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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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Ratings: 2,681
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 82
Gots: 152 | 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 TurdFurgison


3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle bought as a single for $2.50 at Andersons in Columbus. The beer is dark copper colored with a thick tan lacing foam. The smell is mostly hops. The taste is OK, more bitter than I like even for a hopped ale, not enough flavors from the hops, just the bitterness. Overall OK but not exceptional, nowhere near as good as Nugget Nectar.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 16:49:52 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of gabeerfan


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy red-amber. Nice tannish head that falls to a thin cap/ring. Cascading lace down most of the glass.
Resiny hops dominate the aromas. Grapefruit segments with rind, pine resins, fresh cut grass. Sweet stone fruits and caramel help round out the hoppiness.
Hops dominate the flavors too. Grapefruit rind, pine resins. Lightly roasted caramel malts. Hints of dark chocolate. Fruity/caramel sweetness. Hops come back again at the back of the tongue.
Medium mouthfeel. Somewhat drying because of the hops. Good carbonation.
OK drinkablility. Great flavors make this a good drinker, don't know about more than 2 or 3 of these, but still good.
Great West Coast beer. I wish this were easier to get in GA. We will probably be picking up much more of this and other Green Flash beers on our winter trip to CA.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 00:46:19 | More by gabeerfan
Photo of mattcrill


4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Resiny and piney hop notes up front. Background fruity ester sweetness that balances the hop aroma. Just a slight brown sugar note that helps with the balance.

Appearance: Deep ruby pour with a sticky off-white head. Moderate effervescence noted.

Flavor: Nice balance of pithy, resiny hops, a touch of roast, a bit of bready malt base, and just a hint of alcohol esters in the background. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily and slick from the hops (I'm assuming). Just a touch of astringency possibly from the hops or roasted grains but nothing out of place.

Overall impression: A big, well balanced, hoppy amber. Probably one of my favorite ambers. Glad to see Green Flash in OH!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 20:42:35 | More by mattcrill
Photo of genog


3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Of course when i saw that this was dry hopped with amarillo I knew I had to pick this one up.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a trusty pint glass. Poured a nice dark red color with a thick amount of white head that sticks to the side of the glass. Smell is spicy hops with plenty of that very specific Amarillo hops that you love/are sick of. A lot of malty aroma is powerful as well. Taste is hoppy with some strong malt. Very creamy mouth feel that coats my tongue. I would drink more if the price was right.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 20:31:21 | More by genog
Photo of BrewMonkey


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber to brown with red highlights and large bubbled long lasting tan head. Nice floral hoppy aroma, hints of spice, caramel, toffee and fig.

Suprisingly smooth flavor, low to moderate bittering, lots of roasty caramel flavor, grain, rye, toffee, slight nutiness. Some oily hoppiness behind the malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated. Finish is full flavored but drying and somewhat bitter.

Very flavorful and the bitterness in the finish may reduce drinkability, but a very interesting red ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 23:41:01 | More by BrewMonkey
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Umm, looks kinda red with the tan head but oh my god is this hoppy unlike any other Red ale you will ever taste. Big ass hop nose and a big ass hop taste. A dryness to the finish and a lack of big malt backbone make this a hopheads dream. Even hoppier than the IPA this is one of these HOP beers that is unexpected.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 03:49:13 | More by canucklehead
Photo of beereality


4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark cloudy almost ice tea color. Big frothy beige head that smells of hop and malt, yummy. I let the head disappear before drinking, and it left big sticky lacing all around. I let warm up pretty good before drinking, if its going to taste anything like it smells and looks, I want to taste it. Big hop up front, with some oily pine bitter finish. Wow, big floral hop with citrus and malt. Super good warmer, makes this a sipper, I don't want this to end. I think I could drink a few of these, if I could get it.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 23:06:53 | More by beereality
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3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. stubby bottle, consumed at The Comet, poured into a pint. Review from notes.

A: Deep rusty amber. Decent head, retention, and lacing.

S: Definitely American hops. Very citrusy with plenty of pine resins.

T/M: Good bitternes leel with lots of hops. Malts are thick and sweet caramel. Has a bit of a chalky side that makes the bitterness feel like aspirin at times. Body is medium full with plenty of malt thickness.

D: Tasty, even with a bit of off flavors. Not sure how I feel about sessioning this.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 02:45:44 | More by pwoods
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a deep caramel amber hue with a large off white head foating above the body, at least two fingers worth of head develop with lacing left behind evenly in thick bands. Aromatics have a huge grapefruit mix with pine accents from the raw west coats hops a sweet caramel and brown suga malt base exists as well, the flavors comes off earthy, herbal, and citrus peels with pine accents a healhty amount of flowing bitterness with just enough minimal; sweetness to balance it out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with hop oils streaking across the palate and an even natural carbonation level to boot. Drinkability is hoppy in your face red ale that I've enjoyed both from the bottle and tap with some finnesse to deliver across my palate one pretty friggin' good hop bomb available to me thank god.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 21:32:06 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second Green Flash beer I've had, and another really good offering. Look is a deep red color, almost maroon in parts, with a nice big frothy head that leaves excellent lacing as it drains. A nice looking amber ale. Nose is a ton of citrusy hops, a very mild toffee malt backbone. Excellent. Taste is likewise. This beer is really good. Tons of . The amarillo hops are nice and piney, and it works well with the fairly subtle malt backbone. Not the most complex hop bomb out there, but really tasty. Body is medium with good carbonation, perfect for the style. This one was really tasty, I'd definitely pick it up again.

