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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Reviews: 942
Hads: 3,277
rAvg: 4
pDev: 5.25%
Wants: 137
Gots: 451 | 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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Reviews: 942 | Hads: 3,277
Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep red with a finger of dense light tan head that is slow to fade and leaves good lacing
S: smells of pine oil, citrus, and caramel
T: taste is citrus, pine, caramel, and toasted malt while the swallow is oily pine resin with some citrus with some tropical fruit
M: medium on the palate with light and soft carbonation. this beer finishes on the refreshing side with oily hop goodness coating the mouth
O: I don't mean to call a brewery out for this but it seems like they took West Coast IPA(phenomenal beer btw) and added some specialty malts with the same hop bill. Either way it's really good if you like your American Ambers on the hoppy side (660 characters)

Photo of TheGenesisOfElegance
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy, amberish-red, thin head, moderate lacing.

Smell: Hops, yeast, malt and spicy fruit.

Taste: Hops, apples, spices, caramel and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

Overall: A very complex yet balanced IPA. I want to drink it again. (279 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep amber brown with red-orange highlights; few fingers of tan head slimmed to a persistent foam cap

S: floral orange citrus, subtler resin and caramel malt; some suggestions of pith and pine

T: sweet caramel malts push through the citrus and flower of the hops, and some spicy and herbal elements appear

M: medium-weight and fuzzy smooth, mild chewiness, rustic and hearty

O: a nice ale, combining a red with an IPA and using Amarillo, Warrior and Nugget hops. Possibly more attractive to fans of red/amber ales than to fans of pale ales. (547 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color. Pretty murky. Creamy beige foam head that dissipates pretty quickly. Leaves some pretty good lacing. Looks as though there may be some sediment, but its hard to tell with the murkiness.

Smell: Citrus hops. Pine. A hint of spices? The pine is very strong and slightly bitter. Lots of grainy malts as well.

Taste: More pine in the taste. Initial thought is that it seems a little subdued, surprisingly. The next few sips, however, reveal a lot of maltiness, far from subdued. A lot of the bready, grainy malts most noticeably. As a side note, the aftertaste leaves a fantastic citrusy graininess. One of the better aftertastes I've seen.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very crisp and refreshing, Nicely carbonated.

Overall: One of the more complex Amber Ales I've had recently. Definitely recommend this one for a warm summer night. (868 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very pretty ruby hue with a shade of auburn. The head was an immense and thick cap of khaki foam.

The nose is hoppy with bitter pine, resin, lupilin, herbal hop notes, grapefruit and bitter pithy rinds.

The flavor is more malty than the nose suggests with a clean caramel and barley. The hop flavors are bitter pine, grapefruit, resin and herbal dank flowers.

The feel is dry and bitter and though it drinks easy it has a palate drying astringency.

Very flavorful red with more bitterness than I like but good bones. (520 characters)

Photo of Nikkii
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: deep red color looks great in a glass
S: caramel and a nutty scent from the malt, and a hop smell
T: malty taste with a citrus and grain flavor, then of course the hops all of it is well rounded and balanced.
M: nice crisp feeling, like I said taste well rounded and feels that way as well.
O: A nice balanced beer, would deftly buy again. It is a nice balance of hops and malty flavor. (393 characters)

Photo of antott0523
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color with a ruby hue. Carbonation is barely visible. The beige head is foamy, dissipates to a thin veil, and leaves some lace.

Smell: Sweeter malt notes of caramel and nice dry element of crushed rye malt. The hops are subdued, and come through in a bitter, almost skunked (pleasant) characteristic.

Taste: This beer is extremely well balanced between the hop bitterness and sweeter malt flavors. The malt comes through in caramel and rye bread. The finish is bitter with notes of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Mild to moderate carbonation, with a smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a great beer. It is very well balanced between sweeter notes of malt, and bitter notes of hops. I would definitely drink this again, but I am not sure that it is up there with Lagunatis Mondo, which is probably my favorite example of this style of beer due to the more prominent hop presence. (904 characters)

