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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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721 Reviews
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Reviews: 721
Hads: 4,012
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 207
Gots: 670 | 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: 721 | Hads: 4,012
Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber in colour with a medium-sized white head. Good retention and great lacing.

HUGE citrus nose. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Some caramel malt behind. Very nice.

Citrus is big in the taste as well. Orange, grapefruit. Some pine. A big hop flavour, no doubt about that. Caramel malt is there as well to provide a contrast. Quite bitter.

Medium bodied, high carbonation. Oily.

Overall, a very nice DIPA!

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Photo of BeerdedHophead
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm little late to the game on actually setting up and account here and reviewing, but I've been visiting and reading reviews on this site for years now.

Green Flash is one of my favorite brewing companies so I figured this would be a good beer to start with. I've had it both on tap and from a bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Copper. Slightly cloudy. Actually, cloudier than expected.

S: Fruity. Very fruity. Hints of banana.

T: Hoppy. But, for it being 9.5% it hides it very well.

M: Syrupy. I realize most DIPAs are and it's the only drawback for me. I enjoy the bitter sting of a dry IPA.

O: if you don't enjoy hops... Beware. This beer is truly a work of art, like most of their brews.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Tenaya Creek, poured into a tulip glass.

A - pours a crystal clear golden copper color, with a 1/2 finger of thin white head.

S - has a mouth watering apricot, citrus aroma. A little piney, but mostly juicy citrus aromas.

T/M - great bold hop flavor profile. Tastes citrus like the smell, and finishes bitter and slightly dry. Medium mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

O - this a just what I was looking for in a DIPA. Big bold hoppy character, with the alcohol very well hidden. There is NO indication that this a 9.5%. A great brew that I would definitely have again.

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

Had this first, years ago, at Hamilton's, on a fairly epic evening. This was back before it was bottled. Truly, it was Hamilton's Palate Wrecker. Now I am drinking it from a bottle, bought off the shelf in bumblefuck Iowa. Who'd a thunk it? Even just a few years ago. So much good beer most everywhere.

Clear amber liquid with modest off-white head that sticks for a bit then fades and leaves some lacing and a ring around the edge. It has enough color to indicate something other than base malt in the grain bill, but will it have the heft I hope for?

Smells good. A balanced mix of some booze, malty sweetness and citrusy hops. With a swirl the sweetness hides, but reemerges once the agitation settles. But not any notable caramel, just the sweetness. A bit warm, opens up the sinuses.

Sharp piny bitterness, right up front, is one element of the taste that was not detectable in the nose. It has a kind of "grow some hair on your balls" (for those who have them- not sure how to translate that phrase) intensity. And the bitterness will reemerge as the most prominent element after the finish. In between the fruity hop flavor, alcohol, and malty sweetness (again with the caramel flavor just barely out of reach) blend with the bitter lupulin goodness while producing a magnificent crescendo of IPA sensory satisfaction.

Good carbonation, medium body, bitter finish. Pretty smooth, aside from the crass bitterness (that comes with the territory when it is called Palate Wrecker).

So back to the first paragraph (for the 3 of you that might actually read this-- send me a beer mail if you do!) about having this at Hamilton's. I had been at the nearby and newly opened SD Toronado earlier, and ended up sitting next to Green Flash Brewmaster Chuck Silva. Was talking beer geek shit with him for a while before someone told me who he was. Later had the Palate Wrecker with him at Hamilton's, and lots of other fun.

But aside from fond memories, this beer kicks ass. I like my DIPA more on the "almost a hoppy barleywine" end of the spectrum, generally. Majaraja, Unearthly, for example. Palate Wrecker is certainly not that, but there is a solid foundation for the hops to play on, and it works for me.

