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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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2,875 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,875
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 89
Gots: 219 | 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 emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh shipment finally arrived in Chicago, thanks EehaiCJ for the single!

Dark jeweled amber with a reddish tint, tons of intricate lacing. Fresh leafy botanical nose, candied hop sweetness with underlying toffee. Really different from the bottle I had earlier this year that was older. Much more vibrant and like a fresh IPA. Some citrus, but not what I expected from an all Amarillo beer. Really nice firm bitterness, with a lingering trace of sweet caramel malt. Good balance and session worthy. Get it fresh!

01-26-2009 - bottle

B+ / 3.9
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

Six-pack from Rudy's in LaSalle, IL. Undated bottle, inside the holder is printed 03-08.

Billowing tan head that puffs up above the rim of the pint glass. Creamy texture to the surface, and and intricate ring of lace inside the rim. Slightly hazed reddish amber, micro-sediment in suspension. Traces of citrus in the aroma, rounded and pleasant malt dominates, leading me to believe this isn't a "just born" beer. No punchy Amarillo citrus that I was craving...However it isn't completely lost. There's a firm hop bitterness in the flavor, again traces of citrus, light sweetness of bready malt lingers. Good feel from steady carbonation, and perfect for a session. I've got to track down a fresh bottle, and then re-rate...

emerge077, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy amber (although more red to it than anything) color with a nice white foam and great lacing.

S: A great combination of caramel maltiness and hops. The hop aroma is primarily grapefruit.

T: Again, the combination of the malty/caramel sweetness and the citrus hops is great. The hop presence is much greater than in other reds that I've had, and I'm appreciating it.

M: Medium body and quite crisp.

D: I drank several of these, and with good reason. This beer borders on a red IPA, and I found it to be incredibly enjoyable.

womencantsail, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy amber color nice bottle conditioned brew, thumb sized khaki head leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is nice big or a red lots of chewy caramel loaded with citrus hops, pink grapefruit nice tobacco notes underneath.

Taste is pow right away pink grapefruit dominating but tobacco, mint and pine all present underneath. there is some caramel trying to sneak out but the hops do there best to beat it down. While its hard not to like this one its not really what i like in a red ale.

Mouthfeel is big medium carbonation is wonderful and unnoticed.

Drinkability is hell good not really what i would buy if i were looking for a red ale, more a red IPA.

mntlover, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of bruachan
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ooooeee...look at that hot looking amber. beyond copper, to red and even ruby. the head above it is fantastic, as is the lacing

smells damn fine, too. HOPS and MALTS: delicious floral and herbal amarillo aromas and luscious malt sweetness. the malts have a significant enough place that this could almost fill in as a (american, of course) brown ale. bready, caramelly

hop bitterness is assertive but the flavor balances nicely with sweet malty contributions. sweet but not viscous and the hops bring an excellent juicy citrus character

this is a great frickin' brew. malty, hoppy, sweet, bitter and damn nice to look at

bruachan, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of jdg204
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of my offerings from Abe's Beer in Bethlehem, my new 2nd home, ha. I've had a few Green Flashes in the past with mixed results (liked WC IPA, but was not fond of Imperial IPA), so I figured I'd let this bad boy be the tie breaker to future Flash encounters.

A: Hazy reddish amber color with a nice caramel colored head that falls into a thick surface foam with good lacing.

S: Caramel, ripe fruits, and grapefruit are prevelant

T: Grapefruit, caramel, and a hint of pine are up front. Then comes a great balance between the thick malt and the piney hops. I rarely have Reds this well balanced (usually the malt is lacking), this really could be a Red IPA as the label says.

M: Nice and crisp with a medium body. Aftertaste is long on the bitterness.

D: Very impressive beer that definitely brought me into the Green Flash fan camp (though I do think they're a bit overhyped still). This was an excellent Red Ale and is a nice comeback for me on this style after a few disappointments. A really well put together brew that will appeal to both Red and IPA fans. Looking forward to trying some of GF's Stouts and Belgians to form a better decision on them. If you come across this brew try it (but don't go too far out of your way, ha).

jdg204, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle into a nonic glass.

A cloudy rust color with a nice amount of off white head. About two and a half fingers worth.

Smell is malty and sweet. Alot of roastiness and caramel.

After the initial sweet burst this one is all hops. (as the name suggests)

Smooth and smoother. For a hop bomb this one has a real nice and smooth feel to it. East to drink and enjoyable at that.

I could drink a few of these. Overall very tasty and drinkable red ale.

BigMike, Aug 11, 2009
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark hazy copper with brick red highlights. Some sediment particles floated around chillin in my beer. 2 finger tan head that eventually becomes a resinous foam. Beautiful Frosty Laces. (the sediment prevents this from being higher, the head/laces wanted me to rate it higher).

Citrus, Resinous floral/pine. Toasty toffee/spicy caramel. slight yeast. (slightly subdued, but very nice aromas)

Toasty toffee caramel nut bread with a hop bite of grapefruit and oranges. BIG bitterness with a lingering floral resinous grapefruit aftertaste.

