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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

3,083 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,083
Reviews: 930
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 107
Gots: 306 | 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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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

Thanks to CaptCleveland for dropping this 12 oz. bottle into a recent trade, a beer that once inhabited my wants list but dropped off at some point.

Poured into a pint glass, this puppy is extremely dark red, almost opaque. Though the cap barely burped upon removal, carbonation is rampant. Smells very nice, that lovely union of hops & malts that so few reds achieve. Piney & hoppy, but with an underlying sweet malt base that complements rather than overwhelms.

Hop Head Red really paints that fine line nicely. Homemade biscuit maltiness, crackling, married to a slash of hoppy bitterness that swerves into piney. Gives way to sweetness & more flour-based products. Simple but effective, this is a slugger. 7% is not a phone number one should be giving out to such a wisp of a beer. One could get hurt by this beer.

This is an excellent beer & one damn solid red that avoids the dreaded Malt Coma. This uses the malt & the hops to weaves a lovely dance, sans pole, that I could watch for hours. Brewers dream of creating a one-celled organism that tastes this good. Only my third Green Flash beer, & they're 3 for 3.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Bird of Paradise, $9 for a 4-pack. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

a- Lovely, clear, medium amber-red with a 2-finger, dense, rocky off-white head with great retention. Leaves a few clumps of lacing.

s - Citrus, herbal, and grassy hops, with a hint of caramel. Smell isn't terribly strong.

t - Hop character is pretty subdued. I'm getting caramel and toasted malt, with (again) citrus, herbal, and grassy hops. More booze evident than I'd expect for 7%. Finish is more-or-less respectable, hop dominated but not terribly bitter, and has a bit of staying power. Overall, I'd call this more of a red than an IPA.

m - Light-to-medium body, adequate carbonation. Pretty much as expected.

d - Very high, but mostly due to being pretty wimpy for something with "hop head" in the name.

Certainly not a bad beer, but it suffers from a bit of excess booziness, fails to live up to its name, and is overpriced.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber with a slightly off-white, bubbly, fluffy head.

S - A hint of hops but the sweet, toasty malt predominates. Nice.

T - Creamy, sweet malt dominates with a faint hop note. A bit of alcohol but it's accompanied by a spicy/bready malt that mellows it out. Fantastic for the style.

M - Smooth with little carbonation and awesome sweet malt. Easy to drink and incredibly enjoyable to drink.

Drink this!

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 3,083 ratings.