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Freak Out Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Freak Out AleFreak Out Ale

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143 Reviews
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Reviews: 143
Hads: 158
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
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 frazbri
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Freak Out Ale poured gold (like deadly yellow snow) in color topped by a tall, white head with a meringue like consistancy, good lacing and a constant upflow of tiny bubbles. It had a big grapefruit nose with a hint of grass. Flavor starts with alot of grapefruit followed by a little honey sweetness and a strong bitter backbone. Medium-high carbonation and fairly light body.

This Zappa inspired creation is a hop delivery vehicle. It delivers a ton of hops to the drinker. It hits you like the fur trapper's lead filled snowshoe hits Nanook's favorite baby seal. (Obligitory Zappa reference) It's as subtle as Frank Zappa's lyrics and I really like it.

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Photo of Luchman
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into an arrogant bastard pint glass

A: Pours a very light, clear, amber color that is almost yellow towards the bottom of the glass. Very small white head that vanishes quickly, leaving only a bubbly residue on the top and sides.

S: Hops, with very sweet lemon, orange, and grapefruit. One of the sweeter smelling beers I've had.. Almost reminds me of a punch of some sort... I like it!

T: Pretty sticky, with a big orange peel taste, hops, light grapfruit, flowers, and the malts. Over all not too bad. Leaves kind of a dry, light bitter, finish.

M: Medium body with a nice medium carbonation.

D:Definitely an easy to drink beer.At first I was real excited with the smell, but I don't think, overall, the beer delivered that much. Does intrigue me to try other Lagunitas brews though. Go check it out; I can see people loving this.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer number 2 in the best hoppier beer session TB, in all modesty, has probably ever seen. Much thanks again to CBA for this different yet tasty treat.

A golden coloured ale poured with a decent off white head. A low level of fine carbonation was present in this well laced brew.

Very interesting, big floral and fruity hop nose. Pear, pineapple, and grapefruit are all there, along with lesser malty scents of biscuit and caramel.

Creamy, biscuity malts with a touch of caramel complimented by hints of pear and white grapefruit. An interesting, floral and fruity ale that isnt very bitter, but has a lot of tasty hops present.

This light to medium bodied IPA? is well balanced, with a dry and slightly astringent and mildly resinous fruity and floral bitter finish.

Very drinkable and sessionable. Fruity yet bitter hops are freaky enough to satisfy the hop lover and hop newbie, looking to expand their taste buds, alike. Im glad to have had the opportunity to Freak Out!

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Photo of warmstorage
2.26/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle, approximately $3 at BevMo Sacramento (Arden Way.)

Pours a moderately frothy white/cream colored head, dissipates fairly quickly, leaves some lacing/coating. Poured into an imperial bell-shaped pint glass, at cellar temp.

Medium bright clear orange, with visible carbonation bubbles.

Aroma is strange: a little earthy/metallic/material-like. Leather? Paper? Not what I'm looking for an in American (or any other) IPA. Now reading Tony Magee's (imo TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE review, since he gaves it all 5s, which presumably skews the averages and scores) of his own beer, I understand he never intended it to be styled as, or "pigeonholed" as an IPA, but himself described it as "American Imperial Lite Ale" for BevMo's website.

Taste is slightly perfume-y, earthy, grassy, with a distinct herbal note, almost medicinal. Again, an interesting beer, but not particularly good. (I've scored it as an 'overall' beer, rather than for style, to try to be fair. In most any style, I would give it about a 1.5, though I don't know what the hell "American Imperial Lite Ale" is supposed to mean.) Hmmm... think orange-flavored cough medicine, or cough drops.

Mouthfeel: present, but muted compared to the flavors, lingers a long time with the medicinal flavors.

This is a reasonably drinkable beer, I guess, if it's hot out, and I'm tired, thirsty, and not feeling picky.

Like so many of Lagunitas' beers, this one is random, strange, and not really in a good way, but rather a pretty big disappointment, especially given that it's an apparent tribute to Frank Zappa. After reviewing this, I looked at others' reviews, and have to agree that it could have been much more strange for a tribute.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a clear orange and gold with a medium head that lasted well. It left a fair amount of lace.

