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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 717
Hads: 3,982
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 204
Gots: 657 | 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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Reviews: 717 | Hads: 3,982
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)

Photo of barnzy78
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with a friend, pours amber-ish with a frothy, off-white head that leaves thick chunky lacing on the glass. Nice tropical nose with mango, pineapple, and a heavy caramel backbone. Tastes are bold with tropical notes of pineapple and mango, grapefruit, caramel, tea leaf, finishes bitter & dry. Mouth-feel is creamy & drying, a bit resiny; alcohol is present and warming. Bitter hops linger. Overall, I really enjoyed finally having this one, and it lived up to expectations! Definitely recommendable. (518 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Green Flash Palate Wrecker wasn't hoppy or bitter. Maybe I got an old batch. I checked the date and it's only a month old. Hmmm, weird.

A: Clear orange colour and a 3 cm head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: Chlorine aroma with a little bit of sweetness. 3.5

T: Spicy with some maltiness. Almost salty. This isn't very bitter or hoppy. Maybe I got an old batch. 3

M: Low carbonation. 3.5

O: 3 (394 characters)

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

In a snifter this beer was a beautiful clear amber color with just a small rim of head, which lingered.

A lot of hops in the aroma. Herbal/piney hops, a little citrus. A touch of sweet malt.

Mostly a herbal/pine taste. Some grapefruit. Bready background.

Hop bomb. Alcohol well-hidden. Great beer for hop heads. (314 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

O - Generally hides its 9.5% ABV well. Reminds me a lot of a SN Celebration, but with more floral notes up front. Need to do a side-by-side. (678 characters)

Photo of Hoptimus-Prime
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color , with a fluffy white head.
Aroma of hops is very powerful, with hints of grapefruit , pineapple and mango.
The taste... amazing! Hops stand up front offering a dominating bitterness , with the classic west coast IPA characteristics. The bitterness lingers on the palate.
Mouth feel is medium bodied with a crisp dry finish.
Overall, I really enjoy this beer, in fact Palate wrecker is one of my all time favorites. The only bad part is that it tastes so good that is really hard to drink them in moderation... 9.5 abv is only apparent after you've had a couple . (591 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. Bottom of the front of the bottle says Bottled on: 12/11/12.

A- Pours a medium amber color with nearly a full inch of off-white head that retains wonderfully before eventually retiring to an 1/8 inch head Thick, spread-out cobwebs of lacing.

S- Citrusy, floral hops of the west coast variety play off the nose with an enticing sweetness and sharpness. Musty, dank, pungent.

T- Taste is well balanced with plenty of citrusy hop bite and just enough malty sweetness. Notes of pineapple, lemon and grapefruit. The bitterness is intense and lingering but has enough grassy and fruity characteristic to make for a great flavor profile. Alcohol is well-masked also. Great hop burps.

M- Sharp and bitey with a crispness one doesn't find in IPAs as much. Also a bit oily with medium carbonation.

O- A welcome assault to the palate. (851 characters)

Photo of Brewsephus
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.
Bought at the Local Bottle-Shop.

A- Pours a one finger, off-white, beige head. Small/Medium bubbles last on surface. Head last more than 2 minutes, leaving large bubbles and lacing up the sides of the glass. Beer is copper colored, and brilliantly clear.

S-Pine, Floral, very strong odor. Strong strawberry aroma. Straight tropical fruit. An amazing scent!

T- Bitterness is robust, but not over-powering. Flavors of guava, pine, and sage grass. Alcohol is not apparent in flavor until the fruit and bitterness dissipates, leaving a light harshness on the back of the tongue and cheeks. This is to be expected with a 9.5% ABV massive beer. The malt does come through towards the end, slightly oak, more pine than anything. There is a disparity from the SMELL and the FLAVOR. Bitterness borders on puckering.

M- Perfectly carbonated. Full, round, medium body, great succulent mouthfeel.

O- I admit, I had high expectations for this beer; being from Green Flash, and one of their anniversary beers. I wanted this beer to taste like a hop farmer wet dream. The smell is amazing, best beer I have ever smelled. The crazy amount of fruit in the nose is intoxicating. The flavor, while being able to hold its own, seemed to be the most neglected part of this beer. Amazing legs, crazy awesome scent, mouthfeel for days, and a flavor that leaves you wanting more fruit. The bitterness could be toned back, and with that, the ABV, I think would make this beer much more palatable and much more sensational fruit and pine. While I don't regret buying this, if I was looking for a radical beer full of fruit, I would grab a Green Flash West Coast IPA. (1,706 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.94/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle to tulip.
Bottled on 01/08/13. Sampled on 05FEB13.

