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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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3,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,134
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 116
Gots: 345 | 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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Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat muddy amber with a fair amount of sediment suspended near the bottom of the glass. Dense two finger light brown head has decent retention and leaves some lacing behind.

Smell starts with a big punch of grapefruit rind. Also a nice amount of florals. Small amount of caramel malt.

Similar to smell, initial taste is a nice burst of bitter grapefruit with a touch of resiny pine hops. Slightly sweet malts are more prominent in the taste than the smell. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly sticky.

I like hoppy ambers much more than more traditional ambers. This one is pretty good, but a notch below the best.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brilliant amber in color with a two-finger eggshell colored head that slowly settles. Throws a lot of sediment, which is a bit of a downside, but head retention and lacing are decent.

S: Caramel and toast, along with resinous, piney hop aroma.

T: Well-balanced flavor. Hops up front give a floral, piney note, along with a hint of grapefruit and pineapple. Finish is malt-forward, with flavors of toast, caramel, and roasted grains. Slightly bitter at the end.

Notes: This beer is a full-flavored, full bodied red. Complex flavors, yet very well-balanced at the same time. Incredibly drinkable, yet it does show a bit of heat on the tail end. Nonetheless, it's a tasty brew.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mirky brown with a hint of red. Visual sediment and carbonation. Short frothy tan head with low retention and lacing.

Nice floral and bold piney hop notes on the front of the nose with a nice malt character towards the end.

The flavor is like the nose but hop and malt notes are flip-flopped.

Medium bodied but actually kind of gets heavy after a bit. Medium carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty good Red. Definitely better flavor, balance and depth than the Alpine Red I had the other day. It's a solid representation of the style although it's not my favorite. I do recommend a try though.

Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Half Acre glass. It poured a darker caramel color with a little bit of a reddish tint to it. A nice frothy head filled the top half inch of the glass. Good head retention with some very nice lacing to it.

The aroma has a pretty big hoppy presence to it. I get a juicy, grapefruit flavor along with a little bit of pineapple coming through. A sweeter malty presence is there as well and adds some balance to the bitter, resiny hops.

The taste starts out with a sweeter, juicy hoppiness to it. Midway I start to get more of a resiny, citrus rind like bitterness. In the finish some of the malt sweetness comes back out and adds some balance.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very good beer and definitely a hop forward version of the style. I really enjoyed the big hoppiness to it. Very solid beer all around.

Photo of genitempo
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Wow. What a beautiful beer. From bottle to pint, it pours beautifully, giving a thick, deep, deep red body with sediments within, about as buoyant as the brew itself. Small amount of strong ivory head. Minimal trace, but resonates.

S: I'm amazed that it wasn't as flooring as the presence of this beer. Mild hoppiness, very faint.

T: Not a huge fan of the amber beers I've tried, but this was good. Well-rounded with a little more strength the last quarter of the sip. All hops.

MF: Very creamy but not too thick.

O: If I'm feeling Ambers for the night, definitely a beer I will gravitate towards in the store. Green Flash can't be wrong.

Photo of DavidST
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz stubby bottle into a pint glass, no date indication.

Pours a hazy dark copper, lots of yeast dregs float around with an off color white / light tan head, it leaves a nice lacing. The smell is of pine hops and caramel malts. The feel is medium light, the initial taste is of hops, you get some of the caramel malts on the way down and then it leaves you with plenty of hop bitterness and a slight alcohol burn. Overall a pretty good beer but I prefer the flavor and higher hops of their regular IPA (the true hop head). I've been pretty impressed with the beers I've had from this brewery, I hope to be able to find more.

Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours brownish red or vice versa with a thick creamy head.

Smell is a piney biscuit. The two smells I expected in a west coast red.

Taste is a very smooth, hoppy, biscuity delight. Sort of esthery like it isn't too fresh, but still is somewhat balanced. It tastes like a low alcohol hoppy barley wine without the booze.

Mouthfeel is very creamy.

Overall this is an excellent beer, and I doubt this is real fresh.

Since it is more prevalent here and I am more familiar with Lagunitas, this beer has Lagunitas similarities- like brown shugga without the brown sugar or all the booze.

Photo of IronLover
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Deep reddish brown with a deep haze, actually similar in color to a dopplebock. Poured with a frosty off-white head that slowly reduces to a wispy cap and a few sticky lacings. Very fresh hop aroma, like sticking your nose in a bag of hop pellets. Floral and pine hop aromas along with caramelized malt. Medium bodied with a lighly resinous feel. Fresh floral hop flavor up front with a hint of citrus. Floral hop continues through the middle with the citrus flavors transitioning to pine and sweet carmelized malt coming thru. Pine hop and sweet malt flavors carry through to the end with a lingering pine hop bitterness. Complex aroma and flavor profile. This was awesome.

