Green Flash Super Freak
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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From:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
IPA - Belgian
ABV:
Not listed
Score:
83
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 17.96%
Ratings:
35
Status:
Retired
Rated:
May 23, 2015
Added:
Jul 21, 2008
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  1
SCORE
83
Good
Notes: None
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Ratings by MikeyJ777:
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
by MikeyJ777 from New York

Jun 01, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by FondueVoodoo from Canada (BC)

On tap at Belmont Station

May 23, 2015
 
3.67 by wethorseblanket from California on Apr 29, 2015
Photo of BigGingDrinker
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by BigGingDrinker from North Carolina

A sour with some bourbon notes. I'm not a fan of the combo

Jan 26, 2015
 
3.75 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Dec 01, 2014
 
3.8 by Poupae from Thailand on Oct 12, 2014
 
5 by Flash09 from Florida on Jul 02, 2014
 
3.75 by Rado from California on Jun 04, 2014
 
4 by jrfehon33 from Pennsylvania on May 31, 2014
 
4 by TomSeit79 from Minnesota on Apr 01, 2014
 
3 by tbone64 from Minnesota on Mar 31, 2014
 
4.25 by chefbigjon from Arizona on Mar 10, 2014
 
3.5 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Nov 08, 2013
 
3.75 by Danobold from Texas on Oct 06, 2013
 
3.25 by jjf3792 from Pennsylvania on Jul 19, 2013
 
3.75 by oilcan01 from Arizona on Jul 12, 2013
 
4.25 by Clem319 from California on Jun 01, 2013
 
3.25 by Xtent from California on Jan 29, 2013
 
3.75 by Pecan from Arizona on Jan 29, 2013
 
3.75 by funkel81 from Colorado on Jan 29, 2013
 
4.25 by soulkeeper1369 from Maine on Nov 08, 2012
 
3.5 by t0rin0 from California on Oct 08, 2012
 
3 by Irrationalist from California on Aug 10, 2012
 
4.25 by nickfl from Florida on May 02, 2012
 
3.5 by John11486 from California on Feb 08, 2012
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2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
by ehammond1

On Tap

Green Flash Brewing Co.
Mira Mesa, CA

Hazy, golden, and glowing yellow with a thin, light, airy white head. This leaves spiderwebs and sheets of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous.

The Brett yeast dominates the aroma coupled with a sweet citrus syrup component. Strong, yeasty aroma.

The Brett yeast, a huge level of bitterness, and a stinging sweetness make this a relatively tough beer to drink. There's also quite a bit of alcohol heat that isn't particularly welcome. Interesting idea on paper, but not a particularly tasty drink in the glass.

Medium to thick body with low carbonation--not particularly complementary to this beer.

The incredible level of bitterness and strong alcohol component throughout make this a tough glass to get through. I could only make it through a few ounces.

Nov 09, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by HopHead84 from California

6/26/2011

Draft at Stone Sour Fest 2011.

A: Hazy bright yellow with a big white head.

S: Lots of leathery Brett with some orange and nectarine. Lightly phenolic. The fruit is nice as it warms up, but the Brett grows stronger as well and overwhelms it.

T: Wet leathery Brett melds (clashes) with an upper moderate bitterness. The Brett and bitterness don't mix too well. Orange and a little lemon. Alcohol in the finish with slightly spicy phenolics.

M: Upper light in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and a little chalky.

Overall: An okay beer, but the Brett and bitterness don't mix well in the finish. It comes off as harsh to me.

Jun 27, 2011
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4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by MrHirschybar from California

9th taster at Port's Barrel Blast

A - Amber peach color that had a head that quickly dissipated that was light in color.

S - Sourness, definite funk, peach/pear and leather in the nose

T - It started sweet then quickly went nicely sour with the barnyard funk nose and leather coming out nicely with a linger peach/pear type fruity taste

M - It was light and tart, fairly smooth and then finished with a funky bite that lingered a little

D - The finish with the funky bite was a little harsh, and I definitely picked up the barnyard-esque funk throughout with the sour/tartness and peach/pear fruit flavors -- a nice sour, but I'd say after a full 8oz or more you'd be soured :-P A very nice showing for a sour ale and at 9.9% you'd never catch it - not a hint of that heat in it. Was glad to have tried this sour...

Jan 24, 2011
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4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by lanceka from California

Tasted at Chuck-a-Palooza @ Stone World Bistro & Gardens, San Diego Beer Week '10.

At the bottom end of the straw spectrum, just delving into copper...slightly lighter than the current batch of Le Freak.

Fantastically complex on the nose and the palate. Up front on the aroma is horseblanket and hay, with spicy yeast phenolics following. If I didn't know better, I'd swear I can still smell a little dry-hop aroma, but that's unlikely in a beer this old. Picking apart the brett-infuenced aroma is always tough, but I gotta go with a little leather, too.

