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Green Flash Le Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
746
Ratings:
2,390
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
19.35%
 
 
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139
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462
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Photo of aubuc1
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a very hazy light orange with a bright white thick head.

Big smell of pine and fruit ranging from grapefruit to pineapple with some belgian chalky yeast.

Taste is a hoppy, but not bitter. Smooth belgiany finish.

Very good mouthfeel and little alcohol taste with such a high abv.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Bright golden color with a huge white head.

S: American hops with some spicy Belgian yeast mixed in.

T: An excellent medley of american floral and citrus hops mixed with some spicy Belgian yeast. Probably the best of these "West Coast IPA / Belgian IPA's" that I've had.

M: High carbonation, a bit dry.

D: Very drinkable, especially for the high ABV.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Thanks, jnn4v!

Pours a golden color with two fingers of thick foam. Pretty good retention, lots of lacing.

Very nice yeasty/hoppy aroma. Cool blend of distinctly Belgian yeast and West Coast DIPA hoppy bitterness.

Taste is very interesting, to say the least. Sweet, spicy, fruity, bitter. There's a whole lot going on here. The hops dominate, but, after all, it's a Tripel/Imperial IPA. The citrus character of the hops plays really nicely off the sweetness and spice of the yeast. Piney finish.

Full, rich body. Smooth drinker. Appropriate level of carbonation. Crisp. Dry pine finish. Very interesting, and very tasty.

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

A: Slightly hazy burnt orange color. Poured a 2 finger coarse tan head with fair retention. Laced in light rings. Lightly decanted continually.

S: big citrus hops up front. Light-colored fruits (banana and pear). Yeast notes and bready malts in the background. Very pleasantly complex in the nose as I'm sure there was more.

T: Almost a candy-like sweetness up fron that was surprising after the nose. Some orange and lemon citrus zest in the middle. Resiny bitter hops linger in the finish. Warming alcohol becomes more prominent as it warms.

M: Medium body. Carbonation brightens the feel by tickling the toungue. Warming alcohol dries the finish.

D: I sure liked this beer; like the label implied, trippel-meets-IPA. Its flavors and complexity seemed to ahnge with every swallow. The abv keeps it from being a sessionable - it turned me into a uni-bomber.

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

Had this beer a few weeks ago at a gourmet burger joint and it was great with my food. Decided to buy a bottle of it to taste it solo without food.

A- Nice golden color with a copper tint. It poured with hardly any head.

S- Starts with a slight fruity Belgian strong ale like scent then hops come through at the end. Smells good with refreshing characteristics.

T- Great taste right away with a strong finish. The taste matches the smell, soft then sharp.

M- This beer feels like a strong Belgian with a bit of crispiness. Great beer with food and during a nice session on the patio during the day.

O- This beer is right up my alley. It is pleasant to drink and packs a punch. I'll be grabbing a bottle of this on a regular basis and might try to brew a clone myself.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep gold beer with ivory head; settles into a filmy lid with lots of lacing left behind

S: hoppy citrus and pine predominate

T: the citrus, pine, and some resin come out in front, but there is a nice dry Belgian-y finish

M: fuzzy, crisp, clean-finishing, smooth dry; very drinkable

O: to me, this was like a double IPA with a Belgian strong pale ale finish; an excellent beer

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Photo of RedHaze
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MASPuros for the bottle.

Pours a very cloudy golden, almost wheat color, with a creamy two finger head. The foam sticks around for a very long time, leaving a thick sheeting of lace behind.

Smell; tone of tropical fruits, mangoes, pineapples, oranges and lemons. Some pepper and alcohol give a nice spiciness to the aroma, and some sweet caramel and candied sugar round out the nose.

Taste; those tropical fruits come through in the flavor as much as they did in the aroma. Pineapples, mangoes, oranges and lemons all make an appearance with the additions of some bananas. Through the middle a great spiciness with white pepper, cloves and alcohol. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, with caramel and a touch of candied sugar. Despite the sweetnes it actually comes off as a little dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a great drinkability.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle drank from duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours a bright golden orange colored body with a large, white, fluffy head. the head lasts nearly the entire time and leaves behind solid rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice is the belgian yeast. it starts off very similar to your run of the mill belgian trippels. banana, clove, coriander, and yeast. theres a little bit of alcohol in here too. at the end comes a large blast of american hops. very citrusy with lots of pine as well.

