R4N5H (1182) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2017
On tap at Maddy’s 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. superspak (5591) - 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. mambossa (337) - 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 don’t 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. 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... ffaoe (792) - 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
Obfuscate (571) - Minneapolis, - FEB 26, 2017
It’s good. I guess I’ve had too many DIPA since none blow my tastebuds anymore. jsporrer (1028) - 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 MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - FEB 20, 2017
No surprise here, Palate Wrecker is packed with tons of American hops. Orange pour. It’s piney, dank, resinous, and bitter. In terms of bitterness, Palate Wrecker may not be the most aggressive beer I’ve ever had, but it fits comfortably in the top 5. Impressively, the feel is bright and crisp rather than being brisk and punishing. It’s 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. chinchill (4993) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2016
12 oz. bottle poured into a glass snifter (from June 2012 notes).
A: Pours a dark copper color with a slight yeast haze; likewise, the bottom of the bottle remains coated with a thin layer of sediment. The brew is topped with a one finger off-white that has limited retention, but it leaves lots of sticky lacing on the glass.
Aroma: Very hop-forward, with suggestions of grapefruit rind, orange juice, and grapefruit juice; rather earthy and floral too. The rich and complex aromas of multiple hop varieties largely mask even the alcohol esters.
T: Some sweetness is there but this is very much a bitter brew, and the bitterness seems to build with repeated tasting. There is less citrus here than in the nose.
M: Full body; Medium+ carbonation; a bit harsh and acidic, presumably from the high hop load and ABV.
O: As warned, this strongly flavored beer assaults the senses and leaves a long-lasting bitter aftertaste with hints of grapefruit and pine. Quite bitter even among DIPAs. A less balanced alternative to brews like Hopslam, Stone Ruination or Hop Stoopid, all of which I definitely prefer to this strong and challenging beverage. oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some bready malty tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste. This is one huge bitter hoppy bastard.