Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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2/5 rDev -50.2%
Doing a vertical tasting on this beer with two bottles. A fresh one (or at least 4 months fresh) and another bottle who's age I'm unsure of. It's at least one year and at most 2 or somewhere in between. I can only tell by label differences between the two bottles since the older bottle has no born on date. But it'll be fun to see how this Belgian IPA tastes fresh and how aging it might effect the trippel side of this beer. I'll score taking all factors into consideration with less of the score being based on the aged portion of the beer unless its extremely delicious to try to be as fair to the beer as possible.
No real color difference between the too in both the head and the liquid. The older one seems to have a bit more of an amber hue to it but not much. Nose is radically different though. The fresh one smells like funky skunky weed while the older one has a very fruity tootsie roll aroma. The head on the fresher one seems to have better retention but both have good lacing. Both are pretty cloudy as well.
Earthy skunky weed smell with citric and clove undertones. Faint banana smell. Belgian and IPA like at the same time. A bit yeasty as well.
On the heavier side of medium body. Subtle sweetness.Citric grapefruit tart on the mid palate washes away quickly into a spicy and earthy bitterness. Bitterness is high. but comes and goes in a flash rounded out by softer belgian flavors. A really strange mismatch of belgian subtlety and flashes of west coast ipas. Not sure how well it works together. A bit of alcohol heat accompanies the finish. Complexity is there but not sure if it's a good complexity. Not as refreshing as other tripels.
1-2 Years of Age:
Big strawberry jam nose. Some other berry fruits mixed in. Nothing you get from the newer beer though.
Slightly less carbonation. Oddly enough still some balance and bitterness. A bit sweeter up front with jammy fruit flavors throughout. Tart is a bit bigger on this one but instead of hitting you all at once it kind of rolls over the tongue. Flavors are a bit more concentrated in this one rather than layered. Caramel and toffee on the sides of the tongue. For having such sweet flavors it finishes amazingly dry. Notes of peaches and mango.
Alcohol heat on the back end is a bit more pronounced.
The fresher version is much cleaner but has a lot of odd tart and mixed up flavors. They all really dont blend all too great together. I think I prefer this one with the age despite it feeling a little heavier due to the sweeter flavors. The beer gets a lot more complex with time and a lot of great fruit flavors are aloud to come out. The hop presence and the belgian influence just dont seem to work so letting the beer age the hop flavors out is kind of nice. None the less, I wasn't incredibly impressed with this beer fresh or aged. Fresh was just too all over the place despite it being so clean. Aged is kind of nice and exhibits some unique fruit flavors but they're not good enough to store away the beer for such a time. On top of this the flavors get kind of muddied and you can find cleaner belgians ready to drink now with similar qualities.
04-25-2012 02:02:56 | More by jtierney89
2.17/5 rDev -46%
Appearance - pours a clear coppery gold into a shaker pint. Two generous fingers of foam form up with a pale yellow cast. Smooth and pocky, it settles down leaving impressive lacing all around. Lots of beading from underneath make this quite a looker. The bottom-bomber pour clouds up the glass considerably, but the streams of bubbles sustain throughout.
Aroma - wisps of grain and citrus appear among the classic Belgian funkiness.
Taste - some sweet light grain up front, not much to it. The ensuing hoppiness is much like an assault. Full bitterness, extreme medicinals going on here. Combining with the Belgian yeasty/funky taste, this contains two of my least favorite flavors, creating a synergy that will take all of my willpower and determination to endure. The swallow is unbelievably bitter, dry and tasteless except for some Orval-like Robitussin/medicinal stuff. This may be a first from my pen, but I prefer the funky Belgian flavor to the hops. That's primarily because I am not liking the hops one iota, but there it is. The finish is a brief respite from a host of tastes I'm not digging, but then I plunge in again. Some solventy alcohol flavors as it warms, which I'd normally rail against, but here I'm trying to focus it. Whew, a tough bottle of beer to drink for me. To be fair, as it warms, the flavors do start to unfold a *little*. I'm picking up some earthy/grassy stuff at times. Some more citrus would have made a big difference here, the hops were just too raw, harsh, and unflavorful, and pulled the rug out from under this beer.
Mouthfeel - crisp, somewhat smooth with a solid body. Smoother still towards the end as some sediment is added to the mix.
Drinkability - no, I can't do this one again. Much thanks to the good folks at Hyde Park W&S for stocking this, but it is not for me.
11-19-2008 02:27:31 | More by brewdlyhooked13
2.3/5 rDev -42.8%
Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a small white head.
Smell: Estery funk, candy sweetness and hops of the herbal and citrus variety.
Taste & mouthfeel: Candy-like sweetness and fruity esters up front. A bit of yeasty funk is present in the background, lending some nice complexity until the abusively bitter hops begin to rape the palate. This beer has to have the worst balance of hops I've ever tasted - there's little hop flavor or aroma, while the bitterness is completely over the top. Midway through the glass my palate was numb and I couldn't actually taste anything beyond bitterness. Pretty ridiculous stuff, and not in a good way.
