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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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90
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1,811 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,811
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 83
Gots: 120 | FT: 2
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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Jacurdy60

Alabama

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy golden orange color. Looks like a typical unfiltered Belgian witte. Nice white head that retains well and settles at about a finger width. Foam cascades down the entire side of the glass as I drink and leaves a thick latticework of lacing

S-Belgian yeast hits you at first. Followed by bitter hops and dank parmesan cheese. A touch boozy as well. At the back of the nose, some citrusy fruits make a quick presence

T-Dank cheese, sour fruit, bitter hops precede a warm boozy bite. Tastes fantastic. The yeast and hoppy fruit precedes a thick, semi-sweet background

MF-Rich with low carbonation. The body is thick and full but it is not too thick. Consistency resembles a milk stout.

O-A very complex brew. Combining a Belgian Trippel and a DIPA was a fantastic idea, as the flavors blend perfectly in Le Freak. Everything is mixed well, but no typical notes of the two styles were too subtle. Exceptional brew.

Serving type: cask

04-17-2013 22:53:26 | More by Jacurdy60
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BeerlyLegal

California

3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured this 12oz into a tulip. From the outside looking in it's got great aroma (apples, oranges, lemons) and a vibrant orange appearance. However, from the moment this brew hit my lips it was freakishly bitter and dry (pun intended) for the way in which I've gotten used to Belgian's tasting. The bottle description states this is a "Zesty Brew" which it is.

Nonetheless I like my beer like my women. This one is just throws itself onto you and there isn't a whole lot of discovering involved.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 07:10:49 | More by BeerlyLegal
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CoryR

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-16-2013 00:09:01 | More by CoryR
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AmandaSchaefer

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

04-15-2013 23:12:37 | More by AmandaSchaefer
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hardrock

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-15-2013 01:33:43 | More by hardrock
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XavierMuskies

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-15-2013 00:12:26 | More by XavierMuskies
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smithj4

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-14-2013 17:56:54 | More by smithj4
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-14-2013 04:21:04 | More by Duhast500
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ericlawton007

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

04-12-2013 00:40:50 | More by ericlawton007
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-11-2013 23:21:51 | More by ummswimmin
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estlinska

Arkansas

4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip on-tap at Big Orange on 4/10. Pours a golden amber, almost burnished bronze color. It was fairly cloudy, but it did allow some light penetration. There is a half centimeter of bright white head, moderate lacing. The smell is very fragrant with decend bready malt and fruity belgian yeast of melons like some tasty honeydew. There is a slight resinous hop that sneaks through as well. The taste is a tasty belgian brew with strong bittering throughout. There is a sweet, tangy flavor as well, but not quite sour, very much like fresh, ripe cherries. There is a bit of a champagne flavor to it as well at the end. The finish is heavy on the bitter and finishes extremely dry. Overall this is a very good beer (so I had another).

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2013 14:23:40 | More by estlinska
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TheFightingMongooses

New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a tulip. No freshness info.

Appearance - Deep amber with an orange glow, hazy from the yeast. A one finger off-white head takes a few minutes to dissipate leaving nearly no lacing. This beer looks very unique and appetizing.

Smell - I'm really surprised by the aroma on this given its appearance. I'm getting black cherries, prunes, the sort of dark fruit aromas I would expect to find in a dubbel or quadrupel, but without any roastiness. There is plenty of candy sweetness here. None of the clove or spice notes I would expect to find in a Belgian Trippel are present.

Taste - The taste follows the nose pretty well; dark fruits and sweetness dominate with just enough bitterness in the back to balance everything out. These styles are extremely well integrated! I was expecting to be able to pick out citrusy hops separately from the spicy Belgian yeast, instead they come together well to create the aforementioned dark fruit taste and aroma.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel on this baby is absolutely outstanding! Medium body, soft on the tongue; the carbonation is not prickly but helps to lighten everything up. And I'm sure the yeast plays a role in making this quite smooth and drinkable for 9.2%.

Overall - I picked this up on a whim because I first heard of it a week ago, thought it sounded very interesting, and just happened across it this weekend. It is very tasty, and very unique so I'm glad I picked it up, despite being a bit pricey. I don't think I'll seek this out very often due to the price tag, but this has definitely sparked my interest in Belgian IPAs. If other examples of the style are as complex and unique as this, then I am in for a fun ride.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 01:32:20 | More by TheFightingMongooses
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CincyTK

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-07-2013 16:41:57 | More by CincyTK
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brandon911

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-07-2013 00:05:54 | More by brandon911
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NSK79

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-06-2013 04:41:12 | More by NSK79
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mokanmikey

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-06-2013 00:05:51 | More by mokanmikey
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Hultkrantz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-05-2013 23:57:50 | More by Hultkrantz
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-05-2013 00:52:11 | More by Beerswag
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camelgar

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-05-2013 00:38:48 | More by camelgar
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured it into a Weizen-glass, and man was I right; the glass fills to the brim with all head, off-white and kind of light - definitely wheat in this one. When the head dissipates the clear golden liquid apperas. The lacings are rich and beautiful.

S: Rather mild smell, but the wheat is still there; ripe bananas. Yeast and bitterness. A bit funky and sour. Citric.

T: Now we're talking; the bitterness is rich and direct. Flowery and floral. A hint of bananas, still. Yeast is rich, as is the caramell malt, semi-sweet.

M: Bone-dry long aftertaste. Body is rather full while carbonation is mild.

O: A bit uneven but the taste is too die for...

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 18:32:30 | More by Evil_Pidde
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benfons

Belgium

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: clear orange colour, decent head

S: some yeast, some banana and peach, hops, not as outspoken as I expected

T: yeast, hoppy, hints of citrus, hops at the end, litle one sided

M: undercarbonated, very dry finish

O: not as balanced as I like, undercarbonated, I quite like, it's not a great beer

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 20:45:55 | More by benfons
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Hop_Czar

Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-03-2013 20:30:43 | More by Hop_Czar
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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

Pours golden amber with a large head.
Nose shows spicy, piny hops, spicy Belgian phenols, mineral characters, some light fruit-like esters and clean sweet malt.
Aggressive flavours. Spicy, piny hops, Belgian phenols, a little light malt and soft booze.
Carbonation could be a bit higher.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 04:29:13 | More by CrazyDavros
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-02-2013 04:03:42 | More by DerekMorgan
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Tmolaskey

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-01-2013 19:28:18 | More by Tmolaskey
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,811 ratings.