Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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

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Reviews:
737
Ratings:
4,079
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
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Reviews: 737 | Ratings: 4,079
Photo of cocojoe
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Translucent copper amber color

S: Resinous, piney, floral. Sweet boozy malt comes through. smoothe.

T: Big body, caramel malt, bitter.

M: Big bitter body

O: REally lovely IIPA. Its what, I think, it should be. Copiously hopped, but a huge malt body that won't back down.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Palate Wrecker pours a dark copper color and is capped by a big and fluffy, off-white head. Hop aromas pop out of the glass. Grapefruit citrusyness comes out swinging and i
s followed by lighter traces of caramel and breadiness, all before a touch of pine lingers in the finish. Hop bitterness explodes on the balance with flavors of grapefruit and pine resin providing the bulk of the bitterness. Bready and caramel-like flavors provide a malty backbone and help to balance out the onslaught of hoppiness as more bitterness carries though on the finish. A touch of alcohol is also noticeable on the pallet. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, Palate Wrecker weighs in at 9.5% ABV. Boom!

Cheers!

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Photo of Puck
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my selinsgrove brew tenth anniversary goblet.

A: Beautiful cloudy burnt orange color with an inch or so of thick foam.

S: Rich in pines yet a subtle grapefruit buried within. The alcohol doesn't hide well.

T: The alcohol doesn't shine through like I thought it would and the resin is overtaken ever so slightly by a finish of hops that want to hang out for a while.

M: It's a crisp feel with some weight from the alcohol. The linger makes my mouth water.

O: Its a solid DIPA. Well balanced yet hoppy enough to show its character. No wrecked palate though. Especially if you prefer a flurry of hops. Will definitely make sure to keep this on the rotation.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Yeah, I've heard this claim from plenty of DIPAs before... This stuff pours a clear amber-gold topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, citrus salad, and a kiss of booze. The taste finally brings the name's promise to fruition: The bitterness on display burned through my tastebuds like vikings at Lindesfarne. It was all rind, resin, oils, and whatnot, with no real hop flavors besides. An alcohol kick comes forth as well, creating a sense of vinyl/rubber when combined with the bitterness and the subsequently shell-shocked tongue. Things are too much for me, and they definitely detract from any kind of enjoyment on my part. Many pain winces were evinced. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, I suppose this beer delivers what it promises, but that's not really a good thing...

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Photo of JimsArcade
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a not-quite pale yellow with a moderate head. The aroma of hops are enough to clear your sinuses. The first taste is a veritable hop explosion. With most IIPAs, the drinker becomes accustomed to the extreme bitterness as they continue drinking. This is not most IIPAs: every sip from start-to-finish tastes no less bitter than the rest. If not for the perceptible alcohol presence, you'd be hard pressed to find any kind of malt backbone here.

Without a doubt, "Palate Wrecker" is the most accurate beer name ever created. This is an IIPA that extremophiles will love.

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Photo of Durge
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looking forward to this one poured from bottle to pint glass, chilled. It has a cloudy iced tea color appearance with a decent white head and nice lacing. The sniff test reveals grainy grapefruit and tea/hemp ideas, just a bit skunky in a very nice way. Great aromatics here. The flavor introduces with heavy cereal grains and light malt sweetness, but the grapefruit hops are massive! The bitterness settles into a bit of an herbal edge as well and results in a highly delectable brew, particularly for the hop lovers. The body is medium-light and the feel solidly crisp. Wow, love it!

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Relic Brewing Co. imperial pint glass.

A: Poured a cloudy, deep, golden yellow color with a mighty chilled haze beneath a frothy, two-finger head of off-white carbonation that leaves some streaks of clingy lace on the glass.

S: Very spicy, herbal, bitter and fruity. The nose is dominated by lush, tropical and citrus fruits, grassy, oily hop resins and a peppery, lemongrass aroma. There's a slight whiff of solvent alcohol as well.

T: Bittersweet and acidic from the get-go, the hop oils burn the palate along with a full boat of orange rind, pineapple and grapefruit sweetness. Hints of caramel tease out of the malt bill, but the lush, burning hot flavor of esters and hop resins bum rush the tongue. The finish is sharp, acidic and very bittersweet with a lingering hot sting of alcohol in the aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied, sharp and sticky, this brew stings the palate with it's intensely hopped, bitter, boozy approach. It's indeed a sipper.

