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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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730 Reviews
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Reviews: 730
Hads: 2,301
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 131
Gots: 387 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 730 | Hads: 2,301
Photo of maddogruss
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark gold body with a thick, two to three finger head with excellent retention and very nice lacing until the finish.

S: An interestingly sweet, banana ester smell which is akin to most Belgian beers. There were some alcoholic undertones, but no bitterness really noted.

T: A strong, bitter, earthy taste that was not what I was expecting from the smell; only from the style description. A slightly alcoholic aftertaste that burns the tongue and hinders the ever so slight malt background. As the beer warms up and your palette becomes more akin to it, the bitterness receds, allowing the sweet malts to protrude with some of that banana ester. Still, the alcohol does impede to full effect of the malts.

M: A surprisingly light mouthfeel that seemed to be a bit overcarbonated. I was expecting a bit smoother.

D: A decently drinkable beet. Typical of the style, which does not seem to really have a set plan. I was hoping for a little bit more smoothness to the mouthfeel, which would have complimented the taste better. As the taste mellowed out, it became a bit bitter as the hops and malts began to complement each other better. While I understand the high ABV was important to the character of this beer, I felt that it took jsut a little bit away from it due to the hindering of the malts. Either way, worth a try if you can get one.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

Appears a hazy dark golden with an orange tint and a two inch thick creamy off-white head.

Aroma is initially quite sweet like most tripels with some banana and bubble gum esters but there is a distinct strong spiciness with a hint of citrus in the back.

Taste is strongly dominated by the spicy clove notes that are present in the aroma. The sweetness that was in the aroma doesn't come through very well as the hops have taken over and make it quite bitter. Finishes quite hoppy with lots of citrusy notes and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is standard Belgian style, but not quite as good as many. It's medium bodied and very creamy.

This stuff was pretty good but it seems like it was missing too many of the tripel flavors that I really enjoy. They were there in the aroma but the hop bitterness took them over in the taste. I know it's supposed to be an IPA, but I think it was a bit too much.

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Photo of charlzm
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/05/08.

Pours a lightly hazy medium golden into the glass. Lots of lively carbonation in the glass supports a foamy, one-finger off-white head that looks like whipped merengue from above.

In contrast to the kegged version I had on draft, the aromas from this glass are primarily citrus hops. Wheat and bubbleguam aromas are secondary.

Sweet, malty flavor (think banana bread) with plenty of spice that adds a flavor one tick shy of "burning". Tangy wheat and light, zesty citrus round out the profile in the front and mid mouth. Going on towards the back, a balanced, lasting bitterness takes over.

Slick in the mouth with a touch of carbonation parch/burn.

Much better than the draft iteration; now I see what people are talking about. Still, a whole bomber was too much for me to finish at one sitting; it's quite alcoholic and the flavors drift off into bitterness and spice burn if this one gets too warm.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask @ the Blind Tiger 10-03-08

A - Hazy light orangey color, with thin white head. Great lacing

S - Great floral aroma up front, bordering on citrus fruit as well. Good hop presence in the mix

T - As delicate as the aromas are, there is quite a big taste. Plenty of hop bitterness, per the style, with hints of spices

M - The hops attacks in a totally different way than your normal IPA, so amazing, I love hoppy beers and this beer on cask was unlike any type of hop attack ive ever had. with a pretty dry finish

D - Plenty of interesting layers to this brew, but superbly drinkable. If it wasnt for $7 a mug price i would drink a whole cask of this

Overall this is one of my favorite beers ive had in a while, simply outstanding. Ive had this beer from the bottle, but on cask its a totally different beast, simply outstanding.

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

Had this on tap a few weeks ago at Blue Palms, and managed to score a bottle soon after at Vendome! Nice.

A: Pretty standard color, yellow on the edges and getting near amber in the center. Big fluffy 2-3 finger head, quite pitted and with great lacing. Retention is decent. Something interesting about the look that I can't quite point out though...not as bubbly looking as a lot of IPA's I guess...and while I've found most IIPA's are either clear or super hazy...this one is just slightly hazy. Maybe I'm overanalyzing it...but it does look "different" to me.

