Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 724
Hads: 2,277
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 129
Gots: 376 | FT: 3
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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 Mosstrooper
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Pours a golden-orange color with a substantial off-white head that dissipates slowly. Just enough carbonation bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass- quite enticing to look at.

Smell: Before even putting my nose up to the glass I caught a few whiffs of what smelled like white grape, or possibly even champagne; upon closer inspection this remained. The closer look, however, also revealed notes of lemon, grass, and just a hint of breadiness.

Taste: As the bottle advertises, this truly tastes like a blend of tripel with American imperial IPA. Begins with fairly aggressive West Coast hoppiness which rounds out to a yeasty, bready flavor before finishing with citrus zest topped off with herbal flavors. Some bittersweet alcohol right at the end, as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a boozy finish that yields to hoppy dryness.

Overall: Again, this is not necessarily what one would think of when the term "Belgian IPA" is bandied about. This is a tripel souped up with West Coast dry hopping. Excellent.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Red-orange pastel amber with a proud standing head of white. Foam sits over an inch thick. Holds strong. Laces as it falls.

Fresh apricot, lemon, pomelo, and some Belgian pale maltiness. A little grassy, and a little musty. Could be extra soft, or possibly a little oxidized.

Has a hoppy bite with some Green Flash citrus. Light estery qualities from the Abbey yeast. The tripel barely bleeds through past the Imperial IPA, which is unfortunate. It's a little more deteriorated from when I've had it before on-tap. Notes of lime, melon, grapefruit, and apricot. American hops aren't entirely out-of-place. It's evidently missing balance between the two ales.

The body actually takes flight with good crispy drinkability. Carbonation is very perky and adds great texture.

I need a fresher bottle.

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Photo of PintSizedLover
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden amber with fluffy white foam, with better than average lacing. Floral hop and bubblegum predominate the nose with some herbaceous earthy spice coming in at the end. Floral, slightly bitter grassy hops start leading into traditional Belgian spice and yeast with clove and bubble gum flavors. Slightly sticky on the palate with a peppery drying finish, and slightly tinny aftertaste. This will be a go to this Spring.

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Photo of TheBrewViking
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance is about as good as it gets, bright golden amber color with pillow of white foam on top that sticks around for a while and leaves some impressive lacing.

Smell is fruity, with cloves and floral hops. Lots going on here.

Taste is sweet and musty Belgian yeast followed by fruity hops with hints of mango and pineapple. The fruity hops and sweetness balance out and finish dry leaving this beer very drinkable.

Good amount of carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. The alcohol is well hidden and the hops are more floral than bitter. Very smooth

Overall I'm finally getting to review this beer after drinkin it on many occasions. One of my if not my favorite Belgian ipa. Super drinkable and tasty beer

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Photo of rangerred
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap in a point glass.

Pours a slighty hazy medium gold with a fluffy white head. Average head retention and lacing.

Tons of yeasty Belgian esters hit in the aroma with bubblegum being predominate. Some clove and orange underneath but it is quite buried.

The flavor also continues the yeasty theme and closely follows the aroma. There is more citrus present, however, that I assume is from the massive amount of hope. Bitterness is on the high side but it helps to balance out the sweetness. Finish is slightly sticky.

Overall, a very well put together Belgian IPA that nicely balances the hop notes with the yeast esters. Alcohol is well-hidden as well. Definitely one to pick up.

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Photo of stephens101
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Fusion" beers scare the hell out of me, but it's GF, so gonna give it a try.

Pure amber color with a thick, craggy, off-white head.

Orange and lemon and yeast to the nose up front, followed by a pointed earthiness, piney hops, taffy, and far-off spice. Complex, pleasant and unique. I'm starting to question my initial apprehension, but the true test is yet to come

Has an interesting mix of sweet and bitter with smooth light fruits (orange, pear, grapefruit), caramel, pine, and a hint of vanilla and cumin. Fabulous and flavorful with all components working equitably.

Medium to heavy body with a noticeable fusel alcohol heat. Firm where needed and yielding when called for. I stand corrected, and bring me another.

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Photo of ahommell
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber.

A- Clean and clear. Amber, copper color. Off White head is a finger. Lacing strong throughout.

S- Delicious. Smells like a light IPA and a Belgian all in one. Aroma hops have done their job here. They smell delicious. Belgian yeast. Cloves. Banana peel bitter. Citrusy apple finish.

