Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

Added by seaoflament on 10-04-2008

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738
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4,082
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
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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.

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

A-Golden yellow with a hint of orange, nice white head on top that lingers ever so soft.
S-Pronounced hop resin aroma, pine and fruit with a toasted malt character peaking through
M-Medium body in a quenching fluid that dries out in time
T-Oh so bitter and yet a sweetness that only really comes from too many hops. The bitterness lingers and lingers. It is almost too much for my personal palate. I also get a caramel level.
O-So this beer is definitely unique, there is a bitterness that comes from it that is borderline pain in my book. I enjoyed one, two would be a challenge. I recommend.

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

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip. The color was of a nice burnt sienna, with reddish and yellowish hues when held to the light. A one finger tan head held strong, showing great retention. Eventually, spotty patterned lacing was left around the glass. Carbonation appeared lighter, and a chill haze permeated the beverage. No sediment was noted. The nose was beautifully fruity, with pineapple, red apple, and a hint of strawberry. Huge grapefruit hops came through, with light bubblegum esters, and pale malts. The malt bill also exhibited some light steel, toast, and caramel, becoming somewhat grassy with warmth. Our first impression was that this was a very bitter brew, but had a nice sweet balance. As we sipped, fruit hit the palate first. Blueberry and Juicy Fruit gum, with lime and pineapple sugars dominated the entire front. The peak came in, cutting, with cherry booziness, and a huge bitter hop quality. Citrus and pine took over, taking us to the finish, where a continued massive citric flavoring washed the palate clean. Lactic creaminess and booze, with a finally cutting metallic sweetness of pale malts helped to characterize the finish. The aftertaste breathed with soft honey, pale malts, huge citrus, bittering hop cone and Earth, and tannin tea leaves. The body was medium, and the carbonation was high. The mouth was significantly puckered, with citrus, and a nice warming booze. With each sip came a nice soft slurp, froth, and cream. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the huge hoppiness in the nose and, more massively, in the taste. The beer was so bitter, metallic, and sweet, all coming in for a beautiful balance. For Green Flash this level of hop bitterness is to be expected, but for some it may be just a bit overwhelming.

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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 BurgeoningBrewhead
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into becker pint glass; clear golden amber with a fluffy white head that leads tons of lacing. Smell is big on piney and dank hops, with a nice malt backbone. Taste starts out with very bitter piney hops right off the bat, with some sweeter fruity hops following, more subdued. It gets more drinkable after each sip, and the caramel malt is more noticeable as it warms. Hop-heads will love this; others may find it too bitter. A great in-your-face DIPA; don't be expecting something called "Palate Wrecker" to be subtle.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA

Appearance - Clear and golden orange in color, served to me in a snifter with an off-white, half finger head sitting on top. Fair retention, leaving a ring of microbubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Fair lacing with good stick.

Smell - Pungent hop aroma. Big tropical notes: sweet candied mango, pineapple, apricot and orange, all backed by a moderate pine character.

Taste - Follows the nose. An assault of hop, strengthened by a lightly toasted bread malt backbone. Tropical sweetness. Moderate pine dank, then a grapefruit pith bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Close to full body, slightly sticky in fact, with fair carbonation. Smooth, easy finish.

Overall - A mighty fine TIPA here. Classic West Coast Imperial IPA profile. I wouldn't mind giving this one another go, and I'd invite anyone who loves their IPA's do the same!

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer appeared a deep, clear orange with a thick slightly off white head that was well retained and settled into a thin cap. Carbonation was noticeably rising from the bottom of the glass. The beer gave off a big, strong pine hop aroma...that was about it. I doubt anything else would have been able to cut it. The beer had a huge pine hop taste, overly so for my taste, with a very bitter aftertaste. The beer had a moderate to heavy feel, it was creamy, and was well carbonated. Overall, while I have grown tired of the style, this is still a quality beer and one that I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of tviz33
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a Ballast Point tumbler.

A- Pours a finger and a half of white suds that settle to a thin covering over top of a completely transparent orange body.

S- Bright citrus and some toasty malts.

T- It didn't exactly wreck my palate like I expected, but was rather balanced. Cracker and bread-like character balances the bitterness.

M- Medium-full and a little slick. Decent carbonation slippery on the way down like oil. The alcohol heat is only slightly noticeable.

O- Pretty solid offering. Wouldn't mind another one bit.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%

They aren't kidding here. Seriously hopped up. Still there was nice body besides just the hops, and amazingly strong floral aroma. quite carbonated, very crisp. Almost makes your tongue numb.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best Before 7/22/14

Appearance: Color is a amber red, burnt orange color. Bubbly head of about a finger and a half which subsided but was present while drinking. Average to above average active carbonation in glass. Lots of thick sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Great balance of sweet hops and heavy pine bitterness. The two play off each other very well and bring out the best in each other. Tropical fruity body adds a ton of depth to this brew. Semi-sweet malt body meshes in well with everything else going on. Love this aroma.

Taste: The front as expected is some big pine bitterness which runs through to the body as well but is kept in check. Medium bodied fruits with accents of tangerines, grapefruit, and melon is picked up on the body. Lingering bitterness carries through the body and into the finish giving off a potent yet pleasant pine, resin, and prairie grass flavor.

Mouthfeel: Sweetness is felt on the palate through the big bitterness that rings throughout. Carbonation is well done, there but does not interfere with the flavors.

Overall: The first IPA that I've had from Green Flash that I really loved. No doubt a big bitter IPA, but plenty of fruity hops are picked up to make it more then a bitter bomb. Aromatically wonderful, I could live inside my glass.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-tangerine with a thick white head that lasts a long time and leaves some amazingly thick lacing and also some cascading. Beautiful beer.

