Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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3.74/5 rDev -10.1%
Tasted in an IPA glass over 25 minutes from a bottle "best-dated" 7/2/14.
The base is a misty copper orange with a huge, clumpy-merange head stained with the pour. Large patches of lacing hold on and a thick central island floats deep into the drinking session.
The nose is heavily dominated by hemp bound by a ring of smoke. There is some lime and pine and a touch of grapefruit in there somewhere...rounded out by a nice dose of dried apricot. It's hard to find malt notes.
Caramel malts lead the flavor profile. Pine slides in on a foundation of earth, and citrus sprouts from the top--pithy grapefruit, mostly, and a touch of pineapple. Some of the smoke and hemp show up in the back half, melded to a bit of dank funk like apricot Stilton. Then it's long and bitter, reflecting its appellation.
In the mouth, it's sticky and heavy with resin. Weighs heavily in paralingual gutters with some sharper, drying bitterness on top of the tongue. The start is creamy, and then the moderately high carbonation slices through to give the taste experience a bit of spice. The full body with all these facets is the highlight of the brew.
Overall, I can't say I largely enjoy drinking this beer. But I certainly appreciate the work involved in creating it, and the interplay of some imposing elements. A worthwhile experience.
04-06-2014 02:50:18 | More by 1sophrosyne1
4.36/5 rDev +4.8%
A - Hazy copper with slightly off-white head. Leaves nice lacing. Head never really dissipates.
S - This is where it's at. Possibly the best smelling beer I've ever had. It smells like fresh. Fresh hops. Fresh malted barley. Amazing aroma. Lemon, apricot.
T - Very well balanced. Very tiny let down after the smell, but that just speaks to how great I thought the smell was. The hops and malt, mostly caramel, are fighting it out on this one. Hops comes through a bit stronger, but I feel it goes back and forth. That's why I say balanced. The big surprise here is No Alcohol roughness. For 9.5% this is hidden very well.
M - Medium to thick body, medium carb. Coats the palate with bitterness like an IPA or DIPA should.
O - I was a little skeptical of this at first. I love fresh Green Flash, but I've been burnt in the past with the IPA being outdated (my own fault I know), but this beer is just awesome. Fresh is the biggest adjective. It tastes like this was just brewed and then bottled this morning.
04-06-2014 00:18:23 | More by kjfinnerty
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Another single I bought today (12oz, $4.00) at The Beer Store. Hadn't done much in the way of hops lately, so have to make amends...
Again, using my fancy-schmancy Sammy glass.... Color is a lovely, clear copper, with plentiful carbo. Head is a touch off-white/light tan, and looks creamy and fine, lasting well. Lacing is all over the sides, too. Nose is solidly hoppy with some light maltiness mixed in. Feel is smooth and silky, with a medium-plus body.
Flavor has a good bit of malty action, more than I was led to believe by the guy at the store, who said this was purely hoppy. Bummed? Hell no! I like a bit of malt, even in DIPAs... Now there is a solid whack of hops here, too, but it's not overly bitter. There's citrus, some resiny pine, a hint of apricot.... Quite nice, all in all... Had this back-to-back with The Illinois, and I'm not sure which I like more.... Leaning a bit towards this one.... Zum Wohl!!
4.2/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
04-05-2014 20:02:19 | More by Bierman9
4.29/5 rDev +3.1%
Glass Used: Snifter
Appearance: Deep orange-gold with a dense fluffy white head.
Smell: Sweet fruit - pineapple, lemon, orange & grapefruit is in abundance here, along with nice floral sweet honey and piney hop aroma. I get bready malts here as well. This is a intense smelling beer.
Taste: Malty caramel arrives first but gets pushed aside as the big citrus and pine resin flavors bulldoze to center stage. A long bitter finish.
Mouthfeel:Sticky and tacky feeling that totally coats the mouth and tongue. Creamy notes are there to ease the hops along to the finish.
Overall: The is a fantastically bitter double IPA. While the hoppy bitterness is huge, the malt does a very good job pulling back on their reins. I can only imagine how much more intense this would be if the malt profile was smaller. Great job Green Flash!
04-04-2014 23:21:34 | More by darthvohn
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Wow, what a great smelling beer. It's an awfully handsome, clear golden pour into a tulip, with a big cottony head that sticks around.
The aroma really distinguishes this brew. Sweet, juicy fruits galore: red grapefruit, pineapple, and finally sweet tangerine. Perhaps a honey/floral tea character.
Its early sweetness is all fruit juice. Yum. The hops come on as a salty, white grapefruit bitterness. There's almost no malt sweetness; the sweetness is fruit, only. Not candied fruit, just juicy sweet fruit. Once it's down the gullet, the aftertaste turns sharply bitter, white grapefruit rind. That hurts this beer.
Great medium-bodied richness. The high carbonation is great.
04-03-2014 01:50:33 | More by martyl1000
4.04/5 rDev -2.9%
12oz bottle in a pint glass.
A- Copper - golden orange color with a massive and billowy white head that lasts. lots of sticky foam lacing.
S- Big blast of citrus hop aroma, ruby red grapefruit. Some tropical stuff, too, pineapple.
T- Sweet malts, very sweet. Caramel. The citrus flavor is mild compared to the aroma. This bottle was given to me by a friend, freshness may be an issue here.
M- Solid feel and body. Sweet, sticky, and resinous. Lasting hop bitterness.
O- A bit too sweet to palate wreck, perhaps. Good, though.
04-02-2014 22:40:47 | More by NiceTaps
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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