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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Le FreakGreen Flash Le Freak

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731 Reviews
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Reviews: 731
Hads: 2,302
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 131
Gots: 387 | FT: 4
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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Reviews: 731 | Hads: 2,302
Photo of 45nDown
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Hazy amber pour with an ample head. Clove taste comes out fairly strong in the beginning but tapers off through the drink and warming. This beer is not bad but not my taste.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The brewers at Green Flash Brewing Company have really out done themselves with this convergence of beer styles where American Imperial IPA meets Belgium trippel. The end result is a zesty brew with enticing American hops and Belgian yeast aromatics that lead you to delicious malts and a complex layering of hop flavors that quench and refresh your pallet. When you pour it you notice its orangish amber color with a huge amount of American hops on the nose with notes of citrus. The palate itself feels heavy at first but then leaves you with a silky smooth mouth full of yeast and hops beautifully layered with fruity flavors of banana and grapefruit.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aaaahhh Le Freak out!

Opaque golden yeller. Good looking mushy head.

Smells like a spice beer. Freaky Spice. Or a really strong hefe. Bordering on sour.

Taste has that tea flavor kind of bitter I associate with an ESB. Overpowering, as I don't believe I taste anything else. Surprising. I thought I was opening an IPA/tripel kind of thing. Maybe I am, but it would be my least favorite so far. Not bad, just not great. Le Freak comes out at night.

So I'm not loving it, but I'll have absolutely no problem whatsoever finishing it and I do appreciate the favorable 9.2%

Overall: one timer for me

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Photo of ehammond1
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of jjchristiano
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hops and Alcohol.
One of the hoppiest beers I've tried and the ABV is 9.2%.
Appearance is a little murky as I poured into a wine glass and there was active yeast still bubbling away in the glass. Drank it at temperature in the 45-50 degree range which was just right. smell and taste are a perfect match in this beer as the very hop flavor you anticipate is what you get. No other off flavors to surprise.

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Photo of ReDave
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy cloudy orange amber yellow, with a large fluffy white head.

Aroma was pretty limited, either it was me or something, but i couldn't detect much.

First sip.... interesting spices..
then... hops... mmm different than some other Belgian IPA's I've had. more spices, more hops..

also, can taste and feel the alcohol...

nice sticky lace down the side of the glass.

Some build up of hop flavors. nice

I like it.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz Bomber, poured into a chalice

A: Dark amber. Rich foamy head, and lots of it.

S: Hoppy and sweet! True to it's namesake, this thing smells freaky ... an odd combination to be sure.

T: Rich sweet start, hoppiness rises late, then bitter, then sweet again through the finish and we've come full-circle.

F: Creamy, but light.

D: For how freaky and demanding as this beer is, it's quite good. It definitely takes an open mind, and a little getting used to. Tasty though ... and that's all that matters.

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very thoughtful extra from a great trader, torchednoodle. Thanks!

Pours a super cloudy golden orange color with some dull straw highlights. A nice short cap of ivory froth covers the top, settling slowly to a thick filmy layer. Leaves some decent hanging spotty lace.

Some really enticing aromas rise out of the glass. Hoppy juices of peach, pineapple, and grapefruit. Yeasty notes of grape and white pepper hang in the mix. Coriander and doughy hay also make it into the nose.

Wow, taste. The immediate assault on the taste buds makes it difficult to know where to begin. Fumy notes of banana doughy belgian yeast hit the tongue and last for only split seconds as they're immediately wiped out by overbearing hop flavors. Bitter pine and grapefruit grind over the tongue mixed with a tingly carbonation. Lemon zest plays boldly in and out of the hoppiness, with a momentary dappling of soft bread and white pepper. Trippel character fights to return at the finish with building yeasty flavor, finding an awkward imbalance against the hanging bitterness. Finishes with a stylistically consistent tinny grainy bitterness, the clash of what would be a spicy smooth trippel finish now blended with an intense hop flavored bitterness.

