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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash Le FreakGreen Flash Le Freak

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Ratings: 1630
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%


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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rgrace99

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel goblet. Big voluminous head, color was a cloudy golden, great lacing. Aroma was yeasty with come citrus. Slick mouthfeel, good body without being heavy. Flavor was that great belgian yeast along with citrus from the hops along with some stone fruit maybe a little peach. Very drinkable and something I'll definitely return to.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 17:59:32 | More by rgrace99
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Blue Tusk in Syracuse, served in a tulip. Hazy yellow color with a white head and lacing.

Interesting, the hops don't kick in until the aftertaste. The initial flavor and aroma are of white bread, orange peel, and yellow cake. Then once this beer rolls back, it bursts with citrus and pine hops for an American IPA-strength bitterness. If you're into Belgian IPA's, this one's for you.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2008 05:15:08 | More by tempest
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a decent lasting head that leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is crisp citrus hops blended nicely with Belgian yeast. The taste is an interesting blend of hops and yeast with sweet malts present as well. The beer certainly shows its 9.2% but it is still crisp, well carbonated and refreshing. While it's certainly no Houblon Chouffe, this is a very respectable American attempt at the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 03:49:32 | More by atsprings
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange-yellow color with a rather magnificent white head that leaps up quite high in the glass, lasts really long, and leaves beautiful stick.

Earthy, piney, Tomahawk-grassy hop aroma on the nose, along with plenty of citric notes, including lemon zest, a bit of orange, and lots of other fruit too. Really interesting, complex, and and with good peppery power.

Aggressive flavor, leads headfirst with pepper and finishes strong with bitter, lasting hops. Up front there is a lot of grassy, European style hopping, some grain sweetness comes up next, and afterward the hops take over til the finish, lending the fruity notes here.

Good, chewy mouthfeel that's about perfect for style, quite dry but still managing plenty of smoothness and body.

I fell in love with this beer on tap, and I adore it from the bottle. This is absolutely my style, and the addition of the massive, American-style heavy hop hand is right up my alley. Sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 03:32:26 | More by BretSikkink
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a rich honey apricot color with very good head retention and lacing. On the the nose this beer is just terrific. I get a complex nose of hoppy citrus, but with underlying honey, fruit cocktail, lime and cinnamon.

Considering the fabulous nose on this beer, I confess I was a bit disappointed by the flavor profile. While there is some light sweet honey, it's blasted out of the way by some very dry, hoppy bitterness. The beer is actually surprisingly light tasting for such a big beer, which I attribute at least partially to the massive hoppiness and minimal malt presence. Drinkability is OK for this beer, though the over the top, excessive bitterness hurts the finish just a bit.

An interesting beer from GF. Wouldn't want this all the time, but it's a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 15:11:40 | More by johnmichaelsen
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fully fogged in orange with a brown hue. nose is real strong with lemon and seems to smell like Pine Sol. Yeah. I said that. Flavor is smooooth. Real smooth. Meaty hops and meaty citrus. Robust and earthy. Feel is silken on liquid. This is pretty tasty. Surprisingly, it leans much farther to Belgian than IPA, which is good. Well done. Very well done indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2008 20:30:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that breaks apart slowly to a thick surface foam. Big bubbles stick to the side of the glass. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: candied sugar, yeast, and a floral hop bitterness are up front. Some spiciness lingers in the background.

Taste: caramel, yeast, pepper, green apples, and a nice bitterness makes up a well balanced beer. The sweetness lingers around a while.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Hints of dryness arrive late. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer. Tasty, well balanced and somewhat refreshing. Worth picking this one up.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 21:05:16 | More by Gavage
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opwog

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now listeing to: Gorillaz - Spitting Out The Demons

I admit it, I have a "thing" for Greenflash beers and while this beer was a stretch from most of their offerings, it did not disapoint at all.

A- Cloudy, golden-yellow color, with firm white head
S- yeast, pear, citrus, straw
T- This is an incredibly balanced beer. Hops help keep the style slightly dry, while you still get all the fruit characteristics
M- For many Beligians, the mouth is my least favorite element, but just as with the balance that the hops add to the taste, that dryness improves the mouthfeel for this style
D- Very drinkable! If there wasn't such a large selection of revolving beers at Beechwood that I wanted to try, I definitely would have ordered a second!

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2008 00:03:02 | More by opwog
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Zorro

California

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always interested to try a new offering from Green Flash.

Slightly chill hazed copper colored ale with a good off-white to very lightly tan colored head. Head falls fairly quickly.

