Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
4.39/5 rDev +10.9%
12 oz New Green Flash style brown bottle. Designated label color is brilliant red of course with a name such as Hop Head Red. I have to mention how much I love these new Green Flash bottles. They're unique and something you can put the Green Flash name with instantly when seen or even when felt with your eyes closed for that matter. Yep, it's a Green Flash! Poured into a standard American pint glass.
A - blood freaking red. No lie. This is as red as any beer can get outside the fruit beer category. If anyone on earth can lay claim to a made up name of hop head red, its this gorgeous lady right here. Trade marked? Nah. Just pour it and you'll know what's red and what's not. Okay so hold this gem to the light and it transforms to a bright glowing red liquid with a load of funk and sediment floating about. Damn, isn't she beautiful? Off white head poured quite nice with plenty of size before vanishing to a covering ring of lacing leaving splotchy stick to the walls of the glass.
S - you get a good sense of what hop head red is all about with the first whiff. Well almost. Fresh, no dirty fresh hops lay claim to the focal point of everything going on here. I've smelled these notes maybe one other time and I simply love it! Dirty yet fresh hop aroma, orange marmalade, some citrus, resin and hop spice. Then there is the sweet caramel malt almost playing note for note with the marmalade keys just soaking your nose with utter goodness.
T - remember the almost I referred to earlier? Well, here is the full blown view to the engine within this great red ale. Those fresh hops up front are still dirty as can be with a west coast sort of funk about them that can honestly only come about when you blend the state of California and 'red ipa' together. So along with those ridiculously funky dirty hops (and God knows how much dry Amarillo hops) come a sweet but citrusy orange marmalade, fresh but dank cut grassiness, and hop oily goodness. Throw in some sweet caramel malt and spices(no doubt from the hops) and you have one of the best creations one will ever drink. Well that's my take.
M - thick medium body that coats the entire mouth with a Green Flash like texture. The feel stands right in line in brilliance as the rest of this ale. As grand as it gets. So enjoyable its border line crazy.
O - if you read review you'll know I fell in love with Hop Head Red. It's just an amazing ale that may well be my all time favorite all around everyday brew. I'm just stunned at how Green Flash nailed this. Almost like it was brewed specifically for me. Sure most people rate it very high, but its not considered a real gem, but that's good for me considering I can find it any time I want. Which will be often, I promise you that. Green Flash Hop Head Red = my favorite brew!
02-19-2014 00:40:43 | More by BradtheGreat7
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3.68/5 rDev -7.1%
I always look forward to a good hoppy amber/red ale and Green Flash is the shiznit so I really was happy to pick up a few of these bottles yesterday here in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear deep bronze borderline amber color with a thick fluffy two finger slight off white head that never totally settled,deep chocolate notes in the nose with a some herbal hop but the malt to me is stronger than the hop presence.I love the Amarillo hop and this was dry hopped with it but in all honesty it doesnt play a huge impact flavor wise at least in my mind,its deeply chocolaty with a leafy herbal hop presence finish dry and prety earthy.Its a decent brew but maybe a bit underwhelming.
05-08-2008 22:16:28 | More by oberon
3.73/5 rDev -5.8%
Had this one thanks to Johnny Ramirez. Pours a deep amber with hints of red here and there. Light-tan colored head; very volatile beer on the pour, producing a big, thick, fluffy head that has pretty nice staying power. Initial smell is almost a bit reminiscent of a barleywine; sweet licorice, fruit, plums, figs, apples, nice doses of pines everywhere in between.
Taste is hoppy and bitter around the edges with a sharp, intense moment of abrupt sweetness in the form of those dark fruits mentioned earlier. The alcohol is noticeable in this one, blending with the fruity sweetness to give it that almost-barleywine type of taste to it. Heavy malt on the end of the brew; tastes like caramel malts were used. Very sweet for the most part, with the bitterness coming in at first, but slowly giving way to the malts and the fruits. As the beer warms up, some more noticeable fruits come out; oranges, citrus, grapefruit rinds. Aftertaste is full of bread and caramel malt. Medium body, above-average carbonation.
