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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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727
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4,037
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
24.64%
 
 
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Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A clear gold/amber color with a thick off-white head that leaves lacing down the glass.

Strong pine and herbal hop aromas. Very resiny and dank. Also sweet malt and some alcohol. Has a "hop syrup" type aroma.

Yep, definitely hop infused. A sweet malt base that has a heavy dose of pine and a bit of citrus hop. Some fruity esters in there too, some pineapple, peach, apple. Doesn't finish as bitter as I would have expected but there is a bit of a bite in the finish. The alcohol is only apparent in a slight burn in the finish as it is hidden behind the extreme hop flavor.

A heavier feel with a syrupy and oily feel to it.

Lives up to it's name. Sufficiently numbed the palate and I'm pretty sure I'll be tasting this for the rest of the night.

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Photo of dickieb
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Starts of a really nice looking beer, clear amber/ reddish in color with a small white head and above average lacing. The smell is piney citrusy and resiny with floral notes, everything a hop head is looking for. The flavor is strong and very bitter living up to its name, not exactly a hop bomb due to a good malt profile but still waves of bitter hops dominates the flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit rich for me but by no means bad and overall this is a very good beer. I would not session this one, but a good one to sip.

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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 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 seaoflament
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Went over to Hamilton's Tavern to get a pint of this beer, it is described as:

This is a mouth puckering HOP BOMB and just what we hoped for. "Palate Wrecker" is a compilations of 2 brews. When the first brew was finished they mashed in with the hop'd Wort and used it for the sparge on the 2nd Brew. I can tell you what to expect -> A "sick sticky columbus and centennial hop bomb". It's a chewy West Coast IIPA that will sit on your tongue and engrave it ;). Disclaimer: This is not a gateway beer, this is not a introductory WEST COAST IIPA.

This is a beer made by Green Flash Brewing for Hamilton's 2nd Anniversary.

Pours the color of caramel or an amber maple syrup. Half an inch of foam on the glass, great ¼ of an inch retention with some lacing. What I love about beers is that when you give it a swirl the head comes back to life and keeps releasing aromas and this beer is just that.

This beer is a pine and citrus hop bomb! A little grassy too. Huge centennial nose. Toasted and caramel malts. Pungent and resiny hops.

Wow, one of the bitterest beers I have tried. Citrus bitterness, pine needles, bitter tangerine; flowery and earthy hops. Toasted bread and dry crackers. The thing is that I'm not a huge fan of Centennial.

Full, thick, almost syrupy. Very dry finish at first.

Very heavy beer. I could drink one pint but after that it would seem like a chore. Feels like a meal to drink.

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

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - medium brown in color, clear, with good carbonation and about a finger or so's worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - very hoppy-smelling, with hints of fruity notes, maybe apricots?

Taste - right away it's a pretty intense bite from the hops, and then you taste them toward the middle, and then you feel the bite again in the finish. Pretty much tastes like hops steeped in water with no malts added, though I'm sure there were.

Mouthfeel - pretty nice balance actually. Not leaning more toward either the watery or the creamy sides.

Overall - this is a pretty intense brew! Not bad at all for the style, but maybe a bit much for my palate...although...hence the name.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost clear, dark amber with random carbonation under a big, off-white, long-lasting, foamy head. Ths fine patchy lace leaves a nice screen on a Fisheye Pint glass.

Bold, fresh pine and citrus with some apricot, this one represents the style well.

As one should expect from an IIPA, grapefruit and fresh pine dominate with high bitterness from the entry long into the finish. There is some, but only some, light sweetness.

Full bodied and palate-coating, the alcohol is less than anticipated and it is very dry with modest carbonation.

What’s in a name? This one delivers as advertised. A great hop bomb with tons of flavor and aroma. While difficult to consume, it is well worth the effort. One could discuss this beer at length as it holds up to warming. However, the palate screams for relief.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The bottle has a date of best before 8/29/14.

A - pours out a clear orange producing a one finger off white head with fine and medium sized bubbles. Excellent lacing.

S - I get dank hops right up front, sweet breadyness, pine, grassy, garlic, onion. Nice and pungent.

T - Dankness, pine, onion-garlic, bitterness, bready malt throughout, slight alcohol, tons of lasting and building bitterness.

M - Medium full bodied, soft and oily, with an extreme bitterness that scrubs on the tongue. A unique beer in this category leaving your palate raped from Palate Wrecker!

