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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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1,968 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,968
Reviews: 695
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 95
Gots: 167 | 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 GilGarp
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking forward to trying this since I enjoyed Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel and Urthel Hop-it. These beers combine two of my favorite styles so what's not to like?!

Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle so I try to pour slow and carefully. As soon as I pop the cap I get nice hop aroma. Nice fluffy head on top of a slightly hazy golden-orange beer. The head sticks around nicely and leaves some strong lacing.

Smell is powerful both like a tripel and an IPA. It has the characteristic banana, clove, and yeast of a tripel with an unusually strong hop aroma as well.

Flavor is intense, starting with hop bitterness, then going all tripel, before ending somewhere in between. Hops are grassy and piney, they seem to enhance the spiciness of the tripel. When compared with what I remember from the Belgian versions of this style, this has much more punch both in being a stronger tripel and being much more hoppy.

Mouthfeel is suffering because it is high in spice, hops, carbonation, and alcohol. All of these aspects together make this a killer on the tongue and so drinkability suffers too. After half way through this glass, I find that it's getting easier to drink but my taste buds feel fatigued!

Although this beer has character and attitude in spades, the Belgians always seem to have a more subtle and well-rounded approach. Of course, the west-coasters always go for BIG and in this one, Green Flash certainly succeeded.

GilGarp, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good melange of West COast IPA and Belgian. Aroma is hoppy, and complex. Taste is above average mouthfeel, almost full mouthfeel. Taste is satisfying: Controlled hoppiness, with yeast notes. A bit ore to sweet side, not too bitter. Nice small white head.

Sammy, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright orange with a huge, thick, dense, foamy, pure-white head that has great retention

S - citrsuy hops, Belgian yeast

T - some light malt, honey, citrus, faint pine, mild hop bitterness, Belgian yeast throughout, some warming alcohol

M - very crisp, medium to full bodied, warm

This is a nice beer. It is a nice BIPA in the sense that it showcases some bright hops and also some Belgian yeast but maintains balance. The alcohol is also relatively well hidden adding only a slight warmth in the finish and some body. This is a BIPA that I could sip on for a while. I like the balance and the flavor profile. It was enjoyable throughout.

tdm168, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a dark gold color with a tinge of orange and has a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops, cloves, and some tropical fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pine and citrusy hops, peppery spice, Belgian yeast and a bit of tropical fruit and cloves. Also has a good bitter hoppy finish. The taste does start off very hoppy, but it does balance out as the fruit flavor shows up more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit dry and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, the alcohol is well hidden and it's not hard to drink at all. I think this is a good overall brew, I enjoyed it.

bluejacket74, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of fitzy84
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Sierra Grille. Beverage had a great and orange-copper appearance with a rich, frothy head. Aromas included smells of yeast and hops. Wish I could have pin-pointed the fruit aroma I smelled, but there was a nice ripe, fruit aroma to the drink. Taste was a good mix of fruits and hops. I felt like I could taste a flavor of pineapple and bready hops. Good mouthful of a medium carbonation that helps the flavors come out without being muted. Overall, a pretty good drink. Never tried too many Belgian IPAs, but this definitely makes me want to try more.

fitzy84, May 12, 2013
Photo of theopholis
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying this one. Poured it into a tulip. Perfect blond color. Not as much foam as I would have anticipated, though. Some lace.

Lot of tamarind and orange rind, and a little mint, in the nose. Slight whiff of alcohol. Almost smells like a lower-ABV 120 Min IPA. Good, not quite the pungent green hop I was expecting.

Appearance- Body is clear, bright amber/honey color. Head is a 2-finger, white, fluffy cap.

Aroma- Fresh, inviting, daily hoppy with malt sweetness that comes through the nose.

Taste- Faily hoppy and bitter, that is nicely blended with a very nice malt sweetness. lots of pine and citrus. Hints of bitter orange, Pepper. You could definately taste the Belgian yeast. Very tasty.

Mouthfell- Medium-full bodied, good carbonation, faily soft.

