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

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Green Flash Hop Head Red AleGreen Flash Hop Head Red Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,402
Reviews:
963
Avg:
4
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
171
Gots:
539
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fthegiants
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Libeertarian
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Timtac
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of mbratt93
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timfromthemainland
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevenw7474
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ThemThangs
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fitzy01
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wpreynolds
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Marklaker
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squire123
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JDoHo
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tpauer
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of godawgs
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of quincy8372
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Itallianno14
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my favorite red IPA

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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky amber brown (some bottles with swimming particulates) producing a nice 2.5 finger, tan, nicely lasting head that leaves strings of lace. Nose is caramel, biscuity toasted malt & citrus/resinous hop heavy. Taste nicely balanced with toasted caramel malt imparting a subordinate sweetness, finishing full bodied pine, citrus & spicy hoppiness. Nicely bitter finish & aftertaste. Overall malt & hops have a high degree of balance. Some noticeable similarities to Lagunitas Red Imperial Ale.

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