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Green Flash's Hop Head Red Becomes The Red IPA
Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 17 4 8 2010
12 oz bottle thanks to the great IBUnit. Figured I would jump into some Red Ales this evening and this was where I wanted to start. Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a really nice amber with mostly red hues. When held to the light there is a beautiful ruby red color on dispay. Served up a good two fingers of bright, off white head (is that possible or stupid?). The head had decent retention but dwindled easily. The good thing is that the ring that lasted had some pretty decent lacing.

S: Smell is pretty simple. Lots of hops, piney and citrus goodness. There is also some biscuity and caramel malt coming across. Pretty basic but pretty damned pleasant as well.

T: Taste follows the nose as well. The hops hit hard onthe first sip but the malt seems to come out a bit more as you go. Piney hops seem to be most prevelant, but there is also come heavy orange citrus presence as well. The malt is super sweet and really cuts the bitterness. Nice caramel, brown sugar and sweet bread. Just wonderful.

M: This one is a nice medium bodied brew that has a really nice, high carbonation that makes this one go down really friggin easy. Crisp and refreshing. A bit of malt sweetness remains in the aftertaste. Very nice brew.

D: This one is quite enjoyable. Nice flavors and aromas that are simple but very enjoyable. This is a highly sessionable brew that I am glad I have another bottle of. This is an easy drink that has some great flavor, but doesn't kill the palate.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-10-2008 05:43:48

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 02/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 15 4 8 2010
12oz Stubby

Russpowell sent me this hoppy red in a recent trade, thanks again Wolf! Hop Head Red pours mildly hazy amber with ruby highlights when backlit. A stream or two of carbonation curl slowly to the surface. A standard pour produced two fingers of ecru head that became meringue-like as it sat and left sticky drink lines all over the place.

Big sweet caramel is the first thing to jump out of the glass but is quickly rivaled by resinous hop goodness. The resin qualities of the hops seem to pull out ahead as this beer warms slightly. There's some lightly toasted breadiness in the far back and tea leaf like hoppiness floating through here and there.

The caramel seems to stand out in the flavor first and foremost but the resinous hops quickly catch up. Caramel comes big upfront but fades as the resin drops mid palate and leads through the finish. The tea leaf like hoppiness shows up occasionally, which leads me to believe this beer has been sitting for a little bit. This is a good red with a respectable hop presence.

Hop Head red is medium bodied with a surprising silkiness that I thoroughly enjoy. The carbonation is soft while the hops end up leaving some chaos in their wake with a growing bitterness.

This would be a highly sessionable red for me if available in my area. One bottle of this hoppy red in a sitting isn't enough.

I always enjoy a hoppy red and this didn't disappoint. I may have to try and get my hands on a few more of these soon. Thanks for the bottle Russ!

Reviewed: 10/6/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 02/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 16 4 7 2010
Pours a ruby red color with great clarity. A rock solid off white head and great retention and lacing through the full tasting.

The nose is very hoppy, along the lines of a west coast ipa. Strong Amarillo and centennial hop notes that leave a noticeable citrus and a ruby red grapefruit nose. Really hides everything else. Some malt notes with a hint of crystal. Mostly husky though. Hints of onions and herbal notes are a bit distracting. Very clean with the yeast though.

The taste is similar. The hops are one sided with a strong finishing hop taste. Strong centennial and Amarillo notes. No real bitterness to speak of but isn't overly sweet so it's ok. Some malty notes but some minor astringency as well that I think is coming from the malt. As it warms the grapefruit notes really come out. Some minor vegi notes but not as noticeable versus the nose.

The body is moderate to dry. Carbonation is light (could have used against the hops). Overall this is a hop bomb red. Not really to style per say but more of a red ipa. Great hop notes that a hop head would smile but I personally would like to see a bit more malt and bitterness to balance the finishing hops. Still tasty though.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 09/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
Mega murky, unfiltered haze of burnt orange. Foamy medium capping of yellowed whiteness sits well before getting to a thick skim. Lots of fienly etched lacing of thick cob webbings and some spots.

Could smell this one once the cap popped, nice caramel dryness mixing with a hoppy dryness that lends hints to peach, cedar, orange, and citric pithyness.

Solid taster with, again, lots of fantasticly woven and delicate dryness of caramel and pale malt, perhaps a touch of biscuityness is underscored with a bit of that crackery snap. Mellowing cedar and other wood-like dryness escapes well on to the palate with ease as nice little notes to citric floral pithyness(orange, white grapefruit, peach) settle over the top with floating bitterness.

Medium body, smooth, very well balanced, dry with woody hints and citric nudges. Bitterness is way in control as dried caramel and very slight cardboard hints sooth into a tiny grip of grit.

Wow, a very well balanced treat of an Amber and quite drinkable by a few or more.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 09/06/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
Big thanks to Westsidethreat for sending me a couple bottles of this.

A - Pour produces a generous two inch head of very light brown foam. Looks sturdy yet pillowy from the top, but soapy from the sides. Recedes leaving that sturdy top and lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Body is a nice deep red/amber color with a very slight haze to it.

S - Lots of toasty malts. Bit of caramel. Pine sap, citrusy bitterness. Smells darn good.

T - Hops don't even take a second, they jump right in. Hoppy and bitter at the same time with piney bitterness taking over. Light herbal tea flavor, very West Coastish. As bitterness continues, there is a nice toasty caramel flavor backing it up. Finish is surprisingly light considering the bitterness here.

M - Medium bodied with full carbonation.

Overall - Very nice brew, especially for an Amber. Made with the hop head in mind, as the name would suggest. Recommended.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 05/19/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
Picked up a six pack of this today from South Bay Drugs and Liquor. I’ve tried this one on tap before and I’m really happy to see it in bottles now.

Hop Head pours a brownish, ruby, color with a nice two fingers thick of tan colored foam. Good retention, it takes a few moments for the head to die down.

The aroma is full of toasted malts, pine, grapefruit, and smoke. There are hints of caramel and smoked malts (very little).

Hoppy with lots of pine up front, and a toasted and caramel malt profile in the finish. There are some bitter herbal, or tea-like, flavors as the beer warms up.

Mouth-feel is good, easy to drink but that herbal bitterness would prevent this one from being a session beer for me.

Served In: Pint Glass

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