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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 716
Hads: 3,979
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 204
Gots: 657 | 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

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 tectactoe
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper-colored, just like a clean penny with amazing clarity throughout the entire brew - Palate Wrecker looks eerily similar to the Nugget Nectar I had just a few days earlier, though not quite as vibrant. Lots of carbonation bubbles rise to the top, meeting a beige-eggshell color head that leaves a little bit of lacing behind on its way down.

Powerful and commanding is the aroma, asserting itself with heavy doses of both earthy and floral hops - you can smell the bitterness ready to cut through your taste buds. Don't be fooled, however - the aroma is showing a significant sweetness to it, as well. A cornucopia of fruits and citrus jump on board, and actually smell very reminiscent of Fruity Pebbles. I tried to find a better description, but goddamn, I'm definitely smelling some Pebbles. There's also a caramel malt sweetness lingering backstage and although it's buried from the abundance of hops, it is still easily identifiable.

Speaking of those caramel malts, they happen to be the first thing my palate picks up on as this beer hits my lips. It's not long, though, before an inherent bitterness emerges and does nothing but continue to grow, start to finish. The bitterness seems to last forever, even long after the beer is gone. That's the whole point of this beer, right? To fuck up your palate? Well they've succeeded by making a bitterness that is one of the strongest and longest-lasting that I've found in recent memory. It hits hard and resonates with no end in sight.

Alongside the raping bitterness are handfuls of floral, perfume-like, and rosey flavors from the hops. Citrus is also abound, though not quite as similar to Fruity Pebbles on the palate anymore. It's now more akin to bitter citrus and grapefruit - think: peel, pith, rind, etc. Pretty heavy bodied with a sticky character and plenty of carbonation.

Bitterness is what they wanted and bitterness is what they give you. Bitterness is the king here. It's actually not as "palate destroying" (or "wrecking", I guess) as you might think, but maybe I'm just conditioned to this kind of thing. This reminded me of a less flavorful Ruination. There weren't enough "other" flavors to go with the heavy bitterness. Just seems like they were being bitter just to be bitter. In that case, I'll just suck on a hop. Not bad, but probably wouldn't seek it out again. Just grab a Ruination or Hoptimum (in season) if you want a hop attack. (2,423 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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. (1,782 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled On: 01/29/13

A: Pours a copper color with slightly less than a fingers worth of head that fades quite quickly

S: Very hoppy. Get nice citrus and pine notes, as well as a solid malt backbone. Very nice balance going on

T: Again, very hoppy. Pretty dank, along with citrus peel, pine, and some earthiness. A semi-sweet malt backbone helps to hold things together, but in the end the hops prevail. Bitter throughout

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A palate wrecker, indeed! A bomber will give you your hop fix for a week, much less the rest of the day. I definitely wouldn't want to drink another beer after this, because I doubt I would taste it it very much as I'd want to. Averagely priced, and definitely worth a try (749 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beast of a beer. DIPAinsanity!

Pours a vibrant orange-golden color with thin foaming. The aroma is sticky sweet, with an intense resiny grapefruit oil character. And wait—is that a hint of apricot? Tangerines? Yum!

The bitterness decimates your palate, as promised, but its assertive in a way that makes you keep coming back for more. Are you in an abusive relationship with the hops? There is help out there! The flavor is intensely bitters, citrus (tangerines again), dried apricot and pine essence, with a dry sticky finish and just enough heft to coat your mouth and leave you eager for another sip. Wreck it! (627 characters)

Photo of buddha8
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick head diminishing to picture perfect lacing.

S: Hops.

T: Resiny hops

M: As a previous reviewer noted, this beer was not brewed to be balanced. This is spot on the mark for my expectations. A bit puckering, but enough alcohol to be nicely palatable.
A good brew.

