Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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Reviews:
726
Ratings:
4,034
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
24.64%
 
 
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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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Photo of adam42381
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a goblet. Bottled on 3/13/13 printed on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a medium golden color with yellow-orange highlights and a 2 finger fluffy off-white head. Very good lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet candied fruit, pineapple, bitter citrus, a touch of pine. Extremely hoppy with just a touch of malty sweetness in the background.

Taste: Lemon zest up front followed by pine in the middle before ending with a blast of grapefruit rind at the finish. The alcohol comes through a little as it warms up. Aftertaste is extremely bitter and long-lasting. The name definitely rings true on this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The hop oils really coat the entire mouth.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. You probably wouldn't want multiples due to the fact that your palate probably can't handle more than one bottle.

Overall: Very good beer overall. Quite possibly the most bitter beer I've tried to date with the possible exception of Moylan's Hopsickle. I'd recommend this one to the true hopheads out there.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a great smelling beer. It's an awfully handsome, clear golden pour into a tulip, with a big cottony head that sticks around.

The aroma really distinguishes this brew. Sweet, juicy fruits galore: red grapefruit, pineapple, and finally sweet tangerine. Perhaps a honey/floral tea character.

Its early sweetness is all fruit juice. Yum. The hops come on as a salty, white grapefruit bitterness. There's almost no malt sweetness; the sweetness is fruit, only. Not candied fruit, just juicy sweet fruit. Once it's down the gullet, the aftertaste turns sharply bitter, white grapefruit rind. That hurts this beer.

Great medium-bodied richness. The high carbonation is great.

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UPDATE: 1/9/2015
Got a 4-pk to put in the cellar. Drinking one bottle.

Mostly agree with my take on it above, except for one thing: the sweetness is a good deal bigger and more complex than I'd thought. There actually is malt sweetness, and a pretty good amount of it.

I'm gonna have to get another 4-pk for the cellar: when the aging knocks down the 100+ IBU, this is gonna be awesome.

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Photo of stickynotes
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A - Caramel color, clear. An off-white head slowly dissipates leaving heavy lacing.

S - Sweet malt, booze and an abundance of hops; plenty of pine and some citrus. Smells aggressive and flavorful.

T - Bitter and sweet maltiness finishing with a crash of bitterness. Super piney. Big flavors here, a strong malt backbone and tons of hoppy goodness the high abv warms the end a bit.

M - Moderately carbonated, I think it pairs with the aggressive flavor well.

O - This is a big dipa and will be appreciated by ipa fans. The beer is aptly named, it is strong and aggressive in all areas, especially bitterness and hop presence. Good stuff for the initiated.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 06/03/14. That's a long ways off. Tasted 21 January 2014.

Pours very clear dark orange. One finger of yellowish head. Good retention, solid lacing. Not much visible carbonation. Nice color.

Smell is a blast of pine, well backed by potent caramely sweetness. One of the most powerfully piney IPAs I've encountered, and fantastic.

Taste is excellent. It's robust, a bit sweet before the piney bitterness kicks. No joke about wrecking your palate - the hop bitterness in this will do some damage to the taste buds. Lasting, too.

Feel is really good. Full-bodied, sticky, and persistent, but with enough carbonation to keep things stirred up. Excellent.

I really like this beer. It's like a West Coast IPA jacked up a big notch. Super piney, super bitter, and outstanding.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber color and clear with white head that lingers well in glass.

Smell is heavily hop floral with hints of rose and cinnamon. Of course there is an abundance of citrus notes. Grapefruit and orange are heavy in the nose.

Taste had more malt character than I was expecting given previous reviews. Yes, there is a massive punch of hop flavor, but not overpoweringly so. Nice grapefruit, orange and pine. Bitterness lingers well on the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel is very dry and medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall this is a superb DIPA.

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Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inch tall dense white head on a murky darker orange.

Dank mango tropical fruits galore, lovin it.

More of the beautiful beach island tastes. Very dank, mouth watering. Well above average bitterness. Somewhat boozy but easy going down.

Thicker mouthfeel for a double IPA, well carbonated.

It's getting harder and harder to separate your DIPA from the next guys and I think Green Flash is on to something here. I can s we this beer being polarizing but with that said its well worth a try is you like dank highly hopped beers.

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

A bottle from Jersey into a Green Flash Pint Glass.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker pours a golden/orange looking liquid that glides into the glass smooth like creating a inch of loose off white foam leaving some specs here and there. A nice amount of activity and bubbles.

Smell is all west coast hop scent like expected. A very nice bouquet of citrus rind, grapefruit, mango etc. Some floral hop scent comes up with some biscuit like scent coming from a light malting. This smells delicious, if that makes sense.

Taste is up there with the big boys on the left coast. A nice blast of citrus mixing into some pine ending with a light bready malt that drowns out the hops on the finish without too much sweetness. Well rounded but the pine lingers in the aftertaste, which is not a bad thing.

Feel is at about medium with ample carb, there is some bite to this from the bubbles. Palate wrecker is bitter and would be a lot to handle for a newbie, but a craft drinker with experience could handle this. A lingering aftertaste, with just a touch of the 9.5% coming out. This would go well with some spicy food.

I gotta say between this and Rayon Vert, Green Flash has been pumping out some great new beers in a 12oz format at affordable rates. I could drink two 12ozer's of this in a sitting no problem. I am constantly impressed by west coast IPA's in general, I just wish more east coast brewers would catch up.

