Green Flash Anniversary Ale 2005 | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Anniversary Ale 2005Green Flash Anniversary Ale 2005

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SteveO1231 on 12-26-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by PuckLSHS:
Photo of PuckLSHS
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened up the Green Flash as a welcome to the relatives that are in town. Poured in the Duvel glass that held a Deschutes before dinner commenced.

The beer poured a nice deep amber color. I would say, it poured exactly like a nice Belgian brew and Green Flash never ceases to get my mouth watering with their beers. It left about a 3-finger head thanks to the glassware.

The taste was candi sugar, corriander and other spices...reminding me of many of the belgians that I enjoy 90% of the time. The smell was spicey and sugar-filled to compliment the taste.

Mouthfeel was smooth and wonderful. This beer had a bit of oomph to it too. A nice little kicker with the higher ABV.

This beer is very drinkable and I am sad that I was only able to wrangle one out of the store when I first bought it about 6 months ago. Mental note: Buy at least 2 bottles next time.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a bright glowing orange in color with a monster head that went down without a fight.

Smell – The medicine cabinet alcohol abounds along with some orange syrup and a bit of cumin.

Taste – This is the medicine cabinet smack down. Ka-slap! It is strong and wrong and will chase most casual drinkers to a soda can. Of course, I’m a drunk so I kind of like it.

Mouthfeel – This is sharp booze with a mild sting and less than medium in the mouth.

Drinkability – Pass it over this way. I’m sure you won’t like it but I won’t spill a drop.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like I'm the only on reviewing the draft version here, I got to try a pint at O'Brians in S.D. It poured pretty clear, almond, under a minor dull tan head, the nose clearly was of cloves and some other Belgiany spicing and yeasties. The wife and I both picked up notes of more clove, coriander, banana, vanilla, fruity lifesavers....Smooth, creamy, yeasty, this is a wacky flavored American tripel, the dry flavorful finish shows more coriander, bananas. Out of wack, crazy SD/Belgian, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of OStrungT
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin white head. The head fades fast, leaving too few laces. I think this is the weakest looking Tripel I have ever seen.

This beer has a weak spicy aroma. It also has a mild grainy aroma. It has a slight earthy yeast aroma also. Everything I detect in the aroma is quite mild. Not bad, just not to strong.

This beer tastes grainy. The alcohol content is present in the flavor. It has a slight bubblegum flavor. It has a slightly skunky, for lack of a better word, flavor.

This beer is full bodied. It is highly carbonated. It leaves a bubblegum like aftertaste.

I doubt this beer would make a good session beer. It tastes bad, IMHO, and it is high in alcohol. More than one bomber would probably be too much. This beer is definately not for me.

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Photo of sloejams
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up at the Beverage Warehouse in West LA a couple months ago. Had a West Coast Belgian beer session with the missus where we tried this and Coastal Range's new Farmhouse Saison 7. Sadly both were none too impressive.

The color was an orangish yellow with virtually no head. The aroma was pretty intense: yeast, cinnamon and a kick of citrus – almost as astringently so. The taste was very sweet and some alcohol came through. There were nice characteristics: the orange zest and slight coriander were subtle and welcomed.

Overall the beer was not terrible drinkable and I don’t think I’ll rush out to buy it again.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Third Anniversary Ale is best served at cool cellar temperatures (40-50F) into a stemmed snifter, tulip or goblet. This edition is a Belgian inspired Tripel which pours up rather inconsequential with a low whitish head that barely covers the bright deep sunset-peach golden body. The head dissipates almost as quickly as it is poured which is somewhat dissapointing. What it lacks in appearance is quickly forgotten as aromas of ripe fruits (e.g. bruised banana, peach pit, Bosc pear) emerge along with some earthy, floral & spicy notes from both the yeast and hops. Some welcomed complexity from the alcohol is also noted. The generous flavor starts off with a delightful candied fruit maltiness which gives way to a surprising bitterness that launches it's way towards a flourishing finish packed with spicy undertones and prickly alcohol. This west coast inspired Belgian-style tripel has a nice quality that is sure to turn a few heads, just as sudden as a "Green Flash!" Here's to a Fourth Anniversary!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of Solomon420
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. I thought this one was going to be exceptional since it was an Anniversary edition...but as to not spoil my review, I will refrain from stating my results until the review is over.

