Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,939 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,939
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 196
Gots: 641 | 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 chanokokoro
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an unbranded short-stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a deep golden amber with orangish accents. Big, fluffy two and half finger bright white head. Excellent retention and abundant lacing. A wallop of pineapple and mango and other tropical notes on the nose. You can almost feel the bitterness of the hops in the nostrils. A burst of pineapple, citrus floral notes, mango, a touch of caramel malt, and grapefruit rind bitterness that is balanced out on the finish by the sweetness of the unrelenting malt body. Huge malt backbone that is largely responsible for a chewy, smooth full-body; well carbonated. An excellent DIPA that should satisfy even the most ardent hophead's craving.

Photo of BrandonMelton
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1/5/13 - 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with about a finger and a half of head. Crystal clear with a decent amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Bright white head leaves a trail of lacing running down the glass.

Aroma: Huge explosion of hop aroma that can be detected the moment the bottle is opened. Dank, resinous, pine aromas invade the senses, accompanied by bitter citrus. Bitter white grapefruit with a hint of lemon peel. A slight touch of alcohol on the nose adds a white wine quality which foreshadows the dryness to come.

Taste: Extreme citrus bitterness up front. Bitter white grapefruit, without even a hint of the sweetness associated with a ruby red grapefruit. Mid-palate is an explosion of dank, resinous, pine flavors. Behind the bold dankness, moving toward the back of the palate, emerges a dry, almost white wine flavor that carries into the still-bitter finish. This is by far the most bitter and dry beer I've ever tasted. As the beer warms, a hint of sweetness emerges - like a very subtle, slight hint of Valencia orange; even a hint of peach.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Nearly perfect mouthfeel for the style. The extreme dryness prepares the palate for another explosion of bitterness after each sip.

Overall: This beer is perfectly named, as it will destroy all ability to accurately perceive flavors for at least 30 minutes after enjoying it. Palate Wrecker will literally ruin the following beer if you don't allow enough time (or palate cleansing) in between beers. Simply fantastic. One of my favorite Imperial IPAs. The only detraction comes in terms of drinkability, where the extreme bitterness and dryness is a limiting factor. But this is a trade-off well worth making on this particular beer, as it is those very bitter and dry characteristics that make this beer unique.

Score: 96

Photo of vkv822
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip
bottled on: 12/11/12

Pours a clear, bright copper with a thick, foamy off white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Big resinous, citric hops. I would score this higher, but the alcohol is a tad bit more noticeable than I would like.

More resiny and citric hop notes.

Medium+ body, with mild carbonation. Faint oily, slick coating of the mouth.

First impressions from appearance and the aroma were quite good. The taste, while enjoyable, was nothing particularly memorable, in my opinion.

Photo of Docrock
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into snifter at 42*.

A - the definition of amber in color, pours out a nice 1-1/2 " head that slowly dissipated to a thin film, not enough to be called a cap. Lacing is fair.

S - just smush a grapefruit in your face, followed by the resinous pine, smells great.

T - very little of the grapefruit and or citrus comes through. It's dominated by the resinous pine that lingers for quite a while. Might try next time with some food to see hoe it actually affects the palate.

M - it actually tastes a bit thin, I don't know how? Carbonation is light, can feel the alcohol after a third of a glass but all I'm getting is the pine and lingering aftertaste.

O - obviously hoppy but not as complex as I hoped for. Still enjoyable and will try with food on the next bottle. Overall a decent beer but for me needs a little more body.

Photo of MaltAndHopsFC
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper amber color with a dense white finger of head. looks very nice and the lace clings to the glass.

Aroma: Hoppy! A lot of pine in the nose with citrus and floral scents pushing through to the surface

Taste: A right smack of hops to greet you and a light-kiss of caramel malt on the finish keeps you coming back for more, but it’s the hops you are here to see. Grapefruit, Pine, and Resiny flavors are all here. Lets party.

Mouth-feel: Crisp, full, and chewy.

