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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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90
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1,801 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,801
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 82
Gots: 118 | FT: 2
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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misinformed

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden color that reminded me of tree sap. White, 1 finger head that left behind some lacing at first, but both the head and lacing quickly disappeared leaving behind a thin head.

S- On the first smell I got a big whiff of a huge mix of indistinguishable smells. After that I didn't get much. Some yeast and a general sweetness.

T- Sweet followed by hoppy goodness. Apple notes followed by steely, bitter hops. Later I tasted yeast and spice followed again by the hops. A hint of alcohol now and then, but really I would not have known this was around 9% percent if I hadn't looked at the label. Long dry hop finish. Every sip seemed to transform from sweet to bitter, but overall the hops seemed to dominate for me.

M- Some light carbonation on the tongue. Light and smooth, almost creamy at times. Pleasant to drink. No trace of the alcohol.

D- Very interesting. I can't remember the last time I had a beer with such a deep flavor profile. Every sip was a different transition from sweet to bitter. I liked it and I could easily drink more than one, but I don't think I will buy it again because of the $8 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 06:48:32 | More by misinformed
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Michael-Poppe

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-29-2014 05:40:19 | More by Michael-Poppe
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-23-2014 22:35:42 | More by afsdan
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munky35

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-26-2014 02:57:43 | More by munky35
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etreesh

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-23-2014 00:20:53 | More by etreesh
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SShelly

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue Palms.

A light golden color with a 2" bright white head.

Nice hop aroma, lots of citrus and pine.

Taste is almost all pine in the bitterness/hop flavor/hop aroma, my wife described it as "sprucy". there is enough malt to balance out the hops, and as it warmed I was able to get some residual sweetness . While there was a little spiciness to the flavor there wasnt much there that I would label as "belgian". Also a great sharp hop bite aftertaste that was again very piny.

Overall I will most definetly order this again if I see it on someones beer list.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2008 03:27:15 | More by SShelly
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fellowrs

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-06-2014 20:01:03 | More by fellowrs
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-25-2012 04:06:24 | More by pirmannt1
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JRed

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden in body with frothy head that sticks around. Hop aroma with slight spice, sugars, resin, and citrus. Flavors of citrus, resin, sugars, west coast hop tastes, and sour notes. Medium-heavy bodied brew with thick flavors. A treat to have and a great mix of styles. Two thumbs up for Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 22:15:53 | More by JRed
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Kenai4

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-26-2013 01:52:02 | More by Kenai4
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miadw3

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-10-2013 07:51:46 | More by miadw3
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The_Event_Horizon


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-11-2014 20:00:12 | More by The_Event_Horizon
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JWP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-24-2013 23:16:43 | More by JWP
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-01-2014 23:58:27 | More by mick303
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jkermitj

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-06-2013 23:48:59 | More by jkermitj
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-26-2012 22:01:56 | More by Brushkanna
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420Rick

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-29-2013 19:30:38 | More by 420Rick
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tbraun1

Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 9oz tulip glass - on tap.

A - A nice light, golden amber.
S - Smoky and spicy. Rich and aromatic. Outstanding.
T - Again, subtle smoke flavor. Spice, is it clove? Very well balanced but at the same time complex.
M - Fantastic, very drinkable for the style.
O - Delicious. I believe I'll have to find this in stores.

-Cheers-

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2014 14:55:01 | More by tbraun1
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sloanzilla

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MMM MMM good! I love this smooth baby. I usually get it bottled and can't remember if I've had it on tap. I've only see it in bombers so far. Nice little treat to have on occasion! I've run out of things to write but I have to reach 200 characters... ;)

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 16:35:05 | More by sloanzilla
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is hazy orange with a tint of amber. Three fingers of dense, buttery head dissipated very slowly.

Smell: Mostly Brett funk from the Belgian influence and orange/grapefruit citrus and floral hops from the American. There are also hints of granny apple, caramel, toffee, and clove spice. The nose is not overpowering, and none of the scents dominate, but it is a very enticing balance.

