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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 abrand
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into tumbler

A- pours a deep amber with 1 finger off white head.

S- lots of floral aromas to the nose. Also hints of hoppiness.

T- Lots of hoppiness along with floral and citrus hints.

M- Medium bodied

D- not overly powerful and very delicious, definitely sessionable

New brewery to me but very impressed with my first experience!

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Photo of jimj21
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single. Twelve ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep red. Great ruby outsides when held up to the light. Lots of suspended sediment that settles out over time. Topped by a finger of orangish white head. Not much retention at all. Good lacing though with clumps all around the glass.

Aromas of grapefruit and citrus as soon as I opened the bottle. Some caramel maltiness as well. Even a little sugary.

Taste is mostly hops, especially at first. Lots of citrusy flavor. Lots of grapefruit. The hops then fade some as the malt backbone breaks through. Flavors of caramel and toffee provide a nice balance. The taste continues to evolve as the hops take over again. Some piney bitterness shows itself on the finish and aftertaste.

Medium bodied. Perfect carbonation. Slick and oily and coats the tongue. Very smooth.

Very drinkable. Absolutely delicious. Could definitely see myself drinking a few of these. Pretty similar to Nugget Nectar in my opinion but can't quite match up. A great hoppy red ale. My first beer from Green Flash and I am quite impressed.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark red or red-chestnut brown on the pour with a tan head that did not quite cover the whole surface area of the glass. There are a lot of suspended particles, minute, yeast possibly. The ring is very fine with lazy carbonation and the last vestiges of the head are now gathered in the centre of the glass held together by a small cluster of large bubbles.

The aroma of hops comes as no surprize, also caramel, cane sugar, a hint of molasses sweetness. The taste is very hop-forward and I would have guessed the IBU's as higher than the 45 stated on the label. Nonetheless, it is all nicely held together with a resiny bitterness and a malty finish, long drawn out aftertaste that lingers for some time. Nicely refreshing for the hop admirer, this beer has substantial body and flavour and is well crafted. I could drink a few of these every day.

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Photo of Morey
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark reddish brown color with a nice light tan head that disappeared rather quickly. Some yeasty sediment floating around the glass, but most of it is tiny and settles on the bottom of the glass after a bit.

Mello aroma of grapefruit and sour cherries.

Taste is very pleasent with hops being dominant. The hops don't bite though...more of a tingley bubbly sensation on the palate. The aftertaste is very similar to the aftertaste of a ruby red grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is medium body and slightly chewy.

I could see myself drinking about 6 of these on a good day.

Morey's Bottom Line: Very good. It's above average, but not the best. I still like Nosferatu and Red's Rye a bit better. None the less, I would definitely purchase this again.

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Photo of hoppyhobby
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours to a two finger amber head with a deep brownish red cloudy body. Noticed some particulate when holding up to a light which explains the cloudy appearance.

S- It has a hoppy, and floral aroma with an excellent lasting taste and lacing.

T - Noticeable hops flavor with a slight bitterness but not too overpowering or bitter. No noticeable alcohol taste.

M - Slight carbonation and not too light or too thick. Bitterness just tickles the sides of the tongue without a big bite.

D - Green Flash has a winner with this one. Definitely worth having again and one that you could easily have a couple of these.

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

A new brewery to me, and one that I'll certainly explore a little more.

Pours a dark reddish amber colour with a thin head that nonetheless leaves plenty of lacing. A very yeasty, bready, grassy aroma wafts out of the glass. The hops head-butt you hard at first, then fade slightly and reveal a subtle maltiness, but the hops come back as the beer makes its way to the back of the palate and down the gullet. Very bitter, slightly sweet, very nice. Medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. I'll be seeking this beer out again for sure.

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Photo of jlandis
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber in color with a thin white head. Definite Amarillo aroma, subtle and not overwhelming. Hops dominate over the malt aroma. Seems like a fairly standard west coast hoppy red ale. 45 IBUs provide a solid bitterness, but nothing over the top. Definitely a tasty brew, and I wouldn't mind buying this one again.

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

A - pours dark copper, which turns more red when held toward light. Nice white head which dissipates to a thin layer

S - massively hoppy. Grassy and citrusy, but not grapefruit; maybe more lemon? I also get some of that caramel malt action in the background

T - Delicious! This is more like an IPA IMO, but it's damn good! Really hits the spot: massively hoppy, but refreshing as all hell. The caramel malt isn't absent from the show, but it mostly plays backup to the hops. Finishes nice and bitter, and coats the mouth with a delightful bitter hop resin. Awesome!

M - medium bodied. Very smooth and creamy, which makes it a real joy to swirl around the mooth and swallow

D - great! Greenflash rocks the Casbah regularly, and this beer is no exception. Is it more of a "red IPA" than red ale? Sure. Does it still kick much ass? Definitely. Highly enjoyable. I think I'll rock another one now actually

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Photo of curasowa
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy copper color with some suspended solids and 1 fingers worth of head that faded with a lot of lacing. They aren't kidding about calling this hop head - I'd swear it was an IPA from the smell and not a red ale. Tons of hop aroma, with pine being the most dominate character. This beer has a big body that sits thick in your mouth until the bitterness overwhelms all of your taste buds. There's no questioning that this was dry hopped. The finish is slightly lingering. This beer reminds me a lot of an IPA, but with a stronger malt presence.

