Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Green Flash's Hop Head Red is not at all what I want when I crack open an IPA... but it tastes so damn good, and is so completely unique, that it's become one of my favorite brews. The aroma hints at the hops, and the hops are there in the flavor, but in an understated way. What really dominates the flavor is a rich malt complexity that is somewhat sweet but never gets old. There are notes I associate with autumn, such as candied sweet potatoes and nuts, candied fruit, hearty breads, cinnamon and nutmeg. I've drank enough Hop Head Red to get used to it over time, but I've never been disappointed.