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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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3,027 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,027
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 97
Gots: 267 | 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 mjurney
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[Appearance]: Deep copper color, lots of sediment (from the yeast), some carbonation, head looks alright, leaves fairly nice lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: Piney/citrus from the hops, sweet malts.
[Taste]: Malty at first then hoppy (piney/citrus), caramel in the mid-palate, finish off dry bitterness (I think that's from Amarillo Hops).
[Mouthfeel]: Light-medium bodied, light on the carbonation, dry and clean finish.
[Drinkability]: Pretty drinkable.

Photo of phiberoptik
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Beer Glass with a nice head that fit the glass perfectly. Even after the head disapated, it left a nice light wash over the top of the beer.

This beer has a wonderful smell, sweet, citrusy with a hint of pine, but the malts come through at the end.

Tastes like a very well put together IPA with a noticeable malt character. I cant put my finger on all the little taste notes I am catching but its mostly good. The sweetness hits first but the bitterness lingers on the tongue for a while after the drink.

This beer is fairly drinkable but has enough teeth to it to not make you need more.

Photo of homebrew311
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice clear red, dense white head with sticky lacing, good retention

S: very piney and resinous, hops are up front and dominate, some subtler notes of rye bread and sweetness sit beneath the assertive hop profile

T: the rye sweetness comes through a little bit bigger on the palate which counteracts nicely with the bold and resinous hops, finish is bitter, the hops are still dominant

MF: medium to high carbonation with a medium body

D: a very nice hoppy offering from Green Flash, lives up to its name... this one leans a bit on the bitter side for me to consider it highly drinkable, but overall a great beer with a bit more balance than their West Coast IPA

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a deep amber/brown colour; slightly cloudy with a small amount of foamy white head.

S - The nose is a great balance between sweet maltiness with a citrus-hop aroma. A little bit of pine in the hops too.

T - The palate is bitter but without the typical citrus/pine hop flavour. The malt profile really comes through - sweet/caramel palate to the malt. A well balanced beer.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - This is a good beer, but not a great one. It is drinkable but not one I would seek out again.

My bottle may not be very fresh, so I would like to try this one fresh to see the difference in the hop profile.

Photo of GregSVT
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a nice amber with a big white head that fades to a small layering leaving lots of sticky lacing. I'm counting off here for the amount of floating crap in the glass. Seriously, filter your beer guys...

S: The nose is the best part of this beer. Loads of floral/citrusy hops that is very reminicent of Nugget Nectar.

T: The taste is not like NN though. A strong bitterness is on the forefront and after that fades you get more of the citrus and piney hops from the nose. If they would reduce the bittering hops and increase either the malt or citrus hops this would be great.

M: The feel is nice and creamy with great carbonation. Slightly oily from the large amount of hops in this brew.

D: The ABV helps the drinkablity here but after a few the bitterness takes it's toll on your palate.

Pretty good if you like your ambers hoppy.

Photo of dasenebler
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful rich copper with a fantastic beige head that retains wonderfully. Nice lacing.

Aroma is somewhat subdued for an Amarillo dry-hopped red, but I get some faint apricot and citrus, combined with rye-like spicy malt.

Flavor is pretty good. Bitter with not a whole lot of hop flavor. Some pine, but mainly just bitterness. The malt profile, however, is what keeps this beer intact-- and me wanting to drink it. Could swear there's some rye in there. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, if a tad over-carbonated. Worth drinking, although the bitterness kind of wears the palate.

Maybe this bottle was not up to snuff, as I was expecting a lot more from this red. Will have to re-review if I can get it vom Fass or frisch abgefüllt.

Photo of washburnkid
2.9/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Approximately two fingers from a relatively firm beige froth sitting on top. Brew is light brown and mahogany with particles floating everywhere. It's pretty gorgeous, especially with the great retention and white spiderweb lacing.
S: Really biscuity on the nose from the malts, with just a hint of pine at the back.
T: Taste is the about the same, with the toasted biscuit dominating the floral hop bitterness. I get a bit of metal in the flavor, but this is back and forth between hoppy and toasted. The two flavors don't seem to meld together at any point. There is also a really disappointing sourness/astringency.
M: Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Really great mouthfeel...nice and full on the palate.
D: I would be more than willing to review this again, maybe on tap? This was just a disappointing experience for me.