O - Palate Wrecker is definitely a beer for someone who wants a aggressive hop bomb because it definitely delivers in these two areas. Not for someone just getting into craft beer it will be to much bitterness/hopyness for them. If you like really aggressive hop bombs this one is for you, Cheers!

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Photo of mccallisters_dali
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Se - Bottle poured into a Foothills pint glass

App - radiantly amber with a thin white head

Smell - Citrus, grapefruit and piney, In my opinion it's the best part about this beer

Taste - Hoppy and not quite as malty as what I typically go for in a beer that is over 9%. That being said the hops are not too overpowering by any means and while at first taste you might be fooled into thinking that this beer has a low drinkability, but I feel like that vanishes shortly after.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 6/27/14. Pours a clear medium amber with a nice dark ruby hue. Average head and lacing. Rich nose of grapefruit, with hints of other sweet citrus, over a light background of pine and caramel malt. Medium body with a smooth texture. The carbonation level is on the low end of normal. The complex flavor profile is a hop assault over a nice caramel balance. Grapefruit begins the assault with notes of other citrus. It then progresses to pine coupled with a nice intense bitterness that is pine and grapefruit rind. Towards the end, a well balanced caramel sweetness emerges to somewhat soothe the palate. The finish is an alcohol burn at the back of the throat with lingering bitterness and tartness. This one is not for the faint hearted.

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Photo of Act25
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this brewer. Consider this an experiment and not a regular beer for me.

A: crystal clear, burnt orange, bright clarity. Pleasant white head that lasts and laces. modest pinpoint carbonation
S: All citrus, pine, sharp hops. Acute, bright, tight, not much malts.
T: Follows the smell, but more complex, and nuanced, dank, herbal, pine and grass add to the citrus brass.
MF: Sharp, tingle, bitter. But interesting, kind of like a liquore, cointreau or a brandy. Good in that way. Good to let warm and drink like a brandy.

More of an after dinner brandy that an IPA. Interesting to let warm and let flatten. Good both at cellar temp and warm. Odd one.

Too much? Yes! but well done, and interesting. Yes! I am nursing with some chocolates and late night reading.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper body with orange hues beneath the feather white head which lies constant atop the beer.

Abundant citrus and pine hop aromas float from the glass. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, pine needles, and flower petals are all present.

Palate Wrecker huh, no kidding. The citrus, pine/wood, and floral hop aromas ravage the palate like an unstoppable rebel force. There is some nice malt backbone to support the strong hops as well.

The wrecker offers a rather thick body with medium carbonation and a sticky, resin, palate coating finish.

As advertised, this beer is an assault on the palate. Tons of hops for the senses to study and one I look forward to having again.

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Photo of mooseo
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Burnt orange-amber with a large, white fluffy head.

S - Nice fresh tropical fruit aroma. Mango, peach, grapefruit, and pine resin.

T - Huge waves of bitter grapefruit, pine and tropical fruit. A touch of caramel malt sweetness comes through, but the flavor is mostly dominated by dank, resinous hops. Ends with a long, earthy bitter piney finish.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, oily mouthfeel. High carbontation with a dry finish. Warming alcohol.

O - A very enjoyable beer. Good drinkability, alcohol is well hidden. Great flavor, although not the most complex or distinct tasting double IPA I've had. Thankfully, "Palate Wrecker" lives up to its name and delivers the goods.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.

Super-hop bomb. One of the hoppier beers I've had.

A medium color gold. Two finger head upon first pour.

Pine on the nose. Pine on the tongue. This DIPAs more bitter than sweet.

Not my favorite DIPA but drinkable. If you like your IPAs on the bitter side, this one is for you. Not much grapefruit notes if any.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small pine dry hop. In the taste, big pine like hops and a small note of alcohol in the end. A small bitterness and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice big to mellow pine hops all the way through, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clear golden copper body with a 3-finger off white head that falls to about a 1/2 inch cap. Some good sticky lace.

S- A little sweetness comes through first, but it's quickly followed by piney and citrusy hop aroma. The caramel sweetness comes back through towards the end again. Not getting any kind of booziness though, which is good. Just a little too sweet on the nose.

T- Good resiny hop flavor...Nice and sticky. Pine comes through first, then some grapefruit flavors. There's still some sweetness there. I know it's a DIPA, but I would've liked a little less sweetness. Still very good.

MF- Almost a full body on this, still pretty thick. Carbonation levels are right for me. Flavor's like a slick sheet of oil on the tongue. Flavors seem to last a while.

O- A very good beer. I was expecting even more of a hop bomb, but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pretty golden brown with a fluffy, white head and good lacing.