Overall: What a beer. This is a proper DIPA for any hop aficionado. Definitely more assertive than other DIPA's, seems like they're not really going for balance on this but hopheads won't mind. Another great offering from Green Flash.

Photo of harrymel
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Manito Tap House

Toasted apricot with a solid quilt of fine toasted cream foam. Unusual look for a IIPA. Lots of pine, tangerine, grapefruit (tons of grapefruit), some pineapple, nice dose of underlying biscuity malt with a touch of sweetness. Bitter, metallic, sweet, pine, resin, more resin, some grapefruit peel, some nice spicy hops - really hoppy (haven't said that in a while). Medium bodied with small, sharp fleeting carb leaves a active feeling beer with a character wet almost slick finish. Nice mouthfeel here. Good beer.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Big, fluffy, off-white head, high retention. Clear, copper body. Aroma includes a ton of grapefruit and pine, exploding from the glass. Taste is extremely bitter, pine dominating, some caramel malt sweetness in the distant background but certainly one of the most biting and bruising bitter beers available. Delicious, despite its out of balance-ness. Awesome.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled December 11, 2012...very fresh. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear amber with a thick two finger off-white head that sticks around forever leaving nice sheets and spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is big and dank hops, marijuana, onion, grapefruit, some pine and cat pee, dankity dank. Very good strength.

Flavor is chewy resinous hops, grapefruit, onion, marijuana, quite a big caramel malt backbone as well, needed to try to balance the biting bitterness. As it warms the bitterness subsides somewhat and the big malts come forward more. Decent alcohol bite too.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied for an IPA, sticky, good carbonation.

Pretty good dank DIPA. At first the bitterness was huge and biting...settles down quite a bit as the malts really kick in. I love unbalanced super-bitter IPAs and while this is quite good, it could have been better and lived up to its name more.

Photo of cocojoe
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Translucent copper amber color

S: Resinous, piney, floral. Sweet boozy malt comes through. smoothe.

T: Big body, caramel malt, bitter.

M: Big bitter body

O: REally lovely IIPA. Its what, I think, it should be. Copiously hopped, but a huge malt body that won't back down.

Photo of phishsihq
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Palate Wrecker pours a dark copper color and is capped by a big and fluffy, off-white head. Hop aromas pop out of the glass. Grapefruit citrusyness comes out swinging and i
s followed by lighter traces of caramel and breadiness, all before a touch of pine lingers in the finish. Hop bitterness explodes on the balance with flavors of grapefruit and pine resin providing the bulk of the bitterness. Bready and caramel-like flavors provide a malty backbone and help to balance out the onslaught of hoppiness as more bitterness carries though on the finish. A touch of alcohol is also noticeable on the pallet. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, Palate Wrecker weighs in at 9.5% ABV. Boom!

Cheers!

Photo of Puck
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Yeah, I've heard this claim from plenty of DIPAs before... This stuff pours a clear amber-gold topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, citrus salad, and a kiss of booze. The taste finally brings the name's promise to fruition: The bitterness on display burned through my tastebuds like vikings at Lindesfarne. It was all rind, resin, oils, and whatnot, with no real hop flavors besides. An alcohol kick comes forth as well, creating a sense of vinyl/rubber when combined with the bitterness and the subsequently shell-shocked tongue. Things are too much for me, and they definitely detract from any kind of enjoyment on my part. Many pain winces were evinced. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, I suppose this beer delivers what it promises, but that's not really a good thing...

Photo of JimsArcade
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a not-quite pale yellow with a moderate head. The aroma of hops are enough to clear your sinuses. The first taste is a veritable hop explosion. With most IIPAs, the drinker becomes accustomed to the extreme bitterness as they continue drinking. This is not most IIPAs: every sip from start-to-finish tastes no less bitter than the rest. If not for the perceptible alcohol presence, you'd be hard pressed to find any kind of malt backbone here.

Without a doubt, "Palate Wrecker" is the most accurate beer name ever created. This is an IIPA that extremophiles will love.

