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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3,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,036
Reviews: 919
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 97
Gots: 272 | 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 Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How could this one have gotten away all these years? This is my first experience with this brew.

A: Red velvet cake batter in a glass appearance-wise. I didn't even get so much as a hint of light on the other side, and the head was thick, foamy, and retained throughout the session.

S: Candy sugar, with a melted lollipop scent even! Hops aplenty, but the malt wasn't as far behind as one might think.

T: Amazingly refreshing for a such a hoppy brew. It tasted like a West Coast IPA (, grapefruit, etc), with added cake icing. It had a nice bitter kick on the end also.

M: The carbonation was excellent for this style, there was a mild pleasant alcohol burn, and the lacing was sticky and substantial.

O: There are very few who do these types of hop bombs quite like Green Flash. It was a pleasure to drink this!

Photo of ummswimmin
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer in a pint glass with a dinner of open pit barbeque. Nothing like a hoppy red with smokey meat.

This was a high carbonated beer. I had three fingers on the pour. The head released citrus flavors. I smelled a lot of grapefruit typical to cascade, but the label lists amarillo dry hopping.

The hoppiness comes through in each drink. There is a little bitterness, but that is expected with this much hops.

I really enjoyed this beer. The brewer did a very good job in making it. Oh, and it did pair very well with the food.

Photo of MonkeymooTJ
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Deep red, almost brown with a two finger, quickly receding foamy head. Lots of sediment can be seen in the glass


Herbal essence with a lesser amount of sweet malt


A 50/50 mix between hops and malt gives it a lot more balance than the smell would indicate. Sweetness is backed up by a slight herbal bitterness.


Has a medium body feeling. Goes down smooth with a moderate carbonation level


A red ale through and through. Balance is the name of the game here. A sweet malty start is followed by a hoppy aftertaste. A moderate carbonation level makes this an easy sipper. Not my favorite red, but something I would drink again

Photo of n2185
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear ruby with a finger of white head that rades into q frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: some slight caramel malts with lots of grapefruit and piny hops. Simple, but pleasant.

T: lots of piny, grassy hop notes with some touches of grapefruit. Dry, lightly bitter finish. Very plain.

M: medium body with a good amount or carbonation, this beer is surprisingly dry and crisp which doesn't fit the flavors well.

O: not that good of a beer. The flavor lacks depth and the very dry body is a bit odd for the style.

Photo of tigernipples
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, No date. Wish Green flash would date their stuff. i'm guessing Green Flash doesn't want us to know and walk past an expired 4 pack.

poured a one finger head. color is red brown with some flakey stuff floating (actually when i say "some" i mean a ton). i know for a fact this isnt the freshest bottle. this has sat in my stores cooler forever. saying that, i do still smell earthy hops and a bit of malt. wish i had a fresher bottle cause the hops on the nose is def. muted.
very smooth and balanced. nice and bitter up front. some of the usual grapefruit and citrus. nice carbonation tingling on my tongue. wish this was fresh. PLEASE POST DAMB DATES.

Photo of trappistlover
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pours hazy amber with thick off-white head. Nice lacing and light carbonation. Aroma of hard candy (like an orange tootsie pop), florals, and caramel. Taste is sweet malt with sharp hop bitterness and a bit spicy. Medium bodied with an oily texture. A pretty good beer, but not my prefered style.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a deep red amber topped off with a finger of off white-head.

I don't claim to be a hop expert, but I can recognize the aroma from the Amarillo - orange and pine on top of the malty nose.

Taste is sweeter caramel malt, opens with some bitter/lightly spicy citrus and a great resiny pine bitterness through the finish. Creamier mouthfeel.

Other reviewers have noted its similarity to Nugget Nectar, and I have to agree - but was left feeling like this had a slightly harsher hop bite to it. Still a great pint, though I'm not sure I'd be willing to follow one with another.

Photo of dmsohyea
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle to IPA glass (since it's really a red IPA)

A - a deep reddish brown with some light penetration, but not much. 3 finger soapy head with excellent lacing and retention. Doesn't get much better.

S - the bottle says "dry hopped with Amarillo", but I can't smell it too much. The malt overpowers the hops on the nose, but doesn't smell bad, especially considering the style.

T - tangy and bitter upfront with some bready malt and toffee flavors. If you've ever tasted Troeg's Nugget Nectar, it's a very similar taste. A touch of alcohol on the finish, but a very crystal malt forward brew.

M - Is above average, but a bit watery at times. A little flat up front and the carbonation finishes at the end.

O - A solid red that I would drink again. Not better than West Coast IPA, but a good sub for Nugget Nectar in San Diego.

