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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash Palate WreckerGreen Flash Palate Wrecker

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Ratings: 2910
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%


Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008)
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour netted me a finger of taupe colored head. This sits on top of a tan/orange body.

Hoppy. Piney, floral, grapefruit and mandarin oranges. Sweet malts balance it out.

Very sweet up front. Sweet malt, flowers and mandarin orange seduce you, then pine and grapefruit mug your tongue once you have put your trust into the beer. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad thing.

Medium to heavy bodied. Carbonation is just right, enough to keep the beer from getting bogged down in your mouth. Dry finish, but not as much as you might think.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 03:37:48 | More by CFHMagnet
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap in a tulip at King's Table on 4/14/12

Deep honey amber with layers of brown and sun drenched gold. The head is one thumb of billowy, dense foam. Retention is about a third of that, but solid lace remains over most of the glass.

The aroma is dank hops, oily and piney. Rabid citrus, too - grapefruit and lemon zest. Solvent-like. The mean hop smell is tempered by ample notes of sugar cookie and sweet cracker. Smells like it might be too sweet. Yeaaah... This is going to be hard to finish. Semi-sweet malts swoon up front before being replaced by angry amounts of hops and alcohol. Yikes. I wish I could use the hop descriptors a la the aroma, but this is all scathing, vapidly dry bitterness. Earthy and dirty. Pretty much medicinal-grade bitterness.

Ugh. Full, sluggish feel. Lower than average carbonation is the only reason I can stand finishing this. A bit oily and resinous. Again, brutally dry.

Overall impression - Spiteful just to be. This is a chore to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2012 06:48:16 | More by Ryan011235
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass; thanks to Jesse13713 for sharing one of these with me.

A: Pours a foggy, almost opaque copper-amber color with half a finger of frothy, white head.

S: Very resinous, with big quantities of pine and citrus hops, alongside equally strong bready, sweet, malts.

T: Pine and resin really control the flavor, with a bit of floral hops making their way in (I'm not seeing much of the citrus here). Malt backbone is tasty without taking away from the hop bitterness, which is very pronounced on the finish.

M: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated; quite creamy and smooth. A lightly dry finish really adds to the taste at the end, and the generally sticky mouthfeel meshes perfectly with the flavors presented. This has just about everything I'm looking for in it.

O: Quite a tasty beer. It's balanced, but just slightly in the favor of bitterness (which I prefer); it has a diverse, strong hoppy flavor; it's mouthfeel really ties things together, making this one easy to go through quickly in spite of its size.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 19:07:38 | More by AwYeh
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz stubby brown bottle, nice simple label, NO DATE (ugh)

Appearance: Into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint. This pours a dark gold/light orange amber with an ivory head of large bubbles. There isn't much of a cap, but it has fairly decent retention.

Smell: Quite nice; some light juicy citrus and a whole lotta pine! Fresh, vibrant, juicy, and just a HINT of earthy malt, but you really have to look for it. Pleasant!

Taste: Massive bitterness hits almost immediately. Earthy pine, a bit of bitter citrus peel, and as it warms, a bit of earthy malt. Big, BIG bitterness. I dunno the exact bitterness, but the GF website lists it as 100+ and I have NO trouble believing that. There's enough of a malt backbone and sweetness, however, that although this is blisteringly bitter, it doesn't really feel 'overdone' or completely out of whack like some other tongue-destroying DIPAs.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full, blisteringly bitter, but enough residual sweetness to make things seem balanced...at least in a manner of speaking.

Conclusion: I'm not a HUGE fan of DIPAs, though there are a few I really like. This is, however, one of the better ones I've had. Crazy-big bitterness, but nice flavors to go with bitter smackdown, and enough malt sweetness to keep this from being completely one-sided. Nice mouthfeel and good drinkability, especially considering its gravity. $12.00 for a 4pk isn't too bad either. Now if only we could get a freakin date-stamp on it...This might well be an A- if it had just a bit more complexity.

