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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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2,749 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,749
Reviews: 894
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 84
Gots: 175 | 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 bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

I've had some good experiences with american ambers, so I was pleased to pick up a bottle of this at Village beer in Buffalo.

Pours a rich dark red, with an effusive creamy tan head that kicks up three fingers as a result of an aggressive pour. Sheets of lacing and good retention complete a pretty picture, and this is a darn good start for this beer. The clarity is wonderful and the colouration excellent when held up to the light. The nose is interesting and deep. The malt is more forward than in an IPA, with strong caramel and sweetbread notes. The hops come through strongly, though, with prominent citrus, herbal and floral elements. It's a complicated mix to untangle, even more so when tropical flavours start cropping up as the beer warms.

The flavour is nicely balanced. 45 IBUs deliver a nice floral and juicy citrus bitterness, but its more than countered by a rich caramel and sweetbread body. the tropical fruit come into play with hints of lychee and mango, also adding to the sweetness. All of this culminates ina dry finish with a light lingering bitterness. Medium body and carbonation seems about right. I could imagine this being a nice easy drinking beer that I could drink a few of in an evening.

01-25-2010 19:53:39 | More by bobsy
Photo of beertunes


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

My first crack at a brew from this much-hyped SoCal brewery. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a (very) slightly hazy red that was just a touch to the amber side. The beer had just over an inch of light tan colored head that had good retention and left a nice amount of sticky lacing.

A very strong hop aroma hits the nose, with the pine aspects most upfront. The flavor is also hop dominant, with not much of a malt foundation. There is very sticky hop finish on the back of the tongue.

The body is a little on the thin side for the style, but goes over the tongue very easily. Drinkability is very good, having multiples of this brew would be very easy.

Overall, a very good brew, one worth some effort to try if it's not readily available to you. I'll have to try a couple more of this breweries beers to see if the hype is true, and I'll be happy to do so.

01-22-2010 21:46:47 | More by beertunes
Photo of jsh420


3.58/5  rDev -9.6%

pours dark copper with a 1+ finger off white head that left good lacing

smell was not that strong and all i picked up on was the grapefruit and a little bit of pine

taste was better then the nose but still was lacking something - nice carmel malts with gapefruit and pine hops

mouthfeel was medium body with good carbonation that gave it a creamy smooth finish

drinkability is ok - there are better reds out there - i was expecting more since GF's IPA is one of the best

01-21-2010 02:17:07 | More by jsh420
Photo of woosterbill


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A fairly hard pour yields an inch of dense eggshell foam atop a dark, hazy, reddish-amber body. Solid head retention and lots of attractive lacing. Very good looking brew.

S: Spicy (cinnamon?) floral hops dominate, with light citrus and some caramel malts in the background. Appealing.

T: On the palate the hops recede behind the spice and malt, with just some citrus bitterness showing up on the finish. Tasty enough, but disappointing compared to the expectations raised by the name and the aroma. The hops do start to assert themselves slightly more as it warms, but never to a level that impresses - just enough to make the beer well-balanced, not hoppy.

M: Smooth, medium body with a moderate amount of soft carbonation. Pleasant, but hardly extraordinary.

D: Good balance of caramel malt sweetness with a clean, bitter finish. Goes down quite easily for 6.4%.

Notes: Very solid brew, but it's yet another hoppy amber/red that leaves me slightly luke-warm. While I'd be happy to have this beer again, I can't imagine choosing it over Green Flash's West Coast IPA.


01-15-2010 02:57:22 | More by woosterbill
Photo of wspscott


3.88/5  rDev -2%

12oz bottle in pint glass (no date)

A: Poured a dark red color with white head and lots of lace. There are lots of chunks in the beer as well, almost look like hop leaves, do they dry hop in the bottle :) I see no mention of bottle conditioning so I assume this is a flaw.
S: Spicy hops, a little muted, not a lot going on.
T: Piney, with a little bit of spicey hops with a lot of caramel underneath. Lots of hops bitterness on the back of the tongue.
M: Tingly level of carbonation, medium level of attenuation, lots of oily hops, comes across as mouth coating.
D: True to style, a very nice balance of hops and malt, very easy to drink. It will be interesting to see if the other bottles in the sixer have chunks as well. Like it, don't love it. Worth trying.

01-09-2010 22:37:30 | More by wspscott
Photo of scruffwhor


2.68/5  rDev -32.3%

Pours a dark yet clear copper amberWith a great, well sustained head and foam. Cathedral like lacin sticks to my glass after each sip.Smells like super rich hop oil. Almost like they through a ton of hops in the brew kettle and some hop oil as well. Maybe just a hint of bread in the aroma. A bit too oily smelling for my taste. The taste and palate are hop oily and a carbonated hop oil with maybe some bread. The hops are just a bit over done and just linger on my palate way to long. For a beer I was thinking might be sessionable, is just almost oppressive to my nose and palate.

