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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,119 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,119
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 113
Gots: 258 | 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 kornkid8600
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nugganooch
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of rundocrun
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Body is a pale coppery honey color. Three full fingers of billowy head form. Ridiculous retention and lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Subtle grassy, fruity notes. Belgian yeast definitely has a presence here too. THere is a hefty, bready aroma mixed with ripe berries - very Belgian.

T - Up front there are lots of lush, juicy hop flavors. Just a touch of bitterness to go along with it. Mild tang and berry-like quality from the Belgian yeast strain. Undertones of hearty cereal grains and just a touch of bitter orange peel.

M - Thick! This is one big IPA. Very full body and subdued carbonation (I could actually stand for a bit more here). Finish is not dry, but not overwhelmingly sweet either.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

220z bomber procured from Grandview Carryout. Poured a clear, pale bronze color. The creamy 2-finger head formed a nice sticky cap with some craters and substantial lacing.

The nose is dry and spicy with a bit of wood, with only a hint of yeast and banana.

It starts on the tongue right away with a dash of sweet cherry, they the middle is dried out hoppiness, then some phenols and earthiness, then finished with a flutter of banana and rock candy. It's complex, and characteristics of both styles which comprise it emerge.

The ABV--and the alcohol is rather present--and the woody aftertaste, don't make it highly drinkable, but having just one is very pleasurable.

Photo of Stigs
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in Stone Levitation glass

A - two fingers of loose and fluffy, just off-white foam which is slowly creeping down the glass and leaving spotty marks of lace all the way down. the beer is the fine line between gold and amber, clear and actively carbonated.

S - first comes a whiff of grassy hops joined by some belgian soapy yeast. notes of lemon peel, pine, crisp cracker malt.

T - lemony yeast off the bat before a sharp grassy bitter hop attack. sharp lemon, lingering pine and grass, just a touch of biscuit underneath. definitely some alcohol near the end.

M - heavily carbonated but counterbalanced by a thick syrupy body. lots of flavors (even styles) in this one but carried well.

D - bottle says its a derivative of a Belgian IPA and Triple, but the Triple qualities are few and far between (maybe just a touch of clove in the aftertaste). little bit of an abrasive Belgian IPA at that, needed something else to balance that just doesnt show up. not a bad brew by any means...just falls short of being anything more than "good".

Photo of dd43
3.9/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz poured into my tulip, no freshness date.

Pours a slightly hazy apricot with the light catching it just right and making the orange highlights glow and burn. Nice two plus fingers of head swell up and leave a rocky head that slowly recedes to a thin foam and leaves patches of sticky lacing down the glass.

Nose is piney hops underlaid by a more tropical pineapple sweetness, hints of Belgian yeast give off almost a strawberry smell.

Yep, this is Green Flash! Loads of West Coast hopping hit your tongue first, lots of pine and hints of grapefruit. Then comes the Belgian yeast giving some esters, kinda spicy, a bold pale malt backs this up and gives off biscuity malt that borders on a burnt, thick sticky feel but the beer works due to a spot on carbonation. Bitterness that meets you in the middle and carries through well into the finish. Definitely some booze in the finish as well.

I've never been a huge fan of BIPA simply because they rarely integrate the two styles very well, they just seem disjointed. This is one of the better examples that goes full bore with the hops and gives the esters a run for their money - my only real complaint is the booziness (and big ABV) that severely hinders the drinkabiity, it just doesn't seem to fit.

Otherwise, a terrific stab at the hybrid style, tasty!

Photo of drpimento
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huh. Weird beer, but I like it. Poured with a nice foamy frothy sudsy thick cream colored head that lasts and good lace. Color is a slightly hazy medium amber. Aroma is vineous yeast malt fresh baguettes and fresh hay. Flavor is like aroma but also uncludes good hop and some pale malt sweetness. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and also has a tinge of acid and is of some length. MMmmm, not a session; perhaps one or two.

Photo of joe_hurd
3.9/5  rDev -3%

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

A - Pours a nice orangish gold color with about a finger and a half of ivory head.

S - Nice notes of pears and apples and clove from the belgian yeast. A hint of citrus from the hops but nothing that screams IPA.

T - More of the IPA is noticable here with a nice bitterness throughout. More of those apples and pears, some white pepper, a nice sweetness at the end. Not a lot of hop flavor, mainly hop bitterness.

M - A nice effervescence and bubbly mouthfeel that I look for in a Belgian IPA. Medium heft.

D - Drinks good for 9.2%. Would have liked to get more hop flavor in here, but oh well.

Photo of gpogo
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Hazed orange amber with white head and a solid lacing.

A- Sweet belgian spice. Cloves. Citrus hops.

T- Smooth belgian flavor with slightly sour fruit hoppiness. Thick belgian sweetness with a bitterness throughout and in the finish.

M- Medium body and medium-high carbonation.

D- Quite a tasty beverage. I was expecting something a bit funkier, but enjoyable.

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

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.

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,119 ratings.