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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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90
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1,897 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,897
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 90
Gots: 146 | 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 womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of alexgash
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.

alexgash, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of MaxBrews
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.

MaxBrews, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of RoyalT
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!

RoyalT, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of baiser
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.

baiser, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

Since Belgian IPA is such a broad category- basically meaning any Belgian style to which lots of hops are added- more specifically this beer is a highly hopped tripel, and man, there are indeed a lot of hops here. Very much a beer to have fresh. Pours a very hazy golden, edging toward orange. Looks almost like a hefeweizen, except for the head which is very finely beaded, pure white, pretty thin, but leaves some okay lacing. Smells extremely herbal from the hops- there is almost a thyme-like aroma to start, followed by more herbal notes and some late tripel swweetness almost obscured by the hops. Tastes marvelous! More of that herbal forwardness, also with thyme notes, married well to the Belgian tripel notes with some sweetness and clove and coriander spice notes with a long tangy finish. Firm and crisp in the mouth. Really one of the best Belgian style tripels I've had.

Georgiabeer, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of bruachan
4.38/5  rDev +9%

nice gold color, which suggests some very light malts indeed were used as a base (given the strength of the brew). ok lacing, good head up front but it faded. my glass might have found its way to the dishwasher recently

the belgian yeast comes through directly, with a good depth of malt character: toasty, bready, biscuity. citrus NW hop aromas: cascade? truthfully, though, hops are by no means the frontman. fusels to be sniffed as well as some vanilla

the flavor holds a good bit of hop dynamics. sticky and bitter, but with plenty of herbal, citrus notes. some bright fruit. it's sweet but this element is not allowed to overstep its bounds, as the solid bitterness buffers any such possibility. some spice going on--coriander? boozy heat rounds out the flavor profile and, ultimately, this is a complexly flavored brew. it's thick and lingers on the tongue, as well, so as to heighten/sustain my experience

bruachan, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
3.78/5  rDev -6%

The brewers at Green Flash Brewing Company have really out done themselves with this convergence of beer styles where American Imperial IPA meets Belgium trippel. The end result is a zesty brew with enticing American hops and Belgian yeast aromatics that lead you to delicious malts and a complex layering of hop flavors that quench and refresh your pallet. When you pour it you notice its orangish amber color with a huge amount of American hops on the nose with notes of citrus. The palate itself feels heavy at first but then leaves you with a silky smooth mouth full of yeast and hops beautifully layered with fruity flavors of banana and grapefruit.

WhatsNewinBooze, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of MrMonkey
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

Thanks to nyrangerfan for hooking me up with a couple of these!

Pours a bright but cloudy orange with two fingers of off-white head that fades slowly to a thin cap and sticky ring. Decent lacing.

Wow! A huge whiff of orange and grapefruit as soon as I popped the cap. Once poured, there is also some musty Belgian yeast, orange peel, a hint of candy sugar, and some spice.

Taste begins with orange peel and coriander with a touch of sweetness, which is quickly overtaken by some spicy floral hops and bitterness. Musty Belgian yeast flavors lead into a dry, bitter finish. Like any good Tripel, the alcohol is well hidden.

Medium-bodied, well-carbonated mouthfeel. Manages to integrate both sweet and dry characteristics quite well.

A great job blending both styles, which complement one another nicely here. Both drinkable and enjoyable!

MrMonkey, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of TheEremite
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

On tap at The Trappist in Oakland. Pours cloudy, white head. Looks like a saison or witt. The aroma is great. Lots of fruity spicy yeast character that mixes well with the citrus hops used. The flavor is "balanced" for an IPA with Belgian yeast. The buttering hops are relatively subdued that make this beermuch more drinkable than others I have had. I was not previously a fan of this type of beer, but le freak changed my mind. Worth a quaff.

TheEremite, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of Wildman
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

This beer poured a clear dark tan color and formed a foamy off white head that left latticed lace as it quickly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, and Belgian yeast and candy elements. The flavor was of malt, hops, pepper, and slight butter undertone. The body was medium light, creamy and the finish was peppery.

Wildman, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.3/5  rDev +7%

Invested in a case of bombers, and this is the sum of those (although several have gone to GOOD friends). 22oz bottle into Duvel glass at 42 degrees, and warmed well into the 50's during the review.

Lovely 3F, fluffy, cream/white head sitting on top of golden amber body with visible carbonation streaming to the top. Decent amount of sticky lacing.

Initial smell of sharp pine needles, followed by slightly musty yeast and a wee touch o' da grassy funk. As it warmed, the sweetness shone through, with some ripe banana, cinnamon bun, and clove.

This is a full flavored dichotomy of styles. The west coast hops are very present - with both grapefruit and pine sap. The rich tripel struggles to shine through, but does make an appearance for no other reason than to balance the sharpness of the IPA. For 9+%, the alcohol was nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel is where the tripel comes through - rich, slightly cloying, but a sufficiently dry bite at the same time.

If you love IPAs, and you love Tripels, this is a no-brainer - a nice representation of both with great flavor and appropriate mouthfeel to represent each. Serve it up... Immediately!

