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Green Flash Le Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Le Freak® is the first-ever hybrid ale of its kind: the convergence of a Belgian-Style Trippel with an American Imperial IPA. This zesty Amarillo dry-hopped, bottle-conditioned marvel entices with fruity Belgian yeast aromatics and a firm, dry finish. Aromas of orange and passion fruit with sweet bready malts, and flavors of orange marmalade and citrus fruit pith. Experience a legendary beer.

Added by Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep gold beer with ivory head; settles into a filmy lid with lots of lacing left behind

S: hoppy citrus and pine predominate

T: the citrus, pine, and some resin come out in front, but there is a nice dry Belgian-y finish

M: fuzzy, crisp, clean-finishing, smooth dry; very drinkable

O: to me, this was like a double IPA with a Belgian strong pale ale finish; an excellent beer

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Photo of RedHaze
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MASPuros for the bottle.

Pours a very cloudy golden, almost wheat color, with a creamy two finger head. The foam sticks around for a very long time, leaving a thick sheeting of lace behind.

Smell; tone of tropical fruits, mangoes, pineapples, oranges and lemons. Some pepper and alcohol give a nice spiciness to the aroma, and some sweet caramel and candied sugar round out the nose.

Taste; those tropical fruits come through in the flavor as much as they did in the aroma. Pineapples, mangoes, oranges and lemons all make an appearance with the additions of some bananas. Through the middle a great spiciness with white pepper, cloves and alcohol. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, with caramel and a touch of candied sugar. Despite the sweetnes it actually comes off as a little dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a great drinkability.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle drank from duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours a bright golden orange colored body with a large, white, fluffy head. the head lasts nearly the entire time and leaves behind solid rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice is the belgian yeast. it starts off very similar to your run of the mill belgian trippels. banana, clove, coriander, and yeast. theres a little bit of alcohol in here too. at the end comes a large blast of american hops. very citrusy with lots of pine as well.

T- the taste is similar to the smell. trippel up front with an IPA in the back. lots of grapefruit and resiny piny hops. i could also detect some alcohol.

M- medium, bordering on full, bodied bodied and well carbonated. some warming on the way down from the alcohol.

D- i really liked this one. it was a great blend of two very contrasting styles. too potent to attempt a second one, but the bottle i had went down in a hurry. check this one out oif youre a fan of the style.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear golden color, with 3 fingers of head and a huge sticky lace all over the glass

S - Belgian yeast strain and candy sugar all over the place

T - A very tasty mix of an IPA and belgian style. A huge hoppy bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied. Well balanced.

O - A damn good beer! A trippel mixed with a Double IPA? Nice!

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Photo of aeminter
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very clean clear copper color with a thick white head.

The aroma is very fruity, floral and spicy with a clear hop note.

Wow, the hops just momentarily took my breath away. MMMM hoppy goodness. There is some malt to balance it all out, but this is predominantly hops and alcohol.
The body is good, the finish dry and the carbonation low

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

A: Slightly hazy amber / copper with a thin, carbonated, off-white head that pours strong and shrinks as you drink. Amazing streams of micro bubbles that jettison up the sides of the glass. Some of the most impressive carbonation I've ever seen!

S: Esters, yeast, cinnamon, and granny smith apples on the nose.

T: Piney and citrus bitterness and tons of spice - clove, pepper, coriander, all spice. Bready, yeasty malt flavors impart some sweetness. The spice and bitterness hits back in the end.

M: Creamy texture. You can feel the carbonation dance around in your mouth with each sip. At first, it's a light bodied beer, but moves into the medium bodied area once the spice kicks in. Very nice warming feeling on the throat.

O: Not a typical Belgian, not a typical IPA. But Green Flash puts its own stamp on the style and blew me away with its appearance, taste, and mouthfeel. Not as aromatic as I would have expected, but still a very strong beer.

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Photo of Reino
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of six reviews that are all possible because of a great first time trader, theWolfofMibu. Thanks man!

Appearance- Poured from a 22oz bottle with some cool artwork into my trusty New Belgian goblet. A bit over a two finger head rises up, off-white in color, and fairly resilient. Looking through the glass you see pretty large bubbles gripping the sides, but from the top it looks creamy and tight. It fights the good fight for a good amount of time, but gives in to its fate leaving a creamy skim for me to remember it by. There's a good amount of lacing, but nothing epic. The beer itself is a very full/dense burnt orange-gold with apricot and blond highlights surrounding it on all sides. The transitions in colors makes for a pretty beer.