S: Smells like a trippel. Big Belgian spices: corriander, cloves, maybe some nutmet? A nice fruitiness to the smell as well, a bit peachy or even figgy. I don't detect any hops in the nose at all...I'm serious when I say this smells like a trippel.

T: Wow! Complex brew that starts out Belgian and quickly becomes quite hoppy. First taste is all trippel, with the spices and sweetness. Hops come out almost immediately though. Hops are mostly resiny or piney, but perhaps there's some flowery and citrusy hops in there as well. Hard to tell what with the flavors of the trippel. Finish is quite bitter, but with a lingering spicyness as well.

MF: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. A bit sticky and plenty of heat. Finish is dry, even more so with the hops being slightly harsh.

D: I think this is pulled off really well...you get a nice bit of each individual flavor in there, and then the combination of all the effects at the end. The hops are a bit harsh, something I noticed with the Green Flash IIPA as well. Not a bad thing, but if you're not into that it could be a detraction. Pretty high alcohol, so a pint is enough for one sitting. I don't really have anything to compare it to...so it's hard to say how it compares to other Belgian IPA's...but I gotta say this is pretty good. It was great on tap too...even better than in the bottle IMO. Also, really makes me wanna try Green Flash's trippel...I bet it's really good.

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Photo of joe1510
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber

Dyan sent me this Belgian IPA in the LNBA BIF , thanks again Dyan! Le Freak fills my snifter with a hazy tarnished copper liquid and gentle carbonation rising here and there to the surface. The head grew effortlessly to two fingers of clean white creaminess before slowly shrinking to a thick cap. Intricate lacing was left after the head receded while thin sheet lacing is left behind after each drink.

The aroma of this beer is big on the spices, clove being the main culprit. There's a pale malty sweetness in the back that lays down the foundation for the tripel and IIPA characteristics. Peach, bubblegum, and mild spicy alcohol come through, the two former from the yeast used. I have to say I wasn't too fond of the huge clove notes at first but as this beer warms they mellow and allow the other yeasty esters to pop. Mild citric hoppiness pushes through toward the end with grapefruit pith and orange.

The flavor follows the aroma closely. Cloves and mild pale malt sweetness coat the tongue and linger through the finish. Alcohol fumes float through the mouth and although they're pretty noticeable they never reach hot and seem to offer more then they detract. The orchard fruitiness is there but in lesser amounts then the nose suggested. The West Coast hopping comes along on the swallow but fades just as quickly although the bitterness grows to moderate as I drink. This is a good beer but the clove comes through too much for me to give it a higher score.

The body is just what I like on such a high abv brew. I'm guessing that candi sugar was used to achieve the big alcohol with such a moderate body. The carbonation is active enough to keep things moving through the mouth while the Left Coast hopping leaves behind some bitterness.

The clove throughout lowers the drinkability a notch but besides that this beer goes down incredibly easy. The body and carbonation keep this beer flowing.

This is a solid beer although the clove character is too bold for my liking. I so like to see more of these Belgian Style IPAs hit the market though. Thanks again for the great box Dyan!

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Photo of treyrab
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RblWthACoz for letting me try this one. Poured this into my chalice tonight...

A: Pours a nice light yellow and is very hazy. The haze makes this one opaque. Very large head, almost three fingers worth! Very sticky also that sticks to the side of the glass like glue.

S: Very fruity with orange, lemon and grapefruit. Some nice spice creeps into the nose as well followed by some nice Belgian yeast.

T: Very flavorful of citrus hops. The hops take over here and smother the Belgian aspect of the beer. Lemony, orange and grapefruit flavors from the hops trump most everything else. Some spice from the Belgian yeast comes through on the finish.

Overall, a very hoppy Belgian IPA. Very crisp and refreshing and hides the alcohol very well. Grab this if you get the chance.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - hazy burnt-orange color with a huge off-white head that left big globs of lacing behind.

S - sweet candy yeast aroma with a hint of alcohol.

T - starts out sweet like a trippel before the bitterness of the hops kicks in, the finish leaves a sweet after taste in the mouth and the burps are hoppy tasting.

F - medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D - very good drinkability for a 9.2% abv brew.

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

Well, I am glad that I listened to advice in the forums about this beer. It's excellent. It pours a deep orange with great soapy head with tons of fine bubbles. It smells of citrus and other sweet fruits. The taste is a superb blend of bitter and sweet. There are a ton of familiar-tasting hops, but they are presented in a different guise than your standard hoppy IPA from California (and elsewhere, I've just mostly tried ones like Stone, Russian River, Bear Republic, etc.). The mouthfeel of a Belgian is well-executed. Fine carbonation abounds and serves the taste well. I think the beer is highly drinkable, but then I think it's great. I can certainly understand other people getting sick of these heavily hopped styles. At any rate, I highly recommend it particularly to anyone who likes hoppy beers and Belgians.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazy, bright gold with a magnificent white, thick head that goes absolutely nowhere. Terrific lacing and tons of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Smell is of honey, belgian spices, clove, like a good tripel. Taste is where the hops come though...bigtime. Huge hop presence of grapefruit and aspirin-y flavors in the finish. Astringent. It's got all the characteristics of a great tripel - honey, spices ala clove, coriander, white grapes, with a very bold hoppiness that kicks you in the face and grabs you by the balls. I love it. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, very carbonated with tiny bubbles typical of Belgian Ales, astringent-dry finish. Tremendous beer and the best of the style I have had so far...better than La Chouffe, Hop-It, etc. I've only had their IPA and now this but Green Flash has got it goin' on.

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Photo of JBuff41413
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my second offering from Green Flash, the first being their Barley Wine. I liked, but not loved their Barley Wine so I was excited to see what this had to offer.

A- Somewhat hazy honey, light amber color with a 1 1/2 inch shaving cream like off white head.

S- Citrus, caramel malts, bread, and a little clove.

T- Very sweet, citrus, caramel malts, bread, with a little Belgian spice ( clove and coriander), slight alcohol finish.

M- Medium bodied, with a dry finish in your mouth. It leaves your mouth a little beaten up...but it is worth it.

D- Fairly drinkable. The sweetness can be a little intense at times, but overall this beer is very good and a few can be had in a night. The alcohol will get to you before the taste does.

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Photo of corey0212
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazed honey/orange color, gloriously foamy tan head fades very slowly, and leaves behind big clumps of lacing. Seriously piney hoppy aroma, sticky and resinous pine, some grapefruit aroma. Really bitter, and I like it. Bitter grapefruit, and an almost aspirin-like bitter aftertaste, and some lemony citrus flavors. Smooth, and very finely carbonated. I could drink this all the time. Really tasty, and a style I quite enjoy.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear amber golden color with a thick fluffy tan head that mostly collects in the center of the mug. There is some light suds that stick to the side of the glass.

Smell is of an earthy bubblegum mixed with some citrus. There is a light floral hop whiff that has notes of spiciness and sugar candies.

Taste is sweet, malty with a instant hop flavor. There is a warm blanket of bready yeast with caramelized sugars. Its slightly bitter in the finish with a mild peppery feel. There is a dry, woody taste in the finish that is quite pleasing.

Well balanced beer, this one doesn't have an overpowering hop presence compared to the malt and yeast flavors. Everything is just in the right place. Quite tasty and good for washing your licker.

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Photo of ralflord
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden color. Very Beligan like. The smell is a mixed bag of IPA and tripel. Duh. Very interesting. I didn't know what to expect as I put the beer to my lips. After I got over the mixture of flavors I really enjoyed the taste. The hops balanced nicely with the malty sweetness. Very pleasant. I could drink this all night, which would be dangerous with the high abv. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this beer after the german beer tasting at my house this weekend with a few fellow BA's. What a great beer to end on.

From what I remember it was a beautiful yellow color, it was outside and it was already dark out.

Smell great too, I was drunk. I just remember thinking, wow this smells so much like a yeasty socal IPA.

Taste was a perfect balance of light body, with tasty sweet hops. Couldn't ask for a better mix of the two.

