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

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89
very good

2,623 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,623
Reviews: 888
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 77
Gots: 129 | FT: 2
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:
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.

(Beer added by: sleazo on 03-06-2007)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grapefruit aroma fom the fragrant amarillo. Initially big head. Smooth easy drinking, I can just picture the guzzlers downing 6-paks. A nice bitterness that is left on the aftertaste. Well balanced at 45 IBU.A fresh and bold taste, can use to transition to craft.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 02:43:47 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +1%

10-08-2012 01:52:06 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

UPDATED REVIEW TO CORRECT LISTING.

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a clear amber with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great aroma and tasty flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 04:11:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

02-15-2012 00:16:59 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a somewhat-hazed amber with a nice off-white head.

S: Lots of pine and citrus hops explode atop an understated caramel malt base.

T: Pine, citrus, and earthy hops with the pine really taking the forefront. A very nice caramel/amber base providing a bit of sweetness.

M: Moderate body with a nice dryness.

D: A very delicious example of the style. Fairly-nice complexity in an emerging style that is one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 17:57:55 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing rust orange with influences from brick red and bronze. A considerable yeastiness adds visual interest and the caramel colored cap is exceptional as well. It looks like coral (not the color, but the creature) and is absolutely slathering the glass with some of the most gorgeous lace that I've seen in quite some time. What a looker!

The nose is as expected... as long as one expects a well-crafted, caramel malt-intensive, Amarillo dry-hopped American red ale. Since this bottle can't be more than a few months old, the hops should still be kickin'. It smells like it anyway. Let's go with candied orange peel and musky peach skins dipped in melted caramel.

Hop Head Red Ale is aptly named. I may have had a hoppier red over the years, but at the moment, none are coming to mind. The 45 IBUs seem like 75 at least. Bottom line: if you aren't hop-crazy or think all beer has to be balanced, buy something else.

There's just enough caramel malt to avoid being overpowered by the aggressive alpha acid attack. Other than an early glimmer of sweetness, it's nothing but floor-to-ceiling resinous bitterness. In other words, be prepared to have your tongue roughed up. Orange peel is probably the most dominant top note, along with spruce sap.

The mouthfeel is more than solid. The beer isn't huge (no surprise given the 6.0% ABV), but it's becoming increasingly silky smooth as the ounces rush by. As silky smooth as a beer this bitter can be, anyway. The next highest score is oh so tempting.

Green Flash seems to specialize in hop-soaked beer. Extra Pale Ale, West Coast IPA and Imperial IPA are great. Nut Brown, Ruby Red and Trippel... not so much. Hop Head Red is the best one yet. It's a tour de force of flavor and bitterness that every hophead should seek out. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 12:56:08 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured deep amber in color with a finger-sized head. A light level of carbonation is visible and there is a good amount of head retention.
S: The aroma is mainly dominated by piney hops; there are some notes of caramel malts and floral hops in the background.
T: There's a good balance in the taste between the flavors of hops and malts. Like the smell, piney hops stand out but these are subdued by flavors of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and rather crisp.
D: This beer can be considered sessionable given its low alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 16:54:42 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very hazy russet color; the ecru head sits permanently atop the liquid and leaves quite a few strands of lace behind and a curtain at the base

Smell: Strong caramel malt elements combine with a resinous hop character

Taste: Opens with a blend of the caramel malt and the resinous hops with the hoppy character building through mid-palate and into the finish; aspirin-like bitterness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While I am not the biggest fan of Amarillo hops, this is one of the better Red IPAs I have encountered as the balance is excellent; Green Flash is one of the kings of the west coast style and this beer is no different

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 23:01:10 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-05-2011 00:51:30 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of earthy hops with some citrus and resin is quite nice. Taste is totally dominated by hops with some resin and citrus hops though notes of earthy hops are really powerful. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Not bad though grapefruit notes of Amarillo were not as dominant as I had expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 20:07:21 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Is it an American IPA? Is it an American Amber Ale? The lines blur with this very hoppy Red Ale and appeal to those who like the hearty malt flavor of Ambers but think that higher hop additions would better offset the sweetness typically associated with Amber Ales.

The deep amber ale opens with a hazy red rusty hue and quickly builds a sturdy and slightly yellowish head. With great retention and lace, the beer sings the praises of hop-heavy ales.

Sharp aromas of pine, grapefruit, and fresh-cut grasses dominate the nose while the toasted barley malt supports the hops in a very IPA kind of way. With little influence from fruity esters or spicy phenols, the beer carries a clean malt and hop conversation through and through.

And so go the flavors- hop dominant with the early taste of spruce, white grapefruit (pith and pulp), and a grassy herbal taste that develops into a resiny bitterness at finish. Meanwhile, the medium toast flavor of barley brings about mild caramel sweetness, bread crust savory notes, and with a clean, fresh baked barley taste not only support the hops but add greater balance than the nose suggests.

