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 JDizzle
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a dream! Bright orange an copper with a huge puffy whit head. Lacing is incredible.

Great nose with a bouquet of hops that are piney, grassy, citrusy, and resinous. I don't get much of a malt presence in the aroma. It's very hop forward!

Fuck me, this has to be one of the most bitter beers I have had. It stings your tongue and the bitterness is still there after eating between sips. Superb flavor with a sweetalt backing that keeps it from being overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is great as well. Medium body with high carbonation.

What a unique beer that I will definitely have again.

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Photo of dafla67
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: orange/amber color; fluffy two-finger head.

S: orange peel; piney; lots of hops

T: strong hop flavor right away and throughout; very balanced with plenty of sweetness at end.

M: smooth; medium body

O: my personal Green Flash favorite. High ABV is disguised to allow one to endulge & enjoy multiple glasses.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip. Best By: 06/03/14 bottle date.

Long lasting off-white foam head got to about a finger's-width. Lots of bubbles in the cap, and dense, leaves behind great sheet lacing. The orange-copper body also shines brightly. Very attractive beer.

Resinous and fruity bouquet blooming out of this tulip! Slightly sweet malt is detected under the grapefruit and tangerine scent. Great nose.

Absolutely huge resinous hop profile on Palate Wrecker, and of course the bitterness of this one is a twelve out of ten, lasts forever after the finish. There is a tangerine sweetness to the palate, with some more sour grapefruit notes. Along with a herbal pepperiness that hangs out closer to the finish. A biscuity malt also peeks through for just a second, adding to the sweet quality of the palate. However, Palate Wrecker is absolutely dominated by that resin quality that just kicks one in the face. Bombastic DIPA on the palate for sure!

Slick with a medium to light body. Good creaminess detected on the tongue as well. Very dry, oh so dry, and the hop bite has huge staying power. Make this your last beer of the night, because that flavor just does not go away.

Palate Wrecker may not be big on providing a wide array of scents and flavors, but it does not need it. If you want a DIPA that is going to just absolutely kick you in the mouth and make you say "yes sir, I'd like some more", then Palate Wrecker is probably the beer to find and consume. At your own risk.

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Photo of FFreak
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 oz bottle into willy glass. A clear light-amber with two fingers of pure while fluffy head that slowly dissipates and leaves nice lacing. Smells slightly dank and piney, with just a hint of fruit and malt. Taste is overwhelmingly bitter, but with a slight burnt caramel-like aftertaste that helps offset the bitterness and makes it quickly dissipate. Hints of pine, resin, floral and citrus hops and nice sweet crystal malt. Mouth is thinner than I expected but comes across as refreshing and almost dry, but with just a touch of malt body. Overall, a really nice IIPA, and not at all the "palate wrecker" that the name would imply.

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Photo of krustster
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first time blasting this one. I've had a chance before and sort of chickened out, based more on the name than anything. But it's been a few months and I've gotten a taste for extreme hops, so let's give it a shot.

Appearance: Dark, reddish gold. Giant head that was very slow to form. I poured this right out of the fridge which typically reduces head, and for a few seconds there was nothing but eventually the foam rose up to its full height. Very sticky appearance. I poured it too fast and the bubbles rose past the top of the glass but never overflowed. Must be a lot of hops (duh)!

Smell: lots of hops (duh again). Big West Coast attributes of citrus and pine or whatever. Lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, all of the hottest fruits are somewhat identifiable in here. It really reminds me of a stronger Lagunitas Sucks. Deliciously fragrant.

Taste: intense, but actually not as intense or flavorful as the nose implies. They added a lot of bready malts to balance the hops and I think it may have actually been too much. It balances out the (very powerful) bitterness, but the sweeter malts take over somewhat from the super fruity hops. Still quite good, but a very odd beast in terms of balance. The citrus hops pop out more as it warms, but the finish is still all malt. Bitterness is high, not unpleasant, just kind of odd with how the flavors are balanced.

Mouthfeel: sticky as all hell, likely due to the mass amounts of hops. Medium to heavy body from huge malts. Just about right for a big DIPA.

Overall: A confusing beer. Enjoyable to drink, way more enjoyable to smell, but in the end it left me wondering why they added so much malt to balance out a beer that is advertised as a "palate wrecker". I'm glad I tried it but at this price I likely won't have it again. Still very tasty, just didn't live up to its full potential as I see it.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It lives up to its name. This is a great hoppy beer of you like imperial or double IPA's. The way it hits you is very aggressive, it is true hop lovers dream beer. The 9.5% ABV is blended well with the malts so although a bitter beer, it finished smooth. This is one of the strongest hopped beers I have had.

