Hop Head Red Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Hop Head Red AleHop 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: 3,422 |  Reviews: 965
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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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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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%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown amber with a half finger off-white head, quickly dissipates, leaving moderate lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, citrus and some pineapple. Flavor is hop assertive, with citrus hops overwhelming a moderate sweet malt backbone. Finish is citrus hops, a bit metallic. The hops are nice, but overpower the malt to a degree that is unbalanced. An adequate red ale, but not one I will return too soon.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MacQ32
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice amber red with a very dense finger + off cream colored head, fantastic lacing, great retention!

S - Oh my piney hops, maybe some citrus as well. This smells amazing.

T - Ohh damn, fresh piney hops up front, delicious lingering taste (citrusy flavors kick in a little here), some beady/spicy malt too.

M - Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, bitter refreshingness.

O - I tend to make up words for awesome beer, sorry. Delicious, piney explosion. Just the way i like it...

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber-copper hue with a touch of haze to the body. Head pours a thick finger of frothy tan foam. Nice.

Smell: rich aroma of caramel malt and citrusy-yet-dank hops. You had me at "Amarillo dry hopped".

Taste: big malt flavor with plenty of caramel and a little bit of biscuit on the side. Hops are quite flavorful, with emphasis on citrus and a little more of that dankness. Bitterness isn't terribly high, and there is a bit of a vegetal aftertaste which is not particularly enticing.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this is a decent red IPA (or hoppy red ale -- whichever), and, while there are some flavor flaws I don't particularly like, overall it's a good beer.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with gold highlights. Tons of lacing from the frothy light tan head which left an island of foam on the top of the beer until I drank it with the last mouthful.

Smell is citrus and piney hops, light roasted malt, and a strange astringency.

Taste is lightly roasted malt, but the only hop I got was in the finish. While balanced, I was expecting some more hops. There is a hint of toffee as it warms.

A light to medium bodied beer that is smooth and carbonated well. Easy to drink and feels about right.

Great smell and look, flavor isn't as big as it's aroma, which would have made this a stellar choice if it was. Still the price is good, and the flavor is above average, and goes down well.


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Photo of heygeebee
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish copper brown - coarse one finger head. Reasonable lacing

Aromas primarily of grapefruit and hops - subdued.

Taste is fairly and squarely US IPA territory. Somwhat dull citrus, grapefruit and pine and the main features. Malt to balance is evident and welcome.

Mouthfeel on the ball - not over carbonated.

Overall it's an OK beer in a crowded market. Not a blast of hops, but reasonably balanced.

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Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 3,422 ratings