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Green Flash Le Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Le FreakGreen Flash Le Freak
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Le Freak® is the first-ever hybrid ale of its kind: the convergence of a Belgian-Style Trippel with an American Imperial IPA. This zesty Amarillo dry-hopped, bottle-conditioned marvel entices with fruity Belgian yeast aromatics and a firm, dry finish. Aromas of orange and passion fruit with sweet bready malts, and flavors of orange marmalade and citrus fruit pith. Experience a legendary beer.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled a semi-cloudy apricot/peach color with a light orange hue throughout. A soft white fizzy head that had limited retention after the initial pour. Some lacing but light as well.

The nose is complex with some light Belgian malt notes, complex yeast and noticeable hop aromas. To start the malt has a more grainy note with a hint of Belgian pale. Some lighter caramel and some prune notes that I associate with Special B. A light sugar notes as well, but limited. The hops are there with a herbal and almost woody aroma. Some yeast notes with a light ester and phenolic notes, mostly cloves and plums. Would have liked a bit more Belgian characteristics with malt and yeast but still good.

The taste is a bit different. The malt is a bit more grainy and is limited in the Belgian malt notes. Some hints but very lacking. More of a 2 row husky and hints of honey malt. The hops are there. A strong bitterness that leaves an astringent bite in the finish. A light herbal hop note in finish but the bitterness is the stronger character. The yeast comes out more and brings more "Belgian" beer quality. The fruity esters are nice with plums, apricots and a hint of cherry. Some pepper and cloves come out in the finish.

The body is moderate and a bit big for style. Would have liked to see it finish a bit drier. Overall a good Belgian IPA but limited Belgian quality really deters.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Into my chalice:

A: hazy orange/amber body that leaves a half finger foamy white head appears that lasts for a good two minutes before dieing. No carbonation is seen rising nor any lacing was left

S: some clove, banana, combined decently with some citrus and floral tones. Hops are pretty subdued.

T: dominating clove with fairly strong banana, citrus and floral tones are less defined. The alcohol is very hidden.

M: medium and well balanced - not too watery, but not too heavy, just right. It has a dry finish. I would say this is fairly drinkable.

O: this isn't a bad brew, however I'm still finding my bearings on the "Belgian IPA" style. Yes, this is good, I'm pretty sure I'd have this again.

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Photo of snpub540
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at AJ's Fine Foods in Peoria, AZ. Seemed like an interesting beer since IPA's are my go to and Belgians I am starting to have more of an appreciation for.

Poured a hazy, orange color with a small off white head. Left very clingy lacing on the glass the whole way down.

Smell was mostly hoppy, with citrus and floral being the most apparent. There was also a slight amount of earthyness from the yeast in the nose.

Taste was very complex and interesting. My first sip was all IPA. Hoppy, dry and delicious. My second swig was spicy and yeasty, what I would expect from an unfiltered belgian style beer. There was also the faint sweetness and warming effect of the alcohol. Towards the end of the beer I did get a sort of chalky aftertaste but it didn't linger.

Mouth feel was medium bodied. Drinkability was great. It is definately a different tasting beer but one that seemed to blend the two styles very well.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nothing better than walking into a gas station and seeing rows of Green Flash bombers; I’ve got to go to Missouri more often.

A: Pouring this into a Duvel tulip was a great idea, because Le Freak fits the Belgian pale look perfectly. Half-and-half white head and hazy amber body, with the foam looking nice and chunky as it slowly disappears. Bubbly lacing webs spread all the way around.

S: Pepper, ginger root, and white wine hop notes provide an uplifting aroma to a nose that broods with the caramel butteriness of American DIPA malt. It has a hint of age to it, almost old enough to provide an overpowering mustiness to the nose; however, the molasses and plum scent of Belgian candi sugar paint over most of the flaw with a hefty, in-style meatiness.

T: Candi sugar oozes tastes of plum and black cherry cobbler from the start, with a slight black licorice quality. A familiar hop pattern of pine and grapefruit make this distinctly American, exciting the palate to a momentary crispness as it melds with a slightly cheesy yeast funk. A buildup of brine sweeps across as the aftertaste hits, as bright, dry, and catty as any Belgian ale, but with a lingering note of biting fusel alcohol.

M: Try to swirl it around your mouth at all and you’re left with a frothy remnant of the beer you first drank – this is as softly carbonated as they come. A sign of bottle conditioning, sure, but a little crispness would help battle the thickness of the palate.

O: I’m left wondering whether I got all that I paid for. I know that Green Flash started bottle-dating recently, but it’s possible that the light yellow ink had been rubbed off, which is frustrating. Now, I don’t think every brewer should make their beers like Stone, with the “Enjoy By” date in huge letters on the label, but it wouldn’t hurt to date bottles in a manner that couldn’t be sabotaged by any bottle shop employee with a wet rag and a desire to sell old beer. At any rate, this is a beer that did pretty well with a little age on it. Though I wished it were fresher, I’m glad I got to try – because it was an excellent Belgo-American ale.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Green Flash, they said they were the first or only brwery to create a belgian IPA, sounds dubious but ok. Hazy, cloudy, murky yellow orange. Smells spicy, some herbal hops. Taste is more perfume than floral. Mouthfeel was chewy and probably the best feature of this beer.

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

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a hazy golden yellow with 1/4 inch of white head that dissipated quickly leaving a little more than light lacing.

The aroma is dominantly hops with some yeast and spice in the background. There is a notable citrus scent to the nose. The flavor starts out with a strong hop bitterness followed by some of the yeast/spice notes of a tripple and finishing with a combo of floral and bitter hops.

The body is good, substantial without being heavy. Drinkability is going to vary depending on individual taste, I split a 22 with 1 other person and that was enough for one day, although I would have it again.

Overall, a decent beer that you're just going to have to judge for yourself.

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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

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.

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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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