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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
Ranking:
#1,360
Reviews:
765
Ratings:
4,151
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
217
Gots:
720
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 4,151 |  Reviews: 765
Photo of alexgash
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 01/01/13.

Clear, clean burnt sienna body. Two fingers of very thick, dense, light creamy khaki head. Awesome lacing. Big time tropical fruit and citrus on the nose. Pineapple, mango, mandarin orange, grapefruit, and guava just to name a few. Hints of non-palate wrecking caramel/butterscotch malt as well.

Numbing, herbal hop flavor and bitterness up front. Sweetish fruity malts settle in quickly, while the herbal hop bitterness crescendos. A hearty, heady mix of resin, pine, tropical fruit, pineapple, and citrus make for quite the hop presence. The bitterness is pretty intense as well, and just seems to keep increasing into the long finish. I feel like there are hop flowers stuck to the roof of my mouth. Warming notes of fruity alcohol also grace the finish. Medium-full body with a creamy, thick feel. Gentle carbonation takes pity on my alpha acid wracked mouth. Palate wrecker? Maybe, but I like it.

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Photo of alexsergio
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep honey-caramel color, with impeccable clarity. The head is lovely as well at 1 finger and tons of dancing lace.

Tons of chinook and columbus on the nose. Practically a freshly picked hop/opened hop pouch. Slight dirty caramelish aromas behind that.

Um, holy crap. This beer doesn't lie and neither will I. This will destroy your tongue in several ways. First, it stimulates the salival glands to secrete at the utter dryness of the alcohol and hop combining. Second, it twists your tongue as the hop practically attacks it like white blood cells on a virus. Some facial expressions will be made. Third, it scrubs your tongue of all dignity like a paint scraper on the wall. Fourth, the heavy alcohol presence creates a hotness in both your mouth and down your tube to your belly. This is a little tastier but no less bitter than chewing on raw hop.

Feel is hot and burning, with a dry feel and a scrubbing sensation.

Overall, a drain pour in the best way possible. It's simply too much for me. It's my fault, not the beer's. It's not a bad beer. But the hops are insane and it's by far the hoppiest, most bitter beer I've ever had. Hop heads, unite.

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Photo of Morey
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

INFORMATION: According to the Green Flash website, this beer is released in the Spring. I spotted this in a bottle shop in Ohio over the weekend, and decided to throw a single in a mixed six pack. I held it up to the light, and there was absolutely no sediment to speak of. So I crossed my fingers, hoping for a fairly fresh bottle. It’s brewed with 6 lbs. of hops per barrel and weighs in at over 100 IBUs.

APPEARANCE: Pours a very hazy copper-orange color. Topped with two fingers of cream colored foam. The head settled to and thin and spotty layer after about 10 minutes or so. Good head retention, and even better lacing.

AROMA: Grapefruit, Pine Resin, Caramel Malt, and Wet Grassy Hops in the nose.

TASTE: Big layer of caramel malt up front accompanied by a good amount of wet-hop bitterness. The sweetness from the malt really shows itself about midway. Thankfully, there’s a second wave of bitterness that immediately follows, and sweeps it’s way over the entire palate. The finish is filled with lingering flavors of sticky hops, caramel, and freshly squeezed grapefruit.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body with a pretty light carbonation level for the style.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: This is obviously not super fresh. Does that mean that I shouldn’t review it? I think not. Who’s fault is it that there’s no date on this bottle afterall? It’s still a pretty tasty beer. It just taste like a hopped-up Barleywine at this point. As a DIPA however, it’s just too malty. I hope to have a fresh one sometime soon, and I can only hope that Green Flash starts to bottle date sooner rather than later!

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Photo of 57md
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a copper with golden edges. The half finger of head yielded some lace, but nothing overly impressive. The nose was distinctly hoppy. The flavor was hoppy throughout, but there was a touch of alcohol sourness on the finish that almost reached unpleasant, but not bad enough to ruin this very good offering.

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Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JayQue
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good West Coast DIPA. Pours a clear light copper color with a frothy white head that hangs around pretty good. A lot of filmy lacing on the glass as well as patches of thick lacing.

Aroma is pretty good as well....citrus and floral hops.

