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Green Flash Le Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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

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.

Added by Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007

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740
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2,367
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
19.35%
 
 
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Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to raoulduke37 for buying this for me at Hi-Times a week ago. 22 ounce bottle with a colony of yeast found at the bottom. On to the beer:

Very cloudy and electric blonde on the pour, could be tangerine color. Two-fingers thick of creamy froathy head as it lands in my Stella Artois chalice. Good nose, mild on the power, some tart mango, horse blanket, and lemon rind. Fairly complex aroma, and I really dig it.

Clove and peppery spice knock on the palate in it's introduction. There's faint pineapple and bitter grapefruit rinds making a pleasant bitter flavor. Echoes of fresh sqeezed mango. Spearmint, aspirin, and medicinal qualities linger on in the aftertaste. Medium-heavy feel, not too hevay for me, somewhat silky texture with a tickle of carbonation.

Just what I would want in a Belgian IPA. A break from the easily accessible San Diego hop bombs.

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Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, gold/copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, yeast, hint of wheat, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight wheat, hint of coriander, hint of pale malt, and slight yeast. There is a strongly cloying aftertaste. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a Dogfish pint glass twice. Not sure of the date on this one.

A- GF Le Freak pours out a beautiful golden color with orange highlights. Even with a careful pour this yielded a 3+ finger head that was thick and foamy like a milkshake. This head had a beige color& stayed throughout the drink. This has the look of a Belgian triple (De Dolle) for sure. Small patches of foamy lace stick to the glass in places.

S- With a beer billed as an IPA/belgian triple blend i'm picking up more ipa scents, although the triple is represented with the yeast profile. Typical IPA scens such as pineapple and other citrus. The Belgian influence is also backed by the up front spices and sweet candy factor. Some apple shows up as well balancing the two styles more equal.

T- A nice candy sugar blast backed by an array of hops giving off some pine, grapefruit, pineapple and other citrus flavors. A good amount of bitterness. Some funkiness maybe from the yeast strain and is 100% Belgian influenced. I'm really digging the yeast in this as it gives off a lot of fruit taste consisting of apple banana pears and others. A lot of spices show up with cloves, nutmeg, brown sugar, pepper Etc. This is all backed by a nice caramel malt build. All things considered this is on the funky side of things with no brett used & leaves me scratching my head.

M- Le Freak finishes incredibly dry and has a medium body to it. It leaves a lot of the spices in the mouth and good carbonation. Quite bitter for the first 10oz but that subsides with time. I could see how this could be difficult for some to handle as even i had to take my time. Did not notice any alcohol.

D- No problem taking the whole bottle down but it took time. The bitterness became a non issue with warming as it became more creamy with the spices and malts coming out more. I'm glad I picked this up and need to find Green Flash Grand Cru. Took me a while to really pinpoint the style and what the brewery was going for and truthfully i'm still baffled but impressed.

Would love to try this on tap and another impressive offering from GF.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled May 2007
The beer is quite hazy and is topped by a one-finger thick pale head that sits atop an orange-gold colored beer. Aromas of earthy spice, that sort of quintessential signature Belgian nose; notes of grass, with an underneath fruit mix of pear, apple and even some citrus (lemon and some orange peel). This is a really nice, interesting nose.

The beer is fairly dry tasting, yet it has a heft and body to it that belies this. I think the earthy, chewy spice notes help to dry out what would otherwise be a beer with some sweetness. Grassy hop notes are noticeable up front and the beer picks up some pale-grain sweetness after the first couple of sips; still it is fairly dry over all. A biting, herbal hop note is found in the finish; an austere bitterness as well as some hop flavor contributes to this. The beer is very hoppy, yet still the Belgian yeas character comes through in a supporting role.

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Poured into a tulip a very nice golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy white head, with lots of nice thick creamy sticky lacing and some small islands. The nose is malty, with some yeast, corinader, pepper. The taste is very nice, malty/yeasty, with a very nice spice note. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome brew, glad to have had a chance to try it out, thanks Joe.

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

A. Split a bomber with a friend. Hazy golden yellow, made sure to swirl in the sediment.

S. Piney hops, and some trademark belgian yeast. Hint of fruits.

T. A very nicely balanced brew that bastardizes two styles wonderfully. The hops are resinous, piney, slightly earthy. The malt is light. The yeast causes the dark fruit to come out, but it doesn't finish sweet, if anything a bit dry and bitter. Alcohal is well masked by all the other dominate flavors.

