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
Reviews:
752
Ratings:
4,109
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
Wants:
215
Gots:
703
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 752 | Ratings: 4,109
Photo of Sabtos
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Topped with a light tan to pink, dense, uniform foam, the body is a shimmering dark amber.

Dank and fruity on the nose, I get super sticky, sweaty, overripe peach in massive amounts, with a little cannabis and pine. Some woody funk arises as it warms.

Taste flips the script, with super bitter pine coming first, then woody grapefruit and peach meekly trying to fight through this tongue thrashing monster.

Palate Wrecker has a really smooth, slick body, almost soft and pillowy with a balanced finish, if not for the immense and biting bitterness.

To anyone unfamiliar or less experienced with downing intense hop cocktails like this, or even less extreme, normal IPAs, this will scar you for life.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clean golden amber with head and lace for days. Super pine hops with big malt backbone, but the hops win out. So clean n delish, high powered. One of GF's best brews.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The nose on this beer isn't terribly distinctive - ambiguously fruity, bubblegum-y, maybe some grape.

On the palate it is hugely bitter, almost numbing up front. Again, some sort of ambiguous fruit salad notes fall into place with a light caramel sweetness backing it up. There are floral, grassy and grapefruit notes, but mostly big, bitter pine.

I had a little glass of bourbon before this and my palate is certainly confused, if not wrecked. It was expecting some relief from the booze, but the extreme IBUs here are bringing a similar sort of thrashing. Wish I could taste a little more character behind the bitterness, but alas, this beer is what it's marketed to be.

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Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Assessment: Wow! Picked-up a six-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for about twelve dollars. Huge explosion of hops, very nice smell and taste, a bit too high ABV for my taste, but would get as a one-off again.

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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/1/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear medium orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky/resinous, and slightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.5%. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, and despite the drying bitter/resinous finish. Very dank and juicy on hops; nice malt backbone, but never too sweet or heavy. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a regular amber color, aroma is complex, a pine-resin-malt-orange citrus flavor, and even a banana smell. Nice. Taste is hop-malt heavy, aftertaste is slightly bitter with pine citrus there also. Excellent!

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Photo of dcotom
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruddy orange with a thick white head. Lots of spotty lacing. Burst of pine and grapefruit upon opening the bottle. Aromas of pine, orange, grapefruit, and light caramel that carry over to the palate. Alcohol is prominent, along with a lingering resiny bitterness. Despite the hop intensity and the high ABV, this is delicious, nicely balanced, and insanely drinkable.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours clear copper orange with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh red grapefruit, tangerine, nutty toasty caramel malt, some apricot, pineapple, papaya, with clean floral earthy herbal grass and spicy resinous pine. Tastes like green onions, red grapefruit pith, tangerine, nutty toasty caramel malt, apricot, pineapple, papaya, with floral earthy herbal grass and dank spicy resinous pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice bitter and balanced double IPA.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep honey-caramel color, with impeccable clarity. The head is lovely as well at 1 finger and tons of dancing lace.

Tons of chinook and columbus on the nose. Practically a freshly picked hop/opened hop pouch. Slight dirty caramelish aromas behind that.

Um, holy crap. This beer doesn't lie and neither will I. This will destroy your tongue in several ways. First, it stimulates the salival glands to secrete at the utter dryness of the alcohol and hop combining. Second, it twists your tongue as the hop practically attacks it like white blood cells on a virus. Some facial expressions will be made. Third, it scrubs your tongue of all dignity like a paint scraper on the wall. Fourth, the heavy alcohol presence creates a hotness in both your mouth and down your tube to your belly. This is a little tastier but no less bitter than chewing on raw hop.

Feel is hot and burning, with a dry feel and a scrubbing sensation.

Overall, a drain pour in the best way possible. It's simply too much for me. It's my fault, not the beer's. It's not a bad beer. But the hops are insane and it's by far the hoppiest, most bitter beer I've ever had. Hop heads, unite.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a ruddy, tawny hue with moderate frothing. Strong, boozy aroma replete with hints of grapefruit and citrus. Similar flavor profile.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a clear darkish orange. Smell is citrus, floral, piney. Taste is big citrus and pine, with some earthiness as well. Bitterness is big but not overwhelming (or maybe I'm just immune these days). Feel is a thickish medium. A big beer that I enjoyed.

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Photo of Spikester
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden orange with one finger of bone color head that lasts about ten minutes. Splashes of lace on the sides of the nonic pint glass.
Smell is piney with some floral notes.
Taste is big pine resin oily hops with just a bit of malt support.
Mouthfeel is medium with proper carbonation. Finish is long dry and bitter.
Overall a true palate wrecker for sure! Kind of like drinking hop oil.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Tulip. Best by date is the 1st of August 2017.

L: Clear bright amber, half finger light beige head that slowly recedes into a thin layer.

S: A lot of hops to sort through here, picking up some floral, pine, citrus and possibly herbal notes as well. Really well balanced in the hops category but not overall as expected. Faint caramel sweetness in the background though. Really makes your mouth water. Detecting a hint of booze in there too.