Photo of FitnessForBeer
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: super dark reddish brown, a little cloudy, finger and half worth of head
S: Amarillo hops are what come through most, caramel
T. Sweet with Amarillo hops, very balanced. Amarillo stands out but bot overly prevalent to where it is just a hop bomb. Malt is very sweet and carmel tasting
M: very nice
O: I love Amarillo hop flavor, this is a great intro beer into the flavor without being overly hoppy and in your face Amarillo (427 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop Head Red pours a diarrhea brown color, with a nice large lacing tan head. There is a strong earthy aroma with some hop notes. The taste has a stronger malt flavor, with some notes of hops, very earthy notes. Full flavors good body. Overall its a good red ale, but its strongly hoppy and strongly malty, not sure what was going on . (335 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Green Flash's Hop Head Red last week for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I'm still not completely sold on this brewery, but I do like hoppy Red Ales and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. Best before 5/15/14. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok it's pretty typical for Green Flash, but it has a bright red background that makes it just a little eye catching. It poured a nice slightly red amber color that took on more of a brighter ruby and crimson color when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy very light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of patchy and sticky lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart a slightly earthy, resiny hops and citrus hops aromas with the citrus hops seeming to stick out the most and they impart a nice citrus rind aroma with a generic fruity aroma in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a slightly grainy, bread crust, caramel malt and light toffee like aroma with a light amount of doughy yeast in the background. This beer had a pretty nice aroma and thought the malt base worked well with the hop profile.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the citrus rind hop flavor still sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a slightly grainy, light sweet malt, bread crust and caramel malt like flavors. On the finish there's a fairly lower amount of medium of bitterness with a slightly grainy, caramel malt and citrus rind hop aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, it had fairly good balance, but I think it could have used a little more bitterness.

M- Smooth, crisp, clean, slightly refreshing, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked nicely with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and nice example of a Hoppy Red Ale and it had pretty much all the quality's that I look for in the style, the hop profile was nice and the malt base was identifiable as a Red Ale. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, a little refreshing, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I wouldn't mind drinking a couple of these especially when the weather gets a little warmer. What I like the most about this beer is the mouthfeel and appearance, I thought they were both pretty good and they were what I expect from a good hoppy Red Ale. What I like the least about this beer is the bitterness level, it's a little low for the style and I think the malt base can support a little more bitterness. I would buy this beer again when I'm in the mood for a hoppy Red Ale, but I'm not sure I would buy a whole six pack. I would recommend this as a solid hoppy Red Ale. All in all I enjoyed this beer and I thought it was pretty solid all the way around, but I still think a little more bitterness might take this beer to the next level. So far this is my favorite beer from Green Flash. Nice job guys, this was a very solid Hoppy Red Ale, keep up the good work. (3,461 characters)

Photo of Copernicus
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured with vigor into a Sam Adams custom glass.

A: This enigmatic brew pours a deep amber to amber brown, almost a translucent mahogany. It forms a rocky, glorious tan head that leaves a sticky thick lace during its slow, calculated recession.

S: Off the head there is a gentle malt sweetness similar to dark fruits--definitely the crystal malt. The hop aroma gives off a brilliant sweet grass and floral essence with a slight hint of grapefruit.

T: Wow. There is complex malt displaying caramel, figs, cherries, prunes, plums, and some very light toast, like that of sweet whole grain bread. Even though it is dry hopped, the hop presence is subdued, really just there to balance out the fabulous and potent malt cocktail.

M: Medium body with very light carbonation. This drinks like a cask ale.

O: A substantial caramel malt base, infinitely nuanced and complex that is properly balanced by Columbus, Nugget, and Amarillo hops--not too citrusy, more floral, earth, and resiny. Very solid beer. This is a cool style made like an IPA but because of the darker and richer base malt, it called for a different hop profile--a very cool variation on the style. It's almost like a weaker, more drinkable/sessionable version of an American barleywine.

It's intensity, maltiness, and hop character would hold up well with spicy, fried food, Cajun, buffalo wings, etc. Or devils on horseback...mmmm! (1,414 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hop Head Red Ale - a must try, for APA and Hop heads.
I love Hoppy APAs as well as IPAs. For example: Green Flash and its Red Ale is up there with Dales Pale Ale and Stone Pale Ale.

Amber / Red Ale sweetness balanced by fresh, bitter, flowery, grassy hops. Another coastal hike.

A: Red amber body with creamy sturdy head that laces and lasts.

S: I could use more. It's pine, grapefruit, fresh cut wild grass above toasty malt.

T: Follows smell, but is ample, juicy, balanced, refreshing.

Very clean finish.

