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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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2,662 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,662
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 81
Gots: 146 | FT: 2
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 yesyouam

New York

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Green Flash Hop Head Red is a cloudy, orangish red ale with particles in it. The off-white head fades to a film and leaves nice lacing. It has a fresh hop aroma, like juicy citrus. It has a medium-light body with low carbonation. It's a little papery, but pretty smooth. The finish is loose. It's nice and bitter, with notes of grapefruit peel and orange peel. It's very top heavy, so I can't really tell what's going on with the malt. It's pretty invigorating.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 15:46:04 | More by yesyouam
Photo of callmescraps


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

Another random pick up. I think I've had it before, but can't recall anything particular.

Appearance - A deep amber color with a half inch or so of head. If it's a red, it's a deep red. Some sediment, not terribly clear. Nice lacing.

Smell - Some pine and some grapefruit hops. With some caramel malt in the background. Pretty sharp and clear.

Taste - Plenty of caramel malt up front. With a little hop kicker. A little bitter on the follow. Pretty sweet, but then bitter. It's a decent balance.

Mouthfeel - Pretty crisp. Pretty nice. Not a lot of stickiness. It's a clean taste. Maybe creamy.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable. But the after is bitter. It's a little creamy, so wouldn't want too many.

This is a pretty decent beer. Reds aren't my favorite. It's more red than IPA. Pretty decent overall, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 06:10:06 | More by callmescraps
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed copper with a foamy head of mixed bubbles. Wow. Straight-up grapefruit pith all the way in the nose. Flavour is also lots of grapefruit with a bit of a grain in the background. Not a lot of toastedness or fruitiness in this one - could be that the hops are just obliterating anything else. Quite a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is moderate with a bit of a zippy carbonation. Drinkable if you like big grapefruit hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 00:44:15 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of MSchae1017


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JahNoth for this one.

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 12oz bottle.

The beer pours a cloudy deep amber with a frothy 1 1/2 finger white head.

The aroma of the beer is a weak mixture of sharp Amarillo hops and caramel malts.

The flavor of the beer is up front with sharp hop bitterness, followed by a caramel malt presence, before showing some citrus-piney hop flavor, and finishing with a toasted grain flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium with lively carbonation and a bit of dryness.

Overall, a decent amber ale, but it i think that the Amarillo hop is a bit astringent and hop bitterness overwhelms the hop flavor. The Caramel malt presence just kind of hangs out without really melding with the rest of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 03:33:08 | More by MSchae1017
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4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark red hue with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a collar surprisingly quick.

Fresh, hoppy and malty all describe the smell of this beer well. Hops are unsurprisingly citrus...pineapples, grapefruit and bubblegum. Malts are sweet and caramely with a hint of malted milk.

Mmmm, hop juice in a bottle. Similar hop flavor and bitterness as the WCIPA, but with a stronger malt profile. Sticky, resinous and delicious! Green Flash manages to make ultra-hoppy beers without being over the top bitter and always clean and crisp. I actually like this one better than their IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 18:56:22 | More by twiggamortis420
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack at Arctic Liquors in Steamboat CO. Around $8.

A: Poured a murky red/brown color, huge tan head, extremely dense and rocky, quite a few chunks of lacing as well. Quite dark for a "red" but its an appealing beer nonetheless.

S: This is aromatic, just having it in the room fills up the room with a wonderful smell of caramel and grapefruit hops, big time citrus smack to the nose, and a huge caramel blast too, smells awesome if you ask me.

T: Big on the caramel malts, somewhat earthy, quite sweet up front, citrus and pine, this has a great grapefruit rind bite to it as well. A lot of IPA characteristics in an amber, and that is really nice, a good change of pace for a style that can get a little old and indistinguishable.

M: Somewhat thick, lightly carbonated, and dry, this beer begs for another sip. Lingering grapefruit rind bitterness.

