Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a snifter.
Appearance. Golden straw in color, with only a slight haze. Pours with 4 fingers of frothy head, which slowly dissipates leaving peaks and valleys.
Smell. Upon pouring there is a distinct and almost overwhelming herbal aroma. As it warms a bit it becomes more balanced with a substantial amount of honey-like sweetness and a slight clovey yeast. The hops develop to contain the grass from earlier as well as some pine and citrus.
Taste. Starts out with a slight presence of clovey yeast, which is accompanied by a resinous combination between pine and herbs. Sweetness builds, and takes on a clove honey character. A moderate, but not cloying, bitterness that has a more citric character this time around. The finish is sweet with a lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel. Carbonation is high to start, but dissipates quickly. The body is relatively full and a bit sticky.
This was one of the first craft brews that I tried as I got into craft beer, and this is first time I have gotten around to reviewing it. It is as good as I remember. It really combines the aspects of the ipa and tripel quite well, balancing the flavors in a very natural way.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2012 00:25:30 | More by jtingue
3.8/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Served on-tap in a chalice at The Regal Beagle (San Diego, CA). Reviewed from notes.
A: Golden amber with sticky 1/2 finger of white head with good staying power and copious lace.
S: The hoppy IPA side of this beer strikes first with mango, pineapple, and tart lemon that segues into the tart yeast aromas. The base maltiness is crackery and bready.
T: The flavor has much more Belgian yeast character than the aroma, although the hoppiness is no slouch. The tart yeast is a tad rough and doesn't mix with the fruity alcohol as well as it should. The hoppiness is very tropical fruit oriented with mango and pineapple and a bit of pine and citrus. The malt component is pretty substantial but one dimensional as it should since this beer already has enough going on.
M: They did a good job of drying this beer out to help its consumability. At 9.2% it's still a bruiser but still drinks reasonably light relatively. Carbonation is also lively which helps too.
O: A pretty enjoyable beer overall although I would pick a Belgian yeast strain with less tart and more fruity esters to go with the hops and evident alcohol fruit character.
Serving type: on-tap
06-20-2012 00:30:27 | More by argock
3.98/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A: Pours a brilliant, clear gold with a thick, pillowy white head.
S: Aromas of spicy Belgian yeast, juniper berry, pine, grapefruit, lemon, lime, and biscuits fill the nose.
T: Notes of biscuit, chalk, and spicy Belgian ale yeast are apparent upon the entry, but quickly give way to notes of lemon, lime, grass, black pepper, grapefruit, juniper berry, and pine. The finish is dryish and prickly with notes of biscuit, pine, lemon, grass, and grapefruit mingling.
M: Medium in body, syrupy, and slick. Carbonation is prickly and active. Alcohol presence is pronounced.
O: This is a very solid ale. The brewery bills it as a combination of an IPA and a tripel, and I think that description is apt. Combining the hoppiness of an American IPA with the delicate malt and yeast balance of a Belgian tripel, this is one seriously complex, interesting ale. Nicely done Green Flash!
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2012 13:25:30 | More by mrfrancis
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Lightly hazed orange beer with a one finger white head. Retention and lacing both strong. Aroma is quite yeasty, with lots of spicy phenols, and well hopped, with citrus and herbal notes.
The flavor balances the Belgian-style yeast and Cali hoppiness very well and it ends up being very tasty. Again there’s lots of orangey citrus and herbal notes, spicy, pepper-and-clove yeast flavor, and a decent amount of sweet maltiness underneath to support everything.
Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a dry finish. Very quenching and easy to drink beer; not much indication at all of the relatively high ABV. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2012 04:09:19 | More by tobelerone
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.