Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 713
Hads: 3,957
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 202
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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

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Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008

Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary
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Photo of psuKinger
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a very hazy dark orange (almost ruby red) with a big thick frothy slightly-off-white head on top, 2-fingers worth.

S: Pine and Grapefruit, at a moderate volume. More pine than grapefruit.

T: Dry, earthy notes and lots of pine. But that traditional "california IPA" grapefruit is also there. Strong sweetness on the back end, as expected from a "Double IPA" weighing in at 9.5%. This reminds me of a cross between a piney/earthy English style IPA and a California IPA, then kick the sweetness/ABV up a notch.

Strong bitterness on the back end of this beer. One of the more bitter beers I've had, just a shade less bitter than the Port IPA or the Arctic Panzer I've had.

M: Carbonation is a touch light, and the beer doesn't have as much heft as you'd expect at first, but then lots of residue left behind on the finish.

D/O: A little heavy on the "bitter" and pine for my liking. Not quite as much grapefruit/citrus reward as my *favorites*. Overall, a good IPA. Certainly one I'd revisit at a later date, but not something I'd choose to revisit tonight. (1,113 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pretty golden brown with a fluffy, white head and good lacing.

Nose is pineapple, fresh pine, caramel, and roasted hops.

Taste is bitter as expected, with plenty of sugars for balance. There is fresh bread and vanilla extract. There is some pine and lime.

Mouthfeel has plenty of hop bite with medium carbonation.

Overall, it is a hop bomb for sure, with enough sugar and complexity to not be over the top. (424 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Three fingers of off-white head over a glowing clear amber body. Great retention and lacing.

S - Lots of citrus

T - Massive amounts on hoppy citrus, pine and floral notes, bordering on soapy. Malts are hardly noticeable, earthy and slightly sweet. Hop bitterness and lots of alcohol hang in the aftertaste for a long time.

M - Medium/full body with moderate fine carbonation. Very smooth with resin stickiness.

O - Add this to the growing list of beers from Green Flash that I love. Palate Wrecker is everything I'd want it to be: huge citrus hoppiness, subtle malts, massive abv, and yet incredibly drinkable. Will continue to buy this often. (651 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the expensive and stylish to produce bottle into a chalice.

A: Deep orange and browns. two finger head and wispy, stringy lacing down to a 2 mm disk. Has negligible legs. Active, gentle carbonation.

S: Lemony, grassy and some earthy musk. some sweet malty notes. There is this really funky tropical fruit notes and sour/metallic-aliphatic hydrocarbon note.

T: Follows nose with lemon, grass, earthy notes with sweet caramel malt like notes. Yeast is bready and what seems like a metallic note peeking near finish. Like sweet mango bread that has started to over ferment, on verge of rot, sitting out at room temp for one too many days and gets a spritz of zinc and phenol. Ah. That's it. That throat spray. What is it called....Chloraseptic? I have not had that for years, so I know it ain't mixing with the brew today.

M: This is a DIPA? Reeaaaalllly? I don't think it's a classic DIPA with massive early hop additions for the sake of extreme bitterness. This has a lot of hop and malt notes going on, not sure where the metallic notes are coming from but they're not patently offensive.

O: This is "biggie small". There's elements of hugeness that are tempered with restraint. (1,196 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 SeaOfShells
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Poured into Duvel tulip

A: crystal clear burnt orange with 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head which leaves behind decent lace.

S: right up front I get massive onion and garlic. Me thinks there be summit hops in this one. Beyond that I get juicy citrus fruit and sweet bread. A hop heads dream.

T: following the scent, the first taste is onion and garlic with a nice blanket of ultra bitterness hidden underneath. Middle of the tongue I get some nice citrusy notes, which quickly yield to yet more onion. This one is definitely a "palate wrecker". I'm really enjoying it. Extremely bitter, and crushingly hoppy.

M: pretty typical for the style I suppose. Medium carbonation with a medium body. Nothing offensive here.

Overall: between this, West Coast and Imperial IPA, it seems like Green Flash is doing something right. The onion and garlic may throw some folks off, but this is an above average beer from an above average brewery. Well done, boys. (961 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-amber with a low white head .

Smell: Super-hoppy aroma, piney, citrus, floral.

Taste: Bitter up front, only gets more so on into the aftertaste. Malt doesn’t stand a chance, adding just a bit of sweetness in the middle. Can detect some alcohol towards the end. This is the most bitter beer I have ever had.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick, mildly carbonated.

Overall: Super-bitter DIPA that showcases hops, not much else. Then again, if you order a beer called Palette Wrecker, you get what you asked for. (541 characters)

Photo of stercomm
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - A hazy, organish honey color, with a big rich and thick white head that hangs around for a while. Very strong lacing.

S - Initial hit is all hops; pine, grapefruit, citrus. Lurking in the background is just a hint of malty sweets.

T - Awesome hops, lots of hops, but while there is a bitter dry taste, there is a subtle creaminess that kind of slides along the palate. Lots of citrus and grapefruit notes, pine notes, finish is very hoppy.

M - Medium bodied, lots of carbonation.

