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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%


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

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Belgian Style IPA is an "out of the box" convergence of beer styles where American Imperial IPA meets Belgian Trippel.

(Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007)
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BB1313

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very hazy bright golden, fluffy white head which fades, but leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of bubblegum and banana. Very pleasant, but the hop aromas aren't present. I'm also picking up some lemon zest and orange peel aromas. The flavors are very crisp and sharp. It does have a subtle earthy bitterness to it. Very rustic. There's a touch of black pepper giving it some spice. I still feel the yeast dominates the hops. I wish the hops shined more. The bitterness is definitely there, but the hop flavor is lacking. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side. It's slightly sticky and syrupy, but has the right amount of carbonation making it a pretty smooth drink. There's a touch of heat, but nothing boozy.

It's been awhile since I've had this, and I recalled it being a hop bomb, but apparently that isn't the case.

This reminds me more of a traditional Belgian IPA brewed overseas than some Americanized interpretations. The hops don't shine like with Sumpin' Wild and Raging Bitch. So if you like Belgian IPAs with balance, this is great. If you're looking for a hop flavor forward Belgian IPA, this might not do the trick. Either way, this is a well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 23:15:28 | More by BB1313
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Washington

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a hazy orange. Gives a nice slightly off-white head that never disappears, but transforms into this light foam topping connected to the sticky lacing.

S- Smells great! Yeasty, fruity, banana cloves infused with piney spicy bitterness mixed with candied sugary sweetness. A hint of booze.

T- Begins on the Belgian side....smooth, creamy, a lot of yeast with hints of fruit sweetness before giving way to the IPA. As the IPA steps in to make itself known with its very present hoppiness.

M- has a some weight on the toungue more like the belgian and the carbonation is on dead on.

O- This is an excellent blend of two styles that really works well together. I will definitely be picking up another soon!

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 00:54:48 | More by BigMurph
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Michigan

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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martyl1000

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4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty hazy bright yellow fluid into a tulip glass. Some sediment, a sticky lacing.

The aroma comes with sweet malts, lemon grass, honey, and floral brightness.

Flavor in the mouth has a lot going on, sweet malts up front, followed by mango/pineapple, with some bourbon-like wood on the back end. Alcohol content is definitely a ghostly presence, but not frightening. Goes down easy.

This is quite good. I'm a malt guy who loves double IPA's, but not regular IPA's. The key, here is the Belgian quality, the hop bitterness backstopped by strong fruit-juice sweetness and bready grain. I like it nearly as much as my favorite IIPA's, Double Trouble, Hopslam, Lupulin Maximus, Lagunitas Maximus, and the like.

What I identify in my more memorable Belgian pale ales and Belgian strong pale ales (and which I don't get here) is that banana-taffy flavor and aroma. I think that might be what some reviewers call a "tropical fruit" flavor? Wish I knew what gives a Belgian that odd banana sweetness. Time for research mode...

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 01:09:47 | More by martyl1000
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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,620 ratings.