O: Green Flash Palate Wrecker stays true to its namesake and will surely find a niche among hopheads and gluttons for DIPA hop punishment. The 9.5% ABV aside, the IBUs on this brew are ridiculous and any hopes you had for tasting a complex or maltier brew after it have already been dashed. I can sip one every once in a while, but it's a specialty DIPA for sure.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - White head with great retention and nice lace. Crystal clear, beautiful rich copper amber body.

S - Intense fresh west coast hop aroma; grapefruit, orange zest, and green plant stems.

T - The profile drips with a dense, thick, resiny bitterness. Pine sap, honey, and malt give away to an intense, lingering, grapefruit pith finish.

M - Medium/light body with a bitterness that thickens on your palate.

O - Outrageous. One of my favorite DIPAs on the market.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forms a dome-like head that leaves some streaky lace on the glass. The liquid is actually fairly clear with an amber-orange color. It looks terrific.

Very impressive smell with a grapefruit touch. There's almost no more today aroma but that's okay.

Strong hop flavor that gives it a over-the-top bitterness. The alcohol is also large and the carbonation is accurate for the style. Overall, this is an extreme brew.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour netted me a finger of taupe colored head. This sits on top of a tan/orange body.

Hoppy. Piney, floral, grapefruit and mandarin oranges. Sweet malts balance it out.

Very sweet up front. Sweet malt, flowers and mandarin orange seduce you, then pine and grapefruit mug your tongue once you have put your trust into the beer. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad thing.

Medium to heavy bodied. Carbonation is just right, enough to keep the beer from getting bogged down in your mouth. Dry finish, but not as much as you might think.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.29/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap in a tulip at King's Table on 4/14/12

Deep honey amber with layers of brown and sun drenched gold. The head is one thumb of billowy, dense foam. Retention is about a third of that, but solid lace remains over most of the glass.

The aroma is dank hops, oily and piney. Rabid citrus, too - grapefruit and lemon zest. Solvent-like. The mean hop smell is tempered by ample notes of sugar cookie and sweet cracker. Smells like it might be too sweet. Yeaaah... This is going to be hard to finish. Semi-sweet malts swoon up front before being replaced by angry amounts of hops and alcohol. Yikes. I wish I could use the hop descriptors a la the aroma, but this is all scathing, vapidly dry bitterness. Earthy and dirty. Pretty much medicinal-grade bitterness.

Ugh. Full, sluggish feel. Lower than average carbonation is the only reason I can stand finishing this. A bit oily and resinous. Again, brutally dry.

Overall impression - Spiteful just to be. This is a chore to drink.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz stubby brown bottle, nice simple label, NO DATE (ugh)

Appearance: Into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint. This pours a dark gold/light orange amber with an ivory head of large bubbles. There isn't much of a cap, but it has fairly decent retention.

Smell: Quite nice; some light juicy citrus and a whole lotta pine! Fresh, vibrant, juicy, and just a HINT of earthy malt, but you really have to look for it. Pleasant!

Taste: Massive bitterness hits almost immediately. Earthy pine, a bit of bitter citrus peel, and as it warms, a bit of earthy malt. Big, BIG bitterness. I dunno the exact bitterness, but the GF website lists it as 100+ and I have NO trouble believing that. There's enough of a malt backbone and sweetness, however, that although this is blisteringly bitter, it doesn't really feel 'overdone' or completely out of whack like some other tongue-destroying DIPAs.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full, blisteringly bitter, but enough residual sweetness to make things seem balanced...at least in a manner of speaking.

Conclusion: I'm not a HUGE fan of DIPAs, though there are a few I really like. This is, however, one of the better ones I've had. Crazy-big bitterness, but nice flavors to go with bitter smackdown, and enough malt sweetness to keep this from being completely one-sided. Nice mouthfeel and good drinkability, especially considering its gravity. $12.00 for a 4pk isn't too bad either. Now if only we could get a freakin date-stamp on it...This might well be an A- if it had just a bit more complexity.

