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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1627
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%

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 rangerred


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap in a point glass.

Pours a slighty hazy medium gold with a fluffy white head. Average head retention and lacing.

Tons of yeasty Belgian esters hit in the aroma with bubblegum being predominate. Some clove and orange underneath but it is quite buried.

The flavor also continues the yeasty theme and closely follows the aroma. There is more citrus present, however, that I assume is from the massive amount of hope. Bitterness is on the high side but it helps to balance out the sweetness. Finish is slightly sticky.

Overall, a very well put together Belgian IPA that nicely balances the hop notes with the yeast esters. Alcohol is well-hidden as well. Definitely one to pick up.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2014 01:38:22 | More by rangerred
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, Tyler's Tap House in Durham

A- pours clear and copper colored with a one-finger creamy white head that retains nicely, leaving good lacing behind

S- nice classic Belgian yeast aroma, slightly phenolic, some piney hops notes, also picking up some banana and clove

T- the powdery and musty Belgian yeast flavors mix greatly with the hoppy notes, citrusy mid-palate leads to a dry finish with more yeast and citrus hops on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a slightly warming finish. ABV is hidden pretty well

O- when done correctly, I love Belgian IPA's and this is a great blend of two styles. One of the best everyday Belgian IPA's out there.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2013 00:10:08 | More by Treyliff
Photo of OKCNittany


3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 17:00:47 | More by OKCNittany
Photo of dar482

New York

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a orange golden with tons and tons of rocky head.

The aroma has lots of Belgian yeast, almost like a sourdough being rested. However, there's lots herbal and spice notes along with a huge punch of pine and citrus from the hops. It's so Belgian bready and yeasty, but then there's also that hop punch.

The flavor follows with an attack of yeast, which then settles to a light bready malt. The spicy Belgian flavor is in there as well. There's tons of bitterness of pine and mostly grapefruit pith. The end is very drying with yeast and bitterness.

The alcohol is well hidden and I did not expect it to be 9.2%.

It's a good beer, though the yeast character is a bit much for me. However, for those really going after Belgian IPAs, this is up there.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2013 15:33:09 | More by dar482
Photo of Brew_42


3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy gold with a white head

Smells of banana and spices

Tastes banana sweetness and spices with a slight bitterness that hangs around

MF-Slightly carbonated and very drinkable

Overall- Very nice beer. I will definitely pick up some more in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2013 05:55:59 | More by Brew_42
Photo of clayrock81


4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange body with good head and moderate lacing, thanks to active carbonation, on top of a bountiful aroma of citric and grape like hops that mix, not overpower, with Belgian yeast and some sweet (candi sugar?) malt and orange peel as well. This beer is smooth, not too spicy or bitter or anything that may have gone wrong with combining "western style" hops with a Belgian IPA. I find the balancing act a succesful one as there is some sweetness in this beer, both malty (candi sugar, caramel, I think) and touches of tropical fruit (tangerine comes to mind for some reason, as does apricot) but also a spicy, strong hop presence (more orange, citric, touches of grape). Finishes with crisp bite and alcohol is well contained. Overall, a pretty good and interesting beer and not too many like this one are around.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 15:37:15 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Vonerichs


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 02:16:22 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of tubeyes


3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A hazy near orange amber, min white some lace.
S lots of peppery estery bubblegum.
T bubblegum some hoppy goodness estery.
M good drinkable mouthfeel estery aftertaste.
O very awesome and very belgium , quite tasty and enjoyable. Much better than the band of the same name...

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2013 05:22:11 | More by tubeyes
Photo of AlexFields


3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Smells of spicy, floral hops with tons of citrus zest--not much actual fruit but very very zesty. Maybe some lemon or lime. Very spicy aroma, yum.

Taste has lots of zest too, spicy and floral hops again, but also some dank grassy hops, and a moderate maltiness that wasn't in the nose at all. Not quite as good as the. Owe but very tasty.

Pretty well carbonated feel, fairly refreshing and drinkable, body is a little thick and syrupy though.



Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 23:31:00 | More by AlexFields
Photo of estlinska


4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip on-tap at Big Orange on 4/10. Pours a golden amber, almost burnished bronze color. It was fairly cloudy, but it did allow some light penetration. There is a half centimeter of bright white head, moderate lacing. The smell is very fragrant with decend bready malt and fruity belgian yeast of melons like some tasty honeydew. There is a slight resinous hop that sneaks through as well. The taste is a tasty belgian brew with strong bittering throughout. There is a sweet, tangy flavor as well, but not quite sour, very much like fresh, ripe cherries. There is a bit of a champagne flavor to it as well at the end. The finish is heavy on the bitter and finishes extremely dry. Overall this is a very good beer (so I had another).

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2013 14:23:40 | More by estlinska
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 03:11:26 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.95/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 01:18:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a three finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, sweet alcohol, fruit, wheat, fruit hop, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, wheat, spice, spicy hop, earth, and alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was a lot going on in this one in both the aroma and flavor, however they didn’t all seem to work together in my opinion, but rather against one another. This really hurt the overall brew in my opinion. There was definitely a lot of spice going on here which was nice blended with the fruit tones, but the alcohol came along and wrecked it all. Too bad. Worth trying to judge for yourself.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 11:01:14 | More by thagr81us
Photo of argock


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a chalice at The Regal Beagle (San Diego, CA). Reviewed from notes.

