Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 718
Hads: 2,243
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
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Gots: 353 | FT: 2
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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 TH28
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. No bottle date on label. Appearance: Golden, slight haze, and moderate off white foam head. Aroma: Belgian yeast aroma dominates, with strong banana, pear, and clove. Also pick up a light grassy, citrus hop aroma. Aroma leans more heavily toward a tripel than IIPA. Taste: Starts with a soft malt sweetness and fruity clove character of a tripel, then transforms into a really strong hop bitterness that immediately stops the fruitiness. Tastes like two completely seperate beers that came together in one. Mouthfeel: medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Finish: Dry with a strong lingering bitterness. Fruity yeast retronasal aroma. Overall: A robust, strong, bitter ale that is surprisingly easy drinking. Beautiful aroma lends it to the combo of the desired styles. If I could recommend one change it would be to back down the bitterness a few notches to let the yeast shine more in the taste and finish. Once that bitterness kicks in it overrides all the other flavors that make this a great hybrid. (1,027 characters)

Photo of moundbz
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy look throughout, Outstanding smell to this beer! I think the taste is easy wand fruity with a huge aftertaste. Aftertaste is bitter and alcohol, a little to strong. (171 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Dark orange, amber with a bright white head, head is creamy, puffy, decent amount of carbonation stream, heavy lacing, cloudy, looks really good.

A: Belgian yeast aroma comes through really strong, doesn't smell very hoppy, for the high ABV I'm not getting any alcohol, smells more earthy, grainy than it does hoppy.

T: Belgian yeast flavors, then hoppy bitterness, finishes with a slight citrus bitterness but has a stronger piney, earthy bitterness to it.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a dry finish, not much carbonation on the mouth.

O: This is different, I am very familiar with American IPA but not so much with Belgian IPAs, this is a big beer with lots of flavor. (718 characters)

Photo of ta_hagen
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite double Belgian IPA's for sure.

Smell is Belgian yeast funkiness upfront overtaken by the big hop nose, citrusy flavor upfront, then earthy and piney flavors in the finish. Beautiful color in white head, little orange peel and citrus smell.

Taste is also very sharp and bitter, but so 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.
Very good beer, would recommend to anyone. (565 characters)

Photo of BSiegs
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful color, thick off white head. Definitely get the Belgian yeast on the nose, along with some orange and fruit. Complex, delicious taste. A very nice hop presence, along with a lingering bitterness. Great Belgian IPA. (224 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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 (774 characters)

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. (333 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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; (423 characters)

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. (153 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of Strix
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of salcedo
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of Youbecha
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (197 characters)

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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. (204 characters)

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 jscheuf
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.58/5  rDev -36%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (642 characters)

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 (366 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev -0.7%

A - Amber with a thick white head. Dissipates at a steady pace leaving dotty lacing

S - citrus, pine, banana bread, some funky Belgian aromas

T - banana bread, citrus, funky yeast, orange, coriander, peppery aftertaste

M - quite full bodied, finishes bittersweet (267 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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. (237 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Collective. Review from 6/30/14.

Pours amber with two finger white head. Nose is hoppy banana bread. Definitely Belgian yeast. Flavor is quite unique - some fruity banana hops and melon followed by a citrus finish. It is growing on me with each sip. Medium/full body, moderate carbonation. I liked this more than I expected. (340 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Le Freak pours a golden bronze color with a nice long lasting head. There is a strong spicy aroma, very hoppy and strong Belgian candy notes. The taste has some big sweet Belgian candy flavors, with a harsh bitter hoppy finish. Good feel, nice body. Overall it is as advertised a Belgian IPA mixed with IIPA, the only problem is the IIPA flavor is a bit odd, overpowering and tastes a bit old. (397 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle to my FW snifter glass
Notes taken on 09/21/2014

A: Turbid caramel orange body with a mass of khaki foam suds that billows over top. Super heady with solid retention efforts. Lots of sticky lace webs down the glass after every sip.

S: Smells bright and floral with apricot, peach, and a touch of orange marmalade. I get some caramel malt sweetness to the nose and trailer of Belgian yeast in the form of banana peel and smoky clove. Fairly nice and balanced with the Amarillo hops coming through nicely.

T: Tastes much the same with a big Amarillo hop presence up front and strong bitterness striking at the palate. Lots of apricot/peach and candied orange peel here with traces of pine. Good balance of caramel malts with the alcohol kept well hidden throughout. Delivers some pleasant yeasty phenols of clove and banana towards the finish. Has a light smokiness to it almost. More West Coast IPA than a Belgian but it surprisingly works out well in the end.

M: Moderate filling body with some nice even levels of carbonation that play well into the high levels of bitterness here. Spritzy with a drying at the finish and light resinous linger. Some mild alcohol warmth on the backend.

D: I do enjoy getting my Freak on. Amarillo is always a good choice. Pretty solid beer that hits more on the American IPA side while incorporating that Belgian yeast. Remarkably well balanced for its size too. (1,433 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber (no apparent bottling date) poured into a tulip glass.

A - Cloudy ruby red, with a fluffy one finger head that hangs around for a while.

S - Banana, clove, grains, and a slight off smell that I can't place. Whiff of heat.

T- Trippel flavors hit first, followed by a fairly moderate malt bill, then some peppery spice on the back end.

M - The mouthfeel is thick, even with an above average carbonation that gives off a prickliness at times, and a dry finish.

O - Other than some off smells in the beginning, this pans out to be a decent brew, an interesting mix, and worth a go. (600 characters)

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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