Hop Head Red Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

Style: American Imperial 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: 3,421 |  Reviews: 965
Photo of MiScusi
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone for the San Diego Storm. Dark cherry color with a foamy and rocky light tan head. The smell was so unique that I've never experienced it before. It was the smell of hop pellets straight from the homebrew store. Very dank and volatile. The taste was malty, maybe more toasty toward the end of the sip, and quite a bit citrusy and resiny. An interesting beer, overall a bit much for me to drink a lot of but the glass was pleasant.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice, deep, red-tinged orange with a decent half to three-quarter-inch beige head. Decent lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

S- Delicious hoppy nose; huge citrus aromas predominate. A touch of sweet, candy-like malt is noticeable, too.

T- Moderately sweet upfront, but it dries out quickly. It starts out fruity and a little tart, but ends up bitter and bready. The aftertaste is great, with the bitter hops mingling with the cracker-like malt to create a superb flavor. Very enjoyable.

M- Medium-thin body with decent carbonation. I might have preferred a little of both, but it's still good.

D- I don't know what the ABV is, but I doubt it's too much more than 6%, if that. If it is, then it hides it well. I could definitely see drinking a couple of these in a sitting before the bitterness wore on me.

This is a very good "red ale." I don't really see how it's all that different from an IPA, but I don't really care either. It's good, and anyone who likes hops should give it a try. Recommended.

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Photo of pershan
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a dark reddish-amber (with small chunks of Amarillo hops used to dry hop, I'm assuming) with a thick tan head into a pint glass. There was an intensely resinous-piney aroma of hops - awesome. The initial taste was of sweet malt, but shortlived, as the resinous hop flavor took over, followed by a clean, crisp hop bitterness at the finish. A great IPA and another success by Green Flash. You can't beat the IPAs coming out of California right now (i.e. Green Flash, Stone, Lagunitas).

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a nice reddish borwin with a creamy tan head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is all hops. Dominated by piney hops, but definitely some citrusy varieties in there to boot.

Big piney hop flavor upfront, with some lesser citrus flavors blending in. A bit of caramel malt sneaks in befor a fairly aggressive bitterness that rides out through the dry finish - and a bit beyond.

Medium body, creamy texture.

Another delicious hoppy brew from these guys. Glad I picked up a sixer and not just a single.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Deep red under a big off white head. Great lace and retention.

S: Smells of big hops, pine and a bit of grapefruit, undertones of caramel and toffee. Malt backbone is very rich.

T: Big on the hops again, pine and grapefruit with some toasted malt hints.

M/D: Medium to full bodied, slightly creamy, a little slick, carbonation not very noticeable. Decent drinkability. Good in a lot of ways, but maybe slightly off balance in the taste department.

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

Had on tap at Max's this week during craft brew week. First time I have ever seen this beer in our area.

The beer pours a dark red color with very good head retention and lacing. The beer is pretty malty and roasty smelling on the nose, with a hint of hoppy bitterness underneath. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except the hops are more noticeable. The beer has the roasty/malty qualities I expect in a red ale, married with the hoppiness of a good IPA. Not bad at all. The beer is surprisingly soft on the palate, and I get almost a creamy mouthfeel on the finish. The finish is impressively long and bitter. Abv. is fairly well disguised, though I would have guessed the abv. a bit higher then the 6% listed on the beer menu.

Nice solid beer from Green Flash.

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a dark brick-red brown with a moderate white head. Smells of citrus, almost like an IPA. Tastes of malt as you would expect, as well as a decent dose of citrusy hops, as if it was blended with a hoppy pale ale. But the hops don't overwhelm--the blend of flavors is right on the money. A very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Zorro
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a dark red beer here, mildly chill hazed and ruby red when held up to the light. A light brown head forms, yes this is that deeply red.

The scent is sweet and hoppy with lots of grapefruit and pine with a little eucalyptus. Woody and a little spicy with a little tropical fruit and a slight coffee scent.

