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
Ratings:
4,121
Reviews:
757
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
Wants:
215
Gots:
708
For Trade:
5
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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled On: 01/29/13

A: Pours a copper color with slightly less than a fingers worth of head that fades quite quickly

S: Very hoppy. Get nice citrus and pine notes, as well as a solid malt backbone. Very nice balance going on

T: Again, very hoppy. Pretty dank, along with citrus peel, pine, and some earthiness. A semi-sweet malt backbone helps to hold things together, but in the end the hops prevail. Bitter throughout

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A palate wrecker, indeed! A bomber will give you your hop fix for a week, much less the rest of the day. I definitely wouldn't want to drink another beer after this, because I doubt I would taste it it very much as I'd want to. Averagely priced, and definitely worth a try

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Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper color with a huge 2 finger fluffy white head that leaves massive lacing down the glass with each sip.

S: Big citrus and pine hops, orange peel, caramel malt and a lot of hop resin.

T: Tons of hops here. A big growing pine hop bite with a lingering bitterness throughout. A slight hint of biscuity malt in the background, but the balance is definitely not quite there. Finish leaves some dry and bitter aspirin flavors on the tongue, which I wasn't crazy about. A hop monster, but the flavors are a tad off. A good DIPA, but not fantastic.

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Photo of prototypic
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of whartontallboy
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of tommyguz
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Mantooth
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Masters
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of shoegueuze
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Holland
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1115th Review on BA
Cask to stemmed cup

@Hamiltons San Diego, CA

App- A dark orange color with some yellow bottom highlights and a very fast receding 1/2 in head. Left great sticky cling all the way down the glass.

Smell- A great mix of deeper citrus and hops. Very tropical in the nose and lends itself to a layer of supporting malts. A little oily at points but the cask and the temp I expected that.

Taste- The primary layer I got on this was deep damp tropical fruits. A bit of tangerine and a bit of orange. Mixed in come the hop oils and ABV boozy flavors. A bit creamy from the cask and a bit warm. All the flavors meshed well. Its a good beer but not a great DIPA.

Mouth- A thicker medium body with touches of warming booze and very creamy. A good low/medium carbonation level on cask.

Drink- A good solid DIPA put on cask. Nice balance and was good but wasn't great.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Casey3236
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of masterofsparks
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of garymuchow
3.89/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a clear copper color with two fingers of light beige head. Creamy lacing left behind.

Bright, juicy aroma of grapefruit and pine resin.

The taste was no surprise after the aroma. A big juicy bite of grapefruit and pine along with a nice backbone of caramel malts for balance. Finish had a bitter bite to it.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

This one gives Hopslam a run for it's IIPA money. Big, bold, and full of flavor.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnBender
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Stofko1992
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big fluffy airy head sits a top a clean copper body. The lacing was tremendous with thick lines of foam.

The scent is earthy, herbal hops. Sweet caramel malt sits to the background with ever so slight appearances of grapefruit rind.

My palate detects so many fruits that would be atypical of the style. I catch watermelon, kiwi, strawberry and a bitter grapefruit. Caramel malt flavor is evident and supports the whole taste.

For something called Palate Wrecker this is surprisingly clean. There is a bitter side with some astringency but it's not off putting.

I'm not sure why my palate perceived this in such a fashion but Damn I like it.

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Photo of CHickman
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC. Pours orange with a creamy 1/4 inch off white head; great lacing that leaves rings clinging to the glass.

Smells of huge hops, floral, piney and citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, grapefruit and bread/grains.

Tastes of huge hops, floral hops, piney hops and citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, grapefruit, lemon, grass, a touch of brown sugar, a hint of syrup and some mild spices - what a tasty brew, it is delicious! It bombarded my palate, but didn't wreck it.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with little to no carbonation, a light crisp feel and a very smooth feel overall. I guess it was balanced, but it's hard to judge since this was a hop assault and just a very tasty beer that any hop-head will enjoy. Strong bitterness, the 9% ABV was well hidden and this beer went down very easy. A definite recommendation.

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Photo of yeaprolly
2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,121 ratings.
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