Photo of Bfarr
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Deep mahogany with a thich tan bubbled head this is a very promising looking beer. This is backed up with a deep tea and hop aroma. Indeed, the first sip has a great hop bite with signature red undertones. Their is a pleasant caramel base behind it with a good creamy mouthfeel. However, the hops are soon overshadowed by the malts and all that's left is the hoppy aftertaste. In this case, the lingering bitterness is quite unpleasant.

Really, I wanted to like this beer because the mouthfeel and aroma were so good as well as the malt tastes. However, by the bottom of the glass I couldn't really see my self having another.

Photo of evansrdbrew
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on: 3/7/10
6.4% ABV 45 IBU
12 oz. in "Thirsty Monk" Pint

A= Dark rusty red which is quite opaque. Very thin head even w/ aggressive pour, although a nice lace holds the edge.

S= Nice malty floral nose, can get good whifs of dark carmel with a slight sweetness and toffee aroma.

T= Great roasted malt flavors with hints of roast coffee, toffee and carmel. Good resiny hop flavors balance very well with the great malt flavors. Bitterness is nice and has little lingering bitterness. Floral and herbal hop notes are also noticable.

MF= Not heavily carbonated, with a mild wieght and slight (very, very) dryness in the finish. Very thin coating of the tongue. Once you get close to finishing the pint a noticable numbness comes over the tongue.

D= Good Hoppy red ale. I could drink a few more of these.

Photo of johnkfrisbee
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gorgeous, murky, amber. A small head, with only a little lacing.

Smell: Spicy, grassy hops; some grapefruit rind; tiny undertones of malt.

Taste: Almost startlingly full-bodied and complex; a full malt undertone balances out the agressive hops. Minor notes of banana and toffee in the malt.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, a tiny bit oily.

Drinkability: It's a big beer, even for 6.4%. Would stand up fantastically to fried food or barbecue.

Overall: A powerful, punchy, well-balanced beer. Like many of the well-reviewed ambers, it's a little hops-forward for the style, but the hop flavors are beautiful and complex.

Photo of marcobrau
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight-sided pint glass. Very hazy red. Lots of lace. Smells of fruity Amarillo hops, but not as much as I thought it might. Very smooth, with fruity hop flavors, caramel and coffee in the mix. Fruity, soft, moderately bitter finish. A touch oxidized. Very drinkable. Hop was generally more fruity than specifically citrusy.

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

Aroma; Pretty bold mix of citrus/fruity hop aromas and caramel and toasty/low roasty aromas. There is a noticeable dry roasty background that isn't always present in red ales. In the end, the aroma is a bit more malt focused but it's a battle.

Appearance: Almost light brown with red highlights. The foam is rocky, long lasting, a shade or two past off-white, and leaves nice lacing.

Flavor: Lots of sweetness and specialty malt character here. Rich caramel and some other burnt sugar qualities with a roasty dry background. There is some hop resin and bitterness but the beer still finishes on a sweet note. The hop flavors are pretty classic american grapefruit and maybe some lemon. They blend very well with the bold malt character and while not in the back seat, they're sitting bitch.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full and slightly slick on the tongue. Some hop resin but nothing like their IPA. Very smooth.

Overall: This beer reminds me a lot of a lower alcohol American Barleywine. It about as rich and sweet as it could be to maintain a good level of drinkability but I had no problem with this one. Nice hop character, bold but not harsh or enough to overwhelm the malts. Really great beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A little dark brown and amber color. Solid head and carbonation. Good aroma, hoppy, woodsy.

Taste, very enjoyable, especially for a red. Not the taste I'm used to with Amarillo hops, but I guess the malt bill is heavier than many of the new ipa's that use Amarillos a lot lately. Not too heavy, just right. Hop feel is not citrus.