Smell- This beer smells REALLY good. The bubblegum yeast jumps at you first. The yeast sort of smells like a banana, sweet pear flavored cotton candy. I don't get much in terms of hops, but what I do smell gives off a cousin cannabis hop aroma. There are underlying notes of clove and a tiny bit of coriander. The delicious sugary scents pretty much dominate, but with the hops trying to get into the party, there is this resulting smell of something I'm having trouble describing. It forms this cleansing, cool aroma, like a sweet spearmint tea or Vick's vapor rub. I'm probably crazy, but I enjoy taking big whiffs of this brew.

Taste- This beer greets me with leafy and spicy hops. The nose and the taste are on two completely different plains of existence when it comes to sweetness levels. This beer has a ton of shit going on. One sip starts leafy/floral, moves on to bubblegum, apricot, spicy pear and piny heat. The next sip leaves me with a completely different finish that is more earthy with a bit of citrus rinds and has much more pepper in the middle than sweetness. Just when I think I have somewhat of a grip on the flavors, it starts having malts in the finish. These malts taste like a very legit, whole wheat bread that was rubbed with hops instead of olive oil and garlic. I really enjoy what the finish has evolved into. The beginning to middle/end turns into a buddy-up session between pepper spiciness and leafy and piny hops. There is definitely sweetness in this beer, but it comes in flashes in the middle and is overshadowed by some awesome bitterness and the ever evolving finish. One thing about the finish is pretty consistent though, it's dry. The only touch of sweetness comes from a taste of grapefruit rind. This beer has a shit-ton going on. It would be a 5 if more sweetness was present. I'm greedy and would like to see more of the tripel sweetness that I usually bad mouth show up in the taste like it did in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Refreshing and cleansing with a good amount of carbonation and medium to light fullness. The 9.2%abv does not let itself be known on the tongue. However, this beer is very dry on the tongue. You'll want a glass or two of water after you're done with the bomber.

Drinkability- 9.2% bah, lies! This baby goes down smooth with little heat. The dryness does take it's toll, though. A bomber goes down no problem, but I think I'm ready to move on to something with less going on and that isn't as wearing on the tongue. Definitely keep the bomber to yourself, though. One pint would not be enough. Shit, I'm really torn on this score. Oh well, I'm getting buzzed and shouldn't second guess myself. A great beer. Worth trading for.

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Photo of asabreed
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Brooklyn snifter.

Appearance: A more golden copper color, with huge ice cream-like lacing that sticks around for a while, leaving huge clumps everywhere. What a sight to see in the glass, though it would've been nice to see more carbonation surging around, and it's odd that the head was that mountainous without such a factor.

Smell: An awesome combination of Tripel-like fruit, candied fruit, and pungent citrus hops. Lots of pineapple, pear, candied oranges, sweet banana cream, and nice lemon and mild grapefruit complimenting the brighter fruit flavors. The yeast seems to be doing magical things. Heady and intoxicating overall, with much to discover.

Taste: I can see how some would be turned off by this, but I am certainly not. Huge burst of Tripel-like fruit and Belgian flavors at first. Everything from banana, vanilla, candied and tropical fruit, maybe some mango, certainly some pear, grapefruit, white wine characteristics, pear, and pineapple. But what the beer achieves is the immediate yet not jarring transition from the sweeter flavors to the absolute onslaught of pungent bitterness, and I mean insanely pungent bitterness. But because of the malt sweetness and huge effervescence on that end, the hops don't drown anything out. But this is more for the hophead, as the hops are bitter as hell, yet they still manage to do great things with the transition, the amalgam, and the long finish. When the bottle's done, a huge cake of yeast lies on the bottom of the bottle, even more than I've seen in many real Belgians. That has to make a difference, with a ton of flavors, and probably many changing from bottle to bottle, as the yeast is beyond generous.

Mouthfeel: Expectantly medium to full-bodied, with a decent creaminess and carbonation.

