kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Bruisin Ales, Asheville NC
Appearance: clear dark red, creamy beige head, lots of drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet dark caramel and crystal aroma with lots of citrus and earthy hops,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: rich malt flavor, touch of bready character, lots of earthy hops to keep it dry and adds lots of bitterness, just a touch of caramel sweetness, long bitter finish,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Suttree (5388) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red, as suggested by the name "hop head red". Also hoppy, as suggeated by the name "hop head red" Very green hop aroma - grassy, perfumy. Woodsy hop in the flavor, as well Herbal and resiny, as well. Nice stuff.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Gate. Deep copper in color with a little off white head. Hoppy and caramel malty aroma. Citrusy earthy and piney hops. Orange and grapefruit notes. Malty nutty and spicy flavor. Finish is nice and hoppy. Medium bodied. Very drinkable.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from naven. More malt than I anticipated. Creamy and nutty with a hint of hops. Just okay.
MadIndian (2560) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capones. Matt suggested I try this and it was my first choice for the night. Orange/Amber pour with a huge hop aroma Piney, caramel and fruit flavors tingled the palate. With a really good hop finish. This went over well.
sloth (2600) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium sized tan head, excellent retention and plenty of sticky lace to go around. Clear, deep amber hue. Nose is spicey hops, loads of citrus, juicey with good malt underpinnings. Body is med/full, lightly resiny, good carbonation. Chewy caramel malts backed by a big hop blast, powerful and agressive, the way i like,em. A dry biting finish that lingers lovingly. Another winner from Green Flash. Seems to be my regular drink here lately.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish color with a big floral/citrus aroma that is quite powerful and inviting. Flavor is dominated by citrusy-floral hops and a fair dose of caramel and sugary malts. Pretty nice one - especially for the style.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper pour with transparent reddish hues. Tan head with some spotty lacing. Wax and hops on the nose. Hops up front with a pleasant malty-backbone. Nice bitter finish similar to grapefruit
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A solid pour nets me a three-finger thick, amber tinged, full tan colored, sticky hop-laden head in my 25cl tulip. The beer is a brilliantly clear, ruddy, dark red color that shows some bright copper notes when held up to the light. The aroma is quite hoppy with aromas of dank green tea, a light garlic chive note, and a deep, herbal note that can be quite similar to hemp oil. There is also a plethora of citrus hop aromatics, in fact they play just as big a role as the more herbal aromatics; ruby red grapefruit, bergamot and lychee all are found in ample quantities. A touch of caramelized malt aromatics and toasty grain serves to hold up the hop character, barely intruding on its own.
Fairly dry tasting and well carbonated which causes the beer to foam up a bit as it hits my tongue. Bitingly bitter from the get go, though it only get really sharp in the long, lingering finish. Largely herbal with the aforementioned hemp oil notes playing a big role. Slight menthol notes in the finish, along with a green, almost tannic hop notes completely dominate the malt. There is some malt character noticeable more up front; a very slight touch of malt sweetness, some hints of caramel malts, and a dry toasty grain note, none of which keep this beer from being quite thin. This really could use quite a bit more malt body & flavor; in fact increasing these would actual bring out more of the hop character, especially the citrus / fruit hop-derived flavors.
Not a bad beer, it just doesn’t have quite enough malt to stand up to and even support the hop flavors. The aroma is quite nice though and definitely tickles my hop-head funny-bone. Though if you like the sharper, more herbal style of hopped up beer then this one is probably what you want, I like a bit more balancing hop-fruitiness than this beer achieves.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson AZ
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. POured a deeper amber/orange color and a smaller sized off whte head. Lightly hazy. Aromas of floral green hops, citrus, and a little ’soapy’. Tastes of floral hops, citrus, and toasted caramel. Nice bitter to sweet balance in the tastes. Lacing left on the glass.