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Freak Out Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Freak Out AleFreak Out Ale

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very good

158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
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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Ratings: 158 | Reviews: 143
Photo of rayjay
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Just what I want to see in an IPA: light pale body. Head was small with oil spots, lacing, and busy carbonation.

S: That west-coast pure hop insanity.

T: Right on! Bitter, bitter, bitter, white grapefruit, and bitter. Spicy, and just a bit hot for a 7.3 % beer, reminding me of tequilla and wasabi. Lightly malted grains all the way, but lots of 'em; almost reminds me of a super-hoppy east coast pilsner, Burps resulting are the pure essence of hops, really tasty! Very bitter, but unique and interesting combo of hops, anyone know which ones?

M: The pale malts are great for spotlighting the hops, and the resins really coat your mouth. The malts and hot alcohol come out more as the beer warms, adding a light sweetness. By now, the carbonation has faded and given way to thicker tones.

D: The drinkability is good, because of the light body and sheer bitterness. An awesome west-coast IPA. As it warms, drinkbility goes down but complexity rises.

Totally different than Lagunitas IPA. Seek this out while it lasts. It's chaotic, obnoxious, and beautiful just like Zappa.

Photo of Matthew
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, with great quotes from Zappa on the bottle. Pours a lighter yellow with some slight orange tones. 1 finger of head and some decent lacing.
Citrusy hop aromas, hints of orange with some earthy/floral tones there as well.
Hoppy bite upfront with bits of orange and bitterness around a fairly sweet malt back drop.
Light mouthfeel, not as big as I had expected, good carbonation.
Good drinkability. This is a good straight forward IPA that is easy to drink.

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

Gold orange appearance- thick head- nose has balance of bitter and pine hops light red berries–taste orange peel, bitter hops– body a little oily - aftertastes is short bitter, chalk Gold orange appearance- thick head- nose has balance of bitter and pine hops light red berries–taste orange peel, bitter hops– body a little oily - aftertastes is short bitter, chalk Gold orange appearance- thick head- nose has balance of bitter and pine hops light red berries–taste orange peel, bitter hops– body a little oily - aftertastes is short bitter, chalk

Photo of freed
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Zappa and Lagunitas? How can I pass this up @ $2.99 a bottle? Great label, and pours a bright and crystal clear golden. Turbulent white head fizzes off slowly.

Aroma is of noble hops, grassy and piny. Slight bit of pale malt and a fruity yeast aroma somewhat uncommon in an IPA (if that's what this is).

Taste is all over the place. Clean hop profile and nice sweet malt body, but very peculiar yeast atrifacts. Some sips are hot and wild, some ore estery and sour, others are perfect bitters.

Mouthfeel is dry and accumulating sweetness can make for a long 22oz.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium honey color with a thin white head and good carbonation. Just a little bit of uneven lacing.

Smells of earthy hops with some light pine and citrus notes. The citrus seems to grow as the beer breathes.

I agree with an earlier reviewer that this doesn't quite fit the hop profile of Lagunitas. This one is brighter and more citrusy up front and lacks the long spicy finish many of their beers have- this one is not worse, just different. Bitter hops right at the front palate, followed by sharp lemon citrus, all underpinned by a piney note. The beer fades quickly on the palate, but there are lingering echos of the hops. Really pretty nice, if not hugely complex.

Pretty highly carbonated and not a huge body, but neither is really a problem. There is some creaminess in the mouth despite the high carbonation, and a pretty crisp finish. Not bad.

I like this beer more as I drink it, and I think it could be a good albeit high alcohol session beer. Surprisingly refreshing and light. Quite an interesting beer, I'm glad I tried it, and I'd drink it again.

Photo of calir1
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in Safeway in Rohnert Park, Ca

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Brilliantly clear, orangeish color, with a 1/2 inch snow white lasting head. PLENTY of carbonation with many bubbles coming up.. Just by looks, could have looked like a darker version of a kolsch with its clarity and frothy head.

S- Like someone said before, I had no idea what this beer was until I smelled it.. Instant pine and a floral of hops delighted me knowing I was about to gulp up an IPA

T- much like any other great IPA but unlike previous LG beers.. A great version of an IPA but not like Vinnies hop bombs

M- Much like other IPA"s nothing too special

Very drinkable and would buy again

Photo of ElGordo
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this in at the store Friday and I had to try it to be able to talk it up with the customers. Label is very cool - an adaptation of Frank Zappa album cover art, with some FZ quotes around the edges.
Pours a golden-amber color topped by a half-inch or so of bright white, creamy head. Very still - almost no carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Sweet aroma of light malt, fruity aromatic hops, and a touch of vanilla. Palate is redolent with fruity hops and sweet malt and notes of vanilla and maple. Well-balanced and very smooth throughout. Another great offering from Lagunitas.

Photo of SethB2
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very interesting bottle, similar to many Lagunitas beers. You really have to read the fine print to get what is going on. This is a commemorative beer celebrating the 40th anniversary of Frank Zappa's Freak Out. The photo on the label is right off the album cover. Very cool.

Poured from a bottle into a chalice. I picked this glassware because I had no idea what this beer's style was going to be. It soon became very evident.

A - Orangish and clean with a good amount of carbonation. Head is snow white and fairly thick.

S - Yep, this beer is an IPA, but different that the usual Lagunitas offerings. Strong piney hops dominate, unlike any of their other beers. Sweet roasted grainy malts are also on the nose.

T - Wow. Very nice beer. Piney as all hell up front followed by a very sweet middle, before fading into another citrisy/piney bitter finish. Good stuff.

M - Medium, perfectly carbonated, and a tad oily.

D - I'm heading back the store to pick up a few more of these. For sure.

Overall, this is a very different IPA than anything they have produced thus far, and it is very good. I didn't know whether this should technically be classified as a Double IPA or not. The abv and taste put this right on the border. BA guys, feel free to change the classification if needed.

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Freak Out Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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