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

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Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale
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2,760 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,760
Reviews: 895
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 82
Gots: 179 | 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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Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very deep red amber color. A 2 cm tan head forms right away, fading to a few wisps.

Smell: Dry hopped hop bomb. Citrus, mostly grapefruit, some pine, and caramel malt in the background.

Taste: Some caramel sweetness in a light malt presence, but the clear focus is on an intense hop flavor. A nice blend of citrus flavors, grapefruit hops cause a slight puckering sensation. A little unbalanced for my preference.

Mouthfeel: Creamy feel contained in a medium body. Hoppy residue sticks in the mouth. Somewhat dry.

Drinkability: Hophead's delight. Definitely not a typical amber ale, but I like Green Flash's hold-nothing-back approach with the hops, but the monster hop flavor slows me down a little bit.

04-30-2010 05:25:01 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of jeranbrews


3.53/5  rDev -10.9%

A - a slightly off-cloudy creation. Head is egg-shell white. Lacing was respectable. The color is what I imagine apple juice would look like with a bit of BBQ sauce stirred in. Amber of course.

S - Umm, read the label before you get too close. It's not false advertising. It smells like hops. Like opening up a sealed pack of dry hops. That smell and nothing less.

T - If you've ever done home brewing or worked in a brewery and munched on some of the malts it's kind of a nice feeling. This beer is more like you plopped one of the dry hop pellets right into your mouth. Not like vegetables or bark it's hopppy.

M - Hard to tell, still doing damage control after the hop scrapped off the roof of my mouth.

D - In small amounts sure. This is true to its name, but make sure it's what you want.

04-24-2010 15:03:27 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of coastiefish


3.33/5  rDev -15.9%

Bottle poured to pint glass

Hazy cherry brown, no head.

Very clean juicy fruity nose rounded out with distinct caramel (great nose, great example of this)

A "dry hop" flavor is apparent here. Somewhat bitter, caramel. a lingering "dry hop" lingers. I think this brew actually does the dry hop very well.

Its a fairly creamy brew, medium body, very enjoyable.

Its drinkable for hop lovers! I dig it, though its not thirst quenching if that is what you are looking for.

what stands out most, I *really* appreciate the nose on this brew. very good.

Also, Id like to do another rating on this when I grab another bottle, right now at a B- Id like to take a bit more time to really take this one in.

04-24-2010 03:55:57 | More by coastiefish
Photo of SteveS1

New York

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

From the bottle to a glass-

Look: Dark amber with a tall, frothy pale head that takes its time to subside. Nice retention.

Smell: Brilliant hop aroma, sweet and tangy citrus. A mix of tea leaves and marshmellows (!) when the head settles.

Taste: Malts on the tongue, mildly sweet grains on the palate, bitter hop flavor going down. The aftertaste is bitter hops mixed with malts. A strong bitterness lingers.

Feel: Medium to light bodied, not particularly thick and little carbonation.

Drink: This can be very tough to drink or very easy depending on how you drink it. The bitterness can be overwhelming if you let it build up on your palate, as to be expected from a beer dubbed "hop head". A careful tasting will find a lot more in the rich malt character than if its gulped down in a session.

04-22-2010 04:22:35 | More by SteveS1
Photo of DNICE555


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

On tap at the Dirty Truth with Ms. Lynn and Zapps. Pre-game before the big night out at MG.

A - Hazy reddish amber color, small head that fades quickly.

S - Lots of fruit, some malt, and hops.

T - Malt, fruit, pine grapefruit, hops.

M - A bit astringent - not a huge fan.

D - A decent amber hoppy beer. I'm not sure if it's the fruit or the malt... but something comes in a bit sharp for me. I'm just being picky here though... a great beer overall.

04-20-2010 16:30:39 | More by DNICE555
Photo of goblue3509


3.83/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a nice amber color with a one finger white head present which gives way to some nice lacing. Lots of sediment is present. The aroma is of citrus hops and a hint of pine hops over top of a backbone of sweet malt and caramel malts. The taste has a solid sweet and caramel malt backbone with a hint of rye. Up front cirtus hops hit you with a hint of pine, the taste isn't dry though like an ipa. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall its a very drinkable amber ale, a nice amount of flavor and aroma to keep you interested. A good beer to enjoy over and over.

04-19-2010 18:29:30 | More by goblue3509
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is reddish-amber with lots of particulate in suspension. Small ivory head. Leaves some splotchy lace behind.

S: Herbal hops over caramel malt.

