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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,087
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 109
Gots: 245 | 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:
Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007

This Belgian Style IPA is an "out of the box" convergence of beer styles where American Imperial IPA meets Belgian Trippel.
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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a hint of orange; the foamy head retains nicely but failed to deposit very much lace

Smell: Lots of citrus and a quick whiff fails to detect anything else; sniff for a while, though, and you can pick up the yeasty phenols

Taste: Biscuity, at first, with a growing pineapple citrusy/pithy bitterness; by mid-palate, the peppery phenols start to kick in, with clove in the mix, as well; after the swallow, the bitter citrus and peppery clove flavors combine into a lengthy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a bit of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A real tug of war on the palate, and that ultimately limits its drinkability; I liked it, at first, but then struggled with it the more I had

Photo of jackorain
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden, copper color, crystal clear liquid topped with 3 inches of stark white head. Retention was quite good with the head falling slowly to an unbelievably tall ¾ inch crown that persisted for the entire glass. The lacing was outrageously good coating the entire glass where the head receded.

Incredibly strong aroma, was immediately apparent upon popping the cap. The aroma is like clove studded citrus fruit. Lots of cloves. Orange, lemon and grapefruit. Leafy green hops. Caramel malt and bready malts.

Initial flavor is bready and sweet caramel malts. This is followed up by a big punch of cloves. After this a huge whap of bitterness comes with hints of leafy green hops and grapefruit pith. Fruit is layered through the entire flavor profile, from grapefruit to blood oranges to pineapple and other tropical fruit notes. There are also momments of peppery spiciness. The finish is a long brash bitterness combined with a dryness that really begs you to take the next sip.

Medium body is back by a very creamy body. This creaminess is cut by a very zingy, crisp carbonation formed by very small bubbles.

This is very good Belgian IPA. I could easily have several glasses of this.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Pear nose. Flavor is sweet and sour pear and grapefruit. Not bad but not a Belgian trippel. High ABV is hidden. $9.95 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry citrusy hops. Taste is also dominated by dry citrusy hops with a lightly sweet malt body. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no sign of alcohol. Very well done with great balanced between hoppy notes and malt; some more fruity ester would have brought this to another level.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer, great name.
Pours a very hazy light chestnut amber, with a tan head that really puffs up.

Aroma is packed with some belgian yeast flavors, a bit barnyard/bandaid, but otherwise pretty clean. Orange and clove spiciness and some good strong hops. Some candy molasses or ripe fruit sweetness.

Powdery mouthfeel with bitter alcohol fusals. Some serious gerianol and indole going on in here, strong floral geranium, jasmine, and slightly skunky. It's complex, with good unique characteristics, so it's getting points for that. The abv is higher than I would like, the 22 is gonig to be shared with friends, or i'll get bored (and drunk) with it.

Photo of FishGetter
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Searved in a tulip. Pale yellow with slight haze. Thick frothy head expiring quickly leaving sticky heavy lacing on glass.
Distinctive Belgin yeast aroma. Cloves with mild grassy hints. Slight wheat and citrus hops round out nose of beer. Great diversity!
Suttle hints of pear at first drink. Grapefruit flavored resins push through. Finished with spicy clove flavors. Runs the gammet of sweet to slight bitter to spicy.
Medium bodied, oily hop resins cling to mouth.
At 9.2 ABV, this is a real sleeper! Grapefruit resins do a great job of taming alcohol content.

Photo of BeerStine
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

An aggressive pour produces a thick off white head with a cloudy copper completion. It leaves a stick lacing as the beer goes down. Smells is balanced with oranges and tangerines representing the hops and a biscuits for the malts. Taste is much like the smell: fruity hops and Carmel malts. Mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation. Drinkability is good - I could definitely drink a few of these.

Overall a solid beer. Glad I tried it.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Thanks, jnn4v!

Pours a golden color with two fingers of thick foam. Pretty good retention, lots of lacing.

