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

Green Flash Hop Head Red AleGreen Flash Hop Head Red Ale
3,407 Ratings
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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Ratings: 3,407 |  Reviews: 964
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber colour with a nice white head.

The smell is sweet, bready with some piney hops.

The taste is powerful, bitter from the hops and sweet from the malts, there is also some caramel and licorice .

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a very tasty beer the sweet malts and interesting but it's definitely the bitter piney hops that are the center stage.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, sedimenty, deep red/orange/mahogany; 1.5 finger, thick, pillowy, caramel/off-white head with great retention and sticky, beautiful lacing.

Aroma: lots of Amarillo hops mixed with some solid molasses/caramel malts; piney hop notes up front soon give way to a uniquely earthy, what I call "muddled", hop aroma; very well balanced.

Taste: Up front, sweet and citrus from the hops, but not the typical fruit flavor I'm used to in West Coast IPAs; hops also give hints of pine and grapefruit the longer I let the beer sit on the tongue; Underneath, caramel malt, sweet molasses, and burnt sugar notes balance the flavor perfectly.

Mouthfeel: full-medium body, almost creamy, and wonderfully chewy; smooth and silky, but also a little bitter on the tongue; moderate carbonation, dry finish.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

A - dark amber with a 3 finger head from a vigorous pour. AMAZING retention. Retained some head until the last 2-3 ounces. Excellent lacing.

S - I get sweet apple juice in a good way, almost like Martinelli's Cider. Some pine notes, citrus but dominant of a real good apple juice.

T - sweet, piney, malty. Very balanced. I read reviews and expected a hoppy beer but this is sweet IMO. Maybe I got an older bottle. Some grapefruit on the finish but I get lots of sweet malts upfront. Toffee, caramel. Very balanced and enjoyable. Goes better than I expected.

M - leaves a nice coating of your mouth with enough bitter notes to make you want to drink more.

O - pleasantly surprised. While I probably won't drink this on a frequent basis, it is a very balanced beer and something I can imagine using to convert someone to hoppier beers. Very well done and not too overwhelming in any aspect.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash Hop Head Red has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head, an opaque, amber appearance, with visible beige chunks floating about, and an abundance of thick lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of piney, hop resin and bread. Taste is the same, with bread crust, grapefruit, and some sweetness present as well. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Hop Head Red finishes mostly dry and bitter. Overall, this is terrific! Buy it, and try it!


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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Pours a hazy russet brown with 2 fingers of dense foam ontop. A big collar of sticky lacing around the top of the glass.

S - Sweet citrus and pine needles, very bready, caramel, nutty yeast,

T - Evergreen/pine hop oils flood in and attack the palate, very green and spicy along with some juicy spearmint, the caramel malts underneath hold thier ground but the hops are clearly the center point. The nutty yeast stands out as well. Finishes with alot of juicy green hops but has a spicy earthy edge to it. Aftertaste is like you just chewed and swallowed grapefruit pith and a Christmas tree.

M - Body is heavy side of medium and chewy. Moderate lushy carbonation.

Delicious! I love the spiciness from the amarillo hops and they use plenty in this beer. The yeast plays of the malt to create and dense and sweet base and as strong as the hops are they meld instead of stick out like a sore thumb like other hoppy ambers I've had.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 3,407 ratings
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