Smell is spicy and dry to the nose and quite floral. This is very herbal with a trace of Belgian Candi sugar mostly toffee. Pepper and coriander scent is present, but I'm not sure if any spices were added or if this is all yeast. Minor trace of apple aroma but this isn't very fruity.

The taste starts out very dry in the mouth and quite woody with a trace of toffee aftertaste. Well-balanced bitterness, this doesn't hit you like a hop sledgehammer. Very herbal in the mouth but think English style hops and not North West Pine and Citrus. Quite warming in the chest, this is by no means a low alcohol beer the bottle says 9.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel is good.

Superbly drinkable so long as you like a dry beer, this is very dry. Herbal and dry the only thing I would avoid serving this beer with is anything sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 02:23:21 | More by Zorro
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce bottle poured into a tulip yields a glowing orange amber body crowned with two fingers of creamy ivory foam with orange highlights that settles to a soft, misshapen cloud formation that leaves fat rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is fruity, hoppy, and sweet. The aroma is a medley of banana and pine, brown sugar and bitter orange, with resinous herbal notes atop grilled pineapple.

The taste of the drink is fruity, hoppy, and sweet. Flavors of orange and pineapple with piney-bitter lemon rind complete with a rich malty backbone that brings a note of lightly-sweet caramel to the production. Banana and peach flavors compete with a stiff hoppy bitterness for ownership of the finish. A bit of alcohol rolls around in the flavor profile and works just fine for this beer, and a warming in the tummy marks the progress toward the bottom of the bottle.

A smooth and tasty brew with a potent 9.2% abv that probably limits its drinkability, but otherwise I could sip this one all day. An interesting blend of styles from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 15:05:39 | More by cvstrickland
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Halcyondays

California

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, with a medium white white head, great thick sticky white lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, pepper, hops, solid scent for the style.

T: Taste is big on the Belgian yeast spice on the first taste. Then the hops come in and combine with the yeast flavour to create a menthol, peppermint flavour, interesting. Hops are filled with a grassy and pine bitterness reminiscent of a spruce ale, but you know they're hops, a strange flavour, but tasty.

M: Very yeasty, light phenols, medium-bodied, has a bit of chalky character to it.

D: Another very good beer from Green Flash, is it possible for this brewery to make a beer that is not delicious? Great example of the new style, glad I finally found it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2008 22:33:54 | More by Halcyondays
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Kraken

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Le Freak poured from a 22oz bomber into a massivly oversized pint glass. Firm pour provides for a 2 finger head that quickly fades to a thin skim. minimal lace. Color is a orange amber that screams west coast IPA.
Nose- Its like a bunch of hops are trying to jump out of glass. Citrus, grapefruit, orange tangerine. No hints of banana or bubble gum in this bad boy, some of the belgian sutblties have been sacrificed for pure hoppy goodness.
Taste- Hops are in your face both comming and going. Hop forward with very prominent citrus, again with the oranges grapefruit and tangerine. Belgian charcteristics come through in the middle, candi suguar, nice body, somewhat smooth. Massive hop bitters in the finish. Finishes long bitter and dry. Just a faint bit of heat from the 9% alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Keeps you interested for the duration. Nice blend of both styles.
Drinkability- Le Freak is as drinkable as 9% beer can be. After an hour walk with the dogs on a hot august day this is very nice. Wish I had another.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 23:11:32 | More by Kraken
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drunkmonk

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up bomber at Sam's Quick Stop for $8.

Pours murky golden peach color. Nice thick frothy head, gives way to a firm steady sheet of lacing. Nice combination of spicy phenols, clove, sweet belgian candi sugar, and Belgian yeast aromas. Also some pine and citrus hop aromas layering underneath. A definate west coast spin and I like it. Taste is much the same, nice clove, candy sugar, and spicy phenol and yeast flavors to start. The finish however gives way to a nice citric, piney, grassy hop bitterness. The warmer this got, the more the hop bitterness started to come to the forefront. Body and carbonation are spot on. Phenols are there, but in a more spicy character and not detracting at all. Hey, you got your triple in my Ipa, no you got your Ipa in my triple! A San Diego style Triple, you betcha. A really nice balencing act, that hit me in my wheel house. Seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 02:03:36 | More by drunkmonk
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dbONE

California

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

Enjoyed at the tasting table on site at Green Flash.

