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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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2,792 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,792
Reviews: 898
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 83
Gots: 190 | 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 jkrich
3.93/5  rDev -1%

12 oz. squatty bottle with no freshness date found.

Poured a murky, brown and reddish color with a small off-white head. There was a lot of particulates and sediment in the mix.

The first aroma upon opening the bottle was strong hops. The bottle label states that the ale was dry hopped with amarillo hops. After the pour into the shaker pint glass, some of the sweet malt aroma becomes evident.

This is a bold flavored amber style ale with an emphasis on northwest hops. The initial blast of hops is followed by hints of malt flavor. Allow the ale to warm and it becomes more balanced.

A solid medium bodied ale with a chewy, somewhat thick mouthfeel.

This one grows on you. After the first couple of sips, I thought this was an over-hopped, unbalanced ale. As it warms it certainly improves. Did I mention the large amount of sediment floating in the ale; a rather unattractive but tasty ale.

jkrich, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of greg202stewart
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%

This isn't an IPA folks. Its a Ryle PA, so don't give a low score because you hate the style. I love this beer. Dark copperish red with yeasty chunks suspended in the beer and has the consistency of glycerin. Smells faintly of hops and citrus. Hop Hed REd has a great pale ale bite of the hops and sharp floral citrus flavors but also has a unique rye taste that is fantastic and has a great slippery mouthfeel. This beer has opened my eyes up to new possibilities for Rye PA.

greg202stewart, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Earwacks
2.05/5  rDev -48.4%

While it pours beautifully with a deep copper color and wonderful head, this brew is all looks and no personality. I hate to say it, but its nothing more than beautifully hopped dishwater... For anything more in depth just read the previous low reviews. I couldn't agree more with them. (And I love Reds... and strong or highly hopped beers)

Earwacks, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
3.93/5  rDev -1%

On draught at Callahan's in San Diego. This brew pours a luminous amber color with a medium and foamy beige head that lingers for some time. Rings of lace on the glass. Floral hops aroma with touches of sweet fruit. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with flavors of floral hops, grapefruit and malt. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitterness. Pretty good overall.

Dogbrick, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of COBeerBuff
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%

Appearance: Pours a reddish-orange copper translucent color with lots of hanging sediment visible. The head is a light and foamy off-white color with lots of staying power.

Smell: Lots of hops, but the malts are also very prevalent. A sweet sticky bready smell lingers as well.

Taste: Very sweet bordering on sour almost. The hop bitterness attempts to provide some balance, but the sourness is overwhelming. Very heavy on the malt character. That's unexpected considering the heavy hop presence in the nose.

Mouthfeel: It's a very light amber pale ale. The hops definitely aren't as sticky as you would expect, and

Drinkability: While only 6.4% ABV, this beer's sweet malty character and taste will keep it from being that sessionable for me. Others may look at it different, but I don't feel like this is the best example of the style for me.

COBeerBuff, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of kels
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: The beer pours into my pint glass a nice rusty brown with significant ruby-red highlights. It is slightly hazy with some visible carbonation running through that feed the well-retained 1-finger off-white head. The foam is soft and bubbly, and leaves swathes of sticky lace down the sides of the glass. There's a lot of sediment in the liquid that I wasn't expecting.

Smell: Really nice aroma comes of the significant head. Tons of caramel malt meet a distinct, bitter citrus and grass hop note. The smell is sweet and toasty.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The first notes of this beer are very malty, thick and sweet. The bitterness of the citrus rind doesn't start to creep through until halfway through the first mouthful, and it lingers long in the aftertaste. It really becomes the focus of the beer in the overall drink. The feel is moderate, slightly creamy and fizzy, and it leaves a film of stickiness throughout the palate.

Drinkability: Definitely on the higher side. The bitterness is very pleasing, and the overall taste is solid. Very decent beer.

kels, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of elniko
4.05/5  rDev +2%

Poured from bottle into Stella glass. No dates marked on bottle.

A: Deep, rich amber coloring with tan head with nice lacing. Good looking red.

S: A lot of dryness on the nose, some citrus grapefruit tones apparent as well.

T & M: I've enjoyed most of the hoppy reds I've had thus far and this one did not disappoint. Bitterness apparent right off the bat and continues through the entire mouthfeel. Dryness from the smell is there in the taste as well as some mild caramel sweetness as well.

D: Pretty darn drinkable, I've been impressed with the Green Flash brews that have made it to North Texas.

elniko, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of LittleDon
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours red-amber, hazy with noticeable particulates. Head is dense, leading to lace that sticks to the sides of my glass. Grapefruit and grain in the nose. First sip is hoppy up front, with a bit of the alcohol coming through. Big mouthfeel middle, thick. Finishes bitter, again on the heavy side. While the hopping is noticeable, there's enough sweetness in malt to make it characteristically different from an IPA.

