Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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Reviews:
726
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4,034
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
24.64%
 
 
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Reviews: 726 | Ratings: 4,034
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in orange, looks less orange as you age these. 1/4" white head. Aroma of massive caramel, hot booze, lots of bitter hops.

Taste is indeed a palate wrecker, its around 100ibus and a ton of caramel crystal malt. Plenty of citrus impact on this one. The fresher it is, the more citrus and hoppiness like a dipa, the more it ages, the more the malt and caramel seem to take over, as well as the alcohol seeming stronger.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As soon as I opened the bottle, the aroma was there waiting, and it was brilliant. With such high IBU you would expect nothing less, and I was expecting the same almost overwhelming with the taste, but it was surprisingly much more mild. I'm not saying that it isn't hoppy because it certainly is. It drinks like a single IPA and has a pretty good overall taste. It is by no means a beer I would wait in line for, but it is very good DIPA.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had poured from a bomber into a 16 oz tulip glass. Upon opening the beer it punches you in the face, and it definitely does not relent as you pour in the glass. At 100+ IBU it is definitely a hop head geared beer.....but needs refinement and balance to make it a top tier beer.

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Photo of ajilllau
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With 100+ ibu I assumed I would need a glass of water while drinking this, true to its name, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It has a nice honey orange color to it and a great taste. It sold extremely well for us.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bright orange-amber with rocky, fluffy, light tan head. Superb retention! And thick, sticky, chunky lacing, if you can call it that. Hands down, the best lace I've ever seen. No haze or flecks. Resin, sweet orange, and stewed vegetable aromas. Quite good, but not very strong. Flavors, on the other hand...They really do wreck the palate! Nothing, I can't handle, or appreciate, though. Very dank, vegetal and bitter throughout, but also a sweet, almost dark fruit underbelly. A definite and powerful black pepper retro-olfaction here as well. Outstanding beer if that's what you're into, which it just so happens that I am. Medium to full in body, carbonation seems fairly subtle, but only because of thickness of brew I think. Smooth and warming.

I was mentioning to a friend that I was reviewing this beer and she said in reply:

"I was going to make a palate joke, but it would be in bad taste."

Maybe that's funny, and maybe it isn't. But I laughed hard when I finally got it!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, bright red coloring, milky white head on top, stays small, but stays it does.

Aroma: big, flowery hops presence, plenty of pine, gobs of fruit (gobs, I said, gobs!). Not too bitter, not sweet, either. Nicely balanced, I'd say.

Taste: Now it starts to slay. Intense bitterness boards the palate, with swords brandished, pistols blazing, all it's weapons cocked and ready, in for a conquering. Massive bitterness that lays waste to the tastebuds. Prickly pine and a slathering of citrus, lemon, lime, grapefruit. Intense.

Lean body, nothing to back up the hop attack, but I don't expect such from an self-proclaimed bruiser as this. Malt body takes a back seat to bitter hop punishment. High alcohol lays low at first, then roars on in.

I like this. It's right on the money for what it's trying to do. Oddly, I wasn't impressed when I had the first two bottles. Maybe I just wasn't paying close attention. That can happen sometimes. If you don't really take the time to slow down and appreciate every aspect in the moment, you find yourself thinking, "yeah, yeah, hops, booze, bitterness, la, la, la…"

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong and sort of smoothe but with a bite is a brief description of this American Double/Imperial.

If one was to describe to you the ultimate hop concoction this might be a great example there-of. Some like to be eased into things, some like baptisms of fire.

If your friend is of the latter category, and you want to get him/her into the American Double/Imperial genre of beer than I would very much suggest to you this beer.

This beer is the American Double's of American Double's. If you or someone you know is used to watery, somewhat alchoholy after-tasting beers, then I would suggest that one try this or suggest this to someone to show them the potency of hops, and how an aftertaste can be just as strong as the for or mid taste of a beer.

This beer is satisfying and great, it really showcases(as the name would imply) the potential of the aftertaste of the American Double/Imperial, and it does so with vigor and mastery. This beer is a great example of the variety of forms that hops can take to "show themselves" in a beer's taste and flavor, and overall this is a really unique and satisfying American Double/Imperial. A great beer for those new and veteran to the American Double/Imperial genre of brew.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Green Flash Brewing 'Palate Wrecker' @ 9.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $11.20
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a burnt/amber in the glass with a big fluffy white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-hoppy , smells like a PNW rainforest
T-nice& big , yet somewhat smooth tasting DIPA
MF-ok/mild carbonation , big full body
Ov-has the wow factor , good beer , great DIPA
prost LampertLand

