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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,855
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 84
Gots: 135 | FT: 1
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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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jdense

Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.5%

22 oz. bottle from local bottle shop poured at colleague's house into tumbler 3.12.10.

To start off, an interesting tasting beer. A interesting tasting beer. Clear amber body, quick dissipation, nice spider legs. Nose is a bit spicy for a tripel, orange peel and cardamon rounded off by hops. Taste mirrors the nose with the hops being even more prominent than the nose. Some effervesce in the mouthfeel, fairly dry tripel like finish. Pretty drinkable, not too heavy. May have been a bit heavy on the tripel characteristics for the style, but overall quite tasty. Worth a try.

03-13-2010 04:20:21 | More by jdense
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Rchap1

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

I've had this sitting in the cabinet since February of last year, so we'll have to see how this turns out.

A: Cloudy, a deep, darker gold color. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be this hazy or not, but it's definitely pretty opaque.

S: You definitely smell the hops in this. It really overpowers any of the associated smell that you'd get from a trippel.

T: Wow. This is a really unique one. I guess I'm differing from some of the other reviewers here in that this seems to have more of a characteristically IPA taste than a trippel taste. I think the only bit of the trippel that I'm tasting comes from the finish and aftertaste, where you get a little bit of spice.

M: Not as full as I would expect, put still pretty nice. It certainly lingers for awhile though.

D: I wouldn't think that you could do more than a couple of these in an evening, but I'm finding myself sipping it with regularity. I'm sure I'll slow down at some point though...

03-07-2010 05:04:48 | More by Rchap1
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ommegangpbr

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1%

Not terribly freaky but pretty good. Drinks much more like a tripel than it does an IPA but the added hops make for a nice balance as seems to be the case for the "Belgian IPA" style.
Apple aromas are pretty strong but done in such a way that it doesn't bother me like it does with some beers. Fruit cake, fermented fruit flavors that one finds in many tripels. There's a question of whether or not the hops are there to save a mediocre tripel or if it all just happens to work.
It has been awhile since I had it, but now that I think about it, this is a very much a hoppier version of Green Flashes Trippel, a beer which I kinda liked but wasn't quite excited about.
Familiar flavors within the style, done pretty well. American aggression mixed into Belgian ideals. I can dig it.

03-04-2010 06:42:23 | More by ommegangpbr
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fragilemacabre

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Based on the bottle, the style and the brewery, I expected a lot from this beer. Although it has little to no head (even though there are pretty foam swirls across the surface), it looks like a good cross between an auburn belgian and a golden hop monster.

With just an edge of hops and a definite perfumey twang to its scent, it actually reminded me most of the smell of bodywashes with shea butter.

Immediate reaction upon drinking: "I like this." It errs more on the Belgian side than the IPA side, but its aftertaste is reminiscent of finishing off a Lagunitas Maximus-- high praise in my book. Nothing terribly special about its mouthfeel, but you definitely don't realize you're drinking a 9-odd percent beeruntil you've gulped a few tasty swigs.

A definite improvement on other Green Flash IPA styles I've had.

03-04-2010 06:40:13 | More by fragilemacabre
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Clear amber with golden trim topped by two thick fingers of white head; excellent duration and lacing. Good fruity aromas and quite a bit of farmhouse funk, more than I expected from the advertised Tripel (off The Blind Pig's printed menu; only later did I see this was Belgian IPA).

Very nice taste--fruity, a bit hoppy, lots of citrus but smooth and malty rather than gritty--mainly tangerine, pear, sour apple, and grape--really nice. Belgian IPAs tend to be much smoother than their American counterparts, and this is no different; cream and very accessible.

Very good beer, one I hope to see around the Midwest more. I wouldn't quite refer to it as freaky as the name implies, but this is a bit unusual, and welcome in its distinct style and flavor.

02-28-2010 01:00:36 | More by Gehrig
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JTahoe

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

A - Glowing hazy rich honey golden-orange with a rush of swirling carbonation and a substantial, dense, pillowy two-finger head with nice patchy bits hanging all around the glass. Looks great.

S - Subtle with light pear, apple, and banana. Pretty nice, but not too exciting.

T - Despite the unassuming aroma, the flavors really come on from all sides, very pleasingly delivering on the promise of a Belgian/West Coast hybrid. The Belgian yeast comess first followed quickly with an amazing infusion of big hop flavors of mixed citrus juices and peels (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon) with a body of pear, pineapple, and melon floating in a field of light banana bread flavored with vanilla, white pepper, clove, and straw. Amazingly balanced while rendering the character of both inspirations--truly an amazing feat.