T: Dry, bitter hops over slight caramel malt foundation. Mettalic twang at the back end and lingering into the aftertaste. More hop head than red -- i.e., more hops than malt. Very dry lingering hop bitterness coats the palate.

M: Active, fine carbonation at the back end of the sip. Slightly lighter than medium in heft.

D: Good.

Notes: I like my hoppy reds to have a stronger malt foundation. This is good stuff, just not my preference for the style. Call it a "San Diego Red Ale" and it makes sense.

04-18-2010 03:00:03 | More by Kendo
Photo of mjurney


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

[Appearance]: Deep copper color, lots of sediment (from the yeast), some carbonation, head looks alright, leaves fairly nice lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: Piney/citrus from the hops, sweet malts.
[Taste]: Malty at first then hoppy (piney/citrus), caramel in the mid-palate, finish off dry bitterness (I think that's from Amarillo Hops).
[Mouthfeel]: Light-medium bodied, light on the carbonation, dry and clean finish.
[Drinkability]: Pretty drinkable.

04-18-2010 02:16:49 | More by mjurney
Photo of phiberoptik


3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Beer Glass with a nice head that fit the glass perfectly. Even after the head disapated, it left a nice light wash over the top of the beer.

This beer has a wonderful smell, sweet, citrusy with a hint of pine, but the malts come through at the end.

Tastes like a very well put together IPA with a noticeable malt character. I cant put my finger on all the little taste notes I am catching but its mostly good. The sweetness hits first but the bitterness lingers on the tongue for a while after the drink.

This beer is fairly drinkable but has enough teeth to it to not make you need more.

04-17-2010 14:34:07 | More by phiberoptik
Photo of homebrew311


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

A: pours a nice clear red, dense white head with sticky lacing, good retention

S: very piney and resinous, hops are up front and dominate, some subtler notes of rye bread and sweetness sit beneath the assertive hop profile

T: the rye sweetness comes through a little bit bigger on the palate which counteracts nicely with the bold and resinous hops, finish is bitter, the hops are still dominant

MF: medium to high carbonation with a medium body

D: a very nice hoppy offering from Green Flash, lives up to its name... this one leans a bit on the bitter side for me to consider it highly drinkable, but overall a great beer with a bit more balance than their West Coast IPA

04-13-2010 03:23:02 | More by homebrew311
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

A - Poured a deep amber/brown colour; slightly cloudy with a small amount of foamy white head.

S - The nose is a great balance between sweet maltiness with a citrus-hop aroma. A little bit of pine in the hops too.

T - The palate is bitter but without the typical citrus/pine hop flavour. The malt profile really comes through - sweet/caramel palate to the malt. A well balanced beer.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - This is a good beer, but not a great one. It is drinkable but not one I would seek out again.

My bottle may not be very fresh, so I would like to try this one fresh to see the difference in the hop profile.

04-11-2010 18:15:14 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of GregSVT


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a nice amber with a big white head that fades to a small layering leaving lots of sticky lacing. I'm counting off here for the amount of floating crap in the glass. Seriously, filter your beer guys...

S: The nose is the best part of this beer. Loads of floral/citrusy hops that is very reminicent of Nugget Nectar.

T: The taste is not like NN though. A strong bitterness is on the forefront and after that fades you get more of the citrus and piney hops from the nose. If they would reduce the bittering hops and increase either the malt or citrus hops this would be great.

M: The feel is nice and creamy with great carbonation. Slightly oily from the large amount of hops in this brew.

D: The ABV helps the drinkablity here but after a few the bitterness takes it's toll on your palate.

Pretty good if you like your ambers hoppy.

04-09-2010 03:19:51 | More by GregSVT
Photo of dasenebler


3.38/5  rDev -14.6%

Pours a beautiful rich copper with a fantastic beige head that retains wonderfully. Nice lacing.

Aroma is somewhat subdued for an Amarillo dry-hopped red, but I get some faint apricot and citrus, combined with rye-like spicy malt.

Flavor is pretty good. Bitter with not a whole lot of hop flavor. Some pine, but mainly just bitterness. The malt profile, however, is what keeps this beer intact-- and me wanting to drink it. Could swear there's some rye in there. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, if a tad over-carbonated. Worth drinking, although the bitterness kind of wears the palate.

Maybe this bottle was not up to snuff, as I was expecting a lot more from this red. Will have to re-review if I can get it vom Fass or frisch abgefüllt.

