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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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3,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,089
Reviews: 933
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 107
Gots: 309 | 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 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.

Photo of rarbring
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A red clear beer with hints of brown, an off-white head leaving lacing.

Some sweetness, and then lots of citric and floral hop smells. Yummy.

An initial toffee sweetness, then grape-fruit and lemon, pine resin, fresh grass. and the taste stays, and goes on.

Medium low carbonation, a good dry feeling.

If the color wasn't red it could have been a DIPA for my behalf.

Photo of bark
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is brown-red; the low head is warm white. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is hoppy with American citric flavours. There are lots of malty notes, too. It is not overly bitter, but there is a slight metallic note.

At first, the citric hops dominate the taste. Then, lots of malt comes through. Some lightly roasted caramel flavours, raisins and a fine sweetness. Hints of meat and lemon peels. The aftertaste is fruity with notes of fine bread and caramelized sugar. The finish is bitter and sweet with notes of dried fruits.

The carbonation is mild; the bubbles are small. The liquid is smooth.

A highly hopped amber ale that lacked the dusty notes that I sometimes find in amber ales.

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

Scored one of these from my bro, along with some other west coast goodies.

A: Pours an awesome deep garnet color with a frothy eggshell colored head. Real "to style".

S: Wow, "real" fruit is the first thing that comes to mind...lots of malts right off the bat give some caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and slightly bready flavors. The hops give out some grapefruit, apple, pear, and overall, a general orchard fruit flavor.

T: Mostly malty goodness, but there is a good deal of hops that help balance. The flavor is a little bland or watery, or at least less flavorful than I generally like, but still has some complexity. Malts give a faint bready, caramel, and toffee flavor. Hops add some delicate orchard fruit aspect.

MF/D: Highly carbonated despite the medium body. Slight bitter kick to it, but not too bad at all, and definitely less so than their West Coast IPA.

Notes: Very nice amber ale, and exceptionally easy to drink

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

Got this at the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger thicker looking off-white head with great retention. Higher levels of carbonation evident and maroon or rosewood red in color. Head slowly recedes to a thick healthy foam cap and leaves some immediate lacing. A good film sticks around and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Very nice looking brew.

SMELL: A bit of caramel malt, but more pine and floral notes with touches of citrus and grapefruit. Some hits of berries too. Quite nice and plenty bold enough.

TASTE: Some caramel malt and hints of those berries up front, followed by some light pine notes and flowers. Big bitter and piney finish moves into a long and very bold aftertaste. More bitter than I expected from the 45 IBU.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation, and very creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth, slightly oily, and finishes nicely mouth-coating.

OVERALL: A really solid offering from Green Flash. A red ale combined with some IPA qualities. This one is plenty hoppy with more bitterness than the IBU suggested. One I'd have again for sure.

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

An absolutely beautiful ruby-red color, with a shortish and short-lived head that leaves a thick lacing.

The taste leaves no doubt who made this beer, and is dominated by American hops, quite bitter (in a delicious way), with a citrusy tinge (though not to the same degree as their purer American IPAs). Despite the "variation on a theme of IPA" character, the hoppiness is moderated by a strong roasted grain flavor. Unlike some other reviewers, I didn't really taste much in the way of sweetness.

The result is really good, an amalgam of bold flavors vying for your attention, and playing off each other. It's maybe a bit more interesting than Green Flash's pure IPAs, maintaining much of the bitter citrusy goodness of the American hops but going beyond that as well.

The mouthfeel is medium thick, very slightly oily, with a good and refreshing amount of carbonation.

I think this is a really nice beer.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny 1-finger head that dies slowly on top of a reddish brown body. More hoppy than malty in the aroma; leafy, citric hops are prevelant but still some mild caramel sweet malt in there as well. If you want an IPA/hop fix with your reds go w/ this beer b/c while their is mild sweet malt and a biscuity/breadiness there for a slightly chewey medium body, there is a distinct hop bite that is sharp and leads to a real dry finish. A good beer but it's more of a "mild IPA" than a red/amble ale.