Taste starts out deeply roasted malt and wood with an initial sweetness. Pretty much an over hopped American Brown Ale taste wise. Pretty tasty ale and not severely over hopped the scent is the strongest hop here. Taste mellows out after awhile and you are left with a quite strong Brown Ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a likeable ale but it is strong hoppy stuff and completely unsuited to lager drinkers. If you like hops and Brown Ale you will love this stuff.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice reddish color. Off white head. Aroma is somewhat muted-not as out there as I would have thought. Quite grapefruity. Big hop flavor and bitterness. Harsh hop bite in the finish. Slight trace of caramel sweetness. The harshness knocks it down a notch for me. Decent body. A decent beer for the most part. If this is strictly amarillo hops its good to see them stand out on their own. I know some folks here dont care for them. ABV listed @ 6%.

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Photo of timtim
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reddish brown with a tan head that held well and left pretty nice lace. nose was caramelly and citrus hoppy with some earthiness in the background. very nice. taste was the same with a little nutty woodsiness. i found it to be very well balanced. hops were just enough to feed the jones, but not enough to destroy the balance. medium full body with a nice bitterness in the finish. very easy drink and perfect for the time of year. another top notch brew from green flash. it might not please someone who is expecting a super hop bomb that will knock them on their ass, but it should very well please anyone hoping to enjoy a few nice, well balanced beers that contain a few subtle nuances.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber/ reddish-brown color with a creamy light tan head. Aromas of pine bark, cedar, toasty caramel malt and brown rice syrup. Pleasant balance of woodsy coniferous flavor with the caramel malt. This has a sort of Pacific Northwest ESB kinda thing going on. Great with a crisp spring or fall day and a flannel shirt. Some hopheads might wish this had more IBUs (only 45) but I think that any more would upset the balance (even though say - 60 IBUs might be more to some people's liking for a 6% alc. beer). Medium-to-full body with a nice bitter finish on top of the caramel malt. This beer grows on you, but only if you let go of any hopes, ideas, or preconceived notions of a hop orgy, and just tune in to what's actually going on in your glass.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always look forward to a good hoppy amber/red ale and Green Flash is the shiznit so I really was happy to pick up a few of these bottles yesterday here in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear deep bronze borderline amber color with a thick fluffy two finger slight off white head that never totally settled,deep chocolate notes in the nose with a some herbal hop but the malt to me is stronger than the hop presence.I love the Amarillo hop and this was dry hopped with it but in all honesty it doesnt play a huge impact flavor wise at least in my mind,its deeply chocolaty with a leafy herbal hop presence finish dry and prety earthy.Its a decent brew but maybe a bit underwhelming.

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Photo of ewright
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep reddish-brown, served with little head.

S: Strong citrus hop aroma with undertones of toasted malts.

T: Nice blend of malt sweetness with moderately strong hop bitterness. Hops show good grapefruity notes.

M: Smooth with medium level of carbonation.

D: A nice combination of bitter and sweet notes. A worthy brew.

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Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Tyler's Taphouse in Apex, NC.

I was very surprised to find this on the east coast. I've never seen Green Flash this side of the country before. I first found it in Denver (their West Coast IPA) and have pursued them when out west ever since. I was excited to find this one and it didn't disappoint.

It's got a reddish brown color with a moderate head and decent lacing. The aroma is dominated by a fruity hop presence. The flavor had citrusy hops, with a malt balance and a grapefruit finish. It was very balanced and organized.

This is another good Green Flash offering. I could drink them all night.

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

A: Dark red brown color. Head no more than one finger, quick to reduce to a soapy film. Good lacing bodes well for the titular hop-head.

A: Hop bitterness and some toasted grains. Slightly sweet but not a lot. Should be a nice hoppy, dry ale.

T: Reasonable level of bitterness, plenty of slightly piney, slightly citric hops. Not too bright, right on style - or what I assume is style.

