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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,021
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 100
Gots: 195 | 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 jtingue
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.

jtingue, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of PopnLoads
4/5  rDev -0.5%

PopnLoads, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -0.5%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of mozim
4/5  rDev -0.5%

mozim, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of pearljam118
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

pearljam118, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of argock
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.

argock, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Bloodbuzz99, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of carteravebrew
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

carteravebrew, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of MaineMike
4/5  rDev -0.5%

MaineMike, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
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!

mrfrancis, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

bluckbeyes, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of pbass78
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

pbass78, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of DrunkenMonk
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

DrunkenMonk, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of roach4230
4/5  rDev -0.5%

roach4230, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
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.

tobelerone, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

LJWalker, Jun 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

joesc230, Jun 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

richkrull, Jun 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

station815, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of kennethkearns
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

kennethkearns, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of BWHD
4/5  rDev -0.5%

BWHD, Jun 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

timwardjr, Jun 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

glitchedmind, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of woemad
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $8.99. No freshness date, and the label is totally different from what is shown here.

Poured into a Chimay goblet, Le Freak showed off a hazy apricot color with a big, creamy off-white head that took it's time dropping and left lots of lace.

Fruity esters greet the nose, though soon the presence of coriander and clove can be detected as well. A very mild piney note can be discerned as well.

Up front the flavor is of bitter hops, but then it more or less turns into a tart, spicy Belgian tripel. The finish is dry and herbal.

Medium bodied, with that slightly effervescent mouthfeel I tend to associate with Belgians, and that I find so few American brewers are able to pull off when attempting Belgian-style beers. Well done, Green Flash!

A surprising and intriguing beer. Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of so-called Belgian IPAs, but I enjoyed this. It's not something I'd want to session all night, but as a stand alone bottle, I dig it.

woemad, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of JohnQVD
5/5  rDev +24.4%

JohnQVD, Jun 03, 2012
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,021 ratings.