ThisWangsChung (448) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a glowing reddish orange color. Small yeast particles seem to be suspended in the body. The head is a three finger offwhite shade featuring good texture and lacing
S: The aroma features a good mix of caramel malts blended with some grapefruity, piny hops. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary, at all really, but it works well.
T: I swear this almost has a chocolaty flavor to, especially near the front end. The midtaste transitions to burnt toast and caramel, while it finishes with subtle grapefruit peel and black pepper. Quite biscuity in its general flavor, as well.
M: The body itself is creamy smooth until the piny hops dry out the palate some. Otherwise, the finish is mostly a vaguely sweet linger that could use a touch more delicacy. Befitting the style, it’s weakly carbonated.
O: This is a decent example in a style that I’m not a huge fan of, with one glorious Hershey chocolate-covered exception. This will satiate me nicely ’til Nugget Nectar arrives in my area, but I doubt I’d buy a 4 pack of it.
hopbomber (96) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lovely caramel aromas with intense hoppy bitterness, nice resinous feel with fruity malt and a bit of burnt citrus with chocolate. Very good.
fezzy (44) - California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great ruby color and bright, grapefruity nose. Peach or apricot underlie shining grapefruit and pine of massively aromatic hops, with a caramel malt backbone. All at once dry yet sweet, bitter yet smooth. A perfectly balanced beer for a hophead!
Gramoit (251) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Bottle from the Pumphouse. Big hoppy and caramel aromas and Flavours, that work very well together. Genuine Red IPA.
mzaar (884) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska. Bärnstenfärgad med kolossalt stort och långvarigt gulvitt skum. Givmilt humlad, där tropiska frukter och kåda är dominerande. Beskan är påtaglig, men jag hade önskat lite mer sötma för att balansera upp den. Fast därmed inte sagt att det är dåligt, tvärtom - det är riktigt gott. Bara det att det hade kunnat vara ännu bättre. Även här är de tropiska frukterna och kådan allenarådande.
Steverus0 (68) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a pleasant and quite interesting brew.
The depth in hops would make this brew stand out from the crowd even absent the fine luster of caramel and well balanced malts typical of a good red.
Green Flash has something here for certain. Full of character and depth.
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mnmike (609) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I love me some Amarillo in a ruby hued bottle of glory. Aromas are roses and grass.
chinchill (580) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
An East Coast/West Coast showdown tonight, with a Westbrook IPA (12 oz can; date stamp shows it was canned only 3 weeks ago) up against Green Flash Hop Head Red (12 oz bottle; marketed as a “red IPA”; plenty fresh with a best by date of 10 Dec., 2013). The Hop Head Red pours a hazy, dark red-amber with a small tan head that has poor retention; not unusual for an IPA.
Aroma: A solid sweet malt presence overlaid with earthy, fruity and spruce hops. Slightly musty. Less striking and fresh hop aroma than the Westbrook.
T: A less complex hop mix than in the Westbrook. The claimed IBU of 70 seems even higher than expected versus the 60 IBU of the Westbrook. Moderate-high grapefruit peel bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.
M: Medium body with medium carbonation; slightly harsh.
O: This red IPA had less hops in the aroma yet was more bitter and earthy. A bit disappointing and overall less appealing than the Westbrook IPA.
The_Bish (863) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Obviously this is class. Well hopped indeed. Lovely colour. Better as it warms. Imma big fan of Green Flash.
b3shine (2233) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent copper with ample foamy light beige head. Smells solid too; caramel malt and a balanced blend of hops. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Decent beer.
tom10101 (1055) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12 oz). Dark brown with a medium beige head and some lacing. Aroma is hoppy with resinous notes, caramel and citrus/tropical fruits. Taste is slightly to moderately sweet with resinous presence, caramel, citrus/tropical fruits Medium body. Medium carbonation. Superb balance between malt and hops that make this beer quite complex, but still refreshing aplenty.