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

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Reviews: 950
Hads: 3,315
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 148
Gots: 480 | 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 cjgiant
3.55/5  rDev -11%

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 +5%

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 +6.5%

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 +6.5%

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 +6.5%

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 +0.3%

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 +6.5%

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 -2.3%

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 +0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -5.5%
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 +1.3%
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 -3.3%
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 -2.3%
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 +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 +7.3%
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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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
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 .

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Copernicus
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of Act25
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Paincane
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BradC
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.