LittleDon, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of OnlyDark4ME
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

The dark body with the brown head was most enjoyable. The smell is something that I would expect from a hoppy ale, the taste is perfect for my taste although may be a little strong for others. This was certainly a enjoyable sit down beer paired with a gamey dinner, this makes an excellent conbinbation.

OnlyDark4ME, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of JoshW
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance is very very dark amber, had a healthy two finger head that lasted almost the entire way through the beer.. Lots of heavy lacing on the glass. Smelled almost like Bell's Hopslam to me (one of my favorites) The hop note is VERY noticable. Strong strong hop taste, yet still smooth and not overpowering. Seems to me like it could be higher than a 6% ABV.... Drinkability is great for a hop-head..

JoshW, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of david18
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

I love Green Flash beers. They are also not affraid to make experimental/combine beers. Although i'm not crazy about La Freak, this one is a perfect combination of malt and hops. A bit like Red Rocket; a less aggressive arogant bastard.

Found it in a 12 oz bottle at a very reasonable price.

david18, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of CosmoHopHead
3.93/5  rDev -1%

12oz. bottle poured into a Founders pint glass.

A: Reddish brown with a decent head and thick lacing. Lots of settlemant in the glass. Not sure how fresh this bottle was which might explain that.

S: Hops come through first with a almost sweet, malty undertone.

T: A bit sweet but the bitter hops balance nicely with it. Without the hop bitterness, would have been to sweet probably.

M: Light, sweet and still a little bitter.

D: Pretty darn drinkable. Red ale style is not my favorite but the nice hop mix on this one makes it very easy to drink.

CosmoHopHead, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of drumrboy22
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Received as an extra in trade with Alen. Beer pours a brownish, red color with a tan, one-finger head. Heavy lacing and moderate carbonation.

Aroma was heavy, heavy hops and moderately sweet malt.

Taste was strong with hops, some floral notes and a light citrus bite.

Long bitter finish. Smooth, light mouthfeel. Fairly easy drinking.

Thanks to Alen for this one!

drumrboy22, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of WalrusJockey
4/5  rDev +0.8%

A- bright reddish brown, tan head.

S- brights, sweet, fruity floral hops dominate the nose in my glass, backed by a sweet, roasted caramel malt. My wife's glass, however, is roast and caramel with cinnamon and bitter hop aromas. Very wide difference between the two glasses.

T- roast, caramel sweet flavors, framed by bitter hops, in turn framed by floral hops. Swallow is bitter and dry, with a long bitter hops finish.

M- crisp, light, slightly juicy.

D- not amazing. This beer clocks in at 6.4%, which is fairly middle of the road for American beers, but it packs in a whole lot of big beer flavor which is nice, but diminishes the drinkability-as-such.

Overall: A-

WalrusJockey, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Oxymoron
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a ruby red color with great clarity. A rock solid off white head and great retention and lacing through the full tasting.

The nose is very hoppy, along the lines of a west coast ipa. Strong Amarillo and centennial hop notes that leave a noticeable citrus and a ruby red grapefruit nose. Really hides everything else. Some malt notes with a hint of crystal. Mostly husky though. Hints of onions and herbal notes are a bit distracting. Very clean with the yeast though.

The taste is similar. The hops are one sided with a strong finishing hop taste. Strong centennial and Amarillo notes. No real bitterness to speak of but isn't overly sweet so it's ok. Some malty notes but some minor astringency as well that I think is coming from the malt. As it warms the grapefruit notes really come out. Some minor vegi notes but not as noticeable versus the nose.

The body is moderate to dry. Carbonation is light (could have used against the hops). Overall this is a hop bomb red. Not really to style per say but more of a red ipa. Great hop notes that a hop head would smile but I personally would like to see a bit more malt and bitterness to balance the finishing hops. Still tasty though.

Oxymoron, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of smittyjr
4.05/5  rDev +2%

Props to RichBeer for the trade on this one!

A- Aggressive pour from bottle into pint glass. pour results in a clear, dark-reddish-brown body with a frothy-airy head, apprx 1"-1.5". Great retention on the head and good lacing as well...

S- Amarillo hops, spicey, caramely, rotten-fruit smell to it as well.

T- Up front i taste citrus-fruit, sweet; then a hint of caramel from the malt... finishes with hoppy-bitter goodness.

M- I thought this beer was crisp, with a medium body. the carbonation was great, very refreshing. Dry-bitter finish from all those delicious hops!

D- I just started to explore red ales and i think this is my favorite so far. drinkable, yes, very refreshing session!

smittyjr, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Trappissed
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

On-tap at Hamilton's:

A very nice taste from the start. Definitely felt more like an IPA than an Amber, but still very good. Citrus and pine hops meld together for a refreshing taste. A little dry and bitter in the aftertaste, but worked very well for the beer. Would have appreciated some more malts in this, but they were obviously going for the hops, given the name. Never had this out of the bottle, but I probably will give it a try now just to compare.

Trappissed, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of eljefe21
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Thick reddish, brown brew that pours to a soft three-finger head. Some fine lacing throughout.