04-07-2010 19:10:59 | More by dasenebler
Photo of washburnkid

New York

2.9/5  rDev -26.8%

A: Approximately two fingers from a relatively firm beige froth sitting on top. Brew is light brown and mahogany with particles floating everywhere. It's pretty gorgeous, especially with the great retention and white spiderweb lacing.
S: Really biscuity on the nose from the malts, with just a hint of pine at the back.
T: Taste is the about the same, with the toasted biscuit dominating the floral hop bitterness. I get a bit of metal in the flavor, but this is back and forth between hoppy and toasted. The two flavors don't seem to meld together at any point. There is also a really disappointing sourness/astringency.
M: Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Really great mouthfeel...nice and full on the palate.
D: I would be more than willing to review this again, maybe on tap? This was just a disappointing experience for me.

03-28-2010 20:12:25 | More by washburnkid
Photo of Bfarr


3.03/5  rDev -23.5%

Deep mahogany with a thich tan bubbled head this is a very promising looking beer. This is backed up with a deep tea and hop aroma. Indeed, the first sip has a great hop bite with signature red undertones. Their is a pleasant caramel base behind it with a good creamy mouthfeel. However, the hops are soon overshadowed by the malts and all that's left is the hoppy aftertaste. In this case, the lingering bitterness is quite unpleasant.

Really, I wanted to like this beer because the mouthfeel and aroma were so good as well as the malt tastes. However, by the bottom of the glass I couldn't really see my self having another.

03-26-2010 00:08:04 | More by Bfarr
Photo of evansrdbrew

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

Drank on: 3/7/10
6.4% ABV 45 IBU
12 oz. in "Thirsty Monk" Pint

A= Dark rusty red which is quite opaque. Very thin head even w/ aggressive pour, although a nice lace holds the edge.

S= Nice malty floral nose, can get good whifs of dark carmel with a slight sweetness and toffee aroma.

T= Great roasted malt flavors with hints of roast coffee, toffee and carmel. Good resiny hop flavors balance very well with the great malt flavors. Bitterness is nice and has little lingering bitterness. Floral and herbal hop notes are also noticable.

MF= Not heavily carbonated, with a mild wieght and slight (very, very) dryness in the finish. Very thin coating of the tongue. Once you get close to finishing the pint a noticable numbness comes over the tongue.

D= Good Hoppy red ale. I could drink a few more of these.

03-15-2010 20:05:24 | More by evansrdbrew
Photo of johnkfrisbee


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

Appearance: Gorgeous, murky, amber. A small head, with only a little lacing.

Smell: Spicy, grassy hops; some grapefruit rind; tiny undertones of malt.

Taste: Almost startlingly full-bodied and complex; a full malt undertone balances out the agressive hops. Minor notes of banana and toffee in the malt.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, a tiny bit oily.

Drinkability: It's a big beer, even for 6.4%. Would stand up fantastically to fried food or barbecue.

Overall: A powerful, punchy, well-balanced beer. Like many of the well-reviewed ambers, it's a little hops-forward for the style, but the hop flavors are beautiful and complex.

03-12-2010 23:53:50 | More by johnkfrisbee
Photo of marcobrau


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured into a straight-sided pint glass. Very hazy red. Lots of lace. Smells of fruity Amarillo hops, but not as much as I thought it might. Very smooth, with fruity hop flavors, caramel and coffee in the mix. Fruity, soft, moderately bitter finish. A touch oxidized. Very drinkable. Hop was generally more fruity than specifically citrusy.

03-12-2010 05:17:38 | More by marcobrau
Photo of jlapennas

New York

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

Aroma; Pretty bold mix of citrus/fruity hop aromas and caramel and toasty/low roasty aromas. There is a noticeable dry roasty background that isn't always present in red ales. In the end, the aroma is a bit more malt focused but it's a battle.

Appearance: Almost light brown with red highlights. The foam is rocky, long lasting, a shade or two past off-white, and leaves nice lacing.

Flavor: Lots of sweetness and specialty malt character here. Rich caramel and some other burnt sugar qualities with a roasty dry background. There is some hop resin and bitterness but the beer still finishes on a sweet note. The hop flavors are pretty classic american grapefruit and maybe some lemon. They blend very well with the bold malt character and while not in the back seat, they're sitting bitch.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full and slightly slick on the tongue. Some hop resin but nothing like their IPA. Very smooth.

Overall: This beer reminds me a lot of a lower alcohol American Barleywine. It about as rich and sweet as it could be to maintain a good level of drinkability but I had no problem with this one. Nice hop character, bold but not harsh or enough to overwhelm the malts. Really great beer.

03-09-2010 00:11:25 | More by jlapennas
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

A little dark brown and amber color. Solid head and carbonation. Good aroma, hoppy, woodsy.

