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
Reviews:
749
Ratings:
4,103
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
Wants:
215
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701
For Trade:
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Reviews: 749 | Ratings: 4,103
Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Assessment: Wow! Picked-up a six-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for about twelve dollars. Huge explosion of hops, very nice smell and taste, a bit too high ABV for my taste, but would get as a one-off again.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, BB Aug. 1/17. Fresh!
Pours clear without much head. No lacing.
Smells boozy...like vodka does.
Too dry and astringent for my taste preference. The booze overpowers the hops, leaving them as mere background, just some sticky resin as aftertaste.
At "6lbs per barrel", this is a damn waste of good hops. The palate gets 'wrecked' by the booze, not the hops!
Suggestion: ease back on the abv stick, and let the hops be the stars.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Amber orange that is slightly cloudy. Not much visible carbonation. Thin one finger head that vanishes quickly. Good splotchy lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Massive sticky pine, cedar, and spruce aromas with some floral, caramel, and grapefruit in the background.

T: Dank, bitter hop flavor, super sticky resin, tobacco, chewy biscuits, toasted / charred marshmallow.

M: Medium to med heavy bodied ale. Those hops certainly do dominate and create a bitter burn on the tongue, fortunately that is to my liking, but can see where others might find that overwhelming. There is just enough sweetness to keep this from completely burning the tongue.

O: A challenging beer even for the avid hop head. I enjoyed it, but taking down more than one pint truly wrecks your ability to taste anything else.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint Glass.

A - Nice,filtered nice lacing. decent head that faded quick. nice looking

S - I Got that initial grapefruit tinge to it....orange peel...alcohol.

T - Just getting a lot of alcohol and mild grapefruit notes. Nothing Special.

Overall this beer is nothing great..just your typical double.

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Photo of cjoc83
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/29/13. Pours a clear copper/amber color with an initial 2-finger bright white head that fades fast and leaves no lace in my tulip.

A surprisingly prominent malt backbone is there in the nose, but make no mistake, the hops are the stars of the show here. Big grapefruit, fresh mango, lemon zest, earthy and piney hops at every turn. Some booze is definitely noticeable as well.

A fitting explosion of hops for a beer named Palate Wrecker. Dank, earthy hops give way to big citrus; grapefruit (a lot of grapefruit), mango, pineapple, lemon zest, and then the sweet, caramel malts come in, giving this beer an outstanding, but subtle, sweetness before finishing off with some piney bitterness and solvent alcohol.

Very smooth mouthfeel that's nice and creamy. Dry finish with some lingering hop bitterness and some alcohol warmth. Good shit.

If you're a hop-head (and why would you be looking at reviews of this unless you were), I would definitely recommend this. Every shade of hops with a creamy mouthfeel and a surprisingly sizable caramel malt backbone holding it all together. Not cheap (my 4-pack was $15), and the alcohol is a little more prominent than I would have liked, but very good.

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

Served On Tap at the Black Squirrel in ADMO DC.

A: Orange gobstopper copper with a mellow sunset amber glow.

S: Hoppy sticky resin pine cone. Sweet grapefruit with candied orange bitter leavings.

T: This is one for the Hook Books. You can really taste 6 different Hop varietals flowing through this brew. Ruby red grapefruit forward. Orange rind and sappy pine cone. White confection sugar with coconut biscuit leavings. (tasting alot of biscuit lately...mmmm biscuits...)

M: Really descent medium carbo on this one. Very swisher feel to this one. NOt to heavy, not to light. It's jusssstt right..

O: A real winner for Green Flash. It takes 1st place in my taste book for them, beating out their Imperial and West Coast IPA's. A seriously goof treat for serious IPA coneheads.

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Photo of hotpauko
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A lot going on here and yes a little more malty than expected but hops is the star. A bit of a bite but have had others more bitter. Real nice alcohol and piney smell. Creamier feel if allowed to get to room temp. Alcohol is hidden in taste but seems to pop up post swallow. Not much sweetness, it'd be great to see a Palate Wrecker offshoot with some sweetness. Grab this if you can and like strong hops.

