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:
#1,408
Reviews:
767
Ratings:
4,157
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
217
Gots:
721
Trade:
5
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Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic pint.

Appearance: Clear orange with small white head and light lacing.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, orange, tropical notes and spice. Great West Coast aroma at first, but then it mellows out considerably after a couple minutes.

Taste: Wow, this is a bitter, pine bomb. Some grapefruit, orange and tropical flourishes as well, with some spiciness at the end. But, shit is this bitter, with lingering pine.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, bone dry. Other than a hint of booze, this is surprisingly light and dry for a Double IPA, which usually have at least a hint of sweetness.

Overall: Palate Wrecker is an apt name. While not as flavorful as their standard West Coast IPA, this is definitely the personification of bitter.

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Photo of MNBeerGeek
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Magery
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryi86
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear amber color with a two finger off-white head.

S- Pine, wet grass/onion, citrus, just lots of hops, hint of tropical fruits.

T- Just tons of hops. Some citrus up front, big pine and resin hops in the finish, wet grass/onions really are not noticeable in the taste, there is a nice caramel malts backbone. Bitterness really stay with you.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Lives up to the name and is a solid DIPA. The 9.5% ABV is well hidden, and I feel this is pretty easy to drink. Definitely provides a good hops fix.

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Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of DRBiser
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Pours burnished golden orange. Half an inch of off-white foam head.

Smells like raw, bracing pine, an acrid pungent citrus, and a hint of smelted grapefruit.

Taste is just hop wrenching, with a big bold pine needle slurry mixed with citrus rinds and a bunch of bitterness. No real malt presence.

Good. Probably best green flash beer I can think of. Nice bubbly mouthfeel to lighten it up.

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Photo of cd34
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a brilliantly clear orange with hints of red. One-inch white head dies down after a while, leaving only a thin, filmy slip atop the beer. Thick, sticky rings of fine-bubbled lacing stick to the glass.

S: Bright scents of tangerine, mango, and peach. Floral with a green scent of young plant shoots. Spicy alcohol. Lots of black pepper. Crusty, bready, and biscuity malts.

T: Bitter pine tar and resin on the attack. Subtle citrus and tropical flavors and green, shoot-like tastes are ensnared in all that resiny bitterness. Black pepper taste is present throughout. Spicy alcohol is a touch hot and boozy, but not off-putting. Malt base of toasted bread crust and biscuit. Bitterness holds the tongue in a death-grip. Finishes very bitter with a resiny and green hop impression.

M: Medium bodied, oily and tongue-raking, fine-bubbled and sharp carbonation, creamy in a foamy way.

O: This is a DIPA of a different breed, and truthfully I don't quite know what to make of it. It is intensely bitter, but to the point of sacrificing some of the more pleasant, citrusy hop tastes. The pepper-like taste hinders drinkability a little, and I can see it coming across as too boozy for some. It is at least aptly named. This was a one-and-done for me.

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Photo of babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear shiny copper with one finger thick white head, settling to a thin ring, with wispy lacing left behind. Smell: grapefruit peel, resin, mildly herbal, with caramelized sugar and a little stone fruit in the back. Was expecting something more aggressive. Taste: oily hop extravaganza.. grapefruit, lemon rind, almost over caramel, then boozy with aggressive herbal and pine flavors, plus peach towards the end of the sip, finishing dry with a totally hop-wrecked palate. A tasty and intense hop-fix, not sure of its place in the DIPA elite, but digging it. Bottled 12/11/12.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Hop_God
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,157 ratings
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