Green Flash Le Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Le FreakGreen Flash Le Freak

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Le FreakĀ® is the first-ever hybrid ale of its kind: the convergence of a Belgian-Style Trippel with an American Imperial IPA. This zesty Amarillo dry-hopped, bottle-conditioned marvel entices with fruity Belgian yeast aromatics and a firm, dry finish. Aromas of orange and passion fruit with sweet bready malts, and flavors of orange marmalade and citrus fruit pith. Experience a legendary beer.

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Photo of treyrab
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RblWthACoz for letting me try this one. Poured this into my chalice tonight...

A: Pours a nice light yellow and is very hazy. The haze makes this one opaque. Very large head, almost three fingers worth! Very sticky also that sticks to the side of the glass like glue.

S: Very fruity with orange, lemon and grapefruit. Some nice spice creeps into the nose as well followed by some nice Belgian yeast.

T: Very flavorful of citrus hops. The hops take over here and smother the Belgian aspect of the beer. Lemony, orange and grapefruit flavors from the hops trump most everything else. Some spice from the Belgian yeast comes through on the finish.

Overall, a very hoppy Belgian IPA. Very crisp and refreshing and hides the alcohol very well. Grab this if you get the chance.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - hazy burnt-orange color with a huge off-white head that left big globs of lacing behind.

S - sweet candy yeast aroma with a hint of alcohol.

T - starts out sweet like a trippel before the bitterness of the hops kicks in, the finish leaves a sweet after taste in the mouth and the burps are hoppy tasting.

F - medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D - very good drinkability for a 9.2% abv brew.

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Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I am glad that I listened to advice in the forums about this beer. It's excellent. It pours a deep orange with great soapy head with tons of fine bubbles. It smells of citrus and other sweet fruits. The taste is a superb blend of bitter and sweet. There are a ton of familiar-tasting hops, but they are presented in a different guise than your standard hoppy IPA from California (and elsewhere, I've just mostly tried ones like Stone, Russian River, Bear Republic, etc.). The mouthfeel of a Belgian is well-executed. Fine carbonation abounds and serves the taste well. I think the beer is highly drinkable, but then I think it's great. I can certainly understand other people getting sick of these heavily hopped styles. At any rate, I highly recommend it particularly to anyone who likes hoppy beers and Belgians.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazy, bright gold with a magnificent white, thick head that goes absolutely nowhere. Terrific lacing and tons of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Smell is of honey, belgian spices, clove, like a good tripel. Taste is where the hops come though...bigtime. Huge hop presence of grapefruit and aspirin-y flavors in the finish. Astringent. It's got all the characteristics of a great tripel - honey, spices ala clove, coriander, white grapes, with a very bold hoppiness that kicks you in the face and grabs you by the balls. I love it. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, very carbonated with tiny bubbles typical of Belgian Ales, astringent-dry finish. Tremendous beer and the best of the style I have had so far...better than La Chouffe, Hop-It, etc. I've only had their IPA and now this but Green Flash has got it goin' on.

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Photo of JBuff41413
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my second offering from Green Flash, the first being their Barley Wine. I liked, but not loved their Barley Wine so I was excited to see what this had to offer.

A- Somewhat hazy honey, light amber color with a 1 1/2 inch shaving cream like off white head.

S- Citrus, caramel malts, bread, and a little clove.

T- Very sweet, citrus, caramel malts, bread, with a little Belgian spice ( clove and coriander), slight alcohol finish.

M- Medium bodied, with a dry finish in your mouth. It leaves your mouth a little beaten up...but it is worth it.

D- Fairly drinkable. The sweetness can be a little intense at times, but overall this beer is very good and a few can be had in a night. The alcohol will get to you before the taste does.

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Photo of corey0212
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazed honey/orange color, gloriously foamy tan head fades very slowly, and leaves behind big clumps of lacing. Seriously piney hoppy aroma, sticky and resinous pine, some grapefruit aroma. Really bitter, and I like it. Bitter grapefruit, and an almost aspirin-like bitter aftertaste, and some lemony citrus flavors. Smooth, and very finely carbonated. I could drink this all the time. Really tasty, and a style I quite enjoy.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear amber golden color with a thick fluffy tan head that mostly collects in the center of the mug. There is some light suds that stick to the side of the glass.

Smell is of an earthy bubblegum mixed with some citrus. There is a light floral hop whiff that has notes of spiciness and sugar candies.

Taste is sweet, malty with a instant hop flavor. There is a warm blanket of bready yeast with caramelized sugars. Its slightly bitter in the finish with a mild peppery feel. There is a dry, woody taste in the finish that is quite pleasing.