Sips rather nicely, though notably impeded by the impressive, if not awesome bitterness throughout. Alcohol, while only mildly notable in character, is still a detractor in overall drinkability given its strength. It's admittedly a difficult blend of styles, and this is one of my preferred examples of the attempt, but I think I still prefer a trippel to be a trippel and an IPA an IPA.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a slightly hazy golden amber tone with two fingers of an off-white/beige head that impresses with both its retention and lacing.

nose is aromatic and wild. bold hoppy notes (citrus), spice, bubblegum, banana, sweet, candy-like malt, and maybe a touch of pepper. flavor mostly follows the aroma, though i pick up on a stronger presence of floral hops and a bit more booze as it warms. finish is bitter. to be sure, le freak is an interesting, tasty brew. doubt this would be something i would turn to on a regular basis, but enjoyable nonetheless - especially in small doses; if you're looking for a change of pace i would definitely recommend it.

has a medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with about average carbonation. so-so drinkability: not bad, but personally i'll be set with a glass.

original review: 10-10-2010

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Photo of bmwats
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into footed tulip.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Plenty of spider web lacing.

S: Sourdough, paper, pine, coriander.

T: Hoppy bite, pale yeast, coriander, clove, oregano....

M: Crisp, yet syrupy. Pungent hop bite throughout.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really good. Nice head, plenty of lacing. Nose is Bready with some strong hops and Italian spice. Hoppy, yet yeasty with spice. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of matty
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange colored ale with a very slow fading head.Aroma is hoppy and citrusy.Taste starts off hoppy and citrusy then changes to more warming belgian ale flavors.Very sweet and enjoyable.I would recommend for someone to try this ale at least once!!

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Photo of FLima
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, molasses, maybe some cinnamon and matured oranges.
Sweet flavor of oranges, Belgian yeast, mints, tea bag and sweet malt. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering fruity and resiny taste.
Medium to full body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 9.2% is felt but is harmonic.
A mix of styles, clearly a Tripel hop-turbinated the American way. But this is a Belgian IPA, right? A style that I believe is hard to get it right. Drinkability not so high, given its sweetness, it is a big bottle though.

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Photo of deereless
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear coppery orange, cottony head, signs of layering on the glass - 4.50, S: Perhaps it is a little too cold but the aromas a more subtle than I expected, the Belgian side is what is most noticeable - orange peel, some spices - likely coriander, citrusy/lemony off the hops I assume - 3.75, T: All of a sudden this beer becomes a hop bomb, loads of piney bite, some syrupy sweetness to try and moderate the hops though in reality the hops just dominate, only the slightest sign of the Belgian makes it through all the hop juice - 3.50, M: 4.00, D: Always a fan of the IPAs, this one is a good representation of the style though the balance is a little too far skewed in the direction of the hops - 3.50

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Photo of BeerlyLegal
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured this 12oz into a tulip. From the outside looking in it's got great aroma (apples, oranges, lemons) and a vibrant orange appearance. However, from the moment this brew hit my lips it was freakishly bitter and dry (pun intended) for the way in which I've gotten used to Belgian's tasting. The bottle description states this is a "Zesty Brew" which it is.

Nonetheless I like my beer like my women. This one is just throws itself onto you and there isn't a whole lot of discovering involved.

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Photo of tubeyes
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A hazy near orange amber, min white some lace.
S lots of peppery estery bubblegum.
T bubblegum some hoppy goodness estery.
M good drinkable mouthfeel estery aftertaste.
O very awesome and very belgium , quite tasty and enjoyable. Much better than the band of the same name...

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Auburn gold in color with a nice head, a little hazy.

S- Smells of grapefruit, citrus, licorice, and sweet candi sugar. Yum.

T- Tastes like a regular (but good) IPA at first then the belgian Yeast and candi sugar kick in. A nice sipping beer.

M- A little heavy in the mouthfeel, coats the mouth a bit to much.

D- A great once in a while Beer, I couldn't have it everyday but once in a while it would be perfect, very nice with indian food.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy gold with a white head

Smells of banana and spices

Tastes banana sweetness and spices with a slight bitterness that hangs around

MF-Slightly carbonated and very drinkable

Overall- Very nice beer. I will definitely pick up some more in the future.

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Photo of sommersb
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 04-04-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Light copper in color, the beer is clear on the first pour and then hazy as I work down to the bottom of the bottle. Off-white head is a rocky 3+ fingers high, showing both excellent lacing and retention.