Nose is pineapple, fresh pine, caramel, and roasted hops.

Taste is bitter as expected, with plenty of sugars for balance. There is fresh bread and vanilla extract. There is some pine and lime.

Mouthfeel has plenty of hop bite with medium carbonation.

Overall, it is a hop bomb for sure, with enough sugar and complexity to not be over the top.

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Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold color with a big head, nice lacing down the sides of the glass too.

Aromas are resiny, with some notes of orange, hard candies, and a floral like quality.

Taste is bitter up front, with some sharp grapefruit notes. Beer then settles into subtle sweetness, sugar, hard candies, and some cracker notes. Finish is crisp, biting, and aggressive, if you don't like bitter citrus flavors, you won't care for this one.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, with crisp and snappy carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice big, bitter, and bold DIPA. It's name fits it, because it's pretty abrasive, but I dig it. Not super unbalanced, but certainly well tipped towards the hops/bitter side.

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Photo of tony223366
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Awesome fluffy head with great retention. It's so thick and luxurious! Perfect clarity with a caramel color. There's a light red hue as well. Good steady action from the carbonation.

S: This smells amazing! I'm six inches away from the glass I can smell it as clear as day. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit. Lots of caramel Some straight up grain aroma as well. Alcohol isn't to be found.

T: Phew! This is such a huge beer. There's tons of citrus and tons of hops and tons of caramelly/grain. The finish is incredibly bitter. This is definitely a hop heads beer. Not quite as bright as pliny but it's really an impressive beer. So much bitter grapefruit!

M: Medium to thick body with tons of prickly carbonation and lots of sour astringency.

O: Not quite as balanced as pliney but if you're ever looking for a hop bomb, this is one beer I wouldn't hesitate to suggest. Now if you're looking for balance in your beer you should mosey on and find something else.

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Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange-tinted amber. Forms a very large white head that only slowly reduces down to a bubbly surface coating and a thick ring. Leaves some moderate lacing.

S: Lots of hop aroma, predominantly orange and citrus with touch of mango and just a little bit of pine resin.

T: Starts off with a mix of pine and malt. A bit of caramel and a little toast, then it sweetens up a little with notes of grapefruit and orange. Finishes with a strong grapefruit pith and pine resin bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium weight, but with a rather full, round feel in the mouth. Strong bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Well, I was expecting my palate to be wrecked and it wasn't! However, I was rewarded with a bitter, hop-forward, yet still very well balanced DIPA that I found quite enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fresh bottle...pretty sure this was released on March 12th...So bout 9 days old. Pours an almost clear, copper color with a large white head that takes some time to diminish. Scent is very fresh with intense hoppiness and some lovely grapefruit character. Hints of mango and pineapple as well. Very little malt characteristics, as the nose would lead. Taste is initially sweet citrus flavors with just a bit of malt...but that doesn't last very long. You immediately get slapped in the face with intense bitterness and grapefruit. This beer definitely has a lingering bitter finish. Nice blend of tropical and citrus fruits with an immense amount of pine and a bit of earthy flavors. I wonder how long it will take before this lingering bitterness on the back of my tongue goes away. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky with a bit of crispness...more sticky though. Drinkability is high...if you can handle the bitterness.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear, dark golden orange with a frothy and sticky mound of off white head.

S: Intensely floral and ctrusy with a ton of sweeter orange character and ruby red grapefruit, dank resinous pine.

T: Dry and bitter, orange, some tropical fruits, pineapple, lots of floral & citrus-forward hops, herbal & piney hop oil, with a touch of a bready malt backbone.

MF: Moderate body with good carbonation, dry and bitter with a dry finish.

O: A pretty good DIPA, not quite a palate wrecker but definitely bitter and astringent and hop-froward to the extreme.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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 cindyjeffsmith
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light amber. Full, messy off white head and lacing.
Smell: edgy hops but not as edgy as the name would indicate. Subdued grapefruit. Some creamy fruit.
Taste: not near as palate wrecking as advertised, but that isn't a bad thing. Some edgy grapefruit hops but resting on a nice creamy base.
Overall: all bark in the name but quite gentle IMO. Tasty, nicely done.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is dark orange in color and poured with little head.
S: There are strong aromas of orange citrus in the nose.
T: The overall taste is dominated by flavors of hops, which persist through the aftertaste making this beer true to its name. The alcohol is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: You need to have a heavy tolerance for hops in order to finish this beer because it isn’t that balanced.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,037 ratings.
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