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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,122 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,122
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 113
Gots: 261 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have always been interested in a Belgium / IPA style of beer. This one poured a little darker than a wheat style beer. The aroma was heavily on the Belgium side. The distinct nose of some of the yeast/hops they use make it different from other beers.
Since this was a West Coast beer, I thought there would be some of the typical medium to high IBU to give you that dryness and bitter taste with the nose of citrus and grapefruit. I think the Belgium side of this beer won out.
It was enjoyable drinking this from the first sip. Nothing that really stood out for me. A solid beer, but just not my style

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

A: Slightly hazy amber / copper with a thin, carbonated, off-white head that pours strong and shrinks as you drink. Amazing streams of micro bubbles that jettison up the sides of the glass. Some of the most impressive carbonation I've ever seen!

S: Esters, yeast, cinnamon, and granny smith apples on the nose.

T: Piney and citrus bitterness and tons of spice - clove, pepper, coriander, all spice. Bready, yeasty malt flavors impart some sweetness. The spice and bitterness hits back in the end.

M: Creamy texture. You can feel the carbonation dance around in your mouth with each sip. At first, it's a light bodied beer, but moves into the medium bodied area once the spice kicks in. Very nice warming feeling on the throat.

O: Not a typical Belgian, not a typical IPA. But Green Flash puts its own stamp on the style and blew me away with its appearance, taste, and mouthfeel. Not as aromatic as I would have expected, but still a very strong beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy medium golden brew with about an inch of foam.

It's a hoppy fruity yeasty smell that I get. I also sense some candi sugar sweetness.

Dry hoppy goodness with Belgian yeasty fruitiness, the label, she does not lie. A bit strong with the alcohol presence but manageable. Nice sipping brew that has a nice balance between the 2 attributes I mentioned.

Very nice mouthfeel adds to my admiration of Le Freak. I'm enjoying it.

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4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz slender bottle, with a standard Green Flash label, one quite different from the example currently displayed here.

This beer pours a slightly glassy pale copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, and um, freakishly foamy and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves a wall of dense and intricately webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of musty, almost funky yeast, acrid grapefruit, orange, and lemon peel, underripe pineapple flesh, bready pale and caramel malt, some isolated raw sugar, and further herbal, weedy hop notes. The taste is more gritty earthy yeast, an orange and pineapple fruitiness, some middling green funk, clove/coriander spice, white pepper, pale grainy malt, and more bitter grassy, herbal hops. A small twinge of edgy alcohol emerges as it gradually warms.

The bubbles are a bit frizzy, but mostly on the softly lilting side, the body a decent medium weight, and kind of hit and miss in the smoothness department, as yeast and hops have a certain way of messing with that. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and malt maintaining enough heft to hold those hop and yeast muckrakers at bay.

While hardly my favourite style, this at least comes off as a pleasantly capable version, the Belgian yeast and Yankee hop astringency playing together nicely enough. The experience softens as things move along, which may have more to do with the well elevated and integrated ABV than anything flavour oriented.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,122 ratings.