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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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3,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,171
Reviews: 950
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 122
Gots: 370 | 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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Ratings: 3,171 | Reviews: 950
Photo of dansmcd
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - fluffy light brown one finger head sitting atop a deep orange/red amber. retentive lacing.

S - coffee, caramel

T - sharp bite to start, then through to caramel malts and a lingering warm bitterness.

M - good carbonation, perhaps too much for my taste, very intricate flavours

O - an interesting beer, not one that i would session with but certainly tasty and was enjoyable with cheese and cold meats.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - between amber and red in color, closer to red though. A little murky, with about 2 fingers worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - as the name and description on the label would suggest, very hoppy-smelling. Not familiar enough with Amarillo hops in order to ID them.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Interesting taste. Hoppy, but also with a little more character, and the malts must be cutting back the bitterness because the hop flavor is there but not the bitterness. A "deeper", more rounded taste. Texture is fairly well-balanced.

Overall - Pretty interesting brew. A little complex and good-tasting.

Photo of 100floods
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a deep amber, burnt orange with an off white cream tan head. Mellow malt aroma. Smooth malt start that collides with a hoppier finish. There's a light creamy middle that eases your way into the hop finish. Toasted malt provides a nice bite that compliments the hops. Can't really say much more about this beer. It's pretty good, one at a time. I wouldn't want to drink one after another. Probably pretty good with some mild spicy food.

Photo of bpw28
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Strong Off White Head. Ruby Color. Nice Lacing

Nose: Medium Roasty, Caramel

Taste: Smooth first with nice roasted malt, then mid was something I could put my finger on but very nice almost dark fruit and apricot like, finish was a nice bitter hop, not too strong, not to weak.

Final Thoughts: Great Beer all around. Would buy again.

Food Pairing: Filled Pasta, Roasted Chicken, Roasted Pork, Munster Cheese, Goat Cheese, Sausage.

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle to Imperial Pint Glass.

Very deep copper color. Thick creamy two finger head. Lacing is left as the head recedes. Sweet citrus and pine in the nose. The first sip is while the beer is still pretty cold. Feels light and creamy in my mouth. Slight pine with a hop bite. A little dry on the finish. Take a break and let it warm up a touch. The hop bite comes around and is more prominent as it warms.

This beer came around after a spell in the glass. Ultimately though, this was a yawn fest. Nothing stood out on it. Incredibly drab and boring. I see I'm the minority here on this review. I live in a state that makes Furious. This beer could not even be considered Furious's inbred cousin. Skip it.

Photo of ramseye4
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=Pours a dark amber color with a monster of a creamy head that hangs around. A solid wall of lacing envelopes the interior of the glass.
S=Grainy malt and piney hops
T=Bitter oily hops with some pine and a good dose of grassy malt in the finish
M=Medium body, high carbonation
O=Very drinkable and satisfying

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

A Nice ruddy red in color which poured to a 2 finger head which slowly faded to a 1/8 inch head with nice lacing around the glass

S Smells like fresh bread dough with a hint of hops in the background.

T was hoping for a little more than what I got. Starts out malty with a slight pine tree finish and a very slight metalic taste but not enough to make me not want to drink.

M nice carbination and mouth feel nothing cheap or bubbly about this. Nor is it a heavy on the mouth. Very enjoyable

O Not may favorite Red Ale but far from bad I actually think it is pretty good and would drink another,

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

Good hoppy red ale. Pours a hazy dark copper/reddish color with a big light tan head. Good head retention and thick bands of ladder-like lacing.

Smell provides a hint of the malt blast and good bitter hops found in the taste.

Malty taste up front, not overly sweet. Almost immediately there is a citrus and grassy hops blast which carries the beer through to the end. Tastes good to a hophead.

Mouthfeel is crisp, somewhat dry with a pronounced hop "bite" at the end. Nice!!!

Overall a very good red ale for anyone not expecting a bland Killians. A delight for a hop head.

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

A - This beer pours a nice red copper color. It has a big fluffy 3-finger off white head. The head has great retention, and it leaves some nice lacing on the glass. There are some suspended yeast particles floating around as well.

S - Smells of sweet malts and has a nice fresh hoppy smell to it. It's earthy and there are notes of spice, citrus, caramel, and there is also some toastiness.

T - The taste has an earthy, grassy hop character right off the bat. It is nicely balanced by the sweet malts hanging around in the background. There are also notes of dried fruits, spices, and citrus. The finish has a touch of lingering bitterness.

M - The body is on the lighter side of medium and it has crisp carbonation. It starts of kind of dry, but smooths out in the middle. The finish is clean, and just leaves a bit of lingering bitterness behind.

D - The drinkability here is pretty good. It has nice flavor, and it goes down easy. I expected this one to be a little more hoppy. Overall, I think this is a good beer. I'd try it again, but I probably wouldn't pay for it again.

