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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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3,087 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,087
Reviews: 932
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 108
Gots: 308 | 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:
Beer added by: sleazo on 03-06-2007

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

Reviewd from notes.

Appearance is a darker red/amber, good amount of carb, nice 1 finger's worth of white/reddish head. Smells are caramel malts, slight citrus and pine hops. Tastes are sweet5 malts then hops with a bitter hop finish, good! Mouthfeel is kinda thick and syrupy. Drinkability is good.

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

This is the best brew of this style that I have tasted. Normally I avoid these, but I am glad I went for this one. True to its name, it is over the top with hops, but this does well to keep up with the malts and such in this one.

The breww looks and smells as good as it tastes. It is a bit heavy for pounding back a few of them, but at least you will know you had some good ones.

I have to remember this one. First rate hop head stuff.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 6.4% ABV, no date.

Thanks to emerge077 for this great red!

A - Hop Head can't get any better looking. Period. It's a well carbonated deep red-amber in color and topped by an ever-lasting light khaki head. Lace covers the glass in sheets of foam that looks like fluffy, sticky, swiss cheese.

S - Definitely a hop-head's delight in aroma with it's strong Amarillo dry-hopped nose full of resiny pine and citrus grapefruit. Notes of dry leaves and grass take part in the hopped-up aroma. Toasted amber malts also show this beer's backbone nicely.

T - The robust aroma is matched in flavor with a strong hop presence but more harmoniously balanced. Smooth toasted caramel and amber malts back up the pine and citrus layered hops that follow through on the back end.

M - Robust and bold but medium in body and soft to the entry. Hop Head follows through with a moderately bitter and dry finish.

D - A good red to be sure, Hop Head blends the hops and malts nicely together without being on one side or the other. This would pair well with some original brats and crisp fall weather.

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

poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice strong dark amber color with mayor reddish hues. There is a nice densely packed 1 inch off-white head. Slight ivory colors in the head as well. The head is awesome and sticky leaving some nice lace as the 1 inch head recedes.

S - Great piney and grassy dry hop aroma. Almost like there are some nice fresh hop cones in the bottle. Aroma is almost perfect in terms of an Amber Ale and it is a hoppy aroma. Very dank almost like liquid pot. Some slight grains are also felt with slight sweetness but mostly hops and more hops. Aroma is delicious and near perfection.

T & M - Starts of with a great grassy and earthy fresh hop character. Smooth as silk not harsh like some overly hopped beers can be. Some slight flowery flavors in there. The Amarillo hops are delicious and have a nice cannabis like flavor to them. Just delicious. What is unique and delicious about this beer is the fact that although there is all this hop flavor and character the nice bready and grainy malts shine through on the back end. The hops add flavor but they don't kill you with higher IBUs. There is a fresh baked bread flavor to this beer especially on the back end that is mixed in with some slight caramel as well. This really adds a great balance to this beer. Nice light body with great carbonation nice malt and hop flavor profiles.

O - Beer is refreshing and delicious and very easy to drink. In my opinion it is up there in the style. This battle Founders REds Rye PA for my favorite beer of all time.

Photo of millikeith
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red amber, cloudy from floating yeast. Really sticky two-finger head that clings nicely all the way down the glass.

Smells of floral and citrus hops with caramel malt backbone that is nicely balanced. Taste is also well balanced. Bitter hops and sweet malts followed by strong bitter, floral finish.

I don't love Red Ales, but this is a really good beer--not Nugget-Nectar-good--but really good.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, another souvenir from the Great Cross-border Beer Pilgrimage of 2010...

This beer pours a dark, murky russet hue, with two fingers of thick, foamy light beige head, with leaves a commendable latticework of lace around the glass as it duly recedes. It smells of grapefruit, toasted caramel malt, nougat, and some light pine/grassy hops. The taste is creamy roasted caramel malt, and bitter grapefruit and pine oils. The carbonation is on the low side, the body north of medium weight, smooth, and somewhat crisp. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity caramel malt still in a dance of death with the resinous citrus and pine hops.

Definitely a mish-mash of styles, a decent red ale hopped to the nuts. Tasty stuff.

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

Reviewed from my notes from earlier this evening.

A - A clear brown/red with little to no head when it was delivered.

S - A sweet malt with a scent of fresh pine needles.

T - A bitter bite with an orange hop kick.

M - Slightly chewy and a moderate amount of carbonation.

D - Really easy to drink and perfectly balanced.

This was my first Green Flash beer and if the rest of theirs are as good as this one, I'll definitely become a follower.

Photo of ElGallo
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very excited to see Green Flash in NH, although $12.50 for a 6-pack seems a little steep for a domestic beer with low-ish ABV. But I digress...

