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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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very good

3,130 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,130
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 113
Gots: 342 | 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 drpimento
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a giant, foamy, frothy, fluffy, light tan head that lasts a long time, lots of big bubble trails, and loads of lace. Color is an almost clear red medium amber. Aroma is hop, grapefruit, pine, and a little malt. Flavor is like aroma, plus a little butter, wet leather. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and very long with lingering hop bitterness. Not as balanced as I'd prefer, but not bad. Don't think I'll have another for a while.

Photo of fourplayed
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 o bottle into 12 oz glass

Nice 1" lite tan brown head breaks up slow and looks sticky and leaves med lacing as it breaks up. Nice dark deep burnt red-orange color. hold it up to the lite to get the color hues.

smells mostly of malts with a mild caramel sweetness. Hops take back seat. reminds me of a rich brown ale but more complex with the hops added.

Tastes of mildly sweet caramel with fair amount of malt and bready taste with touch of nut. A nice smack of hops breaks through.

Mouth feel -good carbonation & hops hit your tongue first. medium heavy body. smooth malts linger in aftertaste with a dry finish.

IMHO This drinks like a good brown ale that has a generous addition of hops. makes it interesting. Not a bad brew if you like both brown ales, and hoppy style brews.

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

This beer came from a bottle and was poured into a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a nice dark amber color with a very light foamy head.

S: The smell has some nice citrus and hoppy aromas.

T: Nice citrus and hops with some malty and even spicy characteristics. Very tasty.

M: Warm and full.

D: A nice beer all around. A really tasty green flash treat!

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

A: This beer appears a dark amber color with a sizable head that leaves plenty of caked on lacing all over the glass.

S: The aroma is primarily of hops, followed by citrus and bready malts. Alcohol is slightly detectable. It smells like an IPA.

T: The beer is tasty. The aroma is an accurate indicator of what to expect in terms of flavor. The taste profile premiers with hops and is closely pursued by a biscuit malt character and a caramel sweetness that balances the beer gracefully.

M: Decent feel with a subtle alcohol note in the finish.

D: A good beer I'd drink again. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as the Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. I just had, however.

Photo of hophead247
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish amber with a large beige head that left a ton of lacing. Nice bright citrusy hops with a little bit of a resiny accent. Lots of caramel maltiness here too. Biting bitterness hits you right away and never lets go. The maltiness emerges mid swallow with some caramel and crystal malt. Pretty full bodied with a fairly thick texture and a slight resiny stickiness on the finish. Nice soft fizzy carbonation. A nice hoppy red that's as hoppy as an IPA...

Photo of emmasdad
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of this one for ten bucks, and I was very excited to try it as this brewery has rarely let me down. Here, they continued to impress. Pours a dark reddish-orange color with a half inch or so of medium tan head. Good hops here, both on the nose and on the palate. A Piney, grapefruity (and other assorted citrus) nose leads nicely to a well-balanced palate, featuring more of the same, along with caramel and a little dark brown sugar. Very enjoyable.

Photo of xraided81
4.69/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into and 8oz, sampling glass. Pours a nice orange -redish color. clarity is great considering its a bottle conditioned beer. Head retention is great a 1/4 inch he is still present 5 minutes after pouring in glass. Smell is of piney, grassy, hops with a hint of earthiness. thinking citrussy hops such as amarillo and simcoe. First sip i get a strong bittering hops, get more of the citrus hop present in the back of the palate, caramel notes are present at the end of the drink, very little malt character is present in this beer. The bitterness does not linger in the mouthfeel as does an ipa. Overall this is a great example of a west coast red ale. I would buy this on a regular basis if i could have access to this beer more often.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany, rather hazy, fingers worth of light tan head. Lots of lacing.

Smell is slightly sweet, lots of sweet citrus, ending with a nice slightly muted resiny hop aroma.

Bitterness is stark, and stabbing. I'm diggin' it. There's some slightly sweet malts, and some slightly sweet citrus, namely grapefruit, that round it out.

Decent amount of carbonation, body is on the lighter side, which is fine.

Good drinkability, and an all around great red!

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"The red it filters through." -Chevelle

Clouded rust color, not a pretty lass. Sloppy lace strewn about by a crescent moon retention. Aroma is grapefruit and candy and even a little tropical floral. Good stuff. Taste features grapefruit bitter aplenty, 45 IBUS taste like 65. Sweet caramel malt compliments the hops but by no means is this balanced--and that's just fine. Full, resiny mouthfeel.

Not my favorite of this style (this is my favorite style by the way) but I'm definitely a fan.

Photo of beagle75
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Hazy, dark amber color with one finger of persistent peach-colored foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intense grapefruit citrus, as well as some pine, account for much of the detectable smell. The faint toffee of the malt, combined with the citrusy hops, suggests sweetness.

T: Begins with slightly off-dry caramel and aromatic hops that combine in the mouth to produce a tea-like quality. The hops come across initially as floral and vegetal, contributing to this effect. Flavors transition smoothly into a bitter grapefruit finish.

M: Medium viscosity, sticky with hop resins. Carbonation is moderate, its presence is noted, but it does not detract from the other sensory qualities.