The smell brings pale malts and oranges on top of some light hops. The taste brings much more hop flavor than the smell, with pine notable. Orange lasts throughout. The mouthfeel is medium and smooth, and the drinkability is very good.

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Photo of vanrassel
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was never a fan of Frank Zappa's music but I always respected his creativity. I am a fan, however, of this impressive beer created in his honour.

It poured into my pint glass coppery with a slight chill haze and a nice, compact white head. The aroma was characteristic of a well-crafted American IPA: pine and herbal hops and caramel malt in a nice balance.

The pine-y hops and malt intermittantly played over my taste buds before an assertive bittering took over. The finish was a bit medicinal and dry, with a slight aspirin taste. Smooth-bodied overall, though, and pleasantly drinkable for 7.3 per cent ABV. I'd have more if I could get my hands on it.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freak Out Ale poured hazed and honey amber in color. The head was a finger of off-white, leaning toward yellow, dense frothy foam. The lacing was a heavy sticky coating around the glass.
The smell was more subdued than I expected for the style. The scent was faint traces of citrus with grapefruit and tangerine.
After the fairly weak nose the flavor was this one’s saving grace. The taste started with a blast of sweet malt fruitiness followed by a wave of grapefruit citrus and pine resin. Caramel made a brief appearance before the intense hop bitterness closed out the finish. The body was medium plus and the carbonation was fairly light. The mouthfeel was slick, yet smooth.
I found this one to be easy to drink and don’t let the understated scents fool you. It would be worth the effort to find and try this one.

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Photo of joe1510
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber
Binny's Orland

Crazy Frank Zappa label with a few quotes. I passed by this beer a couple times cause after looking at the bottle I couldn't figure out what kind of beer it was. I finally bought it and now see it's an IPA. I'm glad to hear that.

Healthy pop of the cap releases a strong whiff of hops before the pour. Freak Out poured a really classy looking clear dark golden with all kinds of rising carbonation. A hefty 2 finger craggy white head sits on top and refuses to budge. Eventually fades to 1 finger and leaves spotty lacing at first but the more I drink it turns to drink history lines then sticky web lacing..

Smell is all hops. Not super strong but that's all I'm picking up. No malt to be found. The hops range from floral to herbal to citrus. The former two take the stage but with a deep inhale the citrus shows itself. As it warms the grassy/herbal hops are the most pronounced. Smells damn tasty.

The taste starts off immediatly with a moderate grassy bitterness. This is follows throughout the entire sip with a splash of bitter grapefruit at the end. There seems to be a little lightly toasted grain. That's all I can pick up from a malt standpoint. As it warms alcohol fumes come forward more in the nose and throat than in the taste.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. The carbonation is prickly mid-palate and in the swallow. A moderate bitterness lingers around until the next drink. The only problem is it's just a little too light.

The body of this beer makes it an easy drinker. I could see myself sitting around drink a couple of these bombers at a time. It's a good refreshing IPA.

This is a good solid IPA from Lagunitas. I'm going to pick up a couple more of these tomorrow. It's too bad Freak Out is only going to be brewed. I'm glad I got to try it out. Well worth it.


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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the almost clear golden brew. Head lasts well, with adequate delicate lacing. Aroma is light hoppy fruitiness. Flavor is moderate pale malt sweetness upfront, with a balancing citrus hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice, and I would gladly revisit this one. It's approachability almost makes me think this could be an English-style IPA.

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber purchased at Green’s in Atlanta. The aroma is a big citrusty blast with floral and caramel notes. The body is a dull muted yellow/orange with a frothy pinky sized white head that fades slowly. Citrus laden hops in the fore feature grapefruit, orange zest, soft floral bitterness like rose petals, caramel malt, toasted bready notes, pine and almost no hint of the alcohol. My kind of IPA....hoppy, but balanced and with a bit of range to it.

