I have been very fortunate to come across some great Red Ales. The last was Lagunitas’ Lucky 13 and it was amazing. I typically like reds. The review I am about to do next is a highly rated, beloved red that borders on IPA territory. Why might you ask? Well, it is the dry hopping that this brew goes through that gives it its super hoppy characteristics. I loved Green Flash Brewing Company’s West Coast IPA and I am pretty sure that I am going to love Hop Head Red. Any beers name that starts with Hop Head is right up my alley…hopefully I won’t be left in the gutter.
Green Flash Brewing Company classifies this brew as a Red Ale and their website describes Hop Head Red as, “Resinous hop character and bitterness balance the rich carmel malt base. We took it a step further and Amarillo dry-hopped the brew to 45 ibu's, creating refreshing and savory hop flavors and aromas. Is it red IPA? That's your call.”
Hop Head Red pours a dark Caramel/Red color with a ½” khaki head and shares citrus, floral & resinous hop aromas and is 6.4% ABV.
Well, like our great first President, I cannot tell a lie…I’ve had Hop Head Red on multiple occasions. Each and every time I have had the opportunity to enjoy this brew, I bask in the bitterness of this big red hoppy giant. Hop Head Red is an instant classic and should be the true red treasure of red ale lovers everywhere. The flavor is so amazingly balanced that it’s not too bitter nor is it too sweet, it’s just right. You get a really nice bite in the beginning, sweet malt middle and a citrusy hop finish. It is no surprise that Hop Head Red has won medals at both The Great American Beer Festival and The World Beer Cup. If you’ve never had the opportunity to try Hop Head Red, where the hell have you been hiding?? On your next trip to your favorite craft beer store or bar ask for some Hop Head Red, you won’t be disappointed.
Consumed: New Belgium Globe Glass
Verdict: Buy A Case