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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,025 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,025
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 101
Gots: 197 | 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:
This Belgian Style IPA is an "out of the box" convergence of beer styles where American Imperial IPA meets Belgian Trippel.

(Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007)
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Photo of Pagzzz
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz. Bottle

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Demonstrates some nice legs.

Aroma: Light sweet maltiness, with a kiss of light caramel. Lightly citrusy and spicy belgian ester profile. Citrus hops blend nicely, but don't seem IPA like. Overall balance is closer to a tripel with a little more hop character.

Flavor: Nice mellow hop bitterness thats nice, but doesn't detract from light malt sweetness. Spicy phenolics are crisp with some citrus character. Fruitiness blends well with the earthy and citrus hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little fuller than I would have expected for a tripel, but in line with an IIPA. Impacts the drinkability some, along with some hot alcohols, but a good bottle to split with someone.

Pagzzz, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry citrusy hops. Taste is also dominated by dry citrusy hops with a lightly sweet malt body. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no sign of alcohol. Very well done with great balanced between hoppy notes and malt; some more fruity ester would have brought this to another level.

Phyl21ca, May 08, 2009
Photo of coachdonovan
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

my second foray into Belgian IPA territory... let's see how this compares to WildDevil.

i will admit this looks pretty great in the glass. both initial and subsequent pours build a creamy pillowy head that leaves a beautiful trail down the glass. color is a few shades from orange with some sediment in the bottom of the glass.

taste and aroma does a pretty good job of marrying the Belgian tart sweetness with the oily flavors from the double/imperial IPA. the hops are a little much and seem to overwhelm the yeast a bit.

palate is a little too fried and abv is a little too high for me to want another. or even for me to be excited about finishing the bomber. (oh don't worry, i finished it. i was just looking forward to moving on to something else.)

coachdonovan, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of LibraryTom
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Belgian IPA, or a hop infused Belgian Tripel. Whichever you like. For such a strong beer, this one drinks pretty easy. The very astringent, almost caustic hops of the Green Flash IPA juxtaposed against a rich Belgian golden malt, sweet with big apricot fruit. The balance is good. Finish is dry, and almost all hops, though the late-mid palette carries a lot of the malt flavors.

LibraryTom, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of happygnome
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice golden orange color (emphasis on orange) with about two inches of head that disappears slowly leaving a massive amount of lace around the edge of the glass and top of the beer

s: I get a citrus hop bitterness. There is also a piney hope bitterness but the citrus is more distinct. Everything is balanced nicely with a malt backbone. Alcohol is nicely hidden.

t: the hops hit you right away, citrusy hints of pine bitterness very nice.

m: on the lighter end of medium bodied with little carbonation

overall, i really enjoy this beer it is very nice

happygnome, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of JonathanL7890
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an overflowing head into my pint glass. Color is a clear light amber. Yeasty on the bottom.
Smell is clovey, belgian hops, sweetness from the malts. Floral.
Taste: Is this a west coast IPA or a belgian tripel? Tastes like a blend. The flavors come over very nice, though. Nice smooth hop bitterness. Nice clovey taste.
Mouthfeel: pretty good. Small bubble dominate , ala a typical belgian beer.
Drinkability: Really good. Surprised to see that it's 9.2%. I went through that bomber pretty quick.
A very nice Belgian IPA, not quite up to Urthel or Houblon Chouffe but damn good.

JonathanL7890, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a very yeasty flavor and a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light amber/golden color with a rich head

S - Aroma is very enticing! Hints of pine, citrus and spice

T - Does have quite a bit of bitterness, but it is nicely balanced out by the spice and citrus notes.

M - Pretty light in the mouth, less carbonation than expected and does leave behind some bitterness

D - Really great beer, but probably just want to have one considering the bitterness and abv

StoneBrewFanatic, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of SundaySour
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This looks like a big glass filled with melted honey. It's kind of misty and has a teeny rim of foam.

