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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,090
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 109
Gots: 246 | 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:
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 wchesak
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served out of a bomber into Allagash tulip

A - golden, slightly hazy, a little more than 2 fingers worth of nice fluffy white head, instantly leaves lace as it gradually dissipates

S - not too much smell too it really besides some citrus hops and belgian yeast that is very minimal

T - starts like a Cali IPA and ends like a belgian tripel...finish is very dry, and you also get a faint hint of the alcohol

M - good carbonation and dry like it should be

D - love this combination, Green Flash did a great job accentuating the distinct flavors of the two types of beer while at the same time allowing them to complement each other

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Le Freak poured a lovely clear hay color with a strong foam head. It had the look of tripel with the tiny bubble growing from bottom to the top of the glass.

The aroma felt a little subdued with the typical yeasty smell accustomed to the Belgian style. The taste had a good malt backbone but then the bitterness and dry finish came into play. It was a lively beer and left the humus lupulus in the mouth long after the drink was finished. I found it to be a pretty solid effort from an American brewery.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came at the recommendation of Robert, the beer guy at Spec's in the Woodlands, and he has turned me on to some pretty good beers so far, so I just blindly took his word for it on this one. Looking at the score, I am glad that I did. Let's see what this one has to offer.

Appearance: Pours with a huge head and tons of carbonation. Though you can tell that the beer is pretty clear, there are so many bubbles rising that it looks cloudy. I know that this will settle down eventually. The head was pushing 2" when I first poured it, and it hadn't changed in over a minute. After drinking half the glass, there is a thick wall of lace left on the glass that looks very Belgian.

Aroma: The foam is making the aroma a bit hard to identify in the beginning. I can get a bit of hops, and bit of sweet toasty malt with some caramel thrown in there, and some already obvious alcohol. I will come back to this once it settles a bit. Coming back to the aroma, it gets a bit more intense as it has warmed up, and the alcohol is getting to be a bigger player. I guess the hops are coming out a bit more too, so it is starting to favor the Pale Ale side here.

Taste: The flavor is very smooth and well blended. There is a good bit of hops up front, so they were put in the kettle late, and are accentuating the Pale Ale aspect of the beer. The malt is very firm in its toastiness and there is a good bit of mouthfeel giving you a little bit of cream to coat the throat and keep the alcohol from being so noticeable at first. The beer is well balanced in the finish, so much so that it is hard to tell who is in charge. I think that I am going to say that the hops win in the end, but not by much. They make the beer a little dry on the back of the throat, and by the time the alcohol cuts through the creaminess, it gets a little dry on the palate to linger after the sip.

Opinion: Overall I have been really happy with this beer. It has a different experience in flavor, and really favors a Belgian Pale overall and would compete with any of the best of them in my opinion. That said, it isn't necessarily my favorite style, so I doubt that I will feel the need to go back here, but it was a good experience and I am glad that I took Robert's word for this one. He's racking up credits, IMO.

Photo of OKCNittany
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

taken from old notes

A: 1” off white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Clear deep copper body.

S: Nice citrus and earthy hop notes, with some yeast, clove, and dark fruit.

T: Clove, sweet malts, and some funk battle bitter grassy/earthy hops throughout. The hops win – thank goodness.

M: Medium+ body. Fine carbonation. Smooth, with a biting bitter hop finish.

O: Alcohol pretty well restrained. Great beer, but I'd have enjoyed it more without the belgian spice/yeast.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing slightly hazed yellow body. Loads of cascading lace down to the bottom.

Smells of banana and apple esters with a little spice and a splash of grapefruit.

The taste has more of the banana and apple, citrus, a little clove, then finishes with a burnt plastic that lingers.

Mouthfeel is full and a little sticky. Good carbonation.

Overall I thought it was a very good beer but for the off-putting aftertaste of plastic. The aroma and other flavors were very good.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber picked up today at the Glen Ellyn Binny's in good old IL. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Greeted with two fingers worth of tightly packed, quietly bubbly and rather thick and pillowy soft sandy white head. Lazy little ropes of carbonation bubble up from the etchings on the bottom of the glass through the golden amber body to hold up the head for as long as it can manage, which turns out to be not that long as the head fades in five minutes or so and leaves scant lacing. Maybe it's the amount of booze in this beer but I was expecting more.