Photo of PDXHops
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a shaker pint. Based on the excellent retention and plentiful sheets of lace, I can only assume that the smallish head can be blamed on the pour, not the beer itself. Body is a deep caramel amber.

Citrus and pine cut through a robust caramel nose. It smells great, but that caramel is almost a smokescreen for the bitter assault that’s about to follow. Ample malt and carbonation lend a thick and fluffy feel, but the hops are relentless in cutting through it. The pine almost becomes cedarish and digs in for a scorching, lingering finish. Juicy grapefruit is a great match for the caramel, but it’s toasted grains that stick around after the swallow. At once raw but quaffable. Great stuff.

Overall impression: An aptly named beer. Bests Nugget Nectar in the “this is basically a red IPA” category.

Photo of boyfromthenorth
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- beautiful ruddy red
Smell- taste - fantastic- Gotta be Amarillo- perfect compliment to the mailtiness
Mouth Feel- fantastic as you would expect from a red/amber
Overal- great beer. Not my favorite style due but one that I am learning to love. Can't wait to visit this brewery sometime .

Their west coast IPA is amazing!

Photo of hiku7
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. Poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Started out with a towering tan head, and poured a cloudy bright orange to ruby grapefruit color. As I drank the beer splotchy lacing continents appeared and remained when the beer was empty, like some ancient frothy world map.

The smell is big hops, orange rind and grapefruit with floral and some earthy undertones. The amarillo hops dominate with little malt to speak of in the initial aroma.

The taste is surprisingly malty, with sweet caramel malt and makes an excellent contrast to the hoppy nose. The hops come through in a spicy nicely bitter finish that builds as you work your way to the bottom of the beer, but never overpowers.

The mouthfeel is mostly creamy, with some chewy grainy notes. The beer is well carbonated.

I really enjoyed this beer. It is not a typical American Amber. Has the feel of a much bigger beer and lives up to its name.

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: Dark amber red with a 1 finger off white head

smell: hops, citrus, pine, caramel, malts

taste: caramel, malts, grass, pine, hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice crisp hoppy amber red ale. would definitely drink this again if I come across at a local bar.


Photo of JMad
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The liquid was reddish brown with a thin, bubbly, white head. The smell is sweet with caramel, grapefruit, sugar and a hint of peach. The taste consists of pine and mango with bready malt and a bitter finish. The beer is medium bodied, very smooth and it has a dry finish. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, the sweet malt is a perfect compliment to the amarillo hops.

Photo of Jimmys
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: deep brownish red. beautiful fluffy red hued head. serious particulate. looks like from the dry hopping all over the bottom of my glass.

S: amber malts. sweet toffee and brown sugar. the sweetness is strong but cant fight off hop citrusness forever.

T: rounded sweet flavors. vanilla. caramel. certainly crisp american hop flavor. sweet linger in the finish.

M: soft and medium body. very smooth.

D: good example of an american amber but not my favorite. frankly i was a little turned off by the amount of hop particulate that was in my glass and i wasnt really blown away by any one aspect of the beer.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at Monk, Fremantle

A - Pours a nice red colour with an off white two fingered head that reduces to a foilm and laces the glass.

S - Aromas of yeast and pine.

T - Malt flavours up front that is replaced by some pine and a dry finish

M - Medium carbonation and body, best part of the brew.

O - Could be a little more flavoursome but worth a shot

Photo of dansmcd
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - fluffy light brown one finger head sitting atop a deep orange/red amber. retentive lacing.

S - coffee, caramel

T - sharp bite to start, then through to caramel malts and a lingering warm bitterness.

M - good carbonation, perhaps too much for my taste, very intricate flavours

O - an interesting beer, not one that i would session with but certainly tasty and was enjoyable with cheese and cold meats.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - between amber and red in color, closer to red though. A little murky, with about 2 fingers worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - as the name and description on the label would suggest, very hoppy-smelling. Not familiar enough with Amarillo hops in order to ID them.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Interesting taste. Hoppy, but also with a little more character, and the malts must be cutting back the bitterness because the hop flavor is there but not the bitterness. A "deeper", more rounded taste. Texture is fairly well-balanced.

Overall - Pretty interesting brew. A little complex and good-tasting.

Photo of 100floods
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a deep amber, burnt orange with an off white cream tan head. Mellow malt aroma. Smooth malt start that collides with a hoppier finish. There's a light creamy middle that eases your way into the hop finish. Toasted malt provides a nice bite that compliments the hops. Can't really say much more about this beer. It's pretty good, one at a time. I wouldn't want to drink one after another. Probably pretty good with some mild spicy food.

