1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Green Flash Hop Head Red AleGreen Flash Hop Head Red Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

3,168 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,168
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 121
Gots: 367 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 3,168 | Reviews: 949
Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of druptight
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack of this brew for my 30th birthday last night as a little treat! I found it a bit odd that the cardboard holder read 6.0% ABV while the bottle reads 6.4%ABV. The beer store stocker said they just got the shipment in and it was fresh so I was excited to pour one.

A - Poured from undated brown 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass. Pours a deep dark orange/amber color with striking red edges in the light. A huge 3 finger light amber head with good retention and lacing throughout.

S - The amarillo hops dominate the nose with the earthy and citrus blend. Exactly what I was looking for. A mild blend of toasted grain on the back end and no hint of alcohol.

T - Very hop-forward and pleasing from the get go. A nice medium bitterness together with a blend of pine and earthy character and mix of grapefruit and lemon zest. The toasted malts provide a nice background and sweetness to balance out the beer, though it is clearly a hop driven beer. Finishes clean and crisp with a lingering bitter sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Hides the alcohol well.

O - I am very pleased with this beer and would certainly buy it again. Easily one of my favorite American Red Ales. Love the hop-forward nature and tones of the beer. Recommended.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-19-2011 16:26:48

Photo of Photoglaugher
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Shilt
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of SDNikki
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of dprophet
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bhir
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MisterGrizz
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of kiki3drt292
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of diamondc
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rarely buy Green Flash stuff (no bottled on date), but this 4 pack was marked down half price. I didn't have much to lose. The bottle does have a 2010 etching on the bottom, though.

A: Humongous head, hazy copper shade. After a minute, I'm left with an island of foam. Awesome.

S: Cherry flavored candy, caramel, toffee. Some dankness showing up after a few swirls.

T: Pine, cherries, caramel, tiny bit of chocolate, and herbal-y bitterness at the end.

M: Since this is old, the hops have faded and the aftertaste is a bit harsh due to the dirt-like bitterness. The malts have held up well though.

O: I don't remember much when I had this fresh, but 'aged' it tastes just fine.

Photo of PissWarmChango
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of ChadC12
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ralphw56
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jamex
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4-pack bottles, $6.99.

This is one of those beers that I keep coming back to. It's just an easy to drink, great tasting red. Pours a nice copper, smells fantastic and has an amazing taste. Not to much wrong with this one. If you're not into red beers, I'd suggest trying to get back into them with this one. A go-to 4-pack I pick up on a regular basis.

Photo of Moose34
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ggodzik
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of DopplebockEffect
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from a bottle.

A) Bit of a heavy pour left about two fingers of a khaki colored head with nice frothy lacing. Unfiltered and hazy with a deep reddish-orange color.

S) Right from the get-go I could smell the hops, and with a closer look... smell rather... Upfront is definitely a bitter hoppy smell with citrus notes, and an underlying sweet aroma.

T) Initially the beer tasted similar to it's bitter smell, but quickly turns to a sweet caramel flavor. Much sweeter than I expected, but still fairly well balanced as you continue to drink it.

M) Medium in body and has a decent amount of carbonation. Fairly creamy and finishes slick and somewhat oily. Seems to linger around well after your last sip.

Overall I think it is a pretty solid beer. A little sweeter than I typically would want in an IPA, but I like it.

Photo of kepp
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of blurjose
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of TexAggie011
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ThirstyHerf
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of xdefeatsy
4/5  rDev +0.8%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 3,168 ratings.