Drinkability: From what I heard before I tried this, it's a love it or hate it beer, and it seems that for most folks it's the former. And I'm certainly also in that camp. The biggest detractor is the $9-ish price tag, which just seems a bit outrageous. Take it down to the $7 range and we'll see, but Green Flash -- unlike someone like Lagunitas -- always has their prices high, so I suppose you have to expect it. But man, what a wild beer, and a style that I hope continues to catch on.

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Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A honeyed amber that starts out with a light cloudiness but as I work through the bottle becomes it opaque. A big head and very good lacing. Carbonation is visible but not so much as to draw attention to itself.

Smell is your first hint of what is in store for your drinking pleasure. You can smell the distinct components. A full Belgian Tripel and an American IPA. Big honey and malt with Belgian candi sugar. A huge hoppiness that blend sublimely with the tripel. A largish alcohol facet mixed in as well.

Taste is perfect. Just like the nose. A firm Tripel that supports an aggressive hop profile. Huge hoppiness is multifaceted and complex with all the usual suspects. Citrus and pine. Grapefruit in abundance. Balance provided by a large Belgian malt sweetness and thick honey like component. A resinous and oily mouthfeel is kept in check by a Belgian malt based weight and liquid velvet carbonation.

It is so easy to quaff this stuff it ought to be illegal. While aggressive and strong it nonetheless displays a balance that allow a free spirited and unrestrained sessioning. Let the drinker beware!!

Much love to WasTrikenSie for this one ! A great beer.

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Photo of scottoale
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of these last night at (who would have guessed?) O'Brien's, served in pint glasses. A milky apricot-orange, almost looks like a Kern's peach nectar with a 1/2" of smooth, white head. The froth settles quickly, leaving some nice lace rings clinging to the glass after the first few sips. An interesting looking ale for sure.

The smell is somewhat sweet, and definitely spicy as you would expect in the Belgian style, with the yeast and hops leading the way into the complexity. Banana, bubblegum, clove, corriander, honeysuckle and a general funkiness that are followed by a most pleasant citrusy hop finish...this stuff tastes absolutely great.

Plenty of body with the "cask" smoothness, make this rather high octane brew ( 9.0% ABV if I'm not mistaken) go down effortlessly and most enjoyably. This is a kick-ass, larger than life, authentic in style offering from the Green Flash, that I look forward to having again...on tap or cask conditioned!

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Photo of SaintArnold
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been very eager to try this. I am starting to become a very big fan of the Green Flash brewery. I poured this from a 22 oz. bomber into my fancy smancy Samuel Adams beer tasting glass. As I am pouring the beer, Rick James's "Super Freak" is going through my head.

A- It pours a thick honey color with a 2" off white color head. It's cloudy from the yeast. The lacing is decent at best.

S- Orange maybe coriander. There are hoppy citrusy hints but the overwhelming scent is of fruit. I do detect traces of banana. I want to say pina colada, but that would be going too far. There's definitely a tropical fruit smell.

T- Wow. My palate doesn't know what to make of this. It's like watching sports at Gentlemen's club. My eyes don't know whether to watch the football on the big screen or the woman on the pole. It's the same for my taste buds here. The smooth fruitiness of the wheat is immediate. This is soon followed by the bitter tang of the generous amounts of hops. It's an interesting flavor; I've never had anything like this. There's too much going on, it's hard for me to look on any one flavor.

M- Medium body with a silky smooth finish on the tongue. Because of the hops, the finish is very dry.

D- This is where this interesting beer gets dinged on points. You are only going to like this beer if: #1. You are a weizen/Belgian ale drinker and #2. You are a hop head. I happen to be both so I love this beer. It does get better as it warms up a bit. This allows the rest of the beer to compete against the hops. As a beer connoisseur, I love this beer. It challenges you on every level. However, I can't see myself having more than one of these at a time. If you want a change of pace, and a beer that will challenge you? This is the beer for you.