D: This would be a great sixer to watch a game with. I really really like this beer, and will continue to have it on hand. Excellent amber, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 04:26:44 | More by pokesbeerdude
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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- dark red brown color with a weak off white head

S- tangy fruity aroma with a sweet background

T- there is a biscity taste with a little earthyness as well as a balance of sweet and bitter grapfruit

M- medium syrupy body with good carbonation

D- ok with a good amount of complexity

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 01:05:54 | More by humanawho
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with plenty of yeast floaties that seem to be typical of Green Flash brews. Somewhat small head settles into a light ring. The aroma is of a nice juicy orange hop, not very strong but nice. The taste is more of a sprucy, resin hop; quite bitter but the bready malt helps balance it out. There is quite a bitter aftertaste. The feel is moderate to thick, with a good amount of carbonation to cut the maltiness. Definitely finishes bitter but there is a nice balance between the hop and malt. A real nice hoppy amber ale. The hoppier the better for this boring style. The hop bitterness is a bit harsh and the look could be better but still a very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 07:34:08 | More by Gmann
Photo of SaintArnold


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep reddish amber color with a foamy 2 finger head. Very generous lacing left on the glass. I like the fact that is not filtered also.

S- Malty deliciousness is the dominate flavor. The hops are there but not overpowering. I can tell this is going to be good. The first parts of these reviews are always the hardest. My mouth waters as I study the appearance and smell.

T- Very nice. I like the bite of the hops followed by the smoothness of the malt and then right back to the lingering taste of the hops. I just wish it were a little more balanced. As a hop head I love the additional hops at the end, but given a preference I will always take balance. That way I can drink more beer without my mouth drying out. I will say that as the beer warms up the taste and balance improve.

M- Medium body which is nice because it looks like a much thicker beer than it feels.

D- Its drinkable, but I wish it were smoother. I can't see myself drinking more than two of these in one sitting. Green Flash brewery is definitely a force to be reckoned with and one that is rising to the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 22:47:32 | More by SaintArnold
Photo of mechamifune

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Sam's in durham, to my knowledge the only place in the region that sells said beer.

Very thick, heavy appearance upon pouring, and indeed, upon tasting. Much more complexity in texture than i was initially expecting. Hop flavor is evident but is far from overwhelming the beer.

Reminded me a great deal of arrogant bastard ale (one of my favorites), which i was not expecting. Despite relative heaviness of the beer, was still easy and pleasant to drink, though i'm not sure i could deal with more than a couple in a sitting.

The bottled experience here was surprisingly more pleasant than the experience i had with it on tap. I will be buying more of this when I return to Sams, as this probably ranks in with my top ten current beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 01:49:43 | More by mechamifune
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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A left over bottle from a case bought at the Beeryard. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: A hazy red/amber color, just as expected. Thin, one finger off-white head that recedes slowly, leaving a nice layer of lacing. And I can smell the hops all the way from the table, but lets give it a closer whiff.

Aroma: Piney, citrusy aroma. Pretty solid hop aroma that emanates quite a ways away from the glass. Impressive.

Taste: Hops hit you first, with a strong carbonation on the tongue. Some malt sweetness in the middle, but hops take over again and finish out the experience. A somewhat dry, bitter finish. The hops certainly steal the show, but the amarillo hop is a beautiful thing, so who cares? This is a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation on the tongue. Dry, bitter finish. Medium body.

Drinkability: This is not an overly heavy, thick IPA and with a lower ABV, you could drink several of these in a sitting. I have.

One of my favorite inexpensive, "small" IPA's. A great way to get your hop fix, and then some. A go-to beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 03:07:02 | More by Ezekiel81923
Photo of cpn920

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color I expected, reddish and amber. Small creamy head that was very thin. Smelled piney and of grapefruit. Taste was good and refreshing with the flavor mimicking the smell...grapefruit and pine. Mouthfeel is medium with adequate carbonation. I enjoyed the beer as it was very well balanced between malts and hops. Overall a good beer that I could enjoy several of over the course of an evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 15:39:19 | More by cpn920
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6% ABV
45 IBU

A: Straw-red in color with a good amount of haze. There is a decent off-white head that floats atop this brew.

S: Hop Head Red has a strong bouquet. Consisting of pine, grapefruit, and herb it is sure to please.

T: I will have to admit that I am a sucker for Amarillo hops, and this is a dream come true. Pine and grapefruit come together in hoppy harmony.

