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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 724
Hads: 2,279
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 129
Gots: 377 | FT: 3
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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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright orange with a huge white head that reduces somewhat quickly but leaves a ton of soapy stickiness.

On the nose, the hoppy fruit tones meld perfectly into the Belgian Tripel fruitiness for an aroma that's actually very reminiscent of an Argentinian Torrontes- hints of juicy orange, melon, bubblegum and lychee- with a big, sweet doughiness to the malt and other complexities of fresh leafy herbs and yeasty spice.

Palate has a huge, frothy mouthfeel, the incredibly creamy malt stitched pretty perfectly to the hop slickness- weedy and herbal with those Belgian fruit undertones of Muscat and bubblegum. The DIPA starts to show a little more on the finish, after the creaminess starts to wane, with a moderate bitterness and some herbal tones- picking up some tree fruit and juicy grapefruit on the lingering resinous finish.

What a tasty Freak, segueing perfectly from the big, creamy Tripel character into the dry, snappy DIPA character. And those fruit tones are absolutely stellar. This and the Imperial IPA are by far my favorite GFs that I've tasted, but this may just have the edge with its freakness.

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Photo of jsp3
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich, hazy, golden color. Head is very substantial, bright white, filled with a ton of tiny bubbles that makes it look reminiscent of sea foam. Laces very well on the glass with a thick, sea-foamy film.

S - Cloves, big yeast profile, pineapple, honey-molasses malts. Pretty bold aromatics.

T - Hoppy. Big yeast profile detected on the nose is there in the taste and the floral cloves and sage spice flavors are embedded really nicely into the yeast profile. Bananas here as well. Malt is there more in the front of the palate while a nice, clean, hop bite finishes the sip. There's something about Green Flash's inherent, natural taste - as in, the uniquely idiosyncratic flavor of the brewery itself - that is seriously just so pure and clean tasting, almost in a way that is antique, even antediluvian. I'm such a huge fan of the brewery's inherent, idiosyncratic taste that all of its beers seem to have. Every brewery has one of those tastes and their's is just godly and mystical.

M - Surprisingly heavy for a BIPA. It could actually be considered chewy in my estimation. Sip stays together pretty well. Carbonation is spot-on.

D - A great beer, overall. As with every offering from Green Flash, I'm very impressed. They might have overtaken Founders as my favorite brewery with this one. It's a brewery that really just gets it. Drinking a beer from Green Flash is like watching a movie from your favorite director where the director is on point with his usual, familiar aesthetic, where he is expert, and where everything is exceptionally bold but never overdone. I recommend anyone with similar affinities to try Green Flash's Rayon Vert - it's like no other beer I've ever encountered.

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Photo of AndersenMarx
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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

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Photo of biegaman
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1 on tap at the Toronado, in San Diego and again at Cole's, in Buffalo.

Golden and orange tones are blended into an assortment of soft-hued pastels - the delicacy and balance of this synthesis is quite emblematic for a beer that sets out to fuse two distinctly archetypal brewing traditions. Although clarity is impeded it isn't entirely obstructed. The haze also fails to repress what is a very healthy looking glow.

Its lean, peachy coloured overlay is firm and durable. Despite the only modest proportion, it manages to embalm the glass like a mummy; strips of white are wrapped around and around. Le Freak certainly doesn't look like much of an aberration; instead actually, all indications show signs of a really well crafted beer.

The aroma isn't funky like I braced myself for it to be. I could possibly be convinced there was use of brettanomyces, although I know none were used. No, this bouquet of soft fruit (pear and apple) is the indication of an authentic, time-tested Belgian strain of yeast. It should go without saying that a proper yeast is the most important aspect of making a Belgian-type ale.

Here's where fruit will start to come at you from all angles. First, overwhelming and aggressively so from the hops. This is definitely West Coast style: it has all the juice, peel, piths, rinds and otherwise citrusy character you can soak out of hops. This produces flavours of banana, pineapple, grapefruit, melon, lemon zest, and cantaloupe.

