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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 718
Hads: 3,998
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 204
Gots: 666 | 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:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008

Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary
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Reviews: 718 | Hads: 3,998
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a deep and clear amber golden color in the body. A medium, 2 finger head forms and retains very well, with a dense layer of froth leaving a good lace too.

S- Big hops bitterness right up front with the primary scent profile being a sticky, resinous, pine smell. Not much else here, maybe a hint of floral hops scent.

T- Hops bitterness up front, slight hints of malt in the middle, and a lingering bitterness on the end. Hops up front are not overpowering, rather not as strong as the scent, and very sticky and piney in flavor. Some malt peeks in during the middle of the drink, balancing out some of the bitterness, before the hops make their presence felt in a very bitter, lingering hops flavor.

M- This beer is thick and sticky all the way through. Carbonation level is rather low and that enhances the thick feel of the beer. Bitterness and a hidden alcohol presence makes this one a slower drink.

Overall, a very good DIPA. Pretty big hops presence for the hop heads, while there is a bit of malt to balance it out for those not as fond of the hops.

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Photo of TangTKE402
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a 32oz. Boston Round into a tulip pint glass. Clear, cherrywood colored with a 1-finger beige head and some lacing.

S: Big hop notes right up-front, with a hint of alcohol esters. Fresh pine needles, citrus zest, grass, and some floral notes too, rounded out with a nice grainy backbone. Smells delicious and inviting.

T: Lots of flavor, with "big" being the defining characteristic. Big grapefruit rind taste up-front with big whole grain and grass flavors through the swallow and BIG bitterness on the aftertaste. Bone dry, and it lives up to its name. Other notes of blood orange, pine tar, flower petals, booze, and some tea biscuits all mixed in there. There is definitely a sap-your-mouth-of-all-flavor aftertaste that some might find off-putting, but I personally enjoy. It encourages me to drink more!

M: Clean and a bit chewy in-mouth with a hollow, bone-dry afterfeel. It's got good texture, and a full-body, not uncommon for a good DIPA. The filtered nature provides a very clean and crisp mouthfeel, one that belies the truly ruinous afterfeel.

O: A great one-off DIPA. One that I wouldn't drink many of, and it is important to remember to drink this after you have any other beers you might be interested in savoring, because it truly lives up to its name!

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Photo of CardiacNP
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am becoming more of a fan of IPA's and able to appreciate the style. Palate Wrecker Hamilton's ale Is a good imperial IPA from green flash brewery in San Diego , CA that is not as piney or floral as some. 9,9% AVB. Nicely balanced sweet malty up front with the bitter finish

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear amber/ brownish color, with a nice finger of off white head at the top that leaves a little lacing around the glass as you drink it.

S: Lots of hops on the nose, slight hint of tropical fruit and some caramel as well, little hint of booze on the tail end.

T: The hops hit the mouth right away, the pine and citrus are very present, kick in the mouth from the bitterness, slight honey note on the tail end.

M: Slick and sticky, medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation.

O: This was a very good IPA, if you like a kick from the hops this is the beer for you, a very refreshing and enjoyable brew from Green Flash.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, at the prestine (cough) beaches of San Diego; into a pint glass.
Appearance - solid brew, represents the style! Not too light, not too amber! Nice head retention and lacing.
Smell - top notch. It's a DIPA, no doubt!
Taste - I'll have another; a bit boozy on the finish, but MAN UP!
Feel - winner, winner, chicken dinner!!!
Overall - great product,but not a great value.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear golden copper color with a 1finger off-white head
S=floral tropical hop with malt some booze
T- huge tropical hops with pine and citrus hops malts work there way in to balance this but hops are in charge here
M-surprisingly not bitter but a touch boozy medium carbonation and an explosion of hops
O-tasty @ipa that will find its way into the fridge from time to time

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, thick head of off white bubbles. Sticky lace.

Smell is high on the malty caramel. Tropical fruit notes, and a whiff of alcohol.

Big blast of citric rinds. Grapefruit and lemon dominate. Resinous pine covers the tongue. Caramel like malts. Alcohol is present, but not overly boozy.

Oily hop resins coat my mouth. Slightly biting carbonation.

In a sea of DIPAs, Palate Wrecker actually distinguishes itself with it's high alpha assault on your taste buds . Maybe not the most complex brew, but it's raw hop bitterness is sure to please a true hop head.