B+

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:24:17 | More by BedetheVenerable
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden orange color with tangerine hues and a half finger frothy white head.  Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Resinous earthy aroma with grassy/soily pine notes countered by sweet fruit and pale malt.  Hints of pine needle and grass followed by grapefruit and orange peel.  Biscuity malt with graham cracker and sweet booze.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry resinous hops that provide a strong bitterness that lingers into a dry finish.  Earthy pine needle and spruce followed mid palate by citrus/tropical fruit notes that prevent it from becoming one dimensional.  Citrus rind, grapefruit and pineapple followed by biscuity malt and sweet booze.  Thin and a bit watered down but easy to drink.  Strong bitterness is nicely countered by sweeter notes but it's a bit too thin and boozy for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 23:30:01 | More by corby112
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B33R501

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is just ok. pretty color, nice head. aroma and taste bitter citrus, lots of hops but i get too much onion flavor. way hot going down, too boozy. not real pleasant and a bit of a chore to finish just the one bottle.

i like the lingering citrus bitterness but not real fond of the rest of the delivery or the overall flavors.

pass.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 12:18:00 | More by B33R501
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kdb150

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

A - Amber color, 2 fingers of cream-colored head slowly recedes, leaving lots of sticky lacing behind. A nice quarter-inch coating sticks around for a long while. Great for the style.

S - All hops, all the time. Citrus and grapefruit dominate, against a bankground hinting at dankness. A bit of alcohol bite as well. Nice aroma, with the alcohol note knocking it down a notch.

T - Overwhelming bitter/dank flavor, with just a hint of the great citrus/grapefruit that was in the nose. With no real malt backbone to speak of to balance out the bitterness, this did not deliver at all on the flavor. I guess I should have taken the name at its word, but the taste has no redeeming qualities at all, it just overwhelms with an unpleasant bitter dankness that should never be the only flavor in a beer.

M - Good feel, not thin, not overly thick, with good carbonation.

O - It's honestly a shame the taste on this beer is so awful, because everything else is actually rather good. But with the overwhelming dank, bitter flavor, it's hard to recommend this beer. I'll skip it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 06:26:15 | More by kdb150
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JDizzle

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a dream! Bright orange an copper with a huge puffy whit head. Lacing is incredible.

Great nose with a bouquet of hops that are piney, grassy, citrusy, and resinous. I don't get much of a malt presence in the aroma. It's very hop forward!

Fuck me, this has to be one of the most bitter beers I have had. It stings your tongue and the bitterness is still there after eating between sips. Superb flavor with a sweetalt backing that keeps it from being overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is great as well. Medium body with high carbonation.

What a unique beer that I will definitely have again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 15:46:58 | More by JDizzle
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stickynotes

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A - Caramel color, clear. An off-white head slowly dissipates leaving heavy lacing.

S - Sweet malt, booze and an abundance of hops; plenty of pine and some citrus. Smells aggressive and flavorful.

T - Bitter and sweet maltiness finishing with a crash of bitterness. Super piney. Big flavors here, a strong malt backbone and tons of hoppy goodness the high abv warms the end a bit.

M - Moderately carbonated, I think it pairs with the aggressive flavor well.

O - This is a big dipa and will be appreciated by ipa fans. The beer is aptly named, it is strong and aggressive in all areas, especially bitterness and hop presence. Good stuff for the initiated.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:58:32 | More by stickynotes
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 4 pack picked up at Total Wine in Columbia, SC

A - A deep bronze color, with tons of head and sticky lace. Yes, this is what a DIPA should look like

S - Piny hops in your face. Very strong. Well done...

T - Hops in your face. Hops in the 1st taste, middle through, and total kick you in the rear on the aftertaste. It doesn't get much hoppier or tastier than this.

M - Very well carbonated, medium/full bodied

O - Maybe the most tasty DIPA I have ever had. Yes, a palate wrecker. Anything you drink after this one is doomed. Sick brew...

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 05:40:38 | More by BeerDawgs
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AgentMunky

California

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: A finger and a half of head. Translucent amber. Some effervescence. Decent lacing.

S: Splendiferous! Fruity, tropical, resiny, strong, floral, beautiful hops. Excellent! Some biscuity, caramelly malt as well.

T: Wow. Palate wrecker indeed. Obviously well over 100+ IBU and one of the hoppiest beers I've ever encountered, up there with Devil Dancer and Ultramate. Astringent pine is tempered by the fruitiness inherent in some hop varietals (I suspect a lot is going on here, but perhaps just three or four assertive strains). The malt base gives important body to the beer, serves as a platform for the alcoholic strength, and keeps things from getting unduly out of hand. Still, hop-forward, overpoweringly so at times, with an aftertaste that has a touch of soap or unpleasant bitterness to it.