Mouthfeel, remains consistent, but weakens in a tiny amount. Drinkable, maybe not for a typical red drinker, but I liked it a lot.

Photo of mgbickel
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a single finger, off-white head that dissipated quickly and left little lace behind. The body is a clear copper color with red and orange highlights.

Citrus hops hit the nose first with caramel in the background. The backbone of the nose is sweet malt.

The hop flavors dominate the palate. Starts off piney but turns more bitter and biting at the finish. No sweetness present at all.

The mouth feel is medium, semi-oily with pretty high carbonation.

This is drinkable, but not as balanced as my favorite ambers. If you want hops without any complexity, this one is for you.

Photo of halo21
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured this delicious, heavy ale into a chalice, filling it with chunky white huge head. It looked dense and dark; blood ruby color was amazing.

Smell: Huge spicy Amarillo hops; earthy and rich. Hops were big, and malts were there with mellowing support.

Taste: Big spice and flowers from hops, with the caramel malts sitting nicely. I very different taste to a hoppy beer, as many use cascade to add a floral character. This one is pungent, with the slightest mineral metallic taste that comes with the acidity. The flavor developed and I warmed up more to this beer as it did.

Mouthfeel: Bold and big; not drying bitter, more of a spice dry.

Drinkability: Low; a huge palate busting beer. Takes a toll on how much you can consume.

Notes: A unique beer that grew on me more as it warmed. The last 1/3 of the beer was amazing.

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

The color was a nice robust red, with a big bubbly frothy head and good retention. The lace was bubbly and thick. Good lookin brew.

The blurb on the bottle set it about right for the aroma. Sweet caramel was more than equaled by the resiny pine hop profile. Citrus notes of orange peel and grapefruit accompanied by maraschino cherries and toastiness rounded out an excellent nose.

The flavor was fantastic. Immediate load of hoppiness was met in the middle by toasty sweetness that kept through the finish. Pine, citrus pith, caramel, and some diacetyl flavors all melted together well. 45 IBU's almost seems an understatement.

The medium to full body was nice and sticky and had a fluffy/ cottony texture. The carbonation was sharp and the finish was dry and tingly. This beer beer seems the perfect hybrid of a good IPA and a full flavored rich Red Ale. Awesome beer

Photo of PintOHops
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Pint

A - Hazy amber/copper color with an off white 2finger head, head retention was okay, and it left some very attractive lacing.

S - Wow, big pine & floral notes from the hops, a bit dry with citrus and fruity tangerine & pineapple upfront, pretty herbal. I couldn't really pick up much malt here, which really disappointed me, I got soft cracker & honey with mild sweetness, and even when warmed it doesn't get much better than that! Just a big floral aroma.

T - Citrus and tropical fruits going on here, not surprisingly I couldn't pick up much malt, some caramel & biscuit, more so as it warmed. This hoped up out of style beer finishes with pine/resin hop flavors and very nice bitterness, lingering very well. Not enough malt flavors or complexity to me though.

M - Slightly oily & very smooth, around medium-full with lite crispness. I thought it paired well with the flavor profile.

D - An out of style hop forward Red Ale, made for hop lovers. Well I liked it but it wasn't great to me, I was very disappointed in the absence of the malts in the both aroma/taste. I suppose I could drink a couple pints before I grew tired of it, but If I want an Amber than okay, if I want an IPA than I'll get one. I have to say this one didn't please me, great brewery & I loved there IPA, but I still don't recommend it.

Photo of zadams1
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Lord Hobo 2/18/10

I've always liked a well-hopped red but this is the first one that really matches the intense bitterness and aroma a lot of top-notch pales feature. I don't if its the darker and sweeter malts that drown it out in other beers but for once the hops stand out and make this a hop head's red. It pours with a nice light off-white head and light to medium amber color. Naturally the flavors change as the beer goes on and by the end the hops mellow and you get more of the caramel character you normally see in a red ale. Worth a pint or two at any bar.

Photo of froghop
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear dark copper with a large beige head, and very good lacing.

smell is of grapefruit, caramel, malt, some pine, and a touch of spice.

taste is smooth and creamy, grapefruit, citrus, caramel, some pine, and pepper, ends a little bitter.

