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RATINGS: 1251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 149   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Palate Wrecker was originally brewed for the Hamiltons Tavern 2nd Anniversary celebration. Its the most complicated West Coastinspired IPA we have ever brewedmashing 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 isnt for everyone, only the real hop heads!!!). Cheers! - Chuck Silva - Brewmaster - Green Flash Brewing

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2889) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Wine Warehouse bottle. Amber, beige head. Lovely grapefruit aroma. Flavor is thick grapefruit, pine, honey, tropical fruit, spruce. Tasty!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidWoodruff (574) - Windsor, California, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Copper with a thin white head. Aroma is pine resin, catty, eucalyptus. Huge malty/hoppy flavors with loads of bitterness with just enough balancing malt to keep my tongue on its hinges. Long, lovely, bitter finish. Id have another but my palate is now wrecked.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
R4N5H (1111) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2017
On tap at Maddys Tap Room, Washington DC on 5-Mar-2017. Clear copper colour with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, citrus, tropical fruit and pine. Medium body and carbonation. Taste of honey, caramel, malt, grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel and spices. Heavily bitter with a bittersweet fruity, hoppy and alcoholic finish. A pretty good IPA and nice one for my 100th rating.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5414) - Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2017
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/1/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear medium orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky/resinous, and slightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.5%. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, and despite the drying bitter/resinous finish. Very dank and juicy on hops; nice malt backbone, but never too sweet or heavy. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mambossa (336) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2017
So we meet again. 2017. Pouring the distinct color I remember. Rich gold, bordering copper. Head falls to a nice layer of thin lace and a vibrant ring on the outsides. Such a classic DIPA nose with that extra edge of Simcoe; candied orange and lemon laid upon a bright caramel malt backbone, and you get a ton of underlying prickly herbaceous pine/earth notes underneath. Just loving the classic, familiar aromas of the Columbus and Centennial. Flavor boasting such lupulin resin, immediately presented with over-ripe grapefruit, candied lemon, sweet orange, honey malt, all encompassed in a stupid amount of resinous pine on the palate. There have been only two other beers as bitter as this to me. Pure Hoppiness and Ruination. But this is bitter without becoming "soapy". It nearly gets there, but the malt stands up, and the tropical essences of Simcoe really push that balance. I dont know why this is getting so much shit, but I love bitter as fuck beer. Just like I want my coffee and my teas. Bitter is refreshing, jarring, and sometimes needed. Not always. But this one is hitting the spot, yet again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teamsale (273) - Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2017
On tap. Pours a mostly clear amber with a thin head and light lacing. Aroma is woodsy, strong. Taste is pleasant enough, quite tangy, hoppy, enough malt. The thing here is, it seems a bit much. Massive flavor. Strong bitterness. Wild. This one is good but almost unnecessarily so. Maybe I prefer it just a little tamer...

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ffaoe (745) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2017
light hoppy aromas of pine and citrus. gold and clear in color with nice head. very hop forward. almost bitterness for the sake of being bitter. light malt notes at finish, but hop bitterness masks all other flavors

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Obfuscate (563) - Minneapolis, - FEB 26, 2017
Its good. I guess Ive had too many DIPA since none blow my tastebuds anymore.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsporrer (974) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Sample at the Pittsburgh Winter Beer Fest. Pours a clear orange amber with a foamy white head. Strong hoppy aroma. Very bitter and a little harsh. Not as good as I expected

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1858) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - FEB 20, 2017
No surprise here, Palate Wrecker is packed with tons of American hops. Orange pour. Its piney, dank, resinous, and bitter. In terms of bitterness, Palate Wrecker may not be the most aggressive beer Ive ever had, but it fits comfortably in the top 5. Impressively, the feel is bright and crisp rather than being brisk and punishing. Its not really hyperbolic to call this a wrecker for you palate. I certainly would not recommend trying to do an in-depth tasting of another beer after this. You might even want to hold off on brushing your teeth for a few hours since Palate Wrecker will undoubtedly strip off a few layers of enamel.


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