Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

Palate WreckerPalate Wrecker
BA SCORE
4.16/5
4,151 Ratings
Palate WreckerPalate Wrecker
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:
#1,340
Reviews:
765
Ratings:
4,151
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
217
Gots:
720
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 4,151 |  Reviews: 765
Photo of JeffZeltwanger
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well appearance wise, it's damn fine to look at. Orange-ish in color, a little hazy, with a slightly orange monster head that lasted and lasted and left sticky lacing.

Very resinous in aroma and flavor, almost sticky with pine resin, some malt sweetness, plus a little dank.

Body is pretty thick and chewy for an IPA, and leaves a blam! kinda bitter resinous coating as you enjoy each sip.

Green flash hasn't made a single beer yet that I haven't really liked. This one is no exception.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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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%

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice amber with a one-finger foamy white head. Some light lacing.

S - Pine, tropical fruit(grapefruit and orange), and sweet malts.

T - Taste is sweet malts followed by a nice hit of tropical fruits. The finish is bitter piney hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry and sticky.

O - Very tasty beer. Definetly recommended for the hop heads.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of reebtaerG
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had 10oz pour into a wide mouth short glass at Lures

A-pours a clear copper color with a one finger white head decent lacing

S-citrus pine and hop aromas hits the nose well very pleasant

T-flavors are same as aromas. Sweet taste at the beginning and then hops finish at the end

M-slick on the palate with a semi dry finish. Great complexity

O-this was a DIPA very unique it's a must try for hop heads

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Palate Wrecker sounds more intimidating than it looks; it's a flashy beer with a bright disposition. A golden-amber tone, this Double IPA doesn't shy away from the light - it brags of its clarity and luminous streaks of persimmon. Its layer of foam is only half as thick as pantyhose.

Every beer uses hops - every Green Flash beer seems to use a boatload of them. Of course, you'd expect as much from a beer named 'Palate Wrecker'. The bitterness, mind you, is reserved for the palate and the aroma has plenty of sweet candied citrus fruit notes that include papaya, mango, orange, and grapefruit.

There is also a great deal of leafiness - it's like they cleared a forest and hid the evidence (leaves, needles, bark, resins) in the flavour. Every element of the forest is present on the palate. But there's also brighter, lemony citrus oils as well as lavender-like herbals and florals, elements that lighten up the beer's 9.5% profile. There's some caramel and biscuits present too.

Despite its 100+ IBUs this DIPA is more approachable than most its counterparts; you'd never guess its true alcohol content and can drink it just as easily as you would a standard IPA half its strength. The softer, agreeable green tea-like aftertaste completely misleads this beer's actual potency and leaves one anxious to open another bottle (even if it's not a good idea).

'Palate Wrecker' is a misleading name for a beer that is so smooth and approachable (for hopheads, anyhow). Green Flash is a brewery that typically caters exclusively to craft beer drinkers - their products aren't for the mass market and this one is no exception. Those that like lupulin will find few better, more flavorful examples of this earthy, herbal, tropical style.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,151 ratings
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