Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,219
Reviews: 730
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 124
Gots: 341 | 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 scottoale
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of these last night at (who would have guessed?) O'Brien's, served in pint glasses. A milky apricot-orange, almost looks like a Kern's peach nectar with a 1/2" of smooth, white head. The froth settles quickly, leaving some nice lace rings clinging to the glass after the first few sips. An interesting looking ale for sure.

The smell is somewhat sweet, and definitely spicy as you would expect in the Belgian style, with the yeast and hops leading the way into the complexity. Banana, bubblegum, clove, corriander, honeysuckle and a general funkiness that are followed by a most pleasant citrusy hop finish...this stuff tastes absolutely great.

Plenty of body with the "cask" smoothness, make this rather high octane brew ( 9.0% ABV if I'm not mistaken) go down effortlessly and most enjoyably. This is a kick-ass, larger than life, authentic in style offering from the Green Flash, that I look forward to having again...on tap or cask conditioned!

Photo of SaintArnold
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been very eager to try this. I am starting to become a very big fan of the Green Flash brewery. I poured this from a 22 oz. bomber into my fancy smancy Samuel Adams beer tasting glass. As I am pouring the beer, Rick James's "Super Freak" is going through my head.

A- It pours a thick honey color with a 2" off white color head. It's cloudy from the yeast. The lacing is decent at best.

S- Orange maybe coriander. There are hoppy citrusy hints but the overwhelming scent is of fruit. I do detect traces of banana. I want to say pina colada, but that would be going too far. There's definitely a tropical fruit smell.

T- Wow. My palate doesn't know what to make of this. It's like watching sports at Gentlemen's club. My eyes don't know whether to watch the football on the big screen or the woman on the pole. It's the same for my taste buds here. The smooth fruitiness of the wheat is immediate. This is soon followed by the bitter tang of the generous amounts of hops. It's an interesting flavor; I've never had anything like this. There's too much going on, it's hard for me to look on any one flavor.

M- Medium body with a silky smooth finish on the tongue. Because of the hops, the finish is very dry.

D- This is where this interesting beer gets dinged on points. You are only going to like this beer if: #1. You are a weizen/Belgian ale drinker and #2. You are a hop head. I happen to be both so I love this beer. It does get better as it warms up a bit. This allows the rest of the beer to compete against the hops. As a beer connoisseur, I love this beer. It challenges you on every level. However, I can't see myself having more than one of these at a time. If you want a change of pace, and a beer that will challenge you? This is the beer for you.

Remember Rick James? This beer is a Super Freak, Super Freak, its Super Freaky...awwww. I love it.

Photo of kmo1030
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an light orangey amber with a moderate white head that laces pretty well.
the aroma has a big powdery lupulin hoppiness to it, with large amounts of pine and grapefruit rind. just a little bit of buublegum with warmth, followed by some spiciness like anise, pepper, corriander (faint). the is also some booze that is fairly evident, but not overpowering.
the atses brings another torrent of hops floral and citrus hops bite up front with pine towards the back. you get some more traditional tripel notes somewhere in the middle, but in abundance they are not. there is a distinct pepperyness though the hops have a saw tooth edge that not much gets through. the bitterness cleans things up tidily.
the body seems deceptively thin due in part to some of the bitterness, and fairly active carbonation, but i think it's actually fairly medium bodied.
the drinkability it good. this beer has some serious hop balls, but manages to retain decent complexity beyond the hops. the most hop loaded begian IPA i've had so far.

Photo of Cobrito
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, very slightly hazy golden with not much head action. The aroma is a combination of autumnal fruit and an almost barbecued pork smell. Slightly offputting but intriguing. But then bam, the first taste is a chewy, Thanksgiving stuffing, savory Belgian nougat, and then the citrusy, resiny hops kick in mid-palate. I find the combination to work very well--manages to combine the two styles in a way that both stand out equally and neither cancels the other out. Way better than Stone's Cali-Belgian. Impressive.

Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that breaks apart slowly to a thick surface foam. Big bubbles stick to the side of the glass. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: candied sugar, yeast, and a floral hop bitterness are up front. Some spiciness lingers in the background.

Taste: caramel, yeast, pepper, green apples, and a nice bitterness makes up a well balanced beer. The sweetness lingers around a while.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Hints of dryness arrive late. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer. Tasty, well balanced and somewhat refreshing. Worth picking this one up.

Photo of powerss13
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Light Amber color; not cloudy at all. Good carbonation.