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Photo of scooter231
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly rusty color, no head, no lacing. Quite clear. Nose is faintly sweet and malty, some floralness comes through. Taste is lightly hoppy, sweet, some tea hints in there. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but not offensive. Overall a decent brew, but nothing very exciting.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freak Out!
could stand to be a freakier beer, especially if one is going to compose an ode, in beer, to Frank Zappa.
This does strike me as a bit of a strange IPA. The scent and flavor are weird. Something seems a bit over-fermented in there somewhere. There's a high pitched sweetness in there which I'm guessing comes from the hops... or maybe from the aforementioned overfermentation. The body is a bit too thin as is the color; at least compared to what I would expect for an IPA. The color is a light, bright orange.
Not a bad IPA, exactly, just not a fitting Zappa tribute.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This poured a crystal clear orange with a nice white head with little orange stringy coloring around it.

Smell – The rich, orange rind hops dominate the nose. There are some light malts in there as well but the smell has that medicine cabinet kind of character that I’ve come to dislike in most cases.

Taste – Yes, the medicine cabinet has run amuck. The light malt flavor actually isn’t bad but the citrus hops turned boozy and medicinal.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and hoppily bitter. It’s very smooth in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – The off medicine flavor made this drinkable but unsessionable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is like a wrapped tuna sandwich... it looks good from the outside, but once you open it THE FUNK IS REVEALED! Only kidding, that's an odd Zappa reference that most people won't get. In fact, "Freak Out" is actually quite mainstream...

Appearance: Hazy golden amber (bottle conditioned?). Frothy white head. Average retention and lacing.

Smell: Limited aroma for the style. Pale ale yes, IPA.... not so much. Some citrusy (pineapple, mild grapefruit, a drip of orange) hops, some yeast, very mild malt. Otherwise clean.

Taste: Straightforward malt beneath citrusy and lightly piney hops. Well-balanced. Rounded. Starts with a spike of citrus fruit flavor, softens to reveal a bit of malt, and then fades away with only some lingering citrus and a mild bitterness in the finish. Nice lingering note of juicy citrus (orange, grapefruit... some Amarillo and/or Simcoe?). Again, more of an American pale ale, although it has the strength of an IPA. -??? - Maybe that's the match to the name of the Zappa album.... you drink a lot of this as if it were a standard APA, but then the abv hits you and you "Freak Out"! ... .... ... perhaps that's a stretch, but the abv never does show in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a light zest from a median carbonation. Smooth. Primo.

Drinkability: Quite nice! Very straight forward. Very balanced. Very drinkable. The only thing I don't understand is how "Freak Out" ale could be so non-freaky.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Radiant, clear amber body with a medium-sized white head.

Smell: Full, tropical aroma of flowery hops, orange peel, and lemon zest. This is joined with sweetish notes of candy sugar. Very solid aroma!

Taste: Clear cut flavor of caramel sweetness infused with grapefruits and tangerines. An initial clean hop bite smoothes out into a more mild, dry finish. The sweet malty core really helps to balance out the acute bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: An IPA that's both full of flavor, well-balanced, and reasonably unique. That's a lovely concept.

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Photo of orfeu
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color; off-cream head, dense and smooth; slow rising carbonation streams. Initial aromas of mandarin and grapefruit blossoms -- that is to say, on the floral side of citric. Slight spiciness and honey sweet scent as well. White pepper spice and mild citrus flavors greet the palate at first -- citrus is still of a floral grapefruit character. Mild pine bitterness, too. The finish is honeyed bread -- an always welcome malt aspect. Juicy and medium-bodied. Nice solid rings of white lacing stick all the way down the glass. Slight esophogeal alcohol burn, along with a little slickness in the mouthfeel. All around, not excactly jaw-dropping , but certainly a worthy "big" IPA that isn't so big and syrupy that it requires a spoon for consumption. Glad I tried it and would definitely recommend it to fans of the style.

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Photo of Alkey
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

Pours a dark gold with puffy white head. Faint smells of citrus fruit hops. Taste evenly balanced sweet and biter grapefruit with a hint of alcohol almost unnoticeable. A bit thin in the mouth feel but not watery. Overall a very nice balance and something I could easily drink a few of.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce bomber courtesy of shbobdb.