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Photo of stephens101
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wreck my palate baby, oh yeah...

A buoyant tan froth sticks full across this clear reddish-orange brew.

Aroma involves plenty of citrus with an undercurrent of malt and resin. Seems innocuous enough so far.

Highly complex on the tongue with layers of oily hops disintegrating into waves of malty goodness along with subtle notes of spice and vanilla among a citrus background.

Medium bodied with just enough alcohol to keep you awake or put you to sleep depending on your desire.

Ironically balanced and tasty as hell, but I'm sure that's the point.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Save-on in Mentor, a store less than two miles from my house, recently added a few taps from which to sell a great selection of growlers. I bought one of these last night and drank most of it myself. That's really unnecessary!

It's a pretty, well crafted beer and the head never got wimpy. The aroma is strong, malty, yeasty (a little) and very hoppy and piney. The taste is the same, but a little sweeter than I would like (only a very little). The aftertaste won't let you forget what you are drinking.

Overall this is a huge beer that I would never refuse, but more than one or three is more than is necessary.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pt 6 fl oz bomber from FMcD's poured into a tulip glass. Best by 7/2/14

A - Dark ruby red, with a two finger fluffy head that retains for a good while

S - Overwhelming grapefruit, citrus, and hops.

T - Woah, what the hell just happened? Very interesting...How to explain....The grapefruit and citrus from the nose disappear, but the hops remain. Mild sea salt. An undercurrent of dark fruit , bready malts, and alcohol heat. Grass. Bitterness lingers.

M - Mouthfeel is above average. There is some sultry smoothness to it.

O - Saw the name, and I was up for the challenge. Finished the 2nd glass, and now I am getting sleepy. I am afraid to brush my teeth for the fear of what may happen.

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Photo of scotorum
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 5/27/14. Optimistic, aren't they? Well, not necessarily, read on!

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick

a: Clear copper with an inch tall offwhite head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Moderate pine.

t: Heavy caramel malt forward followed quickly by a solid hop bite which intensifies to yes nearly palate wrecking extent. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. High ABV is covered by the one-two punch of heavy caramel malt and strong pine hops.

m: Moderate to heavy, heavier than the clear liquid would suggest. Very smooth.

o: Loving the intensity of both malt and hops here! It is subtitled "Hamilton's Ale," so I'm wondering if the heavy caramel malt is basically something like a Scotch ale base, which would make this an Imperial Scotch Ale. If so it works wonderfully well! This is one of my new favorite Imperial IPAs, too bad it's so damned expensive, I paid over $4 for this one. But I appreciate what the Green Flashers must have had to do to put all this into it, and will gladly pay the price for this occasional treat.

UPDATE 3/4/14: Found a fourpack for $14 in Connecticut, so $3.50@ is a little better. Having the first bottle from that now, (Best By 6/27/14) and it generally confirms my earlier review, except I'm not getting as much of my beloved caramel malt aroma or flavor as reported before, and not as much as in the Shipyard XXXX I had last night. Also reducing the rating on mouthfeel from 4.5-4. But it's still so good, I'm surprised it's almost gone already. With luck and the creek don't rise, this will be a favorite top-hoppy seasonal of yours truly for years to come.

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Photo of WesM63
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled poured into a tulip

A: Pours a beautiful clear copper color with a 2finger off white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Citrus, hops and resin.

T: No doubt about it, hop forward. Hops, pine and a tiny bit of malt.

M: Medium body with decent amounts of carbonation.

O: This is an excellent DIPA. It can be a bit brutal up front, but still very drinkable and a great example.

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Photo of KingEdward
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great hoppy ipa! The look of the beer is an amber color and its crystal clear with nice white head. The smell is of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and caramel from the malt. The taste is hoppy, sweet caramel, dry, bitter, piney, citrus, and grape fruit. The mouth feel is nice with great carbonation and bitter that goes on forever. I thought this might be too hoppy but it is perfect bitterness for hopheads. It is also well balanced with its nice caramel malt character. Awesome!

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from Provisiones in Orange, CA.

Ok, this hop dog thang is just good. Raul means, "wow." Sticky, thick, and dank like Bing Crosby on ecstasy, I am feeling this! Resin dripping on me like someone nuked the skittle factory, Raul is straight doin' this!

Yep!

