Green Flash Palate Wrecker – Day 7

I first sampled this powerhouse of an IPA at a Barleywine festival last winter.  That last statement seemed odd, I am sure, so I will do my best to explain.  If you are a fan of barleywines, you know they have a strong, sweet, rich flavor.  Imagine sampling 15 barleywines one after the next.  After a while, my palate got tired, the barleywines began to taste cloying, and I simply couldn’t drink any more.  The high ABV of barleywine also led to my decision to have a seat and take a break for a while.  At this point, a great friend stopped at the table and plopped down a Palate Wrecker by Green Flash.  The bottle was labeled 100+ IBUs, which was right up my alley at that point.

My first sip was like a bomb in my mouth.  After so many sweet beers, the hop bite simply exploded.  Because the bottle was shared with everyone at the table, I probably only had about 3 ounces.  While this was enough to know that I was drinking an amazing hoppy beer, I wasn’t sure if it was going to blow up my tastebuds every time I drank it or if that was just a result of a comatose tongue.

Fortunately, I have had the pleasure of drinking Palate Wrecker multiple times since then, including today.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker

Palate Wrecker is a great name for this beer.  It definitely isn’t one that you should start with.  I wouldn’t say this beer is for everyone.  You have to adore hops.  There is an immediate bitter quality to this beer, which mellows out a bit, but lingers forever.  Add some citrus characteristics that are present especially as it gets warmer, and you have a beer that is overly hoppy, which is exactly what it claims to be.  Since I love hops, Palate Wrecker is a frequent order for me.  It is one of my favorite summertime beverages.

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  • Wilipbe

    Spot on. Thanks for the write up. I agree 101%

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