M: Substantial, light carbonation, and surprisingly not very dry.

O: A magnificent Double IPA and highly recommended for hopheads. Would drink again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 08:05:35 | More by AgentMunky
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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper-amber color with a finger of frothy off white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of strong pine and tropical hops with lots of grapefruit, floral, and resin smells, with some caramel and biscuit malts and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with some strong pine and tropical hops and bitterness alongside some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, the resiny hop flavor gets stronger with stronger bitterness and a bit of biscuit malt. The finish is a mix of pine hops and bitterness with some sweet malts and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and resiny with a dry, bitter, and lightly warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. I really like the strength of the hops in this one and the bitterness. Does not get out of control though.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 04:26:56 | More by ngeunit1
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Russell's in Amherst. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a wonderful crystal clear light copper with a great almost two finger off white creamy head that fades to leave lots of sticky side lacing and a nice creamy thick blanket.

S - Lots of sweet, sticky malt aromas here with some very light pine resin.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more of those sweet malts with light pine bitterness. There is alot of hops on the end for sure, and it would probably mess up your taste buds for future beers. Just pine bitterness and lots of sweet malts.

M - Mouthfeel is good for a DIPA. Nice carbonation, alcohol isnt too noticeable. Goes down easy.

O - Overall, I'd say this is a palate wrecker, but for me its also kind of a malt bomb. And malt bombs are something I really dont care for in my DIPAs. Wish this was a bit more citrus or pine heavy to drown out the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 19:21:31 | More by rudzud
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz, no date.

appears a clear orange amber color, with 1/2" white head. great lacing and excellent head retention. massive hop aroma stings the nose. pine, grapefruit.

hops dominate the taste as expected. bitter, but also mutli layered hops. resin, piney, citrus, fruity, earthy. enough malt to at least keep it in check. coats the tongue, a bit oily. medium carbonation.

overall - definitely lives up to the name, but there are more enjoyable DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 03:35:23 | More by jmdrpi
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dmatsui

California

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a bomber. Beautiful bone white 4 finger head with irregular head and lots of lacing. A swirl shows some alcohol legs. Surprisingly clear but still has a nice pale burnt orange.

Caramel-esque notes up front and a decent hop spice. Definitely some strong bittering hops. Not very citrusy.

Hop spiciness comes through nicely while a persistent bitterness dominates the palate. Not much citrus characteristics. Malt bill is understated, resulting in a strong booziness. Some rindy, pithy flavors come through, but the bittering hops take charge in this Socal brew.

Mouthfeel is spicy, dry, bitter and hot. Slightly oily.

Overall, it is very reminiscent of the Green Flash West Coast IPA. There is a hint of copper, and that spiciness is persistent throughout. A nice heavy double, but not a citrusy as one would expect.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 02:48:58 | More by dmatsui
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warnerry

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear orange/ light brown with one finger of off-white head. Head leaves some lacing but doesn't last long.

S - Very citrusy nose, with some pine and some biscuit malt.

T - Big punch of both pine and grapefruit out if the gate. Some biscuity malt is just enough, and doesn't take away from the hop display. Very nice lingering bitter finish. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable.

M - Medium mouthfeel is herbal, grassy and bitter. Slight numbing alcohol.

O - I don't know if my palate was wrecked, but this is definitely a hop showcase and a very enjoyable DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2012 20:55:22 | More by warnerry
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - deep golden-red hue, inauspicious enough start. Creamy manila head with gluey, sticky lace all around.

Aroma - pungent, herbal, minty, pine resin. Not a grain in sight.

Taste - a brief bit of orangey citrus up front, pineapple too. The rest of the beer is built for max IBUs. So bitter I almost can't define related flavors. There are some entry notes of resin and grapefruit rind, but it quickly becomes white noise with the overpowering bitterness. On the other side, some abv heat returns some flavor to the palate, and some warm citrus notes help define the ending. I rather like the opening and closing, but the middle is a bit of a task.

Mouthfeel - not as big a body for a DIPA, giving it some added crispness, a nice touch for the style. Not especially smooth from the hop oils, in this case I don't mind as it allows the bitter to wash out faster and the more citrusy flavors of the finish to arrive that much faster.

