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).