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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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2,898 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,898
Reviews: 910
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 90
Gots: 225 | 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 goatgoat
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber. 2 fingers of frothy tan head. Decent retention. Moderate lace.

Aroma is strong citrus with a backing of caramel.

There's a strong malt background, which is overwhelmed by the hops at the start. As I work through the glass the malts come forward pleasantly. The finish is solidly bitter the entire time. There's a slight harsh tone in the bitterness.

Nice medium body with a good level of carbonation.

A sturdily bitter brew. Want a hit of hops? You got it.

goatgoat, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of TequilaSauer
4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap a few months back and it blew my mind. This is my second six pack and I decided I'd review it. I know full well my review will be higher than that of the others who have tried it, but I just love this beer.

A - darker and thicker than I'd expect, very nice lacing

S - VERY fresh floral smells with pine, wet cement, and grapefruit coming through

T - incredible balance, attacks with grapefruit and orange peel and gives way to a pleasant bitter, vegetal finish

M - smooth and pleasant, but nothing to write home about

D - in terms of drinking beers, this would be top 5 easily, maybe even top 3. There are times when I've even preferred this over Nugget Nectar (I'm sure 99 percent of people here would disagree with that sentiment).

A great beer, one of my favorite go-tos. If this beer were about 30% lower in retail price, I would never be without it in my fridge.

TequilaSauer, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance? Wow. Rose-orange. Big puffy head. Impossibly murky and thick. Huge specks of yeast, like a fiber supplement. Insane.

Bitter amber malts in the nose, but with a strong flowery hop. Hint of pine oil. Malts are sharp and bready.

The taste is nicely bitter, bready malt. Some soft yeast. Hops very flowery and estery. Double bitter flavors, but a sweet finish. As it warms, some sweet caramel malts emerge.

Feels a little gritty and grainy, but works with the red part of the beer. It's a nice amber/IPA hybrid. Goes down very easy but not wimpy.

williamherbert, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of QuinnFam
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It has been a while since i have drank a red. It was a toss up between this red and their ipa. although i did rather enjoy this very much. the hops were nice and not overpowering. i hate it when a beer is what my mother-in-law calls perfumey! this hop head would definitely purchase this hop head red again!

QuinnFam, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of Spikester
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy dark amber with ahuge off white head and plentiful lacings. Aroma is floral hops. Taste is sweet rich malts with a very strong earthy leather hop bitterness. Very powerful amber, would see this leaning toward the IPA camp. Nice beer will probably drink more when available.

Spikester, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of duffextracold
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- redish brown, decent sized head. LOTS of big floaties, to be expected from the dry hopping.

S- Smells mostly of floral,citrus hops, with a hint of sweetness from the malt.

T- Citrus hops, lots of grapefruit, but not too bitter. nicely balanced with some sweet malt. almost has a hint of sourdough bread. fresh fruity aftertaste.

M- very smooth and crisp. alcohol is well hidden. medium carbonation level.

D- extremely smooth, drinkable, well balanced and easy to drink. possibly one of my new favorites. I just wish it was a little easier on the wallet.

duffextracold, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of ncstateplaya
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Served in a pint glass from Tyler's Taproom in Durham, it arrived at the table an opaque mahogany...dark and hazy. There was a generous fluffy off-white inviting head. My empty glass held plenty of lacing, wanting a refill.

S: This beer is definitely hopped up. The citrusy aromas from the amarillo hops flood the nose with red grapefruit. There is an ever present malty backbone that can't be denied.

T: The hoppy bitterness is great, very citrusy and a little pungent. The malts are strong and lend to a nice character in this beer. Big malts with a nice bitter bite! Beware.

M: A clean a crisp mouthfeel. Medium bodied with great carbonation and a nice bitter finish. The malts lead to an unbelievably smooth experience.

D: I thought this was a very good beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am torn on the classification, I believe it to mimic an IPA more so than other ambers I have had. Either way, its a solid, smooth, and enjoyable beer.

ncstateplaya, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of beerorRIP
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle to a clear pint glass: yields a nice 2 finger off-white head. the head reduces after a while, leaving a layer of foam and patches of lace. the body is a nice red-copper color that is clear for the most part. the sediment that pours in dances around as bubbles stream to the top.

smells nice and citrusy. they say amarillo dry hops, and so it smells as such. not much in the way of malt / sweetness in the aroma. it's there, but the hops take the front seat. nice.

mmm... hit by a wave of hop flavor (citrusy slight pine) and bitterness. which is somewhat surprising given the moderate IBU's. also catching a bit of malts near the end, but they're not very sweet. enjoyable.

medium body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. only a bit oily on the tongue.

easy drinking and good flavor make for a beer that would be good for sessioning. a damn nice american red.