M. Medium bodied, a bit prickly on the palate.

D. This is a very well crafted beer. Its not quite as strong as some tripels/DIPA's. Certainly a must try.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 from dqderrick .... This brew has been on my radar for a while.. and much thanks goes out to Derrick for the great trade... poured into my Chimay goblet.

Very pretty meringue like head.. tons of Belgian lace.. woow! no kidding.. very nice... the brew is very hazy.. golden orange.. sorta glows.

There is a ton of stuff going on in the Le Freak.. loads of esters and phenols... spicy for sure with orange peel.. very complex... slight pink bubblegum and banana.. I am very impressed at this point.. and I haven't even taken a sip... maybe a little bit of solvent alcohol.. but not bad at all and it actually lends to the overall complexity.

Flavor is remarkably complex too but is very different than the aroma.. huge expected triple flavors but punctuated with a fair amount of SoCal hoppiness. clove and white pepper.. orange and lemon.. a thorough bready sweetness that never separates but more binds everything together verging on perfectly.... the finish takes minutes.. amazing.. this reminds me of Midnight Sun Wrath but with a great "freshness" quality to it...

I've had quite a few Green Flash brews over the last year or two.. but wow.. this is far and away my favorite.. I need to get more of these in a big way.. simply a lesson in complexity and balance.. I am soooo impressed. Cheers... I wish I could get you guys locally.. but again.. Wow! Thanks Derrick!!

4.5/4.5/5/4/4

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, with a medium white white head, great thick sticky white lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, pepper, hops, solid scent for the style.

T: Taste is big on the Belgian yeast spice on the first taste. Then the hops come in and combine with the yeast flavour to create a menthol, peppermint flavour, interesting. Hops are filled with a grassy and pine bitterness reminiscent of a spruce ale, but you know they're hops, a strange flavour, but tasty.

M: Very yeasty, light phenols, medium-bodied, has a bit of chalky character to it.

D: Another very good beer from Green Flash, is it possible for this brewery to make a beer that is not delicious? Great example of the new style, glad I finally found it.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always interested to try a new offering from Green Flash.

Slightly chill hazed copper colored ale with a good off-white to very lightly tan colored head. Head falls fairly quickly.

Smell is spicy and dry to the nose and quite floral. This is very herbal with a trace of Belgian Candi sugar mostly toffee. Pepper and coriander scent is present, but I'm not sure if any spices were added or if this is all yeast. Minor trace of apple aroma but this isn't very fruity.

The taste starts out very dry in the mouth and quite woody with a trace of toffee aftertaste. Well-balanced bitterness, this doesn't hit you like a hop sledgehammer. Very herbal in the mouth but think English style hops and not North West Pine and Citrus. Quite warming in the chest, this is by no means a low alcohol beer the bottle says 9.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel is good.

Superbly drinkable so long as you like a dry beer, this is very dry. Herbal and dry the only thing I would avoid serving this beer with is anything sweet.

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Photo of biegaman
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1 on tap at the Toronado, in San Diego and again at Cole's, in Buffalo.

Golden and orange tones are blended into an assortment of soft-hued pastels - the delicacy and balance of this synthesis is quite emblematic for a beer that sets out to fuse two distinctly archetypal brewing traditions. Although clarity is impeded it isn't entirely obstructed. The haze also fails to repress what is a very healthy looking glow.

Its lean, peachy coloured overlay is firm and durable. Despite the only modest proportion, it manages to embalm the glass like a mummy; strips of white are wrapped around and around. Le Freak certainly doesn't look like much of an aberration; instead actually, all indications show signs of a really well crafted beer.

The aroma isn't funky like I braced myself for it to be. I could possibly be convinced there was use of brettanomyces, although I know none were used. No, this bouquet of soft fruit (pear and apple) is the indication of an authentic, time-tested Belgian strain of yeast. It should go without saying that a proper yeast is the most important aspect of making a Belgian-type ale.

Here's where fruit will start to come at you from all angles. First, overwhelming and aggressively so from the hops. This is definitely West Coast style: it has all the juice, peel, piths, rinds and otherwise citrusy character you can soak out of hops. This produces flavours of banana, pineapple, grapefruit, melon, lemon zest, and cantaloupe.

The second source of all things fruity and flavorful, Belgian yeast, is far more subtle. It has the suggestion of fruit through its esters. It concentrates more on the orchard fruits (rather than citrus) and tops it all of with a smack of buttery vanilla, tons of white pepper and a pretty generous dose of barnyard funk.

