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Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,190 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,190
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 124
Gots: 382 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sleazo on 03-06-2007

In 2011 the recipe was altered to bump the IBU’s from 55 to 70; ABV also increased from 6.4% to 7.0%. In 2014 the ABV increased to 8.1%.

A luscious beauty, Hop Head Red® exudes resinous hoppy qualities from Amarillo, Warrior and Nugget to overtake the full-bodied depths of a caramel malt base. Captivating and seductive floral aromas and alluring hop flavors are the result of dry hopping with mountains of Amarillo. The blissful union of Double India Pale and Red Ale make Hop Head Red an unforgettable obsession. Experience love at first sip. Every time.
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Ratings: 3,190 | Reviews: 955
Photo of JPowell712
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice dark golden brown color with a reddish hue. You couldn't see much light through the glass but you did see a lot of hop residue floating around. The smell is of hops and sweet caramel malts. You can really pick up the sweetness off of the aroma. The taste was very aggressive and hop forward as you would expect from a double IPA. The sweetness did play a nice role in this beer. It played well with the bitterness of the hops and made it finish smooth. This is a good beer!

Photo of penguin66
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm not a hophead, but this is an awesome brew. It's a beautiful balance between malt and hops. Dare I call this a gateway to becoming a hop head?

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer!! Smiooth great blend of Amber and ipa. Beautiful marriage that makes people weep

Photo of Kyseber
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber transparent. Light carbonation. Smells a bit astringent with malty tones. Taste is an even throughout subtle malt with slight biscuity aftertaste. Taste gets slightly more malty with warming temps. Definite caramel finishing yet still more biscuity in my batch. Enjoyable beer.

Photo of tlema1
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty background with a nice hop presence

Photo of dorianmarley
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is very nice. Musty red with a thick tan head that lasts and lasts.

Nose is spicy chicory, woodsy hops, and sweet milky malt.

Taste is simple and bold, with a strong wood flavor. The malt is subtle, which is surprising and nice. The hops provide a light burn at the end.

Mouthfeel is very full, soft, with a nice oil slickness. Carbonation is medium-mild and perfectly balanced. Beer doesn't feel much better than this.

Overall, this is a very well thought-out and well-made beer.

Photo of weaselface89
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

great red ipa. I haven't had all that many but this is my favorite in the red ipa style beers that I have had.

Photo of Thatoneguyssidekick
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Redest red I've had.

Pours pure red, almost no head, but leaves legs on glass. Strong aroma with great taste to follow. Flavor lasts but doesn't linger. Leaves you wanting to not wait and taste again. Once u taste again you get hit with a Carmel taste since you are ready for it.

-RED-

Photo of founddrama
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a red than an IPA, but definitely palatable. Just the right amount of bitter, and just a hint of something floral.

Photo of RBrenchak
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I just love beers from Green Flash! Deep orange-brown in color. Bitter, but no lingering aftertaste. If you're looking for a bold flavor, this one's for you

Photo of mtomlins
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am generally not a big Red Ale fan (too one note), but this one breaks the mold for me the same way DFH Indian Brown does for brown ales. Hop Head Red is still a red, nice amber rust color and sweet caramel malts on the nose and palate, but there is a great (and subtle) hop profile to add balance and complexity. Really nice.

Photo of fulcrumbs
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this one. Green Flash is doing some great things... looking forward at continuing to try their stuff. Definitely would re-buy in this world of 1,000,000 beers if I am feeling red.

Photo of cambabeer
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle better describes the style (double red ipa) than does the one listed on here (amber). Yes amber in color, but this brew is a serious ipa. Nice malted base flavors and good hops.

Photo of Afullmer0317
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deeply hoppy, complexed by the lightly carameled barley. I've had beer with a higher abu's not taste as hoppy as this beaut. Hoops are not incredibly citric or piney. It's a perfect balance in the bitterness profile.

Photo of moundbz
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Kinda brown looking, smells great, smooth bitter then super bitter aftertaste.

Photo of wasso67
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely orange red with a good off white head. Big hop nose. Lots of floral notes with a faint fir note as well. Big hop bitterness from the very beginning. Lives up to every one of the 70 IBU's. A hint of caramel from the malt but not a lot. Finishes bitter and I agree with a previous reviewer's comment of an "iron-like" finish.

Photo of DuffDaddy
1/5  rDev -74.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-not as red as i hoped but red kissed brown
-more ipa smell than red ale
- taste good but has a hoppy bit to it
- too carbonated in my opinion
-overall good but not anything special stands out

Photo of Dynobolt
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Starts off very well.. Great taste. But at the end it turns to an ironish type aftertaste..

Photo of MikeyGCAP
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing ale on tap.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark red, with a big creamy head.
S- Oh, bold.hops including the warrior hop that reminds me of their great Road Warrior.
T- Oh yeah. Much like the road warrior,but more malty goodness you get in a red. Carmel also brings all together.
F- Bold hops with the smoothness benefiting from the malt.
O- Green Flash continues to amaze me. They are becoming one of my top companies. I likey!!!

Photo of Safa1
4.84/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I Liked this beer a lot. The more I drink Green Flash the more I like their Beers. I could go on about mouthfeel or whatever but I tell you what. 10 bucks. 4 beers. Good luck finishing all 4. 3 and I was satisfied. Not many beers can do that. I love satisfaction and this beer delivers.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a snifter. There's no Best By date where the Best By date lettering is, which is annoying.

Great looking beer with a frothy, persistent oatmeal-colored head, and heavy lacing. Hazy dark amber body.

Potent nose offers dank, resinous and mildy sweet citrusy hops combined with a heavy dose of sweet caramel.

Very sweet and caramel-heavy at first, but successive sips bring out more of the hop profile. Floral and grassy mostly, the hops don't hold the same bright sweet citrusy flavors that the nose suggested.

For all the heavy sweetness this beer has to offer, it's also highly bitter. While the beer starts off with a thick mouthfeel, creaminess and a sprinkling of carbonation mid-palate, it exits with a long, dry bitterness.

Big on malt flavors and big on bitterness, this beer packs a lot of punch. It seems a bit overdone and it affects the drinkability, but there's still enough good flavor to enjoy this beer from time to time.

Photo of SurferEric
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the amber that taught me to appreciate the style.

Photo of MarkQ617
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Ramsi's. Color was a dark, deep reddish, brown. The taste was unique, plenty of hops and malt, great smokiness too. Very rich mouthfeel. Soft head. Really liked this one, good early spring beer.

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Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 3,190 ratings.