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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736
Ratings:
4,076
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
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Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Pallet Wrecker is a big IPA...very bitter. The beer poured a cloudy golden with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is very bitter with hints of citrus. The taste is starts and finishes very bitter. There is alot of grapefruit zeal present. The mouthfeel is full bodies with good carbonation. Overall this is a big sipping beer. This would be a fav or bitter heads.

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Photo of zac16125
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Best before: 06/14

A: Golden copper with less than a fingers width of bright white head, pretty good retention and leaves a fair amount if lacing.

S: Big hop forward aroma, citrus ring, dank resinous notes, and spicy floral hops. Lots of malty sweetness to balance.

T: Piney bitterness and lots if citrus rind, soapy hop notes, sweet malts. Hop profile is ok but it's not my favorite hop flavors. Malts are heavy To balance and at times overtake the hops.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriately low, smooth for the style, fair drinkability.

O: Good but not great. Worthy of a drink but not something I'd likely purchase again.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter in several increments. A reddish golden bronze color sporting a nice creamy beige head, I am indeed preparing for a palate-wrecking experience. Skimmed a couple of reviews below and cannot resist mentioning ... To the guy who was confused, the mash is sparged with a further dose of hopped wart, as opposed to the more typical water. The basis for the beer is a hopped wort, further purged of fermentables by yet more hopped wort. In any event, the aroma here is perfumy sweet, floral and herbal yet with a subtle butterscotch vibe, citrus, vinous fruit like white wine, and some dry white pepper. Green Flash manages to coax some complex multifaceted hop flavors out of its IPAs and this is no exception. The initial tastes are on the light side, some candied ginger, sweet tropical mango and lychee, something decidedly floral ... Honeysuckle? These elements give way to some grapefruit and blood orange citrus, green tea ... The bitterness ain't wrecking my palate initially, although now there's some interesting burnt mint and leather flavors revealing themselves. Soapy, slick mouthfeel with a few bubbles but not too fizzy. And BOOM, there's the bitter: Juniper and menthol, celery stalk and black pepper. About halfway through the bottle, a rank, powerfully resinous bitterness assails the mouth, like oolong tea steeped with pine needles. Some dried apricot appears in the otherwise pungent finish. Quite thick and syrupy but this does little to reign in the hoppy assault. While I have had more bitter DIPAs, at least in terms of raw power, this one steals the show when it comes to balancing aggression with nuance. Had to track it down in BC rather than Alberta.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas pint glass
From: Costco in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7.29 (w/ Costco card)
Purchased: April 22, 2014
Consumed: April 29, 2014
Misc.: Best by June 11, 2014

Poured a dark orange, amber hazy color with two fingers of khaki white head. A decent amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Average amount of uneven layered spotty lacing along the sides of the glass. Good retention.

Smelled a pleasant mix of hops and malts. Got floral hops, citrus hops, Cascade hops, spruce, rye hops, mint toothpaste, amber malts, caramel, some slightly wet earthy malts and some unknown spicy notes.

Tasted pretty much what I expected it to after the smell. Got those heavy, earthy malts more than the hops. Caramel, rye, amber, citrus hops, light honey, light lemon and sour tropical fruit, all with an unknown spicy bitter note lingering on the tongue long after.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Not as good as I hoped, but still a decent imperial IPA.

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

Poured in a Spiegalgau IPA glass.

Beautiful clear light copper color with a 4F head. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass/

Aroma- grapefruit, some vanilla. Not as strong as other West Coast DIPAs, but quite good.

Mouth Feel- very carbonated as expected.

Taste. Excellent grapefruit, citrus. The finish is exceptionally hoppy( 100 IBUs) which rounds out the flavor profile. The hoppy bitterness lingers on my tongue.

An excellent DIPA- very West Coast. One of my favorite breweries from this region.

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Photo of antott0523
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an attractive amber color. Carbonation is barely visible. Moderate beige head with some minor lacing.

Smell: Hops comes through as grapefruit and pine. The malt presence is faint and earthy.

Taste: Hops hit the tongue hard. Give it a swish and the hop oils will envelope the tongue in a warm, comforting manner. Grapefruit flavors linger, with barely noticeable malt notes of sweet tea.

