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Freak Out Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Freak Out AleFreak Out Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

143 Reviews
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Reviews: 143
Hads: 158
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SethB2 on 08-12-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 143 | Hads: 158
Photo of nsmartell
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 220z bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy/murky dark yellow to orange color with a billowy white head that stuck around for some time. Still billowing out as I poured the 2nd half of the bottle into my glass.

Smell: Fruity smell out of the bottle. From the glass, more grass-like earthy hops, grapefruit with a hint of maltiness.

Taste: Very well balanced, but understated hops.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and sticky.

Drinkability: Very drinkable brew. It is unfortunate this will not be made again. Held up very well considering this has not been brewed for some time and I picked it up almost 2 months ago. Would like to have again some day. (737 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle shared with psycohops and brothercannon. Poured into a trio of shaker glasses, this ale appears a hazed golden yellow color with around an inch of dense ecru foam. The head leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Smells and tastes of bitter piney hops, fruity and grassy, followed by a decent amount of sweet grain and malt to pull it all together. This IPA was medium bodied and amply carbonated for the style. Glad I had the chance to try and share this one. (481 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold-orange with a decent white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is pine hops with some fresh oranges. The taste is very crisp; peppery hops, resin, grass, and only a bit of the standard Lagunitas sugary sweet malts. Kind of soapy/dishwatery with the blend. Good, tart hop flavor, but without the bite. Enjoyable, but I really expected more. (349 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aged about a year in my basement, found at Belmont Part Supply, Dayton. Smells like an IPA and initially quite hoppy, with a finish of palm/coconut oil. Drinkable,but the coconut oiliness is not my favorite. Medium bodied. Golden yellow with loyal bubbly almost transparent head. (279 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a rocky ecru head that sticks nicely and leaves a few shards around the pint glass

Smell: Apricots and pine, with a biscuity element underneath

Taste: Opens rather sweet, with a nice biscuity flavor that is quickly joined and then pounded by apricot and pine elements from the hop bill; after the swallow, the malt pushes everything back into balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I forgot I had this one in my cellar and I was nervous when I opened it, but it has aged nicely; not nearly as hoppy as it was in its youth, but the flavors come together in much better fashion than the other beers in the Zappa tribute series (709 characters)

Photo of mhewes
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice orange golden color with a white head which left some great lacing behind.

S : Had a subdued citrus hops smell. There was a little bit of malts to the smell but not much

T : Pretty much the same as the smell. A good balance of citrus hops and malt with the hops winning.

M : Medium bodied, good carbonation

D : This one went down real easily and I wish they would release it again. (402 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a rusty pale golden color with some haziness and a off white fluffy head.

S: There was a nice floral hoppiness and citrusy nature on the nose with some pine and a slight malt sweetness.

T: malty and dry, with oranges, and a dry floral hopping of citrus and pine. Dry caramel with a nice dry hopped finish of citrus coats the tongue after the swallow with a nice film lacing and remembrance.

M: The mouthful had a medium fullness, and was bitter, and dry.

D: Fairly good drinkability thought nothing new, typical lagunitas hop profile. (552 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into imperial pint glass

A - Poured a clear amber/orange body with mammoth two-finger milky white, bubbly head that left amazing thick lacing all over the glass. Plenty of swirling bubbles of carbonation present. Pretty solid head retention.

S - Subdued citrus hop aroma, probably due to the age of the beer. Some flowery hops as well, but the hop profile is predominantly citrus fruit. Sweet caramel malt aspect is also present, along with some hefty bready malt goodness.

T - Floral hops creep out a bit more in the flavor, but the citrus fruit is still present, with lemon and grapefruit weighing in to provide a pleasant hop profile. Bitterness is balanced by plenty of sweet caramel malt, but the finish is still moderately bitter. Some mild toasted malts appear as the liquid warmed up a bit.

M - Creamy texture with a bit of sticky, oily residue on the palate. Moderate hop bite with a fairly long, bitter finish.

D - This one still holds up relatively well, considering its age. I would have liked to have tried this one when it was released. Very nice, creamy mouthfeel and still a pretty aggressive hoppiness. But I guess just like Zappa's music, this brew ages well. (1,199 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle, label as in picture.
Orange and gold color, slightly cloudy a thick, solid head, nice retention. Thin sticky lacing.
Solid hop aromas, citrus, pink grapefruit, very nice. Lots of hop flavor, but not alot of maltiness to keep in balance. Citrus, some pine, bitter aftertaste. Good carbonation, decent mouthfeel. Pretty good all around, just not quite enough to make it great. Hopefully we get more Lagunitas seasonals to compare against. (451 characters)

Photo of Shadman
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am laughing/ chuckling to myself because this is a retired beer...yet I found it at a truck stop beer store east of where I live.

Appearance wise...oh babt...looks like a gooder...hazy/cloudy aprocot in color with a thick, almost sticky looking head that had excellent retention. Lacing was like Elmer's glue on the sides of the glass.

Ok...aroma wise...average..sweet and slightly citrus/grapefuit..

very, very sweet tasting...as if they put a tad too much sugar in the mix. not much of a malt backbone and the citrus hop blast was very muted.

