Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 724
Hads: 2,277
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 129
Gots: 376 | FT: 3
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Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007

This Belgian Style IPA is an "out of the box" convergence of beer styles where American Imperial IPA meets Belgian Trippel.
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Photo of codewarrior
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz Bomber, poured into a chalice

A: Dark amber. Rich foamy head, and lots of it.

S: Hoppy and sweet! True to it's namesake, this thing smells freaky ... an odd combination to be sure.

T: Rich sweet start, hoppiness rises late, then bitter, then sweet again through the finish and we've come full-circle.

F: Creamy, but light.

D: For how freaky and demanding as this beer is, it's quite good. It definitely takes an open mind, and a little getting used to. Tasty though ... and that's all that matters.

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very thoughtful extra from a great trader, torchednoodle. Thanks!

Pours a super cloudy golden orange color with some dull straw highlights. A nice short cap of ivory froth covers the top, settling slowly to a thick filmy layer. Leaves some decent hanging spotty lace.

Some really enticing aromas rise out of the glass. Hoppy juices of peach, pineapple, and grapefruit. Yeasty notes of grape and white pepper hang in the mix. Coriander and doughy hay also make it into the nose.

Wow, taste. The immediate assault on the taste buds makes it difficult to know where to begin. Fumy notes of banana doughy belgian yeast hit the tongue and last for only split seconds as they're immediately wiped out by overbearing hop flavors. Bitter pine and grapefruit grind over the tongue mixed with a tingly carbonation. Lemon zest plays boldly in and out of the hoppiness, with a momentary dappling of soft bread and white pepper. Trippel character fights to return at the finish with building yeasty flavor, finding an awkward imbalance against the hanging bitterness. Finishes with a stylistically consistent tinny grainy bitterness, the clash of what would be a spicy smooth trippel finish now blended with an intense hop flavored bitterness.

Sips rather nicely, though notably impeded by the impressive, if not awesome bitterness throughout. Alcohol, while only mildly notable in character, is still a detractor in overall drinkability given its strength. It's admittedly a difficult blend of styles, and this is one of my preferred examples of the attempt, but I think I still prefer a trippel to be a trippel and an IPA an IPA.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a slightly hazy golden amber tone with two fingers of an off-white/beige head that impresses with both its retention and lacing.

nose is aromatic and wild. bold hoppy notes (citrus), spice, bubblegum, banana, sweet, candy-like malt, and maybe a touch of pepper. flavor mostly follows the aroma, though i pick up on a stronger presence of floral hops and a bit more booze as it warms. finish is bitter. to be sure, le freak is an interesting, tasty brew. doubt this would be something i would turn to on a regular basis, but enjoyable nonetheless - especially in small doses; if you're looking for a change of pace i would definitely recommend it.

has a medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with about average carbonation. so-so drinkability: not bad, but personally i'll be set with a glass.

original review: 10-10-2010

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Photo of bmwats
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into footed tulip.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Plenty of spider web lacing.

S: Sourdough, paper, pine, coriander.

T: Hoppy bite, pale yeast, coriander, clove, oregano....

M: Crisp, yet syrupy. Pungent hop bite throughout.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really good. Nice head, plenty of lacing. Nose is Bready with some strong hops and Italian spice. Hoppy, yet yeasty with spice. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of matty
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange colored ale with a very slow fading head.Aroma is hoppy and citrusy.Taste starts off hoppy and citrusy then changes to more warming belgian ale flavors.Very sweet and enjoyable.I would recommend for someone to try this ale at least once!!

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Photo of FLima
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, molasses, maybe some cinnamon and matured oranges.
Sweet flavor of oranges, Belgian yeast, mints, tea bag and sweet malt. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering fruity and resiny taste.
Medium to full body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 9.2% is felt but is harmonic.
A mix of styles, clearly a Tripel hop-turbinated the American way. But this is a Belgian IPA, right? A style that I believe is hard to get it right. Drinkability not so high, given its sweetness, it is a big bottle though.

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Photo of deereless
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear coppery orange, cottony head, signs of layering on the glass - 4.50, S: Perhaps it is a little too cold but the aromas a more subtle than I expected, the Belgian side is what is most noticeable - orange peel, some spices - likely coriander, citrusy/lemony off the hops I assume - 3.75, T: All of a sudden this beer becomes a hop bomb, loads of piney bite, some syrupy sweetness to try and moderate the hops though in reality the hops just dominate, only the slightest sign of the Belgian makes it through all the hop juice - 3.50, M: 4.00, D: Always a fan of the IPAs, this one is a good representation of the style though the balance is a little too far skewed in the direction of the hops - 3.50

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Photo of BeerlyLegal
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured this 12oz into a tulip. From the outside looking in it's got great aroma (apples, oranges, lemons) and a vibrant orange appearance. However, from the moment this brew hit my lips it was freakishly bitter and dry (pun intended) for the way in which I've gotten used to Belgian's tasting. The bottle description states this is a "Zesty Brew" which it is.

Nonetheless I like my beer like my women. This one is just throws itself onto you and there isn't a whole lot of discovering involved.

