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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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3,032 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,032
Reviews: 919
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 97
Gots: 270 | 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 JoshW
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very very dark amber, had a healthy two finger head that lasted almost the entire way through the beer.. Lots of heavy lacing on the glass. Smelled almost like Bell's Hopslam to me (one of my favorites) The hop note is VERY noticable. Strong strong hop taste, yet still smooth and not overpowering. Seems to me like it could be higher than a 6% ABV.... Drinkability is great for a hop-head..

Photo of david18
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love Green Flash beers. They are also not affraid to make experimental/combine beers. Although i'm not crazy about La Freak, this one is a perfect combination of malt and hops. A bit like Red Rocket; a less aggressive arogant bastard.

Found it in a 12 oz bottle at a very reasonable price.

Photo of CosmoHopHead
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Founders pint glass.

A: Reddish brown with a decent head and thick lacing. Lots of settlemant in the glass. Not sure how fresh this bottle was which might explain that.

S: Hops come through first with a almost sweet, malty undertone.

T: A bit sweet but the bitter hops balance nicely with it. Without the hop bitterness, would have been to sweet probably.

M: Light, sweet and still a little bitter.

D: Pretty darn drinkable. Red ale style is not my favorite but the nice hop mix on this one makes it very easy to drink.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in trade with Alen. Beer pours a brownish, red color with a tan, one-finger head. Heavy lacing and moderate carbonation.

Aroma was heavy, heavy hops and moderately sweet malt.

Taste was strong with hops, some floral notes and a light citrus bite.

Long bitter finish. Smooth, light mouthfeel. Fairly easy drinking.

Thanks to Alen for this one!

Photo of WalrusJockey
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- bright reddish brown, tan head.

S- brights, sweet, fruity floral hops dominate the nose in my glass, backed by a sweet, roasted caramel malt. My wife's glass, however, is roast and caramel with cinnamon and bitter hop aromas. Very wide difference between the two glasses.

T- roast, caramel sweet flavors, framed by bitter hops, in turn framed by floral hops. Swallow is bitter and dry, with a long bitter hops finish.

M- crisp, light, slightly juicy.

D- not amazing. This beer clocks in at 6.4%, which is fairly middle of the road for American beers, but it packs in a whole lot of big beer flavor which is nice, but diminishes the drinkability-as-such.

Overall: A-

Photo of Oxymoron
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red color with great clarity. A rock solid off white head and great retention and lacing through the full tasting.

The nose is very hoppy, along the lines of a west coast ipa. Strong Amarillo and centennial hop notes that leave a noticeable citrus and a ruby red grapefruit nose. Really hides everything else. Some malt notes with a hint of crystal. Mostly husky though. Hints of onions and herbal notes are a bit distracting. Very clean with the yeast though.

The taste is similar. The hops are one sided with a strong finishing hop taste. Strong centennial and Amarillo notes. No real bitterness to speak of but isn't overly sweet so it's ok. Some malty notes but some minor astringency as well that I think is coming from the malt. As it warms the grapefruit notes really come out. Some minor vegi notes but not as noticeable versus the nose.

The body is moderate to dry. Carbonation is light (could have used against the hops). Overall this is a hop bomb red. Not really to style per say but more of a red ipa. Great hop notes that a hop head would smile but I personally would like to see a bit more malt and bitterness to balance the finishing hops. Still tasty though.

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

Props to RichBeer for the trade on this one!

A- Aggressive pour from bottle into pint glass. pour results in a clear, dark-reddish-brown body with a frothy-airy head, apprx 1"-1.5". Great retention on the head and good lacing as well...

S- Amarillo hops, spicey, caramely, rotten-fruit smell to it as well.

T- Up front i taste citrus-fruit, sweet; then a hint of caramel from the malt... finishes with hoppy-bitter goodness.

M- I thought this beer was crisp, with a medium body. the carbonation was great, very refreshing. Dry-bitter finish from all those delicious hops!

D- I just started to explore red ales and i think this is my favorite so far. drinkable, yes, very refreshing session!

Photo of Trappissed
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hamilton's:

A very nice taste from the start. Definitely felt more like an IPA than an Amber, but still very good. Citrus and pine hops meld together for a refreshing taste. A little dry and bitter in the aftertaste, but worked very well for the beer. Would have appreciated some more malts in this, but they were obviously going for the hops, given the name. Never had this out of the bottle, but I probably will give it a try now just to compare.

Photo of eljefe21
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Thick reddish, brown brew that pours to a soft three-finger head. Some fine lacing throughout.

S: Spicy hop smell. Not strong or overpowering, but definitely there.

T: Dry bitter hop flavor. Pleasing, but lacking anything unforgettable.

M: Some slight carbonation, but for the most part pretty flat. Medium body with a dry finish.