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

Pours a hazy dark amber color with some suspended yeast. 1/2 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells strongly of hops, biscuit, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. So far this beer has a lot of promise; if well done this might be my favorite style of beer. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Bitterness is present but not overpowering and a dryness is noticeable and fairly strong. Tastes strongly of hops and then some sweet malt come through. Slight biscuit flavor is present in the finish and there is a hint of fruit throughout. A general dryness prevails and makes you want to drink another and another. Wow, what an unexpected find - this is a great blend (heavy on the hops). Definitely worth a try!

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

12oz bottle into a regular kitchen glass. Had this on tap, wanted to see how a bottle was.

A- Hop Head Red pours out a burnt orange to red color with a nice sturdy white head about 1 1/2 fingers. This left nice sheets of lace down the glass.

S- A cross between a red ale and an IPA this was a nice cross of earthy hops along with a solid malt base. A bit of a bready character with some grains mixed in.

T- First sips I can see why they call this a mix of the two styles as I'm getting a lot of west coast hops giving off floral notes and slight citrus flavors. OTOH bready malts come through to drown out the hops before they kill the palette.

M- Maybe a step above medium bodied as this red ale coats the tounge momentarily leaving it's mark with some bitterness. Bready qualities from the malts plus a crisp carbonation. I like the overall floral appeal from the amarillo hop variety.

D- I could drink a 6er of this 6%er for a session no problem. I'm glad green flash made it's way to philly as they know how to brew. Not a trace of alcohol in taste but this could drown out your taste buds after a few.

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

appearance: pours an amber color into a pint glass. nice frothy head sticks around for good amount of time

smell: biscuit malts and citrus hops. very nice

taste: malty sweetness quickly slapped out of the way by citrus hops, with the bitterness lingering

mouthfeel: nice, medium bodied brew. not too chewy and not too thin. moderate carbonation.

drinkability: i'm digging this brew. i'm into rye ipas, and this reminds me of the style. i could easily get knee deep in a sixer if i had it. i will definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of mfhlucky13
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy read with a big luxurious head. Tons of clingy lace.

S: Sticky hoppy goodness with malt to back it up.

T: Lots of hop bitterness thanks to the Amarillos. Some citrus and malt to follow.

M: Touch of stickiness, but the right about of carbonation cleans and delivers a lightly bitter finish.

D: Makes for an easy drinking brew. But I had hoped for a bit more character.

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

Pours a dark amber with an off-white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is a malty hop.

Taste has a malt up front with a hoppy ending. I think it is very well balanced. I would say more of a well balanced IPA than an amber ale, but very nice. Mouthfeel is nice and full, and I will definitly seek this one out again.

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Photo of ToddT
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly cloudy amber/copper color with a small off white head. Head fades quickly to a cap but leaves some nice lacing on the top two thirds of the glass.

S- Nice smell of hops more grassy than fruity. No real notes of grapefruit or pine.

T- Slight citrus taste upfront that build to a climax of hop bitterness. Pretty straight forward in taste just a showcase of the hops. Dry clean finish with a slight aftertaste of oak.

M- Little more than medium in body, well carbonated. No oily residue from the hops evident in the finish.

D- Goes down easy. The 6.0% ABV is easily hidden beneath the hops. Could be a nice session beer but pretty singular in taste, no real complexity going on in this one.

A pretty straight forward beer nothing to go crazy for, but nothing to turn down either. After a few you will probably be looking for something new to try.

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Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at AJ's in early November for $1.99.

Beer poured deep red with a nice long lasting tan head with secondary yeast floating when held to light. Nose initially was of pungent citrus hops. Malts become more prominent as the beer warms. Taste initially was extremely well balanced but is showing IPA characteristics by mid bottle as the dry hopping is becoming more prevelant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and is extremely smooth for this style of beer. Drinkability is good. This is an interesting beer that blurs the style lines. Nice experiment and definitely worth trying if you enjoy a hoppy red beer.

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Photo of Vancer
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 12oz stubby bottle pours a deep copper red into the ol' Corsendonk tulip. Massive tan head of sticky goodness. Leaving a sheet lace around the glass.

Subtle hints of caramel, malt, hop and citrus in the aroma. And the quaff? Whoo, much more IPA hop monster than red ale, but I was warned via the label. Lots of woody resin in this critter, during and with the finish. Sharp and cutting body, a dry beer for sure. Not the best balance, do you want malt with a red, or hops with an IPA?

An this is an IPA to be sure, wonder why they even label it as a red?

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Photo of BeerSox
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic.

The beer certainly has a red tint to it, maybe closer to burnt orange though, with some honey highlights toward the bottom of the glass. There is some sediment suspended in the beer, like fruit in Jell-O. Perhaps I could have poured it more carefully, but that's okay. The head is a little over one finger tall, and very sticky. The descending head leaves behind a solid wall of lacing, and settles to an even thin cap, sprinkled with bubbles. Rings of sticky lacing coat the glass.