Poured at about 45 degrees into a chalice. Ample thick tight creamy white head over a hazy orange body. Decent lacing.

Smell is piney citrus with tropical floral notes, and a background hint of biscuit malt. Nice smell.

Taste is crisply pine, metallic but not harsh, with strong note of grapefruit. Nice dry finish. Bitter, but not too much. Malt base is evident. What makes the taste in this is the balance: this is a multidimensional brew, not just a hop bomb.

Nice round mouthfeel, even a bit sticky.

Pretty easy drinking! I could quaff a couple of these in an evening. Goes very well with spicey food. The balance helps. Also, letting it warm a bit also brings out the malt foundation. I'd say don't pour it below 50 degrees.

Thanks again to shbobdb for going out on a limb sharing an APA with me. This one worked out okay!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label says 7.3% ABV. Pours a slightly hazy golden color, with a hint of orange. Thick white fluffy head holds very well. Nice piney, citrusy hop aroma. Pale and sweet in the beginning, slightly toasty, followed by juicy, citrusy flavors. Finishes with a hint of aspirin (Amarillo?). Nice patches of lace coat the glass as it is drank. Oranges in the flavor come out more at the end. Pretty good balance, nothing overwhelming. Medium body. Pretty nice.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bomber.

A- Golden yellow, rocky active head. Lots of carbonation.

S- Tangy, sweet, lemony hops.

T- Strong bitter hops. Nothing much else. Warming alcohol.

M- Dry, winey. A little too much on the alcohol.

D- One is enough.

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Photo of MarineHokie
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber tinted slightly hazy straw color. Long lasting head leaves sticky lacing.

S - Clean fresh aromas in abundance, I can smell the hoppines from a few feet away as I type. On closer examination hints of mint and earth mingle nicely

T- Bam! Slightly citrusy bitterness up front. Spicy-tangy maltiness almost catches up to balance but not before the earthy bitter finish overpowers.

M- Medium body, tangy MF.

D- Quite drinkable.

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

A-Light copper color body with a Small head and no lacing.

S-Flowery hop smell,I cant smell the malt in it.But I smell earthy hops,Bittery hops.

T-Flowery basket taste,I love the hops in this.

M-Very good taste with a exploding taste on your palate.

D-Very good! I could drink a couple of these bombers.I thik this stuff should be made in 12 oz bottles also.I plan on buying another bottle and keeping it for xmas eve.Kudo's to Lagunitas and for my first time drinking there beers.

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Photo of AJPainter
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hungry Freaks, Daddy!

Saw this label and, without knowing what style, I had to buy it...

Golden orange color with a clean white head and lacing down the glass. An aroma of citrus and pine. Tastes of citrus, herbal hops, pine... Yum. I could drink this often, but maybe less at once. 22 oz at over 7%abv is a little much, but this is just what I'm looking for.

Who ARE the brain police...?

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Photo of seebus
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - good color, slightly cloudy, frothy white head. looks great for this style.

S - lightly sweet hoppy aroma

T - a little too sweet. nice hop character--solid, but it doesn't stick out. slight aspirin aftertaste. so i would say the hops are good, but imho, they should be showcased a bit more for an ipa.

M - good body

D - sure. nothing spectacular, but i didn't have any problem finishing off the bomber.

a slightly above average american ipa. the best part by far is the zappa tribute. the label is crammed with zappa quotes and notes, and i am a big fan. for that, i tip my hat and my glass.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Freak Out Ale
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

- Awesome label that pays homage to Frank Zappa and recognizes the 40-year anniversary of Freak Out. –

Pours a bronze and shiny deep orange with a massive head that provides immense trails of sticky lace all over the glass. High marks on appearance.

Major whiffs of intense hops in the nose with hints of oranges, limes and a floral bouquet.

Toasted grain backbone with a syrupy and hop resin induced blast on the palate. Vicious combination of grapefruits, oranges, lemons and black pepper. Fruit flavors with an oily slickness that supports this highly intense IPA.

A good old-fashioned, aggressively hopped American IPA from Lagunitas.

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