Smell: Good fruit aromas, loud on floral aroma. Well balanced on malts/hops ratio

Taste: Floral taste at first, then runs of smoothly, and at the end a good bite of hops. This beer is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light in mouth; the floral is definitely there. Even with the belgian floral smell and taste, you still get the great hoppy american IPA style.

Overall: A must in trying. This will broaden your horizons on beer styles if you have not ventured out much. Even if you have, it's still a great beer to enjoy a different hybrid.

Photo of bruachan
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice gold color, which suggests some very light malts indeed were used as a base (given the strength of the brew). ok lacing, good head up front but it faded. my glass might have found its way to the dishwasher recently

the belgian yeast comes through directly, with a good depth of malt character: toasty, bready, biscuity. citrus NW hop aromas: cascade? truthfully, though, hops are by no means the frontman. fusels to be sniffed as well as some vanilla

the flavor holds a good bit of hop dynamics. sticky and bitter, but with plenty of herbal, citrus notes. some bright fruit. it's sweet but this element is not allowed to overstep its bounds, as the solid bitterness buffers any such possibility. some spice going on--coriander? boozy heat rounds out the flavor profile and, ultimately, this is a complexly flavored brew. it's thick and lingers on the tongue, as well, so as to heighten/sustain my experience

Photo of NCSUdo
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Hazy pale amber under a good sized, chunky white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Mix of west coast hops and some Belgian yeast. Citrus of hops, then a more pine blend before giving way to the earthy yeast. Very well done.

T: Again, a good blend of what the bottle says: Belgian and west coast. Citrus hops and earthy, a bit funky, Belgian yeast. Bitterness is up there, but earthy yeast wins in the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, heavier than I expected, prickly carbonation. This one is a sipper, it's just so in your face in terms of hops and yeast character. Very well done.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a two finger thick pillow of eggshell hued foam.

S: Citrus hoppiness is most prominent in the aroma accompanied by subtle Belgian candi, heavy fruits and some German style bitterness.

T/M: Carbonation is relatively high, passive aggressive would describe it well. Pilsner-like bitterness settles on the tongue with soft biscuit maltiness giving way to potent grapefruit tones and floral hop notes. Orange and peach linger throughout.

Overall, a delicious Belgian IPA.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Photo of arizcards
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at AJ's at the end of September for $7.99.

Beer poured into my Duvel tulip a clear orange with an outstanding white head initially. Nose is a lovely Belgian yeast strain, light spices, and floral hops. Taste is peppery, with hints of candied sugar, finishing with a heavy dose of west coast hops that leave a resiny hop oil. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and mildly carbonated, very smooth as it glides across the palate. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very intriguing style of beer that is a lot of fun to try. Recommended.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great brew!
Poured a nice golden color with a nice white head. Nose is hoppy, citrusy, floral. Taste was great from beginning to endwith citrusy hops up front, sweetness in the end. ABV was well hidden and this beer is so easily drinkable its no even funny. Best Belgian IPA I have had to date.

Photo of UnkleFester
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden orange with over two fingers of foamy white head that sticks around, this one has an excellent lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, cloves, spices and floral hops. Wow there is a lot going on here.

T: Upfront there is Banana, clove, and spices then it starts to transition to the IPA qualities citrusy grapefruit, orange and pine.

M: A medium body that is highly carbonated. The finish is surprisingly smooth.

O: My first beer from Green Flash I really like this one it's an amazing blend of the two styles. Refreshing complex and well balanced.

Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into Mad Elf challice on 10/14/08. Thanks to Deuane for procuring one of these for me.

A - Two fingers of majestic alabaster froth sitting atop a lovely hazy orange body with a bountiful effervescence. Head receded into a quarter inch of retention and left in its wake an intricate coating of decorative lacing around the glass.

S - The initial smell reveals characteristics of a classic West Coast IPA featuring a potpourri of citrus and pine notes as well as a subtle waft of alcohol warmth. Hints of grapefruit and orange are at the forefront. The aroma of a Belgian tripel soon follows, with a hefty portion of earthy yeast, fruity esters and some candi sugar. Somehow, a bit of caramel malt manages to sneak its way into the mix as well.

T - In contrast to the aroma, my initial sip captures the essence of the tripel first, with hints of earthy yeast, dried fruits and some candi sugar sweetness. Some yeasty funk appears in the backend but is kept in line by an aggressive hop profile combining citrus and piney notes. The hops really stand out in the finish, with a flavor akin to grapefruit and orange.

