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

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4,103
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
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Photo of artoolemomo
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head and shows pretty good retention. The head is a very light beige that is almost off-white while the body is a medium to dark amber which appears as a medium amber in the light. A good amount of lacing has been left behind.

Nose- Starts with a blast of hops that range from musty to grapefruit to more generic citrus notes. Some pine and resin. Some tropical fruits. A bit of honey. The glass shows a little more caramel but even this seems to get covered over by the aromatic and fruity hops. While I know that the fruity hops won't carry over to the flavor profile, here's hoping...

Taste- Has a hint of sweetness and then just launches a full out assault of bitter hops. Very deep grapefruit, pine and resin, lots of earwax. It's like licking bark. Some sweetness tries to peak through but the bittering hops are pretty boisterous in this one. I'm not surprised by any of this or the strong burnt caramel presence that is only deepened by the extreme grapefruit and matchstick notes. Five years ago, I would have loved this beer. Now, I can't stand a beer like this. Not that it isn't good; it's a pretty solid beer and accomplishes its aims. Does have enough milder fruitiness about it to sustain it. I do catch some orange, some hints of honey and floral notes. It's a really good beer when it isn't being so goddamn abrasive and clearly shows why it's ranked as high as it is.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavy, this moves it into American Barleywine range. A little more than medium bodied with a thick, syrup texture that has a bit of zip. While structurally sound, even the mouthfeel seems abrasive.

Drinkability- This one is not easy. For a second it is, but this quickly turns. It's brash, it's abrasive. It still has enough of a malt backbone to keep this in check while your palate does indeed get wrecked. If you're into that kind of thing, 3.49 ain't that bad. For me, it's way too much.

Overall- Solid beer for me but I understand the love. This beer is not bullshit- this is one of the most devastatingly hopped beers I've ever had. I used to like that but now, a beer like this is a chore. It is alcoholic enough to make me briefly forget all that though. Worth a try but it is pretty much what it says it is.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (no bottled on date) into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours out a hazy orange with a thin white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Nose is not as punchy as I expected, but still is nice and citrusy (not too piney or medicinal). I get primarily lemon and grapefruit with a little bit of pine and flowery notes.

Medium-bodied beer with a slick, oily mouthfeel. Hops blast the palate nearly from the get-go. Behind the intense bitterness, there is a sweet caramel-like malty presence. Sweetness notwithstanding, the hops run the show here. They coat the mouth and linger like crazy on the finish along with a faint spark of alcohol. This stuff reminds me a lot of Stone Ruination. It is just a screw-it-and-throw-caution-to-the-wind hop bomb.

This wasn't a bad beer, and it really lives up to its name, but I'm glad I only bought a single of it. I probably won't buy it again, simply because at this price I would rather buy FFF Dreadnaught (assuming it's available). Hopheads would love this beer. Just don't plan on drinking a different beer right after you have this one.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks great. Lots of lacing, 2 finger head, burnt orange color.

S: Very typical west coast DIPA smell. Piney, grapefruit, citrus, but I smell some onion?

T: Man... too much hops... it does wreck my palate... (in a not-very-flattering manner). Not a fan of how this beer tastes. Yucky after taste too.

M: Good amount of carbonation, medium thickness.

O: man... this beer doesn't taste very good. I love hoppy beers, but man... this isn't good much at all. It's painful as you're swallowing it. Give it a try, but I bet you won't keep seeking for this (like me).

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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 FeDUBBELFIST
2.94/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle to tulip.
Bottled on 01/08/13. Sampled on 05FEB13.

[A] Bright white and beautiful, the head rises to a finger and a half. Foamy, fluffy and incredibly well sustained, leaving a thick coating all around the glass. The body is a perfectly bright and the color of annealed copper. Above average lacing in strands.

[S] Dank, resiny hop notes abound. Floral in a green, stemmy kind of way plus dried pine. Light caramel.

[T] Just like the nose: Dank, resiny and woodsy. The flavors are on the complete opposite end of the citrusy/tropical fruit IPA spectrum, which is a nice change, but it's not my preferred flavor profile. More malty than it should be. And the finish is less-dry than expected.

[M] Full bodied with just the right amount of bitterness to overshadow the sweet, pale malt character. The carbonation is very fine, but perfectly adequate, grazing smoothly and swiftly over the tongue.

