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

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Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale
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2,803 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,803
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 85
Gots: 197 | 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 ruckzuck
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours dark copper, which turns more red when held toward light. Nice white head which dissipates to a thin layer

S - massively hoppy. Grassy and citrusy, but not grapefruit; maybe more lemon? I also get some of that caramel malt action in the background

T - Delicious! This is more like an IPA IMO, but it's damn good! Really hits the spot: massively hoppy, but refreshing as all hell. The caramel malt isn't absent from the show, but it mostly plays backup to the hops. Finishes nice and bitter, and coats the mouth with a delightful bitter hop resin. Awesome!

M - medium bodied. Very smooth and creamy, which makes it a real joy to swirl around the mooth and swallow

D - great! Greenflash rocks the Casbah regularly, and this beer is no exception. Is it more of a "red IPA" than red ale? Sure. Does it still kick much ass? Definitely. Highly enjoyable. I think I'll rock another one now actually

ruckzuck, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of curasowa
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy copper color with some suspended solids and 1 fingers worth of head that faded with a lot of lacing. They aren't kidding about calling this hop head - I'd swear it was an IPA from the smell and not a red ale. Tons of hop aroma, with pine being the most dominate character. This beer has a big body that sits thick in your mouth until the bitterness overwhelms all of your taste buds. There's no questioning that this was dry hopped. The finish is slightly lingering. This beer reminds me a lot of an IPA, but with a stronger malt presence.

curasowa, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber color with some suspended yeast. 1/2 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells strongly of hops, biscuit, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. So far this beer has a lot of promise; if well done this might be my favorite style of beer. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Bitterness is present but not overpowering and a dryness is noticeable and fairly strong. Tastes strongly of hops and then some sweet malt come through. Slight biscuit flavor is present in the finish and there is a hint of fruit throughout. A general dryness prevails and makes you want to drink another and another. Wow, what an unexpected find - this is a great blend (heavy on the hops). Definitely worth a try!

Tone, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a regular kitchen glass. Had this on tap, wanted to see how a bottle was.

A- Hop Head Red pours out a burnt orange to red color with a nice sturdy white head about 1 1/2 fingers. This left nice sheets of lace down the glass.

S- A cross between a red ale and an IPA this was a nice cross of earthy hops along with a solid malt base. A bit of a bready character with some grains mixed in.

T- First sips I can see why they call this a mix of the two styles as I'm getting a lot of west coast hops giving off floral notes and slight citrus flavors. OTOH bready malts come through to drown out the hops before they kill the palette.

M- Maybe a step above medium bodied as this red ale coats the tounge momentarily leaving it's mark with some bitterness. Bready qualities from the malts plus a crisp carbonation. I like the overall floral appeal from the amarillo hop variety.

D- I could drink a 6er of this 6%er for a session no problem. I'm glad green flash made it's way to philly as they know how to brew. Not a trace of alcohol in taste but this could drown out your taste buds after a few.

BARFLYB, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of jcompton
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours an amber color into a pint glass. nice frothy head sticks around for good amount of time

smell: biscuit malts and citrus hops. very nice

taste: malty sweetness quickly slapped out of the way by citrus hops, with the bitterness lingering

mouthfeel: nice, medium bodied brew. not too chewy and not too thin. moderate carbonation.

drinkability: i'm digging this brew. i'm into rye ipas, and this reminds me of the style. i could easily get knee deep in a sixer if i had it. i will definitely seek this one out again.

jcompton, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of mfhlucky13
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy read with a big luxurious head. Tons of clingy lace.

S: Sticky hoppy goodness with malt to back it up.

T: Lots of hop bitterness thanks to the Amarillos. Some citrus and malt to follow.

M: Touch of stickiness, but the right about of carbonation cleans and delivers a lightly bitter finish.

D: Makes for an easy drinking brew. But I had hoped for a bit more character.

mfhlucky13, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of brewintheLou
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with an off-white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is a malty hop.

