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.