Bière De L’Amitié (Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien)

750 mL, corked and "banded". An interesting collaboration, and on top of that an unlikely one. Green Flash are not exactly a subtle brewer (their existence in San Diego is unlikely to produce much of that), so I was concerned about their influence on a beer that would NOT benefit from a typical West Coast battering. The beer is very highly carbonated to the point of being a little annoying. The corked pops with alarming ferocity and the beer pours all the way to the bottom of the bottle with a...

Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale

12 oz stubbie bottle. Mid-brown color with some yeast floaties and a well formed, tight, white head. Lace is not as good as the head would suggest, but still OK. Big hop, resin based nose. Huge. Aggressive. Not much to report here - not bad, but it's just a big, very hoppy, dry red. Exactly what it says on the label. Some dry grapefruit and other citrus. Big and dry. A straightforward beer that is going to hit the spot if you are looking for a hoppy red. In that respect, a good beer.

Green Flash Le Freak

$9.50 from Bruisin' Ales, Asheville, NC, USA for the 22oz bottle. Pour is interesting since it provides a light, yellow, tripel colored body with some slight haze. It is also surprisingly good in the head department with decent retention and some nice lace - surprising because of the high ABV. On subsequent pours the head is bubbly and very high. Nose has light alcohol, light pepper and some spice. Well, I guess that this is pretty true to style. Plenty of hop bitterness against the background...

Green Flash West Coast I.P.A.

12oz stubbie. $1.89 apparently. Quintessential West Coast IPA in terms of appearance, nose and taste - NEVER has a beer been more aptly named! Clouded orange body with a high rocky head with good retention and excellent lace. Quintessential (there simply isn't a better word to use) citrus hop nose and grapefruit resinous hop bite. Drinks smoothly and easily, but you have to be in the mood for west coast hops to enjoy this fully. If for any reason you are not a fan of the sub-style then I would...

Green Flash Trippel

22oz bottle, purchased at State Line Liquor, DE, USA. $5.79. Poured into the Val-Dieu chalice. Pour is a very nice, slightly cloudy classic orange body. Head is not very well retained, but is attractive, and very fluffy. Lace was impressive. It loks attractive and inviting. Some mild pepper in the taste, but also some edgy, solvent like alcohol. Warming on the way down too. The slightly watery texture adds to the solvent nature. Definitely some lemony, acidic and sour notes, and these take...