A nice deep pale near golden looks crisp and clean, as the very carbonated head has trouble staying put in the glass.
They dont forget about the hops in this creation they are place well behind a fruity and spicy aroma
The flavor creeps in with a hint of spice then picks up the pace with fruityness, then sprints in to give a heafty hearble bitterness. They said it was 9% but it went down way easier than that.
Nice mouthfeel but the carbontaion was enough to take away from the heavier taste.
This is a nicly balanced beer and a catagory that is sure to keep growing. Get your notes in on this one first, then enjoy it with a Ashton VSG cigar, holy ----!

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2008 16:02:00 | More by dbONE
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sloejams

California

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Belmont Brewing Co

I was happy to see that nestled in amongst the BBC's own beers they had a few from Green Flash, including this one that I've not had previously. It pours a golden color, looking a lot like a tripel. Smell-wise too, I would have guessed this a tripel: there was clove, Belgian yeast and slight citrus. The hops didnt really come out until the bitterness of the taste. It took me awhile to warm up to it as it didnt have the bouquet of say an Urthel Hop-It or a Poperings Hommel. I will say that as it warmed it warmed up to me.

I will say the high ABV came out in the taste a bit which had me switch beers after just one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2008 22:16:23 | More by sloejams
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traded to me in a brewer bottled 22 oz. bomber by Eyedrinkale as part of the BIF 2008 Race package, Le Freak was poured into a Duvel tulip. The beer looked very clear, golden in color, and had a two finger thick head of foam. The initial smell provided an enticing whiff of hops similar to an IPA, but deeper breaths revealed floral, yeasty, and spicy scents more typical of the Belgian styles. The taste was also a near 50/50 mix of the two influences, with the hops up front, and tropical fruits and yeasty funk shortly thereafter. Candi sugar like sweetness was also apparent and the subsequent peppery phenols were finished off by a bitter aftertaste. I love that this marriage of two styles has managed to present the essence of both in a melded yet distinct manner. Seems like such an ordinary concept on paper, but others that have tried it don't seem have pulled it off quite as well as Le Freak.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 04:28:26 | More by rajendra82
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3frog

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Liars Club in Alpine.

A-due to the over-exuberant head, it took them a bit to get enough liquid in the glass. Halfway between pale and gold. sparkly!

S-mmm, spicy! somewhat fruity/apricotty. Good blend of aromas, that said Saison, though the hops were in the background.

T-saison spice and fruit, plus a pretty strong bitter backbone and tail. Didn't really notice the alcohol. The flavors married very well together, imo.

M-definitely some fizz, though the body was heavy enough that it felt fairly substantial when drinking.

D-ok, I'm just going to say it; this is my favorite Belgium-Calfornia IPA combination. It wasn't the first, but while others have been more of a tripel-IPA, this strikes me as a saison-IPA, and the spiciness of the yeast and hops integrate better than others I've tried (and I've had a few).

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2008 02:20:27 | More by 3frog
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Billolick

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gate in Brooklyn ,NY as part of their recent California bee event. Always nice to try a new offering from a Green Flash. This pours hazy, apricot amber, under a rich looking off white head, that lasts and dissolves to tiny bubble film and shimmering lace on the glass. nose explodes with , ripe fuits, tropical and citrus, yeast, bread, and a mellow undertone of funk, wow, nice. Heady, bold and tasty brew. A lot going on here. Yeast, more tropical fruity ester, spiced up hops. Yummy, aggressive brew. Love the style and this one delivers the goods. Only wish this one was available in the local area on a regular basis. Oh well, gotta get back out to San Diego!

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2008 19:04:30 | More by Billolick
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green Flash Le Freak is best served at warmer cellar temperatures (50-55F) into a stemmed snifter, tulip or goblet. This Belgian-style IPA pours up with a billowy white head that never really seems to dissipate and cascades over the slightly hazy, deep sunset-peach golden body. The aroma is alive with ripe fruits (e.g. bruised banana/pineapple, grapefruit, & Bosc pear) which emerges as it warms along with lots of piney, earthy (grassy, leafy), floral (rose hips/hibiscus) & spicy (black peppercorn/coriander) notes from both the Belgian yeast and Northwest hops. There's some notable higher (fusel) alcohols in the finish, but not so much as to detract. The flavor starts off with a delightful candied fruit maltiness which gives way to a surprising amount of bitterness that carries towards a big, explosive warming finish. Get your Le Freak on!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Taster's Note: From my understanding, this is basically their West Coast IPA brewed with the same yeast that they use to brew their Trippel. Many thanks to oodeftone for the growler!

Serving type: growler

01-20-2008 07:46:41 | More by Beertracker
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chefscott79

California

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this on tap at the brewery...

