Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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4.16/5
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,462
Reviews:
767
Ratings:
4,159
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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218
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721
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,159 |  Reviews: 767
Photo of JohnBender
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of masterofsparks
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of 57md
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a copper with golden edges. The half finger of head yielded some lace, but nothing overly impressive. The nose was distinctly hoppy. The flavor was hoppy throughout, but there was a touch of alcohol sourness on the finish that almost reached unpleasant, but not bad enough to ruin this very good offering.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BB1313
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent golden, huge fluffy white head, great retention and sticky lacing. It doesn't get too much better as for as appearance goes. Lots of fruitiness right off the bat. I'm picking up some grapefruit and alot of orange. There's a touch of booze in the aromas as well, but not overwhelming. The flavors are bold. More graprefruit in the mix. I'm picking up a decent amount of pine too. Resin is there, finishes somewhat sweet. Alcohol goes unnoticed in the flavors for the most part, making it pretty easy to drink. Mouthfeel is right on, moderate amount of carbonation and makes for a smooth drink.

My only beef is that it's somewhat one note. I was expecting a little more based on it being from Green Flash and called Palate Wrecker. But nonetheless, it's a nice beer.

This is a really nice DIPA. It's not exactly mind blowing, but very well done..

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of dsa7783
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a ruddy, tawny hue with moderate frothing. Strong, boozy aroma replete with hints of grapefruit and citrus. Similar flavor profile.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at St Augustines in vancouver. This is the last beer you want to drink in the evening as it really obiterates all else with its huge hops and deep bitterness. It is strangely balanced and not too over the top. I liked the beer and appreciated the fact it delivered the goods while staying very drinkable for the style. I could only have one but that is all you need with this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of ScaryEd
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was yet another beer that I picked up at Top Hops a few weeks back. I had never had this before and enjoyed all of Green Flash's other offerings that I had before, even if they tend to be similar to each other and to other beers from the Golden State. Amazingly, this one stood out to me, because of how smooth it went down and how hidden the alcohol was. This was indeed strong but it never felt it and everything worked harmoniously well together, which is rare for something as bold as a Double/Imperial IPA such as this.

Everything was solid about this, from the pour on down. A nice frothy head, radian apricot hue, and a bit of amber-like translucence combined for a nice appearance , before I took a sip. The aroma was that of pine, grapefruit, and some tropical fruits and all of these were repeated in the smooth and potent taste. Almost no malt to be found here but the mouthfeel was certainly solid and this pulled off the near-impossibility of a dry-hopped strength with a wet hop finish that squeezed all of the oil, resin, and metallic bitterness of out each hop. There was even a hint of white chocolate in here, like in the Sonoran Cordillera Blanca that added a hint of tangerine and cocoa underneath everything. As everything faded in the aftertaste, just some earthiness remained and oil that didn't seem to completely harmonize with everything else.

For sure, this was a strong beer and I could feel the booze by the time I finished off the contents of the bottle that I bought. While the alcohol is not detectable via taste, it's present and gives this beer the oomph underneath everything else that went on. This won't certainly wreck anyone's palate but it will give it a good run for its money and push the edge of it out just a bit further, and given that so many hoppy beers are not that discernible from each other, what more could you ask for? Take a good hour and give this is go, there's a lot to like here for anyone who loves hops and depth in a beer.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,159 ratings