[O] Ok so, Palate Wrecker is a bit of an overstatement. I thought the beer was decent but I was more impressed with the draft version which, in all fairness was a few weeks fresher. The flavor profile is either not for me, or the bottle did not age well, or the beer wasn't very good to begin with. In any case, I would take another shot with this one, but I'll look for a fresher example.

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Photo of Raime
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green Flash Palate Wrecker.

Well, It's safe to say I haven't had my palate wrecked in quite some time so let's hope this one can live up to its promise of doing just that. I better taste hops for a week straight after this one!.

Look - Crystal clear amber with a finger and a half of off-white head that looks like it's gonna stick around and serve out its contract unlike Bergdahl or whatever the fuck his name was. Carbonation appears to be medium with this one. Not much is left in terms of lacing and the head kept to its promise. 4.25.

Smell - I'm picking up a lotttt of malt and a lotttttt more Simcoe in this one. Generally Simcoe hops are my least favorite so I kinda hope this isn't a sign of things to come...3.

Taste - This one is very, very sticky and very very sweet. The malts are dominant in the profile with the simcoe hops making a sure appearance. The alcohol is present as well. I don't see a palate wreck in terms of flavor overload as much as it would ve in terms of sweetness overload. Hoping more develops as it warms. While I may not be the biggest fan of malty simcoe bombs, this one is easily the most pleasant and drinkable in that area. Now that the beer has hit optimal temperature, it has gotten better. Flavor profile doesn't change much, but holy fuck is this thing sweet. Did they put a jar of honey in this thing? It's doing everything Hopslam did, but far better. The sweetness is pleasant even though it sounds like I am bitching. The high IBU level isn't very clear due to the sticky sweetness of this beer. This beer is nearly perfectly balanced to be completely honest. 5

Feel - Medium and very sticky bodied with moderate carbonation. This one hangs around in your mouth in a good way, but by comparison kinda like that hot ex of yours who just couldn't get over the great sex. After coming close to finishing thus beer it is no wonder they call it palate wrecker..the sweet factor sticks around forever pleasantly coating the mouth and numbing the tongue. 5.

Overall - The nose had me a bit worried but this is pretty much thr definition of how to do a proper malt bomb and other breweries need to take notice or forever make shitty malt bombs. So far Green Flash has been pretty impressive. If I have to complain, it could have done with more juicyness. Otherwise, they hit the mark. I can feel myself slipping slowly off into drunky land as I finish this review out. After talking it out with myself for 10 minutes, this is a fantastic beer unlike any DIPA I have ever had. And that isn't even it doing the talking, simply the truth..I swear it isn't holding an explosive hop to my head saying buy more!..Send help!. 5

UPDATE AS OF 9/8/15. Had more of it. This stuff is just simply amazing. changing scores to reflect it.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy cow! Massive hop scent smack floats though the air upon opening... Yum!

iHuge! foamy white head rises from the hazed orange brew. Lots of yellow and some reds. Nice lacing too, A+.

Huge Cascase nose on this brew, almost overwhelming and too much. Strong pine and mild citrus.

Overly bitter, very little smoothness. Lots of bitterness remains long after brew is gone. This brew is like drinking pine sap. WHOA, slightly overwhelming. Good carbonation and no heat.

Slight mess of a brew, but a west coast hop bomb nonetheless. Flavor is overwhelmingly bitter without enough sweetness or smoothness. Recommended, but for only the biggest of hopheads.

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Photo of AmitC
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a big snifter glass.

A very nice smell emanates as soon as i pop open the cap.

Color is standard amber or golden pale. A one finger thick head that recedes slowly and stays well. Excellent lacing and stickiness. A good amount of bubbles seen rising up. Very clear.

Aroma is a winner here. A lot of citrus hops. A good amount of herbal and flower nose. Strength of aroma is good to strong. Fills the nose very quickly and can be smelled from a distance. Very typical usage of citrus hops. A decent of sweetness imparted by malts as well.

I was expecting a palate wrecking flavor. But it fails to do anything that serious with my palate. Bitter it is, but not one of the most bitter ales that i have had. A mix of bitter sweet malty taste that ends with a palate full of bitterness. Front and middle could have been more hoppy. Bitterness grows on you as you keep drinking it. Some resin like character and a good amount of herbal and flowery taste. Some sweet grapefruit like taste as well. Finish of course is dry and bitter. Front part of the tongue is senseless as i finish this beer. This is not just due to the beer itself but a few of the precursors as well.

A nice oily and resiny feel that is very welcome in a IPA. Medium body. Slick and smooth. Almost light. Moderate to slightly high carbonation. Astringency, yes it has a lot of bitterness but no alcohol whatsoever. Goes down really easily for a 9.5%.