S: Spicy hop smell. Not strong or overpowering, but definitely there.

T: Dry bitter hop flavor. Pleasing, but lacking anything unforgettable.

M: Some slight carbonation, but for the most part pretty flat. Medium body with a dry finish.

D: A nice beer. Smooth and bitter. Wet and dry. I wouldn't go out of my way to get this again, but would be happy if this came my way in a pinch.

Served: in an imperial pint glass.

eljefe21, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of aeminter
4.05/5  rDev +2%

A - Deep amber, almost brown...nice off-white head, good head retention and lacing...some particulate matter suspended in the beer.
S - Nice citrus/floral hops with a little malt in the background.
T - Well defined hop flavors with a slight citrus in the finish...full finish. Malt flavors are present, but very subdued.
M - Moderate carbonation, medium body

aeminter, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of albern
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%

The real question here is whether this is an IPA or a red ale. I would definitely say this is more of an IPA because it has very few red ale characteristics, and the red ale character only comes through when the beer settles in. The beer pours a nice coppery amber color with lots of yeasty bits floating about. This beer isn't filtered. The head is a nice creamy off white color with some lacing as well. Retention isn't too bad either. The nose is the closest you'll come to a red ale, in that there are some chicory notes hidden underneath the rather hopped up leafy aroma.

The beer is definitely creamy, it has a nice bready undertone to it, but the hops are just too bittering, too drying, and too leafy for my tastes. I'm rating this in terms of an IPA because I'm not getting enough of the maltiness of a red ale to real label it as such. This beer doesn't have enough red ale character and the hop is too bittering for a good IPA. I'm a bit disappointed in a beer that doesn't seem to be able to find itself.

albern, May 31, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%

A=Poured a deep reddish copper with a tan two finger head that dissipated to cap the beer, some yeast floating in beer.

S=definitely hoppy pine aromas, some maltiness hiding in there.

T=similar to smell, starts, goes, and finishes with hops, but not overpowering

M=very nice with good carbonation that keeps on coming all the way through, and crisp finish

D=definitely enjoyable and very sessionable.

A great cross between a red(amber) ale and a IPA, though it is very much skewed toward the IPA.

jacobseyb, May 30, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev -6%

Pours a nice red-amber colour with a good two fingers of frothy yellowish foam. Lacing is great, some dissipation of the head. But this looks pretty damn tasty, I have to say.

Very strong Amarillo nose, which I guess is to be expected - lots of resin, crushed vegetation and a lilting citrus character all combined with strong green peppercorn notes. It's good for it's power - not hugely complex, but very decent.

Nice hop characters on the palate, sticky resin, sharp and strong. Not a huge amount of malt though; or at least, the malt is largely overpowered. Light tartness on the back, not a huge amount of residual fading bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little flat too, could use a little more lift.

Apart from the slightly darker colour, this could easily pass as an IPA. Surprisingly, considering its classification, this seems unbalanced towards hops, and the malt base that the top IPAs is missing here. Still, it's very drinkable for all that, and I could easily go for a second.

lacqueredmouse, May 27, 2009
Photo of rpstevens
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a dark amber/red with a nice glow around the edges. There is a one inch frothy white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves bubbly lacing on the glass that sticks around.

The smell is a very balanced caramel malt and a pretty mild but definitely present hop aroma. The hop is not piney or citrus, but definitely present.

The taste is caramel and malt in the front and all hops in the finish. As in the smell I don't get much pine or citrus, but the hoppy bitter finish is undeniable.

This beer is a little heavier in than it appears, but still very crisp and drinkable. The mouthfeel is nice as the malty sweetness is more than balanced by bitter dry hops. This beer is one that I will definitely return to and try to keep in the fridge more often than not.

rpstevens, May 27, 2009
Photo of meschaefer
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%

This was an excellent beer that pushed the boundaries of style.

It came to me from a tap, with a nice creamy head that showed great retention and left a web of lacing down the side of the pint glass.

A dark read mahogany color, and a fruity and very hoppy aroma. It had a full thick body, and up front the Hop flavor was overpowering and bitter which was then nicely balanced with a rich malt back flavor.

meschaefer, May 26, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Appearance: A deep orange-brown body with a hell of a lot of sediment in solution. Up top, a finger and a half of pillowy, caramel-tinged head that features great retention and lacing.

Aroma: Just as the bottle leads you to expect: lots of Amarillo hops on top of a solid caramel base. Good stuff.

Taste: More of the same. Up front, citrusy, nicely bitter hops. Underneath, the caramel malt backbone is strong enough to keep everything from being unbalanced. The aftertaste is of bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a little fuller than medium and smooth with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability: As long as you aren't afraid of hops, this is pretty sessionable brew.

Verdict: Well, the bottle really says it all, this is a generously Amarillo hopped Red Ale with a lots of caramel malt. It may blur the line between Red Ale and Pale Ale a bit, but who cares?

BeanBone, May 18, 2009
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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