beerorRIP, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of solargoat
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured copper into my Boognish Pint.
Smelled of sweet malts and grassy hops.
Intriguing beverage, I bought it expecting an IPA just by the name.
Not quite an IPA, but the red/IPA Combo Worked well on me, started off sweet in my mouth and finished with a perfect dryness.
Great beer I would drink more if I could buy some in Wisconsin.

solargoat, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of spratmi
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy light sediment filled copper color with a thin head that left minimal lacing on the glass.
S: The aroma was initially dominated by the smell of caramel malt followed by the hint of alcohol and citrus hops.
T: This beer had a nice refreshing citrus hop bitterness. Very tasty.
M: A medium to light body with light carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.
D: This beer was extremely drinkable. It had a nice blend of malt and oily hops that I found very refreshing. I could definitely drink several of these.

spratmi, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Fills your nose with lots of citrus hop scents

T - Lots of bitter hops then some malt comes through with some citrus

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is a good hopped up red that I found enjoyable if your a hop head this is a beer thats worth trying

armock, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of oldhippie247
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy copper. Fluffy head features large bubbles quickly thins, leaving only a very thin top.

The nose is full of hops, mostly of the floral variety. Rich, caramel malts offer up a pleasant balance to the hops, particularly as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a nice malty backbone characteristic of any red ale or amber. The great difference here is the hop bitterness. Indeed this could be considered a red pale ale or red IPA. Bittering hops on the palate complement the floral aroma hops used in the dry-hopping.

Overall a very good beer for hopheads looking to enjoy something other than a full-on IPA. Not overpowering on any front, with what I consider a quaffable ABV.

oldhippie247, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of caddybuyer
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased as a single.

A-Cloudy deep red amber with a puffy tan head that settles rapidly.

S-Piney citrus hops with malt in the background. Very nice.

T-Starts with clean hop bitterness with a bit of malt mid finish. Well balanced overall but not a mouth-puckering delight that one would think that something called "Hop Head" would be. Very refreshing and solid overall though.

M-Mouthfeel on the lighter side with light carbonation. I might have also given it a heavy handed pour.

D-This is very drinkable, and if there was another in the fridge I'd crack it open. Somewhat one-dimensional, this is a good everyday beer...very thirst quenching and a good overall effort. Will pick up some more if I see it around.

caddybuyer, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of abrand
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into tumbler

A- pours a deep amber with 1 finger off white head.

S- lots of floral aromas to the nose. Also hints of hoppiness.

T- Lots of hoppiness along with floral and citrus hints.

M- Medium bodied

D- not overly powerful and very delicious, definitely sessionable

New brewery to me but very impressed with my first experience!

abrand, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of jimj21
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single. Twelve ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep red. Great ruby outsides when held up to the light. Lots of suspended sediment that settles out over time. Topped by a finger of orangish white head. Not much retention at all. Good lacing though with clumps all around the glass.

Aromas of grapefruit and citrus as soon as I opened the bottle. Some caramel maltiness as well. Even a little sugary.

Taste is mostly hops, especially at first. Lots of citrusy flavor. Lots of grapefruit. The hops then fade some as the malt backbone breaks through. Flavors of caramel and toffee provide a nice balance. The taste continues to evolve as the hops take over again. Some piney bitterness shows itself on the finish and aftertaste.

Medium bodied. Perfect carbonation. Slick and oily and coats the tongue. Very smooth.

Very drinkable. Absolutely delicious. Could definitely see myself drinking a few of these. Pretty similar to Nugget Nectar in my opinion but can't quite match up. A great hoppy red ale. My first beer from Green Flash and I am quite impressed.

jimj21, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark red or red-chestnut brown on the pour with a tan head that did not quite cover the whole surface area of the glass. There are a lot of suspended particles, minute, yeast possibly. The ring is very fine with lazy carbonation and the last vestiges of the head are now gathered in the centre of the glass held together by a small cluster of large bubbles.

The aroma of hops comes as no surprize, also caramel, cane sugar, a hint of molasses sweetness. The taste is very hop-forward and I would have guessed the IBU's as higher than the 45 stated on the label. Nonetheless, it is all nicely held together with a resiny bitterness and a malty finish, long drawn out aftertaste that lingers for some time. Nicely refreshing for the hop admirer, this beer has substantial body and flavour and is well crafted. I could drink a few of these every day.

ThatWineGuy, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of Morey
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark reddish brown color with a nice light tan head that disappeared rather quickly. Some yeasty sediment floating around the glass, but most of it is tiny and settles on the bottom of the glass after a bit.

Mello aroma of grapefruit and sour cherries.

Taste is very pleasent with hops being dominant. The hops don't bite though...more of a tingley bubbly sensation on the palate. The aftertaste is very similar to the aftertaste of a ruby red grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is medium body and slightly chewy.

I could see myself drinking about 6 of these on a good day.

Morey's Bottom Line: Very good. It's above average, but not the best. I still like Nosferatu and Red's Rye a bit better. None the less, I would definitely purchase this again.

