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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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731 Reviews
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Reviews: 731
Hads: 2,302
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 131
Gots: 387 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007

This Belgian Style IPA is an "out of the box" convergence of beer styles where American Imperial IPA meets Belgian Trippel.
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Photo of FLima
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A must try, Drink It!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: Bottle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

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Photo of jpro
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of morimech
4.11/5  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.

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

Hazy orange-amber with a sticky cap of foam and moderate lacing.

Smells of oranges, cloves, pungent and sourdough.

Taste has cloves, spice, oranges, grapefruit, resin, bubblegum. Bitterness is medium lingering in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and a nice zip of carbonation. It holds together well across the tongue.

Pretty tasty Belgian - IPA hybrid. The Belgian elements are obvious as is the hop flavor and bitterness.

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Photo of bsp77
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Very cloudy golden amber with massive, sticky head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Pepper, cloves, spicy hops, banana and citrus.

Taste: The yeast is strong in this one. Musty, with lots of pepper, clove, banana and a general spiciness that nay be in part from the hops. Some light pine and citrus but not overly noticeable. Bitter overall.

Feel: Highly carbonated with a medium body and a bone dry finish.

Overall: Comes across as a very bitter Tripel, as the yeast is the driving factor and the hops taste a little more continental than American to me. Very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
gold in color with a white head and had a lot of foam
hoppy smell with a hint of grassy smell to it
great hops tatse that leaves a hoppy after tatse.
has that smell and tatse of a belgium beer plus the hoppy effect of an American IPA

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

Le Freak poured a bright golden color with a large fluffy white head that reflected its bottle conditioning. The aroma was big and fruity with a fresh hop nose and Belgian yeast undertones. The taste started lightly sweet and fruity and melded into a slightly bitter citrus hop flavor that was expertly nuanced and balanced. The best flavors and profiles of the Trippel and Imperial IPA blended exceptionally and continued to pull me back in for sip after sip.

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Photo of tronester
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a medium, rocky off-white head. Aromas of freshly cut granny smith apples and a tiny hint of band-aid. Taste begins with a sweet apricot flavor, followed by some sharp herbal, medicinal tastes, then finishing with a grapefruit and asprin finish. Mouthfeel is quite rich. Overall a very good BIPA.

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Photo of dar482
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a orange golden with tons and tons of rocky head.

The aroma has lots of Belgian yeast, almost like a sourdough being rested. However, there's lots herbal and spice notes along with a huge punch of pine and citrus from the hops. It's so Belgian bready and yeasty, but then there's also that hop punch.

The flavor follows with an attack of yeast, which then settles to a light bready malt. The spicy Belgian flavor is in there as well. There's tons of bitterness of pine and mostly grapefruit pith. The end is very drying with yeast and bitterness.

The alcohol is well hidden and I did not expect it to be 9.2%.

It's a good beer, though the yeast character is a bit much for me. However, for those really going after Belgian IPAs, this is up there.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into SA glass.

Cloudy, orange-yellow liquid, huge 3 finger head, thick lacing.

Multiple aromas hit the senses: spice, bananas, subtle pine, earthy tones, cloves. Very nice.

Well balanced, sweet malt cut with some nice bitter hops, meld together nicely. Vanilla, spice come through.

Medium body, a bit over carbonated but not uncommon for the style. Alcohol subdued.

Really enjoyed the combination of the styles. Well done.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a beautiful opaque copper/orange with a two finger head which lasts for a while. Some of the head remains on the top of the brew until the end. Good lacing.

The smell is wheat, bananas and cloves. I don't smell too many hops here. Maybe some light piney hops. There is also a bubblegum/yeasty smell.

The taste is citrus hops, wheat, bubblegum, sweet malts and pine. There is also a 'musty' taste similar to what shows up in the smell.

The mouthfeel is thin and creamy, good carbonation. The brew leaves a dry taste in the mouth after swallowing and an oily taste on the tongue.

Overall this brew is pretty plain for something that is called "Le Freak" It does taste as advertised, a cross between a Trippel and an IPA; more Trippel than IPA.

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Photo of McStagger
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Belgian IPA? Let's see what the fuss is. Bottled on 3/5/13, so freshness may be an issue.

A: Looking pretty standard so far. Off pale slightly hazy orange/copper. Two fingers khaki head. Dissipation is fairly rapid. Not much for lacing.

