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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,173 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,173
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 121
Gots: 302 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007

This Belgian Style IPA is an "out of the box" convergence of beer styles where American Imperial IPA meets Belgian Trippel.
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Ratings: 2,173 | Reviews: 720
Photo of salcedo
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber poured into glass.
L: Nice orange color. Quite hazy.
Off-white head that lingers a while.
S: Fruitiness you'd expect from a Belgian yeast with malt and alcohol.
T: Nice malty flavor. The alcohol flavor is not as pronounced as you would expect from the scent. The Belgian fruitiness is definitely there. There's also a nice hoppy IPA bitterness.
F: Medium body. Highly carbonated.
O: Overall, I can see why Le Freak is so popular. Green Flash has successfully blended Belgian and IPA styles into a delicious brew.

Photo of Junkforadam
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily a favorite brew hoppy with a sweet malty finish.

Photo of Youbecha
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll admit, my first Belgian IPA...my frame of reference is Trappist brews and American IPAs. The IPAness is there, but it feels like a good Belgian ale, not a good IPA...I will have to reevaluate.

Photo of Tarheelsfan
4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. Perfect blend of Belgian yeast and hops.

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just tasted this beer. Pours a nice reddish amber hazy beer. Smells sweet and alcoholic. Taste is odd, sweet, then fruity then bitter as hell, bitterness keeps growing with each sip, It was hard to enjoy.

Photo of BPMeyer27
2.76/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very odd taste, different than any other Belgian!

Photo of founddrama
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tastes as golden as it looks. Wonderful blend of the Belgian and American IPA styles. A Tripel on the nose but a hoppy finish. Even a little bit herbal? floral? spicy? Such a complex profile.

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Photo of PlatoSmash
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask! Amazing kick at the end!

Photo of jscheuf
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of banana laffy taffy, clove, pepper, and fruit, also getting hints of pine and juicyfruit gum.
Tastes pretty similar to aroma, mainly a buttery banana that coats the mouth but doesn't linger to long ending with a slightly piney bitter hop finish you would expect in a IPA.
Interesting beer overall was looking for something different and this indeed was.

Photo of Mrose78
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Good beer but nothing special.

Photo of TonyLaTuba
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Smells good looks good but, the combination isn't as good as I taught

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.58/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.25 - Looks identical to apple juice in color. Ridiculous head potential, foamed up quick, forming a 4 finger, slightly off white colored head. Good head retention and nice solid lacing.
S - 3 - Strange. Sweet hops, grapefruit and oranges, but also some spices such as clove and nutmeg, lots of yeast and that distinct, bubblegum aroma that Belgian goldens have.
T - 2 - Not liking this one bit. Upfront there is a nice sweet citrus taste, but it quickly fades to the aforementioned spices and bubblegum of the aroma.
F - 4 - Standard expected mouthfeel.
O - 2 - To me, this is not a Belgian style IPA but rather an IPA mixed with a Belgian golden and tripel. I understand that Belgian yeast strains are used in the production, but there is just way too much bubblegum and spice in this for me to call it an IPA at all. Didn't enjoy this one bit and thus cannot recommend it.

Photo of kbcrawford90
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Belgian fruity smell. Belgian yeast and banana up front and hoppy, citrusy, pine in the back.

Photo of docoman
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was very good, liked the style, which I hadn't had too many of before, good balance.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a Belgian tulip at Nob Hill Bar & Grill.

A- Frothy pale white head. Creamy and sticky lace. Orange and copper color with good clarity. 4.5

S- Sweet malt and yeast with a bright floral quality. Faint citrus and lilies. 4

T- Like the nose heavy on sweet malt, caramelized, with aggressive yeast that provides floral notes before a juicy orange finish. 4

M- Sweet and yeasty if I haven't said so already. But there's a sharp bitterness that lingers and a touch of tasteful tartness that slides in almost without being perceivable. 4.25

Yeah, this is an excellent beer. Nice to find recently tapped as GF isn't easy to find fresh.

Photo of Dpx710
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unique hybrid and very different

Photo of arvidkoval
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trippel up front, IPA in the back. Very interesting. Belgian sweetness and then a hop bitterness.

Photo of jooler
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not really a fan of the taste. Kind of like India pale shock top. But pretty fruity

Photo of MattR2014
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Too much Belgium for me but well done for sure very smooth for high abv

Photo of Kraj30
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really fresh on draft. def would drink again!

Photo of AndersenMarx
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Almost everything I want in a beer...
Head is super frothy, really depends on the pour, I have gotten 2-4 fingers on different occasions
The Belgian yeast mixed with hops combination is delicious, great combination of beer styles
There is definitely a banana/bubblegum taste, like Juicy Fruit, but not over powering and washed out with the hops
A grand mouth feeling

Photo of DuffDaddy
1.5/5  rDev -62.7%

Had one while I watched the Chinese Acrobats at the Lakeland Center with the Sumners.

Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Amber with a thick white head. Dissipates at a steady pace leaving dotty lacing

S - citrus, pine, banana bread, some funky Belgian aromas

T - banana bread, citrus, funky yeast, orange, coriander, peppery aftertaste

M - quite full bodied, finishes bittersweet

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Light amber in colour. Nice foamy light beige 2 finger foam.
Aroma is floral, citrus, corriander.
Tastes complex. Orange, banana and spices, peppery.
Mouth feel Is wonderful. Under tongue. Bitter. Carbonation indicative of Belgium ales.

Photo of mr-jj
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Collective. Review from 6/30/14.

Pours amber with two finger white head. Nose is hoppy banana bread. Definitely Belgian yeast. Flavor is quite unique - some fruity banana hops and melon followed by a citrus finish. It is growing on me with each sip. Medium/full body, moderate carbonation. I liked this more than I expected.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,173 ratings.