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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,867
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 85
Gots: 140 | 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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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

my second foray into Belgian IPA territory... let's see how this compares to WildDevil.

i will admit this looks pretty great in the glass. both initial and subsequent pours build a creamy pillowy head that leaves a beautiful trail down the glass. color is a few shades from orange with some sediment in the bottom of the glass.

taste and aroma does a pretty good job of marrying the Belgian tart sweetness with the oily flavors from the double/imperial IPA. the hops are a little much and seem to overwhelm the yeast a bit.

palate is a little too fried and abv is a little too high for me to want another. or even for me to be excited about finishing the bomber. (oh don't worry, i finished it. i was just looking forward to moving on to something else.)

11-25-2009 22:23:55 | More by coachdonovan
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tipnsip

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +15.7%

Green Flash Brewing has only recently made it into the Chicagoland market and I gotta ask ... What took you so long!?!?!

Wow! LeFreak is an amazing brew. The marriage between an IPA & a Trippel is brilliant. It spotlights the finest qualities of an IPA & the finest qualities of a Belgian, while ommitting some of the aspects that are acquired tastes when it comes to each style of brew.

In my opinion:

IPA "pros" - bold hops & an underlying malt sweetness.
Trippel "pros" - sharp citrus, spice & balanced alcohol.

IPA "cons" - christmas tree in a glass
Trippel "cons" - yeastiness & sourness.

LeFreak accentuates the above "pros" & mellows the "cons".

It pours golden/orange & has a light white head ... the nose is very inviting with promise of lemon & spice ... from tip of the tongue to finish, Le Freak is well balanced taking you from bite to sweet to richness to clean finish.

I've had their IPA & their Trippel ... both very good brews, but this combination is where it's at.

11-21-2009 23:40:10 | More by tipnsip
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with one finger of creamy white head.

Scent of Belgian sugar, citrus, yeast, earth, caramel, and bitter hops. More balanced than I was expecting, with the citrus taking charge rather than the bitter hoppiness.

Taste of yeast, citrus, earth, some hops, sugars, and a hint of alcohol. The sugar takes charge here, while the rest of the beer lacks behind a bit. It is a tasty beer, but it doesn't quite capture the spirit of either beer style it is trying to be.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a strong bite of carbonation, very nice.

11-21-2009 23:28:19 | More by paco1029384756
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a supremely cloudy, rich golden color. Incredibly thick and chewy (!) two fingers of light orange meringue. TONS of messy lace and suspended sediment.

S: Fruity yeast and spices. Grassy/herbal hops, with a slightly mineral-y and flowery alcohol aroma.

T: Subdued banana. Sweet apple and pear. Metallic-mineral flavor (probably the alcohol). Fresh grassy hops.

M: Dry and prickly with a solvnt-like alcohol quality in the finish. Bit of burn. Sweet fruit balances the hot and dry characteristics.

D: Surprisingly good considering the abv. We likey!

11-21-2009 20:38:54 | More by GbVDave
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

A - Orangish amber colour with a nice foamy head that dissipated with remarkable lacing. Very very nice lacing, can't say enough about it.

S - Fruit, belgian yeast, pine notes, citrus hops. Fun to try to pick it all out.

T - It tastes like a tripple. It tastes like an IPA. It tastes like both and not always at the same time. Very complex but a very good blending of two exceptionally different styles. Get the nice yeasty taste followed up by bitter hops twist. I tried to imagine what this would taste like and it seemed like a nightmare, but it is surprisingly pleasant.

M - Nice carbonation in a medium bodied and somewhat slippery beer.

D - Not super hard to drink, but would be hard to session these.

11-14-2009 20:18:58 | More by AgentZero
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Dig

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

What a great beer. Complexity and flavour of a trippel with the power and balancing bitterness of a 2IPA. Really good. Did start to get a bit 'chewy' toward the end, but didn't leave my mouth feeling quite as osmotically shocked as many other trippels. Must look out for more of these hybrid styles.

11-12-2009 17:36:46 | More by Dig
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

22oz bottle drank from duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours a bright golden orange colored body with a large, white, fluffy head. the head lasts nearly the entire time and leaves behind solid rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice is the belgian yeast. it starts off very similar to your run of the mill belgian trippels. banana, clove, coriander, and yeast. theres a little bit of alcohol in here too. at the end comes a large blast of american hops. very citrusy with lots of pine as well.

