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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,090
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 109
Gots: 246 | FT: 1
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Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007

This Belgian Style IPA is an "out of the box" convergence of beer styles where American Imperial IPA meets Belgian Trippel.
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BB1313
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very hazy bright golden, fluffy white head which fades, but leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of bubblegum and banana. Very pleasant, but the hop aromas aren't present. I'm also picking up some lemon zest and orange peel aromas. The flavors are very crisp and sharp. It does have a subtle earthy bitterness to it. Very rustic. There's a touch of black pepper giving it some spice. I still feel the yeast dominates the hops. I wish the hops shined more. The bitterness is definitely there, but the hop flavor is lacking. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side. It's slightly sticky and syrupy, but has the right amount of carbonation making it a pretty smooth drink. There's a touch of heat, but nothing boozy.

It's been awhile since I've had this, and I recalled it being a hop bomb, but apparently that isn't the case.

This reminds me more of a traditional Belgian IPA brewed overseas than some Americanized interpretations. The hops don't shine like with Sumpin' Wild and Raging Bitch. So if you like Belgian IPAs with balance, this is great. If you're looking for a hop flavor forward Belgian IPA, this might not do the trick. Either way, this is a well crafted beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Around $6. Very intrigued by this beer,the idea sounds amazing.

A: Poured a dull, cloudy orange color with an extremely huge three fingers of head, which is spot on for the trippel, extremely dense small bubbles, tons of lacing all around. Excellent and interesting looking beer. Amazing head retention.

S: Really dominated by the smells of a trippel, big time candy sugar sweetness, various spices as well, lots of banana esque Belgian flavors, a bit of bubblegum. I was hoping for more on the hop bill simply because it was described as a DIPA/Tripple mix. A little lacking in the DIPA mix. Tripple is spot on though.

T: The hops really come out in the mouth, quite bitter, citrus, but mixed with the sweet candy like trippel flavors as well, this is so complex. I love it. My mouth is being pulled in two distinct directions. Bitterness is spot on, but sweetness is there too. Honey, but hops as well. Definitely a complex beer. I'm really enjoying this.

M: thick and extremely dry, definite pucker from the hop bitterness too, relatively thick, very light carbonation.

D: Dangerously high, the trippel aspect of it really hides the alcohol. Very interesting beer. Highly recommended. One of my new favorites. Excellent beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip, without the yeast this is a bright clear golden orange, with a really nice, thick, creamy white head and lacing that lasts. lots of yeast sediment in the bottom of the clouds up the second pour quite a bit. tropical fruit, belgian spicy yeast in the nose along with some citrus and honeyed bread notes. taste starts off like a tripel, round and doughy, spicy sweet, and finishes like an ipa. medium bodied and a really nice level of carbonation leads to a prickly and frothy mouthfeel. with the yeast, mouthfeel is more chewy. long, big smooth bitter, drying, finish. a complex sipper.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. A cloudy dull orange brew with an odd head, a matrix of small bubbles surrounded by a sleeve of much larger bubbles. Fairly good head retention. Aroma is bright and fruity, very citrus-forward (fresh orange juice) with a decent blast of sweet yeast and Belgian clove-like spice, apple, cotton candy. Palate is a very close split between Belgian tripel and American IPA, as advertised. Often a take on this style will skew decidedly one way or the other, but this exemplar really does try to meld the two in equal measure. Very bitter hop finish and tons of citrus hop flavor, orange and grapefruit rind and flesh plus a tinge of tropical nectar for good measure, mango and melon. Also getting a pungent spice like equal measures of clove and cumin, black pepper and cardamom, faint butterscotch and banana chips/peel. A whiff of bandage-like phenols. Rather spicy and pungent at first but softens over time to reveal a fruit cocktail sweetness that begins to dominate the proceedings late. Quite fizzy and there's a little booze in the finish. I dig the whole laundry list of flavors to find in here and one can telescope in and out to alternate between citrus hops and Belgian spice. For all the shit Green Flash gets for various reasons beyond the scope of this review, they produce world-class IPAs and rather solid Belgians as well, and here is where they meet.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

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4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- With the yeast sediment from the bottom of the bottle, it is hazy and peach orange. Without it, it is clear and light amber. The head is impressive and pillowy for such a high ABV% and leaves pretty lacing.