Taste has a malt up front with a hoppy ending. I think it is very well balanced. I would say more of a well balanced IPA than an amber ale, but very nice. Mouthfeel is nice and full, and I will definitly seek this one out again.

brewintheLou, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of ToddT
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly cloudy amber/copper color with a small off white head. Head fades quickly to a cap but leaves some nice lacing on the top two thirds of the glass.

S- Nice smell of hops more grassy than fruity. No real notes of grapefruit or pine.

T- Slight citrus taste upfront that build to a climax of hop bitterness. Pretty straight forward in taste just a showcase of the hops. Dry clean finish with a slight aftertaste of oak.

M- Little more than medium in body, well carbonated. No oily residue from the hops evident in the finish.

D- Goes down easy. The 6.0% ABV is easily hidden beneath the hops. Could be a nice session beer but pretty singular in taste, no real complexity going on in this one.

A pretty straight forward beer nothing to go crazy for, but nothing to turn down either. After a few you will probably be looking for something new to try.

ToddT, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at AJ's in early November for $1.99.

Beer poured deep red with a nice long lasting tan head with secondary yeast floating when held to light. Nose initially was of pungent citrus hops. Malts become more prominent as the beer warms. Taste initially was extremely well balanced but is showing IPA characteristics by mid bottle as the dry hopping is becoming more prevelant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and is extremely smooth for this style of beer. Drinkability is good. This is an interesting beer that blurs the style lines. Nice experiment and definitely worth trying if you enjoy a hoppy red beer.

arizcards, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Vancer
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 12oz stubby bottle pours a deep copper red into the ol' Corsendonk tulip. Massive tan head of sticky goodness. Leaving a sheet lace around the glass.

Subtle hints of caramel, malt, hop and citrus in the aroma. And the quaff? Whoo, much more IPA hop monster than red ale, but I was warned via the label. Lots of woody resin in this critter, during and with the finish. Sharp and cutting body, a dry beer for sure. Not the best balance, do you want malt with a red, or hops with an IPA?

An this is an IPA to be sure, wonder why they even label it as a red?

Vancer, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic.

The beer certainly has a red tint to it, maybe closer to burnt orange though, with some honey highlights toward the bottom of the glass. There is some sediment suspended in the beer, like fruit in Jell-O. Perhaps I could have poured it more carefully, but that's okay. The head is a little over one finger tall, and very sticky. The descending head leaves behind a solid wall of lacing, and settles to an even thin cap, sprinkled with bubbles. Rings of sticky lacing coat the glass.

The grains are in the background, hidden by the hops, giving a little bit of toastiness and light burnt caramel. The Amarillo hops give off their unique aroma, that I always have a little trouble describing (slightly herbal). Overall the hops are both sweet and spicy, along with some citrus highlights.

Toasty grains again, which only stand out at the beginning, before being quickly overtaken by some sharp hops. A good amount of herbal tea, a little bit of mint, and a flavorless bitterness that lingers for a while. Full bodied.

That little hop bite at the end ruined it for me a little. It seems like the flavor gets sucked out midway through, then all you're left with is a bit of drying bitterness. While this one is certainly worthy (and I'm not referring to the score category on this site), I feel other breweries have done the ultra-hopped Amber/Red Ale better.

BeerSox, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of steadydose
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into goblet, amber/red w/ orange highlights. Head dissipates quickly, lots of sediment, lacing left on glass.

S:Caramel malts, slight grassyness, slightly tropical (orange) feint hop aroma.

T:Nice balance between malts/hops. Bitterness lingers a little. Not overpowering in any way.

M:Carbonation is adequate, standard ale body, goes down easy.

D:Sessionable, thirst quenching w/ enough flavor and smell to not get boring. Well done.

I need to try this beer as fresh as possible, I have a feeling the hops were a little faded with my bottle.