Well it just about manages to deliver on expectations. It is strong, powerful and bitter but as easily drinkable. Do not drink other brews for some time after having this. A winner.

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Photo of nataku00
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark copper with a finger of loose off white foam. Head dissipates quickly to a thin collar along the edges with minimal lacing. Not much carbonation visible.

Nose is pine and grapefruit, caramel, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste follows the nose, big hit of pine and grapefruit bitterness, mellowing into a caramel malt sweetness and alcohol. Lingering grapefruit bitterness on the tongue with some malt sweetness.

Medium body, a little syrupy with low carbonation that lightly tickles the tongue. A bit of alcohol warmth in the back of the throat that lingers after a couple of sips. Not exceptionally bitter, mostly a decent DIPA.

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

A: The beer pours out of the bottle a nice orange brown color with a billowing white head. Fluffy and thick, the head lasts forever and coats the side of my glass.

S: A big citrus aroma attacks the nostrils as you delve your nose into this one. It almost smells like you're holding a fresh hop in your hand. There is some light malt coming out as well. Hop bomb all the way, but nicely thought out.

T: I have to say this is pretty good. The hop resins really hang out on the back of the mouth as the citrus and grapefruit rules the taste. Bitter and piney, the hops provide a nice secondary taste to the fruits. This is a well executed beer, and the results live up to its name. You won't be able to taste much else for the rest of the night! (Not that that's a bad thing)

MF: The body is so light and crisp I can't believe how much flavor it has. The dry finish puts the cap on a wonderful beer that is just so easy to drink.

O: I enjoyed this even more than I did when I had it on-tap. Just a really outstanding Imperial IPA. Hope Green Flash keeps making this bad boy. Sit back, pop the bottle open, and relax. Perfect IPA for enjoying the warm weather.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The best Green Flash beer I have tried so far.

Pours out a really nice bright, hazy orange with hints of amber and a nice fluffy white head.

The aroma is full of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and other fruity and floral hop scents. Very heavy on the tropical fruit with no malt detected.

The taste is very close to the aroma. There is a ton of intense fruity and floral hop flavor with a slight hint of malt sweetness in the background. It's very bitter, dry and finishes crisp.

The alcohol is hidden very well and this is very easy to drink. A great Imperial IPA.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy copper with slightly off-white head. Leaves nice lacing. Head never really dissipates.

S - This is where it's at. Possibly the best smelling beer I've ever had. It smells like fresh. Fresh hops. Fresh malted barley. Amazing aroma. Lemon, apricot.

T - Very well balanced. Very tiny let down after the smell, but that just speaks to how great I thought the smell was. The hops and malt, mostly caramel, are fighting it out on this one. Hops comes through a bit stronger, but I feel it goes back and forth. That's why I say balanced. The big surprise here is No Alcohol roughness. For 9.5% this is hidden very well.

M - Medium to thick body, medium carb. Coats the palate with bitterness like an IPA or DIPA should.

O - I was a little skeptical of this at first. I love fresh Green Flash, but I've been burnt in the past with the IPA being outdated (my own fault I know), but this beer is just awesome. Fresh is the biggest adjective. It tastes like this was just brewed and then bottled this morning.

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

Aroma: Big citrus, lemon rind, and grapefruit nose. A little bit of peppery spiciness which I think is due to the alcohol tickles the nostrils. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Very clear amber pour with a thick and sudsy white head that retains well.

Flavor: More of the same...lots of bitter grapefruit, lemon rind, and pine tar-like flavors assault the palate. A touch of caramel sweetness in the background that is quickly beaten down by the hop flavors. Balance is decidedly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with lively moderate carbonation. A little bit of prickly astringency that kind of caves the back of my tongue in a pleasant hop assault.

Overall impression: Not sure my palate is "wrecked" but it's been taken behind the woodshed and it's been shown who's the boss. The alcohol is a touch on the hot side but I wouldn't want to age it for fear of the hops fading. Well done!

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

This beer is straight up orange, clear, and carries a dense foamy, oily looking, light head. Aroma is loaded with peaches, mangos, and cantaloupes. Reminds me of gourmet gummy peach candies. Malts come through as caramal, toffee, and white bread. There's also something in the mix that makes me think of vanilla oddly enough. Simple but large aroma. Taste is intense. This stands up to its name. The bitterness feels implosive. Flavors are heavy with tropical and melon-like fruits and thick viscous bready malt piles. Largly sticky and resinous like pine sap. This does have a bit of pine forest going on...flavors and texture. Carbonation is just big enough to stir up the heavy-ish syrup-like body adequately.