D: A nice beer. Smooth and bitter. Wet and dry. I wouldn't go out of my way to get this again, but would be happy if this came my way in a pinch.

Served: in an imperial pint glass.

Photo of aeminter
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep amber, almost brown...nice off-white head, good head retention and lacing...some particulate matter suspended in the beer.
S - Nice citrus/floral hops with a little malt in the background.
T - Well defined hop flavors with a slight citrus in the finish...full finish. Malt flavors are present, but very subdued.
M - Moderate carbonation, medium body

Photo of albern
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The real question here is whether this is an IPA or a red ale. I would definitely say this is more of an IPA because it has very few red ale characteristics, and the red ale character only comes through when the beer settles in. The beer pours a nice coppery amber color with lots of yeasty bits floating about. This beer isn't filtered. The head is a nice creamy off white color with some lacing as well. Retention isn't too bad either. The nose is the closest you'll come to a red ale, in that there are some chicory notes hidden underneath the rather hopped up leafy aroma.

The beer is definitely creamy, it has a nice bready undertone to it, but the hops are just too bittering, too drying, and too leafy for my tastes. I'm rating this in terms of an IPA because I'm not getting enough of the maltiness of a red ale to real label it as such. This beer doesn't have enough red ale character and the hop is too bittering for a good IPA. I'm a bit disappointed in a beer that doesn't seem to be able to find itself.

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

A=Poured a deep reddish copper with a tan two finger head that dissipated to cap the beer, some yeast floating in beer.

S=definitely hoppy pine aromas, some maltiness hiding in there.

T=similar to smell, starts, goes, and finishes with hops, but not overpowering

M=very nice with good carbonation that keeps on coming all the way through, and crisp finish

D=definitely enjoyable and very sessionable.

A great cross between a red(amber) ale and a IPA, though it is very much skewed toward the IPA.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red-amber colour with a good two fingers of frothy yellowish foam. Lacing is great, some dissipation of the head. But this looks pretty damn tasty, I have to say.

Very strong Amarillo nose, which I guess is to be expected - lots of resin, crushed vegetation and a lilting citrus character all combined with strong green peppercorn notes. It's good for it's power - not hugely complex, but very decent.

Nice hop characters on the palate, sticky resin, sharp and strong. Not a huge amount of malt though; or at least, the malt is largely overpowered. Light tartness on the back, not a huge amount of residual fading bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little flat too, could use a little more lift.

Apart from the slightly darker colour, this could easily pass as an IPA. Surprisingly, considering its classification, this seems unbalanced towards hops, and the malt base that the top IPAs is missing here. Still, it's very drinkable for all that, and I could easily go for a second.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a dark amber/red with a nice glow around the edges. There is a one inch frothy white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves bubbly lacing on the glass that sticks around.

The smell is a very balanced caramel malt and a pretty mild but definitely present hop aroma. The hop is not piney or citrus, but definitely present.

The taste is caramel and malt in the front and all hops in the finish. As in the smell I don't get much pine or citrus, but the hoppy bitter finish is undeniable.

This beer is a little heavier in than it appears, but still very crisp and drinkable. The mouthfeel is nice as the malty sweetness is more than balanced by bitter dry hops. This beer is one that I will definitely return to and try to keep in the fridge more often than not.

Photo of meschaefer
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was an excellent beer that pushed the boundaries of style.

It came to me from a tap, with a nice creamy head that showed great retention and left a web of lacing down the side of the pint glass.

A dark read mahogany color, and a fruity and very hoppy aroma. It had a full thick body, and up front the Hop flavor was overpowering and bitter which was then nicely balanced with a rich malt back flavor.

Photo of BeanBone
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep orange-brown body with a hell of a lot of sediment in solution. Up top, a finger and a half of pillowy, caramel-tinged head that features great retention and lacing.

Aroma: Just as the bottle leads you to expect: lots of Amarillo hops on top of a solid caramel base. Good stuff.

Taste: More of the same. Up front, citrusy, nicely bitter hops. Underneath, the caramel malt backbone is strong enough to keep everything from being unbalanced. The aftertaste is of bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a little fuller than medium and smooth with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability: As long as you aren't afraid of hops, this is pretty sessionable brew.

Verdict: Well, the bottle really says it all, this is a generously Amarillo hopped Red Ale with a lots of caramel malt. It may blur the line between Red Ale and Pale Ale a bit, but who cares?

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

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Pours a slightly cloudy maple with a mahogany hue. Creamy, light brown head that fades to a creamy sheet. Webbed lacing with good strength.

Fresh pine and spruce with bright citrus and tropical fruit: grapefruit, lemon, orange, pear, and peach. Notes of herb.