Taste: The hops make an immediate impression; I could feel the bitterness flow through my mouth as I took the first sip. It is not overpowering, though; it leaves a nice lingering residue and compliments the mostly floral flavor. The citrus notes become more prominent as the beer warms, though. I want to say the funk is hidden but I think it offers a hint of farmhouse. What is definitely hidden is the alcohol: there is zero hint of the ABV. It has a dry, metallic finish.

Drinkability: This is an excellent brew that is well worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 04:00:04 | More by TheQuietMan22
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Drinkerofales

California

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am pretty sure I got a bad bottle of this, as when I cracked it, there was no carbonation release.

Also, when poured, it had no head, but the clear, dark honey color is amazing.

Smell was tangy hops and yeasty.

Tastes like one note tang, kinda disappointed, as after drinking, it had no carbonation.

Definitely a bad bottle here. The lack of carbonation makes this pretty bad. I will re-review this if I buy another bottle, but at 8 bucks, that may never happen.

DOA

12-11-11

Ok, so, it has happened, and I am grateful I did, as my next bottle opened with a satisfying pop of the cap.

Pours murky gold, a huge very light tan head fluffs up to leave tons of lace and stayed until finished.

Smell starts off with some floral hop, warm bready malts, a light fruitiness which increases with warmth, and a hint of yeast.

Taste has a lot going on. Nicely complex, and hard to catalog. The hops are nice and bitter, which intensity on the end. A light fruitiness is present as well as some dry malts. It truly reflect an IPA plus a Belgian.

Texture is nice, as the beer goes down well. Lightly viscous and medium bodied.

Glad I took the plunge again, as I really enjoyed the beer, and it's new label.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 02:46:02 | More by Drinkerofales
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown Green Flash style bottle. Label is of traditional Green Flash style on their 12 oz bottlings. Poured this into a Belgian style stemmed tulip glass.

A - straw like golden with some haze to it. Pretty velvety white head blends well with the body color. The head finds its way to a steady and frothy ring of lace leaving good stick.

S - good Belgian style yeast up front. Yeast aroma is very well done. Lots of fruitiness going on with some citrusy and pine like hop aromas. Everything gets almost floral toward the back with the addition of funky spices and the yeast takes on bready notes.

T - this ale is definitely well hoped, but the style of Belgian yeast used sets everything in motion while controlling the hop bitterness. Big light colored fruits, resinous hops, citrus, bread like with some nice spices. Finish is zesty and semi dry, but the touch of alcohol Booz remind you it's a big brew.

M - a definite Belgian styled ale. It has a lot going on and takes a moment to sort everything out as everything seem to hit you at once, but even with the 9.2% on the tag it's still a pretty damn enjoyable beer. I can't say its the smoothest I've ever had, but it does have a lot of drinkability to it.

O - it scores 100 based on pure uniqueness and the brewers ball size of even attempting to pull off a Belgian style ipa with a tripel lol. This is what I love about Green Flash.. The have the imagination to attempt something like this yet the class to pull it off. A pretty refreshing Belgian ipa. Something ill buy again no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 21:45:50 | More by BradtheGreat7
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Momar42

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - hazy, straw color. Good head with moderate retention. Lacing evident down the glass.

S - Belgian bottle yeast and biscuits. Great smelling BIPA. Especially from the states.

T - bananas, yeast, sweetness. Great flavors indeed. Really hard to put this one down.

M - Great IPA mouthfeel. Yeast and carbonation blend well. Medium mouthfeel. Finishes extremely clean.

O - The more I drink from Green Flash the more I love them. This is a fantastic BIPA, only slightly below Rich Life from FFF. Super easily drinkable for a 9%+ ABV. Great fresh flavors and clean finish. Keeps you coming back for more. Wish I could find a 22oz bottle!!! Green Flash = most underrated west coast brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 04:12:47 | More by Momar42
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Tobe


4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden hazy color with a full foam head. The aroma was that of floral hoppiness with a citrus undertone. Upon my first sip I instantly loved this beer. Mild hop flavor hidden by the sweet spiciness of the triple. The beer finished with a nice hint of lemon. I highly recommend this beer as a truly wonderful experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 21:37:07 | More by Tobe
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 02:20:49 | More by RoyalT
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,801 ratings.