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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,954 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,954
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 93
Gots: 237 | 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:
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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Ratings: 2,954 | Reviews: 914 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Sammy, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.8%

t0rin0, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

spycow, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

djrn2, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

zestar, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

acurtis, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Thorpe429, May 05, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Texasfan549, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

metter98, May 29, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

GRG1313, May 25, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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

brentk56, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

BEERchitect, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +0.8%

jaydoc, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

kylehay2004, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +0.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +0.8%

SocalKicks, Jul 08, 2013
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.

oberon, May 08, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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...

emerge077, Aug 27, 2009
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Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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