T- PA-POW. Hits with a pale ale hop and finishes with the brute force of a Belgian. Look for the citrus that finishes. It is not only hidden in the hop forest at the beginning of the taste but the yeasts hide it until the very end. Banana peel throughout.

M- Full to medium body. Alcohol is 9.2%: So while this is no slouch, it is hard to fathom until after the first half of the 22 oz. and when the very end of a sip occurs. Citrus hides the alcohol well. Warming and full.

O- I have been nothing but impressed with Green Flash so far. I have rated others of their beers very high and this is no different. For a Belgian Triple / American Imperial IPA this goes in the "must try" category. Delicious.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 11/22/13 served in a tulip. Pours an orange golden color. Short white head that quickly dissipated. Light lacing lingers on the glass. The Belgium yeast is prominent in this beer. Also very malt forward. Little hop characteristics, probably faded over time. Beer is very good though mostly a trippel at this time.

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Photo of BWED
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A- Hazy copper/brass. Nice one finger off white head. Sticky lacing gets left behind from the great retention.

S- Belgian yeast notes up front. It almost has a bit of Weizen yeast notes as well. Some citrus, banana, and clovy spice.

T- Dry citrus peel. Slight caramel sweetness. Subtle Belgian spice.

M- Medium body. Sweet throughout the drink, dull bitterness in the finish.

O- Interesting hybrid. Bitterness isn't over the top, but more so than in a Dubbel, but the Belgian spice is also subdued. The two styles seem to mild each other out.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have always been interested in a Belgium / IPA style of beer. This one poured a little darker than a wheat style beer. The aroma was heavily on the Belgium side. The distinct nose of some of the yeast/hops they use make it different from other beers.
Since this was a West Coast beer, I thought there would be some of the typical medium to high IBU to give you that dryness and bitter taste with the nose of citrus and grapefruit. I think the Belgium side of this beer won out.
It was enjoyable drinking this from the first sip. Nothing that really stood out for me. A solid beer, but just not my style

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

A: Slightly hazy amber / copper with a thin, carbonated, off-white head that pours strong and shrinks as you drink. Amazing streams of micro bubbles that jettison up the sides of the glass. Some of the most impressive carbonation I've ever seen!

S: Esters, yeast, cinnamon, and granny smith apples on the nose.

T: Piney and citrus bitterness and tons of spice - clove, pepper, coriander, all spice. Bready, yeasty malt flavors impart some sweetness. The spice and bitterness hits back in the end.

M: Creamy texture. You can feel the carbonation dance around in your mouth with each sip. At first, it's a light bodied beer, but moves into the medium bodied area once the spice kicks in. Very nice warming feeling on the throat.

O: Not a typical Belgian, not a typical IPA. But Green Flash puts its own stamp on the style and blew me away with its appearance, taste, and mouthfeel. Not as aromatic as I would have expected, but still a very strong beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy medium golden brew with about an inch of foam.

It's a hoppy fruity yeasty smell that I get. I also sense some candi sugar sweetness.

Dry hoppy goodness with Belgian yeasty fruitiness, the label, she does not lie. A bit strong with the alcohol presence but manageable. Nice sipping brew that has a nice balance between the 2 attributes I mentioned.

Very nice mouthfeel adds to my admiration of Le Freak. I'm enjoying it.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz slender bottle, with a standard Green Flash label, one quite different from the example currently displayed here.

This beer pours a slightly glassy pale copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, and um, freakishly foamy and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves a wall of dense and intricately webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of musty, almost funky yeast, acrid grapefruit, orange, and lemon peel, underripe pineapple flesh, bready pale and caramel malt, some isolated raw sugar, and further herbal, weedy hop notes. The taste is more gritty earthy yeast, an orange and pineapple fruitiness, some middling green funk, clove/coriander spice, white pepper, pale grainy malt, and more bitter grassy, herbal hops. A small twinge of edgy alcohol emerges as it gradually warms.

The bubbles are a bit frizzy, but mostly on the softly lilting side, the body a decent medium weight, and kind of hit and miss in the smoothness department, as yeast and hops have a certain way of messing with that. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and malt maintaining enough heft to hold those hop and yeast muckrakers at bay.

While hardly my favourite style, this at least comes off as a pleasantly capable version, the Belgian yeast and Yankee hop astringency playing together nicely enough. The experience softens as things move along, which may have more to do with the well elevated and integrated ABV than anything flavour oriented.