O - A hop heads delight, lots of strong hops but not over the top bitter. Good brew (611 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Best By: 05-27-14) into a 13oz, Defiant Brewery etched tulip/balloon glass.

A- Pours a clear copper/amber color with a 1.5 finger, eggshell white, soapy head which sticks around for quite awhile...beautiful lacing as the brew is consumed.

S- Pungent dank hops: bitter citrus, pine resin, sweet tropical fruit and some booze.

T- Pine at the front of the palate followed by citrus flesh and and then bitter citrus rind. In contrast, I don't feel this is as an extreme DIPA as mentioned in previous reviews. Hop forward? Yes, absolutely...but not astringent as some might report.

M- A fairly slick (honey-like) mouthfeel. Chico/American/California ale yeast provides mild carbonation and allows the hop oils to have adequate time to absorb into the palate. A substantial malt backbone supports the hops nicely.

O- Despite the disparagement with ABV, Palate Wrecker is overtly reminiscent of Stone's Ruination IPA than anything else. If you have a penchant for bitter brews...this might be your weapon of choice. For the price, however, I will take Stone's Ruination without a thought. This is my 4th Green Flash brew and although I enjoy Palate Wrecker, I will prefer their Green Bullet, as it is much more unique. If/When Green Flash' satellite brewery in Virginia Beach, VA launches, I hope that brews like Palate Wrecker will be more affordable in the East Coast....until then, I will take Stone's Ruination IPA. (4Pack - $13.59) (1,472 characters)

Photo of MarkDeming
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Awesome beer. Though it proclaims itself a "palate wrecker," it is accessible and not too boozy. A ton of hops but not to the point where the bitterness overcomes you. Copper color, nice lacing around the glass, and a piney essence. Very good. Will get again. (259 characters)

Photo of dickieb
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Starts of a really nice looking beer, clear amber/ reddish in color with a small white head and above average lacing. The smell is piney citrusy and resiny with floral notes, everything a hop head is looking for. The flavor is strong and very bitter living up to its name, not exactly a hop bomb due to a good malt profile but still waves of bitter hops dominates the flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit rich for me but by no means bad and overall this is a very good beer. I would not session this one, but a good one to sip. (521 characters)

Photo of LtCracker20
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clear golden copper body with a 3-finger off white head that falls to about a 1/2 inch cap. Some good sticky lace.

S- A little sweetness comes through first, but it's quickly followed by piney and citrusy hop aroma. The caramel sweetness comes back through towards the end again. Not getting any kind of booziness though, which is good. Just a little too sweet on the nose.

T- Good resiny hop flavor...Nice and sticky. Pine comes through first, then some grapefruit flavors. There's still some sweetness there. I know it's a DIPA, but I would've liked a little less sweetness. Still very good.

MF- Almost a full body on this, still pretty thick. Carbonation levels are right for me. Flavor's like a slick sheet of oil on the tongue. Flavors seem to last a while.

O- A very good beer. I was expecting even more of a hop bomb, but it is very drinkable. (865 characters)

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

I really want to love this beer, based on what I paid , $4.00 /12 oz , and it's reputation. Bottle poured into snifter. Orange/yellow body with some haze. Nice white head that leaves a nice ring and lacing. Very nice looking
S- Big citrus slap at first with some other fruit and some earthy notes in the background.
T- lots of grapefruit rind and citrus lusciousness , lemon and peach . Bitterness almost overwhelms upfront but sweet malty goodness backbone for balance. Boozy and bitter finish just liked I had hoped for. Too complex to review without notes
M- medium body , oily and the carbonation seems to dance on the tongue.
O- Really love this one. It's in my top 3 DIPAs. I've got so many more to try (711 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 ncfranklin
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle to a Duvel Tulip.

A: Golden orange, with a small off-white head that recedes to a ring. Probably the alcohol level keeping the head off this one.

S: A forest of hops here. Really potent citrus of orange and grapefruit, lemony almost, notes of floral character and pine. This is what west-coast hops is all about. Nothing else going on in the nose beyond this bouquet.

T: Hops. Sticky, resiny, citrus and pine hops all over the place. This is as flavorful of a hop bomb as any I've ever had. Grapefruit and floral are most prominent flavors, but theirs alot going on under this bitter tongue biter. Only the slightest biscuity malt is present, and you really have to strain to taste it.

M: I don't think I'm breaking new ground by saying this one is bitter. It finishes clean, has lots of aftertaste of resiny hops. But yeah, don't plan on tasting any beer after this one.

O: West Coast big IPA's always seem to be a little too syrupy and boozy for me. This one hit it perfectly. It's a bitter bruiser with a ton of flavor. Definitely want more of this soon. (1,077 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 Roman5150
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle purchased from Total Beverages in Murfreesboro, TN

appearance: very beautiful amber, 2 finger white head that dissapears quickly

smell: piney, resiny, earthy, citrusy, less grapefruit than other IPAs, more hops, hops, and more hops. this is a great smelling beer.

taste: very hoppy, in the same class as hop stoopid and ruination, this is surely a "palate wrecker". very bitter earthy finish, somewhat dry, but resolves nicely with a fruity satisfaction. Very refreshing, also some notes of grapefruit, not very much malt in this one.

mouthfeel: perfect carbonation, very smooth

overall: I'd have to do some side by side tests to compare this with Ruination and Hop Stoopid, but this is equal if not the winner for the hoppiest beer i've tried. It's so bitter, yet so damn tasty and refreshing. Give this to a non hop head and they will give you the "o" face like they just took a shot of bourbon. I bought the last 4 pack of the year at my local store, I will be buying more next year. (998 characters)

Photo of kdb150
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
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. (1,143 characters)

Photo of Emnmarko
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark golden amber and clear. One finger head leaves soapy halo and moderate lacing. Looks tough.

