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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 wheelinshirt
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber from Abe's in Bethlehem for around $8. Poured into a small juice glass and slim mason jar (the only things around).

Cloudy orange straw color, really intriguing color. Big, cloudy white head, awesome retention, tons of lacing. Visible CO2 bubbles floating up through the murk--amazing to look at.

Smell was hoppy, fruity, spicy, sweet. Looking forward to this. No sign of the 9% ABV.

This beer is dry but not overwhelmingly so. Bitter, sweet tasting, fruity and spicy yeast esters really round this out nicely. If the booze is there it is really subdued.

Mouthfeel is hurt somewhat by the bitterness that lingers in the mouth. This is where the lack of malt character shows its downside. I'm still glad this one is as dry as it is. Mouthfeel is somehwat of a necessary casualty. It is actually smoother and easier to drink with the yeast dregs swirled in at the end.

Drinkability is great. I would definately have this again and could have easily finished the bomber on my own. A bit pricy but definately worth it, if only as a one-time (or once in a while) treat.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a cloudy orange color. A nice white head with nice retention. Head leaves a tremendous amount of lacing down my glass.

S- I can pick up a lot of spices. I thinking a lot of cloves and pepper on this one. Also some malts, yeast and hops. There also seems to be quite a bit of a fruity/citrusy smell as well.

T- Pretty much right in line with the nose. Its kind of different...like a Belgian and an Ipa smashed into one.

M- Medium in body and maybe a little high on the carbonation.

D- It kind of grew on me as I finished up my bomber but I still think this isn't something that I'd go out and look for.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Bruisin Ales in Asheville.

Pours a clear gold color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty good.

Smells great. Huge hits of raw hops up front that meld with light fruits and bits of pepper and anise as the beer warms. Very nice.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of raw hop citrus and pine flavors up front that soon give way to light fruits - pear and sweet lemons. There are also light hints of pepper and anise in the aftertaste that gain steam as the beer warms. Very complex, and something different comes out with every sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's not as carbonated as others in the style, but I don't hold that against the beer. Thickness is good and it goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is great. Tons of flavors coming through with every sip make this one go down very quickly.

Overall this beer certainly lived up to my expectations. I was a huge fan of West Coast IPA, and this certainly has the same aroma up front. As it warms more trippel characeristics become apparent and they don't fight, instead they join hands and collectively make their way to my tastebuds. Definitely give this one a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of Rippeddisc
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very gracious gift from a fellow BA member that visited Kauai and brought me a few goodies.

On with it

A - sexy golden amber, 2 big fingers of head....frothy. just like a beer should be. oh yea...lacing...mmm

S - as soon as i opened this BAM! holy amazing. fruityness mixed with warm comforting smells. this beer makes me feel ignorant to not be able to distinguish what amazing things i am smelling. sweet and buscuity.

T - yep. that's a hybrid! up front...belgian. pale style. but that moves away to big bold hops al la the ipa. this is fairly incredible, as it is so well balanced and there is a distinctive change from the belgian to the ipa

M - Not overly thick...but there is plenty of linger of flavors as the beer transitions.

D - Good question. Unbelievably delicious but at 9.2 and fairly hoppy at the end not sure how many 22oz' one could take. then again...it's freakin' good.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me, this beer is the model of the IPA-Belgian crossover. Pours clear copper with a puffy white head. Rich, spicy aroma characteristic of a Belgian trippel: yeast, pepper, banana, but with a citrus zest. Clean, crisp, yet sweet taste. Good amount of grapefruit and resin, but tempered with the sweetness of the spice and yeast. Spicy and bitter, citrus and sweet; it all formed a great beer with the best qualities of both the DIPA and trippel coming through.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Pours a chunky, clean, golden splash into a half pint tasting glass. Color is a truly glowing golden orange color. A beautiful white pillowy head settles into a solid white cap with strong lacing that creeps up the edges of the glass a good distance.

Aroma: A really nice aroma, definitely defines the style of Belgian IPA, reminiscent of a Captain Lawrence triple. Strong pear, peach and apple aromas all up front mix with light mossy, grassy hop notes. Underlying all of this is a nice triple yeast and slight sugary smell. Super balanced and refreshing.

Taste: Starts slightly sweet with tart citrus hop flavors underneath along with subtle pear and peach notes. Moves to a strong pine middle with a heavy sweet honey flavor that finishes sweet and with a light hop bite. It's a little hot in the middle, definite alcohol strength throughout which isn't terrible for the style but a bit too much.