Remember Rick James? This beer is a Super Freak, Super Freak, its Super Freaky...awwww. I love it.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an light orangey amber with a moderate white head that laces pretty well.
the aroma has a big powdery lupulin hoppiness to it, with large amounts of pine and grapefruit rind. just a little bit of buublegum with warmth, followed by some spiciness like anise, pepper, corriander (faint). the is also some booze that is fairly evident, but not overpowering.
the atses brings another torrent of hops floral and citrus hops bite up front with pine towards the back. you get some more traditional tripel notes somewhere in the middle, but in abundance they are not. there is a distinct pepperyness though the hops have a saw tooth edge that not much gets through. the bitterness cleans things up tidily.
the body seems deceptively thin due in part to some of the bitterness, and fairly active carbonation, but i think it's actually fairly medium bodied.
the drinkability it good. this beer has some serious hop balls, but manages to retain decent complexity beyond the hops. the most hop loaded begian IPA i've had so far.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that breaks apart slowly to a thick surface foam. Big bubbles stick to the side of the glass. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: candied sugar, yeast, and a floral hop bitterness are up front. Some spiciness lingers in the background.

Taste: caramel, yeast, pepper, green apples, and a nice bitterness makes up a well balanced beer. The sweetness lingers around a while.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Hints of dryness arrive late. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer. Tasty, well balanced and somewhat refreshing. Worth picking this one up.

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Photo of powerss13
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Light Amber color; not cloudy at all. Good carbonation.

Smell: Good fruit aromas, loud on floral aroma. Well balanced on malts/hops ratio

Taste: Floral taste at first, then runs of smoothly, and at the end a good bite of hops. This beer is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light in mouth; the floral is definitely there. Even with the belgian floral smell and taste, you still get the great hoppy american IPA style.

Overall: A must in trying. This will broaden your horizons on beer styles if you have not ventured out much. Even if you have, it's still a great beer to enjoy a different hybrid.

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Photo of bruachan
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice gold color, which suggests some very light malts indeed were used as a base (given the strength of the brew). ok lacing, good head up front but it faded. my glass might have found its way to the dishwasher recently

the belgian yeast comes through directly, with a good depth of malt character: toasty, bready, biscuity. citrus NW hop aromas: cascade? truthfully, though, hops are by no means the frontman. fusels to be sniffed as well as some vanilla

the flavor holds a good bit of hop dynamics. sticky and bitter, but with plenty of herbal, citrus notes. some bright fruit. it's sweet but this element is not allowed to overstep its bounds, as the solid bitterness buffers any such possibility. some spice going on--coriander? boozy heat rounds out the flavor profile and, ultimately, this is a complexly flavored brew. it's thick and lingers on the tongue, as well, so as to heighten/sustain my experience

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Hazy pale amber under a good sized, chunky white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Mix of west coast hops and some Belgian yeast. Citrus of hops, then a more pine blend before giving way to the earthy yeast. Very well done.

T: Again, a good blend of what the bottle says: Belgian and west coast. Citrus hops and earthy, a bit funky, Belgian yeast. Bitterness is up there, but earthy yeast wins in the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, heavier than I expected, prickly carbonation. This one is a sipper, it's just so in your face in terms of hops and yeast character. Very well done.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a two finger thick pillow of eggshell hued foam.

S: Citrus hoppiness is most prominent in the aroma accompanied by subtle Belgian candi, heavy fruits and some German style bitterness.

T/M: Carbonation is relatively high, passive aggressive would describe it well. Pilsner-like bitterness settles on the tongue with soft biscuit maltiness giving way to potent grapefruit tones and floral hop notes. Orange and peach linger throughout.

Overall, a delicious Belgian IPA.


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Photo of arizcards
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at AJ's at the end of September for $7.99.

Beer poured into my Duvel tulip a clear orange with an outstanding white head initially. Nose is a lovely Belgian yeast strain, light spices, and floral hops. Taste is peppery, with hints of candied sugar, finishing with a heavy dose of west coast hops that leave a resiny hop oil. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and mildly carbonated, very smooth as it glides across the palate. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very intriguing style of beer that is a lot of fun to try. Recommended.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great brew!
Poured a nice golden color with a nice white head. Nose is hoppy, citrusy, floral. Taste was great from beginning to endwith citrusy hops up front, sweetness in the end. ABV was well hidden and this beer is so easily drinkable its no even funny. Best Belgian IPA I have had to date.

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Photo of UnkleFester
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden orange with over two fingers of foamy white head that sticks around, this one has an excellent lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, cloves, spices and floral hops. Wow there is a lot going on here.

T: Upfront there is Banana, clove, and spices then it starts to transition to the IPA qualities citrusy grapefruit, orange and pine.

M: A medium body that is highly carbonated. The finish is surprisingly smooth.