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Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: party cloudy yellow body, off white head, good lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Medium+ intense yeast ester of pear and apricot. Palate has a touch more pine, and medium apparent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, touch of booze.

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Photo of RickS95
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a tamed IPA. The color is a honey-orange, faintly cloudy IPA looking beer. The head is quite attractive with a foamy, finger and a half thick sliver of bubbles. It has thick peaks and craters, never fully dissipates, and has a thickish lace behind.

Smells like you'd think it would with some flowery Belgian candy mixed in with some citrus that includes the sweetness of pineapple. A little bit of orange rind and bubble gum fills out the bouquet.

Complex flavors include bubble gum, pear and pepper, citrus fruits and orange rind. Pale malts are there, along with possibly pilsner malt.

Mouthfeel is all over the place in a nice workable manner. A blip of tangy, some spicy, a pinch of sweet, followed by a long, lingering bitterness. Despite relatively high ABV, the alcohol goes mostly unnoticed. Medium bodied, a bit of carbonation and fairly dry finish.

While this was a hybrid, it's like 4 parts IPA and 1 part trippel. The IPA pieces mask a lot of the trippel pieces, but the trippel pieces are pretty special while you notice them. It's a good beer, is easy to drink, and even with high ABV, is very approachable.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, Tyler's Tap House in Durham

A- pours clear and copper colored with a one-finger creamy white head that retains nicely, leaving good lacing behind

S- nice classic Belgian yeast aroma, slightly phenolic, some piney hops notes, also picking up some banana and clove

T- the powdery and musty Belgian yeast flavors mix greatly with the hoppy notes, citrusy mid-palate leads to a dry finish with more yeast and citrus hops on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a slightly warming finish. ABV is hidden pretty well

O- when done correctly, I love Belgian IPA's and this is a great blend of two styles. One of the best everyday Belgian IPA's out there.

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

taken from old notes

A: 1” off white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Clear deep copper body.

S: Nice citrus and earthy hop notes, with some yeast, clove, and dark fruit.

T: Clove, sweet malts, and some funk battle bitter grassy/earthy hops throughout. The hops win – thank goodness.

M: Medium+ body. Fine carbonation. Smooth, with a biting bitter hop finish.

O: Alcohol pretty well restrained. Great beer, but I'd have enjoyed it more without the belgian spice/yeast.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but should be pretty fresh. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, pine, candi sugar, bread, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of hop and yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, banana, bubblegum, clove, pepper, floral, grass, pine, candi sugar, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, banana, clove, pepper, bubblegum, candi sugar, bread, floral, pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity and balance of hop and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a fair amount of malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian IPA. All around awesome complexity and balance of hop and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of FLima
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, molasses, maybe some cinnamon and matured oranges.
Sweet flavor of oranges, Belgian yeast, mints, tea bag and sweet malt. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering fruity and resiny taste.
Medium to full body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 9.2% is felt but is harmonic.
A mix of styles, clearly a Tripel hop-turbinated the American way. But this is a Belgian IPA, right? A style that I believe is hard to get it right. Drinkability not so high, given its sweetness, it is a big bottle though.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 08/16/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy copper amber orange with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger off white head that slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and zesty aroma with Belgian yeast and citrus hops. Upfront Belgian yeast with some funk, clove, and pepper spicing. Big presence of citrus hops with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, tangerine, and apricot. Also some fruit hints of banana and green apple. Hints of sweet Belgian candied sugar and some bubblegum. Some grassy and piney hop hints. Pale malt with hints of grains, caramel, and biscuit. A really solid Belgian IPA aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty and spicy Belgian taste with a big presence of juicy citrus hops. Belgian yeast upfront along with notes of clove, pepper, funk, and bubblegum. Big taste of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, apricot, and tangerine. Other fruit notes include banana and apples. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Also some good notes of grassy hops and pine resin. Pale malt with notes of caramel, grains, and biscuit. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and fairly oily. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A really good take on a Belgian IPA. Good taste of yeast, fruits, and juicy hops.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is pale gold with fluffy white head which leave loads of lacing and has nice retention. Tons of cascading bubbles as the beer sits in the glass. Nose starts with heavy belgo yeast which brings some bubblegum and clove. Hops come through with notes of earth, grass, and a touch if booziness. Taste is somewhat sweet with Belgian notes which bring some sweetness and spice to the table. Hops are next and while they are very present, they don't bring much bitterness to the flavor. Mouthfeel is very bubbly with medium body. Overall, this is exactly as billed.. A hoppy triple. Not my favorite style, but nothing bad about this brew.