S: Primary aromas are of hops, both piney and citrusy, with lemon and grapefruit notes. You can also smell a little Belgian yeast funkiness.

T: Taste is first and foremost of hop bitterness. There is a malty backbone that brings a little sweetness to the table, and this is more evident as the beer warms up, but still the hops are the main aspect. Other flavors include spicy and acidic elements.

M: Carbonation is high and the body is fairly thick. Aftertastes are zesty, bitter and mostly dry.

O: More IPA than Belgian, I felt this beer definitely improved as it warmed up a bit. Probably not a style I'd seek out often, but I was glad to give it a taste.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a brilliant clear gold with a thin white head. Bottle conditioned. Lots of piney hops in the aroma. Medium bodied with a solid malt base. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty drinkable for the ABV. The Belgian spice is there along with a load of hop bitterness in the finish. Not quite sure if I like this one, but it is an interesting mix of two brewing styles.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear orange body for the first few draws from the bottle with each additional pour the beer turns hazy until the last 2 glasses are murky. There is a slow dense carbonation of microbubbles supporting antique white head that last for a good bit.

S- The perfumed smell of green hops is followed by a soft honey sweetness that turns into more of an enamel paint aroma as the beer warms. The bright hop finish has a tarragon quality and a nice green herbal finish.

T- The big green earthy hop flavor has a light soapy flavor to it with a dandelion flower and orange rind flavor to follow. There is a dandelion milk bitterness that finishes the beer and also lingers a moment after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a tight fizz finish. No alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer is a bit like the husky kid at his first school dance. Some parts are really good but the big dandelion bitterness steps on everyone's toes and there isn't that much depth or complexity noticed.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to HoppySuds for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden color into a tulip. About a finger of slight off white head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Belgian yeast quite heavy up front, citrus and fruits, floral and grassy hops, malty backbone.

Taste – Not very IPA like to be perfectly honest. Similar to a Trippel though there is slight hop presence. Caramel malts, slight toffee, and earthiness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall – Have never been a fan of Belgian IPA’s, not going to lie. This one was not so much IPA as it was a Trippel in my opinion. Would not revisit.

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Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The marriage between Belgian and IPA always seems a tricky proposition. The sweetness of the Belgian can go well with the sweet malt of a big IPA, but the bittering that goes so well with IPA malt does not always integrate with the Belgian sweetness. While not an outstanding beer, the brewer does a pretty good job of getting everyone in the boat. There seems something here that is just a bit lacking, that I can't quite put my finger on. Just needed a bit more punch in either the hops or the Belgian character.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Happy to see this on tap at D's in Swissvale, PA.

Poured into a shaker: Finger of creamy head over a clean, pale gold body with just a few slow bubbles. Gauzy lacing.

Smells of Belgian yeast spiciness with mild floral hops. Well-balanced. Slight wheat smell, crisp, sweet malt.

Wheaty, fruity, banana taste at first, followed up by a peppery spiciness. Then comes the booze: strong, dry. Finishes bitter & dry.

Mouthfeel is full, frothy, with some bite & heat from booze.

Not bad, not as complex as some other Belgian IPAs. Alcohol is a little unwieldy, but I'd still have another.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Hazy orange body. Ginormous white fluffy head that leaves lots of lacing.

S: Honey and citrus.

T: Begins with fruity esters and bready malt. Shifts toward clean bitterness and alcohol sting in the middle. Ends with citrus and tropical fruits. OK overall, but the alcohol burn really hurts it.

M: Medium-bodied with enough carbonation to make it feel lighter.

D: It's been my experience that American hops don't really go well with Belgian yeast. This beer didn't disabuse me of that notion. A shame, too. Ive been a big fan of every other Green Flash beer I've had.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a hint of orange; the foamy head retains nicely but failed to deposit very much lace

Smell: Lots of citrus and a quick whiff fails to detect anything else; sniff for a while, though, and you can pick up the yeasty phenols

Taste: Biscuity, at first, with a growing pineapple citrusy/pithy bitterness; by mid-palate, the peppery phenols start to kick in, with clove in the mix, as well; after the swallow, the bitter citrus and peppery clove flavors combine into a lengthy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a bit of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A real tug of war on the palate, and that ultimately limits its drinkability; I liked it, at first, but then struggled with it the more I had

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.