MF: Creamy carbonation, medium body, great feel and finish. Leaves you in a great place (wanting another…)

Must try from great brewer. (658 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber red color with a thick beige head with medium retention and leaving lots of laces.
Light aroma of caramels, bread and subdue citrusy with a hint of tutti fruity.
What a surprising flavor after a relatively boring aroma. Notes of lots of green tea, grapefruit, caramels and toasted malts, strong American yeast, pine, flowers, tangerines and finishing with a bit of cocoa and spices. Dry aftertaste with an insistent bitterness.
Medium body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 7% abv is well disguised.
Very good American Red Ale, malty, yeasty and hoppy ale. Bold and bitter, also on its relative price though. (613 characters)

Photo of Paincane
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Copper red body and tan head that leaves extensive lacing.
S: Caramel, pine and floral nose. Balanced aromatically.
T: Begins with initial sweet malt backbone ending very hoppily & lightly piney.
M: Crisp, clean with a dry lightly bitter finish.
O: Well-balanced brew. (276 characters)

Photo of BradC
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red color, thin head that lingers with lots of lacing.

Smells caramel and toffee sweet with a nice floral hop aroma

Starts with a nice caramel malt sweetness and the a nice balanced hop flavor with a slight bitter hop finish.

Moderately carbonated, medium bodied.

I don't drink too many red IPA's but found this really enjoyable. Would definitely have again. (372 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz New Green Flash style brown bottle. Designated label color is brilliant red of course with a name such as Hop Head Red. I have to mention how much I love these new Green Flash bottles. They're unique and something you can put the Green Flash name with instantly when seen or even when felt with your eyes closed for that matter. Yep, it's a Green Flash! Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - blood freaking red. No lie. This is as red as any beer can get outside the fruit beer category. If anyone on earth can lay claim to a made up name of hop head red, its this gorgeous lady right here. Trade marked? Nah. Just pour it and you'll know what's red and what's not. Okay so hold this gem to the light and it transforms to a bright glowing red liquid with a load of funk and sediment floating about. Damn, isn't she beautiful? Off white head poured quite nice with plenty of size before vanishing to a covering ring of lacing leaving splotchy stick to the walls of the glass.

S - you get a good sense of what hop head red is all about with the first whiff. Well almost. Fresh, no dirty fresh hops lay claim to the focal point of everything going on here. I've smelled these notes maybe one other time and I simply love it! Dirty yet fresh hop aroma, orange marmalade, some citrus, resin and hop spice. Then there is the sweet caramel malt almost playing note for note with the marmalade keys just soaking your nose with utter goodness.

T - remember the almost I referred to earlier? Well, here is the full blown view to the engine within this great red ale. Those fresh hops up front are still dirty as can be with a west coast sort of funk about them that can honestly only come about when you blend the state of California and 'red ipa' together. So along with those ridiculously funky dirty hops (and God knows how much dry Amarillo hops) come a sweet but citrusy orange marmalade, fresh but dank cut grassiness, and hop oily goodness. Throw in some sweet caramel malt and spices(no doubt from the hops) and you have one of the best creations one will ever drink. Well that's my take.

M - thick medium body that coats the entire mouth with a Green Flash like texture. The feel stands right in line in brilliance as the rest of this ale. As grand as it gets. So enjoyable its border line crazy.

O - if you read review you'll know I fell in love with Hop Head Red. It's just an amazing ale that may well be my all time favorite all around everyday brew. I'm just stunned at how Green Flash nailed this. Almost like it was brewed specifically for me. Sure most people rate it very high, but its not considered a real gem, but that's good for me considering I can find it any time I want. Which will be often, I promise you that. Green Flash Hop Head Red = my favorite brew! (2,797 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber with a one-finger white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Citrus, mostly grapefruit and piney hops.

T - Follows the smell. Good amount of piney hops. Grapefruit is definetly present. Nice sweet malt backbone. Finish has a nice hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp with a dry finish.