01-01-2010 23:46:25 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of ReDave


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours Red amber. Tan head pretty good lacing.

Some hop aroma with sweet malt citrus.

Pretty good taste, nice mix of malt and hops and bitterness. Earthy and malty, with a nice hop back.

Green Flash is usually pretty good and this is it. [too bad the prices are going up]

Nice body, low carbonation, good aftertaste.

If the six-pack goes on sale GET it!

12-29-2009 20:50:31 | More by ReDave
Photo of animal69


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

A- pours a cloudy med. burnished copper color w/ a thick off-white cap which dissipates quickly leaving a decent lacing in my snifter

S- a strong sweet, citrus/piney hop smell, kinda like a cypress tree and cotton candy, some bread and nuts also present

T- taste is similar to smell, like cotton candy and grapefruit with a bit of toffee-like caramel sweetness, some nuts and dark fruit like figs in the middle, the slightly metallic finish has a bit of a mineral/soapy bitterness to it that seems to work well in this one

M- a med-full mouthfeel w/ a decent level of co2

D- a fine drinking beer, nicely balanced yet a bit more on the hoppy side, a delicious amber all around

12-29-2009 04:21:20 | More by animal69
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.65/5  rDev +17.4%

A- Clouds of yeast hang in a red-orange suspension. Sticky, off-white head with great retention and plenty of lacing. Would be a 5 with a bit more clarity

S- Sweet honey, fragrant flowers and a bitter herbal scent.

T- This beer has layers of malt and hop complexity creating a mesh of delectable flavors. Mostly bitter along with some bread and sweetness

M- Very smooth with a silky carbonation. Perfect?

D- Hoppy American red ales rock my world and this is no exception

12-22-2009 21:05:51 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of Beejay


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%

A: Deep reddish amber, with a nice fluffy light tan head on top. Looks pretty awesome.

S: Big citrus scent. Like sweet grapefruit juice, and lemonade. Underlying Malt sweetness as well.

T: Not as hoppy as one would expect up front.. starts with citrus and grass, finishes with a very complex sweetness that I really like. Very well balanced, and the finish on this is amazing, a bit of a toasted character with some underlying caramel goodness.

M: Fairly thick for the style, oily, and slick. Good amount of carbonation.

D: Damn this is a good brew. A bit hoppier than I usually tend to go, but I find this very well balanced with a hop bite, and a good sweet malty overtone. Well done fellas, I would definitely buy this again.

12-22-2009 03:41:34 | More by Beejay
Photo of danman83


4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Poured into a Weizen glass

Appearance - Absolutely beautiful. A deep crimson rust red which pours a moderately thick head with good retention. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Mild citrus with subtle hop resin blended with almost a red wood odor possibly coming from the malts.

Taste - Starts off with some sweet malts before the heavy dose of Amarillo starts to bleed through with a very nice tart/citrussy finish.

Mouthfeel - Ideal for this style of beer. Thick but not overbearing with a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability - Really glad I was talked into picking up a six pack of this because it's fantastic and will certainly be picking up more. It has a great amount of character and personality but low enough in abv to be enjoyed as a session beer.

12-22-2009 03:41:16 | More by danman83
Photo of cvaypai


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from bottle to dfh signature glass. Thanks to portia99 for this one. Thanks again Bill.

Appearance - Deep brown-crimson, hazy when held up to the light. Poured with a thin layer of head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a decent looking lacing. What is left of the head is very bubbly.

Smell - Smells of grapefruit and other citrusy hops right up front. I can pick up some candy and smells of caramel malts. Sweetness picked up in the end. Maybe a little bit of honey and pine can be found with a large smell.

Taste - Right up front I get some roasted, semisweet malts, a nice earthy taste comes through. After I get chased by some earthy and grassy tastes paired with a little bit of grapefruit and pine. The finish has a bit of sweetness battling with the hops and turns out pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Right on for the style. Kind of thick, feels the mouth well. There is a good amount of carbonation here and it fills it nicely. The bitterness on the tongue rounds it out well.

Drinkability - I don't see why I couldn't drink a 6 or so of this, very balance and sessionable for its abv. I could drink the 6 and be feeling pretty good, I would try at least.

My first from Green Flash.

12-21-2009 01:19:13 | More by cvaypai
Photo of sgoodship


4.6/5  rDev +16.2%

This is my first Green Flash review. I enjoyed a West Coast on-tap some time ago. I didn't review because I'd have a few beers before it. I'm excited about this one because I love red or rye beers with heavy hops.