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Photo of dlello2
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Awesome orange ipa color... neither cloudy or clear. Good finger and a half of head coats the sides of glass. Nice.

S - Great citrus and hops smell. Very fresh, standard west coast DIPA smell. Very good.

T - This definitely lives up to the name! I was assaulted by hop bitterness in this one. The touch of alcohol I'm getting is almost covered up by the malt backbone. If this was a little easier/smoother going down I would have scored it higher.

M - Excellent. Great amount of carbonation, nice medium/light body.

O - This is an excellent double ipa... Other than a slighty bitter aftertaste it does everything for me. Really like this one!

Update: Almost a year later I'm going to update--scores all the same. This one was bottled on 12/17 (less than a month ago). It is ridiculously piney smelling. Also get a bit of marijuana. Flavor is really nice--really need to sip it to not be assaulted by bitterness. Aftertaste is the only piece that I'm not loving. Still a great beer.

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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

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

On tap at St Augustines in vancouver. This is the last beer you want to drink in the evening as it really obiterates all else with its huge hops and deep bitterness. It is strangely balanced and not too over the top. I liked the beer and appreciated the fact it delivered the goods while staying very drinkable for the style. I could only have one but that is all you need with this beer.

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

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - lightly hazed blazing copper color with a white head that thinned to a ring of bubbles leaving a delicate coating of lacing behind.

S - burst of citrus fruit mix.

T - biting grapefruit rind bitterness lets just a hint or two of sweetness show up before going tart, dry and bitter on the finish, a very nice drink here.

F - medium bodied with a tart but enjoyable feel.

O - one of the better tasting Dub/Imp IPA's around.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a nice dark golden color with a 2" off-white head. Some clumps and strings of lacing on the glass.

S- A lot going on here. Some caramel, floral, citrus, and pepper.

T- Nice sweetness and citrus, followed by spicy, pepper bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Hop bitterness definitely leaves a lingering aftertaste.

O- Good dipa. This is a little different with the floral and pepper aspect. Not sure if my palate is wrecked but it's on the fringe.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

I con immediately get a grassy and citrusy hop punch when I opened this. Good indicator.

Pours a nice golden copper color with some nice clean orange hues. There is a large ecru head that is pretty dense and appetizing. About 1.5 inch tall with some chunkier bubbles at the top. The head recedes very slowly and leaves some nice awesome sticky lacing. Very nice retention.

Aroma starts off with some nice toasty grain and quickly gets enveloped by some awesome grassy, herbal and citrus hop notes. Very crisp and refreshing hop juice notes. Orange peal and some nice grapefruit notes. There is also some tangerines and some mild tropical fruit notes. Maybe some mango. There is also a very nice earthy and tasty grain back note there that leads me to believe this will be balanced ;)

Wow. Intense hop bomb right off the bat. Strong citrus notes with intense resinous bitterness. Grapefruit rind and orange peel. Intense hop resin with some slight pine in there as well. There is a nice slight toasty grain malt note that eases the intensity of the hops. The finish is dry and bitter though. A hop heads dream.

Overall. Great DIPA, extremely hoppy and nice and bitter. As it warms it continuous to be a palate wrecker with some more resinous note notes precent.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice slightly cloudy copper/orange color with a nice full white fluffy head. Decent retention, excellent lacing.

S - Lots of sweet citrus hops, some caramel malts for sure, some lighter sweeter fruit as well. Smells juicy and inviting.

T - It lives up to the name, I've eaten hops (or a hop, several times) before (who wouldnt?) and this is as close to that feeling/taste ive ever experienced in a beer. Dry bitter and overpowering. Maybe a little fruity sweetness at the back end but its pretty hard to tell, it wrecked my palate. I'm going to let this warm up for about 20 minutes and see if I can pick up more of the fruity/citrusy flavors...

Significantly better/more balanced (a ton). Still nice and hoppy but im getting sweet fruits up front, a bitter burst and then a lot of nice lingering citrusy/bitter flavors. Malts not really there on this one. When drank super cold, I'd say 3.25 just too unbalanced, but at ~50-55 severely improved.

M - Medium bodied, now that its warmed up a bit I wouldnt call it a session but not a sipper either. Perfect for a 2 an hour type pace as long as you let it warm up a wee bit.

O - Very very nice aggressive west coast ipa, discovered green flash about a week ago when they started distributing down here and they are now probably a personal top 5-10 brewery for me. love it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, bright red coloring, milky white head on top, stays small, but stays it does.

Aroma: big, flowery hops presence, plenty of pine, gobs of fruit (gobs, I said, gobs!). Not too bitter, not sweet, either. Nicely balanced, I'd say.

Taste: Now it starts to slay. Intense bitterness boards the palate, with swords brandished, pistols blazing, all it's weapons cocked and ready, in for a conquering. Massive bitterness that lays waste to the tastebuds. Prickly pine and a slathering of citrus, lemon, lime, grapefruit. Intense.

Lean body, nothing to back up the hop attack, but I don't expect such from an self-proclaimed bruiser as this. Malt body takes a back seat to bitter hop punishment. High alcohol lays low at first, then roars on in.

I like this. It's right on the money for what it's trying to do. Oddly, I wasn't impressed when I had the first two bottles. Maybe I just wasn't paying close attention. That can happen sometimes. If you don't really take the time to slow down and appreciate every aspect in the moment, you find yourself thinking, "yeah, yeah, hops, booze, bitterness, la, la, la…"

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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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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,034 ratings.
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