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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3,261 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,261
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 135
Gots: 440 | 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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Ratings: 3,261 | Reviews: 967
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. short, fat brown bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy deep reddish brown color, the only bubbles I could see were on the edge of the glass. The head formed a decent white bubbled one finger thick, and faded quickly into a thin layer with some lacing.

Aroma: Floral and piney hops with a caramel malty background.

Taste: Bitter hops up front, citrus and piney. The caramel flavors come through in the middle a little bit, but mainly in the background. The finish is citrus hops, and lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel; Medium bodied, smooth but a little watery. The carbonation balanced well.

Overall: As the label says, it's definitely a red IPA. So if you're looking for a standard red ale, look elsewhere. If, however, you're looking for a beer that packs a punch with the hops, look no further.

Photo of kleffman
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this beer on cask at Taproom in PB. Came out almost like it was on nitro with a cascading bubble appearance and tight frothy head that wouldn't disappear. Nice aroma packed full of hops. Can definitely tell the difference that this one is dry hopped with about a half pound of amarillo or something. Tasted like the same Hop Head Red I'm used to but packed full of hop flavor and aroma with a nice maltiness that balances it out just right. Luscious mouthfeel from the cask conditioning and this thing is so drinkable I couldn't take it away from my face. I had two of them, and I usually never get the same beer twice at a bar.

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

Poured from cask into a pint glass. Offers the typical hand pumped texture and retention that are often lacking in standard draft offerings. Pours a light copper color with a half inch of off white head.

Smell is of light pine hops and offers a lightly sweet caramel malt scent. Lighter on the nose than one would expect from a red ale.

Taste is very well balanced for a Red, in that the 'typical' sweetness is less prominent and there is a more profound hop presence with just a tinge of bitterness in the finish.

Feel and drinkability were above average. Surely part of this is due to the firkin factor, I'll try again on CO2 soon.

Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass.

A: Inviting, slightly hazy deep red color with thick, rocky off-white head with lacing everywhere.

S: Extremely floral, earthy hops nose with enough toasted and caramel malt aromas to give this a delicious profile.

T: It really approximates a red IPA just as stated on the label -- hops flavors are up front, in the middle, and in the finish with a solid amount of caramel and toasted malt with a rough edge to give your tongue a real kick in the pants. It's not what I'm really looking for in a red ale, but it's interesting and full of flavor.

M: The harshness of the sweet and toasted malts and high hops content leaves a somewhat over-dry feel. Body is medium-to-full with a light carbonation.

D: An unusual representation of the style that's a nice change from a usual weak red ale, but I prefer something from in the Troeg's style a little more for drinkability where hops are understated and complex rather than hammering your palate.

Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a light reddish brown with a medium sized frothy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts and resinous piney hops with a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts, nuts and some sugary fruit quickly followed by a big bitter resinous grassy hop finish that lingers in the charry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a one dimensional brew for the hop lovers. I prefer a little more balance and the brighter hops.

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

A: Served into an imperial pint glass. Cloudy, nearly opaque red ale with pillowy three-finger head of off-white foam that slowly settles to about a half-finger layer with gobs of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Intense floral hop aroma with dominant citrus overtones and notes of pine resin.

T:Bitter upfront. The citrus and floral detected in the nose fight to come to the forefront. Roasted caramel malt backbone is there, and the dry-hopping provides a nice touch, but I'm searching for a little more balance. This one's character is definitely all about the bittering hops, which is not necessarily my cup of tea.

M:Smooth, but the pour took a bit of the carbonation out of it.

D/O:As I mentioned earlier, the fact that this beer leans so heavily on the bittering hops may be great for some, but I'd prefer a bit more balance, especially after all the great floral and citrus I detected in the smell. I could drink a few of them, but would probably switch it up after that.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. New Mudhoney cd on in background.

Dark crimson red with a powerful 2 finger head. Looks pretty & hearty. I'm ready to jump in.

Smells of delicious piney & citrusy hops. Faint sweet malt & herbal aromas in the background as well.

Earthy hops followed by a slight malt sweetness then a dry citrus hoppy finish. I just described a what I like in a session beer.

Medium bodied. Chewy. Sticky. Yummy.

Sessionable for me. Can have a few easily.

A nice hoppy big red from Green Flash. I bet this tastes even better on a cask engine.

Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The PB Tap Room. I've had this beer many times but the best was at PB Tap Room. Juicy hop aroma with some grapefruit. The dry hopped Amarillo works great in this beer. Creamy mouthfeel with a hint of vanilla. Bitter with a good amount of malt sweetness to back it up. Good stuff.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 6% ABV, 45 IBU. Chestnut color with some orange highlights. Foamy off-white head. Good retention, and a few patches of lace.

Resiny pine and tropical fruit hop aroma. Some rich caramel in the background. Very nice nose.

Good amount of caramel, slightly toasty malt. Nice blasy of resiny and tropical fruit hops. Maybe a bit grassy. Dries as it finishes.

Good body and carbonation. Easy to drink. Pretty balanced. Solid.

Photo of iceball585
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish brown color, semi-transparent, one finger thick fluffy head that disolved to a thin ring, some sediment floating around

S- Bitter hops, earthy, grassy, grapefruit, bready

T- Mostly hops, citrus, caramel malts, grassy, slight toasted flavor

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, light bitterness

D- Not too bad

I wouldn't really consider this a Red Ale at all. To me I tastes just like another typical IPA. Decent balance of flavors but it definitely doesn't stay true to the style of beer.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours Orange with reddish tints. Decent sized head that settles to a light lace.
Aroma of grapefruit,hops and some malts.
The taste was simply fruits,Piney hops,malts and the finish was slightly oily with grains and mild bitterness. Carbonation was just right and balance was all there.

Notes: Good brew,Good hops and I look forward to having some more as I love the style and felt the hops were just right. Simply a good session beer.

Photo of doubleipa
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brickskellar in DC. Light brown head, fully diminished, frothy. Aroma - pine, spruce, resin, not heavy. Taste - light initial with long aftertaste. The hopiness lingers on the tongue. Not much in the way of grapefruit/citrus. Kinda dry.

Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange/chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing, the sugary crystals cling to the top of the glass

S: Piney hops & biscuitty malt

T: Piney hops, biscuitty malt, a bit of booze & some grainyness up front. Caramel, brown sugar, herbal, orangey,& grapefruitty hops as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops, orange slices,

MF: Chewy, light carbonation, skews hoppy

Drinks good, but I think this one either over power me or my taste buds after about 4. Super amber! If they used different hops to dry hop, I'm sure this would score higher (for me)

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

On tap at Tyler's in Durham;

Similar in appearance, mouthfeel, drinkability to my review of the bottled version, but with a much fresher, more bitter hop profile that takes this beer to another level of excellence.

Smells citrus hoppy and of juicy red and green apples.

Taste is malty sweet and juicy with a pronounced hop bitterness that blots out subtle fruit notes that keep trying to emerge in spite of the oppression. Flavors of ripe red apples and fresh plums meet up with sweet caramel to beat back the hoppiness and bring some balance to the production.

Crisp and refreshing with a big bolt of savory bitterness. Green Flash makes good beer!

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

Pours a reddish/amber. Thick and oily with a little soapy head. The red copperish head gives way to sticky lacing that clings at the top of the pint glass.

The aroma is one of floral hops and citrusy malts. A nice clean citrusy smell.

Piney citrusy hops up front with an equally abundance of malts as well. Slightly bitter with a taste of green apple and caramel.

Thick and oily with a tingle of bitterness.

Flavorful beer that is well balanced and a pleasure too drink.

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

Pours an unfiltered ruby red with a pillowy head. Note the citrus grapefruit hop of the amarillo hops. american amber? Wow this beer screams hops n the taste-hops coating my tongue-oily resin with a citrus sharpness-malt? its there but is hidden-mouthfeel is medium and drinkabilty very good. nice to see this in 6-packs-had it at the brewery last year and I am very happy tp find at my local beer store

Photo of almychristopher
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a nice reddish amber color with a nice off white head that fades but doesn't completely disappear. the little bursting bubbles give off a nice piney citrus aroma, leading into the taste which is also quite quite hoppy but with a nice toasted caramel maltiness to it. the mouthfeel is quite well balanced, in fact i think I'll shut up and drink.

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

Poured a mysterious murky reddish brown with a one finger high tan head, mostly tight bubbled but a few big bubbles lounging around. Head didn't stick around two long but there was some wonderful lacing going on

Pine sap, ruby red grapefruit and caramel on the nose

Medium body, tight bubbled carbonation is moderate, but feels good on the tongue. Dry on the finish.

Pine and grapefruit hops, with some earthiness, like damp soil, and some caramel malts rolling around in the back

A good brew but I'd have to agree with RblWthCoz that it is a bit tight and lacks complexity

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

I wanted a chance to try the bottle version of this as I felt the draft version was a bit tight.