S- Strong citrus in the form of grapefruit orange and lemon. Nice and zesty.

T- More bitter than the citrus notes in the nose. The fruit grove is replaced with a bitter dank earthy hop blast. The malt balance is there backing this offensive as should any quality brew. An abundance of flavor coming together nicely.

M- Slightly heavy but at 9.5 what do you expect. Leaves a waxy light waxy feeling.

O- A quality beer from a quality brewer. A hop forward IPA with attitude. Hop heads rejoice! (598 characters)

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

Appearance: Pours a nice, deep golden orange…transparent with zero bubble action, a very crisp looking beer…tons of off white head thins out to pinky thick, but livens up with each swirl…a very clean looking beer with a thin frothy top…(4/5)

Smell: An array of bitterness…musty/dank bitterness first, but underneath there’s pine and a little citrus…for a palate wrecker, I can definitely smell some biscuity malts…more balanced that I would have expected…a little musty for me, but not bad…(3.75/5)

Taste: Tons of earthy, mildly musty, dank bitterness…it’s fresh and that for me, is the plus side to all the earthy/woodsy/dankness…the flavor is still real palatable…like the nose, there’s a real buscuitiness that’s mildly sweet with a touch pale qualities…this brew really takes you on an adventure: it’s bitter, then buscuity, then uber bitter to finish…very full flavored, each sip lasts a few minutes…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, medium carbonation…fluffs up bringing tons of bitterness: grassy, piney, danky…there’s a creaminess to the carbonation…grass and lemon peel bitterness in the after taste…(4/5)

Overall: This is a good beer…I love hops, the hoppier a beer the better…this beer does fit that bill, but the choice of hops used aren’t my favorite…for whatever reason, I’ve encountered more musty/dank variety IPA, maybe this is the beginning of the trend away from citrus hops dominant IPA’s…I’m not sure…but if an IPA could be a sipper, this would be one…good flavor though, easily recommendable for the standard hop head…this brew reminds me of Hop Stoopid by Lagunitas, if you like that, then you’ll find happiness here…(4/5)

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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 nUgZ
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a one finger head and nice lacing.

S: Citrus and piney hops along with some faint sweet bready malts.

T: Big punch of piney and citrus hops balanced with sweet bready malts. The alcohol is almost completely hidden.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Easy to drink.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. It's very tasty, easy to drink, and hides the alcohol beautifully. Well done Green Flash! (468 characters)

Photo of antott0523
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an attractive amber color. Carbonation is barely visible. Moderate beige head with some minor lacing.

Smell: Hops comes through as grapefruit and pine. The malt presence is faint and earthy.

Taste: Hops hit the tongue hard. Give it a swish and the hop oils will envelope the tongue in a warm, comforting manner. Grapefruit flavors linger, with barely noticeable malt notes of sweet tea.

Mouthfeel: The initial burst of hop oils hits like sandpaper; in a good way, if that makes sense. Drink quickly, because I found as the beer approached room temperate this effect vanished. Sticky, but not cloying,

Overall: Above average. The citrus hop notes are really not complex at all, but the sheer presence of hop oils hits the tongue hard, and I like that. There is a faint malt back that is intriguing. Overall, one of the better DIPA's that I have had recently, up against Victory DirtWolf and Flying Dog Double Dog, all of which I have tried for the first time yesterday and today. (1,001 characters)

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My spectrum of samples may be small....but damn, this is one of the best, if not best, I have had in terms of sheer hoppiness...beautiful smell....initial/after taste so piny/herbal...so much goodness all the way around

and...

my daughter and wife....who distaste IPA's really enjoyed this

upper echelon overall... (317 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Bright copper with a perky, soap-like off-white head that actually sticks around throughout enjoyment leaving thick lace at the edges.

N: The smells are overpowering, right from the pour. It SMELLS bitter. There are notes of pine, grass, and citrus...all very generic, but definitely complex.

T/M: The flavors in this are incredibly complex. There is pine and citrus and....a ton of bitterness--definitely the hint of onion-like hop notes. The malt backing is substantial and truly helps to balance out the bitterness, even toning down the nugget and/or summit hops' oniony flavors. The alcohol is evident but not hot in the medium body.

This is an excellent beer with an extreme complexity....but there is nothing really "special" about it. The beer is super bitter with lots of different flavors, but not one that stands out as excellent. It is an excellent sipping beer, but not one that would necessarily want to have on home-draft even though I am primarily a Imperial IPA fan. Overall, this beer just really does not do it for me. (1,089 characters)

Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.