Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 714
Hads: 3,964
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 4.35%
Wants: 202
Gots: 650 | FT: 5
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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

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Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008

Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary
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Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10 oz. pour into a tulip. Liberty Union, Chester Springs, PA

A- Orange gold. Clear. Light white head, but very thin.

S- Citrus, pine, some toasted notes in the malt.

T- Some pine notes and dry citrus peel. Malt is barely noticeable. Fairly juicy.

M- Medium body, some hoppy boozy burn but less bitter than the name suggests.

O- This was juicier than expected, and less palate wrecking than expected. (404 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (845 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle popped on 4.16.12 and poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a light tan, huge head. Great retention.

S - Pine, floral, tropical fruit.

T - Grass and pine heaven.

D - Good carbonation, a light to medium body, with a bitter finish.

O - Smells awesome, the taste loses some of the citrus, but is still good. (346 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Resisting the notion that balance has any place in IPA- standard American varieties, imperial varieties or otherwise, Pale Wrecker pushes hop bitterness and flavor to the hilt while suppressing sweetness and body to a hardly-recognizable status. The hop dominance shreds the palate and puts on quite a bitter display.

Burnt orange in color, the deep yet clearly amber ale has much brighter clarity than I expect from highly hopped ales. Capped by a slightly off-white foam stance, the froth shows stubborn persistence and laces the glass moderately with pocketed islands interspersed about the glass.

No mistake about it! Hops are all over the nose. Grapefruit, orange peel, pine needles, fresh-cut grass, chive, and light apricot share the rim of the snifter with only the slightest caramel-dipped sense of malt sweetness in support of the hops. And at 9.5% abv, the alcohols provide a light rosy tint to the hop complexities.

Flavors follow a similar path as the malts struggle to make a mark over the onslaught of hop flavor that strikes the early palate. Citrusy goodness of red and white grapefruit (both pulp and pith), orange peels, light tropical apricot and mango roundness, and herbal grass, chive, and rose all take turns giving new impressions to the taste buds with each sip. But with hardly any rebuttal from malt flavor, the beer hurries into a deeply gripping bitterness from hops and solvent-like alcohol and light metal taste.

Incredibly dry from start to finish, especially for an imperial IPA, the beer ignores any stage-setting from malt structures and quickly sheds its carbonated creaminess and zestiness- instead favoring a dive into resinous bitterness with moderate stemmy astringency and a moderately unsettled solvent alcohol bitterness that both assists the hop bitterness and deters from it at the same time.

Palate Wrecker lives up to its name as it gets a bitter/astringent boost from both hop techniques in brewing and from alcohol. It's fun to explore what's familiar and what's unique in the bitter complexes in this heavily hop-tilted ale. (2,081 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking copper color with a foamy thick white head on top. the smell of this beer was hoppy, lots of piney citrus with some grapefruit notes in there too. The taste of the beer got a little better as it warmed up but wasn't quite what I was hoping for in the beer. The mouthfeel was well carbonated, medium bodied and a little oily. Overall this beer was good, it's bound to please just about any hop head out there but I feel that I've had much better IIPA's. (486 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice pour for an IPA. Orange and clear and a super white 2 finger head with tight bubbles and great retention.

Smells wonderfully citrus hops screamin from the glass.

Taste - Very flavorful up front, with the hops really kicking in on the finish with some lingering bitterness. The more I sip, the more bitter it gets. A little too much raw bitterness for my preference.

Mouthfeel - Warm, buttery and thick. Very nice for an Imperial.

Overall - Many IPA's with scary hop names end up being tame and flavorful. The Palate Wrecker is the first one that has an accurate title. It truly is a hop bomb and bitter on the palate. (632 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper color with a huge 2 finger fluffy white head that leaves massive lacing down the glass with each sip.

S: Big citrus and pine hops, orange peel, caramel malt and a lot of hop resin.

T: Tons of hops here. A big growing pine hop bite with a lingering bitterness throughout. A slight hint of biscuity malt in the background, but the balance is definitely not quite there. Finish leaves some dry and bitter aspirin flavors on the tongue, which I wasn't crazy about. A hop monster, but the flavors are a tad off. A good DIPA, but not fantastic. (557 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Bright copper with a perky, soap-like off-white head that actually sticks around throughout enjoyment leaving thick lace at the edges.

N: The smells are overpowering, right from the pour. It SMELLS bitter. There are notes of pine, grass, and citrus...all very generic, but definitely complex.

T/M: The flavors in this are incredibly complex. There is pine and citrus and....a ton of bitterness--definitely the hint of onion-like hop notes. The malt backing is substantial and truly helps to balance out the bitterness, even toning down the nugget and/or summit hops' oniony flavors. The alcohol is evident but not hot in the medium body.

This is an excellent beer with an extreme complexity....but there is nothing really "special" about it. The beer is super bitter with lots of different flavors, but not one that stands out as excellent. It is an excellent sipping beer, but not one that would necessarily want to have on home-draft even though I am primarily a Imperial IPA fan. Overall, this beer just really does not do it for me. (1,089 characters)

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper and very malt-forward double IPA. I'm a bit surprised its marketed as a west coast beer, as it has a lot more in common with a dark, rich, malty DIPA like Dogfish 90. The hops are extremely piney and citrusy.