Well balanced beer, this one doesn't have an overpowering hop presence compared to the malt and yeast flavors. Everything is just in the right place. Quite tasty and good for washing your licker.

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

Pours golden color. Very Beligan like. The smell is a mixed bag of IPA and tripel. Duh. Very interesting. I didn't know what to expect as I put the beer to my lips. After I got over the mixture of flavors I really enjoyed the taste. The hops balanced nicely with the malty sweetness. Very pleasant. I could drink this all night, which would be dangerous with the high abv. Excellent beer.

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

Shared this beer after the german beer tasting at my house this weekend with a few fellow BA's. What a great beer to end on.

From what I remember it was a beautiful yellow color, it was outside and it was already dark out.

Smell great too, I was drunk. I just remember thinking, wow this smells so much like a yeasty socal IPA.

Taste was a perfect balance of light body, with tasty sweet hops. Couldn't ask for a better mix of the two.

I would rather drink this beer all night long, than listen to Lionel Richtie.

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Photo of number1bum
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a creamy two fingers of off-white head. Head retains quite well but only leaves a little bit of stick.

Smells like what it is - a really hoppy Belgian tripel. There are citrus and herbal hop aromas layered on top of some candi sugar and pale malt sweetness, yeast and spice.

Taste has even more citrus flavor than the smell, but has a good deal more herbal bitterness than I was expecting. There is some yeast and malt sweetness along with the citrus flavor, and a pretty good amount of spice, too, but they are overtaken by hop bitterness halfway through. Still a ton of citrus hop flavor, but the bitterness is very intense and really dominates. Less bitterness would really let this one stand out even more, even though there are some great Belgian yeast characteristics here.

Mouthfeel is a creamy and smooth medium-full body that gets quite dry through the finish.

I think this beer would be an absolute knockout if the hop bitterness was not so intense. A more moderate bitterness would serve it better. Still, a very tasty beer from Green Flash.

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Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking forward to trying this since I enjoyed Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel and Urthel Hop-it. These beers combine two of my favorite styles so what's not to like?!

Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle so I try to pour slow and carefully. As soon as I pop the cap I get nice hop aroma. Nice fluffy head on top of a slightly hazy golden-orange beer. The head sticks around nicely and leaves some strong lacing.

Smell is powerful both like a tripel and an IPA. It has the characteristic banana, clove, and yeast of a tripel with an unusually strong hop aroma as well.

Flavor is intense, starting with hop bitterness, then going all tripel, before ending somewhere in between. Hops are grassy and piney, they seem to enhance the spiciness of the tripel. When compared with what I remember from the Belgian versions of this style, this has much more punch both in being a stronger tripel and being much more hoppy.

Mouthfeel is suffering because it is high in spice, hops, carbonation, and alcohol. All of these aspects together make this a killer on the tongue and so drinkability suffers too. After half way through this glass, I find that it's getting easier to drink but my taste buds feel fatigued!

Although this beer has character and attitude in spades, the Belgians always seem to have a more subtle and well-rounded approach. Of course, the west-coasters always go for BIG and in this one, Green Flash certainly succeeded.

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Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's cloudy and is primarily gold in color, though it does have some orange qualities. The head is sheer beauty. It's vanilla colored and easily stands a little more than three fingers tall. It was very slow to recede and and left thick sheets of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose is very spicy. Strong notes of clove, banana, and a little corriander really permeate throughout. There are some sweet fruity scents (mostly apple, orange, and pear). Belgian yeast is really prominent. They were right on with that one. It is floral and a little earthy smelling. Interestingly enough, I'm not picking up much in the hops department. For something that's styled, at least in part, an "imperial pale ale," I was expecting more. Perhaps the spices drown out some of the characteristics.

Taste: It's sweet and fruity up front. Apple, pear, and orange flavors are sweet and start things off nicely. The spices are very aggressive and are a little overdone. There's clove, pepper, and some corriander, in addition to an interesting banana flavor. They really overpower some of the other elements of this beer. Belgian yeast is easily noted in flavor. It adds quite a bit, including a little authenticity. There is a pretty nice hop surge that emerges late and adds a nice bitter kick. They taste mostly floral and give it an earthy/grainy vibe. But, they're a nice touch. A little alcohol is noted on the tail.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a pretty good feel. Carbonation is very high and really gets in the way of it being as smooth as it could. But, it still holds together well. Drinkability is good, but that's about it. I'm enjoying the bomber, but it's a little too spicy and the abv is robust at 9.2%.

Green Flash did a pretty solid job in fusing an "imperial pale ale" and a tripel. It could be improved by toning down the spices a little and bringing more hop flavor to the forefront. But, it's a solid beer nonetheless. Definitely worth a try.

