Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

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: 727 | Ratings: 4,035
Photo of pearljam118
4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A - Pours a hazy copper with 2 fingers of head with great lacing

S - Tropical fruit and piney hoppyness

T - Holy crap this is abrasively hoppy! This is easily the most hop forward beer I've had, nearly no malt to speak of. Finishes just as hoppy as it started.

M - This beer starts eating at your tongue at first drop. Moderate carbonation with a light mouthfeel.

O - God I can't get enough of this beer. And it really earns it's name of Palate Wrecker. I'm a hop head and I could care less about balance right now; give me more hops and more Palate Wrecker!

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Photo of LittleDon
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No freshness date, but purchased in Austin, TX two days prior to drinking.

Crystal clear light copper color. Good head retention and lots of lace. Aroma is caramel with floral notes. Flavor is slightly boozy, earthy, and piney, kind of like a forest floor (except, of course, the boozy part). Finishes with tons of bitterness. Lives up to it's name, hard to get any flavor nuances after the first few sips. Medium plus body. Low moderate carbonation. Middle of the road to slightly sweet.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 6/3/14.

Appearance: Amber/caramel with good clarity and one finger of frothy white suds.

Aroma: Sweet citrus and green tea. Hints of tropical fruits.

Taste: I should have been more prepared given the name but regardless the first sip revealed some serious bitterness akin to chewing on a hop cone. Usually west coast IPAs tend to have a very sweet hop character that counteracts the bitterness but Palate Wrecker is one of those rare beers of the style that deliver huge bitterness and well rounded hop character. After the initial blast of IBUs and then a second blast of bitterness, for good measure, the herbal tea hop flavor shines through a bit along with a glimmer of caramel malt. Finish is the apex of all these flavors and the aftertaste is a long-lingering hop burn. The 9.5% ABV allows for quite a robust experience but without any heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with average carbonation and a some serious prickliness on the palate due to the bitterness. Decent drinkability.

Final Thoughts: So glad Green Flash is distributing to MN now, real world-class brewery in my opinion. These masters of hops definitely made a great beer in Palate Wrecker. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky dull bronze with minimal head.

Aromas of herbal hops, sweet malts and alcohol.

Flavor was much the same, and nowhere nearly as hoppy tasting as the Imperial IPA. Seemed like a barleywine kinda.

Full body and a sweet and sticky hop finish.

Definitely did not wreck my palate.

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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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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into tulip glass

A - Small head, about 1.5 fingers leaves moderate lacing. Amber color, a bit clouded.

N - Typical IIPA scents of citrus and pine, lots of malt and hops

T - Sweet malt and lots of bitter hops. Citrus. Good amount of carbonation. More going on as it warms.

M - Really good, right amount of carbonation and decent balance.

O - I like it a lot. It's a step below Pliny, but not a big one.

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

On-tap at Closed for Business... 10oz pour served in a snifter.

A: Crystal clear orange; thin white head leaves some great lace.

S: Sweet citrus and resin; hop-bomb (obviously); pine; wow - big time hops; stanky cannabis.

T: A piney hop blast starts things off... followed by a powerful, puckering bitter; hop oil / hemp oil; citrusy and bright notes in aroma are lost in all the uber-bitterness; minty (?)

M: Full bodied; moderate carbonation; sticky and palate DRYING (or wrecking, I guess).

O: A doozy of a DIPA; great aroma and flavor... in small doses.

*from notes 2-17-13

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Photo of Andreji
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So choice no. 3 last night. palate wrecker? i wasn't scared it would ruin the rest of my beers....rather intrigued. how's this wrecking?

Pour is amber hued with a rather thin "dark white" head. nothing special, although it seemed to pour rather like those english bitters i haven't learned to like.

Smell...overwhelmingly hoppy. even though in itself it's not too strong, there's no malt here. it's hop paradise if you know....sort of heading down this metallic astringency. i'm not sure i crave it...

And the taste confirmed what i suspected. overwhelmingly bitter. palate-wrecking indeed. not disabling, as in: this won't stop me from having more beers, but it certainly stops you from enjoying this one past its first sip. and if you choose to wait between them, then every sip seems like the first and you'll just feel bitter-ed somehow.

Not my kinda brew but seems well elaborate so i won't flunk it. someone out there must love it i have no doubt.