S- Big smell of clean, bitter, floral hops and some caramel on top of an intoxicating smell of tropical fruits like pineapple and coconut.

T- Lots of bitter on the tongue and very complex on top of that. This beer is hard to pick apart, and I like that. Noticeable flavor comes from malt, hops, yeast, alcohol, and even water. Malt is light wheat bread and caramel. Hops are citric and floral. Yeast is fruity and funky.

M- Very substantial with the sediment. Full-bodied yet smooth and drinkable. Carbonation is effervescent and silky.

D- Damn exquisite and damn smooth. The artwork on the label confuses the sh*t out of me but I have a great time drinking the contents.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of daledeee
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new brew from a new Member of the Iowa beer family.

Pours a nice dark gold with white head and great lacing.

Nose is medicinal, perfumy, hops, spicy.

Taste is a great blend of Belgian hops and some mellowness I didn't expect. I figured they would throw in some massive hops and some in your face taste once again. This one is actually mellow.

Mouth feel is velvety and lovely. Overall, I think this one is a repeater. It's not easy to categorize other than it goes in the category of "I like it".

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Didn't expect to find this in my local store. Hmm... west coast IPA meets Belgian trippel... interesting. Bomber 22oz poured into standard pint... nothing else available. Oh well.

A- Pours a super pale saffron yellow with a nice active head. Spots of lace all around. Head settles nicely.

S- Hops are there. So is the spice. A sweet licorice smell is noted, too.

T- Um...can't find the words. Complex. Hoppy. Spicy. Tart. Sour. Bitter. Sweet. Yeasty. Very very complex flavors and mouthfeel. After second pour, hops settle and the flavors come out even more. An incredibly flavorful beer. I wish it was a bit more refined and not as hoppy, and I love hops. Perhaps I don't get this style. The Belgian yeast and the hops are fighting and don't seem to want to get along.

M- Complex, tart, sweet, peppery hops, spice, and others pound the tongue. Good for what it is.

D- Moderate at best. Very hard-hitting beer.

All in all, not an everyday drinker. Not sure If I'd ever get this one again. Flavors are intense but a bit confusing. It pulls in a bunch of directions without picking one and sticking to it. Which is what they were going for... It does taste like a DIPA trippel... whatever that is.

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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip
Looks like this is the first review of the new 12 Oz bottles

A- Hazy only when swirled. A surprisingly light golden orange. A huge three finger off white head with big bubbles and dense foam. Lots of little particles swimming around in this one. Nice retention and lacing.

S- Smells a lot more tripel then IPA. A nice light fruity bitterness up front. A wheaty Belgian yeast strain smell. A candy sweet smell and a little bit of west coasy hopiness but not much. An odd smelling brew.

T- Strange, A big hop bitterness up front and the wheaty Belgian flavors come in behind it and its quite odd. Hop profile is not very dominant because its only half IPA but it's undeniably west coast. A good bit of pine and grapefruit. The Flavors from the tripel side are wheaty, a lot of Belgian sugar and some dark fruit. A slight spiciness and clove and a tiny bit of alcohol. A complex and interesting blend.

M- Goes down really easy. Its not as bitter as a DIPA or as chewy as a tripel, really quite odd how well it works. Its well carbonated and the flavors are interesting enough to keep me coming back.

O- This is one of the most strange beers I have had in a long while and I quite like it. Having read the very mixed reviews on this beer it looks to be a love it or hate it type and I can definitively tell why. If you like to taste something different every so often, here's your beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,090 ratings.