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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,142
Reviews:
764
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
Wants:
217
Gots:
715
For Trade:
5
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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JayQue
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good West Coast DIPA. Pours a clear light copper color with a frothy white head that hangs around pretty good. A lot of filmy lacing on the glass as well as patches of thick lacing.

Aroma is pretty good as well....citrus and floral hops.

Outstanding taste and mouthfeel. Strong citrus hops presence and bitterness (mostly grapefruit), some balancing caramel malt. The bitterness is predominant but it is not the head shrinking Avery Maharajah or Founders Devil Dancer kind of bitterness.

There is a certain light pillowy nature to the mouthfeel kind of like RR Blind Pig. Crisp mouthfeel, plenty rich enough and no hint of the 9.50% alcohol. Goes down smooth. You can appreciate the bitterness without a grimace.

This is a DIPA worthy of revisiting many times. Would be deadly in a bomber unless you knew and respected the high abv.

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Photo of baybum
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of ZachT
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of WanderingFool
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Palate Wrecker pours a crystal clear amber color with a big, pillowy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly down to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy with notes of grass and orange rind. Some bready malt notes are also present. I think I was expecting more citrus hops, but it's still pleasant.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is very soft on the palate. Carbonation is mild. The flavor is fairly balanced between sweet caramel malt and bitter citrus hops, but the hops definitely win this battle. It starts with sweet notes of caramel and pale malt. The middle presents pine, grass and orange citrus. At the end some pepper comes through just before the bitter and dry finish. Once gone the orange citrus lingers on the palate.

A tasty beer that will please hop heads. Maybe it's my palate but I didn't think this beer was a hop bomb. Hides the 9% abv very well.

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Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange-tinted amber. Forms a very large white head that only slowly reduces down to a bubbly surface coating and a thick ring. Leaves some moderate lacing.

S: Lots of hop aroma, predominantly orange and citrus with touch of mango and just a little bit of pine resin.

T: Starts off with a mix of pine and malt. A bit of caramel and a little toast, then it sweetens up a little with notes of grapefruit and orange. Finishes with a strong grapefruit pith and pine resin bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium weight, but with a rather full, round feel in the mouth. Strong bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Well, I was expecting my palate to be wrecked and it wasn't! However, I was rewarded with a bitter, hop-forward, yet still very well balanced DIPA that I found quite enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of dsshuck
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear golden copper color with a 1finger off-white head
S=floral tropical hop with malt some booze
T- huge tropical hops with pine and citrus hops malts work there way in to balance this but hops are in charge here
M-surprisingly not bitter but a touch boozy medium carbonation and an explosion of hops
O-tasty @ipa that will find its way into the fridge from time to time

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Photo of N1Nkasi
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dsa7783
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
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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Photo of Ristaccia
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of glasses of this at the Public House in Las Vegas. I've had many Green Flash beers including the IPA and Double IPA many times but have tasted nothing like this before. This was the most bitter double IPA I think I've every had, except may the Hopsickle.

The appearance was typical of the style; straw colored, hazy, good carbonation.

The aroma was highly hoppy with lots of pine and citrus. Very unbalanced but in a good way. The ultimate hophead beer.

Flavor as well was very, very bitter and a true palate wrecker. Typically I don't like unbalanced beers but this was so well made otherwise that it was great.

Definitely get this if you find it but don't expect to be able to taste anything afterwards.

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

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - lightly hazed blazing copper color with a white head that thinned to a ring of bubbles leaving a delicate coating of lacing behind.

S - burst of citrus fruit mix.

T - biting grapefruit rind bitterness lets just a hint or two of sweetness show up before going tart, dry and bitter on the finish, a very nice drink here.

F - medium bodied with a tart but enjoyable feel.

O - one of the better tasting Dub/Imp IPA's around.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Petegrieco
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bcsbeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of CraigTravor
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BeerBucks
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oakenator
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Adamostella
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of shirtless_mike
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,142 ratings.
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