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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,463
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 152
Gots: 307 | 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:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008)
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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is dark orange in color and poured with little head.
S: There are strong aromas of orange citrus in the nose.
T: The overall taste is dominated by flavors of hops, which persist through the aftertaste making this beer true to its name. The alcohol is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: You need to have a heavy tolerance for hops in order to finish this beer because it isn’t that balanced.

metter98, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very clear and clean amber with almost a sparkle to it with a pure white thick head. Lovely.

Nose cooked ripe pineapple with hints of cooked apricots and rich malt in nose.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich, filling and creamy. Flavors are huge, rich and bold.

Giant flavors of grapefruit skin, lemon oil with an incredible balance of underlying rich malt. The malt is here almost as an afterthought but perfectly balances the giant hop character.

Very long pine resin/grapefruit skin finish. Super drinkable. This is Le Freak with more character and balance; Le Freak "kicked up a notch!"

GRG1313, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -3.8%

kjkinsey, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: Grapefruit pith and quite a bit of caramel

Taste: Caramel malt, for a brief second, and then the hops take over bringing citrus pith initially; after the swallow, I get some onions and a return of the sugars that makes for a sweet, though balanced, finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Was really hoping for more from this beer as I love almost everything that Green Flash produces; not bad, but the onions and sweetness on the finish reduce its appeal to me

brentk56, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Resisting the notion that balance has any place in IPA- standard American varieties, imperial varieties or otherwise, Pale Wrecker pushes hop bitterness and flavor to the hilt while suppressing sweetness and body to a hardly-recognizable status. The hop dominance shreds the palate and puts on quite a bitter display.

Burnt orange in color, the deep yet clearly amber ale has much brighter clarity than I expect from highly hopped ales. Capped by a slightly off-white foam stance, the froth shows stubborn persistence and laces the glass moderately with pocketed islands interspersed about the glass.

No mistake about it! Hops are all over the nose. Grapefruit, orange peel, pine needles, fresh-cut grass, chive, and light apricot share the rim of the snifter with only the slightest caramel-dipped sense of malt sweetness in support of the hops. And at 9.5% abv, the alcohols provide a light rosy tint to the hop complexities.

Flavors follow a similar path as the malts struggle to make a mark over the onslaught of hop flavor that strikes the early palate. Citrusy goodness of red and white grapefruit (both pulp and pith), orange peels, light tropical apricot and mango roundness, and herbal grass, chive, and rose all take turns giving new impressions to the taste buds with each sip. But with hardly any rebuttal from malt flavor, the beer hurries into a deeply gripping bitterness from hops and solvent-like alcohol and light metal taste.

Incredibly dry from start to finish, especially for an imperial IPA, the beer ignores any stage-setting from malt structures and quickly sheds its carbonated creaminess and zestiness- instead favoring a dive into resinous bitterness with moderate stemmy astringency and a moderately unsettled solvent alcohol bitterness that both assists the hop bitterness and deters from it at the same time.

Palate Wrecker lives up to its name as it gets a bitter/astringent boost from both hop techniques in brewing and from alcohol. It's fun to explore what's familiar and what's unique in the bitter complexes in this heavily hop-tilted ale.

BEERchitect, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright orangey color ale with a solid large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma is dominated by citrus and pine noted originating from the C-hops. Taste is also dominated loads of citrus and pine notes with a bitter finish. Malt is present though hard to decipher through al the hops with some light residual sugar. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. There is no denying that this a hop bomb though I prefer when they veered toward floral then bitterness.

Phyl21ca, May 28, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

ygtbsm94, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger frothy head, minimal retention but nice lacing on a crystal clear amber with crimson hues. one of the most attractive beers I have seen.

S: very nice pine notes are foremost with citrus, floral and herbal notes as well. Very hoppy. The aroma is just a little understated but is very good.

T: lots of pine, medicinal and herbal hops. The citrus is mild. This one is particularly bitter but it doesn't offend. nice strong malt backbone.

M: fairly thick body and moderate carbonation. sharp bite to the finish.

Overall: This beer is very well made and one of the more attractive beers I have ever seen. The hops are strong but well balanced by the malt. Booze are well hidden.

kylehay2004, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone. I was super excited to get to try this one!

A: The pour looks innocent enough, a pale copper color with a thin layer of white foam on top.

S: This is what I expect from Green Flash, pure hops in the nose. Very citrusy, mostly grapefruit and a bit of lemon with a substantial hit of pine as well.