De Vinos/$11/6 pack

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 20:33:31 | More by soupyman10
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New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle > Samuel smith pint glass

This is a clear, bubble-filled, very well carbonated brown color with amamzing crimson hues. A 2" deep, thick with a smooth crown and very bubbly underneath dissipates slow and looks clumpy and very sticky.

Pine tree hops whoaff's out of the glass, very resinous aroma, piney and dry leaves in the fall.
Slightly spicey with pineapple and mild caramel.

The malt does an honorable jop trying to balance the VERY bitter Ammirillo hops...but to no avail. The malt does however have a mildly sweet but not smooth effect, but it's all about the hops here...piney, dry leaves, big bitterness all over the place. The fruity aspects of the aroma dies not follow through to the flavor, it's not fruity or floral...all bitter. Feels very crisp, light bodied, dry and yet smooth.

A bit too bitter for my taste, but the malt sure does try to balance the situation.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 19:35:04 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Currently playing: Jesus and Mary Chain - Just Like Honey

You really can't go wrong with a Green Flash. While this may not be my favorite, it is a dependable tap at my local.

A: Redish brown malt. Nice head that holds up through several sips.
S: Hops and malt as fresh as if you were walking through that first supply shop.
T: Does not taste like an 8%+, but it does have a strong maltiness. Hops in the mouth are less than the nose. If the taste matched the nose, this would be more like an IPA.
M: Many Greenflash beers have a similar mouth. Thick, creamy malt with hops that hit you nicely in the back of the throat.
D: The best comment that I can make about the drinkability goes back to a night at Beachwood. I sat by the wait station and every thrid beer that they poured (out of 21 taps) was a Hop Head Red.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2008 08:18:50 | More by opwog
Photo of ckaufman


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this hazy deep copper colored beer into a shaped pint glass... "Heavy Seas" logo in case anyone is interested! A very nice tan, creamy head developed upon pouring. Medium lacing with a lasting retention from top to bottom of the glass.

A very strong, but not overpowering, smell of piney hops is apparent. Obviously a byproduct of the dry-hopping!

A crisp hoppy front to this beer with a trace of sweet malty goodness on the finish. However, the hop taste lingers on long after the beer has been swallowed!

A little too sweet in the mouth for my preference.

Good drinkability.

My only semi-negative comment would be that the name "Hop Head" is slightly misleading. I would have stuck with just Green Flash "Red Ale"!!!


Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 16:28:32 | More by ckaufman
Photo of ralree


3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried at the Brewer's Fest in Portland.

A: Dark brown/tan. Nice fluffy head, good retention.

S: Hops very apparent. Some citrus background. Rich malt.

T: Great hop flavor backed by an interesting sweet caramel malt. Alcohol undetectable. A little too sweet and hop flavor dissipates too fast.

M: Over-carbonated, a little astringent, medium-bodied.

D: Drinks alright, but it's hops and little else. Would be a lot better if the flavor lasted longer and had some fruity aspects.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2008 17:58:50 | More by ralree
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean deep amber/ copper color, with a tan head. In the aroma, big grapefruity hops, with a small sweet malt. In the taste, mainly a sweet malt, and kind of sticky. A smooth, medium mouthfeel, with a small, dry, grapefruity hop aftertaste. Smells like an IPA, drinks like a red ale. Nice and good.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 14:47:29 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of supermanjace


5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You kidding me? I live this close to SD, have this much usual access to Green Flash, and I didn't know until now how amazing this beer is. What the holy hell is wrong with me. Tried last night at the Daily Pint (nice tap selection, by the by). After a couple of pulls from the engine and a Stone 12th (which deserves a review as well-- shocker is is amazing!) this was my fourth beer, but it was remarkable!

Pours a beautiful ruby color, with a thick, cloudy head. The nose is thick with oily hops. To look at this beer, to smell it and be in its presence is to be immediately aware of what you will taste. Pure perfection. Hoppy like an IPA but with a nice malt base. Not as sweet as some of the bigger IPAs can oft be, but still as bitter as they are.

I think getting a good beer from the tap is better than any other serving type, and so it goes that I would love this. Want to try it in bottle before I annoint it fully as my new favorite, but if you find this gem, but it, drink it and brag to your friends.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2008 04:53:11 | More by supermanjace
Photo of mike24

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a beautiful coppery red with an thick and lumpy off white head that sticks around.

S: piney hops come through, but i think the thickness of the head is withholding some of the aroma. (now that it's gone down some i can smell some dark toasty malts.)

