Style: Belgian IPA
Brewery: Green Flash (Vista, CA)
Availability: year round
Pairing: apple salads, funky cheese, creamsicles, mussels in white wine
Green Flash has been making some of my favorite west coast beers including their flagship West Coast IPA. So, when I found a Green Flash offering that mixes their hophead mastery with Belgian yeast, well, I could not wait to get my lips on it. The result is a medium bodied hop bomb with subtle tart funky notes resulting in a complex, high ABV brew with dry finish and high drinkability
Appearance: A healthy off-white head tops this wildflower honey colored beer. The head dissipates quickly leaving strong lacing on the glass.
Smell: Strong yeast notes with lots of clove and nutmeg. But there’s also some funk to this one with scents of orange rind, limestone and old sock.
Taste: This is a hop monster with woody notes upfront and orange and grapefruit flavors in the back. There are some grassy flavors and some resin as well as lighter honey notes from the malt.
Mouthfeel: Green Flash Le Freak is tart and dry with a medium body and light carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer that hides its 9.2% alcohol very well.
Drinkability: This one almost too drinkable. The body is light enough to to put a few back and the nice, dry hop flavors leave a clean finish. This beer opens up a lot as it warms so don’t hesitate to let it rest a but
Overall: Le Freak is my favorite offering thus far from one of my favorite west coast breweries. The balance of woody hops and citrus ones creates a nice balance and there are enough golden malt notes to create an even body. The unique Belgian yeast creates subtle fruity, tart undertones that bring this beyond a standard IIPA. Highly recommended!
Brewing Note: “This Belgian Style IPA is an ‘out of the box’ convergence of beer styles where American Imperial IPA meets Belgian Trippel.” source)