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Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
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 metter98
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

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 pzrhsau
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Cloudy sand gold color with a slight head that doesn't stick around very well.
S: Very strong bitter hop aroma with some slight notes of candied sugar.
T: It has a nice combination of sweetness and hoppiness which blends well into an iced tea type sensation of crisp sweetness balancing some bitterness. Very nice balance to go with the carbonation.
D/O: Good carbonation and a nice balanced flavor that fits well with the style. Interesting interpretation of the style.

pzrhsau, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%

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 upper american renditions on the style, and nowhere near those from belgium.

medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a bit of 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.

perrymarcus, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%

Pours a beautiful cloudy amber color with very little head. Carbonation is clearly even through the cloudiness. The head was minimal but I could have been a little more aggressive on the pour. Fantastic color though. Nose is of floral hops and with notes of honey and bee pollen. With just a slight bitterness to it. Smells wonderful. In the taste I pick up some caramel and honey sweetness. Along with a little bitterness and some sour lemon zest for a little balance. Finish has some Belgium spice to it. Great mouth feel. Medium bodied and very smooth and clean. Carbonation is a little above medium but adds to the drinkability. Overall I dig this beer a lot. It's a bit pricey but worth it. Alcohol is surprisingly toned down considering is damn near 10%abv. This is my 3rd Green Flash beer and they have not let me down yet.

depechemode1983, May 14, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

I nearly forgot that I had this in the fridge. Let's drink it now before I forget again. On to the beer:

Dark glowing orange in color with a little haze in the body. The head has a creamy texture and whips up thick patches of lace which turn to thin webbings that stick around. I like the nose; while sweet like sugar, it does have some pleasant apricot which puts this tripel more on the Belgian path than the American.

The sugars are runnning around like crazy inside. Still, this tripel will be plesant enough to sip on for the night. A little bubblegum and aspirin add much needed dimensions to this sugar rush of a beer. Some cough syrup, but in a good way. A little bit of the alcohol shows itself on the palate, providing a spicy note, but then you feel its pleasant heat in the throat. This beer has tiny carbonation bubbles that gently hit the palate, and a somewhat syrupy feel.

Green Flash Trippel is a little bit better than the typical American brewed tripel, but not quite at the level of a typical Belgian one. If compared to beer in general, this is a solid drink that will loosen the tension in your body with its relatively sneaky 9.7% ABV.

DoubleJ, May 11, 2011
Photo of confer
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

A- Deep gold and very hazy with lots of yeasty sediment.
S- Caramel like trippel smell.
T- Has characteristics of a trippel but not near deep and flavorful enough. Big boozy finish.
MO- This is my first Green Flash beer and Trippel is quickly becoming my favorite style, but I doubt very much I will be returning here. Too much booziness and not enough deep flavor.

confer, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of n2185
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Spices, bananas, and bubblegum up front followed by some light fruit aromas. The finish has a bready and yeasty aroma. Slight alcohol aroma in there as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some spices and sweet, light fruit notes up front. Then come the yeast and slightly bitter bread flavors. There's a surprisingly strong alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer has a nice high attenuation needed for the style. The alcohol presence keeps it from being as light and crisp as it should, but it's still more crisp than many American takes on the style.

O: Overall, a good tripel. Not the best, but far from the worst. Maybe with some time the alcohol burn would fade a bit, which would make the beer better.

n2185, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of theboozecruise
3.58/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. It's a bright orange color, hazy with a small white head.

It's got a floral aroma, hints of honey and citrus. Not bad.

The taste is about the same but a little bitter with the floral hops coming through. The honey notes aren't as strong, but it's still a pretty good beer.

All in all a decent tripel. Not the best American version and not as good as the Belgians but I like it and would have another.

theboozecruise, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of DBoone
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%

A Poured from a bomber into Duvel Tulip. Looking kind of orange, with some haze,some head, and some lacing.
S Candi sugar, minor citrus, not much else.
T Nice, but nothing that really stands out, is it biscuity?
M Fairly thin, no noticeable coating on tongue.
O Try it if you like Tripels, I have bought before, and would buy again.

DBoone, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of plfahey
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Golden orange in color, moderately hazy. Tall white head with moderate retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Orangey citrus with lighter lemon notes. Peppery, spicy phenolics blend with spicy/floral hops. Sweet grainy malt. Apple orchard and poached pear esters. Rose-like alcohols. Complex and wonderful.

Flavor-Big, spicy phenolic flavors, with notes of cloves and pepper. Light fruit flavors of orange and pear. Finish is marked by the clove flavor fading into dry, vinous alcohol notes. Low hop bitterness, and very light green hop flavors. Slight dark fruit flavor carries into aftertaste along with alcohol character.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderately high carbonation, a bit creamy, and some alcohol warmth.

Alright, but not incredible. Green Flash's Trippel smells great, but the flavor is not nearly as complex as the aroma.

plfahey, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured from a bomber to a snifter glass.

A- Nice hazy golden orange color, the gives a big fluffy head that runs away fast. You cannot see through this beer!