More than anything, I'm concerned that this is what wakes up my palate these days. (358 characters)

Photo of DIPA10
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have had on tap in San Diego and in bottles on the east coast. IMHO, this is the best of its type - super hoppy IPA's. Lots of resin, pine, grapefruit. Some reviews say that it's unbalanced...not enough malts. Well, it's called Palate Wrecker; balance was not the objective. That being said, it is still extremely drinkable if you like the style. While it might not be so "balanced" in a traditional sense, it is delicious. This is a great beer, though not for everyone. (470 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in standard ale glass

A: carbonation a bit weak; good floral head, with microbubbles; copper color; good lacing
S: wow--floral hop bomb aroma; a tad bit of orange
T: dominated by an insane amount of hops; overly flavorful/intense; this is cute as a gimmick, but the finishing hops are way too high, and it is not balanced against the malt; it is complex and flavorful, though
M: heavy mouthfeel

I won't get another one of these, appropriately named (465 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The body is a slightly hazy orangish hue with a dash of tan in it. The head is off white, huge, and leaves behind a cascading lace.

The smell is piney with orange and grapefruit. I pick up some malty sweetness, but not much.

Hell yeah. It's nice a bitter but still packs some flavor. It's very resinious and the citrus that comes through has that pithey bitterness to it. The caramel malt has a pretty hefty presence and this almost took me across the line to a hoppy barleywine.

Mouthfeel has a somewhat heavy body for a DIPA, but it's broken up with adequate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall, I thought this was a fantastic DIPA. I can see how some would say it's too bitter but I felt it was still able to deliver on flavor through the excessive bitterness. (772 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 01/01/13.

Clear, clean burnt sienna body. Two fingers of very thick, dense, light creamy khaki head. Awesome lacing. Big time tropical fruit and citrus on the nose. Pineapple, mango, mandarin orange, grapefruit, and guava just to name a few. Hints of non-palate wrecking caramel/butterscotch malt as well.

Numbing, herbal hop flavor and bitterness up front. Sweetish fruity malts settle in quickly, while the herbal hop bitterness crescendos. A hearty, heady mix of resin, pine, tropical fruit, pineapple, and citrus make for quite the hop presence. The bitterness is pretty intense as well, and just seems to keep increasing into the long finish. I feel like there are hop flowers stuck to the roof of my mouth. Warming notes of fruity alcohol also grace the finish. Medium-full body with a creamy, thick feel. Gentle carbonation takes pity on my alpha acid wracked mouth. Palate wrecker? Maybe, but I like it. (940 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper body with orange hues beneath the feather white head which lies constant atop the beer.

Abundant citrus and pine hop aromas float from the glass. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, pine needles, and flower petals are all present.

Palate Wrecker huh, no kidding. The citrus, pine/wood, and floral hop aromas ravage the palate like an unstoppable rebel force. There is some nice malt backbone to support the strong hops as well.

The wrecker offers a rather thick body with medium carbonation and a sticky, resin, palate coating finish.

As advertised, this beer is an assault on the palate. Tons of hops for the senses to study and one I look forward to having again. (685 characters)

Photo of BigN8tion
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I was introduced to this beer at the Beer Store over on Second Street Pike (Philly Suburb) I was initially a little skeptical because I'm not really in to hoppy beers but this one is so well balanced with equal hops and malt as well as alcohol. Really tasty and fun to drink. (275 characters)

Photo of mccallisters_dali
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Se - Bottle poured into a Foothills pint glass

App - radiantly amber with a thin white head

Smell - Citrus, grapefruit and piney, In my opinion it's the best part about this beer

Taste - Hoppy and not quite as malty as what I typically go for in a beer that is over 9%. That being said the hops are not too overpowering by any means and while at first taste you might be fooled into thinking that this beer has a low drinkability, but I feel like that vanishes shortly after. (478 characters)

Photo of Anker13
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2/21/13 Green Flash | Palate Wrecker | On Draft

On draft at Churchkey in DC

Appearance- Beautilful copper in color, white lacy head, translucent

Aroma- Wonderful hop notes, citrusy and piney, grapefruit, subtle toasted bread

Mouthfeel- Moderate Co2, slight coating, medium bodied, a little oily

Taste- with each sip it definitely "wrecks your palate". You get wave after wave of grapefruit/piney hops. Enough malt character to keep it interesting, but not enough to make it an exceptional beer

Residual- pleasant bitterness, grapefruity and sweet

Overall- A solid DIPA. Worth a try, but odds are I would not seek this one out again. It's a borderline hop bomb in my opinion. Not quite so hoppy that you straight up avoid it, but hoppy enough to make it a one and done. There are a lot of better DIPAs out there, but I can see why this has a following. (858 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Save-on in Mentor, a store less than two miles from my house, recently added a few taps from which to sell a great selection of growlers. I bought one of these last night and drank most of it myself. That's really unnecessary!

