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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 tkarsies
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as one of the special guest taps at Barley's Smokehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Served cool in a 13 oz tulip.

Nice clear amber appearance with small tan head that left some sticky lacing. Minimal carbonation seen.

Smell was piney, citrusy, hoppy goodness. No sweet malty aroma to get in the way of the hops.

Hoppy, bitter taste. This actually does have some malt that tries to balance out the hops....but it loses miserably. But, this is what I was hoping for. Hop bomb. Menu said 147 IBU, and I can't argue with that number.

Mouthfeel was smooth, a bit creamy, and lightly carbonated. Not that I noticed because my mouth was numb from the hops.

Overall this lives up to my expectation of being quite the hop bomb. Green Flash nails it for sure. Doubt I would want more than 2; I am only just now able to feel my tongue again 24 hours later. Would definitely come back to this when I need a major hop fix.

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Photo of jcomp21
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. First thought is that this is DEFINITELY a palate wrecker. Whooo. Man.

I took one sip and that flavor lasted for literally minutes. This is the hoppiest beer I have ever had. Really fun! On the front of the taste, we get all variety of hops, very grapefruity and piney,... as it moves to the back of the tongue the bitterness really kicks in. And that bite goes on and on and on....

Appearance is a dark golden almost light amber in color... nice little bubbles spread out flow slowly to the top.

One finger white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Overall I would recommend this beer for experienced hop heads only. Very enjoyable!

see ya on the next one.

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

A--Golden, pretty clear, nice head.

S--Powerful, complex hops, very dank, but also very natural smelling, combination of an alpine forest and a compost heap.

T--A dankness combined with a complex array of resinous, herbal hops, and a sweetish malt mainly stays in the background but intrudes a bit too much in the finish.

M--Tremendously drinkable for such a challengingly hop-forward brew, though a tad sweet in the standard DIPA style about which I have mixed feelings.

GF generally pulls this one off very well. The first one I had was challenging , but the second and third went down very easily. A world-class DIPA, though inferior to its cousin, Stone Ruination.

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

On tap at Buckeye Beer Engine poured into a snifter.

A - Vivid orange in color that is crystal clear with lots of carbonation rising to the top. Pours a white head that is one finger high or so and dissapears quickly. Also leaves no lacing on the glass.

S - Packed full of hoppy citrusy goodness. Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon, maybe some sour apple even. Very light smelling and bitter.

T - Taste isn't as much of a "Palate Wrecker" as I was thinking it would be. Not too bitter suprisingly. Tastes of all the citrusy notes and hops that you get in the nose. Lots of alcohol comes through after.

M - Mouthfeel is really light. Quite good for a IPA. I like it. Lots of carbonation.

D - This beer is pretty drinkable. I could definitely have one or two but after that it would be time to move on.

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Photo of kimbo33
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am generally not a fan of the HUGE in your face IPA but this is probably the most balanced "BIG" beer on the market. You can actually taste the malts, and enjoy the hoppy bitterness. Isn't an alcohol bomb either, nice and smooth for a beer nearing 10% ABV. I will be having this one again!

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

Pours a not-quite pale yellow with a moderate head. The aroma of hops are enough to clear your sinuses. The first taste is a veritable hop explosion. With most IIPAs, the drinker becomes accustomed to the extreme bitterness as they continue drinking. This is not most IIPAs: every sip from start-to-finish tastes no less bitter than the rest. If not for the perceptible alcohol presence, you'd be hard pressed to find any kind of malt backbone here.

Without a doubt, "Palate Wrecker" is the most accurate beer name ever created. This is an IIPA that extremophiles will love.

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Photo of JK4Stout
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A slim white frothy head circles the chalice, while the medium auburn orange-ish goodness settles underneath.

S: Wow: I poured this, walked away, and was hit with the hop slam as I walked back into the kitchen. It is really potent. While there maybe stronger aromas in Double IPA's this one certainly lets itself be known.

T: Oh, how I love Double IPA's! This one is right up there. Paired with homemade pizza, you won't find a better lunch on a snowy day. A good initial bite then a smooth settleing flavor. Very well blended.

M: Medium to heavy in neature.

