Today, we’re reviewing the Green Flash Palate Wrecker. This 9.5% Double IPA is brewed by Green Flash Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA and has a measured IBU level of 149. Green Flash achieves this incredibly high IBU level without the help of hop extracts. Instead, they use both a hopped mash and sparge water during the brewing process.
Basically, they brew an IPA then brew a double IPA with that IPA wort. The resulting beer is one of the hoppiest I’ve ever had the opportunity of enjoying. Continue reading the review below to see what we thought.
Description from Green Flash’s website:
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.
Green Flash Palate Wrecker
Brewery: Green Flash Brewing Co.
Style: American Double IPA
Appearance – Golden, honey color, crystal clear. Not much head, dissipates quickly.
Smell – Tropical fruit through and through, pineapple, kiwi, grapefruit, pine. Incredible nose.
Taste – Grapefruit, incredible fruitiness. A good bit of bitterness but also a nice maltiness to balance it out. This is one phenomenal beer. Definitely up there as one of the best Double IPAs I’ve ever drank. Very, very impressed.
Mouthfeel – Nicely balanced, a bit dry but very drinkable with this high of a claimed IBU level.
Overall – Wow. This one blew me away. I really enjoyed the Green Flash West Coast IPA, but the Palate Wrecker blew it out of the water. If you can find this, buy it. Buy. It. All. Don’t age this one, you need to experience the fresh, raw power of the hops in this incredible beer.