T- the taste is similar to the smell. trippel up front with an IPA in the back. lots of grapefruit and resiny piny hops. i could also detect some alcohol.

M- medium, bordering on full, bodied bodied and well carbonated. some warming on the way down from the alcohol.

D- i really liked this one. it was a great blend of two very contrasting styles. too potent to attempt a second one, but the bottle i had went down in a hurry. check this one out oif youre a fan of the style.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear golden color, with 3 fingers of head and a huge sticky lace all over the glass

S - Belgian yeast strain and candy sugar all over the place

T - A very tasty mix of an IPA and belgian style. A huge hoppy bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied. Well balanced.

O - A damn good beer! A trippel mixed with a Double IPA? Nice!

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Photo of aeminter
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very clean clear copper color with a thick white head.

The aroma is very fruity, floral and spicy with a clear hop note.

Wow, the hops just momentarily took my breath away. MMMM hoppy goodness. There is some malt to balance it all out, but this is predominantly hops and alcohol.
The body is good, the finish dry and the carbonation low

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

A: Slightly hazy amber / copper with a thin, carbonated, off-white head that pours strong and shrinks as you drink. Amazing streams of micro bubbles that jettison up the sides of the glass. Some of the most impressive carbonation I've ever seen!

S: Esters, yeast, cinnamon, and granny smith apples on the nose.

T: Piney and citrus bitterness and tons of spice - clove, pepper, coriander, all spice. Bready, yeasty malt flavors impart some sweetness. The spice and bitterness hits back in the end.

M: Creamy texture. You can feel the carbonation dance around in your mouth with each sip. At first, it's a light bodied beer, but moves into the medium bodied area once the spice kicks in. Very nice warming feeling on the throat.

O: Not a typical Belgian, not a typical IPA. But Green Flash puts its own stamp on the style and blew me away with its appearance, taste, and mouthfeel. Not as aromatic as I would have expected, but still a very strong beer.

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

First of six reviews that are all possible because of a great first time trader, theWolfofMibu. Thanks man!

Appearance- Poured from a 22oz bottle with some cool artwork into my trusty New Belgian goblet. A bit over a two finger head rises up, off-white in color, and fairly resilient. Looking through the glass you see pretty large bubbles gripping the sides, but from the top it looks creamy and tight. It fights the good fight for a good amount of time, but gives in to its fate leaving a creamy skim for me to remember it by. There's a good amount of lacing, but nothing epic. The beer itself is a very full/dense burnt orange-gold with apricot and blond highlights surrounding it on all sides. The transitions in colors makes for a pretty beer.

Smell- This beer smells REALLY good. The bubblegum yeast jumps at you first. The yeast sort of smells like a banana, sweet pear flavored cotton candy. I don't get much in terms of hops, but what I do smell gives off a cousin cannabis hop aroma. There are underlying notes of clove and a tiny bit of coriander. The delicious sugary scents pretty much dominate, but with the hops trying to get into the party, there is this resulting smell of something I'm having trouble describing. It forms this cleansing, cool aroma, like a sweet spearmint tea or Vick's vapor rub. I'm probably crazy, but I enjoy taking big whiffs of this brew.

Taste- This beer greets me with leafy and spicy hops. The nose and the taste are on two completely different plains of existence when it comes to sweetness levels. This beer has a ton of shit going on. One sip starts leafy/floral, moves on to bubblegum, apricot, spicy pear and piny heat. The next sip leaves me with a completely different finish that is more earthy with a bit of citrus rinds and has much more pepper in the middle than sweetness. Just when I think I have somewhat of a grip on the flavors, it starts having malts in the finish. These malts taste like a very legit, whole wheat bread that was rubbed with hops instead of olive oil and garlic. I really enjoy what the finish has evolved into. The beginning to middle/end turns into a buddy-up session between pepper spiciness and leafy and piny hops. There is definitely sweetness in this beer, but it comes in flashes in the middle and is overshadowed by some awesome bitterness and the ever evolving finish. One thing about the finish is pretty consistent though, it's dry. The only touch of sweetness comes from a taste of grapefruit rind. This beer has a shit-ton going on. It would be a 5 if more sweetness was present. I'm greedy and would like to see more of the tripel sweetness that I usually bad mouth show up in the taste like it did in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Refreshing and cleansing with a good amount of carbonation and medium to light fullness. The 9.2%abv does not let itself be known on the tongue. However, this beer is very dry on the tongue. You'll want a glass or two of water after you're done with the bomber.