It's a pretty, well crafted beer and the head never got wimpy. The aroma is strong, malty, yeasty (a little) and very hoppy and piney. The taste is the same, but a little sweeter than I would like (only a very little). The aftertaste won't let you forget what you are drinking.

Overall this is a huge beer that I would never refuse, but more than one or three is more than is necessary. (615 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden amber in color with a bright white half-finger head. Minimal lacing

S-Mangoes, peaches are very profound at first. A strong, crisp citrus smell burns as the sweet fruit smell fades away. The piney smell is a bit overpowering.

T-Bitter, citrusy fruits with a sweet mango aftertaste. The piney note in the smell comes through strong in the taste and is a bit too strong in the finish.

MF-crisp, highly carbonated. A bit dry.

O-IPA's are one of my least favorite styles of beer, but this was a pretty good brew. The sweet fruit smell is fantastic, but it is overpowered in the taste by a more bitter fruit and piney note. Definitely worth a try and is a good sessionable IPA. (687 characters)

Photo of colforbin73
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the first bottle i had, it was the first beer i had yesterday and it was really refreshing -- it had First Beer of the Day edge. this second one, today -- i already had a Dale;s Pale Ale.... and NOW.... it is the Palate Wrecker.

pours a rich amber... it looks resionous... syrupy and builds a small white foam that sticks to the glass. the smell... i am lost -- it is not overpowering, i am getting hops, some sugar and pine.

the taste mellows as you sip.... but DEFINITELY not one for the faint of heart if you don't like the Bitter. i come back to pine and lemon pith... there is a beautiful floral bouquet that hits the top of the palate... but upon your tongue lingers the deep burn of bitterness and alcohol.

if DOUBLE JACK is an A+ .... this is an A- at best. a little too boozy and acidic hops. (806 characters)

Photo of mikem0487
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Bottled on 01/29/13

A-A clear amber with a red hue. Has a thumbs width off white head. Head dissipated pretty steadily and leaves some nice lacing.

S-Thats in your face hops and I love it. The citrus hops dominate this beer. Extremely floral with grapefruit, kiwi, orange rind, red delicious apple, with a malt profile that helps to tame down the hops.

T-Grapefruit and tangerine right there. Lemon, pineapple also on the palate. Like the smell it has a malt profile to bring it all together. Smooth caramel and nutty taste try to balance out the hop taste. Hops still win.

M-Nicely carbed, medium body that finishes bitter. Would be surprised if it didnt finish any other way.

O-Highly enjoyable Imperial IPA. It starts where it finishes, the aroma brings you in with a huge hop aroma and the taste leaves you with a huge hop profile on your palate. Great beer but the taste could be slightly more balanced. (947 characters)

Photo of cjoc83
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/29/13. Pours a clear copper/amber color with an initial 2-finger bright white head that fades fast and leaves no lace in my tulip.

A surprisingly prominent malt backbone is there in the nose, but make no mistake, the hops are the stars of the show here. Big grapefruit, fresh mango, lemon zest, earthy and piney hops at every turn. Some booze is definitely noticeable as well.

A fitting explosion of hops for a beer named Palate Wrecker. Dank, earthy hops give way to big citrus; grapefruit (a lot of grapefruit), mango, pineapple, lemon zest, and then the sweet, caramel malts come in, giving this beer an outstanding, but subtle, sweetness before finishing off with some piney bitterness and solvent alcohol.

Very smooth mouthfeel that's nice and creamy. Dry finish with some lingering hop bitterness and some alcohol warmth. Good shit.