T: Boy is that a wallop to the palate! Very bitter but not so much that you don't want to keep drinking. Lots of citrus and pine hops making themselves heard here with underlying notes of the floral and herbal. Boozy hit after the hops mellow out. Caramel notes try to take contorl and lose becoming some background noise. Unbalanced as expected.

F: Oily, slick, Medium-full body with good carbonation. A bit syrupy.

O: Not the best IIPA but not the worst, a solid beer.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just as the name states. A palate wrecker for sure! Super bitter, from beginning to end. Solid beer,but maybe overdone with the bitterness. Aromas are nice, but over 100 IBUs make sure you're ready!!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in orange, looks less orange as you age these. 1/4" white head. Aroma of massive caramel, hot booze, lots of bitter hops.

Taste is indeed a palate wrecker, its around 100ibus and a ton of caramel crystal malt. Plenty of citrus impact on this one. The fresher it is, the more citrus and hoppiness like a dipa, the more it ages, the more the malt and caramel seem to take over, as well as the alcohol seeming stronger.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As soon as I opened the bottle, the aroma was there waiting, and it was brilliant. With such high IBU you would expect nothing less, and I was expecting the same almost overwhelming with the taste, but it was surprisingly much more mild. I'm not saying that it isn't hoppy because it certainly is. It drinks like a single IPA and has a pretty good overall taste. It is by no means a beer I would wait in line for, but it is very good DIPA.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had poured from a bomber into a 16 oz tulip glass. Upon opening the beer it punches you in the face, and it definitely does not relent as you pour in the glass. At 100+ IBU it is definitely a hop head geared beer.....but needs refinement and balance to make it a top tier beer.

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

With 100+ ibu I assumed I would need a glass of water while drinking this, true to its name, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It has a nice honey orange color to it and a great taste. It sold extremely well for us.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bright orange-amber with rocky, fluffy, light tan head. Superb retention! And thick, sticky, chunky lacing, if you can call it that. Hands down, the best lace I've ever seen. No haze or flecks. Resin, sweet orange, and stewed vegetable aromas. Quite good, but not very strong. Flavors, on the other hand...They really do wreck the palate! Nothing, I can't handle, or appreciate, though. Very dank, vegetal and bitter throughout, but also a sweet, almost dark fruit underbelly. A definite and powerful black pepper retro-olfaction here as well. Outstanding beer if that's what you're into, which it just so happens that I am. Medium to full in body, carbonation seems fairly subtle, but only because of thickness of brew I think. Smooth and warming.

I was mentioning to a friend that I was reviewing this beer and she said in reply:

"I was going to make a palate joke, but it would be in bad taste."

Maybe that's funny, and maybe it isn't. But I laughed hard when I finally got 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 DavidS333
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong and sort of smoothe but with a bite is a brief description of this American Double/Imperial.

If one was to describe to you the ultimate hop concoction this might be a great example there-of. Some like to be eased into things, some like baptisms of fire.

If your friend is of the latter category, and you want to get him/her into the American Double/Imperial genre of beer than I would very much suggest to you this beer.

This beer is the American Double's of American Double's. If you or someone you know is used to watery, somewhat alchoholy after-tasting beers, then I would suggest that one try this or suggest this to someone to show them the potency of hops, and how an aftertaste can be just as strong as the for or mid taste of a beer.

This beer is satisfying and great, it really showcases(as the name would imply) the potential of the aftertaste of the American Double/Imperial, and it does so with vigor and mastery. This beer is a great example of the variety of forms that hops can take to "show themselves" in a beer's taste and flavor, and overall this is a really unique and satisfying American Double/Imperial. A great beer for those new and veteran to the American Double/Imperial genre of brew.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Green Flash Brewing 'Palate Wrecker' @ 9.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $11.20
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a burnt/amber in the glass with a big fluffy white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-hoppy , smells like a PNW rainforest
T-nice& big , yet somewhat smooth tasting DIPA
MF-ok/mild carbonation , big full body
Ov-has the wow factor , good beer , great DIPA
prost LampertLand

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Photo of hman43
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours dark golden with lacing. The aroma features powerful citrus aromas with spruce and floral elements. The flavors feature a greater floral bite with spruce, citrus, and fruit peel. It is extremely hoppy with a high bitter feel on the palate.Overall the combinations of hops and well complimented.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy hop aroma. Moderate to heavy bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate alcohol bite at the finish. This is a standout beer.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Long time want, finally found.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was basically a hazy burnt yellow to orange color with a slim transparency about it allowing some light carbonation to be seen rising. A one finger white foamy head dissipated pretty quickly and left some stringy lacing running here and there.
The smell had some bitter grapefruit rind with some lemon rind and some lemon zest. Grassy tones try to help to balance but the aroma basically stays strong.
The taste arranges the bitterness all about through the previously mmentioned flavors. Bitterness demands a quick aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was sharp and bitter sitting about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability to sipping quality about it. Carbonation runs right for the style and for me as the bitterness really takes hold of my tongue to pound into submission.
Overall, it was everything I expected. A true palate wrecker not just by name but by form. I'd definitely have again.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,109 ratings.
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