Taste, very enjoyable, especially for a red. Not the taste I'm used to with Amarillo hops, but I guess the malt bill is heavier than many of the new ipa's that use Amarillos a lot lately. Not too heavy, just right. Hop feel is not citrus.

Mouthfeel, remains consistent, but weakens in a tiny amount. Drinkable, maybe not for a typical red drinker, but I liked it a lot.

03-07-2010 00:37:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of mgbickel


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a single finger, off-white head that dissipated quickly and left little lace behind. The body is a clear copper color with red and orange highlights.

Citrus hops hit the nose first with caramel in the background. The backbone of the nose is sweet malt.

The hop flavors dominate the palate. Starts off piney but turns more bitter and biting at the finish. No sweetness present at all.

The mouth feel is medium, semi-oily with pretty high carbonation.

This is drinkable, but not as balanced as my favorite ambers. If you want hops without any complexity, this one is for you.

03-05-2010 14:39:27 | More by mgbickel
Photo of halo21

New York

4.08/5  rDev +3%

Appearance: I poured this delicious, heavy ale into a chalice, filling it with chunky white huge head. It looked dense and dark; blood ruby color was amazing.

Smell: Huge spicy Amarillo hops; earthy and rich. Hops were big, and malts were there with mellowing support.

Taste: Big spice and flowers from hops, with the caramel malts sitting nicely. I very different taste to a hoppy beer, as many use cascade to add a floral character. This one is pungent, with the slightest mineral metallic taste that comes with the acidity. The flavor developed and I warmed up more to this beer as it did.

Mouthfeel: Bold and big; not drying bitter, more of a spice dry.

Drinkability: Low; a huge palate busting beer. Takes a toll on how much you can consume.

Notes: A unique beer that grew on me more as it warmed. The last 1/3 of the beer was amazing.

03-04-2010 21:48:47 | More by halo21
Photo of climax


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

The color was a nice robust red, with a big bubbly frothy head and good retention. The lace was bubbly and thick. Good lookin brew.

The blurb on the bottle set it about right for the aroma. Sweet caramel was more than equaled by the resiny pine hop profile. Citrus notes of orange peel and grapefruit accompanied by maraschino cherries and toastiness rounded out an excellent nose.

The flavor was fantastic. Immediate load of hoppiness was met in the middle by toasty sweetness that kept through the finish. Pine, citrus pith, caramel, and some diacetyl flavors all melted together well. 45 IBU's almost seems an understatement.

The medium to full body was nice and sticky and had a fluffy/ cottony texture. The carbonation was sharp and the finish was dry and tingly. This beer beer seems the perfect hybrid of a good IPA and a full flavored rich Red Ale. Awesome beer

02-26-2010 00:55:32 | More by climax
Photo of PintOHops


3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Glass - Pint

A - Hazy amber/copper color with an off white 2finger head, head retention was okay, and it left some very attractive lacing.

S - Wow, big pine & floral notes from the hops, a bit dry with citrus and fruity tangerine & pineapple upfront, pretty herbal. I couldn't really pick up much malt here, which really disappointed me, I got soft cracker & honey with mild sweetness, and even when warmed it doesn't get much better than that! Just a big floral aroma.

T - Citrus and tropical fruits going on here, not surprisingly I couldn't pick up much malt, some caramel & biscuit, more so as it warmed. This hoped up out of style beer finishes with pine/resin hop flavors and very nice bitterness, lingering very well. Not enough malt flavors or complexity to me though.

M - Slightly oily & very smooth, around medium-full with lite crispness. I thought it paired well with the flavor profile.

D - An out of style hop forward Red Ale, made for hop lovers. Well I liked it but it wasn't great to me, I was very disappointed in the absence of the malts in the both aroma/taste. I suppose I could drink a couple pints before I grew tired of it, but If I want an Amber than okay, if I want an IPA than I'll get one. I have to say this one didn't please me, great brewery & I loved there IPA, but I still don't recommend it.

02-24-2010 01:22:46 | More by PintOHops
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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

On tap @ Lord Hobo 2/18/10

I've always liked a well-hopped red but this is the first one that really matches the intense bitterness and aroma a lot of top-notch pales feature. I don't if its the darker and sweeter malts that drown it out in other beers but for once the hops stand out and make this a hop head's red. It pours with a nice light off-white head and light to medium amber color. Naturally the flavors change as the beer goes on and by the end the hops mellow and you get more of the caramel character you normally see in a red ale. Worth a pint or two at any bar.

02-22-2010 16:37:11 | More by zadams1
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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