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

my favorite green flash brew so far. a hophead's dream here. pours a barely red honey color with a proper white head on top. smell is a floral hop bouquet and some yeast with a belgian feel, or at least that fruity/spice hefe feel to it. flavor is not all hops, although they are clearly dominant. i also taste orange, pale malts, and a touch of honey. this is an excellent springtime imperial ipa. it just has something light and airy about it, despite how massive it is. feel is very very brightly carbonated and the body is squarely medium. one beer definitely gets ya buzzed too, no matter who you are. i suggest this one highly, its fantastic

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks great. smells pretty good, but I don't get much. Maybe it's me. The taste is the real draw, here. It's not called Palate Wrecker for nothing. Bitter, strong hops dominate here. Some citrus, but mostly just a hop bomb, in the best way. Usually DIPAs have a bigger malt presence. Not here. Mouthfeel thick and sticky. Great beer!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Green Flash Palate Wrecker


Poured into pint glass

A: Orange to copper, copper to orange

S: Grapefruit, papaya, mango and caramel

T: Tasty, impressive that it doesn't overload you with hops. I can still detect citrus/tropical fruits with a caramel malt backbone

M: Smooth and sticky

O: I'll be back brah !

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Photo of SpruceMoose
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's bollocks-freezing weather down here in Oz, and thus it was inevitable that I'd make the trek to one of my favourite locals, Acland Cellars, to acquire some super-strong crafts for the evening that awaited me. Something dense, I said, like a barley wine or an imperial stout. The clerk grimaces as he hands me the bottle; the title "Palate Wrecker" staring menacingly into me. At first I'm perplexed as to whether I should fear or admire this creation by notorious San Diego brewers Green Flash, but curiosity meant that I knew this beer would certainly need to be reviewed.

Good luck, the clerk tells me as I walk out into the frostbitten streets. Keep calm. Relax. Deep breaths. Here we go.

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured slowly into a 500ml Hobgoblin tall pint glass.

Appearance: The pour generates a modest head with a cloudy golden body, similar in shade to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with the intriguing density of a Belgian ale. Bubbles race frantically up the glass and contribute to the head, which laces evenly as it lowers itself deeper into the glass.

Smell: A hophead's paradise; intense aromas of citra and cascade (and perhaps even Goldings?) hops are immediately noticeable, and serve as a signal of what is to come.

Taste: The first swallow produces an intense bitterness that lingers not only on the tongue but all around the mouth. It sits there right after your first sip and stays around until the second. As a hophead, I'm naturally in heaven. Some booziness is noticeable after the first few sips.

Mouthfeel: Denser than your average IPA. Carbonation is moderate and the body is gentle despite the intense flavour. Overall very pleasant.

Overall: Hopheads would love it, maltists would scoff at it and lagerboys will run hysterically from it. Green Flash Palate Wrecker is a unique beer with plenty of character and much to offer the hop connoisseur. This is indeed an intense double IPA, and chances are you'd either fall head over heels for it or dismiss it as another overhopped generic American IPA. Regardless, my palate has been wrecked.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy amber/orange color with an inch off-white frothy head that sticks around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like citrusy (tangerine, orange, grapefruit) and pine hops, and a bit of caramel malt. However, I don't pick up quite as much citrus in the taste (as compared to the aroma). Mostly I taste a lot of bitter pine hops, along with some citrusy hops (mango, grapefruit) and a little caramel malt. There's a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's lick and creamy with good carbonation. Overall I think this is a good brew and I'd buy it again in the future. $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Whatsarezaf (thanks for the extra!). Served in a Sweetwater snifter. No bottling date noticed. 

Pours clear amber with 2 fingers of frothy cream head that quickly dissapates. Nice consistant lacing. 

Smells of big piney and citrusy hops. A faint sweetness behind those pleasant hops. 

As the nose foretold, the taste is powerful resiny pine and citrus hops. Orange, mango, tree sap and pepper. Good and bitter. I can tell there is a bit of sweet malt backing but the hops dominate. There is a touch of booze bite but not you might expect from a beer pushing 10% abv. 

Medium light feel with a pleasing slight carbonated zing that makes the sticky bitter aftertaste tingle on the tongue. Not what I typically look for but really well done in this brew. 

Another impressive offering from Green Flash. I'd really like to see them in GA (for now I have to trade or pick them up on my semi-regular trips to Asheville). Palate Wrecker is no misnomer- in my opinion this sticks on the tongue with a bitter potency that Stone's Ruination never quite achieves. Worth a try if you want a seriously bitter hop-forward DIPA without the typically biscuity malts. Thanks again for the great surprise, Reza!