Had on tap on 3/19/09. Beer was a lot fresher and tasted and smelled a lot better than the bottle I reviewed. Freshness with this beer is a key factor. Scores represent the fresher sample.

steadydose, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of peck95
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a nice brownish red with a decent head and really good lacing
the aroma was a little disappointing was really looking forward to a big Amarillo hop aroma instead mostly a caramel malt yeast aroma with a hint of hops.
the taste is very good reminds me of a red-ale home brew i made last year (so i kind of feel proud for my homebrew know. since the hop head red kind of claims to be a red ipa which is what i was aiming for with mine also) a good balance of caramel malt and hops with some yeast coming through very tasty.
mouthfeel is a little off, a bit to "sticky" would be the way that i describe it.
that being said i downed my glass in the time that it took to review this beer so i upped the drinkabillity a little bit wish i had more to further dissect this beer and style.

peck95, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

fresh bottle from california, thanks to the homie that brought this back for me.

pours deep amber in color with thick frothy head that quickly dissipates. huge dry hopped citrus scents from the amarillo hops.

taste is very bitter up front and through the finish with light citrus notes. malts are not as dominate as many amber ales.

mouthfeel is pretty flawless, with the carbonation bring out the citrus notes from the hops.

overall this is an amazing hopped up amber ale. one of the best i have had. once again, the west is best.

hooliganlife, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 11 Feb 2009.

Poured in shaker pint. Medium sized orange white head. Moderate carbonation. Clear deep brick red but with soem larger particles floating about. Aroma is full of resin, sweet caramel, ethanol, and perfumey, very pleasing. Slight caramel maltiness at the beginning quickly becomes pleasingly bitter and dry with a slight astringency. Finish and aftertaste is sticky and bitter with resin and grapefruit pith. Medium body. Ethanol is moderate.

Nice offering from Green Flash.

htomsirveaux, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The body is a hazy orange red copper in color. Pours a very foamy off yellow head that sits nicely throughout the duration of the beer. Very hazy as mentioned already, with a ton of little floating particles.

Very nice smell. A little on the airy side but beautiful caramel malts steam up from the glass. In addition, a nice mixture of floral hops are present as well as some pine freshness to it.

Very full bodied, a lot more so then the 6 percent abv would suggest. Very creamy with beautiful caramel all throughout. This is an excellent beer, with tons of refreshing floral tastes from what I am assuming is an under use of cascade hops. Some very pleasant centenial bitterness but nothing over the top. This is an incredibly refreshing red ale, that really sits well as an easily session-able beer. Hats off to Green Flash as they've done it again.

CoolJosh, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Green Flash Hop Head Red is a cloudy, orangish red ale with particles in it. The off-white head fades to a film and leaves nice lacing. It has a fresh hop aroma, like juicy citrus. It has a medium-light body with low carbonation. It's a little papery, but pretty smooth. The finish is loose. It's nice and bitter, with notes of grapefruit peel and orange peel. It's very top heavy, so I can't really tell what's going on with the malt. It's pretty invigorating.

yesyouam, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of callmescraps
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another random pick up. I think I've had it before, but can't recall anything particular.

Appearance - A deep amber color with a half inch or so of head. If it's a red, it's a deep red. Some sediment, not terribly clear. Nice lacing.

Smell - Some pine and some grapefruit hops. With some caramel malt in the background. Pretty sharp and clear.

Taste - Plenty of caramel malt up front. With a little hop kicker. A little bitter on the follow. Pretty sweet, but then bitter. It's a decent balance.

Mouthfeel - Pretty crisp. Pretty nice. Not a lot of stickiness. It's a clean taste. Maybe creamy.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable. But the after is bitter. It's a little creamy, so wouldn't want too many.

This is a pretty decent beer. Reds aren't my favorite. It's more red than IPA. Pretty decent overall, but nothing special.

callmescraps, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed copper with a foamy head of mixed bubbles. Wow. Straight-up grapefruit pith all the way in the nose. Flavour is also lots of grapefruit with a bit of a grain in the background. Not a lot of toastedness or fruitiness in this one - could be that the hops are just obliterating anything else. Quite a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is moderate with a bit of a zippy carbonation. Drinkable if you like big grapefruit hops.

allergictomacros, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of MSchae1017
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JahNoth for this one.