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

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear perfect amber with a nice white head that fades to a layering and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with powerful grapefruit and pine notes as well as some nice sweet malt and tropical fruit flavors in the background.

T: The taste starts with a nice tropical fruit flavor as well as some pine and grapefruit with a sweetness on the finish.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy.

O: This is most likely a bit past it's prime given the previous reviews mentioning more pine and grapfruit than tropical flavors in the finish. I actually like it with some age as it's less harsh than the super pine west coast DIPAs.

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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 Jaycase
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled 12/17/12

a: orange, amber hue. smallish head.

s: light malts. pineapple/apricot. resiny hops.

t: constant sweet maltiness carpet bombed with resinous piney hops. decent amount of bitterness

m: medium body & carbonation. finishes slightly dry.

o: Great name, solid DIPA. Nothing earth shattering here but very enjoyable. Look forward to trying this again next year.

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Photo of gatorlove
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm all for a super hoppy dipa, but this beer has all of the hop bitterness and not a lot of the flavor. And the bitterness lingers on the tongue afterms taking a sip, like sucking on a wet bag of hops from the boil.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light auburn/dark gold color with thick off white head that reduces with thick lacing, and great clarity; citrus and fresh cut grass notes; malt balances nicely with bitter grass and Myers lemon flavors, a little alcohol on the exhale-nice; bitter(in a good way) tongue coating with citrus and hop finish; overall a great example of the "west coast" style, bigger IPA.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very nice clear honey color. Nice white head pretty much stayed the whole time. Nice lacing too.

Aroma is nice and hoppy. Very citrusy. Bit of maybe pineapple. Reminds me of knuckle sandwitch.

Tastes great. Very hoppy. Guess that's why they call it palate wrecker. Nice maltyness to it though. After a few sips the bitterness really destroys your tongue. Bit of honey sweetness. It's kinda knuckle sandwitch-ish but a lot more bitter.

Mouthfeel is nice. Nice balance. Nice carb.

Overall a tasty beer. So bitter. Wouldn't drink a ton of it but it's a good beer for sure

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Photo of travolta
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: A bright peach color with an eggshell head that develops a good head with decent lacing.

Nose: Fresh hops, apricot, clean and strong.

Taste: Crisp, which fades to syrupy, big hoppy profile. Grapefruit, apricot, lots of citrus and green.

Notes: Very clear hop profile in the nose and taste. Southern California is the land of "palate wreckers", so this does not stand up to the stated style. It would make for a great IPA, but not an imperial or double.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from Provisiones in Orange, CA.

Ok, this hop dog thang is just good. Raul means, "wow." Sticky, thick, and dank like Bing Crosby on ecstasy, I am feeling this! Resin dripping on me like someone nuked the skittle factory, Raul is straight doin' this!


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Photo of watermelonman
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was served showing off a great golden glow with a nice full head, and it left big rings of lace.

Sticky resin dominates the smell along with light citrus. However the taste, while quality, is not my favorite. Stacks of bitterness dominate without all the ancillary hop flavors that I know and love. This tastes like what happens when I cook and reduce an IPA too much for the rest of the recipe. Bitterness is great, but not when it is standing alone. I suppose it is living up to its name of wrecking palates, and I can appreciate that, but I want more. More citrusy grapefruit, more malt backbone, or more sticky resin, this is a good beer but needs another dimension to become a great one.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pt 6 fl oz bomber from FMcD's poured into a tulip glass. Best by 7/2/14

A - Dark ruby red, with a two finger fluffy head that retains for a good while

S - Overwhelming grapefruit, citrus, and hops.

T - Woah, what the hell just happened? Very interesting...How to explain....The grapefruit and citrus from the nose disappear, but the hops remain. Mild sea salt. An undercurrent of dark fruit , bready malts, and alcohol heat. Grass. Bitterness lingers.

M - Mouthfeel is above average. There is some sultry smoothness to it.

O - Saw the name, and I was up for the challenge. Finished the 2nd glass, and now I am getting sleepy. I am afraid to brush my teeth for the fear of what may happen.

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Photo of Wortman1998
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy amber in color with a great white/tan colored, creamy head. Laces the glass nicely.

S: Hoppy,herbs...

