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Beer #192 – Green Flash – Palate Wrecker

Green Flash Palate Wrecker – Brewed by Green Flash Brewing Co. in the style of a  Imperial/Double IPA in sunny  California USA

Green Flash Palate WreckerThis is a 9.5%ABV – 4.9 Standard drinks – beer – in a 1 Pint bottle rather unassuming  in it’s packaging., and they claim 149IBU which is very American and over and above any other level of bitterness that you’d reasonably be expected to find.

From the picture you can tell it’s Friday night, working week has finished and I’m happy as Larry, listening to ‘Foals – Holy Fire’

Palate Wrecker was originally brewed for the Hamilton’s Tavern 2nd Anniversary celebration. It’s the most complicated West Coast–inspired IPA we have ever brewed—mashing and sparging with hopped wort, in addition to our hop layering regimen for IPA. We use almost 6 lbs/bbl of Columbus and Centennial hops to create this very bitter hop monster (tested at 149 IBU and no extracts in case you were wondering). By popular demand, it is now released for the world to enjoy (even though this beer isn’t for everyone, only the real hop heads!!!). Cheers! – Chuck Silva – Brewmaster – Green Flash Brewing

This rates very highly in reviews, I have a smile for that too 🙂

intensely hoppy aroma on opening, bursting it is. Appears to be murky but pours a lovely golden orange, with a reasonable head still a lovely rich sweet malt and hop aroma.

Being a US Pint of course it doesn’t all fit in a sleeve.

Gosh. This is as crackingly good an IPA as ever there was. Fantastic mouthfeel length, body and all over loveliness. The high IBU does not mean that this is a pucker up and suck through your teeth bitter level, it’s strong for sure, but not unwieldly.

Nice florals in this aren’t lost against the pine grass hop notes,  and the caramel makes it all a nice balance. This is a beer to enjoy. A goodly beer that delivers exactly as stated on the label.

The pdubyah-o-meter says 9, easily, making this great. It sits right in my bullseye of beers of this type.

What I like about this is the nice sweet caramel bottom note, the warmth that is has, and the bitterness in the mouthfeel, and the grass tang at the end, plus you get to a nosefull of aroma every mouthful, which again made me smile.

I’m not kidding you this Fan-tas-tic! and I should wax lyrical more !

You should know that I really like  the Wellington New Zealand brewed   Garage Project – Pernicious Weed and I’m a big fan of the Chatoe Rogue OREgasmic Ale, this is the equal and comparable in every way, in my opinion to both those  and  I’d be torn to choose between the three of them.

And that a New Zealand beer makes a beer in my top three shows you that the guys at Garage Project know their thing. Aroha.!


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