B+

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Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden orange color with tangerine hues and a half finger frothy white head.  Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Resinous earthy aroma with grassy/soily pine notes countered by sweet fruit and pale malt.  Hints of pine needle and grass followed by grapefruit and orange peel.  Biscuity malt with graham cracker and sweet booze.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry resinous hops that provide a strong bitterness that lingers into a dry finish.  Earthy pine needle and spruce followed mid palate by citrus/tropical fruit notes that prevent it from becoming one dimensional.  Citrus rind, grapefruit and pineapple followed by biscuity malt and sweet booze.  Thin and a bit watered down but easy to drink.  Strong bitterness is nicely countered by sweeter notes but it's a bit too thin and boozy for my liking.

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Photo of B33R501
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is just ok. pretty color, nice head. aroma and taste bitter citrus, lots of hops but i get too much onion flavor. way hot going down, too boozy. not real pleasant and a bit of a chore to finish just the one bottle.

i like the lingering citrus bitterness but not real fond of the rest of the delivery or the overall flavors.

pass.

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Photo of kdb150
2.83/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

A - Amber color, 2 fingers of cream-colored head slowly recedes, leaving lots of sticky lacing behind. A nice quarter-inch coating sticks around for a long while. Great for the style.

S - All hops, all the time. Citrus and grapefruit dominate, against a bankground hinting at dankness. A bit of alcohol bite as well. Nice aroma, with the alcohol note knocking it down a notch.

T - Overwhelming bitter/dank flavor, with just a hint of the great citrus/grapefruit that was in the nose. With no real malt backbone to speak of to balance out the bitterness, this did not deliver at all on the flavor. I guess I should have taken the name at its word, but the taste has no redeeming qualities at all, it just overwhelms with an unpleasant bitter dankness that should never be the only flavor in a beer.

M - Good feel, not thin, not overly thick, with good carbonation.

O - It's honestly a shame the taste on this beer is so awful, because everything else is actually rather good. But with the overwhelming dank, bitter flavor, it's hard to recommend this beer. I'll skip it in the future.

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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 stickynotes
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A - Caramel color, clear. An off-white head slowly dissipates leaving heavy lacing.

S - Sweet malt, booze and an abundance of hops; plenty of pine and some citrus. Smells aggressive and flavorful.

T - Bitter and sweet maltiness finishing with a crash of bitterness. Super piney. Big flavors here, a strong malt backbone and tons of hoppy goodness the high abv warms the end a bit.

M - Moderately carbonated, I think it pairs with the aggressive flavor well.

O - This is a big dipa and will be appreciated by ipa fans. The beer is aptly named, it is strong and aggressive in all areas, especially bitterness and hop presence. Good stuff for the initiated.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 4 pack picked up at Total Wine in Columbia, SC

A - A deep bronze color, with tons of head and sticky lace. Yes, this is what a DIPA should look like

S - Piny hops in your face. Very strong. Well done...

T - Hops in your face. Hops in the 1st taste, middle through, and total kick you in the rear on the aftertaste. It doesn't get much hoppier or tastier than this.

M - Very well carbonated, medium/full bodied

O - Maybe the most tasty DIPA I have ever had. Yes, a palate wrecker. Anything you drink after this one is doomed. Sick brew...

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: A finger and a half of head. Translucent amber. Some effervescence. Decent lacing.

S: Splendiferous! Fruity, tropical, resiny, strong, floral, beautiful hops. Excellent! Some biscuity, caramelly malt as well.

T: Wow. Palate wrecker indeed. Obviously well over 100+ IBU and one of the hoppiest beers I've ever encountered, up there with Devil Dancer and Ultramate. Astringent pine is tempered by the fruitiness inherent in some hop varietals (I suspect a lot is going on here, but perhaps just three or four assertive strains). The malt base gives important body to the beer, serves as a platform for the alcoholic strength, and keeps things from getting unduly out of hand. Still, hop-forward, overpoweringly so at times, with an aftertaste that has a touch of soap or unpleasant bitterness to it.

M: Substantial, light carbonation, and surprisingly not very dry.

