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Green Flash Hop Head Red (-2013)

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RATINGS: 1418   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Pours a beautiful red with a fluffy tan head. I’d take a nap on it. Beautiful aromas coming from the Amarillo hops; also a whiff of caramel. Tastes magnificent. A burst of hops, some spicy sweetness, and some more hops. Very drinkable but some how packs a punch at 6%. Of note, more flavorful and lively on tap.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (1882) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2008
12oz bottle. Fresh. Pours a deep amber with plenty of bubbles and a spotty head of off-white creamy lace. Aroma is a spicy hops and a full caramel backbone. I have to admit I really enjoy the juicy nature of Green Flash’s IPAs. This is more full flavored and rounded but I’m not sure I like it as much.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (2603) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours a copper/amber color with a white head. Aroma of piny and citrus hops with a hint of caramel. Flavor is piny and floral hops with grapefruit, citrus, and a touch of caramel sweetness. Medium body with a dry hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Dark red with reddish tan head. Loads of pine and citrus in the aroma with some maple. Flavor is nice and piney with a smooth caramel backbone and some tart grapefruit. Pretty damn good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (5794) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Clear copper/red with a light tan head. Big piney hop aroma with ganja bud and sweet caramel. Medium body. Great hoppy pine forest and floral hop flavors riding a rich , sweet caramel malty base. Another tasty, hopped up amber ale ala Nugget Nectar.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3431) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2008
(bottle - 12 oz) Amber pour with a thick white head. Aroma is very piney and floral with lots of hops, sweetness, and some citrus notes. Flavor is hoppy at the beginning with a bitter and cloying middle and a bitter and dry finish. Some caramel throughout. Surprisingly run of the mill.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2008
12 oz. bottle - dark amber with white head; nice haze to it; raw, bitter, band aid aromas; drinks very bitter too; lots of pine hops and bitterness basically trumps everything; pretty blah overall; i was expecting something more along the lines of the Troegs HopBack

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Getting the notebook online. Bottle. Pours a crisp red tone. Flavors just not all there. some sweet caramel malts. Hops underwhelm greatly! An OK beer but didn’t live up to the billing..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2915) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2008
12 oz bottle

This has been resting in the bottom of the fridge for about two months now ever since I found it on a beer run. After having the Imperial IPA I wanted to try this; Green Flash seems to know what they are doing regardless of the style. Snap it up while you can - this should be one that everyone tries at some point.

Aroma / Appearance - The rich ruby body held up a bubbly white head. Escaping from the glass was a combination of rye bread, nutty malts and woody cherries. At the same time hoppy and malty it was a treat for all senses.

Flavor / Palate - Starting from a hoppy introduction it makes itself known without being overly aggressive. From pine it relaxes into a lingering resin on the back of the throat. I might only be able to finish one because it straddles that line between amber ale and IPA but it would be time well spent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2647) - 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.


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