T- the taste is similar to the smell. trippel up front with an IPA in the back. lots of grapefruit and resiny piny hops. i could also detect some alcohol.

M- medium, bordering on full, bodied bodied and well carbonated. some warming on the way down from the alcohol.

D- i really liked this one. it was a great blend of two very contrasting styles. too potent to attempt a second one, but the bottle i had went down in a hurry. check this one out oif youre a fan of the style.

11-11-2009 14:43:19 | More by jwinship83
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StJamesGate

New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours glowing dark yellow with puffy, clingy white head that fades to rocky and leaves strings and webs of lace. Nose is Belgian yeast, a bit of farmyard, but also ginger, mango, lemonade hops. Rock sugar, pear and butterscotch up front. Floral and citrus hops fight it out with a white pepper and lemon burn. Fruity hops linger, then tighten to a tight dry finish with a bit of sour. ABV just peaks out, light prickle, creamy and a bit sticky, light to medium weight.

More California than Belgium. Very SD hops. Not entirely on style, but strays in a direction I like.

11-10-2009 22:45:16 | More by StJamesGate
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Bottle sample courtesy of my friend Adil- A deep hazed golden pour, topped with a frothy and rocky white cap. Intense nose of fresh hops with spices, flowers, citrus, yeast. Tastes sweet and of candy, tropical fruit,pear, and has a massive hop flavour of pine and citrus. A bit of a yeasty funk lingers towards a very lengthy and bitter finish. Very good!

11-04-2009 15:12:45 | More by mrmanning
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -1%

22 ounce bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a dark gold color with a tinge of orange and has a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops, cloves, and some tropical fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pine and citrusy hops, peppery spice, Belgian yeast and a bit of tropical fruit and cloves. Also has a good bitter hoppy finish. The taste does start off very hoppy, but it does balance out as the fruit flavor shows up more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit dry and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, the alcohol is well hidden and it's not hard to drink at all. I think this is a good overall brew, I enjoyed it.

10-30-2009 22:12:01 | More by bluejacket74
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pwoods

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

22oz. brown bomber poured into a tulip. Notes.

A: Pours a glowing tangerine orange. Two finger head with good retention and some lacing.

S: Nice hop combo. Fruity, citrus, and lightly pined hops blend with a spicy Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Clove? Light alcohol.

T/M: Good bitterness for the combonation. The west coast hop profile battle for position with the Belgian yeast and malt side. Pleasantly sweet. A bitmore citrus creeps through on the lightly dry and bitter finish. Body is about medium with good carbonation.

D: ABV is pretty damn high for an IPA, even a Belgian. Tasty and interesting, though.

10-29-2009 23:43:07 | More by pwoods
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, floral hops, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of grassy hops that is quickly followed by the bready flavor of Belgian yeast and sweet flavors of citrus & caramel. The malt character is a little on the thin side for the style but provides some balance. There a strong booziness that comes though at first but it fades a little as the beer warms. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet. The label reads "Extreme ale converging San Diego-style imperial pale ale and Belgian-style trippel." The interesting part about this beer is that in one sip I'll taste 2IPA and in the next I'll taste Tripel.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice stronger beer with some complexity that makes it worth drinking for a long time.

10-15-2009 00:20:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.7/5  rDev -8%

22oz. bomber served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a brilliant clear gold with a thin white head. Bottle conditioned. Lots of piney hops in the aroma. Medium bodied with a solid malt base. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty drinkable for the ABV. The Belgian spice is there along with a load of hop bitterness in the finish. Not quite sure if I like this one, but it is an interesting mix of two brewing styles.

10-08-2009 01:05:24 | More by homebrewhawk
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jacobseyb

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

A=pours a golden copper color with an off white head of one finger that hangs around quite well

S=definitely spicy with a cakey aroma to open with clear hops following

T=love the spicy flavors initially with a crisp clear hoppy bitterness finishing each sip.

M=a little light on the carbonation in my opinion, but overall a good feel.

D=very enjoyable and a great change of pace, though these hybrids arent usually my favorite.

09-21-2009 03:17:22 | More by jacobseyb
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aubuc1

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

22 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a very hazy light orange with a bright white thick head.

