Freak Out Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

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

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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 Imstillthegman
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of BeerRun13 my 2007 Secret Bunny.

Pours a clear golden orange color with about an inch of eggshell head. Nice mountain ranges of lacing circle the glass.

The aroma is a good blend of hops (pine and citrus) and caramel malts. Hops come out a bit more as warms slightly.

The flavor is even better, with the hops playing a more dominant role. Bitter citrus taste is kept in check by a creeping caramel malt flavor. The malts come and go but the hops never leave.

Medium body with smooth carbonation. Semi-dry aftertaste with a touch grapefruit bitterness. The abv isn't noticed at all. This bomber and another and another... wouldn't be a chore at all. Very enjoyable brew. (700 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle is poured at cellar temp into a snifter. The beer pours a only slightly cloudy orange color with a fluffy eggshell white head foaming up about 2 cm and gradually fading leaving windowpane lattice as it recedes.
Aroma is pine sap and a little citrus as well, but all hops. Not very bold but pleasant.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine tingly carbonation that really foams up in my mouth when I swish the beer.
Flavor starts with a bit of caramel and then goes to some citrusy hops with hints of orange and grapefruit, this moves to a slightly more bitter pinesap hop quality. Again not over the top, but very nice and crisp. A well brewed beer with a very cool label. No hint of ABV and definitely an easy drinker, I should have put Joe's Garage on while I drank this beer! (797 characters)

Photo of Cwrw
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Available in Alberta now in their 650ml bottle, with a wacky label with Frank Zappa quotes all over it. Looks kinda cheeseball, but I think that's what they wanted. Anyway, kind of an ugly label. But I won't judge the book by the cover.

The cap pops and out pours a hazy peach coloured bear with plenty of white head and decent, but patchy lacing. A nice enough looking ipa. The aroma is full of piney, grassy hops, with some dusty lemon and faint grapefruit. The hops are overpowering the nice biscuity malt though, and this beer makes me want to sip away. I expected a bit more bite in the nose from the 7.5%, but it really doesn't change the profile much. All in all, this is a very balanced aroma...nothing overpowers. That might mean that nothing really stands out as distinct either, but it adds to the drinkability. The taste is fuller and more unique than the aroma.

The first sip gives tones of pine needle, a little mint, and plenty of peppery honey flavours. The middle gives a nice solid malt backbone, but it is felt more than tasted--because this is all about the hopping. Yet it's never over-the-top, which renders this beer's flavour very drinkable, but not terribly exciting. Still, my compliments on a wonderfully flavourful and easy to drink ipa, with little or no hint of the higher abv.

The mouthfeel is just as thick as it needs to be, with medium carbonation. Extremely drinkable high-abv ipa! I give it higher than average just because they crafted this beer very sensibly, aiming for drinkability and balance rather than shock-value. Cheers. (1,577 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks flexabull.

Pours a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small fizzy head which sticks around awhile, leaves some nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, citrus, and some caramel. The taste is nice, but not that hoppy at all, nice citrus and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad IPA, but have have better. (353 characters)

Photo of orsulacp
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a slightly hazy yellow, almost copper colored, with a small sticky white head. The smell was yeasty, with hints of spice and a little piney hop. The yesty taste was first then there was some orange and pepper, then a nice piney bitterness. It was on the light side of medium for the mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation. The piney bitter aftertaste was very nice, it made me want to drink more. It is a good drinkable beer, the taste and mouthfeel made up for the weak nose. (498 characters)

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

03/07/07- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with a cool Zappa depiction on the front. No dating, but it is labeled as a 2006 limited edition release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Light caramel-golden colored pour. 3/4 inch full and creamy looking head. Nice small rim of head remains for the distance. Very nice spotted lacing action.

Smell- Deeper roasted malts with a fruity tropical hop nose.

Taste- Reminds me much of the Ballast Point DIPA, but a bit more restrained. Very sugary and fruity flavored hops with a sharp pine backing. The roasted malts meld well.

Mouthfeel- Medium to lighter carbonation level. Lasting pleasant bitter aftertaste...tongue coating.

Drinkability- All in all a really good IPA that I am glad I tried. If you can still find it, grab one to try. I still see a few floating around as of March '07. (899 characters)

Photo of jameaterblues
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes....I feel lucky that I got to drink more than one of these being that they were around for such a short time.

