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Green Flash Le Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Le Freak® is the first-ever hybrid ale of its kind: the convergence of a Belgian-Style Trippel with an American Imperial IPA. This zesty Amarillo dry-hopped, bottle-conditioned marvel entices with fruity Belgian yeast aromatics and a firm, dry finish. Aromas of orange and passion fruit with sweet bready malts, and flavors of orange marmalade and citrus fruit pith. Experience a legendary beer.

Added by Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007

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

22oz. bomber into Mad Elf challice on 10/14/08. Thanks to Deuane for procuring one of these for me.

A - Two fingers of majestic alabaster froth sitting atop a lovely hazy orange body with a bountiful effervescence. Head receded into a quarter inch of retention and left in its wake an intricate coating of decorative lacing around the glass.

S - The initial smell reveals characteristics of a classic West Coast IPA featuring a potpourri of citrus and pine notes as well as a subtle waft of alcohol warmth. Hints of grapefruit and orange are at the forefront. The aroma of a Belgian tripel soon follows, with a hefty portion of earthy yeast, fruity esters and some candi sugar. Somehow, a bit of caramel malt manages to sneak its way into the mix as well.

T - In contrast to the aroma, my initial sip captures the essence of the tripel first, with hints of earthy yeast, dried fruits and some candi sugar sweetness. Some yeasty funk appears in the backend but is kept in line by an aggressive hop profile combining citrus and piney notes. The hops really stand out in the finish, with a flavor akin to grapefruit and orange.

M - Medium bodied with an extremely smooth, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. The alcohol provides a mild sting on the palate, while the hops add a depth of bitterness to an otherwise earthy and fruity brew. Finish is on the dry side with a nice lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

D - Now this is the kind of Belgian ale I can enjoy over and over again. Ultimately, this is quite a complex brew that combines the best characteristics of both the tripel and the West Coast IPA. The citrus notes work especially well with the sweetness and yeastiness of the tripel. While the alcohol is noticeable in this brew, it does not hinder its drinkability. Props to Green Flash for brewing this fantastic Belgian IPA!

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Photo of bifrostguard
3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden with a tall off white head

S - Clove and spice. This is not a good sign as it is reminiscent of other IPA/Belgian meshes I have tried out here on the west coast.

T - Not as bad as I expected. Still too much clove and spice flavor for me. Grains are prevalent as well. I have come to face the fact that I just don't enjoy the southern California take on the Belgian style trippel/IPA.

M - Smooth and unremarkable other than that.

D - Not really drinkable for me. The flavor is somewhat unpalatable to my taste. I would prefer something with a little less spice. Just not my style. This will be the last of the like that I will try.

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

Burnt orange colour with a bit of haze. A vigorous pour resulted in a large, fluffy cap of off-white bubbles that settled to a short, dense layer of foam and left behind lots of clumpy lacing. Big hop aroma. Bracing pine hit my nose first, powdery and grassy notes soon followed, then gave way to fruit tarts and mild citrus. Floral and perfumey as it warmed. Not much in the way of malt could plow through that hoppy onslaught, but there was a bit of yeast and perhaps bready character in the background along with an indistinct spiciness. Hops were much softer in the flavour and played well against the combination of pear and apple up front and the spicy alcohol notes in the finish. Bitterness was restrained yet always present, letting the rest of the flavour come to the fore until the finish where bitterness was more dominant. Sweet tart and citrus (orange peel and lemon) flavours added depth, as did bread and yeast. Pine appeared in the lingering hoppy finish with some herbal notes. Lots of complexity here, especially as it warmed and the alcohol became more prominent. A little more than medium bodied, ample carbonation but still very creamy in texture with very fine bubbles. Dryness built up over time and warmth was there from the first sip. A very drinkable mashup of American and Belgian characters. I quite enjoyed this beer from start to finish.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.19/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

number1bum hooked me up with this one, thanks bitch.

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a semi-cloudy bright orange with an off-white head that slowly dies down to a chunky layer of foam. Wonderful spiderweb lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty strong with clove (a bit much), Bazooka Joe, candy sugar, booze, and banana bread. The hops could use a bit more strength in the nose. A weak pineapple and orange zest in terms of hops, but that's about it. Flavor begins pretty strong with an alcohol bite and a big rush of clove and spice. Big bitter hops midway with pale malts and pink grapefruit...and the booze again. Aftertaste is bready with more alcohol and a touch of pepper and zest. Medium body with a stinging mouthfeel. The strong carbonation and over the top alcohol presence make this difficult to drink. This beer has pretty much ruined my mouth, save this beer for last if you plan to drink others so you can keep your tastebuds.

