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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,055 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,055
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 103
Gots: 211 | 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 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 DrDogbeer
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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 stephenpcowan
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I thought this beer was outstanding at the bbf but didn't want to review it based on the overexposure of the day.

In retrospect, I probably liked this beer so much because it was so different from most belgian ales. Left alone with a bottle, the balance tilts too much to the hoppy side.

The pour is great, big beautiful fluffy head and light golden color.

The smell is primarily pine, grass and citrus notes from the hops, but there is more subdued banana and tooty-fruity.

The taste is dominated by hops all the way through. This beer could use a bit more residual sugar--the high attenuation combined with the hoppiness puts the beer out of balance for my taste. As a result I recruited my roommate for help finishing the bomber.

I would drink this beer again but I like it best in small amounts with other beers.

Photo of Apellonious
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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 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 cswhitehorse
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Dhren1979
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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 benfons
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: clear orange colour, decent head

S: some yeast, some banana and peach, hops, not as outspoken as I expected

T: yeast, hoppy, hints of citrus, hops at the end, litle one sided

M: undercarbonated, very dry finish

O: not as balanced as I like, undercarbonated, I quite like, it's not a great beer

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Sunn
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,055 ratings.