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Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MaltyGoodness on 12-08-2006)
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially fruity sweet and drying hoppy finish. Creamy mouthfeel though lagerish in the finish. Satisfying,orange and peach and bannana, honey and sugar,with lace and nice head. Aromas are yeasty and orange, with alcohol.I still never met a trippel I did not like.

Sammy, May 20, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

t0rin0, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.8%

djrn2, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

zestar, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving only some delicate lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of fruit in the nose; bananas and pears stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite fruity and has some sweetness. There are some hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation and some dryness in the finish.
O: Considering the strength of this beer, the alcohol is remarkably well hidden from the taste. This and a lack of cloying sweetness makes this rather easy to drink compared to other tripels.

metter98, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color with a nice head that retains reasonably well and leaves decent lacing

Smell: Butterscotch, coriander, a bit of overripe banana and a whiff of fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts with a butterscotch and coriander flavor; after the swallow, there is an unusual degree of bitter hoppiness that is unexpected for the style

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well carbonated; finishes hot

Drinkability: A nice stab at the style but a few too many flaws to rank higher

brentk56, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Peachy orange with a light dusting of yeast. A gentle pour has created a nice looking crown of meringue-like foam that has a faint lemonish tint. Given the ABV, a surprising amount of chunky lace makes its way to the glass. The appearance isn't very Belgianesque, but it's more than fine for an American tripel.

The nose (what I can smell of it) is no more than passable. I get hints of golden fruit and a smattering of spiciness. I'm encouraged by the fact that alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale is yet more proof that some American craft brewers don't *get* this style. Simply adding a ton of pale malt, Euro hops (Styrian Goldings and Saaz in this case) and Trappist ale yeast doesn't always equal a quality tripel. Although this is drinkable beer, it's as simple and as blunt as the day is long.

I'm not sure where the fault lies. For starters, it's way too boozy. Ethanol doesn't exactly overwhelm the palate, but it puts a damper on a proper appreciation of the malt, hops and yeast. The fruitiness is akin to orchard fruit macerated in vodka and the spiciness is faintly clove-like. Think well-brewed American malt liquor with more hop bitterness and a less than stellar Belgian yeast strain.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice if your standard is 'big American ale' rather than 'world-class tripel'. It's unapologetically full, sticky on the finish and carbonated enough to keep the tongue tingly without providing much lift and volume. On second thought, some of the tongue tingle is probably good ol' EtOH.

Trippel is far from horrible, but it's nowhere near a good version of my favorite Belgian style. My recommendation is to spend your hard-earned money on Green Flash IPA instead. Now there's a quality beer.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a deep golden/orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast, light peaches and some sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by some spicy notes with some refreshing peachy taste and some quite big and sweet malt notes. Great carbonation with a medium to full body and some light alcoholic notes. Very well done overall and something I wouldn’t mind trying again.

Phyl21ca, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly perfumy and saturated with tropical taste, Green Flash's Belgian-style tripel ale turns attention away from earth and toward a simplified fruit and malt interplay.

Trippel opens with a hazy peach-orange-gold medley. As its rich body slowly releases a creamy lather, its dense blanket of froth is creamy- both in color and in texture. Is slow recede eventually leaves the beer, lacing lightly with random pockets upon the glass.

Floral and fruity to the nose, the Tripel is heavily candied. Notions of angel-food cake, honey and biscuit are laced with whimsical aromas of honeysuckle, pineapple, banana, honeydew, apricot, passion-fruit, mango and oranges. Is slim spice of clove and white pepper decorate the scent but hardly balance its fruity sweetness.

Its bready-sweet taste is that spot-on honey drizzle of pound cake, even as the dried fruit character of tropical and citrus gives the ale a fruit punch and sherbet flavor across the middle palate. Its late balance is shy and captures the clove, white pepper, white wine acidity, and spicy grassiness from hops. Still, the fruity-sweet taste reigns supreme with echoes of perfume and soap in aftertaste.

Malty-sweet in texture as well, the beer retains its bready structure and residual sweetness deep into taste with its creamy carbonation keeping the beer fuller longer. Lacking the turn to dryness, effervescence or earthy acidity keeps the beer from being as refreshing or as characterful as its counterparts form the Belgian abbey.