Appearance: The pour and stance in the snifter were as picture perfect as you could want from a Tripel style beer. Nice golden/honey hue with very nice fluffy head and a few bubble racing up from the was the poster child for Tripels as far as appearance goes.

Smell: Nicely done, you could smell the fruity notes and just a tad of the alcohol bite.

Taste: Well this is where I was very dissapointed. Especially from such a great lead in from the appearance and smell. It fell short from meeting my expectations not only from beer in general, but from such a great style as a Tripel.

The mouthfeel was okay, light and bubbly like most tripels, but the aftertaste sucked and made this one only an average beer.

Overall, dissapointed with this beer.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber. No freshness date noted.

Peachy color, slight chill haze, with almost no head. As it warmed haze went away to leave a clear golden honey colored liquid in the glass.

Aroma is mostly apples, with some citrus, sugar and yeast in the mix.

Flavor is yeasty, fruity, sugary, a little hop presence.


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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Bristol Farms in Mission Viejo. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel glass. Decent sized white head perched atop a dark golden brew. No lace though.
Smell: modest coriander and clove spice notes. Some caramel and yeast aroma, too. Nothing really jumps out and makes you think much about this beer.
Taste: pretty mellow and subdued. Candy sugar taste up front with a light dusting of yeastiness. Some fruitiness - lemon and other citrus - and a moderate spicy pop of clove and coriander. Alcohol stays well-hidden.
Feel: medium-bodied, rather dry.
Overall: I actually kinda liked this offering from Green Flash. Yeah, it's not in the realm of some of the top-shelf tripels but it's not a drain-pour, either. Worth a try.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. in Dec 2005 for $4.39. Tasted in late January 2006. I was thirsty, and didn't have the patience to let this warm sufficiently when I pulled it from the fridge. This may have affected it some, but I let it warm as I drank it.

Pours a golden-red honey color that is very typical for the style. No carbonation and almost no head bring down the look, even though not much is expected.

Aroma is pleasant enough, clove and banana and pineapple and citrus. Sweet as usually expected.

Flavor is very strong on black pepper and sharp spiciness (too strong, actually) overlaying the bready malts. Some citrus fights its way through, but it's not much. As it warms, the flavors described mellow somewhat; the overall flavor is still rather plain.

Moderate mouthfeel, full with some carbonation teased from the beer with a swirl of the tongue.

Not a bad beer, but there are certainly a lot of other good tripels to be had that are more complex, more robust, and more fun to drink.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy peach color with a small off-white head that recedes to a thick halo around the rim of the glass.
Smells like a candy-apple.
Taste starts off with a nice mixture of fruits and sweetness. Peach, apple and bannana. This fruity sweetness gives way to some pretty serious hoppy bitterness. This piney citrus hop bitterness is suprising given the style but I'm not complaining. Lasting hoppy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is fair, but a bit too carbonated for me.
Personnally for me the drinkability is good for the style, but the bitter aftertaste lowers the school a half a point.
Thanks to boolshot and Marvz for providing this Christmas Eve beer to me in the Double Trouble BIF.

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Photo of scottoale
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out of the 650ml bottle a light gold-amber bubbling liquid with an active growing white head, which soon fizzles down. Left behind is a nice, intricate lacing.

Sweet, musty malts with yeasty, bready after tones. Smells quite true to it's style, very Belgian like the lesser Chimays. Taste is sweet and tangy, semi-citrus with a yeasty, alcohol finish. Easy to detect the fairly high 8.5% ABV.

Feels creamy-smooth, though light in body for a triple, with a bitter-sweet, yeasty alcoholic warming down the throat. Not that easy drinking as it is a strong, almost hot, needs to mellow out, kind of brew.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After the beer is poured into the glass, the color is an unclouded copper, the head is modest in size, creamy in texture and the color a light tan, after its rather rapid demise, the residual lace forms a tight skirt to surround the glass. Nose is cotton candy sweet, malt and hops also present, banana, pepper, quite a mélange, Start is somewhat sweet, grain profile adequate, feel middling to the palate. Finish is hardheaded in its acidity, the hops benign, some alcohol bitterness, and a metallic taste that sticks way to long on the tongue.