The second source of all things fruity and flavorful, Belgian yeast, is far more subtle. It has the suggestion of fruit through its esters. It concentrates more on the orchard fruits (rather than citrus) and tops it all of with a smack of buttery vanilla, tons of white pepper and a pretty generous dose of barnyard funk.

The brewer considers this a "Belgian-style tripel meets San Diego imperial IPA" and it's still a bit of a mystery to me how, given if that's exactly what they set out to do, Green Flash could pull off something so well balanced. American hops are obnoxiously in-your-face aggressive whilst Belgian yeast works with subtlety and elegance. In theory the two contradict...

Yet in this beer both somehow go about their ways independently and do nothing to compromise the other. If there is one anomaly with Le Freak it would be how well the quintessence of both Belgian and American brewing has been merged. Green Flash must be commended for this. The result is something smooth and tremendously gratifying to drink.

I was very happy to learn Green Flash has decided to brew this one again. 'Le Freak' was definitely no miscreation; it happened to be one of the most ingenious, praiseworthy and admirable brewing aspirations I've had the pleasure of drinking. Mission accomplished Green Flash... now do it again!

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Photo of Onslow
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bought at Specs #6 Bay Area at 5:58pm Houston,TX...

drank at around 8pm , same day, Jan. 14th 200...9!


a good day today

i can't stand to see a robot cry, let's watch T.V.... ever drank a whole bottle of NyQuil just for shits and gigs? ... wheres the wick? $125 for rockstar shit? ... and who is dumb enough to buy a fast food sandwich for $8?... Le Freak, man, glad to try this in my neck of the fat sucked wheather mans neighborhood ... lots of belgian honey hops... damn frigidy good lacing and coco white head ... parole officer says i need an upgrade, or they won't give me back my stabbin knife... wow, fantastic brew here.. bitter , sweeet, balanced like a eraser on a pencil erasing a doodle of a naked man at that porno dudes house ... so so easy to drink... smooth, enjoyable, the real mccoy ... at&t, ever been to brussels, cuz i want to kick your arse... quite an amazingly enjoyable and crisp bitter example of the hop (and the genius thinking out of the box yeast examples in this brew)and the playful sensation of bitterness on the tongue and complete coating of the trap... ballack, what a goal, but roons was tap-rific! ... i may not make sense to you the reader, who reads my crap anyway, but this is a great beer, great bitterness, smooth as silk, aggressive yet retarded kitten like... buy this if you see it, me personally will be buying quite a few more bottles of this wonderful elixer, or butt sex...

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Very unique. All the fruitiness of Belgian ale with lots of clove banana and maltiness goodness. Work in the nice hoppy finish that one would expect from west coat friends. The finish also let's through the banana bread taste as well. After thought of the combination of two great types of beers makes this one of my recent favorites! Very exciting new type of beer for me.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks pretty great. golden/red colour with a white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing.

More belgian on the nose than I expected. Heaps of typical tripel scents with pear, dried apricots, spicy phenols plus lashings of us hops giving juicy citrus.

This is a belgian IPA. I have tried what are meant to be the best in the style, and this is better. I have to give it a 5 due to that, right? Or at least a 4.5. However, I love this so much imma just go ahead and say it deserves the 5. Wow. I dont know what to say. The elements are balanced so perfectly. The yeast sets up a rich fruity, estery, spicy flavour which is supported by a strong malt base. Then the hops just scream right through - spicy and peppery as well as the typical us hop characters.

I am really suprised at how good this beer is.

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Photo of pennywhistle
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The IPA hoppiness added a really interesting flavour to the typical Belgian style. It's both calm and slightly syrupy, and a little carbonated at the same time. I really like this beer, and think it would go well with any meal - it would match a nice dinner just as well as an outdoor picnic.

