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 THANAT0PSIS
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash Palate Wrecker

Appearance: This bitter behemoth pours a brilliant, clear, deep amber color, like a particularly beautiful sunset. There are hues of orange and gold throughout the pour as well. The creamy, bone-white, dense head cascades nearly over the top of the glass with even a gentle pour; the retention is ridiculous. The lacing is beautiful, as if tiny spiders wove it all over the glass. Carbonation is evident, but does not seem to be overpowering. This is a perfect looking IIPA.

Aroma: Grapefruit and resinous pine dominate the aroma. Behind the immense waves of bitterness rides a barrage of tropical fruits along the lines of slight pineapple, mango, and indiscriminate citrus. There is a surprisingly strong malt backbone hidden under all the hop aromas that gives an enticingly sweet caramel aroma. For an IIPA, one would expect stronger aromas. What is there is good (if mostly one note), but there just is not enough of it there. Perhaps this beer is not as purposefully imbalanced as the name would lead one to believe…

Taste: …or not. It easily earns its moniker. Lots of grapefruit rind, pine resin, and aggressive bitterness hits hard, fast, and never lets up. There is a bit of the pineapple, mango, and citrus flavors hiding somewhere in the beverage, possibly sheltering from the roving astringent menace. Sweet caramel malts underscore the taste and are present in each swig, but never really get a chance to shine. This is a hoppy, bitter beast with no designs on being balanced. It succeeds in laying waste to all palates that may stand in its path.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is nearly right where it should be: light-medium, not syrupy, but also not watery and overly thin; maybe just a little bit more malt to this one would have filled it out to make it flawless. The carbonation is perfect and pairs with the hoppy astringency to become a mouth-ravishing juggernaut. The alcohol is never evident on its own, but makes its presence known as the glass empties. The beer is surprisingly drinkable, but the sheer bitterness of it makes it almost a sipper, where the light-medium body would lead one to believe it was sessionable.

Overall: This sort of reminded me of what Hopslam used to be prior to 2013, albeit far more hop-forward. Hop haters need not apply, as this will just end up being a drainpour. The bitterness is extremely assertive and may even be too much for even seasoned hopheads. It is not quite as bitter as Sixpoint Resin or Stone Ruination, but it is extremely close. Seek this out as it really is a great beer, but brace yourself. 17/20

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Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.19/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured into a tumbler

A: copper/orange color. no head. moderate lacing. chill head. rich color, but unassuming.

S: piney green flash hop profile. citrus. notes of a light, clean malt.

T: hops, y'all. extremely bitter. made me say "wooo." some faint citrus, specifically lemon in the finish. it may be the piney resins that give the beer a green tea quality.

M: the mouthfeel is as balanced as could be asked from a beer called "palate wrecker." the hops are sharp and overwhelming upfront, but the beer finishes clean and smooth.

O: pretty distinctive green flash hop profile kicked up a notch. interesting, but not as enjoyable as the imperial ipa. a little too in your face. palate wrecker, indeed.

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

12oz bottle served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass

A - Pours a clear copper/amber with a firm 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great heaping edges of head left with chunky lacing left behind. Great looking beer.

S - Pine jumps out with grapefruit right behind it, very hoppy aroma, sticky caramel malts, perfumey ethanol, vanilla, fresh baked bread.

T - Resinous pine sap, sweet grapefruit turns to a rindy and oily bitterness. Stone fruit and bitter pineapple come to mind. Some lemon/lime twang shows up toward the finish. The pine runs strong through the middle with the grapefruit on the sides, forming a synergistic punishment of bitterness. The caramel malt holds it's ground and adds a buttery sweetness. Finishes dry with an aggressive pine bite with notes of peppery herbs. Grapefruit sneaks in quickly in the aftertaste wiping out all other flavors.

M - Heavy in weight, but has a medium body, oily feel, medium carbonation, dry and assertively bitter finish.

And a palate wrecker it is! Just an in your face DIPA. Lots of bitterness with pine and grapefruit fighting it out. Pine comes strong up front but grapefruit pushes more at the end. It's like talking a bite out of a fresh grapefruit, rind and all. Solid malt base for the extreme use of hops. Not a very complex mix of flavors but if your looking for a hop bomb this is it.

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Photo of tviz33
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a Ballast Point tumbler.

A- Pours a finger and a half of white suds that settle to a thin covering over top of a completely transparent orange body.

S- Bright citrus and some toasty malts.

T- It didn't exactly wreck my palate like I expected, but was rather balanced. Cracker and bread-like character balances the bitterness.