The flavor rushes in with the typical 'funky' sour flavors...barnyardy, earthy...not much in the way of lactic tartness, certainly no acetic flavors that I can taste. The brett funk provides a nice drying balance to the malt character for the first couple seconds, then there's just a touch of dried fruit sweetness before the hop bitterness takes over, leaving a lingering interplay of hop astringency and aged-chevre bitterness that might be off-putting to sour beer neophytes. Alcohol was quite subdued...definitely have to disagree with people who claim it's too hot.

[rant]
Drinkability is certainly low, as some reviewers have noted...but comon, people, this is a brett sour. Since when are they supposed to be quaffable?! Also, saying you don't like this beer because it doesn't taste like Le Freak is just inane. Chuck Silva certainly wasn't billing this as a belgian IPA, as it most certainly is not. Too bad beer advocate doesn't seem to know that. It's much closer to Orval than, say, Houblon Chouffe or Urthel Hop-It. Most of the negative reviews on here seem to be by people who don't get what makes this beer interesting and novel. It's not supposed to taste like Le Freak, and it's not supposed to taste like Rodenbach Grand Cru. sheesh.
[/rant]

Overall a supremely interesting, complex entry into the very limited (but burgeoning) world of SoCal sours.

Nov 09, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Halcyondays from California

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a hazy gold with a firm finger of white head, some good lace.

S: Definite barrel character, some apple/pear, nice.

T: The Grenache barrel is immediately evident. Quite tannic with red wine on the first sip. Big red currant notes. Lots of coriander type spice, pils malt add to the flavour. Nice leatherly Brett funk in the finish. Very well integrated and balanced, tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, dry as Hell almost parching which I liked a lot. Smooth.

D: My favourite of the night, I can't imagine why this is a C average, but that's not for my palate to decide. I loved this beer. Don't expect a Belgian IPA and enjoy it for what it is.

Aug 06, 2010
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2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
by magictrokini from California

Tap @ O'Briens. Poured hazy yellow-gold with a squatty, creamy white head. Thick lacing. Stank in the nose, though. Wow. It smells bad. Oxidized and funky, though with a little bit of sweetness. Taste is pungent and bitter. Lots of brett and cheese with red wine. Yet, again, there is a pleasant fruitiness that belies the bitterness. Didn't really get the hops or spice from the original Le Freak. Good, bubbly mouthfeel and a dry finish. Drinkability is low, given the bitterness and funk involved. I can see why this gets such diverse ratings. While it is a bretted and barrelled version of Le Freak, it retains nearly no characteristics of the original. Maybe I liked it more because I expected a sour beast going into it. Or maybe I'm just whacked.

Nov 20, 2009
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by midaszero from Washington

Had at the Green Flash 6th anniversary party

A - Cloudy straw body with a little bit of off white head and good lacing

S - Wheat and sweet fruity aroma

T - Wheat mixed with red wine. Kinda boozy

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Easy to drink and pretty enjoyable. A little to boozy.

Jan 18, 2009
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2.21/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
by Georgiabeer from Georgia

Listed at 9% at the City Beer Store Sour event in August. I have to say, I didn't even know this was a Belgian IPA at its base until I looked it up here. Sure didn't taste like one- even under the wine barrel and Brett. I was definitely unimpressed by this beer, and it was definitely my least favorite at the event, and the only one I didn't finish. Poured a hazy orange with a rusty head and full of sediment. Smelled of nothing more than bandaids and extremely strong oak. The taste was extremely woody with oak and thin with a little sour to balance the oak, which it wasn't able to do. Wildly out of balance and no longer possessing any IPA characteristics whatsoever. A little bandaid on the finish just to make the experience all that more pleasant. Mouthfeel is very smooth, but a bit thin. Way too out of whack to enjoy this one. I'd avoid it if I were you. Something went very wrong here.

Oct 10, 2008
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2.31/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
by Overlord from California

Sampled at the Stone Sour Fest. I'm not a big fan of Green Flash, and this didn't help matters.

Pours a hazy orange. Small white head. Smells like oranges (oddly enough) and citrus. Taste: grass, orange, grapefruit, with a hideous aftertaste I can't describe. It almost seemed like they forced "sourness" into a beer for which it was entirely inappropriate.

Ugh.

Jul 22, 2008
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2.41/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by Floydster from California

Sampled at the 2nd Stone Sour Fest today, the sole beer from this brewery at the event, it is a Belgian IPA aged in San Pasqual wine barrels with added brettanomyces

A-Golden orange color, somewhat frothy head, some retention, some lacing
S-Not much brett, chardonnay, Belgian yeast, weird sugary scents, very faint hops, and citrus
T-Funky sweetness, not much tart or sourness, hops flattened out and it became overly malty, pretty boozy, left a nasty dry sensation, not balanced at all
M-Sweet, dry, and chalky mouthfeel, medium bodied, not enough carbonation, taste went away fast
D-Barely could get through my five ounces or so, ABV seemed high, not smooth, alcohol present in flavor

This was one of my least favorite beers of the day, I was disappointed because Le Freak is a better than decent beer and they pretty much ruined it with the additions to this, did not even taste like an IPA anymore, wished I did not waste a ticket on this after my initial sip

Jul 21, 2008
Green Flash Super Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 35 ratings