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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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90
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1,897 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,897
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 90
Gots: 146 | 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:
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

NYR_Rob, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

BKotch, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of GPHarris
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

a - poured a two-fingers thick off-white head into a snifter that left thick clingy lace and sheet throughout. the body was a bright and bubbly orange.
s - a little sweet, a little spicy, a little yeasty.
t - light citrus hop with some bready malts, yeast and spice.
m - creamy and really smooths out in the finish.
d - delicious belgian ipa but not quite as good as stone cali-belgique.

GPHarris, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of dalepryor
4/5  rDev -0.5%

dalepryor, May 07, 2013
Photo of hopkrid
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

hopkrid, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of JimGlonke
4/5  rDev -0.5%

JimGlonke, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Kromes
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

A: A clear golden color with a huge white head that laces the glass.

S: Belgian yeast, clove, herbal, grassy and earthy hop.

T: Toasted malt with a nice Belgian yeast bubblegum and clove flavor. The finish gives way to some spicy herbal and grassy hop with a bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium feel with peppery carbonation. Bitter, dry finish.

O: Flavors are good. One of the better Belgian IPAs out there if you like them hop heavy.

Kromes, Jun 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

kmanjohnson, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

johntfox, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

nzerbe, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Gosox8787
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

Presentation: Split a bomber bomber with a friend. Poured half the bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Dark orange to brownish in color with a small amount of haze throughout. Two finger white head with almost no retention.

Aroma: Bright hops upfront in the form of tropical fruits and pine. Some tart green apple and clove near the back end come into play.

Taste: The hops dominate the flavor as well. Big floral pine and tropical fruit notes are eveywhere. Near the middle, the belgian influences reallt come into play. Tart fruit and clove stand out here. The aftertaste is slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and nicely carbonated. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: The ABV is pretty high and the flavors are agressive, so this is definitely one to sip and spend some time on.

Overall, a pleasant take on the Belgian IPA. The Belgian yeast and the hops do not meld together as nicely as I'd like and at times this can seem like two seperate beers. Even with this, I found this enjoyable. Certainly worth the opportunity to try.

Gosox8787, Jul 05, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

bluckbeyes, Jun 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

seanchai, Sep 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Tom-Peters, Dec 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

HamGlade10, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

woodchip, May 30, 2013
Photo of tronester
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

tronester, Sep 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

eulerthegrape, Apr 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

CWhite, May 10, 2014
Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +9%

A honeyed amber that starts out with a light cloudiness but as I work through the bottle becomes it opaque. A big head and very good lacing. Carbonation is visible but not so much as to draw attention to itself.

Smell is your first hint of what is in store for your drinking pleasure. You can smell the distinct components. A full Belgian Tripel and an American IPA. Big honey and malt with Belgian candi sugar. A huge hoppiness that blend sublimely with the tripel. A largish alcohol facet mixed in as well.

Taste is perfect. Just like the nose. A firm Tripel that supports an aggressive hop profile. Huge hoppiness is multifaceted and complex with all the usual suspects. Citrus and pine. Grapefruit in abundance. Balance provided by a large Belgian malt sweetness and thick honey like component. A resinous and oily mouthfeel is kept in check by a Belgian malt based weight and liquid velvet carbonation.

It is so easy to quaff this stuff it ought to be illegal. While aggressive and strong it nonetheless displays a balance that allow a free spirited and unrestrained sessioning. Let the drinker beware!!

Much love to WasTrikenSie for this one ! A great beer.

scootny, Apr 18, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Shared this bomber with my fiance out in our backyard. Perfect brew for sunny and 80 after a long day at the office.

Poured a beautiful and hazy golden orange with a little bit of sediment suspended in this golden sunset of a beer. It's inviting me in like a neon blue light to a mosquito. I.... can't.... resist! My pour produced 2.5 fingers of rocky bright white head. I had a nice plateau that remained through at least half of my beer.

The aroma is very tropical, sweet and hoppy all at the same time. I'm getting blasted with pineapple, belgian yeast, mango, orange peal and pine sap. Amazing aroma!

The taste is in the same ball park as the nose but with different emphasis on the different elements that make this beer up. The belgian yeast takes the wheel and brings along some great spices. Getting some black pepper and lemon peel along with pineapple and some dankness in the background.

Medium to light in body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. A very effervescent beer with a drying and spicy finish.

Overall, this is an amazing beer. Very tasty and refreshing without sacrificing body, taste or aroma. This is a top notch brew. I wish it was more easily accessible because I would keep this brew stocked from March to October for sure.

dcloeren, Apr 18, 2012
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3.76/5  rDev -6.5%

sansho, Oct 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Drk93TT, Dec 10, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +7%

Invested in a case of bombers, and this is the sum of those (although several have gone to GOOD friends). 22oz bottle into Duvel glass at 42 degrees, and warmed well into the 50's during the review.

Lovely 3F, fluffy, cream/white head sitting on top of golden amber body with visible carbonation streaming to the top. Decent amount of sticky lacing.

Initial smell of sharp pine needles, followed by slightly musty yeast and a wee touch o' da grassy funk. As it warmed, the sweetness shone through, with some ripe banana, cinnamon bun, and clove.

This is a full flavored dichotomy of styles. The west coast hops are very present - with both grapefruit and pine sap. The rich tripel struggles to shine through, but does make an appearance for no other reason than to balance the sharpness of the IPA. For 9+%, the alcohol was nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel is where the tripel comes through - rich, slightly cloying, but a sufficiently dry bite at the same time.

If you love IPAs, and you love Tripels, this is a no-brainer - a nice representation of both with great flavor and appropriate mouthfeel to represent each. Serve it up... Immediately!

BeerImmediately, Jul 25, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ncelauro, Oct 05, 2013
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,897 ratings.