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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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955 Reviews

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Reviews: 955
Hads: 3,339
Avg: 4
pDev: 20.25%
Wants: 152
Gots: 497 | 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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Reviews: 955 | Hads: 3,339
Photo of Samlover55
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i feel bad reviewing this. my friend went to Green flash brewery in San diego and couldnt stop raving about this beer. A couple days later on Oct 26. 2015 i was in total wine and saw it so i grabbed it. when i was about to drink it i saw BB date March 9 2015. i decided to drink anyways and wasnt too bad so here goes
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass
L- deep opaque red with thick cream colored head
S- tons of hops, yeast, dark roast malts
T- malty base definitely yeasty and here come all the hops on the finish but well balanced not too hoppy
F- nice and crisp smooth
O- was good and drinkable didnt feel like a hop bomb even though 70 IBU and hid the 8.1% abv pretty well would like to try it fresh

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Photo of mr-jj
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass from 12 oz bottle.

Color is amber with a thick, fluffy off-white head that lingers for a while. Aroma is hop-forward, with some citrus and floral notes balanced by sweet biscuits. Flavor is similar - lots of floral hops balanced by biscuity malts. Body is medium with lots of carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel. Overall, a real good red ale for those of us who like hops.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: A fat, tan head floats above a slightly cloudy body whose color wavers between deep copper and light brown--dark for an IPA. No lacing is left on the glass, but the foam does leave a light film.

Smell: Hop forward, with resin as the star scent. Toasted caramel malt plays a strong supporting role, while a faint air of sweet citrus, e.g., mandarin oranges, shimmies in the background.

Taste: Not a beer for those unaccustomed to hops, although hop heads will be able to detect and appreciate the delicate, yet laudable hop/malt balance. The strong bitterness kicks in straight away, but sweet, complex malt in the finish reveals a softer side. The hops still dominate, however, showcasing flavors of resin, peppered herbs, and citrus rinds.

Mouthfeel: A creamy mouthfeel accentuates the toffee-like flavors, while medium-high carbonation adds a refreshing crispness. Alcohol warming is unmistakable, yet tame.

Overall: A wildly hoppy beer with the perfect amount of malt required to keep it from teetering over the edge. Despite its complexities, it remains smooth, clean, and crisp. While I could personally do with a bit more malt, this is a fine hop showcase for sure.

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Photo of stevoj
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange amber with thick, fluffy head. Aroma is perfect balance of malt and hops. Taste is smooth, with just some spicy bitterness on the tail end. Beauty of a beer, delicious!

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4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full disclosure, I'm a fan of green flash. What they do and how they do it. This bottle was over a month past its best by date, and was still very very good. Beautiful red hue, big hops on the nose. Malty sweetness offset by more beautiful hops. I will try to find fresher and re-rate but this beer is damn good.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle BB 09 Jan 16 at 42 degrees into shaker
Aroma of spice and citrus, weak but lasts
Head large (Five cm, aggressive pour), light tan, frothy, slowly diminishing to one cm frothy layer
Lacing fair – irregular partial curtains and arc of tiny to medium bubbles
Body dark amber, chill haze
Flavor - lightly bitter, not picking up any particular flavor; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.91/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep copper with a very wide tainted foam head. Smell is great, hoppy and malty, well balanced. Taste is very good, caramel notes, malts and hops are there, bitterness is not too strong. Great Red Ipa.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Dark amber/ruby body, very little visible carbonation. Excellent beige creamy head.
S- Caramel toasted malts with noticeable hops.
T- Very well balanced caramel toasted malts with floral hops. Leaves a lingering pine taste.
F- Medium, sligthly creamy.
O- Superb beer. Cant understand the hate against GF, all theur offerings have been very solid.

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Photo of car2052
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to tulip glass.

A:Clear auburn, with ruby hues. Ample amounts of tan head.
S: Pine, orange, grapefruit, peach, and a subtle smokiness
T: Nice pine and citrus at the front of the tongue, followed by roasted malts and a dry grapefruit rind aftertaste.
M: Medium. Sticks around a bit.
O: Very good. This is a favorite style of mine. I think it could be even stronger and would be great.

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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

L: Poured a clear mahogany-red color with 1-2 fingers of off-white head.

S: Sweet and hoppy. Citrus fruits and evergreen.

T/F: Caramel and toffee malts up front giving way to a big hop punch. Great profile with citrus and pine... nice astringency and a bit warming. Nice carbonation and a bit sticky on the mouthfeel.

O: A lovely brew from Green Flash.... and a hopped up Imperial Red with great flavor. Works great as a palate wrecker.

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/red, nice creamy head and sticky lace. Sweet malt aroma and lots of hops. For an amber ale, this one is very hop forward. The toasted malts come through well to balance it. Dry hoppy finish, also with a hint of spices and raw cacao. Smooth and drinkable. A solid brew.