Drinkability- 9.2% bah, lies! This baby goes down smooth with little heat. The dryness does take it's toll, though. A bomber goes down no problem, but I think I'm ready to move on to something with less going on and that isn't as wearing on the tongue. Definitely keep the bomber to yourself, though. One pint would not be enough. Shit, I'm really torn on this score. Oh well, I'm getting buzzed and shouldn't second guess myself. A great beer. Worth trading for.

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

Bomber into a Brooklyn snifter.

Appearance: A more golden copper color, with huge ice cream-like lacing that sticks around for a while, leaving huge clumps everywhere. What a sight to see in the glass, though it would've been nice to see more carbonation surging around, and it's odd that the head was that mountainous without such a factor.

Smell: An awesome combination of Tripel-like fruit, candied fruit, and pungent citrus hops. Lots of pineapple, pear, candied oranges, sweet banana cream, and nice lemon and mild grapefruit complimenting the brighter fruit flavors. The yeast seems to be doing magical things. Heady and intoxicating overall, with much to discover.

Taste: I can see how some would be turned off by this, but I am certainly not. Huge burst of Tripel-like fruit and Belgian flavors at first. Everything from banana, vanilla, candied and tropical fruit, maybe some mango, certainly some pear, grapefruit, white wine characteristics, pear, and pineapple. But what the beer achieves is the immediate yet not jarring transition from the sweeter flavors to the absolute onslaught of pungent bitterness, and I mean insanely pungent bitterness. But because of the malt sweetness and huge effervescence on that end, the hops don't drown anything out. But this is more for the hophead, as the hops are bitter as hell, yet they still manage to do great things with the transition, the amalgam, and the long finish. When the bottle's done, a huge cake of yeast lies on the bottom of the bottle, even more than I've seen in many real Belgians. That has to make a difference, with a ton of flavors, and probably many changing from bottle to bottle, as the yeast is beyond generous.

Mouthfeel: Expectantly medium to full-bodied, with a decent creaminess and carbonation.

Drinkability: From what I heard before I tried this, it's a love it or hate it beer, and it seems that for most folks it's the former. And I'm certainly also in that camp. The biggest detractor is the $9-ish price tag, which just seems a bit outrageous. Take it down to the $7 range and we'll see, but Green Flash -- unlike someone like Lagunitas -- always has their prices high, so I suppose you have to expect it. But man, what a wild beer, and a style that I hope continues to catch on.

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

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.

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

Had a few of these last night at (who would have guessed?) O'Brien's, served in pint glasses. A milky apricot-orange, almost looks like a Kern's peach nectar with a 1/2" of smooth, white head. The froth settles quickly, leaving some nice lace rings clinging to the glass after the first few sips. An interesting looking ale for sure.

The smell is somewhat sweet, and definitely spicy as you would expect in the Belgian style, with the yeast and hops leading the way into the complexity. Banana, bubblegum, clove, corriander, honeysuckle and a general funkiness that are followed by a most pleasant citrusy hop finish...this stuff tastes absolutely great.

Plenty of body with the "cask" smoothness, make this rather high octane brew ( 9.0% ABV if I'm not mistaken) go down effortlessly and most enjoyably. This is a kick-ass, larger than life, authentic in style offering from the Green Flash, that I look forward to having again...on tap or cask conditioned!

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

I have been very eager to try this. I am starting to become a very big fan of the Green Flash brewery. I poured this from a 22 oz. bomber into my fancy smancy Samuel Adams beer tasting glass. As I am pouring the beer, Rick James's "Super Freak" is going through my head.

A- It pours a thick honey color with a 2" off white color head. It's cloudy from the yeast. The lacing is decent at best.

S- Orange maybe coriander. There are hoppy citrusy hints but the overwhelming scent is of fruit. I do detect traces of banana. I want to say pina colada, but that would be going too far. There's definitely a tropical fruit smell.

T- Wow. My palate doesn't know what to make of this. It's like watching sports at Gentlemen's club. My eyes don't know whether to watch the football on the big screen or the woman on the pole. It's the same for my taste buds here. The smooth fruitiness of the wheat is immediate. This is soon followed by the bitter tang of the generous amounts of hops. It's an interesting flavor; I've never had anything like this. There's too much going on, it's hard for me to look on any one flavor.

