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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1625
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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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came at the recommendation of Robert, the beer guy at Spec's in the Woodlands, and he has turned me on to some pretty good beers so far, so I just blindly took his word for it on this one. Looking at the score, I am glad that I did. Let's see what this one has to offer.

Appearance: Pours with a huge head and tons of carbonation. Though you can tell that the beer is pretty clear, there are so many bubbles rising that it looks cloudy. I know that this will settle down eventually. The head was pushing 2" when I first poured it, and it hadn't changed in over a minute. After drinking half the glass, there is a thick wall of lace left on the glass that looks very Belgian.

Aroma: The foam is making the aroma a bit hard to identify in the beginning. I can get a bit of hops, and bit of sweet toasty malt with some caramel thrown in there, and some already obvious alcohol. I will come back to this once it settles a bit. Coming back to the aroma, it gets a bit more intense as it has warmed up, and the alcohol is getting to be a bigger player. I guess the hops are coming out a bit more too, so it is starting to favor the Pale Ale side here.

Taste: The flavor is very smooth and well blended. There is a good bit of hops up front, so they were put in the kettle late, and are accentuating the Pale Ale aspect of the beer. The malt is very firm in its toastiness and there is a good bit of mouthfeel giving you a little bit of cream to coat the throat and keep the alcohol from being so noticeable at first. The beer is well balanced in the finish, so much so that it is hard to tell who is in charge. I think that I am going to say that the hops win in the end, but not by much. They make the beer a little dry on the back of the throat, and by the time the alcohol cuts through the creaminess, it gets a little dry on the palate to linger after the sip.

Opinion: Overall I have been really happy with this beer. It has a different experience in flavor, and really favors a Belgian Pale overall and would compete with any of the best of them in my opinion. That said, it isn't necessarily my favorite style, so I doubt that I will feel the need to go back here, but it was a good experience and I am glad that I took Robert's word for this one. He's racking up credits, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 07:54:36 | More by SkeeterHawk
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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.

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

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,625 ratings.