Hop Head Red Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Hop Head Red AleHop Head Red Ale

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Imperial 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.

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Ratings: 3,422 |  Reviews: 966
Reviews by ChrisMon02:
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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Photo of Polecat41
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know why this ale isn't rated higher. It is OUTSTANDING in all categories. I know what I'm talking about because I've been a home brewer since my high school & college days and have gotten numerous compliments on my brews. I had Green Flash for the first time tonight at Ditkas's (Big Mike) Restaurant in Oak Brook, Il, along with their finest 3/4 pound angus beef burger (the best in the midwest) with delicious hand cut fries. Believe me, the Green Flash ale will put all other ales to rest. It's strong, tasty without much hop bitterness & goes down smooth. And it's brewed in sunny San Diego. Try it, you'll love it!

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Photo of Safa1
4.84/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I Liked this beer a lot. The more I drink Green Flash the more I like their Beers. I could go on about mouthfeel or whatever but I tell you what. 10 bucks. 4 beers. Good luck finishing all 4. 3 and I was satisfied. Not many beers can do that. I love satisfaction and this beer delivers.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: A fat, tan head floats above a slightly cloudy body whose color wavers between deep copper and light brown--dark for an IPA. No lacing is left on the glass, but the foam does leave a light film.

Smell: Hop forward, with resin as the star scent. Toasted caramel malt plays a strong supporting role, while a faint air of sweet citrus, e.g., mandarin oranges, shimmies in the background.

Taste: Not a beer for those unaccustomed to hops, although hop heads will be able to detect and appreciate the delicate, yet laudable hop/malt balance. The strong bitterness kicks in straight away, but sweet, complex malt in the finish reveals a softer side. The hops still dominate, however, showcasing flavors of resin, peppered herbs, and citrus rinds.

Mouthfeel: A creamy mouthfeel accentuates the toffee-like flavors, while medium-high carbonation adds a refreshing crispness. Alcohol warming is unmistakable, yet tame.

Overall: A wildly hoppy beer with the perfect amount of malt required to keep it from teetering over the edge. Despite its complexities, it remains smooth, clean, and crisp. While I could personally do with a bit more malt, this is a fine hop showcase for sure.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always look forward to a good hoppy amber/red ale and Green Flash is the shiznit so I really was happy to pick up a few of these bottles yesterday here in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear deep bronze borderline amber color with a thick fluffy two finger slight off white head that never totally settled,deep chocolate notes in the nose with a some herbal hop but the malt to me is stronger than the hop presence.I love the Amarillo hop and this was dry hopped with it but in all honesty it doesnt play a huge impact flavor wise at least in my mind,its deeply chocolaty with a leafy herbal hop presence finish dry and prety earthy.Its a decent brew but maybe a bit underwhelming.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one thanks to Johnny Ramirez. Pours a deep amber with hints of red here and there. Light-tan colored head; very volatile beer on the pour, producing a big, thick, fluffy head that has pretty nice staying power. Initial smell is almost a bit reminiscent of a barleywine; sweet licorice, fruit, plums, figs, apples, nice doses of pines everywhere in between.

Taste is hoppy and bitter around the edges with a sharp, intense moment of abrupt sweetness in the form of those dark fruits mentioned earlier. The alcohol is noticeable in this one, blending with the fruity sweetness to give it that almost-barleywine type of taste to it. Heavy malt on the end of the brew; tastes like caramel malts were used. Very sweet for the most part, with the bitterness coming in at first, but slowly giving way to the malts and the fruits. As the beer warms up, some more noticeable fruits come out; oranges, citrus, grapefruit rinds. Aftertaste is full of bread and caramel malt. Medium body, above-average carbonation.

Interesting beer, and it would be hard to pinpoint this one with an exact "style". I enjoyed the blend of fruitiness but it may have benefited from just a little more bitterness all-around, to help offset some of the intense sweetness spikes that come through. Thanks again to Johnny for this one.

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Photo of DavyJones
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Marklaker
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SuqMadique
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Mac19872
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of sgoodship
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Green Flash review. I enjoyed a West Coast on-tap some time ago. I didn't review because I'd have a few beers before it. I'm excited about this one because I love red or rye beers with heavy hops.

The smell is an amazingly dry, resiny, grassy, piney and slightly citrusy hop extravaganza. Reminds me of Cane and Ebel but a little heavier handed - in a good way. There are some similarities in Summit and Amarillo hops, so maybe it's not surprising. I like a beer that's not afraid to share what it has in store for you through the aroma. Dry hopping at work!

The color is a handsome, hazy, dark red brown. The head is yellowy cream and popped up an easy one finger. It had soft creamy foam and big bubbles that started leaving big topographical lacing instantaneously. I didn't pour aggressively enough, so the head dissipate a bit but it seemed like it had pretty decent head retention.

Wow. Dry up front, then dives right into the hop (all like the nose) and then rounds off with caramel malt - along with a wholesome, nutty, oaky flavor. I think there is a spot of tarty citrus trying to come through but what the heck, who's counting when you get hops delivered at full throttle like this. The finish is as dry as hell with that pine bite digging in to the back of your palate. It's one of those beers that quenches your thirst and makes you thirsty - a continual loop.

The mouth is the full side of medium. There's medium carbonation but it's tame compared to the hops. This brew ravages the mouth - just the way I like it.

I really enjoyed this beer. The combination of IPA level Amarillo with rich, malty, dark ale is awesome. Makes me want more and makes we want to check out more Green Flash brews!

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Photo of steelerguy
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber, ruby tones. Low carbonation, but from a growler, think it would normally be higher. Nice head that faded rapidly to a covering...again probably do to low carbonation of keg it came from.

S - Pine and citrus from the hops, a bit of caramel malt, but overall subdued.

T - What the beer lacks in aroma it makes up for in taste. Huge malt backbone, lots of caramel malts along with some roasted notes. Hopes are up front and balance the malts nicely, lots of pine and citrus.

M - Right about what you would expect from an American Amber.

O - Very solid beer, that is on the verge of great. A bit more aroma and carbonation (probably not Green Flashes fault) and this would be exceptional...still very, very good.

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Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass the beer was a red/brown color with a medium-sized tan head.
It had a sweet malt and floral aroma, a little muted.
Sweet malt, grapefruit, and pine aroma. Again, not real strong.
Hoppy mouthfeel.
A red IPA, as the label succintly suggested.

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Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of csmartin6
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A pretty red/brown with a cream colored head.

S- Great smell of piney hops possibly amarillo.

T- Nice hop bitterness from beginning to end, with a light refreshing malty sweetness somewhere in the middle. The aftertaste is all bitter from the hops.

M- A lot of sudsy carbonation, with a crisp finish.

D- The fact that the hoppiness sits on your tongue prevents you from knocking back a few, but one or two would not be a problem at all.

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Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat muddy amber with a fair amount of sediment suspended near the bottom of the glass. Dense two finger light brown head has decent retention and leaves some lacing behind.

Smell starts with a big punch of grapefruit rind. Also a nice amount of florals. Small amount of caramel malt.

Similar to smell, initial taste is a nice burst of bitter grapefruit with a touch of resiny pine hops. Slightly sweet malts are more prominent in the taste than the smell. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly sticky.

I like hoppy ambers much more than more traditional ambers. This one is pretty good, but a notch below the best.

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Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 3,422 ratings