T: A very intense grapefruit flavor leads the charge, followed by a bit of caramel malt. The finish is quite bitter and has some very nice resinous pine character to it.

M: This is a medium to full bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: One of the better IPAs I've had in awhile. The typical flavors you expect from a Green Flash IPA and it definitely lives up to the name. Just watch out for this one because it packs a punch.

womencantsail, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking copper color with a foamy thick white head on top. the smell of this beer was hoppy, lots of piney citrus with some grapefruit notes in there too. The taste of the beer got a little better as it warmed up but wasn't quite what I was hoping for in the beer. The mouthfeel was well carbonated, medium bodied and a little oily. Overall this beer was good, it's bound to please just about any hop head out there but I feel that I've had much better IIPA's.

Knapp85, May 01, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good to see a new Green Flash offering here in the Triad.Poured into a tulip glass nice deep burnt orange with a well defined sticky one finger white head that left multiple globs of lace as it settled slowly into a frothy mass.Sharp grapefruit hops at the onset as soon as I opened the bottle along with some booze but it's not overly sweet,just smells sticky and good.Raw hop goodness on the palate with sharp grapefruit rind and herbal notes,mild caramel sweetness underneath cant hold up to the sharp bitter hop onslaught,and amazingly the sweetness is held in check well.This is what a DIPA should be a hop explosian not a sugary sweet malt bomb,I loved it hence the perfect taste score.Best beer I have had in 2012.

oberon, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -3.8%

SocalKicks, May 26, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden peach skin hue. Clarity and head retention are excellent.

Very dank, resinous marijuana-like aroma. Lighter notes of tropical fruit, and a trace of bubblegum (not sure where that's coming from). A bit of malt, but that's not unexpected for a DIPA approaching 10%. Smells excellent.

This lives up to its name. Sticky, coating, attacking bitterness hits the palate almost immediately, but it (narrowly) avoids astringency. Resinous, herbal, oniony hop flavors are dominant, but there's just enough fruitiness to keep things interesting. There's a trace of malt up front, but the obliterating bitterness soon destroys any trace of sweetness.

Overall, another great hoppy beer from Green Flash; go figure.

largadeer, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd or 3rd time drinking this, poured the 16 oz. bottle in a small 10 oz. stemmed tulip glass.

Glistening deep saturated orange, creamy dense foam, long lasting and glass-coating. Webs of intricate lacing form inside the glass.

Toasted caramel, citrus peel, pungent hop resins.

Flavors are similar, big caramel and toasty malts, smooth and buttery. Moderate hop bitterness, slick and resiny. Buttery diacetyl is present but not overly distracting. Full bodied with lower carbonation and some sticky caramel sweetness. It has an English feel, much like Schells Burton Ale. Dry bitterness lingers, reminding that it's in fact a double IPA...

emerge077, May 11, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev -36.3%
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...

TMoney2591, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

JAHMUR, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. It will be interesting to see how this one really differentiates itself from the 'regular' ol' Green Flash Imperial IPA.

This beer pours a glassy, medium brassy amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some layered, bleeding runic script lace around the glass as things duly sink away.

It smells of bitter pine resin, sharp, oily orange, grapefruit, and lemon rind, bready caramel malt, a suppressed toffee sweetness, and further leafy, floral, and low-fi on the perfume hops. The taste is actually more malty up front than I might have been led to believe - rather sweet (but agreeably so) pastry-quality caramel and toffee, bready pudding, all getting their ya-yas out before that still heady pine needle, leafy things you don't fuck with on the mountain path, mild dank florals, and a few other nameless, but still astringent flora esters come 'a knockin'. Yer big-ass ABV is like a bomb-diffuser - a bit sweaty, but steady, and cool as a freaking cucumber from your bystander perspective.

The bubbles are fairly laid-back, just a nice lilting frothiness throughout, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and more smooth than you would think, with all those trouble-making kids, er, I mean hops, lurking about, and even a tad creamy at times. It finishes well off-dry, the malt component not about to let us think it doesn't have a say here, keeping things just as they've been thus far - no more, no less.