[A] Bright white and beautiful, the head rises to a finger and a half. Foamy, fluffy and incredibly well sustained, leaving a thick coating all around the glass. The body is a perfectly bright and the color of annealed copper. Above average lacing in strands.

[S] Dank, resiny hop notes abound. Floral in a green, stemmy kind of way plus dried pine. Light caramel.

[T] Just like the nose: Dank, resiny and woodsy. The flavors are on the complete opposite end of the citrusy/tropical fruit IPA spectrum, which is a nice change, but it's not my preferred flavor profile. More malty than it should be. And the finish is less-dry than expected.

[M] Full bodied with just the right amount of bitterness to overshadow the sweet, pale malt character. The carbonation is very fine, but perfectly adequate, grazing smoothly and swiftly over the tongue.

[O] Ok so, Palate Wrecker is a bit of an overstatement. I thought the beer was decent but I was more impressed with the draft version which, in all fairness was a few weeks fresher. The flavor profile is either not for me, or the bottle did not age well, or the beer wasn't very good to begin with. In any case, I would take another shot with this one, but I'll look for a fresher example. (1,301 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice golden amber hue with a full creamy white beige head. From a distance, you could mistake this brew to be one of many golden ales from the mass produced breweries.

But here is where that stops. All you need to be is within a few feet of the opened bottle and you can pick up the aroma of fresh strong hops. As I put my nose into the glass, the hops seemed to get stronger and stronger.

As with many high hopped brews, I could pick up scents of grapefruit along with other citrus. The initial taste was a bit over the top, at least at first. However, the mouthful and the finish was satisfying and lingering.

The second and third sips were the same, the initial taste on the tongue, went quickly to the top of the lounge without hitting some of the other sense spots.

The finish was perfect. I think the only thing that kept me from rating this even higher was that each sip was a bit much.

But the rest was as good as it gets for full hoppy beer

I looked at the Green Flash website and was amazed, no I guess not really to see that the IBU was over 149 for this one!

02/01/13:
I think after tasting about a dozen or so real classy high IBU IPAs, I've come to know exactly what I want and what I am looking for. Make new mistake, Palate Wrecker is a beer that any hop-head should try. Its worth it. I have about 5 more bottles for this year. I enjoyed it, but
not the same way I did a year ago. I guess the term palate-wrecker holds true. It is a big bold beer to taste, but easier to drink than lets say another beer's 120. But my mouth is hanging real dry after drinking one bottle. One bottle, thats it, because when I started to taste other beers, I couldn't pick up the things I normally would have...
Next time, try the ones I want to taste and finish perhaps with the Palate Wrecker (1,812 characters)

Photo of HomeBrewJake
4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - One finger of white head. Bright beautiful deep clear orange in color. Not a whole lot of lacing

Smell - Pine, pine and more pine. Some citrus and lemon zest in there as well.

Taste - Piney with some citrus peel and then a solid lasting pine aftertaste.

Feel - Fairly carbonated, but it coats the inside of your mouth with a piney sticky film. You can taste it from the tip of your tongue to the back of your throat. Incredible.

Overall - Got lucky and got to try it on tap, but I'm definitely going to try to grab a few bottles of it too. Amazing! (565 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, copper amber colored with a huge fluffy off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: fruity aromas of pineapple, orange, grapefruit, papaya, it literally smells like you just opened a can of tropical mixed fruit salad, citrus hops

T: pineapple and grapefruit up front, malt comes out in middle with a smooth caramel sweetness, finish is a hop explosion of grapefruit peel and pine resin

M: thick and creamy, alcohol makes itself well known, correct carbonation

O: buy it if you find it, the smell alone makes this a fantastic beer, let it warm for the flavors to fully develop (642 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Palate Wrecker!! I'm bracing my taste buds. 7 weeks fresh, 12 oz bottle poured into a Hop Leaf tulip glass. $13/4-pack.

Appearance: Deep amber and clear. 3 fingers of off-white creamy head with moderate retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Not getting a ton on the nose here. Pine and floral, grassy notes. Some citrus, orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Nice, but subdued.

Taste: Wow. There's the hops. Biting grassy hoppy goodness up front, with a wallop of bittering hops. Even after one sip, my taste buds are in shock. I'm sure there's a lot of malt in this one given the high ABV, but there is no way you're tasting anything other than hops with this guy. At 150 IBUs (reportedly, and I believe it), this is not for the faint of heart.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth. Moderate carbonation and good body. Not overly dry.