Very nice yeasty/hoppy aroma. Cool blend of distinctly Belgian yeast and West Coast DIPA hoppy bitterness.

Taste is very interesting, to say the least. Sweet, spicy, fruity, bitter. There's a whole lot going on here. The hops dominate, but, after all, it's a Tripel/Imperial IPA. The citrus character of the hops plays really nicely off the sweetness and spice of the yeast. Piney finish.

Full, rich body. Smooth drinker. Appropriate level of carbonation. Crisp. Dry pine finish. Very interesting, and very tasty.

Photo of Seanibus
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the best beer I have had in a long, long time. I went into it knowing nothing about it - pure experiment. I poured it at the end of the evening, as I settled in to watch TV. And nearly two hours later, I realized I was still nursing it, unwilling to let it go. And when it was gone, I missed it. When I woke up, I thought about it.

I had a crush on this beer.

Pours a sunny orange with a fluffy white head and a torrent of carbonation. Aroma is grainy and phenolic, light orange zest, clean and malty. Flavor is rich and citric, with a tang of orange, clove and allspice and a surprising and uncharacteristically deep bitterness, a slight metallic bite, but balanced by a clean, musky malty bite. Mouthfeel is buttery and rich, accentuating the bitterness. The best part is the delicious deep abiding bitterness, that clings to the back of the tongue.

A must try.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great brew!
Poured a nice golden color with a nice white head. Nose is hoppy, citrusy, floral. Taste was great from beginning to endwith citrusy hops up front, sweetness in the end. ABV was well hidden and this beer is so easily drinkable its no even funny. Best Belgian IPA I have had to date.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear orange body for the first few draws from the bottle with each additional pour the beer turns hazy until the last 2 glasses are murky. There is a slow dense carbonation of microbubbles supporting antique white head that last for a good bit.

S- The perfumed smell of green hops is followed by a soft honey sweetness that turns into more of an enamel paint aroma as the beer warms. The bright hop finish has a tarragon quality and a nice green herbal finish.

T- The big green earthy hop flavor has a light soapy flavor to it with a dandelion flower and orange rind flavor to follow. There is a dandelion milk bitterness that finishes the beer and also lingers a moment after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a tight fizz finish. No alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer is a bit like the husky kid at his first school dance. Some parts are really good but the big dandelion bitterness steps on everyone's toes and there isn't that much depth or complexity noticed.

Photo of thryn
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful golden color into my St. Bernardus goblet, with a finger of fluffy white head and carbonation that just won't quit. I suspect if I had a tulip I would have gotten a really nice head. Note to self -- get a damn tulip! It leaves *gorgeous* lace. ... Pouring the second half of the bomber, ALL the yeast was there. So the first half was crystal gold -- the second half is very cloudy amber. Still beautiful, and a lot more head in pour 2.

The nose is super interesting! Forward grassy hops, some honey-sweetness, spice character and some funky sourness.

The taste follows. All that is there -- the bold, forward hop character, the warm sweet honey and spice, the funky sour finish, a bitter aftertaste. Lots of grass. It doesn't come together *quite* as well as it does in the nose, but it's still damned good.

Mouthfeel is light but creamy, with the carbonation staying in the background.

Drinkability is good, but not great simply because this is a strange beer. Still, I am *really* glad I picked this one up. I'd definitely grab it again given the chance.

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A honeyed amber that starts out with a light cloudiness but as I work through the bottle becomes it opaque. A big head and very good lacing. Carbonation is visible but not so much as to draw attention to itself.

Smell is your first hint of what is in store for your drinking pleasure. You can smell the distinct components. A full Belgian Tripel and an American IPA. Big honey and malt with Belgian candi sugar. A huge hoppiness that blend sublimely with the tripel. A largish alcohol facet mixed in as well.

Taste is perfect. Just like the nose. A firm Tripel that supports an aggressive hop profile. Huge hoppiness is multifaceted and complex with all the usual suspects. Citrus and pine. Grapefruit in abundance. Balance provided by a large Belgian malt sweetness and thick honey like component. A resinous and oily mouthfeel is kept in check by a Belgian malt based weight and liquid velvet carbonation.