M- Medium-full and a little slick. Decent carbonation slippery on the way down like oil. The alcohol heat is only slightly noticeable.

O- Pretty solid offering. Wouldn't mind another one bit.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Green Flash-shaped bottle poured into pint glass:

A: Pours a dark, slightly hazy orange. Thick, light white head. Looks effervescent. This beer is pretty lively for 9.5%.

S: Smell is actually pretty tropical and there's a touch of roasted caramel malt.

T: Yowza. There's a bit of grapefruit and pine up front, but it's brief and soon it gives way to a full onslaught of bitter, raw, resin-y hops. There's some marijuana, pine-needle, and just pure bitterness. You really have to be a hop-lover to enjoy this beer (thankfully I am.) There's a bit of roasted caramel malt and sugar somewhere in there, but it ends very dry and with a long, lingering bitterness.

M: Actually pretty smooth, light and palatable (if you can handle the extreme bitterness.) Drinks like a beer with a much lower ABV.

O: Let me reiterate: if you don't love hops (and I don't mean those girly hop varieties, like Citra,) you will probably not like this beer. This is a real man's beer. Green Flash pretty much symbolizes west coast IPAs, and this is the best IPA Green Flash makes. My bottle is a few months old, and the hop barrage is completely relentless. I can't even imagine this super-fresh. Anyways, yeah, the DIPA scene is heading toward the more tropical, fruity, hop varieties, but this one is completely old-school and completely awesome. It's a bit one-dimensional in its hoppiness, but it's a hophead's dream.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was yet another beer that I picked up at Top Hops a few weeks back. I had never had this before and enjoyed all of Green Flash's other offerings that I had before, even if they tend to be similar to each other and to other beers from the Golden State. Amazingly, this one stood out to me, because of how smooth it went down and how hidden the alcohol was. This was indeed strong but it never felt it and everything worked harmoniously well together, which is rare for something as bold as a Double/Imperial IPA such as this.

Everything was solid about this, from the pour on down. A nice frothy head, radian apricot hue, and a bit of amber-like translucence combined for a nice appearance , before I took a sip. The aroma was that of pine, grapefruit, and some tropical fruits and all of these were repeated in the smooth and potent taste. Almost no malt to be found here but the mouthfeel was certainly solid and this pulled off the near-impossibility of a dry-hopped strength with a wet hop finish that squeezed all of the oil, resin, and metallic bitterness of out each hop. There was even a hint of white chocolate in here, like in the Sonoran Cordillera Blanca that added a hint of tangerine and cocoa underneath everything. As everything faded in the aftertaste, just some earthiness remained and oil that didn't seem to completely harmonize with everything else.

For sure, this was a strong beer and I could feel the booze by the time I finished off the contents of the bottle that I bought. While the alcohol is not detectable via taste, it's present and gives this beer the oomph underneath everything else that went on. This won't certainly wreck anyone's palate but it will give it a good run for its money and push the edge of it out just a bit further, and given that so many hoppy beers are not that discernible from each other, what more could you ask for? Take a good hour and give this is go, there's a lot to like here for anyone who loves hops and depth in a beer.

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Photo of raynmoon
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells nice. It has a nice dry tangerine smell to it, some sweetness. Kind of smells like my homebrews, which knocks it down a bit.

Wow, a punch of bitterness and alcohol. Alcohol only adds a puckering sting on the initial sip. A little overly bitter, with the malt staying a little far in the back, same with the hops. This definitely does wreck your palate. Bitterness lingers. It's juicy but the alcohol starts to kick into the aftertaste before any pine or tropical fruit :/

Light carbonation, slightly creamy. Works nicely.

Overall this is pretty good. I'm not the biggest fan of the hop profile in this. Seems like Cascade, Centennial maybe? I typically like a little more tropical notes in my double IPAs.

Seems sort of like a Sierra Nevada brew ha. Good but probably won't be buying much more of this soon considering Hoptimum, Sucks and Enjoy by all by me.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks great. smells pretty good, but I don't get much. Maybe it's me. The taste is the real draw, here. It's not called Palate Wrecker for nothing. Bitter, strong hops dominate here. Some citrus, but mostly just a hop bomb, in the best way. Usually DIPAs have a bigger malt presence. Not here. Mouthfeel thick and sticky. Great beer!

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Photo of Auraan
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a transparent, deep amber with a one finger off white head. It looked quite nice. Scents of citrus, lemon, and grapefruit. Very appealing aromas. Flavor is almost entirely bitter grapefruit pith, grapefruit rind, a tiny hint of grapefruit and a bit of pine. Very little malt character, very much a hop forward beer. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, with low carbonation. The beer hid it's alcohol content quite well. An excellent hop forward beer, pure citrus and bitterness, probably one of the best west coast DIPAs I've tasted.

