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Green Flash Hop Head Red (-2013)

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RATINGS: 1439   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilBeerDoctor (3527) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown/amber with a thick light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of flowery hops, sweet caramel malt, slight hint of citrus hops. Flavor is hops, hops, hops. Bitter flowery hops. Less malt presence than Iíd prefer in an amber. As a super fan of ambers, I was really excited to try this one, but it let me down a little. Too much bitterness, too little flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Had this at the Brickskellar in DC. Light brown head, fully diminished, frothy. Aroma - pine, spruce, resis, nit heacy. Taste - light initial with long aftertaste. hops linger on tongue.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Pours a clear burnt auburn color with a massive, foamy, khaki colored head. Thick gobs of lacing coat the glass nearly entirely. Aromatics are very hoppy, with pine and sharp grapefruit the most prominent variety. Toffee and glazed biscuit provide the malty side of the nose. Flavors basically follow suit, with toasty, sweet malts and biting grapefruit and pine going head to head. Medium-plus bodied and lightly syrupy, the finish is resinous and bitter. Overall, this is a very tasty amber, borderline IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - JUN 25, 2008
On tap at Jupiter, Berkeley, CA: Copper in color, well-filtered with slight beige head and some lacing. Broad malt flavor with teriyaki, truffle and rhubarb followed by a wall of crisp, citrus hops. Hops brighten in finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2451) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 24, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2008 12oz bottle. hazy mahogany color with a compact yellowish head that leaves some sticky lacework. Candied grapefruit aroma of sweetness and citric hops mixing together. The flavor is pretty much their IPA with less bitterness and more sweetness. If you are in the mood for a maltier and less hoppy ale, this will do. At the same time, it really isnít that interesting in comparison. A nice, hoppy amber, but the malts arenít giving enough to trump that hop flavor, which is still less than I would want for an IPA. I guess I just donít get it. (746314, 3.4)............. Rerate: Bottled again. Head lasts for days. Super floral and grapefruit aroma is nice, but there is some malty sweetness poking through too. tasted it warmer this time around, and the bitterness gave way to a nicer malt flavor. Hops are still super green and grapefruity. This really is quite bitter. Palate seems smoother and just right in the middle thickness wise. As long as you know that you are getting into a darker IPA, I think Green Flash has got you covered here.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6974) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Bottle. Pours red/amber with a nice beige head. Aroma is floral, with pine resin, grass and caramel. Medium body. Well balanced falvor with grassy, floral and perfumy notes accompanied by a nice solid caramel note. Finishes with a nice lingering bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2008
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, caramel malts, grapefruit, pine, and resin. Poured deep amber/dark orange with a bit of copper in color with a medium-sized beige head that diminished. Clear. Sparkling. Full of small particles. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Flavor of hops, resin, caramel malts, and pine. Medium body. Oily, lightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, resinous, hop finish. No, it is not a red IPA, because it is not red.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12455) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 20, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Rich mahogany color with an off-white head that fizzled out. Aromas of floral hop and somewhat roasted caramel. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is roasted caramel and a bunch of citrus?/floral hop. Itís really hoppy in the finish. I donít think itís balanced, but if hops prevail, what does that really matter. Really good ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
waolsen (1370) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2008
bottle. nice look red with foamy light tan colored head. caramel, floral aroma. funky earthiness. hints of coffee and nut but that might just be its funk which is coming from the hops. light caramel. citrus. dry hops prominent and dance on tongue in finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Pours an insanely cloudy amber colour with loads of particulates, with some suspended and some settling out quickly. Perfect rings of creamy lacing are left with each gulp. The nose is resin-like pine, grapefruit citrus, grass, cucumber and soap. The flavour is extremely bitter. A boquet of hop flavours including pine, grass, lemon and earth grace the palate. It definitely tastes hoppier than 45 IBUís would normally suggest. The palate is chewy and relatively creamy in texture.


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