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Photo of KornWallace
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 3/23/14
Location: Halftime Poughkeepsie
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Copper to brown. With the carbonation cascading down the side of glass. With next to no carbonation on a pour.
Aromatics: Hops all the way. Some orange as well, a little malt and I don't get much else.
Flavor: The mouthfeel starts very creamy. Then the bitterness of the hops kicks in. Almost no fruit hits my tongue some orange peel though.
Finish: Some orange peel remains, with the bitterness of the hops. A lot of the hops.
Notes: Best by 6/8/14

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Photo of sitarist
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber in color. There is over an inch of white head that last awhile before falling to a top coating. Spots of lacing slide back into the drink.

Pungent, in your face aroma. It is dank, herbal, and resinous with hints of citrus peel. Despite the strong hop presence; it is still pleasantly sweet. Candied hops! Kush?

Its hard to discern any specific flavor. There are hints of orange peel, herbs, and mint; but for the most part it overwhelms my palate. Coca leaves?

It has a unique mouthfeel. Medium body yet creamy, biter yet cool, sticky yet thin. Did I mention that its bitter?

This is an excellent beer for a hop-head like myself, but my wife says that she would rather chew aspirin than take another sip. Lives up to their moniker.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear amber, light copper with 2 fingers of off white head. A big streaks of lace are left behind.

S - Big resiny hops. Candied citrus alcohol. Peach, mango and pine with some light bready malt.

T - Big resiny piney hops followed but a touch of candied citrus. High in bitterness and hop flavor. Sweet caramel malt that blends with the candied citrus and a touch of alcohol. Slightly dank, grapefruit, peach and citrus piths.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry lingering finish feels like you could scrape the hops resins out of your mouth.

D - I think this beer is appropriately named. Glad I picked this up last time in Chicago.

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Photo of alexgash
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 01/01/13.

Clear, clean burnt sienna body. Two fingers of very thick, dense, light creamy khaki head. Awesome lacing. Big time tropical fruit and citrus on the nose. Pineapple, mango, mandarin orange, grapefruit, and guava just to name a few. Hints of non-palate wrecking caramel/butterscotch malt as well.

Numbing, herbal hop flavor and bitterness up front. Sweetish fruity malts settle in quickly, while the herbal hop bitterness crescendos. A hearty, heady mix of resin, pine, tropical fruit, pineapple, and citrus make for quite the hop presence. The bitterness is pretty intense as well, and just seems to keep increasing into the long finish. I feel like there are hop flowers stuck to the roof of my mouth. Warming notes of fruity alcohol also grace the finish. Medium-full body with a creamy, thick feel. Gentle carbonation takes pity on my alpha acid wracked mouth. Palate wrecker? Maybe, but I like it.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. It will be interesting to see how this one really differentiates itself from the 'regular' ol' Green Flash Imperial IPA.

This beer pours a glassy, medium brassy amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some layered, bleeding runic script lace around the glass as things duly sink away.

It smells of bitter pine resin, sharp, oily orange, grapefruit, and lemon rind, bready caramel malt, a suppressed toffee sweetness, and further leafy, floral, and low-fi on the perfume hops. The taste is actually more malty up front than I might have been led to believe - rather sweet (but agreeably so) pastry-quality caramel, toffee, and bread pudding all getting their ya-yas out before that still heady pine needle, leafy things you don't fuck with on the mountain path, mild dank florals, and a few other nameless, but still astringent flora esters come 'a knockin'. Yer big-ass ABV is like a bomb-diffuser - a bit sweaty, but steady, and cool as a freaking cucumber, from your bystander perspective.

The bubbles are fairly laid-back, just a nice lilting frothiness throughout, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and more smooth than you would think, with all those trouble-making kids, er, I mean hops, lurking about, and even a tad creamy at times. It finishes well off-dry, the malt component not about to let us think it doesn't still have a say here, keeping things just as they've been thus far - no more, no less.

When I consider the term 'Palate Wrecker', a few items come to mind - one, so bitterly hoppy that your tastebuds suddenly decide to take a few days off, and two, the effect renders all others around it unworthy of the memory of the beer in play here, i.e. don't pour me another brew - I just had my palate wrecked! I don't believe that this actually falls into either category - it's just another well-made, stupidly drinkable, hedonistic example of the upper echelon of malt and hop interplay. There, I said it. Now Imma gonna go have another beer, my palate actually the one encouraging me as such.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A clear copper/orange color with a half inch, off-white, cream colored head that appears to be bubbly/frothy. Some carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom of glass and lacing is retained around the edges.

