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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,897 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,897
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 90
Gots: 146 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

karatebartender, May 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

gunclubchris, May 17, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -8%

22oz bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a slightly hazy golden amber tone with two fingers of an off-white/beige head that impresses with both its retention and lacing.

nose is aromatic and wild. bold hoppy notes (citrus), spice, bubblegum, banana, sweet, candy-like malt, and maybe a touch of pepper. flavor mostly follows the aroma, though i pick up on a stronger presence of floral hops and a bit more booze as it warms. finish is bitter. to be sure, le freak is an interesting, tasty brew. doubt this would be something i would turn to on a regular basis, but enjoyable nonetheless - especially in small doses; if you're looking for a change of pace i would definitely recommend it.

has a medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with about average carbonation. so-so drinkability: not bad, but personally i'll be set with a glass.

original review: 10-10-2010

BostonHops, May 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ALLISON01, May 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

joewsorenson, May 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

JeffreyJDavis, May 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

mvilushis, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

THEOPTIMATOR88, May 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Piason, May 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

CrazyOtto623, May 08, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

This beer poured a golden hazy color with a full foam head. The aroma was that of floral hoppiness with a citrus undertone. Upon my first sip I instantly loved this beer. Mild hop flavor hidden by the sweet spiciness of the triple. The beer finished with a nice hint of lemon. I highly recommend this beer as a truly wonderful experience.

Tobe, May 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Jamcrae16, May 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

revo, May 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

dannykugler, Apr 30, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

A - A clear golden color, with 3 fingers of head and a huge sticky lace all over the glass

S - Belgian yeast strain and candy sugar all over the place

T - A very tasty mix of an IPA and belgian style. A huge hoppy bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied. Well balanced.

O - A damn good beer! A trippel mixed with a Double IPA? Nice!

BeerDawgs, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Fattsmagee, Apr 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

gleemonger, Apr 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Brushkanna, Apr 26, 2012
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2/5  rDev -50.2%

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.

jtierney89, Apr 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Joshgonzales79, Apr 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

projektyle, Apr 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Snellgg5, Apr 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

tln13, Apr 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Shared this bomber with my fiance out in our backyard. Perfect brew for sunny and 80 after a long day at the office.

Poured a beautiful and hazy golden orange with a little bit of sediment suspended in this golden sunset of a beer. It's inviting me in like a neon blue light to a mosquito. I.... can't.... resist! My pour produced 2.5 fingers of rocky bright white head. I had a nice plateau that remained through at least half of my beer.

The aroma is very tropical, sweet and hoppy all at the same time. I'm getting blasted with pineapple, belgian yeast, mango, orange peal and pine sap. Amazing aroma!

The taste is in the same ball park as the nose but with different emphasis on the different elements that make this beer up. The belgian yeast takes the wheel and brings along some great spices. Getting some black pepper and lemon peel along with pineapple and some dankness in the background.

Medium to light in body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. A very effervescent beer with a drying and spicy finish.

Overall, this is an amazing beer. Very tasty and refreshing without sacrificing body, taste or aroma. This is a top notch brew. I wish it was more easily accessible because I would keep this brew stocked from March to October for sure.

dcloeren, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

whatname, Apr 18, 2012
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,897 ratings.