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Photo of MarkBeerDawg
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing! Sometimes I feel like an IPA sometimes a Belgian Style...This is both. Very unique, Floral/citrus and malty aroma, beautiful caramel amber color, Bready and mildly bitter hop notes.

Take special notice of the orchestration of the balance between the hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

A must try, Drink It!

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Photo of Infiniteingest
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Generally: I bought this Le Freak because it had been taking up room in our beer fridge for way too long. Having said that, I am a fan of Green Flash and will try pretty much anything they brew. I was somewhat hesitant to try this particular beer because, stylistically, a blend of Belgian Trippel and Imperial IPA sounds dangerously like too much of a good thing.

The Pour: Beautifully effervescent honeyed hue, with a long lingering, snow-wjite head--very finely carbonated.

Face in the glass: In addition to the belgian yeast I expected, there's a really nice medley of lemon peel, spice, and citric hops; sweet, floral, and expressive. Eventually, apricots show up.

Temperature: 55 degrees seems to be about perfect for all of the aromatics to come alive, but I think you want to avoid it much warmer than that. It's fairly full-bodied and extremely bitter, and it seems like it's just going to slay your palate and your will to keep drinking above, say, 60 degrees.

With Regard to Taste: It tastes like a well made beer, but I am not a fan of this blend of styles. As I suspected, it is just too much of a good thing, to the point that nuance is nowhere to be found. That is not to say that there are not a number of things going on here; I mean simply that the three or four notes are all shouting! Ultimately, you get a nicely done yeasty Belgian sweetness bookended by intense hop bitterness. The yeast lingers with the bitterness, but the bitterness is overwhelming. The hop bitterness that I love tends to express more botanical notes, across a wide spectrum, but I find this bitterness a little medicinal. All in all, not very pleasant, and definitely not for hop novices.

Epitoma: An absolutely huge blend of Belgian Trippel and Imperial American IPA with just a little too much bitterness to be well-balanced. This tastes like a wallop of a beer, and it drinks like every measure of its 9.2% ABV. If we're being critical, and I always am, I say Green Flash fell down on this one. It's the least enjoyable beer I have had from them. I finished the pint ten minutes ago and the bitterness is still on my tongue. Dang!

Note: The Trippel side of this beer is quite sweet and nice--spicy and very drinkable. I wish they had simply left the IPA out.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am trying to single-handedly support Green Flash's entry to the MN market. Because I want them to stay. So here we go, another GF beer, 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is orange. It seems like I've had a large amount of orange beers lately, so the color is starting to, well, it's orange. Why is everything orange? The nose is very Belgian, cloves, bananas, sugar. Much more tripel than IPA up front.

Le Freak has the tongue piercing, but works in Accounts Receivable during the day. There's a nanosecond of hop up front, slightly bitter, mostly floral with a side of pine, but then whoosh! It's gone. The Belgianity of the brew replaces it with everything in the nose: banana, cloves, sugary sweetness, & a zestiness that's almost reminiscent of rye. Hops reassert themselves on the finish, which is long, dry, & bitter. Grows on me as I start to wade through it.

Tripel with hops, love the idea, end result is a good beer. Can't see this accelerating into a trend, but I'd love to see the concept run up the flagpole again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Green Flash Le Freak Ale. Green Flash Brewing Company, San Diego, CA. "Zesty Brew", it says on the label. Alc. by Vol. 9.2%. I'll read the rest of the label after drinking.

Highly hazy. Dull golden coloring, apricot-ish. Nice, dotted head of foam, creamy white, lacy.

Aroma: lightly spicy notes, lightly hoppy one, and Belgian yeast. Just a little bit funky.

Taste: A lot livelier in the mouth than it was in the nose. Very vibrant on the tongue, a zesty brew, indeed. Big and bouncy. Is it a triple? A Belgian IPA, and Imperial one? Some combination thereof? Plenty of citrus fruit notes in the flavor, plenty of pepper. Good drinking, despite the high A.B.V.

In all, I like this one just fine, but it didn't thrill me. They can't all.

So, yeah, that's all I've got to say. What do they say? "An 'out of the box' modern ale crafted by converging two beer styles, Belgian Trippel {sic} and American Imperial IPA. Dry-hopped and bottle-conditioned--it's a zesty brew with enticing American hops and fruity Belgian yeast aromatics." --signed, ----(I can't read his signature), Brewmaster.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.