S: Very indicative of a Belgian IPA, don't really see it as a mix between West and far East coast quite yet. Aroma is grassy up front with doses of lemony pepper, coriander, clove, light banana, with a solid caramel malt backing. Just a clean, very well put together beer in terms of aroma. Good but not a wow beer and not the best in terms of style.

T/MF: Honey sweetness and grassy earthiness mixed together are my first impressions here. Then as the beer warms and additional sips are taken, lemon pepper with a good amount of floral and herbal spiciness. Midway through this beer gets a bit dry with warms breaths of alcohol interspersed between each sip. The "West Coast" in this beer is quite evident in the long and lasting finish where the heavier hop aspect is able to demonstrate its power on the back of my tongue. Mouthfeel is slightly under carbonated for a beer in this category, prickly bubbles pop on the tongue rather than dance and the hops coat the tongue faster than the booze can dry it out.

D: This beer is an easy sipper with a complex flavor profile and demonstrates a rather unique styling, but for all its frills, does not take my breath away like some others in this style have done in the past, though it is nice to be reintroduced to the style after such a prolonged absence.

Photo of toddysd
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of BoatsSinkBro
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 Bomber into a snifter glass.
-Orange like color with medium-ish white head.
-Aroma starts of trippel with citrus notes of an IPA.
-Taste starts with a Belgium trippel and quickly turns into citrus notes of an IPA and finishes with dry piny hop bitter.
-Really like a chimera with head of a trippel and body and tail of an IPA.
-Mouth feel felt on the heavier side as is with a trippel, but it crisps out towards the end, very interesting.
Although the IPA part seems to dominate more time on the palate of my mouth, I really enjoyed the overall beer. Will drink again.

Photo of sjmad23
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, dirty yellow. Frothy white head, about a fingers worth. Citrus hops in the nose right up front. Spicy yeast also becomes a dominant aroma. Light wheat bread malts. Peppery spice and orange, tangerine and lemon hops once it hits your tongue. Malt character is similar to the nose. Light and crisp wheat and bread flavors. Hops maintain a strong fruity presence all the way to the finish where they slowly show a orange/lemon peel bitterness. Impressive this is 9.2% with such a crisp and thin body. Tasty hoppy beer. Hops overpower the yeast character but it does faintly compliment the hops.

Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PEBKAC for this, it was on my wants forever.

Pours a golden orange with a rocky white head.

Smell: Lemons, Pine, Yeast, Grapefruit, Oranges, and Pine.

Taste: Pepper, Lemon, Bread, and Apples. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice dry bitterness.

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from the 22 oz bottle. Pours an extremely murky yellow with a huge piloowy head. Smells of some light citrus hop and some begian yeast. Pretty sweet smelling. Taste is more along the lines of a tripel for me. I wanted a bit more bitterness, but it is very drinkable. Some candied sugar flavor with jsut a hint of cinammon spice. Some hop bite to finish but not tons. Very smooth and oily mouthfeel. Good beer and it hides the 9% abv well.

Photo of Apellonious
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jcb890.

A - Slightly hazy, golden, burnt orange with a thin white head that quickly turns into a small wisp of foam in the center.

S - Juicy citrus hops, maybe even a bit of lemon, spicy clove, Belgian yeast, candy sugar sweetness and a touch of banana and bubblegum.

T - Tripel like candy sugar sweetness with spicy cloves followed by orange cream like, resiny hops that leave a lingering bitterness on the tongue. A touch of alcohol is also noticeable.

M - Crisp mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Medium mouthfeel that gets heavy at times. Slight warming from alcohol.

D - One of the hoppier Belgian IPA's I have had. Very good but the flavors seem to be in contrast at times.

Photo of Drbarriga
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Dhren1979
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed: August 5th, 2011

Serving Type: 22 oz Bomber poured into a Tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale golden, copper color with minimal amount of head. Nice carbonation.

S: The aroma of a Belgian yeast is present and quite dominant. Some malts are present and grassy hops as well.

T: Reminds me of a Trippel more than an IPA. Some sweetness in the middle with a light bitter hop finish.

M: Medium body brew with a decent amount of carbonation.

O: At 1st I was unsure what to think of this brew; however, afterwards I was quite impressed with this brew! Normally, I pass Green Flash brews up because the labels just do not stand out...I'll keep my eyes open from now on.

