Palate Wrecker | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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726
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4,033
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
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Photo of wcintula
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a monster! Pours coppery into a Duvel tulip with an off-white head that's quite sticky.

Smells like a citrus-pine monster and tastes just as much. Be careful with this one if you're susceptible to heart burn. ß-acids make this one a stomach wrecker too. Malt backbone provides a sweetness to help drive the citrus notes. This is a beer you should try if you love Ruination.

Note: this is less sweet.

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Photo of PerHops
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This is a beautiful golden orange with a pillowy head that settles down but leaves copious lacing around the glass.

S- Supery hoppy! Herbal, grassy, catty, pine, faint citrus. No alochol on the nose. Can smell some malts, too.

T- Starts off moderately sweet, but quickly asserts itself as dry and bitter. Kind of earthy with an oniony presence and some pine.

M- Good drinkability for the style.

O- Well made beer, but not my favorite example of the style.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber color and clear with white head that lingers well in glass.

Smell is heavily hop floral with hints of rose and cinnamon. Of course there is an abundance of citrus notes. Grapefruit and orange are heavy in the nose.

Taste had more malt character than I was expecting given previous reviews. Yes, there is a massive punch of hop flavor, but not overpoweringly so. Nice grapefruit, orange and pine. Bitterness lingers well on the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel is very dry and medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall this is a superb DIPA.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured an orange/Dark golden color...Very Piney smell, Citrus and hops. Taste is extremely hoppy, piney and Citrus. Taste is very strong on these flavors on first sip. The more you drink, the better the hop taste gets unlike other very hoppy beers.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Tenaya Creek, poured into a tulip glass.

A - pours a crystal clear golden copper color, with a 1/2 finger of thin white head.

S - has a mouth watering apricot, citrus aroma. A little piney, but mostly juicy citrus aromas.

T/M - great bold hop flavor profile. Tastes citrus like the smell, and finishes bitter and slightly dry. Medium mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

O - this a just what I was looking for in a DIPA. Big bold hoppy character, with the alcohol very well hidden. There is NO indication that this a 9.5%. A great brew that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of Thads324
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.
Pours a completely clear deep golden color. Pillows of right white bubbly head that dissipates very slowly. Good lacing
Smells of a bit of pine, grass, tangerine and musky earth at the tail end. A hair of husk, plain grains and corn. Mild and nice

Taste is bigger than the aroma. The hops are well balanced. Starting with citrus and leafy green bitterness. A good bitterness is carried by grainy and basic sweet malts. Sharp bitterness and pine towards the end, along with more tropical fruit and heavy citrus rinds.
Higher end of medium bodied, bitter, good clean finish

A clean, good drinking dipa with a solid balance of malt and varying levels of flavorful hops. A very fine brew

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

This is my kind of beer! Wow, love the bitterness. The only downside is that my throat is dry the next day after drinking it. But for my next homebrew, I hope to make a copy of this one. Cheers

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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 boralyl
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a clear dark orange into my tulip. It produces a huge 1.5 inch fluffy, white head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing.

S - The aroma has a lot of hop resin, pine, and grapefruit present. There is also just a hint of caramel sweetness detectable.

M - Medium in body with a slick oily feel from the hops resin. The carbonation is moderate and works well with the style. The oils stick around and coat the inside of your mouth.

T - The taste is pretty one dimensional. There is a little bit of grapefruit followed by a wall of bitterness that lasts through the finish. A faint caramel sweetness shows up in the aftertaste.

This beer is like biting into a raw hop, and not in a good way, unless you like a biting bitterness. There is certainly no false advertising, this will wreck your palate. It's worth a try, but this just wasn't for me, there are far too many complex imperial IPAs out there.

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Photo of haazer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Grace's during PBW.

A - A dark gold, filtered DIPA. Nice small cap of white foam that scrapes lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - A very grassy hop presence. A bit of lemon, lime, pine, a bit of MJ if ya catch my drift. No malt presence here.

T - Big notes of lemon and piney bitterness. Strong grassy notes, and strong hop dominance. This is what it says, rips your mouth apart! Theres a boozy sweetness to this that isn't a burden, but actually transitions into a strong caramel malt backbone. But, the initial hop blast is marvelous.

M - Mouth is medium bodied with mid to high carbonation. A lingering bitterness is constant. The IBU on this has to be through the roof.

O - As a DIPA I loved this. Honestly, almost up there with PTY. I will always get this when I see it, and am telling my beer geek friends about this immediately.