Mouthfeel: Pretty high level of carbonation on a light body. Pretty estringent and bitey. A little metallic but not bad for the style.

Drinkability: Not bad. I like the style and i like this beer so I could have a few pints of this beer on its own or with food.

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Photo of ChillMike
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very murky rusty orange color with mildly frothy head that drops down quickly to about half a finger worth and leaves only the slightest bit of lace. Nice looking beer.

S: My sniffer isn't the best right now so forgive me if I'm a bit off in this department....The first thing I notice is a very distinct very sweet sugary malt, it is followed or mixed with a pleasant piney hop scent and what I think is a somewhat peppery spice. Very nice smell, basically what the bottle says a mix of an IPA and a Belgian

T: Starts out with a nice bitter flavor that tastes very earth with an ever so slight taste of citrus which leads way to the Belgian side of things with the sweet malty flavor that helps to balance out the hoppy side of things. Finally it ends with a perfect blend of the two flavors in a wonderful aftertaste or piney hops and what I'm going to say tastes a bit of banana, sweet malts and spices. It's an interesting take on this type of style....whereas the other types of these I've tried tend to be more Belgian front tasting with a bit of a hoppy IPA taste, the guys and gals at Green Flash seem to have reversed it and made it more of an IPA with a Belgian twist. Very interesting I like it.

MF: Nice mouthfeel a bit high on the carbonation and it does pack a bit of a punch on the tongue but it is still very enjoyable.

D: It does hide the alcohol very well and it is very tasty I don't know how many of these or how often I could put one of these down, though it would be a great beer to share amongst friends.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a clear golden orange with a finger of creamy off-white head. Retention barely shrinks down at all, leaving solid, nearly finger high layer that leaves a huge sticky latticework of lace behind. The aroma is a tingling mix of piney hops, floral notes, citrus, and some deep notes of clove and yeast in the back. I'm also picking up a light waft of heat under the other scents.

The taste is much the same, with a lot of West Coast character to it. Resinous hop bitterness, juicy citrus, spices, candied sweetness, and strong notes of clove and yeast that really starts to emerge towards the finish. The bitterness is strong but not so strong as to overpower the other flavors, which I think really helps this from becoming a bitter alcohol bomb. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an effervescent carbonation that possesses a touch of slickness to it. Thanks to the good balance, the almost 10% ABV is extremely well hidden, with an overall feel that is very smooth.

Nice. I've enjoyed the Belgian Style IPAs that I've had before but Green Flash takes things to the next hoppy level with this concoction. This is very West Coast but the Belgian qualities definitely get their day in the sun as well, making for a well balanced and easy drinking sipper.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Poured into a tulip a very nice golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy white head, with lots of nice thick creamy sticky lacing and some small islands. The nose is malty, with some yeast, corinader, pepper. The taste is very nice, malty/yeasty, with a very nice spice note. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome brew, glad to have had a chance to try it out, thanks Joe.

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Photo of philbe311
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been waiting to try this one for a while...

A - Great creamy cloud like white head... A radiant orange hue... Opaque with great refractive qualities. A subtle cyclone of carbonation dances in the center of the glass... Stellar head retention... Great lacing throughout the session...

S - Citrus hops... Honey... Leather... Apple... Pear... Yeast... Subtle spicy notes... Hints of malt...

T - Complexity... Several distinctive flavors blend together to craft a wonderfully delectable experience... The fruit, pears and apples, hit first and fade quickly... This is followed by the alcohol which is warm and potent... Then comes the full IPA assault - hoppy bitterness... Then the Tripel takes over with the fruit returning joined by the yeast complexity... Final the hoppy bitterness returns to complete the experience... Wow, this was an experience...

M - Lush and mellow... Creamy and smooth... The hoppy bitterness is quite noticeable but it's not overpowering... Medium bodied... Dry... Gentle bubbly carbonation... Warming...

D - A unique experience... A stellar example of brewing craftmanship... This is not a day-in-day-out brew, but this is one to have on hand at all times and enjoy when the mood suits you... A relaxing sipper...

Note - This is a beer that needs to be brought closer to room temperature to fully enjoy the nuances and subtleties of this outstanding brew... Average at best when served too cold, world class when served appropriately...

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Photo of YankChef
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

appearance: burnt orange amber with huge pillowy white head that is very stable and sturdy. ridiculous lacing that just sticks and sticks

smell: very floral and yeasty as well, scents of orange peel, a little honey not so much of the ipa type aromas, perhaps some citrus and pine.

taste: taste is mostly ipa, it has the sharp grapefruit bitterness that really hits the front of the palate as well as the full mouthfeel of a tripel as well as the breadiness and yeasty flavors of a triple, maybe a bit of fennel or corriander. This beer has tons of layers of flavor

overall: this is one hell of a beer, really super complex with great characteristics from both of the styles it says that it represents. THe more green flash I have the more i really like this brewery. Must try for a unique experience.