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Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 Oz bomber.

Pours a clear reddish gold beer with a bit of white head.

Smell is lots of candi sugar and flowers with some spiciness from coriander and black pepper to the aroma. Alcohol is slightly detectable.

Taste is one the sweet side and a little bitter with a medium strong coriander taste. Flavor is on the woody side, which is unusual for the style, particularly for something without a cork in it. Little bit of a melon flavor here.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK drinkable beer but honestly not a good Tripel. This tastes a lot like a homebrew effort where they added a hop too high in Alpha acids combined with a too hot sparge leaving too many insurmountable sugars. I would applaud if this was a hombrewers first try at the style but from a commercial brewer it isn't good enough. It is a shame though this brewer makes a kick ass IPA.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a thick, creamy head. Nice lacing left at the top of the glass. The smell was very sweet with some spicy black pepper in the background. Taste is sweet fruit and sugary with spicy alcohol at the finish. Medium bodied and somewhat dry.
Thanks to Zorro for this opportunity.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.64/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a tulip.
I could see this needed an aggressive pour right off the bat as it looked like apple juice but in the end formed a thin fizz that is never to be seen again. Golden color.

Sweet and cloying, but a bit over the top for me, or rather not enough of a balancing element, somewhat one dimensional on the sweet cloying end w/ just a slight hammer of some peppery alcohol.

It could use some tweeking to be worthy of praise.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber sealed with a dark blue crown cap which has a green flash on it. Main label has a similar design to that of the 2nd Anniversary Ale only this one has an orange colored background. Has the words “Belgian Style Tripel Green Flash Brewing Co. Third Anniversary Ale”. Bottom right of the label states that this is 8.50% Alc. by Vol.

Appearance: Sparkling dark copper body with a thin white head that soon settles to a thin partially broken covering. Light carbonation and loose sliding lacing. A gentle swirl allows the head to re-establish itself, this assists the appearance.

Nose: Sweet malts, alcohol, spices and cloves with a mild banana feel. Yeasty hints with coriander in the background.

Taste: Candi sugar entrance mingles with sweet malts. The middle has a spicy tingle with some cloves and a hoppy twiddle. Pepper finish amidst some sweet clove laden malts and a fruity citric twist. Sticky and befuddled with a metallic aspect in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Reasonable backbone with some upstanding sweet candied malts. The conditioning is nice enough and the merest hint of the 8.5% alcohol adds defined solidity.

Drinkability: A tad boring and the overall profile is a little muddled. Not that complex, the metallic finish is super annoying. I would recommend a little time for this one, but as it is not bottle-conditioned I would bother even mentioning it, so don’t bother, most likely it will not improve.

Overall: After last years anniversary brew, I started to think that Green Flash may have turned a corner. I loved the 2nd Anniversary….but the 3rd…. Huh!? What happened!??! Lacking.

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Photo of
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle from the Freakin Frog in Vegas.

Deep gold with orange color, mainly clear. Medium sized off white head.

Herbal and fruity aroma. Apples? Not much Belgian barnyard/yeast character to it. Some alcohol and spices.

Struck me as more hoppy than most Belgian products, but given it's origin, that isn't a surprise. I liked that aspect as it balanced the sweetness well. Sweetness was cotton candy like, which I was not too wild about. Finish was pepper & spice. Alcohol was present throughout, but not obnoxiously so.

Medium in body, medium to high carbonation. Fairly dry finish.

Not a bad beer, but I prefer the Belgians. Hopping was good, but the sweet taste didn't work that well for me.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a 22oz. bottle decorated with a peach colored label from Beverages etc. on Camp Pendleton.

Pours a nice bright amber with a great head of white foam. Nice carbonation and some creamy white lacing.

Nice spicy aroma of coriander, citrus fruit and some bready yeast.

Light and crisp on the palate, fruity with a strong sweetness of candi sugar over powers any malt flavors. Strong, abrasive spicy lemon pepper bitterness really kicks and is a little bit over powering. The brew's flavor really improves if you let it warm a little.

Fruity, spicy. Smells much better than it tastes. I't's ok, but nothing all that impressive, maybe needs to be cellared a while.