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Photo of stimulus
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a six IPA tasting session.
No freshness date, but I know this is the first bottling. 4 pack.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber with a one finger white head.
S: Dank, piney hops dominate the aroma.
T: Just piney hops here, there is an extreme lingering bitterness that may be unpleasant for some, but definitely sets it apart in this tasting.
M: Sticky, medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated.
O: Like the OB Deviant Dale's, this is definitely targeted at hopheads; however, the strong lingering bitterness doesn't fall back well on any malt. This is good to remind me what bitterness tastes like every once in awhile, but I definitely prefer Green Flash's other hoppy offerings.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5 - Nice orange/amber, between a golden and copper color, a finger of off white head with very fine bubbles and it laces the glass nicely.

Aroma/Smell - 4.25 - A lot of citrusy hops, grapefruit, pine, orange/lemon/lime zest all in there. Some caramel/malty sweetness but that is mostly in the background.

Taste - 4.75 - Amazing intense grapefruit, pine, zest orange/lemon/lime taste like always. The malt is actually pretty prevalent in this beer with comparison to other IPAs. Aka you can actually taste the malt. It's almost a little bit spicy, it leaves a strong hop/alc bite in your mouth. @ 9.5 ABV it makes sense.

Mouthfeel - 4.50 - light-medium body beer, nice frothy head that never goes away. Alc taste/warmth comes off of it but not in a bad way. Bitter/grapefruit aftertaste but like most imperial IPAs.

Overall - 4.50 - This beer is more similar to Pliny and Hop Stoopid than I expected. Great beer, I would love to do a blind taste test with this and other double ipas.

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Photo of jellikit
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: orange. Thick, foamy head. Lots of small bubbles rising throughout drink.
S: peach and pine.
T: medium malty goodness. Slightly sweet. Bubblegum. Flowery. Piney. Warm alcohol notes.
M: medium-heavy body like Kate Upton. Medium carbonation.
O: great double IPA. Strong, hoppy, and tasty. Well balanced for a big beer.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow well when I swirl it around in the glass I get a huge smell of tangerines, clementines, grapefruit and pine smells. You get hit with a hoppy sweetness that quickly changes into a spicy tingly orange peel bitterness and ending with a citric bite that stays in the aftertaste and back of your tongue for a while. Even after you haven't taken a sip for a while it still tastes like you took a sip not so long ago. Its really bitter.

I heard they used the ipa wort and brewed it in with this ipa or something like that and its literally a double ipa. Its really fruity and citrusy tasting and can get some candy like fruit flavors that are very enjoyable before it turns over into the massive and growing bitterness.

The malt is there with a slight bready sweetness but the sweetness gets over taken by the hop flavors. You can tell its a big beer too a bit of alcohol burn on this one. Im also noticing it leaving a very dry parched aftertaste. Its really intense after a while and truly is a palate wrecker.

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Photo of mocktm
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, excited to pop this one open. How can you not with a name like Palate Wrecker?

Deep golden hue with a rocky, unrelenting head. Solid amounts of lacing as well.

Hops kick you in the face immediately on this. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, melon rind and some caramel malt. Smells dank and damn awesome.

Persistently bitter with a citrus forward profile, contains copious amounts of grapefruit and grass. Alcohol is present but well hidden; I wouldn't peg this one at 9.5% if I had to guess.

Sticky, resinous, thick, and semi heavy, this is definitely a DIPA. Oddly, still drinks rather easily for the ABV.

Hoppy and glorious, would recommend without a moment's hesitation. Glad I still have three more, cheers!

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Photo of GarrettFM
2.98/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I admire how well built this brew is. I acknowledge its complexity. I see the parallels to Stone's Bastard line. But to my (un-wrecked?) palate, the primary flavor here is a rank one, and this rankness is neither inherently interesting nor pleasantly counterbalanced by creamy or sweet notes. It is the liquid equivalent of that guy we all know--the abrasive, intelligent jerk who thinks his intelligence justifies his abrasiveness.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

El Dankerino. The Big Lebrewski.
Says best by 8/11/2015

Appearance - orange amber crystal clear with nice off white head that sticks/leaves nice lacing
Smell - Dank, resinous, garlic/onion/ganja in a good way. Then the tropical fruits come in - papaya, mango, orange.
Taste - Same as smell add piney bitterness, basically perfect.
Feel - Feels like an IIPA. Alc covered.
Overall - This is one of those every time I see it reasonably fresh I buy it. On par with all the best double/imperial ipas.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-amber with a low white head .

Smell: Super-hoppy aroma, piney, citrus, floral.

Taste: Bitter up front, only gets more so on into the aftertaste. Malt doesn’t stand a chance, adding just a bit of sweetness in the middle. Can detect some alcohol towards the end. This is the most bitter beer I have ever had.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick, mildly carbonated.