A-Great bottle and label, Very bubbly, amber/transparent golden color, 1/2inch white head thick lace...decent head retention, with a little remaining throughout the entire beer.
S- HOPS! Floral(big), grassy(light), and a hint of citrus(grapefruit, and orange).
T- Full flavor hops that come off really really big....big and floral...I can see why it was a fall seasonal but would have made a great spring one as well....citrus in mid-body (again with the grapefruit), malt backbone, with a mellow finish that is a bit sweet for an IPA.
M/D- This could either be a strong IPA or a light DIPA....bubbly, medium bodied, and hoppier than most....again I am glad I had a couple bottles of this...I hope it is brewed again! (844 characters)

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

Hazy and murky yellow sort of color. Small white head at first. Aroma is on the lower scale of hops. Not a full frontal assault. Good balance of flavor between the malt and hops. Both are fairly dominant. Nice piney and citrusy flavor to it. A bit dry in the finish. Good body-not sickly sweet and syrupy like some. All in all a pleasant, everyday beer. Good to see a toned down version of a US pale. (400 characters)

Photo of crwills
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL cool-looking bottle with some fun Zappa quotes and an explanation of the brew.

Poured into a standard pint glass. Good, golden colour and mildly cloudy, but with almost no head (possibly due to this glass having been washed a lot in the dishwasher -- was at someone else's house).

Decently hoppy aroma with the typical pine/citrus/earthy notes of American IPAs. Taste very reserved and surprisingly malt-heavy; reminded me a lot more of English IPAs instead. The tameness of this beer made it pretty drinkable, but I was disappointed with the overall effect of it. (578 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with an ever so lightly hazy, beautiful, orangish tinged, copper color. It is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some lacing as it slowly falls back into the beer. The aroma is certainly hop driven with ample sweet citrus notes noticeable. Ruby red grapefruit, candied orange peel, tangerine, apricot and lychee are found up front. Towards the end, and especially if you dig around a bit, there is a biscuit like, even cracker malt character that can never quite shake the dominant citrus character. Some pine like notes form a backdrop to these other aromatic notes as well.

My first sip confirms that yes, this is definitely a hop driven beer. It has a medium body to it that provides a bit of palate fullness that even tends to lingeringly coat the tongue ever so lightly with a malt character that doesn't entirely peek out from behind the hop character. Citrus notes of candied orange peel and tangerine play a big part of the flavor profile, but a solid hop character of menthol, pine and a biting bitterness finish each sip off. The malt plays a secondary supporting role here, perhaps there is a hint of caramel character, but along with the malt sweetness this really serves to accentuated the citrus hop components rather than be noticeable in their own right. The mouthfeel of this beer almost has a soft buttery note to it that provides a smooth easy drinking character to this brew.

This beer has all the components of a great IPA, but for some reason it just does not quite gel. Somehow I think the palate gets in the way. It seems a bit astringent at times, though I would not say that the hops are over the top in any way. Still this is an enjoyable quaff, and I would be happy to sip my way through a couple pints if I had no other better options. (1,825 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jaxon53 for the bottle!

Pours a cloudy pale amber with lots of suspension, huge thick white head that reluctantly gave up ground but only to leave behind and enourmous trail of lace, Yummy!

Smell had alot of bread, and grassy, grainy earthy tones. Slight hint of hops.

The taste was not s strong as I had hoped. Predominance of bready and earthy tones. Slight hint of a piney hop in the aftertaste, with a dry finish. Sweetness in there as well, can't place it, almost like strawberry or cherry.

Goes down smooth enough, not overally carbonated, but still nice. Very drinkable.

Overall this did not really impress me as much as I thought it would. Still a good call, but not a hop bomb by any stretch. (726 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden tangerine with a thin soapy head that leaves a few trail of lace.

S - Juicy citrus and grapefruit hops, slightly muted aroma but still present.

T - Slightly bitter citrus and grapefruit hops nicely balanced with a slightly sweet malt backbone.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly dry bitter finish.

D - This is a very solid IPA. Easy drinking and well balanced. Nothing stands out in this beer but there is nothing wrong either. (457 characters)

Photo of sloejams
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It appears to have the textbook qualities of an IPA with its bronze color, slight head. The hops hit you first, as should be. Them hops is very fruity - mostly citrus. Orange zest and maybe a lil bit of apple. The taste revealed a bit more of the malt character, but not much. You could get a bit of the alcohol after awhile. I dig these special Lagunitas offerings.