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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 Rifugium
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Broad Axe Tavern, Ambler, PA

Clear amber pour, with a small white head that left some splashes of lace on the glass. As would be expected, the aroma was dominated by hops, citrus pith and pine resin, with hints of a caramel malt backbone bringing up the rear. Lots of orange and grapefruit in the taste, resin, pretty intense WC hop bitterness, with a little tropical fruit and malt sweetness to take the edge off, but the hops were clearly in charge. Maybe not as intense as their regular IIPA, though I'd like to try them back to back to test that theory. Medium body, appropriately carbonated. Maybe a little intense for greenhorns, but a good brew for hopheads.

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

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 02/25/2013, possibly 02/28 since the date is a little smeared. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Fairly gentle pour yields about a half finger of creamy off-white head on top of a nice burnt golden orange colored body. A bit of a hazy look to it, with some bubbles lazily floating to the top.

S - Smell is of dank bitter hop nugs for sure. Grapefruit, rind, pine needles, and some earthiness. Perhaps a hint of caramelized malt.

T - A bitter hop bite. Fruity, juicy, and bitter. Grapefruits & pine needles. Some earthy malts, again. Hint of copper / minerals. Vague hint of hop spice, with virtually no alcohol presence in the taste at all, considering this beer's intense 9.50% abv. This beer warms me up all nice and cozy though, that's for sure.

M - Feel is of resinous hop bitterness, and some dryness.

Overall, one of the greater imperial IPA's that I have tried in recent times. One that lives up to it's subsequent hype, and is destined to become a classic. Highly recommended.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker ---4.5/5

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Photo of Roman5150
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle purchased from Total Beverages in Murfreesboro, TN

appearance: very beautiful amber, 2 finger white head that dissapears quickly

smell: piney, resiny, earthy, citrusy, less grapefruit than other IPAs, more hops, hops, and more hops. this is a great smelling beer.

taste: very hoppy, in the same class as hop stoopid and ruination, this is surely a "palate wrecker". very bitter earthy finish, somewhat dry, but resolves nicely with a fruity satisfaction. Very refreshing, also some notes of grapefruit, not very much malt in this one.

mouthfeel: perfect carbonation, very smooth

overall: I'd have to do some side by side tests to compare this with Ruination and Hop Stoopid, but this is equal if not the winner for the hoppiest beer i've tried. It's so bitter, yet so damn tasty and refreshing. Give this to a non hop head and they will give you the "o" face like they just took a shot of bourbon. I bought the last 4 pack of the year at my local store, I will be buying more next year.

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Photo of BrianJohnson
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice orange coloring, fairly clear, good off-white two finger head with nice lacing
Smell: Piny, citrusy, some hints of grapefruit
Taste: Very hoppy, but with a slight sweetness underneath. The hop bitterness dissipates rather quickly.
Mouthfeel: Feels almost thinner than I'd like. Lacks the thick malt backbone. Has more backbone than Harpoon Leviathan but less than DFH 90-Minute.
Overall: I like it very much and will definitely buy again.

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Photo of dheacck11
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle.

Pour is a honey golden amber with a finger of white soft head which recedes rapidly. Small amount of lacing.

Nose is citrus and sweet, with some lemon, grapefruit, honey and soft piney hops.

Taste is a quick burst of grapefruit and other citrus up front, quickly smashed into oblivion by massive, dry, bitter, woody and green hops. Really just gigantic.

Mouth feel is medium but a little thinner than the hops really want. Leaves a nice resiny coat in your mouth though.

A great Imperial IPA. Especially if you love west coast hoppiness. I like it, although I generally prefer more of a floral and citrus component to my hops. Still really nice.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with no head. Smell is of piney resin and a bit of booze. Taste is citrusy with a lot of piney resin and bitterness. The alcohol is covered up really well but still has a nice sting at the end. Mouth is quite smooth and medium bodied. Slightly above average carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. Overall, I love this brew. You usually don't get this type of pine smell or taste in a beer. Usually it's more of a pine needle taste, but in this it's more like the resin from the tree. I was actually expecting this to be way more bitter than it is, but I think they basically reached the point where it's so bitter that it doesn't really seem bitter. This is definitely one of my favorite IPAs. I'm not sure if I like this or the Imperial IPA they make more. I guess this would be more for a hophead, while the Imperial is less bitter but has a lot more in the way of character.

