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:
752
Ratings:
4,106
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
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Reviews: 752 | Ratings: 4,106
Photo of JPowell712
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It lives up to its name. This is a great hoppy beer of you like imperial or double IPA's. The way it hits you is very aggressive, it is true hop lovers dream beer. The 9.5% ABV is blended well with the malts so although a bitter beer, it finished smooth. This is one of the strongest hopped beers I have had.

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Photo of hman43
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours dark golden with lacing. The aroma features powerful citrus aromas with spruce and floral elements. The flavors feature a greater floral bite with spruce, citrus, and fruit peel. It is extremely hoppy with a high bitter feel on the palate.Overall the combinations of hops and well complimented.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear, coppery color. Thin head with minimal streak lacing. The aroma is tangerine, stone fruit, butterscotch, and caramel malt. The flavor is as the label says: "hop forward". Lots of pine and citrus packed in this one. Very bitter and resinous. Still drinkable tho, and balanced enough. Kinda boozy, with some alcohol vapor. Worth checking out at least.

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Photo of mooseo
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Burnt orange-amber with a large, white fluffy head.

S - Nice fresh tropical fruit aroma. Mango, peach, grapefruit, and pine resin.

T - Huge waves of bitter grapefruit, pine and tropical fruit. A touch of caramel malt sweetness comes through, but the flavor is mostly dominated by dank, resinous hops. Ends with a long, earthy bitter piney finish.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, oily mouthfeel. High carbontation with a dry finish. Warming alcohol.

O - A very enjoyable beer. Good drinkability, alcohol is well hidden. Great flavor, although not the most complex or distinct tasting double IPA I've had. Thankfully, "Palate Wrecker" lives up to its name and delivers the goods.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Freakin' Frog in Las Vegas, NV.

appearance - medium orange with good head and retention

smell - dank hop presence, pine notes and citrus notes

taste - citrus and grapefruit hop notes followed by a nice malt backbone, good complexity

mouthfeel - big body, a bit slick, well carbonated

overall - great beer, lots of nice hop character, big bodied and delicious, alcohol is well hidden (nice to see this IIPA just under 10%)

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Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10 oz. pour into a tulip. Liberty Union, Chester Springs, PA

A- Orange gold. Clear. Light white head, but very thin.

S- Citrus, pine, some toasted notes in the malt.

T- Some pine notes and dry citrus peel. Malt is barely noticeable. Fairly juicy.

M- Medium body, some hoppy boozy burn but less bitter than the name suggests.

O- This was juicier than expected, and less palate wrecking than expected.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour yields a one inch head that is dense and has some staying power. Cloudy golden amber and scattered lacing.

Tropical fruit nose dominated by melons and papaya. Pine nuts and light malt playing second fiddle.

Extreme hop front followed by intense sweet malt to the back. Pretty straight forward; hop and sweet.

Mouthfeel is chewy in a sweet danish fashion and carbonation holds.

Aggressive sweetness from the malt is distracting; love the bitterness though. Tastes more like a barleywine. Not going to purchase again but worth a try if you are curious enough.

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Photo of McStagger
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Re review now that I have a fresh batch!

A: Pours transparent with a darkened rust colored hue. Finger of tanner than khaki head. Tight bubbles. Moderate retention. Minimal carbonation, with medium bubbles rising to the surface. Lacing is moderate.

S: Smells bitter and boozy. Straw needles, cat piss, onion/garlic, some grapefruit citrus. Some heat coming off the nose too. It's spicy and rustic, similar to an aggressive Grenache. a As it opens up and warms, a huge underlying malt presence is noted. Lots of caramel, some straw and grain. Still, it's overwhelmingly pungent and dank.

T: Massive malt sweetness is almost completely consumed by hop bitterness. Big , resinous bitterness that really sticks with you. Hops are sweet tropical fruit, bitter stone fruit skin, lemon, definite soapiness, get some pepper like notes in the sinuses (could just be booze heat), more tropical fruit. Aftertaste is spicy, with lots of dandelion/floral bitterness and some prickly pepper heat.

M: Full bodied, finishes fairly dry and crisp. Some slickness from the malt and alcohol, but nothing overpowering.