S- Malty, grainy hoppy. Smells more like a strong pale ale than a tripel to me. Not getting that Belgian yeast scent, but you can smell this beer from a mile away.

T- Tastes very good, fruitful and candy like, strong grapefruit and sweet raisins. Lots of stuff going on with this beer, and it all seems to come together.

M- Sweet and medium bodied. Very nice to sip on.

D- Very drinkable, for a beer 9.7abv you cannot taste it at all. Great stuff.

gabedivision, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +7.2%

A: poured a golden orange in color with yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: dark fruits pop out on the nose upfron with belgian yeast notes but had hintas of grains, spice, banana, and faint citrus.

T: the bubble gum belgian yeast character was more prominent on the palate with caramel, spice, dark fruit, banana accents and a touchspice of bitter hops.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a sweet, yeasty, spice, mild fruity, and creamy finish.

D: the brew was drinking damn good and was a solid tripel. I was very surprised with the green flash take on a belgian tripel.

Gobzilla, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of chickenflea
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%

Poured a burnt orange. Off-white head is fizzy. It dissipates quickly but with good retention and lacing.

The nose is sweet malts with hints of golden fruit and a smattering of spiciness. I'm encouraged by the fact that alcohol is nowhere to be found.

The flavor is where this beer lost me. First, it's way too boozy. A lot of burn in the finish. But the alcohol masks some of the flavor from at the front end of each sip. The fruitiness is akin to orchard fruit soaked in run 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 all right. It's full, sticky on the finish and carbonated enough to keep the tongue tingly without providing much lift and volume. It's pretty rough though.

Trippel is far from horrible, but it's not that great either. It'sa shame, too, because I have had some really good beers from Green Flash (the double stout is really good.)

Serving type: bottle

chickenflea, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

158th review on BA
Bottle to pint

A Christmas present from my brother in law, lets crack and see how it is. Had this at a beer fest once but only a 4oz pour

App- A hazy dark yellow pour with 1 1/2 finger head. The head was pretty quick to leave as well.
Very impressive lacing on this one as well.

Smell- Huge citrus notes to this beer. Was not expecting it at all. A bit of that Belgian yeasty smell that you come to expect from the style.

Taste- A yeasty bready malt that could have used a touch more hops to round out the flavors. Still a nice job on this beer. Had a very interesting fruit taste as well.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a medium carbonation as well. Didn't finish dry like most tripples I have had but to each there own and it's a good rep of the style.

Drink- Wasn't too bad. Pretty tasty for the price point I have seen in stores. Was a welcome gift.

FosterJM, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev +4%

Appearance:
This beer pours a light copper - amber and provides little carbonation. There is a slight haze with a small amount of sediment present from the conditioning. The head, which was the height of a pinky finger's width, was white and drifted to the outskirts of my goblet quickly.

Smell:
I do sense strong notes funk of yeast and sweetness from the malt. There is also a notable ester-fruitiness resembling many Belgian Tripels I've had in the past. One thing that doesn't come through is the hops. This fact disturbs me because being a west coast brewery and producing something as hoppy as their green flash ipa I would expect hops to be dominating if present. The bottle is labeled as being dry-hopped.

Taste:
This is a refreshing and complex beverage. I like the yeast driven bread and fruitiness followed by the sweetness of a malt. I would have desired more hops, but I do like this beer and think they did an excellent job making it. There are still improvements that could be made.
Overall I taste a balanced yet funky tripel that bodes well in my book.

Mouthfeel:
Rich like a syrup and full bodied. There is plenty of beer in this bottle so you have a chance to try it cold and let it warm a bit for additional evaluation. Sweetness and yeast predominate on my palate and sense of smell. I would have appreciated a bitter, dry finish, but it's not in the cards, maybe something they will work on.

Drinkability:
I thought this beer was quite drinkable and I appreciated both the price and quantity provided. There was body and complexity yet a beer still dying to be consumed. I have no reservations about gulping down the yeast sediment, it adds essential vitamins and minerals to make a growing boy strong and virile. I would like to try this beer again, but only after drinking more Belgian tripels beforehand.

Cheers.

ThePorterSorter, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of katan
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

22 oz into a goblet

A - Pours a very bright golden color. Extremely clear, lightly bubbling. Head formation is bright white, very well retained. Impressively clear beer.

S - A very fruity nose - strong amounts of esters and yeast. Citrus, floral, at times even spicy. A little bit of pilsner malts. A bubble gum scent is present at times.

T - Starts off ligthly sweet, 2-row and some light pilsner malts. Some white pepper yeast notes come through, as well as some strong esters. The banana and clove really comes through, tying in the yeast. Some alcohol warmth. Finishes smooth with just a bit of pilsner malt sweetness.

M - Moderate to light carbonation, moderate body. Some hot alcohol - phenolic - perhaps a bit stinging.

D - A bit filling at times. Very smooth and complex in flavor overall. ABV is fairly scary but you wouldn't notice until the bottom of the bomber.

