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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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90
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2,025 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,025
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 101
Gots: 197 | 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 feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

feloniousmonk, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Giggy
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Giggy, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Mervjahn
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Mervjahn, Oct 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

hopkrid, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

amishbooze, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Cubatobaco
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip

A - The pour reveals a cloudy golden orange color with a modest white head that recedes to a small ring around the glass. A slick lacing coats the sides of the glass, subsiding quickly leaving some splotchiness behind.

S - My nose is immediately met with aromas of Belgian yeast (estery) and citrus fruit and ensuing spices; notably clove. Layers of malt are also detected. This doesn't remind me of an IPA. I'm not sure what to expect from the flavors, but let's give it a go.

T - Very complex! You can taste the hops off the bat followed by a heavy dose of yeast. Clove, banana, and malt are very noticeable alongside a dry finish with a good amount of bitterness.

M - Carbonated, for me, perfectly. It reminds me of Boulevard Strange Tripel. No alcohol is present. Very well made!

O - An interesting beer that I would drink again. It's definitely one you need to sit down, sip, and enjoy to detect all of its nuances. Great job by Green Flash!

Cubatobaco, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

emwilke, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

scottwurst, Oct 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

socalbrewlvr, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev -0.5%

spoony, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of jpro
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bomber at significant discount. Figured I'd give it a whirl...

A: Pours a pretty dark orange / light amber into a Duvel tulip glass... almost tea-like; a bit cloudy from some bottle conditioned sediment that's been stirred up on the pour; thick, off-white head manages some very nice retention, leaving impressive rings of thick, sticky lace.

S: Light clove and estery aromas from the Belgian yeast; white pepper; grapefruit pith; cracker malts. It seems to smell more of a tripel, initially - then evolve to IPA territory as it warms... interesting.

T: A very interesting blend of flavors makes it difficult to pick up on individual nuances. I'd say that the esters typical of Belgian yeast are quite noticeable - mainly the clove and bubblegum notes. Although they are not huge, as the imperial IPA hops / malts tone things down... Citrus hops and light touch of pine resin round things out.

M: Full mouthfeel; low-medium carbonation; creamy. Very nice feel.

O: This is a style that I don't try very often. I usually find the blend of tastes off-putting or forced. This one is really not bad. Don't really know if I'd have it again, but it's pretty tasty.

jpro, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

MN_Beerticker, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Beerlover
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Beerlover, Oct 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

fredaboots, Oct 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

plumcrazyfx, Oct 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

jonbonfon, Oct 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Kerrie, Oct 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Andonato, Oct 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

elec, Oct 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

jkermitj, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cannot read the bottle date on the neck of the bottle. Label makes the beer sound like an Imperial Belgian IPA. Pours a hazy dark amber with two fingers of head that had excellent retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Looks like an amazing beer.

Aroma is mostly the Belgian yeast. Smells spicy with cloves and pepper. Then the hops assert themselves with a pine aroma. Interesting aroma.

Flavor is also very interesting. Yeast phenols upfront, then the piney hops, then the yeast esters enter near the finish. Bitterness like a DIPA with alcohol warmth but the alcohol does not disrupt the flavor. A lot is going on here. I think I would like it more if it was not so hoppy and bitter to allow the esters to come out more.

A big beer. Superbly carbonated. Nice creamy texture with a little fizzy pep in the back.

The Belgian yeast goes remarkably well with the West Coast hop levels. Just too bitter for my personal tastes but still a great beer and see how this could appeal to many beer geeks.

morimech, Oct 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

herman77, Oct 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ncelauro, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

DarthGuitarHero, Oct 04, 2013
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,025 ratings.