MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours a light and hazy amber color with large thick white head. Aroma is grapefruit citrus with some spice and sweet malt. Flavor is on the sweet side but hoppy, spicy, and lightly fruity. Finish dries out some and offers hints of the belgian yeast with a fairly lengthy bitterness. A wide range of interesting flavors in a beer that borders on confused. WhatNewinBooze (18) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2009
The brewers at Green Flash Brewing Company have really out done themselves with this convergence of beer styles where American Imperial IPA meets Belgium trippel. The end result is a zesty brew with enticing American hops and Belgian yeast aromatics that lead you to delicious malts and a complex layering of hop flavors that quench and refresh your pallet. When you pour it you notice its orangish amber color with a huge amount of American hops on the nose with notes of citrus. The palate itself feels heavy at first but then leaves you with a silky smooth mouth full of yeast and hops beautifully layered with fruity flavors of banana and grapefruit. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2009
This was a really good take on this new "style." Aroma was citric hops over faint Belgian yeast. Deep gold appearance, nice head. Clear on first pour, cloudy on refills as yeast on bottom got stirred up. Flavor was a really nice surprise. Often I find the hops and the yeast don’t agree on these Belgo-American ales, but they got it right here. Perhaps it was a less phenolic Belgian yeast combined with a low-cohumolone hop? Who cares? Lightly honey malts combined with Belgian spiciness, faint clove, and a really good tangerine hop finish. Really liked this one, drinkable as opposed to just something to ponder over. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2009
[Bottle] Pours a dark golden color with tons of foamy white head. The aroma was mainly fruity, with a slight touch of yeast as well. A decent amount of citrus initially in the taste. More of a subdued malt presence takes over from there. Sweet malt and spice notes seem to clash with the hops in here. I find this is a common problem with hopped Belgians and weizens. fiulijn (20614) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2011 2011-06-13, bottle 3 years old, 7-5-9-4-16=41
shigadeyo (3749) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Hazy copper color; generous compact head. The aroma is mild and harmonious, with malts and light hops. The aging allowed the caramel and toffee to shine, for a very pleasant flavor, with some residual sweetness, while the hop, although well present, is more of a complement to that; the bitterness is quite strong, and there are some hop resins. In the final the alcohol is just warming the tip of the tongue. Well balanced, excellent.
2009-06-12, blind tasting at Papsø’s, 8-4-7-5-16=40
Cloudy deep blond color; medium creamy head. Good hoppy aroma, harsh, fruity (grapefruit, oranges…), sweat. Medium body, some malt and toffee flavor, minimum residual sweetness, strong bitterness, resiny and with citrus fruit peel fruitiness. Strong final. Aggressive IPA, very well hopped. Very good.
elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 29, 2009
9/19/2008: Le Freak is copper-colored with a foamy off-white head. The beer is hazy and has a mild amount of visible carbonation. Orange/citrus hops, sugary malt, Belgian fruit, peach, pineapple, and cotton candy are all present in the aroma. The beer tastes floral and citrusy with a high bitterness. There is also soft pineabpple, a spicy Belgian backbone, and a high amount of alcohol that is well-contained. This medium-bodied beer has an average body. It reminds me of a Trippel with a soft edge to it. Overall this beer is pretty good and better than the Belgian IPA from Stone.
1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle (Imperial Pale/Belgian-Style Trippel; Alc. by Vol. 9.2%) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #370 for this beer.
OK, OK, I must confess that I fell in love with Green Flash after taking a whiff of their West Coast IPA. So, a hoppy tripel? I can deal with that. To me, this beer doesn’t disappoint: the big, grapefruity-lemony aroma is there along with some Belgian yeast. The flavors have a hop-sharpness about them, but nicely wed with the more balanced and estery notes of a tripel. Palate is a bit heavier than other more traditional Belgian Tripels, but it goes nicely with the “bigger” flavor. The finish is significantly hoppy, but how can that be a knock for a hophead like me? DerWeg (1689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
Coles Draught - VERY grassy hops per the usual IPA, but with added Triple alcohol, bread and fruit character. sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange/amber, nice, medium sized off-white head. Aroma is hops, malt and caramel. Malt, hops, some vague, sugary citrus notes and very subtle sour notes in the background. A little too sugary on the finish for my tastes. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2009
In a goblet, clear golden, champagne bubbles. Pure white head that lasts about 4-5 mins. Spicy, funky Belgian tripel aroma with strong perfumey hop. Major (unnecessary, IMHO) alchol burn, which overshadows the woody hops, perfume and bubblegum. Feels creamy, fizzy and acidic; it burrrrns! It’s one big, fiery concoction that was decent enough but overall disappointing.