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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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2,621 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,621
Reviews: 888
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 76
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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Photo of Kshock


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

A- Deep red color with a decent off white head and good lacing on the glass.

S- lots of hops, mostly amarillo. Backed up by a good malt backbone.

T- Bitter hoppy goodness with some earthy hops in the end. Drys out nicely without a ton of residual flavor.

M-Nice med body, not too heavy at all. Nice clean finish and decently carbed.

O- Awesome hoppy beer, i drank it a lot but i find fall is the best time of the year for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 20:01:16 | More by Kshock
Photo of bamojr


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely red with white head on the pour.
hoppy smell that gives a nice nose.
Big sweet malt flavor right off the bat that compliments the hops very well.
This is the first time I thought that the bitter after taste really went well with the beer.
A good mouthfeel, but I wouldn't want more than one of these at a time.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 03:57:32 | More by bamojr
Photo of BB1313


3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No date. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours an amber brown, similar to iced tea. There's a nice bubbly off white head and sticky lacing. Now, I say the aromas and flavors are average because they are, IMO. Nothing stands out at all or sets itself apart from other red ales. Hoppy and piney, but there seems to be more focus on caramel sweetness. Lots of resin. I might even be picking up the slightest amount of cocoa. Mouthfeel is right on, right amount of carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. Overall, this one gets some extra credit for being such a bold beer under 6.5% abv. The flavor profile just doesn't really impress.

If you like red ales, it's definitely worth a shot. Maybe my thoughts sound harsh.. it's well crafted, but simply average. I expected more from Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:39:34 | More by BB1313
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy brownish red from a 12 oz bottle, with no best-by or freshness date on the bottle.
One finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.
The hops made their presence felt in the nose upfront, and slowly with time the malts make their way intermittently.
Absolutely delicious, the back and forth between the hops and malts is tongue tickling. The hops obviously come out the winner.
Excellent lacing all throughout the insides of the glass.
Mouthfeel is perfect, the feeling of hop oils coating the palate just right. Very good drinkability too.
One of the best red/amber ale's around. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 01:58:58 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

Nice hoppy amber/red ale

Presentation: 12 oz custom brown capped bottle. Radial green designed label with rays spreading from the Green Flash seal... Again maybe lazy for being repetitive, although identifiable. Notes that it is Amarillo dry hopped. Shows 6.4% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy and lumpy deep amber pour, nice 1" frothy head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and good lacing.

S - Generic but pleasing hoppy sense, softy resinous and citric with a caramel malty dash.

T - Taste follows almost in the same fashion with a nice expansion of the hops and caramel malt, fruity touch sealing the range.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a nicely soft sticky flow under a creamy insinuation, which leads to a nice bitter finish.

O - Nice flow, a pleasing and good all purpose brew.

Notes: Maybe not the most impressive I have had from them. But in its sense of balance it sure is in the upper bracket. Maybe it is a touch too hoppy for not hoppy aficionados but it could be a nice and tasty entry point.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 11:50:13 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer in Totowa a few days ago because I had never tried this before. I almost expected this to be amber in hue but it poured quite dark and with a head that lasted for quite a long time. The hops are here but what makes this beer interested in the level of depth that it has.

I enjoyed the look of this as I held it up to the light - the hue was a very deep almond with a hint of garnet with sediment floating beautifully in it. This was almost a "dark amber" in appearance but the taste didn't quite go along with that. Crystalline sugar could be detected up front with a hint of cotton candy with that. Then the hops kicked in - a bit of citrus to go with the "420" that I tend to associate with Green Flash's beers. The back had just a hint of chocolate and during the entire session, this felt nicely balanced and never overpowering.

That's not to say that there isn't any noticeable alcohol in this - there is but it doesn't detract from the taste. It took a while to get this beer down but if I wanted something with hops after dinner, this would fit the bill nicely. This beer has a bit of an acquired taste but it's well worth seeking out in a sea of hop-bombs and powerful brews. There's no doubt that this can appeal to quite a few segments of craft-beer enthusiasts.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 17:09:30 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle picked up on a buddy's trip to central PA. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark reddish brown with a full inch of tan foam. Floating sediment dances throughout.

Toffee nose, floral notes. Inviting.

Full on hoppy taste backed by caramel maltiness. Dry hop bitter resides and lingers. And lingers. Unique (for me) hoppy taste, perhaps the advertised amrillo. Really hangs out.

Little too bitter for me, good flavor gets a little buried and sidetracked.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 13:17:29 | More by KTCamm
Photo of aval89


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. pours a deep dark amber color.. slightly off white head.. about 2 fingers.. sticks around..

s: the Amarillo shines on this.. lots of pine & fresh citrus.. grapefruit.. there is some malt that comes through though..

t: hop bitterness upfront.. mid palate the sweet toffee/toasty malts come through for balance.. then you get more of the grapefruit bitterness.. touch of pine as well.. finish is dry.. very nice balance between the hops & sweet malts.

mf: medium bodied with great carbonation for the style.. almost creamy..

o: winner for me! great stuff from GF!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 05:39:40 | More by aval89
Photo of mithrascruor


3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy and very dark amber color. Nice off-white head is thick yet foamy, and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Nice mellow citrus and pine aroma, along with some caramel.