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Photo of tubeyes
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A hazy near orange amber, min white some lace.
S lots of peppery estery bubblegum.
T bubblegum some hoppy goodness estery.
M good drinkable mouthfeel estery aftertaste.
O very awesome and very belgium , quite tasty and enjoyable. Much better than the band of the same name...

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Auburn gold in color with a nice head, a little hazy.

S- Smells of grapefruit, citrus, licorice, and sweet candi sugar. Yum.

T- Tastes like a regular (but good) IPA at first then the belgian Yeast and candi sugar kick in. A nice sipping beer.

M- A little heavy in the mouthfeel, coats the mouth a bit to much.

D- A great once in a while Beer, I couldn't have it everyday but once in a while it would be perfect, very nice with indian food.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy gold with a white head

Smells of banana and spices

Tastes banana sweetness and spices with a slight bitterness that hangs around

MF-Slightly carbonated and very drinkable

Overall- Very nice beer. I will definitely pick up some more in the future.

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Photo of sommersb
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 04-04-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Light copper in color, the beer is clear on the first pour and then hazy as I work down to the bottom of the bottle. Off-white head is a rocky 3+ fingers high, showing both excellent lacing and retention.

S: Primary aromas are of hops, both piney and citrusy, with lemon and grapefruit notes. You can also smell a little Belgian yeast funkiness.

T: Taste is first and foremost of hop bitterness. There is a malty backbone that brings a little sweetness to the table, and this is more evident as the beer warms up, but still the hops are the main aspect. Other flavors include spicy and acidic elements.

M: Carbonation is high and the body is fairly thick. Aftertastes are zesty, bitter and mostly dry.

O: More IPA than Belgian, I felt this beer definitely improved as it warmed up a bit. Probably not a style I'd seek out often, but I was glad to give it a taste.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a brilliant clear gold with a thin white head. Bottle conditioned. Lots of piney hops in the aroma. Medium bodied with a solid malt base. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty drinkable for the ABV. The Belgian spice is there along with a load of hop bitterness in the finish. Not quite sure if I like this one, but it is an interesting mix of two brewing styles.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear orange body for the first few draws from the bottle with each additional pour the beer turns hazy until the last 2 glasses are murky. There is a slow dense carbonation of microbubbles supporting antique white head that last for a good bit.

S- The perfumed smell of green hops is followed by a soft honey sweetness that turns into more of an enamel paint aroma as the beer warms. The bright hop finish has a tarragon quality and a nice green herbal finish.

T- The big green earthy hop flavor has a light soapy flavor to it with a dandelion flower and orange rind flavor to follow. There is a dandelion milk bitterness that finishes the beer and also lingers a moment after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a tight fizz finish. No alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer is a bit like the husky kid at his first school dance. Some parts are really good but the big dandelion bitterness steps on everyone's toes and there isn't that much depth or complexity noticed.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to HoppySuds for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden color into a tulip. About a finger of slight off white head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Belgian yeast quite heavy up front, citrus and fruits, floral and grassy hops, malty backbone.

Taste – Not very IPA like to be perfectly honest. Similar to a Trippel though there is slight hop presence. Caramel malts, slight toffee, and earthiness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall – Have never been a fan of Belgian IPA’s, not going to lie. This one was not so much IPA as it was a Trippel in my opinion. Would not revisit.

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Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The marriage between Belgian and IPA always seems a tricky proposition. The sweetness of the Belgian can go well with the sweet malt of a big IPA, but the bittering that goes so well with IPA malt does not always integrate with the Belgian sweetness. While not an outstanding beer, the brewer does a pretty good job of getting everyone in the boat. There seems something here that is just a bit lacking, that I can't quite put my finger on. Just needed a bit more punch in either the hops or the Belgian character.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Happy to see this on tap at D's in Swissvale, PA.

Poured into a shaker: Finger of creamy head over a clean, pale gold body with just a few slow bubbles. Gauzy lacing.

Smells of Belgian yeast spiciness with mild floral hops. Well-balanced. Slight wheat smell, crisp, sweet malt.

Wheaty, fruity, banana taste at first, followed up by a peppery spiciness. Then comes the booze: strong, dry. Finishes bitter & dry.

Mouthfeel is full, frothy, with some bite & heat from booze.

Not bad, not as complex as some other Belgian IPAs. Alcohol is a little unwieldy, but I'd still have another.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Hazy orange body. Ginormous white fluffy head that leaves lots of lacing.

S: Honey and citrus.

T: Begins with fruity esters and bready malt. Shifts toward clean bitterness and alcohol sting in the middle. Ends with citrus and tropical fruits. OK overall, but the alcohol burn really hurts it.

M: Medium-bodied with enough carbonation to make it feel lighter.

