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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,028 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,028
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 101
Gots: 199 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

kennethkearns, Jun 07, 2012
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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
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

JohnQVD, Jun 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

SlickestWilly, Jun 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

prisdefer, Jun 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

nycwinter, Jun 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

notdriving, Jun 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

syntheticwings, Jun 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

jjm2503, Jun 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Yoda22, May 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

wo87810, May 30, 2012
Photo of WankelEngine
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a mildly hazy golden color. There is a white head of one finger that fades fairly quickly.

S: Belgian yeast, coriander and clove. A lot of spices. Also a bit of pine and some fusel alcohol.

T: Interesting. The flavors of an IPA and a Belgian ale are both present at the same time. The first flavor I get is resinous pine. Some of the Belgian spices come to meet and blend with this. This spice is complemented by some alcohol heat, but tempered by a bit of banana flavor. I want to say I can also taste some nutmeg. There are some notes of tropical fruit in the background, but the beer is primarily hops and Belgian spices.

M: Medium thin like a Belgian Strong Pale, with small, effervescent carbonation.

O: This is my first foray into Belgian IPAs. Tastes similar to what you might expect, like a Belgian ale with strong hop flavor. Still, interesting and enjoyable.

WankelEngine, May 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

videofrog, May 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Eriktheipaman, May 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

CEDAMA, May 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

pirmannt1, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

patfoley17, May 24, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: Pours a very hazy orange golden color with a decent amount of sediment both in suspension and at the bottom of the glass, has a decent amount of carbonation bubbles permeating to the top as well as a thick head of frothy pure white head with just the slightest yellow tinge, head lingers nicely before dissipating and leaving an incredible amount of lacing spread across the glass
S: A scent which i would equate to a saison style ale, nice peppery notes and spiciness as i would expect from a Belgian style, hops are absolutely present towards the second half of the sniff but there is also a citrus note which is more on the sour side of lemons
T: the taste is quite bright and pleasant enough, a good amount of hops are present in the middle followed by their bitterness which lingers on the palate for an extended period, there is also a bit of an alcohol or perhaps even phenol like flavor in the middle which has a bit of a bite to it, obviously i know it is 9.2% but this taste is more than just heavy alcohol flavor, there is something on the very tail end of it that makes me point towards phenols
M: Medium carbonation up front, smooth and kind of frothy across the middle like it is almost fizzy without the carbonation bite, leaves the palate very dry and also feeling kind of musty like a basement
O: this is not a bad brew by any means, the scent is really quite wonderful but i feel a bit like the wrong notes popped out in the taste, none of the spiciness from the nose came through in the mouth, probably a one time shot for me

BigPlay1824, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Rudy, May 23, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip
Looks like this is the first review of the new 12 Oz bottles

A- Hazy only when swirled. A surprisingly light golden orange. A huge three finger off white head with big bubbles and dense foam. Lots of little particles swimming around in this one. Nice retention and lacing.

S- Smells a lot more tripel then IPA. A nice light fruity bitterness up front. A wheaty Belgian yeast strain smell. A candy sweet smell and a little bit of west coasy hopiness but not much. An odd smelling brew.

T- Strange, A big hop bitterness up front and the wheaty Belgian flavors come in behind it and its quite odd. Hop profile is not very dominant because its only half IPA but it's undeniably west coast. A good bit of pine and grapefruit. The Flavors from the tripel side are wheaty, a lot of Belgian sugar and some dark fruit. A slight spiciness and clove and a tiny bit of alcohol. A complex and interesting blend.

M- Goes down really easy. Its not as bitter as a DIPA or as chewy as a tripel, really quite odd how well it works. Its well carbonated and the flavors are interesting enough to keep me coming back.

O- This is one of the most strange beers I have had in a long while and I quite like it. Having read the very mixed reviews on this beer it looks to be a love it or hate it type and I can definitively tell why. If you like to taste something different every so often, here's your beer.

TwelveOunces, May 22, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bomber poured into a duvel tulip. Pours a mostly clear bright orange amber. 2 finger off white head lingers a bit and leaves nice lacing as it slowly shrinks to coat the top. Aroma is very complex. Apricot, bread, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, Belgian yeast, golden raisins, and sour apples. Taste is bitter citrus up front. Grapefruit and pine resin. It quickly moves towards a bready, sweet candi, yeasty flavor. Pretty much a perfect fusion of the styles. Mouthfeel is medium and finish is dry. Excellent beer.

thydarkprevails, May 21, 2012
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,028 ratings.