M- Medium body with a silky smooth finish on the tongue. Because of the hops, the finish is very dry.

D- This is where this interesting beer gets dinged on points. You are only going to like this beer if: #1. You are a weizen/Belgian ale drinker and #2. You are a hop head. I happen to be both so I love this beer. It does get better as it warms up a bit. This allows the rest of the beer to compete against the hops. As a beer connoisseur, I love this beer. It challenges you on every level. However, I can't see myself having more than one of these at a time. If you want a change of pace, and a beer that will challenge you? This is the beer for you.

Remember Rick James? This beer is a Super Freak, Super Freak, its Super Freaky...awwww. I love it.

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

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that breaks apart slowly to a thick surface foam. Big bubbles stick to the side of the glass. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: candied sugar, yeast, and a floral hop bitterness are up front. Some spiciness lingers in the background.

Taste: caramel, yeast, pepper, green apples, and a nice bitterness makes up a well balanced beer. The sweetness lingers around a while.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Hints of dryness arrive late. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer. Tasty, well balanced and somewhat refreshing. Worth picking this one up.

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Photo of powerss13
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Light Amber color; not cloudy at all. Good carbonation.

Smell: Good fruit aromas, loud on floral aroma. Well balanced on malts/hops ratio

Taste: Floral taste at first, then runs of smoothly, and at the end a good bite of hops. This beer is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light in mouth; the floral is definitely there. Even with the belgian floral smell and taste, you still get the great hoppy american IPA style.

Overall: A must in trying. This will broaden your horizons on beer styles if you have not ventured out much. Even if you have, it's still a great beer to enjoy a different hybrid.

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

nice gold color, which suggests some very light malts indeed were used as a base (given the strength of the brew). ok lacing, good head up front but it faded. my glass might have found its way to the dishwasher recently

the belgian yeast comes through directly, with a good depth of malt character: toasty, bready, biscuity. citrus NW hop aromas: cascade? truthfully, though, hops are by no means the frontman. fusels to be sniffed as well as some vanilla

the flavor holds a good bit of hop dynamics. sticky and bitter, but with plenty of herbal, citrus notes. some bright fruit. it's sweet but this element is not allowed to overstep its bounds, as the solid bitterness buffers any such possibility. some spice going on--coriander? boozy heat rounds out the flavor profile and, ultimately, this is a complexly flavored brew. it's thick and lingers on the tongue, as well, so as to heighten/sustain my experience

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

22 oz bottle

A: Hazy pale amber under a good sized, chunky white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Mix of west coast hops and some Belgian yeast. Citrus of hops, then a more pine blend before giving way to the earthy yeast. Very well done.

T: Again, a good blend of what the bottle says: Belgian and west coast. Citrus hops and earthy, a bit funky, Belgian yeast. Bitterness is up there, but earthy yeast wins in the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, heavier than I expected, prickly carbonation. This one is a sipper, it's just so in your face in terms of hops and yeast character. Very well done.

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

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a two finger thick pillow of eggshell hued foam.

S: Citrus hoppiness is most prominent in the aroma accompanied by subtle Belgian candi, heavy fruits and some German style bitterness.

T/M: Carbonation is relatively high, passive aggressive would describe it well. Pilsner-like bitterness settles on the tongue with soft biscuit maltiness giving way to potent grapefruit tones and floral hop notes. Orange and peach linger throughout.

Overall, a delicious Belgian IPA.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

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

Picked up a bomber at AJ's at the end of September for $7.99.

Beer poured into my Duvel tulip a clear orange with an outstanding white head initially. Nose is a lovely Belgian yeast strain, light spices, and floral hops. Taste is peppery, with hints of candied sugar, finishing with a heavy dose of west coast hops that leave a resiny hop oil. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and mildly carbonated, very smooth as it glides across the palate. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very intriguing style of beer that is a lot of fun to try. Recommended.

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

A great brew!
Poured a nice golden color with a nice white head. Nose is hoppy, citrusy, floral. Taste was great from beginning to endwith citrusy hops up front, sweetness in the end. ABV was well hidden and this beer is so easily drinkable its no even funny. Best Belgian IPA I have had to date.

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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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