Mouthfeel: The initial burst of hop oils hits like sandpaper; in a good way, if that makes sense. Drink quickly, because I found as the beer approached room temperate this effect vanished. Sticky, but not cloying,

Overall: Above average. The citrus hop notes are really not complex at all, but the sheer presence of hop oils hits the tongue hard, and I like that. There is a faint malt back that is intriguing. Overall, one of the better DIPA's that I have had recently, up against Victory DirtWolf and Flying Dog Double Dog, all of which I have tried for the first time yesterday and today.

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Photo of ksimons
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a bright orange/amber color with a fingers worth of white head that slowly fades to leave some lacing around the top

S-primarily hops with citrus, mostly grapefruit, and pine hops with some light bready malt to give a bit of sweetness

T-really massive amount of hops in the taste with big pine and citrus flavors. Malt does not come to play much in the taste at all, actually its almost absent. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-medium body, medium to full carbonation

Overall this is a massive hop beer with not a lot of balance which makes it slightly difficult to finish. Definitely lives up to the name!

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

Poured out a clear deep amber with a big creamy white head. There is great retention and nice sticky lacing. The aroma is big citrus hops, with distinct grapefruit notes, and hints of caramel malt in the background. The taste is also big hops, but splendidly balanced against the malt backbone. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than the taste and aroma indicated but it's not at all thin or watery. A great big DIPA.

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Photo of jeff12hoops
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best beer I've tried from Green Flash. Pours a standard amber and has an incredible smell with sweet and hoppy notes. To my surprise and delight, not overpowering at all as its moniker implies. Hoppy, not too heavy, with a strong, direct flavor. Nice aftertaste. One of the best IPAs I've had.

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

dark, slightly cloudy orange with a thin creamy head that sticks around. smells like a pine cone covered in fresh yard trimmings. amazing nose. the taste is exactly as advertised on the bottle; palate wrecker. intensely bitter hop (centennial/columbus/simcoe) combo with a decent malt core, and some grapefruit rind and onion peel flavors rounding it out. the onion takes on a slight garlic as it warms. like stone's ruination ipa, take the brew's name advertisement seriously. =)

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Photo of BeerdedHophead
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm little late to the game on actually setting up and account here and reviewing, but I've been visiting and reading reviews on this site for years now.

Green Flash is one of my favorite brewing companies so I figured this would be a good beer to start with. I've had it both on tap and from a bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Copper. Slightly cloudy. Actually, cloudier than expected.

S: Fruity. Very fruity. Hints of banana.

T: Hoppy. But, for it being 9.5% it hides it very well.

M: Syrupy. I realize most DIPAs are and it's the only drawback for me. I enjoy the bitter sting of a dry IPA.

O: if you don't enjoy hops... Beware. This beer is truly a work of art, like most of their brews.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it on tap at The Crow's Nest in johnstown

A: darker than normal pale ale. Same coloration of yuengling. Pretty clear overall.

S: fruity. Banana and grapefruit. Astringency that is very welcome. Pungent, almost smells bitter.

T: holy crap the hops. Sooo bitter, but so tasty. Citrusy to almost a fault. This beer legitimately will wreck your palate. This beer is not for the faint of heart when it comes to hops. I would compare to a Sierra Nevada hoptimum.

M: stuff like this is normally a little heavier, but it's pretty crisp. The body is a real surprise considering the overpowering nature of the beer

If you like hops, you must try it. If you like malt, God bless, crack one open, take a sip, and pass it on to your hop head friends

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Photo of tbraun1
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber to Pint Glass

A - Light copper/amber with rich tan head. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Hop citrus punch! Mild alcohol bite to the nose. Somewhat piney.

T - Hop bomb for sure. Grapefruit all the way.

M - Just enough carbonation and smooth on the palate. Excellent balance.

O - I would definitely buy this one again. Very well balanced for DIPA. Not too much alcohol in the taste and really is smooth once it warms up a bit. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in an IPA glass over 25 minutes from a bottle "best-dated" 7/2/14.