D: It's been my experience that American hops don't really go well with Belgian yeast. This beer didn't disabuse me of that notion. A shame, too. Ive been a big fan of every other Green Flash beer I've had.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a hint of orange; the foamy head retains nicely but failed to deposit very much lace

Smell: Lots of citrus and a quick whiff fails to detect anything else; sniff for a while, though, and you can pick up the yeasty phenols

Taste: Biscuity, at first, with a growing pineapple citrusy/pithy bitterness; by mid-palate, the peppery phenols start to kick in, with clove in the mix, as well; after the swallow, the bitter citrus and peppery clove flavors combine into a lengthy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a bit of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A real tug of war on the palate, and that ultimately limits its drinkability; I liked it, at first, but then struggled with it the more I had

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: Pours a very hazy orange golden color with a decent amount of sediment both in suspension and at the bottom of the glass, has a decent amount of carbonation bubbles permeating to the top as well as a thick head of frothy pure white head with just the slightest yellow tinge, head lingers nicely before dissipating and leaving an incredible amount of lacing spread across the glass
S: A scent which i would equate to a saison style ale, nice peppery notes and spiciness as i would expect from a Belgian style, hops are absolutely present towards the second half of the sniff but there is also a citrus note which is more on the sour side of lemons
T: the taste is quite bright and pleasant enough, a good amount of hops are present in the middle followed by their bitterness which lingers on the palate for an extended period, there is also a bit of an alcohol or perhaps even phenol like flavor in the middle which has a bit of a bite to it, obviously i know it is 9.2% but this taste is more than just heavy alcohol flavor, there is something on the very tail end of it that makes me point towards phenols
M: Medium carbonation up front, smooth and kind of frothy across the middle like it is almost fizzy without the carbonation bite, leaves the palate very dry and also feeling kind of musty like a basement
O: this is not a bad brew by any means, the scent is really quite wonderful but i feel a bit like the wrong notes popped out in the taste, none of the spiciness from the nose came through in the mouth, probably a one time shot for me

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/25/2009 (bottle):

Pours a cloudy amber yellow colored body, with an average but quickly diminishing white. Pretty good lacing. Very bitter hoppy aroma. Also sweet and flowery. A lot of sweet spiciness. Soft palate, spicy taste. Some light floralness. Some bitterness too, but not very hoppy tasting. A little sourness. Definitely tastes like a weak cross between an IPA and a Belgian. Alcoholy as it warms up more.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled May 2007
The beer is quite hazy and is topped by a one-finger thick pale head that sits atop an orange-gold colored beer. Aromas of earthy spice, that sort of quintessential signature Belgian nose; notes of grass, with an underneath fruit mix of pear, apple and even some citrus (lemon and some orange peel). This is a really nice, interesting nose.

The beer is fairly dry tasting, yet it has a heft and body to it that belies this. I think the earthy, chewy spice notes help to dry out what would otherwise be a beer with some sweetness. Grassy hop notes are noticeable up front and the beer picks up some pale-grain sweetness after the first couple of sips; still it is fairly dry over all. A biting, herbal hop note is found in the finish; an austere bitterness as well as some hop flavor contributes to this. The beer is very hoppy, yet still the Belgian yeas character comes through in a supporting role.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from/at the old now defunct liquid purveyors or whatever they called it in Portland.

Great appearance, vibrant dark yellow haze. Aroma not as hoppy as was expected.

Taste, hops more noticeable, but this one seems to fall into the belgian category than west coast ipa. Sweet and not hot spicy, but that kind of hop spice you get occasionally from Europe or New Zealand I've noticed. A little much of the spice and alcohol feel.

A costly bottle. Worth checking out at least once though. But definitely not the best San Diego area belgian ipa.

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Photo of sloejams
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Belmont Brewing Co

I was happy to see that nestled in amongst the BBC's own beers they had a few from Green Flash, including this one that I've not had previously. It pours a golden color, looking a lot like a tripel. Smell-wise too, I would have guessed this a tripel: there was clove, Belgian yeast and slight citrus. The hops didnt really come out until the bitterness of the taste. It took me awhile to warm up to it as it didnt have the bouquet of say an Urthel Hop-It or a Poperings Hommel. I will say that as it warmed it warmed up to me.

I will say the high ABV came out in the taste a bit which had me switch beers after just one.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle received as an extra from a very generous soul in LA who goes by the handle of JRS. Thanks, Josh! You and Evan have hooked me up with some absolute gems!

A: I carefully decant this into my Duvel tulip, yielding a crystal clear orange beer with a massive off-white head with great retention. As the head slowly recedes, it leaves a ton of lace. Pretty awesome

S: On the nose this is surprisingly subdued on the hop front. I had this on cask a couple of months back and the hops were a riot. This time round, they're more muted with some citrus and orange notes. The spices do jump out, though, with clove, pepper and some floral notes. Intriguing. Swirling in the yeast adds a (surprise) yeasty complexity and evens out the balance fairly well

T: On the palate, this opens up with some moderate hop character that's quickly overwhelmed by the spicy characteristics from the yeast, incredibly aggressive it is. Tons of white pepper, clove and a strange anise-like astringency. There's some mild malt sweetness but it's overwhelmed by the spices (at least on my palate) Finishes dry and spicy. After I reviewed it, I poured the yeast and that does make this seem a little more muddled

M: Carbonation is pretty spot on and the body is pretty light and tripel-like. The finish is pleasingly dry but the spiciness is a bit much

D: The spices do hurt the drinkability but I'm glad I got to try it.

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