Photo of dbmernin83
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark mahagoney. Good off white head and lacing that could be in a Victoria Secret shop.
Holy hops! This is technically an amber, but smells like a west coast IPA.
Hops again! A light malt backbone in the form of a cherry sweetness is the only traditional amber quality here.
Good carbonation. Good feel.
This is an amber for IPA drinkers, and that's why I like it. Reminecient of a Nugget Nectar, but not quite as awesome. Not for the normal amber beer lovers, but a great brew nonetheless.

Photo of Chizoad
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite beer from Green Flash. Pours a crystal clear brown-red with a hefty cap of foam that lingers and leaves great lacing.

The hops in this one take center stage. The typical maltiness found in red ales is finally counterbalanced by some bitterness detectable in the aroma.

Similar flavor, but more on the hoppy side for red ales. Floral and citrus hops, really harmonious.

Not too heavy, definitely an easy drinker.

Really happy to be able to get this one on a regular basis.

Photo of Rodekill
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Zestily carbonated with a stable head of dense foam, it definitely tingles the palate.

Great hop nose and nice bitterness level.

I'm not a hop head by nature, but this was a nicely balanced hoppy ale. I like red ales, and this one is up there.

Great color, good body.

I'd love to try it on tap some time.

Photo of mikestan06
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my tulip style pint glass. Bottle says dry hopped with amarillo hops, which is quite evident throughout. No bottled on or best by date indicated.

A- Pours a deep amber color with a vibrant tan head and sticky lacing that clings to the glass indefinitely. Beautiful.

S- Hops dominate the nose with a light malt backbone hiding in the background. Piney.

T- Piney hop bitterness takes over again, but as the glass warms, the hops seem to fade and caramel and toffee malts take over. A delicious transformation. I'm loving this so far.

MF- Lightly carbonated; hop oils and bitterness clings to the tongue. It gets easier and easier to drink as it goes.

Flavor goes from bitter hop domination to light caramel maltiness. Awesome.

Solid brew. Find it and buy it.

Photo of JayAre46
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 12 oz stubster pours a deep amber color with some yeast floating around, 2 finger head that recedes to about a half inch of off white coarse bubbles showing good retention

A - at first a whiff of piney hops subtle fruits and a strong malty backbone, not the most pungent and expected a much bigger aroma.

T - citrus hops up front, grapefruit mainly then it moves into a lightly sweetened caramel malt that gives it a great balance and finishes with a piney bitterness on the back of the tongue. no alcohol present

M - medium body, good carbonation rather slick, easy to drink flows like wine from the hills of capastrano

O - i've heard people say this is a decent comparison to nugget nectar, i hope thats not too true as i really want to try that one, and this beer is good but not really worth seeking out. i expected more of hop presence and even more malt i guess a much bigger beer. although i feel my expectations were too high and that may have hindered my experience, this is a well crafted brew nonetheless.

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear amber brown with a thin white head and good sticky lacing.

S-Nice citrus hops and a very nice caramel malt backbone.

T-Crisp maltiness with bright citrus hops. Excellent balance.

M-Medium bodied, crisp and dry.

O-Just what the name says. Nice balance of hops and malt, very flavorful.


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

A- Deep red color with a decent off white head and good lacing on the glass.

S- lots of hops, mostly amarillo. Backed up by a good malt backbone.

T- Bitter hoppy goodness with some earthy hops in the end. Drys out nicely without a ton of residual flavor.

M-Nice med body, not too heavy at all. Nice clean finish and decently carbed.

O- Awesome hoppy beer, i drank it a lot but i find fall is the best time of the year for this beer.

Photo of bamojr
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely red with white head on the pour.
hoppy smell that gives a nice nose.
Big sweet malt flavor right off the bat that compliments the hops very well.
This is the first time I thought that the bitter after taste really went well with the beer.
A good mouthfeel, but I wouldn't want more than one of these at a time.

Photo of BB1313
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No date. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours an amber brown, similar to iced tea. There's a nice bubbly off white head and sticky lacing. Now, I say the aromas and flavors are average because they are, IMO. Nothing stands out at all or sets itself apart from other red ales. Hoppy and piney, but there seems to be more focus on caramel sweetness. Lots of resin. I might even be picking up the slightest amount of cocoa. Mouthfeel is right on, right amount of carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. Overall, this one gets some extra credit for being such a bold beer under 6.5% abv. The flavor profile just doesn't really impress.