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Photo of founddrama
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
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 acevenom
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Pours hazy golden with a large, white head that dissipates slowly. Plenty of sticky lacing is left behind as the head dissipates. There are aromas of citrus and piney hops, but these are not very strong. There are sweet malts and Belgian yeasts. Having just had a tripel, I can see where this is an IPA meets a tripel. The hops are forward in this beer, but not like they are in typical West Coast hop bombs. There are flavors of citrus, bready malts, caramel, pine, and good Belgian yeast. It tastes like the perfect marriage of a Belgian tripel and an American IPA. The body is medium to full with good carbonation. There is a dry finish to this beer and this is highly drinkable. This is an excellent beer. Green Flash has yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Green Flash Le Freak has a thick, spongy, cream-colored head, and a brilliant, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, which has a gray-yellow descending cloud in it once the bottom of the bottle is swished and poured in. Some thick, splotchy lacing is left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of pine oil (hop oil) and grapefruit. The taste is the same, with sweetness, sugar, lots of bitterness, some biscuit, and bread crust. Mouthfeel is slimy and medium, and Green Flash Le Freak finishes dry, sweet & sour, and delicious. After ten minutes or so, the alcohol punches the drinker in the brain. This really is Le Freak. Wonderful!


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Photo of travduke
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To my delight I got this in a trade from hophead101. One of my favorite styles of beer, excited to try this one.

Appearance: Hazy ruby orange with an incredible 2 finger white foamy head with great retention.

Smell: I can smell this from across the time. Strong banana aroma, yeast, very fruity.

Taste: First sip is delicious. Bready, fruity, piney and citrus all in one. Slight warming alcohol that doesn't bother me at all. A little bitter but delicious.

Drinkability: Great sipping brew. I can drink a bomber but that's it. Its meant to be sat with and enjoyed. This is a great example of the style. One of the best being made in America that I've had so far.

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Photo of foodplusbeer
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This ia more of a Belgian IIPA than BPA. Starts off with a very tropical hoppy aroma. When it hits the tongue I get some that tropical fruit, a bit of pine, then a slight malt sweetness. There's a noticeable alcohol burn and taste just before the finish that leaves you with a boatload of hop bitterness! Wow, I didn't expect that. A unique experience, highly recommended.

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Photo of lbower860
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this out of a 22 oz bomber into a 20 oz snifter.a

A: Really nice dark orange color with a beautiful white/tan frothy head that stuck nicely to the glass on the way down.

S: Belgian yeastiness comes out immediately but doesn't over power the smell of the hops. Really has a nice balance between Belgian trippel and imperial ipa

T: Great. Tastes much more like a Belgian trippel than imperial ipa but that's not a surprise, nor is it a negative. First thing I notice is really pleasant sweetness on the front of the tongue. No bitterness here, sweet, beautiful and smooth from start to finish. Exquisite.

M: More carbonation than expected but not unwelcome. This beer is very very smooth and refreshing regardless of the high abv.

O: Awesome. This beer really impressed me in a lot of different ways. Im not even a huge fan of belgian/ ipa hybrids, but this one is all around great. Highly recommend it.

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Photo of DavidST
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip, sadly no freshness date. This pours a light orange color with a massive white head which leaves a lacing. The smells are wonderful, a nose full of sweet yeast esters, banana and spices, along with a little hop. The feel is medium with even more carbonation. The taste us outstanding, first is a bitter mouthful of hops, followed by a semi sweet taste, then a nice bitter after taste, another great one from green flash.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rating on my 2nd bottle into the 4 pack. The first was too good to stop and write.

Pours a rich clear orange with yellow tinge around the edges. Nice two finger head settles to a thick film with good lacing.

Incredible smelling beer! Bubble gum and spice with some bright funk. Candy apple and flowers.

Tastes of bubble gum and spice with green flowers and light Brett funk! Bitter through drink carries all with a piney hops on the finish. Nice carbonation.

Great beer with lots going on funky and just works! Daring to combine a Trippel with an IPA and it comes up a winner!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a very nice hazy rich orange amber with a frothy slightly tan head floating on top. It looks very appetizing.

Smell. I get a strong clove aroma with a little bit of pine. The belgian side sticks out with sweet esters and creamy to my nose. I also get some banana and nutmeg.

Taste. A very nice flavor with the belgian sweetness and the ipa hoppiness balancing very nicely. Overall i think the hops take the dominant flavor, with a present, but mild citrus character, and i can taste the spice coming out too. But as it warms in my mouth the sweetness comes through nicely, and somehow remind me a little like sugar cookies i used to get at a grocery store that tasted like they barely baked the batter. Aftertaste is a nice sweet orange citrus.