O: I had been reading reviews of this and stopped because I feared getting myself too excited for it. Green Flash is still near the top of my "breweries to visit" list.

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Photo of abrethanson
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - pours a clear copper, carmel with (1) finger white head. A good amount of lacing left on the tulip glass. Pretty solid looking ale.

Smell - dominating pine bitterness, fresh citrus, and hop hop hop.

Taste - hop bomb all the way but very well balanced with the malts. Hops up front, malty caramel boozy body, and grapefruit / burnt bacon bitterness at the end. Hop bitterness aftertaste definitely sticks. A little dark fruit but is masked by the hops. The booziness is apparent but plays second fiddle in this arrangement. More hops than I generally enjoy but respect the ability to put that much in and still make it drinkable.

Mouthfeel - first sip the bitterness is apparent on your tongue. That is the point of this beer.

Overall - Really enjoyed but definitely not a sessionable ale and lives true to the name 'Palate Wrecker.' A fun and unique beer to taste. Because of the powerful flavors would be a good bottle to split with a friend.

Food Pairing - BBQ, BLT, french fries

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Photo of Morningside
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition. Served in a Dogfish Head Tulip. Taken from notes on January 25th, 2013.

A- Gorgeous deep orange amber color, pristine clarity. Off-white foamy two finger resilient head, leaving somewhat spotty lacing behind.

S- Huge pine and grapefruit, overshadowing sweet bready malt. Underneath there's sweet tropical fruit and a hint of melon.

T- Sometimes a beer's name is misleading and I really feel cheated. This is not one of those times. Tremendous bitterness. Gigantic citrus flavor carried with resiny pine and barely balanced at all by sweet malts. This is a sipper, but I'm having no trouble getting this down at 9.5%. Hints of peppery spice as it warms, with an expectedly dry and bitter finish.

M- Slight carbonation, with mouth-coatingly dry, resiny notes.

O- You want hops? We've got 'em right here. This is a must-try for hop-heads, potential hop-heads, or anyone who has enjoyed a West Coast-style DIPA. If not, stay away, because you will run away crying. This has a beautiful balance of bitter and sweet that obviously leans heavily towards the former, but never feels one-dimensional or cartoonish.

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Photo of coastiefish
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20oz pint

A - Looks great. Nice one finger creamy head, copper with depth.

S - The nose on this is phenomenal. Clean fruits, peppery, grassy, very fresh hops, rounded with a bit of sweet bread. This is lovely.

T - Leaves me licking my lips, tonguing my mouth. I like that. Interactive ;) After having an east coast IPA (Victory) makes even my eyes twinge a bit. This is what I crave. I love the grapefruit that is found mid way through the sip and lingers heavily through the finish. The front starts out clean and refreshing then engulfs your senses.

M - Smooth. Creamy, its a bit thicker than some of the Imperial India Pales I'm used to (PNW), but I enjoy it. The thickness add a dimension.

O - If you arent looking to session, try this beer. If you like big, impressionable brews, try this beer. It's an experience as well as a fun brew.

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Photo of SgunnarW
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful golden amber with a massive 3 finger off-white head that lingers. Nice carbonation and bubbles creeping up the side of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Sm: Initially very sweet with hints of caramel followed by some citrus. Grapefruit and apricot definitely dominate.

T: Holy hops! The hops don't come through in the nose like they do in the taste. A lingering sweetness up front is destroyed by massively amazing hop bitterness. Slightly tart in the middle, almost mouth-puckeringly so, which is where the grapefruit shines. The alcohol is very warming in the finish, and coupled with the hops, this beer is almost mouth numbing. Awesome.

Mf: Medium bodied with great carbonation. A bit astringent as well.

O: Yum. A definite hop-bomb for sure. I've been searching for this kind of bitterness in a DIPA for a while now!

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Photo of Bauzen
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was recommended by a friend. He described it as a "Hearty but dry IPA" and promised me I'd enjoy it.

I really did enjoy it.

Beautiful light copper in color, and aroma reflects fruitiness in the hops.

Phenomenal balance and restraint is exhibited in this beer. Well-chosen hops, and masterful brewing on full display. Green Flash could easily have wrecked this beer by making it stronger or more intense, but they didn't.

