Green Flash “Palate Wrecker”
This double IPA was originally brewed for the Hamilton’s Tavern 2nd Annersary celebration. It’s brewed with a whopping six pounds of hops per barrel and is precisely as the name implies: a palate wrecking onslaught of hops. Aromas are rich with fresh grapefruit and sweet bread. The hop assembly consists primarily of sweet tropical notes, followed by ripe citric fruits, and finished by pine and fresh cut grass. The hop oil bitterness is so strong and mouth coating it’s unbelievable, and it may be the most bitter, oily, mouth-coating beer I’ve ever had. A nice, mildly spicy, caramel malt body holds up the hop assault surprisingly well. An ABV of 9.5% can be felt, but doesn’t contribute negative solvents or off-flavors. It’s truly deserving of the phrase ‘hop bomb’ and something which I only recommend to experienced IPA drinkers out there. Any other sipper will find themselves puckering and squealing like a little girl. Perhaps the downside is that bitterness supercedes hop flavor and that’s a shame. I find the malt character and the hop arrangement work hand in hand. This is an enjoyable, well crafted double that goes on record for being the highest IBU I’ve personally experienced. Recommended for only the utmost of hop lovers.
San Diego, California