O: A magnificent Double IPA and highly recommended for hopheads. Would drink again for sure.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper-amber color with a finger of frothy off white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of strong pine and tropical hops with lots of grapefruit, floral, and resin smells, with some caramel and biscuit malts and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with some strong pine and tropical hops and bitterness alongside some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, the resiny hop flavor gets stronger with stronger bitterness and a bit of biscuit malt. The finish is a mix of pine hops and bitterness with some sweet malts and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and resiny with a dry, bitter, and lightly warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. I really like the strength of the hops in this one and the bitterness. Does not get out of control though.

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Photo of rudzud
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Russell's in Amherst. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a wonderful crystal clear light copper with a great almost two finger off white creamy head that fades to leave lots of sticky side lacing and a nice creamy thick blanket.

S - Lots of sweet, sticky malt aromas here with some very light pine resin.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more of those sweet malts with light pine bitterness. There is alot of hops on the end for sure, and it would probably mess up your taste buds for future beers. Just pine bitterness and lots of sweet malts.

M - Mouthfeel is good for a DIPA. Nice carbonation, alcohol isnt too noticeable. Goes down easy.

O - Overall, I'd say this is a palate wrecker, but for me its also kind of a malt bomb. And malt bombs are something I really dont care for in my DIPAs. Wish this was a bit more citrus or pine heavy to drown out the sweetness.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz, no date.

appears a clear orange amber color, with 1/2" white head. great lacing and excellent head retention. massive hop aroma stings the nose. pine, grapefruit.

hops dominate the taste as expected. bitter, but also mutli layered hops. resin, piney, citrus, fruity, earthy. enough malt to at least keep it in check. coats the tongue, a bit oily. medium carbonation.

overall - definitely lives up to the name, but there are more enjoyable DIPAs.

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Photo of dmatsui
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a bomber. Beautiful bone white 4 finger head with irregular head and lots of lacing. A swirl shows some alcohol legs. Surprisingly clear but still has a nice pale burnt orange.

Caramel-esque notes up front and a decent hop spice. Definitely some strong bittering hops. Not very citrusy.

Hop spiciness comes through nicely while a persistent bitterness dominates the palate. Not much citrus characteristics. Malt bill is understated, resulting in a strong booziness. Some rindy, pithy flavors come through, but the bittering hops take charge in this Socal brew.

Mouthfeel is spicy, dry, bitter and hot. Slightly oily.

Overall, it is very reminiscent of the Green Flash West Coast IPA. There is a hint of copper, and that spiciness is persistent throughout. A nice heavy double, but not a citrusy as one would expect.

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

A - Pours clear orange/ light brown with one finger of off-white head. Head leaves some lacing but doesn't last long.

S - Very citrusy nose, with some pine and some biscuit malt.

T - Big punch of both pine and grapefruit out if the gate. Some biscuity malt is just enough, and doesn't take away from the hop display. Very nice lingering bitter finish. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable.

M - Medium mouthfeel is herbal, grassy and bitter. Slight numbing alcohol.

O - I don't know if my palate was wrecked, but this is definitely a hop showcase and a very enjoyable DIPA.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - deep golden-red hue, inauspicious enough start. Creamy manila head with gluey, sticky lace all around.

Aroma - pungent, herbal, minty, pine resin. Not a grain in sight.

Taste - a brief bit of orangey citrus up front, pineapple too. The rest of the beer is built for max IBUs. So bitter I almost can't define related flavors. There are some entry notes of resin and grapefruit rind, but it quickly becomes white noise with the overpowering bitterness. On the other side, some abv heat returns some flavor to the palate, and some warm citrus notes help define the ending. I rather like the opening and closing, but the middle is a bit of a task.

Mouthfeel - not as big a body for a DIPA, giving it some added crispness, a nice touch for the style. Not especially smooth from the hop oils, in this case I don't mind as it allows the bitter to wash out faster and the more citrusy flavors of the finish to arrive that much faster.

Drinkability - glad I had a chance to try it. I know a few hopheads on my block who I'll try to grab a few more for, but one and done for me. DIPAs are a tough style for me - I find many I don't necessarily care for, but I can't stay away from the style. The audacious use of ingredients with such generous abandon has a certain allure I keep coming back to.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,079 ratings.
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