O: My first beer from Green Flash I really like this one it's an amazing blend of the two styles. Refreshing complex and well balanced.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into Mad Elf challice on 10/14/08. Thanks to Deuane for procuring one of these for me.

A - Two fingers of majestic alabaster froth sitting atop a lovely hazy orange body with a bountiful effervescence. Head receded into a quarter inch of retention and left in its wake an intricate coating of decorative lacing around the glass.

S - The initial smell reveals characteristics of a classic West Coast IPA featuring a potpourri of citrus and pine notes as well as a subtle waft of alcohol warmth. Hints of grapefruit and orange are at the forefront. The aroma of a Belgian tripel soon follows, with a hefty portion of earthy yeast, fruity esters and some candi sugar. Somehow, a bit of caramel malt manages to sneak its way into the mix as well.

T - In contrast to the aroma, my initial sip captures the essence of the tripel first, with hints of earthy yeast, dried fruits and some candi sugar sweetness. Some yeasty funk appears in the backend but is kept in line by an aggressive hop profile combining citrus and piney notes. The hops really stand out in the finish, with a flavor akin to grapefruit and orange.

M - Medium bodied with an extremely smooth, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. The alcohol provides a mild sting on the palate, while the hops add a depth of bitterness to an otherwise earthy and fruity brew. Finish is on the dry side with a nice lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

D - Now this is the kind of Belgian ale I can enjoy over and over again. Ultimately, this is quite a complex brew that combines the best characteristics of both the tripel and the West Coast IPA. The citrus notes work especially well with the sweetness and yeastiness of the tripel. While the alcohol is noticeable in this brew, it does not hinder its drinkability. Props to Green Flash for brewing this fantastic Belgian IPA!

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Photo of Dig
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great beer. Complexity and flavour of a trippel with the power and balancing bitterness of a 2IPA. Really good. Did start to get a bit 'chewy' toward the end, but didn't leave my mouth feeling quite as osmotically shocked as many other trippels. Must look out for more of these hybrid styles.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Best by 2017-04-07.

A: clear pale. Poured with 3 fingers high head and persists.
S: Pineapple, honey, pear, and coriander.
T: Tropical fruits. Coriander. Moderate bitterness. Dry to semi-dry. Dry and bitter finish.
M: Medium bodied. High carbonation.
O: I typically dislike the addition of coriander, but this IPA mixed it quite well with hops and malts. Really elegant and delicious.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lively orange with amber undertones. A nice, thick, stark white head bellows up and then clings to the walls while falling to a slick. Smell is full of earthy citrus hop, orange zest, pine apple, a bit of tropical / mango comes through. Aroma is balanced with a nice, cakey malt with hints of spicy yeast. Taste is very nice. Assertive bitterness full of earthy, citrus hops reminiscent of biting into an orange with some rind left on it. Hints of a belgian strong golden ale lie underneath... shortbread like malt flavors with white pepper and ginger spiceyness. The bitter finish pairs extremely well with the dry, heavy carbonation beer's swallow. Alcohol slightly burns the back of your throat on the way down, but easily a sipper. Another win from Green Flash in my books. My favorite of the style so far.

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Photo of Radome
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a large (1 pt, 6 oz) bottle.

A - Color is burnished gold with some orange. Hazy. Off-white head is thick, persistent and sticky, more like the yeast cap of fermenting beer during high krausen. Thick, sticky lace on the glass. A very nice looking beer.

S - Aroma is like a hoppy trippel. Bready, clean malt, cotton candy, bubblegum. The hops are earthy and woody and not overly strong in the nose. I may have an aged example whose hops have suffered, because I can't tell this has Imperial IPA as a part of its heritage. There is a bit of funky farmhouse character in the background.

T - The flavors are well balanced between malt and hops. Graham cracker, bready malt mixed with earthy hops. Some black pepper, leather, maybe the tiniest bit of horse blanket. High hops bitterness that cuts the slightly sweet finish. Complex and delicious.

M - Thick body combines with fine carbonation to give a creamy sensation. Some alcohol presence. All is pleasant for this big beer.

O - This is a big, complex malt monster, in my sample. The Belgian heritage is obvious and delicious. If it was intended to have Imperial IPA character, the aroma is way too muted, but that is probably due to an aged example.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 736 ratings.