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Photo of hman43
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours dark golden with lacing. The aroma features powerful citrus aromas with spruce and floral elements. The flavors feature a greater floral bite with spruce, citrus, and fruit peel. It is extremely hoppy with a high bitter feel on the palate.Overall the combinations of hops and well complimented.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy hop aroma. Moderate to heavy bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate alcohol bite at the finish. This is a standout beer.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Long time want, finally found.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was basically a hazy burnt yellow to orange color with a slim transparency about it allowing some light carbonation to be seen rising. A one finger white foamy head dissipated pretty quickly and left some stringy lacing running here and there.
The smell had some bitter grapefruit rind with some lemon rind and some lemon zest. Grassy tones try to help to balance but the aroma basically stays strong.
The taste arranges the bitterness all about through the previously mmentioned flavors. Bitterness demands a quick aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was sharp and bitter sitting about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability to sipping quality about it. Carbonation runs right for the style and for me as the bitterness really takes hold of my tongue to pound into submission.
Overall, it was everything I expected. A true palate wrecker not just by name but by form. I'd definitely have again.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green Flash Palate Wrecker.

Well, It's safe to say I haven't had my palate wrecked in quite some time so let's hope this one can live up to its promise of doing just that. I better taste hops for a week straight after this one!.

Look - Crystal clear amber with a finger and a half of off-white head that looks like it's gonna stick around and serve out its contract unlike Bergdahl or whatever the fuck his name was. Carbonation appears to be medium with this one. Not much is left in terms of lacing and the head kept to its promise. 4.25.

Smell - I'm picking up a lotttt of malt and a lotttttt more Simcoe in this one. Generally Simcoe hops are my least favorite so I kinda hope this isn't a sign of things to come...3.

Taste - This one is very, very sticky and very very sweet. The malts are dominant in the profile with the simcoe hops making a sure appearance. The alcohol is present as well. I don't see a palate wreck in terms of flavor overload as much as it would ve in terms of sweetness overload. Hoping more develops as it warms. While I may not be the biggest fan of malty simcoe bombs, this one is easily the most pleasant and drinkable in that area. Now that the beer has hit optimal temperature, it has gotten better. Flavor profile doesn't change much, but holy fuck is this thing sweet. Did they put a jar of honey in this thing? It's doing everything Hopslam did, but far better. The sweetness is pleasant even though it sounds like I am bitching. The high IBU level isn't very clear due to the sticky sweetness of this beer. This beer is nearly perfectly balanced to be completely honest. 5

Feel - Medium and very sticky bodied with moderate carbonation. This one hangs around in your mouth in a good way, but by comparison kinda like that hot ex of yours who just couldn't get over the great sex. After coming close to finishing thus beer it is no wonder they call it palate wrecker..the sweet factor sticks around forever pleasantly coating the mouth and numbing the tongue. 5.

Overall - The nose had me a bit worried but this is pretty much thr definition of how to do a proper malt bomb and other breweries need to take notice or forever make shitty malt bombs. So far Green Flash has been pretty impressive. If I have to complain, it could have done with more juicyness. Otherwise, they hit the mark. I can feel myself slipping slowly off into drunky land as I finish this review out. After talking it out with myself for 10 minutes, this is a fantastic beer unlike any DIPA I have ever had. And that isn't even it doing the talking, simply the truth..I swear it isn't holding an explosive hop to my head saying buy more!..Send help!. 5

UPDATE AS OF 9/8/15. Had more of it. This stuff is just simply amazing. changing scores to reflect it.

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

A-Golden yellow with a hint of orange, nice white head on top that lingers ever so soft.
S-Pronounced hop resin aroma, pine and fruit with a toasted malt character peaking through
M-Medium body in a quenching fluid that dries out in time
T-Oh so bitter and yet a sweetness that only really comes from too many hops. The bitterness lingers and lingers. It is almost too much for my personal palate. I also get a caramel level.
O-So this beer is definitely unique, there is a bitterness that comes from it that is borderline pain in my book. I enjoyed one, two would be a challenge. I recommend.

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Photo of aRauf
2.33/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

The Palate Wrecker is just that. Consuming this foul beer does not make you more of a man, though it may put hair on your chest.

Bursting with flavor reminiscent of hoppier, more refined brews, this beer taste like a combination of ales were spilled on the brewery floor while it was being mopped, then funneled into a "new brew", one that the already intoxicated brew master rightfully decided would indeed wreck your palate. The scent is promising, though stifled by the bitter, rotten-hop flavor. It finishes no better than its initial shock, but, perhaps worst of all, the flavor sticks; hence the name "Palate Wrecker".