Pretty large multidimensional hoppiness here. I like it though more than one at a time would be excessive. Something like this needs to be enjoyed sparingly.

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Photo of cvm4
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A subdued orange, slightly honey in color. Leaves a 2 finger head.

S - Orange peel, grapefruit and piney attributes. But, overall it's definitely hoppy on the nose.

T - Whoa... Hop bomb here! It starts off hoppy, ends bitter and has a nice mix of citrus flavors in between. There's a slight velvety malty texture to it.

M - High carbonation, dry finish. Medium bodied on the palette.

O - It does what the name implies. It wrecks your palette and leaves any hop head satisfied. A hop forward IIPA that isn't a huge malt bomb.

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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 CNoj012
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a crystal clear golden amber color with a creamy, one finger, off white head. Retention is moderate and there is a bit of sticky chunky lacing left on the glass.

Smell is dank pine, grapefruit, tangerine, citrus pith and sweet and bready malts.

Taste is the same. The malts do their best to keep the beer balanced, but pine and citrus pith are the stars of the show, providing a super bitter one two punch.

Feel is medium, very sticky and resinous with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall a very good DIPA. The alcohol is not really present, or maybe just covered up by the bitterness. I wish it was a touch less sweet, but in a beer this big you need a decent malt backbone. I drank a pilsner after this and all I could taste was the crackery malt. It definitely lives up to it's name

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, copper amber colored with a huge fluffy off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: fruity aromas of pineapple, orange, grapefruit, papaya, it literally smells like you just opened a can of tropical mixed fruit salad, citrus hops

T: pineapple and grapefruit up front, malt comes out in middle with a smooth caramel sweetness, finish is a hop explosion of grapefruit peel and pine resin

M: thick and creamy, alcohol makes itself well known, correct carbonation

O: buy it if you find it, the smell alone makes this a fantastic beer, let it warm for the flavors to fully develop

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

For some reason this is one of the only green flash brews that isnt in my area so I got it out of town. Been looking forward to this for a while.

A- Super hazy orange with a two finger foamy head. What a double should look like.

S- Potent pine needles and sugary citrus fruits ranging from mango, pineapple and lime. A sweet malt backbone that is completely engulfed by hops. It's a fantastic smelling brew.

T- A touch of alcohol up front followed by a wave of bitterness and hop insanity. The hops are Very fruity and citrusy all across the board. A lot of lime, orange and pineapple. This beer is extremely piney which I love in an IPA. Not as bitter as I was expecting but still incredibly bitter. No malt flavors that I could pick up on.

M- Fairly warming. If you are ok with bitter then this one is pretty darn easy to drink. Leaves a bitter bite afterwards.

O- I feel that I am quite biased towards hop focused beers so having said that this one is definitely among the best. The hop flavor is potent and quite the experience. The beer itself is pretty easy drinking and its only fault in my eyes is a slight alcohol flavor I could live without.

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Photo of IronLover
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright copper orange in color with a slight haze. Poured with a big frothy off white head that stayed strong to nearly the last sip. Big sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Smooth and oily feel with subdued carbonation. Tangerine and pineapple aromas with a light biscuit malt undertone. Ripe citrusy tagerine and pineapple flavors upfront with floral hop flavors through the middle that slowly transition to a bitter pine hop finish. Bitterness lingers for a while. The higher abv is well masked by the hop bitterness and light bready malt undertone.

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

Green Flash Palate Wrecker
From 1/22/14 tasting notes...

Enjoyed on draft at Benno's in West Allis, WI. This was a 10 oz tapper. Served chilled...

A) This was an amber brew, with a small white head. The head stuck around for the duration, and there were a few rings of lace clinging to the glass. Nice...

S) Indeed, the hops is strong in the aroma. Sticky pine and citrus rind primarily. Light floral and tropical fruit as well.

T) Kaboom... It's a hop bomb... Pine, grapefruit, orange peel. Strong lingering bitterness is in store for you. I don't think perfect balance in the flavor department was the intention here, although the malt base does provide some sweetness. Additionally, the alcohol is well hidden. I wouldn't have guessed this is a 9.5% ABV.

M) Medium bodied with peppy carbonation. My palate was coated in sticky hop bitterness. Finishes dry with some citrus rind and pine.

