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RATINGS: 1259   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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4.7
kevdude (2) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2013 does not count
absolutely resplendent! Like eating a grapefruit peel first. True to its name..... don’t try this one first!

4
poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 23, 2013
12 oz bottle from a 4-pack. Pours hazy orange with a thick cream-colored head with good retention. The first aroma to hit me is peachy hops, lots of them. Taste starts out sweet, turns extremely bitter mid-palate, and remains that way through the long finish. This is really good, I’m not getting too much vegetal here, but it just doesn’t compete with the freshness of Stone’s Enjoy By IPA. This is really good, but falling a little short.

3.9
jtd6628 (362) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Great beer bitter as all get out. Aroma is clean and hoppy. Citrus dominates.

2.1
onceblind (9707) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--clear golden with a small foamy white head. Strong aroma of grapefruit rind and dank earthy resin hops. Flavor is really hoppy and bitter, same as the nose. Just a lot of pine and resin and over-bitter grapefruit rind with little malt sweetness to hold it together. No balance, all hop bitterness.

4.3
Cybercat (5841) - Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 Hearty aroma is quite hoppy, with undertones of Mandarin orange and malt. Pours a clear dark amber with a very thick and rather persistent with a pale golden-wheat head. Robustly hoppy taste has more resin than wood/hay, little bitterness, a hint of honey sweetness, a snippet of bready malt. Smooth, firm texture has plenty of fizz and a nice woody hop and somewhat fruity finish. Maybe not a palate wrecker, but certainly a palate pleaser!

4.4
NeuroPliny (247) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
Pours caramel-amber. Pine sap aroma with hints of citrus. Gorgeous balance between spicy hops and surprising caramel sweetness for an IPA. Long finish with a spike of astringency before a pleasant bitter denouement.

3.9
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
On tap at the brewery, served in a tasting glass. Pours clear amber with a moderate beige head that fades slowly to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are big notes of west coast hops, along with resin, citrus and subtle malts. The flavour is moderately sweet up front with caramel malts, but hops quickly take over and dominate, leading to an intense floral, citric and slightly piny bitterness. The finish is long and hoppy but with a decent amount of caramel malts and a slight pepperiness. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a great Southern California IPA with beautiful hops and amazing balance. 2013-03-17

4
markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2013
12oz bottle from ABC Liquors in Spring Hill, FL. Pours a clear orange-amber with a white head. Nose is pine and floral hops with hints of grapefruit and citrus. Flavor hits with floral hops, white grapefruit, and all things hoppy. Medium in body with a bit of lingering citrus pith in the finish. Nice dipa and definitely a palate bruiser.

3.5
ganache (5910) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bottled on 01/08/13, so make of that what you will for freshness. Nose is fresh and hoppy, leafy green and floral tones, wood and a little bit of pungency. Pours a hazy bright orange with a creamy off-white head. Taste is very strongly bitter with light sweetness forced underneath. Alcohol is there but slow to spread and pretty well integrated; comes off mostly as gentle warmth. Big hops dominate the flavor, woody and floral Centennial, but they’re smooth instead of harsh. Smooth fullish body. Honestly, I’d take this over their West Coast IPA every day of the week.

4.7
rajendra82 (1093) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2013
The body was a deep orange shade of amber, and formed a two finger thick head in the tulip glass. The aroma was very piney and spicy and very much in line with the West Coast style. The taste is where the complexity started to show up. There was a mouth puckering, tobacco like bitterness up front which stayed throughout the taste. The initial shock of bitter was followed by some tropical fruits, such as mango and pineapple. The finish was spicy, with notes of ginger and clove. The beer felt very dry and did not show much of the character of the malt. This definitely lived up to its name, as I can’t imagine having another beer after this, except if it’s another Palate Wrecker.


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