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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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2,828 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,828
Reviews: 902
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 87
Gots: 202 | 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 seanbhudson
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a medium size tan head that dissipates at slowly. Lots of sticky lacing.
Big hops aroma (pine and citrusy grapefruit). Sweet caramel comes through too.
Taste similar to aroma with hops the predominant flavor. This is balanced with some toasty malts and caramel sweetness. Finishes with grapefruit bitterness that lasts awhile.
Medium to full body with slightly syrupy texture and then finishes dry. Soft carbonation.
Big flavorful hoppy beer that has enough sweetness to give it nice drinkability. The only drawback is the long lasting bitter finish that keeps it from becoming a session beer.

seanbhudson, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle thanks to the great IBUnit. Figured I would jump into some Red Ales this evening and this was where I wanted to start. Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a really nice amber with mostly red hues. When held to the light there is a beautiful ruby red color on dispay. Served up a good two fingers of bright, off white head (is that possible or stupid?). The head had decent retention but dwindled easily. The good thing is that the ring that lasted had some pretty decent lacing.

S: Smell is pretty simple. Lots of hops, piney and citrus goodness. There is also some biscuity and caramel malt coming across. Pretty basic but pretty damned pleasant as well.

T: Taste follows the nose as well. The hops hit hard onthe first sip but the malt seems to come out a bit more as you go. Piney hops seem to be most prevelant, but there is also come heavy orange citrus presence as well. The malt is super sweet and really cuts the bitterness. Nice caramel, brown sugar and sweet bread. Just wonderful.

M: This one is a nice medium bodied brew that has a really nice, high carbonation that makes this one go down really friggin easy. Crisp and refreshing. A bit of malt sweetness remains in the aftertaste. Very nice brew.

D: This one is quite enjoyable. Nice flavors and aromas that are simple but very enjoyable. This is a highly sessionable brew that I am glad I have another bottle of. This is an easy drink that has some great flavor, but doesn't kill the palate.

everetends, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/30/2008 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a red, dark red brown color body, and a huge foamy cream-colored head, good lacing, and lasting. Has a hoppy aroma, grapefruity. Dusty nose. Strawberry fruit taste, some malts. Has a bitter aftertaste. A fizzy palate. Very harsh grapefruity taste and aftertaste. A little smoother as it warms. A very good heavily hopped ale.

jujubeast6000, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear red with a massive off-white head. Grass, pine, and grapefruit all over the nose. More bittersweet than expected. Lots of resin and grapefruit with a strong bitterness from the Amarillos. Expected biscuit maltiness that did not overwhelm. I was happy with this selection.

magictrokini, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of YankChef
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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?

YankChef, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Overlord, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of popery
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

popery, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Derek, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

DoubleJ, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of Strix
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Strix, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of willjschmidt
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

willjschmidt, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

tpd975, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of jjboesen
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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....

jjboesen, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of plaid75
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

plaid75, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

stumac, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TexIndy, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Stinkypuss, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

SaCkErZ9, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

HopEnthusiast, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of dfillius
2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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 :-(

dfillius, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of Mit
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Mit, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of sethmeister
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

sethmeister, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

brewcrew76, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

johnnnniee, Nov 02, 2008
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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