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Green Flash Super Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Super Freak
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 18.28%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Floydster on 07-21-2008

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.21/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Listed at 9% at the City Beer Store Sour event in August. I have to say, I didn't even know this was a Belgian IPA at its base until I looked it up here. Sure didn't taste like one- even under the wine barrel and Brett. I was definitely unimpressed by this beer, and it was definitely my least favorite at the event, and the only one I didn't finish. Poured a hazy orange with a rusty head and full of sediment. Smelled of nothing more than bandaids and extremely strong oak. The taste was extremely woody with oak and thin with a little sour to balance the oak, which it wasn't able to do. Wildly out of balance and no longer possessing any IPA characteristics whatsoever. A little bandaid on the finish just to make the experience all that more pleasant. Mouthfeel is very smooth, but a bit thin. Way too out of whack to enjoy this one. I'd avoid it if I were you. Something went very wrong here.

Photo of Overlord
2.31/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled at the Stone Sour Fest. I'm not a big fan of Green Flash, and this didn't help matters.

Pours a hazy orange. Small white head. Smells like oranges (oddly enough) and citrus. Taste: grass, orange, grapefruit, with a hideous aftertaste I can't describe. It almost seemed like they forced "sourness" into a beer for which it was entirely inappropriate.


Photo of Floydster
2.41/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at the 2nd Stone Sour Fest today, the sole beer from this brewery at the event, it is a Belgian IPA aged in San Pasqual wine barrels with added brettanomyces

A-Golden orange color, somewhat frothy head, some retention, some lacing
S-Not much brett, chardonnay, Belgian yeast, weird sugary scents, very faint hops, and citrus
T-Funky sweetness, not much tart or sourness, hops flattened out and it became overly malty, pretty boozy, left a nasty dry sensation, not balanced at all
M-Sweet, dry, and chalky mouthfeel, medium bodied, not enough carbonation, taste went away fast
D-Barely could get through my five ounces or so, ABV seemed high, not smooth, alcohol present in flavor

This was one of my least favorite beers of the day, I was disappointed because Le Freak is a better than decent beer and they pretty much ruined it with the additions to this, did not even taste like an IPA anymore, wished I did not waste a ticket on this after my initial sip

Photo of BigGingDrinker
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A sour with some bourbon notes. I'm not a fan of the combo

Photo of ehammond1
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On Tap

Green Flash Brewing Co.
Mira Mesa, CA

Hazy, golden, and glowing yellow with a thin, light, airy white head. This leaves spiderwebs and sheets of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous.

The Brett yeast dominates the aroma coupled with a sweet citrus syrup component. Strong, yeasty aroma.

The Brett yeast, a huge level of bitterness, and a stinging sweetness make this a relatively tough beer to drink. There's also quite a bit of alcohol heat that isn't particularly welcome. Interesting idea on paper, but not a particularly tasty drink in the glass.

Medium to thick body with low carbonation--not particularly complementary to this beer.

The incredible level of bitterness and strong alcohol component throughout make this a tough glass to get through. I could only make it through a few ounces.

Photo of magictrokini
2.97/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tap @ O'Briens. Poured hazy yellow-gold with a squatty, creamy white head. Thick lacing. Stank in the nose, though. Wow. It smells bad. Oxidized and funky, though with a little bit of sweetness. Taste is pungent and bitter. Lots of brett and cheese with red wine. Yet, again, there is a pleasant fruitiness that belies the bitterness. Didn't really get the hops or spice from the original Le Freak. Good, bubbly mouthfeel and a dry finish. Drinkability is low, given the bitterness and funk involved. I can see why this gets such diverse ratings. While it is a bretted and barrelled version of Le Freak, it retains nearly no characteristics of the original. Maybe I liked it more because I expected a sour beast going into it. Or maybe I'm just whacked.

Photo of tbone64
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Irrationalist
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of HopHead84
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Draft at Stone Sour Fest 2011.

A: Hazy bright yellow with a big white head.

S: Lots of leathery Brett with some orange and nectarine. Lightly phenolic. The fruit is nice as it warms up, but the Brett grows stronger as well and overwhelms it.

T: Wet leathery Brett melds (clashes) with an upper moderate bitterness. The Brett and bitterness don't mix too well. Orange and a little lemon. Alcohol in the finish with slightly spicy phenolics.

M: Upper light in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and a little chalky.

Overall: An okay beer, but the Brett and bitterness don't mix well in the finish. It comes off as harsh to me.

Photo of jjf3792
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of John11486
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of midaszero
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Green Flash 6th anniversary party

A - Cloudy straw body with a little bit of off white head and good lacing

S - Wheat and sweet fruity aroma

T - Wheat mixed with red wine. Kinda boozy

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Easy to drink and pretty enjoyable. A little to boozy.

Photo of jrfehon33
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of MrHirschybar
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

9th taster at Port's Barrel Blast

A - Amber peach color that had a head that quickly dissipated that was light in color.

S - Sourness, definite funk, peach/pear and leather in the nose

T - It started sweet then quickly went nicely sour with the barnyard funk nose and leather coming out nicely with a linger peach/pear type fruity taste

M - It was light and tart, fairly smooth and then finished with a funky bite that lingered a little

D - The finish with the funky bite was a little harsh, and I definitely picked up the barnyard-esque funk throughout with the sour/tartness and peach/pear fruit flavors -- a nice sour, but I'd say after a full 8oz or more you'd be soured :-P A very nice showing for a sour ale and at 9.9% you'd never catch it - not a hint of that heat in it. Was glad to have tried this sour...

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Green Flash Super Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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