Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Green Flash Brewing out of San Diego made a beer a few years ago called Hamilton's Ale to celebrate the second anniversary of Hamilton's Tavern. Today, they bottle and sell that beer as Palate Wrecker. I figured after a full morning of Wreck It Ralph on the Wii, this was a perfect afternoon pairing solution! The label is boring as usual, same thumbnail of a sunrise that's on all their bottles. There is a stray quote at the bottom. "Think About Me!" attributed to SB. Hmmm. Ed Roberts sent me something that said this has 149 IBU so we'll go with that. 9.5% alcohol.
Piney, spicy, peppery, citrusy, hoppy aroma. Flavors are hoppy in every way... tons of pine resin and citrus rind. Yet, the beer is nicely balanced by a malty backbone of fruity orange and light caramel that totally tones the bite. Spiciness is brought out by the alcohol, and that alcohol dries things out and puts some hair on your chest as well.
Carbonation is OK, but it's the chewy body you'll remember about this beer. Nice flavors though I could have used a little more hoppy kick and a little less balance. After all, I'm pretty sure the name advertised that would be the case. Enjoyable all around. However, again, my palate is safe. Check it out!