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

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Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

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.

Added by sleazo on 03-06-2007

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Photo of NCMatt
4/5  rDev 0%

First red ale!

I bought what appears to be a vintage 22oz bottle of the Hop Head Red at a Total Wine in Charlotte, NC. It was labeled as 7.0% APV instead of 8.1% as it should. No Freshness date found.

Poured into a snifter, it is reddish brown in color with a tan long lasting head. Smell is mostly floral. Had a nice lingering pine and caramel flavor along with a little citrus tang. Overall a very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of GregJ
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy amber, red tint and off white head that dissipates quickly. Very floral/citrusy nose with caramel malts. Grassy/pine grapefruit up front, resinous pine throughout. Medium heavy body, a little spicy taste fades to sticky hop resin in the aftertaste.

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Photo of rand
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately I lost my early review, where I took notes before Green Flash had played with the recipe. The beer still has a lot of the same qualities - crisp, bold hop presence, citrus notes, nutty rye and a sweetbread balance. But with the amped-up ABV and bigger malt-backbone (albeit more hops as well), there's a cloying, molasses aspect that make this brew much less drinkable. With all of the big, hoppy beers out there, it seems unnecessary for Green Flash to mess with a classic. Maybe it was to make a clear line of demarcation between their big beers and their tasty session brews. Either way, this just isn't as tasty. Oh well.

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Photo of teromous
2.4/5  rDev -40%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best By: 11/08/14

Appearance: Extremely hazy, murky brown color with an extremely small head...literally just a thin layer that doesn't even cover the whole top of the beer, that goes away quickly.

Aroma: I pick up pine and some caramel. I feel that it's important to note that the label states "Amarillo Dry-Hopped" and I get none of that classic Amarillo aroma here. Very limited aroma.

Taste: I get a pronounced tea leaf flavor, some pine, there is a sweet caramel flavor.

Feel: Medium bitterness, low carbonation, medium body texture.

Overall: I wasn't impressed by the beer. It wasn't a "Hop Head" beer in my opinion, and it wasn't that great of a red ale either. Very disappointed in the lack of Amarillo flavor and aroma. I would skip this one.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy light-amber with a white head that leaves plenty of lace.

Smell: Moderate piney and floral hops.

Taste: Oh man! Plenty of hop bitterness up front, into sweet, tangy, very hefty malts. Leaves a mild residual bitterness in the mouth. Alcohol isn't too obvious for an 8.1%.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick, moderately carbonated.

Overall: I like! Plenty of hops and enough malts to match them. Great taste and mouthfeel. Aroma is good, although it doesn’t steal the show.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Rattle “N” Hum. Pours dark red with white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops and caramel malt and ripe fruit. Body is full and tangy. A lot of citrusy, herbal hops, caramel malt, sherry and alcohol fill the mouth. Finish is long and hoppy. Great brew.

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Photo of BonaventureBeerBar
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

A: 4/5 - Pours a dark cooper with a 3/4in toasted vanilla head. Very carbonated.
S: 3.75/5 - Heavy malts and caramel notes affront the senses.
T: 3/5 - Sweet on the tongue, with a bitter aftertaste flaunting it's high alcohol content.
M: 4/5 This beer knows how to walk into a room and own it. Packs a punch.
D: 3/5 This beer makes me want a different type of beer.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Reddish amber color, fluffy white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Fruity, piney, resinous hops

Taste: Citrus and herbal hops up front, caramel malts with resin and pine hops, ends with a bit of bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation

Overall: A good brew from green flash, a classic everyone should try

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Photo of rangerred
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark reddish-brown with a one finger white head. Lacing is nearly nonexistent along with just the thinnest bit of lacing over top of the beer.

Aroma is full of caramel with some woody notes and a touch of pine. A bit of candy sweetness comes through too along with a touch of vanilla.

Flavor doubles down on the pine, wood, earth, and tree bark along with a huge bitterness that lasts throughout. After the initial hit, wood and vanilla linger on but eventually cave to the overriding bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel is very nice on this having some body and limited sweetness.

Overall, this beer has the basics of something good but is just missing a bit in the flavor department. I would love to have some more malt and hop flavors come through and the bitterness toned down.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

Bottle dated best by 12/6/14:
Pours a nice rusty brown, quite clear, and with a light tan head that sticks around a bit. Lacing is nice. Nose is floral, but almost a bit "dirty" - in that it has a smell of dirt, which by definition perhaps is earthy. I get the malty notes of an amber, but it's combined with the hops (that are piney in themselves from the taste) to create an interesting floral note.

