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

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Green Flash Hop Head Red AleGreen Flash Hop Head Red Ale

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 psurandy
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice deep red/amber color with a nice little creamy head, decent lacing. The smell is great, bright citrusy (orange and pineapple) hops and some malt sweetness comes through after it sits a bit. In the taste I get more bitterness in the hops, which was a bit different than the smell which was more citrusy. The hop bitterness is balanced out with a bit of malty caramel sweetness. Believe the name. Nice smooth body of a red ale with a good bitter aftertaste that will sit in the back of your mouth. A very nice brew although this site has it at 6% the bottle is claiming it's 6.4%. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of CHickman
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a red copper color, with no head, but had a potent hoppy aroma. Excellent hop taste bursts through with malty and floral hints; it was hoppy on the sweet side, and had a dry crisp finish. Overall a great brew that should be in the IPA class as it has too much taste and too many hops to be a standard ale. It went down easy and I look forward to enjoying more of these!

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Photo of stephens101
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a medium pour an explosive burst of bubbles leads to a two-finger airy tan head. Retention is good, with a nice thick layer of lace left behind. Color is brown with ruby red edges. A nice hit of oily hops excites the nose with a bit of citrus hanging around underneath. A little earthiness is also detected. Tastes of oily hops with a spicy and malty undercurrent and some alcohol heat at the very back. The malts balance out afer a few drinks, and overall the components interact well with each other. Mouth-feel lies on the heavy side of medium, and there's a good amount of carbonation. This one really works for me.

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Photo of johnnieoz
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle w/o bottling or freshness indicators.

A hazy shade of reddish brown (did I unwittingly pour the nutritious yeast into my vessel?) with a lace-leaving latte colored head.

Sweet malt odors are devilishly mixed in with the citrusy Amarillo hops.

This is indeed a red IPA as the label suggests...the (slightly too) bitter aftertaste and the dominant hops sucking at my gums tell no lie. But the caramel malt bill is somehow squeezed in there as well.

The relatively-low abv% (6.4) and the resiny mouthfeel make this an affordable go-to brew when I'm unsure of my palate's mood. Although, the experience is somewhat dampened by the high alpha acid aftertaste, Hop Head Red is characterized by great aromas and flavors, even better mouthfeel and good drinkability. A quality beer that most will like and some will love or hate.

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Photo of bosco7
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured very carefully, I've noticed the green flash beers tend to have a lot of sediment. Pretty beer for sure, deep amber with a luxuriously creamy head.

Very malty nose, lots of crystal malt and candy aromas. Amarillo making its presence known for sure with orange and aspirin like smells.

Nutty, sweet, bready malt upfront with pine and orange from the hops shortly there after. Hops takeover the palate as you continue drinking. The bitterness is what you would expect in a beer named Hop Head Red.

Mouthfeel is full and very nice with a lighter carbonation than one might expect. I think if the dry hops were changed and maybe a little more carbonation might help the drinkability for me. Still a nice beer.

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Photo of gameface23
2.86/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a deep mahogany with an averaged sized head that leaves average lacing.

S: Resinous hops, and caramel malts.

T: I was picking up strong notes of caramel, some roasted coffee, and piny hops. The finish is like drinking black coffee.

M: Average mouthfeel. I was getting a lot of brown ale characteristics from this one, so I was expecting a thicker mouthfeel.

D: I was having trouble finishing this one. It might have been because I was 6 beers deep, but I wasn't really feeling it.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy brown with a tan head. Lots of lace.

The aroma is all hops. Piney, resinous hops.

The flavor is mostly hops. Some sweetness comes from the malts, but piney hops overwhelm it. I think red/amber ales are all about balance, and this misses the point. The 6% ABV isn't enough to call this an imperial and give it a bit of leniency. The label asks, "Is it Red IPA?", and maybe it is, but I don't like it all that much. The hops are bittering and provide the bulk of the flavor, but I can't see anything interesting about them. They managed to brew a red ale and throw in too many hops, but did they do anything else? Not that I can see.

Mouthfeel is on par for an amber ale, though the hops want for an astringency that's lacking (which could be considered good or bad). I think it's too bitter to be very drinkable, especially for an American Amber. I plan to let my palate mature and revisit this, but only to see if I missed something the first time around.