Pours a dark brown amber with a nice crème head. Nose is pure hoppy earthiness. Thick and bodied.
Flavor is earthy as well. Very leaf and soil like. Robust and deep, it's a bit more open than when I had it on-tap. I felt it was a bit too tight then and this is a bit looser, but it's still a bit uptight. Call it curt if you will. Feel has a good liquid body and the carbonation is decent enough. A robust hoppy red. Nice to drink, but not really bringing any mass of complexity.

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

Pour a dark red hued tea color with a big foamy light tan head that fades fairly quickly, leaving a nice sheets of lacing. Visibly effervescent, tiny pools of bubbles scatter about the surface. The smell is aggressive, fragrant and piny over a fundamentally earthy malt.The mouth feel is bright and medium bodied. Full flavored piny resin and caramel malt taste lingers really well. The dry hopped nature is vibrant and it dominates the caramel malt beneath. I appreciate the suggestion that it's a Red IPA. A bit on the pricey side, but the 6% ABV is very sessionable. This one has potentially significant recreational opportunity. A lot to this one, highly recommended!

Photo of DefenCorps
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle picked up recently and figured i'd try this fresh! Poured into my Nugget Nectar pint glass

A: I decanted this one slowly and this reveals a crystal clear ruby red beer with a beige two-finger thick head. Lots of carbonation. The head recedes very slowly leaving gorgeous lacework. Pretty!

S: The label says it's been dry hopped with Amarillo and it's got the classic aroma with sharp, mildly pungent pine aroma with tons of grass.

T: Biting hop bitterness up front with a rather resiny feel. The hop character is almost quinine-like. The hops are followed very briefly by a mild sweetness but it's pretty negligible. The finish is dry and bitter

M: Fairly dry but it almost feels slimy, I don't particularly care for it. It could also use a little bit more carbonation

D: Fairly easy but the high bitterness and slimy feel hurts this one.

Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to mughugger for sharing this beer. Poured cold into a goblet and allowed to warm.
A - A deep hazed copper almost blood red w/ a thick inch of light ecru w/ an ultra fine bead. There is a moderate amount of lace.

S - Luscious pine w/ crisp caramel sweet scents citrusy grapefruit hops and pine needles soaked in candy sugar aroma

M - A crisp piney, malty w/ bitter and slightly warming feel w/ NW hop bitter fade and subtle fruity sweetness.

T - A great deal of fresh hop flavor w/ plenty of pungent aroma w/ dry crisp bitterness and pinchy sharp grapefruity flavor w/ a nice fruity maltiness backing the hop acidity and keeping it from being unbalanced w/ a candy like malt. The edges are dry and there is a biscuit element in the toasted malt flavors

D - Fine, fine red w/ plenty of hoppiness deserving of the name and very easy to drink. This is a top notch Red ale and I wouldn't hesitate to grab it if I see again

Photo of Blakaeris
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, dark coppery red with a fluffy white head. Very nice lacing.

Aroma is leafy citrus hop, with a strong caramel malt base. Sweet and spicy, with a pleasant earthy woodyness.

Taste is big and balanced. Resinous grapefruit hops character takes precedence over the slick, sweet malt base. Finish is dry and woody.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Hop oil slickness lingers.

Overall a very fine brew. Big enough that the hopheads will love it, and balanced enough for everyone else. Flavor is rich and full with an excellent mouthfeel.

Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the slightly cloudy red brew. Head falls ever-so slowly, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is pretty much totally neutral for me. Taste is follows along with the nose, but doesn't overdo it, everything flows together nicely. No evidence to me that we're playing 7.6%abv ball here. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and drinkability is great for a brew that touts itself as being hoppy. Those usually seem to overachieve. Will find this one again.

Photo of Tolann
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber red. Some head that is a brownish yellow off white. Some sediment suspended but not a really cloudy beer.

S - Lots of floral nose. You find that right as you pour it. You don't have to seek hard to find the smell on this one. Really great floral hops up front. Sweet and citrus follow right behind.

T - Bitter hops first. Not a ton of sweetness. A bit more of a piney taste than identified in the nose. Bitterness sits at the back and back/sides of your tongue. not an alcohol taste.

M - light/medium mouth feel. An average amount of carbonation. Doesn't sit heavy in your stomach. Not a bad aftertaste.

D - I can see this being a good session beer. I think tho I had my expectations set too high. None the less, this is a really great beer.

Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 3,261 ratings.