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Photo of stormgasm7
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I was hesitant to try this at first because I've not had the best experiences with IPAs of any kind, however, this beer was absolutely magnificent. Surprisingly enough, it paired well with ceviche.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green Flash Hop Head Red.

If there is one brewery that has one me over recently it is these ladies and gentleman of good ole California. This was the one I went back for the next day after having three of their other brews. Let us hope the legacy lives on.

Look - Everything they promise they seem to deliver. This is oneeee red fucking beer haha. Poured deep, blot clot red with a one finger white head thag doesn't fully retain though stays relevant with a continent formation all around the top of the swill. Cannot get a good read on the carbonation. Lacing isn't there but it is still attractive. 4.

Smell - Holy fucking toffee candy bat man. This thing smells like a heath bar infused with maltiness and a dank hop background. That's all we got going on here folks. 4.

Taste - Yep the toffee aspect remains. Very toasty, and I mean VERYYYY toasty maltiness melds with the toffee flavoring. The hops aren't exactly all that present in this one. I get a bit of the sweet juicy bite but overall this is a sweet, heath bar esque malt bomb with a touch of flowery aspects. 4.

Feel - The body is quite large though not exactly heavy. Carbonation seems pretty high and it is slightly creamy. Not much else to say about the feel on this one. 4.

Overall - While it is probably my least favorite in the bunch I've tried from Green Flash, that isn't saying a whole lot. It is still a very solid beer and truly one of the most sessionable reds I have ever had. Almost too sessionable actually. Sometimes I wonder if I have a drinking problem..haha. I've had better in the style, at higher ABV's. Think of this as a Red half light. 4.

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Photo of SSS
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Definitely a human redhead in the sense of an orange amber color, you can see hop sediment floating around. Off-white head that lingers.
S-Big hit of caramel/crystal malt on the nose. Some hop aroma in the dank/pine spectrum
M-Medium body with medium carbonation
T-Nice mid-level bitterness. Malt forward with caramel/crystal dominating.
O-A nice ale, that composes a couple of dimensions nicely. Better than the average.

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Photo of rjd722
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love me some reds and some IPA so this was bound to be an instant favorite. Beautiful deep red color with a tan foam head and excellent lacing. And for the smell, let's go with "dank toffee", caramel notes as well. The bottle states "rich caramel malt base" and it absolutely was on point with regards to the taste. Mouthfeel is certainly bitter and the dry-hopped Amarillo is very nice.

Another great Green Flash offering!

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Photo of muldersha
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Kay's Bar in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood of Portland, OR

Sports a deep amber hue with a formidable creamy white head with superb retention.

Aromas were somewhat more muted than I would have hoped. Was expecting giant aromas of orange and pine, but got little more than a flutter.

Incredibly well balanced despite a hefty 8.1% ABV. Flavors of caramel malts were balanced with a a pleasant, but not overly bitter finish of hops.

And all-around great beer, just not something to write home to mom about.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy medium light red. Finger and a half of lightly tan head that sticks around. tiny amount of sediment. Slight lacing.

Smell: Amarillo is subtle but nice. Caramel malts.

Taste: Caramel has a little toast to it. Amarillo is a little resiney. Sweet on the front end progresses to roasty to fairly bitter on the finish. Well ballanced and very complex.

Feel: A little syrupy but finishes very dry. This thing does some interesting things in your mouth.

Overall: One of my favorite Reds. Bright, dry, sweet, bitter. This thing hits a bunch of different notes very quickly and very well. If you love reds this is one to grab.

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Photo of KellyScottMad
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer at first. After a while the overpowering hops got to me. I really like Green Flash brews and this one is a good one too, but I don't love it as much as I would like too. Great color, and aroma. The back of the throat as it is going down is good too. The after taste is a little too much.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a really good looking deep ruby like color with a a towering, dense off white head. The aroma has some citrusy, and fruitiness to it plus some some malt and booziness to it. The taste reflects this aswell but there is a little bit of an off putting taste in it, almost could be described as oniony but not exactly. Regardless it's pretty good though definitely going to look forward to drinking the other one I have, but I have definitely had some better hop forward red ales.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brilliant mahogany red color.

Overall: Has a nice caramel malt flavor to start and culminates in a citrus, slighty hoppy finish. Great beer that has a perfect marriage of red ale and hops. Very good beer. Try it!

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Photo of Polecat41
5/5  rDev +25%
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!

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Photo of pat61
4.52/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of MortarPestle
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber red with a slight haze and a small head with slight lacing. Big malt flavor that feels like it steps in front of the hops and isn't as well balanced as it could be. Still a very good brew.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of Kyseber
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 955 ratings.