T: Not nearly as hoppy as many od the Double IPA's that I've been having lately, actually a pleasant change! I'm enjoying this more than I had expected. Bitter enough with some citrusy flavors and a pleasant piney taste as well. The ABV level is somewhat hidden in this beers overall flavoring, so be careful!

Mouthfeel: Nicely smooth, really pleasant.

Pallet Wrecker may be overstating it a bit, but it's a fine IPA that I will enjoy again!

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Photo of BigCheese
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper amber, with mid/large sized white head. Head dies into a nice cap. Some lacing.

S: Hop oil, all citrus tropical hop hop profile, some honey too. Very pungent.

T: Red grapefruit rind, sour pineapple, very very bitter. A very mild hint of honey/caramel maltiness. Finishes with a very dry pine cone, non-ripe orange, dandylions. Some sugar candy too. Some chalky-ness. Insanely dry on the palette. Damn so hoppy, a tad 1 or 2 dimensional though.

M: Very resin-y, oily, carbonation low. As unsessionable as it gets. I dont think I'll be able to taste anything for 2 days.

O: Well this beer is pretty absurd. Most hop forward and bitter beer I've ever had, totally unbalanced, which I respect. I'm a pretty big hop lover and this isnt my cup of tea per se, but I'm really glad I tried it.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip. Best By: 06/03/14 bottle date.

Long lasting off-white foam head got to about a finger's-width. Lots of bubbles in the cap, and dense, leaves behind great sheet lacing. The orange-copper body also shines brightly. Very attractive beer.

Resinous and fruity bouquet blooming out of this tulip! Slightly sweet malt is detected under the grapefruit and tangerine scent. Great nose.

Absolutely huge resinous hop profile on Palate Wrecker, and of course the bitterness of this one is a twelve out of ten, lasts forever after the finish. There is a tangerine sweetness to the palate, with some more sour grapefruit notes. Along with a herbal pepperiness that hangs out closer to the finish. A biscuity malt also peeks through for just a second, adding to the sweet quality of the palate. However, Palate Wrecker is absolutely dominated by that resin quality that just kicks one in the face. Bombastic DIPA on the palate for sure!

Slick with a medium to light body. Good creaminess detected on the tongue as well. Very dry, oh so dry, and the hop bite has huge staying power. Make this your last beer of the night, because that flavor just does not go away.

Palate Wrecker may not be big on providing a wide array of scents and flavors, but it does not need it. If you want a DIPA that is going to just absolutely kick you in the mouth and make you say "yes sir, I'd like some more", then Palate Wrecker is probably the beer to find and consume. At your own risk.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Big, fluffy, off-white head, high retention. Clear, copper body. Aroma includes a ton of grapefruit and pine, exploding from the glass. Taste is extremely bitter, pine dominating, some caramel malt sweetness in the distant background but certainly one of the most biting and bruising bitter beers available. Delicious, despite its out of balance-ness. Awesome.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber/orange and translucent with a foamy white head.

S: Grapefruit peel, orange, lots of citrus in the nose and maybe some nectary mango and some pine and other floral notes in nose.

T: Taste is basically the same, that is to say, delicious.

M: Full bodied and not smooth but drinkable, not harsh.

O: An excellent Imperial IPA, one of my favorites from the San Diego area.

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Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow what a beer!

Beer is a clear orangey color, there's about 3-4 fingers of head, you get this garlic/onion smell along with grapefruit and as soon as it hits your tongue, it's just an explosion of hop bitterness, somewhat malty in the middle and finishes super dry.

Easily drinkable for a DIPA fanatic like myself, all others beware, this is not a beer to be trifled with if you don't know what to expect let alone if you don't like other DIPAs. This beer is just insane and it's so good. Great brew from GreenFlash.

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Photo of acevenom
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter glass. Pours clear copper with a two-finger length white head that dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. There are plentiful tiny bubbles visible rising in the glass. There are aromas of sweet and bready malts with citrus (grapefruit and orange) and piney hops. The hop aroma is pretty intense. The first sip lives up to the namesake of the beer. The hops burst in the mouth with the piney hops and the citrus hops are there, but not as strong. The malts are there in the backbone, providing some nice bready sweetness. The alcohol is well-masked here and I can't even taste it at all. This is an excellent beer.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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