If you're a hop-head (and why would you be looking at reviews of this unless you were), I would definitely recommend this. Every shade of hops with a creamy mouthfeel and a surprisingly sizable caramel malt backbone holding it all together. Not cheap (my 4-pack was $15), and the alcohol is a little more prominent than I would have liked, but very good. (1,214 characters)

Photo of brodericksloth
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 (328 characters)

Photo of acsprouse
4.99/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: orange/ amber/ copper hue. Thick White head

S: hops hops hops. Very slight malts. Citrus, very.floral, fruits

M: medium bodied, nicely carbonated for the style. Resiny piney

T: hops! Spice, floral, citrus, everything a double ipa should be. Slight alcohol heat but perfect balance for such a big hop bomb!

O: wow, hop heaven. If your a hop head you have to try this beer (377 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich amber colour with a bright white foamy head.

The smell is citrus hops, grapefruit, lemons and oranges, with some sweet malts coming through as the beer warms up.

The taste is piney hops,citrus hops, slightly sweet and very bitter.

The mouthfeel is smooth bodied and oily with low to medium carbonation.

Overall this beer is about as hopy and bitter as it gets, as it warms a sweeter malt back bone begins to form though. Hides its abv extremely well. Coats your mouth with a bitter hopy taste for a while after finishing.

Definately let this beer warm up before drinking to appreciate the full range of flavours. (630 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash Palate Wrecker has a very thick, frothy, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, golden-amber appearance, some ascending bubbles, and a bit of splotchy, thin lacing left behind. The aroma is of very intense grape fruit, with some sweet breadiness riding along. Taste is sweet, toffee-like, super bitter, and piney. Mouthfeel is medium, oily, and chewy, and Green Flash Palate Wrecker finishes dry, mentholated, and full. Well, it didn’t wreck my palate, but I still find it to be wonderful and delicious.

RJT (519 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Sparkling orangy-gold pour. Thin layer of white head.

Aroma, huge piney hops. Some floral citrus. Pretty straight forward here.

Taste, Again big pine. More grapefruit, citrus.
Was surprised how much brown sugar and caramel malt background there was in this. Hops are still the show though. The bitter finish crushes all, more than any dipa I've had to date.

Solidly mid bodied. Ample carbonation, but it seems a little scratchy. I think this makes the warming seem a little higher as well. Still drinks pretty well.
A big bitter beer, as advertised. (558 characters)

Photo of Morningside
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition. Served in a Dogfish Head Tulip. Taken from notes on January 25th, 2013.

A- Gorgeous deep orange amber color, pristine clarity. Off-white foamy two finger resilient head, leaving somewhat spotty lacing behind.

S- Huge pine and grapefruit, overshadowing sweet bready malt. Underneath there's sweet tropical fruit and a hint of melon.

T- Sometimes a beer's name is misleading and I really feel cheated. This is not one of those times. Tremendous bitterness. Gigantic citrus flavor carried with resiny pine and barely balanced at all by sweet malts. This is a sipper, but I'm having no trouble getting this down at 9.5%. Hints of peppery spice as it warms, with an expectedly dry and bitter finish.

M- Slight carbonation, with mouth-coatingly dry, resiny notes.

O- You want hops? We've got 'em right here. This is a must-try for hop-heads, potential hop-heads, or anyone who has enjoyed a West Coast-style DIPA. If not, stay away, because you will run away crying. This has a beautiful balance of bitter and sweet that obviously leans heavily towards the former, but never feels one-dimensional or cartoonish. (1,124 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear amber, light copper with 2 fingers of off white head. A big streaks of lace are left behind.

S - Big resiny hops. Candied citrus alcohol. Peach, mango and pine with some light bready malt.

T - Big resiny piney hops followed but a touch of candied citrus. High in bitterness and hop flavor. Sweet caramel malt that blends with the candied citrus and a touch of alcohol. Slightly dank, grapefruit, peach and citrus piths.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry lingering finish feels like you could scrape the hops resins out of your mouth.

D - I think this beer is appropriately named. Glad I picked this up last time in Chicago. (650 characters)

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.