Big smell of pine and fruit ranging from grapefruit to pineapple with some belgian chalky yeast.

Taste is a hoppy, but not bitter. Smooth belgiany finish.

Very good mouthfeel and little alcohol taste with such a high abv.

09-20-2009 01:04:03 | More by aubuc1
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SpruceFish

Burkina Faso

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

had this beer an many occasions i feel it fits the description perfectly IMO it tastes and feels like a tripel that has been hopped to hell and its delicious golden orange color the smell is spiced and the big west coast IPA hop smell and the taste is spot on to the smell the carbonation is spot on and the drinkability great for being upwards of 9% this beer is great for its style is recommend it to any one

09-11-2009 05:38:41 | More by SpruceFish
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +4%

Very, very nice orange/amber color with a decent head that receedes all too rapidly. Muted aroma-I think any Belgian notes overshadow the hops. Only slightly floral, somewhat earthy. Great flavor! Big ole blast of hops set against the malt and "sulfuryness" of a triple. Lingering bitterness. somewhat metallic ring to it. Sort of slick and oily. Finish is somewhat dry. Very nice body-very full. I find I almost want to gulp this-the great flavor and body rolled into one make this a very, very drinkable beer. Quite enjoyable.

09-10-2009 22:46:11 | More by lackenhauser
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paulieatworld

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

pours a vivd and dense orange with a pure white, fluffly heads that disappears, halfway through.

smells of all the things you would expect from a belgian tripel. alcohol, dark fruits, sugar.

so the tastes on this one follows the appearance. i thought that this one poured awfully orange and hazy for an ipa/tripel blend and if i were blind folded i would have said that this taste much more like an ipa blended with a saison or even belgian wit. loads of orange, coriander and slight lemon zest. i don't typically find these notes in the tripels i frequent. the ipa part of this experience is almost an after thought. its like you get this intense belgian wit with high carbonation and a dry, citrus green flash west coast ipa finish.

all in all, a pretty enjoyable beer. really complex and unique and done better than the version brewed by stone. i just don't get the tripel in this.

09-09-2009 23:52:38 | More by paulieatworld
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2%

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a hazed rich amber color with about two fingers of dense off white foam. The head leaves a minimal lacing on my glass. Nose and flavor are of herbal, woody earthy hops, some citrus such as lemon and orange, spices such as coriander, hints of caramel, yeast. A notch or two better than medium in body with ample carbonation. Pretty tasty stuff.

09-08-2009 04:13:06 | More by ClockworkOrange
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

22oz bomber picked up today at the Glen Ellyn Binny's in good old IL. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Greeted with two fingers worth of tightly packed, quietly bubbly and rather thick and pillowy soft sandy white head. Lazy little ropes of carbonation bubble up from the etchings on the bottom of the glass through the golden amber body to hold up the head for as long as it can manage, which turns out to be not that long as the head fades in five minutes or so and leaves scant lacing. Maybe it's the amount of booze in this beer but I was expecting more.

S: Very indicative of a Belgian IPA, don't really see it as a mix between West and far East coast quite yet. Aroma is grassy up front with doses of lemony pepper, coriander, clove, light banana, with a solid caramel malt backing. Just a clean, very well put together beer in terms of aroma. Good but not a wow beer and not the best in terms of style.

T/MF: Honey sweetness and grassy earthiness mixed together are my first impressions here. Then as the beer warms and additional sips are taken, lemon pepper with a good amount of floral and herbal spiciness. Midway through this beer gets a bit dry with warms breaths of alcohol interspersed between each sip. The "West Coast" in this beer is quite evident in the long and lasting finish where the heavier hop aspect is able to demonstrate its power on the back of my tongue. Mouthfeel is slightly under carbonated for a beer in this category, prickly bubbles pop on the tongue rather than dance and the hops coat the tongue faster than the booze can dry it out.

D: This beer is an easy sipper with a complex flavor profile and demonstrates a rather unique styling, but for all its frills, does not take my breath away like some others in this style have done in the past, though it is nice to be reintroduced to the style after such a prolonged absence.

09-08-2009 02:27:31 | More by bluemoonswoon
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

I had this on tap originally and wasn't all that into it, but some friends and I shared a bottle and I like it much more.

A: This definitely has the look of a Tripel. A cloudy orangish color with white foam.

