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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,028 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,028
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 101
Gots: 199 | 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 superspak
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but should be pretty fresh. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, pine, candi sugar, bread, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of hop and yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, banana, bubblegum, clove, pepper, floral, grass, pine, candi sugar, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, banana, clove, pepper, bubblegum, candi sugar, bread, floral, pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity and balance of hop and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a fair amount of malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian IPA. All around awesome complexity and balance of hop and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Nov 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

freewill35, Nov 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

SudsSurfer, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ThisMoonlife, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of FLima
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, molasses, maybe some cinnamon and matured oranges.
Sweet flavor of oranges, Belgian yeast, mints, tea bag and sweet malt. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering fruity and resiny taste.
Medium to full body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 9.2% is felt but is harmonic.
A mix of styles, clearly a Tripel hop-turbinated the American way. But this is a Belgian IPA, right? A style that I believe is hard to get it right. Drinkability not so high, given its sweetness, it is a big bottle though.

FLima, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 08/16/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy copper amber orange with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger off white head that slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and zesty aroma with Belgian yeast and citrus hops. Upfront Belgian yeast with some funk, clove, and pepper spicing. Big presence of citrus hops with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, tangerine, and apricot. Also some fruit hints of banana and green apple. Hints of sweet Belgian candied sugar and some bubblegum. Some grassy and piney hop hints. Pale malt with hints of grains, caramel, and biscuit. A really solid Belgian IPA aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty and spicy Belgian taste with a big presence of juicy citrus hops. Belgian yeast upfront along with notes of clove, pepper, funk, and bubblegum. Big taste of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, apricot, and tangerine. Other fruit notes include banana and apples. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Also some good notes of grassy hops and pine resin. Pale malt with notes of caramel, grains, and biscuit. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and fairly oily. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A really good take on a Belgian IPA. Good taste of yeast, fruits, and juicy hops.

MattyG85, Nov 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

muskiesman, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

sparx1100, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

matthewbc, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jjwisenheimer, Nov 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

dakotaben, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

DAS30, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is pale gold with fluffy white head which leave loads of lacing and has nice retention. Tons of cascading bubbles as the beer sits in the glass. Nose starts with heavy belgo yeast which brings some bubblegum and clove. Hops come through with notes of earth, grass, and a touch if booziness. Taste is somewhat sweet with Belgian notes which bring some sweetness and spice to the table. Hops are next and while they are very present, they don't bring much bitterness to the flavor. Mouthfeel is very bubbly with medium body. Overall, this is exactly as billed.. A hoppy triple. Not my favorite style, but nothing bad about this brew.

homebrew311, Nov 10, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing! Sometimes I feel like an IPA sometimes a Belgian Style...This is both. Very unique, Floral/citrus and malty aroma, beautiful caramel amber color, Bready and mildly bitter hop notes.

Take special notice of the orchestration of the balance between the hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

A must try, Drink It!

MarkBeerDawg, Nov 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

wooddogg922, Nov 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

BodiesLexus, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Bwagner1122, Nov 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

JohnnyMc, Nov 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Harkrank, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

ajcormier, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of sansho
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%

sansho, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Infiniteingest
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Generally: I bought this Le Freak because it had been taking up room in our beer fridge for way too long. Having said that, I am a fan of Green Flash and will try pretty much anything they brew. I was somewhat hesitant to try this particular beer because, stylistically, a blend of Belgian Trippel and Imperial IPA sounds dangerously like too much of a good thing.

The Pour: Beautifully effervescent honeyed hue, with a long lingering, snow-wjite head--very finely carbonated.

Face in the glass: In addition to the belgian yeast I expected, there's a really nice medley of lemon peel, spice, and citric hops; sweet, floral, and expressive. Eventually, apricots show up.

Temperature: 55 degrees seems to be about perfect for all of the aromatics to come alive, but I think you want to avoid it much warmer than that. It's fairly full-bodied and extremely bitter, and it seems like it's just going to slay your palate and your will to keep drinking above, say, 60 degrees.

With Regard to Taste: It tastes like a well made beer, but I am not a fan of this blend of styles. As I suspected, it is just too much of a good thing, to the point that nuance is nowhere to be found. That is not to say that there are not a number of things going on here; I mean simply that the three or four notes are all shouting! Ultimately, you get a nicely done yeasty Belgian sweetness bookended by intense hop bitterness. The yeast lingers with the bitterness, but the bitterness is overwhelming. The hop bitterness that I love tends to express more botanical notes, across a wide spectrum, but I find this bitterness a little medicinal. All in all, not very pleasant, and definitely not for hop novices.

Epitoma: An absolutely huge blend of Belgian Trippel and Imperial American IPA with just a little too much bitterness to be well-balanced. This tastes like a wallop of a beer, and it drinks like every measure of its 9.2% ABV. If we're being critical, and I always am, I say Green Flash fell down on this one. It's the least enjoyable beer I have had from them. I finished the pint ten minutes ago and the bitterness is still on my tongue. Dang!

Note: The Trippel side of this beer is quite sweet and nice--spicy and very drinkable. I wish they had simply left the IPA out.

Serving type: Bottle

Infiniteingest, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Yeti1979, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

midlifec, Oct 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

skynyrdbyrd, Oct 25, 2013
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,028 ratings.