A very enjoyable tripel.

katan, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of armock
3.58/5  rDev -4%

On-tap @ the Green Flash Brewery

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a yeasty spicy nose with a touch of alcohol

T - Follows the nose starts of with spice and Belgian yeast with some alcohol in the finish

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

D - This is a well made and enjoyable beer its a little too easy to drink with its good taste but I could sip on this for sometime worth getting your hands on sometime to try

armock, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of fourplayed
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

Medium hazy dark honey color with a thin off white head.

Smells of Citrus, oranges and grapefuit, yeast and bread with some spice.

Taste a big alcohol presense, then some fruity esters with citrus up next, some sweet malt and spice, coriander and ??

Medium body and a medium zesty carbonation, decent dry finish and more than a medium alcohol warmth.

A good american trippel, but the alcohol presense hurt the overall balance in this brew. IMO it could use more carbonation and perhaps some aging would help?

fourplayed, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of russwbeck
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

A: Brownish yellow pour with a big three finger fluffy white head which leaves behind nice lacing and boasts decent retention.

S: Bready and spicy smell with some alcohol tones. Definitely Belgian, but with a sharp twang of funk.

T: Floral taste to start, gives way to the alcohol and a bitter aftertaste. I'm getting some saison like tastes, definitely is at least influenced by saisons, but still a trippel at heart.

MF: Light with a nice amount of carbonation. Bitter finish keeps you coming back for more.

D: One bottle was enough. Bitterness got to me after a while.

russwbeck, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of nhindian
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

16oz draft from the Deli poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice, light amber or dark straw color. A bit cloudy but has nice carbonation streaming from it. Builds about a one finger, cream colored head. Leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Nose is bready, has a distinct Belgian yeast smell to it. Getting other light fruits, some funk, but a bit of alcohol too. Pretty fair nose and is enticing.

T - Unfortunately, this beer is a bit unbalanced. Getting some floral, fruity tastes at first and then just bitter alcohol. No crisp spices, no real banana or clove. Not very representative of a tripel at all, really. A bit disappointing.

M - Light bodied but heavily carbonated. Unfortunately, the carbonation doesn't help cleanse the palate and the lack of crispness doesn't help either.

D - Therefore, the drinkability isn't very high either. This beer nails the smell and ABV of the Belgians, but doesn't have the complexity, balance or mouthfeel of some real good ones. A bit of a let down.

nhindian, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of dstc
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a cloudy orange color with a tan head that falls to a minimal one with decent lace. Aroma has a nice Belgian quality. Fruity and pleasant yeasts.

Fairly decent Belgian taste of yeast and spice. I can see where they get Triple from but it is just not the same. Good beer though.

Medium bodied and coating. Nice.

Decent beer. Belgian Triple? Not quite, but good.

dstc, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Had this on 2010-10-26 in Columbia, PA from a 24 oz bomber.

A - Clear gold and orange with a short head that fades very quickly. Initially, a lot of little bubbles.

S - Oranges and honey. A little biscut. Barely any yeast smell, which surprised me for the style.

T - More biscut malt than in the smell. It's pretty fruity and sweet, a little yeast flavor with mild noble hop bitterness on the finish. Some alcohol taste. Well-balanced.

M - Light-medium body and light carbonation (I would've like more)

D - Seems like it would compliment some light food like a quiche. This is an obviously well-made beer but not very distinctive.

Tucquan, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a burnished golden color, slightly hazy, with a big, white, billowy, meringue-like head. Pretty spicy on the nose, with Belgian yeast, citrus and freshly mown grass. Spicy and hoppy on the palate, very nicely balanced, with a prickly carbonation and a lingering sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden, but eventually it is felt. A very enjoyable beer.

emmasdad, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of jbphoto88
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%

Golden peach colored beer that is crystal clear. The head is off white with a touch of yellow, spongy and quick to fade. The beer looks a lot like an American lager so I hope the nose and flavor don't disappoint.

So far the nose subtly delivers. There is a nice malty backbone with a boozy yet spicy fruit scent. It has a subtle Belgian yeasty flare which could be stronger but at least it's there.

The taste is a slight disappointment. The booze flavor really dominates the stage and masks the grain flavors. It puts the flavor in the area closer to a rough cough syrup then a clean sweet Belgian.

The mouthfeel is slightly better then the taste. Lightly bubbly with a touch of spicy bitterness and a residual dry malt sweetness to make up this medium body beer. But the taste never really gets better even with the high abv. All in all a disappointment and a pass in my book.

jbphoto88, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Soonami
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

Green Flash Trippel is not really an exemplar example of the style, but it is about average. I would not make any special effort for this beer, but if it's available and inexpensive, then give it a shot.

The beer is a amber in color almost like bottle apple juice, and my pour left very little head. There was a steady stream of bubbles from my glass, but it did not stick around. The aroma was mostly missing, some yeast esters and a little alcohol, but that's about it. The taste is spicy, a little alcoholic, and as it warms up the orchard fruit flavors start to manifest. The beer is a bit undercarbonated for the style, which definitely impairs the experience.

Soonami, Sep 25, 2010
Green Flash Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.