The brewer considers this a "Belgian-style tripel meets San Diego imperial IPA" and it's still a bit of a mystery to me how, given if that's exactly what they set out to do, Green Flash could pull off something so well balanced. American hops are obnoxiously in-your-face aggressive whilst Belgian yeast works with subtlety and elegance. In theory the two contradict...

Yet in this beer both somehow go about their ways independently and do nothing to compromise the other. If there is one anomaly with Le Freak it would be how well the quintessence of both Belgian and American brewing has been merged. Green Flash must be commended for this. The result is something smooth and tremendously gratifying to drink.

I was very happy to learn Green Flash has decided to brew this one again. 'Le Freak' was definitely no miscreation; it happened to be one of the most ingenious, praiseworthy and admirable brewing aspirations I've had the pleasure of drinking. Mission accomplished Green Flash... now do it again!

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Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium sparkling copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured mentholly type yeast esters and an herbal hop.

The taste consisted of upfront yeast esters followed by a potent herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.

Overall a BIPA that leans heavily toward the Belgian side.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since Belgian IPA is such a broad category- basically meaning any Belgian style to which lots of hops are added- more specifically this beer is a highly hopped tripel, and man, there are indeed a lot of hops here. Very much a beer to have fresh. Pours a very hazy golden, edging toward orange. Looks almost like a hefeweizen, except for the head which is very finely beaded, pure white, pretty thin, but leaves some okay lacing. Smells extremely herbal from the hops- there is almost a thyme-like aroma to start, followed by more herbal notes and some late tripel swweetness almost obscured by the hops. Tastes marvelous! More of that herbal forwardness, also with thyme notes, married well to the Belgian tripel notes with some sweetness and clove and coriander spice notes with a long tangy finish. Firm and crisp in the mouth. Really one of the best Belgian style tripels I've had.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured it into a Weizen-glass, and man was I right; the glass fills to the brim with all head, off-white and kind of light - definitely wheat in this one. When the head dissipates the clear golden liquid apperas. The lacings are rich and beautiful.

S: Rather mild smell, but the wheat is still there; ripe bananas. Yeast and bitterness. A bit funky and sour. Citric.

T: Now we're talking; the bitterness is rich and direct. Flowery and floral. A hint of bananas, still. Yeast is rich, as is the caramell malt, semi-sweet.

M: Bone-dry long aftertaste. Body is rather full while carbonation is mild.

O: A bit uneven but the taste is too die for...

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a rich honey apricot color with very good head retention and lacing. On the the nose this beer is just terrific. I get a complex nose of hoppy citrus, but with underlying honey, fruit cocktail, lime and cinnamon.

Considering the fabulous nose on this beer, I confess I was a bit disappointed by the flavor profile. While there is some light sweet honey, it's blasted out of the way by some very dry, hoppy bitterness. The beer is actually surprisingly light tasting for such a big beer, which I attribute at least partially to the massive hoppiness and minimal malt presence. Drinkability is OK for this beer, though the over the top, excessive bitterness hurts the finish just a bit.

An interesting beer from GF. Wouldn't want this all the time, but it's a solid beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a haze-free body and a nice effervescence. Head poured three fingers of frothy ivory foam. I think it's a good-looking beer.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with just a little hint of funk. Not sure if that is from the yeast or the hops or what, but I like it. There's also a bright, fruity/floral note in there which is quite enticing.

Taste: nice tripel-like malt flavor with a good melange of hop flavors which tend toward the resiny and the funky, but which inform the flavor rather than dominate it. Bitterness is pretty strong, too, but the sweetness stands up to it. I like this combo.

Mouthfeel: rich, smooth body with a big carbonation and a great big satisfying creaminess. Love it.

Overall: this is quite a good beer. I tend to be impressed by Belgian-style IPAs which are based on tripels, and Le Freak is no exception. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed orange beer with a one finger white head. Retention and lacing both strong. Aroma is quite yeasty, with lots of spicy phenols, and well hopped, with citrus and herbal notes.

The flavor balances the Belgian-style yeast and Cali hoppiness very well and it ends up being very tasty. Again there’s lots of orangey citrus and herbal notes, spicy, pepper-and-clove yeast flavor, and a decent amount of sweet maltiness underneath to support everything.

Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a dry finish. Very quenching and easy to drink beer; not much indication at all of the relatively high ABV. Recommended.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent, hazy light gold with a 2 finger head of off white fluff. Decent retention and lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary, estery, doughy yeast with some citrus, and floral, herbal hops coming through with a peppery spiciness.
Taste is of the mentioned aroma with estery, spicy, caramel, apple, vanilla, citrus, sugary, hoppy.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky of sugar & hops, boozy, and warming.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy and pleasantly hued orange-golden colour, with a massive and rather impressive head of white. Sticky lacing in proper Belgian-style lace down the inside of the glass. Looks very impressive and very appealing.

Nose is lovely and sharp with citric American hoppiness, but with a round and sullen Belgian yeast character that adds some meat and spice. slight hint of astringent booze to it too, which is not unexpected in a beer weighing in at 9.2%, but it's a bit like seeing the man behind the curtain--I'd be happy just experiencing the complexity of character without the alcohol.

Taste is very subtle and very pleasantly balanced. The hops here settle down a bit, leaving the Belgian yeast to give it the slightly spicy and slightly phenolic bite on the back of the palate. There's still a greenness on the front, which gives a refreshing and fragrant uplift to the beer, but here, the Belgian notes come into prominence. Feel is light and crisp, but with a pleasant smoothness.

Yeah, it's a good blend, and it's a good use of the blend. Individually, the hoppy characters and the Belgian spice wouldn't make either a good IPA or a good Belgian Ale, but together they mesh nicely to complement one another. What you end up with is a rather tasty and rather unique brew.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Pear nose. Flavor is sweet and sour pear and grapefruit. Not bad but not a Belgian trippel. High ABV is hidden. $9.95 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of corby112
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy amber/orange color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thick 1.5 finger foamy yellowish head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with hints of soil and pine needle as well as some slight citrus fruit notes, mainly grapefruit. There's also some crisp , light apple and pear notes along with subtle peppery/coriander spice.

This beer tastes and feels much more like a DIPA than an Belgian IPA. Very hop forward with lots of earthy pine and citrus fruit notes. Hints of grapefruit, mango and pineapple with a decent malt back bone that provides nice balance. Very bitter throughout with a slight alcohol warmth and bone dry finish.

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

From the 22 fl. oz. bomber with no lot code/date. Sampled on December 2, 2010. The pour is a highly carbonated pale orange-light amber with a good inch of delicate, foamy tan head that sticks around and leaves lacing. The aroma has some notes of yeast, wheat, grape/apricot, and a little alcohol. The body feels medium with a kind of slick, honey-like texture on my tongue. The beer has a playful weirdness about it with its spectrum of yeast, malts, wheat, and spices up front and a sour, but thin hopped ending.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear orange body for the first few draws from the bottle with each additional pour the beer turns hazy until the last 2 glasses are murky. There is a slow dense carbonation of microbubbles supporting antique white head that last for a good bit.

S- The perfumed smell of green hops is followed by a soft honey sweetness that turns into more of an enamel paint aroma as the beer warms. The bright hop finish has a tarragon quality and a nice green herbal finish.

T- The big green earthy hop flavor has a light soapy flavor to it with a dandelion flower and orange rind flavor to follow. There is a dandelion milk bitterness that finishes the beer and also lingers a moment after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a tight fizz finish. No alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer is a bit like the husky kid at his first school dance. Some parts are really good but the big dandelion bitterness steps on everyone's toes and there isn't that much depth or complexity noticed.

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Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle picked up at State Line.

A: The BIPA is an amber color, tea- or penny-colored. A steady stream of bubbles is the only disruption in the glass. A small head is attempting to lace around the edges of the glass.

S: The nose has a nice tripel profile, sweet with a blast peppery coriander. Floral hops emerge, moreso as the ale warms, releasing an intoxicating lupulin aroma that is strong but not blindly bitter.

T: The body is boozy and heat, heavy on the alcohol from the get go. The hops are just behind the alcohol, herbal and bitter. The hops blend nicely with the Belgian profile, meeting the sweetness with blinding bite. The tripel's profile is fast to fade, leaving the candi and coriander rather quickly. Bitterness is the catchphase for the finish. As I drink the ale, I appreciate the melding of flavors but some of the elements are too strong and don't always work.

M: You better like either a) blinding booze or b) blinding hops. The heat and hops are both wicked.

D: The ale is too strong to have more than one bomber. I want to love the beer, I really do. I just struggle with fact that it comes across as too big. Damn, damn, damn.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.
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