Taste: Really hard to describe this one, for some reason. Fairly earthy malts (not much outright sweetness, but it is there), with some grapefruit flavors coming out towards the finish. Bitter caramel aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth - actually slick, almost oily. Very light on the carbonation, I would have expected a bit more.

Drinkability: ABV is fine, but the taste and mouthfeel leave a lot to be desired - gets tiring trying to make it through the bottle.

Looked and smelled nice, but ultimately a disappointing beer from Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 00:35:51 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How could this one have gotten away all these years? This is my first experience with this brew.

A: Red velvet cake batter in a glass appearance-wise. I didn't even get so much as a hint of light on the other side, and the head was thick, foamy, and retained throughout the session.

S: Candy sugar, with a melted lollipop scent even! Hops aplenty, but the malt wasn't as far behind as one might think.

T: Amazingly refreshing for a such a hoppy brew. It tasted like a West Coast IPA (Citrus....orange, grapefruit, etc), with added cake icing. It had a nice bitter kick on the end also.

M: The carbonation was excellent for this style, there was a mild pleasant alcohol burn, and the lacing was sticky and substantial.

O: There are very few who do these types of hop bombs quite like Green Flash. It was a pleasure to drink this!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 21:34:58 | More by Chaney
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

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

I had this beer in a pint glass with a dinner of open pit barbeque. Nothing like a hoppy red with smokey meat.

This was a high carbonated beer. I had three fingers on the pour. The head released citrus flavors. I smelled a lot of grapefruit typical to cascade, but the label lists amarillo dry hopping.

The hoppiness comes through in each drink. There is a little bitterness, but that is expected with this much hops.

I really enjoyed this beer. The brewer did a very good job in making it. Oh, and it did pair very well with the food.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 23:08:39 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of MonkeymooTJ


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Deep red, almost brown with a two finger, quickly receding foamy head. Lots of sediment can be seen in the glass


Herbal essence with a lesser amount of sweet malt


A 50/50 mix between hops and malt gives it a lot more balance than the smell would indicate. Sweetness is backed up by a slight herbal bitterness.


Has a medium body feeling. Goes down smooth with a moderate carbonation level


A red ale through and through. Balance is the name of the game here. A sweet malty start is followed by a hoppy aftertaste. A moderate carbonation level makes this an easy sipper. Not my favorite red, but something I would drink again

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 22:14:41 | More by MonkeymooTJ
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear ruby with a finger of white head that rades into q frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: some slight caramel malts with lots of grapefruit and piny hops. Simple, but pleasant.

T: lots of piny, grassy hop notes with some touches of grapefruit. Dry, lightly bitter finish. Very plain.

M: medium body with a good amount or carbonation, this beer is surprisingly dry and crisp which doesn't fit the flavors well.

O: not that good of a beer. The flavor lacks depth and the very dry body is a bit odd for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 01:13:55 | More by n2185
Photo of tigernipples

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, No date. Wish Green flash would date their stuff. i'm guessing Green Flash doesn't want us to know and walk past an expired 4 pack.

poured a one finger head. color is red brown with some flakey stuff floating (actually when i say "some" i mean a ton). i know for a fact this isnt the freshest bottle. this has sat in my stores cooler forever. saying that, i do still smell earthy hops and a bit of malt. wish i had a fresher bottle cause the hops on the nose is def. muted.
very smooth and balanced. nice and bitter up front. some of the usual grapefruit and citrus. nice carbonation tingling on my tongue. wish this was fresh. PLEASE POST DAMB DATES.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 03:34:35 | More by tigernipples
Photo of trappistlover


3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pours hazy amber with thick off-white head. Nice lacing and light carbonation. Aroma of hard candy (like an orange tootsie pop), florals, and caramel. Taste is sweet malt with sharp hop bitterness and a bit spicy. Medium bodied with an oily texture. A pretty good beer, but not my prefered style.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 03:22:40 | More by trappistlover
Photo of OldIronLungs


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a deep red amber topped off with a finger of off white-head.

I don't claim to be a hop expert, but I can recognize the aroma from the Amarillo - orange and pine on top of the malty nose.

Taste is sweeter caramel malt, opens with some bitter/lightly spicy citrus and a great resiny pine bitterness through the finish. Creamier mouthfeel.

Other reviewers have noted its similarity to Nugget Nectar, and I have to agree - but was left feeling like this had a slightly harsher hop bite to it. Still a great pint, though I'm not sure I'd be willing to follow one with another.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 20:36:17 | More by OldIronLungs
Photo of dmsohyea


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle to IPA glass (since it's really a red IPA)

A - a deep reddish brown with some light penetration, but not much. 3 finger soapy head with excellent lacing and retention. Doesn't get much better.

