Green Flash Super Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Floydster on 07-21-2008

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.21/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


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.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Floydster
2.41/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

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Photo of Overlord
2.31/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.


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3.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.8/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of magictrokini
2.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +15%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

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4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station

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Photo of MrHirschybar
4.02/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

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Photo of jjf3792
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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Green Flash Super Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.26 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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