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

Had this on 2010-06-13 in Lynchburg, VA

A - Hazy mahogany with a 1 finger, tan head

S - Hop oils, pine, citrus, citrus, rich malt

T - Roasted grain, grapefruit, caramel, plenty of bitterness. Finishes nicely dry with lingering bitterness. Delicious

M - Light to medium with medium plus carbonation. Refreshing on the pallete

D - Very drinkable with the good taste, lightish mouthfeel and a dry, flavorful finish. One of the better well-hopped red ales. The bottle says they used Amarillo hops for the dry hopping. Comparable to a Founders Centenial IPA.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer has a slightly dense clear deep auburn colored body and a rocky tanish beige head that last a good bit.
S- The caramel rich malt aroma is followed by a green mellow slightly fruity pungent hops with a grassy note.
T- The big green herbal Northwest hops flavor is followed by a dry roasted malt and some dry biscuit malt notes that turn bready as it warms. The finish is a mellow but big pungent hops flavor without any bitter hops bite. The hops linger for just a bit. M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizzy prick that blend with and boost the hops flavor.
D- The nice complexity of malt and big full green hops makes this big beer very drinkable. The fruity sweetness compliments the hops but the dry malt flavors keep it crisp with a nice depth.

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

A: Slightly hazy deep amber with a thick tan head. Stays pretty thick w/ great lacing.

S: Nice pine, floral, and grapefruit aromas balanced w/ some softer berry smells.

T&M: Medium-bodied w/ a tingly sensation from carbonation. Very good soft malts up front, with a substantial hop bite in the finish. Lingering spiciness. Only downside is that the hop aftertaste is not as complex as some.

D: For a red ale, it definitely has character. Not very sessionable, though, because the hops dried out my mouth after a glass. However, I would buy it again, for sure.

Photo of Prostman81
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Green Flash's IPA, so was eager to try out this offering. The name of the beer pretty much says it all, it is a red ale by birth, but seems to have had some minglings with an IPA. The malt profile of this one is very complex. At first the caramel sweetness is experienced with a nice medium body, and then leaves a roasted bordering on astringent finish. Meanwhile, you're nose is treated to the citric aroma of the hops, and get some balance with a good bittering charge in there as well. I don't get much actual hop flavor, but I think it is because the malt is just winning out on that front.

Overall, a very solid beer from G.F. Not sure I would seek this out over the IPA, but I am very impressed with the great blending of malt flavors here. If you're at all curious, don't hesistate to give this one a try.

Photo of JDH2000
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into generic pint glass with a nice rich, dark red with about a finger of head. Head thins out but nice lacing on the glass.

S-Smell is dominated by piny hops, but some hint of the caramel malts.

T-Nice and hoppy, but balanced by the subtle sweetness of the malts.

M-perfect carbonation with a nice crispness.

D-great refreshment on a hot day. A nice switch from the IPA's I've been addicted to lately (while still staying with hoppy beers).

Photo of robwestcott
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a very impressive dark brown to burnt red from the bottle into a dogfish head signature glass with a thin loose bubbly head that left a small bit of lacing.

strong piney hops nose that lasted throughout.

suprisingly sweet up front with a nice caramel malt balance and a bittersweet, though not at all bothersome, finish (for a guy not particularly disposed to hop bombs).

thumbs up to my second green flash brew.

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

Poured a clear dark brown color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting and had good lacing. Good citrus hoppy & malty aroma. Medium body with slick texture. Heavy bittersweet smooth flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good brew.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Redish Amber color with a lasting finger of head. This is a very balanced beer, with alot more hops then any other Red Ale i've yet had, but after the initial sip the Hops fade and malt is still lingering, with a caramel sweetness, and i'm getting some cinnamon and spices hidden in there as well. there is a subtle earthyness or mineral quality in there, which i cant tell if it's from the malt used or water, but most likely the malt. the mouth feel has a light-medium carbination that fades with the hops into a smooth light syrupy texture and doesn't leave the cleanest feeling. This beer has a pleasing aroma and flavor profile but for my subjective tastes is lacking the mouthfeel i desire to get through more then a single bottle in a sitting.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured deep amber in color with a finger-sized head. A light level of carbonation is visible and there is a good amount of head retention.
S: The aroma is mainly dominated by piney hops; there are some notes of caramel malts and floral hops in the background.
T: There's a good balance in the taste between the flavors of hops and malts. Like the smell, piney hops stand out but these are subdued by flavors of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and rather crisp.
D: This beer can be considered sessionable given its low alcohol content.

Photo of JamisonM
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: amber and red mix, some might say mahogany

S: wonderful hop smell and in the background the Irish red smell

T: the best red ale I have had but not really great but damn good

M: med mouth med carbonation

D: hell ya drink 4 of em easy

overall: another winner from green flash do they brew a beer that is just average? I don't think so they always brew stuff that is good great or blows me away and this beer was great!

