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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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2,749 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,749
Reviews: 894
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 84
Gots: 175 | 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 YankChef


4.65/5  rDev +17.4%

12 oz bottle no freshness date

appearance: slightly hazy dark bronze with big time coppery red/ 1/3 inch fluffy white head that loos menacing and nice lacing.

smell: bright and crisp, smells of citrus, grapefruit and pine. resiny hop greatness. a bit of maple as well. the amarillos give this beer an amazing aroma, i dont care if dry-hopping is expensive its worth it

taste: this one is pretty much all hops, the malt does show up, it has a sort of maply, rooty kind of sweetness but this one is as advertised. Citrusy, bitter and oh so hoppy.

overall: the more green flash i try the more i like. I believe this is another elite micro brewer in this great country of so many of them. Easily one of my favorite session beers and just o so good if you like hops of course, if not why are you trying a beer called hop head red?

12-08-2008 03:19:38 | More by YankChef
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

I had this on tap at Blind Tiger in New York City.

Pours a reddish orange into the conical pint glass. The head is an eggshell maringue that lasts a good while, coating the glass in lace. The aroma is citric and piney with a grainy, crystal malt sweetness. The first sip offers an expansive American, resinous hoppiness. Malty doughyness shows immediately afterwards to balance things out. A slightly toasty, caramel flavor gives nuance. The finish is mouthcoating and bitter and lasts forever. Soft carbonation gives a pleasant mouthfeel.

This is a very decent American hoppy ale. Lots of flavors, but hops are definitely in the front.

12-01-2008 04:31:13 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of Overlord


3.3/5  rDev -16.7%

Pours a ruddy amber. Two inch off-white head. Smell is ... basically, some hops. A weird orange-y citrus hop smell, rather than grapefruit.

Taste is, again, hoppy, but strange. A metallic, bitter citrus that almost reminds me of orange peels versus a juicy, tropical, white grapefruit flavor. Despite the "red" labelling, this has almost no malt component.

Decent mouthfeel, but not my style of hopping.

11-29-2008 03:48:42 | More by Overlord
Photo of popery


4/5  rDev +1%

A very hoppy, deliciously bittersweet red ale. The beer pours bright red with a nice beige head that leaves behind quite a bit of lacing. The smell is superb, lots of hops and lots of caramel malt. The hops smell oily and citric, like essence of orange peel. There's some spice, maybe coriander seed. The taste is very hoppy. I might just be a sucker for these hoppy beers, but I'm a happy sucker. Green Flash certainly does a good job with hops. This beer has good citric bitterness with some balance provided by sweet caramel malt. I don't know what else to say about it. My reviews of hop-heavy beers tend to sound similar. This beer has a strong hop flavor but doesn't overwhelm the palette quite as much as some. It's not the crisp bitterness of Stone's Ruination but more of a smooth bittersweet flavor. The feel is nice and oily from the hops but also tends to get a bit watery on the finish. The drinkability is good but it feels a bit heavy for a 6% abv beer.

11-27-2008 04:54:01 | More by popery
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Amber-brown with an off-white, almost light-tan head. Some retention, good lacing.

S: Plenty of apricot, nectarine & tangerine with some pine & grass, along with underlying toffee & nuts from the malt.

T: Plenty of amarillo hop flavour (nectarine, tangerine, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, grass and that aspirin-like flavour); Solid bitterness; hints of toffee & nuts, though this is mainly about the hops.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a crisp finish, with plenty of hop acidity.

D: It's full of hop flavour, though it's a little brash.

Thanks to stumac for the trade.

11-26-2008 00:44:58 | More by Derek
Photo of DoubleJ


4.08/5  rDev +3%

A hoppy red ale....they sure know how to lure me. And this one is locally made! On to the beer:

Somewhat hazy in the body...the color glows red merged with hues of orange. Frothy head on top is healthy and good to look at, and great lacing on my glass. Aroma...sourdough bread, big smack of hops on the nose. Bits of caramel and orange. This red ale has a tropical fruit juice flavor that makes up the meat of the flavor, similar flavor to their IPA, but not as much. Caramel and bready in the malt department for balance...hint of pineapple and burnt sugar. Super smooth mouthfeel....good all around beer.

11-25-2008 05:31:29 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Strix


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

Dark orange/amber with a good lasting head.

Smells nice and hoppy, citrus, also a carmelly malt background.

Tastes of grapefruit hops, bread crust, and caramel malt.

Mouthfeel about right for the style.

A big hoppy beer, quite enjoyable. I'd have another.

11-24-2008 06:15:52 | More by Strix
Photo of willjschmidt


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark copperish red with a light tan head.

S: Spicy hops, some slightly sweet caramel malt.

T: It starts out with a very well balanced red ale, a nice caramel malt base with some hops to even it out. The finish is where the Amarillo hops really hit, mostly in the form of spicy pine.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation.

D: A very tasty beer. A great version of a hoppy red and fans of Amarillo hops will really enjoy it.