Any beer celebrating Frank Zappa is cool by me, especially when it tastes this good. (455 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought this IPA was very unusual due to its orange color and orangey flavor, but quite good and different than the other IPAs I've had lately. I would definitely recommend it.

I had this on draft at Roman's in Milwaukee. It poured a rather bright and hazy orange color and smelled rather piney to me, rather than the more typical citrus aroma I've become accustomed to in my favorite IPAs. Flavor was truly unique; it was very orangey, like an orange cream soda but still very beer-y. Quite good. Mouthfeel was pretty thick and sticky, as I'd expect from a "big" IPA. (573 characters)

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

A- Close to a 1/4" white or just off white head on a lightly cloudy body. Thin lacing that barley covers top of beer.
S- Big grapefruit hops, little pine, bit of a malt background, light oranges and few other citrus fruits. Not a very strong aroma.
T- A good amount of grapefruit juice flavor, light pine flavor, citrus fruits, bit of fruit rind too. There's a light malt back bone to it. Medium to high amount of bitterness that is left on the tongue in the aftertaste.
M- Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It started out as a average IPA for me. The more I drank I think the better it becomes. It's almost like a juice. Very nice. (659 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow-orange body, topped with two.five fingers of white froth. Thin lacing stretches down the glass.

Good nose of grapefruit, oranges, and pine. Very inviting.

Malt beginning just sorta slides on by without really putting down stakes. Fruity citrus tickles the mouth before a relatively mild hop snap scrapes it all away, leaving a low grade hop buzz aftertaste. Nothing wrong, just not anything really freak out worthy.

Mouthfeel is a little light for the abv. Good drinkability.

A bit of a let down after their two permanent IPAs. Not bad really, but you might want to skip this and pick extras of the Maximus instead. (644 characters)

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

Appearance: clear orange in color with a thick fluffy 2" head.

Smell: loads of citrus and sharp bitterness.

Taste: nicely fruity, full of orange and grapefruit citrus. Pears, honey, a touch of grassiness, and a nice balancing bitterness rounds it out. Alcohol is not noticable at all.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. There is a brief pleasant bitter citrus aftertaste . Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: very easy to quaff this beer. You won't freak out over this beer, but it is a solid offering. (508 characters)

Photo of rousee
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow--this definitely does not look like a 7.3% abv beer. Pours a clear golden color with just a hint of amber. The head is crazy and you need to pour this one carefully or you'll end up spilling a bunch ( I remembered this time) but the head is very vigorous and full. Active, fresh and hungry. Excellent head retention with a lemon marangue pie topping look to the lace. Very fluffy and thick -like egg whites beaten to soft peaks.

Smell is a beautiful blend of the nice American IPA hops that I have really grown to love. Im guessing they are centennial, cascade,amarillo, simcoe, warrior maybe--I just checked the website and there was no information on this beer. It is incredibly good.

Taste is almost perfect for a fairly strong ipa. All the hoppiness one would expect. Elements of pine, citrus, resinous elements too--slightly oily but in a very pleasant manner. The biggest flaw I can find with this beer is that it wastes too much of the carbonation in the beginning when it is first poured. It is slightly flat in the mouthfeel although I have tasted some other IPAs recently that were far worse in this department. I love Lagunitas as a brewery and again --this one does not disappoint. (1,204 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"There is no Hell. There is only France"

--Frank Zappa


Transparent tangerine with sunflower yellow trim. The large cap is the very definition of ecru and looks like it contains a fair amount of hop resins. As lace begins to appear at the upper edge of the glass, it's apparent that it isn't going to be as thick or as sticky as I had hoped. It's still a good looking beer even if it doesn't qualify as eye candy.

Freak Out smells like a typical American IPA given its citrus peel dominance. I like it just fine, other than the fact that it's strangely muted. The cap is now at less than one finger, so that can't be it. I wouldn't have expected a Lagunitas IPA to be this laid back. An estimated six months in the bottle shouldn't have tamed it to this degree, I wouldn't think.

I'm still not impressed. It tastes like the recipe is slightly off somehow, as if the brewers didn't take the time to refine it prior to settling on a final version. At least I assume that's how the brewing process works. It isn't wild or wacky or experimental or avant-garde, all words that describe Zappa's music by the way. It's just dull and uninteresting; something that his music never is.

It isn't easy to tell where the fault lies. There appears to be enough pale malt onboard since the beer is sugar cookie sweet and has a full, creamy mouthfeel. I think I'll place the blame squarely on the lack of hopitude, both in terms of amount and varieties. It's more apricoty and peachy than it is grapefruity and orangey, and is only bitter--mildly so--on the finish.