Aroma - The smell is well blended combination of grapefruit, pine, and orange.

Taste - This is very similar to the aroma. From the hops, you have grapefruit and pine that adds to the bitterness of the beer; plus, sweetness arises from the orange flavors and malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation hits the tongue followed by a smooth, sticky bitterness that accompanies the medium bodied beer.

Overall - Very flavorful, beautifully crafted by a great brewery. Perfect for all the hop heads out there!

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Photo of TheHopHeadGirl
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great imperial ipa! Great find! 9.9% etoh. Very hoppy! Def in my top 6 list of hoppy beers now. 149 IBUs! Wow! First time havig this beer was @ pizza paridisio! Only $6 a glass. What a steal! This beer is ranked 99 @ rate beer. Im surprised this is only a 92 here. Great beer!

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Photo of lochef81
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn this is good! Pours a deep red copper color with a long lasting Off white head. The aroma is pure hoppy bitterness. Fresh and clean. Pine, citrus, and grass. It sips clean and refreshing. Coats the mouth just right with a beautiful hop resin that lasts well longer than this ale will. The flavor explodes in the mouth with a burst of fresh bitter hops. All the aroma notes shine through. This is an awesome imperial ipa for those hop heads outthere. May even blow hop slam out of the water.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a deep copper amber orange color. Produced a really nice cap of white froth with great retention behind it. Some lacing left behind. Some froth still remained with my last sip!

(S)- Its actually quite dry and resin-like from the massive hop level. At the same time, some good sweet caramel malts peek through with subtle hints of citrus fruit.

(T)- This really is a hop bomb, but a nicely complex one that showcases alot of what hops can do. You get plenty of the dry resin-like flavor, but also bits of pine hidden in a vibrant citrus profile of pineapple, orange, and lemon. The malt backbone is there, but just in a supporting role with a subtle sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and a great balance to it overall. I definitely get where this gets its name, but it is not completely over-the-top. The hop level is massive and does get a bit bitter as it warms, but it has a really nice range from dry, to sweet, and fruity.

(O)- I really like this one, particularly going into it with no known expectations. In a style that I tend to quickly get bored with how many examples are out there, this is a nice surprise.

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Photo of JayQue
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good West Coast DIPA. Pours a clear light copper color with a frothy white head that hangs around pretty good. A lot of filmy lacing on the glass as well as patches of thick lacing.

Aroma is pretty good as well....citrus and floral hops.

Outstanding taste and mouthfeel. Strong citrus hops presence and bitterness (mostly grapefruit), some balancing caramel malt. The bitterness is predominant but it is not the head shrinking Avery Maharajah or Founders Devil Dancer kind of bitterness.

There is a certain light pillowy nature to the mouthfeel kind of like RR Blind Pig. Crisp mouthfeel, plenty rich enough and no hint of the 9.50% alcohol. Goes down smooth. You can appreciate the bitterness without a grimace.

This is a DIPA worthy of revisiting many times. Would be deadly in a bomber unless you knew and respected the high abv.

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Photo of leaddog
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a hazy copper hue with two fingers of foamy off-white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, pine resin, grapefruit peel, caramel malts, tropical fruit (passionfruit-esque).

Taste - Strong bitter hops with bitterness of hops, pine resin, and grapefruit rind. Caramel and tropical fruit flavours chime in and the aftertaste leaves you with tasty pine resin and grapefruit rind goodness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - The brew is oh so true to the name (hallelujah) and true to the style. Strong bitterness that sticks to the palate throughout the sip. Hopheads will be happy with this one.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: A hazy orange to amber body with medium bubbles within. Head with a hard pour is thick coming off a orange tinted white.

Smell: Potent floral scent, hovers your nostrils.

Taste: They weren't kidding when they named this beer, hard citrus like the most ultra bitter grapefruit that you have ever had. Sweet like one but packs this hard piney feel like it was dry hopped after that fact it was brewed.

Mouth: Sticky, and paired with bagel chips to break it down. Chewy finish that feel almost like a toasted bread.

Overall: You know right by my house there's this little mom and pop shop which has a crazy good selection of beers and the owner highly recommended this to me, Jesus the guy must know what I really love. It's bitter complex and offers everything that beyond meets the expectations of a DIPA. I would rate it a notch higher but has slight room for improvement. Maybe with proper aging it can. Salud!

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,075 ratings.
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