T: resin and hops up front, with a mellow toasty malty-ness evening things out towards the finish. finishes fairly bitter but with enough sticking around to balance it out

M: pretty creamy, the heavier malts coat the palate while the hops bust through, very nice

D: nothing stopping you from having a few of these unless you wanna give your tastes buds a break.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 05:42:17 | More by mike24
Photo of tai4ji2x


4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

no date on bottle. poured into shaped pint glass.

deep brownish red amber, almost clear. lots of beige head that slowly fades to wispy layer. great lacing.

nice pine aroma, resinous and with fresh citrus zest. then fruitiness (apple), a floral note, then caramel and toasted whole grain bread.

taste has very fresh citrus fruit and cut pine, with a pleasant faint background tartness throughout. moderate to aggressive hop bitterness is resinous with citrus note. some mellow maltiness and caramel does pull through but gives way again to the bright, hoppy dry finish.

not too thin, some resin on texture. moderate but lively carbonation, esp. on first sip.

great, hoppy red ale. could pass as an IPA

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 05:00:52 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of GilGarp


4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into the sam adams glass. It has a nice redish brown color but pour clarity. I've noticed this from other Green Flash beers but luckily it doesn't have all the yeast floating around like the west coast IPA did.

Great hop aroma. It says on the bottle it was dry hopped with amarillo and you can tell.

Taste is really hoppy, full of bitterness but has just enough sweetness to balance it out. It's all relative though - this should really be considered an IPA.

Mouthfeel is fine but too bitter for an american amber. suitable for an IPA.

It's a great beer and certainly a hop head's dream amber beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 01:30:18 | More by GilGarp
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, no freshness info to be had. Pours typical darker amber, medium tan head and spotty lace. Nice whiff of fruity hops in the nose. Not usually a big fan of Amber/red ale (sort of boring compared to the DIPAs I crave) But this one obviously kicks up the hops and doesn't disappoint. Dry hopping adds the desirable hop fruitiness and bitterness. Notes of pineapple hops, darker malts and overall beery goodness, fine high class and tasty brew from SD's GF

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 17:33:15 | More by Billolick
Photo of ffejherb


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg, PA on 7/28/08.

A - Reddish copper body with garnet and ruby highlights and one-finger of creamy, off-white head that retained well and left decent lacing. Minimal carbonation present.

S - Wonderful combination of citrus and piney hop goodness with a bit of grass in the nose. A less prominent malt presence also pushes through the hops with hints of sweet caramel and toasted grains.

T - Starts off on the sweet side with caramel and toffee notes, but quickly leads the tastebuds down the hoppy trails with plenty of citrus, pine and resin. Finishes with a bit of toasted grain to balance the intense hop bitterness, but make no mistake... this is a seriously hoppy brew!

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and creamy texture. A warm, assertive bitterness coats the palate, then finishes up dry and bitter.

D - This is a big, bold hop monster of a brew from Green Flash with tons of flavor packed in. Glad to have tried this on tap!

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2008 19:47:26 | More by ffejherb
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - 2 fingers of tan head form and hang around for a few minutes before falling to a thick cap. Lots of dense lacing. Beer is deep garent with a slight haze.

S - Slight caramel malt with grapefruit and pine aroma from the hops. Very appealing.

T - Wow. Some vague toasted and caramel malt make a quick entrance, followed by some huge hop flavor. Grapefuit, pine, and grass are predominant. Late palate yeilds an earthy, herbal flavor with a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - A really great beer and a good showcase of hops with balancing malt. A bit of an intense experience; I probably wouldn't have more than two at a time.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 07:50:02 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of weeare138


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy red toned amber with a smooth, off-white head. Tons of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of heavy citrus, rye, caramel, and grapefruit.
Taste is of the same, mentioned aromas with a heavy bitter orange peel.
Mouthfeel is of heavy grapefruit with medium bodied brew with a spritzy, bitter yet balanced brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2008 02:08:34 | More by weeare138
Photo of Stinky


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had listened to allot of "hype" surrounding this beer so I was prepared to be let down, but to my surprise it was actually better than expected! This is a truly delicious brew that despite the copious amounts of hops is really very balanced. It has a very deep reddish-brown color with just enough malt to balance the hop profile. If you're looking for a sweeter malty red or American amber then this will probably be too hoppy but as the label indicates if you are interested in a variation on an IPA then it will not disappoint. It's rare for me to drink the same beer back to back as I have a case of beer drinking ADD but as soon as I finished my first Hop Head Red I was reaching for a second.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 18:58:07 | More by Stinky
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber/brown with a fairly thick, pancake head that settles to a cap eventually. Some decent lacing as well. The bottle says 6% and Amarillo dry-hopped. Smells very well integrated with caramel malt and spicy hops with a touch of cinammon. Nice. Quite a bit more hops in the taste. Immediately there are earthy, piney, spicy hops with lingering bitterness. The malt definitely plays second fiddle here. On the finish, there is a bit more of the red character from the malt. There is a creamy smoothness that rounds the dges a bit that you sometimes get with some of the better reds. It is definitely here. Quite enjoyable, especially for a red, and the amazing thing is that the abv is kept well in check for all the flavor here. Kudos!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 06:49:26 | More by Georgiabeer
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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