Drinkability- yum!

theopholis, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into tulip at Yardhouse Scottsdale.
Pours a hazy golden brown. 2 inch head and great sticky lacing. This brew just looks great.
Smell is disappointing but still good. Belgian yeast with some hoppy banana. But its very subtle.
Taste is very good. Belgian yeast is obvious, slightly sweet and malty, a bit of hops and fruity/banana flavors. Its a bit too bitter for me...being a belgian style. But still very drinkable.
Really good brew. Get one if you see it!

DrinkSlurm, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

09/08/08- Purchased at Ledgers in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2008 release, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep golden straw colored pour. Full one inch head on pour. Slightly creamy and medium sized bubbles. Lacing is above average with nice patchwork and trails.

Smell- Strong hop prescence as well as a sugary sweet nose. Earthy as well.

Taste- Hops are big in this brew. Reminescent of Hobblen and Hop It as well as Bink Tripel. All use the hops to their advantage. The sweetness is a bit too much though. Plus the carbonation is pretty harsh. Grassy and a touch grainy as well. Not as dry as expected after reading a few other BA's reviews.

Mouthfeel- Mildly dry, rather foamy and brisk carbonation level. Long lasting hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- If the carbonation we a tad less and the sugar level was brought down a tad, this would be a very good beer. As is, still definitely above average and pretty tasty.

GClarkage, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Klym
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: A classic amber, perhaps on the pale side. Leaves a respectable 2 finger eggshell white head. Head fades off quickly but not alarmingly.

S: When I originally opened the bottle I was hit by a dominantly Hops/IPA smell, which surprised me. After I poured it, though, the belgian yeast seemed to take over leaving an overall sweet, almost sour character with tangerine and a faint trace of tropical fruits swirling around.

T: Hops and belgian yeast both strongly present. Banana and tangerine hit in the initial taste and bloom in the middle, and it all fades away with a salt-esque bite lingering. Alcohol is very well hidden. Taste changes in interesting ways as it warms up and as the mouth adjusts.

M: Carbonation was a little light and the viscosity seems low for the style; otherwise I found it smooth.

O: You get a lot of what's typically good about west coast style IPAs and Belgian Tripels in this beer, but very little of what is potentially great in either or the combination of the two. Overall a solid mix of styles that I could see myself picking up again or recommending to somebody, but I did find the idea of this beer out of Green Flash was more exciting than the reality.

Klym, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of wchesak
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served out of a bomber into Allagash tulip

A - golden, slightly hazy, a little more than 2 fingers worth of nice fluffy white head, instantly leaves lace as it gradually dissipates

S - not too much smell too it really besides some citrus hops and belgian yeast that is very minimal

T - starts like a Cali IPA and ends like a belgian tripel...finish is very dry, and you also get a faint hint of the alcohol

M - good carbonation and dry like it should be

D - love this combination, Green Flash did a great job accentuating the distinct flavors of the two types of beer while at the same time allowing them to complement each other

wchesak, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a brown 22 oz. bomber and poured into a Samuel Adams Turbonator. Many thanks to Masala Mama for delivering the West Coast goods.

Pours a clear, honey-golden copper with a massive, billowy, three-finger head with good retention and adequate lacing. Active carbonation throughout.

Aromas of green apple, Belgian yeast and spice.

Opens crisp and tart with notes of cider and green apple. Belgian yeast gains prominence with touches of clove, coriander and white pepper. Bitter citrus pith followed by grass and a scratch of grain. A blast of alcohol enters the fray with an afterthought of burnt caramel. Finishes bitter and dry.

What you have here is basically a DIPA dialed-up with Belgian yeast. And you know what? Le Freak works.

CaptainIPA, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of athensbeermaster
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This New age trippel pours a large l.t and frothy head that has great retention. The Nose gives off a fresh bannana bread mixed mix with a hint of cloves. The taste starts with the spicy hops and quickly fades into a sweet gum and burt caramel fade. The mouthfeel is kinda on the light side wich is a nice touch that let's the hops really shine thru the mix. At 9.2% abv. this ale really drinks well.

athensbeermaster, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not terribly freaky but pretty good. Drinks much more like a tripel than it does an IPA but the added hops make for a nice balance as seems to be the case for the "Belgian IPA" style.
Apple aromas are pretty strong but done in such a way that it doesn't bother me like it does with some beers. Fruit cake, fermented fruit flavors that one finds in many tripels. There's a question of whether or not the hops are there to save a mediocre tripel or if it all just happens to work.
It has been awhile since I had it, but now that I think about it, this is a very much a hoppier version of Green Flashes Trippel, a beer which I kinda liked but wasn't quite excited about.
Familiar flavors within the style, done pretty well. American aggression mixed into Belgian ideals. I can dig it.

ommegangpbr, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden color with a huge fluffy white head that has massive amounts of retention. Beautiful beer.