Morey, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of hoppyhobby
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours to a two finger amber head with a deep brownish red cloudy body. Noticed some particulate when holding up to a light which explains the cloudy appearance.

S- It has a hoppy, and floral aroma with an excellent lasting taste and lacing.

T - Noticeable hops flavor with a slight bitterness but not too overpowering or bitter. No noticeable alcohol taste.

M - Slight carbonation and not too light or too thick. Bitterness just tickles the sides of the tongue without a big bite.

D - Green Flash has a winner with this one. Definitely worth having again and one that you could easily have a couple of these.

hoppyhobby, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of omnigrits
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new brewery to me, and one that I'll certainly explore a little more.

Pours a dark reddish amber colour with a thin head that nonetheless leaves plenty of lacing. A very yeasty, bready, grassy aroma wafts out of the glass. The hops head-butt you hard at first, then fade slightly and reveal a subtle maltiness, but the hops come back as the beer makes its way to the back of the palate and down the gullet. Very bitter, slightly sweet, very nice. Medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. I'll be seeking this beer out again for sure.

omnigrits, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of jlandis
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber in color with a thin white head. Definite Amarillo aroma, subtle and not overwhelming. Hops dominate over the malt aroma. Seems like a fairly standard west coast hoppy red ale. 45 IBUs provide a solid bitterness, but nothing over the top. Definitely a tasty brew, and I wouldn't mind buying this one again.

jlandis, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of ruckzuck
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours dark copper, which turns more red when held toward light. Nice white head which dissipates to a thin layer

S - massively hoppy. Grassy and citrusy, but not grapefruit; maybe more lemon? I also get some of that caramel malt action in the background

T - Delicious! This is more like an IPA IMO, but it's damn good! Really hits the spot: massively hoppy, but refreshing as all hell. The caramel malt isn't absent from the show, but it mostly plays backup to the hops. Finishes nice and bitter, and coats the mouth with a delightful bitter hop resin. Awesome!

M - medium bodied. Very smooth and creamy, which makes it a real joy to swirl around the mooth and swallow

D - great! Greenflash rocks the Casbah regularly, and this beer is no exception. Is it more of a "red IPA" than red ale? Sure. Does it still kick much ass? Definitely. Highly enjoyable. I think I'll rock another one now actually

ruckzuck, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of curasowa
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy copper color with some suspended solids and 1 fingers worth of head that faded with a lot of lacing. They aren't kidding about calling this hop head - I'd swear it was an IPA from the smell and not a red ale. Tons of hop aroma, with pine being the most dominate character. This beer has a big body that sits thick in your mouth until the bitterness overwhelms all of your taste buds. There's no questioning that this was dry hopped. The finish is slightly lingering. This beer reminds me a lot of an IPA, but with a stronger malt presence.

curasowa, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber color with some suspended yeast. 1/2 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells strongly of hops, biscuit, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. So far this beer has a lot of promise; if well done this might be my favorite style of beer. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Bitterness is present but not overpowering and a dryness is noticeable and fairly strong. Tastes strongly of hops and then some sweet malt come through. Slight biscuit flavor is present in the finish and there is a hint of fruit throughout. A general dryness prevails and makes you want to drink another and another. Wow, what an unexpected find - this is a great blend (heavy on the hops). Definitely worth a try!

Tone, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a regular kitchen glass. Had this on tap, wanted to see how a bottle was.

A- Hop Head Red pours out a burnt orange to red color with a nice sturdy white head about 1 1/2 fingers. This left nice sheets of lace down the glass.

S- A cross between a red ale and an IPA this was a nice cross of earthy hops along with a solid malt base. A bit of a bready character with some grains mixed in.

T- First sips I can see why they call this a mix of the two styles as I'm getting a lot of west coast hops giving off floral notes and slight citrus flavors. OTOH bready malts come through to drown out the hops before they kill the palette.

M- Maybe a step above medium bodied as this red ale coats the tounge momentarily leaving it's mark with some bitterness. Bready qualities from the malts plus a crisp carbonation. I like the overall floral appeal from the amarillo hop variety.

D- I could drink a 6er of this 6%er for a session no problem. I'm glad green flash made it's way to philly as they know how to brew. Not a trace of alcohol in taste but this could drown out your taste buds after a few.

BARFLYB, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of jcompton
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours an amber color into a pint glass. nice frothy head sticks around for good amount of time

smell: biscuit malts and citrus hops. very nice

taste: malty sweetness quickly slapped out of the way by citrus hops, with the bitterness lingering

mouthfeel: nice, medium bodied brew. not too chewy and not too thin. moderate carbonation.

drinkability: i'm digging this brew. i'm into rye ipas, and this reminds me of the style. i could easily get knee deep in a sixer if i had it. i will definitely seek this one out again.

jcompton, Mar 05, 2009
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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