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Photo of thain709
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep brown...a tan fluffy head forms and slowly fades...lacing with every sip

S - The hops are present...but not as powerful as I expected

T - What a balance...there is a strong malt flavor up front...producing a sweet taste...grapefruit hops take over towards the middle...the hops finish as well...but there is an aftertaste of toffee

M - Medium body...sweet aftertaste...well balanced

D - This is a well balanced beer...the hops are big as the beer is cold and the malts shine through as the beer warms...could drink this anytime of the year

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Photo of Jayli
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep, reddish/orange with a two finger beige head. Decent lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Nose is very hoppy - big on the citrus hops, with a touch of sweet, caramel malt. Taste is relatively sweet malts at first sip, and then dries out. The beer then moves in to the citrus hops - touch of tartness, then moves in to a bitter. Medium-thin body with decent carbonation, creamy body and finish to it.
This is a highly drinkable beer - just hoppy enough and blended perfectly to soften it up a bit. This is one to sit with for a while.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep walnut brown with a big, foamy, tan head which lasts throughout the beer and leaves a dense sticky lacing that engulfs the inside of the glass.

Aroma features sweet caramel malt, and a dry hop bitterness, with a touch of some type of dark or sweet bread quality.

Big dry, earthy hops highlight the palate with sweet caramel malt, a hint of sweet nuts, and just a touch of citrus.

Dry & full bodied with medium carbonation, and an excellent balance of flavor character.

Extremely well balanced, quite refreshing, and given the low ABV (relatively speaking), worth enjoying a couple of these blissful amber ales.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up on a recommendation from a customer at my work. And I thought "Sounds good".

Poured a good murky red brown into my brand new Guinness tulip glass. Tops off with a nice ivory cap with ample head retention and lacing. The body is opaque, but clear around the edges.

Aromas of big hops balanced out with some sweet ripened orange, and some caramel.

I was pleasantly surprised with the taste, the aromas had lead me to believe that it would have a lot more emphasis on hops, but it instead delivers a phenomenally balanced and well crafted beer. Light pine and orange/tangerine citrus notes burst up front, but are quickly followed by a nice malt presence that balances out the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel was a nice crisp medium body with decent carbonation but leaves a nice smooth finish.

This was a great beer, and I'm really pleased that this can be a good session beer to.

On another note, I have not tried many Red's. I find them to be too sweet or cloying with flavor, and have stayed away from them in the past. But this beer threw it all out the window and will be a good add session beer to my fridge. Cheers.

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Photo of fostwal
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A dark, rich, and hazy brown.
Smell - Pleasingly light. Definitely hoppy. Just not overpowering.
Taste - Surprisingly balanced. You would think from the name that it would be loaded with overpowering hops. But it isn't. A good balance of hops and malt while the beer is in your mouth. Then there's a strong hop bitter flavor that comes out in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, but not overcarbonated.
Drinkability - Very refreshing.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle/ no freshness date

P: Sits a murky looking orange copper color in the glass with some yeasty floaties swimming about. Light tan head is semi-thick and frothy with good retention. Settled to form a thick cap on top with some nice lacing.

A: Hops are definitely upfront with big whiffs of pine sap and a healthy dose of citrus fruits. Also, some caramel malty sweetness.

T: Hmm...tasty! Hops are definitely in the forefront with a brash, resinous pine characteristic and citrusy flavors of grapefruit rind and lemon zest intermingling nicely. They struggle with each other to establish dominance throughout. But, I think the pine wins out in the end, and definitely in the finish. The caramel malt is no push-over, either. It's been added with a generous hand, and works dilligenlty to provide some balance. But the bittering hops in this puppy take a sizeable "bite" out of the malty sweetness to establish dominance.

M: This is a medium-bodied ale with a rich, sticky body that offers quite the dry, hoppy aftertaste that lasts forever!

Notes: Resinous piney and citrusy hops all over. Malts give some balance, but it's definitely hop-forward. This is a rock-solid hoppy brew that would definitely work as a session staple at only 6.0%.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber. 2 fingers of frothy tan head. Decent retention. Moderate lace.

Aroma is strong citrus with a backing of caramel.

There's a strong malt background, which is overwhelmed by the hops at the start. As I work through the glass the malts come forward pleasantly. The finish is solidly bitter the entire time. There's a slight harsh tone in the bitterness.

Nice medium body with a good level of carbonation.

A sturdily bitter brew. Want a hit of hops? You got it.

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Photo of TequilaSauer
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap a few months back and it blew my mind. This is my second six pack and I decided I'd review it. I know full well my review will be higher than that of the others who have tried it, but I just love this beer.

A - darker and thicker than I'd expect, very nice lacing

S - VERY fresh floral smells with pine, wet cement, and grapefruit coming through

T - incredible balance, attacks with grapefruit and orange peel and gives way to a pleasant bitter, vegetal finish

M - smooth and pleasant, but nothing to write home about

D - in terms of drinking beers, this would be top 5 easily, maybe even top 3. There are times when I've even preferred this over Nugget Nectar (I'm sure 99 percent of people here would disagree with that sentiment).

A great beer, one of my favorite go-tos. If this beer were about 30% lower in retail price, I would never be without it in my fridge.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance? Wow. Rose-orange. Big puffy head. Impossibly murky and thick. Huge specks of yeast, like a fiber supplement. Insane.