The mouthfeel is enjoyable because it leans toward the full side of medium rather than the light side. A laid back amount of carbonation helps to give it a creamy smoothness that is the best part of this whole experience as far as I'm concerned.

I can help but feel that with a few tweaks, Freak Out Ale could have been a memorable beer. We'll never get the chance to find out though, since it's a one-off. That's okay, Lagunitas's lineup doesn't really need another IPA. It might have been better when ultra-fresh, but any IPA that can't weather a six month rest can't have been too special to begin with. Thanks to drewbage for the bomber. (2,214 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to Zappa.

Pours a clear golden, thick white head forms, stays for the long haul, nice lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet, pineapple, citrus, some pine, crystal malt, apples, very fruity, some grapefruit as well, very neat. Taste is caramel apples, pineapple, pine, very balanced, clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, really don't taste the alcohol in this. Didn't blow me away but was pretty solid, seems to be the trend with Lagunitas and me. (491 characters)

Photo of rsyberg01
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - 22 oz. bomber. FZ adorns this psychedelic bottle.

A - Pours a toasted honey hue, white head that reduces to a patchy cap.

S - Nice hop oil floral aroma, grassy and herbal as well, citrus on the back end with a thin malty backbone.

T - Great hop character, juicy citrus and dry bitter dance on the palate, sweetness entangles itself subtly.

M - Smooth, crisp, dry, juicy, nicel weighted. Good.

D - When I drink this I think of watching a baseball game, and having 2 bombers no problem. Very refreshing and tasty. Solid. (537 characters)

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

Beer aside, the label and idea for this beer is pretty sweet. It has a familiat Lagunitas malt taste of very smooth caramel malt flavor followed by citrusy hops. The bitterness wasn't overwhelming but stacked up with your average IPA. Had an unusual, but tasty creamy quality. A solid beer, but a bit too expensive for me to get again. Still worth a try if you like bigger IPAs or different takes on the style. (410 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an pale orangey copper, lightly hazy with a frothy ivory head, that dissipates to a thin but persistent head. Some sparse lacing. Smells of floral hops and lightly fruity, crisp pale malt. Hints of honeysuckle?

Taste is dominated by the herbal, bitter hops but is nicely balanced by the malt. Not a ton of malt presence but just enough to keep the beer from feeling to thin or too harsh. Admittedly, it's on the edge of leaning to hard on the hops but the malt pulls it back from the precipice and allows the hops to shine quite pleasantly and tastily. More cirtusy in the finish and the hops linger on your teeth after the liquid disappears down the gullet. Mouth is medium, a bit of driness form the hops (or the 7.3% ABV, not sure which). Aftertaste is all hops as stated before. Tasty stuff, if uncomplicated.

Cool packaging honoring Frank Zappa's "Freak Out!" album too... (889 characters)

Photo of gmcfarre
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into Imperial Pint Glass
Served @ 45 degrees

A - Besides the cool packaging... pours a very nice cloudy sunset orange with about 1/2 inch of off white head. Lacing is marginal.

S - Pleasant tender hop aroma with loads of floral notes. Malt counterbalance is detected, and adds a nice full complexity. Slight fruit (grapefruit) scent with little spiciness. High ABV content emerges as the beer warms.

T - Clean hop flavor and bitterness with a complementary malt profile that doesn't allow the hops to dominate. Pine and citrus notes abound. Aftertaste contains a strange astringent, cloying feeling that downgrades this brew a bit.

M - Moderate carbonation and clean yet full mouthfeel make this a worthwhile experience, minus the above aftertaste feeling.

D - My opinion on the annoyingness of the aftertaste varied widely throughout the course of this beer, and I really can't decide what to make of it. Without that one factor, this is a very enjoyable brew that straddles a nice line and disregards the popular conception of a West Coast IPA. Nothing to Freak Out about, but you should probably pick one up if you can. (1,158 characters)

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet packaging (tribute to musical genius Frank Zappa).

Pours an orange-amber, kinda cloudy color with decent head and lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation. Good head retention on this one.

Somewhat faint aroma is sweet and lightly fruity with some citrus hops and a hint of toasted malt.

Taste is sweet with hops and citrus flavors followed by pine and a dry, somewhat bitter aftertaste.

A nicely drinkable IPA that is smooth and balanced, but doesn't offer any great complexity or big flavors. (507 characters)

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