Outstanding taste and mouthfeel. Strong citrus hops presence and bitterness (mostly grapefruit), some balancing caramel malt. The bitterness is predominant but it is not the head shrinking Avery Maharajah or Founders Devil Dancer kind of bitterness.

There is a certain light pillowy nature to the mouthfeel kind of like RR Blind Pig. Crisp mouthfeel, plenty rich enough and no hint of the 9.50% alcohol. Goes down smooth. You can appreciate the bitterness without a grimace.

This is a DIPA worthy of revisiting many times. Would be deadly in a bomber unless you knew and respected the high abv.

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Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange hue looking exactly like lucozade and leaves a two finger head that stays and leaves a rim of creamy clingy lacing,the smell is pineapple,fresh piney hops,boiled candy and bubblegum,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and a tad syrupy with tastes almost identical to smell with hints of pineapple,grapefruit,lemonade bitter lemons,bubblegum,boiled candy and finished with a sherbet bitterness and overall its a nice drop really is what it says it is and i would definately buy again cheers.

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Photo of hopdog
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap [on cask].

All I can say is what a great name (especially for a IIPA)!

Poured a medium amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral hops, and pine. Tastes of the same citrus, pine and a lighter maltiness. Nicely bitter.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Falcone
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear golden copper color with a 1finger off-white head
S=floral tropical hop with malt some booze
T- huge tropical hops with pine and citrus hops malts work there way in to balance this but hops are in charge here
M-surprisingly not bitter but a touch boozy medium carbonation and an explosion of hops
O-tasty @ipa that will find its way into the fridge from time to time

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Photo of Adamostella
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA

Appearance - Clear and golden orange in color, served to me in a snifter with an off-white, half finger head sitting on top. Fair retention, leaving a ring of microbubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Fair lacing with good stick.

Smell - Pungent hop aroma. Big tropical notes: sweet candied mango, pineapple, apricot and orange, all backed by a moderate pine character.

Taste - Follows the nose. An assault of hop, strengthened by a lightly toasted bread malt backbone. Tropical sweetness. Moderate pine dank, then a grapefruit pith bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Close to full body, slightly sticky in fact, with fair carbonation. Smooth, easy finish.

Overall - A mighty fine TIPA here. Classic West Coast Imperial IPA profile. I wouldn't mind giving this one another go, and I'd invite anyone who loves their IPA's do the same!

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Photo of Roguer
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Almost crystal clear orange/copper liquid with a nice flat white head. Decent retention, and nice lacing.

Strong citrus hop aroma with some pine, and extremely juicy fruit. Pineapple and tangerine.
Some caramel malt and honey.

Extremely bright and hoppy, as expected. Pine and dry hops up front, malts in the middle, with pulpy ruby red grapefruit and resinous hops in the finish. Extremely juicy IPA. Some dry orange peel on the very back-end.

Good hop oil retention and resinous residue. A little on the syrupy side, but good carbonation sting; still feels lively. Medium feel; some citrus peel aftertaste; very little alcohol heat at all. Flavor lingers forever.

Despite the name, this is a very juicy, somewhat balanced IPA. I edited this review based on getting a stray musty/funky smell and flavor in my first bottle. The second bottle had none of that, although the malts were completely overpowered this time around.

I guess that costs Green Flash a point in consistency, but it's a good IPA.

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Photo of user785335
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WanderingFool
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Palate Wrecker pours a crystal clear amber color with a big, pillowy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly down to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy with notes of grass and orange rind. Some bready malt notes are also present. I think I was expecting more citrus hops, but it's still pleasant.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is very soft on the palate. Carbonation is mild. The flavor is fairly balanced between sweet caramel malt and bitter citrus hops, but the hops definitely win this battle. It starts with sweet notes of caramel and pale malt. The middle presents pine, grass and orange citrus. At the end some pepper comes through just before the bitter and dry finish. Once gone the orange citrus lingers on the palate.

A tasty beer that will please hop heads. Maybe it's my palate but I didn't think this beer was a hop bomb. Hides the 9% abv very well.

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cyrushire
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dsa7783
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a ruddy, tawny hue with moderate frothing. Strong, boozy aroma replete with hints of grapefruit and citrus. Similar flavor profile.

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,151 ratings
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