Drinkability - glad I had a chance to try it. I know a few hopheads on my block who I'll try to grab a few more for, but one and done for me. DIPAs are a tough style for me - I find many I don't necessarily care for, but I can't stay away from the style. The audacious use of ingredients with such generous abandon has a certain allure I keep coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 04:41:04 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is orange in color with golden highlights. There is not much of an off-white head.

S - The smell seems to be a nice balance of citrus and caramel malt.

T - At first I get the caramel malt. Then comes a rush of citrus, and finally some taste bud crippling bitterness.

M - Medium

O - I don't think I have had a beer this bitter since Ruination.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 19:51:43 | More by buschbeer
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stewart124

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange with lingering white head.

Noticeable alcohol in the nose with white grapefruit and vanilla.

Plenty of bitterness in the background with a medium amount of caramel and bready notes. Lingering pine and hop resin on the tongue. Not much detectable alcohol in character. Loads of white pepper on the palate.
Very tasty DIPA. This isn't weak at all but there is a heavy hand of hops and malt for sure. Well balanced for sure with such a lingering hop bite I can see why it is the palate wrecker.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 01:30:48 | More by stewart124
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The best Green Flash beer I have tried so far.

Pours out a really nice bright, hazy orange with hints of amber and a nice fluffy white head.

The aroma is full of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and other fruity and floral hop scents. Very heavy on the tropical fruit with no malt detected.

The taste is very close to the aroma. There is a ton of intense fruity and floral hop flavor with a slight hint of malt sweetness in the background. It's very bitter, dry and finishes crisp.

The alcohol is hidden very well and this is very easy to drink. A great Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 20:35:38 | More by JohnnyMc
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Pine, grapefruit with a little breadyness, plus some booze

T: Follows the nose, in your face hoppyness up front, along with a little dryness. Some breadyness & a touch of caramel as this warms with a ton of grapefruit. Finishes with grapefruit peel, breadyness, pineyness

MF: Fairly thick, slight carbonation, nice balance

A super DIPA, love the agressive hops & super balance lying underneath, easily one the best DIPAs I've had in a while. I've been waiting for a hop ride like this for a whilw, well done Green Flash!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 03:16:44 | More by russpowell
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at Deep Ellum, Allston, MA - 4/2012
(review from notes)

sits a copper / orange tone in the glass with less than a 1" head remaining upon being served. aromatic nose offers an abundance of citrus / pine hops with a secondary malt presence. no surprises there.

flavor follows as expected with that assertive rush of citric (primarily grapefruit and orange rind) and pine hops follows by some background malt character. very bitter from start to finish. medium-plus bodied on the palate with average carbonation.

overall, as advertised this one bombards the palate with an unmitigated assault of hops. not something i'd want more than one of in a sitting but i like it; will definitely be back for a revisit in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 21:53:27 | More by BostonHops
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small pine dry hop. In the taste, big pine like hops and a small note of alcohol in the end. A small bitterness and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice big to mellow pine hops all the way through, quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 16:37:06 | More by OWSLEY069
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challenja

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served On Tap at the Black Squirrel in ADMO DC.

A: Orange gobstopper copper with a mellow sunset amber glow.

S: Hoppy sticky resin pine cone. Sweet grapefruit with candied orange bitter leavings.

T: This is one for the Hook Books. You can really taste 6 different Hop varietals flowing through this brew. Ruby red grapefruit forward. Orange rind and sappy pine cone. White confection sugar with coconut biscuit leavings. (tasting alot of biscuit lately...mmmm biscuits...)

M: Really descent medium carbo on this one. Very swisher feel to this one. NOt to heavy, not to light. It's jusssstt right..

O: A real winner for Green Flash. It takes 1st place in my taste book for them, beating out their Imperial and West Coast IPA's. A seriously goof treat for serious IPA coneheads.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 23:09:02 | More by challenja
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a perfectly clear orange pumpkin colour with about 3 fingers of foamy white head that settles to thin foamy rim.

S: Strong initial scent of pine resin followed by sweet tropical fruit, pineapple and orange peel.

T: Strong herbal citrus bitterness upfront, reminiscent of Campari. A surprising amount of sweet maltiness in the middle which finishes with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation that nicely coats the mouth.

O: Surprisingly well balanced for such a hop forward beer. The alcohol is nearly undetectable.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 01:08:33 | More by FondueVoodoo
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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