S: Aha! Banana/clove esters escape from the glass. Notes of bubblegum, all spice, some sweet /spicy fruitiness. Underneath is some milled grain. Not much hop presence noted.

T: Big spicy fruity notes in the beginning. The same clove, banana and candied fruit. Pretty quickly enveloped by a big wave of tropical cone bitterness that runs through the mid palate. The finish picks up again with the same zesty, spicy (all spice, grains of paradise/ coriander) This intermingles with the bitterness to leave a pleasant herbal soapiness and zesty, citrusy taste. Leafy/woodsy bitterness brings up the rear. Finish has a lot of apple with a zesty, lemony bitterness. Aftertaste of herbal green apple.

M: Light on its feet. Picks ups a little body mid palate, but finishes very refreshing. Very deceiving 9.2 abv. The alcohol gives some body, but not nearly the level one would think.

O: Impressive. Still not completely onboard with Belgian strains of yeast, but this is a good starting point.

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Photo of Juuroumaru
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle found in the back of my cellar dated 10/22/12
A-Poured aggressively with a 2in white head. lots of micro bubbles being released from the center of the glass. Head retention in not very good, almost completely dissipated within 1 minute. leaves a small thin lacing.
S-Malt with what appears to belgian yeast and a light citrus nose.
T- Very malty with no sign of hops and a slightly spiced body.
M- Good carbonation with a solid mouthfeel.
O- Can definately tell that this beer has degraded a lot but it’s still a solid drink

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Photo of Brew_42
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy gold with a white head

Smells of banana and spices

Tastes banana sweetness and spices with a slight bitterness that hangs around

MF-Slightly carbonated and very drinkable

Overall- Very nice beer. I will definitely pick up some more in the future.

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

A - Golden yellow and nearly transparent. Beautiful off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S - Bready and citrus, orange and grapefruit

T - Caramel base with strong spicy pine and grapefruit hops and tons of banana. Normally I am not a fan of the banana flavor that Belgian yeast imparts, but this is the most I've ever enjoyed. The high ABV and hops balance the flavor amazingly.

M - Crisp and clean with perfect carbonation. Very drinkable!

O - This is a new favorite. I'm not normally a fan of Belgians or Belgian/IPAs because of the yeast flavor profiles but the strong hops and dry hopping counterbalance this perfectly. I will definitely be enjoying this again.

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Photo of bmwats
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into footed tulip.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Plenty of spider web lacing.

S: Sourdough, paper, pine, coriander.

T: Hoppy bite, pale yeast, coriander, clove, oregano....

M: Crisp, yet syrupy. Pungent hop bite throughout.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really good. Nice head, plenty of lacing. Nose is Bready with some strong hops and Italian spice. Hoppy, yet yeasty with spice. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Mike Hess glass. Pours a golden amber with a nice, foamy white head. The trippel part of this brew really stands out in the smell, way more so than the IPA part. The taste is actually pretty balanced between an IPA and a trippel though. Just a hint of pine and loads of citrus and bitterness with that Belgian yeast taste to sort of soften the blow of the hops. Mouthfeel is just below average I'd say. Carbonation was maybe a bit low, I like an IPA with a good amount of carbonation. This beer is basically what you'd get if you took half GF IIPA and half GF Trippel. Now, I enjoyed GF Trippel, but it really wasn't as good as I expected, and GF IIPA is of course amazing, but the two together are just so unique. It brings a smile to my face. This is exactly what GF Trippel was missing.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash Brewing Company - Le Freak, poured into DFH IPA glass.

Look -Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with a ruby tinge and a huge soapy head that dissipates at a medium pace leaving an abundance of chunky lacing. Great looking brew!

Smell - Fruity citrus resembling apple and the blending of sourdough Belgian has it come off as almost a rich cider of sorts.

Taste - Rich caramel malt, Belgian sourdough, then deep citrus hops with bittering pine at the end. Bravo! Well done!

Mouthfeel - Sits bitter and slightly sticky. Mouth and throat warming but not super hot, booziness level is right where you'd expect for above 9%. Good drinkability. Medium-bodied with low carbonation.

Overall - Solid, solid brew. Green Flash is great at blending and interpreting styles. Definitely recommend trying this one.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.