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Photo of HopsMalt
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear orange / amber appearance with a full frothy head.
S: Citrus / spicy aroma.
T: Intense hop flavor which leads to slight malt flavor at the finish.
M: light mouthfeel with appreciable carbonation.
O: Very good IPA, I love the citrus and strong hop flavor. This is a very good IPA and I would love to drink this again.

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Photo of michiganbeerdrinker
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What better to kick off my first beer rating for BA then with something from GreenFlash?

Recent distribution to Michigan has allowed this incredible beer to come our way.

while I did not drink it from a glass, rather straight from the bottle so not able to comment on color/clarity, this met my expectations for a GreenFlash Beer IPA.

Go to beer? Yes.
Great first IPA for an up and coming hop head? yes.

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Photo of larryi86
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear amber color with a two finger off-white head.

S- Pine, wet grass/onion, citrus, just lots of hops, hint of tropical fruits.

T- Just tons of hops. Some citrus up front, big pine and resin hops in the finish, wet grass/onions really are not noticeable in the taste, there is a nice caramel malts backbone. Bitterness really stay with you.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Lives up to the name and is a solid DIPA. The 9.5% ABV is well hidden, and I feel this is pretty easy to drink. Definitely provides a good hops fix.

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Photo of wcintula
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a monster! Pours coppery into a Duvel tulip with an off-white head that's quite sticky.

Smells like a citrus-pine monster and tastes just as much. Be careful with this one if you're susceptible to heart burn. ß-acids make this one a stomach wrecker too. Malt backbone provides a sweetness to help drive the citrus notes. This is a beer you should try if you love Ruination.

Note: this is less sweet.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear perfect amber with a nice white head that fades to a layering and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with powerful grapefruit and pine notes as well as some nice sweet malt and tropical fruit flavors in the background.

T: The taste starts with a nice tropical fruit flavor as well as some pine and grapefruit with a sweetness on the finish.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy.

O: This is most likely a bit past it's prime given the previous reviews mentioning more pine and grapfruit than tropical flavors in the finish. I actually like it with some age as it's less harsh than the super pine west coast DIPAs.

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Photo of pkalix
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very dark orange color. fluffy head. smells of grapefruit. very bitter on the palate. nice thick coating around the sides where the level was. beautiful brew to look at and pour. some decent carbonation. bitter indeed. this is what 149 IBUs is? I wonder what a lemon or a grapefruit is? nice color. nice pour. nice to look at. more bitter than I want to taste, but it's a great brew and they did a great job with this one. borderline novelty brew unless they're really producing and selling mass quantities of this. I suppose as a seasonal they probably do pretty well, though....

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Photo of mjl21
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Beachwood BBQ. Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a clear orangish amber with a massive two finger head that does a good job of sticking around.

S-Really nice fresh citrus hop nose that also has dank qualities. There is a little bit of caramel sweetness, but hops lead the way.

T-It starts with a musty citrus hop taste. Like the nose there is dank flavor and some caramel sweetness. Lots of resiny pine coats the tongue and enhances the strong bitterness of this beer. A little bit of booze can be picked up.

M-Medium bodied and smooth from the cask pour.

D-A very bitter beer that is best served at the end. I could have easily had two of these.

I had this over a year ago at the Toronado in SF and rememeber it being bitter as hell. This pint definitely confirmed what I had remembered. It worked very well on cask and is worth seeking out if you love hops assaulting your palate.

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Photo of ElSid
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California


Bottled on Date: 1/18/13

A: Orange gold with a traces of amber topped off with an good off-white head which is thick, fluffy, and determined.

S: Pineapple, mandarin orange, and apricot gust of fruity sweetness. Honey, caramel, and cane sugar are there also with faint breadiness.

T: Orange zest and pineapple quickly takes off to a towering spicy, bitterness which is dank, pine, garlic, and earth. There is a subtle, but measurable, vein of bread, honey, and caramel sweetness. As implied by the name, the hop bitterness ultimately Van Damme scissor kicks the taste buds to puckering and partially dry prostration.