11-22-2008 21:54:18 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of tpd975


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

A: Pours a nice clear amber hue with a nice tall off white head. Good retention and lovely sheet lacing noted.

S: Nice balance of sweet caramel malt and bold fresh citrus.

T: The balance carries over to taste. Nice combination of biscuit and caramel malt up front. The hops cut thru in the middle. There is lots of citrus, with a touch of sweet pine.

M: Medium in body, nice carbonation, with a enjoyable bitter finish.

D: A nicely hopped amber, I really enjoyed this one.

11-22-2008 04:08:31 | More by tpd975
Photo of jjboesen


4.47/5  rDev +12.9%

Another fine beer sampled at the Oregon Brewers Festival. Here we have a frothy beginning, yet with little retention of head and a minimum of lacing. Despite the name, the color is more copper than red - but let's not pick a nit.

The nose detects citrus (possibly lemon?) The palate detects a biscuitiness that combines malty mouthfeel with Amarillo hoppiness. In any case, Hop Head offers a pleasant balance while not being an overwhelming hop bomb (at 45 IBUs).

This Green Flash gets the green light from this thirsty camper - oh, Canteen Boy....

11-17-2008 00:17:16 | More by jjboesen
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.45/5  rDev +12.4%

On tap at Croxley's in Rockville Centre.

Poured a dark amber hue with a one finger creamy off white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a resinous piney and citrus hop couple with a touch of caramel.

The taste consisted of a robust and balmy hop, a moderately sweet malt and a pleasant toasted finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a superior hoppy ale. A ton of flavor for a relatively small beer.

11-15-2008 20:38:16 | More by plaid75
Photo of stumac


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

pours a reddish brown color with a brown tinted quickly fading head. the nose is a blend of floral and spicy hops, slight sweet malts, and some citrus. the taste is piny, spicy hops, very dry but with sweet malts mixed in, grapefruit. a very awesome red ale

11-14-2008 20:53:21 | More by stumac
Photo of TexIndy


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no dating info) into a pint glass. It was a deep orangish amber with a ton of bits floating around. No much carbonation but some good lacing. It had an average sized tan head that settled into a thin foam.

The aroma was grapefruit hops from the Amarillo. Was rather pleasing and set it up nicely for the taste. Not too strong yet hinted at the nice hop bite to come. That bite is present from start to finish and then a second or two after you swallow and your taste buds start drying you get a hit of bitterness. Like a delayed bomb. Nice mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a really good beer. More like an IPA than a Red in my opinion but good whatever you call it. Glad to see this one hit Texas. Recommend and worth an occasional spot in the rotation.

11-14-2008 02:54:28 | More by TexIndy
Photo of Stinkypuss


4/5  rDev +1%

12 oz bottle. Nice amber looking brew with bubbling rising to the top of a pretty decent sized head. Smells strongly of pine and caramel malt. Taste follows the nose with hop oil, caramel malt and a slight roasted edge. Citrus with a pear like sweetness. Pretty well balanced but finishes on the bitter side, which I would expect from a beer with such a name. Hop cone aroma and taste is dead on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated. Overall this is a pretty drinkable brew but would not reccommend drinking more delicately flavored brews after this palate crusher.

11-12-2008 15:33:03 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark ruby in color with an off white head. About two fingers in size, and dense.

Hoppy aroma like an IPA. This is certainly on the hoppy side of the category, as the label suggests. Citrus hops, orange and lemon peel. Plenty of that amber ale, caramel and biscuit mnalt to support the large hop aroma.

Tea taste immediately. Hop bite in the back as well. A touch of biscuitiness, but the overall flavor to me seems to be fresh brewed tea. Not bad.

Medium body with a lovely hop bitterness. This one is almost like Big Hoppy from Terrapin, except better, and more tame, and less alcoholic. That makes no sense, but whatever. A very good beer.

11-11-2008 23:13:15 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of HopEnthusiast


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%

The beer pours a dark red color with very good head retention and lacing. The beer is pretty malty and roasty smelling on the nose, with a hint of hoppy bitterness. The flavors of the hops are more noticeable. The beer has the roasty/malty qualities I expect in a red ale, married with the hoppiness of a good IPA. Not bad at all. The beer is surprisingly soft on the palate, and I get almost a creamy mouthfeel on the finish. The finish is impressively long and bitter.

11-09-2008 01:52:53 | More by HopEnthusiast
Photo of dfillius


2.85/5  rDev -28%

Served in a tumbler. I do not like reds typically, but I'm giving this one a shot since I love Green Flash's IPA and DIPA.

A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger eggshell colored head with good retention. Cloudy dark reddish-brown.

S: Dank and citrus hops. Slight sweetness. Smells like an IPA with no malty "redness".

T: Grapefruity hops and flat, slightly bland or metallic malt. This is just like reds I'm not a fan of with a lot of hops added in. It doesn't cover up the red flavor. Bummer.

M: Unpleasant and clashy, like hoppy dishwater unfortunately.