But with its more focused and simplified taste, the beer's bright floral bouquet chases the session from start to close- making it ideal for those who find Belgian versions too winey, earthy, or spicy.

BEERchitect, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up a while ago and for some reason I waited a long time to finally getting around to drinking it, but decided to change that last night. Chose to have this one after dinner and sip it for a while. The pour was nice with a rich golden amber that was both very bright and quite hazy. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the entire glass and throughout the session in general. A huge three inch head rose up above it, but eventually settled down to just a thin layer across the top which stayed until the very end providing a very nice side glass contribution.

The aroma was very fruity which set me back for a minute. Lots of hints of apricots and pears in the nose on this one, which was very nice to see. The back was easily made up of lots of grains and bready type characters, but it all came across very lightly and without being overwhelming in any way. The fruit like yeast notes really dominated the nose on this one, and that carried over very well into the taste, which itself was also wonderful. A full on yeast bomb, if there is such a thing, which was really the only thing coming across with that kind of force. Lots of apple, pear, fig and especially apricot notes here really blending well with the light grain flavors and the touch of alcohol, which was dancing around the middle. A noticeable warming from the almost 9% abv was definitely slowing me down a little as far as drinking, but still this was quite the nice triple, and on the lighter end of the spectrum. Lots of dry hoppy notes in the finish, which was a nice change. As the flavor drew out towards the end, some nice notes of orange and lemon became apparent. Quite nice, and a good bit more complex the I was expecting, but whose complaining!

Overall not a bad beer at all. I thought this was excellently done and really quite nice overall. I would love to get it again and maybe try aging it a bit to see if some of the fruit and hop flavors die back a bit and bring some of what's underneath up to the front. Still this was excellent and I would have to recommend it to those who are a fan of the style.

mikesgroove, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

kjkinsey, May 29, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Green Flash

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is absolutely fantastic, but very unexpected. A definite tartness with plenty of fruit. There are notes of grapes, apples, pears, and perhaps lemons.

T: The flavor was lacking a lot of the great qualities of the nose. The sweet malt and fruity esters dominate with notes of pears and apples. The alcohol is quite strong here and comes through more and more as the beer sits in the glass.

M: The body is on the full side of medium with a tingly carbonation and a slight dryness.

D: I was very excited by the aromas of the beer, but the strong alcohol diminish the enjoyment of this beer.

womencantsail, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a Bright golden body.

S: mango, melon, tangerine and herbal hops.

T: musty yeast, tart citrus, herbal flavored hops.

M: light to medium Body and moderate to light carbonation.

Overall: kind of unidimensional. Tastes good and is highly drinkable, just not very interesting or complex.

kylehay2004, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

jaydoc, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the mystery person that left this in the fridge, it's been in there for a few months now.

Bright saturated orange body, with a swirl of creamy white foam on the surface. Clarity is bright, not much lace present, but a skim that breaks eventually across the surface.

Aroma of dried apricots, bread dough, and a light whiff of alcohol.

Smooth body, nearly syrupy with a slight astringency, boozy fruit and earthy, prickly notes in the aftertaste. Slippery feel, some fruity brandy and apricot notes. Overall a slow sipper best shared.

emerge077, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +7%

largadeer, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +7%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

WVbeergeek, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

RblWthACoz, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours an effervescent apricot with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Couldn't avoid murking this up at the bottom of the bottle. Average head retention & lacing

S: Intense fruittyness, peaches, pears, lemons, plus passion fruit

T: Peach, appleskins, herbal & lemon hops up front. A bit of pineapple, other tropical fruits as this warms. Finishes peppery with loads of citrus & tropical fruit, but also some rough grainyness, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Chewy, syruppy, with minimal carbonation

Drinks pretty slow, a lot going on here. Pretty good tripel. Bottle conditioning, so maybe buy a few to age to see how this matures, I bet this only gets better with a few years on it

russpowell, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Slatetank, May 26, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden appearance, smallish white head.

Nice nose, fruit and spice...pleasing soft citrus...

Taste: bright and happy on the tongue, sweet, and well-balanced, creamy, mucho yeast, plump and yummy,...very satisfying...

Medium bodied,...soft and supple, but a bit too much so to really be up their with the best of the style.

Nice, though...I like it.

feloniousmonk, Jan 23, 2007
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Green Flash Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.