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

BEER STATS
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#1,391
Reviews:
766
Ratings:
4,156
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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 macrosmatic
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, brownish copper with moderate carbonation and a two-finger white head.

S: Sweet and mild caramel malts, citrus rind, as well as some grassy and flowery hops.

T: Bready and slight caramel malts, bitter hops with hints of citrus rind, resin and spices - but bitterness is the overwhelming hop impression, and it lasts into the hang.

M: Chewy mouthfeel, somewhat heavy body, moderate alcohol presence, relatively low carbonation sensation.

O: This was solid, but the amount of bitterness from the hops was quite high without having much in the way of other flavors the hops should have imparted. I'll probably drink another but I'm not going to run out to grab it.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of garymuchow
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reasonably fresh bottle with best by date of 7/2/14.
Full on hop aroma with hop oil, citrus, grass, grass.
One inch head and quite clear with amber (brown) body. Decent lacing.
Full hop flavor resembling the aroma with a stronger hop oil presence leaving a bit of distaste for my buds, but it isn't overwhelming or dominating thus allowing the other more enjoyable flavor to show forth. Solid malt body that balances and blends well.
Pretty big and quite enjoyable body with enough carbonation to accent the hops nicely and working well with the richness of the drink.
A solid DIPA. Too much hop oil and probably not quite as complex hop flavors as others. But this one drinks really nicely.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of justintcoons
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an extremely cloudy orange-hued gold. This is obviously unfiltered. Has a minimal head that vanishes instantly.

N: Oh yeah. Citrus and tropical fruits right off the bat. Tangerine, papaya, pineapple, navel orange and lemon. This is backed by a massive helping of caramel.

T: The caramel is way more prominent than I would have guessed. Just thick, thick caramel throughout which is covering up the complexities of the hops. I'm having trouble deciphering the different flavors beyond the malt. Upfront appears to be some lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple. This is followed by some mango and finishes with some resinous pine. Perhaps this is worthy of its name.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, dry and a little sticky.

O: This is too malty for a Double IPA. Where as the best (Pliny, Heady Topper, Hopslam) seem to find that happy medium of balance, this fails. Yet this does seem worthy of its name. The alcohol is very well hidden. I'm not blown away, but not bad.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Palate Wrecker pours an attractive copper stained gold color. It’s rather hazy. More than you’d expect. Backlighting gives it more of a copper or orange look. A really nice off-white head caps it off. It rises to over two fingers in height and is very slow to dissipate. A thick, sticky web of lace lines the glass. Looks good.

The nose is excellent. Citric and piney hop notes are abundant throughout. Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple are all present. A touch of pine follows. There’s no questioning the hop presence in this one. There is a little caramel malt in the background, but it doesn’t smell all that strong. I like that. Nevertheless, it does have a bit of a sugary, sweet smell. It’s not bad though. Not at all. Alcohol is blended very well. I wouldn’t have guessed it’s nearly 10% abv. Not even close to that actually. This is impressive!

The flavor impresses just as much. The malt base is a little sugary and sweet. There’s a light caramel flavor to it, but it’s very subtle. That’s my preference for DIPA. Hops are very flavorful. They add very nice citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and orange flavors to the mix. There is a hint of pine, as well. It’s definitely bitter, but it’s not completely palate wrecking. There’s enough malt here to negate some its aggressiveness. It’s bitter enough for me. Alcohol doesn’t seem anywhere near its listed 9.5%. It’s not warm or hot at all. Finishes with a nice citrus hop flavor and a bit of a bitter kick.

Palate Wrecker has a medium body that’s nice and smooth. Carbonation feels light and soft. Goes down way too easy. This bomber isn’t presenting much a challenge at all.

Green Flash Brewing Co. sure knows how to brew excellent west-coast style IPAs. Palate Wrecker is an excellent DIPA that’s chock full of delicious hop flavor. Frankly, this is quite a bit better than Green Flash’s Imperial IPA. Less malt and more hops seems to be a recipe for success. This is excellent stuff! Find some!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So excited for this beer. Love Green Flash and this sounds great. Cheers to Hamiltons!

Thick full bright white head that collapses into a tighter clump of foam that remains. Beer is a bright orange/amber color that’s really nice looking. Copper. Lots of sticky, thick lace.

Really nice aroma. Thick, fresh and juicy. There are components of both pine and grapefruit.

Wow, aptly names. Lots of thick, sweet resinous hop flavor. Almost soapy with thick hop flavor. Grapefruit pith and some thick sticky pine. Some honey notes in the sweetness.

Oil slick on your tongue, some nice glowing heat from the ABV. Fairly bold body.

They clearly nailed what they tried to communicate in the name. I assume Scott Blair was involved in making this dream come true. Well done!!
NOT A SESSION BEER!!!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 02/25/2013, possibly 02/28 since the date is a little smeared. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Fairly gentle pour yields about a half finger of creamy off-white head on top of a nice burnt golden orange colored body. A bit of a hazy look to it, with some bubbles lazily floating to the top.

S - Smell is of dank bitter hop nugs for sure. Grapefruit, rind, pine needles, and some earthiness. Perhaps a hint of caramelized malt.

T - A bitter hop bite. Fruity, juicy, and bitter. Grapefruits & pine needles. Some earthy malts, again. Hint of copper / minerals. Vague hint of hop spice, with virtually no alcohol presence in the taste at all, considering this beer's intense 9.50% abv. This beer warms me up all nice and cozy though, that's for sure.

M - Feel is of resinous hop bitterness, and some dryness.

Overall, one of the greater imperial IPA's that I have tried in recent times. One that lives up to it's subsequent hype, and is destined to become a classic. Highly recommended.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker ---4.5/5

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,156 ratings
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