M - Medium bodied with an extremely smooth, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. The alcohol provides a mild sting on the palate, while the hops add a depth of bitterness to an otherwise earthy and fruity brew. Finish is on the dry side with a nice lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

D - Now this is the kind of Belgian ale I can enjoy over and over again. Ultimately, this is quite a complex brew that combines the best characteristics of both the tripel and the West Coast IPA. The citrus notes work especially well with the sweetness and yeastiness of the tripel. While the alcohol is noticeable in this brew, it does not hinder its drinkability. Props to Green Flash for brewing this fantastic Belgian IPA!

Photo of Dig
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great beer. Complexity and flavour of a trippel with the power and balancing bitterness of a 2IPA. Really good. Did start to get a bit 'chewy' toward the end, but didn't leave my mouth feeling quite as osmotically shocked as many other trippels. Must look out for more of these hybrid styles.

Photo of RickSawyer
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lively orange with amber undertones. A nice, thick, stark white head bellows up and then clings to the walls while falling to a slick. Smell is full of earthy citrus hop, orange zest, pine apple, a bit of tropical / mango comes through. Aroma is balanced with a nice, cakey malt with hints of spicy yeast. Taste is very nice. Assertive bitterness full of earthy, citrus hops reminiscent of biting into an orange with some rind left on it. Hints of a belgian strong golden ale lie underneath... shortbread like malt flavors with white pepper and ginger spiceyness. The bitter finish pairs extremely well with the dry, heavy carbonation beer's swallow. Alcohol slightly burns the back of your throat on the way down, but easily a sipper. Another win from Green Flash in my books. My favorite of the style so far.

Photo of Radome
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a large (1 pt, 6 oz) bottle.

A - Color is burnished gold with some orange. Hazy. Off-white head is thick, persistent and sticky, more like the yeast cap of fermenting beer during high krausen. Thick, sticky lace on the glass. A very nice looking beer.

S - Aroma is like a hoppy trippel. Bready, clean malt, cotton candy, bubblegum. The hops are earthy and woody and not overly strong in the nose. I may have an aged example whose hops have suffered, because I can't tell this has Imperial IPA as a part of its heritage. There is a bit of funky farmhouse character in the background.

T - The flavors are well balanced between malt and hops. Graham cracker, bready malt mixed with earthy hops. Some black pepper, leather, maybe the tiniest bit of horse blanket. High hops bitterness that cuts the slightly sweet finish. Complex and delicious.

M - Thick body combines with fine carbonation to give a creamy sensation. Some alcohol presence. All is pleasant for this big beer.

O - This is a big, complex malt monster, in my sample. The Belgian heritage is obvious and delicious. If it was intended to have Imperial IPA character, the aroma is way too muted, but that is probably due to an aged example.

Photo of stephens101
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Fusion" beers scare the hell out of me, but it's GF, so gonna give it a try.

Pure amber color with a thick, craggy, off-white head.

Orange and lemon and yeast to the nose up front, followed by a pointed earthiness, piney hops, taffy, and far-off spice. Complex, pleasant and unique. I'm starting to question my initial apprehension, but the true test is yet to come

Has an interesting mix of sweet and bitter with smooth light fruits (orange, pear, grapefruit), caramel, pine, and a hint of vanilla and cumin. Fabulous and flavorful with all components working equitably.

Medium to heavy body with a noticeable fusel alcohol heat. Firm where needed and yielding when called for. I stand corrected, and bring me another.

Photo of dbONE
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the tasting table on site at Green Flash.

A nice deep pale near golden looks crisp and clean, as the very carbonated head has trouble staying put in the glass.
They dont forget about the hops in this creation they are place well behind a fruity and spicy aroma
The flavor creeps in with a hint of spice then picks up the pace with fruityness, then sprints in to give a heafty hearble bitterness. They said it was 9% but it went down way easier than that.
Nice mouthfeel but the carbontaion was enough to take away from the heavier taste.
This is a nicly balanced beer and a catagory that is sure to keep growing. Get your notes in on this one first, then enjoy it with a Ashton VSG cigar, holy ----!

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- With the yeast sediment from the bottom of the bottle, it is hazy and peach orange. Without it, it is clear and light amber. The head is impressive and pillowy for such a high ABV% and leaves pretty lacing.

S- Big smell of clean, bitter, floral hops and some caramel on top of an intoxicating smell of tropical fruits like pineapple and coconut.

T- Lots of bitter on the tongue and very complex on top of that. This beer is hard to pick apart, and I like that. Noticeable flavor comes from malt, hops, yeast, alcohol, and even water. Malt is light wheat bread and caramel. Hops are citric and floral. Yeast is fruity and funky.

M- Very substantial with the sediment. Full-bodied yet smooth and drinkable. Carbonation is effervescent and silky.

D- Damn exquisite and damn smooth. The artwork on the label confuses the sh*t out of me but I have a great time drinking the contents.

Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful amber color with ruby hues, a thin but thick just off-white head rests atop the beer. Diminishes a bit, but leaves a film across the entire exposed surface area.

S- Pale malt, sugar sweetness, citrus hops, caramel

T- So... let's evaluate this as what it is supposed to be - an imperial pale ale/Belgian trippel hybrid. Starts with a heavy caramel/ candi sugar sweetness, citrus hops through the middle, heavy sweetness with the slightest Belgian yeasty flavors at the end. Not as many fruity Belgian style flavors as I would have liked, but does finish dry like a trippel should. Quite hoppy, with a perfectly balanced malt background enhanced by Belgian candi sugars. Alcohol warms down my throat.

M- Could possibly be a bit creamier, but that may just be my preference, and I may be thinking about this as a trippel more than a hybrid. So, let's put that aside, The mouthfeel is still a bit thin even for a pale ale. It's nowhere near awful, but could be improved.

D- This things amazing. The alcohol reduces the drinkability a bit though.

Photo of midaszero
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orange straw body with one finger of white head

S - Sweat floral and citrus hops with Belgian yeast

T - Citrus notes with bitter hops on the backend

M - Medium body with medium-high carbonation

D - Not to bad but wish it was more subtle and balanced

Photo of a0lbudman
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
gold in color with a white head and had a lot of foam
hoppy smell with a hint of grassy smell to it
great hops tatse that leaves a hoppy after tatse.
has that smell and tatse of a belgium beer plus the hoppy effect of an American IPA

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy yellow-orange color with a small yet compact white head. The head faded slowly giving way to some nice lacing.

Smell – A nice potent aroma of yeast cake and banana are the biggest and are up front in the nose. There is a nice hoppy aroma of citrus that really comes into fruition. This is mixed with a nice spiced bready aroma. All the aromas combined to make one fantastic smell.

Taste – The taste follows the nose rather nicely. There is a slightly fruity and sweeter bready flavor that meets the tongue. These tastes become more yeasty in flavor more toward the middle of the experience. Toward the end, the hop really comes into play and a nice citrus hop flavor takes the taste experience to the end and leaves a nice lingering flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – A nice creamy body with a medium to slightly higher carbonation level. The combo of the two, in this case, create an almost spongy feeling on the tongue. The feeling is warming and sticky with a nice “bouncy” turbidity. It is rather unique and actually very pleasant.

Overall – This was quite a fantastic beer. It takes some of the best features of each beer style; the very nice yeasty/spicy/bready/creamy feel of a good Belgian and the great hop flavor of a nice IPA. Very well done!!

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 08/16/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy copper amber orange with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger off white head that slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and zesty aroma with Belgian yeast and citrus hops. Upfront Belgian yeast with some funk, clove, and pepper spicing. Big presence of citrus hops with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, tangerine, and apricot. Also some fruit hints of banana and green apple. Hints of sweet Belgian candied sugar and some bubblegum. Some grassy and piney hop hints. Pale malt with hints of grains, caramel, and biscuit. A really solid Belgian IPA aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty and spicy Belgian taste with a big presence of juicy citrus hops. Belgian yeast upfront along with notes of clove, pepper, funk, and bubblegum. Big taste of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, apricot, and tangerine. Other fruit notes include banana and apples. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Also some good notes of grassy hops and pine resin. Pale malt with notes of caramel, grains, and biscuit. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and fairly oily. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A really good take on a Belgian IPA. Good taste of yeast, fruits, and juicy hops.

Photo of Proteus93
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden-amber with a head somewhere between cola-like fizzly and creamy. Leaves a wonderful wall of lace behind that makes for a nice looking brew.

S: On first smell, I detected the citrus hops. With each further sniff, the more delicate qualities all started to come out - some a little more pronounced than others (that is to say, NOT so delicate!) The yeast esters compliment the citrus hoppiness wonderfully, allowing it to carry an aromatic character and sweetening it in a way with a softer fruitiness, and even some hints of clove. Very nice.

T: Flavour is much like the scent... yeasty fruitiness, citrus hops with a bit of an herbal bite adding a nice touch of bitterness towards the finish. I could swear I'm even picking up a good little note of banana in here. Either way, it's very tasty.

M + D: Full flavoured, and full bodied to go along with that. Not TOO heavy, though... it's on the richer side of medium, really. Moderate, but assertive carbonation does it justice, and makes for a very enjoyable beer. This is an impressive beer, I'd certainly recommend trying it out. Green Flash has done a terrific job with this, and I'll most definitely be getting some more in the near future!

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,219 ratings.