S: The initial smell is much more IPA, than Tripel. Great citrus and pine character from the hops are the first sensation, followed by that distinct Belgian yeast, spice, and orange peel.

T: The taste is quite interesting as well. I found the IPA part of this to be more prominent with the citrus and pine coming through quite strongly while the typical Belgian Tripel flavors round out the finish. Sort of indescribable.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: Definitely a challenge to the palate, but an enjoyable one.

08-26-2009 23:55:46 | More by womencantsail
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

22 oz. bottle.

Clean and clear medium-golden body. Two fingers of cobwebby, light beige head. Great lacing. Interesting nose--definite mix of Belgium and California. Minty, herbal, and resinous hops float above a yeasty, wheat-y, fruity malt backbone. Very nice.

Tastes much like it smells, which is a good thing. Toasted malts and mineral-y bitterness up front, briefly. Big, yeasty, sweet wheat bread and hay malts follow. Flashes of fruit as well. Soon, big numbing hops take over. Minty, peppery, resinous, and piny. Some sweetish, soft, fruity (banana) malt reemerges in the finish. Slightly warming. Full-bodied, with a thick feel. Delicious.

08-26-2009 02:42:50 | More by alexgash
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MaxBrews

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Pours the color of a tripel; that burnt golden orange appearance. Translucent and less hazy then a tripel. Its actually rather clear. Head is gigantic and rocky which dissipates slowly into a thick rocky soapy lacing that clings to the glass tenaciously and refuses to let go. It even have yeast in the bottle which I found out on the last pour of my bomber. So really proper looking for an imperial IPA and the color of a tripel. I'm giving this a 5! Its a beautiful beer

Smell: This a very hoppy beer. The first smell is a boozy alcoholic strong hop aroma of citrus fruit. Smells of a sweetness which i assume is the malt. Clove spice esters.

Taste: Citrus hops, combined with the spicy notes of Belgian yeast and a alcoholic warmth. You get notes of pine, citrus fruit, light spices from the Belgian yeast and some pale malt.

Mouthfeel: I drank this a bit warmer then I should of before and it was super bitter and dry, but served at its proper temperature the 100 IBUS isn't noticeable. Still a rather dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: More of an imperial IPA without the American malt taste. This combines two of my favorite beer styles, however I would of liked to see more spicey clove notes from the yeast and the trademark sweetness of Belgian candy sugar. That would make this beer fully complete I'd say. Otherwise a fantastic and interesting idea, a beer to respect in more ways then one as the 9.2% ABV is enough to get you goofy.

08-25-2009 02:27:49 | More by MaxBrews
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +5%

Appearance - This is a super-cloudy light orange in color with a decent head.

Smell - This is very interesting. There are basically two bouquets to this ale. The first one is classic American DIPA. The big, stiff piney hops and rich, caramel-laden malt scream West Coast DIPA. But then there is a Belgian Tripel kind of aroma. It's behind the first one for sure, but I can pick up some fine Belgian yeast and some traditional Tripel spicing, particularly coriander.

Taste - OK, this is officially The Freak. It's like drinking two beers very similar to the notes I made about the smell. The American DIPA is more prominent and that yeast aroma hardly showed up at all, but there is some classic Belgian spicing to this beer that makes it a wonderful DIPA/Tripel hybrid.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full. It is exceptionally balanced and has some terrific carbonation. There is no real bitterness to the drink even though it is swimming in hops.

Drinkability - This is actually quite an easy-drinking ale. Again, at the risk of sounding repetitive, the balance makes this a fabulous offering. The various flavors work in perfect harmony and produce a big, giant beer with what could easily be competing flavors but that work incredibly well together and go down like nobody's business. Grean Flash pulled off a miracle with this effort - it is a unique beer that speaks to the boldness and creativity of the brewmasters. Well done!

08-23-2009 02:20:49 | More by RoyalT
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baiser

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +5%

On tap at 1702 in Tucson. Pours a hazy golden colour, with thin strings of lace along the side of the glass. This is a pretty classic belgian style tripel infused with hops. I've had a few 'belgian IPAs' and normally the hops dominate, but this is an example of one that is still mostly belgian. It is sweet and yeasty up front, with a nice hoppy and dry finish to it. Overall, a very drinkable beer.

08-23-2009 01:43:08 | More by baiser
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,867 ratings.