The flavor tends to linger on your palate, like the name implies. It's an excellent choice if you aren't pairing this beer with anything. It can stand alone as an 'enjoy me all by myself' beer.

Best way I can describe it is a refined, balanced version of Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas. If you like that beer, you'll LOVE this one.

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

Served from a fresh bottle into a Founders Tulip.

A - Beautiful in the glass. Deep to medium amber with a frothy, fluffy bone white head that lasts for a while. Legs for days. Only the slightest bit of haze.

S - I smell this one from 2 feet away. As soon as I popped the cap, a huge citrus grapefruit aroma leaped out. Massive pine notes with a touch of tropical note.

T - Outstanding beer for hopheads. Unless you love hops, steer clear. If you're like me, this one is a clear winner. Massive grapefruit notes with hints of citrusy tropical fruit. Grapefruit is the big flavor here. Dank, delicious hops. There's malt in this?

M - Carbonated very well. I remember seeing yeast at the bottom of West Coast IPA. Is Green Flash still bottle-conditioning? Minimal sediment in this one, but carbonated great. Slightly thick, which works for this beer.

O - Massive, massive hop-bomb of a DIPA. If you want to know what chewing on hop-cones feels like, pick this one up. Highly recommended.

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Photo of watsonmd
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nice, extra hoppy, citrus overtones, coats the tongue, and lingers in the nose. Plenty of hops that cover the pine spectrum as well. Also a sweetness that lasts, with plenty of floral notes and a pleasant carbonation. One of the "happiest" beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of BraatenBrew
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

April 2012, bought from Bottleworks.

A - Pretty clear with a reddish hint. Small head.

S - Nothing too strong, but I can get a light, hoppy scent.

T - Decently strong front with a good finish. I enjoy the bitterness left on the tongue. Fairly simple beer with straightforwardness of taste. Can pick up some citris as well.

M - Good oxidation. Hits the mouth fully and lingers, almost as if it's radically expanding on the palate.

O - Not as impressive as anticipated. I was expecting more notes of smell and taste, but it's a solid ale for summer days and when you're in need of a little bite.

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

Poured out a clear deep amber with a big creamy white head. There is great retention and nice sticky lacing. The aroma is big citrus hops, with distinct grapefruit notes, and hints of caramel malt in the background. The taste is also big hops, but splendidly balanced against the malt backbone. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than the taste and aroma indicated but it's not at all thin or watery. A great big DIPA.

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good beer. Like the hoppiness and smooth drinkable nature of the beer. Definitely a spot on west coast ipa. Color is nice, smell is great! The hops scent is perfect! Nice bitterness when it hits the palate by not overbearing at all. Defnielty a great example of what a west coast ipa should taste like.

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Photo of Shooter1960
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Poured a dark copper orange into a 16 ounce pint style glass. The smell was not overly distinctive but you could smell some of the hops. The taste was very strong complex hop flavors. Left good lacing on the glass. There was not any lingering after taste. Had four on tap and subsequently bought two in bottles. The bottles paled by comparison but the draft was a top quality IPA. Stumbled on this beer when my local favorite beer place switched out the WEST Coast IPA with this one day. Discovered the ABV after the fourth beer.

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Photo of Brewsephus
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.
Bought at the Local Bottle-Shop.

A- Pours a one finger, off-white, beige head. Small/Medium bubbles last on surface. Head last more than 2 minutes, leaving large bubbles and lacing up the sides of the glass. Beer is copper colored, and brilliantly clear.

S-Pine, Floral, very strong odor. Strong strawberry aroma. Straight tropical fruit. An amazing scent!

T- Bitterness is robust, but not over-powering. Flavors of guava, pine, and sage grass. Alcohol is not apparent in flavor until the fruit and bitterness dissipates, leaving a light harshness on the back of the tongue and cheeks. This is to be expected with a 9.5% ABV massive beer. The malt does come through towards the end, slightly oak, more pine than anything. There is a disparity from the SMELL and the FLAVOR. Bitterness borders on puckering.

M- Perfectly carbonated. Full, round, medium body, great succulent mouthfeel.