Dry and sticky, med body, Astringent, smooth as fuck (for a hoppy bitter beer).

Super Tasty and very drinkable. Excellent hoppy bitter Red "IPA". Amazing complexity to the amarillo hops. Great "red" malt character. The sediment floated around but did not really take away from the beer until the final sip.

CHILLINDYLAN, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The hop head red poured the expected color with a good 2 finger foam head. A good looking brew with a some tight bubble lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell was citrusy and evergreen. The taste was good but unique. It had an odd malt taste, possibly rye in there? Buscuity. The mouthfeel was nicely ibu'd. Overall a pretty good drinker.

cswhitehorse, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of jkrich
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. squatty bottle with no freshness date found.

Poured a murky, brown and reddish color with a small off-white head. There was a lot of particulates and sediment in the mix.

The first aroma upon opening the bottle was strong hops. The bottle label states that the ale was dry hopped with amarillo hops. After the pour into the shaker pint glass, some of the sweet malt aroma becomes evident.

This is a bold flavored amber style ale with an emphasis on northwest hops. The initial blast of hops is followed by hints of malt flavor. Allow the ale to warm and it becomes more balanced.

A solid medium bodied ale with a chewy, somewhat thick mouthfeel.

This one grows on you. After the first couple of sips, I thought this was an over-hopped, unbalanced ale. As it warms it certainly improves. Did I mention the large amount of sediment floating in the ale; a rather unattractive but tasty ale.

jkrich, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of greg202stewart
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This isn't an IPA folks. Its a Ryle PA, so don't give a low score because you hate the style. I love this beer. Dark copperish red with yeasty chunks suspended in the beer and has the consistency of glycerin. Smells faintly of hops and citrus. Hop Hed REd has a great pale ale bite of the hops and sharp floral citrus flavors but also has a unique rye taste that is fantastic and has a great slippery mouthfeel. This beer has opened my eyes up to new possibilities for Rye PA.

greg202stewart, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Earwacks
2.05/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

While it pours beautifully with a deep copper color and wonderful head, this brew is all looks and no personality. I hate to say it, but its nothing more than beautifully hopped dishwater... For anything more in depth just read the previous low reviews. I couldn't agree more with them. (And I love Reds... and strong or highly hopped beers)

Earwacks, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at Callahan's in San Diego. This brew pours a luminous amber color with a medium and foamy beige head that lingers for some time. Rings of lace on the glass. Floral hops aroma with touches of sweet fruit. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with flavors of floral hops, grapefruit and malt. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitterness. Pretty good overall.

Dogbrick, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of COBeerBuff
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a reddish-orange copper translucent color with lots of hanging sediment visible. The head is a light and foamy off-white color with lots of staying power.

Smell: Lots of hops, but the malts are also very prevalent. A sweet sticky bready smell lingers as well.

Taste: Very sweet bordering on sour almost. The hop bitterness attempts to provide some balance, but the sourness is overwhelming. Very heavy on the malt character. That's unexpected considering the heavy hop presence in the nose.

Mouthfeel: It's a very light amber pale ale. The hops definitely aren't as sticky as you would expect, and

Drinkability: While only 6.4% ABV, this beer's sweet malty character and taste will keep it from being that sessionable for me. Others may look at it different, but I don't feel like this is the best example of the style for me.

COBeerBuff, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of kels
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer pours into my pint glass a nice rusty brown with significant ruby-red highlights. It is slightly hazy with some visible carbonation running through that feed the well-retained 1-finger off-white head. The foam is soft and bubbly, and leaves swathes of sticky lace down the sides of the glass. There's a lot of sediment in the liquid that I wasn't expecting.

Smell: Really nice aroma comes of the significant head. Tons of caramel malt meet a distinct, bitter citrus and grass hop note. The smell is sweet and toasty.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The first notes of this beer are very malty, thick and sweet. The bitterness of the citrus rind doesn't start to creep through until halfway through the first mouthful, and it lingers long in the aftertaste. It really becomes the focus of the beer in the overall drink. The feel is moderate, slightly creamy and fizzy, and it leaves a film of stickiness throughout the palate.

Drinkability: Definitely on the higher side. The bitterness is very pleasing, and the overall taste is solid. Very decent beer.

kels, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of elniko
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Stella glass. No dates marked on bottle.

A: Deep, rich amber coloring with tan head with nice lacing. Good looking red.

S: A lot of dryness on the nose, some citrus grapefruit tones apparent as well.

T & M: I've enjoyed most of the hoppy reds I've had thus far and this one did not disappoint. Bitterness apparent right off the bat and continues through the entire mouthfeel. Dryness from the smell is there in the taste as well as some mild caramel sweetness as well.

D: Pretty darn drinkable, I've been impressed with the Green Flash brews that have made it to North Texas.

elniko, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of LittleDon
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours red-amber, hazy with noticeable particulates. Head is dense, leading to lace that sticks to the sides of my glass. Grapefruit and grain in the nose. First sip is hoppy up front, with a bit of the alcohol coming through. Big mouthfeel middle, thick. Finishes bitter, again on the heavy side. While the hopping is noticeable, there's enough sweetness in malt to make it characteristically different from an IPA.

