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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 Freak® 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 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 RustyDiamond
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from my tasting notes on 12.27.08. Glowing orange with a pretty white fluffy head. Very striking in the snifter, exceptional. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerines and rock candy. Huge bitter orange peel hop flavor with a lingering hop finish. Spicy, dry mouthfeel. Slightly prickly on the tongue, very big tangerine hop flavor. Great lacing in the glass...very tasty.

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Photo of theveganbrewer
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous beer! Can see right through it. Clearest beer I have ever seen. Bright fluffy white head that leaves clouds of lacing, unique. Dark straw with orange color.

Smell- You can smell the yeast upon uncapping. Totally overwhelms any hop aroma. Belgian yeast with a peppery, banana aroma and a little funk. Little hop aroma.

Taste- Nice assertive bitterness that interacts with the peppery yeast very well. It screams to me I'm Belgian and I'm an IPA. Very distinct. Slight alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel- bitterness that coats teeth and gums. Well carbonated. Smooth but bitterness lingers for a while.

Overall, one of my favorite beers of all time.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Westmalle Chalice. Not bottle date from what I can see. Sounds interesting, I have limited experience with hoppy Belgians, but the dryness and yeast flavors of a tripel with the hop spice of an IPA sounds like it could work really well.

A: Perfectly clear light amber body with a dense off white head. Lacing is great, as is the retention.

S: Tremendous aroma, yeast and hop aromatics complement each other well. Maltyness in the background smells like cookies.

T: Blends pretty much just like you'd hope. I tend to favor Belgian beers, so I was looking for a little more yeast derived flavor, but it is excellent nonetheless.

M: Love the dryness, no sticky sweetness like some DIPAs.

O: I think of this beer as one of the best DIPAs I've had in awhile. The Belgian yeast ads some complexity, and the cane sugar dries it out.

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

A: Golden-bronze with a fluffy off-white head, excellent retention, good lacing.

S: Candied pineapple, mango, tangerine, banana, clove, nectarine, pine, cotton candy. Awesome. Seems perfect for a Belgian IPA.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, pine, grapefruit rind, steelie grass (I'm guessing Amarillo & Crystal), cloves, candied pineapple, nice spiciness, pleasantly assertive bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden. A little more IPA than Tripel.

M: Moderate to full body is smooth with some hop acidity and a dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable for its strength.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruit and floral nose. Pours orange-amber with a 1” off white foam cap that descends to a thick film. Hazy peach color, lacy. On the palate fruit, especially peach, a trace of earthiness, white bread, citrus. A very faint hint of bubble gum to hard candi. Very nice bitter emphasis on the finish to balance the fruit and the sugars and malt on the finish. Very creamy above average carbonation. Medium body.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber bottle into my Boulevard snifter. Pours a cloudy amber orange, really interesting head with small bubbles. its obvious this one is packed full of carbonation. Smell- cloves, tropical fruit, citrus. This is a perfect example of a BIIPA- a nice mash up of two different styles. Taste- first the sweet tropical fruit, then clove, then a piney bitterness. Wow. This is the best example of a Belgian IPA I have ever had. Made me believe in the style.

Overall, this was a really enjoyable beer- I would seek it out again for sure.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Real interesting brew here, It appears almost red and pink, then the body color shows a nice orange amber and very slow rising carbonation coming up. Head is a nice bright white and clumpy with a creamy top.

Nose is really wonderful, floral, sweet Belgian candy, toast malts, faint chewy pear.

Taste brings a great hop push in the palate with a rich malt and sugar candy sweetness. Finish brings hints of pear but also lots of banana like esters. Bitterness and hop angle lingers real nicely and compliments everything nicely. Fruity angle comes out nicely, with a bit of mush and over-ripe tones. Crisp almost body but dense with the mushy-ness and sharp carbonation.

Fantasic brew here, love this take on Belgian IPA. Great beer.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of OskarL
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a steady stream of carbonation. The head has good retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

Aroma is full of citrus hops, spices (corriander) and yeast.

