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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752
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4,106
Avg:
4.14
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10.39%
 
 
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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 I love fresh Green Flash, but I've been burnt in the past with the IPA being outdated (my own fault I know), but this beer is just awesome.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 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 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 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 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 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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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 jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a very yellowish head. Classic massive west coast nose, reminiscent of green flashes west coast ipa. Great lacing. Notes of fresh pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, with touches of peaches mangos and pine. Big full body with well blended flavors, the same that are on the nose. Hop bitterness is high. A little tart. Extremely drinkable at 9% but not a huge difference from green flash west coast ipa to this. Its very good but im not sure why the two exist side by side. Finish is a bit longer on this one though if your one of those people that like those hops to line their teeth.

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Photo of silentjay
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

luckily, when Green Flash releases a new beer, at least you can tell whether or not its fresh. If you buy it within the first few weeks its been in your area, well its relatively fresh, if you don't.... good luck.

pours a clear copper with a huge off-white head that sticks around for a while and laces in chunks.

weaker than expected aroma. lots of piney, woody hops... some bitter citrus hops, and plenty of caramelly, biscuity malts behind that.

woody, citrusy, bitter hops collide with the malts reminding me of fresh Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada, yet not quite as complex nor smooth. alcohol harshness and a slightly harsh bitterness really do make this a palate wrecker.

medium bodied with ample carbonation and an alcohol harshness throughout.

well... its decent. not worth the cost for me, though. kind of falls between an IIPA and a barleywine, but there are many examples of both styles I enjoy more.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an aptley named beer! The nose has saome nice tropical notes to the hops with some spice and pine as well. On the palate, it has a nice malty start but transitions quickly to all bittering hops for a long, dry (astringent?) finish. Nice, but I wouldn't want more than one.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass, like all green flash beers this doesn't have a bottled on date. The color is a dark mahogany with a large off white small bubbled foamy head which leaves a lacing. The smells are of pine and grapefruit good with a little caramel. The feel is medium to a little heavy. The taste is overly good, nice amount of hops with caramel although not as tasty as fresh.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 6/27/14. Pours a clear medium amber with a nice dark ruby hue. Average head and lacing. Rich nose of grapefruit, with hints of other sweet citrus, over a light background of pine and caramel malt. Medium body with a smooth texture. The carbonation level is on the low end of normal. The complex flavor profile is a hop assault over a nice caramel balance. Grapefruit begins the assault with notes of other citrus. It then progresses to pine coupled with a nice intense bitterness that is pine and grapefruit rind. Towards the end, a well balanced caramel sweetness emerges to somewhat soothe the palate. The finish is an alcohol burn at the back of the throat with lingering bitterness and tartness. This one is not for the faint hearted.

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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 Catracho5
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a golden amber color with an off-white head, very little lacing, low carbonation, no head retention.

A: Lots of aromas, pine, resin, grapefruit peel, nice balance of light caramel/toffee malts on the backend, smells promising.

T: Lots of pine and resin, fresh squeezed pine needles, lots of grapefruit peel, touch of apricot and peaches, bitterness is present throughout the taste, finish is dry with pine and grapefruit lingering in the aftertaste, good balance of malts adds a touch of sweetness.

M: Full bodied with low carbonation and really dry finish.

O: Love this beer, lots of pine and grapefruit with a touch of malts to add some balance, lots of bitterness, this is the beer I reach for when I want a bitter bomb.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep slightly hazy orange amber brew with a sticky foam cap leaving sheets of lace. Pungent oranges, orange peels, marmalade and grapefruit along with a substantial caramelly malt nose. Biting bitterness right away, almost hot-spicy. Grapefruit pith. Oranges. Garlicky onion. Pine resin. The intense bitterness grudgingly yields just an inch to a creamy carmelly malt backbone which must exist in principle to warehouse all this hop intensity. Powerfully hoppy excellence.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled December 11, 2012...very fresh. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear amber with a thick two finger off-white head that sticks around forever leaving nice sheets and spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is big and dank hops, marijuana, onion, grapefruit, some pine and cat pee, dankity dank. Very good strength.

Flavor is chewy resinous hops, grapefruit, onion, marijuana, quite a big caramel malt backbone as well, needed to try to balance the biting bitterness. As it warms the bitterness subsides somewhat and the big malts come forward more. Decent alcohol bite too.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied for an IPA, sticky, good carbonation.

Pretty good dank DIPA. At first the bitterness was huge and biting...settles down quite a bit as the malts really kick in. I love unbalanced super-bitter IPAs and while this is quite good, it could have been better and lived up to its name more.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,106 ratings.
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