Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

Palate WreckerPalate Wrecker
BA SCORE
90.9%
Liked This Beer
4.16 w/ 4,149 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:
#1,329
Reviews:
765
Ratings:
4,149
Liked:
3,771
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
10.34%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
216
Gots:
720
Trade:
5
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft offering served in a tulip pint. The brew appears a clear copper color with a yellowish stained tan head. Some spotty patches of lace stick to the glass and rising bubbles maintain the cap.

The aromatics are dominated by hop character: pine along with an oily dank to catty quality. A minor backing of toasty grain is present keeping this brew from smelling of straight hop juice.

The flavor is surprisingly toasty with malt and some residual sweetness. After the swallow, a big dank to catty hop element strikes and sticks to the palate. Flavors of pine and trace amounts of alcohol fade into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not a bad brew but considering the name, its a bit of a let down. I found it to be surprisingly balanced and almost with too much malt character. It is worth a try and something I would enjoy again while fresh.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JayCin for knocking this tasty-looking extra off of my wants list with his box last week, been hoping to stumble across this one for a while. 12 oz. bottle dated 1/6/13. Craving hops tonight, had enough of the dark stuff for a night or two.

Pour is slightly oranged copper piping, healthy white head that sticks around. Marvelous nose on this beer, all the things that make your IPA-boner go pop: citrus, mixed tropical fruits, even pine, just enough sweetness.

Palate Wrecker is a coffin-serious name to give a beer, son: & this bruiser lives up to it. There's a disconcerting wave of caramel that whacks me behind the teeth & I think "malty?" But before the word even stops echoing in my head, the hop battalion arrives. Bittering hops seize the palate & give you a good hard shake. Hoppiness ensues: herbal, plenty of pine needles, but strangely enough, little of the fruitiness noted in the nose...maybe the intervening two months tamed that down. But in the end, this is all about the bitterness. Lovely resinous bite, slick & slippery. Like water, this goes down easily.

Lives up to its name, & that makes my heart glad. If you're going to brew a IIPA, throw that balance crap out the window: wreck my palate or give me stouts! Excellent beer. I hope this makes it to WI/MN soon!

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A: A slim white frothy head circles the chalice, while the medium auburn orange-ish goodness settles underneath.

S: Wow: I poured this, walked away, and was hit with the hop slam as I walked back into the kitchen. It is really potent. While there maybe stronger aromas in Double IPA's this one certainly lets itself be known.

T: Oh, how I love Double IPA's! This one is right up there. Paired with homemade pizza, you won't find a better lunch on a snowy day. A good initial bite then a smooth settleing flavor. Very well blended.

M: Medium to heavy in neature.

O: I had been reading reviews of this and stopped because I feared getting myself too excited for it. Green Flash is still near the top of my "breweries to visit" list.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90.9% out of 100 with 4,149 ratings
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