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

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945 Reviews

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Reviews: 945
Hads: 3,290
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 144
Gots: 465 | 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: 945 | Hads: 3,290
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. (544 characters)

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. (565 characters)

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. (756 characters)

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. (989 characters)

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. (257 characters)

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. (350 characters)

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. (711 characters)

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. (768 characters)

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. (593 characters)

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. (411 characters)

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! (613 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark, brownishi amber with a thin white head and just a little lacing.
Definitely a red ale in the nost but there's a ton of hops here.
Hoppy as hell with a bitter, lingering aftertaste. Lots of grass, pine and citrus. There's a big malt body behind it all but it's not really a fantastic brew. Damn, I really wanted to love this beer but it's just average. Nice to drink on a hot day but nothing I'd go out of my way to buy. (427 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid roasted and bisquit malt scent along with a mild hop aroma. It's dry with a good dose of bitterness. The taste is great. It has a smooth crystal, roasted, and bisquit malt flavor that goes down toastey and finishes with an excellent hop taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. Hoppy red ales are really flooding the market lately and I couldn't be happier. This is an exceptional beer. Recommended. (603 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very hazy off-red color with glorious tan head.

Very aromatic & pleasing. Fresh citrus & fresh hops, with floral notes as well.

On the palate a somewhat rye-like malt component mingles with the sharp hops. Grapefruit & rye, reminiscent of Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye.

Finish has grapefruit bitterness and is somewhat dry. (330 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

An orange amber when held up to the light with little bits of yeast floating around. A tight off-white head bubbled up and subsided before I took my first sip. A good amount of staying power and lacing.

It's almost a dead split between malt and hops. Grapefruit balanced with clean caramel malt.

The caramel malts really shine through on the flavor. The amarillos balance the malt sweetness nicely with a sharp bitter hop bite. Much better flavor profile as it warms.

Medium bodied with a bitter hop finish.

At 6% these could sneak up on you after a while because they are so damn delicious.

Another fine offering from Green Flash. (668 characters)

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

Poured from bottle to a shaker pint. Pours a nice red/auburn color with a huge fluffy head with an aggressive pour. First aroma is of swet caramel or malt then some nice citrusy hops. Good full flavvor with some malt smoothness but ending with a bitter hop bite. Lingering bitter aftertaste with hints of alcohol. Overall, very drinkable and a great effort on a hoppy red ale by green flash. (391 characters)

Photo of EStreet20
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, 16 ounce shaker pint glass.

A - Pours out a beautiful deep red color. A full two fingers of off white head form. The head has a lot of staying power. A great looking red overall. Lacing rings form sporadically as the pint empties.

S - A nice smell of citrusy hops along with some sweet malts underneath. Overrall the aroma is subdued when you're anticipating a huge hop aroma, but what you get is nice.

T - Very nice. A brew that delivers in the bitterness department, but also lives up to its name it citrusy hopd flavors. Malt is present here. I would never call this brew balanced, but the malt backdrop is noticeable. The finish/aftertaste is pure bitterness, which may turn some off but for those the beer is intended for (read the label) it's a great fix.

M - Nice smooth feeling medium bodied brew really lets the flavors shine.

D - A nice hop fix that goes down easy. I could get my hop fix off this brew in the current summer heat or in cooler temps. (982 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brownish red amber, thin head leaves quick. Some sudsy lacing.

S - Some pine hops and malt.

T - Medium sweet malt center, very bitter on the edges. Nice hops, but not sure if balanced with malt.

M - Medium to light body, fully carbed and very bitter end.

D - Quaffable, definately. (289 characters)

Photo of drunkmonk
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber to garnet appearance. A bubbly head gives way to a nice thick fluffy sheet of lace that goes the distance with multiple rings of cling. Sweet juicy citrus tangerine and red ruby grapefruit nose. Classic Amarillo goodness. Some sweet carmel malts blend with a slight tobacco note as well. Rich toffee and caramel flavors blend with nice array of citrus hop flavors. The finish has a nice lingering but not overbearing bitterness as well as a slightly sweet berry like flavor. This is an ultra rich and hoppy red ale. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Drinks very easy, just about sessionable at 6%. Yeah, this is a hoppy red ale, but who the hell cares? Great stuff. (673 characters)

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

Mmm hoppy red. Color is certainly red with a coppery brown emphasis. Nose is refreshingly hoppy with minty pine, grapefruit rind, orange candy, woody, all resinous and dank. Mildly sweet toasty caramel malts hold up appropriately yet leave way for the hops to take the stage. Taste has a more apparent balance. At first there's resinous pine, grapey dry citrus, and forest-like flavors, then comes sweet, bread-like, toasty soft malts. Dry resiny bitterness is left in the finish supported by a coating texture that hangs on from the malty goodness. Body is juuuust right...a good medium for a good easy drinking hoppy red.

