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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Reviews:
735
Ratings:
4,074
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into becker pint glass; clear golden amber with a fluffy white head that leads tons of lacing. Smell is big on piney and dank hops, with a nice malt backbone. Taste starts out with very bitter piney hops right off the bat, with some sweeter fruity hops following, more subdued. It gets more drinkable after each sip, and the caramel malt is more noticeable as it warms. Hop-heads will love this; others may find it too bitter. A great in-your-face DIPA; don't be expecting something called "Palate Wrecker" to be subtle.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best Before 7/22/14

Appearance: Color is a amber red, burnt orange color. Bubbly head of about a finger and a half which subsided but was present while drinking. Average to above average active carbonation in glass. Lots of thick sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Great balance of sweet hops and heavy pine bitterness. The two play off each other very well and bring out the best in each other. Tropical fruity body adds a ton of depth to this brew. Semi-sweet malt body meshes in well with everything else going on. Love this aroma.

Taste: The front as expected is some big pine bitterness which runs through to the body as well but is kept in check. Medium bodied fruits with accents of tangerines, grapefruit, and melon is picked up on the body. Lingering bitterness carries through the body and into the finish giving off a potent yet pleasant pine, resin, and prairie grass flavor.

Mouthfeel: Sweetness is felt on the palate through the big bitterness that rings throughout. Carbonation is well done, there but does not interfere with the flavors.

Overall: The first IPA that I've had from Green Flash that I really loved. No doubt a big bitter IPA, but plenty of fruity hops are picked up to make it more then a bitter bomb. Aromatically wonderful, I could live inside my glass.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Just released. $3.80 from Neds-- that's $23.80 a sixpack for those who like math.

Appearance: Clear copper color. Above average head retention and lacing. Nice.

Smell: Just a huge, potent hops aroma with an amazing amount of bitter citrus, pine resin, and dank. Some caramel malt in the background. Pretty incredible.

Taste: Resiny, dank hops bomb. Straight up grapefruit pith and sucking on pine needles. An intentionally unbalanced beer, but there is a bit of sweetness that keeps this thing far from being painful. Harsh, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Big, sticky, resiny. Finishes bitter and resiny.

Overall: This is a huge DIPA. A true palate wrecker. Not an everyday beer, but a serious hop bomb for when you're in the mood. Nearly perfect.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my GI tulip

A - Copper with a golden hue. Very clean looking and slightly reflective. Poured with a big two finger head that settled down to about a quarter inch white head. Leaves some light lacing on the glass as you drink

S - Smells of orange,caramel malt, pine and slight lemon peel. Has a good balance between sweet and bitter in the nose.

T - Wow, on the fist sip you know why this is called Palate Wrecker. There is a big, kick of bitter piney hops that hits strong up front. There is some orange sweetness that comes through but only serves as a slight respite for your mouth from the hops onslaught. There is a slight lemon peel that also comes through. The finish is more piney hops that leave a slight lingering bitterness that hangs on the tongue.

MF - Good medium body that has a nice balance and fits the beer just right. Slight carbonation comes through in the mouth. Despite all the hops, the finish is rather clean with only a slight resin lingering on the tongue

O - This is a beer whose name is not false advertising. It is one hoppy beer that really beings along the pine and bitter flavors. Nice to see a DIPA that doubles the hops instead of loading up on sweet malts. Reminds me of a West Coast version of Furious but with a thinner body.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Went over to Hamilton's Tavern to get a pint of this beer, it is described as:

This is a mouth puckering HOP BOMB and just what we hoped for. "Palate Wrecker" is a compilations of 2 brews. When the first brew was finished they mashed in with the hop'd Wort and used it for the sparge on the 2nd Brew. I can tell you what to expect -> A "sick sticky columbus and centennial hop bomb". It's a chewy West Coast IIPA that will sit on your tongue and engrave it ;). Disclaimer: This is not a gateway beer, this is not a introductory WEST COAST IIPA.

This is a beer made by Green Flash Brewing for Hamilton's 2nd Anniversary.

Pours the color of caramel or an amber maple syrup. Half an inch of foam on the glass, great ¼ of an inch retention with some lacing. What I love about beers is that when you give it a swirl the head comes back to life and keeps releasing aromas and this beer is just that.

This beer is a pine and citrus hop bomb! A little grassy too. Huge centennial nose. Toasted and caramel malts. Pungent and resiny hops.

Wow, one of the bitterest beers I have tried. Citrus bitterness, pine needles, bitter tangerine; flowery and earthy hops. Toasted bread and dry crackers. The thing is that I'm not a huge fan of Centennial.

Full, thick, almost syrupy. Very dry finish at first.

Very heavy beer. I could drink one pint but after that it would seem like a chore. Feels like a meal to drink.

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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 BlackBelt5112203
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 2-finger frothy, somewhat rocky, cream-colored head. Nice retention but not much lacing. Crystal clear with lots of bubbles.

S – This is one of the best hop bouquets that I’ve smelled in a while. I’m getting a blast of grapefruit, orange, peach, mango, and resinous pine. If I try hard, I can get some bready and caramel malt, but this one is very hop-forward. I can only hope that the taste is this delectable.

T – This tastes awesome. Caramel malt sweetness appears up front for just a second before the bitter blast of hops comes through. Bittersweet grapefruit, orange, and peach appear first, followed by the classic “oniony” twang of Summit hops, and finally more grapefruit, mango, and pine round out the finish. Again, the hop profile is terrific.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky, chewy, and mouth-coating feel, and a very bitter and dry finish. Bitter grapefruit and pine hops linger on the palate and tongue for a long time.

O – This is an awesome DIPA. It’s not very balanced between the malt and the hops, but it’s not meant to be – after all, the name is Palate Wrecker. While it’s not quite blisteringly bitter enough to truly wreck my palate, it comes dangerously and wonderfully close. Especially as I’m getting toward the end of my glass, the bitterness builds and builds with each sip that I take. I’ve been hearing raves about this beer for a while and I’m so glad that I finally got to try it. It’s insanely drinkable for a beer this bitter that clocks in a nearly 10% ABV. On top of all of that, it’s downright delicious. I’m going to be on the lookout for more from Green Flash. They have a winner here.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, couldn't find a bottling date/code

A - Deep orange/light brown and crystal clear. Quick fading head and little lacing.

S - Semi-fresh hops but a nice Earthy and floral aroma. Quite fragrant but not too over the top like many beers of this style.

T - Mirrors the aroma with semi-fresh hops that are sticky, taste of pine, sap and fresh cut flowers. Flavor sticks to the palate well and has a chewy feel to it. Aftertaste is very Earthy and piney and lasts.

M/O - Medium body that is well carbonated and nice viscosity. Easy to drink but not a sipper. The floral taste lingers for a while. Overall I was honestly expecting more but I prefer the West Coast IPA over this one.

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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 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 Gobearswalter34
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a nice finger head p. A dark amber orange color. Smells of a very robust hop combination with definite piney citrus smell and taste. A definite bite of alcohol and hoppy goodness. Finishes with a warm feel that lingers in back of throat. Definitely not for the faint of heart. A pretty smooth mid mouth feel. Pretty accurately named. I love this company more every time I try.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!

Yep!

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,074 ratings.
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