Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,199
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 125
Gots: 322 | FT: 2
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: 2,199 | Reviews: 726
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a small tulip glass, color is copper, large head, color is off white to light tan, large bubbles and medium bubbles.

Smell is one of the best of the bipa range: large belgian yeast funkiness upfront overtaken by the big hop nose, citrusy flavor upfront, then earthy and piney flavors in the finish.

Taste is also very good: similar to the aroma, where the belgian yeast funkiness presents first, then the hoppy flavors follow; hops are similarly citrus and earthy blend, with a lingering biting flavor from the piney/earthy flavor.

Mouthfeel is also very good: sweeter forward presence, then lingering bitter and drying finish.

Overall, a very good beer presents itself in the aroma and follows through in the flavors as a very good expression of the style

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Piney, citrus aroma with slight caramel. The booziness is evident. Silky malty taste up front, then you get hit with a wallop of a piney hop burst. Citrus at the end. The Belgian yeast is evident. Very good beer. Thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: restrained; white grapefruit and coriander;

T: herbal up front; coriander is predominant at mid-palate; nice balance between grapefruit and coriander at the finish; moderately bitter at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; medium dry finish;

O: flavor is tremendous and that's what is really important;

Photo of jsp3
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love how it opens like a Belgian trippel, and finishes similar to an IPA. One of my favorites. What I'd hoped Stone's Cali-Belgique would be but isn't.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruit and floral nose. Pours orange-amber with a 1” off white foam cap that descends to a thick film. Hazy peach color, lacy. On the palate fruit, especially peach, a trace of earthiness, white bread, citrus. A very faint hint of bubble gum to hard candi. Very nice bitter emphasis on the finish to balance the fruit and the sugars and malt on the finish. Very creamy above average carbonation. Medium body.

Photo of Strix
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden-orange, good initial head with a permanent lace ring.

Belgian yeast, clove, green grass, amarillo citrus

Mellow pepper and peach in the forefront, slowly morphing into a citrusy but dry finish. Complex and drinkable.

Fairly thick and viscous mouthfeel.

I'll pick this up again if I see it. Very nicely done.

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

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,199 ratings.