Mouthfeel. Body is a crisp medium, but fills my mouth up real nicely. Carbonation is at a good and high level. I'm amazed this beer has this much alcohol but stays so light and refreshing.

Overall, an incredible beer! Just great complexity, and great balance; all these flavors work together so nicely. This style is such an interesting concept to me, and i with the others i have tried this one stick above the rest.

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Photo of tipnsip
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Green Flash Brewing has only recently made it into the Chicagoland market and I gotta ask ... What took you so long!?!?!

Wow! LeFreak is an amazing brew. The marriage between an IPA & a Trippel is brilliant. It spotlights the finest qualities of an IPA & the finest qualities of a Belgian, while ommitting some of the aspects that are acquired tastes when it comes to each style of brew.

In my opinion:

IPA "pros" - bold hops & an underlying malt sweetness.
Trippel "pros" - sharp citrus, spice & balanced alcohol.

IPA "cons" - christmas tree in a glass
Trippel "cons" - yeastiness & sourness.

LeFreak accentuates the above "pros" & mellows the "cons".

It pours golden/orange & has a light white head ... the nose is very inviting with promise of lemon & spice ... from tip of the tongue to finish, Le Freak is well balanced taking you from bite to sweet to richness to clean finish.

I've had their IPA & their Trippel ... both very good brews, but this combination is where it's at.

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Photo of tjsprague
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a wonderful light golden color with a foamy white head on top.

The smell is very Belgian with a sweetness and a bit of malt.

The flavor is all west coast IPA. Except at the end there is a taste of the Belgian sweetness. It is remarkable how well they have managed to blend these two styles. There is a slightly hoppy, bitter beer at the front and a nice Belgian sweetness at the end.

The mouthfeel is great. Imagine a nice thick hoppy IPA that finishes slightly sweet so you don't have that lingering thickness in your mouth.

This is a truly wonderful beer. I have been burned out on IPAs and this has made the difference. A great combination of two worlds. I had the Stone Cali-Belgian but this beats it hands down. I can't recommend it enough.

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Photo of MarkBeerDawg
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing! Sometimes I feel like an IPA sometimes a Belgian Style...This is both. Very unique, Floral/citrus and malty aroma, beautiful caramel amber color, Bready and mildly bitter hop notes.

Take special notice of the orchestration of the balance between the hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

A must try, Drink It!

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Photo of ikats
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy gold in color with thick white head. Belgian-style aroma - light and refreshing. Aroma is full of fruity notes, cloves, some gratefruit and some pine notes. If you think too much, hops (American addition) are quite obvious, but they blend in so well that they work perfectly. Taste is very bitter, plus hops stick to your tongue to provide you with a bitter after taste. This beer seems to give the tongue a good scrubbing. Mouthfeel is pleasant and the beer is very drinkable giving the right circumstances. This beer will go great with some food.

I didn't plan to review this beer when I picked up a bottle to open. However, see how it's wonderful, I figured I have to get it on record. Nicely done beer.

UPDATE: I did not edit anything in my original post which was based on the first glass of chilled Le Freak. As the beer warmed up and as I drank more of it, its taste moved more and more towards hoppy bitterness. I was pleasant, but if you're not a hophead, you won't enjoy it.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy yellow/gold - about three fingers of head.

Smell: Strong smell of hops, belgian yeast - like witbier/saison, alcohol

Taste: Tons of hops up front and then transforms into a belgian tripel. Alcohol bite hides behind the bitter hops up front. An amazing fusion of flavors - like a good mashup by Girl Talk.

Mouthfeel: hop bitterness, dry - nice effervescence from tripel

Drinkability: this one is very drinkable - I felt that it's a sipper - I wanted to savor this beer moreso than drink it because I liked it so much. I wish we got Green Flash in Charleston - then I could enjoy this beer on a regular basis. Great fusion - I recommend for the beer drinker/geek who appreciates both styles. Very cool!

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.