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

very good
3,406 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. As an aside, I love the shape of the Green Flash bottles...nice change from the standard bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice looking deep dark garnet red with mahogany hints around the edges of the glass. Two fingers of off-white head. Not much in terms of head retention or lacing but a nice looking pour nonetheless.

Smell: Hoppy but mildly sweet with some nice resinous notes. Slightly piney and musty with a nice earthiness.

Taste: I'm finding the hoppiness to be underwhelming. There's not much pop from the hops. Tastes a little bland. I've had a few other Green Flash beers and this beer is the least interesting in terms of taste of the bunch.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall: it's nice, as the bottle bills, a red IPA. It's definitely more of a hoppy red ale but, unfortunately, it doesn't match up to some of the better hoppy reds. A good beer but not a great one.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy dark amber with a 3 finger off white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has citrus, pine, some floral hops, and caramel malt.

The taste is sweeter than I expected with plenty of caramel malt, as well as citrus, and pine. Is on the sweeter side, with balance from the hop bitterness, but definitely sweeter than I expected.

Medium bodied with above average carbonation, and not much aftertaste. Definitely a solid beer, but a bit sweeter than I would like. May need to review again, this bottle may be past it's prime. I expected this beer to be much hoppier. Still good though.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours brownish amber with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. Reulting lace is thin, but consistent and sticky.

Smell - Predominantly an earthy aroma, with hints of sweetness and some floral notes lying beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Starts earthy, with hints of caramel and some floral hoppiness. Mid-taste a citrus hop bites at the back of the mouth, and a fair amount of grapefruit pith bitterness becomes the dominant character as it follows through into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with soft, tingly carbonation. Fairly smooth.

Overall - A hybrid amber / IPA. Probably closer to an IPA, but I'm not digging it very much, regardless. Too much earthiness muddles things up a bit. I'll drink it, but I doubt I'd buy it again, especially at the price for which it retails.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I certainly taste the increase in IBUs and ABV; poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a hazy mahogany color, a little muddy, with 1.5 fingers of beige head, huge swaths of lacing, good retention.

Smell is very hoppy- just a bunch of pine with a tint of floral. Thick, resiny nose.

Taste is pretty consistent with the smell- hard to get the sweet caramel through all of the pine hops. Some caramel and barley up front, followed VERY quickly by pine and floral hop flavors, then the bitterness, then a combination of the flavors and the bitterness to finish pretty long.

Mouthfeel is good- medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, lots of resin. This is very much a west coast take on the amber ale; lots of hops, not too much concern with bringing out the malt profile. It's good, but not my favorite amber ale.

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Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,406 ratings.
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