M: Medium in body with a good amount of froth from the head. The carbonation plays well on the tongue.

D: Not the best IPA in the world, but definitely enjoyable and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 23:14:43 | More by Avagadro
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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this one next to my pal William Pang (Queens, NY).

Pours a dark, slightly hazy amber with very good head retention and spotty but thick lacing.

Smells like very fresh hops, with a lot of citrus, but also a well balanced malt sweetness coming in.

The taste is very subdued. It consists of a lot of hops, which are very much grapefruit and citrus all over. Not a whole lot of malt in the taste.

The mouthfeel is very ordinary. Bitter hops dominate, with a little bit of carbonation, but an overall very thin and stinging feel.

Very drinkable beer. Light and dry, with good but not overpowering taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 02:23:04 | More by tittymcj
Photo of trbergman


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A - Pours auburn, cloudy with suspended particles. Thin tan head with decent lacing.

S - Sweet toffee, toasty malt, pine and grapefruit.

T - Sweet malt presence doesn't exactly balance the hops, but adds a nice counterpoint. Burnt toffee, dried apricot, and toast linger behind grapefruit and orange pith.

M - Dense and chewy. Like an IPA, but meatier.

D - Very good. I'm getting to like this substyle - the bitterness and hop aroma of an IPA, but with a more assertive malt backbone and richer mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 03:10:06 | More by trbergman
Photo of ibbjamin


3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $9.99 for a 6 pack of 12 oz bottles. Poured one of them into a pint glass to review.

Off white head of just under a quarter inch, mainly comprised of relatively large bubbles after a standard pour. Good carbonation. Much floating sediment, like large sand crystals, cause it to have a rather cloudy appearance. Color is amber red. Minimal head retention. Superb lacing.

Rather hoppy nose, but certainly is very well balanced with a malt background. Has a "small-batch" malt aroma. The hops smell very fresh and dank.

Taste is very clean and well balanced. While the nose was much more hoppy, the taste is really middle of the road. More of a grainy flavor comes through on this one. Hops linger into the aftertaste, which leans a bit too much on the bitter side for my liking.

This beer is medium bodied, perfectly carbonated and is way too easy to drink.

Quite easily the best beer I've tasted of this style. It reminds me more of a good brewpub IPA however. Highly recommended if you are looking to stray from your normal routine/styles.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 02:49:27 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of Gehrig


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber with dark orange highlights topped with two fat fingers of tan foam that leave thick rings of lacing on the Yankees pint glass. Very good head retention, with a fairly thick layer of foam remaining on the beer throughout; very impressive appearance. Big blast of Amarillo hops from the bottle, persisting throughout consuming Hop Head Red--orange peel and grapefruit--with some caramel lurking in the background.

Hops forward and malt in tow is very much how I'd characterize the taste as well. The citrusy bitterness emblematic of Amarillo pervades Hop Head Red. However, caramel malt with some toasted hazelnut maintain some semblance of balance despite the hop dominance. Chewy hop texture imbricates the creamy smooth malt on the tongue, which is just fine by me.

I've been on quite a good streak with good, hopped Reds of late--Southern Tier Big Red, Santa's Private Reserve from Rogue, and now Hop Head Red. If only more red were so beefed up. Hop Head Red is outstanding, one of the very best from Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 19:50:29 | More by Gehrig
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark caramel color appearance, a big frothy two finger head and killer lacing

S: Sweet malt and hops.

T: Big hops that play nice with the characteristics of the amber style. They ask you if it's an ipa on the bottle, and the answer could easily be yes.

M: Very gulpable indeed. Little sweeter on the withdraw and the mega hops make for some new experiences.

D: Very drinkable, I can assure you that it makes a great session beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 01:58:28 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single purchased at Jungle Jims by a friend of mine during Thanksgiving. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish brown color with a lot of floaties in the liquid. There is a finger thick head that settles quickly down to a haze. The bubbles leave sticky rings of lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hop aromas blended with a caramel malt base.

T: Taste follows the nose. Very well balanced. Slightly sweet caramel malts with a nice bitter finish.

M: A smooth creamy mouthfeel and medium body.

