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

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Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

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.

Added by sleazo on 03-06-2007

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Reviews: 960 | Ratings: 3,385
Photo of pat61
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is a beauty to look at pouring a brilliant mahogany red under a 2” finely bubbled cream colored foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Resiny, floral, herbal, minty hop garden on the nose with traces of dank.
T: The hops are big, bold and righteous with the big malt and alcohols just barely hanging on. It all culminates in a snappy citrus rind finish.
F: Very creamy medium full body with medium to medium low carbonation.
O: Outrageously good.

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Photo of MortarPestle
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber red with a slight haze and a small head with slight lacing. Big malt flavor that feels like it steps in front of the hops and isn't as well balanced as it could be. Still a very good brew.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice dark golden brown color with a reddish hue. You couldn't see much light through the glass but you did see a lot of hop residue floating around. The smell is of hops and sweet caramel malts. You can really pick up the sweetness off of the aroma. The taste was very aggressive and hop forward as you would expect from a double IPA. The sweetness did play a nice role in this beer. It played well with the bitterness of the hops and made it finish smooth. This is a good beer!

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Photo of Kyseber
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber transparent. Light carbonation. Smells a bit astringent with malty tones. Taste is an even throughout subtle malt with slight biscuity aftertaste. Taste gets slightly more malty with warming temps. Definite caramel finishing yet still more biscuity in my batch. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is very nice. Musty red with a thick tan head that lasts and lasts.

Nose is spicy chicory, woodsy hops, and sweet milky malt.

Taste is simple and bold, with a strong wood flavor. The malt is subtle, which is surprising and nice. The hops provide a light burn at the end.

Mouthfeel is very full, soft, with a nice oil slickness. Carbonation is medium-mild and perfectly balanced. Beer doesn't feel much better than this.

Overall, this is a very well thought-out and well-made beer.

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Photo of Thatoneguyssidekick
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Redest red I've had.

Pours pure red, almost no head, but leaves legs on glass. Strong aroma with great taste to follow. Flavor lasts but doesn't linger. Leaves you wanting to not wait and taste again. Once u taste again you get hit with a Carmel taste since you are ready for it.


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Photo of RBrenchak
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I just love beers from Green Flash! Deep orange-brown in color. Bitter, but no lingering aftertaste. If you're looking for a bold flavor, this one's for you

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Photo of mtomlins
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am generally not a big Red Ale fan (too one note), but this one breaks the mold for me the same way DFH Indian Brown does for brown ales. Hop Head Red is still a red, nice amber rust color and sweet caramel malts on the nose and palate, but there is a great (and subtle) hop profile to add balance and complexity. Really nice.

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Photo of fulcrumbs
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this one. Green Flash is doing some great things... looking forward at continuing to try their stuff. Definitely would re-buy in this world of 1,000,000 beers if I am feeling red.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle better describes the style (double red ipa) than does the one listed on here (amber). Yes amber in color, but this brew is a serious ipa. Nice malted base flavors and good hops.

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Photo of Afullmer0317
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deeply hoppy, complexed by the lightly carameled barley. I've had beer with a higher abu's not taste as hoppy as this beaut. Hoops are not incredibly citric or piney. It's a perfect balance in the bitterness profile.

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Photo of wasso67
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely orange red with a good off white head. Big hop nose. Lots of floral notes with a faint fir note as well. Big hop bitterness from the very beginning. Lives up to every one of the 70 IBU's. A hint of caramel from the malt but not a lot. Finishes bitter and I agree with a previous reviewer's comment of an "iron-like" finish.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-not as red as i hoped but red kissed brown
-more ipa smell than red ale
- taste good but has a hoppy bit to it
- too carbonated in my opinion
-overall good but not anything special stands out

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark red, with a big creamy head.
S- Oh, bold.hops including the warrior hop that reminds me of their great Road Warrior.
T- Oh yeah. Much like the road warrior,but more malty goodness you get in a red. Carmel also brings all together.
F- Bold hops with the smoothness benefiting from the malt.
O- Green Flash continues to amaze me. They are becoming one of my top companies. I likey!!!

