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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,054
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a large wineglass. No freshness dating (but that’s all changing soon—thanks again for finally dating your bottles, GF!)

Appearance (4.5): Oh, mama . . . the head on this beer is cream-colored, off-white, and just thick and luxurious: very tight, fine bubbles rising to a pretty fat two fingers and fading slowly, while some bigger, rounder bubbles make up the center portion of the head. The body is a perfect orange, honey-amber color, very hazy but not cloudy, with a couple streams of bubbles rising. Lacing is spotty and consistent all the way around—almost looks like pancake batter on the glass if you swirl it a bit. Could hardly be any better.

Smell (3.5): Very Belgian-forward here, leaning towards tripels and BSPAs in style. I get sweetness and spice very easily: honey and simple syrup, making it sweet-smelling but not cloying or aritificial, mixed with cloves and some baking spices like nutmeg. Not a lot of hop action in the nose, though there is a very herbal / medicinal character that could be the hops blending with the yeast. More citrus as it warms, though.

Taste (4.5): Ah, okay, here’s where the hops were hiding. Immediately bitter but quickly moving to a subtle, fruity sweetness, on top of a solid body of bready notes, like fresh-baked bread and sugar cookies. That sweetness transitions into a very strong, classic Belgian, estery flavor profile, with strong banana and pear flavors mixing with a lot of clove, too. White pepper comes out toward the end, and then the finish is a strong, long-lasting wave of bitterness, about 50/50 herbal and grapefruit zest-y in character. The finish is very long and drawn-out. Increasingly citrus-fruity as it warms, which is a great touch—everything smoothes out and the fruitiness in the hops becomes both more prominent and more integrated.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Just lovely—smooth, lush, velvety carbonation coats the mouth, but there’s a persistent prickliness that gets into your tongue pretty fast. The body is medium-full and somewhat oily, but still finishes dry. Just grand.

Overall (4.0): So, as Belgian IPAs go, this occupies the tripel-BSPA / DIPA hybrid part of the spectrum, which is a pretty solid route if you’re crafting a Belgian IPA. Others are basically American (D)IPAs with a nominally Belgian yeast profile, and others are basic IPA recipes with a farmhouse strain. This beer is Belgian first, and IPA second. It works for me, but whether or not you dig this beer depends on what you’re looking for from the style. But if you like tripels and unfiltered BSPAs, and also love hops, then this is your beer. My only real complaint is that it isn’t as bombastically hopped as a lot of American (D)IPAs, but Green Flash has crafted a really excellent brew regardless. Definitely seek this out! AND THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO MY PLEAS FOR LE FREAK IN 12oz BOTTLES, GF!!

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. The color is dark orange; almost copper. There is a bit of haziness to the beer. The head is off-white and about a half inch.

The aroma has a bit of bubblegum, with some nice spicy yeast mixed in.

The taste has some bitter hoppiness, mabye on the citrusy side. Most of the flavor is more towards the Belgian pale ale. The yeast flavor doesn't mix well with the hop flavor; leaving a muddled mess of flavor.

This is full bodied, with very lively carbonation. This isn't terrible, but the yeast flavor isn't great and the hop flavor is mostly just bitter. I should disclose I don't love this style in general.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of david131
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange liquid with a thick and craggy white head that settles to a weird clump on top while leaving some nice lacing.

S- Light fruits, white bread, cracked pepper, honey, and alcohol. Potent and aromatic. Intriguing.

T- Light fruits such as peaches, apples, and raspberries followed by honey, pepper, and bread. Bitter and boozy with a bit of sweetness.

M- The carbonation is spot on and the hop bitterness does not disappoint. There is an odd astringency on the finish.

O- An interesting take on the style. Definitely serious business and drinks as such.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

A: A clear golden color with a huge white head that laces the glass.

S: Belgian yeast, clove, herbal, grassy and earthy hop.

T: Toasted malt with a nice Belgian yeast bubblegum and clove flavor. The finish gives way to some spicy herbal and grassy hop with a bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium feel with peppery carbonation. Bitter, dry finish.

O: Flavors are good. One of the better Belgian IPAs out there if you like them hop heavy.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly hazy golden. Big billowy white head on the pour. Recedes to a thin layer. Still impressive for a 9+%.
Smell: smells more like a tripel than an ipa. Banana, clove, a bit of sour, lots of yeast.
Taste: hops more prominent than in the nose. Still strikes me as a tripel at the start but grapefruity hop bitterness dominate the finish.
Overall: very nice, interesting combo.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,054 ratings.