Hop Head Red Ale
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #21
Ranked #12,181
3.97 | pDev: 11.08%
Mar 01, 2022
Mar 06, 2007
Very Good
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Notes: 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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3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Mar 01, 2022
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

355 ml bottle, as Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale, from Ølkonsortiet, Aalborg, Denmark. ABV is 6.4%. Reddish brown colour, large off-white head. Nice and strong aroma of Amarillo hops, notes of spruce, orange marmalade and caramel. Well hopped flavour throughout (spruce / pine and grapefruit), on a fairly malty caramel background, nicely balanced. Moreish. A beer that easily could become one of my regulars, if it were available in Norway.

Mar 19, 2021
3 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 24, 2020
3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on May 04, 2020
4.35 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 04, 2019
3.92 by tommyboy985 from Massachusetts on Mar 22, 2019
4.25 by bschinelli from Illinois on Nov 27, 2018
3.52 by TheCrowsEye from California on May 17, 2018
3.92 by GarbageMan10 from Texas on Mar 16, 2018
3.75 by kdown from California on Feb 10, 2018
3.69 by Jyork1969 from Ohio on Feb 09, 2018
3.9 by craigbelly from Iowa on Feb 04, 2018
4.75 by pvibeer from Colorado on Jan 28, 2018
4.63 by DougieAmphetaBeans from Massachusetts on Jan 22, 2018
3.68 by jet812 from Indiana on Jan 13, 2018
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3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by dave_ackbar from Hawaii

4oz pour at local bottle shop.
Look is that of a red ale.
Smell is hoppy, but not overly hoppy.
Taste was way smoother than an IPA, it was listed as an IPA at the bar, the combo of red ale and ipa made it very distinctive.
Feel is smooth like a red ale.
Overall not too shabby, not sure I’d buy it, but if a friend offered a bottle I wouldn’t turn it down.

Dec 30, 2017
3.8 by thampel09 from New Jersey on Sep 13, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

I poured this into a tulip. The appearance was a fairly dark hazy amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within seconds. There was some lacing and it was mainly stringy. The aroma has a roasted caramel and toffee maltiness with an earthy and resinous resounding citrusy conglomeration. The taste took those flavors and combined nicely. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. There’s a decent earthy bitter but caramel aftertaste with a drying finish. Overall, I liked it, and am pretty sure I’d have it again.

Jun 20, 2017
4 by mwvman from Indiana on Jun 17, 2017
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jun 10, 2017
4 by heysuz from Indiana on Jun 10, 2017
3.79 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on May 14, 2017
3.25 by fthegiants from California on May 01, 2017
2.1 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jan 22, 2017
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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Libeertarian from Montana

From notes taken 01/08/17:

Very deep copper or perhaps ruby, essentially, not quite Scotch Ale status. From what I can tell, just barely clear, snifter bends the light too much to be sure. Sandy tan head of thick froth, creamy, chunky, with good retention. Walls of thin lace. Resin, spice, caramel, touch of dark and candied fruit, light toast aromas. Very sweet, boozy, and enticing. Palate is spicy and perfume hops, booze, caramel to nearly toffee, a toasty backbone, dark fruit (both stone fruit and to an extent, berries). Finish and aftertaste are fairly leathery, perfumy, and soapy, with peppery and somewhat herbal retro-olfaction. Full-bodied but too sloshy and sudsy to be either syrupy or creamy. That is, plenty of loose but strong tingly carbonation. Rather astringent, as expected. Alcohol is well-hidden, i.e., this is not as balanced or warming as I would like it to be.

Jan 10, 2017
3.87 by Timtac from New Jersey on Jan 06, 2017
4.42 by Electros from Canada (ON) on Nov 20, 2016
3.89 by Taybeh from Minnesota on Oct 29, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

On the darker side of amber, auburn and brown. Real impressive 4/5" thick, tight bubbled off white head. Aroma kicked down hops and tree trunk and sticks.

Taste is a good red ale, lots of hops, boatloads for a red, I think they're using Amarillos in a few different stages on this beer. Its a heavier malt feel that keeps the hop flavor from going to hard into grapefruit citrus territory. Its nothing complex, red ale meets crystal malt ipa.

Oct 07, 2016
3.75 by mbratt93 from New York on Sep 30, 2016
3.96 by Timfromthemainland from New York on Sep 22, 2016
4.02 by Avatar113 from California on Sep 02, 2016
4.7 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Aug 26, 2016
3.72 by ThemThangs from California on Jul 29, 2016
3.61 by Fitzy01 from Maine on Jul 26, 2016
5 by wpreynolds from New Jersey on Jul 20, 2016
4.17 by Marklaker from Florida on Jul 16, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Squire from Mississippi

Appearance: Dusty golden red with light tan cap and good lacing.

Aroma: Malt structure with a hop roof. The two work nicely together with neither dominating. The hops give off a floral spiciness as well.

Taste: Malt forward with a body that feels more heavy than rich but is pleasant none the less. The hops come into play fairly soon and remain to the finish leaving a slight hop aftertaste that is mild and clean.

Texture: Medium leaning towards full.

Overall: A far better flavor than my description indicates, perhaps because I don't find complex layers of flavors, rather just a few but they are good ones. Imperial anything is a difficult act to pull off and this one plays well.

Jun 10, 2016
3.92 by CBrodbeck from Florida on Jun 04, 2016
4 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2016
Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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