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Saturday, February 27, 2010

A taste of… Green Flash Hop Head Red

Green Flash Brewing Co.
1430 Vantage Ct
Vista, CA 92081
Phone: (760) 597-9012
FAX: (760) 597-9013

Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Green Flash Hop Head was purchased for $1.88(USD) at Key Food in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY. There is a note stamped on the label: “Please drink by the end of the month notched…” in this case it is February 2010

The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of as creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: There appears to be a bit of a chill haze to this dark brown bronze with a touch of red brew. The carbonation is elusive to spot but it is sufficient to build a sturdy head of large and medium sized mocha-tan sparkling bubbles.

Aroma: The first impression is of roasted grains. The second nosing revealed a nutty under-aroma with a touch of brown sugar. The final nose-dive found some grassy aromas that I could only assume came from the hops.

Mouth feel: The particular hop mixture boosts the mouth-feel of this brew.

Flavor: The first sip, after the cool refreshing signature of beer, carried a peculiar tang that built to a crest but not a crescendo of almost metallic flavor spike. The second sip revealed nuances on the first flavor accents. The third swig found a sweet brown sugar flavor that slid into a burnt sugar flavor that sailed off with the hop tang.

Finish: This is a long lasting good bye but not as bitter as expected.

Comments: The control of the tart, tang and metallic touch of the chosen hops is well done and effective in not making too much of a good thing. I would like to spend some time exploring the flavors of this brew, enjoying a feast of memories of hearty meals past.

The Brewery: http://www.greenflashbrew.com/

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2743/35732

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/green-flash-hop-head-red/71321/

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