Photo of jrallen34
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass...The beer pours darkish red but kind of clear. Light tan carbonation, but watery and gone right away...The aroma is mostly hops but its pretty nice and easy. Light rye amber ale finish...The taste is interesting, its really a combination of ipa and red, a nice hoppy amber ale. Light feel, easy to drink.

One of the better amber's I've had, but nothing special overall.

Photo of blackc5
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle at a slightly too cold 42F - waited about 10 minutes to taste to let it warm.

A - Very deep depths of red - nearly brown. Nice oily looking offwhite head that holds. Good lacing.

S - I was immediately expecting a hop blast, but received a caramel malt blast instead. This smells very malty and rich. Sweet. But the hops are there, no doubt about it. Floral and pine but the malt is stronger for me.

T - Quite a bit packed into this one. The malt base is strong, but in flavor, unlike the smell for me, the hops resonate. The expected floral and citrus notes dominate. Not overly bitter, mild sweetness and biscuity malts to balance. This one surely straddles an amber ale and an IPA.

M - Oily and resiny, it is medium bodied, and moderately carbonated.

D - Aftertaste fades quickly, actually too quickly. Agaist the amber style, I quite like it, but looking at it from the point of an IPA, it is surely a more middle ground.

Photo of hrmhrm
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Red, nearly opaque. Nice tan foam.

Smell: Citrus and pine. I.E., hoppy.

Taste: Very hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Strong, bitter in a good way. Fluffs up on the tongue.

Drinkability: I don't know what this means.

Green Flash makes great beer. What is it about San Diego?

Photo of loren01
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish brown color, very nice sized frothy white head and tons of head retention down the glass.
S: Smell is very prominent Amarillo hops...I love amarillo's!! Very citrusy smelling!! Also smells bready and slightly earthy.
T: Very citrusy also has a bready maltiness to balance things out.
M: Medium to thick mouthfeel.
D: Very nice hoppy example of a red...I love this beer!!

Photo of Duhast500
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is dark orange/amber and a bit cloudy. There is no head when the beer got to me but some lacing as if there had been a slight finger or two before settling off.

The smell is bitter with some earthy funk to the nose. An interesting tangy citrus flavor that is just slight compared to other American IPAs.

The taste is bitter and tangy, with some tart grapefruit and bitter earthy flavors. So floral flavor comes out after a few sips and my tonge seems to calm down to the bitterness and allows me to enjoy this beer a bit.

The feel of this beer is pretty drinkable and goes down well but does leave a bitter aftertaste. It is harsh and it might be a good idea to have a glass of water nearby just to make sure it make not feel too bitter. A great hop experience all in all.

Photo of deedlejuice
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice reddish brown. Good amount of head, which starts to dissipate within a few minutes, leaving a little bit of a lacing.

Aroma: A forward blast of hops, both citrus and pine, with a bit of sweet, bready (like a soft pretzel) malt backing it up. Highly enjoyable and fresh.

Taste: Very hoppy. It's a kick of hops, bitterness on the tongue, and some malt sweetness following. But the taste lets off a bit too soon. Not as complex as I'd like. The taste didn't quite match up to the aroma. As it warms a bit, I pick up a tiny bit of smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Nice. What I expected. Somewhat dry, due to the bitterness from the hops, but with a little syrupy tinge in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability: Wouldn't do more than two, as the bitterness gets a bit cloying.

Overall, an enjoyable beer. Great aroma, and a change from the usual IPA for a hoppy fix. I'd have it again, although I'd probably be more likely to go for their West Coast IPA.

Photo of horshack7
4.92/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This one pours a dark mohogany with a light tan head about one finger thick. Upon thinning out it leaves behind nice lacing.

Aroma: A massive rush of citrusy hops quite possibly an explosion. Grapefruit notes similar to a double i.p.a. Sweet fruit notes along with simple syrup. The malts lay back nice and comfortably on the massive amounts of hops.

Taste: Incredibly citrusy a smooth mouthfeel. The hops are a force to be reckoned with. Grapfruit notes simple syrup sweet fruits. The malts have quite a sugary sweetness which nothing short of remarkable.

Notes: Wow what a hop bomb I am dam glad I picked this one up. Cheers.

Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 3,089 ratings.