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

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2,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,872
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 89
Gots: 217 | 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 washburnkid
2.9/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Approximately two fingers from a relatively firm beige froth sitting on top. Brew is light brown and mahogany with particles floating everywhere. It's pretty gorgeous, especially with the great retention and white spiderweb lacing.
S: Really biscuity on the nose from the malts, with just a hint of pine at the back.
T: Taste is the about the same, with the toasted biscuit dominating the floral hop bitterness. I get a bit of metal in the flavor, but this is back and forth between hoppy and toasted. The two flavors don't seem to meld together at any point. There is also a really disappointing sourness/astringency.
M: Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Really great mouthfeel...nice and full on the palate.
D: I would be more than willing to review this again, maybe on tap? This was just a disappointing experience for me.

washburnkid, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Deep mahogany with a thich tan bubbled head this is a very promising looking beer. This is backed up with a deep tea and hop aroma. Indeed, the first sip has a great hop bite with signature red undertones. Their is a pleasant caramel base behind it with a good creamy mouthfeel. However, the hops are soon overshadowed by the malts and all that's left is the hoppy aftertaste. In this case, the lingering bitterness is quite unpleasant.

Really, I wanted to like this beer because the mouthfeel and aroma were so good as well as the malt tastes. However, by the bottom of the glass I couldn't really see my self having another.

Bfarr, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of evansrdbrew
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on: 3/7/10
6.4% ABV 45 IBU
12 oz. in "Thirsty Monk" Pint

A= Dark rusty red which is quite opaque. Very thin head even w/ aggressive pour, although a nice lace holds the edge.

S= Nice malty floral nose, can get good whifs of dark carmel with a slight sweetness and toffee aroma.

T= Great roasted malt flavors with hints of roast coffee, toffee and carmel. Good resiny hop flavors balance very well with the great malt flavors. Bitterness is nice and has little lingering bitterness. Floral and herbal hop notes are also noticable.

MF= Not heavily carbonated, with a mild wieght and slight (very, very) dryness in the finish. Very thin coating of the tongue. Once you get close to finishing the pint a noticable numbness comes over the tongue.

D= Good Hoppy red ale. I could drink a few more of these.

evansrdbrew, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of johnkfrisbee
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gorgeous, murky, amber. A small head, with only a little lacing.

Smell: Spicy, grassy hops; some grapefruit rind; tiny undertones of malt.

Taste: Almost startlingly full-bodied and complex; a full malt undertone balances out the agressive hops. Minor notes of banana and toffee in the malt.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, a tiny bit oily.

Drinkability: It's a big beer, even for 6.4%. Would stand up fantastically to fried food or barbecue.

Overall: A powerful, punchy, well-balanced beer. Like many of the well-reviewed ambers, it's a little hops-forward for the style, but the hop flavors are beautiful and complex.

johnkfrisbee, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of marcobrau
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight-sided pint glass. Very hazy red. Lots of lace. Smells of fruity Amarillo hops, but not as much as I thought it might. Very smooth, with fruity hop flavors, caramel and coffee in the mix. Fruity, soft, moderately bitter finish. A touch oxidized. Very drinkable. Hop was generally more fruity than specifically citrusy.

marcobrau, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of jlapennas
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma; Pretty bold mix of citrus/fruity hop aromas and caramel and toasty/low roasty aromas. There is a noticeable dry roasty background that isn't always present in red ales. In the end, the aroma is a bit more malt focused but it's a battle.

Appearance: Almost light brown with red highlights. The foam is rocky, long lasting, a shade or two past off-white, and leaves nice lacing.

Flavor: Lots of sweetness and specialty malt character here. Rich caramel and some other burnt sugar qualities with a roasty dry background. There is some hop resin and bitterness but the beer still finishes on a sweet note. The hop flavors are pretty classic american grapefruit and maybe some lemon. They blend very well with the bold malt character and while not in the back seat, they're sitting bitch.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full and slightly slick on the tongue. Some hop resin but nothing like their IPA. Very smooth.

Overall: This beer reminds me a lot of a lower alcohol American Barleywine. It about as rich and sweet as it could be to maintain a good level of drinkability but I had no problem with this one. Nice hop character, bold but not harsh or enough to overwhelm the malts. Really great beer.

jlapennas, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A little dark brown and amber color. Solid head and carbonation. Good aroma, hoppy, woodsy.

Taste, very enjoyable, especially for a red. Not the taste I'm used to with Amarillo hops, but I guess the malt bill is heavier than many of the new ipa's that use Amarillos a lot lately. Not too heavy, just right. Hop feel is not citrus.

Mouthfeel, remains consistent, but weakens in a tiny amount. Drinkable, maybe not for a typical red drinker, but I liked it a lot.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a single finger, off-white head that dissipated quickly and left little lace behind. The body is a clear copper color with red and orange highlights.

Citrus hops hit the nose first with caramel in the background. The backbone of the nose is sweet malt.

The hop flavors dominate the palate. Starts off piney but turns more bitter and biting at the finish. No sweetness present at all.

The mouth feel is medium, semi-oily with pretty high carbonation.