LittleDon, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of OnlyDark4ME
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The dark body with the brown head was most enjoyable. The smell is something that I would expect from a hoppy ale, the taste is perfect for my taste although may be a little strong for others. This was certainly a enjoyable sit down beer paired with a gamey dinner, this makes an excellent conbinbation.

OnlyDark4ME, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of JoshW
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very very dark amber, had a healthy two finger head that lasted almost the entire way through the beer.. Lots of heavy lacing on the glass. Smelled almost like Bell's Hopslam to me (one of my favorites) The hop note is VERY noticable. Strong strong hop taste, yet still smooth and not overpowering. Seems to me like it could be higher than a 6% ABV.... Drinkability is great for a hop-head..

JoshW, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of david18
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love Green Flash beers. They are also not affraid to make experimental/combine beers. Although i'm not crazy about La Freak, this one is a perfect combination of malt and hops. A bit like Red Rocket; a less aggressive arogant bastard.

Found it in a 12 oz bottle at a very reasonable price.

david18, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of CosmoHopHead
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Founders pint glass.

A: Reddish brown with a decent head and thick lacing. Lots of settlemant in the glass. Not sure how fresh this bottle was which might explain that.

S: Hops come through first with a almost sweet, malty undertone.

T: A bit sweet but the bitter hops balance nicely with it. Without the hop bitterness, would have been to sweet probably.

M: Light, sweet and still a little bitter.

D: Pretty darn drinkable. Red ale style is not my favorite but the nice hop mix on this one makes it very easy to drink.

CosmoHopHead, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of drumrboy22
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in trade with Alen. Beer pours a brownish, red color with a tan, one-finger head. Heavy lacing and moderate carbonation.

Aroma was heavy, heavy hops and moderately sweet malt.

Taste was strong with hops, some floral notes and a light citrus bite.

Long bitter finish. Smooth, light mouthfeel. Fairly easy drinking.

Thanks to Alen for this one!

drumrboy22, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of WalrusJockey
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- bright reddish brown, tan head.

S- brights, sweet, fruity floral hops dominate the nose in my glass, backed by a sweet, roasted caramel malt. My wife's glass, however, is roast and caramel with cinnamon and bitter hop aromas. Very wide difference between the two glasses.

T- roast, caramel sweet flavors, framed by bitter hops, in turn framed by floral hops. Swallow is bitter and dry, with a long bitter hops finish.

M- crisp, light, slightly juicy.

D- not amazing. This beer clocks in at 6.4%, which is fairly middle of the road for American beers, but it packs in a whole lot of big beer flavor which is nice, but diminishes the drinkability-as-such.

Overall: A-

WalrusJockey, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Oxymoron
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red color with great clarity. A rock solid off white head and great retention and lacing through the full tasting.

The nose is very hoppy, along the lines of a west coast ipa. Strong Amarillo and centennial hop notes that leave a noticeable citrus and a ruby red grapefruit nose. Really hides everything else. Some malt notes with a hint of crystal. Mostly husky though. Hints of onions and herbal notes are a bit distracting. Very clean with the yeast though.

The taste is similar. The hops are one sided with a strong finishing hop taste. Strong centennial and Amarillo notes. No real bitterness to speak of but isn't overly sweet so it's ok. Some malty notes but some minor astringency as well that I think is coming from the malt. As it warms the grapefruit notes really come out. Some minor vegi notes but not as noticeable versus the nose.

The body is moderate to dry. Carbonation is light (could have used against the hops). Overall this is a hop bomb red. Not really to style per say but more of a red ipa. Great hop notes that a hop head would smile but I personally would like to see a bit more malt and bitterness to balance the finishing hops. Still tasty though.

Oxymoron, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of smittyjr
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Props to RichBeer for the trade on this one!

A- Aggressive pour from bottle into pint glass. pour results in a clear, dark-reddish-brown body with a frothy-airy head, apprx 1"-1.5". Great retention on the head and good lacing as well...

S- Amarillo hops, spicey, caramely, rotten-fruit smell to it as well.

T- Up front i taste citrus-fruit, sweet; then a hint of caramel from the malt... finishes with hoppy-bitter goodness.

M- I thought this beer was crisp, with a medium body. the carbonation was great, very refreshing. Dry-bitter finish from all those delicious hops!

D- I just started to explore red ales and i think this is my favorite so far. drinkable, yes, very refreshing session!

smittyjr, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Trappissed
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hamilton's:

A very nice taste from the start. Definitely felt more like an IPA than an Amber, but still very good. Citrus and pine hops meld together for a refreshing taste. A little dry and bitter in the aftertaste, but worked very well for the beer. Would have appreciated some more malts in this, but they were obviously going for the hops, given the name. Never had this out of the bottle, but I probably will give it a try now just to compare.

Trappissed, Jun 07, 2009
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,875 ratings.