Overall: This was made to be intentionally unbalanced, but even still, it is smooth and full bodied, so as to lend to the best possible experience. A lot of people won't like this, and it is honestly not for everybody. But with a name like Palate Wrecker, you should know what you're getting into. Given what they were going for, Green Flash hits the nail on the head. Not one I'd drink more than one of in a sitting, and definitely saving it for the end of the night, but I'll enjoy it again. (1,311 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a copper with golden edges. The half finger of head yielded some lace, but nothing overly impressive. The nose was distinctly hoppy. The flavor was hoppy throughout, but there was a touch of alcohol sourness on the finish that almost reached unpleasant, but not bad enough to ruin this very good offering. (319 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 01/08/13. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; Green Flash has yet to really impress me and I've heard mixed reviews about this one. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. I've never had this before.

Served straight from the fridge but not quite as cold as the fridge usually renders beers. We'll call it sufficiently chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of nice cream and decent thickness, and great retention (~6 minutes) for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper. Vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style, but the head is impressive for the ABV. Other than that, there's nothing unique or special here. Indistinguishable from most other beers in the style.

Sm: Pale malts, floral hops, heavy hop oil, and light hop nectar. Shockingly light; not subtle, just light. Reading the label, I'm pleased to see they describe it as "complicated." Not complex - complicated. A touch of inadvertent honesty, perhaps? It's not fresh (in spite of being a mere 3 weeks old), but it does come off as pleasant.

T: Okay...unnecessarily heavy hop bitterness is overwhelmingly dominant. A hint of buried hop nectar, a hint of very buried citrus. Corrupted oily hops really attack the palate in a most unpleasant manner. Even the pale malt body is drowned out by the assault. Sweet jesus, that is really really imbalanced. I'm forced to appreciate it; it's sort of a master class on how not to brew an IPA. Grapefruit. No yeast character - and surprisingly no alcohol - comes through. Lacks complexity. There's no subtlety here at all.

Mf: Scratchy, oily, and coarse. It's as pleasant as it sounds. Overcarbonated. Too thick for the lack of flavour. Not at all refreshing. Horrible palate presence.

Dr: This is exactly how you shouldn't go about approaching the style. It lacks the key element: balance. This represents precisely what is wrong with IPAs - especially when executed by American breweries: it's not a dicksizing competition with hop content or IBUs. A good IPA has masterful balance and is refreshing. This is neither. Drinkable, if low quality. It's more difficult to drink than your typical DIPA. Though it does hide its ABV alright. A huge disappointment from Green Flash. Maybe the brewers could drive over to Alpine and learn a thing or two about balance. Is Silva Stout as highly hyped and yet as poorly brewed as this is?

Low C- (2,669 characters)

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

Poured 12oz into tulip. Pour is pretty clear, orange, two finer head. Smell a lot of melon, hops, floral, tons of citrus, a lot of orange. Taste is very smooth for the ibus. I get a lot of that melon, lavender, citrus, pine resin, a little licorice. Overall very very drinkable, very good and not your run of the mill imperial IPA, it has a unique floral flavor that makes it stand out. (386 characters)

Photo of watsonmd
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nice, extra hoppy, citrus overtones, coats the tongue, and lingers in the nose. Plenty of hops that cover the pine spectrum as well. Also a sweetness that lasts, with plenty of floral notes and a pleasant carbonation. One of the "happiest" beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. (292 characters)

Photo of TheFightingMongooses
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 01/08/13. Three weeks old today...not too bad.

A: Nice orangey-amber with unceasing carbonation that floats lazily to the top. A decent cream colored head leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

S: Big floral, resinous hops with a touch of pine. There are layers of tropical fruits (mostly pineapple) and caramel malts.

T: Taste follows the nose well. On the finish there is a good malty sweetness that is quickly overpowered by bitterness. There are hints of pineapple on the back end.

M: Works really well for this beer; medium bodied and sticky. The carbonation creates a great, creamy texture. The alcohol here is at 9.5% but I'd never know it! It contributes no warmth or flavor that I pick up on.

O: This one is good, but not outstanding. It's pretty well balanced even with the heavy bitterness and very drinkable for 9.5%, which could be dangerous. Maybe it's a good thing that I only have one! Not my favorite D/IPA, which is fine since it's not readily available in my area. (998 characters)

Photo of nickthegun12
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance is brownish red with little frothy head

smells of citrus hops grapefruit, and pineapple

taste extremely bitter...through that you can taste the bitter citrus hops

feel is dry and little dryer than expected

overall a very good ipa, i would buy it again (266 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light amber. Full, messy off white head and lacing.
Smell: edgy hops but not as edgy as the name would indicate. Subdued grapefruit. Some creamy fruit.
Taste: not near as palate wrecking as advertised, but that isn't a bad thing. Some edgy grapefruit hops but resting on a nice creamy base.
Overall: all bark in the name but quite gentle IMO. Tasty, nicely done. (376 characters)

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.