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Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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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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 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 hogie7
4.91/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow this is a nice beer. Hints of honey and lots of hops. Similar to hopslam but I might actually like this better. Too bad its $15.99 for a 4-pack near me. definitely worth it for a treat once in awhile. If you have not tried this I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Green Flash's Palate Wrecker last week for $3.39 at The Lager Mill. Green Flash recently entered the marker in Michigan and since I've never had anything from them I thought would pick up a few of their beers to try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling, but it just showed up so it should be fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, but it's pretty simple and it's not too eye catching. It poured a nice slightly darker orange color that took on more of an amber and crimson hue when held to the light with two and half fingers of fairly creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patching rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of floral, earthy, slightly piney, green onion and citrus fruit hops with the green onion aromas sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a light toasted, slightly grainy, and caramel malt like aroma with a little bit of sweet malts in the background. The aroma is nice, but the green onion and garlic aromas are a little strong for me.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart all the aspects that they did in the aroma with the green onion/garlic like hops still sticking out the most with a citrus hop flavor showing up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a toasted, grainy, caramel malt and sweet malt flavors. On the finish there's a lower amount of high bitterness that lingers for a little bit with a citrus hop and green onion like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but the green onion/garlic aspect was just as strong as it was in the aroma.

M- Not the smoothest, slightly crisp, a little sticky, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice but I wish it was smoother.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and decent example of the style, it had a lot of those west coast IPA aspect but the green onion seemed to get a little out of hand in this one and I thought it started to clash with the other flavors. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't the smoothest, slightly crisp, a little sticky, not too filing and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, i don't have the urge to drink another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a very nice looking beer, it had good color, head and lacing. What I liked the least about this beer was the heavy green onion/garlic aspect, it just doesn't blend well with the other hoppy aspects. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not hard to find a DIPA that I like more for a better price. I would recommend this as a good DIPA unless you really like the onion/garlic aspect. All in all I was a little let down with this beer, I've heard that many people enjoy this beer, but I can't say that was the case for me, those onion/garlic hops really held this beer back from being as good as it could be. This isn't my favorite DIPA and it didn't make for the best first impression for Green Flash, better luck next time guys, this one just wasn't for me.

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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 GarrettFM
2.98/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I admire how well built this brew is. I acknowledge its complexity. I see the parallels to Stone's Bastard line. But to my (un-wrecked?) palate, the primary flavor here is a rank one, and this rankness is neither inherently interesting nor pleasantly counterbalanced by creamy or sweet notes. It is the liquid equivalent of that guy we all know--the abrasive, intelligent jerk who thinks his intelligence justifies his abrasiveness.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the expensive and stylish to produce bottle into a chalice.

A: Deep orange and browns. two finger head and wispy, stringy lacing down to a 2 mm disk. Has negligible legs. Active, gentle carbonation.

S: Lemony, grassy and some earthy musk. some sweet malty notes. There is this really funky tropical fruit notes and sour/metallic-aliphatic hydrocarbon note.

T: Follows nose with lemon, grass, earthy notes with sweet caramel malt like notes. Yeast is bready and what seems like a metallic note peeking near finish. Like sweet mango bread that has started to over ferment, on verge of rot, sitting out at room temp for one too many days and gets a spritz of zinc and phenol. Ah. That's it. That throat spray. What is it called....Chloraseptic? I have not had that for years, so I know it ain't mixing with the brew today.

M: This is a DIPA? Reeaaaalllly? I don't think it's a classic DIPA with massive early hop additions for the sake of extreme bitterness. This has a lot of hop and malt notes going on, not sure where the metallic notes are coming from but they're not patently offensive.

O: This is "biggie small". There's elements of hugeness that are tempered with restraint.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper and very malt-forward double IPA. I'm a bit surprised its marketed as a west coast beer, as it has a lot more in common with a dark, rich, malty DIPA like Dogfish 90. The hops are extremely piney and citrusy.

A good DIPA, but nothing special and the drinkability suffers a bit from the malt sweetness.

