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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,928 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,928
Reviews: 689
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 91
Gots: 156 | 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 barczar
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the tulip a fairly hazy golden brown color with a solid half inch cream head that dissipates into a lingering pool of foam covering the entire surface.

Belgian candi sugar, sweettarts, esters of dark cherries, dominate the aroma, with subtle earthy hops and a stronger grapefruit presence. Wouldn't have known it was an ipa by the aroma.

Belgian yeast, bready malt, candi sugar, begin the flavor profile, and the ipa character becomes very evident in the taste. Pineapple, apples, and grapefruit take over mid palate, ending decidedly hoppy bitter and spicy.

Body is medium light, with moderate carbonation that showcases the bitter finish.

Had the hop character been present in the aroma, I would've been more impressed, but the beer is a solid offering, with the flavor profile making up for the aroma shortcomings. Still think I like houblon better.

barczar, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of KimenTshom
3/5  rDev -25.4%

KimenTshom, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of bbHOP
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A double IPA / belgian trippel hybrid... combining two of my favorite styles and coming from Green Flash, this was interesting enough to take home.

A: Wow - amazing 3 finger head after a moderate pour. Burnt golden color with amber hues... a lovely, thick, very slightly off-white biscuit forming in the middle of my glass while sticky lacing remains caked on the side of the tulip. Again - wow.

S: The belgian yeast comes forward pretty quickly - tropical fruit notes... maybe pineapple and lemon zest. I may be picking up a little grapefruit hop aroma - but it's not blasting me... was hoping it to be a bit more hop-forward - but that just may be the Green Flash expectation, given their typical style.

T: At first sip, this seems to follow the nose pretty closely... belgian yeast with its fruit notes, slightly spicy and drying. Seems about mid-way through swirling in my mouth that I get some light hop notes - citrus and lemon zest, maybe some grapefruit rind... even a hint of rye. Toward the end is a somewhat surprising bitterness that coats your mouth - making for a long, dry finish that effectively serves to remind you that you're drinking a double IPA. Hmmm.

MF: Pretty good, medium-bodied feel on this one - carbonation throughout, but not overly so... feels pretty rich and smooth - almost creamy (that thick biscuit up top is the first hint). At the end - a little astringent, given that most hop flavors are subdued at the feet of the belgian yeast flavors... I like to get a bit more hop in return for that sort of bitter punch.

O: Certainly thought this beer was interesting - did I love it? No. Will I buy it again? Probably not. When it comes down to it, I prefer well-crafted versions of either of the two styles they were looking to combine over this... but kudos for brewing something fun and different

bbHOP, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of stercomm
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a regular pint glass

A - lighty coppery color with a massive 3 finger, frothy, creamy off white head that recedes slowly and coats the glass with nice lacing

S - Getting cloves, some pepper and lemon, there is a slight funkiness in the scents as well.

T - Agree with some of the other reviews, a rather different taste profile that candied sweetness of a Belgium ale and the bitter hops of an American pale ale. Starts out like a Belgium ale but ends with a combination of hops and Belgium funkiness.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation

O - Not sure I'm into this flavor profile, great smells, taste is a bit harsh

stercomm, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of McLaughlin5350
3/5  rDev -25.4%

McLaughlin5350, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Popp24
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Popp24, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of ghetto90007
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

ghetto90007, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of TaySuth
4/5  rDev -0.5%

TaySuth, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of 11millsown113
3/5  rDev -25.4%

11millsown113, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of sd123
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

sd123, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Belgian IPA from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a clear golden color, produced a thick, off white creamy head. Excellent Head Retention and thick rings of lacing were left on the pint glass. The aroma consisted of sourdough yeasty, spices , cracked pepper, citrus lemon peels and cloves. Medium in body, this Belgian IPA had a base of malted grain, a melody of fruit including pears, granny smith apples and citrus hops. This ale was more fruity then hoppy- not bad just not what i expected. The bottle says that is a mix of Belgian ale and an American Imperial IPA. I just dont find anything "Imperial" about this IPA. Overall, i think this is an excellent session beer- just don't go into it thinking your getting an aggressive hopped IPA- You will be disappointed.This beer failed my time honored IPA Test....I give my wife a sip and if her face doesn't pucker - its not up to par. Not only did she not pucker...she said mmmm this one is good. ....IPA Fail! ;) Prost!

GossageBrewery, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of jbakajust1
4/5  rDev -0.5%

jbakajust1, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of likeemdark
4/5  rDev -0.5%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Whiskeydeez, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours out a nearly transparent,bronze body fitted with 3 inches of super,creamy,slightly off white froth that diminished slowly from the sides of the glass leaving a tall,center island of foam.Thick and clingy deposits of lacing were left.

S-Undeniable Belgian spice initially with scents of clove,white pepper and cardamom followed by fruity notes of pear,lemon and sweet citrus and finishing with doughy yeast and stick bubblegum
on the nose.

T-Things kind of went south for me here.There were some bright orchard fruit flavors of green apple and pear followed by bitter,grapefruit rind and bubblegum.The beer seemed jumbled and these flavors didn't mesh for me.The finish consisted of
a forced bitterness and an unappealing tinny/metallic note.

M-Light/medium body with a lasting bitterness and lively carbonation.The bitterness and overall mouthfeel here just didn't seem well calculated.This is the first Green Flash beer that left me disappointed.

O-I had pretty high expectations for this one but unfortunately they fell short.Nice looking beer with a good nose but something didn't quite work for me.

StlHopHead77, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev -0.5%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of brentusaurus
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

brentusaurus, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of bhir
4/5  rDev -0.5%

bhir, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of ggodzik
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

ggodzik, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Philousa
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed on tap at the green Flash tasting room on 12/30/11. Review done from notes and recent bottle tasting to refresh my memory.

Pours a nearly clear golden rust with little head. Bubbles are irregular, suggesting the Belgian yeast used in this beer. It should be noted that the bottle version had about three fingers head. Although it's not going to blow when you open it, be careful with this one. Zesty, piney, biscuity, with a bit of grapefruit along the banana and grape esters. Mild spiciness detected from the yeast, this has more body than the other Belgians I've tried from GF. Malt bill suggests tasted white bread. Spicy, pungent Belgian yeast goes up to your nose with the first sip. Banana, allspice, and cinnamon come through in taste. Musky Belgian yeast takes over and combines with bitter hops, which taste green and fresh. Some toasty malt comes through but the bitterness lingers in the back of your throat reminding you it's an IPA. Acidic and watery with a dry finish.

This one was interesting, but ultimately a bit disappointing. I guess I should have tried this first in my sampling, because the Rayon Vert set the bar too high. Ultimately, this one is too yeasty and pungent. Don't know if I would buy again, to be honest. Understand that this is only because GF makes better beer. This is still a complex, interesting Belgian inspired IPA.

Philousa, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of MisterGrizz
4/5  rDev -0.5%

MisterGrizz, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Mark5252, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of gafferjohn
4/5  rDev -0.5%

gafferjohn, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev -0.5%

kiki3drt292, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of joshwalt
4/5  rDev -0.5%

joshwalt, Jan 19, 2012
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,928 ratings.