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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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3,039 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,039
Reviews: 920
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 98
Gots: 278 | 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 dgilks
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Head Red is one of those beers that strikes you because it keeps up the high hopping levels that I love in a beer while teaming it with a great malt profile that supports the beer and the hops. The pour is good with a nice, fluffy off-white head contrasting with the red body. The aroma combines those citrussy West Coast hops with a light bit of malt (and unfortunately a touch of dustiness). The flavour comes down to a balance between citrussy, piney, resinous hops and the caramel, toffee malts of the red ale. The body is neither thick nor insipid which is nice in a beer like this and it helps to make it feel like you can drink more.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega. Naturally its served in a crappy shaker pint. This place needs better glassware. Perhaps Ill start requesting a wine glass, but thats neither here nor there.

A- Red for sure. Its a clouded rusty red color. A small head is probably the result of the bartender's habit of pouring off the foam to give the customer more beer. No matter, this is still a decent looking beer.

S- If there is one California brewery that is more synonymous with hops than Sierra Nevada, Green Flash would be that brewery. A lot of pine and some citrus. Some malts come through, which are very welcomed by my nostrils.

T- Very hoppy, but I was glad to taste some malts. They are a rich type of malt that give it an almost chocolatey flavor. This is still secondary to massive pine and grapefruit/citrus rind hops.

When IPAs have gotten too monotonous, this is a great beer to turn to.

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky reddish-orange color with a very frothy, one finger cream colored head with excellent retention. There is significant lacing that sticks and stays there. There is also a wee bit white sediment hanging around the bottom. A great looking brew.

S - Very strong and pleasant smell. A good balance of pine and citrus hops with some slight sweet malts to even it out. Very nice.

T - Amazing balance here. There is a great mixture of floral and citrus hops mixed with some sweet caramel malts. The after taste is a very creamy with some bitter pine hops for this finish. Wonderful.

M - This is so smooth. Reminds me of a good Sweet Stout. Perfect amount of carbonation dances on my tongue. Incredible

D - Even though very good this is really the only category that leaves something to be desired. While these are very easy to drink, I feel they could sit a wee bit better with my palette. Overall, an amazing brew.

Photo of mulder1010
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a globe glass

A-- Poured a dark crimson color. Light brown head that settled at one finger, nice and fluffy head. Good head retention and some nice rings of lacing with the beer.

S-- Citrus, carmel, and pine. Orange, lemon, grapefruit stand out well and has good doses of pine in this. Good malt background mixed in.

T-- Orange peel, Grapefruit, pine and Carmel. Very forward fruit and pine taste with flashes of carmel. Good first bite to this.

M-- Well balanced. Shows flashes of everything real nicely. Lower medium carbonation and medium feel. Pine sticks around a nice long time after you finish each sip.

D-- Well hidden ABV and just plain drinkable. Can have 2 bombers easily and would want more. One of the styles Australian breweries just do not do and they should.

Photo of brendan13
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - The appearence is a deep reddish copper that pours a couple of centimetres of off white head that slowly falls away leaving a bit of lace
S - Caramel malt aroma with some lovely piney, floral & grapefruit hop notes.
T - Rich caramel malt flavour but not cloying which is wonderful. Grapefruit, piney & floral also in the taste.
M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, lingering bitterness.
D - I could drink this all day long. Until I fall over anyway.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

This brew is really gorgeous. Nice hint of red, obviously, but the cloudiness swirls around and give the beer a nice look. Head is off-white and puffy; almost too big even with a careful pour.

Smell is right on for what I was expecting. Nice blast of hops, and pretty thick.

Taste is as anticipated as well. The red gives this one a nice bite at first, and the hops come in at the tail end and really give a piney whack. The hops are resiny and stick for a while, while the initial bite comes and goes quickly. There is also a bit of a fruity kick in the background... I can't put my finger on it, but hopefully I'll peg it by the end of this six pack. Good complexity to this one.

The mouthfeel is dense, which I expected when I saw the cloudiness. The head sticks around for the entire brew, which added a little wrinkle to the flavors.

Drinkability is high. Good solid flavor, and the ABV is reasonable to session. The price is high for this brewer in my area, which doesn't necessarily influence my score, but is a little unfortunate.

Photo of grittybrews
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a brownish amber into a pint glass with two fingers of creamy white head. Strong aroma of sweet caramel malt balanced by hoppy grapefruit and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Complex malt sweetness with notes of caramel and vanilla is quickly overtaken by citrus hops, which dominate the lingering bitter finish.

Excellent drinkability. The flavors are a little two dimensional, but each element is executed extremely well. I wasn't expecting this brew to make as much of an impression as the West Coast IPA, but was very pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it.

Photo of zhanson88
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hop Head pours a deep amber color with about a finger of tight, light khaki head. Retention is okay, as is the lacing that remains.

Smell: Caramel malt, and sticky, resinous pine and hops. Not overly complex but very balanced and pleasant.