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Photo of alk3kenny
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Copper orange color slight haze smells of pine citrus and hops tastes as good and just like it smells. Hop bitterness bites the tongue great for hop heads and a nice way to test if your friends are true hop heads. Will be getting my hands on more of this before its all gone for the year

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Photo of GoalieRon33
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it on tap at The Crow's Nest in johnstown

A: darker than normal pale ale. Same coloration of yuengling. Pretty clear overall.

S: fruity. Banana and grapefruit. Astringency that is very welcome. Pungent, almost smells bitter.

T: holy crap the hops. Sooo bitter, but so tasty. Citrusy to almost a fault. This beer legitimately will wreck your palate. This beer is not for the faint of heart when it comes to hops. I would compare to a Sierra Nevada hoptimum.

M: stuff like this is normally a little heavier, but it's pretty crisp. The body is a real surprise considering the overpowering nature of the beer

If you like hops, you must try it. If you like malt, God bless, crack one open, take a sip, and pass it on to your hop head friends

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

Glass Used: Snifter

Appearance: Deep orange-gold with a dense fluffy white head.

Smell: Sweet fruit - pineapple, lemon, orange & grapefruit is in abundance here, along with nice floral sweet honey and piney hop aroma. I get bready malts here as well. This is a intense smelling beer.

Taste: Malty caramel arrives first but gets pushed aside as the big citrus and pine resin flavors bulldoze to center stage. A long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel:Sticky and tacky feeling that totally coats the mouth and tongue. Creamy notes are there to ease the hops along to the finish.

Overall: The is a fantastically bitter double IPA. While the hoppy bitterness is huge, the malt does a very good job pulling back on their reins. I can only imagine how much more intense this would be if the malt profile was smaller. Great job Green Flash!

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

Second time having this, but the first time was pre-reviewing. Pour is a beautiful translucent amber with nice white foam and beautiful sticky lacing. Taking a whiff gets you a noseful of piney, floral, hoppy goodness. And the flavor is like everything good about hops just exploded in your mouth. So delightful. And super easy drinking; at 9.5% I got buzzed in a hurry. I love this beer.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out an amber/dark orange/maroon in color with a finger white head with little retention and a little lacing. Smell is fruity with a little pineapple, orange, and a little a little mango. There is seems to be a little sweet malt in the background that gives the beer a tiny bit of balance in the nose but it's hop forward to be sure. Taste is definitely a little more malty in the mouth with a little leather and sweetness but the hops are the spotlight with the fruit smelled in the nose but more bittering hops as it's drank and slides down the throat. To be clear there is a little bitterness in the mouth but it really is more so in the throat. Mouthfeel is fairly thin to a tad thicker which is great for the style. Overall this is a nice example of this type of beer. I really like it.

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

Bomber poured into New Belgium Snifter

A- Translucent copper orange with nice white head. Moderate lacing. Great looking beer.

S- Big grapefruit and piney hops. A bit of earthy, dank hops. Bit of a caramel undertone. Very big and nice smelling beer.

T- This is a freshy! Big grapefruit rind and pine. Nice caramel undertone, but not enough to make this a balanced DIPA, which is exactly what I expected. This is a wonderful bitter beer!

M- Mouthfeel is awesome. Medium to full with perfect carbonation to create a nice creamy mouthfeel. Bitterness stays a long time on the palate.

O- As the name implies, this is a palate wrecker. Most enjoyable and one any hophead should seek out immediately.

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Photo of timtwoface
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at St. Augistine's in Vancouver, BC. What a delicious punch to the face this is...make sure it's the last one you have though, as it is so strong you won't remember much else you had previous. The name really indicates what the beer is all about.

