Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,189
Reviews: 725
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 122
Gots: 316 | 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: 2,189 | Reviews: 725
Reviews by Gu3mom:
Photo of Gu3mom
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At our house, we use a 10-point scale. For this particular beer our ratings are as follows:

Her - 6 Hint of banana flavor which I do not like in beer.
Him - 8 High octane, good flavor. Pricey.

Overall, drinkable but a far cry from a top choice; we hold out for brews that are at least a 7 on our scale. Cheers!

More User Reviews:
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 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 RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is a super-cloudy light orange in color with a decent head.

Smell - This is very interesting. There are basically two bouquets to this ale. The first one is classic American DIPA. The big, stiff piney hops and rich, caramel-laden malt scream West Coast DIPA. But then there is a Belgian Tripel kind of aroma. It's behind the first one for sure, but I can pick up some fine Belgian yeast and some traditional Tripel spicing, particularly coriander.

Taste - OK, this is officially The Freak. It's like drinking two beers very similar to the notes I made about the smell. The American DIPA is more prominent and that yeast aroma hardly showed up at all, but there is some classic Belgian spicing to this beer that makes it a wonderful DIPA/Tripel hybrid.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full. It is exceptionally balanced and has some terrific carbonation. There is no real bitterness to the drink even though it is swimming in hops.

Drinkability - This is actually quite an easy-drinking ale. Again, at the risk of sounding repetitive, the balance makes this a fabulous offering. The various flavors work in perfect harmony and produce a big, giant beer with what could easily be competing flavors but that work incredibly well together and go down like nobody's business. Grean Flash pulled off a miracle with this effort - it is a unique beer that speaks to the boldness and creativity of the brewmasters. Well done!

Photo of MadScientist
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: a slightly hazy, glowing amber with orange highlights. The persistant, rocky, off-white leaves some light lacing on the glass.

S: An intense hop aroma that is mostly pineapple and citrus with some pine. There is a grassy note mixed with a more herbaceous note like sage. A moderately-light candy sugar like malt aroma blends with orange esters. Light peppery phenols and a soft alcohol aroma round out the nose for this delicious smelling beer.

T: There is high hops bitterness but it's supported by a moderate, clean malt sweetness. There is moderately-strong hops flavors of pineapple, citrus with some pine. The grassiness os from the dry hopping but the sage and rosemary might be from the fermentation or actual herb additions. Moderate orange flavors from the yeast. The balance is firmly bitter having a dry finish with a lingering bitterness and pine.

M: medium-light bodied with moderately-high carbonation. There is no creaminess, a little dryness from the high CO2 and a moderate warming from the alcohol.

O: I love this West Coast Belgian; it combines my favorite element of each in an assertive yet balanced beer. It'll make hop head somewhat happy , just don't except a total hop bomb.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber pours into my glass a clear golden yellow/orange hue with a creamy two fingers of foam on top and good active carbonation as well. Aromas start out with fruity yeast esters and spiciness with some clove and a touch of pepper. Big citrusy hops with orange peel accents. Quite intricate and the hop kick is quite nice.

First sip brings crisp malt upfront with a nice melding of Belgian yeast esters and fruity spiciness. Notes of clove, nutmeg and a light peppery accent. Midway through the hops kick in with a citrusy/bitter hit. Notes of orange peel and hop resins on the way down. Finishes smooth with a bit of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat creamy and smooth. Goes down with ease for being nearly 10%. Overall, a tasty Belgian IPA for sure. I've only had a few so far but I have enjoyed them. Thanks to PatronWizard for sending this my way.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So this is how you do this style. I loved it. In a tulip, it was a gold color, maybe a bit on the orange side. Thick white head with copious lace. Aroma of an IPA and a tripel. Floral and citrus combining with sugar and yeast. Same thing with the taste. Mostly grapefruit, a little pine, with cotton candy and yeast. A balanced combination. Would drink this one anytime.

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. No bottle date. Purchased 8/10, consumed 3/1/11

A - Pours a clear orange/copper with three fingers of very persistent head. Leaves some lacing.