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Photo of Nostrajonus
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Cloudy golden amber with a slightly off white one finger head that leaves the glass after a few sips.

S- Wow. This smells hoptastic! The scent is primarily floral with hints of citrus. There are some caramel maltiness as well, though moslty covered up by the aggressive hop profile.

T- This thing is bitter in the best way. Upfront I get mostly citrus flavors, followed by a malty floral finish. I enjoy brews that are heavy on the hops so I love this, but anyone weary of the bitterness would not like this.

M- Light carbonation. The texture is not too heavy, but is is definitely not light.

O- Green Flash is killing the IPA game. They know what they are doing out there in San Diego. Bravo!

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark golden amber and clear. One finger head leaves soapy halo and moderate lacing. Looks tough.

S- Strong citrus in the form of grapefruit orange and lemon. Nice and zesty.

T- More bitter than the citrus notes in the nose. The fruit grove is replaced with a bitter dank earthy hop blast. The malt balance is there backing this offensive as should any quality brew. An abundance of flavor coming together nicely.

M- Slightly heavy but at 9.5 what do you expect. Leaves a waxy light waxy feeling.

O- A quality beer from a quality brewer. A hop forward IPA with attitude. Hop heads rejoice!

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint Glass.

A - Nice,filtered nice lacing. decent head that faded quick. nice looking

S - I Got that initial grapefruit tinge to it....orange peel...alcohol.

T - Just getting a lot of alcohol and mild grapefruit notes. Nothing Special.

Overall this beer is nothing great..just your typical double.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had searched high and low for a date stamp before buying but didn't see anything. It was from a store that rotates craft beer pretty slowly. However, now that I've drank half the bottle I found the date stamp and it confirms my suspicions: this bottle is 11 months old.

As a result my findings are going to be a little different than fresh obviously but I've enjoyed it anyway so I thought I'd rate it up.

A: Deep and dark version of orange with a light beige head with good resilience and decent lacing.

S: Green pine, earthy citrus was what I thought of. May not make literal sense but paints the right picture.

T: Well, here's when the age is apparent - it's got a great maltiness with light caramel and even some vanilla. The hops are there but definitely muted from fresh, and I don't get great resolution on the type of hops anymore. It's primarily citrus at this point, though - grapefruit and pineapple I think. This beer is really sweet now, both from the hops and malt side.

M: Very creamy and mouth coating for an IPA. It's slightly dry on the back end but mostly just creamy now.

O: I've never tried this fresh, but I'm pretty satisfied with it for being nearly a year old. Some IPA's will develop into interesting "mini-barleywines" if cellared, though most will just kind of fade into nothing interesting. I think this one does a lot better than most. I might actually keep one of the four-pack for another year just to see.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wonder if this beverage was named at Hamilton's Tavern, during their 2nd Anniversary shindig, and if the individual(s) decided to call this "Palate Wrecker" actually based on their "wrecked" palates or ??? Nonetheless, the name is spot-on...my palate is truly wrecked, but in a good way! The hoppy bitterness is nearly overwhelming to the point that if the alcohol didn't numb that part of the brain, this stuff would be intolerable, for the uninitiated that is! For the true hop-head, this beverage is a must try...Two or three times!

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Photo of KFBR392
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best Before 7/22/14

Appearance: Color is a amber red, burnt orange color. Bubbly head of about a finger and a half which subsided but was present while drinking. Average to above average active carbonation in glass. Lots of thick sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Great balance of sweet hops and heavy pine bitterness. The two play off each other very well and bring out the best in each other. Tropical fruity body adds a ton of depth to this brew. Semi-sweet malt body meshes in well with everything else going on. Love this aroma.

Taste: The front as expected is some big pine bitterness which runs through to the body as well but is kept in check. Medium bodied fruits with accents of tangerines, grapefruit, and melon is picked up on the body. Lingering bitterness carries through the body and into the finish giving off a potent yet pleasant pine, resin, and prairie grass flavor.

Mouthfeel: Sweetness is felt on the palate through the big bitterness that rings throughout. Carbonation is well done, there but does not interfere with the flavors.

Overall: The first IPA that I've had from Green Flash that I really loved. No doubt a big bitter IPA, but plenty of fruity hops are picked up to make it more then a bitter bomb. Aromatically wonderful, I could live inside my glass.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 6/3/14.

Appearance: Amber/caramel with good clarity and one finger of frothy white suds.

Aroma: Sweet citrus and green tea. Hints of tropical fruits.