The taste is more dominated by the hops. The front taste is a bit of brown sugar, a little copper, but this doesn't last long at all. The bitterness starts with grapefruit rind, but transforms to light pine. The feel is definitely resinous, drying the end if the taste, and allowing the bitter notes to stay on the tongue.

The mix of sweeter malt and resinous bitterness doesn't work for me, or at least it rarely does, and this is no exception. This beer isn't a surprise given it's a Green Flash beer, so if you like their stuff, this could work for you.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%

12 0z bottle & on tap at the Yardhouse.Let me Explain.I had this beer at the Yardhouse about 3 weeks ago and I liked it so much I wanted to wait and drink it again before I wrote a review.Well I got to say that this is a great Hoppy red ale.At 8.1ABV it will get the job gone in more ways than one.Very Hoppy beer with a hint of flowers and citrus. I was listening to some Pink Floyd and drinking this and I`ve got to say this is a very good Red ale.Not quite as good as a Lagunitas Imperial red ale but still very good.Go buy you a 4 pack and you will see what i mean.Hoppy beers rock,Motley.

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Photo of BeerZar
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours dark amber with medium beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and citrusy hops. Taste is resinous hops upfront that fade into some sweet caramel malt notes. Aftertaste is lingering bitter citrus hops. Palate is medium and somewhat sticky. Overall nice balance with some sweet maltiness playing well with the big hop punch.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

12oz brown bottle with pry-off cap with no freshness date. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear, maroon amber with 2 fingers of head and good lacing

Smell: Citrus hops and pine needles

Taste: A lot of citrus and pine notes up front that bitters in the middle then rounds out with malt with a balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy up front but not too much with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice red ale with a lot of hop flavor upfront. There isn't as much malt as I would of expected but it is still well balanced. This beer just downright looks perfect. A beautiful color with crystal clarity. I really need to do a side-by-side with Founders Red Rye since this is pretty close for a red IPA.

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Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours darkish reddish coppery. Nice little foamy head. Great smell! Pine and maybe some malt. Usually don't love red ales but this is an exception. Maybe because it also has some ipa taste in there. You can taste the alcohol and hops. Outstanding beer. Try it if you get the chance.

Wife's Review: "Looks like tea, doesn't smell like tea. Pretty good."

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Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev 0%

12oz bottle. Pours dark tawny with a glorious creamy foam head that's seemingly everlasting with it's sticky lacing. Fruity, resiny, piney, malty nose. Creamy and viscous. Big hop bite of citrus rind, with herbal flavors, and a dry grassy bitterness. A bit astringent, but not overwhelming. Malty, caramel, overripe orange, a bit jammy, with a biscuity malt finish that lingers with resiny, pine, and herbal flavors that are locked into an oiliness on the palate. A bit of booziness on the breath, and especially as the beer warms.

Quite the hop bomb and kick to the palate.

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured a very attractive dark reddish copper color with a 2F head in a Spiegalgau glass with lacing.

I could smell the aroma when opening the bottle: melon, citrus, vanilla, and pine.

The mouth feel is pleasantly carbonated.

The aroma transitions well to the taste: stronger pine and citrus.

The finish is a clean hoppy bitterness.

Overall, another excellent beer from Green Flash.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

12 oz. bottle, with best before date 11/08/2014 printed on the label. This is somehow my first review of a beer from Green Flash Brewing Co., as I haven't had any of their beers in quite some time.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice amber color; appears a dark reddish orange in the glass with about a finger of creamy khaki tan head. Leaves behind some thin spotty lacing. Looks pretty good. 4

S - The smell is fairly neutral, but pleasant enough. Mostly creamy caramel / amber malt forward. Lightly floral & herbal, but I'm not pulling out a lot of distinctive hop qualities from this one aside from that. 3.5

T - Taste on the other hand is very nice - creamy caramel / toffee malts, herbal tea leaves, and resinous pine. Fairly simple in it's approach, but I'd say it hits it's mark. 4

M - The feel is smooth and creamy. Only mildly bitter and resinous on the finish. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. 4.

Overall, a nice take on the red IPA from Green Flash, but it doesn't venture into any new or exciting territory. A solid example of the style, and one I would surely go back to again.

Green Flash Hop Head Red -----4/5.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.