BeerImmediately, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%

Didn't expect to find this in my local store. Hmm... west coast IPA meets Belgian trippel... interesting. Bomber 22oz poured into standard pint... nothing else available. Oh well.

A- Pours a super pale saffron yellow with a nice active head. Spots of lace all around. Head settles nicely.

S- Hops are there. So is the spice. A sweet licorice smell is noted, too.

T- Um...can't find the words. Complex. Hoppy. Spicy. Tart. Sour. Bitter. Sweet. Yeasty. Very very complex flavors and mouthfeel. After second pour, hops settle and the flavors come out even more. An incredibly flavorful beer. I wish it was a bit more refined and not as hoppy, and I love hops. Perhaps I don't get this style. The Belgian yeast and the hops are fighting and don't seem to want to get along.

M- Complex, tart, sweet, peppery hops, spice, and others pound the tongue. Good for what it is.

D- Moderate at best. Very hard-hitting beer.

All in all, not an everyday drinker. Not sure If I'd ever get this one again. Flavors are intense but a bit confusing. It pulls in a bunch of directions without picking one and sticking to it. Which is what they were going for... It does taste like a DIPA trippel... whatever that is.

ShogoKawada, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of billybob
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

22 oz. brown bottle no freshness date on the label pours a dark hazy yellow orange thick two finger white head that held very well big patches of lace to the finish and a ring of sediment at the bottom. fruity citrus aromas come through fairly strong. bready grainy dry taste with citrus notes sharp needle like carbonation and medium, warming mouthfeel 9.20 abv limits drinkability.

billybob, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of bloberglawp
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

@ the Trappist, pre-NHC evening, thanks Push Eject for sharing this.

Pours a golden yellow, huge head, huge lace. Gorgeous rich and generous hop aroma, also alot of belgian candy in the nose. Awesome.

Flavor, much like the aroma is alot of hops and a fresh belgian ale caracter. Sweeter like a dubbel, dispite it being pale.

Love this beer, I purchased a couple of bombers and will enjoy these I'm shure.

bloberglawp, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Yesac
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

A- Pours clear light orange. Not much of a head at first, whatever does form fades quickly to a small ring around the glass.

S- Belgian yeast, slight spice and orange peel. Not much going on here.

T- Whoa, where did those hops come from? I didn't smell that coming! A power spicy hop bomb on the nose. The Belgian yeast is present throughout but is light. Strong hop bitterness with a spice domination. Slight toasty malt at the end. Interesting brew but this style isn't one of my favorites.

M- Medium carbonation, tingling on the tongue. Overall a medium body and a carbonated aftertaste.

D- Its drinkable and the 9.2% is very well hidden. Medium high carbonation and lots of spice keeps this one interesting but its not for me.

Yesac, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

A- This beer pours a crystal hazy golden orange with good amount of yeast buildup at the bottom. Thick, dense fluffy cream white head.

S- Bright herbal hops and belgian yeast.

T- Big hoppy taste accompanied by smooth flavors from the belgian yeast. A complex "sweet bitterness" to it.

M- Creamy, fizzy body

D- Excellent beer that combines two popular styles without junking up the mix with too many added flavors.

rfgetz, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

22oz bomber, sourced from NORVA and deemed suitcase worthy

unleashed during cubs-cardinals game 2

appearance: cool label art...served in my de koninck chalice, bright tangerine-amber body, foamy white crest with very light lacing

smell: not as overpowering as it could be, juicy citrus hops, light traces of belgian yeast and sugar

taste: a dipa/tripel hybrid...i am having a hard time with this beer - its bitter and pungent and in the end it seems too sharp to let the tripel play a meaningful role. extremely bitter grapefruit, peppery booze

mouthfeel: prickly

drinkability: ok

dirtylou, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of mugglesandhops
4.22/5  rDev +5%

22oz bottle received in a BIF. Poured into a tulip glass. Orange in color, big frothy head, very active carbonation. Smells more like an IPA than a Tripel. Citrus fruit, bready, some clove like spice also. Alcohol up front in the taste, citrus. The tripel blend of this comes out more as it warms. The clove flavor really comes through in the taste as it warms.

mugglesandhops, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of ToddT
4.18/5  rDev +4%

A- Very clear orange yellow color with a bug fluffy off white head. Head falls quickly to a sticky ring and leaves a little lacing on the glass as it does so.

S- Citrus hops and floral notes. Very mild in aroma compared to most IPAs or triples. As it warms a little notes of spice become evident.

T- Starts off with a little heat from the alcohol. Followed by the citrus bite of the hops. Lots of other flavors peak out through the hops- clove, pepper, orange, and caramel. A biscuity yeast makes itself known at the finish, which is dry and almost astringent with an aftertaste of alcohol heat and fruit. Really complex in flavor profile with some funk as well.

M- Medium in body and light in carbonation. Finish is dry and clean but with heat.

