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RATINGS: 1246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 149   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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tmoreau (4644) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
12 oz. bottle poured to a shaker at Lunar Brewing Co. displaying a clear, bright, deep golden color, with a very persistent and bountiful, off white head, and clingy, lasting ribbons & spots of lacing. The aroma was expressive citrus, mid-fruit, a touch of pine, and some light sweetness. The flavor presented an earthy, rind-like, full, tongue coating hop bitterness and an abundance of malt that took a little edge off the sting, gave it a little sweetness and silkiness, and kept it from becoming too much of an abrasive hop bomb,... which is the way I like a DIPA.

3.9
cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2012
Bottle @ home, courtesy of OCBeerSociety. Thanks! I think this is now in Colorado, so if it’s any good, I’ll be happy to pick up a 4 pack of it. Always exciting to try a different Green Flash brew. A touch hazy, darkish orange appearance with a nice, cream colored head and good lacing. Big piney, pretty spicy, somewhat resiny aroma with a nice grapefruit element that really showcases the hops nicely. Orange cream citrusy, very delicious rich peach/passion fruit/grapefruit citrusy, big resiny, a big toasty malty flavor with a lingering grapefruity, bitter finish. Quite nice beer though maybe not quite as good as some of their other IPAs.

3.8
Zymurgeist2 (2366) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
Out of a 12 oz. bottle in a tulip glass. Dank earth combines with fruit on the nose. Alcohol gives a warning from the aroma, like a cognac. Color is autumnal orange, deep and late harvest. Clear as can be with a nice white head. Very bitter with earth and citrus. The citrus is restrained by the bitterness. Bittering follows all down the palate. Hard to get much more out of this. The 9.5% is slightly hidden!

4
dmac (6469) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2012
12 oz bottle from a 4pack purchased at Spirits Point. Poured a clear sunburnt orange body with some clinging bubbles and a large frothy bright white head, nice rings of lace on my CCB snifter. Aroma of fresh orange slices, dried torpical fruits, cirus rind, lemon zest, bread crusts. Palate is very dry overall with a medium mouthfeel, average to stronger carbonation, long lingering bitterness on the aftertaste. Flavor is rather dry with notes of dry citrus rinds, dry toast, yellow grapefurit, lemon zest, apricott skins, bread crusts. Good stuff.

4.5
srobi003 (59) - odenton, Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Palate wrecker pours a orange-amber color with a 2 finger off-white head. Before I finished pouring this beer I got massive citrus and pine notes and a slight cat pee smell. The taste is bitter and I mean bitter but in a good way. I did not taste the alcohol initially but I can feel a slight burn on the way down. Overall an extremely, enjoyable and super hoppy west coast IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of hops, pine, resin, orange, nectarine, citrus, hop oil, grapefruit, and bitterness. Poured orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, loose, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted around the edges. Lightly hazy. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, resin, pine, citrus, grapefruit, and light grass. Medium body. Oily, then lightly dry texture. Average to slightly lively carbonation. Hop, resin, pine, hop oil, citrus, grapefruit finish is lightly dry. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout. A very good Imperial IPA.

4.4
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2012
All I wanna do is a zoom zoom zoom and a boom boom! Sticky dank pineapple nose, gummy lemon. Reminds me of a concentrated version of their double IPA. Maybe I’m wrong. But lots of grapefruit and pine. Hits the spot. Such a tasty bitter experience.

3.7
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 12, 2012
From a bottle at a tasting. Pours medium amber with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma is, well, um, hoppy -- loads of pine, some grapefruit, but mostly a deep, dank, earthiness. The flavor delivers even more of this. I’m getting layers of hoppiness -- loads of dank, fresh hops really dominate. And you know, it doesn’t actually strike me as ridiculously bitter -- just loads of hop flavor. Enough malt backbone to keep it from being too lopsided too. Mouthfeel is thick but more creamy than oily.

4.4
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2012
A perfect beer if you like a piney flavored Imperial/Double IPA. I’m more partial to a fruitier IPA but this one is a better example of the other end of the hop flavor spectrum (i.e. fruit vs. pine).

4
CanIHave4Beers (4227) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2012
Pours a hazy golden color with a nice head and good lacing on the glass.

The aroma is hop forward with lots of pine and melon. The nose is lightly sweet with some dank character and some alcohol.

The flavor is big and hoppy, aggressively bitter but not without a particularly noticeable toasty malt backbone. There is plenty of fruit forward hoppiness and some pine notes. The alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant and the bitterness level is very enjoyable.

Almost surreal to see this on tap in Des Moines.


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