Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Flounder57:
3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head tha has reduced to a puffy layer. It is a golden orange color with a hazy clarity and signs of carbonation coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: yeasty goodness and super hops aroma. Spiciness from the yeast and lots of citrus from the hops. Bready and sweet malts along with grassy and pungent hop aromas too. Very funky aroma wth a lot going on here.
Taste: hops are up front here. Citrus, pineapple, and pine that leave a lingering bitterness in the beer. Picking up some banana and bready malts too. Spiciness and some belgian characteristics follow. Very interestingly tasty.
Mouthfeel: smooth, a little chewy, full bodied, medum carbonation, a little dry, and a lingering bitterness.
Overall: A good offering by GF to the BIPA style. Super hops up front that leave a lingering bitterness, but the beer did get better as it warmed up. Hops could be toned down a bit or just add a bit more sweetness,which in turn will add more alcohol to the beer. The alcohol is veyr well hidden too.
07-22-2012 22:49:25 | More by Flounder57
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4.22/5 rDev +5%
Appearance - This is a super-cloudy light orange in color with a decent head.
Smell - This is very interesting. There are basically two bouquets to this ale. The first one is classic American DIPA. The big, stiff piney hops and rich, caramel-laden malt scream West Coast DIPA. But then there is a Belgian Tripel kind of aroma. It's behind the first one for sure, but I can pick up some fine Belgian yeast and some traditional Tripel spicing, particularly coriander.
Taste - OK, this is officially The Freak. It's like drinking two beers very similar to the notes I made about the smell. The American DIPA is more prominent and that yeast aroma hardly showed up at all, but there is some classic Belgian spicing to this beer that makes it a wonderful DIPA/Tripel hybrid.
Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full. It is exceptionally balanced and has some terrific carbonation. There is no real bitterness to the drink even though it is swimming in hops.
Drinkability - This is actually quite an easy-drinking ale. Again, at the risk of sounding repetitive, the balance makes this a fabulous offering. The various flavors work in perfect harmony and produce a big, giant beer with what could easily be competing flavors but that work incredibly well together and go down like nobody's business. Grean Flash pulled off a miracle with this effort - it is a unique beer that speaks to the boldness and creativity of the brewmasters. Well done!
08-23-2009 02:20:49 | More by RoyalT
4.55/5 rDev +13.2%
A: a slightly hazy, glowing amber with orange highlights. The persistant, rocky, off-white leaves some light lacing on the glass.
S: An intense hop aroma that is mostly pineapple and citrus with some pine. There is a grassy note mixed with a more herbaceous note like sage. A moderately-light candy sugar like malt aroma blends with orange esters. Light peppery phenols and a soft alcohol aroma round out the nose for this delicious smelling beer.
T: There is high hops bitterness but it's supported by a moderate, clean malt sweetness. There is moderately-strong hops flavors of pineapple, citrus with some pine. The grassiness os from the dry hopping but the sage and rosemary might be from the fermentation or actual herb additions. Moderate orange flavors from the yeast. The balance is firmly bitter having a dry finish with a lingering bitterness and pine.
M: medium-light bodied with moderately-high carbonation. There is no creaminess, a little dryness from the high CO2 and a moderate warming from the alcohol.
O: I love this West Coast Belgian; it combines my favorite element of each in an assertive yet balanced beer. It'll make hop head somewhat happy , just don't except a total hop bomb.
09-17-2012 23:11:58 | More by MadScientist
4.1/5 rDev +2%
22oz bomber pours into my glass a clear golden yellow/orange hue with a creamy two fingers of foam on top and good active carbonation as well. Aromas start out with fruity yeast esters and spiciness with some clove and a touch of pepper. Big citrusy hops with orange peel accents. Quite intricate and the hop kick is quite nice.
First sip brings crisp malt upfront with a nice melding of Belgian yeast esters and fruity spiciness. Notes of clove, nutmeg and a light peppery accent. Midway through the hops kick in with a citrusy/bitter hit. Notes of orange peel and hop resins on the way down. Finishes smooth with a bit of lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat creamy and smooth. Goes down with ease for being nearly 10%. Overall, a tasty Belgian IPA for sure. I've only had a few so far but I have enjoyed them. Thanks to PatronWizard for sending this my way.
10-26-2008 00:13:18 | More by orbitalr0x
4.6/5 rDev +14.4%
So this is how you do this style. I loved it. In a tulip, it was a gold color, maybe a bit on the orange side. Thick white head with copious lace. Aroma of an IPA and a tripel. Floral and citrus combining with sugar and yeast. Same thing with the taste. Mostly grapefruit, a little pine, with cotton candy and yeast. A balanced combination. Would drink this one anytime.
