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

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Green Flash Hop Head Red AleGreen Flash Hop Head Red Ale

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very good

3,261 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,261
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 135
Gots: 440 | 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: 3,261 | Reviews: 967
Reviews by fostwal:
Photo of fostwal
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A dark, rich, and hazy brown.
Smell - Pleasingly light. Definitely hoppy. Just not overpowering.
Taste - Surprisingly balanced. You would think from the name that it would be loaded with overpowering hops. But it isn't. A good balance of hops and malt while the beer is in your mouth. Then there's a strong hop bitter flavor that comes out in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, but not overcarbonated.
Drinkability - Very refreshing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Polecat41
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know why this ale isn't rated higher. It is OUTSTANDING in all categories. I know what I'm talking about because I've been a home brewer since my high school & college days and have gotten numerous compliments on my brews. I had Green Flash for the first time tonight at Ditkas's (Big Mike) Restaurant in Oak Brook, Il, along with their finest 3/4 pound angus beef burger (the best in the midwest) with delicious hand cut fries. Believe me, the Green Flash ale will put all other ales to rest. It's strong, tasty without much hop bitterness & goes down smooth. And it's brewed in sunny San Diego. Try it, you'll love it!

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 oberon
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always look forward to a good hoppy amber/red ale and Green Flash is the shiznit so I really was happy to pick up a few of these bottles yesterday here in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear deep bronze borderline amber color with a thick fluffy two finger slight off white head that never totally settled,deep chocolate notes in the nose with a some herbal hop but the malt to me is stronger than the hop presence.I love the Amarillo hop and this was dry hopped with it but in all honesty it doesnt play a huge impact flavor wise at least in my mind,its deeply chocolaty with a leafy herbal hop presence finish dry and prety earthy.Its a decent brew but maybe a bit underwhelming.

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one thanks to Johnny Ramirez. Pours a deep amber with hints of red here and there. Light-tan colored head; very volatile beer on the pour, producing a big, thick, fluffy head that has pretty nice staying power. Initial smell is almost a bit reminiscent of a barleywine; sweet licorice, fruit, plums, figs, apples, nice doses of pines everywhere in between.

Taste is hoppy and bitter around the edges with a sharp, intense moment of abrupt sweetness in the form of those dark fruits mentioned earlier. The alcohol is noticeable in this one, blending with the fruity sweetness to give it that almost-barleywine type of taste to it. Heavy malt on the end of the brew; tastes like caramel malts were used. Very sweet for the most part, with the bitterness coming in at first, but slowly giving way to the malts and the fruits. As the beer warms up, some more noticeable fruits come out; oranges, citrus, grapefruit rinds. Aftertaste is full of bread and caramel malt. Medium body, above-average carbonation.

Interesting beer, and it would be hard to pinpoint this one with an exact "style". I enjoyed the blend of fruitiness but it may have benefited from just a little more bitterness all-around, to help offset some of the intense sweetness spikes that come through. Thanks again to Johnny for this one.

Photo of sgoodship
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Green Flash review. I enjoyed a West Coast on-tap some time ago. I didn't review because I'd have a few beers before it. I'm excited about this one because I love red or rye beers with heavy hops.

The smell is an amazingly dry, resiny, grassy, piney and slightly citrusy hop extravaganza. Reminds me of Cane and Ebel but a little heavier handed - in a good way. There are some similarities in Summit and Amarillo hops, so maybe it's not surprising. I like a beer that's not afraid to share what it has in store for you through the aroma. Dry hopping at work!

The color is a handsome, hazy, dark red brown. The head is yellowy cream and popped up an easy one finger. It had soft creamy foam and big bubbles that started leaving big topographical lacing instantaneously. I didn't pour aggressively enough, so the head dissipate a bit but it seemed like it had pretty decent head retention.

Wow. Dry up front, then dives right into the hop (all like the nose) and then rounds off with caramel malt - along with a wholesome, nutty, oaky flavor. I think there is a spot of tarty citrus trying to come through but what the heck, who's counting when you get hops delivered at full throttle like this. The finish is as dry as hell with that pine bite digging in to the back of your palate. It's one of those beers that quenches your thirst and makes you thirsty - a continual loop.

The mouth is the full side of medium. There's medium carbonation but it's tame compared to the hops. This brew ravages the mouth - just the way I like it.

