n0mel (250) - FINLAND - SEP 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is fruit and hoppy, some citrus, almost sweet. The flavor is full-on hoppiness: very bitter, dry, mouth-watering, some alcohol burn at the end. However, this bitterness is still balanced by fruity sweetness. I would not have believed it beforehand, but the name of this beer certainly is apt. This might be a good night-ender, or you would need a long pause before the next beer. I donít know how theoretical IBUís translate to a real sensation, but this was more bitter than Mikkeller 1000 IBU. Palate Wrecker is a very nice beer, if you like very hoppy beers.
ABS (552) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 25, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours golden. Not a lot of scent to it, some hop. Aromas are quite hidden as well. Hop, floral and actually quite a lot of malt. Some bitterness, but I suspect a lot of itís advertised IBUs are hidden by loads of malt sweetness. Quite thin mouth feel, for an IIPA. Ok, but I didnít quite get it. Note that Iím from Norway, I guess that this one is better enjoyed fresh.
Rune (8490) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. White tophead, near-clear amber coloured body. Fragile lacing. Smell of pine, sweet malts and dusty hops. Well blended flavour of succulent hops and dried fruits with emphasis on apricot. Malt bitter ending. Full bodied. Excellent night sipper (hotel room, Oslo 15.09.2012).
brnandersen (2027) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
354 ml./12 fl. oz. bottle poured in to a snifter. Deep copper colour with a medium sized off-white head, that fades to a bubbly cap. Fruity aroma - a bit subdued - with grapefruit, pines, citrus hops and chocolate malts. Taste is sweet. Full body with an oily texture. Finishes long lasting with a good, heavy bitterness, light alcohol and chocolate malts. Excellent beer for the hop heads, lacks a little bit aroma to be really good however, still recommended.
gunnar (5665) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Valkendorfgaten, Bergen. Pours cloudy dark golden with a huge frothy beige head. Aroma is powerful grapefruit, some peach. Taste is almost smooth, full bodied, piney and resiny hops, far from shy, also some moderate sweet malts lurking in the background. Not a palate wrecker for me, more dry and hoppy delicious.
esp0r (2099) - NORWAY - SEP 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Copper hazy, beige head. Smells of grapefruit, citrus zests, pine, caramel and malts. Medium sweet, some malts, some fruityness. Heavy heavy bitter, alot of resins, pine and wood. Medium body, light oily texture, soft carbonation. Typical what i call west coast iipa, well hopped for sure. Still, i have to say i must question the name Palate Wrecker.... because i donít get that.. Still, nice hops, nice malt backbone and totally a very nice beer
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: Wow. The first beer in a while that really surprised me with its bitterness. So much bitterness, but it still remained balanced. Excellent transition. It was like eating a grapefruit with sugar and then chewing on the rind. The lacing almost painted the continents around the globe of the snifter. Hid alcohol fairly well.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light amber with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had light to moderate caramel and plain old sugar; heavy grapefruit, citrus, blood orange, and grapefruit rind hops; moderate tropical fruit and orange hops; and when warmer slight resin hops; and light alcohol. The initial flavor was moderate to heavily sweet and bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, heavily to nearly harshly bitter and moderately acidic with a very long duration. There was slight caramel, sugar, grapefruit rind, slight resinous hops, and light tropical fruit hops.
Voodoo (352) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of a fresh hop cone rolled in your hands with a touch of maltiness. Very thick, oily, citrus flavors with a high amount of bitterness, very slight alcohol presence late. Oiliness just lays on the lips which is a bit of a downfall. Excesses of almost everything except crispness as the oily residue wipes that out...... a solid double IPA but not completely enjoyable more than once.
bUAkronG (15) - Akron, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter at the Lockview in Akron, OH on 06/04/12.
A: Almost a red-orange color. Much darker than a traditional IPA that Iím used to.
S: dull, leafy hops smell. Nothing to write home about with the scent.
T: mild hop taste. Surprisingly good taste considering the dull smell.
M: you cannot tell that this beer is 9.5% ABV when you drink it. I could easily drink a couple of these. Quite easy on the palate.
O: I enjoyed trying this beer. Would get it again.
Hermod (3453) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12fl. oz. bottle from Bierkompass.de. Poured hazy orange colored with a frothy, bubbly white head. Aroma is very hoppy, pine, caramel, herbal notes. Intensely hoppy flavor, pine, exotic fruits, some sweet maltiness as well, toffee or caramel. Oily, slightly chewy mouthfeel. The finish is very bitter, mouthdrying, fruity. Truly a palate wrecker. Great DIPA, you donīt notice the ABV here at all.