Taste is also a lot of citrus hops, spices (corriander, pepper), earthyness, a tartness, yeast and warming alcohol. Finishes with orange zest like bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, full body and a dry finish.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22ox bottle.

A - Pours a very nice and most like a West Coast IPA orange and copper beer with a slight haze to it. There is a nice off-white slightly ecru head that is about 0.5 inch tall and is very dense. It is quite active and recedes quickly to a thin film.

S - Sharp grassy and citrusy Citra hops jump out first. Quite intense and harsh but in a good way. They just burst out of the glass into a grapefruit and tangerine aroma that is entrancing. There is some nice slight Belgian yeasty funk and spice with some slight clove qualities to it.

T & M - Starts off with intense citrus juice. Tangerines and grapefruit with some orange rind int eh middle. Very much a west coast hop profile. Delicious. The Citra hops are great and quite intense leaving and nice slightly dry sensation on the tongue. The hops are enough to get a hop head excited for sure. The second half of this beer is definitely Belgian. Nice slight peppery and clove spice with some good smooth and slightly chalky yeast notes. The Belgian side definitely takes a more supportive role because this could definitely pass as a big American IPA. However, the yeast really gives this a nice subtle finish that isn't as harsh as the initial hop blast would lead you to believe. Feel is nice and light with some slight alcohol burn and a nice carbonation that helps clean the palette.

O - This beer is great. Might not be my favorite true Belgian IPA but still is a delicious take on the style and a great beer in general. Thanks to arniepnminne for this great brew.

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Photo of YankChef
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

appearance: burnt orange amber with huge pillowy white head that is very stable and sturdy. ridiculous lacing that just sticks and sticks

smell: very floral and yeasty as well, scents of orange peel, a little honey not so much of the ipa type aromas, perhaps some citrus and pine.

taste: taste is mostly ipa, it has the sharp grapefruit bitterness that really hits the front of the palate as well as the full mouthfeel of a tripel as well as the breadiness and yeasty flavors of a triple, maybe a bit of fennel or corriander. This beer has tons of layers of flavor

overall: this is one hell of a beer, really super complex with great characteristics from both of the styles it says that it represents. THe more green flash I have the more i really like this brewery. Must try for a unique experience.

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Photo of ericj551
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Le Freak pours a beautiful bright golden copper, with a nice fluffy head that lingers as a thin creamy layer. The aroma is estery and phenolic, with a slightly funky character. Resiny hops mix with the esters, it's hard to pick out if there is a citrus character from the hops, or if it is just the fruity esters.

Intense bitterness dominates the flavor, but there is a ton going on between the yeasty character and the hops. Fruity flavors abound, with a great mix of grapefruity citrus and ripe tropical fruit. Sweet caramel malt flavor mixes in but is mostly hidden by everything else going on. The resiny bitterness mixes with an earthy, funky character in the finish, almost like a wild yeast character.

Overall this is a really amazing Belgian Tripel/IPA, I have a feeling that if it was hopped differently if could stand on its own as a Tripel, or if it was fermented with an American ale yeast, it could easily be a solid DIPA. The combination of the two is done quite well. I paid $10 for the bomber, which I find to be a bit expensive. I feel like it is fairly well worth the price, but it will not be a frequent purchase because of it.

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Photo of rye726
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lacy Belgianesque head over a glowing golden color. The nose has sweet malts, tart fruits and peppery Belgian yeasts followed by a piney hop bouquet. As with the nose, the flavor profile is a superb balance between a rich Triple and an American IPA. It has some almost bready candy malts and topical fruit along with the spicy yeasts and a variety of hops that last through the finish. Full creamy body drinks well. A world class artisan ale.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice weird mix of cloudy triple and IPA. Poured with a finger and a half of head.

S: Very sweet with tons of hops. Nice citrus blast. Also hints of spices and coriander.

T: Very interesting mix of triple and IPA. Definitely heavy handed with the hops. Also the sweetness of the tripel provides a nice balance.

