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
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715
For Trade:
5
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Czequershuus
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear orange gold with a large. The aroma is rich with pine, resin, brown sugar, and some tropical fruit. The flavor has lot of malt, but even more pine, resin, cannabis, and a huge amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is full but with good astringency. Overall, it was great to revisit this classic and to add a review. It is bold, both with hops and malt, maintaining an odd unbalances balance.

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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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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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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