Photo of Durge
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looking forward to this one poured from bottle to pint glass, chilled. It has a cloudy iced tea color appearance with a decent white head and nice lacing. The sniff test reveals grainy grapefruit and tea/hemp ideas, just a bit skunky in a very nice way. Great aromatics here. The flavor introduces with heavy cereal grains and light malt sweetness, but the grapefruit hops are massive! The bitterness settles into a bit of an herbal edge as well and results in a highly delectable brew, particularly for the hop lovers. The body is medium-light and the feel solidly crisp. Wow, love it!

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Relic Brewing Co. imperial pint glass.

A: Poured a cloudy, deep, golden yellow color with a mighty chilled haze beneath a frothy, two-finger head of off-white carbonation that leaves some streaks of clingy lace on the glass.

S: Very spicy, herbal, bitter and fruity. The nose is dominated by lush, tropical and citrus fruits, grassy, oily hop resins and a peppery, lemongrass aroma. There's a slight whiff of solvent alcohol as well.

T: Bittersweet and acidic from the get-go, the hop oils burn the palate along with a full boat of orange rind, pineapple and grapefruit sweetness. Hints of caramel tease out of the malt bill, but the lush, burning hot flavor of esters and hop resins bum rush the tongue. The finish is sharp, acidic and very bittersweet with a lingering hot sting of alcohol in the aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied, sharp and sticky, this brew stings the palate with it's intensely hopped, bitter, boozy approach. It's indeed a sipper.

O: Green Flash Palate Wrecker stays true to its namesake and will surely find a niche among hopheads and gluttons for DIPA hop punishment. The 9.5% ABV aside, the IBUs on this brew are ridiculous and any hopes you had for tasting a complex or maltier brew after it have already been dashed. I can sip one every once in a while, but it's a specialty DIPA for sure.

Photo of vfgccp
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - White head with great retention and nice lace. Crystal clear, beautiful rich copper amber body.

S - Intense fresh west coast hop aroma; grapefruit, orange zest, and green plant stems.

T - The profile drips with a dense, thick, resiny bitterness. Pine sap, honey, and malt give away to an intense, lingering, grapefruit pith finish.

M - Medium/light body with a bitterness that thickens on your palate.

O - Outrageous. One of my favorite DIPAs on the market.

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forms a dome-like head that leaves some streaky lace on the glass. The liquid is actually fairly clear with an amber-orange color. It looks terrific.

Very impressive smell with a grapefruit touch. There's almost no more today aroma but that's okay.

Strong hop flavor that gives it a over-the-top bitterness. The alcohol is also large and the carbonation is accurate for the style. Overall, this is an extreme brew.

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

An aggressive pour netted me a finger of taupe colored head. This sits on top of a tan/orange body.

Hoppy. Piney, floral, grapefruit and mandarin oranges. Sweet malts balance it out.

Very sweet up front. Sweet malt, flowers and mandarin orange seduce you, then pine and grapefruit mug your tongue once you have put your trust into the beer. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad thing.

Medium to heavy bodied. Carbonation is just right, enough to keep the beer from getting bogged down in your mouth. Dry finish, but not as much as you might think.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.29/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap in a tulip at King's Table on 4/14/12

Deep honey amber with layers of brown and sun drenched gold. The head is one thumb of billowy, dense foam. Retention is about a third of that, but solid lace remains over most of the glass.

The aroma is dank hops, oily and piney. Rabid citrus, too - grapefruit and lemon zest. Solvent-like. The mean hop smell is tempered by ample notes of sugar cookie and sweet cracker. Smells like it might be too sweet. Yeaaah... This is going to be hard to finish. Semi-sweet malts swoon up front before being replaced by angry amounts of hops and alcohol. Yikes. I wish I could use the hop descriptors a la the aroma, but this is all scathing, vapidly dry bitterness. Earthy and dirty. Pretty much medicinal-grade bitterness.

Ugh. Full, sluggish feel. Lower than average carbonation is the only reason I can stand finishing this. A bit oily and resinous. Again, brutally dry.

Overall impression - Spiteful just to be. This is a chore to drink.

