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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,927
Reviews: 689
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 91
Gots: 156 | 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 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
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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
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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,927 ratings.