If you like red ales, it's definitely worth a shot. Maybe my thoughts sound harsh.. it's well crafted, but simply average. I expected more from Green Flash.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy brownish red from a 12 oz bottle, with no best-by or freshness date on the bottle.
One finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.
The hops made their presence felt in the nose upfront, and slowly with time the malts make their way intermittently.
Absolutely delicious, the back and forth between the hops and malts is tongue tickling. The hops obviously come out the winner.
Excellent lacing all throughout the insides of the glass.
Mouthfeel is perfect, the feeling of hop oils coating the palate just right. Very good drinkability too.
One of the best red/amber ale's around. Highly recommended.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice hoppy amber/red ale

Presentation: 12 oz custom brown capped bottle. Radial green designed label with rays spreading from the Green Flash seal... Again maybe lazy for being repetitive, although identifiable. Notes that it is Amarillo dry hopped. Shows 6.4% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy and lumpy deep amber pour, nice 1" frothy head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and good lacing.

S - Generic but pleasing hoppy sense, softy resinous and citric with a caramel malty dash.

T - Taste follows almost in the same fashion with a nice expansion of the hops and caramel malt, fruity touch sealing the range.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a nicely soft sticky flow under a creamy insinuation, which leads to a nice bitter finish.

O - Nice flow, a pleasing and good all purpose brew.

Notes: Maybe not the most impressive I have had from them. But in its sense of balance it sure is in the upper bracket. Maybe it is a touch too hoppy for not hoppy aficionados but it could be a nice and tasty entry point.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer in Totowa a few days ago because I had never tried this before. I almost expected this to be amber in hue but it poured quite dark and with a head that lasted for quite a long time. The hops are here but what makes this beer interested in the level of depth that it has.

I enjoyed the look of this as I held it up to the light - the hue was a very deep almond with a hint of garnet with sediment floating beautifully in it. This was almost a "dark amber" in appearance but the taste didn't quite go along with that. Crystalline sugar could be detected up front with a hint of cotton candy with that. Then the hops kicked in - a bit of citrus to go with the "420" that I tend to associate with Green Flash's beers. The back had just a hint of chocolate and during the entire session, this felt nicely balanced and never overpowering.

That's not to say that there isn't any noticeable alcohol in this - there is but it doesn't detract from the taste. It took a while to get this beer down but if I wanted something with hops after dinner, this would fit the bill nicely. This beer has a bit of an acquired taste but it's well worth seeking out in a sea of hop-bombs and powerful brews. There's no doubt that this can appeal to quite a few segments of craft-beer enthusiasts.

Photo of KTCamm
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle picked up on a buddy's trip to central PA. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark reddish brown with a full inch of tan foam. Floating sediment dances throughout.

Toffee nose, floral notes. Inviting.

Full on hoppy taste backed by caramel maltiness. Dry hop bitter resides and lingers. And lingers. Unique (for me) hoppy taste, perhaps the advertised amrillo. Really hangs out.

Little too bitter for me, good flavor gets a little buried and sidetracked.

Photo of aval89
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. pours a deep dark amber color.. slightly off white head.. about 2 fingers.. sticks around..

s: the Amarillo shines on this.. lots of pine & fresh citrus.. grapefruit.. there is some malt that comes through though..

t: hop bitterness upfront.. mid palate the sweet toffee/toasty malts come through for balance.. then you get more of the grapefruit bitterness.. touch of pine as well.. finish is dry.. very nice balance between the hops & sweet malts.

mf: medium bodied with great carbonation for the style.. almost creamy..

o: winner for me! great stuff from GF!

Photo of mithrascruor
3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy and very dark amber color. Nice off-white head is thick yet foamy, and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Nice mellow citrus and pine aroma, along with some caramel.

Taste: Really hard to describe this one, for some reason. Fairly earthy malts (not much outright sweetness, but it is there), with some grapefruit flavors coming out towards the finish. Bitter caramel aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth - actually slick, almost oily. Very light on the carbonation, I would have expected a bit more.

Drinkability: ABV is fine, but the taste and mouthfeel leave a lot to be desired - gets tiring trying to make it through the bottle.

Looked and smelled nice, but ultimately a disappointing beer from Green Flash.

Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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 (Citrus....orange, 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.

Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 3,134 ratings.