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Photo of Pencible
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with lots of off white head.
S: It smelled like tons of grapefruit, with some candied apricot.
T: It tasted like sweet honey and bitter grapefruit, with some citrus zest and waxy hops. It had a clean aftertaste that was more bitter than the start. Woo!
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Great full body.
D: This was a great IPA. The scent and taste were delicious. The body was amazing, but the finish was harsh with all the intense bitterness, so it was not easy to drink. I'd say this beer met its objective. Very nice brew.

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

This was recommended by a friend. He described it as a "Hearty but dry IPA" and promised me I'd enjoy it.

I really did enjoy it.

Beautiful light copper in color, and aroma reflects fruitiness in the hops.

Phenomenal balance and restraint is exhibited in this beer. Well-chosen hops, and masterful brewing on full display. Green Flash could easily have wrecked this beer by making it stronger or more intense, but they didn't.

The flavor tends to linger on your palate, like the name implies. It's an excellent choice if you aren't pairing this beer with anything. It can stand alone as an 'enjoy me all by myself' beer.

Best way I can describe it is a refined, balanced version of Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas. If you like that beer, you'll LOVE this one.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured two fingers of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is amazing: bold grapefruit and pine with some lemon and honey in the background.
The taste is big and bold. Lemon and pine bitterness with a balanced malt profile. The alcohol is well hidden.
A fairly smooth texture with moderate carbonation.
A great double with nice drinkability.

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Photo of GoodBeerTire
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As high as the IBU numbers that this IPA has, I expected this to truly wreck my palate, but instead it wasn't quite so harsh. The malt backbone of this beer was enough to counteract the massive amount of hoppiness (or should I say happiness) that this ale provides. I apologize for not using the Beer Advocate form of rating, and rather just ramble about my tasting, but it tasted damn good. Not for those who can't handle the hops,but it you are a hop-head, go for it. Very similar to Lagunitas Hop Stupid, but a little more refined, as the malt backbone is a little heavier.
Not a beer to session with, as it is pretty strong, and it will "wreck the palate".

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA

Appearance - Clear and golden orange in color, served to me in a snifter with an off-white, half finger head sitting on top. Fair retention, leaving a ring of microbubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Fair lacing with good stick.

Smell - Pungent hop aroma. Big tropical notes: sweet candied mango, pineapple, apricot and orange, all backed by a moderate pine character.

Taste - Follows the nose. An assault of hop, strengthened by a lightly toasted bread malt backbone. Tropical sweetness. Moderate pine dank, then a grapefruit pith bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Close to full body, slightly sticky in fact, with fair carbonation. Smooth, easy finish.

Overall - A mighty fine TIPA here. Classic West Coast Imperial IPA profile. I wouldn't mind giving this one another go, and I'd invite anyone who loves their IPA's do the same!

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Photo of Thads324
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.
Pours a completely clear deep golden color. Pillows of right white bubbly head that dissipates very slowly. Good lacing
Smells of a bit of pine, grass, tangerine and musky earth at the tail end. A hair of husk, plain grains and corn. Mild and nice

Taste is bigger than the aroma. The hops are well balanced. Starting with citrus and leafy green bitterness. A good bitterness is carried by grainy and basic sweet malts. Sharp bitterness and pine towards the end, along with more tropical fruit and heavy citrus rinds.
Higher end of medium bodied, bitter, good clean finish

A clean, good drinking dipa with a solid balance of malt and varying levels of flavorful hops. A very fine brew

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Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12/17/12.

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Palate Wrecker is a slightly hazy amber orange color. It has thick rocky white head that leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is very hoppy and surprisingly fresh smelling despite having nearly four months on it. Nice citrusy west coast hoppy goodness with grapefruit and other citrus rind.

Flavor is similarly bold and, as the name suggests, is totally mouth puckeringly bitter. There is a fair bit of malt that tries to stand up to the hops but eventually fails. A mild beer drinker's nightmare, a hop heads dream.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It has no balance but that was probably never the goal anyway.

Overall a very good double IPA and one worth seeking out.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash Brewing Co. - Palate Wrecker - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

Look - Pours golden amber/copper with a small fizzy head. Good lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Smell - Citrus and pine hops, sweet caramel malt, smooth mix, mouthwatering.

Taste - Snappy, turns smooth, followed by two hoppy waves, pine and then citrus.

Mouthfeel - Sits heavy and earrthy, decent drinkability. The mouthfeel was not the best aspect of this brew. It really does wreck your palate, but it was not in a good way for me.

Overall - Great brew, a bit raw on the palate (as advertised) but not quite what I expected. I would recommend trying though as taste is subjective.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,048 ratings.
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