Bitter amber malts in the nose, but with a strong flowery hop. Hint of pine oil. Malts are sharp and bready.

The taste is nicely bitter, bready malt. Some soft yeast. Hops very flowery and estery. Double bitter flavors, but a sweet finish. As it warms, some sweet caramel malts emerge.

Feels a little gritty and grainy, but works with the red part of the beer. It's a nice amber/IPA hybrid. Goes down very easy but not wimpy.

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Photo of QuinnFam
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It has been a while since i have drank a red. It was a toss up between this red and their ipa. although i did rather enjoy this very much. the hops were nice and not overpowering. i hate it when a beer is what my mother-in-law calls perfumey! this hop head would definitely purchase this hop head red again!

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Photo of Spikester
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy dark amber with ahuge off white head and plentiful lacings. Aroma is floral hops. Taste is sweet rich malts with a very strong earthy leather hop bitterness. Very powerful amber, would see this leaning toward the IPA camp. Nice beer will probably drink more when available.

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

A- redish brown, decent sized head. LOTS of big floaties, to be expected from the dry hopping.

S- Smells mostly of floral,citrus hops, with a hint of sweetness from the malt.

T- Citrus hops, lots of grapefruit, but not too bitter. nicely balanced with some sweet malt. almost has a hint of sourdough bread. fresh fruity aftertaste.

M- very smooth and crisp. alcohol is well hidden. medium carbonation level.

D- extremely smooth, drinkable, well balanced and easy to drink. possibly one of my new favorites. I just wish it was a little easier on the wallet.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Served in a pint glass from Tyler's Taproom in Durham, it arrived at the table an opaque mahogany...dark and hazy. There was a generous fluffy off-white inviting head. My empty glass held plenty of lacing, wanting a refill.

S: This beer is definitely hopped up. The citrusy aromas from the amarillo hops flood the nose with red grapefruit. There is an ever present malty backbone that can't be denied.

T: The hoppy bitterness is great, very citrusy and a little pungent. The malts are strong and lend to a nice character in this beer. Big malts with a nice bitter bite! Beware.

M: A clean a crisp mouthfeel. Medium bodied with great carbonation and a nice bitter finish. The malts lead to an unbelievably smooth experience.

D: I thought this was a very good beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am torn on the classification, I believe it to mimic an IPA more so than other ambers I have had. Either way, its a solid, smooth, and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of beerorRIP
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle to a clear pint glass: yields a nice 2 finger off-white head. the head reduces after a while, leaving a layer of foam and patches of lace. the body is a nice red-copper color that is clear for the most part. the sediment that pours in dances around as bubbles stream to the top.

smells nice and citrusy. they say amarillo dry hops, and so it smells as such. not much in the way of malt / sweetness in the aroma. it's there, but the hops take the front seat. nice.

mmm... hit by a wave of hop flavor (citrusy slight pine) and bitterness. which is somewhat surprising given the moderate IBU's. also catching a bit of malts near the end, but they're not very sweet. enjoyable.

medium body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. only a bit oily on the tongue.

easy drinking and good flavor make for a beer that would be good for sessioning. a damn nice american red.

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Photo of solargoat
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured copper into my Boognish Pint.
Smelled of sweet malts and grassy hops.
Intriguing beverage, I bought it expecting an IPA just by the name.
Not quite an IPA, but the red/IPA Combo Worked well on me, started off sweet in my mouth and finished with a perfect dryness.
Great beer I would drink more if I could buy some in Wisconsin.

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Photo of spratmi
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy light sediment filled copper color with a thin head that left minimal lacing on the glass.
S: The aroma was initially dominated by the smell of caramel malt followed by the hint of alcohol and citrus hops.
T: This beer had a nice refreshing citrus hop bitterness. Very tasty.
M: A medium to light body with light carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.
D: This beer was extremely drinkable. It had a nice blend of malt and oily hops that I found very refreshing. I could definitely drink several of these.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Fills your nose with lots of citrus hop scents

T - Lots of bitter hops then some malt comes through with some citrus

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is a good hopped up red that I found enjoyable if your a hop head this is a beer thats worth trying

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy copper. Fluffy head features large bubbles quickly thins, leaving only a very thin top.

The nose is full of hops, mostly of the floral variety. Rich, caramel malts offer up a pleasant balance to the hops, particularly as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a nice malty backbone characteristic of any red ale or amber. The great difference here is the hop bitterness. Indeed this could be considered a red pale ale or red IPA. Bittering hops on the palate complement the floral aroma hops used in the dry-hopping.

Overall a very good beer for hopheads looking to enjoy something other than a full-on IPA. Not overpowering on any front, with what I consider a quaffable ABV.

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