S - Smell is mostly tropical fruit hops, citrus and sweet malts. Slight amount of spiciness, definitely some coriander.

T - Probably let this sit a bit too long, as the hop component is pretty subdued. Still, pleasant citrus and tropical fruit hop taste up front, with good malt following. Maybe a bit too sweet.

M - Medium mouthfeel with nice hop bite. Slightly drying feeling.

O - Very enjoyable Belgian IPA. Noticeable alcohol takes it down a notch.

Photo of Beaver13
2.45/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear light copper with a creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is interesting and unique - grapefruits and citrus, floral hops, spices and pepper, banana, and sweet sugary malts.

The flavor is sweet gummy malt and melon followed by a big bitter hop finish - floral with some charred tar that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light bodied and watery.

Overall, I didn't really care for the taste profile of the hops or the balance of gummy sweetness and hops.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a chalice. The label has the abv. listed at 9.2% and there is no freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a light yellow gold color and a cloudy appearance. Its head builds up tall before slowly settling down to small covering which hangs on well and makes for some nice lacing.

Smell: Its aroma has a solid hopy presence with some classic Belgian yeast and sweet malt.

Taste/Palate: Up front on this one are loads of classic Belgian funk, yeast and malts. The hop character slowly builds up and adds big juicy citrus and tropical hop notes. The hops finish this one off with a blend of funk and pine like hops. The palate feels full and well carbonated.

Notes: The hop flavor was big and bold which made for a very interesting beer.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazy, bright gold with a magnificent white, thick head that goes absolutely nowhere. Terrific lacing and tons of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Smell is of honey, belgian spices, clove, like a good tripel. Taste is where the hops come though...bigtime. Huge hop presence of grapefruit and aspirin-y flavors in the finish. Astringent. It's got all the characteristics of a great tripel - honey, spices ala clove, coriander, white grapes, with a very bold hoppiness that kicks you in the face and grabs you by the balls. I love it. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, very carbonated with tiny bubbles typical of Belgian Ales, astringent-dry finish. Tremendous beer and the best of the style I have had so far...better than La Chouffe, Hop-It, etc. I've only had their IPA and now this but Green Flash has got it goin' on.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gate in Brooklyn ,NY as part of their recent California bee event. Always nice to try a new offering from a Green Flash. This pours hazy, apricot amber, under a rich looking off white head, that lasts and dissolves to tiny bubble film and shimmering lace on the glass. nose explodes with , ripe fuits, tropical and citrus, yeast, bread, and a mellow undertone of funk, wow, nice. Heady, bold and tasty brew. A lot going on here. Yeast, more tropical fruity ester, spiced up hops. Yummy, aggressive brew. Love the style and this one delivers the goods. Only wish this one was available in the local area on a regular basis. Oh well, gotta get back out to San Diego!

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

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Freshness Date: None

A: Hazy golden in my snifter topped with about a finger and a half of bone white fluffiness which fades leaving a film on the glass

S: Spice and powdery, biscuity maltiness with highlights of banana and possibly even pine.

T: This brew is built on a biscuity, powdery, fresh baked bread maltiness that lends this brew a wonderful chewiness. Strong black pepper and clove appropriately paired with hints of banana and peach. The hops are bittering adding also some notes of lemon citrus and pine needles. Nice warming alcohol finish.

M: Chewy with good linger and moderate carbonation

O: Green Flash's version of marrying Belgian and California style brews. A brew which at first may confuse and overwhelm the palate, but remains interesting, exploring new flavor combinations, and creating a style of its own. Although a brew with good ideas, it is far from perfect and I am interested to see how California breweries build on this style of Belgian / West Coast blends.

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

Golden color with a white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Bubblegum, citrus hops, clove, and nutmeg in the aroma. Bubblegum, clove, citrus, nutmeg, and allspice in the taste. This beer reminded me of New Glarus' Dancing Man Wheat. Medium body and medium carbonation. I'd definitely enjoy having this again; very good beer!