I would rather drink this beer all night long, than listen to Lionel Richtie.

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Photo of number1bum
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a creamy two fingers of off-white head. Head retains quite well but only leaves a little bit of stick.

Smells like what it is - a really hoppy Belgian tripel. There are citrus and herbal hop aromas layered on top of some candi sugar and pale malt sweetness, yeast and spice.

Taste has even more citrus flavor than the smell, but has a good deal more herbal bitterness than I was expecting. There is some yeast and malt sweetness along with the citrus flavor, and a pretty good amount of spice, too, but they are overtaken by hop bitterness halfway through. Still a ton of citrus hop flavor, but the bitterness is very intense and really dominates. Less bitterness would really let this one stand out even more, even though there are some great Belgian yeast characteristics here.

Mouthfeel is a creamy and smooth medium-full body that gets quite dry through the finish.

I think this beer would be an absolute knockout if the hop bitterness was not so intense. A more moderate bitterness would serve it better. Still, a very tasty beer from Green Flash.

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Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking forward to trying this since I enjoyed Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel and Urthel Hop-it. These beers combine two of my favorite styles so what's not to like?!

Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle so I try to pour slow and carefully. As soon as I pop the cap I get nice hop aroma. Nice fluffy head on top of a slightly hazy golden-orange beer. The head sticks around nicely and leaves some strong lacing.

Smell is powerful both like a tripel and an IPA. It has the characteristic banana, clove, and yeast of a tripel with an unusually strong hop aroma as well.

Flavor is intense, starting with hop bitterness, then going all tripel, before ending somewhere in between. Hops are grassy and piney, they seem to enhance the spiciness of the tripel. When compared with what I remember from the Belgian versions of this style, this has much more punch both in being a stronger tripel and being much more hoppy.

Mouthfeel is suffering because it is high in spice, hops, carbonation, and alcohol. All of these aspects together make this a killer on the tongue and so drinkability suffers too. After half way through this glass, I find that it's getting easier to drink but my taste buds feel fatigued!

Although this beer has character and attitude in spades, the Belgians always seem to have a more subtle and well-rounded approach. Of course, the west-coasters always go for BIG and in this one, Green Flash certainly succeeded.

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Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's cloudy and is primarily gold in color, though it does have some orange qualities. The head is sheer beauty. It's vanilla colored and easily stands a little more than three fingers tall. It was very slow to recede and and left thick sheets of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose is very spicy. Strong notes of clove, banana, and a little corriander really permeate throughout. There are some sweet fruity scents (mostly apple, orange, and pear). Belgian yeast is really prominent. They were right on with that one. It is floral and a little earthy smelling. Interestingly enough, I'm not picking up much in the hops department. For something that's styled, at least in part, an "imperial pale ale," I was expecting more. Perhaps the spices drown out some of the characteristics.

Taste: It's sweet and fruity up front. Apple, pear, and orange flavors are sweet and start things off nicely. The spices are very aggressive and are a little overdone. There's clove, pepper, and some corriander, in addition to an interesting banana flavor. They really overpower some of the other elements of this beer. Belgian yeast is easily noted in flavor. It adds quite a bit, including a little authenticity. There is a pretty nice hop surge that emerges late and adds a nice bitter kick. They taste mostly floral and give it an earthy/grainy vibe. But, they're a nice touch. A little alcohol is noted on the tail.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a pretty good feel. Carbonation is very high and really gets in the way of it being as smooth as it could. But, it still holds together well. Drinkability is good, but that's about it. I'm enjoying the bomber, but it's a little too spicy and the abv is robust at 9.2%.

Green Flash did a pretty solid job in fusing an "imperial pale ale" and a tripel. It could be improved by toning down the spices a little and bringing more hop flavor to the forefront. But, it's a solid beer nonetheless. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy golden apricot with a crisp white head, of marshmallow like thickness.

Aroma is citrusy, with light tropical fruit. Candy-like sweetness matched with a yeasty spices. Generous floral hop aroma.