Photo of C-moe
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of AgentZero
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Orangish amber colour with a nice foamy head that dissipated with remarkable lacing. Very very nice lacing, can't say enough about it.

S - Fruit, belgian yeast, pine notes, citrus hops. Fun to try to pick it all out.

T - It tastes like a tripple. It tastes like an IPA. It tastes like both and not always at the same time. Very complex but a very good blending of two exceptionally different styles. Get the nice yeasty taste followed up by bitter hops twist. I tried to imagine what this would taste like and it seemed like a nightmare, but it is surprisingly pleasant.

M - Nice carbonation in a medium bodied and somewhat slippery beer.

D - Not super hard to drink, but would be hard to session these.

Photo of charlzm
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/05/08.

Pours a lightly hazy medium golden into the glass. Lots of lively carbonation in the glass supports a foamy, one-finger off-white head that looks like whipped merengue from above.

In contrast to the kegged version I had on draft, the aromas from this glass are primarily citrus hops. Wheat and bubbleguam aromas are secondary.

Sweet, malty flavor (think banana bread) with plenty of spice that adds a flavor one tick shy of "burning". Tangy wheat and light, zesty citrus round out the profile in the front and mid mouth. Going on towards the back, a balanced, lasting bitterness takes over.

Slick in the mouth with a touch of carbonation parch/burn.

Much better than the draft iteration; now I see what people are talking about. Still, a whole bomber was too much for me to finish at one sitting; it's quite alcoholic and the flavors drift off into bitterness and spice burn if this one gets too warm.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Split a bomber bomber with a friend. Poured half the bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Dark orange to brownish in color with a small amount of haze throughout. Two finger white head with almost no retention.

Aroma: Bright hops upfront in the form of tropical fruits and pine. Some tart green apple and clove near the back end come into play.

Taste: The hops dominate the flavor as well. Big floral pine and tropical fruit notes are eveywhere. Near the middle, the belgian influences reallt come into play. Tart fruit and clove stand out here. The aftertaste is slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and nicely carbonated. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: The ABV is pretty high and the flavors are agressive, so this is definitely one to sip and spend some time on.

Overall, a pleasant take on the Belgian IPA. The Belgian yeast and the hops do not meld together as nicely as I'd like and at times this can seem like two seperate beers. Even with this, I found this enjoyable. Certainly worth the opportunity to try.

Photo of rickyleepotts
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find it funny that this beer is listed on page 420. With the recent election, marijuana has been legalized in Washington state and in Colorado. The state of Arizona has also given permission for medical marijuana grow houses. Anyway, just a funny time for us to be drinking the beer on page 420. Does anyone know where the 4:20 thing came from?

The beer we are drinking is… well, a good one. Sheryl said, "Pick a good one." OK, I will. And I did. Tonight we are drinking a bottle of the Green Flash Le Freak, a huge Belgian IPA. I have had this beer before, and actually bought a case of it from Total Wine & More. They dropped the price to $3.99, so I grabbed a case. Can't beat that for an IPA that is over 9% ABV. Let's see what this beer tastes like.

In the Glass: It is thick, and has a nice orange color to it. It was poured right out of the fridge, and has a weak thin white head on top. The lace is nice, but quickly finds itself back on top of the beer. Probably because the bubbles want back in the best beer Green Flash makes! Well, their Palate Wrecker is pretty great, too.

Nose: At first, I smell flowers. It has a very nice aroma to it. On a second whiff I am picking up some dirty grassy notes on the nose. Like I said, it's ice cold, so I am sure the aroma is being masked just a little. But it has a nice aroma that you wouldn't expect from a 9.2% beer. You don't smell the booze at all.

Flavor: Oh. My. Goodness. This is a great IPA. It has all of the same characteristics that you picked up on the aroma, but then it leads to a dry, somewhat sweet aftertaste. But I will get to the aftertaste in a minute. Some tastings notes I read online talk about a citrus flavor, but I am just not getting much citrus here. The grass that I mentioned in the aroma is really obvious here on the palate. Yes, I like drinking grass. Lay off!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice. Not a ton of bubbles, and while we are drinking this WAY too cold, the feeling on the tongue is totally worth writing home about. It slides across the tongue nice and cold, and leaves a thin layer of sweetness that I didn't expect. Then I swallow, and my mouth is still excited. This beer has a very nice mouthfeel that I wish more brews modeled themselves after.