Interesting beer, and it would be hard to pinpoint this one with an exact "style". I enjoyed the blend of fruitiness but it may have benefited from just a little more bitterness all-around, to help offset some of the intense sweetness spikes that come through. Thanks again to Johnny for this one.
12-11-2012 12:26:18 | More by tectactoe
4.6/5 rDev +16.2%
This is my first Green Flash review. I enjoyed a West Coast on-tap some time ago. I didn't review because I'd have a few beers before it. I'm excited about this one because I love red or rye beers with heavy hops.
The smell is an amazingly dry, resiny, grassy, piney and slightly citrusy hop extravaganza. Reminds me of Cane and Ebel but a little heavier handed - in a good way. There are some similarities in Summit and Amarillo hops, so maybe it's not surprising. I like a beer that's not afraid to share what it has in store for you through the aroma. Dry hopping at work!
The color is a handsome, hazy, dark red brown. The head is yellowy cream and popped up an easy one finger. It had soft creamy foam and big bubbles that started leaving big topographical lacing instantaneously. I didn't pour aggressively enough, so the head dissipate a bit but it seemed like it had pretty decent head retention.
Wow. Dry up front, then dives right into the hop (all like the nose) and then rounds off with caramel malt - along with a wholesome, nutty, oaky flavor. I think there is a spot of tarty citrus trying to come through but what the heck, who's counting when you get hops delivered at full throttle like this. The finish is as dry as hell with that pine bite digging in to the back of your palate. It's one of those beers that quenches your thirst and makes you thirsty - a continual loop.
The mouth is the full side of medium. There's medium carbonation but it's tame compared to the hops. This brew ravages the mouth - just the way I like it.
I really enjoyed this beer. The combination of IPA level Amarillo with rich, malty, dark ale is awesome. Makes me want more and makes we want to check out more Green Flash brews!
12-20-2009 23:07:13 | More by sgoodship
4.13/5 rDev +4.3%
A - Dark amber, ruby tones. Low carbonation, but from a growler, think it would normally be higher. Nice head that faded rapidly to a covering...again probably do to low carbonation of keg it came from.
S - Pine and citrus from the hops, a bit of caramel malt, but overall subdued.
T - What the beer lacks in aroma it makes up for in taste. Huge malt backbone, lots of caramel malts along with some roasted notes. Hopes are up front and balance the malts nicely, lots of pine and citrus.
M - Right about what you would expect from an American Amber.
O - Very solid beer, that is on the verge of great. A bit more aroma and carbonation (probably not Green Flashes fault) and this would be exceptional...still very, very good.
09-17-2011 18:24:07 | More by steelerguy
3.53/5 rDev -10.9%
In a pint glass the beer was a red/brown color with a medium-sized tan head.
It had a sweet malt and floral aroma, a little muted.
Sweet malt, grapefruit, and pine aroma. Again, not real strong.
A red IPA, as the label succintly suggested.
08-12-2010 00:40:28 | More by lordofthewiens
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
A- A pretty red/brown with a cream colored head.
S- Great smell of piney hops possibly amarillo.
T- Nice hop bitterness from beginning to end, with a light refreshing malty sweetness somewhere in the middle. The aftertaste is all bitter from the hops.
M- A lot of sudsy carbonation, with a crisp finish.
D- The fact that the hoppiness sits on your tongue prevents you from knocking back a few, but one or two would not be a problem at all.
07-29-2010 05:49:09 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a somewhat muddy amber with a fair amount of sediment suspended near the bottom of the glass. Dense two finger light brown head has decent retention and leaves some lacing behind.
Smell starts with a big punch of grapefruit rind. Also a nice amount of florals. Small amount of caramel malt.
Similar to smell, initial taste is a nice burst of bitter grapefruit with a touch of resiny pine hops. Slightly sweet malts are more prominent in the taste than the smell. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium, slightly sticky.
I like hoppy ambers much more than more traditional ambers. This one is pretty good, but a notch below the best.
07-23-2011 17:02:33 | More by warnerry
3.53/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
07-02-2008 02:25:37 | More by Beaver13
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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