This is drinkable, but not as balanced as my favorite ambers. If you want hops without any complexity, this one is for you.

mgbickel, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of halo21
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured this delicious, heavy ale into a chalice, filling it with chunky white huge head. It looked dense and dark; blood ruby color was amazing.

Smell: Huge spicy Amarillo hops; earthy and rich. Hops were big, and malts were there with mellowing support.

Taste: Big spice and flowers from hops, with the caramel malts sitting nicely. I very different taste to a hoppy beer, as many use cascade to add a floral character. This one is pungent, with the slightest mineral metallic taste that comes with the acidity. The flavor developed and I warmed up more to this beer as it did.

Mouthfeel: Bold and big; not drying bitter, more of a spice dry.

Drinkability: Low; a huge palate busting beer. Takes a toll on how much you can consume.

Notes: A unique beer that grew on me more as it warmed. The last 1/3 of the beer was amazing.

halo21, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of climax
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was a nice robust red, with a big bubbly frothy head and good retention. The lace was bubbly and thick. Good lookin brew.

The blurb on the bottle set it about right for the aroma. Sweet caramel was more than equaled by the resiny pine hop profile. Citrus notes of orange peel and grapefruit accompanied by maraschino cherries and toastiness rounded out an excellent nose.

The flavor was fantastic. Immediate load of hoppiness was met in the middle by toasty sweetness that kept through the finish. Pine, citrus pith, caramel, and some diacetyl flavors all melted together well. 45 IBU's almost seems an understatement.

The medium to full body was nice and sticky and had a fluffy/ cottony texture. The carbonation was sharp and the finish was dry and tingly. This beer beer seems the perfect hybrid of a good IPA and a full flavored rich Red Ale. Awesome beer

climax, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Pint

A - Hazy amber/copper color with an off white 2finger head, head retention was okay, and it left some very attractive lacing.

S - Wow, big pine & floral notes from the hops, a bit dry with citrus and fruity tangerine & pineapple upfront, pretty herbal. I couldn't really pick up much malt here, which really disappointed me, I got soft cracker & honey with mild sweetness, and even when warmed it doesn't get much better than that! Just a big floral aroma.

T - Citrus and tropical fruits going on here, not surprisingly I couldn't pick up much malt, some caramel & biscuit, more so as it warmed. This hoped up out of style beer finishes with pine/resin hop flavors and very nice bitterness, lingering very well. Not enough malt flavors or complexity to me though.

M - Slightly oily & very smooth, around medium-full with lite crispness. I thought it paired well with the flavor profile.

D - An out of style hop forward Red Ale, made for hop lovers. Well I liked it but it wasn't great to me, I was very disappointed in the absence of the malts in the both aroma/taste. I suppose I could drink a couple pints before I grew tired of it, but If I want an Amber than okay, if I want an IPA than I'll get one. I have to say this one didn't please me, great brewery & I loved there IPA, but I still don't recommend it.

PintOHops, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of zadams1
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Lord Hobo 2/18/10

I've always liked a well-hopped red but this is the first one that really matches the intense bitterness and aroma a lot of top-notch pales feature. I don't if its the darker and sweeter malts that drown it out in other beers but for once the hops stand out and make this a hop head's red. It pours with a nice light off-white head and light to medium amber color. Naturally the flavors change as the beer goes on and by the end the hops mellow and you get more of the caramel character you normally see in a red ale. Worth a pint or two at any bar.

zadams1, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear dark copper with a large beige head, and very good lacing.

smell is of grapefruit, caramel, malt, some pine, and a touch of spice.

taste is smooth and creamy, grapefruit, citrus, caramel, some pine, and pepper, ends a little bitter.

froghop, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of socaldesert2007
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured very nicely into a shaker glass with two fingers of head and a strong hop aroma. I could also notice caramelly notes upon taking a deeper breath from the glass. The first sip was pleasnat with a floral aftertaste that i couldnt quite place but was very pleasant. The beer went down very well and was very drinkable.

I would reccomend this beer to anyone who enjoys red ales or IPA's as I feel it is a near perfect blend of these two styles.

socaldesert2007, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Koufax21
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A - Poured a dark redish brown with a thin head. Not great lacing or head retention to this one.

S - Smell wonderful. Lots of hops used in the dry hop makes for a very fragrant brew.

T - First impression... It reminded me a lot of the Jamaica Red Ale from Mad River BC. That's a very good compliment. Great hop flavor and just a hint of that sweet caramel. Surprised it's only 45 IBU.

M - Good Carbonation and smooth.

D - Very drinkable. I would not hesitate to recomend this to IPA fans or anyone for that matter. I would definately buy this beer again.

Koufax21, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of Stimack
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew poured to a brown color with red/amber highlights, quite cloudy and also has a lot of floating sediment. Has a one-finger light tan head that seems to have good retention and left some good lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma here is strong of hops and they are very enticing, the dry hopping with the Amarillo gives a nice floral scent. In the background I think I am picking up some roasted and caramel malt aromas. The flavor is very good, hops dominate and give a real nice flavor, very floral in flavor and seem to tail off to a almost tea like flavor. The hop resin seems to coat the tongue and wants to stick around as for several minutes after I still taste hops. The malt is hard to pin point except for a sweet feel that is there. While this brew is not balanced IMO, it does have a great flavor profile and is easy to drink. Nice offering from Green Flash.