D: This beer delivers fresh hop flavors but is able to pair with most foods better than an IPA. The intensity of flavors here are comparable to those of many imperial red ales, such as Oskar Blues Gordon, while the abv remains in the neighborhood of the typical IPA. As a result, the drinkability found here is truly superior.

Photo of codewarrior
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz from a 6-pack, into a Balloon glass ...

From the neck of the bottle:

"Is this a Red IPA? That's your call."

A: Lots of creamy head, good lacing in dissipation. Deep, deep red, nearly cranberry.

S: Exceedingly hoppy, and tremendously sweet in the back. The bottle claims this is 45 IBU, but this smells far, far higher.

T: Bitter in the extreme, dissipates quickly and gently into a sweet, spicy finish. This is far less balanced than expected from the smell, leaning way towards the bitter side of things. A lack of sweetness in the front makes the 45 IBU hop-explosion feel like at least 80 or 90.

F: Light and great in the mouth. Frothy and bubbly going down.

D: Viciously hoppy and delicious. I think this little number may have redefined "agressively hopped."

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon IPA willibecker. No freshness dating. Pours a deep, semi-translucent, amber with a rocky, two inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a solid quarter inch cap. Delicate clumps of sticky lacing are revealed during the tasting and exhibit excellent adhesion. Nose is pretty subdued but implies caramel malt, citrus and an earthy hops quality. Taste consistent with nose; flavors are nicely interwoven. Malt comes out initially, followed by citrus acidity towards the middle, and culminating in an earthy bitterness towards the back that lightly lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively, almost prickly carbonation and some astringency that lightly stimulates the salivary glands along the cheeks. A very good Amber - perhaps a little slanted towards the bitter end of the spectrum, but solid and quite drinkable.

Photo of jizfiasco
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to pint.
I was slumming around looking for the last remnants of some nugget nectar. I was able to pick some up last weekend but I guess that was the end. So I came across this so called Red IPA. Overall a good beer. First pour was excellent dark amber with a great lasting head. First taste was very caramel and malt with a hoppy after taste. Could use a bit more carbonation. As drinking continued it lost the sweet and hung on to the bitter without the spice notes of solid hops and more bitter from unripened citrus. I would recommend if you can't find the nectar but not at all its replacement.

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Appearance is a very dark amber color that looks like a brown/ruby mix. Huge three inch light brown frothy head with amazing lacing all around my glass. Great head retention that leaves a bit of foam sitting on top of the beer.

Aroma consist of citrus smells with the likes of ruby grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and tangerines. Pretty good citrus smells for a red ale I must say. Caramel and toffee aromas are present behind the hops along with a brown bread like smell also.

Taste upfront starts off with a mix of caramel that is the forefront flavor leading behind is a sweet citrus grapefruit taste with a little tangerine. Toffee and bread like malts show up in the end with a hint of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little less than average carbonation with a sweet tasting aftertaste.

Overall this was a pretty good beer and something I would recommend to try.

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

Had this in Fort Worth Flying Saucer which i heard was the orignal pub to start.

Poured a reddish amber as suggested. Lots of head and great lacing through the glass. Tons of citrus hop aromas. Actually balnced. nice beer. Had a soapy finish but it did not ruin the beer. Very nice.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish amber with a big off white head that sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

Smells primarily hoppy, with caramel malt undertones. A little grassy, to the point where I question whether the beer is starting to fade a bit. Not bad, just possibly fading.

Taste follows suit: grapefruit and pine, all swirled together over a pretty mellow caramel malt base. The brew tastes like it is around 60-70 ibus instead of the 45 that it is. The grassy notes in the smell transferred through to the taste, unfortunately. Everything is very very nicec until that flavor comes in. Again, maybe the sample isn't quite fresh enough?

Nice mouthfeel. Slightly sticky, with medium carbonation level that complements the beer nicely.

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

a nice, hazy and purplish amber with a decent eggshell colored head that retains well and laces well.

aroma at first is nice and piney and grassy. as my nose goes deeper, caramel, toast, and toffee make their way in and overtake the hops. much to my nasal dismay.

a sharp hop bitterness hits the tongue, which is quickly countered by the caramel malts. as the beer warms, the hop-fowardness seems to disappear and an ordinary amber takes over.

prickly at first, and throughout, though on a very syrupy feeling beer makes for an odd experience, though not displeasing.

The hops faded too fast and the malt was a bit boring to keep me intrigued. though there is little to no alcohol burn, and no off flavors or anything detrimental, it just comes up a bit short of being amazing. above average? yah.

Photo of rfgetz
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lovely redish brown color with perfect cap of soapy off white head, good retention and amazingly sticky lacing. Scent is hops hops and more hops... heavy notes of pine, aggressive rye like spice, fresh cut grass, herbal tea. Taste brings exactly what the scent dictated... hugely aggressive hoping, very fresh but simply off putting. Faint notes of a heavy carmel backbone do little to cover the taste. Heavier side of medium bodied with a coating presence and long libgering spicy aftertaste. Not for me at all.

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.

Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 3,130 ratings.