Photo of bpw28
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Strong Off White Head. Ruby Color. Nice Lacing

Nose: Medium Roasty, Caramel

Taste: Smooth first with nice roasted malt, then mid was something I could put my finger on but very nice almost dark fruit and apricot like, finish was a nice bitter hop, not too strong, not to weak.

Final Thoughts: Great Beer all around. Would buy again.

Food Pairing: Filled Pasta, Roasted Chicken, Roasted Pork, Munster Cheese, Goat Cheese, Sausage.

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle to Imperial Pint Glass.

Very deep copper color. Thick creamy two finger head. Lacing is left as the head recedes. Sweet citrus and pine in the nose. The first sip is while the beer is still pretty cold. Feels light and creamy in my mouth. Slight pine with a hop bite. A little dry on the finish. Take a break and let it warm up a touch. The hop bite comes around and is more prominent as it warms.

This beer came around after a spell in the glass. Ultimately though, this was a yawn fest. Nothing stood out on it. Incredibly drab and boring. I see I'm the minority here on this review. I live in a state that makes Furious. This beer could not even be considered Furious's inbred cousin. Skip it.

Photo of ramseye4
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=Pours a dark amber color with a monster of a creamy head that hangs around. A solid wall of lacing envelopes the interior of the glass.
S=Grainy malt and piney hops
T=Bitter oily hops with some pine and a good dose of grassy malt in the finish
M=Medium body, high carbonation
O=Very drinkable and satisfying

Photo of Buggabeer
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Nice ruddy red in color which poured to a 2 finger head which slowly faded to a 1/8 inch head with nice lacing around the glass

S Smells like fresh bread dough with a hint of hops in the background.

T was hoping for a little more than what I got. Starts out malty with a slight pine tree finish and a very slight metalic taste but not enough to make me not want to drink.

M nice carbination and mouth feel nothing cheap or bubbly about this. Nor is it a heavy on the mouth. Very enjoyable

O Not may favorite Red Ale but far from bad I actually think it is pretty good and would drink another,

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good hoppy red ale. Pours a hazy dark copper/reddish color with a big light tan head. Good head retention and thick bands of ladder-like lacing.

Smell provides a hint of the malt blast and good bitter hops found in the taste.

Malty taste up front, not overly sweet. Almost immediately there is a citrus and grassy hops blast which carries the beer through to the end. Tastes good to a hophead.

Mouthfeel is crisp, somewhat dry with a pronounced hop "bite" at the end. Nice!!!

Overall a very good red ale for anyone not expecting a bland Killians. A delight for a hop head.

Photo of JizackFH
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a nice red copper color. It has a big fluffy 3-finger off white head. The head has great retention, and it leaves some nice lacing on the glass. There are some suspended yeast particles floating around as well.

S - Smells of sweet malts and has a nice fresh hoppy smell to it. It's earthy and there are notes of spice, citrus, caramel, and there is also some toastiness.

T - The taste has an earthy, grassy hop character right off the bat. It is nicely balanced by the sweet malts hanging around in the background. There are also notes of dried fruits, spices, and citrus. The finish has a touch of lingering bitterness.

M - The body is on the lighter side of medium and it has crisp carbonation. It starts of kind of dry, but smooths out in the middle. The finish is clean, and just leaves a bit of lingering bitterness behind.

D - The drinkability here is pretty good. It has nice flavor, and it goes down easy. I expected this one to be a little more hoppy. Overall, I think this is a good beer. I'd try it again, but I probably wouldn't pay for it again.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into my Great Lost Bear pint glass. [Oh, if only this beer were available at the Bear...] There is no date on the bottle, but this is the last one in a six pack that I purchased on a recent trip to NH. I'm pretty sure that it is still fresh enough to review.

The beer has a big cascading light brown foam head. It's huge and take sup nearly half of the glass. I can't pour the entire bottle without it overflowing. As the head settles down, lots of lacework is left behind. The liquid is a dark orange color, but it glows red when the light hits it correctly. There isn't much rising carbonation.

Hop Head a strong hop aroma. Its bitter with some citrus and foresty notes. It makes me excited to take a sip.

As expected, the flavor is very hoppy. There is pine and grapefruit in the mix, as well as a touch of sweetness form the malt. The aftertaste is bitter and has a residual sweetness that reminds me of crystal sugar.

Medium body with some tinging carbonation. There are plenty of hop oils. A good sized coat is left behind that has plenty of bitterness to it.

I think this is a great beer. The only reason I didn't plow through the six pack I bought is so I could savor each bottle. I would buy this beer all the time were it available in Maine. For now, I'll just have to continue to make regular trips to NH.

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