Medium in body, the beer feels lighter on the tongue because of the creamy carbonation, higher attenuation, and hop derived dryness late. The beer really lightens considerably as the resiny hop bitterness closes the beer, and without watering causes a very high rate of drinkability to occur.

For one, I appreciate a well balanced amber ale, but these more hoppy versions appeal much better to me as the hop-forward nature of the beers give more intrigue and better offset the caramel sweetness and weight of most beers of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 16:26:51 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy amber (although more red to it than anything) color with a nice white foam and great lacing.

S: A great combination of caramel maltiness and hops. The hop aroma is primarily grapefruit.

T: Again, the combination of the malty/caramel sweetness and the citrus hops is great. The hop presence is much greater than in other reds that I've had, and I'm appreciating it.

M: Medium body and quite crisp.

D: I drank several of these, and with good reason. This beer borders on a red IPA, and I found it to be incredibly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 00:33:18 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-04-2013 00:08:34 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Charlie's Beer and Wine in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-hued body with a tall, richly foamy, light beige head with gobs and gobs of lacing.

Smell: Floral, citric, dankly resinous hops well ahead of the toasty, bready malts (also some toasted grains and toasted raw sugars) and the enduring scent of brewed black tea.

Taste: A sweet pop of bready malts, moderately toasty that drops off to reveal a staunch graininess. The sweetness is akin to a hint of creme brulee tops. Then, in come the hops with citric tangerines, grapefruits, resins, and florals. Medium-high bitterness. Dry, citric, resinous, citrusy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (just barely). Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's an IPA, it's red, and it's hoppy -- folks are into that these days, right? It's also a tad expensive, but some folks don't seem to mind that either.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 15:40:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

12-01-2011 19:40:43 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +1%

11-24-2013 16:44:00 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-08-2013 01:12:35 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-27-2014 23:57:57 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 22:16:28 | More by oberon
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger off white head with nice lacing on a hazy deep amber body.

S: earth and grapefruit hops. Caramel malt base is nicely represented. Hops are a little musty

T: the hops are again earthy with some citrus and a nice dose of pine and grass greatest in the finish. The caramel malts base is best noticed up front.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a nice beer. Very drinkable and flavorful. Nice contribution to flavor and both feel from the malts.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 02:03:38 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

05-25-2014 03:33:04 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh shipment finally arrived in Chicago, thanks EehaiCJ for the single!

Dark jeweled amber with a reddish tint, tons of intricate lacing. Fresh leafy botanical nose, candied hop sweetness with underlying toffee. Really different from the bottle I had earlier this year that was older. Much more vibrant and like a fresh IPA. Some citrus, but not what I expected from an all Amarillo beer. Really nice firm bitterness, with a lingering trace of sweet caramel malt. Good balance and session worthy. Get it fresh!

01-26-2009 - bottle

B+ / 3.9
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

Six-pack from Rudy's in LaSalle, IL. Undated bottle, inside the holder is printed 03-08.

Billowing tan head that puffs up above the rim of the pint glass. Creamy texture to the surface, and and intricate ring of lace inside the rim. Slightly hazed reddish amber, micro-sediment in suspension. Traces of citrus in the aroma, rounded and pleasant malt dominates, leading me to believe this isn't a "just born" beer. No punchy Amarillo citrus that I was craving...However it isn't completely lost. There's a firm hop bitterness in the flavor, again traces of citrus, light sweetness of bready malt lingers. Good feel from steady carbonation, and perfect for a session. I've got to track down a fresh bottle, and then re-rate...

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 02:06:05 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very dark, red color with a two-finger, thick head of tan foam. It was fairly long lasting and left some sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, pine and strong grapefruit notes.

T - Good bitter hop bite of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Then there's a strong roasty character, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is an outstanding red ale. I really was impressed with this one, although it really could just be called an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 01:17:23 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, another souvenir from the Great Cross-border Beer Pilgrimage of 2010...

This beer pours a dark, murky russet hue, with two fingers of thick, foamy light beige head, with leaves a commendable latticework of lace around the glass as it duly recedes. It smells of grapefruit, toasted caramel malt, nougat, and some light pine/grassy hops. The taste is creamy roasted caramel malt, and bitter grapefruit and pine oils. The carbonation is on the low side, the body north of medium weight, smooth, and somewhat crisp. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity caramel malt still in a dance of death with the resinous citrus and pine hops.

Definitely a mish-mash of styles, a decent red ale hopped to the nuts. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 23:08:44 | More by biboergosum
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev +1%

11-15-2011 00:18:34 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,623 ratings.