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Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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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hayesjw

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-05-2012 06:04:03 | More by hayesjw
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bushbeer75

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt. 6 oz brown bottle

Green Flash Tripple Ale filled my chalice with a cloudy orange gold/peach color that formed a 1-finger bubbly off-white head and dissipated rather quickly leaving limited lacing. The nose is lightly spiced; fruity, and sweet. The taste is similar to the nose but thankfully more pronounced/stronger. The upfront flavor is somewhat spicy/peppery clove like, to the sweet side, and of light golden fruit with a light dry [hopped] finish. The mouth feel is dominated by fine tingly on the tongue carbonation.

As far as American Triples go, Green Flash Trippel is good and drinkable. However, there are other American Tripels I would reach for first.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 18:26:23 | More by bushbeer75
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daledeee

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark clear gold with head at first but that left right away. Small amount of lacing.

Nose is great with apricots, orange, spice. Very strong aroma.

Taste: It appears to benefit from a little airing out. Lots of over the top malt and some spice. Orange peel also. It seems to have a slight numbing affect on the pallet.

Nice carbonation with plenty of alcohol. A decent offering, but there are some better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 22:25:31 | More by daledeee
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Pnuthed

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perfect pour with a great head that lingers for awhile. Great color, more orange than anticipated. Aroma is interesting, there's something there that reminds me of the lake...like at the end of the dock, very nice. The bready tart yeast shines through limited hops in this one. Not too much warmth for a 9.7%.

I poured this a bit cold, all of the above were accentuated upon warming of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 22:46:23 | More by Pnuthed
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roblund

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-27-2012 14:28:44 | More by roblund
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly orange to tan with a bit of a haze, rising bubbles, and a one inch white head with some staying power and ok lacing. Not as heavily carbonated as a typical tripel, but certainly still pretty well carbed.

Floral, spicy, and yeasty in the nose, with something that's just a touch odd, perhaps like rain in the woods on an autumn day.

Taste - Plenty of maltiness, spices, yeast, and actually a nice, noticeable hops presence too. Some light fruitiness and citrus notes.

Feel is medium and a bit slick, sweet finishing at first, drying out a little as it warms. Alcohol is not very noticeable.

It's a fine tripel but not at the top of the category by any means. Actually it seems like a yeastier version of le freak, with less hops.

Overall it's not bad at all, but won't change you from a hop head to a tripel lover anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 18:46:03 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-13-2012 14:32:20 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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Jason_Quad


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-09-2012 21:36:34 | More by Jason_Quad
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creez

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

07-09-2012 15:41:19 | More by creez
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.2%

07-01-2012 01:56:19 | More by polishkaz
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-30-2012 18:40:45 | More by LarryMyers
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bnes09

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orange color and mostly transparent. Big head with a soapy consistency. Good retention and lots of lacing.

Citrus and apple in the aroma along with a ginger spiciness.

Fruit flavors most apparent in the taste. Mild spiciness from the hops. Honey sweetness. Hint of yeast. Alcohol is there but pretty well hidden.

Medium bodied and quite dry in the finish from the hops and alcohol.

Pretty good tripel. Definitely better examples out there but this one is worth a try if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 02:09:55 | More by bnes09
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sammo

Kansas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-28-2012 19:10:50 | More by sammo
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Bobhoya

Arizona

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-26-2012 15:59:18 | More by Bobhoya
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djaeon

California

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker golden yellow with a decent head. The head dissipates rather quickly. Leaved moderate lacing on the glass.

I love the fruity aromas that come from the Belgian yeast strains. Strawberry/banana juice is what it reminds me of.

Delicious, sweet (but not overly so), light hops, the fruity aromas carry through lightly in the taste.

This has a rich and smooth mouthfeel when cold. As it warms up, it develops a dry finish, and the higher ABV starts to come through.

Overall, I want to finish this whole growler by myself, but that would be stupid. I'm glad my roommate is here to help with it!

Serving type: growler

06-23-2012 01:34:47 | More by djaeon
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a hazy amber/orange tone with a little less than 1" of a beige-colored head that lapses fairly quickly into a collar around the glass. nose is a bit of a letdown; average at best, with subtle malty notes, a little honey, and a hint of floral hops.

taste is a mild improvement. malt-forward with honey, spice, and a bit of banana. decent, quaffable... but ultimately a middling tripel. not close to the good american renditions on the style, and nowhere near those from belgium. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

for me this was was a disappointment. not terrible, some enjoyable characteristics about it, but i was expecting more. slightly above average tripel, but with so many options out there i won't be making an effort to grab more.

