Green Flash Brewing Company- San Diego (Mira Mesa)
Visiting Green Flash Brewing was like walking into a cavernous Disneyland ride for me. Interesting sights of lights, colorful signage, towers of shiny stainless steel, and people riding machines carrying cases of beer to waiting trucks. Big cool sounds of compressed air blasts from bottling and packaging machinery, forklift motors, and beautiful background music filled the space.
Well trained employees greeted me with genuine smiles and samples to make my beer experience a hoppy one. There was a fun Green Flash gear shop in the cavern, and at the bar I found all my favorite beer characters waiting to be tasted fresh from taps: West Coast IPA, Hop Head Red, Imperial IPA, Trippel, and 16 more. Another day for them. I was here to taste 2014 GABF Medal winner Le Freak™, which was properly served in a “beer clean” tulip glass.
Outside the ride continued. There were tables under the trees, a shady landscaped garden, and a Green Flash Gastro food truck!
From it I ordered their Cheese+Meat Board to pair with the Le Freak™. For the cheese I selected Barber’s 1833 Cheddar (England) and Humboldt Fog (Arcata); for the meat I selected the Bresaola Busseto (New York).
On the board along with the cheeses and meat were dill pickles, crostini toasts, and two round dollops of house sauces. This pairing worked well for me as the aromas and flavors in the beer complemented the various flavors in the food. Here is my experience with the Belgian-style Imperial IPA hybrid Le Freak™, 9.2% ABV, 101 IBUs:
Golden-amber, hazy; pure white mousse head with sticky lacing that starts right at the top. Aromas of orange blossoms, pepper, clove, pine and earth. Medium sweet, with flavors of grain, pepper, clove, citrus, and pleasant piney bitterness. Nice medium body, well carbonated, with low-medium creaminess. Semi-bitter aftertaste.
Overall, I enjoy the synergy of this beer, as it has characteristics of my two favorite Green Flash beers– Trippel and Imperial IPA. I have enjoyed numerous glasses of this brew from bottles, but I’m here to say it is way better fresh at the brewery. By the way, the high alcohol is disguised in this beer, so beware.