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

3,402 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.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.56/5  rDev +14%
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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Photo of UltimateLivewire
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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 -4.3%
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 -12.8%
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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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of elNopalero
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another overlooked favorite.

I poured this in two stages. First pour was vigorous and it foamed up, so I took a sip and waiting for things to calm down. Wow! Yum! Anticipation is a killer. … I finished pouring the bottle and set my glass aside while I prepared a snack (and let the beer itself shake off some of the refrigerator chill.) There’s an impressive head retention to this beer, the perfect top to the ruddy orange-amber colored beer.
All that foam does its job releasing a wonderfully hoppy yet smooth aroma. I get some orange-y citrus, some piney notes, and a sweetness which rounds it out.

Tastes great, with this up front hop and a smooth malty finish. Like … a red ale and an IPA, go figure. There’s a spicy zest to this (brew a rye version of this and I’ll be in love all over again), with a pleasant citrus-pine bitterness and just enough malt to bring it all down to earth. Great finish. Bravo!

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a fading head.
Nose shows masses of hops with juicy, fruity flavours alongside fruit confectionery. Peach, green apple, lychee and gooseberries. Underneath is caramel and faint toasty malt. Nice stuff!
Similar fruity hops in the flavours at first, with more peach followed by a massive grapefruit hit. A fair bit of crystal is present underneath.
Carbonation could be a little creamier.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of evilkalla
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle in my arrogant bastard glass.

A: Very deep copper amber color, half an inch of fairly solid head. It laces up the glass really well.

S: Earthy, piney hops. Nice.

T: Malty, with that dark amber flavor, with a shart, pointed hop bitterness in the back of the mouth. Very, very good.

M: Solid mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for a while, nice.

O: I had never heard of this before but saw it at my local beer store so I picked up a couple. Glad I did.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.19/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasting sample pours a dark orange-red with a big, fluffy off-white head. Retention and lace are superb.

Being a red IPA, the nose carries a big breadiness with citrussy touches of grapefruit and lemon blossom. There's some serious phenolics going on here, getting in the way of what I think should be a more complex bouquet. Those phenols also carry an unfortunate aroma that's akin to when you slam on your breaks too hard and your tires squeal, leaving that nose-tickling aroma of slightly burnt rubber. Then shake some black pepper on top of that. Not good, but it does only sit in the background. I can look past it a little, but the beer still loses major points.

Palate is medium bodied with toasty bready malt and a bitterness about half as big as the West Coast, exchanging it out for a bit of malty juiciness. The brew has that same hop slick/smoothness as the WC, and unfortunately the same phenolics as the nose getting in the way of other flavors, leaving just some bread and vague grapefruit on the juicy finish.

Overall, it already takes a lot for a Red IPA to win me over, and to add a flavor that tastes like car tires squealing just takes it in a worse direction. It could be worse tho, at least that character is a secondary and not primary flavor.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 3,402 ratings.
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