs of intricate lacing form inside the glass.

Toasted caramel, citrus peel, pungent hop resins.

Flavors are similar, big caramel and toasty malts, smooth and buttery. Moderate hop bitterness, slick and resiny. Buttery diacetyl is present but not overly distracting. Full bodied with lower carbonation and some sticky caramel sweetness. It has an English feel, much like Schells Burton Ale. Dry bitterness lingers, reminding that it's in fact a double IPA...

Photo of psuKinger
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a very hazy dark orange (almost ruby red) with a big thick frothy slightly-off-white head on top, 2-fingers worth.

S: Pine and Grapefruit, at a moderate volume. More pine than grapefruit.

T: Dry, earthy notes and lots of pine. But that traditional "california IPA" grapefruit is also there. Strong sweetness on the back end, as expected from a "Double IPA" weighing in at 9.5%. This reminds me of a cross between a piney/earthy English style IPA and a California IPA, then kick the sweetness/ABV up a notch.

Strong bitterness on the back end of this beer. One of the more bitter beers I've had, just a shade less bitter than the Port IPA or the Arctic Panzer I've had.

M: Carbonation is a touch light, and the beer doesn't have as much heft as you'd expect at first, but then lots of residue left behind on the finish.

D/O: A little heavy on the "bitter" and pine for my liking. Not quite as much grapefruit/citrus reward as my *favorites*. Overall, a good IPA. Certainly one I'd revisit at a later date, but not something I'd choose to revisit tonight.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bnes09
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice creamy head with beautiful lace shapes. Tropical fruit aroma. Dank and earthy. Flavor begins with a corn bread malt backbone. Hops are aggressive at first then turn pungent with a spicy, brine like flavor. Pine, grass and earthy notes come to mind. Bone dry finish with a grainy texture on the tongue. Total palate destruction.

Photo of Cheynem
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty unique. It's extremely bitter and malty. The smell is hoppy and delicious, but in my personal opinion the flavor profile is not really that well balanced. The hops are there and strong enough but it's hard to get a clear flavor profile because everything is just so strong. Too malty.

For the record, I love over the top beers, so it's not that. The issue is that the elements are not balanced correctly. It's still a really good beer but there are so many good DIPA on the market these days that it doesn't take much for me to reach for something else.

Photo of rangerred
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a one finger white head. Head fades to a thin wispy cap with some thin lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is full of pine with a hint of tropical fruit along with some apple and peach. Malt is pretty much absent with only the faintest hint of bread.

The taste and mouthfeel is where this beer really begins to impress. A huge punch of resiny pine along with a very impressive palate stripping bitterness. A very tiny amount of bready malt is in the background but is completely buried by all the hops. A very dry mouthfeel for a IIPA which is a wonderful change from the usual.

Overall, this is a pretty delicious IIPA. While it is not something I would drink on a regular basis, it is a nice change up and one of my favorites in the style.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color with moderate yeast haze. The head is a two finger offwhite color with a frothy texture and good retention. A thick wall of lacing is left nicely on the glass.

S: Quite malty - oh who the hell am I kidding, this is loaded with insane hoppiness. Grapefruit rind, pine, dankness, weed, onions, and even some black pepper all mingle on the nose. Basically, anything one might expect in an extreme DIPA is all here. Only the slightest hint of caramel malts break up the hop assault.

T: And there we go, this is really bitter from the hops. There isn't much citric qualities here, this is almost entirely piny, floral, resinous, and faintly metallic. Touches of caramel malt in the midtaste try in vain to balance things, but are quickly overtaken by massive finishing bitterness and booze.

M: Heavy and a little syrupy; I prefer my DIPAs to be a little lighter and more delicate. This doesn't have a particularly clean finish, but make no mistake, this still turns the palate into scorched earth with gobs and shitloads of hop oils and resin. As a result, it's very difficult to drink a bottle of this quickly. Moderately high carbonation and extreme dryness.

O: If you don't like overly bitter DIPAs, avoid this like the plague. If this is the kind of DIPA you're looking for (a completely unbalanced palate killer), then there are few better. Basically, if you're the kind who loves Dave's Insanity Sauce (guilty), then this will be right up your alley.

Photo of woosterbill
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to HopStoopid120 for tossing this one my way.

A: A straight pour yields a towering three-finger head of dense, creamy off-white head that recedes slowly toward the clear copper body, leaving abundant lace. Gorgeous.

S: Whoa, that's some intense grapefruit hoppiness - plus just a hint of cannabis. Moderate booze, and a touch of toffee. Quite good.

T: Follows the nose: grapefruit pith, dank weed, sweet toffee malt, and a hugely bitter, boozy finish. Big, bold, and very tasty.

M: A little on the light side body-wise, but with a moderate dose of pleasantly fine carbonation. Not bad at all.

O: The name might be a bit of an overstatement, but it's definitely an assertive DIPA. I appreciated the touch of malt backbone, as it was really necessary to keep the substantial booziness in check. I really hope Green Flash comes to CT, as this would be terrific to drink fresh on tap.

Cheers!

Photo of SeaOfShells
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Poured into Duvel tulip

A: crystal clear burnt orange with 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head which leaves behind decent lace.

S: right up front I get massive onion and garlic. Me thinks there be summit hops in this one. Beyond that I get juicy citrus fruit and sweet bread. A hop heads dream.

T: following the scent, the first taste is onion and garlic with a nice blanket of ultra bitterness hidden underneath. Middle of the tongue I get some nice citrusy notes, which quickly yield to yet more onion. This one is definitely a "palate wrecker". I'm really enjoying it. Extremely bitter, and crushingly hoppy.

M: pretty typical for the style I suppose. Medium carbonation with a medium body. Nothing offensive here.

Overall: between this, West Coast and Imperial IPA, it seems like Green Flash is doing something right. The onion and garlic may throw some folks off, but this is an above average beer from an above average brewery. Well done, boys.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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