O: Amazing beer. While many will poo poo it as simply upping the IBU's arms race, there are some serious flavors and aromas within this brew. It's not for the weak of palate, but it holds some amazing secrets for those that can look past the brutal bitterness.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Palate Wrecker certainly lives up to its namesake! Let's start with the color - it's a murky, yet sediment-free burnt orange, with a billowy cap of white suds. It looks rich and full of flavor... almost overflowing with it. The aroma is very bright and bursting with fruit esters - kiwi, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, and a little dash of brown sugar. Getting to the actual flavor - it's got a good amount of malt sweetness that I did not expect, and the hop aspects start off with that grapefruit juiciness, then it evolves to"resinous," to a final super piny, drying bitterness. I welcome the harshness of the finish. It's amazing how one beverage goes from juicyfruit to such a sharp dryness. I love it. It's a heavy beer too, beware. I will absolutely be buying this masterpiece again!

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The triumvirate of Centennial, Columbus, and Simcoe (CCS) is enough to triple the force of water. I don't recall the bottled on date the first time I had this, but the second time around I definitely took notice that the 22 oz. bomber was less than two weeks old. Glorious hops. I'm not adverse to my palate being wrecked; in fact, I welcome it. The head was a solid, cottony mass of super-sticky lacing that retained perfectly throughout my consumption. The holy trinity of CCS kept pounding my tongue like a judge's gavel, but I didn't complain. I was looking for life imprisonment at this point. Call me weiserr, call me the IPA Hunter®, just don't call me late for the next Imperial offering from Green Flash Brewing Co. I liked this one enough to start rapping again, so I apologize for what follows.

stem cell, couldn't duplicate, the gems well
DNA’s too brolic, in hell, my pens dwell
no kids can perform, the most wickedest form
of words, put in a song, ghostwritten by spawn
a.k.a., Wise, the AK lay lives
so you need a white sheet, like the KKK ‘guise
to prepare for war, hush, yeah, i’m sure
that i'm ahead of my time and, plus, been here before
wanna doubt my status, f**k it then line up
cause ya'll like scratched lenses, just f**kin’ the site (sight) up
with cheap collections, of reviews, with weak perception
that’s forced, lost in the search, to seek perfection
only to find a beast from the eastern section
to get out, you're gonna need more than police protection
at least a Wesson
cause when it comes to bodying an aspirant, i’m always suspect
like nas’ beat selection
a lethal weapon, lettin’ off, on people reppin’
the aura, is a combination, of evil lessons
and deceiving sessions, hustle all, i do it real
a hood hustler, i could sell tuna to a whale
the masses are blind, but they see what i’m sayin
by the using of this braille
so who you didn't feel?
don't lie to yourself, that's blind intuition
i'm a nightmare that will raise you out of that lying position
don’t follow these dummies, thinkin' i’m lame, playin’
yourself, sleeping on the hops, you’re basically sayin’
let's have a contest, see who neck hurts worst
for you to sign on, your software gotta talk to the network first
I run shit, and ran shit
like track runners on steroids, until I made the land split
but the Bros. didn’t ban shit…
never get at me, if your beers is not prized
that’s comparable to my clone, it is not WISE...

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clean, crisp, vibrant copper into my DFH glass. A nice finger or more sits atop like a cloud and dies down slowly. Not a whole lot of lacing left on the glass, but the legs are decently oily as they fade back in to this crytal clear elixer.

S- A blend of O.J., pineapple, and grapefruit juices mixed with orange blossom honey and grass clippings. Notes of basil, fennel seeds, bitter orange peel and sweet caramel. A very faint backround of cat piss, weed and compost. Each sniff brings something new to the party, and it really opens up nicely as it warms up.

T- Bitter citrus peel dipped in caramel, honey drizzled basil leaves, pineapple, mango, dry grass clippings. Lots of oranges and yellow grapefruit. Little hints of skunky weed living on my tongue and nasal passages. It has a nice backround sweetness that blends well with all that bitterness and compost. The alcohol is completely hidden.

M- Thick, oily, and juicy! Like biting into a freshly carved pineapple. Nice carbonation at first, but as it gives way it glides down and gripes you tongue leaving a wonderful sweet citrus tang.

O- Glad this finally made it to my area of NY after asking my local for months now. Well worth the wait and I'll be picking this up often if it sticks around. A very well rounded IIPA. Well done once again GF!