A good DIPA, but nothing special and the drinkability suffers a bit from the malt sweetness. (315 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (no bottled on date) into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours out a hazy orange with a thin white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Nose is not as punchy as I expected, but still is nice and citrusy (not too piney or medicinal). I get primarily lemon and grapefruit with a little bit of pine and flowery notes.

Medium-bodied beer with a slick, oily mouthfeel. Hops blast the palate nearly from the get-go. Behind the intense bitterness, there is a sweet caramel-like malty presence. Sweetness notwithstanding, the hops run the show here. They coat the mouth and linger like crazy on the finish along with a faint spark of alcohol. This stuff reminds me a lot of Stone Ruination. It is just a screw-it-and-throw-caution-to-the-wind hop bomb.

This wasn't a bad beer, and it really lives up to its name, but I'm glad I only bought a single of it. I probably won't buy it again, simply because at this price I would rather buy FFF Dreadnaught (assuming it's available). Hopheads would love this beer. Just don't plan on drinking a different beer right after you have this one. (1,095 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (676 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: solid brown 355ml brown bottle with embossed 'Green Flash', an acceptable non-macro label.

Appearance: pours a hazy, heavy golden orange with little visible carbonation. An off-white head jumps and drops quickly to a solid ring. Limited lacing.

Aroma: oh boy! Plenty of sweet caramels, and tons of pine and citrus hops. Enticing.

Taste: pine and floral hops take centre stage with some bread malt and an earthy resin.

Aftertaste: the earthen resin dominates the aftertaste - the flavours linger nicely.

Mouth feel: a pretty full, thick body with some sharp, fine carbonation. Quite a bite to it.

Overall: a pretty decent American IPA - different to the norm per the Green Flash style. Also per the Green Flash style however, the price is a bit too steep at AU$175 for a case of 24 x 355mL - it ain't that good. Not worth it. Perhaps for one every now and then at a tasting. (887 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know much about this one, sounds interesting, Green Flash's version of Ruination? Just a guess based on the name. Poured from bottle pint glass the hop aroma is immediately present upon the pour. The beer arrives a slightly hazy orange color with a good 2 finger white cap, decent retention and lacing. The beer is a hop bomb so the aroma is heavy on the hops. Mostly citrus with a bit of pine. I love hops but this is almost so strong it's uninviting. The beer is bitter, not nearly to Ruination's level but bitter. Unbalanced. Very resiny with pine and earthy tones more prevalent than the nose suggests. Hides the alcohol well though. Hops dominate any malt base. Full bodied. Good carbonation. Overall, not bad but nowhere near balanced. 1 is enough. (760 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Pallet Wrecker is a big IPA...very bitter. The beer poured a cloudy golden with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is very bitter with hints of citrus. The taste is starts and finishes very bitter. There is alot of grapefruit zeal present. The mouthfeel is full bodies with good carbonation. Overall this is a big sipping beer. This would be a fav or bitter heads. (383 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Best before: 06/14

A: Golden copper with less than a fingers width of bright white head, pretty good retention and leaves a fair amount if lacing.

S: Big hop forward aroma, citrus ring, dank resinous notes, and spicy floral hops. Lots of malty sweetness to balance.

T: Piney bitterness and lots if citrus rind, soapy hop notes, sweet malts. Hop profile is ok but it's not my favorite hop flavors. Malts are heavy To balance and at times overtake the hops.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriately low, smooth for the style, fair drinkability.

O: Good but not great. Worthy of a drink but not something I'd likely purchase again. (670 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this brown bottle in a tulip pint. No date. The beer was a rich but clear golden color. The head was tall and looked like parchment. Very nice.

The smell was citrus and wood. Fresh wheat bread. Clean.

The taste was spicy hops and satsuma oranges. Nice grassy aftertaste. Scary drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium to full with modest carbonation. (355 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass; thanks to Jesse13713 for sharing one of these with me.

A: Pours a foggy, almost opaque copper-amber color with half a finger of frothy, white head.

S: Very resinous, with big quantities of pine and citrus hops, alongside equally strong bready, sweet, malts.

T: Pine and resin really control the flavor, with a bit of floral hops making their way in (I'm not seeing much of the citrus here). Malt backbone is tasty without taking away from the hop bitterness, which is very pronounced on the finish.

M: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated; quite creamy and smooth. A lightly dry finish really adds to the taste at the end, and the generally sticky mouthfeel meshes perfectly with the flavors presented. This has just about everything I'm looking for in it.

O: Quite a tasty beer. It's balanced, but just slightly in the favor of bitterness (which I prefer); it has a diverse, strong hoppy flavor; it's mouthfeel really ties things together, making this one easy to go through quickly in spite of its size. (1,049 characters)

Photo of Puck
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my selinsgrove brew tenth anniversary goblet.

A: Beautiful cloudy burnt orange color with an inch or so of thick foam.