This beer is very good because it is one of those rare beers that has a strong hop character but enough caramel malt to balance all the flavors perfectly. Smells like a candy bar flower would smell like if candy bar flowers existed. Maybe a Milky Way/hyacinth hybrid. Or maybe I'm full of shite. I could happily drink one of these every week for the rest of my life, and I intend to live a long life, like 55 or something.

There should be more beers like this. I'm tired.

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

Pours dark, muddy red like ocean clay topped by milky off-white head. Gorgeous aroma of citrus notes, wet hops, grass, mint, lemon, and soap. Deep flavor of hops, citrus, spice, lemon, some soap, some earth in the aftertaste. Thick in mouthfeel with medium carb but highly enjoyable and drinkable for any season. A great accompaniment to my turkey dinner as well. Real good ale.

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

2nd trip at Papago brewing in AZ, second visit and a great evening vibe. I dig this place as an out of towner.

Appearance is copper amber in color with decent clarity. Impressive 1 finger head with showcase retention of typical hop endurance.
Aromas of west coast hops on an evident caramel malt backbone.
Tastes as it smells with an amber ale whisper dominated in a good edu by citrus hop bitterness and flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium body and medium carbo.

A nice drinkable caramel malt amber ale hopped to what seems like 70+ ibus. A most enjoyable brew if you like amber ales and hops.

Photo of stonelis
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark red. two finger head which quickly disappeared. Good amount of malt, carmel, citrusy. Thick bodied. Good balance on the bitterness. Just gets better as it warms. Very drinkable. There's just something about amber beers that are hopped up that I definately like!

Photo of chaz410
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at the flying saucer in charlotte nc.
Pours a hazy dark amber with a thick kakhi head.
SMells of piney hops and some citrus notes over some toasted bready malts and slight caramel character.
Taste of lots of biscuity notes and some caramel sweetness with a lot of piney hop bitterness. Finishes pretty dry with a slight nutty sweetness.
Easy drinking but unique enough to want to savor.

Photo of MysticRuler
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beutiful cloudy brick color.Nice foamy head with delicate lacing. Nose is a strong hoppy smell. not unlike their West Coast IPA. This is obviously a blend of styles as they've brought IPA like hoppiness to the often moribund Red Ale category. As with all blends however, there are compromises. This is especially notable in the maltiness which tends to neutralize the complexity that is so successful in the WCIPA. Still, it is an excellent looking beer which elevates the often lame Red Ale to a higher status. While I'd choose the WCIPA over this one, it's still a damn fine effort.

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

A-Dark red with a creamy head.

S-Amarillo hops. Some sweetness as well.

T-Citrusy hops. Grassy lingering taste. Well Balanced malt. Quite bitter.

M-Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

D-A fairly drinkable beer.

All aspects of this beer were solid yet unspectacular. Glad I tried it but would pick other Green Flash brews over this one if I had the choice.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass the beer was a red/brown color with a medium-sized tan head.
It had a sweet malt and floral aroma, a little muted.
Sweet malt, grapefruit, and pine aroma. Again, not real strong.
Hoppy mouthfeel.
A red IPA, as the label succintly suggested.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 660ml bottle at the GBBF.

Pours deep amber with chunky sediment and a cream white head that clings and clumps. Intoxicating honeysuckle floral nose. Cherry/fruit jam malts, a bitter nettle bite, and an orange citrus hops kick. Medium, oily and chewy.

So nice! Drinks way hoppier than the 45 IBUs. Might not quite be up to Rocket Red, though....

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

Big, whipped up head passing two fingers, mixture of all bubble sizes, craters as much as dimples, basic tan to eggshell white color, better retention than you'd think given the larger bubbles, plenty of small splashes of lacing here and there. Nicely rich amber color, fully opaque, slightly more orange at the rims, tiny beads here and there, looks like there could be a catfish living in there. The nose has a welcome relaxed quality about it, semi-laconic unfolding of malts, caramel and milk chocolate segueing into pine, sweet and sour grapefruit to orange citrus, spring blossoms and a croissant, danish flakiness, the green nature of the hops bristles without lunging for your jugular. Medium-bodied, the carbonation adds a slow churn that allows for both palate pressure and measured pacing forward. This is a dry and hoppy beer, no doubt, simply not out to bludgeon you with the fact, gets grassy and piney while always leaving room for chocolate, toffee, bread and caramel. Orange to white grapefruit citrus is tight and lean, neither decisively sweet nor sour. The apricot, peach, nectarine, pineapple, green apple fruit ekes out a marginal presence, not a focal point. it's not keenly balanced but better for it, particularly with the general lack of pushiness. A hop head beer that you don't have to be a hop head to enjoy.

