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RATINGS: 1096   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 149   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Palate Wrecker was originally brewed for the Hamilton’s Tavern 2nd Anniversary celebration. It’s the most complicated West Coast–inspired IPA we have ever brewed—mashing and sparging with hopped wort, in addition to our hop layering regimen for IPA. We use almost 6 lbs/bbl of Columbus and Centennial hops to create this very bitter hop monster (tested at 149 IBU and no extracts in case you were wondering). By popular demand, it is now released for the world to enjoy (even though this beer isn’t for everyone, only the real hop heads!!!). Cheers! - Chuck Silva - Brewmaster - Green Flash Brewing


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Listed @ 10.0% @ Hamilton’s, labeled 2nd Anniversary Palate Wrecker. Clear medium orange with a one finger off-white head, fading to a thick ring and tattered film before long. Loads of citrus in the aroma. There is some faint pine and pineapple as well as some sweet caramel malts. Flavor is a little too sweet caramel malt-forward with what I figure is some light diacetyl. There are still plenty of hops, but too much of a malt backbone to keep my hoppy side happy. Bitterness peaked @ a 6 in the semi-dry finish. Moderate prickly carbonation with a full body. A decent DIPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3265) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Sampled at GABF. Palate wrecker? Big talk, let see if the beer backs it up. Aroma is hoppy, piney, lots of grapefruit. Pretty strong hoppy flavor. Sweet, alcoholic, and citrus hops. KInd of a sticky mouthfeel. Better than their normal DIPA. Then again, I’m not sure my palate is wrecked.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (884) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Draft at Toronado SD. Pours a dark amber with off-white head. Strong sticky hop aroma of resin, grass, pine, and bitter grapefruit. Taste is -- not surprisingly -- more strong hop flavors: big bitter grapefruit, sticky pine/resin, and spicy hops. Quite bitter but somehow still well-balanced with some semi-sweet malt tones. Nice lingering bitterness in the finish. The high ABV is not noticeable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2010 GABF 2009: Monster hops. Monster alcohol, too. Sweet malt base. Grassy and flowery hop aromas. Bitterly beautiful. 2010 Strong Ale Festival: One of my favorites of the day. Very green and snappy. Huge amounts of pine, spice and citrus (lemon and orange rind). Also some perfume in the background. A true hophead’s dream.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3465) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Had this on tap at GABF ’09. Slightly hazy orangish-copper color with a medium white head. Aroma is floral and citrusy hops, sweet malt, and some fruity esters. Flavor is mildly sweet pale and caramel malt along with citrusy and resiny hops, pineapple and grapefruit. Hop character not unlike other GF IPAs. This is good but there are much more palate-wrecking beers out there. Body is medium with some hoppy oiliness and lingering bitterness on the palate.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Tasting at GABF. Orange beer with white head. Big hops of floral hops and some sweet notes. Booming hop bitterness throughout. sweeter alcohol and malts. Big bold Brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Draft. Pours a amber orange body with a white head. Grassy green hop character with tropical fruit grapefruit and a citrus hop character. Sweet chewy with some spicy hop resins. This is Awesome! Green flash nails it again!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (10512) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2009
I liked this beer. Super potent with great hops kick. Dark orange pour with a mildly bubbly white head. Nose of pine and citrus. Notes of grapefruit in the flavor and a strong hops presence with slight malt. Pretty smooth on the go-down. Really tasty. Had this on tap at Rattle and Hum in NYC.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2009 On tap at rattle and hum. Greenflash guys were at the bar so I know it’s not gone bad tho I thought I was.. Bronze and orange color. Smell is malts and sweaty left ball sack (Charles C). Taste is strongly of hops, fish, and strong cereals. I really would never get this again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (5657) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2012 Re-rate 7/27/12: Bottle sample at the Shapiro brewery in Bet Shemesh. Thanks Itzik. Hazy orange. Fresh citric, piney and floral hops. Pleasant strong bitterness. 8/4/7/3/15=3.7

(11/2/08) Draught sample at Hamilton’s in San Diego. Hazy golden color. Aroma of hops - citrus and tropical fruits. Bitter hoppy flavor with some grapefruit, tropical fruits and some cookie-ish malt in the background. Rounded mouthfeel. 8/3/7/4/15=3.7


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