When I consider the term 'Palate Wrecker', a few items come to mind - one, so bitterly hoppy that your tastebuds suddenly decide to take a few days off, and two, the effect renders all others around it unworthy of the memory of the beer in play here, i.e. don't pour me another brew - I just had my palate wrecked! I don't believe that this actually falls into either category - it's just another well-made, stupidly drinkable, hedonistic example of the upper echelon of malt and hop interplay. There, I said it. Now Imma gonna go have another beer, my palate actually the one encouraging me as such.

biboergosum, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit, mango and bubblegum. Some caramel aromas.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel, citrus, grapefruit and bread crust. Spicy bitterness adds balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a strong alcohol warmth and a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty DIPA. Another great brew from Green Flash.

zeff80, May 08, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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

StonedTrippin, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash Palate Wrecker
12 oz. bottle, freshness dated "03/29/13"
$5.50 @ The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA

"Palate Wrecker" pours a mostly clear orange-amber body beneath a creamy head of off-white/light-khaki foam. The head retention is fair, and it leaves some nice spots and splashes of lacing about the glass.

The aroma is bold, delivering copious notes of citrus, tropical fruit, sap/resin, and soft pine/spruce that's not unlike a damp forest floor beneath tall evergreens. There's a hint of light floral-alcohol, and a delicate drip of sharp mint as well. Whatever malt that's there, it doesn't quite come through clearly, but rather acts as support for the hops.

Not surprisingly, the malt acts as support for the hops in the flavor as well. This beer is all about hops. Pacific northwest hops to be specific, and probably some high-alpha varieties as well. It's initially citrusy and pineapple-like. The citrus is like rind-like (chalky and raspy), although there are elements of grapefruit juice, and some citron and limon to it as well. I'm not sure what other fruits I might be getting, but I'm thinking tangerine, apple, and papaya. Following that you'll find the evergreens that could be pine, spruce or poplar - or even a blend - depending on where you're at in the glass. Each subsequent sip brings out more pine and sap as it builds on your palate. So note - this is not a beer to drink quickly if you want to find its complexity as it will indeed ruin your palate within the first twelve sips. The first sips will be fruity and citrusy. The next will be piney, and increasingly resinous and bitter. Following that you'll find a bit of malt, and some grass. Throughout all of that the bitterness builds to the point that you reach a threshold, and apart from the bitterness sticking at the back of your throat it hardly seems as bitter as it was on your second or third sip. By mid-glass the 9.5% alcohol by volume will have taken effect, and that throws you a bit as well. Thankfully, even though it's present throughout, it doesn't throw any harshness other than what's expected. And in all honesty, answer me this: if a beer as aggressively hopped and bitter as this was just 5% would you really want to drink it? No, I didn't think so (nor am I even sure that that's a possibility as you really need the malt and alcohol to hold the hop bitterness and flavor).

This is pretty much a special occasion beer because once you drink it you're done. Every beer you have afterward will taste different than you remember. Even food that you have will be somewhat skewed. It's an exercise in going all out. And there's a certain joy in that, but at the same time it's definitely un-balanced. It has to be. It can't be anything else. It's completely balanced towards the hop resins, for both bitterness and flavor. So how to review it number-wise? I'm not sure. I'm just going to go hedonistically and see what happens. Cheers!

NeroFiddled, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been craving some West Coast hops, here we go...amber glowing copper body with a big billowing off white head, leaves fine speckled lacing. Aroma earthy, citrus grapefruit layers of hops, dank mary jane, you name a hop character or aroma and I'm sure you can find it in this beer. The one characteristic that reigns supreme in this beer is the grapefruit pith it just flows out of the glass, flavor wise it borders as a barleywine big assertive alcohol with malts wrapped around it. Gotta love the West Coast hops, more waves of bitterness and hop flavors including more grapefruit bombs, earthy dirt, and again marijuana. Evident sticky hop oils on the palate yet lighter bodied than most DIPA/B wines out there they kept the palate surprisingly clean for this type of a beer, moderate carbonation works with this type of beer excellent feel to it. Overall I'm impressed I had it on draft a couple years back at a Penn Fest and it blew my mind, I'm not saying I have the same feeling as I did then but it's damn good.

WVbeergeek, May 22, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, amber colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - A pungent, sweaty pine hop aroma with some thick caramel malt in the background.

T - Pine hops and thick, bready malt up front. Some more pine and sweaty hop character in the middle with a touch of darker sugar. Finishes with pine, grapefruit, and strong bitterness that just manages to balance out the rich malt.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is a really well made, slightly dark and straight forward DIPA. The hops are pungently aromatic, but also strongly bitter which is good, since anything less would leave the thick malt cloyingly unbalanced. Nicely done, and quite drinkable for such a big beer.

nickfl, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/31/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a piney bite of hops bitterness followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, although there are better 2IPA’s out there, this is still a solid beer to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 15, 2012
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,463 ratings.