Overall: Super-bitter DIPA that showcases hops, not much else. Then again, if you order a beer called Palette Wrecker, you get what you asked for.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, best by 6/11/14

Pours a clear dark golden orange with two fingers of foam. Very mild carbonation, great retention and lacing. Ideal looking beer

Smells of strong hops- the main profile being floral. Behind that some earthy citrus- lemon and grapefruit with notes of pine. A sweet bready malt makes up the backbone, finishing with a touch of alcohol.

Taste is with the nose, strong upfront floral hops with strong notes of citrus, again strong lemon with some pine. The malt isn't as bready or sweet on the palate as it is in the aroma, still definitely there. Also finishes with a splash of booze

Feel is a medium body with a dry finish. Most noticeable thing here is the bitterness, which stays around for quite a while. No where near 1000 ibu, but the closest thing I've had that really made my tongue quiver

Overall delivers exactly what it promises. Has everything an ipa should, drops like a hammer

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Photo of dheacck11
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle.

Pour is a honey golden amber with a finger of white soft head which recedes rapidly. Small amount of lacing.

Nose is citrus and sweet, with some lemon, grapefruit, honey and soft piney hops.

Taste is a quick burst of grapefruit and other citrus up front, quickly smashed into oblivion by massive, dry, bitter, woody and green hops. Really just gigantic.

Mouth feel is medium but a little thinner than the hops really want. Leaves a nice resiny coat in your mouth though.

A great Imperial IPA. Especially if you love west coast hoppiness. I like it, although I generally prefer more of a floral and citrus component to my hops. Still really nice.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Palate Wrecker pours a dark copper color and is capped by a big and fluffy, off-white head. Hop aromas pop out of the glass. Grapefruit citrusyness comes out swinging and i
s followed by lighter traces of caramel and breadiness, all before a touch of pine lingers in the finish. Hop bitterness explodes on the balance with flavors of grapefruit and pine resin providing the bulk of the bitterness. Bready and caramel-like flavors provide a malty backbone and help to balance out the onslaught of hoppiness as more bitterness carries though on the finish. A touch of alcohol is also noticeable on the pallet. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, Palate Wrecker weighs in at 9.5% ABV. Boom!

Cheers!

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Photo of mnphish
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz, bottled 2/5/13, served into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very clear light amber with a two finger head. There is noticeable lacing as well.

Smell: potent resinous-piney hops, some grapefruit, malt, and floral hints.

Taste: huge bittersweet hops, lots of pine, grapefruit, citrus, and caramel malts. Huge bitter aftertaste, and a tiny hint of warmth/booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Very flavorful stuff.

Overall: This is a very balanced beer and the alcohol is masked very well by the huge hops and malt backbone. Tasty brewski here.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy shit! God, Green Flash loves its hops. The Palate Wrecker was poured from a gravity cask. It is hazy amber-orange color with no head (obviously because of the cask). Nevertheless, the color profile is phenomenal. The smells is intensely and absurdly of wonderfully fruity hops. The taste is the same. It is right in your face hops. Incredible! The taste also has a strong malty-sweet balance to it. Just amazing. Lots of grapefruit and orange...kind of resin-y. This beer really does wreck your palate. If you are lucky enough to come across it get it. It's awesome.

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Photo of mackeyse
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The is actually a really good DIPA. Great hop aroma and grapefruit zing that really lingers. Hides the 9% well. There are better and higher IBU options out there and likely at a far better price point. But I am fortunate to have a local that sells singles so I will grab one on occasion and it's never disappointed. Green Flash gets a lot of grief on BA but this is a solid offering.

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Photo of da_beers
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

@jmscowcroft brought a bomber over to share and review, we have been looking forward to this one for awhile. He found this hiding behind a different beer at the local shop.
A - coppery golden pour, minimal head that dissipates quickly. Had decent lacing, was bottled in Jan of this year.
S - Huge hop smell! Earthy notes abundant. Pines and citrus notes come thru at the end, hits with a malty sweetness as well.
T - very light sweet malt taste. Citrus at the end. Hops are obviously abundant here, massive blast. The earthiness lasts thru the end.
M - very smooth and almost velvety. Light/moderate carbonation. Has a crisp finish.
D - "Palate Wrecker" is an appropriate. Not a sessionable ale for sure. Wouldn't want multiples of this one.
O - overall enjoyed this hop bomb. Drinkibility is the low point for me, but the complexity is great. I would recommend if you haven't tried and love IPAs!

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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.
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