Photo of Soonami
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Head Red is a beautiful red beer! It pours a bright, gorgeous garnet with a dusty voluminous head that billows out of the glass and clings to the glass like rock climber holding on to its life. The aroma is very fruity like apricots and mangos with a touch of caramel malt. HHR is smooth with a touch of toasted malt in the front of the mouth with a firm bitterness that follows. The resinous hops clings on the tongue after the silky beer is long gone.

This is a wonderful beer and I can only imagine how good it would be fresh from the source or on tap.

Photo of Star80
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those wow beers. I cracked open the bottle, poured into my Sam Adams glass, loved the scarlet red opaque translucent glow, after of course being greeted by a nice floral, citrusy, resinous Amarillo hop whiffs!Call it a wow beer cause I couldn't stop saying, wow, this is nice! How nice! The only other beer that I know uses Amarillos like this is Gumballhead, they are a nice, fruity hop, grapefruity hop, with a slightly spicey edge to them. This beer has a great balance to it for such a hoppy ale, due to the reddish malts, which add a touch of sweetness. Beer has a thick, rocky head with lacing that sticks all of over the glass. The beer is not so much just another big IPA, but complex, red ale. The mouthfeel is very full with oilyness from all the drop hopping. I can't say these are extremely drinkable at 6.4 abv cause there is a thickness to this one....you owe yourself a six pack of these now.

Photo of railcaider
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this beer because the label described it as cross between an American amber ale and an IPA. It draws from both of these styles but doesn't really qualify as either, which is a little disappointing.

When poured into a glass, this beer has a brick-red color that's pleasing to the eye. The head is off white and very bubbly, with good retention. After pouring it into a glass, the most prominent smell is a pungent pine resin aroma. There are also citrus and sweet fruit aromas.

The bitter taste is as strong as that of an IPA, and during a sip it gradually gets stronger until it peaks on the aftertaste. It reminded me of some of the hoppier Stone beers. Very active carbonation gives this beer a prickly mouthfeel.

As I mentioned before, this beer has an identity crisis. It's either an extremely hoppy American red ale or an IPA with a strange flavor profile. Neither of these would be a bad thing, especially because these two styles have a lot in common, but by straddling them both this beer ends up a bit bland. I'd like to have it again, but since Green Flash already makes a really nice IPA I'd probably just be content with that.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A pretty red/brown with a cream colored head.

S- Great smell of piney hops possibly amarillo.

T- Nice hop bitterness from beginning to end, with a light refreshing malty sweetness somewhere in the middle. The aftertaste is all bitter from the hops.

M- A lot of sudsy carbonation, with a crisp finish.

D- The fact that the hoppiness sits on your tongue prevents you from knocking back a few, but one or two would not be a problem at all.

Photo of klikger
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint

A - Dark red & cloudy. A small amount of head sticks to the sides of the glass as it's sipped. Several yeast floaters hang out around the bottom of the glass.

S - Large amounts of caramel tempered by some floral hops

T - Piny hops and lots of malt up front. A decent amount of yeast and some spice (vague notes of pepper & cinnamon) appear midway. The sweetness of the malts couples with a powerfully bitter hop finish; both elements remain on the tongue for some time.

M - Pretty chewy for a hoppy beer, not that this is a negative. Modestly carbonated, this beer turns slightly syrupy as it warms.

D - Pretty good, but the sweetness keeps it from being a knockout for me.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Widmer pint glass.

A: Standard pour produced a puffy two-finger head that settled to a white cap with good retention and lacing. Dark mahogany color; little visible carbonation.

S: The amarillo hops are definitely there, along with a caramel malt aroma and a whiff of citrus. A bit underwhelming next to the taste, but gets stronger as it warms.

T: This is officially the standard by which I will judge all other red ales. The hop and malt flavors are perfectly integrated. Starts out with smooth caramel malt and finishes with a bitter hoppy zing.

M: Coats the mouth with a resiny glaze. Exceptional body. Lingering hop taste.

Bought a single; beginning to think I should've got the 6-pack. This and their West Coast IPA make a great tag team.

Photo of cysiam
4.95/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably the best red ale I've ever had, but that's probably because it has more in common with an IPA than a typical red.

A- A deep red with just a slight touch of brown. A nice head that left a small amount of lace down the glass.

S- Hops. Grapefruit, citrus and a bit of pine.

T- The sweetness of the caramel comes through but it's not overwhelming. The hop notes are definitely around to balance things out.

D- Dry finish to compliment the sweetness. Quite drinkable.

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

This beer glows. It's the first red ale I have ever seen that is a true bright red. It's kind of a dark red apple color.

It smells fantastic and it's all hops. True to the label it must be loaded.

The taste throws you off because it's a new one. It's very heavy caramel malt flavored but that's followed right up with a floral hop taste that doesn't go away and changes into a strange piney, buttery flavor that is actually very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry on the end but the beer is silky throughout.

Excellent beer, a must try if you haven't yet.

Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 3,087 ratings.