M - Medium-full body, nearly syrupy but smooth, with moderate carbonation.

D - I'm a beer, and Le Freak was my idea. I wish... this is great, very enjoyable, imaginative, and brewed with skill. This one should nearly be a sipper, but goes down almost too easy...

02-24-2010 03:59:01 | More by JTahoe
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boogyman

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

A- Pours a light copper golden color with about a finger of head. Not nearly as billowy and extreme as some of the other B(I)PAs from Belgium. Lacing is sticky. Pillars of foam stick to the side of the glass.

S- The Belgian side definitely sticks out in the nose more then the IPA. Spicy banana and other light fruit. Maybe some pineapple. Very fresh.

T- Has a lot of trippel qualities to it but can taste the hops better then some others of the similar style. It starts off very trippel and finishes off with the american pale ale taste. The bitter hops linger on the palate. I can detect some pineapple in the taste along with the familiar banana and spice. Might also be some slight citric flavors to it from the hops. After warming a bit more I am getting some clove.

M- Definitely could never tell there was over 9%ABV in this beer. It goes down so easy with almost no bite. Just tastes fresh but after a few gulps you do start to feel the slight warming sensation.

D- As with most good strong craft beers, it would be hard to have more then one bomber. Drinking it could never be more pleasant but drinking more then one bottle of it could be overwhelming and at over 9%, you wont last long! After a beer like this I could go to either a good IPA or light trippel and then finish off with something like a Double Stout to finish off the night.

I would also like to note that this style is different in that nearly every beer I try in this style tastes completely different and had it's own unique qualities to it, more then I can say for most mainstream styles. Great iteration of an awesome style.

02-22-2010 02:45:06 | More by boogyman
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fropones

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

A - Pours a nice orangish gold color with about a finger and a half of ivory head.

S - Nice notes of pears and apples and clove from the belgian yeast. A hint of citrus from the hops but nothing that screams IPA.

T - More of the IPA is noticable here with a nice bitterness throughout. More of those apples and pears, some white pepper, a nice sweetness at the end. Not a lot of hop flavor, mainly hop bitterness.

M - A nice effervescence and bubbly mouthfeel that I look for in a Belgian IPA. Medium heft.

D - Drinks good for 9.2%. Would have liked to get more hop flavor in here, but oh well.

02-20-2010 04:18:26 | More by fropones
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TheJollyHop

California

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

Large bubbly head on top of a copper amber liquid. Head loses retention fairly quickly leaving behind faint lacing.

Belgian yeasty aroma with some spicy hops and herbal notes. Grainy malt sweetness present as well.

Sweet caramel upfront with strong pine flavor and some spicy character as well. Herbal hop flavor and pleasant graininess as well. Possibly some tobacco too. Bitterness builds late and idles briefly. Alcohol is very well masked, and malt character plays a well balanced supporting role.

Medium carbonated and medium/full bodied; nice weight on the tongue.

Balance and lack of astringency make this beer a nice sipper. The 0.5 deduction in drinkability was due to the high carbonation. Otherwise this was spot on.

02-18-2010 15:26:21 | More by TheJollyHop
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beertunes

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -6%

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a hazy golden yellow with 1/4 inch of white head that dissipated quickly leaving a little more than light lacing.

The aroma is dominantly hops with some yeast and spice in the background. There is a notable citrus scent to the nose. The flavor starts out with a strong hop bitterness followed by some of the yeast/spice notes of a tripple and finishing with a combo of floral and bitter hops.

The body is good, substantial without being heavy. Drinkability is going to vary depending on individual taste, I split a 22 with 1 other person and that was enough for one day, although I would have it again.

Overall, a decent beer that you're just going to have to judge for yourself.

02-16-2010 20:42:36 | More by beertunes
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travduke

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +15.7%

To my delight I got this in a trade from hophead101. One of my favorite styles of beer, excited to try this one.

Appearance: Hazy ruby orange with an incredible 2 finger white foamy head with great retention.

Smell: I can smell this from across the time. Strong banana aroma, yeast, very fruity.

Taste: First sip is delicious. Bready, fruity, piney and citrus all in one. Slight warming alcohol that doesn't bother me at all. A little bitter but delicious.

Drinkability: Great sipping brew. I can drink a bomber but that's it. Its meant to be sat with and enjoyed. This is a great example of the style. One of the best being made in America that I've had so far.

