Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

Palate WreckerPalate Wrecker
BA SCORE
90.9%
Liked This Beer
4.16 w/ 4,149 ratings
Palate WreckerPalate Wrecker
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
Ranking:
#1,327
Reviews:
765
Ratings:
4,149
Liked:
3,771
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
10.34%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
216
Gots:
720
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,149 |  Reviews: 765
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a clear copper color with two fingers of light beige head. Creamy lacing left behind.

Bright, juicy aroma of grapefruit and pine resin.

The taste was no surprise after the aroma. A big juicy bite of grapefruit and pine along with a nice backbone of caramel malts for balance. Finish had a bitter bite to it.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

This one gives Hopslam a run for it's IIPA money. Big, bold, and full of flavor.

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Photo of shoegueuze
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of kell50
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of justintcoons
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an extremely cloudy orange-hued gold. This is obviously unfiltered. Has a minimal head that vanishes instantly.

N: Oh yeah. Citrus and tropical fruits right off the bat. Tangerine, papaya, pineapple, navel orange and lemon. This is backed by a massive helping of caramel.

T: The caramel is way more prominent than I would have guessed. Just thick, thick caramel throughout which is covering up the complexities of the hops. I'm having trouble deciphering the different flavors beyond the malt. Upfront appears to be some lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple. This is followed by some mango and finishes with some resinous pine. Perhaps this is worthy of its name.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, dry and a little sticky.

O: This is too malty for a Double IPA. Where as the best (Pliny, Heady Topper, Hopslam) seem to find that happy medium of balance, this fails. Yet this does seem worthy of its name. The alcohol is very well hidden. I'm not blown away, but not bad.

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Photo of dleiner
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of tommyguz
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of buckyp
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Masters
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Holland
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1115th Review on BA
Cask to stemmed cup

@Hamiltons San Diego, CA

App- A dark orange color with some yellow bottom highlights and a very fast receding 1/2 in head. Left great sticky cling all the way down the glass.

Smell- A great mix of deeper citrus and hops. Very tropical in the nose and lends itself to a layer of supporting malts. A little oily at points but the cask and the temp I expected that.

Taste- The primary layer I got on this was deep damp tropical fruits. A bit of tangerine and a bit of orange. Mixed in come the hop oils and ABV boozy flavors. A bit creamy from the cask and a bit warm. All the flavors meshed well. Its a good beer but not a great DIPA.

Mouth- A thicker medium body with touches of warming booze and very creamy. A good low/medium carbonation level on cask.

Drink- A good solid DIPA put on cask. Nice balance and was good but wasn't great.

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Photo of masterofsparks
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JohnBender
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of oldvines
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas pint glass
From: Costco in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7.29 (w/ Costco card)
Purchased: April 22, 2014
Consumed: April 29, 2014
Misc.: Best by June 11, 2014

Poured a dark orange, amber hazy color with two fingers of khaki white head. A decent amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Average amount of uneven layered spotty lacing along the sides of the glass. Good retention.

Smelled a pleasant mix of hops and malts. Got floral hops, citrus hops, Cascade hops, spruce, rye hops, mint toothpaste, amber malts, caramel, some slightly wet earthy malts and some unknown spicy notes.

Tasted pretty much what I expected it to after the smell. Got those heavy, earthy malts more than the hops. Caramel, rye, amber, citrus hops, light honey, light lemon and sour tropical fruit, all with an unknown spicy bitter note lingering on the tongue long after.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Not as good as I hoped, but still a decent imperial IPA.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big fluffy airy head sits a top a clean copper body. The lacing was tremendous with thick lines of foam.

The scent is earthy, herbal hops. Sweet caramel malt sits to the background with ever so slight appearances of grapefruit rind.

My palate detects so many fruits that would be atypical of the style. I catch watermelon, kiwi, strawberry and a bitter grapefruit. Caramel malt flavor is evident and supports the whole taste.

For something called Palate Wrecker this is surprisingly clean. There is a bitter side with some astringency but it's not off putting.

I'm not sure why my palate perceived this in such a fashion but Damn I like it.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy copper orange with a medium pillowy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is a little subdued - piney, resiny, dank hops with some sweet caramel malt and a little melon.

The flavor is a little caramel malt and fruit with a ton of resiny, piney, very bitter hops that linger in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a monster hop bomb. Tons of bitterness, but not a lot of good hop flavors.

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Photo of dexterk1
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of yeaprolly
2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of mikepcarney
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jaymo18
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Jamison85
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90.9% out of 100 with 4,149 ratings
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