S: Rich in pines yet a subtle grapefruit buried within. The alcohol doesn't hide well.

T: The alcohol doesn't shine through like I thought it would and the resin is overtaken ever so slightly by a finish of hops that want to hang out for a while.

M: It's a crisp feel with some weight from the alcohol. The linger makes my mouth water.

O: Its a solid DIPA. Well balanced yet hoppy enough to show its character. No wrecked palate though. Especially if you prefer a flurry of hops. Will definitely make sure to keep this on the rotation. (676 characters)

Photo of alanamato
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is deliciously wonderful and lives every bit up to it's name. It has just the right balance of 'WOW' and 'OUCH' with a finishing 'DAMN'. Can't wait to crack another and get wrecked again.

West Coast definitely jarred something loose with this one. (258 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good God, this is intense stuff! This beer is characterized by big hop and malt flavor, super boozy. Nice citrusy flavors from start to finish. Awesome copper color, beautiful beer. Significant amount of head with thick lacing. Never disappointed by Green Flash. (263 characters)

Photo of Wortman1998
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy amber in color with a great white/tan colored, creamy head. Laces the glass nicely.

S: Hoppy,herbs...

T: Not nearly as hoppy as many od the Double IPA's that I've been having lately, actually a pleasant change! I'm enjoying this more than I had expected. Bitter enough with some citrusy flavors and a pleasant piney taste as well. The ABV level is somewhat hidden in this beers overall flavoring, so be careful!

Mouthfeel: Nicely smooth, really pleasant.

Pallet Wrecker may be overstating it a bit, but it's a fine IPA that I will enjoy again! (555 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark copper with a finger of loose off white foam. Head dissipates quickly to a thin collar along the edges with minimal lacing. Not much carbonation visible.

Nose is pine and grapefruit, caramel, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste follows the nose, big hit of pine and grapefruit bitterness, mellowing into a caramel malt sweetness and alcohol. Lingering grapefruit bitterness on the tongue with some malt sweetness.

Medium body, a little syrupy with low carbonation that lightly tickles the tongue. A bit of alcohol warmth in the back of the throat that lingers after a couple of sips. Not exceptionally bitter, mostly a decent DIPA. (680 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(old label, no date, purchased cold at the corner bottle shop for $2! - poured into a medium-fat Chouffe tulip)

L: orange-amber liquid with flourishes of red, hazy... solid, sticky, spongy foam with serious craggy contours

S: like they put an ass-load of fruity hops into the boil, and for dry hop, and maybe got a 30% return on the liquid drawn off... grapefruit and pineapple, with a smear of lip balm

T: onslaught of thick-ish resinous hop oil up front, packing a kids-cereal fruitiness and grain flavor... grassy and moderately toasty, almost oatmeal finish, though that grain is blanketed in the bright citrus tones... very much a tongue-sanding bitterness left in the finish - tannins and grapefruit (pith)

F: the persisting, frothy foam cap provides a fleece-ian wash up front and on the sides of the tongue, while a mildly-rubbery elasticity sends the liquid on a smooth-but-bumpy, log flume course across the palate... some suspension and jiggle... frothy afterglow and the alcohol warmth seems drowned out a bit by the hop noise

O: good; similar enough to their other beers at this stage in their life... quite certain this is devastating fresh from the tank (1,174 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in an IPA glass over 25 minutes from a bottle "best-dated" 7/2/14.

The base is a misty copper orange with a huge, clumpy-merange head stained with the pour. Large patches of lacing hold on and a thick central island floats deep into the drinking session.

The nose is heavily dominated by hemp bound by a ring of smoke. There is some lime and pine and a touch of grapefruit in there somewhere...rounded out by a nice dose of dried apricot. It's hard to find malt notes.

Caramel malts lead the flavor profile. Pine slides in on a foundation of earth, and citrus sprouts from the top--pithy grapefruit, mostly, and a touch of pineapple. Some of the smoke and hemp show up in the back half, melded to a bit of dank funk like apricot Stilton. Then it's long and bitter, reflecting its appellation.

In the mouth, it's sticky and heavy with resin. Weighs heavily in paralingual gutters with some sharper, drying bitterness on top of the tongue. The start is creamy, and then the moderately high carbonation slices through to give the taste experience a bit of spice. The full body with all these facets is the highlight of the brew.

Overall, I can't say I largely enjoy drinking this beer. But I certainly appreciate the work involved in creating it, and the interplay of some imposing elements. A worthwhile experience. (1,325 characters)

Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out an amber/dark orange/maroon in color with a finger white head with little retention and a little lacing. Smell is fruity with a little pineapple, orange, and a little a little mango. There is seems to be a little sweet malt in the background that gives the beer a tiny bit of balance in the nose but it's hop forward to be sure. Taste is definitely a little more malty in the mouth with a little leather and sweetness but the hops are the spotlight with the fruit smelled in the nose but more bittering hops as it's drank and slides down the throat. To be clear there is a little bitterness in the mouth but it really is more so in the throat. Mouthfeel is fairly thin to a tad thicker which is great for the style. Overall this is a nice example of this type of beer. I really like it. (796 characters)

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.