Photo of socaldesert2007
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured very nicely into a shaker glass with two fingers of head and a strong hop aroma. I could also notice caramelly notes upon taking a deeper breath from the glass. The first sip was pleasnat with a floral aftertaste that i couldnt quite place but was very pleasant. The beer went down very well and was very drinkable.

I would reccomend this beer to anyone who enjoys red ales or IPA's as I feel it is a near perfect blend of these two styles.

Photo of Koufax21
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A - Poured a dark redish brown with a thin head. Not great lacing or head retention to this one.

S - Smell wonderful. Lots of hops used in the dry hop makes for a very fragrant brew.

T - First impression... It reminded me a lot of the Jamaica Red Ale from Mad River BC. That's a very good compliment. Great hop flavor and just a hint of that sweet caramel. Surprised it's only 45 IBU.

M - Good Carbonation and smooth.

D - Very drinkable. I would not hesitate to recomend this to IPA fans or anyone for that matter. I would definately buy this beer again.

Photo of Stimack
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew poured to a brown color with red/amber highlights, quite cloudy and also has a lot of floating sediment. Has a one-finger light tan head that seems to have good retention and left some good lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma here is strong of hops and they are very enticing, the dry hopping with the Amarillo gives a nice floral scent. In the background I think I am picking up some roasted and caramel malt aromas. The flavor is very good, hops dominate and give a real nice flavor, very floral in flavor and seem to tail off to a almost tea like flavor. The hop resin seems to coat the tongue and wants to stick around as for several minutes after I still taste hops. The malt is hard to pin point except for a sweet feel that is there. While this brew is not balanced IMO, it does have a great flavor profile and is easy to drink. Nice offering from Green Flash.

Photo of redjameskidd
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An ode to Amarillo hops.

I enjoy single-hop pales and IPAs that let you get an idea of the character and nature of particular types of hops. This west coast red ale is all Amarillo, and it is quite unique in it's smell and flavor properties.

The first time I had this beer, the overpowering aroma and hop flavors was actually too much, and it shocked me as someone who thought he enjoyed hoppy beer. Going back again at a later date and with a better appreciation, I was more able to enjoy the beer.

Nothing has described the aroma and flavor so well to me as fresh cut grass. It is unlike a lot of the typical west coast styles that are using more "C" hops. It has a different, less citrus flavor.

Photo of bob3701
2.7/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a sampler glass. Nice red/ amber color with a decent head that quickly goes to a thin ring. Not much lacing. Very herbal and hoppy aroma, pine scented too. Very powerful flavor that just was not for me. Tasted like fresh mowed grass, hoppy grass that is and an herbal tea. Maybe this one did not mix well with the other beers in this session for me. I will say my son loved it.

Photo of tapman
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sanguine against the light, dark amber at the table with a dense head of compacted foam. Bubbles are small and lacing is light and fluffy.

GF signature strong, herbal dry-hop aroma, amarillo dry-hop to be exact thanks to info on the bottle. Malt toast comes through a little, but the hops dominate this nose.

Rich, full-bodied, dextrinous, malty flavor with grassy, bitter, pine/citrus American hops sticking to the back of the palate. Very sweet with just enough bitterness to give it a light dark chocolate appeal, if you can dig that analogy. For the color the roasty elements of this beer surprised me. A hint of Coc. or Blk. Patent? Roast Barley!? Definitely some roastiness, but with a toastiness as well. Hops are a bit resinous in the late finish, a bit much for the style.

Like I said, full-bodied and dextrinous. I tasted a lot of residual sweetness and I feel it as well. What about hop oils in this one, hmm? I was talking with ome people about hop residue adding or taking away from to mouthfeel and I wonder if this one gets its chewiness from the "bucket loads of Amarillo hops."

Fantastic. My new favorite red ale. To be fair, I haven't had any notibly great red ales, but this is a good brew regardless. Imperial Red? I.R.A.? A great beer regardless.

Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 3,027 ratings.