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Photo of biegaman
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1 on tap at the Toronado, in San Diego and again at Cole's, in Buffalo.

Golden and orange tones are blended into an assortment of soft-hued pastels - the delicacy and balance of this synthesis is quite emblematic for a beer that sets out to fuse two distinctly archetypal brewing traditions. Although clarity is impeded it isn't entirely obstructed. The haze also fails to repress what is a very healthy looking glow.

Its lean, peachy coloured overlay is firm and durable. Despite the only modest proportion, it manages to embalm the glass like a mummy; strips of white are wrapped around and around. Le Freak certainly doesn't look like much of an aberration; instead actually, all indications show signs of a really well crafted beer.

The aroma isn't funky like I braced myself for it to be. I could possibly be convinced there was use of brettanomyces, although I know none were used. No, this bouquet of soft fruit (pear and apple) is the indication of an authentic, time-tested Belgian strain of yeast. It should go without saying that a proper yeast is the most important aspect of making a Belgian-type ale.

Here's where fruit will start to come at you from all angles. First, overwhelming and aggressively so from the hops. This is definitely West Coast style: it has all the juice, peel, piths, rinds and otherwise citrusy character you can soak out of hops. This produces flavours of banana, pineapple, grapefruit, melon, lemon zest, and cantaloupe.

The second source of all things fruity and flavorful, Belgian yeast, is far more subtle. It has the suggestion of fruit through its esters. It concentrates more on the orchard fruits (rather than citrus) and tops it all of with a smack of buttery vanilla, tons of white pepper and a pretty generous dose of barnyard funk.

The brewer considers this a "Belgian-style tripel meets San Diego imperial IPA" and it's still a bit of a mystery to me how, given if that's exactly what they set out to do, Green Flash could pull off something so well balanced. American hops are obnoxiously in-your-face aggressive whilst Belgian yeast works with subtlety and elegance. In theory the two contradict...

Yet in this beer both somehow go about their ways independently and do nothing to compromise the other. If there is one anomaly with Le Freak it would be how well the quintessence of both Belgian and American brewing has been merged. Green Flash must be commended for this. The result is something smooth and tremendously gratifying to drink.

I was very happy to learn Green Flash has decided to brew this one again. 'Le Freak' was definitely no miscreation; it happened to be one of the most ingenious, praiseworthy and admirable brewing aspirations I've had the pleasure of drinking. Mission accomplished Green Flash... now do it again!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I didn't know what I was ordering when I asked for "Le Freak", just that there has been a lot of hype about it. I'd seen it on tap in San Diego and passed it by while I was out there, so I figured I'd have to have it now. I was expecting something funky, tart, and maybe even barnyard. How wrong I was!

(I should note up front that I had this while I was out for dinner and it was kind of dark and very loud, and the room was full of different aromas. I couldn't even see the bottle to read it! Therefore I can't give this a proper review, but I'll go more hedonistic and base it mainly on my enjoyment of it).

The hops were apparent during the pour, citrusy and just slightly piney or spruce-like. It didn't seem sour..

...and it wasn't. It was oddly Belgian-esque, however. The yeast was clearly Belgian, and the sweetish malt blended well with notes of vanilla, mild honey, sugar with perhaps a touch of clove, and more mild spices. And then there were hops!

I immediately thought of La Chouffe Houblon, and then I got it. Ahhh, I says, as a light-bulb comes on over my head, it's a Belgian style IPA. Well, that's not too uncommon these days. But then it all made sense. Green Flash makes a very decent IPA, and a very decent Tripel. I toyed with the idea that perhaps they'd just made a blend and called it "Le Freak" , but I waved that off with another sip.