Aftertaste: Nice. It's really nice. It has a quick finish that leads to the aftertaste, and it's so good, I don't even want to take another drink. it's not dry at first, but quickly my mouth feels like cotton balls. There is a super dry finish that literally leaves me licking the inside of my mouth for more flavor. But that's OK, because that dryness is what I hang on to. It hangs on for a few minutes, too. And all of those flavors that I am having along the way… the burp brings them all back to the center of the palate. I encourage you to burp on this one just to experience that flavor one more time.

This is a great beer, and even though I am a hop head, I would say this is a great place for a craft beer drinker to start when wanting to experience the true hops that a beer can produce. This one has a HUGE IBU, coming in over 100. There are some beers out there that do the same thing, hit triple digits… but they are always masked by the malt. Not here. Green Flash continues to impress me, and has done so again with the Le Freak. Bottoms up, people!

Le Freak - The bottle says: "ZESTY BREW"

Photo of Floydster
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the PB Tap Room for five dollars and some change, consumed 9/4/08, reviewed from notes, glad to finally find this stuff

A-Cloudy golden orange color with yellow highlights, 3/4 inch creamy white head that stayed around for about five minutes, nice lacing
S-Oranges, grapefruit, tangerine, cloves, other spices, bananas, bubble gum, Belgian yeast, candied sugar, hoppiness, straw, and pine
T-This brew reminds me of a tripel and a double IPA at the same time even though that does not seem possible, lots of underlying sugar to go along with the hops, Belgian yeast sticks out quite a bit as well, lots of pine at times too, a little sweeter than I would have wanted but still very good and different from the other Belgian IPAs I have had in that it is more abbey-like than being hoppy like a typical IPA
M-Spicy, dry, and sweet mouthfeel, above average level of carbonation, medium bodied that is on the thicker side, taste lingers
D-This stuff is slightly hard to drink because of its complexity, ABV seems like it would be high too, can heavy on the stomach, smooth for the most part but does get sweet by the end

I had Super Freak before this which is a barrel aged sour version and I was disappointed to say the least, this beer impressed me quite a bit and is part of a fairly new style, if there was a Belgian DIPA category, it would probably be in that, will be drinking again judging by the bottles I picked up while down south, recommended

Photo of Jimmys
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

best by 11-1-15. 22 oz bottle.

pours with plenty of carb. big time head and retention. color is good. still has a slight haze and an orange body. aroma has really calmed down with time. a little bit of oxidation, but really not that off-putting. however, hop aroma is highly diminished. still getting some of that booze as time hasn't eliminated all that yet. again, any hoppiness is virtually eliminated and this now drinks like a big belgian tripel with some time on it. finish is still very dry. getting a mild metallic flavor as well.

original review from 5-2-11. best before date not indicated.

A: maybe a slight haze on this orange body. good looking white head looks thick and has great retention. loads of carbonation can be seen as well.

S: a real breadiness from the yeast can be detected. similar to fresh baked banana bread. the citrus/earth is evident as well and plays nicely with the above described aromas.

T: this is a biggie. banana working with a nice black pepper spice. a little bit of alcohol (not entirely ridiculous considering the 9.2% nametag). a smooth vanilla. hop flavors are present as well, but are more of the earth variety.

M: pretty soft carbonation on this big body lets a lot of flavor shine through.

D: really cool beer. definitely closer to the tripel side than the IPA side, but nice showing by both aspects of the brew.

Photo of nppeders
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must start this off by saying...I don't like floral hops and this beer clearly has floral hops...or possibly the yeast create that floral, potpourri type smell. That being said, it's mainly in the aroma. The rest of the beer is total money!

appearance -Crystal clear with a nice head. good lacing. Nice as big of a head as I thouight but good.

smell - floral, spicy, brett funk. Definitely has a bretty smell that earthy. I guess that might be from the hops.

taste - taste starts of with malty, caramel, and toasty. The middle is hoppy and floral and a little bitter, and it finish's with a bretty earthy flavor.

mouthfeel - Thin to medium mouthfeel, and medium carbonation. Alcohol isn't present at all even though it's 9%

overall - A very nice beer. Reminds me of Houblon Choufe Doublon IPA Tripel, but fresher and more floral. Very tasty. I'd highly recommend this as one of the best beers you could consider buying if available.

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,090 ratings.