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

First of six reviews that are all possible because of a great first time trader, theWolfofMibu. Thanks man!

Appearance- Poured from a 22oz bottle with some cool artwork into my trusty New Belgian goblet. A bit over a two finger head rises up, off-white in color, and fairly resilient. Looking through the glass you see pretty large bubbles gripping the sides, but from the top it looks creamy and tight. It fights the good fight for a good amount of time, but gives in to its fate leaving a creamy skim for me to remember it by. There's a good amount of lacing, but nothing epic. The beer itself is a very full/dense burnt orange-gold with apricot and blond highlights surrounding it on all sides. The transitions in colors makes for a pretty beer.

Smell- This beer smells REALLY good. The bubblegum yeast jumps at you first. The yeast sort of smells like a banana, sweet pear flavored cotton candy. I don't get much in terms of hops, but what I do smell gives off a cousin cannabis hop aroma. There are underlying notes of clove and a tiny bit of coriander. The delicious sugary scents pretty much dominate, but with the hops trying to get into the party, there is this resulting smell of something I'm having trouble describing. It forms this cleansing, cool aroma, like a sweet spearmint tea or Vick's vapor rub. I'm probably crazy, but I enjoy taking big whiffs of this brew.

Taste- This beer greets me with leafy and spicy hops. The nose and the taste are on two completely different plains of existence when it comes to sweetness levels. This beer has a ton of shit going on. One sip starts leafy/floral, moves on to bubblegum, apricot, spicy pear and piny heat. The next sip leaves me with a completely different finish that is more earthy with a bit of citrus rinds and has much more pepper in the middle than sweetness. Just when I think I have somewhat of a grip on the flavors, it starts having malts in the finish. These malts taste like a very legit, whole wheat bread that was rubbed with hops instead of olive oil and garlic. I really enjoy what the finish has evolved into. The beginning to middle/end turns into a buddy-up session between pepper spiciness and leafy and piny hops. There is definitely sweetness in this beer, but it comes in flashes in the middle and is overshadowed by some awesome bitterness and the ever evolving finish. One thing about the finish is pretty consistent though, it's dry. The only touch of sweetness comes from a taste of grapefruit rind. This beer has a shit-ton going on. It would be a 5 if more sweetness was present. I'm greedy and would like to see more of the tripel sweetness that I usually bad mouth show up in the taste like it did in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Refreshing and cleansing with a good amount of carbonation and medium to light fullness. The 9.2%abv does not let itself be known on the tongue. However, this beer is very dry on the tongue. You'll want a glass or two of water after you're done with the bomber.

Drinkability- 9.2% bah, lies! This baby goes down smooth with little heat. The dryness does take it's toll, though. A bomber goes down no problem, but I think I'm ready to move on to something with less going on and that isn't as wearing on the tongue. Definitely keep the bomber to yourself, though. One pint would not be enough. Shit, I'm really torn on this score. Oh well, I'm getting buzzed and shouldn't second guess myself. A great beer. Worth trading for.

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Photo of marcpal
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap a while back at end of night during travels, remember liking but wanted to properly enjoy and review. What a great style, one of my favorites probably because they combine two of the best.

22oz bottled purchased today, chilled, and poured into tulip glass.

A: Gold, bubbly and poofy head. Pretty standard color, yellow on the edges and getting near amber in the center. Unfiltered hues and an unfiltered look.

S: Smells like a Belgian at first with bubblegum Brussels yeast with a pow of earthy growing hops. Intense to say the least. The hops mild out as time goes on and the yeast does take over which makes it more of the trippel side. Awesome nose.

T: A good amount of different things going on. Fits together like pieces of a puzzle: Belgian sweetness, earthy hops, spicy, fruits, and cider pine. The combination of the citric fruit and clove are something awfully unique. Im not sure how some say the hops are low or undetected, flat out front and center and delicious.

M: Alcohol heat felt in its roughness. Light to medium Belgian body with an oily texture tagging along. All kinds of stuff going on but a marriage of a variety of feels and flavors.

D: Combination of two styles that I am a fan of, and this one melds them well as do some of the offerings from the other side of the pond. Flavors are complex, nice, but strong punch. See this one as being a tiny bit rough but still more than enjoyable. Somewhat pricey but my opinion is that its worth it.

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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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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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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 736 ratings.