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

A- Pours a deep and clear amber golden color in the body. A medium, 2 finger head forms and retains very well, with a dense layer of froth leaving a good lace too.

S- Big hops bitterness right up front with the primary scent profile being a sticky, resinous, pine smell. Not much else here, maybe a hint of floral hops scent.

T- Hops bitterness up front, slight hints of malt in the middle, and a lingering bitterness on the end. Hops up front are not overpowering, rather not as strong as the scent, and very sticky and piney in flavor. Some malt peeks in during the middle of the drink, balancing out some of the bitterness, before the hops make their presence felt in a very bitter, lingering hops flavor.

M- This beer is thick and sticky all the way through. Carbonation level is rather low and that enhances the thick feel of the beer. Bitterness and a hidden alcohol presence makes this one a slower drink.

Overall, a very good DIPA. Pretty big hops presence for the hop heads, while there is a bit of malt to balance it out for those not as fond of the hops.

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Photo of TangTKE402
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a 32oz. Boston Round into a tulip pint glass. Clear, cherrywood colored with a 1-finger beige head and some lacing.

S: Big hop notes right up-front, with a hint of alcohol esters. Fresh pine needles, citrus zest, grass, and some floral notes too, rounded out with a nice grainy backbone. Smells delicious and inviting.

T: Lots of flavor, with "big" being the defining characteristic. Big grapefruit rind taste up-front with big whole grain and grass flavors through the swallow and BIG bitterness on the aftertaste. Bone dry, and it lives up to its name. Other notes of blood orange, pine tar, flower petals, booze, and some tea biscuits all mixed in there. There is definitely a sap-your-mouth-of-all-flavor aftertaste that some might find off-putting, but I personally enjoy. It encourages me to drink more!

M: Clean and a bit chewy in-mouth with a hollow, bone-dry afterfeel. It's got good texture, and a full-body, not uncommon for a good DIPA. The filtered nature provides a very clean and crisp mouthfeel, one that belies the truly ruinous afterfeel.

O: A great one-off DIPA. One that I wouldn't drink many of, and it is important to remember to drink this after you have any other beers you might be interested in savoring, because it truly lives up to its name!

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Photo of CardiacNP
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am becoming more of a fan of IPA's and able to appreciate the style. Palate Wrecker Hamilton's ale Is a good imperial IPA from green flash brewery in San Diego , CA that is not as piney or floral as some. 9,9% AVB. Nicely balanced sweet malty up front with the bitter finish

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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 DenverHopHead
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, at the prestine (cough) beaches of San Diego; into a pint glass.
Appearance - solid brew, represents the style! Not too light, not too amber! Nice head retention and lacing.
Smell - top notch. It's a DIPA, no doubt!
Taste - I'll have another; a bit boozy on the finish, but MAN UP!
Feel - winner, winner, chicken dinner!!!
Overall - great product,but not a great value.

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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 Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, thick head of off white bubbles. Sticky lace.

Smell is high on the malty caramel. Tropical fruit notes, and a whiff of alcohol.

Big blast of citric rinds. Grapefruit and lemon dominate. Resinous pine covers the tongue. Caramel like malts. Alcohol is present, but not overly boozy.

Oily hop resins coat my mouth. Slightly biting carbonation.

In a sea of DIPAs, Palate Wrecker actually distinguishes itself with it's high alpha assault on your taste buds . Maybe not the most complex brew, but it's raw hop bitterness is sure to please a true hop head.

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Photo of Nostrajonus
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Cloudy golden amber with a slightly off white one finger head that leaves the glass after a few sips.

S- Wow. This smells hoptastic! The scent is primarily floral with hints of citrus. There are some caramel maltiness as well, though moslty covered up by the aggressive hop profile.

T- This thing is bitter in the best way. Upfront I get mostly citrus flavors, followed by a malty floral finish. I enjoy brews that are heavy on the hops so I love this, but anyone weary of the bitterness would not like this.

M- Light carbonation. The texture is not too heavy, but is is definitely not light.

O- Green Flash is killing the IPA game. They know what they are doing out there in San Diego. Bravo!

