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Green Flash Hop Head Red (-2013)

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RATINGS: 1410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Editorís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1264) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a light reddish brown with a medium sized frothy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts and resinous piney hops with a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts, nuts and some sugary fruit quickly followed by a big bitter resinous grassy hop finish that lingers in the charry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a one dimensional brew for the hop lovers. I prefer a little more balance and the brighter hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2011 Bottle (2011 version, 7% ABV). Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin), with a light note of black tea. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Being a hophead is prerequisite for this one, i.e. not needing much else in the aroma to be pleased. Itís a solid effort for what it is (especially in the appearance and mouthfeel departments), but itís just too rough-edged and one-dimensional to be exciting for me. Definitely west coast styled.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lb4lb (2453) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Bottle bonused in trade from stefanje. Thanks!
Pours a gorgeous reddish opaque amber with a creamy beige head and lots of lacing. Smell is sweet and hoppy. Balanced with zesty rye like grain smells and earthy, spicy and fruity hops. Very nice. Taste is crisp, sharp and hoppy, yet flavorful malt and sweetness is not far behind. Very rye like, spicy and delicious. Tastes incredibly fresh and leaves a nice satisfying bitterness. Rich body, with crisp carbonation. Wow, what a fantastic beer, especially for not having heard of it before! Really can’t find any flaws. Thanks again for this one!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pepsican (1438) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 29, 2008
reddish brown our with a medium sized off white head. Caramel, rye, and hop aroma. Flavor is similar, lots of grapefruit and pine malt with a stronger than usual caramel malt background. Finishes dry, mildly bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Draught at Falling Rock. Very dark red color with ample foam. Big time hop nose, impressive smelling. Hints of grapefruit and big time resin. Basically it smelled like a big sack of hops. Flavor is big on resinous hops and packs a punch. Nicely hopped, but also a nice malt backing as well. This was a very nice red ale.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6318) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 29, 2008
This dark amber ale poured with a decent tan head and a floral and caramel malt aroma. This beer is seriously hopped. However, the sweet caramel malt base offsets the hop bitterness, resulting in a nicely balanced flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maddog (381) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2008
A red IPA? Iím not so sure about that, but a hoppy red nonetheless. This beer has several characteristics. Caramel malts, spicy, dry and hoppy all combine to make this unique beer. The aroma is very fresh and floral. I would not kick this beer out of bed for sure, but not my favorite style. I do applaude Green Flash for creating a different beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Deep amber-red. Hazy with floaties. Nice head; really sticky, foamy lace. Mouthfeel was full and chewy. Rich malts were filled with caramel, nuts and toffee. Boston baked beans, too. Very lush and aromatic hops ... grassy, piney, snappy. Nice bitterness to boot. Really tasty stuff. I loved it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Nice pungent grassy dry-hopped nose, a bit of caramel and cedar wood notes as well, similar flavor, very dry, sharp, pungent and fresh hops, but also a bit more of a caramel chewiness. Mostly just an aggressive and bitter IPA, but overall very drinkable and well-made. Not as outstanding as their West Coast IPA but thatís a tough one to match.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Pours red brown with a thick tan head. Nice piney hop aroma with a hint of malt in the background. Bold malty flavor with a lot of resinous hop as well. The lingering hop resin dominates a little too much for me. Otherwise a good beer.


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