The smell is an amazingly dry, resiny, grassy, piney and slightly citrusy hop extravaganza. Reminds me of Cane and Ebel but a little heavier handed - in a good way. There are some similarities in Summit and Amarillo hops, so maybe it's not surprising. I like a beer that's not afraid to share what it has in store for you through the aroma. Dry hopping at work!

The color is a handsome, hazy, dark red brown. The head is yellowy cream and popped up an easy one finger. It had soft creamy foam and big bubbles that started leaving big topographical lacing instantaneously. I didn't pour aggressively enough, so the head dissipate a bit but it seemed like it had pretty decent head retention.

Wow. Dry up front, then dives right into the hop (all like the nose) and then rounds off with caramel malt - along with a wholesome, nutty, oaky flavor. I think there is a spot of tarty citrus trying to come through but what the heck, who's counting when you get hops delivered at full throttle like this. The finish is as dry as hell with that pine bite digging in to the back of your palate. It's one of those beers that quenches your thirst and makes you thirsty - a continual loop.

The mouth is the full side of medium. There's medium carbonation but it's tame compared to the hops. This brew ravages the mouth - just the way I like it.

I really enjoyed this beer. The combination of IPA level Amarillo with rich, malty, dark ale is awesome. Makes me want more and makes we want to check out more Green Flash brews!

12-20-2009 23:07:13 | More by sgoodship
Photo of stakem


4.08/5  rDev +3%

Pours an amber color that for the most part would have been clear but a slightly ignorant pour made the yeast come up a bit from the bottom of the bottle and cloud the clarity up a bit. Almost a full 2 finger head sits on top of this brew with fair retension and a bold amount of lace all over the place. Sweet malt aroma is paired nicely with citrus and floral hops. Taste is what the nose leads on, a nice mix of both malt sweetness and hop bitterness in the finish. Linger bitter taste is somewhat resinous and warming. Lightly carbed and a med to light feel. Very nice brew.

12-16-2009 00:18:20 | More by stakem
Photo of jamie2dope


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

Always love a good amber or red ale. This one has a very nice rose color, with not a whole lot of heading. From the nose, one can smell the Amarillo hops (one of my favorites), and some caramel. Taste is damn, very hoppy, much hoppier than I was expecting. I love hoppy beers like this that are really really bitter. This one is dry, hoppy, and did I mention hoppy? Mouthfeel is about medium, with the malt barely noticeable (at least for me). Drinkability is pretty damn awesome, but it will kill your taste buds without a doubt. This was a really nice surprise from Green Flash. It totally exceeded my expectations, and went particularly well with some jalapeno stuffed olives. Cheers

12-15-2009 23:49:51 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of dirtylou


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

12oz single, shipped by Bort. enjoy this beer, but closest distribution is Chicago

appearance: poured into my tyranena pint, murky dark amber body, light beige lace...has a pulpy look to it

smell: thick waves of caramel, potentially faded hops - rustic pine, bitter ruby red, orange peel.

taste: dig hoppy ambers - along with the Ale Asylum and Troegs varieties, this ranks as a favorite. Flavor profile showcases lots of hop bitterness - pine, grapefruit peel, orange peel. well balanced with a ton of caramel and strong toasted malt backbone

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, slick and pulpy

drinkability: good

12-12-2009 23:58:33 | More by dirtylou
Photo of aggiearcher13


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

A: Hazy orange-red glow, about an inch of pale head that hangs around and leaves very nice lacing.

S: Quite the powerful aroma. Caramel malts are there, but hops dominate. Orange and apricot.

T: Hops dominate big time. Seems like a lot more than 45 IBUs. Not terrifically balanced, but it is called "hop head red" so I can't knock it. There is some caramel sweetness as well, but mostly a wonderful bitterness.

M: Very smooth, great body.

D: Pretty high. It's super tasty and relatively low ABV, a nice little combination.

12-03-2009 02:39:49 | More by aggiearcher13
Photo of nickfl


4.08/5  rDev +3%

A - One and a half fingers of light brown foam on top of a slightly hazy, brown body with amber highlights. The foam exhibits good retention and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A strong aroma of pine hops mixed with toasted malt and light caramel. The hop character darkens as a result of its interaction with the malt and produces some spicy notes and sweaty sock aromas.