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark golden amber and clear. One finger head leaves soapy halo and moderate lacing. Looks tough.

S- Strong citrus in the form of grapefruit orange and lemon. Nice and zesty.

T- More bitter than the citrus notes in the nose. The fruit grove is replaced with a bitter dank earthy hop blast. The malt balance is there backing this offensive as should any quality brew. An abundance of flavor coming together nicely.

M- Slightly heavy but at 9.5 what do you expect. Leaves a waxy light waxy feeling.

O- A quality beer from a quality brewer. A hop forward IPA with attitude. Hop heads rejoice!

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint Glass.

A - Nice,filtered nice lacing. decent head that faded quick. nice looking

S - I Got that initial grapefruit tinge to it....orange peel...alcohol.

T - Just getting a lot of alcohol and mild grapefruit notes. Nothing Special.

Overall this beer is nothing great..just your typical double.

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

A: Pours a clear amber with a creamy, thin white mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquats, tangerine, blood orange, and herbs absolutely throttle the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, brown sugar, lemon, lime, kumquats, herbs, tangerine, grapefruit, blood orange, and biscuit coat the palate. The finish is bitter and resinous with pronounced flavors of lemon, lime, kumquat, and grapefruit chased by a wash of peppery alcohol.

M: Medium in body and resinous. Carbonation is delicate. Alcohol presence is pronounced, yet not distracting.

O: A very solid DIPA. While I do not find this to be an enthralling example of the style, Palate Wrecker is still a very flavorful, well constructed brew. I would have no difficulty recommending this to fans of the style.

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

I had searched high and low for a date stamp before buying but didn't see anything. It was from a store that rotates craft beer pretty slowly. However, now that I've drank half the bottle I found the date stamp and it confirms my suspicions: this bottle is 11 months old.

As a result my findings are going to be a little different than fresh obviously but I've enjoyed it anyway so I thought I'd rate it up.

A: Deep and dark version of orange with a light beige head with good resilience and decent lacing.

S: Green pine, earthy citrus was what I thought of. May not make literal sense but paints the right picture.

T: Well, here's when the age is apparent - it's got a great maltiness with light caramel and even some vanilla. The hops are there but definitely muted from fresh, and I don't get great resolution on the type of hops anymore. It's primarily citrus at this point, though - grapefruit and pineapple I think. This beer is really sweet now, both from the hops and malt side.

M: Very creamy and mouth coating for an IPA. It's slightly dry on the back end but mostly just creamy now.

O: I've never tried this fresh, but I'm pretty satisfied with it for being nearly a year old. Some IPA's will develop into interesting "mini-barleywines" if cellared, though most will just kind of fade into nothing interesting. I think this one does a lot better than most. I might actually keep one of the four-pack for another year just to see.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wonder if this beverage was named at Hamilton's Tavern, during their 2nd Anniversary shindig, and if the individual(s) decided to call this "Palate Wrecker" actually based on their "wrecked" palates or ??? Nonetheless, the name is spot-on...my palate is truly wrecked, but in a good way! The hoppy bitterness is nearly overwhelming to the point that if the alcohol didn't numb that part of the brain, this stuff would be intolerable, for the uninitiated that is! For the true hop-head, this beverage is a must try...Two or three times!

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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 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 cavedave
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold topped by a finger of off white lather. Crazy slathers of lace cling caressingly.

Herbal bitter and citrus atop a solid base of neutral sweet, some hints of tart yeast beneath it all make a nice aroma.

My, but this is a bitter beer isn't it? Solid dose of herbal bitter overtops all the other flavors of this baby. Pine, grapefruit pith, and that tangy yeast are in there but front and back this is a bitter mothertrucker of a beer.

Light drinking, but a clinging resin of hop bitter stays on the palate through the glass. Spritzy carb adds some carbonic punch to it that this one hardly needs. Super sharp finish, a def palate wrecker, as named.

Like your hoppy pales big and bitter? You will love this one. For me it lacks some of the finer flavors more late hop additions might have added to balance, and isn't as fine as I like.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,036 ratings.
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