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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 716
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 117
Gots: 281 | 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:
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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Ratings: 2,147 | Reviews: 716
Photo of bruachan
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice gold color, which suggests some very light malts indeed were used as a base (given the strength of the brew). ok lacing, good head up front but it faded. my glass might have found its way to the dishwasher recently

the belgian yeast comes through directly, with a good depth of malt character: toasty, bready, biscuity. citrus NW hop aromas: cascade? truthfully, though, hops are by no means the frontman. fusels to be sniffed as well as some vanilla

the flavor holds a good bit of hop dynamics. sticky and bitter, but with plenty of herbal, citrus notes. some bright fruit. it's sweet but this element is not allowed to overstep its bounds, as the solid bitterness buffers any such possibility. some spice going on--coriander? boozy heat rounds out the flavor profile and, ultimately, this is a complexly flavored brew. it's thick and lingers on the tongue, as well, so as to heighten/sustain my experience

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Greywulfken
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

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
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.

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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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of sloelco
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Gehrig
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with golden trim topped by two thick fingers of white head; excellent duration and lacing. Good fruity aromas and quite a bit of farmhouse funk, more than I expected from the advertised Tripel (off The Blind Pig's printed menu; only later did I see this was Belgian IPA).

Very nice taste--fruity, a bit hoppy, lots of citrus but smooth and malty rather than gritty--mainly tangerine, pear, sour apple, and grape--really nice. Belgian IPAs tend to be much smoother than their American counterparts, and this is no different; cream and very accessible.

Very good beer, one I hope to see around the Midwest more. I wouldn't quite refer to it as freaky as the name implies, but this is a bit unusual, and welcome in its distinct style and flavor.

Photo of Seanibus
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the best beer I have had in a long, long time. I went into it knowing nothing about it - pure experiment. I poured it at the end of the evening, as I settled in to watch TV. And nearly two hours later, I realized I was still nursing it, unwilling to let it go. And when it was gone, I missed it. When I woke up, I thought about it.

I had a crush on this beer.

Pours a sunny orange with a fluffy white head and a torrent of carbonation. Aroma is grainy and phenolic, light orange zest, clean and malty. Flavor is rich and citric, with a tang of orange, clove and allspice and a surprising and uncharacteristically deep bitterness, a slight metallic bite, but balanced by a clean, musky malty bite. Mouthfeel is buttery and rich, accentuating the bitterness. The best part is the delicious deep abiding bitterness, that clings to the back of the tongue.

A must try.

Photo of bnes09
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of pirmannt1
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is at least 1" of white foam against an hazy golden orange color in my clear glass. The smell of spices, fruit and mild pine filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste of cloves, banana and alcoholic fruit put a surprising finish to the "zesty brew". This has a great balance of components in on 12 fl. oz. bottle. This is a #1 brew from Green Flash. I'll be back for more!

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

Appears a hazy dark golden with an orange tint and a two inch thick creamy off-white head.

Aroma is initially quite sweet like most tripels with some banana and bubble gum esters but there is a distinct strong spiciness with a hint of citrus in the back.

Taste is strongly dominated by the spicy clove notes that are present in the aroma. The sweetness that was in the aroma doesn't come through very well as the hops have taken over and make it quite bitter. Finishes quite hoppy with lots of citrusy notes and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is standard Belgian style, but not quite as good as many. It's medium bodied and very creamy.

This stuff was pretty good but it seems like it was missing too many of the tripel flavors that I really enjoy. They were there in the aroma but the hop bitterness took them over in the taste. I know it's supposed to be an IPA, but I think it was a bit too much.

Photo of Beertracker
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green Flash Le Freak is best served at warmer cellar temperatures (50-55F) into a stemmed snifter, tulip or goblet. This Belgian-style IPA pours up with a billowy white head that never really seems to dissipate and cascades over the slightly hazy, deep sunset-peach golden body. The aroma is alive with ripe fruits (e.g. bruised banana/pineapple, grapefruit, & Bosc pear) which emerges as it warms along with lots of piney, earthy (grassy, leafy), floral (rose hips/hibiscus) & spicy (black peppercorn/coriander) notes from both the Belgian yeast and Northwest hops. There's some notable higher (fusel) alcohols in the finish, but not so much as to detract. The flavor starts off with a delightful candied fruit maltiness which gives way to a surprising amount of bitterness that carries towards a big, explosive warming finish. Get your Le Freak on!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Taster's Note: From my understanding, this is basically their West Coast IPA brewed with the same yeast that they use to brew their Trippel. Many thanks to oodeftone for the growler!

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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