Can't fault them on mouthfeel...carbonation was bang on and felt full to me

for the style...a bit too sweet and a bit too lacking on the major components needed to run with the big boys... (740 characters)

Photo of
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

Hazy, dull gold color. Medium sized, light tan head. Quite creamy, with decent lacing present as I drank.

Aroma was Pine-Sol! Not quite, but there is a lot of tree in this bottle. I also picked up alcohol, peaches and grass.

Taste was pine, but it didn't live up to the scent. Nice, biscuity middle. Some alcohol. Pretty well balanced.

Medium + in body. Medium + in carbonation. Quite dry.

Middle of the pack IPA. Scent seems to promise more than taste delivers. I prefer Kill Ugly Radio, Maximus and Hop Stoopid. Probably not a fair comparison since those are all doubles, but that's where I would go if I wanted some hops from Lagunitas. (657 characters)

Photo of ohoove
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear , burnt orange color with suds like head and great lacing to match

sweet malts, light pine / citrus-soap?

sweet floral tones, sweet malts, with a present but well balanced hop kiss

slick/oily mouthfeel ,nice coverage of the t-buds

drank this at room temp and all the senses were given a real treat, well balanced between malts and hops- best of both worlds. Will definitely do this one again (401 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light amber colored brew with a fat off-white head and very solid lacing. The aroma includes mostly vanilla and malt, sweet and mellow, very inviting but not overstated. The flavor comes on as a fine but mellow malt with buttery overtones. Not really what I normally want from an IPA but I didn't even realize this was an IPA from the label. I believe it just calls it an ale and there is very minor hops presence according to my senses. Still, this is just good drink, IPA or whatever. Very easy drinking but quite a substantial beverage with a hint of alcohol. A creamy feel with a tasteful bitterness at the finish. Mostly a malt experience I think. Very pleasing, definitely recommended for a try. I will happily revisit this one any time. (745 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in Edmonton at Sherbrooke, one of the few places in the province that I've noticed still continues to carry some Lagunitas products.

Pours out a hazy marmalade hue, a sticky frothy slightly off-white head that retains to a thickish cap, at least up to the rim with the space left in the glass. Lots of thin sticky lacing as the glass empties as well.

The aroma is fairly mild, the hops leap up at you first, but the real muscle comes up from the depths with a sweet, chewy malt.

The muscle in the flavour however doesn't really choose to flex. In fact it's the mouthfeel that really tends to carry this IPA, the malt remains an aloof light cereal flavour, some orange and even some drunken cherries in the middle, and a poke every now and again from the hops on the finish.

A very well-mannered and behaved IPA, I'd like to call it balanced but the flavours are not really present enough to give it credit for that, they both seem to be doing the same shoe-string staring shuffle on opposite sides of the school gymnasium on their own, rather than in any tandem of proximity. An easy drinker, that's for sure, but really not enough offered in any given area to justufy the imported price tag to stock up on more. However I was still digging on the whole Frank Zappa concept and homage, and even when they do fall somewhat short, Lagunitas knows how to put together an entertaining label and pursue an interesting concept. (1,444 characters)

Photo of markaberrant
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - slight haze, orange, nothing but a ring for la head and no lacing

S - thick caramel malt, fruity esters. Doesn't seem very IPA-ish.

T - hop burst right off the start, kind of a bitter orange all the way through. Little to no aftertaste or bitterness in the end, maybe some mild grapefruit, which is odd. Pretty tasty malt backbone.

M - medium body, low carbonation. Good for the style, no complaints or standouts.

D - This tastes ok, but I'm not really interested in a balanced IPA, ya know?

This doesn't deliver on what I'm looking for in an IPA, but I suppose it is a unique approach. (606 characters)

Photo of chezztone
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a new version of it out now, "Kill Ugly Radio." Another Zappa reference, I guess (sorry, I am not familiar with all FZ esoterica, although I do enjoy his music and even saw him live a couple times). Big pic of him on label, and an explanation that this commemorates his Absolutely Free album. The beer? A nice straw-colored true IPA (not double or imperial). Reminiscent of the new Alaska IPA. Nice hop edge on a fairly light-bodied and -colored beer. Another well-made and interesting and well-priced (I think "value" should be another category in the ratings on this site) beer from Lagunitas. Cheers. (611 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus fruit and caramelized malt with hops in the background.

