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

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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 Bierguy5
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of iceball585
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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)

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of oneeye
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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

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Photo of almychristopher
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Tolann
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So Green Flash is now distributed in CNY, niiice.

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a murky dark amber hue with particles floating in here and there. The thick one fingered light khaki colored head slowly dies down to a rocky layer of bubbles. Stickiness is insanely good, lots of webbing left on the sides of the glass. The initial smell is floral hops with a touch of caramel malts with a slightly metallic undertone. Grassy with a hint of pine in the nose as well. A creamy honey scent blends in well with this one. The sweet malts begin on the tongue but are quickly dominated by the hop character. A good amount of pine and earthy hops midway that lead to a pretty dry and bitter aftertaste. Damn, this is an Red Ale? Slick medium body with a full, creamy feel and a stinging carbonation. A good beer, but I like the style more on the malty side. This is clearly a West Coast version of the Amber/Red Ale. This could easily pass as an East Coast IPA, whoa hops.

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Photo of tdrshayden
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper-red color with a thick creamy head. Sweet hop aroma with citrus notes. Flavors of citrus, pine bitterness linger on the tongue. with an underlinging malt sweetness. Hops are pretty evident but not overpowering. The finish is pretty long and dry.

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Photo of riversider76
2.76/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a ruby brown,with a fluffy tan head. Excellent retention,and laceing. Aroma is of grassy piney hops,and some carmel malts. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste was a bad mix of hops and malts. Just didn't taste right to me. Finish left a bad taste. I expected a lot better. Looks like I'm in the minority though.maybe I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a brown/ruby red color with about an inch beige head. Lacing and head retention are both very good. The aroma is citrusy/grassy hops, bread and caramel malt. It smells nice, but the aroma isn't very strong. Luckily the flavor is much stronger than the aroma. It tastes like it smells, and there's a good balance between the hops and malt. Good bitter hoppy aftertaste, too. The aftertaste does linger around a while! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and rich with average carbonation. Drinkability is good too, it wouldn't be hard to put away a few of these. I think this is a good brew, I'll have to buy it again the next time I find it.

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Photo of ABHatter
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vicious pour from 12oz btl into 16oz tumbler leaves a tremendous 1 inch head which sort of pillows the glass and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

A- Burnt amber color and good carbonation.

S-Green tea entry with Pine and loads of citrus fruits. Caramel & honey towards the end of the sniff with a Mild alcohol smell.

T-Caramely maltiness followed up by a nice hop rush, The finish is a really nice balance of sweetness & nice piney hoppiness.

M- Great. Bitterness last as long as most west coast IPA's but the malt really adds a nice touch to this terrific beer.

D- Is very good. I could have quite a few of these.

All in All this beer is tremendous!
This is a real nice alternative to IPA's
without sacrificing hoppiness.

Hoping Green Flash makes it to RI soon.

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Photo of ski271
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Zeno's in State College... now smoke-free! This beer is all around good representation of the style. Nothing really stands out in my mind about this beer (in both a positive and a negative way) I left the bar, thinking it was a decent drinkable beer, maybe not as hoppy as the name would imply. But as I'm walking down the street the citrus bitterness was just never ending. Maybe it was just because I became aware of it, but it felt like the bitterness was growing instead of fading. 20 minutes later I still had a wonderful flavor in my mouth. Loved it. It's worth a try, I think.

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Photo of joekfsu
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours dark cloudy amber/brown with floaters (not sure if its suppose to have that...) with 2 cm foamy off white head. Aroma of rye and some hops. Initial flavors fruit and rye. Flavor ends more hoppy. Aftertaste is bitter and metalic. Lots of lacing, some carbonation, light body, and couldn't appreciate the alcohol presence. Overall kinda disappointing, but still a solid rye, too much build up.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No surprise that this beer pours with a DEEP red color.
The real surprise comes when you taste the beer and find it's more hop focused than malt.

The head was aggressive and beige in color. There was a huge amount of lacing left behind as the beer was consumed.

There is a bog hit of hops up front as you taste, but less of a lingering hop flavor than I expected.

I have to say that this beer grew on me as I continued to enjoy it.

A good beer, but if you are a hop head go straight for the Green Flash West Coast IPA. It's their best beer!

This is a nice one to try, but be sure to try the West Coast first!

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