S- Definite Belgian spice notes and a slight hint of earthy or dank hop notes. Clove and a little banana are the main aromas.

T- Interesting mix of hoppy bitterness and the classic spicy belgian yeast flavors. Also a touch of citrus or mango hop notes, but the flavor is dominated by the belgian yeast.

M- Ultra smooth, really nice.

O- Pretty smooth, with an interesting mixture of flavors, but it isn't a world-beater. Good mixture of flavors. Overall, I like it, but I'm not in love with it.

IPA4LIFE, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brilliant, clear gold with a thick, pillowy white head.

S: Aromas of spicy Belgian yeast, juniper berry, pine, grapefruit, lemon, lime, and biscuits fill the nose.

T: Notes of biscuit, chalk, and spicy Belgian ale yeast are apparent upon the entry, but quickly give way to notes of lemon, lime, grass, black pepper, grapefruit, juniper berry, and pine. The finish is dryish and prickly with notes of biscuit, pine, lemon, grass, and grapefruit mingling.

M: Medium in body, syrupy, and slick. Carbonation is prickly and active. Alcohol presence is pronounced.

O: This is a very solid ale. The brewery bills it as a combination of an IPA and a tripel, and I think that description is apt. Combining the hoppiness of an American IPA with the delicate malt and yeast balance of a Belgian tripel, this is one seriously complex, interesting ale. Nicely done Green Flash!

mrfrancis, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Stone World Bistro

A: Thick appearing apricot copper on the yellow side of things. Head is dope, a good inch of pure white dense bubbles.

S: Clove, green banana, bell pepper, vanilla and wet grass

T: Begins pungent remeniscent of pear, green apple and over ripe kiwi. Nips of citrus come next as well as minor grapefruit old lemon juice and really watery orange juice. Familiar farmhouse flavors preside with washes of spicy, floral hops. Finishes alcoholic, syrupy and vaporific.

M: Full bodied and soft.

D: Nice beer. Would like to try it non cask to see what its really like.

Westsidethreat, May 08, 2007
Photo of imagineiii
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poored into my trusty dfh snifter. amber colors and thin white head. thin layer of bubbles stays on the top for quite some time.

S: Honey, Orange, ciderlike acidity, spice. hops are all over the front of the nose.

T: Sweetness at the front is too quick to leave, bitter hops follow quickly. Cascade and amarillo maybe? They arent kidding when they say this has san diego style IPA in it, and the aftertaste is slightly too bitter for a belgian for my taste.

M: Light and bubbly on the tongue. Smooth for over 9%

D: Drinkable like a belgian because its light and bubbly, but not so much because the bitterness sticks to the back of your tongue.

If youre a hop head, this beer is a MUST. Even though I like some IPAs, Im no hop head. I will always think of Belgian IPAs as less hoppy (La Chouffe Houblon)

imagineiii, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -0.5%

danthehopslamman, May 03, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -0.5%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a chalice. The label has the abv. listed at 9.2% and there is no freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a light yellow gold color and a cloudy appearance. Its head builds up tall before slowly settling down to small covering which hangs on well and makes for some nice lacing.

Smell: Its aroma has a solid hopy presence with some classic Belgian yeast and sweet malt.

Taste/Palate: Up front on this one are loads of classic Belgian funk, yeast and malts. The hop character slowly builds up and adds big juicy citrus and tropical hop notes. The hops finish this one off with a blend of funk and pine like hops. The palate feels full and well carbonated.

Notes: The hop flavor was big and bold which made for a very interesting beer.

generallee, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -0.5%

aquazr1, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Skye1024, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Altenor
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Altenor, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Justin8mypants
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Justin8mypants, Aug 24, 2014
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,968 ratings.