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

Pours cloudy golden apricot with a crisp white head, of marshmallow like thickness.

Aroma is citrusy, with light tropical fruit. Candy-like sweetness matched with a yeasty spices. Generous floral hop aroma.

Taste is bready pale malt and resinous green leafy hop. Strong citrus aspect with orange peel and grapefruit standing out. Tobacco and oak meld with the Belgian spices creating a unique experience. Finish is awash in mild bitterness and lingering coriander, clove, and alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium-full.

A very interesting brew. Plenty of complexity and depth to keep things interesting. The floral hop and Belgian yeast melded on the palate in ways that I hadn't anticipated. A must try.

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Photo of gubbt
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a nice firm white head.

Nose is tropical fruit, mostly mango, pear, some powdery yeast and a bit of clove.

Lots of fruit on the palate. Pineapple, pear, citrus. The finish is nice and bitter and lingers for quite a while. It's hard to say where the yeast flavors end and hops begin. The flavors are very well balanced.

A bit on the heavy side with moderate carbonation. Very pleasent.

The alcohol is high on this one, but it is very drinkable. This one would be great with some blue cheese or a salad. Great stuff from Green Flash as they show their brewing prowess once again.

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Photo of jwc215
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a thick creamy white head with plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

The smell is of candy sugar, clove, bubblegum, banana, and citrus/grapefruit. Belgium meets America done awesomely.

The taste is of candy sugar, clove, banana with grapefruit. Sweet, sour and bitter converging nicely. A "Belgian-style" IPA with an American hop presence. It converges beautifully.

A wonderful marrriage of Belgian and American characteristics!

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Photo of Gmann
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a small but dense white head that dissipated into a sparse yet chunky cap. The aroma is of candied tropical fruit, light corriander and white pepper. A tad sweet on the aroma but still nice; hops don't have much of a presence here. The taste is not as sweet as the nose, not as strong on the tropical fruit (which is good). The flavor has nice Belgian yeast phenols, nice candi sugar presence, and an American hop kick in the end. It has a bitter resiny hop which quickly balances out the Belgain characteristics. The feel is moderate and well carbonated, rather crisp, finishes on the bitter end. More of a hop driven Belgian IPA, which is what I expect from an American brewer. I prefer the more Belgian sided BIPAs but this is a very well made brew.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an light orangey amber with a moderate white head that laces pretty well.
the aroma has a big powdery lupulin hoppiness to it, with large amounts of pine and grapefruit rind. just a little bit of buublegum with warmth, followed by some spiciness like anise, pepper, corriander (faint). the is also some booze that is fairly evident, but not overpowering.
the atses brings another torrent of hops floral and citrus hops bite up front with pine towards the back. you get some more traditional tripel notes somewhere in the middle, but in abundance they are not. there is a distinct pepperyness though the hops have a saw tooth edge that not much gets through. the bitterness cleans things up tidily.
the body seems deceptively thin due in part to some of the bitterness, and fairly active carbonation, but i think it's actually fairly medium bodied.
the drinkability it good. this beer has some serious hop balls, but manages to retain decent complexity beyond the hops. the most hop loaded begian IPA i've had so far.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium light amber color with a solid half inch of white head and excellent tracing. Aromas are a sweet mix of west coast citrusy hops melding with subtle spicy phenolics. So far on all the Belgian IPAs, Le Freak gets the aroma right: HOPS with Belgian yeast character. On the palate, things continue to be done right. This is truly an IIPA with tripel flavors, and not a tripel with subtle hop flavor. Mouthfeel hurts this beer a bit as it's nearly syrupy thick with moderately low carbonation, hurting the drinkability. Overall, however, I think this beer hits the nail on the head for BIPAs.

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Photo of Nickls
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Hazy light orangey color, with thin white head. Great lacing

S - Great floral aroma up front, bordering on citrus fruit as well. Good hop presence in the mix

T - As delicate as the aromas are, there is quite a big taste. Plenty of hop bitterness, per the style, with hints of spices

M - Thinner mouthfeel, with very muted carbonation (it was on cask after all), with a pretty dry finish

D - Plenty of interesting layers to this brew, but superbly drinkable. I would have no trouble partaking in it all night.

Overall, this was a standout brew (at least for me) at the 2nd Chelsea Cask Festival in Manhattan. Really great stuff, and would highly recommend. Looking forward to trying the bottled version

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. nice bright orange color, very opaque. nice light orange/tan head. good retention. mild lacing.

S: some belgian notes...spices, sweet fruit, along with a big hoppy blend. citrus is the big note. nice big alcohol esters.