D- At 9.2% ABV it is a strong one, it is smooth and easy to drink but the alcohol is not hidden. Not unpleasant but not hidden either.

Unique beer, you will like it or you will hate it. I can't see anybody not having a strong opinion on this one.

ToddT, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4/5  rDev -0.5%

poured into a tulip, without the yeast this is a bright clear golden orange, with a really nice, thick, creamy white head and lacing that lasts. lots of yeast sediment in the bottom of the clouds up the second pour quite a bit. tropical fruit, belgian spicy yeast in the nose along with some citrus and honeyed bread notes. taste starts off like a tripel, round and doughy, spicy sweet, and finishes like an ipa. medium bodied and a really nice level of carbonation leads to a prickly and frothy mouthfeel. with the yeast, mouthfeel is more chewy. long, big smooth bitter, drying, finish. a complex sipper.

MrMcGibblets, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of bfields4
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

Comes to a very full head like any good Belgian tight at first then dispersing cloudyness. The body is a nice pale opaque orange.

Very sweet citrus orange smell more like belgian sweetness than hoppy, but hops complement it nicely too. There is also a floral aroma from the hops.

A very nice blend of hoppy bitterness with the sweet belgian witbier spiciness. Orange zests peppers and cloves. maybe a little biscuity. The nose and the tastes complement each other nicely. A very complex beer.

Takes it's body from more the Belgian styles lots of carbonation and medium bodied.

I am always looking out for Belgian IPAs to try. Fell in love with Urthel's, but this one didn't disappoint. Hope to look for more from these guys soon.

bfields4, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of flexabull
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Bottle from a local liquor store, nice to see Green Flash now being carried in town.

Pours a bright and slight cloudy, gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are a little nutty, with a nice floral hop nose, some citrus fruits, with mostly notes of grapefruit.

Taste is really dry, with a nice complex hoppy finish. Beer starts with a light malty flavors that are a little bite tea like, and with a hard candies. Finish has a lot of hop flavors, a bit floral, mineral like, dry aspirin, and bitter grapefruits.

Mouthfeel is nice. Seems really clean, and almost overly dry.

Drinkability is a good. This is a very nice Belgian IPA. I drank this on draft in San Diego a couple of months ago, and it was fantastic. This bottle doesn't quite stack up to the draft version, (what does?) but this is a still a fine beer that I would recommend trying.

flexabull, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of pmcadamis
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%

A - Glowing orange-tangerine with a nice head that's small, but firm and tightly bubbled. Lots of really fine lace sticks to the glass, and while head retention isn't stellar, it is good for the abv and builds right back up to a finger after a swirl. That lace is beautiful and that, along with the pretty color is a win-win combo.

S - Oooh, Hops! Floral, flowery, and slightly citrusy. Creamy and slightly reminiscent of vanilla. Reminds me of Orval with a shitload of hops thrown in for good measure. Something in there almost reminds me of musky cologne, combined with a floral perfume. Maybe like an old couple... he wearing English Leather and she wearing something lilac-y and stuffy. I can appreciate some toasted caramel malt tones, but floral hops are the star of the show.

T - Even hoppier on the palate than on the nose. This moves from a floral and perfumey aroma to a more citric and piney flavor. Deep, complex, and very much true to the Belgian tripel style... but with a very much California level of hops. Apple, white grapes, and vague cinnamon undertones, but these are all second fiddle to the glory that is HOPS. Outstanding!

M - Medium bodied with a very muscular and lean mouthfeel. this is a greyhound of beers... lean, ripped and firm, but powerful in an angular way. The alcohol is detectable and it almost reminds me of good sherry. The finish is very dry and lasts for days.

D - This hybrid brew presents the best of both worlds: complex Belgian hop characteristics, only amped up to west coast levels. Good stuff!

pmcadamis, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of Oxymoron
3.78/5  rDev -6%

Sampled a semi-cloudy apricot/peach color with a light orange hue throughout. A soft white fizzy head that had limited retention after the initial pour. Some lacing but light as well.

The nose is complex with some light Belgian malt notes, complex yeast and noticeable hop aromas. To start the malt has a more grainy note with a hint of Belgian pale. Some lighter caramel and some prune notes that I associate with Special B. A light sugar notes as well, but limited. The hops are there with a herbal and almost woody aroma. Some yeast notes with a light ester and phenolic notes, mostly cloves and plums. Would have liked a bit more Belgian characteristics with malt and yeast but still good.

The taste is a bit different. The malt is a bit more grainy and is limited in the Belgian malt notes. Some hints but very lacking. More of a 2 row husky and hints of honey malt. The hops are there. A strong bitterness that leaves an astringent bite in the finish. A light herbal hop note in finish but the bitterness is the stronger character. The yeast comes out more and brings more "Belgian" beer quality. The fruity esters are nice with plums, apricots and a hint of cherry. Some pepper and cloves come out in the finish.

The body is moderate and a bit big for style. Would have liked to see it finish a bit drier. Overall a good Belgian IPA but limited Belgian quality really deters.

Oxymoron, Jun 19, 2009
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,897 ratings.