Photo of AwYeh
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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

Presentation: 12oz stubby brown bottle, nice simple label, NO DATE (ugh)

Appearance: Into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint. This pours a dark gold/light orange amber with an ivory head of large bubbles. There isn't much of a cap, but it has fairly decent retention.

Smell: Quite nice; some light juicy citrus and a whole lotta pine! Fresh, vibrant, juicy, and just a HINT of earthy malt, but you really have to look for it. Pleasant!

Taste: Massive bitterness hits almost immediately. Earthy pine, a bit of bitter citrus peel, and as it warms, a bit of earthy malt. Big, BIG bitterness. I dunno the exact bitterness, but the GF website lists it as 100+ and I have NO trouble believing that. There's enough of a malt backbone and sweetness, however, that although this is blisteringly bitter, it doesn't really feel 'overdone' or completely out of whack like some other tongue-destroying DIPAs.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full, blisteringly bitter, but enough residual sweetness to make things seem balanced...at least in a manner of speaking.

Conclusion: I'm not a HUGE fan of DIPAs, though there are a few I really like. This is, however, one of the better ones I've had. Crazy-big bitterness, but nice flavors to go with bitter smackdown, and enough malt sweetness to keep this from being completely one-sided. Nice mouthfeel and good drinkability, especially considering its gravity. $12.00 for a 4pk isn't too bad either. Now if only we could get a freakin date-stamp on it...This might well be an A- if it had just a bit more complexity.

B+

Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden orange color with tangerine hues and a half finger frothy white head.  Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Resinous earthy aroma with grassy/soily pine notes countered by sweet fruit and pale malt.  Hints of pine needle and grass followed by grapefruit and orange peel.  Biscuity malt with graham cracker and sweet booze.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry resinous hops that provide a strong bitterness that lingers into a dry finish.  Earthy pine needle and spruce followed mid palate by citrus/tropical fruit notes that prevent it from becoming one dimensional.  Citrus rind, grapefruit and pineapple followed by biscuity malt and sweet booze.  Thin and a bit watered down but easy to drink.  Strong bitterness is nicely countered by sweeter notes but it's a bit too thin and boozy for my liking.

Photo of B33R501
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is just ok. pretty color, nice head. aroma and taste bitter citrus, lots of hops but i get too much onion flavor. way hot going down, too boozy. not real pleasant and a bit of a chore to finish just the one bottle.

i like the lingering citrus bitterness but not real fond of the rest of the delivery or the overall flavors.

pass.

Photo of kdb150
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

A - Amber color, 2 fingers of cream-colored head slowly recedes, leaving lots of sticky lacing behind. A nice quarter-inch coating sticks around for a long while. Great for the style.

S - All hops, all the time. Citrus and grapefruit dominate, against a bankground hinting at dankness. A bit of alcohol bite as well. Nice aroma, with the alcohol note knocking it down a notch.

T - Overwhelming bitter/dank flavor, with just a hint of the great citrus/grapefruit that was in the nose. With no real malt backbone to speak of to balance out the bitterness, this did not deliver at all on the flavor. I guess I should have taken the name at its word, but the taste has no redeeming qualities at all, it just overwhelms with an unpleasant bitter dankness that should never be the only flavor in a beer.

M - Good feel, not thin, not overly thick, with good carbonation.

O - It's honestly a shame the taste on this beer is so awful, because everything else is actually rather good. But with the overwhelming dank, bitter flavor, it's hard to recommend this beer. I'll skip it in the future.

Photo of JDizzle
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a dream! Bright orange an copper with a huge puffy whit head. Lacing is incredible.

Great nose with a bouquet of hops that are piney, grassy, citrusy, and resinous. I don't get much of a malt presence in the aroma. It's very hop forward!

Fuck me, this has to be one of the most bitter beers I have had. It stings your tongue and the bitterness is still there after eating between sips. Superb flavor with a sweetalt backing that keeps it from being overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is great as well. Medium body with high carbonation.

What a unique beer that I will definitely have again.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,939 ratings.