Taste: Caramel malts up front, with sticky pine in the middle with a medium amount of hop bitterness at the end. I also get some coffee-like bitterness in the aftertaste, which is unexpected but not at all unpleasant. Gives an extra layer of flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a nice solid medium-bodied beer that is smooth and creamy going down. Drinkability is high, this is an extremely balanced beer that is not too heavy and flat out nice all the way around.

Photo of nhindian
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark amber, burgundy, ruby color. Has some sediment in the glass and builds a beautiful 2.5 finger, foamy head. Reduces to a silky cap after a few minutes but leaves moderate to heavy lacing throughout the entire drink. Really pretty.

S - Nose of bitter hops and smooth malt twisted with wisps of citrus. Smells quite balanced and about evenly distributed. Not getting anything overwhelming.

T - Taste is a really smooth blend between the pine tree, citrusy hops and the more mellow hops that comes together nicely. The cap aids in releasing the bouquet throughout the sips and adds a bit of texture. Aftertaste is of hops and a twinge of alcohol. Some stickiness.

M - Body is medium to heavy bodied when taking the head into account. Not light by any means but definitely adds a bit of substance.

D - Drinkability is relatively high. Nothing really detracts from the beer too much, and is balanced to the point of preserving the palate, but it doesn't really push any envelopes. For a beer in this price point, I'd definitely be looking for more distinguishing characteristics. The beer is good, but not really memorable.

Photo of drpimento
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a giant, foamy, frothy, fluffy, light tan head that lasts a long time, lots of big bubble trails, and loads of lace. Color is an almost clear red medium amber. Aroma is hop, grapefruit, pine, and a little malt. Flavor is like aroma, plus a little butter, wet leather. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and very long with lingering hop bitterness. Not as balanced as I'd prefer, but not bad. Don't think I'll have another for a while.

Photo of fourplayed
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 o bottle into 12 oz glass

Nice 1" lite tan brown head breaks up slow and looks sticky and leaves med lacing as it breaks up. Nice dark deep burnt red-orange color. hold it up to the lite to get the color hues.

smells mostly of malts with a mild caramel sweetness. Hops take back seat. reminds me of a rich brown ale but more complex with the hops added.

Tastes of mildly sweet caramel with fair amount of malt and bready taste with touch of nut. A nice smack of hops breaks through.

Mouth feel -good carbonation & hops hit your tongue first. medium heavy body. smooth malts linger in aftertaste with a dry finish.

IMHO This drinks like a good brown ale that has a generous addition of hops. makes it interesting. Not a bad brew if you like both brown ales, and hoppy style brews.

Photo of dcguitar
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came from a bottle and was poured into a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a nice dark amber color with a very light foamy head.

S: The smell has some nice citrus and hoppy aromas.

T: Nice citrus and hops with some malty and even spicy characteristics. Very tasty.

M: Warm and full.

D: A nice beer all around. A really tasty green flash treat!

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

A: This beer appears a dark amber color with a sizable head that leaves plenty of caked on lacing all over the glass.

S: The aroma is primarily of hops, followed by citrus and bready malts. Alcohol is slightly detectable. It smells like an IPA.

T: The beer is tasty. The aroma is an accurate indicator of what to expect in terms of flavor. The taste profile premiers with hops and is closely pursued by a biscuit malt character and a caramel sweetness that balances the beer gracefully.

M: Decent feel with a subtle alcohol note in the finish.

D: A good beer I'd drink again. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as the Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. I just had, however.

Photo of hophead247
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish amber with a large beige head that left a ton of lacing. Nice bright citrusy hops with a little bit of a resiny accent. Lots of caramel maltiness here too. Biting bitterness hits you right away and never lets go. The maltiness emerges mid swallow with some caramel and crystal malt. Pretty full bodied with a fairly thick texture and a slight resiny stickiness on the finish. Nice soft fizzy carbonation. A nice hoppy red that's as hoppy as an IPA...

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

Picked up a six pack of this one for ten bucks, and I was very excited to try it as this brewery has rarely let me down. Here, they continued to impress. Pours a dark reddish-orange color with a half inch or so of medium tan head. Good hops here, both on the nose and on the palate. A Piney, grapefruity (and other assorted citrus) nose leads nicely to a well-balanced palate, featuring more of the same, along with caramel and a little dark brown sugar. Very enjoyable.

Photo of xraided81
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into and 8oz, sampling glass. Pours a nice orange -redish color. clarity is great considering its a bottle conditioned beer. Head retention is great a 1/4 inch he is still present 5 minutes after pouring in glass. Smell is of piney, grassy, hops with a hint of earthiness. thinking citrussy hops such as amarillo and simcoe. First sip i get a strong bittering hops, get more of the citrus hop present in the back of the palate, caramel notes are present at the end of the drink, very little malt character is present in this beer. The bitterness does not linger in the mouthfeel as does an ipa. Overall this is a great example of a west coast red ale. I would buy this on a regular basis if i could have access to this beer more often.

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

Deep mahogany, rather hazy, fingers worth of light tan head. Lots of lacing.

Smell is slightly sweet, lots of sweet citrus, ending with a nice slightly muted resiny hop aroma.

Bitterness is stark, and stabbing. I'm diggin' it. There's some slightly sweet malts, and some slightly sweet citrus, namely grapefruit, that round it out.

