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Green Flash Hop Head Red (-2013)

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RATINGS: 1424   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2008
On draught at Callahan’s in San Diego. This brew pours a luminous amber color with a medium and foamy beige head that lingers for some time. Rings of lace on the glass. Floral hops aroma with touches of sweet fruit. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with flavors of floral hops, grapefruit and malt. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitterness. Pretty good overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Bottle. Very dark red with unfiltered suspended particles and a dense, medium manilla head. Toasty, piney hop aroma of medium strength with a tinge of tropical fruits. Flavor is very piney and caramel-like with plenty of grapefruit, wood, tea and resinous hop bitterness. Pleasant lingering bitter finish (tastes a little more bitter than 45 IBUs). Very full, round and chewy with moderate cabonation. Tasty, very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Sampled from bottle at Pints for Pets. Great hoppy aroma with grapefruit, resin, apricot. Light caramel, very aromatic. Dark copper amber clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation - very drinkable. Starts with brown sugar, biscuit, and light caramel. Ozone, acidic and mild spicy notes. Huge bitter finish with resin and floral notes. Bitter after that sticks to the tongue. Another Green Flash overindulgence in hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Pours a dirty reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of hops, malt and pine. Taste of hops, dirty pine with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Interesing beer, but the style was a bit off for me.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOLTZ7555 (2822) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2008
An over-hopped IPA with a dash of red food coloring. Is it the color or flavor that makes a beer an amber??? When I buy an amber, I expect a solid malt backbone. I expect balance...and believe me I didn’t get it in this one. Lagunitas Lucky #13 pushed the envelope, this one blew it up. Bitter beyond belief...not impressed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Pours a red-brown color with a thick head that leaves lots of sticky lacing as it fades. It certainly looks like a typical red ale, but that is where the similarity ends. The brewer dry hops with Amarillo hops giving the beer a strong citrus aroma and flavor. A bit of pine hits those senses as well. The hop profile is significant but the beer is still balanced with enough malt sweetness to keep things in check. There is some lingering bitterness, and a slightly oily mouthfeel. At 6% ABV it’s a little high for a session beer, but still quite drinkable. I was somewhat reminded of Tröegs Nugget Nectar, another highly hopped American Red Ale. However, Nugget Nectar has a stronger malt backbone, whereas the Green Flash has a much stronger citrus profile. That stereotypical East Coast - West Coast difference perhaps?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Wow a very hoppy amber. looks like your typical amber with a decent amount of head. aroma was hoppy and the flavor was as well with a nice crisp finish. this is becoming one of my favorite breweries.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Bottle that Daniel brought over. Green Flash has made it to NC? Cool, now all I need to see is the IPA on my grocery store shelves! This one pours out an actual red color with a nice tan head on it. Smell is great, somewhat malty, but mostly grass, pine, citrus, and west coast hop smells. The taste is similar, a typical west coast beer - plenty of hops, light carbonation, good balance. An easy to drink, very smooth interesting beer. I like this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1360) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Bottle. A hazy, blood-red pour with a thick and creamy khaki head. Mouth-watering floral aroma that features plenty of grapefruits, pine and even some hints of strawberries! Goes down with a harsh, tongue-stripping resiny-ness. Love that bitterness! Medium to thin-bodied. Lots of the aforementioned grapefruit in the taste along with some caramel maltiness backing things up nicely. VERY drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2008
bottle from G&G, poured into a snifter. pours a dark reddish/orange with very little head. aroma comes wafting out of the glass immediately. the aroma is definitely different and quite nice. floral hoppiness with some grapefruit and orange peel with an interesting balance of roasted pine nuts. Flavor is the best part of this beer, by far. Starts off with hoppy sweetness and flows nicely to a bitter, roasty finish. Medium body and extremely drinkable. Definitely a quality APA (doesn’t fit the IPA style) as would be expected from Green Flash.


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