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

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

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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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of chicagoish
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours Red -brownish Cloudy with an off-white, head with soapy retention

Smell - Hints of sweetness and floral hop notes lying beneath.

Taste -Light camel with grapefruit soursweet. Hoppyness is not too prevalent. Not overbearing

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Cream. Fairly smooth.

Overall - A very good IPA. Nice balance. Not overly bitter.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of arfenhouse
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap, review from notes 1/28/13

A: Hazy amber with off-white head. Very good retention and very sticky lacing. Tap always looks better.

S: Pine, lemon, and some sweet breadiness. Aroma is quite small.

T: Getting a lot of pine and resiny hops. A bit of grapefruit and a touch of lemon. Biscuit, grainy sweetness. Not overly hoppy, good balance.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drying.

O: Decent beer overall. There is a good balance between hop and malt profile.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of harrymel
2.18/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk

Ugly brown with flecks of yeast and a solid sheet of fine creamy foam. Smells like malt, some spice and more malt. Not really picking up any hops on the nose here. Taste is bitter and malty with some bits of tea and bitter - well bitter. medium bodied with medium carb and a dry finish. Not impressed. Wish I knew how old this was.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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

Poured a fresh bottle into a pint glass and enjoyed.

A: Dark, opaque amber with copper hues. Off-white head with decent retention and great lacing. Minimal bubbling.

S: Hoppy! Oils and esters, sweet biscuity background with a hint of yeast. Alcohol is clearly present.

T: More IPA than red. Citrusy with a nice bitter bite at the end. Malts seem to be lacking in freshness, although hops are not. Slight roasty qualities indicative of a red ale, although the malt is admittedly rye-like.

M: Medium body; slightly syrupy. Good carbonation. Warming alcohol is pleasant.

O: Delicious IPA with a twist on the malt; I'd like to see a little more irish red malt character to compliment the hops in future batches.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Treyliff
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark rusty amber color with some dark orange hue, murky with some sediment floating toward the bottom, two finger cream colored head with good retention and some sticking patches of lace.

S- citrus hops with some grapefruit, ground black pepper, some toasted bread with a touch if caramel

T- sweet sugary malt makes the first impression on the palate, the hops don't kick in until near the end, some citrus notes, finish is dry and clean.

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth, yet slightly watery finish

O- this one seemed a bit watery and lacking in the hop department, very drinkable but just seemed off balance

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of russwaddell
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a ton of head, not a ton of lacing. Pours cloudy red with a quite a lot of particulates. The smell is okay but kinda dirty for my preference. I'd prefer more floral or fruity notes from the hops, but it's more like the red/amber graininess is the only thing you can smell.

The taste is great though, with a lot of bitterness throughout. I generally like anything that can be described as "[fill in the blank style], but for hopheads" better than straight up IPAs or hoppy Pale Ales, and this did not disappoint at all.

It's not too thick or too sweet to throw back a few, but still has plenty of body.

Ultimately it is a good beer but a bit pricey at $10 for 4; worth a try if you like the sound of the name but otherwise not a must have.

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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hop Head Red

Enjoyed on tap at the HoneyPie Cafe on 1/26/13. Serve chilled in a shaker pint glass.

A) An amber brew with a good amount of ruby red highlights. A full finger of fluffy off-white head. Excellent retention on the head, and ample lacing as well.

S) Very light roast and a little caramel sweetness. Then some nice floral hops, a little piney, a little citrus. Not a hop bomb, but a pleasing aroma nonetheless.

T) Follows the nose nicely with that mild amount of roast and caramel sweetness. I found the hops presence to be more piney and resiny, rather than having a citrus or tropical fruit sweetness to it. Finishes up nicely as well.

M) The medium body with moderate carbonation. Really quite smooth and easy drinking. Finishes a little crisp and semi-dry. A pretty refreshing mouthfeel.

O) I generally enjoy hoppy reds, and this is no exception. I'm also glad that Green Flash Brewing has expanded distribution into Wisconsin. I would gladly purchase this in bottles.

Paired with the roasted corn clam chowder and corn muffin.

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3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: solid brown longneck, with an acceptable non-macro label.

Appearance: dark amber in colour with some flecks of red against the light. A two-finger off-white head drops with some decent lacing.

Aroma: a number of different hops play out on the nose - grapefruit citrus, floral and pine. Quite strong, per the traditional American IPA.

Taste: the level of hops at first appear to make this beer another typically overwrought American IPA, but as the initial bitterness wears off, a lovely citric and peppery flavour comes through.

Aftertaste: the aftertaste is where the real magic lies - the peppery flavours are joined by the various hop flavours in the aroma.

Mouth feel: medium-to-full bodied with light carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: certainly not the best AIPA I have had - too much hop bitterness and not enough discernible flavour. But hey - not bad as either a sipper or a few gulps of ABV wipe-out.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a glowing reddish orange color. Small yeast particles seem to be suspended in the body. The head is a three finger offwhite shade featuring good texture and lacing

S: The aroma features a good mix of caramel malts blended with some grapefruity, piny hops. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary, at all really, but it works well.

T: I swear this almost has a chocolaty flavor to, especially near the front end. The midtaste transitions to burnt toast and caramel, while it finishes with subtle grapefruit peel and black pepper. Quite biscuity in its general flavor, as well.

M: The body itself is creamy smooth until the piny hops dry out the palate some. Otherwise, the finish is mostly a vaguely sweet linger that could use a touch more delicacy. Befitting the style, it's weakly carbonated.

O: This is a decent example in a style that I'm not a huge fan of, with one glorious Hershey chocolate-covered exception. This will satiate me nicely 'til Nugget Nectar arrives in my area, but I doubt I'd buy a 4 pack of it.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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