Nothing goes together better than wasps and beer. Nearly every type of insect pest has a species of wasp whose sole purpose in life is to eliminate it from the face of the earth. Ironically, The Palisade Wasp IPA by Gizmo will likely only make the human pests of the world more annoying. Luckily, we have the bar punching bag game to pacify these pests… For now…
The Palisade Wasp pours a bright, clear amber with a thick, cloudy head. It’s actually a very attractive beer, if I do say so myself. The aroma has an herbal/citrusy vibe that is outlined by a robust sweetness. This is somewhat out of character for an IPA but delicious smelling none the less.
The flavor profile is surprisingly malt-forward with a rich, caramel sweetness. This immediately breaks off into bright citrus: orange, grapefruit, and tangerine. This is followed by a floral spiciness that closes out into piney bitterness. Although the heavy malt presence is reminiscent of an imperial IPA, the body is actually relatively light and finishes clean.
The Palisade Wasp is an interesting IPA. There are characteristics of the aroma and flavor that scream imperial IPA, but the hop presence is actually pretty subtle. What’s even more odd is how easy to drink this brew is. Now I know why they call this the wasp; One more of these, and I’d be playing the bar punching bag game.
- Appearance: Clear amber
- Aroma: Herbal citrus & hearty sweetness
- Flavor: Carmel sweetness, citrus, floral spice, piney bitterness
- Mouthfeel: Medium minus
- ABV: 6.8%
- Size/Price: 22 oz. / $6 – $7
- Score: 84