Taste: I should have been more prepared given the name but regardless the first sip revealed some serious bitterness akin to chewing on a hop cone. Usually west coast IPAs tend to have a very sweet hop character that counteracts the bitterness but Palate Wrecker is one of those rare beers of the style that deliver huge bitterness and well rounded hop character. After the initial blast of IBUs and then a second blast of bitterness, for good measure, the herbal tea hop flavor shines through a bit along with a glimmer of caramel malt. Finish is the apex of all these flavors and the aftertaste is a long-lingering hop burn. The 9.5% ABV allows for quite a robust experience but without any heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with average carbonation and a some serious prickliness on the palate due to the bitterness. Decent drinkability.

Final Thoughts: So glad Green Flash is distributing to MN now, real world-class brewery in my opinion. These masters of hops definitely made a great beer in Palate Wrecker. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of cavedave
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold topped by a finger of off white lather. Crazy slathers of lace cling caressingly.

Herbal bitter and citrus atop a solid base of neutral sweet, some hints of tart yeast beneath it all make a nice aroma.

My, but this is a bitter beer isn't it? Solid dose of herbal bitter overtops all the other flavors of this baby. Pine, grapefruit pith, and that tangy yeast are in there but front and back this is a bitter mothertrucker of a beer.

Light drinking, but a clinging resin of hop bitter stays on the palate through the glass. Spritzy carb adds some carbonic punch to it that this one hardly needs. Super sharp finish, a def palate wrecker, as named.

Like your hoppy pales big and bitter? You will love this one. For me it lacks some of the finer flavors more late hop additions might have added to balance, and isn't as fine as I like.

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Photo of Act25
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this brewer. Consider this an experiment and not a regular beer for me.

A: crystal clear, burnt orange, bright clarity. Pleasant white head that lasts and laces. modest pinpoint carbonation
S: All citrus, pine, sharp hops. Acute, bright, tight, not much malts.
T: Follows the smell, but more complex, and nuanced, dank, herbal, pine and grass add to the citrus brass.
MF: Sharp, tingle, bitter. But interesting, kind of like a liquore, cointreau or a brandy. Good in that way. Good to let warm and drink like a brandy.

More of an after dinner brandy that an IPA. Interesting to let warm and let flatten. Good both at cellar temp and warm. Odd one.

Too much? Yes! but well done, and interesting. Yes! I am nursing with some chocolates and late night reading.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head and shows pretty good retention. The head is a very light beige that is almost off-white while the body is a medium to dark amber which appears as a medium amber in the light. A good amount of lacing has been left behind.

Nose- Starts with a blast of hops that range from musty to grapefruit to more generic citrus notes. Some pine and resin. Some tropical fruits. A bit of honey. The glass shows a little more caramel but even this seems to get covered over by the aromatic and fruity hops. While I know that the fruity hops won't carry over to the flavor profile, here's hoping...

Taste- Has a hint of sweetness and then just launches a full out assault of bitter hops. Very deep grapefruit, pine and resin, lots of earwax. It's like licking bark. Some sweetness tries to peak through but the bittering hops are pretty boisterous in this one. I'm not surprised by any of this or the strong burnt caramel presence that is only deepened by the extreme grapefruit and matchstick notes. Five years ago, I would have loved this beer. Now, I can't stand a beer like this. Not that it isn't good; it's a pretty solid beer and accomplishes its aims. Does have enough milder fruitiness about it to sustain it. I do catch some orange, some hints of honey and floral notes. It's a really good beer when it isn't being so goddamn abrasive and clearly shows why it's ranked as high as it is.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavy, this moves it into American Barleywine range. A little more than medium bodied with a thick, syrup texture that has a bit of zip. While structurally sound, even the mouthfeel seems abrasive.

Drinkability- This one is not easy. For a second it is, but this quickly turns. It's brash, it's abrasive. It still has enough of a malt backbone to keep this in check while your palate does indeed get wrecked. If you're into that kind of thing, 3.49 ain't that bad. For me, it's way too much.

Overall- Solid beer for me but I understand the love. This beer is not bullshit- this is one of the most devastatingly hopped beers I've ever had. I used to like that but now, a beer like this is a chore. It is alcoholic enough to make me briefly forget all that though. Worth a try but it is pretty much what it says it is.

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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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$3.49 single that Brandon at Fairway Sav-Mor got for me (why thank you, kind sir!)