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Photo of m1ked
4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luckily picked up 2 of these guys, one for now and one for later.

A- Beautiful almost clear golden orange liquid. 3/4" white head, quickly retracting to a thin nothing. Couple of mini streamers.

S- Candied sugar with toasted coconut and vanilla

T- Candied sugar and light brown sugar. Light maltiness, butterscotch, vanilla with a little alsohol warmth.

M- Fine carbonation, slight alcohol warmth.

D- I really enjoy this one, I am glad that I have another to drink down the road.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gosh. I've liked all the Green Flash stuff I've had before..

A: reasonably clear golden orange, head could have been better to be strictly on style, not much retention and no lacing.

S: I found it to be thin and sugary, with a backbone of pepper. The only Belgian touch is in the candi sugar; not the yeast.

T: Some vanilla sweetness, sugary with a slight nutty backbone. Malts are pale and largely unobtrusive other than the sweetness.

M: grudgingly acceptable. I'm disappointed with this one; a beer of 8.5% in the tripel style really should be okay after a couple years in the bottle. Carbonation is good, mouthfeel medium thick, just about on style.

D: boring. That's all. Bottle-conditioning would have helped this thing a lot, as I found a lackluster tripel waiting for me tonight.

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Photo of Vancer
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid performer at the Tripel. Not “A” grade, but comes in at B+. Tasty and smooth, just not enough Belgium sugar to put it in the first class section.

Amber orange, plenty of ivory laces. Great aroma of the yeastys, Belgium that is, and it carried over well in the quaff. I luv a good Tripel and this one is on my list for future quaffing. I’d add more, but I think I’ll just sit back and enjoy the rest of this bomber.

thanks to lou91 for the pop.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 22 oz. bomber into an oversized wine glass. There was almost no head to speak of, but the color was very nice looking... a beautifull golden orange that looked the color of a pacific sunset. I'd rate the appearance much higher if it weren't for the lack of head.
Spicy clovelike scents lead a banana and citrus aroma with some floral hoppy notes behind.
Good stuff. The fruity banana and citrus flavor is evident but the hoppy and spicy backbone is stronger than what the aroma suggests. The alcohol is evident 8.5%. Caramel notes arise as the beer warms. The spice stays strong.
Glides down smooth and carbonation is more evident in the mouth than in the pour.
From the Belgians beers that I have tried, Green Flash's Anniversary Ale 2005 is not bad... I'd have another.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a hazy, light amber color when held up to the light, but shows a reddish hued, dark amber color otherwise. It is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. As I pour this it is quite noticeable that the aroma is quite malty, a bit more than I was expecting, even for an American Tripel interpretation. Underneath the toasted grain note are notes of spice and fruit. I get notes of pear, green apple, white pepper, ginger, and lemon zest.

The taste is creamy, yet not too thick. It is not as sweet as some examples, yet has an ample mouth coating malt sweetness to it. The finish is quite dry; spicy, a touch astringent with a mix of alcohol with a touch of phenolics. Notes of clove, hot ginger, a touch of lemon zest, toasted grain, and a touch of orange round out some of the noticeable flavors in this brew. This seems to have all of the flavors that are needed in a stellar Tripel, but they don't quite strike the right balance. It is a bit too phenolic in the finish, though I do like how this dries out the beer. It is possible that this beer just needs a year or so of age, this really might round out and balance this brew. I'll definitely have to age a couple of these to see how this goes.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Be-bops into the glass with a light clear amber full of rising scattered bubbles to a thin island of ivory leaving a a drippy lace in the glass.

Proper tripel aroma of doughy bready dough and some peppery zest with mixed apple and cherry fruit.

First swigs: Candy lolipop malt, a touch of harsh booziness and cherry juice. Dry meets ginger ale syrupy sugar. A lemon peel is a common thread. Some last minute off kilter spicy light clove answers the tripel call a bit too late.

Feel is a tad on the rude side. Medium bodied with a sizzly starchy effervescent briskness. Somewhat thin with a lack of refined tripel aspects.

Last swigs: Sorry to say a tripel that misses the mark. Green Flash makes a stunning IPA but the tripel! Move along!Reminds me a lot of Naked Elf Mad Elf.

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Green Flash Anniversary Ale 2005 from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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