The base is a misty copper orange with a huge, clumpy-merange head stained with the pour. Large patches of lacing hold on and a thick central island floats deep into the drinking session.

The nose is heavily dominated by hemp bound by a ring of smoke. There is some lime and pine and a touch of grapefruit in there somewhere...rounded out by a nice dose of dried apricot. It's hard to find malt notes.

Caramel malts lead the flavor profile. Pine slides in on a foundation of earth, and citrus sprouts from the top--pithy grapefruit, mostly, and a touch of pineapple. Some of the smoke and hemp show up in the back half, melded to a bit of dank funk like apricot Stilton. Then it's long and bitter, reflecting its appellation.

In the mouth, it's sticky and heavy with resin. Weighs heavily in paralingual gutters with some sharper, drying bitterness on top of the tongue. The start is creamy, and then the moderately high carbonation slices through to give the taste experience a bit of spice. The full body with all these facets is the highlight of the brew.

Overall, I can't say I largely enjoy drinking this beer. But I certainly appreciate the work involved in creating it, and the interplay of some imposing elements. A worthwhile experience.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy copper with slightly off-white head. Leaves nice lacing. Head never really dissipates.

S - This is where it's at. Possibly the best smelling beer I've ever had. It smells like fresh. Fresh hops. Fresh malted barley. Amazing aroma. Lemon, apricot.

T - Very well balanced. Very tiny let down after the smell, but that just speaks to how great I thought the smell was. The hops and malt, mostly caramel, are fighting it out on this one. Hops comes through a bit stronger, but I feel it goes back and forth. That's why I say balanced. The big surprise here is No Alcohol roughness. For 9.5% this is hidden very well.

M - Medium to thick body, medium carb. Coats the palate with bitterness like an IPA or DIPA should.

O - I was a little skeptical of this at first. I love fresh Green Flash, but I've been burnt in the past with the IPA being outdated (my own fault I know), but this beer is just awesome. Fresh is the biggest adjective. It tastes like this was just brewed and then bottled this morning.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another single I bought today (12oz, $4.00) at The Beer Store. Hadn't done much in the way of hops lately, so have to make amends...

Again, using my fancy-schmancy Sammy glass.... Color is a lovely, clear copper, with plentiful carbo. Head is a touch off-white/light tan, and looks creamy and fine, lasting well. Lacing is all over the sides, too. Nose is solidly hoppy with some light maltiness mixed in. Feel is smooth and silky, with a medium-plus body.

Flavor has a good bit of malty action, more than I was led to believe by the guy at the store, who said this was purely hoppy. Bummed? Hell no! I like a bit of malt, even in DIPAs... Now there is a solid whack of hops here, too, but it's not overly bitter. There's citrus, some resiny pine, a hint of apricot.... Quite nice, all in all... Had this back-to-back with The Illinois, and I'm not sure which I like more.... Leaning a bit towards this one.... Zum Wohl!!

4.2/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of darthvohn
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Snifter

Appearance: Deep orange-gold with a dense fluffy white head.

Smell: Sweet fruit - pineapple, lemon, orange & grapefruit is in abundance here, along with nice floral sweet honey and piney hop aroma. I get bready malts here as well. This is a intense smelling beer.

Taste: Malty caramel arrives first but gets pushed aside as the big citrus and pine resin flavors bulldoze to center stage. A long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel:Sticky and tacky feeling that totally coats the mouth and tongue. Creamy notes are there to ease the hops along to the finish.

Overall: The is a fantastically bitter double IPA. While the hoppy bitterness is huge, the malt does a very good job pulling back on their reins. I can only imagine how much more intense this would be if the malt profile was smaller. Great job Green Flash!

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Photo of martyl1000
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a great smelling beer. It's an awfully handsome, clear golden pour into a tulip, with a big cottony head that sticks around.

The aroma really distinguishes this brew. Sweet, juicy fruits galore: red grapefruit, pineapple, and finally sweet tangerine. Perhaps a honey/floral tea character.

Its early sweetness is all fruit juice. Yum. The hops come on as a salty, white grapefruit bitterness. There's almost no malt sweetness; the sweetness is fruit, only. Not candied fruit, just juicy sweet fruit. Once it's down the gullet, the aftertaste turns sharply bitter, white grapefruit rind. That hurts this beer.

