Sunday, January 26, 2014

Green Flash Palate Wrecker

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1049) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It had a best by date of 6/3/14 and cost $4.99 ($0.42 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful, glowing hue of orange/copper with fine carbonation visible. Pours to a fairly large, eggshell-tinted, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.

Smell: Dank citrus aroma - like orange juice or grapefruit in concentrated form. Sweet.

Taste: It’s been a while since I’ve had a truly imperial IPA, so it was nice to end the drought with Green Flash Palate Wrecker. It definitely embodies the spirit of "imperial" since it’s so big in all aspects - intense aroma, strong bitterness, and huge, well-balanced flavor.

Big hop-centric brews like this often walk a tightrope of styles between imperial IPA and barleywine. There’s a lot of malt character and sweetness to the core. Orange flesh seems to be the predominant flavor. Rich, but not cloying and certainly not sugary, it’s quite pleasant by how well its complemented by the dank citrusy hops. The brewery claims this beer is ~149 IBUs and I believe it. The palette is so well-balanced that the bitterness doesn’t intimidate. There is some dryness on the back-end, but it’s in turn followed by juicy sensation. Alcohol is noticeable, but subtle, with an easily tolerable warming sensation.

Drinkability: Despite the name, Green Flash Palate Wrecker isn’t all that intimidating. While it’s a robust beer for sure, it’s not obese. The mouthfeel is thick with a soft, calm presence and creamy texture that goes down smooth. There is some residual warmth in the throat, though that’s not surprising considering the 9.5% ABV body. Regardless, I found it could be drank quite easily (but it works as a sipper, too). 
Grade: 9/10