Green Flash Brewing Co. “Hop Head Red Ale” Review (#026)

Hop Head Red Ale
Green Flash Brewing Co.
Vista, CA

From The Brewery:

Resinous hop character and bitterness balance the rich carmel malt base. We took it a step further and Amarillo dry-hopped the brew to 45 ibu’s, creating refreshing and savory hop flavors and aromas. Is it red IPA? That’s your call.

ABV: 6%
IBU’s: 45


Appearance: I poured this delicious, heavy ale into a chalice, filling it with chunky white huge head. It looked dense and dark; blood ruby color was amazing.

Smell: Huge spicy Amarillo hops; earthy and rich. Hops were big, and malts were there with mellowing support.

Taste: Big spice and flowers from hops, with the caramel malts sitting nicely. I very different taste to a hoppy beer, as many use cascade to add a floral character. This one is pungent, with the slightest mineral metallic taste that comes with the acidity. The flavor developed and I warmed up more to this beer as it did.

Mouthfeel: Bold and big; not drying bitter, more of a spice dry.

Drinkability: Low; a huge palate busting beer. Takes a toll on how much you can consume.

Notes: A unique beer that grew on me more as it warmed. The last 1/3 of the beer was amazing.

First Time Trying This Beer: Yes


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