It is so easy to quaff this stuff it ought to be illegal. While aggressive and strong it nonetheless displays a balance that allow a free spirited and unrestrained sessioning. Let the drinker beware!!

Much love to WasTrikenSie for this one ! A great beer.

Photo of MiScusi
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, pours a clear golden orange with a big fluffy rocky head with great retention. The smell is so unique, much more so than any other Belgian style IPA i've had. The yeast phenols explode out of the glass but don't contribute a huge earthiness or funk, it more combines with the abundant hop aroma to produce something really unique, that I don't even know if I have a descriptor for. Sometimes I feel like I smell orange, sometimes there just seems to be hints of banana and other yeast products. The taste is just the same. Citrusy at times, yeasty at others, sometimes both. Just an excellent beer that I really enjoy more than the Houblon Chouffe Doublon to be honest.

Photo of aeminter
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very clean clear copper color with a thick white head.

The aroma is very fruity, floral and spicy with a clear hop note.

Wow, the hops just momentarily took my breath away. MMMM hoppy goodness. There is some malt to balance it all out, but this is predominantly hops and alcohol.
The body is good, the finish dry and the carbonation low

Photo of Nick3
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Rochefort chalice, beer forms a 2 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Apple juice golden in color with some lacing, beer looks enticing. Nose is yeasty with notes of banana, clove, hops, and pine trees. Hops are mellowed well on the forefront by the malt but the hops kick in big time in the finish and linger in mouth for a while. Taste like a Tripel until the finish when it transforms into a strong IPA. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy, very nice. I appreciated the uniqueness of this "combo" styled beer. I typically don't enjoy Tripels or IPAs too much but thought this one was pretty good.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had gotten this twice in the past but never reviewed it. Decided to open it up last night and see what it was all about. Served cold and poured into a couple pint glasses, this one was consumed on 04/12/2009.



The pour was nice, very light in color with a good clarity to it. This led me to be able to see the streams of carbonation that were rising up from the bottom of the glass effortlessly. A nice light and white head came up over the top and settled down to about two inches before really faded away to just a broken crown after a space of two minutes or so. The aroma was light, hints of light coriander and peach were the most prominent, followed by a very nice touch of light grass in the finish. Quite complex and very well done I have to admit. The flavor was crisp, cleaning, light and very easy to drink, especially early in the session. Just the lightest amount of spice kicking up toward the finish, but a generally very light, and very flavorful profile. Smooth and easy, I had no issue with this nice hopped up Saison.



Overall I would definitely drink this one again. Very solid and very much a nice beer, that drinks much lower then its ABV would suggest.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice beer. A tripel mixed with IPA, eh? That's about right, although I think the Belgian-ish-ness overpowers the IPA-ish-ness.

A nice pour, cloudy golden, vibrant brew with one heckuva pillow head. Chunkiness and lacing are very nice.

Strong floral and citrus zest develop in the nose, tingly. Coriander and some hints of pine are detected at the end of a good whiff. Lemony perhaps a bit, without the bite.

Tingly feeling as the sip starts. Mixed malt citrus calm down the acidity feeling, and the yeast is soft. Slightly sour on the back sides of the tongue, gives it a crisp sensation.
This is a nice beer. I'm not a tripel fan per se, but this is very good. The rather large bottle was easy to finish, and the abv was not noticeable.

Photo of wchesak
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served out of a bomber into Allagash tulip

A - golden, slightly hazy, a little more than 2 fingers worth of nice fluffy white head, instantly leaves lace as it gradually dissipates

S - not too much smell too it really besides some citrus hops and belgian yeast that is very minimal

T - starts like a Cali IPA and ends like a belgian tripel...finish is very dry, and you also get a faint hint of the alcohol

M - good carbonation and dry like it should be

D - love this combination, Green Flash did a great job accentuating the distinct flavors of the two types of beer while at the same time allowing them to complement each other

Photo of ReDave
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy cloudy orange amber yellow, with a large fluffy white head.