T: Wow. its like a dry-hopped belgian tripel. Big tripel qualities...spices, anise, clove, sweet fruits, like berries, peaches, melon. With a huge IPA flavor of hops.

M: very dry finish. a lot of carbonation. thick and meaty for both styles.

D: this is really good. a good example of the two blended styles. well worthy of a try in my book. alcohol is a little high, but hey, who doesn't like a big high ABV bomber?

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Photo of ATPete
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

9.2% as printed on label

Le Freak pours a dirty orange color with a big creamy, frothy white head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Huge nose of fresh hops and a clean Belgian yeast quality, very impressive to combine the aromas of the two styles so perfectly. Hops play a very important role here, initially they attack fresh, with lots of pine, plant/cannabis, and citrus fruit character and some subtle spice provided by the yeast, then once the quality, semi-sweet pale malt texture with a different bready yeast note really caresses the tongue it rounds and transforms this beer into a balanced animal. One of, if not THE best in the Belgian IPA style i have ever had. Medium bodied, slight alcohol heat but very quaff-able. I highly recommend this beer to hopheads and Belgian beer fans alike.

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

Pours a medium reddish orange with a rocky white head. A bit of Belgian lace as the head recedes. Pine resin and a slight citrus from the hop bomb aroma. Malt is surprisingly well balanced by the hops-I was expecting a more Belgian body-light on the malt and heavy on the sweet. However, I detect no sweetness, malt or candy sugar. Finish is surprisingly smooth-with a hint of hop bite. Mouthfeel is chewy and drinkability good.

West coast Hop Bomb tripple? I am not sure about that-but I like this beer-what ever it is.

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very thoughtful extra from a great trader, torchednoodle. Thanks!

Pours a super cloudy golden orange color with some dull straw highlights. A nice short cap of ivory froth covers the top, settling slowly to a thick filmy layer. Leaves some decent hanging spotty lace.

Some really enticing aromas rise out of the glass. Hoppy juices of peach, pineapple, and grapefruit. Yeasty notes of grape and white pepper hang in the mix. Coriander and doughy hay also make it into the nose.

Wow, taste. The immediate assault on the taste buds makes it difficult to know where to begin. Fumy notes of banana doughy belgian yeast hit the tongue and last for only split seconds as they're immediately wiped out by overbearing hop flavors. Bitter pine and grapefruit grind over the tongue mixed with a tingly carbonation. Lemon zest plays boldly in and out of the hoppiness, with a momentary dappling of soft bread and white pepper. Trippel character fights to return at the finish with building yeasty flavor, finding an awkward imbalance against the hanging bitterness. Finishes with a stylistically consistent tinny grainy bitterness, the clash of what would be a spicy smooth trippel finish now blended with an intense hop flavored bitterness.

Sips rather nicely, though notably impeded by the impressive, if not awesome bitterness throughout. Alcohol, while only mildly notable in character, is still a detractor in overall drinkability given its strength. It's admittedly a difficult blend of styles, and this is one of my preferred examples of the attempt, but I think I still prefer a trippel to be a trippel and an IPA an IPA.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a bubbly, wispy, white head.

Smell: A mix of grains and grapefruit held together by mashed bananas and tossed with pine needles and white pepper.

Taste: Pale and Belgian maltiness, with a touch of grain, and a brief, though refined sweetness. Tastes of bananas, citrus grapefruit, and pine before a caustic, moderate bitterness is unleashed upon the tongue. Dash of spice. Light yeastiness. Some floral and fruity peach hints to be found during the rare times when the bitterness lets up. Finishes crisp and with a bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Yep, it's a bitter tripel, alright. It performed a bit better than expected, but I wouldn't push over an old lady to get a bottle unless she was really really asking for it (to be pushed, not the bottle).

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to newtonty for bringing this beer to my place and sharing! (He's a big fan of BIG and exciting beers, but he's too shy (or lazy?!) to review 'em...

Appears an orangey-brass with a gorgeously fluffy, pancake batter-looking white head with minimal amounts of sticky lacing climbing up the walls of my pint glass.

Smells of candied sweets and Belgian yeast. Very dry and crisp on the nice.

Initial flavors of bitter orange rinds, coriander, cinnamon, white pepper upfront, followed my more pepper, slight alcohol mixed with a dry sweetness on the long and lingering finish. Very enjoyable and surprisingly crisp.

Drinkability is medium to high. This was the perfect beer to enjoy with good friends and savor, like a nice red wine. Medium bodied.

Because it's technically the same style and since I haven't had many Belgian IPA's, it reminded me of Struise Mikkeller's (Elliot Brew)...

Very unique and enjoyable overall, recommended.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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