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

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Reviews: 945
Hads: 3,290
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 145
Gots: 466 | 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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Reviews: 945 | Hads: 3,290
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. (286 characters)

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!! (250 characters)

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. (977 characters)

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. (213 characters)

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. (167 characters)

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. (182 characters)

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. (256 characters)

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. (470 characters)

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 (292 characters)

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. (843 characters)

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. (638 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
4/5  rDev 0%

First red ale!

I bought what appears to be a vintage 22oz bottle of the Hop Head Red at a Total Wine in Charlotte, NC. It was labeled as 7.0% APV instead of 8.1% as it should. No Freshness date found.

Poured into a snifter, it is reddish brown in color with a tan long lasting head. Smell is mostly floral. Had a nice lingering pine and caramel flavor along with a little citrus tang. Overall a very enjoyable beer! (419 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy amber, red tint and off white head that dissipates quickly. Very floral/citrusy nose with caramel malts. Grassy/pine grapefruit up front, resinous pine throughout. Medium heavy body, a little spicy taste fades to sticky hop resin in the aftertaste. (259 characters)

Photo of rand
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately I lost my early review, where I took notes before Green Flash had played with the recipe. The beer still has a lot of the same qualities - crisp, bold hop presence, citrus notes, nutty rye and a sweetbread balance. But with the amped-up ABV and bigger malt-backbone (albeit more hops as well), there's a cloying, molasses aspect that make this brew much less drinkable. With all of the big, hoppy beers out there, it seems unnecessary for Green Flash to mess with a classic. Maybe it was to make a clear line of demarcation between their big beers and their tasty session brews. Either way, this just isn't as tasty. Oh well. (647 characters)

Photo of teromous
2.4/5  rDev -40%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best By: 11/08/14

Appearance: Extremely hazy, murky brown color with an extremely small head...literally just a thin layer that doesn't even cover the whole top of the beer, that goes away quickly.

Aroma: I pick up pine and some caramel. I feel that it's important to note that the label states "Amarillo Dry-Hopped" and I get none of that classic Amarillo aroma here. Very limited aroma.

Taste: I get a pronounced tea leaf flavor, some pine, there is a sweet caramel flavor.

Feel: Medium bitterness, low carbonation, medium body texture.

Overall: I wasn't impressed by the beer. It wasn't a "Hop Head" beer in my opinion, and it wasn't that great of a red ale either. Very disappointed in the lack of Amarillo flavor and aroma. I would skip this one. (756 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy light-amber with a white head that leaves plenty of lace.

Smell: Moderate piney and floral hops.

Taste: Oh man! Plenty of hop bitterness up front, into sweet, tangy, very hefty malts. Leaves a mild residual bitterness in the mouth. Alcohol isn't too obvious for an 8.1%.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick, moderately carbonated.

Overall: I like! Plenty of hops and enough malts to match them. Great taste and mouthfeel. Aroma is good, although it doesn’t steal the show. (483 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Rattle “N” Hum. Pours dark red with white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops and caramel malt and ripe fruit. Body is full and tangy. A lot of citrusy, herbal hops, caramel malt, sherry and alcohol fill the mouth. Finish is long and hoppy. Great brew. (268 characters)

Photo of BonaventureBeerBar
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

A: 4/5 - Pours a dark cooper with a 3/4in toasted vanilla head. Very carbonated.
S: 3.75/5 - Heavy malts and caramel notes affront the senses.
T: 3/5 - Sweet on the tongue, with a bitter aftertaste flaunting it's high alcohol content.
M: 4/5 This beer knows how to walk into a room and own it. Packs a punch.
D: 3/5 This beer makes me want a different type of beer. (368 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Reddish amber color, fluffy white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Fruity, piney, resinous hops

Taste: Citrus and herbal hops up front, caramel malts with resin and pine hops, ends with a bit of bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation

Overall: A good brew from green flash, a classic everyone should try (343 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark reddish-brown with a one finger white head. Lacing is nearly nonexistent along with just the thinnest bit of lacing over top of the beer.

Aroma is full of caramel with some woody notes and a touch of pine. A bit of candy sweetness comes through too along with a touch of vanilla.

Flavor doubles down on the pine, wood, earth, and tree bark along with a huge bitterness that lasts throughout. After the initial hit, wood and vanilla linger on but eventually cave to the overriding bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel is very nice on this having some body and limited sweetness.

Overall, this beer has the basics of something good but is just missing a bit in the flavor department. I would love to have some more malt and hop flavors come through and the bitterness toned down. (833 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

Bottle dated best by 12/6/14:
Pours a nice rusty brown, quite clear, and with a light tan head that sticks around a bit. Lacing is nice. Nose is floral, but almost a bit "dirty" - in that it has a smell of dirt, which by definition perhaps is earthy. I get the malty notes of an amber, but it's combined with the hops (that are piney in themselves from the taste) to create an interesting floral note.

The taste is more dominated by the hops. The front taste is a bit of brown sugar, a little copper, but this doesn't last long at all. The bitterness starts with grapefruit rind, but transforms to light pine. The feel is definitely resinous, drying the end if the taste, and allowing the bitter notes to stay on the tongue.

The mix of sweeter malt and resinous bitterness doesn't work for me, or at least it rarely does, and this is no exception. This beer isn't a surprise given it's a Green Flash beer, so if you like their stuff, this could work for you. (967 characters)

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%

12 0z bottle & on tap at the Yardhouse.Let me Explain.I had this beer at the Yardhouse about 3 weeks ago and I liked it so much I wanted to wait and drink it again before I wrote a review.Well I got to say that this is a great Hoppy red ale.At 8.1ABV it will get the job gone in more ways than one.Very Hoppy beer with a hint of flowers and citrus. I was listening to some Pink Floyd and drinking this and I`ve got to say this is a very good Red ale.Not quite as good as a Lagunitas Imperial red ale but still very good.Go buy you a 4 pack and you will see what i mean.Hoppy beers rock,Motley. (593 characters)

Photo of BeerZar
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours dark amber with medium beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and citrusy hops. Taste is resinous hops upfront that fade into some sweet caramel malt notes. Aftertaste is lingering bitter citrus hops. Palate is medium and somewhat sticky. Overall nice balance with some sweet maltiness playing well with the big hop punch. (329 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

12oz brown bottle with pry-off cap with no freshness date. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear, maroon amber with 2 fingers of head and good lacing

Smell: Citrus hops and pine needles

Taste: A lot of citrus and pine notes up front that bitters in the middle then rounds out with malt with a balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy up front but not too much with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice red ale with a lot of hop flavor upfront. There isn't as much malt as I would of expected but it is still well balanced. This beer just downright looks perfect. A beautiful color with crystal clarity. I really need to do a side-by-side with Founders Red Rye since this is pretty close for a red IPA. (717 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours darkish reddish coppery. Nice little foamy head. Great smell! Pine and maybe some malt. Usually don't love red ales but this is an exception. Maybe because it also has some ipa taste in there. You can taste the alcohol and hops. Outstanding beer. Try it if you get the chance.

Wife's Review: "Looks like tea, doesn't smell like tea. Pretty good." (353 characters)

Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.