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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

3,174 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,174
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 122
Gots: 370 | 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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Ratings: 3,174 | Reviews: 951
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3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a handsome reddish color with a frothy head into my glass. Well, they nailed that.

Grassy hops greet the nose followed by just a touch of malt underneath. This one, I can smell for sure!

Hmm. I can't figure out when this was bottled because the hops leave a harsh taste in the mouth. Combined with the malt, the overall taste is undesirable.

Ditto for the mouthfeel. Nothing but (stale?) hops and bland malt.

Nice try at a red IPA. Not something I'd drink again though.

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1.86/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: A cool, nice red-orange glow when held up to light. There is a strong head on this beer, and with a light swirl, it comes right back again.

S: To preface this, I am an IPA fan. That being said, all I smell is the bitter aspect of the hops. There are no citrus or floral notes. All you get is grassy hops to be frank.

T: The smell caries over from nose to mouth. There is very little citrus or floral tones typical to IPAs, and next to no evidence of any amber or red qualities to this ale. You just get a major oily, hoppy, grassy flavor on your tongue.

M: Not much to be said here. It is pretty unremarkable. Not good, not bad. It somewhat lingers on your tongue.

O: As the title suggests, hop heads may enjoy this beer, as that is all there is. Only the bitter hop taste with nothing other than its looks to be its saving grace (kinda like Katy Perry). A good beer is a balanced beer. This one is just a bit top heavy.

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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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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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