D: A very sessionable beer. I could really knock these back.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 03:58:41 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep red-brown with brownish creamy head

Strong aroma of hops and fresh bread with a little pepper and coffee

Surprisingly sweet bite up front with mellow malt flavors that quickly gets overtaken by a bitter hops and slight zest sourness that tingles on the tongue.

Quite a unique little drink! This one hits each area of the tongue in clearly distinct phases. The hops bitterness with slight malt sweetness stayed in my mouth for a full half-hour after I had finished!!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 21:52:16 | More by Grandwazoo
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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark red, fades to copper at the bottom of my tulip glass. High carbonation, this beer is alive! Reminiscent of Old Chub, beginning to become a fan of reds, yet I still haven't found the one red ale to pull me over. Very heavy red, thick and viscous. Nearly no head, but lacing is prominent. Sweet notes of cherries and grapes.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 06:42:18 | More by kiddynamite920
Photo of taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red color with a nice off-white head. The beer has little floaties in it from the bottle, but the liquid is clear otherwise. The head stays around and leaves good lacing. The smell is probably the best part. Says on the bottle "dry hopped with Amarillo", and I believe it. I can smell them for days, and it's really great. There's also a whiff of sweetness and maltiness underneath. The taste is nice. There's a good maltiness, like a bready, nutty, biscuity taste filled with some sweetness from caramel malts, but definitely not overly sweet. The malts are balanced with a nice hop bitterness and there's some hop flavor in there, but not as much as there could be. In the mouthfeel, there's kind of a chalky taste from the bitterness. And there's something else, almost like an alcohol burn, but I can't seem to imagine it being that because of the 6% and the malty/hoppi-ness, maybe it's the carbonation, a bit too much and it burns the tongue. The drinkability is good. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't go for a whole 6-pack in a night. I could handle two or three though and enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 23:34:45 | More by taylorhamrick
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Northside into a standard pint glass.

A: A reddish orange color with a thin white head. Not much glass lacing.

S: Citrus hops with grapefruit notes and a candy sweetness.

T: Amarillo? That means grapefruit and yes it does. Grapefruit and citrus flavors with a hint of pine and grass. The malt is very forward with hints of toffee and caramel, finish goes back to the bitter hops.

M: A little thin. I loved it from bottle, but I think this draft version was a bit thin and dry. Not real coating and the taste really dries up quickly. No alcohol hints.

D: Still pretty high, this is a very sessionable beer.

Overall a solid beer, but I enjoyed it better from bottle. Still another solid offering from Green Flash that I would drink any day of the week.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2009 13:55:52 | More by Kadonny
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper body is topped by a medium beige head. Lots of sticky patch lace on the glass.

Aroma is quite hoppy. Lots of pine and grapefruit in the nose. A hint of roasted caramel.

Medium body with moderate carbonation and a bit of hop oil.

Taste has an assertive hop bitterness that is mostly grapefruit but with a dash of pine. Hop profile takes this one into IPA territory. Caramel malt backbone is subtle but adds a bit of balance.

One of the hoppier red ales around. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 17:33:14 | More by merlin48
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4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Table & Vine in West Springfield, MA.

The brew pours a nice amber with bright golden orange hues. Very nice off white layer of bubbles lay on top that leave some crispy lacing in my glass.

Aroma...Honestly one good whiff and I am instantly transported back 4 years in time when I was stationed in San Diego drinking all the hoppy beers that I could get my hand on. Fresh Amarillo hops! Spicy, a little bit pungent and a touch of citrus. Underneath I can detect some crystal malts and a little bit of roast.

Mouthfeel is very thick and full-bodied, leaving a little bit of slickness.

This is a hoppy beer! There is some caramel sweetness upfront but the hop oils dominate the palate quickly, it tastes like i'm sucking a hop bag that has just been extracted from a secondary fermenter. Nice crystal malts balance the hops, some roasted malt and a touch of chocolate. The hops dominate the flavor of the beer, the finish is quite mild, spicy, piny, with a grapefruit tartness.

Awesome beer for any hop head, the best of both worlds Red Ale & IPA!


Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 02:45:32 | More by SteveO1231
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,662 ratings.