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

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into my Great Lost Bear pint glass. [Oh, if only this beer were available at the Bear...] There is no date on the bottle, but this is the last one in a six pack that I purchased on a recent trip to NH. I'm pretty sure that it is still fresh enough to review.

The beer has a big cascading light brown foam head. It's huge and take sup nearly half of the glass. I can't pour the entire bottle without it overflowing. As the head settles down, lots of lacework is left behind. The liquid is a dark orange color, but it glows red when the light hits it correctly. There isn't much rising carbonation.

Hop Head a strong hop aroma. Its bitter with some citrus and foresty notes. It makes me excited to take a sip.

As expected, the flavor is very hoppy. There is pine and grapefruit in the mix, as well as a touch of sweetness form the malt. The aftertaste is bitter and has a residual sweetness that reminds me of crystal sugar.

Medium body with some tinging carbonation. There are plenty of hop oils. A good sized coat is left behind that has plenty of bitterness to it.

I think this is a great beer. The only reason I didn't plow through the six pack I bought is so I could savor each bottle. I would buy this beer all the time were it available in Maine. For now, I'll just have to continue to make regular trips to NH.

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

On tap at the Draft House on the patio.

A - deeper copper, clear with fluffy tan head and moderate lacing. Fair amount of obvious carbonation.

S - citrus/pine nose with a bit of grassy hops

T - very tart initial attack fading into a balanced long bitterness that sticks in the back of the throat; hints of citrus throughout

M - lightly carbonated with a slight oily character

D - solid drink but a bit pretty intense; a bit powerful for a session

Good beer! I think I prefer the West Coast IPA for the sharper hops intensity.

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

a: This was a clear, shining, coppery amber color. It was served to me with a small, whispy head.

s: Lots of resinous hop aromas, partially balanced by some caramel and candied fruit.

t: A bit more balanced and a good bit better than the smell suggests. Sweet start consisting of lots of caramel and to a lesser extent vanilla and some candy-like fruit, peaches perhaps? This is quickly joined by tons of bitterness that has citrus peel flavor, but not all that much.

m: Slick bodied with a long, lingering, lip-smacking sweet bitterness.

d: Just a delicious palate wrecker, I really enjoyed this.

Photo of rrski198
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: deep, hazy, unfiltered orange/amber colored with a large off white head. Left some great lacing. Looks like a belgian quad.

S: Great spicy hops, solid carmel malt, unique yeasty funk.

T: Big time sweet caramel up front with the hop spice kick on the back end. Outstanding balance and that hop bite is so welcome to cut through the sweetness.

M: Big, full, coating in the mouth. Feels thick. Average to above average carbonation. The flavor sticks around forever.

D: I'm am really diggin this beer, but I wouldn't expect anything else from one outstanding brewery. THis beer measures up to their West Coast IPA and Stout. I highly recomend.

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

Stubby 12oz brown bottle, capped. I love this bottle! Got a new Holiday Inn plastic cup for this beer. (see my Mighty Arrow review with questions). Pours out a dark, reddish amber color with a nice off white head that seems to stay.

Malty, hoppy smell with some fruit notes coming through as well. Taste is is similar to the smell but MUCH bigger and maltier than I expected. Lots of sweetness comes through from the malt. Overall, a very clean beer that packs some great flavors. Aftertaste lasts for a solid 20 seconds as the hops go on and on.

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

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a ruby-amber, with a 1" bubbly off-white head.

Has a faint hoppy, piney aroma, wih a hint of toffee malt.

Has a wonderfully bitter start, with a fair amount of peppery spice. Underneath is a pleasant caramel malt, ending fairly dry and astringent.

Medium-bodied, with a fairly dry ending.

While I've not been terribly impressed with Green Flash brews in the past, this one is nicely bitter and tasty. Definitely recommend!

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep amber body with a resilient,one-inch,tawny head that left nice,strong lacing on the glass.Hop floaties were also dispersed throughout the glass and mild carbonation was visible.

S-The nose consists of caramel malt,faint citric hops,tobacco and currant.

T-Brown sugar,citrus,faint tea leaf hop flavors and some earthy mineral qualities.

M-Medium bodied with a perceived chewiness, possibly from the floaties.Not as hop-strong as I had hoped.Decent balance overall.

D-I'm not a huge red ale fan but I went into this open-minded.Just not as well-put together as I had hoped.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/4/11

A: Rich, bloody amber-red. 1.75 finger head with above average lacing.

S: Immediate hit of hops. Faint hints of honeydew melon and malt.

T: Nice and dry. Hoppy, though not citrusy - rather it's quite bitter with a toasty malt finish. This is a textbook presentation of the Amarillo hop, as it shines through like a supernova.