(originally reviewed: 06-21-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 21:59:47 | More by BostonHops
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mwayne


4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-10-2012 04:50:42 | More by mwayne
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brutalist

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-08-2012 03:26:57 | More by brutalist
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-dark gold with a thick cream colored head

S-dry grassy hops. Somewhat aged, somewhat burnt, and somewhat peppery. Medium strength

T-comes in with a really bitter, slightly buttery, aged grassyness. Very malty. It's just an off mix.

M-medium carbonation with a syrupy finish

O-well I definitely wouldn't be classifying this as a tripel. It's not that great at all actually, as any style. Tastes like an amateur aged IPA. 

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 20:58:23 | More by AdamBear
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DrFayhee


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden hued with medium head and nice lacing.

S: Interesting olfactory conversation between the malts and hops. Starts out sweet and a bit syrupy and funky but then some straw comes through.

T: Toasted barley mixed with some quite bitter flavors. Orange peel, bark, and spices.

M: The brightness of the mouthfeel is surprising given the maltiness of the flavor. A nice crispness on the finish.

O: Not my favorite offering from Green Flash nor the best tripel I've had but still quite satisfying. It's pretty bold, like many of their other beers, which I have to respect.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 03:01:24 | More by DrFayhee
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fruity aroma has a strong yeasty, slightly rubbery overtone and a hint of cinnamon. Pours a nice clear golden yellow with a thick and rather persistent ivory head. Flavor has mainly fruity and yeasty notes and - whoa! - a fairly strong alcohol nip. Finish has a hint of resin to it. Texture has OK body and a fair amount of fizz and life. Tasty and satisfying - keep an eye peeled for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 04:13:20 | More by Cyberkedi
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle slowly into a tulip glass. From yesterdays notes.

A nice white head, sort of foamy, but also leaves a nice creamy top a bit, and falls quite slowly. The body is a real nice bronze orange, minimal carbonation, and slightly cloudy. Looks simple and good.

Real nice simple nose. Juicy orange, and mild heat with some yeasty character. Slightly dry and has a soft spice to it, somewhat like cardomom. Nice dry spice and fruit juice, I am digging this.

Palate hits all the right notes and juicy body. Orange and tangerine juice, maybe even some carrot! Mild sweetness and dry malt aftertaste with a slight warming. Saison almost like finish kind of peppery and slightly sharp, with some prickly playful and not taking away from the palate carbonation.

Overall really like this one, nice take on the style, and a great orange/tangerine juice taste and appeal for a tripel. Really like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 14:04:14 | More by smakawhat
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3rd time trying to type this review. I keep getting logged out because I am away for too long or something. I suppose I am too busy to review beers, but not sure when or if I can ever buy this beer again

A- A clear copper amber, 2 fingers of head, and lots of lace. impressive

S - Lots of belgian yeast and candy sugar

T - Like the smell, sweet belgian candy, yeast, and fruits

M - Crisp, smooth.

O - Such a well balanced and excellent beer. High ABV is well hidden, which is impressive for a 9.7% abv brew. Well done, will be buying this one again

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 03:35:47 | More by BeerDawgs
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Philousa

California

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally imbibed at the tasting room 12/30/11, but my notes got mixed up. Finally got my notes sorted out and decided to combine the notes with notes from a fresh tasting from a bottle.

Pours a clear golden orange with a big frothy head that dissipates in big bubbles. What is there sticks to the glass. A thick spice cloud goes to the nose: allspice, clove, some banana. A bit of orange citrus, biscuity flavor in a malt that makes itself present. Big hop presence, citrusy but mainly piney aroma. Spicy, heady flavor, bordering on too much clove but it never crosses that line. Some orange citrus flavor from the malt, bitter hops kick in but are mild for a GF beer. A bit too much of that candied sugar/Belgian malt flavor that sticks to the back of the throat. This has a big mouthfeel, thick, a bit overcarbed and acidic. Attacks the tongue with a dry finish.

Despite a few gripes listed above, I quite like this beer. It's not super crisp and complex like a true Belgian Tripel would be. It's something different. Be prepared for that and you should enjoy this one. This is exactly what a West Coast interpretation of a Tripel would taste like in my mind. The hops really add some complexity without taking too much away from the Belgian yeast and malt.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 04:27:31 | More by Philousa
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MCDuhamel

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a chalice at cool temp. Liquor is medium amber, hazy although not a bottle-conditioned beer, effervescent, perhaps a tad darker than one might see in a typical trippel. Pours a large, loose, white head that remains a foamy presence, leaving light lacing. On the nose is dried apricot, mango, banana, and clove. Lots of fruit in the flavor, with apricot notes being dominant up front and banana toward the end, some spiciness, and a fairly sweet finish. The substantial alcohol is displayed as an underlying counterpoint. This is an above average beer, but sweet for the style, and the haziness is a bit puzzling.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 21:33:32 | More by MCDuhamel
Green Flash Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.