Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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4.16/5
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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:
#1,363
Reviews:
766
Ratings:
4,154
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
217
Gots:
720
Trade:
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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of mikeincharleston
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tbone1384
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was yet another beer that I picked up at Top Hops a few weeks back. I had never had this before and enjoyed all of Green Flash's other offerings that I had before, even if they tend to be similar to each other and to other beers from the Golden State. Amazingly, this one stood out to me, because of how smooth it went down and how hidden the alcohol was. This was indeed strong but it never felt it and everything worked harmoniously well together, which is rare for something as bold as a Double/Imperial IPA such as this.

Everything was solid about this, from the pour on down. A nice frothy head, radian apricot hue, and a bit of amber-like translucence combined for a nice appearance , before I took a sip. The aroma was that of pine, grapefruit, and some tropical fruits and all of these were repeated in the smooth and potent taste. Almost no malt to be found here but the mouthfeel was certainly solid and this pulled off the near-impossibility of a dry-hopped strength with a wet hop finish that squeezed all of the oil, resin, and metallic bitterness of out each hop. There was even a hint of white chocolate in here, like in the Sonoran Cordillera Blanca that added a hint of tangerine and cocoa underneath everything. As everything faded in the aftertaste, just some earthiness remained and oil that didn't seem to completely harmonize with everything else.

For sure, this was a strong beer and I could feel the booze by the time I finished off the contents of the bottle that I bought. While the alcohol is not detectable via taste, it's present and gives this beer the oomph underneath everything else that went on. This won't certainly wreck anyone's palate but it will give it a good run for its money and push the edge of it out just a bit further, and given that so many hoppy beers are not that discernible from each other, what more could you ask for? Take a good hour and give this is go, there's a lot to like here for anyone who loves hops and depth in a beer.

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Photo of Moose90
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10oz Pour @ Rí Rá Irish Pub

A – Dark copper orange color. Head is thin and sticky. Steady carbonation rising up.

S – Holy cow, big, sweet, dank, piney, resinous, malty, caramel, bright. Lots going on here. Citrus fruits, orange, lemon juice. Cannot wait to take a gulp of this.

T – Quite sweet initially, but the brutal hops cut through that nicely..peppery, and fresh pine. Interesting. Sweet overall, quite viscous, some more notes of orange and lemon come through, like a lemon curd, or orange marmalade. Balance here is what makes this great, with all the complexities, it is very smooth, drinkable and great.

M – A big beer, for sure, though it remains crisp. It is undoubtedly sweet, but not so much so that it kills you. For a IIPA, wow, just wow.

O – Had this from the bottle prior to this, can't believe I found it on tap. What a great beer this is, supreme balance.

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Palate Wrecker pours a hazy bronze color with a large lacing head. There is a big hoppy flavor, big malt flavors too. Big strong flavors. Overall its very aggressive, big hop flavors, very sharp flavors.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Burt
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of agreenman19
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schoolboy
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Save-on in Mentor, a store less than two miles from my house, recently added a few taps from which to sell a great selection of growlers. I bought one of these last night and drank most of it myself. That's really unnecessary!

It's a pretty, well crafted beer and the head never got wimpy. The aroma is strong, malty, yeasty (a little) and very hoppy and piney. The taste is the same, but a little sweeter than I would like (only a very little). The aftertaste won't let you forget what you are drinking.

Overall this is a huge beer that I would never refuse, but more than one or three is more than is necessary.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice slightly cloudy copper/orange color with a nice full white fluffy head. Decent retention, excellent lacing.

S - Lots of sweet citrus hops, some caramel malts for sure, some lighter sweeter fruit as well. Smells juicy and inviting.

T - It lives up to the name, I've eaten hops (or a hop, several times) before (who wouldnt?) and this is as close to that feeling/taste ive ever experienced in a beer. Dry bitter and overpowering. Maybe a little fruity sweetness at the back end but its pretty hard to tell, it wrecked my palate. I'm going to let this warm up for about 20 minutes and see if I can pick up more of the fruity/citrusy flavors...

Significantly better/more balanced (a ton). Still nice and hoppy but im getting sweet fruits up front, a bitter burst and then a lot of nice lingering citrusy/bitter flavors. Malts not really there on this one. When drank super cold, I'd say 3.25 just too unbalanced, but at ~50-55 severely improved.

M - Medium bodied, now that its warmed up a bit I wouldnt call it a session but not a sipper either. Perfect for a 2 an hour type pace as long as you let it warm up a wee bit.

O - Very very nice aggressive west coast ipa, discovered green flash about a week ago when they started distributing down here and they are now probably a personal top 5-10 brewery for me. love it.

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Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
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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Photo of philbe311
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Three plus fingers worth of airy slightly creamy head comprised of medium and large sized bubbles... Solid retention... The color is a slightly glowing warm resiny orange hued amber... Limited carbonation - just a couple of stray moderated paced bubbles throughout... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Hops from the get go... Earthy... Oranges... Light grapefruit... A touch of pineapple... Slightly musky... A faint piney hop component... A solid malt base lies beneath with notes of caramel and cracker...

T - The hops take on much more of an earthy an dpiney presence on the palette... The citrus notes are subtle at best... Cracker and a bit of caramel serve as a sturdy malt base... A slight spiciness as well... The finish is pungent... Perhaps even some onion notes...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Lush... Slightly creamy... A bit chewy... Regal... Very nice mouthfeel, especially considering the high IBU count... Buckles the tongue on the finish...

D - A solid all around with American DIPA... The hops don't disappoint and there is plenty more to keep this one interesting... The stellar mouthfeel is among the best I've experienced for the style...

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Pens1967
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jakecattleco
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,154 ratings
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