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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,055 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,055
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 103
Gots: 211 | 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 meatyard
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Is a clear orange with a big white head that fades to a cover. Steady stream of carbonation and sticky lacing.
S-Is an interesting mix of pineapple & citrus, Belgian yeast + a little bubblegum.
T-Is peppery, doughy, some more bubblegum and a light bitterness at the end. The hops are subdued compared to the smell but shows up near the end.
M-Is medium & well carbonated.
D- Yep, this is very drinkable. The alcohol is apparent but fairly well hidden. One bomber of this serves it's purpose though.

The aroma is nice but I wouldn't mind seeing more hops in the taste. Since it's a bit unique I guess I can want what I want. As it is it's a fun, enjoyable beer that I would like to have something like this every 2-3 weeks. Good effort, nice beer.

Photo of BB1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Photo of magictacosinus
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

About time I picked up another Green Flash brew. This one looks intriguing for the Belgian beer fanatic in me! Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bomber.

Produces a fabulous golden yellow, orange toned color, complete with a head that sticks around for a surprisingly long while considering the ABV. The head is creamy and yeasty, and large bubbles appear at the top, especially during the process of sinking. In fact, this whole thing is quite delightfully bubbly, almost in the way that champagne is. There's a good yeasty tone in the center of the beer, and it seems pretty dense, especially considering the massive alcohol leggings going on here. Is it a tripel or a Belgian IPA though? A combination of both, it seems! Fun stuff.

The aroma is, as expected from the description, a combo of zesty citrus (especially on the orange/clementine variety) and fruity, full-bodied Belgian yeast strands. For that matter, it pretty much reminds me of two of my favorite styles (the West Coast IPA and the tripel), and in this case, it's a true match made in heaven. Unsure still how this will hold up in the flavor. The boozy notes come off quite strong, but not as much as the hops or yeast. I can barely gather any malty aromas right here, but perhaps its for the best. It smells pretty terrific as it is, as it is quite fresh and flavorful overall.

The flavor definitely expands what I was trying to find in this beer, however! Other than the obvious dry hopped bitter flavor at first, it's quickly replaced with fruity aromas ranging from orange to sweetened lemon to candied sugar. Tripels usually have a ton of dried hops in them, but in this case, the West Coast variety from Green Flash is earthier, more on the zesty and grassy side, and also the malts are slightly sweeter as well. However, the yeasty flavors and thickness are as great as any good tripel I've had from Belgium. It's truly stunning how close they've gotten the style down in this case. There's an undeniable freshness that permeates throughout, and it tastes as such no matter how much it sits around. The alcohol is quite present, but there's a smoothness amongst the dryness that makes this a fine drinking experience indeed. I also enjoyed adding the yeast to this by the end, as it thickened the experience, but definitely reduced the hoppiness!

Fantastic job once again from the people at Green Flash. If this weren't such a hybrid, I'd say this is one of the best tripel-styled beers in America. However, the better news that because it's a hybrid recipe, it's a beer that's *unlike* any other I've ever had! Excellent stuff, and will definitely buy more in the future.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of BeerTruth
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

number1bum hooked me up with this one, thanks bitch.

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a semi-cloudy bright orange with an off-white head that slowly dies down to a chunky layer of foam. Wonderful spiderweb lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty strong with clove (a bit much), Bazooka Joe, candy sugar, booze, and banana bread. The hops could use a bit more strength in the nose. A weak pineapple and orange zest in terms of hops, but that's about it. Flavor begins pretty strong with an alcohol bite and a big rush of clove and spice. Big bitter hops midway with pale malts and pink grapefruit...and the booze again. Aftertaste is bready with more alcohol and a touch of pepper and zest. Medium body with a stinging mouthfeel. The strong carbonation and over the top alcohol presence make this difficult to drink. This beer has pretty much ruined my mouth, save this beer for last if you plan to drink others so you can keep your tastebuds.

Photo of Bendurgin
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a caramel brown with three fingers of bubbly beige head. It's settles to leave some cobweb lace.

Bananas and bubble gum in the aroma with some spiciness in the background. Cloves come to mind. Seems sweet and lacks hop character. The pallet is filled with spice. Ginger and cloves with some toffee sweetness. A little bit of a bitter hop finish on this.

The body is medium with coarse carbonation. Sticky on the pallet.

Overall this one underwhelmed me. Not enough hops (IMO) and a bit to sweet. I feel like the flavor profiles don't come together in the end. Drinkable, but I won't buy it again (hell I didn't even buy this, it was given to me).

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.84/5  rDev -4.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big puffy whitish head on a light brown to orange body. Sticky lacing. Smells of white grapes, candi sugar, fusel alcohol (though not too much). Flavor is a fruity bitterness that transforms into a nice sweet malt and candi sugar with hot alcohol. Bitterness and a warming sensation meld in the finish and make a nice final impression. Approaching full-bodied with a hint of syrup-quality. Drinks well, and tastes good, though im not sure it's as memorable as i expected it would be.

