Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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1.83/5 rDev -53.8%
A: A cool, nice red-orange glow when held up to light. There is a strong head on this beer, and with a light swirl, it comes right back again.
S: To preface this, I am an IPA fan. That being said, all I smell is the bitter aspect of the hops. There are no citrus or floral notes. All you get is grassy hops to be frank.
T: The smell caries over from nose to mouth. There is very little citrus or floral tones typical to IPAs, and next to no evidence of any amber or red qualities to this ale. You just get a major oily, hoppy, grassy flavor on your tongue.
M: Not much to be said here. It is pretty unremarkable. Not good, not bad. It somewhat lingers on your tongue.
O: As the title suggests, hop heads may enjoy this beer, as that is all there is. Only the bitter hop taste with nothing other than its looks to be its saving grace (kinda like Katy Perry). A good beer is a balanced beer. This one is just a bit top heavy.
12-15-2011 21:58:43 | More by JuliusWolf
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
Thanks to CaptCleveland for dropping this 12 oz. bottle into a recent trade, a beer that once inhabited my wants list but dropped off at some point.
Poured into a pint glass, this puppy is extremely dark red, almost opaque. Though the cap barely burped upon removal, carbonation is rampant. Smells very nice, that lovely union of hops & malts that so few reds achieve. Piney & hoppy, but with an underlying sweet malt base that complements rather than overwhelms.
Hop Head Red really paints that fine line nicely. Homemade biscuit maltiness, crackling, married to a slash of hoppy bitterness that swerves into piney. Gives way to sweetness & more flour-based products. Simple but effective, this is a slugger. 7% is not a phone number one should be giving out to such a wisp of a beer. One could get hurt by this beer.
This is an excellent beer & one damn solid red that avoids the dreaded Malt Coma. This uses the malt & the hops to weaves a lovely dance, sans pole, that I could watch for hours. Brewers dream of creating a one-celled organism that tastes this good. Only my third Green Flash beer, & they're 3 for 3.
12-08-2011 03:21:36 | More by maximum12
3.4/5 rDev -14.1%
Purchased at Bird of Paradise, $9 for a 4-pack. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
a- Lovely, clear, medium amber-red with a 2-finger, dense, rocky off-white head with great retention. Leaves a few clumps of lacing.
s - Citrus, herbal, and grassy hops, with a hint of caramel. Smell isn't terribly strong.
t - Hop character is pretty subdued. I'm getting caramel and toasted malt, with (again) citrus, herbal, and grassy hops. More booze evident than I'd expect for 7%. Finish is more-or-less respectable, hop dominated but not terribly bitter, and has a bit of staying power. Overall, I'd call this more of a red than an IPA.
m - Light-to-medium body, adequate carbonation. Pretty much as expected.
d - Very high, but mostly due to being pretty wimpy for something with "hop head" in the name.
Certainly not a bad beer, but it suffers from a bit of excess booziness, fails to live up to its name, and is overpriced.
12-06-2011 00:54:29 | More by ncfrey
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,749 ratings.