Smell...well it had a nice hoppy smell with an undertone of estery goodness

taste...tasted like a combo of two of my favorite styles....tripples and ipa....and somehow it really worked....worked really well the hop flavor did not overwhelm the malty/estery flavors..

appearance....lots of brussles lace and nice fine head

drinkability....bottle this stuff now please!!!! I love it I could drink it all day...but with the alcohol content at 9% it might get me kinda drunk though

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2007 01:55:01 | More by chefscott79
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Stoneman78

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the growler (filled 5 days ago) into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours an opaque orange/apricot hue, head is minimal now but was solid at earlier tastings, slight lacing sticks to the glass
S- Nose is sweet and spicy, banana, citrus, and Belgian candy are up front, tones of clove, vanilla, grass, touch of funky yeast and alcohol
T- Initial taste that hits is sweet candy and spices intermixed with citrus/floral hop bitterness, waves of earth and herbal tones enter midway, finishes with warming alcohol and dry grassy hops
M- Medium/full-bodied style, oily texture, good carbonation
D- This is definitely a thick and chewy IPA with considerable complexity and intermingling taste sensations, the alcohol is present in the aftertaste and I probably wouldn't drink more than two in a row; overall a very interesting combination of styles that is exciting and innovative, I wish Chuck & Co would bottle this up but until then, I will have to get my fix at the brewery and local pubs.
Buy Again? Definitely
Personal Score- 88

Serving type: growler

11-01-2007 05:08:22 | More by Stoneman78
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Green Flash, they said they were the first or only brwery to create a belgian IPA, sounds dubious but ok. Hazy, cloudy, murky yellow orange. Smells spicy, some herbal hops. Taste is more perfume than floral. Mouthfeel was chewy and probably the best feature of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2007 17:20:41 | More by ArrogantB
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t0rin0

California

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery, I thought it was just an experimental batch and didn't realize that it was being sold anywhere else. The lady at the brewery told me that its the same recipe as the Imperial IPA with the only difference being that they used a belgian yeast.

Pretty murky and slightly orange colored, doesn't look appealing. There was some creamy white foam and stuck around for a while. The beer smelled of the imperial IPA and belgian yeast which is consistent with what I was told. It also had a bit of citrus (probably hop related) in it as well as possibly a little banana. I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer.

The taste was quite good. It has the hoppy goodness of an IPA without too much bitterness, very smooth. The belgian part of the flavor came out more as the temperature rose. It started off very subtle and eventually contributed a golden ale type of flavor. Nicely balanced.

This beer has a fairly heavy body, a bit too much for my tastes. Also, the unfermented sugars were present in the beer. Aside from this and the crummy appearance of the beer, it is very drinkable. If the brewery wasn't getting ready to close for the day I would have stayed and drank more of this stuff. Definately an interesting beer to try even if you aren't in to these styles.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2007 23:26:08 | More by t0rin0
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled May 2007
The beer is quite hazy and is topped by a one-finger thick pale head that sits atop an orange-gold colored beer. Aromas of earthy spice, that sort of quintessential signature Belgian nose; notes of grass, with an underneath fruit mix of pear, apple and even some citrus (lemon and some orange peel). This is a really nice, interesting nose.

The beer is fairly dry tasting, yet it has a heft and body to it that belies this. I think the earthy, chewy spice notes help to dry out what would otherwise be a beer with some sweetness. Grassy hop notes are noticeable up front and the beer picks up some pale-grain sweetness after the first couple of sips; still it is fairly dry over all. A biting, herbal hop note is found in the finish; an austere bitterness as well as some hop flavor contributes to this. The beer is very hoppy, yet still the Belgian yeas character comes through in a supporting role.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2007 21:48:18 | More by Gueuzedude
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scottoale

California

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of these last night at (who would have guessed?) O'Brien's, served in pint glasses. A milky apricot-orange, almost looks like a Kern's peach nectar with a 1/2" of smooth, white head. The froth settles quickly, leaving some nice lace rings clinging to the glass after the first few sips. An interesting looking ale for sure.

The smell is somewhat sweet, and definitely spicy as you would expect in the Belgian style, with the yeast and hops leading the way into the complexity. Banana, bubblegum, clove, corriander, honeysuckle and a general funkiness that are followed by a most pleasant citrusy hop finish...this stuff tastes absolutely great.

Plenty of body with the "cask" smoothness, make this rather high octane brew ( 9.0% ABV if I'm not mistaken) go down effortlessly and most enjoyably. This is a kick-ass, larger than life, authentic in style offering from the Green Flash, that I look forward to having again...on tap or cask conditioned!

Serving type: cask

05-10-2007 23:34:16 | More by scottoale
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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