Review of Green Flash Palate Wrecker

04 Jun

What’s up guys?  Thanks for checking back in on another craft beer review.  Today, I’m going to be sampling the Palate Wrecker produced by the Green Flash Brewing Company located in San Diego, California.

This has been one of the most talked about brews over the past couple of years.  Everyone seems to be raving about it, so I figured it was about time that I grabbed a bottle and gave it a test drive for myself.

Let’s get to the website,, read the commercial description and become tempted to taste this thing.

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. By popular demand, it is now released for the world to enjoy.

Alrighty.  Let’s get to it.


This beer came in a 12 oz. bottle and it possessed an ABV of 9.5%.

It poured a hazy orange to reddish color.  From a relatively easy pour, a small, off white head was formed.  The texture was only mildly rocky, but also somewhat creamy.  The retention time was decent and the lacing seemed suitable enough too.

The bouquet was very resinous.  Dank!!!  It was also very citrusy as well.  Tropical fruit of pineapple, grapefruit and mango.  There was also a very light bready and caramel malt that was discovered as the beverage warmed and opened up a tad.  No question though…. the hops dominated.

Likewise, the taste was engrossed with the hops.  More tropical and fresh summer fruits.  Grapefruit, pineapple, a bit of tangerine and maybe even a touch of lemon.  It was bitter to say the least.  Again, I found undertones of breads and sweet caramel once the beer had time to settle.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Very dry, smooth and oily.  The carbonation leaned toward medium strength and just a wee bit of warmth was felt at the back end.  After each swallow a ton of flavor was left behind completely coating my throat and the roof of my mouth.

Well, there is no doubt this a very, very good beer.  It’s a hop lovers dream for sure.  It’s an easy drink for a beer that’s nearing 10% ABV also.  I really liked it, but I’m not so sure that it’s the best Imperial IPA that I’ve ever tried though.  For me that still may be Founders Double Trouble, Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf or Three Floyds Dreadnaught.  However, if I were looking for a substitute I would have no trouble at all in picking up the Green Flash Palate Wrecker and making a night out of it.  You guys should give a try if you’ve yet to do so. Feel free to leave me a comment if you’ve tried it.  I’d like to hear if you think it’s one of the better Imperial IPA’s out there.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.25 out of 5

Grade:  A-


Posted by on June 4, 2013 in Country: USA, Green Flash


3 responses to “Review of Green Flash Palate Wrecker

  1. Pdubyah

    July 12, 2013 at 3:02 am

    I really like the New Zealand brewed Garage Project – Pernicious Weed, but I live her, and I’m a big fan of the Chatoe Rogue OREgasmic Ale, The Green Flash Palate Wrecker as good as either of those, and I’d be torn to pick a winner if I had a taste off.

    • Beer Apprentice

      July 12, 2013 at 9:42 am


      Thanks for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it. I’ve yet to try the Pernicious Weed. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for it. I’ve had the OREgasmic Ale and the Palate Wrecker and, yes, both are fantastic beers. I’m actually going to be posting a review of the Chatoe Rogue Good Chit Pilsner next. Be sure to check back from time to time. I try to post reviews often.



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