Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,138
Reviews:
762
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
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216
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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/19/12
*From notes

-- Bottled 3/6/12 --

A: A standard pour yields a sticky two finger head. It hangs out for some time, and there's plenty of lacing and a thick collar that follows. The hue is clean orange-amber.

S: A bit muted for what eventually comes off like a Triple IPA. Spicy, with lot of bite in the nostrils.

T: Extremely intense. I can't stress this enough: they got the name right. It's brutal - searing my tongue with enough hop oil that it feels like I'm eating a hop pellet. There's that onion-like quality here that begins to overwhelm everything else, kind of like a baby Founders Devil Dancer.

M: Not nearly thick and dense enough to carry all the hurt. This beer cries out for weight and complexity. As it stands, the mouthfeel is average at best.

O: Tell your Mama to forget the soap - she'll be using Green Flash's Palate Wrecker to wash your mouth. It's like an S&M porno for your taste buds. This is for the biggest of hop fiends who simply can't get enough of the green stuff. I'd recommend grabbing a single first, as I don't know if I could kill a four-pack, even with a few days to do so. Absolutely bruising, packs a wallop from beginning to end.

You've been warned.

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Photo of randeezy74
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of pandaslap
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sixpoint Resin in style but more malty than piney, and less delicious overall. That said, a totally worthwhile contribution to the cannon of piney 2x ipas.

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Photo of changdulla
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanPnaude
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Seanecy
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of raynmoon
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells nice. It has a nice dry tangerine smell to it, some sweetness. Kind of smells like my homebrews, which knocks it down a bit.

Wow, a punch of bitterness and alcohol. Alcohol only adds a puckering sting on the initial sip. A little overly bitter, with the malt staying a little far in the back, same with the hops. This definitely does wreck your palate. Bitterness lingers. It's juicy but the alcohol starts to kick into the aftertaste before any pine or tropical fruit :/

Light carbonation, slightly creamy. Works nicely.

Overall this is pretty good. I'm not the biggest fan of the hop profile in this. Seems like Cascade, Centennial maybe? I typically like a little more tropical notes in my double IPAs.

Seems sort of like a Sierra Nevada brew ha. Good but probably won't be buying much more of this soon considering Hoptimum, Sucks and Enjoy by all by me.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper color with a modest white head that leaves a light coat of lacing on the glass.

Aroma of orange marmalade, a touch of pine and caramel.

Caramel and biscuit base is prominent and mouthcoating, leaving a sweetish impression. Orange marmalade and pine hops seem imbedded in this base but not really floating on top of it or front and center. Bitterness is obvious, but subdued and fairly mellow, blending with the malt base.

Medium body with a light carbonation.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a well-crafted beer that rightfully advertises itself as an acquired taste. I at least did not acquire it on my first try.

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Photo of Nat1975
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rudzud
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Russell's in Amherst. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a wonderful crystal clear light copper with a great almost two finger off white creamy head that fades to leave lots of sticky side lacing and a nice creamy thick blanket.

S - Lots of sweet, sticky malt aromas here with some very light pine resin.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more of those sweet malts with light pine bitterness. There is alot of hops on the end for sure, and it would probably mess up your taste buds for future beers. Just pine bitterness and lots of sweet malts.

M - Mouthfeel is good for a DIPA. Nice carbonation, alcohol isnt too noticeable. Goes down easy.

O - Overall, I'd say this is a palate wrecker, but for me its also kind of a malt bomb. And malt bombs are something I really dont care for in my DIPAs. Wish this was a bit more citrus or pine heavy to drown out the sweetness.

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Photo of woemad
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $3.29. There seems to be some sort of freshness date stamped below the label. Unfortunately, it is illegible.

Poured a slightly hazy, dark amber color, with a big, creamy beige head.

Grapefruity hops are in the nose, though not in as much force as I imagined from something called Palate Wrecker. Maybe this has been sitting for a while. Damn that unreadable date! There’s some biscuity malts as well.

The hop flavor is bigger on the tastebuds than in the nose. Definitely more of the grapefruity, citrusy hop variety. I actually found myself wishing for more of a piney, bitter flavor. There’s a bit more sweetness than I was expecting as well.

Upper-medium bodied, with a coating, sticky mouthfeel.

This is one of those DIPAs that are like high-octane tropical fruit juice. While considerably more drinkable than some of that leaning (Hop Juice, I’m looking at you), this isn’t entirely my cup of tea. My first beer from Green Flash that didn’t completely wow me.

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Photo of BigZ2214
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of IckyT2012
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of danieelol
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Platinum

Pours a nice smooth mango with great head and lacing.

Smell is citrus, pine, tropical fruits. Lots of pineapple and tangello. Great. Very luscious. Hop heaven. Do smell some malt also.