M:Weird body on this. Little bit sticky. Little bit dry.

D: Very nice. Still not as nice as the Houblon but a damn fine example of the style and the best one I have had made in these United States.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Glowing orange-tangerine with a nice head that's small, but firm and tightly bubbled. Lots of really fine lace sticks to the glass, and while head retention isn't stellar, it is good for the abv and builds right back up to a finger after a swirl. That lace is beautiful and that, along with the pretty color is a win-win combo.

S - Oooh, Hops! Floral, flowery, and slightly citrusy. Creamy and slightly reminiscent of vanilla. Reminds me of Orval with a shitload of hops thrown in for good measure. Something in there almost reminds me of musky cologne, combined with a floral perfume. Maybe like an old couple... he wearing English Leather and she wearing something lilac-y and stuffy. I can appreciate some toasted caramel malt tones, but floral hops are the star of the show.

T - Even hoppier on the palate than on the nose. This moves from a floral and perfumey aroma to a more citric and piney flavor. Deep, complex, and very much true to the Belgian tripel style... but with a very much California level of hops. Apple, white grapes, and vague cinnamon undertones, but these are all second fiddle to the glory that is HOPS. Outstanding!

M - Medium bodied with a very muscular and lean mouthfeel. this is a greyhound of beers... lean, ripped and firm, but powerful in an angular way. The alcohol is detectable and it almost reminds me of good sherry. The finish is very dry and lasts for days.

D - This hybrid brew presents the best of both worlds: complex Belgian hop characteristics, only amped up to west coast levels. Good stuff!

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Photo of Beertracker
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green Flash Le Freak is best served at warmer cellar temperatures (50-55F) into a stemmed snifter, tulip or goblet. This Belgian-style IPA pours up with a billowy white head that never really seems to dissipate and cascades over the slightly hazy, deep sunset-peach golden body. The aroma is alive with ripe fruits (e.g. bruised banana/pineapple, grapefruit, & Bosc pear) which emerges as it warms along with lots of piney, earthy (grassy, leafy), floral (rose hips/hibiscus) & spicy (black peppercorn/coriander) notes from both the Belgian yeast and Northwest hops. There's some notable higher (fusel) alcohols in the finish, but not so much as to detract. The flavor starts off with a delightful candied fruit maltiness which gives way to a surprising amount of bitterness that carries towards a big, explosive warming finish. Get your Le Freak on!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Taster's Note: From my understanding, this is basically their West Coast IPA brewed with the same yeast that they use to brew their Trippel. Many thanks to oodeftone for the growler!

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Photo of Afty
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Given the "Belgian-style IPA" in the name, I thought this beer would be similar to the Houblon Chouffe Doublen IPA Tripel or the Urthel Hop-It -- basically a Belgian tripel with some extra hops. But this beer is actually the opposite -- a San Diego DIPA with some spiciness from the Belgian yeast.

Both the smell and taste are dominated by the hop flavors, which are everything you expect from Green Flash. I found the Belgian yeast spiciness to be relatively subtle. An excellent beer for us hopheads.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Mike Hess glass. Pours a golden amber with a nice, foamy white head. The trippel part of this brew really stands out in the smell, way more so than the IPA part. The taste is actually pretty balanced between an IPA and a trippel though. Just a hint of pine and loads of citrus and bitterness with that Belgian yeast taste to sort of soften the blow of the hops. Mouthfeel is just below average I'd say. Carbonation was maybe a bit low, I like an IPA with a good amount of carbonation. This beer is basically what you'd get if you took half GF IIPA and half GF Trippel. Now, I enjoyed GF Trippel, but it really wasn't as good as I expected, and GF IIPA is of course amazing, but the two together are just so unique. It brings a smile to my face. This is exactly what GF Trippel was missing.

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Photo of chefscott79
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this on tap at the brewery...