02-11-2010 02:43:43 | More by travduke
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours an almost clear pale ornage color with a two finger white head that was quite lasting,leaving some good lace. Nothing really screams tripel to me when I smell this brew. It's all American hops, and lots of them, plenty of citrus and pine, an underlying sweetness, like candied fruit. Taste has more of the Belgian yeast flavor at first, lightly sweet, turns sappy and bitter on the finish. Surprisingly, the aroma made this seem like it was a hop bomb, but there's more bitterness than actual hop flavor. Mouthfeel is light-medium, surprisingly low carbonation considering the massive head it started with. Nice rings of lace are circling glass as I finish it off. Good brew, but the bitterness of beers like these starts to wear on me these days, and the alcohol is a tad too warming. I enjoyed this one bomber though.

02-09-2010 02:33:42 | More by KeefD
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Docer

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -6%

Snagged up a bottle of this at The BeerMongers here in SE PDX!

- Nice golden orange, semi-cloudy, bubbly IPA with a thin foamy white head... leaves a nice thick ring about,.

- Slight banana yeast, little caramel and light malt scent... slightly bready, banana... slight caramel sweetness... mild citrus and pine hopping.

- banana bready yeasty... but mmm sweet malt, caramel.. brown sugar... hopping is light, but nice and bitter, piney, and present. Rather balanced for a Green Flash Brew...

- Medium bodies... bitterly drying, but only slightly chewy...

- Super good Belgian brew. The yeast writes the story with this one. If you are a newb to Belgians... grab this one up... enjoy its clean and fresh ingredients... and absorb its Belgian nature. There you have it... a fantastic introductory brew to Belgians. Americanized.

02-08-2010 04:06:06 | More by Docer
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spartanfan

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -22.9%

Poured from a bomber with no freshness date

A: Pours a hazy light straw color with a fluffy white head that has faded into a thin layer.

S: At first all I can smell is the Belgian yeast and a bit of alcohol. As the beer warms an estery fruitiness and a faint hop bitterness appear as well.

T: Very interesting taste. At first it almost seems like a triple gone sour. But as it warms and I drink more of it the flavors become clearer. The beer tastes of Belgain yeast and earthy hops.

M: Highly carbonated, which was expected. Medium body, I would prefer a bit thicker, but it's not bad.

D: This is not one of my favorites, but I would try it again because I have a feeling my sample was none too fresh.

02-06-2010 12:35:46 | More by spartanfan
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

a - poured a two-fingers thick off-white head into a snifter that left thick clingy lace and sheet throughout. the body was a bright and bubbly orange.
s - a little sweet, a little spicy, a little yeasty.
t - light citrus hop with some bready malts, yeast and spice.
m - creamy and really smooths out in the finish.
d - delicious belgian ipa but not quite as good as stone cali-belgique.

02-02-2010 16:03:54 | More by GPHarris
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JRed

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours cloudy golden in body with frothy head that sticks around. Hop aroma with slight spice, sugars, resin, and citrus. Flavors of citrus, resin, sugars, west coast hop tastes, and sour notes. Medium-heavy bodied brew with thick flavors. A treat to have and a great mix of styles. Two thumbs up for Green Flash.

01-31-2010 22:15:53 | More by JRed
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blackc5

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%

22oz poured into a tulip at 49F. My first beer from this brewery as they just started distribution in WA.

A - A pale amber, slightly cloudy with a nice pillowy head that lingers and moderate lacing.

S - Very nice - lots of yeast and malt but very nice fragrant, earthy yet citrusy hops. Very strong, and quite pleasing.

T - Leans towards the trippel IMHO, but it is quite nice. Fruity and yeasty - definitely quite sweet in the form of sugary syrup. Hops are a bit mild, and I was expecting a bit more citrus or even bitterness to balance the sweetness given the nose.

M - Medium to heavy body. Moderate carbonation. Generally quite smooth, just a hint of alcohol on the swallow. Coats the mouth, a bit filmy.

D - Strong and warming, this is a good sipper.

Overall, I would say they almost pulled off this marriage of styles, and I definitely appreciate the attempt and would drink again.

01-31-2010 04:16:11 | More by blackc5
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

A nice approach to a Belgian IPA, leaning on its sweet side with a touch of a spicy trippel side.

Presentation: 22 oz brown bottle. Poor label design based on a painting of a beach view from a balcony. One liner noting main style. Shows Alc. by Vol. (9.2%). Lacks bottling or best by date. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold to pale amber pour with a nice frothy head, medium retention, and some lacing.

S - Complex hoppy nose, citrus and pineapple, with an early spicy note, and a finishing sweet, sugary scent.

T - Sweetness prevails coating a hoppy and lightly yeasty, Belgium sense. Spice, coriander and a minimal sense of orange peel over a malty and sugary sense.

M - Medium to medium full body, with medium carbonation, and a sticky finish.

