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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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731 Reviews
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Reviews: 731
Hads: 2,303
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 131
Gots: 387 | FT: 4
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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Reviews: 731 | Hads: 2,303
Photo of HamdenHector
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: restrained; white grapefruit and coriander;

T: herbal up front; coriander is predominant at mid-palate; nice balance between grapefruit and coriander at the finish; moderately bitter at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; medium dry finish;

O: flavor is tremendous and that's what is really important;

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Photo of jsp3
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love how it opens like a Belgian trippel, and finishes similar to an IPA. One of my favorites. What I'd hoped Stone's Cali-Belgique would be but isn't.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruit and floral nose. Pours orange-amber with a 1” off white foam cap that descends to a thick film. Hazy peach color, lacy. On the palate fruit, especially peach, a trace of earthiness, white bread, citrus. A very faint hint of bubble gum to hard candi. Very nice bitter emphasis on the finish to balance the fruit and the sugars and malt on the finish. Very creamy above average carbonation. Medium body.

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Photo of Strix
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden-orange, good initial head with a permanent lace ring.

Belgian yeast, clove, green grass, amarillo citrus

Mellow pepper and peach in the forefront, slowly morphing into a citrusy but dry finish. Complex and drinkable.

Fairly thick and viscous mouthfeel.

I'll pick this up again if I see it. Very nicely done.

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Photo of salcedo
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber poured into glass.
L: Nice orange color. Quite hazy.
Off-white head that lingers a while.
S: Fruitiness you'd expect from a Belgian yeast with malt and alcohol.
T: Nice malty flavor. The alcohol flavor is not as pronounced as you would expect from the scent. The Belgian fruitiness is definitely there. There's also a nice hoppy IPA bitterness.
F: Medium body. Highly carbonated.
O: Overall, I can see why Le Freak is so popular. Green Flash has successfully blended Belgian and IPA styles into a delicious brew.

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Photo of Youbecha
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll admit, my first Belgian IPA...my frame of reference is Trappist brews and American IPAs. The IPAness is there, but it feels like a good Belgian ale, not a good IPA...I will have to reevaluate.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just tasted this beer. Pours a nice reddish amber hazy beer. Smells sweet and alcoholic. Taste is odd, sweet, then fruity then bitter as hell, bitterness keeps growing with each sip, It was hard to enjoy.

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Photo of founddrama
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tastes as golden as it looks. Wonderful blend of the Belgian and American IPA styles. A Tripel on the nose but a hoppy finish. Even a little bit herbal? floral? spicy? Such a complex profile.


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Photo of jscheuf
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of banana laffy taffy, clove, pepper, and fruit, also getting hints of pine and juicyfruit gum.
Tastes pretty similar to aroma, mainly a buttery banana that coats the mouth but doesn't linger to long ending with a slightly piney bitter hop finish you would expect in a IPA.
Interesting beer overall was looking for something different and this indeed was.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.58/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.25 - Looks identical to apple juice in color. Ridiculous head potential, foamed up quick, forming a 4 finger, slightly off white colored head. Good head retention and nice solid lacing.
S - 3 - Strange. Sweet hops, grapefruit and oranges, but also some spices such as clove and nutmeg, lots of yeast and that distinct, bubblegum aroma that Belgian goldens have.
T - 2 - Not liking this one bit. Upfront there is a nice sweet citrus taste, but it quickly fades to the aforementioned spices and bubblegum of the aroma.
F - 4 - Standard expected mouthfeel.
O - 2 - To me, this is not a Belgian style IPA but rather an IPA mixed with a Belgian golden and tripel. I understand that Belgian yeast strains are used in the production, but there is just way too much bubblegum and spice in this for me to call it an IPA at all. Didn't enjoy this one bit and thus cannot recommend it.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a Belgian tulip at Nob Hill Bar & Grill.

A- Frothy pale white head. Creamy and sticky lace. Orange and copper color with good clarity. 4.5

S- Sweet malt and yeast with a bright floral quality. Faint citrus and lilies. 4

T- Like the nose heavy on sweet malt, caramelized, with aggressive yeast that provides floral notes before a juicy orange finish. 4

M- Sweet and yeasty if I haven't said so already. But there's a sharp bitterness that lingers and a touch of tasteful tartness that slides in almost without being perceivable. 4.25

Yeah, this is an excellent beer. Nice to find recently tapped as GF isn't easy to find fresh.

