Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JWU:
4.48/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had to bring out something special for review #100!
22oz. bottle poured into a snifter glass. (and shared with others!)
A- a clear light amber/orange with one finger of fluffy head that dissipates quickly. Not much in the way of lacing, and certainly some alcohol legs.
S- Almost a 5 on smell. Booze is hidden well, but a little is there, fresh grapefruit, mango, peach, orange, and papaya with a hint of white pepper. Fantastic.
T- Deceptive. Starts out with a dance between biscuity and slightly caramel malts and moderate bitterness, but the hops/bitterness ramp up in a serious way mid to end of the sip. Hops are largely piney and resinous in nature, but do have a citric tinge to them. The more you drink, the more the bitterness layers on top of itself. Palette Wrecker indeed.
M- I can't compliment them enough here. light to moderate carbonation moves things along but doesn't get in the way, the mouthfeel is medium to medium-full, creamy and just a tad syrupy.
O- This is an outstanding imperial IPA. Haven't had anything like it before, and I congratulate Green Flash on coming up with something new, and not following the crowd. Fantastic.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2012 00:42:04 | More by JWU
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4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This beer pours a cloudy deep gold/orange color (with a certain 'brightness' to it I find in well hopped beers) with a small head that laces nicely down the glass. I was very excited to try it as Green Flash West Coast IPA is one of my favorites.
The smell is very nice, hoppy, fruity kinda like west coast but stronger.
Once it hits your lips.... the flavor is ridiculous, so many layers of hops swimming around in here. It is resinous, and the strongest citrus flavor identifiable is grapefruit. There is a strong pine character and you barely notice the malt body, (but it is there, for me in a good DIPA you almost don't notice the malt except for when it is missing). The finish is strongly bitter and floral.
The mouthfeel is good, carbonated strongly and bitter, very similar mouth feel to their other IPAs.
I recommend this beer to anyone that gets a kick out of really hoppy beers, but note: unlike some DIPAs I've had it isn't hopped just for the sake of hops, the bouquet and different hops really bring out a great flavor that goes past the assaulting bitterness. The company says it is made with hopped wort... but all IPAs are made with hopped wort so I'm not sure why they advertised that in this particular beer? Also the 12 oz was under half the price of the 22 oz, so not sure what the incentive would be to buy the 22 oz... (maybe they weren't expecting the liquor store to sell the 12s as singles). And at 9.5% one of these just left me in a nice fuzzy place.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2014 00:57:05 | More by BearslikeBeers
4.73/5 rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Served up in my tulip at cellar temperature.
An unstoppable three-finger, slightly off-white head puffs up no matter how carefully poured. The body is a crystal clear dark golden orange. One might call it amber.
Resinous pine, pink grapefruit, and dank hops fill the aroma. Ahh... these are some of my favorite IPA scents...
And it hits! A hurricane of hugely bitter hops! The flavor has a resinous and resonating explosion of bitterness that tastes of citrus, pine, and grapefruit peel. It has a dry, astringent bitterness in the finish that reveals a little bit of maltiness: that splendid biscuity breadiness that the finer IPAs possess. Seldom does an IPA deliver such intense hoppiness as this. What more can one ask for in a DIPA's flavor?
Feel? Oh yeah. The feel. Sorry but the deliciously dank, bafflingly bitter hop flavor has me distracted, I'm affraid. The feel is ideal... for unleashing the untamed hop beast within.
Few DIPAs have made an impression on me like this one has. As I sip it, my palate not only adjusts to the unbridled bitterness, but begins to crave it. For true connoisseurs of IPAs, this is not a palate wrecker, but a palate placebo. Bathe in the bitterness, my friends.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 17:38:49 | More by Kuaff
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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