Photo of Mora2000
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangish-yellow with a white head. The aroma is very fruity, with a big Belgian yeast component. Smells very similar to a Belgian tripel. The flavor is fruity with some hop bitterness as well as a strong Belgian yeast character. Medium mouthfeel.

Photo of bsp77
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Very cloudy golden amber with massive, sticky head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Pepper, cloves, spicy hops, banana and citrus.

Taste: The yeast is strong in this one. Musty, with lots of pepper, clove, banana and a general spiciness that nay be in part from the hops. Some light pine and citrus but not overly noticeable. Bitter overall.

Feel: Highly carbonated with a medium body and a bone dry finish.

Overall: Comes across as a very bitter Tripel, as the yeast is the driving factor and the hops taste a little more continental than American to me. Very enjoyable overall.

Photo of magictrokini
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me, this beer is the model of the IPA-Belgian crossover. Pours clear copper with a puffy white head. Rich, spicy aroma characteristic of a Belgian trippel: yeast, pepper, banana, but with a citrus zest. Clean, crisp, yet sweet taste. Good amount of grapefruit and resin, but tempered with the sweetness of the spice and yeast. Spicy and bitter, citrus and sweet; it all formed a great beer with the best qualities of both the DIPA and trippel coming through.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a nice slightly hazy golden color with a small white head that starts sticking to the glass. Nose is similar to Raging Bitch or Hugh Malone, it's got a sort of tipel nose from the yeast, but then a nice hoppy/fruit note that's very nice as well.

Mmm, this is pretty "freaky", it's quite different from other Belgian IPAs that I've had. It's got a nice funk to it, maybe it's bret? It's certainly well hopped, it's got a very nice bitter bite to it that really holds onto your palate for a while. Even though Green Flash is known for their west coast hoppiness (see Imperial IPA, West Coast IPA), it's got a different hop character to it. It is aggressive but it's also a bit floral and delicate, maybe it's the hops but it could just be the combo with the yeast. Aftertaste is a bit astringent and grainy, also somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel is a bit small for a Belgian, It says on the label that it's a "trippel" but it doesn't have that huge full mouthfeel that I love in Westmalle tripel, and other similar Belgian tripels. Not saying that it's bad it's just a bit light which makes it perhaps a bit more drinkable.

Considering this is such an odd hybrid style and that it's 9.2%, this is a damn drinkable beer. It's got a nice Belgian floral bite to it, and a really good Belgian character with a little bit of funk, it combines for a very beer-geek-centric flavor profile that's really enjoyable. I think I paid $10 for this, and it's worth the price.

Photo of Kraken
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Le Freak poured from a 22oz bomber into a massivly oversized pint glass. Firm pour provides for a 2 finger head that quickly fades to a thin skim. minimal lace. Color is a orange amber that screams west coast IPA.
Nose- Its like a bunch of hops are trying to jump out of glass. Citrus, grapefruit, orange tangerine. No hints of banana or bubble gum in this bad boy, some of the belgian sutblties have been sacrificed for pure hoppy goodness.
Taste- Hops are in your face both comming and going. Hop forward with very prominent citrus, again with the oranges grapefruit and tangerine. Belgian charcteristics come through in the middle, candi suguar, nice body, somewhat smooth. Massive hop bitters in the finish. Finishes long bitter and dry. Just a faint bit of heat from the 9% alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Keeps you interested for the duration. Nice blend of both styles.
Drinkability- Le Freak is as drinkable as 9% beer can be. After an hour walk with the dogs on a hot august day this is very nice. Wish I had another.

