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Old 04-22-2010, 11:16 PM   #1
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Bob was reading on Beeradvocate, and thought the Green Flash Hop Head Red sounded like the perfect beer. On Green Flash's website it says:

Hop Head Red Ale
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.



"Resinous" hop character makes me think of chinook, so I would assume that's the bittering hop, or at least a good one to use. Amarillo would be the flavor and aroma. The website says 6% ABV and 45 IBUs.

I've never had this beer, does the "rich caramel malt" taste seem like a sweeter beer, or is it a raisiny caramel malt taste, like with crystal 120? I was thinking if it's a red ale, it must be a darker crystal.

For malt, I was wondering about using 7-8 pounds of two-row and adding some Munich malt for malt flavor and sweetness. Lots of crystal 120- maybe as much as a pound. I think I'd go with an OG of 1.058 or so, and use a clean American ale yeast.

Has anybody whoever tasted this beer got any input? It's hard to come up with a recipe trying to recreate a beer you've never had! Thanks!

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Something I've noticed from BYO recipes submitted by breweries is that most of them have ~ 1.5lbs. of crystal in them. Seems that commercial breweries are using a much higher % of crystal than homebrewers.

Does that beer sound similar to Red Seal ale to anyone but me?

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Hop Head Red is my go to pub beer at the moment.

To my taste buds, it seems more raisiny in character than malty sweet and has a very deep red color. I agree with choice of higher amounts of crystal 120L. The website description doesn't emphasize how aggressively dry-hopped this brew is. The amarillo aroma practically punches you in the face.

Thanks for tackling an interpretation of this brew yoop, I've been looking around for a clone for a few weeks now. Looking forward to hearing the results!

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Hmmmm- lots of amarillo dryhopping, then. Ok, here's what I got so far:

7 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 65.22 %
3 lbs Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 26.09 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 8.70 %
0.75 oz Chinook [13.00 %] (60 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 36.9 IBU
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0.50 oz Amarillo [9.50 %] (10 min) Hops 5.3 IBU
0.50 oz Amarillo [9.50 %] (5 min) Hops 2.9 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo [9.50 %] (1 min) Hops 1.3 IBU

2.00 or 3.00 oz Amarillo [9.50 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops

I use 1.5 pounds of crystal 120L in my Arrogant Bastard clone, and I like the dark raisiny character, so I think almost 9% in this brew would be ok if it's not a malty sweetness that's in there.

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Looks great! I'm making this recipe the next on the to-brew list and see how the Yooper Hop Head compares to the commercial variety.

Thanks for the inspiration and recipe.

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I'm going to make this next week, but I have never had the original so I don't think it'll be any sort of clone at all! I love amarillo hops, though, so why not give it a try?!? I'll also report back when it's done.

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Yooper,
if my local store has it In stock [i got one there like 9 months ago], I can send you one Monday.
Not sure it will get there before your brew day tho.

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Green flash is very nice to homebrewers. I bet if you email them, they'll help out a lot. probably won't give you every detail, but I think they'd give you the grain bill, and maybe hop varieties.

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if my local store has it In stock [i got one there like 9 months ago], I can send you one Monday.
Not sure it will get there before your brew day tho.

Wendy
I just saw your post! I'm sending you a PM! Thanks.
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Brewed up this recipe on saturday and it's currently fermenting away. I'll post pics and my hop schedule when I have the final product!

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