S: Smells like a sweet barbecue sauce; mustardy and vaguely smoky. I'd slap that on some pork, no problem. And there is a fruit undertone, maybe like pineapple or those orange colored melons everyone avoids in a fruit salad.

T: The taste is more complex and yummy than even the smell. It starts out tasting like pineapple with pepper on top. Then, it finishes with a light hoppy flavor. On a second sip, I can definitely taste Grey Poupon. It sounds like a grody experience, but the nice fruit/hops wins it over. I did catch a slight, very slight, bit of bitterness at the end. This is not too much a problem, but the taste does linger. I feel like I'm fogging up the computer screen with Le Freaky stank breath.

M: This is a really smooth beer; it's not fizzy or bubbly in the mouth. It just "is." Not thick, not tingly.

O: I liked the variety of flavors and smells, but I think this beer could do with a little more fizz. My mouth was pretty pumped with all of the many different flavors and smells, but the finish is a little bit bitter and lingered in my throat. Overall, complex, tasty, with a weird finish. Good.

SundaySour, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of tdawgydog
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The California hop addiction meets your favorite Belgian Trippel... The result is Le Freak.

Definitely a different take on your standard hopped up brew. Pours a dark copper and being unfiltered there is plenty of goodness at the bottom of the bottle. The flavor of hops is not lost amongst the smoothness of the trippel. Goes down extremely smooth, does not taste like a >9% abv beer. All of the beers that I have had from Green Flash have been well done.

tdawgydog, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber, with the slightest haze I've ever seen. It's there if you really look. Beautiful soapy head that leaves tons o' lacing, and mildly carbonated. Aroma is crammed full of apricot, and some clean and crisp hop characteristics right underneath. Maybe some green apple, too. Flavor is very full and rich, carrying the apricot from the aroma, and melding smoothly into a great hop finish. Very nice and well balanced considering it's supposed to be hop forward. Nice round flavors in here, even something akin to butter. Smooth and delicious. Not the cheapest in the world at $6.49/bomber but very unique and pretty good. Worth tracking down.

SolomonGrundy, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of bobsy
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a creamy off-white head. Nice retention and lace. Manages to look very Belgian. The nose predominantly consists of juicy citrus mixing with dry grain and light alcohol, but digging further reveals a sweet spiciness from the Belgian yeast. Subtle and well-done.

The flavour is decent, and clearly feels more like a cross between a tripel and an IPA rather than an IPA that's had Belgian yeast thrown into it. Strong dry grain base with considerable hopping on top giving a pleasant citrus character, which becomes slightly tropical once the sweet spiciness of the yeast hits. Slight notes of earth and pepper kick in during the long, dry finish. Very good balance to it, but give me a hopsinjoor any day! Slightly heavy mouthfeel could do with being a bit lighter, but its a minor quibble.

A great balance between tripel and IPA. Not necessarily a beer that wowed me, or one that I'd hunt down again, but you can tell its well-made and it wouldn't be a bad world if all beers were like this.

bobsy, May 26, 2010
Photo of Flounder57
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head tha has reduced to a puffy layer. It is a golden orange color with a hazy clarity and signs of carbonation coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: yeasty goodness and super hops aroma. Spiciness from the yeast and lots of citrus from the hops. Bready and sweet malts along with grassy and pungent hop aromas too. Very funky aroma wth a lot going on here.

Taste: hops are up front here. Citrus, pineapple, and pine that leave a lingering bitterness in the beer. Picking up some banana and bready malts too. Spiciness and some belgian characteristics follow. Very interestingly tasty.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little chewy, full bodied, medum carbonation, a little dry, and a lingering bitterness.

Overall: A good offering by GF to the BIPA style. Super hops up front that leave a lingering bitterness, but the beer did get better as it warmed up. Hops could be toned down a bit or just add a bit more sweetness,which in turn will add more alcohol to the beer. The alcohol is veyr well hidden too.

Flounder57, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Sunn
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

Sunn, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sports Page in Roseville, CA

Appearance - A hazy golden orange, served up with a white, finger width head. Good retention. Spotty lacing.