My first sample of this beer was rather humerus, as not only was my palate wrecked, but also my appetite. My friend, who was also sampling, literally threw up almost immediately after tasting this vial concoction. A third friend also tasted it, and didn't mind the flavor. So there are your stats: 1 in three will tolerate this beer, 1 in three will dislike this beer, and 1 in three will throw up after trying this beer.

I will never purchase this beer (unless I need a good gag gift).

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

El Dankerino. The Big Lebrewski.
Says best by 8/11/2015

Appearance - orange amber crystal clear with nice off white head that sticks/leaves nice lacing
Smell - Dank, resinous, garlic/onion/ganja in a good way. Then the tropical fruits come in - papaya, mango, orange.
Taste - Same as smell add piney bitterness, basically perfect.
Feel - Feels like an IIPA. Alc covered.
Overall - This is one of those every time I see it reasonably fresh I buy it. On par with all the best double/imperial ipas.

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Photo of Jameson77
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange color, poor a very light head
smell of citrus floral hops
Strong carbonation that has a nice smooth finish, a little boozy with a nice citrus taste with still the pine of a more west coast ipa.
Full mouthful
Overall I give this a 4.5, a great ipa because I like the citrus balance with the hops.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Palate Wrecker pours a hazy bronze color with a large lacing head. There is a big hoppy flavor, big malt flavors too. Big strong flavors. Overall its very aggressive, big hop flavors, very sharp flavors.

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Photo of bnes09
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice creamy head with beautiful lace shapes. Tropical fruit aroma. Dank and earthy. Flavor begins with a corn bread malt backbone. Hops are aggressive at first then turn pungent with a spicy, brine like flavor. Pine, grass and earthy notes come to mind. Bone dry finish with a grainy texture on the tongue. Total palate destruction.

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Photo of MortarPestle
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An in your face IPA as the name implies. Hop bitterness was appropriate for a Palate Wrecker, but seemed to lack the blanace seen in other Green Flash offerings.

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Photo of Lezlibelle
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not into really hoppy beer, but I have to give this one credit for its honesty. Hoppy smell with a fruity/hoppy kick that evolves into a lingering bitterness that isn't unpleasant. It just is what it is! If you like hoppy beer, you'll enjoy this one.

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Photo of sicilian
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Strong hop bite up front but smooth on the finish and aftertaste
ABV is hidden very well and the malty backbone does an OK job smoothing the IBU
It doesn't wreck your palate but certainty wakes it up

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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 BeerDocT
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting around to reviewing this bad-boy. Been waiting in the fridge for quite a while.

Appearance 3.75: Great looking beer, pours out a deep golden color. Nice, creamy, 1/2" head. Decent lacing.

Smell 4.25: Great bouquet. Very (of course!) hop-forward, but interestingly, the hops that are forward are all citrus: grapefruit, candied orange rind and almost a crystallized ginger smell.

Taste 4.5: Front is big with a massive kick of hoppiness, but very little sweetness. Middle is where a giant wave of malt and alkaline hoppiness hits you like a mule. But, this is all well-balanced and smooth. Finish is a rain of alkaline hoppiness in the mouth. Very interesting: there is very little outstanding hop flavor with this beer other than a clean hop bitterness. Did they use Magnum? Aftertaste is a citrusy blast, primarily of grapefruit. Also a nice warming feeling from all the alcohol.

Mouthfeel 4.25: Very nice in the mouth. Smooth and with a level of carbonation that helps to balance out the big ABV.

Overall 4.25: Excellent beer. Great hop blending and very flavorful without being overpowering (regardless of its name). Amazingly light given its ABV, this is a delicious brew for a brief sessioning...aw, heck, just drink all four of them, but make it a Friday night. Recommended to all IPA fans.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an aptley named beer! The nose has saome nice tropical notes to the hops with some spice and pine as well. On the palate, it has a nice malty start but transitions quickly to all bittering hops for a long, dry (astringent?) finish. Nice, but I wouldn't want more than one.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep slightly hazy orange amber brew with a sticky foam cap leaving sheets of lace. Pungent oranges, orange peels, marmalade and grapefruit along with a substantial caramelly malt nose. Biting bitterness right away, almost hot-spicy. Grapefruit pith. Oranges. Garlicky onion. Pine resin. The intense bitterness grudgingly yields just an inch to a creamy carmelly malt backbone which must exist in principle to warehouse all this hop intensity. Powerfully hoppy excellence.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,034 ratings.
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