Decent amount of carbonation, body is on the lighter side, which is fine.

Good drinkability, and an all around great red!

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"The red it filters through." -Chevelle

Clouded rust color, not a pretty lass. Sloppy lace strewn about by a crescent moon retention. Aroma is grapefruit and candy and even a little tropical floral. Good stuff. Taste features grapefruit bitter aplenty, 45 IBUS taste like 65. Sweet caramel malt compliments the hops but by no means is this balanced--and that's just fine. Full, resiny mouthfeel.

Not my favorite of this style (this is my favorite style by the way) but I'm definitely a fan.

Photo of beagle75
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Hazy, dark amber color with one finger of persistent peach-colored foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intense grapefruit citrus, as well as some pine, account for much of the detectable smell. The faint toffee of the malt, combined with the citrusy hops, suggests sweetness.

T: Begins with slightly off-dry caramel and aromatic hops that combine in the mouth to produce a tea-like quality. The hops come across initially as floral and vegetal, contributing to this effect. Flavors transition smoothly into a bitter grapefruit finish.

M: Medium viscosity, sticky with hop resins. Carbonation is moderate, its presence is noted, but it does not detract from the other sensory qualities.

D: This beer delivers fresh hop flavors but is able to pair with most foods better than an IPA. The intensity of flavors here are comparable to those of many imperial red ales, such as Oskar Blues Gordon, while the abv remains in the neighborhood of the typical IPA. As a result, the drinkability found here is truly superior.

Photo of codewarrior
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz from a 6-pack, into a Balloon glass ...

From the neck of the bottle:

"Is this a Red IPA? That's your call."

A: Lots of creamy head, good lacing in dissipation. Deep, deep red, nearly cranberry.

S: Exceedingly hoppy, and tremendously sweet in the back. The bottle claims this is 45 IBU, but this smells far, far higher.

T: Bitter in the extreme, dissipates quickly and gently into a sweet, spicy finish. This is far less balanced than expected from the smell, leaning way towards the bitter side of things. A lack of sweetness in the front makes the 45 IBU hop-explosion feel like at least 80 or 90.

F: Light and great in the mouth. Frothy and bubbly going down.

D: Viciously hoppy and delicious. I think this little number may have redefined "agressively hopped."

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon IPA willibecker. No freshness dating. Pours a deep, semi-translucent, amber with a rocky, two inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a solid quarter inch cap. Delicate clumps of sticky lacing are revealed during the tasting and exhibit excellent adhesion. Nose is pretty subdued but implies caramel malt, citrus and an earthy hops quality. Taste consistent with nose; flavors are nicely interwoven. Malt comes out initially, followed by citrus acidity towards the middle, and culminating in an earthy bitterness towards the back that lightly lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively, almost prickly carbonation and some astringency that lightly stimulates the salivary glands along the cheeks. A very good Amber - perhaps a little slanted towards the bitter end of the spectrum, but solid and quite drinkable.

Photo of jizfiasco
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to pint.
I was slumming around looking for the last remnants of some nugget nectar. I was able to pick some up last weekend but I guess that was the end. So I came across this so called Red IPA. Overall a good beer. First pour was excellent dark amber with a great lasting head. First taste was very caramel and malt with a hoppy after taste. Could use a bit more carbonation. As drinking continued it lost the sweet and hung on to the bitter without the spice notes of solid hops and more bitter from unripened citrus. I would recommend if you can't find the nectar but not at all its replacement.

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Appearance is a very dark amber color that looks like a brown/ruby mix. Huge three inch light brown frothy head with amazing lacing all around my glass. Great head retention that leaves a bit of foam sitting on top of the beer.

Aroma consist of citrus smells with the likes of ruby grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and tangerines. Pretty good citrus smells for a red ale I must say. Caramel and toffee aromas are present behind the hops along with a brown bread like smell also.

Taste upfront starts off with a mix of caramel that is the forefront flavor leading behind is a sweet citrus grapefruit taste with a little tangerine. Toffee and bread like malts show up in the end with a hint of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little less than average carbonation with a sweet tasting aftertaste.

Overall this was a pretty good beer and something I would recommend to try.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in Fort Worth Flying Saucer which i heard was the orignal pub to start.

Poured a reddish amber as suggested. Lots of head and great lacing through the glass. Tons of citrus hop aromas. Actually balnced. nice beer. Had a soapy finish but it did not ruin the beer. Very nice.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish amber with a big off white head that sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

Smells primarily hoppy, with caramel malt undertones. A little grassy, to the point where I question whether the beer is starting to fade a bit. Not bad, just possibly fading.

Taste follows suit: grapefruit and pine, all swirled together over a pretty mellow caramel malt base. The brew tastes like it is around 60-70 ibus instead of the 45 that it is. The grassy notes in the smell transferred through to the taste, unfortunately. Everything is very very nicec until that flavor comes in. Again, maybe the sample isn't quite fresh enough?

Nice mouthfeel. Slightly sticky, with medium carbonation level that complements the beer nicely.

Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 3,039 ratings.