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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,055 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,055
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 103
Gots: 211 | FT: 1
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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Photo of sweemzander
2.3/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of cjoc83
2.3/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.38/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of david18
2.4/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of MysticMoose
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of kevkize
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of MenardMa
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of Daniel101
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of Didier
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of ejw127
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of hawkmage
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of PhawkYu
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of mxchap
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of jpmclaug
2.55/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of MaineBrewing
2.64/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Triklino
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of powpig2002
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of ATXRyan
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of deadliest
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of jjm2503
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of thedifferencemaker
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of dheldman
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of Vancer
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The start is off on the right foot - a hazy amber orange with a real rocky top white head, plenty of sheet lacing in the Corsendonk tulip. Tons O' yeasties on the bottle bottom.

Great aroma of a musty, funky brew with plenty of Belgium yeast kicking into the mix.

But the taste? WOW, major let down. An astringent taste of orange and citrus, sweet start and sour finish - only a bit of sweet Belgium candy cane saves this at all. This combination does not work well at all. Finish is dry and burning with the alcohol. Funny how sometimes one does not taste a beer the same as the majority.

I'm passing on this one, a one and done beer.

Photo of andrewinski1
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. The color is dark orange; almost copper. There is a bit of haziness to the beer. The head is off-white and about a half inch.

The aroma has a bit of bubblegum, with some nice spicy yeast mixed in.

The taste has some bitter hoppiness, mabye on the citrusy side. Most of the flavor is more towards the Belgian pale ale. The yeast flavor doesn't mix well with the hop flavor; leaving a muddled mess of flavor.

This is full bodied, with very lively carbonation. This isn't terrible, but the yeast flavor isn't great and the hop flavor is mostly just bitter. I should disclose I don't love this style in general.

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,055 ratings.