09-03-2008 23:26:44 | More by largadeer
2.3/5 rDev -42.8%
22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.
(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color. Produced a light cap of white froth.
(S)- A lightly malty biscuit and earthy clay yeast. Bits of lemon and apple.
(T)- A little musty up front with a big yeast and apple flavor. Bits of clay, lemon, and an unknown subtle spice.
(M)- A mellow carbonation level. An ok balance, but a bit of a sharp grain and yeast profile to it. Not necessarily bitter, but heavier on the clay and yeast realm.
(D)- Not bad, but a little strange and disjointed. Too old? I cant be for sure due to no bottled date.
02-26-2012 04:31:02 | More by sweemzander
2.3/5 rDev -42.8%
Poured from a bomber into Stella Artois chalice.
Bottle states "Extreme ale converging San Diego-style imperial pale ale and belgian-style trippel." If only.
Pours an opaque, hazy amber with some yellow straw color coming through at the edges. A medium-aggressive pour leaves a nice, creamy 2-3 finger head that leaves nice lacing. A bit of yeast-y sediment floating around. If only the rest of the beer was as impressive as it looked.
The nose is all hops. Not really what I was expecting as it is supposed to be an imperial pale ale (not a IIPA) mixed with a trippel. Taste is about the same. Piney, bitter hops from start to finish. The belgian aspect of this beer is almost non-existant, perhaps because the hops are just simply way too over-powering. Reminds me a bit of Brewworks 'Hopsolutely', which is a triple IPA.
IMHO, a pretty poorly executed beer. The balance between the hops and the belgian flavors is completely out of wack. This brew would get much higher marks from me if it was just listed as a DIPA, but I'm rating to style. This brew is completely over hopped (and I'm usually a fan of hoppy beers). I would not seek this out again.
12-01-2010 19:05:39 | More by cjoc83
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
2.4/5 rDev -40.3%
I'm not impressed with any of the belgian IPA's and this one is as bad as any of them. I love belgians and i love ipas but they don't blend well.
The hops and the belgian character almost cancel each other out and then you're left with a highly alcoholic beer with no additional distinguishing characteristic.
This one looks like a double ipa, smells like a mess and tastes like alcohol.
12-31-2009 21:39:05 | More by david18
2.55/5 rDev -36.6%
Poured from a bomber into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Got this in a nice BIF box from domtronzero. I'm looking forward to trying this. I love IPA's but don't care much for Tripel's so it will be interesting to see what happens when they meet.
A - Clear golden body with a decent sized white head resting on top.
S - I smell citrus hop notes and then a whiff of banana and the other aroma's I associate with Belgian yeast.
T - Taste like a mix of the two styles as I should expect... The citrusy hops are the first thing I notice but then the Belgian tripel flavor comes in and takes over. Just really not a big fan of that and it really kills this beer for me.
M - medium bodied, a fair amount of carbonation and some stickiness
D - I really don't like the flavors that come with a tripel and unfortunately they are way too present in this for this to be enjoyable for me. I like the citrus hop flavors but they just aren't strong enough. I'm glad I got to try this but I don't see any reason to try it again in the future.
11-14-2010 23:46:34 | More by jpmclaug
2.64/5 rDev -34.3%
A - poured at cellar temp into chalice with 3 finger off white head, golden in color slightly cloudy with hint of orange. Head reduced by half to a resilient fluffy layer and ample lacing. left lacing thoughout the whole experience. Appearance is spot on for the style.
S - First in the nose is a wave of beautiful hops, piney, resinous. This is followed quickly with a nice fruity and phenolic yeast bouquet. Hints of coriander and pepper, slight alcohol. Light cereal and caramel malts provide backbone to the hoppy and fruity nuances.
T - Taste is wall of bitter, very astringent. Not hop bitter as much as tannin induced astringency, very drying like a red wine. Behind the bitter there is some flavoring hops, but they are lost. Lost under a layer of bitter is the fruity bouquet found in the nose and the malt character. The bitter is lingering. I keep coming back to try to find more descriptive words for the taste, but I can't. Bitter.
M - carbonation is good, but too dry, alcohol and astringent flavor is ruining my palate. Horrid.
O - poorly executed, i dont think this is a bad bottle, it doesnt taste infected... It just tastes like a poorly brewed beer. I have had way better examples of a Belgian style ipa. This is very one dimensional, bitter and alcohol. I expected much more distinct flavor and a much more enjoyable beer. I feel there is some good favors deep down but they are not coming through. Not a drain pour, I can drink it, but won't buy another.
01-30-2013 03:03:50 | More by MaineBrewing
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,855 ratings.