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

Green Flash Hop Head Red AleGreen Flash Hop Head Red Ale
BA SCORE
82.2%
Liked This Beer
3.97 w/ 3,407 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,162
Reviews:
964
Ratings:
3,407
Liked:
2,801
Avg:
3.97/5
pDev:
10.83%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
174
Gots:
539
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,407 |  Reviews: 964
Photo of datphoo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BoatsSinkBro
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into snifter.
-Hazy red tinted amber color.
-Head is off-white cream color. Leaves some nice lacing.
-Aroma has a predominate resin/grapefruit hops and malt characters poking up a little bit now and again. But all in all, it really smells just like an IPA (unless you got a highly trained nose or you huff and puff and smell like a madman).
-Taste of citrus/pine hop character is throughout with a malty body acting as the base. The sweetness of the malt body seems to peak through in the middle and into the finish, making an interesting sweetness to the citrus element of the hop notes. Bitter and dry aftertaste.
-The carbonation is just right, sharp, yet not dominating.

Another solid brew from Green Flash. Not sure about all the naming conventions and what not, but this to me is more an IPA than a red ale. The characteristics of a red ale does peak it's head out and in some interesting ways though, but IPA characters take priority here. A little more balance would've been absolute amazing.

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Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. There is a nice off-white fluffy one inch head on top of an amber body. Great sticky lacing.

The aroma is full of sweet hops that have nice orange citrus with a hint of melon.

The taste has a hint of malt sweetness with a bit of tangy malt flavor. There is some nice melon hop flavor that leads to a slightly bitter finish. This has a pretty nice balance.

The body is light to medium with a sharp carbonation.

This is another tasty Green Flash brew. I can't say I'll get it often at the price though.

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Photo of matthageman
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of RyanCoonan
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of randylangford
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of imbibehour
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. No bottle dating listed.

Off the pour she makes a dull red amber body, but a great uniform and fantastic foaming looking head that is off tan in color. Very solid staying power and retention. Some noticeable yeast left in the bottom of the bottle, and minimal lacing while drinking.

Love this hop angle. Melon sense of tropical fruit, cantaloupe and all, airy and dense. Sense of a thickness. Really like this nose.

Taste is a great body feel and juicyness. Juicy dense hop body, bringing the melon angle nicely. Thick rolling and filling malts with a faint brown sugar sweetness. Aftertaste and finish is a lingering airy hop bringing all that melon and tropical sense.

Overall just really solid, really pleasurable, really a great example of a basic amber and balance between hop and amber malt goodness, and just flat out delicious.

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Photo of Number3red
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of cvm4
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark red amber. Has a billowing off white head with great lacing.

S - Piney hops smack ya in the nose along with whiffs of grapefruit and malt.

T - Citrus and pine flavors battle back and forth with orange peel and bitterness towards the end.

M - On the high side of medium carbonation, coats the palette well.

O - I used to not like red ales until I had this. Nicely done Green Flash!

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of stewart124
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy reddish color with two fingers of off white head.

Plenty of citrus and pine in the nose. Some slight caramel notes.

More 60L caramel malts. This adds some raisin but just a very light amount. Apple and pear esters come through but this is predominately a hop forward beer. Resiny hop characteristics with some pine and more of an orange bite.

Medium to full-bodied with a heavy dose of hops to finish this out. Still with the malty characters and sweetness, this comes out fairly even. I enjoyed this but wasn't really sure where to place it on a scale of IPA vs. West Coast Amber Ale

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Photo of Chmpgn36
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of augie
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Reaper16
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a DARK red color. This is like beets or hearts or something. But coppery too, like you dropped twelve pennies into a glass of V8 juice. A finger and a half of buttermilk colored head spots and lines the glass with lacing.

This beer's aroma starts off pretty mute. It opens up with warmth, though. What's here is a blend of strong grapefruit backed up with peaches. There's some sweet tea aromas here, too. As the beer continues to warm up I pick up on a lot of curious spice aromas. The dry ambery malt body is a good springboard for an aroma that, frankly, becomes not dissimilar to potpourri.

That aroma proves far more interesting that the flavor of this beer. Hop Head Red is, ultimately, pretty mild. It's spicy and loaded with grapefruit flavor, but it's never particularly juicy. It's got malt presence for sure, but it's not malt-dominant. It's kind of a big glass o' nuthin' in particular. Which is something I'm not interested in spending money on.

The mouthfeel is pretty average for the style. Well, for my palate, it's below-average: too thick, too creamy, too dry. I want my IPAs light yet juicy. But, for a thick IPA, the body works pretty well. It makes a sort of sense with the flavor profile.

Overall, this is a baffling step down from Green Flash's West Coast IPA. This beer tastes like an ineffective attempt to re-create Nugget Nectar or something.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82.2% out of 100 with 3,407 ratings
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