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Photo of AndersenMarx
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Almost everything I want in a beer...
Head is super frothy, really depends on the pour, I have gotten 2-4 fingers on different occasions
The Belgian yeast mixed with hops combination is delicious, great combination of beer styles
There is definitely a banana/bubblegum taste, like Juicy Fruit, but not over powering and washed out with the hops
A grand mouth feeling

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Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev -0.7%

A - Amber with a thick white head. Dissipates at a steady pace leaving dotty lacing

S - citrus, pine, banana bread, some funky Belgian aromas

T - banana bread, citrus, funky yeast, orange, coriander, peppery aftertaste

M - quite full bodied, finishes bittersweet

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Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Light amber in colour. Nice foamy light beige 2 finger foam.
Aroma is floral, citrus, corriander.
Tastes complex. Orange, banana and spices, peppery.
Mouth feel Is wonderful. Under tongue. Bitter. Carbonation indicative of Belgium ales.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Collective. Review from 6/30/14.

Pours amber with two finger white head. Nose is hoppy banana bread. Definitely Belgian yeast. Flavor is quite unique - some fruity banana hops and melon followed by a citrus finish. It is growing on me with each sip. Medium/full body, moderate carbonation. I liked this more than I expected.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Le Freak pours a golden bronze color with a nice long lasting head. There is a strong spicy aroma, very hoppy and strong Belgian candy notes. The taste has some big sweet Belgian candy flavors, with a harsh bitter hoppy finish. Good feel, nice body. Overall it is as advertised a Belgian IPA mixed with IIPA, the only problem is the IIPA flavor is a bit odd, overpowering and tastes a bit old.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%

This was a really good Belgian IPA. Almost made me understand why the style is thus named. There were nice yeast and malt notes like a good belgian ale, sweet and alcohol very present. But at the same time the hops just punched your tongue. I really liked this. I'd have it again any day, though it is for sipping slowly.

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Photo of JayQue
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding combination. This beer gives equal emphasis to good bitter hoppiness and more subtle Belgian yeast and fruitiness. Poured into mu Chimay goblet as a hazy apricot color. Good bubbly carbonation visible with a small fizzy white head. Head retention is average and there is some light, filmy lacing on the sides of the goblet.

Aroma had most elements of a Belgian Tripel (apples and pears; Belgian yeast) and a good blast of bitter hoppiness instead of the peppery spicing that would be found in most Tripels.

Flavor was about the same. Both elements (Belgian and hoppiness) shared equal time and emphasis. The Belgian yeast and light fruit were most evident up front and in the finish (especially as the beer warmed). There was a solid hoppy presence in the middle.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. This is an exceptional beer that I am sure I will enjoy again.

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Photo of patpbr
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep orange without much head retention.
S - Belgium yeast, hops
T - Sweet then leading to some citrus and general hops. Finished with lots of yeast flavor.
M - Medium body and dry finish.
O - Nice blend that would be nice in a four pack.

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Photo of 45nDown
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Hazy amber pour with an ample head. Clove taste comes out fairly strong in the beginning but tapers off through the drink and warming. This beer is not bad but not my taste.

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Photo of 8BaconBits
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Served in bottle.

Lots of C02, but not too much to be annoying.

Fruitiness is very strong, but not over powering. Not sure I would get it again, but still enjoyed it.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Very unique. All the fruitiness of Belgian ale with lots of clove banana and maltiness goodness. Work in the nice hoppy finish that one would expect from west coat friends. The finish also let's through the banana bread taste as well. After thought of the combination of two great types of beers makes this one of my recent favorites! Very exciting new type of beer for me.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%

Server on tap in a straight pint glass.

A- Light amber, good clarity, white head.

S- Spice, cloves, a little fruitiness including some light banana.

T- Bitter, lots of spice character of cloves and maybe even a touch of caraway?

M- Medium nice and creamy

O- I didn't really care for this one, I'm not really a fan of the style in general, I don't find Belgian yeasts really complement higher hopping that well. One note of caution for me though is that I had this at a place where the beer sometimes has a funny taste to it, so I might have to grab a bottle of this sometime to compare.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.