M: Slippery with a medium, oily feel which coats the mouth. The carbonation is ample attempting to massage the tongue back into working condition.

O: Apparently one of highest hop per mL concentration Imperial IPA's out there, this brew will not let down even the most hop head forward beer thinkers, sporting an endless depth of hop flavors.

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Photo of dav3290
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 6/24/13

A - Hazy orange that pours a massive head. Looks great in the glass.

S - Easily the highlight of the beer. Tropical notes with orange and grapefruit shining, smells great.

T - At first is a wave of tropical fruit with buttering hops, then on the backend is extreme EXTREME bitterness. Probably the most bitter beer I've had that stays in the back if your tongue for minutes on end.

M - Typical DIPA, medium mouthfeel

O - Palate Wrecker is exactly what it calls itself, don't plan in enjoying any other beers after you have this one. I'd recommend it being the last beer of the night. I enjoyed it but I enjoy big bitter hopbombs. This might have been a bit too much in terms of the backend bitterness for me but to each his own. Great DIPA.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper amber, with mid/large sized white head. Head dies into a nice cap. Some lacing.

S: Hop oil, all citrus tropical hop hop profile, some honey too. Very pungent.

T: Red grapefruit rind, sour pineapple, very very bitter. A very mild hint of honey/caramel maltiness. Finishes with a very dry pine cone, non-ripe orange, dandylions. Some sugar candy too. Some chalky-ness. Insanely dry on the palette. Damn so hoppy, a tad 1 or 2 dimensional though.

M: Very resin-y, oily, carbonation low. As unsessionable as it gets. I dont think I'll be able to taste anything for 2 days.

O: Well this beer is pretty absurd. Most hop forward and bitter beer I've ever had, totally unbalanced, which I respect. I'm a pretty big hop lover and this isnt my cup of tea per se, but I'm really glad I tried it.

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Photo of beermeplz
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It definitely lives up to the name. Stronger malt backbone than you might expect and an overall very flavorful beer. It may hit the spot if you're in the mood for a big beer with intense flavors. I'm liking it.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No freshness date, but purchased in Austin, TX two days prior to drinking.

Crystal clear light copper color. Good head retention and lots of lace. Aroma is caramel with floral notes. Flavor is slightly boozy, earthy, and piney, kind of like a forest floor (except, of course, the boozy part). Finishes with tons of bitterness. Lives up to it's name, hard to get any flavor nuances after the first few sips. Medium plus body. Low moderate carbonation. Middle of the road to slightly sweet.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle - from bevmo la quinta ca for 3$

Appearance - Clear amber colour with a large size frothy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, apricot, tangerines

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with lots of hops. It also has a sugary apricot flavour with a hint of pineapple and some grapefruit and oranges. It ends with a sweet and quite bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - It definitely has more hop bite that the regular green flash or even the DIPA green flash. I really enjoyed it and would probably pick it up ahead of the other green flash varieties. The hoppiness ranks up there with SN hoptimum in my books.

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Photo of Hophead717
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, golden brown, with a foamy one-finger head that hangs around. A very pretty beer.

S: Equal parts orange citrus and fresh hops. Light, but serious. Some light caramel underneath, hinting that the beer might be more balanced than the name would imply.

T: Strong citrus hops upfront, namely grapefruit and light tangerine, with the most fleeting moment of caramel malt, before an all-out onslaught of bitterness from the hops hits the tongue. I love the intense bitterness, but the flavor in the finish is a bit sub-par for an ipa. Fine overall, but the finish is a letdown.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, well-carbonated. Excellent mouthfeel.

O: Great, except for the overly bitter finish. Overall, a good beer, but not the best.

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Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a frothy white head that slowly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Strong hoppy and malty aroma.

T: Strong bitter and sweet brew flavor mix. Hoppy at first followed by a caramel malt – almost barley wine-esk middle – finishes slightly dry and hoppy.

M: full body and medium carbonation.

O: Superb imperial ipa. Great mix between the malt and hops.

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Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.