M/D: Good. Drinkably smooth, not too thin. A nicely done red ale given the hop content.

Very nice example of style, a la St. Rogue. Enjoyable and quaffable enough.

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Photo of marcpal
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to say this is my 100th review, what better place to have it than while traveling in San Diego.

Poured 14oz from cask @ the Linkery.

A: Poured a deep mahogany color with a solid finger of head, undoubtedly more if not from cask. The lacing was very strong, pure stickiness.

S: California hops- here they are. Lots of citrus and floral hops with depth.

T: Grapefruit and floral hops with a comforting bitterness in the back of the mouth. Tasted stronger than the typical red ale and the profile was still balanced with the high level of hops here.

M:Warm cask texture was like velvet on this one and the hop oils in the mouth were coating to say the least.

D: This one of the tastiest, hoppiest reds Ive ever had and is very drinkable. If they bottle it, I will seek it out for sure.

I have no doubt that it was a treat to get this from the cask, probably much stronger flavor profile this way. Hope to get another chance at this one.

EDIT: First attempt of this from the bottle and it was quite delicious. Not really similar to Nugget Nectar as I tried to compare, but both are super in their own right.

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Photo of Floydster
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint from Liars Club in San Diego

Pour was a deep reddish brown with a thick white head that resembled hand soap and water mixture

Smell was purely hops and makes you anticipate severe dryness

Name is appropraite, super hoppy and very dry, but still smooth at the same time

Could drink a fair share of this brew

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a taste of this beer at a recent BevMo beer tasting and decided to pick up a growler at the GF Brewery yesterday.

A- Pours a clear, deep amber hue with 2 fingers of creamy, off white head with good retention, tiny effervescent bubbles, excellent lacing on glass
S- Nose is of citrus and pine resin hops with equally strong caramel malts, very minimal esters
T- Initial taste is dominated by high hop flavor (grapefruit, pine), sweet malts followed by caramel flavor, hop bitterness in the finish
M- Medium-bodied, carbonation feels slightly high, smooth hoppy finish with slight alcohol warmth
D- Wow, this is one of my new favorite reds. Definitely more hoppy than most other red ales, it is still quite balanced and the abv (i am guessing around 5%?) is well-masked. I think you can only get this on draft/growler, so hopefully Green Flash will bottle this in the near future so everyone can enjoy this big, bold, hoppy, Red Ale.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

The beer poured a rich red amber with a nice off-white head.

The aroma was bursting with fresh citrusy and resiny hops. There was some slight caramel malt in the back of the nose.

The flavor of the beer was assertively hoppy with a nice hop profile that transitioned from citrus to resin to herbal. The malt profile was well suited and had a slight caramel flavor with faint toffee notes. The beer set in slightly sweet then finished with a nice dryness.

The mouthfeel was good and slightly creamy and the carbonation seemed dialed in just right.

This is a solid beer that strikes a good balance for an American red ale.

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

on atp @ Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA

A- bronze with copper hues and a garnet tint, 1 finger off white head, little retent, thin film lace

S- toffee, grassy, cherry, sweet

T- grassy, toffee, toasted malt, nice balance, start with fruity sweet malt, ends grassy, earthy, and grainy, hints of caramel, mix of malts and hops in after

M- light body, smooth with a semidry, puckering finish

D- sessionable, solid flavor, good balancve, enjoyable, good red, unique to see one so balanced as opposed to hoppy. i'd have another

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Photo of sleazo
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany/red. Not much in the way of a head. Smell is rather mild. Which is a bit surprising when you get the first sip which attacks you with piney hops. You would expect something this highly hopped to have more of an aroma. Odd. There isn't much to this beer other than hops. This is a decent beer to get your hop fix on but nothing extraordinary. Kind of a bit raw tasting. Mouthfeel is decent enough. Medium body medium carbonation. I could probably not drink too many of these due to the raw quality and lack of any notion of balance.

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Hop Head Red Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 3,421 ratings