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

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2,797 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,797
Reviews: 899
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 84
Gots: 193 | 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 jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass...The beer pours darkish red but kind of clear. Light tan carbonation, but watery and gone right away...The aroma is mostly hops but its pretty nice and easy. Light rye amber ale finish...The taste is interesting, its really a combination of ipa and red, a nice hoppy amber ale. Light feel, easy to drink.

One of the better amber's I've had, but nothing special overall.

jrallen34, May 21, 2010
Photo of blackc5
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle at a slightly too cold 42F - waited about 10 minutes to taste to let it warm.

A - Very deep depths of red - nearly brown. Nice oily looking offwhite head that holds. Good lacing.

S - I was immediately expecting a hop blast, but received a caramel malt blast instead. This smells very malty and rich. Sweet. But the hops are there, no doubt about it. Floral and pine but the malt is stronger for me.

T - Quite a bit packed into this one. The malt base is strong, but in flavor, unlike the smell for me, the hops resonate. The expected floral and citrus notes dominate. Not overly bitter, mild sweetness and biscuity malts to balance. This one surely straddles an amber ale and an IPA.

M - Oily and resiny, it is medium bodied, and moderately carbonated.

D - Aftertaste fades quickly, actually too quickly. Agaist the amber style, I quite like it, but looking at it from the point of an IPA, it is surely a more middle ground.

blackc5, May 18, 2010
Photo of hrmhrm
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Red, nearly opaque. Nice tan foam.

Smell: Citrus and pine. I.E., hoppy.

Taste: Very hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Strong, bitter in a good way. Fluffs up on the tongue.

Drinkability: I don't know what this means.

Green Flash makes great beer. What is it about San Diego?

hrmhrm, May 15, 2010
Photo of loren01
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish brown color, very nice sized frothy white head and tons of head retention down the glass.
S: Smell is very prominent Amarillo hops...I love amarillo's!! Very citrusy smelling!! Also smells bready and slightly earthy.
T: Very citrusy also has a bready maltiness to balance things out.
M: Medium to thick mouthfeel.
D: Very nice hoppy example of a red...I love this beer!!

loren01, May 15, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is dark orange/amber and a bit cloudy. There is no head when the beer got to me but some lacing as if there had been a slight finger or two before settling off.

The smell is bitter with some earthy funk to the nose. An interesting tangy citrus flavor that is just slight compared to other American IPAs.

The taste is bitter and tangy, with some tart grapefruit and bitter earthy flavors. So floral flavor comes out after a few sips and my tonge seems to calm down to the bitterness and allows me to enjoy this beer a bit.

The feel of this beer is pretty drinkable and goes down well but does leave a bitter aftertaste. It is harsh and it might be a good idea to have a glass of water nearby just to make sure it make not feel too bitter. A great hop experience all in all.

Duhast500, May 14, 2010
Photo of deedlejuice
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice reddish brown. Good amount of head, which starts to dissipate within a few minutes, leaving a little bit of a lacing.

Aroma: A forward blast of hops, both citrus and pine, with a bit of sweet, bready (like a soft pretzel) malt backing it up. Highly enjoyable and fresh.

Taste: Very hoppy. It's a kick of hops, bitterness on the tongue, and some malt sweetness following. But the taste lets off a bit too soon. Not as complex as I'd like. The taste didn't quite match up to the aroma. As it warms a bit, I pick up a tiny bit of smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Nice. What I expected. Somewhat dry, due to the bitterness from the hops, but with a little syrupy tinge in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability: Wouldn't do more than two, as the bitterness gets a bit cloying.

Overall, an enjoyable beer. Great aroma, and a change from the usual IPA for a hoppy fix. I'd have it again, although I'd probably be more likely to go for their West Coast IPA.

deedlejuice, May 14, 2010
Photo of horshack7
4.93/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This one pours a dark mohogany with a light tan head about one finger thick. Upon thinning out it leaves behind nice lacing.

Aroma: A massive rush of citrusy hops quite possibly an explosion. Grapefruit notes similar to a double i.p.a. Sweet fruit notes along with simple syrup. The malts lay back nice and comfortably on the massive amounts of hops.

Taste: Incredibly citrusy a smooth mouthfeel. The hops are a force to be reckoned with. Grapfruit notes simple syrup sweet fruits. The malts have quite a sugary sweetness which nothing short of remarkable.

Notes: Wow what a hop bomb I am dam glad I picked this one up. Cheers.

horshack7, May 10, 2010
Photo of BDJake
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a murky brownish copper crowned with a nice amount of beige head that laces well all the way down

S- resiny, floral hops followed by a good dose of caramel malts

T- the hoppiness is exceptionally piney/citrusy, with plenty of earthiness, all supported by a caramel malt backbone

M- a bit resiny after awhile, but with good carbonation and a nicely, moderately bitter aftertaste

D- I could drink these all evening if I didn't have to wake up for work.

BDJake, May 07, 2010
Photo of klkatz
4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't what it was... but this is quite possibly the best beer I've ever had.

Maybe it was the situation, or the moment, or the time of day... but it was like heaven. If I were Brian Adams, I'd write a cheesy rock-love-song-ballad about it. It was that good.

Color was a tremendous red - cloudy and thick.

The aroma had a rye/nutty sensation...

The beer was super-well balanced... it had a bitterness to it, but the drinkability was such that it was not overwhelming.... you'd drink 14 if you could.

A nice thick mouthfeel to top it all off...

can't wait to have this again, and again, and again....

I hope there's Hop Head in Heaven!

klkatz, May 06, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a somewhat-hazed amber with a nice off-white head.

S: Lots of pine and citrus hops explode atop an understated caramel malt base.

T: Pine, citrus, and earthy hops with the pine really taking the forefront. A very nice caramel/amber base providing a bit of sweetness.

M: Moderate body with a nice dryness.

D: A very delicious example of the style. Fairly-nice complexity in an emerging style that is one of my favorites.

Thorpe429, May 05, 2010
Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from local bottle shop poured into Deschutes shaker pint glass 5.4.10.

One finger tan head, fairly slow dissipation, significant lacing. Reddish amber clear body, multiple trails of carbonation rising from bottom of the glass. Pretty balanced nose, caramel malts vs. piney and floral hops, neither dominates. Taste is pretty sweet up front, a bit of melon sweetness, but sharp hop hit in the middle, finish is a bit bitter. Mouthfeel is full, good effervescence. Pretty drinkable. Not my favorite Red Ale, but certainly quite tasty, a nice San Diego interpretation of the style. Recommended.

jdense, May 05, 2010
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ball Jar.

a: the dark appearance of malt and the carbonation of hops and clarity. Off white nose and with a darker body.

s: not the most aromatic red, but the notes of rich malt and flowery hops are present.

t: Good taste, mainly which reminded me of the Odell Red. The pine tastes are a good blend with the deep roasted taste.

m: The mouthfeel is dry and quick to release, not a long lingering taste, quick to clear off the palate.

d: Good drinkablity, one that I would get again. I like the 22oz format, which is good for sampling and sharing with friends.

GDBEERMAN, May 02, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

KickInTheChalice, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of jeranbrews
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jeranbrews, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of coastiefish
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

coastiefish, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of SteveS1
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

SteveS1, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of DNICE555
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DNICE555, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of goblue3509
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

goblue3509, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of Kendo
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Kendo, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of mjurney
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[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.

mjurney, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of phiberoptik
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

phiberoptik, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

homebrew311, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GregSVT, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

dasenebler, Apr 07, 2010
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,797 ratings.