O) A must try for hop heads... Did it leave my palate scorched and destroyed for the remainder of my visit to Benno's? Well, not exactly, but I did eat two corn dogs, and some chips before enjoying my next brew. Glad to recommend...

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Photo of Taybeh
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a month old single into a NB globe glass

A: fairly clear goldish amber, 1 finger off-white head that subsides within a minute or two
S: pine resin, grapefruit rind, floral notes, caramel and pale bready malts
T: waves of hoppy bitterness, some decent malt backbone, but mainly bitter and resiny. Floral notes on the end, all the while unrelentingly bitter and dry. I like bitterness a lot...this doesn't overwhelm, but at the same time, it doesn't really do much that is very interesting to me. Ok, but nothing too exciting.
M: medium carbonation, creamy, dry, bitter.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 650ml bottle.

Fantastic appearance, considering this one of the allegedly most hoppy beers conceived, as the alcohol seems to "mask" the reddish-orange appearance, and that the excessive hop oil adds extra shine and jewel-like appearance. There's plenty of carbonation as well, and it's fantastic that a 9.5 ABV beer has this long lasting of a head. Granted it could be the Duvel glass, but another person I was with had it in a standard pint and it lasted forever as well. Heavenly, in short.

There's a colossal hop and alcohol aroma that seems to punch you in the face upon a whiff. However, these notes soon materialize and become sweetened like candied fruit, and contain a citrus, tropical flavor that is refreshing. There's no malty smell to speak of, and the yeast seems well blended with the hops. Perhaps there's too much of an alcohol drop, but it's expected here.

To me, the flavor is pretty much the opposite experience, as all you seem to get are extreme citrus and floral hops, and syrupy, caramel malts. Astonishingly, this beer has pretty much no alcohol in its flavor, and it's only noticeable at the back of the throat seconds after each gulp. The hops indeed dangle on the tongue as advertised (as it has over 150 IBUs) but instead of "wrecking" the palate, it seems to enhance the palate with wonderful spiciness. This is thick and smooth as hell, and provides an extremely juicy and pleasant experience with the lack of any carbonation on the mouth, as well as alcohol. This is closer to a spiced fruit drink than an actual beer!

Truly fantastic, especially considering how smooth it is for an over-the-top beer that it is advertised as. Rather than wrecking my palate, I don't think I'd be able to drink one bottle alone of this and end up merely buzzed. This will appeal to all fans of DIPAs as well as California pale ales, but may also work for fans of cocktales and barleywines. Wish it wasn't so expensive (8 dollars), or I'd definitely pick it up more at my local store than cheaper, harder-to-find beers of its kind such as Pliny.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Green Flash Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy light beige head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Resinous pine, spicy herbal notes, fruity notes, some citrus, big caramel/toffee sweetness, bready malt, and a little alcohol.

T: Old school DIPA all the way. Big sweet malty backbone fighting with a mountain of hops. Floral notes jump out first, citrus, lemon, orange, a little grapefruit, big time resinous pine, spicy herbal tones, underlying fruity notes, passion fruit, peach, a hint of melon, sturdy bready malty back bone, and a ton of caramel/toffee sweetness, plus some alcohol that elbows its way into the fight.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, with a little warmth as it goes down.

O: The smell alone brings back memories of sitting in my long time favorite pub, watching pint after pint of this get poured, wishing I was into IPAs so I could try it just for the name. Years later it's nice to get my hands on it. Gotta say, it lives up to that name. Not my favorite DIPA, but a nice piece of nostalgia for me.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a deep and clear amber golden color in the body. A medium, 2 finger head forms and retains very well, with a dense layer of froth leaving a good lace too.

S- Big hops bitterness right up front with the primary scent profile being a sticky, resinous, pine smell. Not much else here, maybe a hint of floral hops scent.

T- Hops bitterness up front, slight hints of malt in the middle, and a lingering bitterness on the end. Hops up front are not overpowering, rather not as strong as the scent, and very sticky and piney in flavor. Some malt peeks in during the middle of the drink, balancing out some of the bitterness, before the hops make their presence felt in a very bitter, lingering hops flavor.

M- This beer is thick and sticky all the way through. Carbonation level is rather low and that enhances the thick feel of the beer. Bitterness and a hidden alcohol presence makes this one a slower drink.

Overall, a very good DIPA. Pretty big hops presence for the hop heads, while there is a bit of malt to balance it out for those not as fond of the hops.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,103 ratings.
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