Stimack, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of redjameskidd
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An ode to Amarillo hops.

I enjoy single-hop pales and IPAs that let you get an idea of the character and nature of particular types of hops. This west coast red ale is all Amarillo, and it is quite unique in it's smell and flavor properties.

The first time I had this beer, the overpowering aroma and hop flavors was actually too much, and it shocked me as someone who thought he enjoyed hoppy beer. Going back again at a later date and with a better appreciation, I was more able to enjoy the beer.

Nothing has described the aroma and flavor so well to me as fresh cut grass. It is unlike a lot of the typical west coast styles that are using more "C" hops. It has a different, less citrus flavor.

redjameskidd, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of bob3701
2.7/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a sampler glass. Nice red/ amber color with a decent head that quickly goes to a thin ring. Not much lacing. Very herbal and hoppy aroma, pine scented too. Very powerful flavor that just was not for me. Tasted like fresh mowed grass, hoppy grass that is and an herbal tea. Maybe this one did not mix well with the other beers in this session for me. I will say my son loved it.

bob3701, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of tapman
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sanguine against the light, dark amber at the table with a dense head of compacted foam. Bubbles are small and lacing is light and fluffy.

GF signature strong, herbal dry-hop aroma, amarillo dry-hop to be exact thanks to info on the bottle. Malt toast comes through a little, but the hops dominate this nose.

Rich, full-bodied, dextrinous, malty flavor with grassy, bitter, pine/citrus American hops sticking to the back of the palate. Very sweet with just enough bitterness to give it a light dark chocolate appeal, if you can dig that analogy. For the color the roasty elements of this beer surprised me. A hint of Coc. or Blk. Patent? Roast Barley!? Definitely some roastiness, but with a toastiness as well. Hops are a bit resinous in the late finish, a bit much for the style.

Like I said, full-bodied and dextrinous. I tasted a lot of residual sweetness and I feel it as well. What about hop oils in this one, hmm? I was talking with ome people about hop residue adding or taking away from to mouthfeel and I wonder if this one gets its chewiness from the "bucket loads of Amarillo hops."

Fantastic. My new favorite red ale. To be fair, I haven't had any notibly great red ales, but this is a good brew regardless. Imperial Red? I.R.A.? A great beer regardless.

tapman, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of boogyman
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark copper color and very hazy. The off white head is a good 2 fingers and shows no signs of going away. Constantly being refueled by the bubbles coming from the bottom. The lacing is wonderfully sticky.

S- Damn floral for a red ale. Wonderfully hoppy with a lot of citric notes. Orange peel, lemon, and grapefruit. But also has some decent dark fruit with it as well like plums. Starting off good with this one.

T- Oh man this is a good beer. Its like it wants to be an IPA but it keeps that Amber style so well. Good serving of hops but also doesn't hide the malt. The balance is wonderful.

M- At first it would seem this beer would have a strong bite with the everlasting head and strong hop character but it goes down surprisingly smooth. Leaves a decent bitter bite on the tongue that just makes you want more.

D- This beer is definitely quaffable while still being very tasty and full of flavor. Green Flash is a new brewery for me but after trying their lineup of beers, I am now a big fan. They are making some gooood stuff.

boogyman, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of mckajd03
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This beer redefines the red category for me. First, it is an immaculately crisp red color- quite impressive under the light. The nose has a little to be desired, but that's not really a high point of the style anyway. After that, though, it's phenomenal. The sweet malt comes through just enough to be a perfect complement to the Amarillo hops. Having homebrewed with Amarillo before, I was excited to see how they came through in this Red, and they did not disappoint. Do yourself a huge favor and buy a bottle (or six).

mckajd03, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy copper color that has big creamy off white head. huge retention on the head, tons of lace on the glass. picture perfect in my eyes.

S-the nose is quite big and nice. it brings sweet caramel malts and caramelized brown sugar, a big resignous pine aroma with notes of citrus

T-the taste follows the nose, sweet caramel and brown sugar, big resinous pine, and a touch of citrus. the finish brings a lingering hop bitterness.

M-this is medium bodied, almost bigger, very syrupy, slick on the back of the throat, smooth, and astringent

D-this beer is pretty awesome! i forgot how good this was. big flavors, a touch of malt and then an onslought of hops! top notch for the style!

cpetrone84, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of spartanfan
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep ruby red color. The voluminous tan head is quite rocky and is leaving thick waves of.
lace on the walls of my glass.

S: Great herbal, piney hop aromas dominate the nose. The malty sweet odors make themselves known as well.

T: Not quite as hoppy as the nose, but delicious none the less. There is a caramel sweetness up front, then a taste I can't quite put my finger on; a somewhat rose like flavor. Quite a bit of piney bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: The body on this beer is light to medium. A nice refreshing change from all the imperial beers I've been having lately.

D: This beer is light and refreshing, but also has great flavor and depth. I could drink these all night.

spartanfan, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of bobsy
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

bobsy, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

beertunes, Jan 22, 2010
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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