Photo of jondeelee
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Le Freak opens with a nose that befits the name, being on the one hand almost sour in its presentation of lemons, tart cherries, bananas and cloves, and on the other hand extremely sugary, with Jolly Rancher-like sweet watermelon and apple notes, mixed with good hits of orange and lychee nut, and all this atop a bed of toast and biscuit. The effect is intoxicating, like a glassful of water to a marathon runner in Death Valley.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a brief shot of bananas and cloves, then moves with shocking speed into a grapefruit rind and pine sap blast of bitter hops that temporarily overwhelms the mouth and leaves the tongue tingling in joyous mercy. The IBUs in this monster run at 101, according to Green Flash's website, but the bitterness actually seems much higher (if that's possible), and the hops used in this brew must have had massive alpha acid levels. Get past the hops, and a lovely brown sugar, Brazil nut, and toasted grain base brings oranges, apples, and hints of pineapple, as well as whole wheat toast. Hints of a vodka-like alcohol tinge the edges. The aftertaste is mainly hops, with hints of some malty fruit flavors trying their best to shine through--banana and pineapple seem to do the best in this respect. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, somewhat detracting from the overall ensemble.

Overall, this is amazing beer, and has obviously been crafted by experts dedicated to the betterment of their craft. I suspect the unique qualities of this beer--specifically its bipolar flavor profile and huge bitterness--will seem offputting to many, and I can't help but feel that the brew is slightly out of balance, and tries to do too many things at once. Still, this is an ale that has to be tried to be believed, and is worth seeking out.

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 Osiris9588
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

220z bomber procured from Grandview Carryout. Poured a clear, pale bronze color. The creamy 2-finger head formed a nice sticky cap with some craters and substantial lacing.

The nose is dry and spicy with a bit of wood, with only a hint of yeast and banana.

It starts on the tongue right away with a dash of sweet cherry, they the middle is dried out hoppiness, then some phenols and earthiness, then finished with a flutter of banana and rock candy. It's complex, and characteristics of both styles which comprise it emerge.

The ABV--and the alcohol is rather present--and the woody aftertaste, don't make it highly drinkable, but having just one is very pleasurable.

Photo of ehammond1
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Growler

Green Flash Brewing Co.
Mira Mesa, CA

Clear golden orange, nearly amber. Not nearly as much carbonation as I would have expected or preferred. Pours with a thin head and doesn't leave much lacing down the glass. A pretty color, but this beer seems under-carbonated.

The aroma of this beer seems more Belgian than it does San Diego. The tart and tangy Belgian yeast is dominant, along with some sweet fruit aromas and a honey-like sweetness. Interesting and evolving as it warms, but distinctly Belgian.

Tangy Belgian yeast flavor along with a more typical San Diego IPA hop bitterness. A nice combination. There is some sweet citrus, perhaps lemon, flavor as well.

This beer seems a bit syrupy and heavy. Unfortunately, this wasn't quite as carbonated as I'm assuming others have experienced.

A good marriage of Belgian yeast and a San Diego style hoppy and bitter IPA. Better carbonation would have significantly improved a couple areas, but still a pleasure to drink.

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 08/16/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy copper amber orange with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger off white head that slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and zesty aroma with Belgian yeast and citrus hops. Upfront Belgian yeast with some funk, clove, and pepper spicing. Big presence of citrus hops with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, tangerine, and apricot. Also some fruit hints of banana and green apple. Hints of sweet Belgian candied sugar and some bubblegum. Some grassy and piney hop hints. Pale malt with hints of grains, caramel, and biscuit. A really solid Belgian IPA aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty and spicy Belgian taste with a big presence of juicy citrus hops. Belgian yeast upfront along with notes of clove, pepper, funk, and bubblegum. Big taste of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, apricot, and tangerine. Other fruit notes include banana and apples. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Also some good notes of grassy hops and pine resin. Pale malt with notes of caramel, grains, and biscuit. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and fairly oily. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A really good take on a Belgian IPA. Good taste of yeast, fruits, and juicy hops.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from/at the old now defunct liquid purveyors or whatever they called it in Portland.

Great appearance, vibrant dark yellow haze. Aroma not as hoppy as was expected.

Taste, hops more noticeable, but this one seems to fall into the belgian category than west coast ipa. Sweet and not hot spicy, but that kind of hop spice you get occasionally from Europe or New Zealand I've noticed. A little much of the spice and alcohol feel.

A costly bottle. Worth checking out at least once though. But definitely not the best San Diego area belgian ipa.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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