I really enjoyed this beer. The combination of IPA level Amarillo with rich, malty, dark ale is awesome. Makes me want more and makes we want to check out more Green Flash brews!

Photo of steelerguy
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber, ruby tones. Low carbonation, but from a growler, think it would normally be higher. Nice head that faded rapidly to a covering...again probably do to low carbonation of keg it came from.

S - Pine and citrus from the hops, a bit of caramel malt, but overall subdued.

T - What the beer lacks in aroma it makes up for in taste. Huge malt backbone, lots of caramel malts along with some roasted notes. Hopes are up front and balance the malts nicely, lots of pine and citrus.

M - Right about what you would expect from an American Amber.

O - Very solid beer, that is on the verge of great. A bit more aroma and carbonation (probably not Green Flashes fault) and this would be exceptional...still very, very good.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass the beer was a red/brown color with a medium-sized tan head.
It had a sweet malt and floral aroma, a little muted.
Sweet malt, grapefruit, and pine aroma. Again, not real strong.
Hoppy mouthfeel.
A red IPA, as the label succintly suggested.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A pretty red/brown with a cream colored head.

S- Great smell of piney hops possibly amarillo.

T- Nice hop bitterness from beginning to end, with a light refreshing malty sweetness somewhere in the middle. The aftertaste is all bitter from the hops.

M- A lot of sudsy carbonation, with a crisp finish.

D- The fact that the hoppiness sits on your tongue prevents you from knocking back a few, but one or two would not be a problem at all.

Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat muddy amber with a fair amount of sediment suspended near the bottom of the glass. Dense two finger light brown head has decent retention and leaves some lacing behind.

Smell starts with a big punch of grapefruit rind. Also a nice amount of florals. Small amount of caramel malt.

Similar to smell, initial taste is a nice burst of bitter grapefruit with a touch of resiny pine hops. Slightly sweet malts are more prominent in the taste than the smell. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly sticky.

I like hoppy ambers much more than more traditional ambers. This one is pretty good, but a notch below the best.

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +0.8%

12oz bottle. Pours dark tawny with a glorious creamy foam head that's seemingly everlasting with it's sticky lacing. Fruity, resiny, piney, malty nose. Creamy and viscous. Big hop bite of citrus rind, with herbal flavors, and a dry grassy bitterness. A bit astringent, but not overwhelming. Malty, caramel, overripe orange, a bit jammy, with a biscuity malt finish that lingers with resiny, pine, and herbal flavors that are locked into an oiliness on the palate. A bit of booziness on the breath, and especially as the beer warms.

Quite the hop bomb and kick to the palate.

Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a light reddish brown with a medium sized frothy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts and resinous piney hops with a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts, nuts and some sugary fruit quickly followed by a big bitter resinous grassy hop finish that lingers in the charry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a one dimensional brew for the hop lovers. I prefer a little more balance and the brighter hops.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper body is topped by a medium beige head. Lots of sticky patch lace on the glass.

Aroma is quite hoppy. Lots of pine and grapefruit in the nose. A hint of roasted caramel.

Medium body with moderate carbonation and a bit of hop oil.

Taste has an assertive hop bitterness that is mostly grapefruit but with a dash of pine. Hop profile takes this one into IPA territory. Caramel malt backbone is subtle but adds a bit of balance.

One of the hoppier red ales around. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, no freshness info to be had. Pours typical darker amber, medium tan head and spotty lace. Nice whiff of fruity hops in the nose. Not usually a big fan of Amber/red ale (sort of boring compared to the DIPAs I crave) But this one obviously kicks up the hops and doesn't disappoint. Dry hopping adds the desirable hop fruitiness and bitterness. Notes of pineapple hops, darker malts and overall beery goodness, fine high class and tasty brew from SD's GF

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%

12 0z bottle & on tap at the Yardhouse.Let me Explain.I had this beer at the Yardhouse about 3 weeks ago and I liked it so much I wanted to wait and drink it again before I wrote a review.Well I got to say that this is a great Hoppy red ale.At 8.1ABV it will get the job gone in more ways than one.Very Hoppy beer with a hint of flowers and citrus. I was listening to some Pink Floyd and drinking this and I`ve got to say this is a very good Red ale.Not quite as good as a Lagunitas Imperial red ale but still very good.Go buy you a 4 pack and you will see what i mean.Hoppy beers rock,Motley.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a decent-sized tan head. The aroma is very heavy on the pine and grapefruit hops. I also get some malt mixed in, mainly bread with a little bit of toffee. The flavor is a mix of bread and biscuit malt with some pine from the hops. There is also some grapefruit and other tropical fruit mixed in. There is a medium amount of bitterness. The beer is very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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 SkinnyElvis
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Matt from the Beer Yard in Wayne. Cheers & screw the kids' college funds!