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear amber/ brownish color, with a nice finger of off white head at the top that leaves a little lacing around the glass as you drink it.

S: Lots of hops on the nose, slight hint of tropical fruit and some caramel as well, little hint of booze on the tail end.

T: The hops hit the mouth right away, the pine and citrus are very present, kick in the mouth from the bitterness, slight honey note on the tail end.

M: Slick and sticky, medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation.

O: This was a very good IPA, if you like a kick from the hops this is the beer for you, a very refreshing and enjoyable brew from Green Flash.

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Photo of coldriver
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a deep amber with beautiful fluffy head and massive lacing. Citrus, piney, aroma hangs heavy in the air deep with resin. Wow, very bitter and oily, with typically fantastic Green Flash citrus resinous hop profile. Thick mouthfeel with palate wrecking dry finish that hangs on the taste buds. Great hop forward imperial IPA - Chuck Silva does it again!

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

Pours amber in color. There is over an inch of white head that last awhile before falling to a top coating. Spots of lacing slide back into the drink.

Pungent, in your face aroma. It is dank, herbal, and resinous with hints of citrus peel. Despite the strong hop presence; it is still pleasantly sweet. Candied hops! Kush?

Its hard to discern any specific flavor. There are hints of orange peel, herbs, and mint; but for the most part it overwhelms my palate. Coca leaves?

It has a unique mouthfeel. Medium body yet creamy, biter yet cool, sticky yet thin. Did I mention that its bitter?

This is an excellent beer for a hop-head like myself, but my wife says that she would rather chew aspirin than take another sip. Lives up to their moniker.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper color with a modest white head that leaves a light coat of lacing on the glass.

Aroma of orange marmalade, a touch of pine and caramel.

Caramel and biscuit base is prominent and mouthcoating, leaving a sweetish impression. Orange marmalade and pine hops seem imbedded in this base but not really floating on top of it or front and center. Bitterness is obvious, but subdued and fairly mellow, blending with the malt base.

Medium body with a light carbonation.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The nose on this beer isn't terribly distinctive - ambiguously fruity, bubblegum-y, maybe some grape.

On the palate it is hugely bitter, almost numbing up front. Again, some sort of ambiguous fruit salad notes fall into place with a light caramel sweetness backing it up. There are floral, grassy and grapefruit notes, but mostly big, bitter pine.

I had a little glass of bourbon before this and my palate is certainly confused, if not wrecked. It was expecting some relief from the booze, but the extreme IBUs here are bringing a similar sort of thrashing. Wish I could taste a little more character behind the bitterness, but alas, this beer is what it's marketed to be.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown Green Flash style bottle with shades of Orange being the designated labeling color. Typical brilliance like all other Green Flash bottles. Just love them. Poured into a standard American Pint glass.

A - deep golden-orange body. Slightly off white head poured very nice and sat around the entire way down in form of a soapy thick ring of lace that left a good bit of stick.

S - more traditional hoppiness in the nose than in their other double ipa's. big grapefruit notes slam the front of the nose with chasers of lemon and pine. A hint of hop spice. Lovely, no a perfect incorporation of malt backbone. Light caramel and sweet breadiness with hints of alcohol in the back. Just a great nose!

T - grapefruit, lemon and light orange up front. Bitter pine notes are introduced toward the middle with the sweet but balanced caramel malt taking on a bigger load. Then comes the 'wrecker' part of it. Big grapefruit and fresh lemon give off a sharp bitterness in the finish.

M - full bodied with an exceptional feel and texture. Coating thickness Green Flash style. Alcohol is detected especially as Palate Wrecker warms a bit. Creamy mouthfeel and nicely balanced, but could be a bit too much for someone not into DiPa's that are meant to punish in a good way.

