Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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United Kingdom (England)
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Coming in a short 355ml brown bottle, no freshness info. is provided on the beer label; served mildly chilled in a short-stemmed goblet. The beer label states this is a “Red India Pale Ale” and “Amarillo Dry Hopped”. Tasted alongside Brewdog 10 Heads High (BD), another take on the "Red India Pale Ale" style.
Appearance: lightly translucent, bright copper in colour, coming with a thick light-beige froth settling to a thin sheet to last, leaving tight layers of rim along the way; the carbonation comes rather light, ejecting large bubbles sporadically.
Smell: barley-candy-ish malty and sour-sweet jammy fruity at the same time, suggesting prune jam, figs, caramel malts, smelling very much in my experience like a barleywine, due to the intensity and density of amber, caramel and/or crystal malts; a good swirl would bring up notes of lychees, perfumy esters, fresh oily resinous flowers, and aromatic pine. Rich, aromatic, resinous, interestingly structured, providing different enjoyment of malt complexity and resinous hops on two layers, “sniff by sniff”, “swirl by swirl”.
Taste: semi-sweet foretaste, showing lots of sweetened black tea, lychee skins, grapefruit peels, fat prunes, etc., quite thin-structured sweet AND dry-ish as of caramel-glazed liquorice plus roast malts, leaving a nice herbal-sweet aftertaste with more liquorice, prunes, bitter grapefruit and lychee-shell like aroma to linger at the back of the palate. Overall, it is well-balanced, mildly sweeter at first, but the moderate level of tannic, yeasty bitterness outweighs the other elements to render a deliciously resinous, lingeringly bitter and satisfyingly chewy finish.
Mouthfeel & Overall: medium-bodied, very attenuated on the carbonation yet not overly flat, this “Red India Pale Ale” tastes like a numbed-down version of a barleywine using predominant American piney hops and of course dry-hopped to add more depth of bitterness and resins to the overall flavour profile. Overall, it is far more estery than BD and the palate hints at a possible close-to-expiry-date freshness for this bottle, but still I find it an extremely enjoyable experience with this beer style with an ironic name, Red India Pale Ale…
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2013 21:17:11 | More by wl0307
4.44/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed this bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.
A: Pours a cloudy amber hue with a thick white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a decent trail.
S: Super hoppy aroma with a caramel with some mild citrus scents.
T: Bitter hoppy brew with caramel background. Finishes on the bitter side of dry.
M: Medium body and medium carbonation.
O: Great brew – nice and hoppy with a caramel twist.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2013 02:02:51 | More by ckollias
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,676 ratings.