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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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very good

3,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,171
Reviews: 950
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 122
Gots: 368 | 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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Ratings: 3,171 | Reviews: 950
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip snifter

Pours a cloudy, dark red with a thick, billowy, foamy head off white head. Good lacing.

Sweet, tropical fruit backed by caramel malt, very inviting nose.

Tropical fruit transitions into light pine notes a caramel malt backing.

Medum body, average carbonation.

A very enjoyable IPA, my first thought when I smelt this was that this is something I would definitely consider buying more of.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep copper to reddish-brown in color. Very hazy. Tan head, about one finger's worth. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Piney hops, malt, some sweetness.

T: Pine, bitter hops, then malt. The sweeter flavors fade quickly to the ending bitterness, which reminds me of grapefruit rinds. It is hop-forward, but overall seems a very balanced beer for the style. Although, to be fair, I'm not sure the style actually exists.

M: A little creamy, good carbonation. Bitterness bite at end with just a touch of sourness. There is more alcohol presence than I expected.

O: A good, very drinkable brew. Now that Green Flash is available around here, it will likely be a regular. That being said, I remember liking it much more on draft than out of this bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tbeckett
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured dark copper with a light haze. Light carbonation and a two finger creamy white head. Spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Citrus, lot's of fruit, mint, bread, dark fruit.

T - Hop flavour was pretty strong. Rich malt, dark fruit and citrus hop with a really nice balance/blend of dark fruit/caramel malt and citrus hop.

M - Good carbonation, light-ish portion of a medium body and a light bitterness.

O/D - Fairly tasty. Hoppy and rich with a nice balance. Hop forward and very drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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1/5  rDev -74.8%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 2 finger light tan head. Small blotching of lacing.

S- Sweet caramel, grapefruit and pine.

T- caramel and sweet amber malts. Nice citrus flavors (orange and grapefruit) and pine bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Slight amount of efervesence.

O- Nice ipa or imperial amber which ever floats your boat. Like the citrus and sweet malts.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a distinct ruby red color. More on the Hawaiian Punch end of the spectrum than coppery. Nice head on the stuff. Interesting malty nose, a hint of citrus.

Some sweet malt with a fruity touch. Maybe it's the power of suggestion, but it tastes like cherries and underripe pineapple. Resiny hops take over the flavors. Moderately bitter. Rich and sharp with a malty undertone.

On the whole, this seems to marry some the less attractive aspects of a Red Ale with an anemic IPA. However, the manageable bitterness along with the nice sudsy mouthfeel makes it quite drinkable. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Best Damn in San Diego.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a thick ruby color with a 2 finger off white head. The slightly tan head dissipates to an 1/8" covering. A ton of chunky debris floats in the body. Reminds me of a natural amber with bugs trapped inside. Good amount of lacing.

S: Getting mostly malt in the aroma. Carmely notes as well. Certainly some hops in there but it takes a back seat.

T: Carmely sweet taste with a mild hop aftertaste. Bready taste as well. For a beer named "hop head" it is quite lacking in hops.

M: Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Low on carbonation.

Overall a malt forward hoppy beer. A good transition beer for those trying to get into IPA's. I've had other bottles that were hoppier

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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