S - the bottle says "dry hopped with Amarillo", but I can't smell it too much. The malt overpowers the hops on the nose, but doesn't smell bad, especially considering the style.

T - tangy and bitter upfront with some bready malt and toffee flavors. If you've ever tasted Troeg's Nugget Nectar, it's a very similar taste. A touch of alcohol on the finish, but a very crystal malt forward brew.

M - Is above average, but a bit watery at times. A little flat up front and the carbonation finishes at the end.

O - A solid red that I would drink again. Not better than West Coast IPA, but a good sub for Nugget Nectar in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 02:09:37 | More by dmsohyea
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a shaker pint. Based on the excellent retention and plentiful sheets of lace, I can only assume that the smallish head can be blamed on the pour, not the beer itself. Body is a deep caramel amber.

Citrus and pine cut through a robust caramel nose. It smells great, but that caramel is almost a smokescreen for the bitter assault that’s about to follow. Ample malt and carbonation lend a thick and fluffy feel, but the hops are relentless in cutting through it. The pine almost becomes cedarish and digs in for a scorching, lingering finish. Juicy grapefruit is a great match for the caramel, but it’s toasted grains that stick around after the swallow. At once raw but quaffable. Great stuff.

Overall impression: An aptly named beer. Bests Nugget Nectar in the “this is basically a red IPA” category.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 14:24:30 | More by PDXHops
Photo of boyfromthenorth


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

Appearance- beautiful ruddy red
Smell- taste - fantastic- Gotta be Amarillo- perfect compliment to the mailtiness
Mouth Feel- fantastic as you would expect from a red/amber
Overal- great beer. Not my favorite style due but one that I am learning to love. Can't wait to visit this brewery sometime .

Their west coast IPA is amazing!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 02:43:38 | More by boyfromthenorth
Photo of hiku7


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. Poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Started out with a towering tan head, and poured a cloudy bright orange to ruby grapefruit color. As I drank the beer splotchy lacing continents appeared and remained when the beer was empty, like some ancient frothy world map.

The smell is big hops, orange rind and grapefruit with floral and some earthy undertones. The amarillo hops dominate with little malt to speak of in the initial aroma.

The taste is surprisingly malty, with sweet caramel malt and makes an excellent contrast to the hoppy nose. The hops come through in a spicy nicely bitter finish that builds as you work your way to the bottom of the beer, but never overpowers.

The mouthfeel is mostly creamy, with some chewy grainy notes. The beer is well carbonated.

I really enjoyed this beer. It is not a typical American Amber. Has the feel of a much bigger beer and lives up to its name.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 03:35:32 | More by hiku7
Photo of THECPJ


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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: Dark amber red with a 1 finger off white head

smell: hops, citrus, pine, caramel, malts

taste: caramel, malts, grass, pine, hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice crisp hoppy amber red ale. would definitely drink this again if I come across at a local bar.


Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 22:03:48 | More by THECPJ
Photo of JMad


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The liquid was reddish brown with a thin, bubbly, white head. The smell is sweet with caramel, grapefruit, sugar and a hint of peach. The taste consists of pine and mango with bready malt and a bitter finish. The beer is medium bodied, very smooth and it has a dry finish. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, the sweet malt is a perfect compliment to the amarillo hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 19:57:59 | More by JMad
Photo of Jimmys


3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: deep brownish red. beautiful fluffy red hued head. serious particulate. looks like from the dry hopping all over the bottom of my glass.

S: amber malts. sweet toffee and brown sugar. the sweetness is strong but cant fight off hop citrusness forever.

T: rounded sweet flavors. vanilla. caramel. certainly crisp american hop flavor. sweet linger in the finish.

M: soft and medium body. very smooth.

D: good example of an american amber but not my favorite. frankly i was a little turned off by the amount of hop particulate that was in my glass and i wasnt really blown away by any one aspect of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 02:00:46 | More by Jimmys
Photo of eric5bellies


3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at Monk, Fremantle

A - Pours a nice red colour with an off white two fingered head that reduces to a foilm and laces the glass.

S - Aromas of yeast and pine.

T - Malt flavours up front that is replaced by some pine and a dry finish

M - Medium carbonation and body, best part of the brew.

O - Could be a little more flavoursome but worth a shot

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 13:32:36 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of dansmcd


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - fluffy light brown one finger head sitting atop a deep orange/red amber. retentive lacing.

S - coffee, caramel

T - sharp bite to start, then through to caramel malts and a lingering warm bitterness.

M - good carbonation, perhaps too much for my taste, very intricate flavours

O - an interesting beer, not one that i would session with but certainly tasty and was enjoyable with cheese and cold meats.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 08:55:05 | More by dansmcd
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,621 ratings.