Great medium-bodied richness. The high carbonation is great.

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UPDATE: 1/9/2015
Got a 4-pk to put in the cellar. Drinking one bottle.

Mostly agree with my take on it above, except for one thing: the sweetness is a good deal bigger and more complex than I'd thought. There actually is malt sweetness, and a pretty good amount of it.

I'm gonna have to get another 4-pk for the cellar: when the aging knocks down the 100+ IBU, this is gonna be awesome.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Copper - golden orange color with a massive and billowy white head that lasts. lots of sticky foam lacing.

S- Big blast of citrus hop aroma, ruby red grapefruit. Some tropical stuff, too, pineapple.

T- Sweet malts, very sweet. Caramel. The citrus flavor is mild compared to the aroma. This bottle was given to me by a friend, freshness may be an issue here.

M- Solid feel and body. Sweet, sticky, and resinous. Lasting hop bitterness.

O- A bit too sweet to palate wreck, perhaps. Good, though.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Green Flash Palate Wrecker

Crash

Poured into pint glass

A: Orange to copper, copper to orange

S: Grapefruit, papaya, mango and caramel

T: Tasty, impressive that it doesn't overload you with hops. I can still detect citrus/tropical fruits with a caramel malt backbone

M: Smooth and sticky

O: I'll be back brah !

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Photo of michiganbeerdrinker
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What better to kick off my first beer rating for BA then with something from GreenFlash?

Recent distribution to Michigan has allowed this incredible beer to come our way.

while I did not drink it from a glass, rather straight from the bottle so not able to comment on color/clarity, this met my expectations for a GreenFlash Beer IPA.

Go to beer? Yes.
Great first IPA for an up and coming hop head? yes.

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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 BWED
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10 oz. pour into a tulip. Liberty Union, Chester Springs, PA

A- Orange gold. Clear. Light white head, but very thin.

S- Citrus, pine, some toasted notes in the malt.

T- Some pine notes and dry citrus peel. Malt is barely noticeable. Fairly juicy.

M- Medium body, some hoppy boozy burn but less bitter than the name suggests.

O- This was juicier than expected, and less palate wrecking than expected.

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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 ThePaintedGrey
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours an incredibly hazy/foggy dark amber/orange. Not at all transparent. A mildly aggressive pour results in a huge 3 1/2" head that takes ages to deflate to an inch thick head that retains like a champion. It's not faltering in the least. HUGE splotches of thick, sticky lacing is left everywhere the head once touched. This is one hella impressive looking glass of beer!

S: PURELY hops and wonderfully dank. Extreme citrus profile, grapefruit mainly, to be expected. A bit of pine resin underneath. No malt to be found; no complaints from me. This is exactly what I want to smell from a brew called Palate Wrecker.

T: The initial sip of this, as well as the next two or three sips, are purely palate pulverizing hop atomic bombs. One of the most intense rushes of grapefruity citrus I've ever experienced. Tons of bitter pine resin in the finish as well as the aftertaste. The bitterness sticks around long after the beer has gone down. Midway through the beer now, I guess my palate has adjusted to baffling amount of hop bitterness. Each sip leads off with a well-rounded caramel malt note that offers little balance before it gets bullied by those dominating hops. This one, even with the appearance of malts midway through, is bone crushingly bitter and truly exquisite.

M: The awe-inducing qualities of Palate Wrecker unfortunately stop here. A slightly above medium body with moderate carbonation and a bit of slickness. Coats the palate nicely without feeling too sticky in the finish. The mouthfeel is definitely really good, but falls short of incredible.

O: Boy oh boy, this is everything I had hoped it would be; however, it was EXTREMELY hard to score, for me. Because even though everything about it stopped me in my tracks by how perfect I believe it to be, I can't rate it perfect overall for the sole fact that this brew is so ass-kicking that I literally could not indulge in it often. With that being said, this has creeped into my favorites and will be revisited for sure as a once-in-a-blue-moon treat.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,076 ratings.
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