T: The taste is very-well balanced with all of your typical IPA flavors alternating with each other frequently for dominance. It begins with citrus sweetness (lemon & grapefruit) and mildly smoky malts. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in and eventually ends up the being the more prevalent flavor, but again it seems as though all of the flavors rotate. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very good representation of style, nice kick. Does it make me “freak out”? No. But it’s a very good beer that is well-worth drinking continuously for an evening or just relaxing with one bomber. (1,015 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

straw to light apricot in color with a slight haze. light creamy head/lacing. lots of sweet, doughy malts in the nose, honey, toffee, and some resiny notes. something else going on in the bouqet that i can't put my finger on. taste is quite nice, a moderate malt sweetness well-balanced by a moderate hop bitterness. good to taste the hops here as they were less than evident in the nose. mouthfeel is creamy and medium in body. not a sessionable brew but one you want to keep drinking. normally, "schtick" beers (see monty python ale) are not very good but this one (honoring a zappa album cover) is up to snuff. (613 characters)

Photo of Brewfan
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Titties and beer, titties and beer. Titties and beer, titties and beer. Titties and beer, titties and beer. Titties and beer, titties and beer.
-Frank Zappa

Huge Zappa fan. I was so pshched when Gail Zappa put her stamp of approval on this beer. It's always nice to see new stuff with Franks name on it, be it music or beer. The 22 oz. bottle has a label that is an exact replication of the landmark "Freak Out" album that was released 40 years ago.
Poured into my tall Pizza Port bulge-sided glass.
Gorgeous 2-finger head slightly of slightly off-white fluffy foam. Large and small bubbles mixing together. Very nice lacing. Great retention.
Lightly murky orangish body. No visible carbonation.
Slightly malty nose. Resiny and piny. Some citrus comes through: pineapple and some lemon. Even a little guava richness in there. Not overly huge, but very inviting.
I've been getting used to very hoppy beers. !!PA's, etc. They all, for the most part pack a whollup on the tastebuds. Sometimes you forget that less is better. This being a west coast IPA, you would expect a huge hop bomb, but it's not. It's a solid IPA, very drinkable. Slight maltiness mingles with a hoppy zest. Some pine and pith round the beer. I like the balance of the hops and malt.
Medium mouthfeel. Nice body to this one.
I would definitely revisit this beer again and again. I have one more bottle downstairs. I know, don't sit on IPA's, but if they keep releasing Frank's albums covers on bombers, I wouldn't mind a complete set.

"Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the Best."
From the label on the bottle.
-FZ Joe's Garage, 1979 (1,738 characters)

Photo of bort11
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Marvz for this one. Got it for the BA Anniversary Bomber BIF.

22 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice tall white head with very sticky lacing. Color is a clear golden yellow with active carbonation streamers.
Smell was mild, with a sweet citrus bitterness. Taste has a bit more kick. Sweet grapefruit citrus flavor. Mild malty background.
Mouthfeel is pretty light, almost watery. I would have liked a little more body. This goes down pretty quick. This is pretty tasty, but I'm not exactly "freaking out" about it. (544 characters)

Photo of dickieb
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poors a hazy straw color with a frothy head. Smells of sweat hops and a bunch of citrus. Taste is pretty bitter, but very flavorfull with citrus hops, and a nice hopy finish. Im not gonna lie, i purchased this because of the zapa referance, but i am very satisfied with the result (280 characters)

Photo of Duster72
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light orangey copper with a nice big head. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is a huge blast of citrus with a nice backing of carmely sweet malts. Taste is perfect blend of carmely malts with tastey sweet citrus. Perfect bitter finish makes you immediately anticipate your next gulp. This isn't the biggest IPA I've ever had, but it's one of the tastiest. Loved it. (373 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 oz. snifter at Lucky Lab fest - didn't know what this was going in, but it was quickly evident it was an IPA. Clear pale yellow, like a pilsner, with a really nice, pillowy white head.
The aroma was fantastic, as are most of Lagunitas's brews - heavy citrus, but more along the lines of pineapple then grapefruit, and uncured or still growing herb. Freak out indeed, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if they snuck some in to dry hop!
The taste was also nice and hoppy, fresh flowers, more bud, sweet malt, more grapefruit citrus here, and a slight, yet pleasant sour tang. Very good.
The mouth feel was light and effervescent, and combined with the very good taste, made this one highly drinkable. (703 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber. Pours up a lightly hazy orange and bronze color with a volumnous off-white head that doesn't want to quit. Leafy, grapefruity and piney hop aromas with hints of crystal and pale malts. This ale has an upfront malty caramel sweetness that morphs into a lightly bitter, hoppy dry finish laced with residual tea-like tannins. Pretty well balanced, nothing's really over-the-top by American IPA standards (meaning it's really hoppy and somewhat malty). Faint hints of alcohol. Carbonation is pretty good, maybe a tid bit too much, but not offly so. A very nice once-off from Lagunitas to pay homage to a wierdo musical genius who once ate his own poo on-stage and loved beer almost as much as mammory glands. (719 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a kind of honey amber copper, with a heaping huge off-white head, settling down to a thick foam, lots and lots of lacing in rings and spiderwebs and bubbles down the glass. And upon second pour, the head swells again to two inches of foamy delight, a great big mustache is my reward.

The aroma is citrus domination, lots of hops pining (ha) for attention. And yes, notes of pine too. Unfortunately, its rather good, but almost one dimensional.

The taste is also big on the hops, naturally, citrus taking top billing with its cast of characters pine, fruits of melon and apricot, hop oils, a hefty bittering, and a smooth, silky mouth to go along with it all. And with just the right amount of carbonation, this beer went down woefully quick. (772 characters)

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Freak Out Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.