Pours dark amber with a thin head. Nice lacing. Big hop smell which is borderline IPA. Taste is very hoppy but has the amber ale flavor as well. Mouthfeel is smooth & it has a good bite to it. Cheers to a fine brew from Green Flash.

Photo of bsp77
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Hazy, burnt amber with very persistent light tan head.

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit and grapefruit.

Taste: Caramel and ripe, borderline tart, fruits upfront. The hops are aggressive with pine, spice and grapefruit. Bitter and slightly tart finish.

Feel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, fairy dry finish.

Overall: Nice take on a hoppy red that kinda reminds me of a cross between a Lagunitas Strong Ale (any of them really) and Deschutes Jubelale. And that is a-okay with me.

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear red with a massive off-white head. Grass, pine, and grapefruit all over the nose. More bittersweet than expected. Lots of resin and grapefruit with a strong bitterness from the Amarillos. Expected biscuit maltiness that did not overwhelm. I was happy with this selection.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured in a 12oz tumbler.

Pours a dark gold/brown with a nice small light brown head. There's a ton of sediment in here so be warned (I usually pour aggressively on hoppy beers so I get a nice fluffy head), I got a ton of floaties in this, and I'm not a fan of that. has very nice lacing.

Taste is very bitter and and hoppy. Some citrus, grapefruit. This really seems like a dark IPA. Awesome beer, I'd seek this out on tap.

Photo of Kraken
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been waiting to try this brew for some time.

Poured from 12oz bottle into 20oz Harp Glass. Color is a wonderfully deep mahogany. Almost a ruby red when held up to light. Manly pour results in a 3 finger fluffy head, that slowly reseeds leaving moderate to light lacing. Smell is absolutely a hop heads dream. Massive citrus floral bouquet. Rich is probably the best way to describe this beverage. Malt backed coppery ale, with massive amounts of hops. Very well balanced, nice dry finish. This is a very nice beer!

Photo of jondeelee
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Head Red Ale begins with a nose that lives up to the title, full of citrusy hoppy goodness, and bursting with sparkling grapefruits, touches of pine, lemon zest, and a tinge of rosewater. Lively malts and sugars float just beneath, adding toasted grain and brown sugar aromas.

On the tongue, the beer also lives up to its name, beginning with an onslaught of hops that tingle the tongue and tantalize the tastebuds with grapefruit peel, pine, lemon, and fresh-cut grass. Biscuit-like malts add texture, and bring some sugary relief from the bitter hops by way of orange and brown sugar notes. But the hops are what stand out the most, and while they only clock in at 45 IBUs, the Amarillo variety used in the making brings good flavor and resinous balance, all of which dominates not only the main mouthful, but the aftertaste, which lingers for a very long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding to the buzzing mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a good hoppy beer, though I do find that several quick mouthfuls in a row produces a pine tar sensation at the back of the tongue that can be distracting. Sip slowly, then, and enjoy.

Photo of pat61
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is a beauty to look at pouring a brilliant mahogany red under a 2” finely bubbled cream colored foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Resiny, floral, herbal, minty hop garden on the nose with traces of dank.
T: The hops are big, bold and righteous with the big malt and alcohols just barely hanging on. It all culminates in a snappy citrus rind finish.
F: Very creamy medium full body with medium to medium low carbonation.
O: Outrageously good.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle at about cellar temp poured into pint glass. pours a bronze, amber, maghony color with some light sediment visable. off white sorta biege colored head. godd retention, good lacing.

i could smell the hops as soon as i started pouring. citrus and piney hops with some caramel maltiness.

citrus and piney hops with a wonderful balance from the caramel like malts. finishs with a pretty substantial bitterness. nice example of the style, very well balanced.

medium body, good amount of carbonation, very smooth drinking. a little bit of oiliness from the hops, very nice. very easily an all night sessionable beer.

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