O- I admit, I had high expectations for this beer; being from Green Flash, and one of their anniversary beers. I wanted this beer to taste like a hop farmer wet dream. The smell is amazing, best beer I have ever smelled. The crazy amount of fruit in the nose is intoxicating. The flavor, while being able to hold its own, seemed to be the most neglected part of this beer. Amazing legs, crazy awesome scent, mouthfeel for days, and a flavor that leaves you wanting more fruit. The bitterness could be toned back, and with that, the ABV, I think would make this beer much more palatable and much more sensational fruit and pine. While I don't regret buying this, if I was looking for a radical beer full of fruit, I would grab a Green Flash West Coast IPA.

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Photo of beermeplz
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It definitely lives up to the name. Stronger malt backbone than you might expect and an overall very flavorful beer. It may hit the spot if you're in the mood for a big beer with intense flavors. I'm liking it.

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Photo of Titans77
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker bronze. 2 and half fingers of white head. Nice alcohol lacing and some moderate carbonation floating to the top of the head. Good looking brew for sure.

S - HOPS. Lots and lots of citrus hops. I like the smell, but it really doesn't come off as complex as I had hoped. Lack of noticeable malt backbone might have something to do with that though.

T - HOP BOMB. Exactly what I wanted from this brew. At 149 IBUs I was NOT disappointed. Citrus and pine to the extreme. If it was any more hoppy, it might have been too much. But this damn near perfect for a DIPA. Best tasting DIPA that I have had so far.

M - medium bodied, smooth and drinkable. Nothing spectacular in the sense, but well above average. Very bitter, very good.

O - my favorite beer to date. Haven't had much to this point being a young BA guy, but damnit, my palate is in love with this hop bomb. Must buy for me. Will be picking up more for sure!

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Photo of Beergasm1
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in at 149 IBU's, not for novice craft beer drinker.

The pour gave me a 1 finger head, with a reddish orange color for the beer.

The smell is intense, mango, pineapple, almost an oniony type of smell but in a good way, apricot, and much more

The Taste is quite awesome, you get pineapple, mango. This beer is so hoppy that it basically numb your tongue. But if you're a hop head you will appreciate the numbing.

This is a great beer, and if you can get it, reach out an try it. Some good stuff

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Photo of stickynotes
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A - Caramel color, clear. An off-white head slowly dissipates leaving heavy lacing.

S - Sweet malt, booze and an abundance of hops; plenty of pine and some citrus. Smells aggressive and flavorful.

T - Bitter and sweet maltiness finishing with a crash of bitterness. Super piney. Big flavors here, a strong malt backbone and tons of hoppy goodness the high abv warms the end a bit.

M - Moderately carbonated, I think it pairs with the aggressive flavor well.

O - This is a big dipa and will be appreciated by ipa fans. The beer is aptly named, it is strong and aggressive in all areas, especially bitterness and hop presence. Good stuff for the initiated.

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Photo of Anker13
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2/21/13 Green Flash | Palate Wrecker | On Draft

On draft at Churchkey in DC

Appearance- Beautilful copper in color, white lacy head, translucent

Aroma- Wonderful hop notes, citrusy and piney, grapefruit, subtle toasted bread

Mouthfeel- Moderate Co2, slight coating, medium bodied, a little oily

Taste- with each sip it definitely "wrecks your palate". You get wave after wave of grapefruit/piney hops. Enough malt character to keep it interesting, but not enough to make it an exceptional beer

Residual- pleasant bitterness, grapefruity and sweet

Overall- A solid DIPA. Worth a try, but odds are I would not seek this one out again. It's a borderline hop bomb in my opinion. Not quite so hoppy that you straight up avoid it, but hoppy enough to make it a one and done. There are a lot of better DIPAs out there, but I can see why this has a following.

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Photo of tbraun1
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber to Pint Glass

A - Light copper/amber with rich tan head. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Hop citrus punch! Mild alcohol bite to the nose. Somewhat piney.

T - Hop bomb for sure. Grapefruit all the way.

M - Just enough carbonation and smooth on the palate. Excellent balance.

O - I would definitely buy this one again. Very well balanced for DIPA. Not too much alcohol in the taste and really is smooth once it warms up a bit. Very enjoyable.

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