O - Solid red ipa. Very easy drinking and enjoyable. (394 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Let's start by saying "I love Green Flash". This brew blends two of my favorite styles of beer, red and ipa. It pours a cloudy red amber hue with an off white head that gives way to a gentle white film and slight lacing. The nose is fresh and hoppy with citrus and grassy notes abounding. There is also a substantial malt background that reminds one that this is a red ale. It sips smooth and light light with a very pleasant bitter coating to the palate. The flavors are refreshing and easy on the palate. Definite citrus hops notes and a refreshing finish that reminds me of faygo red pop. This is a delicious hybrid from one of America's best brewers. Can't wait to enjoy another on a hot summer's day. (705 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour bottle best by 5/13/14 into New Belguim globe

A-Pours a deep red copper with a lingering thick off white head that sticks to the glass.

S-Aroma has pine up front with a superb combination of citrus and hops in the background. Some light maltiness does come out slightly.

T-The taste has all of the noted smells combined really nicely.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body with crisp bitterness and a lingering, dry finish.

O-Overall I've really enjoyed this beer I think its a hybrid of a malty amber ale and IPA. Great combo (530 characters)

Photo of SupaCelt
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The spill is a rich amber we shall call red with a huge and dense head that leaves substantial chunks clinging behind. It seems fairly actively carbonated and looks quite enticing indeed.

The nose is bready with a mild bouquet of hop aromatics emanating. Just a dash of dank skunk number one. It isn't overly flamboyant, but suggests a positive experience lingering in the taste test.

The taste is strikingly mild which makes this brew quite drinkable. The subdued nose hinted at the laid back contents and this one is utterly gulpable. A subtle bitterness compliments a wonderfully smooth malt base that is distinctively of the red persuasion. The earthy dankness of the hops is expressed perfectly against the grain. This is not beastly but it is sessionable and delicious in its delicate appeal.

The mouthfeel is light and makes this glass go down with ease.

Overall, this is a great drinking beer. There is nothing here that is abrasive. It is smooth and balanced and is likely one of the most enjoyable versions of this class that has ever graced me palate. All too often things are overdone, but this one seems just right. I will be visiting upon this again with haste. (1,189 characters)

Photo of nanandtomfitz
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Distinctive taste familiar to other green flash beers, a litte more accessible that the ipa, slightly less burnt toast taste, more malt. Well balanced and still substantial, not too thin or bland. Looks and smells great, taste is dintinct but not quite my favorite personally. A very good beer. (294 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium amber pour with a ruby hue. Served on draft and arrived with a small head and almost no lacing. Nice nose of pine hops, tending towards spruce. Almost medium bodied with normal carbonation. Nice almost slick mouthfeel. A nice spruce flavor over a slight sweetness is found in this well crafted and balanced ale. This one is hop flavor, rather than bitterness, focused. Crisp finish of spruce and sweetness. A slight bitterness lingers. Quite nice! (454 characters)

Photo of drmcleod10
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served into a snifter

A - Amber red pour with 1/4 inch foam head.

S - Resembles the hop smell of west coast ipa with that distinct red/rye ipa smell. Surprisingly citrus smelling

T - Really a great beer for the style with loads of citrus hops

M - Above average carbonation with a smooth session able taste.

O - Solid red ipa, really happy with the beers Green Flash is distributing to MO (393 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 8, 2013.

Slightly cloudy medium amber pour with a modest head that leaves a little soapy lacing on the glass.

The aroma is mainly malt forward with a big of earth and pine in the hop notes. Moderate sweetness on the nose as well considering it is meant to be a hoppy beer.

The body is medium and smooth with some astringency,

The taste has a full malt flavor to the point that it almost makes me think of a weaker barleywine or scotch ale. There is most definitely a kick of bitterness after all the malts explode in my mouth. (580 characters)

Photo of rorjets
1.48/5  rDev -63%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Okay, I bought a six pack at a store that specializes in beers. They have a great variety. When I saw this I was excited to try it, as it isn't common to find Green Flash beer on the East Coast.

So imagine my disappointment when I opened the first bottle, and all I got was endless foam! I mean less then an inch of liquid beer in a pint glass, no matter how I poured it. I'm sure there's a reason for this excessive carbonization, but I have to judge the beer I got, and it was worthless. Every bottle was the same. Perhaps there was a storage issue, or some other reason out of the control of the brewer, but I wasted $10 on undrinkable foam. This has only happened to me once before, and I have been seeking out and drinking craft beers since I went to Europe in 1980 and discovered what real beer was all about.

I have heard plenty of raves about this brewer, so I am hoping this was not a batch of bad beer, but beer that went bad in transit. I will give it a second chance when I have the opportunity. (1,009 characters)

Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.