Appearance: A beautiful orange/amber color with a nice haze. Semi-aggressive pour resulted in a perfect pour with two fingers of head floating on top... soapy and creamy in texture. Awesome lacing. Phenomenal looking beer.

Smell: Holy hell, that's the stuff. Huge amount of dankness with an overall aggressive hop aroma. A slightly dirty character to it as well. A lot of that earthy pine aroma, with underlying fruitiness and maltiness.

Taste: Hm, juuust a little hoppy, eh? Wow. So many hop flavors on this one from the pine resin stickiness, lemon zest flavor and bitterness, tropical fruits, and just a really nice amount of malt that really accents the beer nicely. Yes, accents -- there's a decently sweet malt profile, but this is most definitely a hop head's sort of brew, as it's got a face smacking amount of bitterness on the finish. Perfect choice when you just want a bold, gigantic, bitter brew.

Feel: A nice medium body with medium carbonation that works wonders on this beer. Not too thick to drink like some sort of medicine, and the carbonation's not too high as to help make the bitterness overwhelming.

Palate Wrecker is right. Stone has their Ruination, which is supposedly palate wrecking, but I thought that beer was pleasantly balanced -- this is a different beast. This beer isn't quite balanced, but it doesn't look to be. It's showcasing the hops the best way Green Flash knows how, and this is a masterfully crafted beer. I prefer this to their West Coast IPA by quite a margin, and would consider this to now be one of my all-time favorite DIPAs.

The ONLY reason I won't give this one a higher rating is because as great as it is, the bitterness would probably stop me from drinking a lot of this before the ABV caught up to me. Regardless, legendary brew.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looking a beautiful deep orange/bronze mixture with a nice frothy head. The smell, tropical fruits ahoy! There is a touch of spiciness and onion in the nose as well. Not off putting in the slightest, it actually smells quite wonderful. This thing is practically a Quad IPA if such a thing were true. So the initial and sustained bitterness is not exactly a secret with this beer called Palate Wrecker. The onion hits harder on the taste and fills around the bitterness and burst of tropical fruits. The mouth is actually kind of smooth and creamy but with a huge dry finish. Medium carbonation in play.

It's a huge hop bomb that does what the name implies. I think I need to lie down now.

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Photo of dar482
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden orange color.

The aroma has floral, dankness, pine, orange, grapefruit, along with a sweet bready malt.

The beer comes strong and is aggressively bitter. There is lots of floral hops, a tinge of garlic flavor, but throughout the beer is very green and leafy, almost like used up tea leaves. It almost tastes of a cooked leafy vegetable. It's not a bright green flavor, but substantial and leafy. There's a dankness with a big bready malt that is not very sweet. The finish keeps going one with "greeness" and pine.

A well made beer that hides its alcohol quite well. Unlike a fruity West Coast style of DIPA, this plays on those green and pine hop flavors. Even if it's not one's preference, this is a great beer to have around.

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Photo of Steamer
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a cream colored head.I can smell the hops 2 feet away - pine needles and lemon zest. Amazingly smooth; a pleasant hops bitterness settles in on the palate after a while, but there is also a distinctive grapefruit tartness - outstanding. Hardly any hint of the alcohol; surprising considering the high ABV. Leaves the mouth dry and wanting more. The name kept me from trying this one before as I'm not usually a fan of extreme hops. I'm glad I tried it because, even though it may be quite hopped up, it is exceptionally well-crafted and blended.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear and orange amber with a fat creamy head of off white orange tinged foam that sits there all day and never really falls completely. Refreshes with each tip of the glass and leaves lovely lace.

Nose is BIG! Big pine, big grapefruit citrus with pithy tartness. Some orange peel to brighten and to sweet that and maybe even some tropical back notes. The malt is like an icy little bit of sugar on the nose. There is just a faint touch of onion on the nose but it is not prominent and not off putting.

Taste is even BIGGER! Huge pine needles, tart and wonderfully pithy grapefruit. Sweet, sweet orange and a malt that is unsung but it must be there. The mouthfeel is sticky from the tip of the tongue to the back palate. Coats the whole mouth with a nice sticky resin and allows all those flavors to reside. That faint little bit of onion is a touch spicy on the palate and gives this depth. It finishes with a substantial bitter. The bitter starts mid palate and gets stronger by the time it finishes. It lingers in the aftertaste with all the other flavors. Dry crisp and no alcohol on the palate.

Wonderful! Everything you expected from a beer name Palate Wrecker.

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Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.