Wow, they weren't kidding. In the mouth this is truly bone dry. Lots of orange, pineapple and tropical fruits. No alcohol. Just hops; no sugar. This is as dry and bitter as black espresso and is honestly a little cloying after a while.

Mouthfeel is yummy hops and malt, lots of bitterness.

Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer. Also I seem to never be happy- I usually complain about beer being too sweet, and now I'm complaining about a DIPA being too dry. Would buy again.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was served showing off a great golden glow with a nice full head, and it left big rings of lace.

Sticky resin dominates the smell along with light citrus. However the taste, while quality, is not my favorite. Stacks of bitterness dominate without all the ancillary hop flavors that I know and love. This tastes like what happens when I cook and reduce an IPA too much for the rest of the recipe. Bitterness is great, but not when it is standing alone. I suppose it is living up to its name of wrecking palates, and I can appreciate that, but I want more. More citrusy grapefruit, more malt backbone, or more sticky resin, this is a good beer but needs another dimension to become a great one.

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Photo of RickS95
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber

Pours a light copper orange, a soft apricot color. There's little head in the pour, unless you give it a bit of a swirl, and then you're left with a finger of dingy white head and a spotty lace.

It's got the style down pat in the nose. A combination of pine, grapefruit and pineapple. In the nose there seems to be enough malt in the background to hold up to the hops. There are layers and complexity because you can smell the citrus, as well as sweetness.

The taste falls a bit flat. The complexity is gone, the layers nowhere to be found. There's a biscuit, malty taste, but all is overshadowed by the hops. Unfortunately, I don't taste much West Coast influence. There's some pine, some earthiness, but no citrus...nothing for balance.

I don't have a problem with hop bombs, but there needs to be some complexity and balance or the beer is simply uneven and not all the good to drink. This is all hops, and not really in a good way. While I appreciate the name, it's a bit hard to drink because it's just all hops. The malt in the nose doesn't come through and the beer is just bitter from beginning to end, with a dry finish. Your tongue/palate never get a break.

Not all the easy to drink. After a few sips, you can't feel anything and your taste buds are shot for the immediate future. I like the ABV, but it's not an easy sipper

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Photo of rjp217
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DearthVader
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5 oz taster at the new tasting room.

Pours a very nice amber that glows brightly. Thick 1" heads sits atop the see-through body. You can catch the carbonation bubbles towards the top of the brew. Thick lacing. Very nice looking DIPA.

Smells of orange and lemon peel and gobs of hops. Slight hues of sweet malt, but the hops definitely dominate here.

Taste is up front with hops which lead into more hops abd finished with hops. There's obviously more to it. Citrus and some tropical fruits, but definitely hard to pick out from all the hops that you're pounded by from this beer.

Medium to full bodied with an intense dryness. You have to be in the mood for this one which at the time, I was.

A solid brew, but I'm content with just the 5 oz pour I had.

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Photo of Morey
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

INFORMATION: According to the Green Flash website, this beer is released in the Spring. I spotted this in a bottle shop in Ohio over the weekend, and decided to throw a single in a mixed six pack. I held it up to the light, and there was absolutely no sediment to speak of. So I crossed my fingers, hoping for a fairly fresh bottle. It’s brewed with 6 lbs. of hops per barrel and weighs in at over 100 IBUs.

APPEARANCE: Pours a very hazy copper-orange color. Topped with two fingers of cream colored foam. The head settled to and thin and spotty layer after about 10 minutes or so. Good head retention, and even better lacing.

AROMA: Grapefruit, Pine Resin, Caramel Malt, and Wet Grassy Hops in the nose.

TASTE: Big layer of caramel malt up front accompanied by a good amount of wet-hop bitterness. The sweetness from the malt really shows itself about midway. Thankfully, there’s a second wave of bitterness that immediately follows, and sweeps it’s way over the entire palate. The finish is filled with lingering flavors of sticky hops, caramel, and freshly squeezed grapefruit.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body with a pretty light carbonation level for the style.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: This is obviously not super fresh. Does that mean that I shouldn’t review it? I think not. Who’s fault is it that there’s no date on this bottle afterall? It’s still a pretty tasty beer. It just taste like a hopped-up Barleywine at this point. As a DIPA however, it’s just too malty. I hope to have a fresh one sometime soon, and I can only hope that Green Flash starts to bottle date sooner rather than later!

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Photo of jrein0254
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skrumpy
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear, coppery color. Thin head with minimal streak lacing. The aroma is tangerine, stone fruit, butterscotch, and caramel malt. The flavor is as the label says: "hop forward". Lots of pine and citrus packed in this one. Very bitter and resinous. Still drinkable tho, and balanced enough. Kinda boozy, with some alcohol vapor. Worth checking out at least.

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Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,138 ratings.
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