O - Palate Wrecker is a worthy bottling and has some real brilliance to it. I don't favor it as much as the other Green Flash double ipa's, but its still something ill buy every year. This is just another great offering from G Flash. It has equal quality and class to their other double ipa's, but still remains different in character. This is more traditional ipa turned up a few notches. Very enjoyable and well worth the experience over and over again.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an unbranded short-stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a deep golden amber with orangish accents. Big, fluffy two and half finger bright white head. Excellent retention and abundant lacing. A wallop of pineapple and mango and other tropical notes on the nose. You can almost feel the bitterness of the hops in the nostrils. A burst of pineapple, citrus floral notes, mango, a touch of caramel malt, and grapefruit rind bitterness that is balanced out on the finish by the sweetness of the unrelenting malt body. Huge malt backbone that is largely responsible for a chewy, smooth full-body; well carbonated. An excellent DIPA that should satisfy even the most ardent hophead's craving.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very good iipa. Very balanced and bold. Tons of piny and citrus notes from the hops. With just the right amount of malt sweetness to balance the beer and give it complexity. Silky, creamy mouthfeel. A very good interpretation of the style. Very Impressive

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-tangerine with a thick white head that lasts a long time and leaves some amazingly thick lacing and also some cascading. Beautiful beer.

S-grapefruit peaches, citrus, and hops

T-bitter and bold, citrus and just a hint of pine, definitely grapefruit and a lingering hop bitterness. This is one intense beer.

M-Thick and chewy

D-To me this has a low drinkability its very, very heavy and full flavored. Its not as light as other versions of the style, it really weighs you down.

Overall, this is a good double ipa but not my favorite. I would love to try it on tap sometime.

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Photo of JayCheG
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost amber color with a one finger light tan head. Fair lacing.
S: Intense fruit smells, grapefruit and almost a hint of orange. Plenty of pine and an afternote of caramel.
T: Hops up front mostly fruity and finishing with pine. Blends well with a caramelly malt flavor.
M: Medium bodied beer with a bit of a thicker feel
O: A balanced west coast style IIPA. Hop bitterness up front that is mellowed out by the malts.

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Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice golden color, good light tan head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Grapefruit hops right up front, then pine and resin, with a hint of malts

Taste: Grapefruit and resin hops up front and in your face. Pine hops are up next. Decent caramel malt backbone, but it can't stand up to the hops. Good amount of bitterness hits you almost at the end, then there's a nice citrusy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, good carbonation, little bit of oily-ness from the hops

Overall: Pretty good brew, but I'm glad I picked up a single rather than a full 4 pack. This is something I could probably drink one bottle a year of, but it is a very good and well executed brew. Not sure I would exactly say it wrecks your palate, but it is packed full of hops.

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Photo of lsummers
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great orange amber with a one finger sandy white head that stays.

Smells straight away of the tropical fruits. Very refreshing.

Taste hits with the bitter piny pineapple pine and grapefruit hops, notes of peppery burnt toffee. Relatively sweet and very bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel is sticky and round. It's definitely full bodied.

Overall, this is a great example of a west coast double ipa. Green flash separates themselves from other west coast double ipa's in the fact theirs has so much hop bitterness combined with their roasted malts. It's a unique flavor that hasn't been replicated which makes it remember able.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.32/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a hazy light orange with some yellow highlights towards the bottom of the glass. Only a sliver of white foam yet leaves some spotty lacing from swirling.

S - strong and interesting aroma. Very dank. Lots of candied orange peel, pine needles and green leaves. Hints of tropical fruit as well such as pineapple and possibly even some bananna peel.

T - sweet caramel notes up front. The crisp hop bitterness comes quickly and melds with the sweet notes for a very intense candied orange peel flavor. Sweet and bitter notes mingle and consume the palate well past the finish.

M - medium bodied. Creamy texture. Carbonation is mediumand.very crisp.

O - personally I felt this was a bit too sweet and not quite balanced. Yet an interesting DIPA overall.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a copper, amber color. Small, off-white foam head that dissipates quickly. Leaves some pretty good lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops, grapefruit, and malts. Good amount of pine. Alcohol isn't masked terribly well.

Taste: "Woah" was the first thing out of my mouth after the first sip. A pretty complex palette here. Lots of hops up front, and a lot more caramel malts in the taste than the aroma. Subsequent sips revealed more of a citrus punch. A little bit of grass/earthiness as well. Alcohol is masked a lot better in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Heavy body. Syrupy. Not a whole lot of carbonation, but it works perfectly here.

Overall: Not quite as good as I thought it was going to be from the buzz, but still a very good IIPA. At 9.5%, it's as easy of a drinker as you'll find, too.

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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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