Pine and spruce up front over a very pleasant biscuity-malt character. Notes of light cream and dry toffee that mellow to a light tea flavor in the middle. The hop flavors are dynamic, but primarily earthy. Pine and citrus resins that make for a burnt bitterness.

Medium in body; earthen and filmy in spots, but understandable given the hop character.

A nice balance of hops and malt considering that the hops are not quite subtle. If you're in the mood for a hopped-up Red Ale, this one won't disapoint.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle at about cellar temp poured into pint glass. pours a bronze, amber, maghony color with some light sediment visable. off white sorta biege colored head. godd retention, good lacing.

i could smell the hops as soon as i started pouring. citrus and piney hops with some caramel maltiness.

citrus and piney hops with a wonderful balance from the caramel like malts. finishs with a pretty substantial bitterness. nice example of the style, very well balanced.

medium body, good amount of carbonation, very smooth drinking. a little bit of oiliness from the hops, very nice. very easily an all night sessionable beer.

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

Pours a dark red amber color. Lots of grapefruit aromas and citrus. This is my favorite hop smell. Very bitter taste, surprising for only 45 ibus. This is a beer I can really sit down and enjoy quite a few of. Not an overpowering ipa by any means but still a solid flavorful beer.

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

A- Reddish brown in color with a thin but solid tan head that never leaves. Lots of sticky lacing all the way down. I have sediment floating in my glass.

S- Faint but noticeable ripe fruit scents and grapefruit is most evident aroma.

T- Bitterness builds from the beginning and never really lets go. Bitter orange peel and pine are the more dominant flavors.

M- Surprisingly smooth for a hoppier beer and almost silky at times. Carbonation seems spot on.

D- Great example of the style and quite drinkable...

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

I poured this one from a stubby 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a dark amber-red color with a thin creme colored head. There was a bit of what looked like hop sediment in the glass (nothing off-putting though). The head dropped to a thin skim but left some very nice lacing down my glass.

S= Lots of sweet caramel malt and citrusy hops in the nose. A trace of tropical fruity esters in there too.

T= Started off with a burst of caramelly malt sweetness and a pine and citrus hop bitterness (the hops won round one). The middle was a bit floral, but gradually got sweeter (malt wins round two). The finish was a balance at first but the hop aftertaste was bitter and sublime.

MF= Medium body with a slick feel coming from those juicy hop oils. Carbonation was fairly soft.

D= Really a very drinkable ale here. Nothing too overpowering, just a great meld of flavors. At 6% this is quite sessionable too!

Photo of psurandy
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice deep red/amber color with a nice little creamy head, decent lacing. The smell is great, bright citrusy (orange and pineapple) hops and some malt sweetness comes through after it sits a bit. In the taste I get more bitterness in the hops, which was a bit different than the smell which was more citrusy. The hop bitterness is balanced out with a bit of malty caramel sweetness. Believe the name. Nice smooth body of a red ale with a good bitter aftertaste that will sit in the back of your mouth. A very nice brew although this site has it at 6% the bottle is claiming it's 6.4%. I'd recommend it.

Photo of CHickman
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a red copper color, with no head, but had a potent hoppy aroma. Excellent hop taste bursts through with malty and floral hints; it was hoppy on the sweet side, and had a dry crisp finish. Overall a great brew that should be in the IPA class as it has too much taste and too many hops to be a standard ale. It went down easy and I look forward to enjoying more of these!

Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a medium pour an explosive burst of bubbles leads to a two-finger airy tan head. Retention is good, with a nice thick layer of lace left behind. Color is brown with ruby red edges. A nice hit of oily hops excites the nose with a bit of citrus hanging around underneath. A little earthiness is also detected. Tastes of oily hops with a spicy and malty undercurrent and some alcohol heat at the very back. The malts balance out afer a few drinks, and overall the components interact well with each other. Mouth-feel lies on the heavy side of medium, and there's a good amount of carbonation. This one really works for me.

Photo of johnnieoz
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle w/o bottling or freshness indicators.

A hazy shade of reddish brown (did I unwittingly pour the nutritious yeast into my vessel?) with a lace-leaving latte colored head.

Sweet malt odors are devilishly mixed in with the citrusy Amarillo hops.

This is indeed a red IPA as the label suggests...the (slightly too) bitter aftertaste and the dominant hops sucking at my gums tell no lie. But the caramel malt bill is somehow squeezed in there as well.

The relatively-low abv% (6.4) and the resiny mouthfeel make this an affordable go-to brew when I'm unsure of my palate's mood. Although, the experience is somewhat dampened by the high alpha acid aftertaste, Hop Head Red is characterized by great aromas and flavors, even better mouthfeel and good drinkability. A quality beer that most will like and some will love or hate.

Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 3,032 ratings.