Aroma was pretty limited, either it was me or something, but i couldn't detect much.

First sip.... interesting spices..
then... hops... mmm different than some other Belgian IPA's I've had. more spices, more hops..

also, can taste and feel the alcohol...

nice sticky lace down the side of the glass.

Some build up of hop flavors. nice

I like it.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Bright golden color with a huge white head.

S: American hops with some spicy Belgian yeast mixed in.

T: An excellent medley of american floral and citrus hops mixed with some spicy Belgian yeast. Probably the best of these "West Coast IPA / Belgian IPA's" that I've had.

M: High carbonation, a bit dry.

D: Very drinkable, especially for the high ABV.

Photo of Hautacam
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight haze , golden , with a foamy lacing head.
Smells like hay and herbal hops.
The taste reminds me a lot of Schneider -Brooklyner Hopfenweiss; the German version. Earthy, funky, grassy , wheaty, with some Belgian characteristics....a hint of bubblegum, some raw spiciness ...and quite bitter, especially at the end....bordering on harsh.
Body is medium and the carbonation just right.
A very nice hoppy hybrid.

Photo of Vancer
2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The start is off on the right foot - a hazy amber orange with a real rocky top white head, plenty of sheet lacing in the Corsendonk tulip. Tons O' yeasties on the bottle bottom.

Great aroma of a musty, funky brew with plenty of Belgium yeast kicking into the mix.

But the taste? WOW, major let down. An astringent taste of orange and citrus, sweet start and sour finish - only a bit of sweet Belgium candy cane saves this at all. This combination does not work well at all. Finish is dry and burning with the alcohol. Funny how sometimes one does not taste a beer the same as the majority.

I'm passing on this one, a one and done beer.

Photo of Pagzzz
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz. Bottle

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Demonstrates some nice legs.

Aroma: Light sweet maltiness, with a kiss of light caramel. Lightly citrusy and spicy belgian ester profile. Citrus hops blend nicely, but don't seem IPA like. Overall balance is closer to a tripel with a little more hop character.

Flavor: Nice mellow hop bitterness thats nice, but doesn't detract from light malt sweetness. Spicy phenolics are crisp with some citrus character. Fruitiness blends well with the earthy and citrus hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little fuller than I would have expected for a tripel, but in line with an IIPA. Impacts the drinkability some, along with some hot alcohols, but a good bottle to split with someone.

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopsleeroy for one of these - took me long enough to open it up, so it might be a little less hoppy than others have observed. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - One finger of late-rising eggshell foam with solid retention and lacing. Hazy golden orange with a nice glow to it, and streams of tiny bubbles racing to the top. I wish there was a touch more volume on this one.

S - A nice mixture of Belgian yeast and all that it entails (banana, bubblegum), citrus-y hops with a lemon zest punch, and a touch of caramel malt. I think the yeastiness is a little too present, but otherwise it's rich, complex, and potent.

T - Dry, slightly champagne-like quality, with plenty of fresh citrus and grassy hops. There's quite a bit of hop bitterness at the top of the palate and in the aftertaste, where it is joined by a hint of peppery spice. The yeast is significantly more subdued, and this allows more fruit flavors to emerge - Gala apple, lemon, grapefruit, maybe a touch of pear. The taste is wonderful, but the aftertaste is less pleasant, and brings it down a touch.

M - Lots of carbonation - probably a little too much even for the style. Very light and thin-bodied. It enters the mouth crisp and dry, yet manages to leave a ton of residual sticky resins.

D - Even though this tastes terrific, it has all the things I DON'T equate with drinkability. High carbonation, a strange and bitter aftertaste, and high ABV. It's going to be a challenge to consume all 22oz on my own (although I will succeed!). This beer would be much better off in 12oz bottles or on-tap.

A great American take on the Belgian IPA - up there with Houblon Chouffe.

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,087 ratings.