I had a burger with blue cheese and mixed greens, and it went quite well. I drank the whole 22 oz bottle by myself, and it's a bit strong, but I'd have considered another one under different circumstances. It was reasonably priced; and I'd suggest giving it a try.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample on 11/23/2008. This IPA/Belgian Strong Ale pours a orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head, with good retention and nice long lasting lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet, with bubble gum and candi sugar, but with a large dose of grapefruity and piney hops. A medium bodied IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet, with some bread and cookie. The hops are grapefruity and piney. Nice meld of a Belgian Ale and an IPA, it has that sweetness, fruity, yeast and pepper flavors of a Belgian Strong Ale and the big malts and aggressive hops of a California IPA. It really works well. Nice carbonation. Hides the 9.2 alcohol fairly well, there is a touch of bite in the middle. Nice beer, curious to see how this one will taste with some age. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and very dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of kwakwhore
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Really pretty golden color with an off white head which lasts forever and leaves lace on the glass.
Cloves dominate the aroma. Smells like a tripel to me. As the beer warms up, a little bit of malty sweetness creeps in as well. But aromas can be deceiving.
Serious shot of grapefruit bitterness up front in the taste. Hops are a large part of what's going on here. At first it seems almost out of balance, but the more I sip it the more the flavors seem to merge and make sense. Some malty undertones emerge and provide a hint of balance, more than in most Green Flash beers.
Decent mouthfeel. Drinkability depends on how if you like hops. If you do, you can drink this for a while. Alcohol is not noticeable at all on the way down, but I am starting to feel the 9.2%.
I'm not sure I'll finish the bottle but I'll be giving it a good try. Hopheads rejoice, all others beware.

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Photo of imagineiii
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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)

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Photo of Kendo
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly murky golden-honey with a 2-finger rocky ivory-colored head. Some lace.

S: Nice combo of an American IPA and a Belgian Ale. I get hops (citrusy orange), spice (both clove and pepper), malt sweetness and a hint of yeasty earthyness, even musk.

T: Also a nice combo of the styles. Fruity and sugary-sweet malt provides a good foundation. Some spice follows -- cloves -- but then it finishes with the American IPA flourish -- i.e., hops, tropical fruit and oranges are noted. Also some heat at the back of the sip and down the gulley, with a lingering grassy or piney dryness. Nice.

M: Close to heavy in heft and slightly syrupy, but a fairly active carbonation seems to lighten it a little bit.

D: Very good.

Notes: I'd definitely buy this again if it were a little bit cheaper (I think it was around $8 or $9 for the bomber).

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Photo of jim102864
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a collection of Cali brews I shipped from Holiday Liquors in Escondido during a recent business trip. "Extreme ale converging San Diego-style imperial pale ale and Belgian-style trippel" per the label. "Imperial Pale Ale" not "Imperial 'India' Pale Ale? Hmmm.

Went with the Trois Pistoles goblet given its alleged Belgian triple influence. Light drizzlie shower of carbonation and a clear, orangey-copper color with a thin pond for a head. Incidentally, lots of yeast in the bottle floating around.

Nose is not a good indicator of the taste. Mild grassyness and grapefruit perhaps and little more. However, both club you in the head in the taste. Extremely bitter with the 101 IBU's rearing their ugly head. Bitter grapefruit mouthfeel which goes straight through the same way in the swallow. No idea how the nose on this is so subtle with the aggressive hoppiness. This is "hop bomb" defined. In fact, the hops are so overpowering as to squelch any evidence of the Belgian yeast strain and malt. It's slightly milder as it warms and the taste buds nearly go numb. But, this is an Imperial IPA not influenced in any way by the Belgian Trippel style. So dry as to make you parched for a glass of water.

You've got to be a serious hop head to thorougly enjoy this. For the rest of us, it's a one and done beer that you may want to sample on occassion but not actively seek out.

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Photo of Hophead101
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this from a trade with mikereaser. drank at home on 9.28.08, poured from bottle into wide mouth glass.

pours a good looking beer. nice hazy tannish golden orange color. nice thick head, good off white foamy bubbles, also left a nice lacing in the glass. typical belgian smell, sweet malts, mild and not overpowering, citrus tones, mild mellow peach with hints of lemon.

great taste. mostly hoppy, belgian smell, IPA taste, nice butter hoppy taste with a great belgian maltiness in the background. This beer has a great balance. mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated but not overly so. nice light hoppy aftertaste. the more of this beer that i have, the drinkability gets better and better.

this is a great brew if you are digging the recent trend of hoppy belgians. one of my favorites of the year.

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Photo of Foxman
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a very hazy honey golden amber. Two fingers of sculpted off-white head scoop and sink slowly. Escher prints of dimensional lacing print the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, there's a mildly sweet and tart melding of caramel malt and earthy wheat. Candy sugar and citrusy hops intersperse crisp esters carrying clove and banana. A brush of alcohol tickles the sinuses.