Taste is bready pale malt and resinous green leafy hop. Strong citrus aspect with orange peel and grapefruit standing out. Tobacco and oak meld with the Belgian spices creating a unique experience. Finish is awash in mild bitterness and lingering coriander, clove, and alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium-full.

A very interesting brew. Plenty of complexity and depth to keep things interesting. The floral hop and Belgian yeast melded on the palate in ways that I hadn't anticipated. A must try.

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

Pours a hazy orange with a nice firm white head.

Nose is tropical fruit, mostly mango, pear, some powdery yeast and a bit of clove.

Lots of fruit on the palate. Pineapple, pear, citrus. The finish is nice and bitter and lingers for quite a while. It's hard to say where the yeast flavors end and hops begin. The flavors are very well balanced.

A bit on the heavy side with moderate carbonation. Very pleasent.

The alcohol is high on this one, but it is very drinkable. This one would be great with some blue cheese or a salad. Great stuff from Green Flash as they show their brewing prowess once again.

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Photo of jwc215
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a thick creamy white head with plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

The smell is of candy sugar, clove, bubblegum, banana, and citrus/grapefruit. Belgium meets America done awesomely.

The taste is of candy sugar, clove, banana with grapefruit. Sweet, sour and bitter converging nicely. A "Belgian-style" IPA with an American hop presence. It converges beautifully.

A wonderful marrriage of Belgian and American characteristics!

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

Pours a golden orange color with a small but dense white head that dissipated into a sparse yet chunky cap. The aroma is of candied tropical fruit, light corriander and white pepper. A tad sweet on the aroma but still nice; hops don't have much of a presence here. The taste is not as sweet as the nose, not as strong on the tropical fruit (which is good). The flavor has nice Belgian yeast phenols, nice candi sugar presence, and an American hop kick in the end. It has a bitter resiny hop which quickly balances out the Belgain characteristics. The feel is moderate and well carbonated, rather crisp, finishes on the bitter end. More of a hop driven Belgian IPA, which is what I expect from an American brewer. I prefer the more Belgian sided BIPAs but this is a very well made brew.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an light orangey amber with a moderate white head that laces pretty well.
the aroma has a big powdery lupulin hoppiness to it, with large amounts of pine and grapefruit rind. just a little bit of buublegum with warmth, followed by some spiciness like anise, pepper, corriander (faint). the is also some booze that is fairly evident, but not overpowering.
the atses brings another torrent of hops floral and citrus hops bite up front with pine towards the back. you get some more traditional tripel notes somewhere in the middle, but in abundance they are not. there is a distinct pepperyness though the hops have a saw tooth edge that not much gets through. the bitterness cleans things up tidily.
the body seems deceptively thin due in part to some of the bitterness, and fairly active carbonation, but i think it's actually fairly medium bodied.
the drinkability it good. this beer has some serious hop balls, but manages to retain decent complexity beyond the hops. the most hop loaded begian IPA i've had so far.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium light amber color with a solid half inch of white head and excellent tracing. Aromas are a sweet mix of west coast citrusy hops melding with subtle spicy phenolics. So far on all the Belgian IPAs, Le Freak gets the aroma right: HOPS with Belgian yeast character. On the palate, things continue to be done right. This is truly an IIPA with tripel flavors, and not a tripel with subtle hop flavor. Mouthfeel hurts this beer a bit as it's nearly syrupy thick with moderately low carbonation, hurting the drinkability. Overall, however, I think this beer hits the nail on the head for BIPAs.

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Photo of Nickls
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Hazy light orangey color, with thin white head. Great lacing

S - Great floral aroma up front, bordering on citrus fruit as well. Good hop presence in the mix

T - As delicate as the aromas are, there is quite a big taste. Plenty of hop bitterness, per the style, with hints of spices

M - Thinner mouthfeel, with very muted carbonation (it was on cask after all), with a pretty dry finish

D - Plenty of interesting layers to this brew, but superbly drinkable. I would have no trouble partaking in it all night.

Overall, this was a standout brew (at least for me) at the 2nd Chelsea Cask Festival in Manhattan. Really great stuff, and would highly recommend. Looking forward to trying the bottled version

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 730 ratings.