D: I'm intrigued to take sips because Green Flash couldn't have made something I dislike this much could they? They did :-(

11-08-2008 18:27:36 | More by dfillius
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

So...I saw this sitting on the shelf at the store and my first thought was..."But I was gonna get Barley wines today. But it has Hop in the title....Barley Wines can wait till it gets colder..."


Appearance was a very nice deep red that had a nice head but it rapidly dissipated(sp). Not much left after about a min or so.

Smell was very earthy and bitter. The hops pretty much jumped up my nose at this point and I was pretty excited from the smell alone. Hoppy aroma ringed by a slightly sweet maltiness.

First sip punched me in the face with hoppiness and I was in love. Subsequent tastes yielded a softer side that consisted of some sweetness and citrus type notes, but those wrapped up quickly when the hoppy bitterness overtook them. Very hoppy and almost overpowering at times. Don't get me wrong I still loved it but I think you have to be a "hop head" to really enjoy and appreciate this beers complexities.

Mouth feel was nice..somewhat thicker as one would expect with a higher abv beer.

Drinkability was a little lessened I felt simply due to the strong hops. I may only be able to tolerate 3 or 4 before moving onto something a little less intense.

Overall a damn fine beer.

11-08-2008 04:17:13 | More by Mit
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +3%

Bottle, no freshness date.

Pours deep reddish brown, every so slightly hazed. Rocky light tan head, sticky fluffy foam laces the glass.

Scent is strong grapefruit, citrus hops and a touch of pine resin.

Taste is strong grapefruit hops, a touch of resinous pine. Oily and juicy. Very bitter. Big sweet caramel malt underneath the hops is noticeable even when the beer is cold. Bitterness and sweetness are in balance and there's a sweet fruitiness in there as well.

Mouth is oily and slippery.

Drinkability is good

A delicious hop-juice brew.

11-05-2008 06:44:34 | More by sethmeister
Photo of brewcrew76


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

A - Copper, ruby red with 2 fingers tan head and sticky lacing.

S - Resiny, pine and citrus hops with some sweet caramel.

T - Sweet malt to start with some biscuit and caramel followed by resiny, piney hops and some lingering bitter citrus hops.

M - Smooth and creamy, slightly light of medium on the mouthfeel with a resiny dry finish.

D - Hoppy for an amber but like this take on the style. Very easy to drink if you like your hops.

11-03-2008 00:01:20 | More by brewcrew76
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New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a slightly cloudy deep red amber color with a two finger fluffy off white head that leaves lots of lace on the ride down the glass. Lots of floaties in this one, hop residue maybe? Smells of citrus hops and a bit of caramel. Tastes of citrus and pine and a little malt shows through here too. Definitely a hop forward brew with a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Resinous oily mouthfeel. Medium body, ample carbonation. Great hop juice. I enjoyed it.

11-02-2008 22:57:38 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of BarleyMine


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

This beer pours a reddish, carmely color with a thin head. The nose is of hops, malts tones, a slight carmel sweetness and mango notes. This brew has an initial taste of hoppy bitterness that tastes like (what I imagine) fresh hop juice would taste like. And finishes with a citrus peel note. It's full bodied with crisp carbonation.

10-25-2008 04:32:27 | More by BarleyMine
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

Extreme haze, with floaties. Dark amber color. Thick slab of rugged oatmeal colored foam. Good lacing.

Big citrus and pine nose. Love amarillo. Very inviting.

Thick slather of semi-sweet malt down the center of the tongue. Bitter bracing hops crash the sides. Slow fade more than a big climax bite.

Mouthfeel starts solid medium, but peters out late. Good drinkability overall.

Enjoyable but not overwhelming. Needed a bigger finish. West Coast IPA remains the Green Flash fav.

10-22-2008 04:05:35 | More by RonfromJersey
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

Hop Head Red pours a deep dark cloudy ruby red with an off white two finger hed that leaves good lacing down the glass.

The aromas are caramel matched with a grapefruit hop character from the amarillo.

Taste is a bit different with a medicinal herbal flavor when the hops are working against such a strong caramel malt backbone. Strong brewed unsweetened tea flavors flash across the tongue and stick around for quite a while. The hops are resinous as the lable states with a good long lasting bitterness on the tongue.

Moderate carbonation and a medium mouthfeel create a very drinkable brew. I understand why this won gold for the style at this year's GABF.

10-21-2008 17:24:46 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of smcolw


4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

This is a beautiful looking beer. A moderate head that lasts forever. It leaves chunky lace on the glass. The color deep amber and clear.

Like opening the hop pellet drawer at the homebrew shop--floral and spicy. There is no other smell here

The brew is more hoppy than the smell. Lip-puckering aftertaste that lasts seemingly forever. Relatively thin body which leads to a lighter malt flavor than the coloring would suggest. Balanced, this is not!

As a hop head, I love these style beers.

10-19-2008 18:31:40 | More by smcolw
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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