Smell - Yeasty Belgian funky sourness. Green banana, subtle citrus notes sit beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong Belgian yeast character, hitting on green banana, funk and subtle spice. Hops pop through mid-taste, hitting on subtle floral character and bright citrus notes, then turn a slightly bitter orange pith in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Somewhat chalky, with a fairly dry finish.

Overall - Fantastic Belgian IPA. Reminds me a lot of the Stone Cali-Belgique, albeit with a significantly stronger ABV. At twice the price, though, I'd opt for the Stone more often than not.

TheSixthRing, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking forward to trying this since I enjoyed Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel and Urthel Hop-it. These beers combine two of my favorite styles so what's not to like?!

Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle so I try to pour slow and carefully. As soon as I pop the cap I get nice hop aroma. Nice fluffy head on top of a slightly hazy golden-orange beer. The head sticks around nicely and leaves some strong lacing.

Smell is powerful both like a tripel and an IPA. It has the characteristic banana, clove, and yeast of a tripel with an unusually strong hop aroma as well.

Flavor is intense, starting with hop bitterness, then going all tripel, before ending somewhere in between. Hops are grassy and piney, they seem to enhance the spiciness of the tripel. When compared with what I remember from the Belgian versions of this style, this has much more punch both in being a stronger tripel and being much more hoppy.

Mouthfeel is suffering because it is high in spice, hops, carbonation, and alcohol. All of these aspects together make this a killer on the tongue and so drinkability suffers too. After half way through this glass, I find that it's getting easier to drink but my taste buds feel fatigued!

Although this beer has character and attitude in spades, the Belgians always seem to have a more subtle and well-rounded approach. Of course, the west-coasters always go for BIG and in this one, Green Flash certainly succeeded.

GilGarp, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good melange of West COast IPA and Belgian. Aroma is hoppy, and complex. Taste is above average mouthfeel, almost full mouthfeel. Taste is satisfying: Controlled hoppiness, with yeast notes. A bit ore to sweet side, not too bitter. Nice small white head.

Sammy, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright orange with a huge, thick, dense, foamy, pure-white head that has great retention

S - citrsuy hops, Belgian yeast

T - some light malt, honey, citrus, faint pine, mild hop bitterness, Belgian yeast throughout, some warming alcohol

M - very crisp, medium to full bodied, warm

This is a nice beer. It is a nice BIPA in the sense that it showcases some bright hops and also some Belgian yeast but maintains balance. The alcohol is also relatively well hidden adding only a slight warmth in the finish and some body. This is a BIPA that I could sip on for a while. I like the balance and the flavor profile. It was enjoyable throughout.

tdm168, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a dark gold color with a tinge of orange and has a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops, cloves, and some tropical fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pine and citrusy hops, peppery spice, Belgian yeast and a bit of tropical fruit and cloves. Also has a good bitter hoppy finish. The taste does start off very hoppy, but it does balance out as the fruit flavor shows up more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit dry and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, the alcohol is well hidden and it's not hard to drink at all. I think this is a good overall brew, I enjoyed it.

bluejacket74, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of fitzy84
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Sierra Grille. Beverage had a great and orange-copper appearance with a rich, frothy head. Aromas included smells of yeast and hops. Wish I could have pin-pointed the fruit aroma I smelled, but there was a nice ripe, fruit aroma to the drink. Taste was a good mix of fruits and hops. I felt like I could taste a flavor of pineapple and bready hops. Good mouthful of a medium carbonation that helps the flavors come out without being muted. Overall, a pretty good drink. Never tried too many Belgian IPAs, but this definitely makes me want to try more.

fitzy84, May 12, 2013
Photo of theopholis
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying this one. Poured it into a tulip. Perfect blond color. Not as much foam as I would have anticipated, though. Some lace.

Lot of tamarind and orange rind, and a little mint, in the nose. Slight whiff of alcohol. Almost smells like a lower-ABV 120 Min IPA. Good, not quite the pungent green hop I was expecting.