S-grapefruit peaches, citrus, and hops

T-bitter and bold, citrus and just a hint of pine, definitely grapefruit and a lingering hop bitterness. This is one intense beer.

M-Thick and chewy

D-To me this has a low drinkability its very, very heavy and full flavored. Its not as light as other versions of the style, it really weighs you down.

Overall, this is a good double ipa but not my favorite. I would love to try it on tap sometime.

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Photo of droomyster
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange body with a small off-white with okay retention. Aromas are typical of the best DIPAs: tropical fruit and floral and citrusy notes, a bit of bubblegum and honeyed sweetness. Smack of bitterness right up front, with a blast of grapefruit and bitter salad greens. A swell of sweetness, marmalade and caramel, on the mid-palate. Finish lingers for days and days on an ultra bitter note of orange zest. Lot of body on this super substantial beer. This is very good and worth the price.

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

A - Pours clear orange/ light brown with one finger of off-white head. Head leaves some lacing but doesn't last long.

S - Very citrusy nose, with some pine and some biscuit malt.

T - Big punch of both pine and grapefruit out if the gate. Some biscuity malt is just enough, and doesn't take away from the hop display. Very nice lingering bitter finish. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable.

M - Medium mouthfeel is herbal, grassy and bitter. Slight numbing alcohol.

O - I don't know if my palate was wrecked, but this is definitely a hop showcase and a very enjoyable DIPA.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Common Table in Dallas. The beer pours a clear gold/yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the hops. I get a lot of orange citrus and pine notes, as well as some caramel malt to keep things balanced. The flavor is definitely all about the hops. I get a ton of bitterness as well as some bitter oranges and pine notes. The caramel malt is hidden in the background and plays a secondary role. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Bottle poured into my GI tulip

A - Copper with a golden hue. Very clean looking and slightly reflective. Poured with a big two finger head that settled down to about a quarter inch white head. Leaves some light lacing on the glass as you drink

S - Smells of orange,caramel malt, pine and slight lemon peel. Has a good balance between sweet and bitter in the nose.

T - Wow, on the fist sip you know why this is called Palate Wrecker. There is a big, kick of bitter piney hops that hits strong up front. There is some orange sweetness that comes through but only serves as a slight respite for your mouth from the hops onslaught. There is a slight lemon peel that also comes through. The finish is more piney hops that leave a slight lingering bitterness that hangs on the tongue.

MF - Good medium body that has a nice balance and fits the beer just right. Slight carbonation comes through in the mouth. Despite all the hops, the finish is rather clean with only a slight resin lingering on the tongue

O - This is a beer whose name is not false advertising. It is one hoppy beer that really beings along the pine and bitter flavors. Nice to see a DIPA that doubles the hops instead of loading up on sweet malts. Reminds me of a West Coast version of Furious but with a thinner body.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours fairly dark for an IPA but the smell of that traditional piny west coast IPA hits you quick. The first few sips were top notch with that piny IPA very strong on the tongue. You quickly realize why it's called Palate Wrecker since it definitely burns out some taste buds the more you drink. For me, this Imperial IPA class is stacked with world class beers and this might have fell short of the upper tier by just a bit. Definitely a must try and one I'd go back to but the heaviness of the hops on the tongue made it fall just a tad short.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sun kissed orange color with a tight white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of big pine and citrus hops with some caramel sweetness.

Tastes of big hops layered on top of some nice malts. Hops lead off with some pine and citrus along with some grassy notes. Not particularly bitter, but it definitely has a bite. Malts slide in and add some sweetness to cut the bitterness with caramel and toasted bread. Some alcohol comes through as it warms, but is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite nice and definitely worth a try.

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

Poured from the bomber into a nonic pint glass.

Wicked retention on an off white head that sits tall and long, four fingers deep, with a crystal clear red to orange amber body. Some slow rising carbonation comes in appearance, while the head clumps and sticks and goes nowhere. Great looking here, with giant ringing clumps of lacing all throughout while drinking.

Nose is airy pine hop, mild herbal tea hanging in the background, with a juicy citrus malt quench it seems is to come. This smells real impressive.

A mixture on the palate of much hop aroma, from varying angles, citrus sweet with herbal tea character. Bitterness and dryness comes on the finish with a lingering sweetness. Real juicy and oily character mixing with a good solid malt backbone.

I wouldn't call this a total palate wrecker, I'd just call this a real solid IPA. Quite enjoyable.

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

A: Pours a perfectly clear orange pumpkin colour with about 3 fingers of foamy white head that settles to thin foamy rim.

S: Strong initial scent of pine resin followed by sweet tropical fruit, pineapple and orange peel.

T: Strong herbal citrus bitterness upfront, reminiscent of Campari. A surprising amount of sweet maltiness in the middle which finishes with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation that nicely coats the mouth.

O: Surprisingly well balanced for such a hop forward beer. The alcohol is nearly undetectable.

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

on-tap at Deep Ellum, Allston, MA - 4/2012
(review from notes)

sits a copper / orange tone in the glass with less than a 1" head remaining upon being served. aromatic nose offers an abundance of citrus / pine hops with a secondary malt presence. no surprises there.

flavor follows as expected with that assertive rush of citric (primarily grapefruit and orange rind) and pine hops follows by some background malt character. very bitter from start to finish. medium-plus bodied on the palate with average carbonation.

overall, as advertised this one bombards the palate with an unmitigated assault of hops. not something i'd want more than one of in a sitting but i like it; will definitely be back for a revisit in the future.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,082 ratings.
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