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Green Flash Hop Head Red (-2013)

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RATINGS: 1409   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Editor’s note: If you had the 8.1% abv version marketed since 2014 as a Double Red India Pale Ale, this is the wrong beer page. Please rate under Green Flash Hop Head Red Double IPA (2014 -). Resinous hop characteristics emerge from an enormous hopping with Columbus, Nugget and Amarillo overtaking the rich caramel malt base. To add luscious
hop flavors and enticingly floral hop aromas, we dry-hop the brew with bucket loads of Amarillo hops. Welcome to the world of Red IPA.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2009 20080925 12oz bottle, Spirits RB. Hazy, particle filled, deep copper-amber color with stickily lacing but quickly fading beige head. Aroma is quite pissy, chock full of Amarillo, but fading malts are doughy in the background and something is weirdly smelling of singed greens. Flavor is dominated by resinous hops and then scraped away violently by a harshly astringent finish. This is one beer that definitely took more than an ounce or two to come to grips with. At a fest or tasting, I think I would have been wooed by the hops and probably scored it higher than deserved. 20090312 - have had a bunch more samples because it’s a fresh and available hop fix. Liking it more lately, slight bump to score, up from 3.1.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (989) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
12oz bottle. Hazy dark orange-red with a small light brown head. Candied citrus and caramel/raisin malt aromas. Light citric and floral hop characters. Caramel, alefruit, ruddy earthen malt flavors then manifest. Vegetal astringent hop presence in the finish, with lingering biscuity caramel. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat drying.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
amber ale? really? it says red right on it... anyway, brown rouge without a head, mild amarillo nose, very similar to Ninkasi’s believer, but milder and less sweet, dry palate and hop finish, club soda carbonation, hints at citrus rind bitters, sort of that back of the palate bitter, nothing overly sweet fresh or fruity here, an interesting and worthy ale, but by no means an amber, I’ll blame ratebeer for that though and won;t hold it against the brew

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Dark red body with a bubbly off white head. Aroma is a kick of piney hops with nice caramel notes. The flavor is a bit in the face with the pine, but definitely good. Comes through with a caramel backbone though. Finishes bitter and dry. Nice solid beer.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Pours out a very attractive reddish with a small to moderate off white head. Beautiful aroma of caramel with intense citrus/pine hops. Taste is complex caramel malts mix well with citrus hops to bring everything together. Dry hoppy finish, seems more than 45ibu.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2008
pours a dark red brown with mild ehad, on draft, strong hop aroma. strong hoppy front to bitter finish and dry palate. hopy beer, showing in the dry bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2231) - JAPAN - SEP 21, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 Wow can you say hops? sorry of course you can. THe hopping method used here really brings out a strong bitterness. Can’t see myself being able to drink more than one or two in a night though

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Style and Glass: Amber/Red Ale, Pint, Mug ABV, Volume & Calories: 6 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 160 C Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $2.50 Aroma: impressive, hops, grapefruit. 10 out of 10. Visuals: simple, effective, deep red, clear, persistent white head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5. Taste: well balanced, sweet malt, bitter hops, good strength, well crafted. 10 out of 10. Palate: high quality, syrupy texture, long bitter finish. 5 out of 5. Overall: a great IPA derivative, I would have it again in a heartbeat, it’s a favorite, high value, well crafted. 20 out of 20.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1147) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Clear amber with tan head. Big hoppy nose. Flavor has a big hit of hops, then is balanced with a caramelized sugar and malt. Nice body with a dry hoppy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2008
Pours a crystal clear ruby red with fantastic lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet & hoppy with lots of caramel. Great malty taste with crisp, sharp hopping and a very complex spicy aftertaste which lingers indefinitely. Body is creamy and thick with good carbonation. This has so much going on that it’s not really sessionable, which given the style is a bit odd, but still very tasty. A tad too dry for my taste, for a red ale.


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