The grains are in the background, hidden by the hops, giving a little bit of toastiness and light burnt caramel. The Amarillo hops give off their unique aroma, that I always have a little trouble describing (slightly herbal). Overall the hops are both sweet and spicy, along with some citrus highlights.

Toasty grains again, which only stand out at the beginning, before being quickly overtaken by some sharp hops. A good amount of herbal tea, a little bit of mint, and a flavorless bitterness that lingers for a while. Full bodied.

That little hop bite at the end ruined it for me a little. It seems like the flavor gets sucked out midway through, then all you're left with is a bit of drying bitterness. While this one is certainly worthy (and I'm not referring to the score category on this site), I feel other breweries have done the ultra-hopped Amber/Red Ale better.

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Photo of steadydose
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into goblet, amber/red w/ orange highlights. Head dissipates quickly, lots of sediment, lacing left on glass.

S:Caramel malts, slight grassyness, slightly tropical (orange) feint hop aroma.

T:Nice balance between malts/hops. Bitterness lingers a little. Not overpowering in any way.

M:Carbonation is adequate, standard ale body, goes down easy.

D:Sessionable, thirst quenching w/ enough flavor and smell to not get boring. Well done.

I need to try this beer as fresh as possible, I have a feeling the hops were a little faded with my bottle.

Had on tap on 3/19/09. Beer was a lot fresher and tasted and smelled a lot better than the bottle I reviewed. Freshness with this beer is a key factor. Scores represent the fresher sample.

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Photo of peck95
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a nice brownish red with a decent head and really good lacing
the aroma was a little disappointing was really looking forward to a big Amarillo hop aroma instead mostly a caramel malt yeast aroma with a hint of hops.
the taste is very good reminds me of a red-ale home brew i made last year (so i kind of feel proud for my homebrew know. since the hop head red kind of claims to be a red ipa which is what i was aiming for with mine also) a good balance of caramel malt and hops with some yeast coming through very tasty.
mouthfeel is a little off, a bit to "sticky" would be the way that i describe it.
that being said i downed my glass in the time that it took to review this beer so i upped the drinkabillity a little bit wish i had more to further dissect this beer and style.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

fresh bottle from california, thanks to the homie that brought this back for me.

pours deep amber in color with thick frothy head that quickly dissipates. huge dry hopped citrus scents from the amarillo hops.

taste is very bitter up front and through the finish with light citrus notes. malts are not as dominate as many amber ales.

mouthfeel is pretty flawless, with the carbonation bring out the citrus notes from the hops.

overall this is an amazing hopped up amber ale. one of the best i have had. once again, the west is best.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 11 Feb 2009.

Poured in shaker pint. Medium sized orange white head. Moderate carbonation. Clear deep brick red but with soem larger particles floating about. Aroma is full of resin, sweet caramel, ethanol, and perfumey, very pleasing. Slight caramel maltiness at the beginning quickly becomes pleasingly bitter and dry with a slight astringency. Finish and aftertaste is sticky and bitter with resin and grapefruit pith. Medium body. Ethanol is moderate.

Nice offering from Green Flash.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The body is a hazy orange red copper in color. Pours a very foamy off yellow head that sits nicely throughout the duration of the beer. Very hazy as mentioned already, with a ton of little floating particles.

Very nice smell. A little on the airy side but beautiful caramel malts steam up from the glass. In addition, a nice mixture of floral hops are present as well as some pine freshness to it.

Very full bodied, a lot more so then the 6 percent abv would suggest. Very creamy with beautiful caramel all throughout. This is an excellent beer, with tons of refreshing floral tastes from what I am assuming is an under use of cascade hops. Some very pleasant centenial bitterness but nothing over the top. This is an incredibly refreshing red ale, that really sits well as an easily session-able beer. Hats off to Green Flash as they've done it again.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Green Flash Hop Head Red is a cloudy, orangish red ale with particles in it. The off-white head fades to a film and leaves nice lacing. It has a fresh hop aroma, like juicy citrus. It has a medium-light body with low carbonation. It's a little papery, but pretty smooth. The finish is loose. It's nice and bitter, with notes of grapefruit peel and orange peel. It's very top heavy, so I can't really tell what's going on with the malt. It's pretty invigorating.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another random pick up. I think I've had it before, but can't recall anything particular.

Appearance - A deep amber color with a half inch or so of head. If it's a red, it's a deep red. Some sediment, not terribly clear. Nice lacing.

Smell - Some pine and some grapefruit hops. With some caramel malt in the background. Pretty sharp and clear.

Taste - Plenty of caramel malt up front. With a little hop kicker. A little bitter on the follow. Pretty sweet, but then bitter. It's a decent balance.

Mouthfeel - Pretty crisp. Pretty nice. Not a lot of stickiness. It's a clean taste. Maybe creamy.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable. But the after is bitter. It's a little creamy, so wouldn't want too many.

This is a pretty decent beer. Reds aren't my favorite. It's more red than IPA. Pretty decent overall, but nothing special.

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