05-05-2010 18:25:20 | More by lordofthewiens
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
From notes. No bottle date. Purchased 8/10, consumed 3/1/11
A - Pours a clear orange/copper with three fingers of very persistent head. Leaves some lacing.
S - Smell is mostly tropical fruit hops, citrus and sweet malts. Slight amount of spiciness, definitely some coriander.
T - Probably let this sit a bit too long, as the hop component is pretty subdued. Still, pleasant citrus and tropical fruit hop taste up front, with good malt following. Maybe a bit too sweet.
M - Medium mouthfeel with nice hop bite. Slightly drying feeling.
O - Very enjoyable Belgian IPA. Noticeable alcohol takes it down a notch.
01-14-2012 20:59:59 | More by warnerry
2.38/5 rDev -40.8%
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear light copper with a creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is interesting and unique - grapefruits and citrus, floral hops, spices and pepper, banana, and sweet sugary malts.
The flavor is sweet gummy malt and melon followed by a big bitter hop finish - floral with some charred tar that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light bodied and watery.
Overall, I didn't really care for the taste profile of the hops or the balance of gummy sweetness and hops.
10-15-2008 06:21:30 | More by Beaver13
4/5 rDev -0.5%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a chalice. The label has the abv. listed at 9.2% and there is no freshness date.
Appearance: The body has a light yellow gold color and a cloudy appearance. Its head builds up tall before slowly settling down to small covering which hangs on well and makes for some nice lacing.
Smell: Its aroma has a solid hopy presence with some classic Belgian yeast and sweet malt.
Taste/Palate: Up front on this one are loads of classic Belgian funk, yeast and malts. The hop character slowly builds up and adds big juicy citrus and tropical hop notes. The hops finish this one off with a blend of funk and pine like hops. The palate feels full and well carbonated.
Notes: The hop flavor was big and bold which made for a very interesting beer.
09-02-2012 12:34:17 | More by generallee
4.16/5 rDev +3.5%
Pours a semi hazy, bright gold with a magnificent white, thick head that goes absolutely nowhere. Terrific lacing and tons of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Smell is of honey, belgian spices, clove, like a good tripel. Taste is where the hops come though...bigtime. Huge hop presence of grapefruit and aspirin-y flavors in the finish. Astringent. It's got all the characteristics of a great tripel - honey, spices ala clove, coriander, white grapes, with a very bold hoppiness that kicks you in the face and grabs you by the balls. I love it. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, very carbonated with tiny bubbles typical of Belgian Ales, astringent-dry finish. Tremendous beer and the best of the style I have had so far...better than La Chouffe, Hop-It, etc. I've only had their IPA and now this but Green Flash has got it goin' on.
10-03-2008 20:24:15 | More by Doomcifer
4.43/5 rDev +10.2%
On tap at the Gate in Brooklyn ,NY as part of their recent California bee event. Always nice to try a new offering from a Green Flash. This pours hazy, apricot amber, under a rich looking off white head, that lasts and dissolves to tiny bubble film and shimmering lace on the glass. nose explodes with , ripe fuits, tropical and citrus, yeast, bread, and a mellow undertone of funk, wow, nice. Heady, bold and tasty brew. A lot going on here. Yeast, more tropical fruity ester, spiced up hops. Yummy, aggressive brew. Love the style and this one delivers the goods. Only wish this one was available in the local area on a regular basis. Oh well, gotta get back out to San Diego!
03-09-2008 19:04:30 | More by Billolick
3.9/5 rDev -3%
The Beers of California
Freshness Date: None
A: Hazy golden in my snifter topped with about a finger and a half of bone white fluffiness which fades leaving a film on the glass
S: Spice and powdery, biscuity maltiness with highlights of banana and possibly even pine.
T: This brew is built on a biscuity, powdery, fresh baked bread maltiness that lends this brew a wonderful chewiness. Strong black pepper and clove appropriately paired with hints of banana and peach. The hops are bittering adding also some notes of lemon citrus and pine needles. Nice warming alcohol finish.
M: Chewy with good linger and moderate carbonation
O: Green Flash's version of marrying Belgian and California style brews. A brew which at first may confuse and overwhelm the palate, but remains interesting, exploring new flavor combinations, and creating a style of its own. Although a brew with good ideas, it is far from perfect and I am interested to see how California breweries build on this style of Belgian / West Coast blends.
09-14-2012 02:53:54 | More by ElSid
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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