Hop Head Red Ale
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Red Ale
Ranked #14
Ranked #6,774
3.99 | pDev: 11.03%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Hop Head Red AleHop Head Red Ale
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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Reviews by MattyIce21:
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of Polecat41
5/5  rDev +25.3%
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 BethanyB
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Safa1
4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
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 RonfromJersey
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extreme haze, with floaties. Dark amber color. Thick slab of rugged oatmeal colored foam. Good lacing.

Big citrus and pine nose. Love amarillo. Very inviting.

Thick slather of semi-sweet malt down the center of the tongue. Bitter bracing hops crash the sides. Slow fade more than a big climax bite.

Mouthfeel starts solid medium, but peters out late. Good drinkability overall.

Enjoyable but not overwhelming. Needed a bigger finish. West Coast IPA remains the Green Flash fav.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at Monk, Fremantle

A - Pours a nice red colour with an off white two fingered head that reduces to a foilm and laces the glass.

S - Aromas of yeast and pine.

T - Malt flavours up front that is replaced by some pine and a dry finish

M - Medium carbonation and body, best part of the brew.

O - Could be a little more flavoursome but worth a shot

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass

A: Pours dark ruby red, almost brown. Very hazy and unfiltered. 1/2 inch light brown frothy head that slowly dissipates.

S: Cherries, caramel, dank citrus hops, spicy alcohol, bread

T: Heavy malt base with plenty of sweetness that ranges from caramel to brown sugar to toffee. There's a good bit of pine/grapefruit bitterness and a lot of resin. Hop flavors range from dank grapefruit/citrus to some dark fruits. There's a bit of a cherry flavor going on as well. Very earthy and bready and the alcohol has a nice spicy kick.

M: Medium, crisp carbonation, medium body that is very chewy and sticky. Finish is sweet malt and pine resin with a spicy alcohol warm.

D: Heavy malt base make this quite filling and the spicy alcohol character and hop bitterness/resin make this a slow drinker for just 6% alcohol.

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Photo of elgatoborracho
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of AKuehn47
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of njtmayhem
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CodyMiller
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjboesen
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another fine beer sampled at the Oregon Brewers Festival. Here we have a frothy beginning, yet with little retention of head and a minimum of lacing. Despite the name, the color is more copper than red - but let's not pick a nit.

The nose detects citrus (possibly lemon?) The palate detects a biscuitiness that combines malty mouthfeel with Amarillo hoppiness. In any case, Hop Head offers a pleasant balance while not being an overwhelming hop bomb (at 45 IBUs).

This Green Flash gets the green light from this thirsty camper - oh, Canteen Boy....

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Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a hazy, really attractive deep red color. The head is really impressive. It easily stands two and a half fingers tall and is a light caramel color. Retention was excellent and thick sheets of lace lined the glass. Really impressive.

Smell: The nose is just as impressive. There's some initial citrus orange and pinepple aromas. Caramel malts are sweet and prevalent. It is very hoppy in a very west coast way. Very piney and citric in character. Interestingly enough, the malts don't smell like they've diluted the hoppy character of this beer too much. That's a plus. I'm hoping in holds true in the flavor profile. I like the idea of a hopped up red ale.

Taste: It's definitely got a lot of flavor, but it's not quite as good as the nose suggested. Initial orange and pineapple flavors are sweet, but are not as prevalent here as in smell. Caramel malts are sweet and give this beer a very solid base. Hops are mostly citric and piney. They do have a nice bitter taste, but it is muted a little by the malts. It's actually pretty well balanced and very nice in a red ale. I'm just appreciating such a nice hop flavor in a beer of this style. It finishes sweet and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's got a medium body and is smooth. Carbonation is active and high which keeps it from reaching a creamy or silky level. But, it goes down easy. Drinkability is very high. I'm really enjoying this and would love to have a few more. Can't get much better than that.

Hop Head Red's a hell of a good beer. One of the better and more interesting red ales I've had. Something about the fine hop flavor kept me wishing for a little more bitterness. But, it's very tasty and enjoyable as it stands. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A really nice pour. Deep golden red, with a soft rolling head that leaves a huge wall of lacing behind. A bit of haziness from fine sediment that appears to be in stasis.

S: Orange and grapefruit rind, even a light splash of lemon rind in there, as well. While the hop aromas are quite strong, there is a notable malt backbone that provides a nice balance.

T: Citrus and an earthiness. A bit of a caramel flavour comes through over over the middle of the mouth, finishing with a solid bittering. A little astringency, perhaps.

M + D: A full bodied brew, by all means. It almost goes a little heavy and doesn't seem to lighten up on the finish, making it feel a little weighty. This isn't a horrible attribute, but it was a little bit unusual, I found. That said, I could do another - the hop presence does do a number on the palate, though. Not one to try another tasting after!

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle at about cellar temp poured into pint glass. pours a bronze, amber, maghony color with some light sediment visable. off white sorta biege colored head. godd retention, good lacing.

i could smell the hops as soon as i started pouring. citrus and piney hops with some caramel maltiness.

citrus and piney hops with a wonderful balance from the caramel like malts. finishs with a pretty substantial bitterness. nice example of the style, very well balanced.

medium body, good amount of carbonation, very smooth drinking. a little bit of oiliness from the hops, very nice. very easily an all night sessionable beer.

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Photo of klkatz
4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't what it was... but this is quite possibly the best beer I've ever had.

Maybe it was the situation, or the moment, or the time of day... but it was like heaven. If I were Brian Adams, I'd write a cheesy rock-love-song-ballad about it. It was that good.

Color was a tremendous red - cloudy and thick.

The aroma had a rye/nutty sensation...

The beer was super-well balanced... it had a bitterness to it, but the drinkability was such that it was not overwhelming.... you'd drink 14 if you could.

A nice thick mouthfeel to top it all off...

can't wait to have this again, and again, and again....

I hope there's Hop Head in Heaven!

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Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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