D - Interesting and stimulating marriage of styles, good drinkability.

Notes: A bit sweet for my liking, it leans on some US trippels that while likable for me are not a big match for the style. Here it plays nicely with the hoppy profile, although I think I lean towards Belgium IPAs that explore a crisper and a touch funky profile.

01-31-2010 00:42:52 | More by Daniellobo
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froghop

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -17.9%

pours a semi-cloudy amber-orange with a medium size white head, and great lacing.

smell is of yeast, floral, some fruits, and malt in the back.

taste is smooth, bread dough, some caramel, malt, hops in the back, and some fruit, ends thick and a tad bitter.

01-30-2010 21:02:52 | More by froghop
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3%

22oz bottle served in Stone Levitation glass

A - two fingers of loose and fluffy, just off-white foam which is slowly creeping down the glass and leaving spotty marks of lace all the way down. the beer is the fine line between gold and amber, clear and actively carbonated.

S - first comes a whiff of grassy hops joined by some belgian soapy yeast. notes of lemon peel, pine, crisp cracker malt.

T - lemony yeast off the bat before a sharp grassy bitter hop attack. sharp lemon, lingering pine and grass, just a touch of biscuit underneath. definitely some alcohol near the end.

M - heavily carbonated but counterbalanced by a thick syrupy body. lots of flavors (even styles) in this one but carried well.

D - bottle says its a derivative of a Belgian IPA and Triple, but the Triple qualities are few and far between (maybe just a touch of clove in the aftertaste). little bit of an abrasive Belgian IPA at that, needed something else to balance that just doesnt show up. not a bad brew by any means...just falls short of being anything more than "good".

01-29-2010 03:25:35 | More by Stigs
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MikeGill

New York

3.38/5  rDev -15.9%

I am big fan of Green Flash and I was intrigued by the idea of this blend. 22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Orange yellow color with minimal head.

Alcohol and yeast dominate the nose with some earthiness poking through. The beer is kind of aggressive at first, it needed some time to open up in the glass. Warm and clumsy was my first impression but this gave way as it mellowed.

Fruity, yeasty and bitter with some spice. I felt like the hops punched through but are covered in syrup so they play nicely with the belgium half of this brew but unfortunatly are striped to the point of only imparting bitterness, which dominates the aftertaste. A very interesting beer but not my favorite example of the style.

01-26-2010 16:33:05 | More by MikeGill
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LibraryTom

California

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

A Belgian IPA, or a hop infused Belgian Tripel. Whichever you like. For such a strong beer, this one drinks pretty easy. The very astringent, almost caustic hops of the Green Flash IPA juxtaposed against a rich Belgian golden malt, sweet with big apricot fruit. The balance is good. Finish is dry, and almost all hops, though the late-mid palette carries a lot of the malt flavors.

01-25-2010 07:09:43 | More by LibraryTom
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theopholis

California

3.98/5  rDev -1%

Been looking forward to trying this one. Poured it into a tulip. Perfect blond color. Not as much foam as I would have anticipated, though. Some lace.

Lot of tamarind and orange rind, and a little mint, in the nose. Slight whiff of alcohol. Almost smells like a lower-ABV 120 Min IPA. Good, not quite the pungent green hop I was expecting.

Appearance- Body is clear, bright amber/honey color. Head is a 2-finger, white, fluffy cap.

Aroma- Fresh, inviting, daily hoppy with malt sweetness that comes through the nose.

Taste- Faily hoppy and bitter, that is nicely blended with a very nice malt sweetness. lots of pine and citrus. Hints of bitter orange, Pepper. You could definately taste the Belgian yeast. Very tasty.

Mouthfell- Medium-full bodied, good carbonation, faily soft.

Drinkability- yum!

01-24-2010 18:32:51 | More by theopholis
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

22 oz bottle

A: Hazy pale amber under a good sized, chunky white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Mix of west coast hops and some Belgian yeast. Citrus of hops, then a more pine blend before giving way to the earthy yeast. Very well done.

T: Again, a good blend of what the bottle says: Belgian and west coast. Citrus hops and earthy, a bit funky, Belgian yeast. Bitterness is up there, but earthy yeast wins in the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, heavier than I expected, prickly carbonation. This one is a sipper, it's just so in your face in terms of hops and yeast character. Very well done.

01-22-2010 00:31:26 | More by NCSUdo
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +5%

Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex citrus hoppy aroma with a alcohol tone. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bitter and small alcohol bite finish of moderate duration. This is a good beer.

01-19-2010 01:38:51 | More by tmoneyba
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,855 ratings.