Smell...well it had a nice hoppy smell with an undertone of estery goodness

taste...tasted like a combo of two of my favorite styles....tripples and ipa....and somehow it really worked....worked really well the hop flavor did not overwhelm the malty/estery flavors..

appearance....lots of brussles lace and nice fine head

drinkability....bottle this stuff now please!!!! I love it I could drink it all day...but with the alcohol content at 9% it might get me kinda drunk though

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a beer mug. The beer is a bright copper-golden color with a foamy, 2-inch head. The beer has smells of citrus and sweet spices, an even blend that is very enticing. The beer has initial tastes of round sweetness, with a base of spices that taste like coriander and cinnamon. There are also hints of the alcohol in the beer mixed in with the heavier flavors. The beer has a spicy and somewhat sour finish, with the spices and sour notes present on the aftertaste. The beer is surprisingly crisp and sharp, in spite of the bold, round flavors. Finish is pleasant, and this is easily a get-in-trouble, drinkable beer. Could polish off a lot of this one in a given sitting. Very tasty, light, and pleasant beer.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap a few weeks ago at Blue Palms, and managed to score a bottle soon after at Vendome! Nice.

A: Pretty standard color, yellow on the edges and getting near amber in the center. Big fluffy 2-3 finger head, quite pitted and with great lacing. Retention is decent. Something interesting about the look that I can't quite point out though...not as bubbly looking as a lot of IPA's I guess...and while I've found most IIPA's are either clear or super hazy...this one is just slightly hazy. Maybe I'm overanalyzing it...but it does look "different" to me.

S: Smells like a trippel. Big Belgian spices: corriander, cloves, maybe some nutmet? A nice fruitiness to the smell as well, a bit peachy or even figgy. I don't detect any hops in the nose at all...I'm serious when I say this smells like a trippel.

T: Wow! Complex brew that starts out Belgian and quickly becomes quite hoppy. First taste is all trippel, with the spices and sweetness. Hops come out almost immediately though. Hops are mostly resiny or piney, but perhaps there's some flowery and citrusy hops in there as well. Hard to tell what with the flavors of the trippel. Finish is quite bitter, but with a lingering spicyness as well.

MF: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. A bit sticky and plenty of heat. Finish is dry, even more so with the hops being slightly harsh.

D: I think this is pulled off really well...you get a nice bit of each individual flavor in there, and then the combination of all the effects at the end. The hops are a bit harsh, something I noticed with the Green Flash IIPA as well. Not a bad thing, but if you're not into that it could be a detraction. Pretty high alcohol, so a pint is enough for one sitting. I don't really have anything to compare it to...so it's hard to say how it compares to other Belgian IPA's...but I gotta say this is pretty good. It was great on tap too...even better than in the bottle IMO. Also, really makes me wanna try Green Flash's trippel...I bet it's really good.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is at least 1" of white foam against an hazy golden orange color in my clear glass. The smell of spices, fruit and mild pine filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste of cloves, banana and alcoholic fruit put a surprising finish to the "zesty brew". This has a great balance of components in on 12 fl. oz. bottle. This is a #1 brew from Green Flash. I'll be back for more!

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Photo of Rippeddisc
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very gracious gift from a fellow BA member that visited Kauai and brought me a few goodies.

On with it

A - sexy golden amber, 2 big fingers of head....frothy. just like a beer should be. oh yea...lacing...mmm

S - as soon as i opened this BAM! holy amazing. fruityness mixed with warm comforting smells. this beer makes me feel ignorant to not be able to distinguish what amazing things i am smelling. sweet and buscuity.

T - yep. that's a hybrid! up front...belgian. pale style. but that moves away to big bold hops al la the ipa. this is fairly incredible, as it is so well balanced and there is a distinctive change from the belgian to the ipa

M - Not overly thick...but there is plenty of linger of flavors as the beer transitions.

D - Good question. Unbelievably delicious but at 9.2 and fairly hoppy at the end not sure how many 22oz' one could take. then again...it's freakin' good.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,390 ratings.
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