Well rounded and entertainingly hoppy. (663 characters)

Photo of NCBeernut
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Beautiful deep mahogany red with a sea of suspended particles almost resembling a galaxy. Alright head retention with plenty of lacing.

S: A burst of spicy citrusy hops. Smells delicious.

T: A red ale? Hops have take over, bitter and sour. Hop flavor is citursy and very spicy, almost peppery. Faint biscuit and caramel malt flavors are hard to even detect in all this hop mess. A bit one dimensional on the hops - is not even close to being balanced. I do love some hops so I still gave it some points for the tasty hoppiness.

M: Very tannic and bitter, which I am used to, but there needs to be something to smooth this out a bit. Not the nice creamy feel of their West Coast IPA.

D: I could have another, but I would rather have something else. Interesting I guess. (777 characters)

Photo of wolffman17
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Philabeerphia for throwin' this one in!

Hop Head Red is a dark, reddish-brown. Big, sticky, and thick head made of large bubbles sits atop the beer. A thin layer of head impressively stays around for the duration of the drink.

Sweet candy aroma! Hoppy apricot, grapefruit, and pine abundantly fill the nose. A bit peppery.

Bitter grapefruit covers the palate. No sweetness like that of in the aroma, but it does show its Amber Ale qualities of biscuit and toastiness. Good carbonation and a lingering bitterness add to the enjoyment. Very satisfying!

Excellent drinkability.

We need more hoppy Reds out there! Overall, Hop Head Red hit the spot for me, and I wish I had regular access to this brew. I would love to do a side-by-side with Nugget Nectar to compare...I believe Hop Head would stand its own. Highly recommended. (837 characters)

Photo of mpyle
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - Rich amber color befitting a red ale, sparkling clarity, with a thick, creamy white head. Head retention surprisingly good.

Smell - strong hop aroma, with the Amarillo hops providing a strong pine, almost solventy (like gasoline) aroma. A bit of chocolate, which might be a hop aroma byproduct.

Taste - Hop flavor dominates almost from the start. The isoprene-laden pine forest from the aroma is strong in the flavor, but more unpleasant here. Sharply bitter by midmouth, with a lingering hop bitterness. Might be drinking this beer too warm, but not enough malt character, and way too much hop flavor/bitterness. Much more of an IPA than an amber.

MF - Moderate body and carbonation. Some warming, and a slight hop astringency.

D'ability - The beer is called "Hop Head". If you are one, you'll find it very drinkable (particularly if you like Amarillo hops). Ultimately the hops were a bit much for me in this beer. (927 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy amber with a big ole' poof of off-white foamy head. A fantastic looking layer of creamy retention naturally produces just massive rings of thick, sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fresh, tingling Amarillo hops greeting the nose first, followed by grapefruit and other citrus notes, and some mellow bready sweetness.

The taste is just as tremendous, with a well balanced mix of resinous hop bitterness, tangy citrus, and caramel sweetness. Everything just flows togeather great and evens each other out. Even the finish is a well balanced with equal parts sweetness and bitter notes. I think that I would definitley put this in the "Hoppy" Red Ale category, as the richness of the malts really stood against all that Amarillo dry hopping. The mouthfeel has a light medium body with a "oh so smooth" creamy and easydrinking feel.

Wow! I think a found a new session beer (even at 6%). This was just fantastic, with full rich flavors (including great hop bitterness) and was drinkable as heck! I drank this so fast, that I was almost done with it before I realized that I hadn't even reviewed the body yet. Very nicely done Green Flash and thanks for bottling this. Great stuff! (1,247 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$10.48 a sixer but I still grabbed this immediately due to the brewery and the name of the beer. They do not lie, this is hoppy. It looks like your standard imperial red even though the ABV is only 6%. Nice lacing on the glass and a creamy head. The smell is like sniffing a handful of amarillo pellets. Super hoppy, green smell. The flavor is bitter amarillos which always remind me of lemons for some reason. This sorta reminds me of Boulder's Mojo with all this amarillo going on. Still, this is a good beer if you really like hops, otherwise stay away.

07/08 - after having this on tap I have to bump the smell score, nice. (628 characters)

Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.