Upon sipping, a very brief glimpse of grain and sugar clinches to a singeing crisp ester blast that layers clove and green apple. As well, hops assert a broad push of gritty bitterness along with some dry citrus. Alcohol soft-shoes it here as well. A mild slide of biscuit and citrus hops lead into an enveloping bitter edge that finishes with a crisp, dry sustain. It's two strong characters agreeing to co-exist happily.

Medium bodied, the flow is just sticky enough to plaster a clean, crisp glow on the palate as it fades.

Unlike many of similar style, this beer is content being both distantly Belgian and American in style. It never blurs so much that it loses its intriguingly dual personality. Whatever the ABV, now known to be hefty indeed, it mixes well but it lays on a buzz quite capably. For me, this is one more reason to go on being a Green Flash fan.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.19/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Clear golden orange in appearance. Two fingered fluffy white head gathered at the top after an aggressive pour, almost like whip cream. Left beautiful lacework on the glass as the beer was consumed.

S- Nothing exciting, generic. Smell of wheat and grain with a faint aroma of hops.

T- Very different in that the flavors were subtle, but still delivered a huge hop flavor, almost too much. Have to let this one warm up a bit for more complexity.

M- Medium bodied. Something was just a little off, almost watered down at points.

D- I don't think I can drink another one of these. Will most likely have to share with someone if I decide to drink this again.

Overall, I almost considered a drain pour at points. As the beer warmed up, the complexity of the taste was more acceptable. Still, I was on edge the whole time just trying to put this one down.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.29/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - pours a clear coppery gold into a shaker pint. Two generous fingers of foam form up with a pale yellow cast. Smooth and pocky, it settles down leaving impressive lacing all around. Lots of beading from underneath make this quite a looker. The bottom-bomber pour clouds up the glass considerably, but the streams of bubbles sustain throughout.

Aroma - wisps of grain and citrus appear among the classic Belgian funkiness.

Taste - some sweet light grain up front, not much to it. The ensuing hoppiness is much like an assault. Full bitterness, extreme medicinals going on here. Combining with the Belgian yeasty/funky taste, this contains two of my least favorite flavors, creating a synergy that will take all of my willpower and determination to endure. The swallow is unbelievably bitter, dry and tasteless except for some Orval-like Robitussin/medicinal stuff. This may be a first from my pen, but I prefer the funky Belgian flavor to the hops. That's primarily because I am not liking the hops one iota, but there it is. The finish is a brief respite from a host of tastes I'm not digging, but then I plunge in again. Some solventy alcohol flavors as it warms, which I'd normally rail against, but here I'm trying to focus it. Whew, a tough bottle of beer to drink for me. To be fair, as it warms, the flavors do start to unfold a *little*. I'm picking up some earthy/grassy stuff at times. Some more citrus would have made a big difference here, the hops were just too raw, harsh, and unflavorful, and pulled the rug out from under this beer.

Mouthfeel - crisp, somewhat smooth with a solid body. Smoother still towards the end as some sediment is added to the mix.

Drinkability - no, I can't do this one again. Much thanks to the good folks at Hyde Park W&S for stocking this, but it is not for me.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Roadhouse BBQ in Brookline. Came served in a small 12 oz stemmed glass. Hazy orange color. Thin white head. The smell tingles the nose; there are some hops in there for sure. Taste was very different. Had a very unusual initial flavor of a sweet Tripel with that upfront alcohol flavor, then before you could swallow, there was a tons of hops in your mouth. For an IPA, very different. For a Belgian IPA, very tasty. Alcohol was very pronounced, hence the small pour. This, plus the stringent hops profile, makes this beer a sipper, and not something to drink all night, in my opinion. Well worth a try though.

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Photo of azbadger
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a beautiful hazy golden orange, with a nice head

Smell: wonderful belgian smell with bananas but also piney, citrus hop smell present, more so as it warms

Taste: really like this beer, very complex with a lot going on, tastes of a triple with great hop finish

Mouthfeel: full bodied with good amount of carbonation

Drinkability: really enjoyed this beer, great blend of two styles, green flash continues to impress me. Lived up to the hype in my opinion

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Photo of HopDerek
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Spinnerstown Hotel on 10/25/08.

Poured a hazy light amber with thin white head. Some good retention and a bit of lacing. Smells of citrus and pine, yeast, fruits, candy, caramel, and clove. Tastes of fruits like pear and apple up front followed by banana, clove, and honey. Belgian candy and yeasty funk follow, then a medley of citrus and pine hops for a West Coast style finish. Medium full in body, smooth. Fruity with a nice spicy bitter finish. Another impressive brew from Green Flash, combines both Belgian and West Coast IPA styles nicely.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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