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Doing a vertical tasting on this beer with two bottles. A fresh one (or at least 4 months fresh) and another bottle who's age I'm unsure of. It's at least one year and at most 2 or somewhere in between. I can only tell by label differences between the two bottles since the older bottle has no born on date. But it'll be fun to see how this Belgian IPA tastes fresh and how aging it might effect the trippel side of this beer. I'll score taking all factors into consideration with less of the score being based on the aged portion of the beer unless its extremely delicious to try to be as fair to the beer as possible.

No real color difference between the too in both the head and the liquid. The older one seems to have a bit more of an amber hue to it but not much. Nose is radically different though. The fresh one smells like funky skunky weed while the older one has a very fruity tootsie roll aroma. The head on the fresher one seems to have better retention but both have good lacing. Both are pretty cloudy as well.

Now:

Earthy skunky weed smell with citric and clove undertones. Faint banana smell. Belgian and IPA like at the same time. A bit yeasty as well.

On the heavier side of medium body. Subtle sweetness.Citric grapefruit tart on the mid palate washes away quickly into a spicy and earthy bitterness. Bitterness is high. but comes and goes in a flash rounded out by softer belgian flavors. A really strange mismatch of belgian subtlety and flashes of west coast ipas. Not sure how well it works together. A bit of alcohol heat accompanies the finish. Complexity is there but not sure if it's a good complexity. Not as refreshing as other tripels.

1-2 Years of Age:

Big strawberry jam nose. Some other berry fruits mixed in. Nothing you get from the newer beer though.

Slightly less carbonation. Oddly enough still some balance and bitterness. A bit sweeter up front with jammy fruit flavors throughout. Tart is a bit bigger on this one but instead of hitting you all at once it kind of rolls over the tongue. Flavors are a bit more concentrated in this one rather than layered. Caramel and toffee on the sides of the tongue. For having such sweet flavors it finishes amazingly dry. Notes of peaches and mango.
Alcohol heat on the back end is a bit more pronounced.

Overview:

The fresher version is much cleaner but has a lot of odd tart and mixed up flavors. They all really dont blend all too great together. I think I prefer this one with the age despite it feeling a little heavier due to the sweeter flavors. The beer gets a lot more complex with time and a lot of great fruit flavors are aloud to come out. The hop presence and the belgian influence just dont seem to work so letting the beer age the hop flavors out is kind of nice. None the less, I wasn't incredibly impressed with this beer fresh or aged. Fresh was just too all over the place despite it being so clean. Aged is kind of nice and exhibits some unique fruit flavors but they're not good enough to store away the beer for such a time. On top of this the flavors get kind of muddied and you can find cleaner belgians ready to drink now with similar qualities.

Photo of KeefD
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear pale ornage color with a two finger white head that was quite lasting,leaving some good lace. Nothing really screams tripel to me when I smell this brew. It's all American hops, and lots of them, plenty of citrus and pine, an underlying sweetness, like candied fruit. Taste has more of the Belgian yeast flavor at first, lightly sweet, turns sappy and bitter on the finish. Surprisingly, the aroma made this seem like it was a hop bomb, but there's more bitterness than actual hop flavor. Mouthfeel is light-medium, surprisingly low carbonation considering the massive head it started with. Nice rings of lace are circling glass as I finish it off. Good brew, but the bitterness of beers like these starts to wear on me these days, and the alcohol is a tad too warming. I enjoyed this one bomber though.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz poured into my tulip, no freshness date.

Pours a slightly hazy apricot with the light catching it just right and making the orange highlights glow and burn. Nice two plus fingers of head swell up and leave a rocky head that slowly recedes to a thin foam and leaves patches of sticky lacing down the glass.

Nose is piney hops underlaid by a more tropical pineapple sweetness, hints of Belgian yeast give off almost a strawberry smell.

Yep, this is Green Flash! Loads of West Coast hopping hit your tongue first, lots of pine and hints of grapefruit. Then comes the Belgian yeast giving some esters, kinda spicy, a bold pale malt backs this up and gives off biscuity malt that borders on a burnt, thick sticky feel but the beer works due to a spot on carbonation. Bitterness that meets you in the middle and carries through well into the finish. Definitely some booze in the finish as well.

I've never been a huge fan of BIPA simply because they rarely integrate the two styles very well, they just seem disjointed. This is one of the better examples that goes full bore with the hops and gives the esters a run for their money - my only real complaint is the booziness (and big ABV) that severely hinders the drinkabiity, it just doesn't seem to fit.

Otherwise, a terrific stab at the hybrid style, tasty!

Photo of bnes09
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks promising in the beginning with a lemon, orange color and rich frothy head. Then the head completely disappears leaving and clear liquid with no lacing. Very disappointing.

Smell is the best part with pine and citrus hop notes, yeast and light malt.

First sip is excellent with fresh pine and citrus flavors, candied sugar, fresh yeast and bready malt. After a few sips the hops get rough with a medicinal character. Its like each sip builds on itself to create an undesirable beer. Ruins the balance too.

Medium bodied and coarse, grainy texture. Drying.

There are better Belgian IPA's out there.

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,055 ratings.