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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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89
very good

2,630 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,630
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 76
Gots: 135 | 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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jlindsey

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-17-2012 16:48:55 | More by jlindsey
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Beermister

California

3/5  rDev -24.2%

12-17-2012 09:18:42 | More by Beermister
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, sedimenty, deep red/orange/mahogany; 1.5 finger, thick, pillowy, caramel/off-white head with great retention and sticky, beautiful lacing.

Aroma: lots of Amarillo hops mixed with some solid molasses/caramel malts; piney hop notes up front soon give way to a uniquely earthy, what I call "muddled", hop aroma; very well balanced.

Taste: Up front, sweet and citrus from the hops, but not the typical fruit flavor I'm used to in West Coast IPAs; hops also give hints of pine and grapefruit the longer I let the beer sit on the tongue; Underneath, caramel malt, sweet molasses, and burnt sugar notes balance the flavor perfectly.

Mouthfeel: full-medium body, almost creamy, and wonderfully chewy; smooth and silky, but also a little bitter on the tongue; moderate carbonation, dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 09:09:53 | More by grahamboudreaux
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piconaut

Florida

4/5  rDev +1%

12-16-2012 19:10:41 | More by piconaut
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mbixler

California

3/5  rDev -24.2%

12-16-2012 18:09:34 | More by mbixler
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GregoryMo

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-15-2012 02:34:14 | More by GregoryMo
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fitz284

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1%

12-14-2012 04:37:04 | More by fitz284
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Lex_Talionis


4/5  rDev +1%

12-13-2012 18:31:08 | More by Lex_Talionis
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Scott1970

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-13-2012 11:17:58 | More by Scott1970
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Chou

Oregon

3/5  rDev -24.2%

12-12-2012 04:56:13 | More by Chou
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 12:26:18 | More by tectactoe
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od_sf

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-11-2012 02:18:36 | More by od_sf
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rheimbro

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%

12-09-2012 21:59:47 | More by rheimbro
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%

12-08-2012 00:21:12 | More by williamjbauer
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Johnnyramirez

California

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

A - dark amber with a 3 finger head from a vigorous pour. AMAZING retention. Retained some head until the last 2-3 ounces. Excellent lacing.

S - I get sweet apple juice in a good way, almost like Martinelli's Cider. Some pine notes, citrus but dominant of a real good apple juice.

T - sweet, piney, malty. Very balanced. I read reviews and expected a hoppy beer but this is sweet IMO. Maybe I got an older bottle. Some grapefruit on the finish but I get lots of sweet malts upfront. Toffee, caramel. Very balanced and enjoyable. Goes better than I expected.

M - leaves a nice coating of your mouth with enough bitter notes to make you want to drink more.

O - pleasantly surprised. While I probably won't drink this on a frequent basis, it is a very balanced beer and something I can imagine using to convert someone to hoppier beers. Very well done and not too overwhelming in any aspect.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 07:05:56 | More by Johnnyramirez
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ssimpson89

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

12-07-2012 02:59:26 | More by ssimpson89
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mychalg9

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

12-06-2012 21:42:06 | More by mychalg9
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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

Green Flash Hop Head Red has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head, an opaque, amber appearance, with visible beige chunks floating about, and an abundance of thick lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of piney, hop resin and bread. Taste is the same, with bread crust, grapefruit, and some sweetness present as well. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Hop Head Red finishes mostly dry and bitter. Overall, this is terrific! Buy it, and try it!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 15:09:27 | More by RonaldTheriot
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

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

12oz served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Pours a hazy russet brown with 2 fingers of dense foam ontop. A big collar of sticky lacing around the top of the glass.

S - Sweet citrus and pine needles, very bready, caramel, nutty yeast,

T - Evergreen/pine hop oils flood in and attack the palate, very green and spicy along with some juicy spearmint, the caramel malts underneath hold thier ground but the hops are clearly the center point. The nutty yeast stands out as well. Finishes with alot of juicy green hops but has a spicy earthy edge to it. Aftertaste is like you just chewed and swallowed grapefruit pith and a Christmas tree.

M - Body is heavy side of medium and chewy. Moderate lushy carbonation.

Delicious! I love the spiciness from the amarillo hops and they use plenty in this beer. The yeast plays of the malt to create and dense and sweet base and as strong as the hops are they meld instead of stick out like a sore thumb like other hoppy ambers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 23:26:19 | More by StaveHooks
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kegmans

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%

12-05-2012 19:49:31 | More by kegmans
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WritersBlock

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-05-2012 08:07:26 | More by WritersBlock
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jesus808

California

4/5  rDev +1%

12-05-2012 04:39:53 | More by jesus808
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bobotron

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-04-2012 19:27:24 | More by bobotron
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%

12-03-2012 23:37:52 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours 3 fingers of head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color is very dark amber brown.

S. Lots of piney hop aroma, amid a nice amber malt base. Definitely hop forward. Overall bitter, but has a pretty substantial malt aroma.

T. Taste is pretty damn good. Very well balanced between malt and hops. Have to say that the malt might take the lead in the flavor. Has a nice bitterness on the back of the tongue. Easy drinking beer. Piney hops take second stage to a really nice smooth amber malt sweetness.

M. Medium boided. Medium carbonation. Finishes with some sweetness.

O. I am a fan of red IPAs. This one pretty damn good. I would/will seek this out on a pretty regular basis after trying it for the first time on this review. Pretty pleasant discovery. I like this more than the Green Flash West Coast IPA. For serious hopheads this is a nice change of pace, for the IPAs we crave.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 22:37:47 | More by siradmiralnelson
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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