M: Yet again you can credit Green Flash with an awesome and generous mouthfeel. It's creamy, rich and balanced in all the right spots. For a 6% ABV brew, it's really impressive.

O: This isn't what I was expecting, but I say that in a good way. It's refreshing to see a brewery branch out and try something different, which this is.

Well done, guys. This is an above average amber that I'll be drinking again.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Redish brown, nice 1 inch head with lacing.

Smell - Rye, hops, sugars, malts, fruits. Alot going on.

Taste - Rye gets you at first, then the hops but then a fruity taste sneaks in, very grapish apple. Malts are sweet and the alcohol has a slight presence. A nice and safe beer.

Mouthfeel - Its a step above thin, coats mouth with hops and malts but nothing to extreme.

Drinkabilty - It felt a little stronger then 6% which was impressive. You could drink many at a sitting for sure. Its very soild but lacks something to push it over the top. Maybe more malts? Another good beer from west coast but not there best.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a decent-sized tan head. The aroma is very heavy on the pine and grapefruit hops. I also get some malt mixed in, mainly bread with a little bit of toffee. The flavor is a mix of bread and biscuit malt with some pine from the hops. There is also some grapefruit and other tropical fruit mixed in. There is a medium amount of bitterness. The beer is very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 2 March 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured aggressively, produces only a 1-finger head that reduces to a thin film, better-than-average lacing, color is clear crimson-brown.

Aroma seems pretty linear...only some light unidentifiable hops, and only a faint whiff of that characteristic amber malt profile. The taste, however, is a little more smooth in comparison. Slight sting of bitterness, and a hint of lemon peel and brown sugar. Taste concludes with bitter orange. Bitter hops stick to the palate between tastes. Certainly a nice beer, but not my favorite Green Flash. Lagunitas Lucky 13 still wins my heart with red ales.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poored from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Red Copper color, darker for an IPA. 1 Finger head that lingers for a short time.

S- Citrusy, piney, hints of malt. Malts kick in the more it warms up.

T- Slightly bitter, hops are noticeable right away, nothing to surprising or unique about this brew. It's a safe but solid IPA.

M- Bitter mouth feel, but the bitterness is not overpowering.

D- Nothing unique about this one. It's a solid drink, one that I could throw down with a bunch of friends and have a good time.

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

A-A beautiful unfiltered reddish brown body topped with a thick foamy tan head.

S-Nose burning bitter hop goodness is the only thing that jumps out of this beer.

T-Sweet malts balanced well with bitter hops the primary taste is strong fresh hops. If the hops where not as on the forefront i would be disappointed. This hoppy beer is awesome.

M-The body is unfiltered and gritty, fitting the aggressive hop explosion very well. Moderate carbonation and a sweet malty finish make is an awesome go to beer when you're in a hoppy mood. Great!

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

My bottle says 6.4% ABV, not the currently listed 6.0.

Pours a ruby brown color into my pint glass. nice off white head, decent lacing throughout session.

Simcoe dominates the nose. It proclaims to be dry hopped with amarillo, but I'm getting nothing but that west coast (coughSTONEcough) IPA cookie-cutter hop bomb smell. Simcoe has that piney/cat urine smell to it. At least to me.

Tastes good, but not great. Unlike a truck load of IPAs that I've had, this one at least attempts to have some sort of malt backbone for the palate thrashing received by the hops. Hops upfront that quickly yields to some biscuity bready flavors. Those fad and you're stuck with a bitter hop after taste.

This is a pretty thick beer, for 6.4 ABV. Carbonation is very nice. To me, less is more when it comes to carbonation.

I'll drink the other bottle I have, but I won't go out of my way for more of this beer. Green Flash is pretty hit or miss for me, and mostly miss. Ballast Point is still king of the San Diego scene in my eyes.

Photo of uustal
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice dark amber/deep red grapefruit color with a big off-white head. Great lacing and retention. Grapefruit aroma, hint of sweet malt as well. Pretty big hop bitterness to start. Some hidden citrus hops, but mostly big pine and earthy notes. This is followed by a thick, creamy caramel malt with just a speckle of toffee flavor. Hop bitterness comes full circle on the finish.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's been a while since I had a green flash beer. Hopefully this one will be "drinkable"

A - Ow no sediment and yeast chunks!. Still an amazing inch of head with a sold dark amber body.

S - Kind of subdued but strong pine with a mild malt base.

T - Kind of harsh like a barleywine. Hops are pretty subdued with the sweet caramel like malt. Overall its still quite bitter and kind of off putting.

M - Medium bodied. Pretty easy drinking.

D - Overall much better than the Green Flash "west coast IPA" but still overly hopped with a solid malt balance. I can't say its worth the A rating but at least its drinkable.

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Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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