Appearance- Body is clear, bright amber/honey color. Head is a 2-finger, white, fluffy cap.

Aroma- Fresh, inviting, daily hoppy with malt sweetness that comes through the nose.

Taste- Faily hoppy and bitter, that is nicely blended with a very nice malt sweetness. lots of pine and citrus. Hints of bitter orange, Pepper. You could definately taste the Belgian yeast. Very tasty.

Mouthfell- Medium-full bodied, good carbonation, faily soft.

Drinkability- yum!

theopholis, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into tulip at Yardhouse Scottsdale.
Pours a hazy golden brown. 2 inch head and great sticky lacing. This brew just looks great.
Smell is disappointing but still good. Belgian yeast with some hoppy banana. But its very subtle.
Taste is very good. Belgian yeast is obvious, slightly sweet and malty, a bit of hops and fruity/banana flavors. Its a bit too bitter for me...being a belgian style. But still very drinkable.
Really good brew. Get one if you see it!

DrinkSlurm, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

09/08/08- Purchased at Ledgers in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2008 release, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep golden straw colored pour. Full one inch head on pour. Slightly creamy and medium sized bubbles. Lacing is above average with nice patchwork and trails.

Smell- Strong hop prescence as well as a sugary sweet nose. Earthy as well.

Taste- Hops are big in this brew. Reminescent of Hobblen and Hop It as well as Bink Tripel. All use the hops to their advantage. The sweetness is a bit too much though. Plus the carbonation is pretty harsh. Grassy and a touch grainy as well. Not as dry as expected after reading a few other BA's reviews.

Mouthfeel- Mildly dry, rather foamy and brisk carbonation level. Long lasting hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- If the carbonation we a tad less and the sugar level was brought down a tad, this would be a very good beer. As is, still definitely above average and pretty tasty.

GClarkage, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Klym
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: A classic amber, perhaps on the pale side. Leaves a respectable 2 finger eggshell white head. Head fades off quickly but not alarmingly.

S: When I originally opened the bottle I was hit by a dominantly Hops/IPA smell, which surprised me. After I poured it, though, the belgian yeast seemed to take over leaving an overall sweet, almost sour character with tangerine and a faint trace of tropical fruits swirling around.

T: Hops and belgian yeast both strongly present. Banana and tangerine hit in the initial taste and bloom in the middle, and it all fades away with a salt-esque bite lingering. Alcohol is very well hidden. Taste changes in interesting ways as it warms up and as the mouth adjusts.

M: Carbonation was a little light and the viscosity seems low for the style; otherwise I found it smooth.

O: You get a lot of what's typically good about west coast style IPAs and Belgian Tripels in this beer, but very little of what is potentially great in either or the combination of the two. Overall a solid mix of styles that I could see myself picking up again or recommending to somebody, but I did find the idea of this beer out of Green Flash was more exciting than the reality.

Klym, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden amber body, thick white head. Fruity, malty aroma; banana, apple, figs, caramel; some alcohol notes. Light biscuit flavor followed by a strong hop bitterness and equally strong alcohol bite. Medium body, effervescent; dry finish.

An interesting combo beer. Bold and tasty but somewhat chaotic balance overall. But, it does exude some interest and intrigue with everything that is going on with this beer. I'm sure another serving at another time would present me with a different impression. Worth checking out...

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Original review above with 3.5 4.0 4.0 3.5 and 3.5 for ratings.

Second opinion based on 10/22/14 tasting

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Looks like my first review. Aroma exudes strong grapefruit and pine scents; very fragrant. Taste, overall, is similar to my first review although without any apple tones. Mouthfeel is very dry yet smooth.

Most definitely a tongue ripper as far as bitterness and boozy character goes, yet it does have its appeal. Based solely on my first review, the second tasting is much more balanced yet just as ripping as ever (and that's a good thing). Second opinions (and tries) certainly can paint a new or different picture of things. In this case, I'm much more pleased (and impressed) with this second go-around...

beergoot, Sep 30, 2012
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,025 ratings.