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Photo of Safa1
4.84/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I Liked this beer a lot. The more I drink Green Flash the more I like their Beers. I could go on about mouthfeel or whatever but I tell you what. 10 bucks. 4 beers. Good luck finishing all 4. 3 and I was satisfied. Not many beers can do that. I love satisfaction and this beer delivers.

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Photo of windkook87
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've ever drank. Very balanced , fully hopped up and a perfect roasty maltiness to balance it out. The only knock is that it is so damn strong. Two of these and it's good night. You don't taste the alcohol but you sure feel it!!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a snifter. There's no Best By date where the Best By date lettering is, which is annoying.

Great looking beer with a frothy, persistent oatmeal-colored head, and heavy lacing. Hazy dark amber body.

Potent nose offers dank, resinous and mildy sweet citrusy hops combined with a heavy dose of sweet caramel.

Very sweet and caramel-heavy at first, but successive sips bring out more of the hop profile. Floral and grassy mostly, the hops don't hold the same bright sweet citrusy flavors that the nose suggested.

For all the heavy sweetness this beer has to offer, it's also highly bitter. While the beer starts off with a thick mouthfeel, creaminess and a sprinkling of carbonation mid-palate, it exits with a long, dry bitterness.

Big on malt flavors and big on bitterness, this beer packs a lot of punch. It seems a bit overdone and it affects the drinkability, but there's still enough good flavor to enjoy this beer from time to time.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Ramsi's. Color was a dark, deep reddish, brown. The taste was unique, plenty of hops and malt, great smokiness too. Very rich mouthfeel. Soft head. Really liked this one, good early spring beer.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great reddish amber. Big frothy head. Big citrus smell with a dash of pungency. Big bitter bite of citrus rind and pine. Lots of pine. This is great. I'd get it again.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful red body and a sudsy sticky off-white head.

I like how the dry hop is mentioned and it isn't that pungent.
Caramel malt, piney and grapefruit.

Medium bodied and bittered.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a lovely dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops, pine. Taste is hoppy, grapefruit, pine, bitter, some caramel malts as it warms. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask in a pint glass at Blind Tiger, NYC.

A- Dark ruby red color, a brown highlight as well, thin tan head.

S- Lots of hop aromas: grapefruit, citrus, pine, esters. Caramel and roasty malts, too.

T- Hearty red and caramel malts mixed with generous citrus and earthy hop flavors.
Roasted and warming, not overcooked.

M- Lots of malt backbone provides plenty of body for a cask offering. Smooth dry hop finish.

O- Good winter brew that drinks well @ 8.1% abv.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - Brownish red color with ok head and slight head
Smell - spiced fruity hop smell and slightly sweet
Taste - slight grapefruit hop taste with a good spice to it
Feel - medium light body with the same amount of carbonation
Overall - pretty good red ipa but not enough to call it a double

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Photo of barnzy78
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, 8.1% abv, Best By 02/01/15. This used to be one of my favorites and I bought it all the time, but I don't think I have bought a single bottle following the change from 6 pack to 4 pack with a price increase (2011?). With another recipe change and an amped up abv, I figure it's time to come back to it and at least try it again...
A - deep ruddy-brown body with a creamy and foamy beige head
S - pleasant aroma of floral Amarillo hops and grapefruit paired with a heavy caramel malt presence
T - bold and flavorful with sweet caramel and a touch of brown sugar, grapefruit, orange zest, pine; rather pungent and a bit boozy, but fairly well balanced for a San Diego style Red DIPA.
M - full bodied, hop oils stick to the palate while finishing dry and bitter
O - just as good as I remember, but I'm not sure how often I'll buy it.

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Photo of doublenaughtspy
4/5  rDev 0%

From a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours Amber to ruby with a tan rocky one finger head. The aroma is light with notes of grapefruit, pine, and salty sweet caramel malt. Although this has an excellent balance of hops and malt, it is generally malt-forward as an amber should be. The hops don't remain throughout, giving way to the aforementioned salty sweet caramel malt that dominates to the dry finish. This beer has some of the best malt flavor of any I have tried. However, the hops, as well as the overall flavor tend to diminish as it warms, which lowers the score a bit for me. Very good, but not my favorite red ale.

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