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 12oz bottle.

The beer pours a cloudy deep amber with a frothy 1 1/2 finger white head.

The aroma of the beer is a weak mixture of sharp Amarillo hops and caramel malts.

The flavor of the beer is up front with sharp hop bitterness, followed by a caramel malt presence, before showing some citrus-piney hop flavor, and finishing with a toasted grain flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium with lively carbonation and a bit of dryness.

Overall, a decent amber ale, but it i think that the Amarillo hop is a bit astringent and hop bitterness overwhelms the hop flavor. The Caramel malt presence just kind of hangs out without really melding with the rest of the beer.

MSchae1017, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark red hue with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a collar surprisingly quick.

Fresh, hoppy and malty all describe the smell of this beer well. Hops are unsurprisingly citrus...pineapples, grapefruit and bubblegum. Malts are sweet and caramely with a hint of malted milk.

Mmmm, hop juice in a bottle. Similar hop flavor and bitterness as the WCIPA, but with a stronger malt profile. Sticky, resinous and delicious! Green Flash manages to make ultra-hoppy beers without being over the top bitter and always clean and crisp. I actually like this one better than their IPA.

twiggamortis420, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack at Arctic Liquors in Steamboat CO. Around $8.

A: Poured a murky red/brown color, huge tan head, extremely dense and rocky, quite a few chunks of lacing as well. Quite dark for a "red" but its an appealing beer nonetheless.

S: This is aromatic, just having it in the room fills up the room with a wonderful smell of caramel and grapefruit hops, big time citrus smack to the nose, and a huge caramel blast too, smells awesome if you ask me.

T: Big on the caramel malts, somewhat earthy, quite sweet up front, citrus and pine, this has a great grapefruit rind bite to it as well. A lot of IPA characteristics in an amber, and that is really nice, a good change of pace for a style that can get a little old and indistinguishable.

M: Somewhat thick, lightly carbonated, and dry, this beer begs for another sip. Lingering grapefruit rind bitterness.

D: This would be a great sixer to watch a game with. I really really like this beer, and will continue to have it on hand. Excellent amber, highly recommended.

pokesbeerdude, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of humanawho
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- dark red brown color with a weak off white head

S- tangy fruity aroma with a sweet background

T- there is a biscity taste with a little earthyness as well as a balance of sweet and bitter grapfruit

M- medium syrupy body with good carbonation

D- ok with a good amount of complexity

humanawho, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with plenty of yeast floaties that seem to be typical of Green Flash brews. Somewhat small head settles into a light ring. The aroma is of a nice juicy orange hop, not very strong but nice. The taste is more of a sprucy, resin hop; quite bitter but the bready malt helps balance it out. There is quite a bitter aftertaste. The feel is moderate to thick, with a good amount of carbonation to cut the maltiness. Definitely finishes bitter but there is a nice balance between the hop and malt. A real nice hoppy amber ale. The hoppier the better for this boring style. The hop bitterness is a bit harsh and the look could be better but still a very nice brew.

Gmann, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of SaintArnold
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep reddish amber color with a foamy 2 finger head. Very generous lacing left on the glass. I like the fact that is not filtered also.

S- Malty deliciousness is the dominate flavor. The hops are there but not overpowering. I can tell this is going to be good. The first parts of these reviews are always the hardest. My mouth waters as I study the appearance and smell.

T- Very nice. I like the bite of the hops followed by the smoothness of the malt and then right back to the lingering taste of the hops. I just wish it were a little more balanced. As a hop head I love the additional hops at the end, but given a preference I will always take balance. That way I can drink more beer without my mouth drying out. I will say that as the beer warms up the taste and balance improve.

M- Medium body which is nice because it looks like a much thicker beer than it feels.

D- Its drinkable, but I wish it were smoother. I can't see myself drinking more than two of these in one sitting. Green Flash brewery is definitely a force to be reckoned with and one that is rising to the top of my list.

SaintArnold, Feb 06, 2009
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,803 ratings.