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Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Hop Head Red AleGreen Flash Hop Head Red Ale

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very good

3,130 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,130
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 113
Gots: 342 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sleazo on 03-06-2007

In 2011 the recipe was altered to bump the IBU’s from 55 to 70; ABV also increased from 6.4% to 7.0%. In 2014 the ABV increased to 8.1%.

A luscious beauty, Hop Head Red® exudes resinous hoppy qualities from Amarillo, Warrior and Nugget to overtake the full-bodied depths of a caramel malt base. Captivating and seductive floral aromas and alluring hop flavors are the result of dry hopping with mountains of Amarillo. The blissful union of Double India Pale and Red Ale make Hop Head Red an unforgettable obsession. Experience love at first sip. Every time.
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apparently IPAs come in all kinds of colors: amber, white, black, and red, or what’s about to be in my glass. Green Flash can work wonders with hops, so I’m sure they have the entire pale ale rainbow covered. And while I’m not totally sure if I can picture what a red ale tastes like compared to a typical IPA (more toasted malt flavors instead of caramel sweetness?), but I’m excited to try anything with “Hop Head” in the name.

Bottled on 04/07/13, over three months before the date of this tasting. A little longer than you’d want for an IPA, but their Palate Wrecker was still amazing after five months in the bottle.

A: The body is a glorious red color, shining brilliantly in the light; it’s totally transparent. Foamy beige head of cappuccino cream, a light and airy texture that leaves some chunky lacing as it falls.

S: Robust, resinous hop scents of grapefruit, sticky pine, and thick orange marmalade rise menacingly from the glass – yep, smells peel-the-paint-off-your-walls hoppy. Heavy Amarillo aromas are complimented with a layered malt tone: a sweet graham cracker quality on top of a bed of straw and grass.

T: Much sweeter than the nose implied, the palate lifts off with a sweet caramel syrupiness – subtle notes of candi syrup, cherry soda, and burnt biscuit are the only distractions from that resinous, filling flavor. Hops are a tad medicinal, bursting onto the profile with a nearly tannic pine flavor and a bitter fruitiness of lime and grapefruit; they stretch the palate to its limits, pushing to a flavor range that’s almost too much. Dry, sappy aftertaste of piney hops.

M: Little-to-no carbonation means a slower drink and a more malt-centric palate. Though it’s a moderately heavy beer, the bitterness of the palate creates a nice semi-dry balance.

O: A fine hoppy ale, even if it does suffer from too much of a good thing (hop overload AKA a dose of astringency). The big sweetness isn’t my thing – making it good but not great in my mind – but it pays off in this beer for balance’s sake. Finding a fresher bottle might be nice, but it won’t be a priority any time soon.

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Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 3,130 ratings.