T - Thick, nutty malt up front with notes of light, sweet caramel and mild roast. Some hop flavor appears in the middle and increases towards the finish with grassy notes and a hint of pine. The finish is full of grassy hops and caramel malt with assertive, sharp bitterness that balances the sweetness nicely. Lingering hop flavors interact with the malt in the aftertaste to form cigar tobacco notes with some lingering, acidic citrus hop flavor.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A nice west coast red ale. The hop aroma is great, but the flavor is a bit subdued. Great malt character and a balanced finish. My only complaint is that the citrus character in the finish leaves a cloying acidity that sticks on the palate long after the beer is gone. A nice beer that I would certainly drink again, though I can't help but think that it could be better if it was fresher.

11-30-2009 02:58:30 | More by nickfl
Photo of GbVDave


4.47/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a crystal clear, deep reddish amber with a 1 1/2 finger head that is a light orange/khaki color. Retention is good and some pretty and sticky lace patterns were left behind.

S: Excellent Amarillo hop aroma. This blends amazingly well with the smell of sweet and plentiful caramel malt. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple, as well.

T: Exactly as above, save for a piney hop flavor that becomes readily apparent as it comes up to temp.

M: Loads of juicy tropical fruit, dry Amarillo hops, and sweetness from the caramel. Medium bodied and very sticky. Finishes dry and spicy as it trails off.

D: Another fantastic Green Flash year-rounder. These west coast folks really know what they're doing with the hops!

11-29-2009 21:10:09 | More by GbVDave
Photo of portia99


4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a hazy dark amber with red highlights when held to the light. A thin head of off white bubbles barely makes an appearance and galls to an uneven collar around the glass.

S - Lots of fresh citrusy grapefruit, some oranges, a slight grassiness and a bit of tropical fruits. Bready malt sits in the background under the hops and also provides a bit of caramel sweetness, but subdued.

T - Quite hoppy and bitter, very nice. Good malt backbone, lots of bready, biscuity flavors there. Hops are heavy on grapefruity citrus. More malt character than I expected, and the hops are a focused bitter and have less flavor than I expected - but are still quite a large part of the flavor profile, but the bitterness is the center of attention.

M - Medium bodied with good levels of carbonation, in other words on the high side...lots of prickly bubbles on the tongue. Bitterness fills the mouth completely.

D - Good and hoppy amber ale. Sharply bitter which tastes really good, but makes it hard to put down a lot of these. Very enjoyable beer, but I think in smaller quantities...but I wouldn't mind having another one soon.

11-25-2009 01:08:37 | More by portia99
Photo of reustyMMX

New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%

A: Reddish Amber, clear, well carbonated.

S: Hoppy but not overpowering

T: Well balanced, hoppy up front but fading to a subtle malty and dry finish

M: Pretty average, not thin but certainly not chewy

D: A nice beer, but I would probably try something else for a second drink.

11-24-2009 15:21:45 | More by reustyMMX
Photo of Vonerichs


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours a deep and clear red-orange with a huge fluffy white head. Loads of lacing trails the liquid.

Piney and spicey hops are the main smell with a caramel malt backbone. Same goes for the taste. This is extremely hoppy and crisp, with the main notes being piney, spiced, and a hint of citrus. The malt is heavy but warranted. After all, this is a red ale.

Medium bodied, crisp, and slightly dry. It is puckering as well.

This is delicious and fresh tasting. Alcohol is not noticable at all. This is one of the better red ales out there.

11-24-2009 03:37:29 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of robbyc1


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Beautiful garnet brownish red, clear with tight white head and solid lacing.

Spicy hop nose amarillo gives it a rye like nose

Good malt backbone to offset the hops, lighter feel than expected, good carbonation, nice drinker, but better with a spicy dinner than alone.

11-22-2009 23:46:03 | More by robbyc1
Photo of Florida9


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Bronze, approaching brown, in color. A good two fingers of tannish head on an aggressive pour from the bottle. Decent lacing.

S: Malt quickly overpowered by pine and citrus hops.

T: A good dose of sweet, earthy, caramel malt followed by the freshness of lively piney hops. A moderate bitterness that grows after the swallow.

M: Medium, maybe a little heavier than medium. Heavier carbonation, but the carbonation seeks to "lighten" the beer and activate the hops.

D: Very good red ale. Tasty and I like the heavy hand on the hops as most red ales fall into the "malty" category. If I didn't know any better, I'd say this one could pass for an IPA.

11-19-2009 01:56:02 | More by Florida9
Photo of paco1029384756


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Deep amber color with a small sticky white head.

Scent of bitter, piny, resiny hops, a hint of caramel, some sugar, and light raspberry. Great scent, strong hop presence with a nice hint of sweetness.

Taste bitter piny, resiny hops, caramel, and some earth. Simple and effective, this is a tasty Red Ale.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a good bite of carbonation.

11-16-2009 02:03:49 | More by paco1029384756
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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