Delicious, and for any IPA or DIPA fan, you simply must check it out. It's like Green Flash's original IPA but twice as strong and twice as delicious.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - orange / gold, clear, white head, great retention and lacing

S - pine resin, some sweet citrus/floral notes

T - pine resin, citrus pith, bitterness

M - medium, rich because of the blast of flavors, not syrupy

O - not enough balance, tons of hop bitterness without anything interesting/enjoyable

If you buy this expecting a balanced, enjoyable beer you will be disappointed. There are better hop bombs that manage to provide a more balanced, enjoyable experience. The best part of this beer is the smell.

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Photo of BenHesk12
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Palate Wrecker is not a name that leaves you wondering why they called it that. This is one of the most bitter beers I have ever tried, and I like it. Less floral and fruity than Green Flash's other IPA's this beer pours a very light copper color and hits you with hardcore hop and long lasting burnt bitter flavor. While this is a beer worth appreciating, it's hard to see myself drinking more than one at a time, the appealing flavors of the IPA don't really seem to be existent. In that sense, it doesn't live up to the advertisement on the bottle that it is a very complex beer, more it's an experimental specialty brew pushing the limits of layered dry hopping in the IPA style.

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Photo of MoistPope
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

First beer I've tried by Green Flash.

Nice dark amber color with a thick yellowish head. Not as much lacing as other but it's present.

Smells of citrus and pine all over it, possibly some passion fruit. Dank.

Hops, hops, and more hops. Very hoppy dipa. Tastes more of pine than citrus. Extremely bitter! Hopeheads wet dream.

Very dry with medium carbonation.

This is a Royal Rumbal of tastes. One sip and its piny, next sip it's froral. This beer keeps you one your toes. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. This is definitely a palate wrecker. I had with my dinner and didn't taste nothing but hops.

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Photo of dhartogs
4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this on draft at brewery, and just had a bottle, review from bottle. I love this beer, when i first had a sample I thought, wow, as good as Hopslam. So finally they distribute this in bottles to VA and I could do a side by side, it stand right up there. Nice head, a bit of lacing, not no too much head. Golden color, a hint of orange.

The smell on this is amazing, beautiful hops but not over powering.

The taste, first taste the hops punches you in the mouth, in a good, way, them mellows out, then comes back for more. This is all in the first taste. It's got a bit of a heavy mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer is fantastic, I noticed as it warmed up, it got better and better, I would have one of these a day. Anyone who is a hop head needs to add this to their must try.

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Photo of alanamato
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is deliciously wonderful and lives every bit up to it's name. It has just the right balance of 'WOW' and 'OUCH' with a finishing 'DAMN'. Can't wait to crack another and get wrecked again.

West Coast definitely jarred something loose with this one.

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Photo of kjlcm
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I love this stuff. It is a super, super hoppy, bitter DIPA. I love the smell and the taste thoroughly. The aftertaste does leave a bit to be desired though since the bitterness lingers a bit too much. But the high ABV and smell / taste outweigh the aftertaste for me. You can really only have one or two at a sitting but I highly recommend!

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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 AMG55
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly hoppy and strong.

Appearance: Hazy dark orange pour with a slightly off white head.

Smell: Aroma is straight dank hops, pine resin, herbal notes, slightly sweet citrus and very pleasant.

Taste: Holy crap! Bitter but lots of citrus/grapefruit assault the palate. ABV is apparent in this but it's so enjoyable I don't care. This has a great refreshing characteristic after your are done with your first drink.

Mouthfeel: It is so very smooth but so refreshingly different. The hoppiness doesn't dominate and is very balanced with the malt aspect of the beer. The beer beckons to have more.

It does live up to its name. Pleasant citrus taste with tongue shredding bitterness. Fantastic IIPA, one of my favorites.

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Photo of KM_Seahawk
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark golden amber, nice aromas of citrus, some pine and sweet malt. The taste is extremely hoppy, grapefruit peel, pine, very resiny. Not very complex just a hop powerhouse and bitterness with long bitter finish.

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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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Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,103 ratings.
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