A: Golden amber with sticky 1/2 finger of white head with good staying power and copious lace.

S: The hoppy IPA side of this beer strikes first with mango, pineapple, and tart lemon that segues into the tart yeast aromas. The base maltiness is crackery and bready.

T: The flavor has much more Belgian yeast character than the aroma, although the hoppiness is no slouch. The tart yeast is a tad rough and doesn't mix with the fruity alcohol as well as it should. The hoppiness is very tropical fruit oriented with mango and pineapple and a bit of pine and citrus. The malt component is pretty substantial but one dimensional as it should since this beer already has enough going on.

M: They did a good job of drying this beer out to help its consumability. At 9.2% it's still a bruiser but still drinks reasonably light relatively. Carbonation is also lively which helps too.

O: A pretty enjoyable beer overall although I would pick a Belgian yeast strain with less tart and more fruity esters to go with the hops and evident alcohol fruit character.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 00:30:27 | More by argock
Photo of Tone


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, gold/copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, yeast, hint of wheat, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight wheat, hint of coriander, hint of pale malt, and slight yeast. There is a strongly cloying aftertaste. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 13:54:28 | More by Tone
Photo of PorterLambic


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrives the color of tanned leather with a voluminous slightly off-white head. Dissipation occurs within a minute or so leaving copious lacing and a thick, albeit chunky, film.
Smell is full of green apple and oak with some malt and hop notes. An acidity is present to back the hops.
Taste is hops, malt, oak and apple, somewhat sour.
Slightly watery up front with a nearly full bodied middle and finish. Slight dryness with some ABV warming presence from the swallow on. Nice brew without the overkill hops of the standard west coast breweries.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 23:30:07 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 00:02:48 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into tulip at Yardhouse Scottsdale.
Pours a hazy golden brown. 2 inch head and great sticky lacing. This brew just looks great.
Smell is disappointing but still good. Belgian yeast with some hoppy banana. But its very subtle.
Taste is very good. Belgian yeast is obvious, slightly sweet and malty, a bit of hops and fruity/banana flavors. Its a bit too bitter for me...being a belgian style. But still very drinkable.
Really good brew. Get one if you see it!

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 01:28:20 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 23:42:22 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of falloutsnow


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glass on tap during Green Flash's tap takeover night at Crescent Moon in Omaha, NE
Served in a Green Flash pint glass
Review from notes

Green Flash's Le Freak is an interesting mix of the American double IPA and Belgian strong ale (though they suggest tripel). This was my second preferred of the four Green Flash beers I tried during the evening, and was undeniably pleasant due to its mix of strong hop flavor and aroma combined with a noticeable Belgian yeast and sweetness combination. Difficult to discern its high ethanol content, the beer is dangerous, but good.

The glass arrives at my table with a 1cm head of off-white foam, which dissipates in a minute, leaving a ring around the glass and some spotty lacing. Beer's body is a golden color, with burnt yellowish highlights when held to the light. Active carbonation is visible.

Interesting aroma that is mixed between Belgian yeast, overripe plum sweetness, a bit of potting soil earthiness, and a simmering layer of citrusy hops. Fairly delicious and complex.

Taste opens with bready malt and attendant malt sweetness that is flanked by Belgian yeast and its secondary metabolites that reveal a bit of soil, slightly old fruit, spent apples, and some very slight funk. The secondary component of this beer becomes dominant on the mid and back of the palate, and that is the hop presence, which offers some grapefruit and pineapple flavor. Somewhat spicy finish, with a bit of ethanol bite.

Body is medium to medium-heavy, with modest carbonation that is a bit too low weight of the beer. Mouthfeel results in a slightly sluggish feel. Finishes dry. Really, the only aspect of this beer I wasn't particularly impressed with.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 00:15:47 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of barczar


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the tulip a fairly hazy golden brown color with a solid half inch cream head that dissipates into a lingering pool of foam covering the entire surface.

Belgian candi sugar, sweettarts, esters of dark cherries, dominate the aroma, with subtle earthy hops and a stronger grapefruit presence. Wouldn't have known it was an ipa by the aroma.

Belgian yeast, bready malt, candi sugar, begin the flavor profile, and the ipa character becomes very evident in the taste. Pineapple, apples, and grapefruit take over mid palate, ending decidedly hoppy bitter and spicy.

Body is medium light, with moderate carbonation that showcases the bitter finish.

Had the hop character been present in the aroma, I would've been more impressed, but the beer is a solid offering, with the flavor profile making up for the aroma shortcomings. Still think I like houblon better.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 02:41:21 | More by barczar
Photo of Philousa


3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed on tap at the green Flash tasting room on 12/30/11. Review done from notes and recent bottle tasting to refresh my memory.

Pours a nearly clear golden rust with little head. Bubbles are irregular, suggesting the Belgian yeast used in this beer. It should be noted that the bottle version had about three fingers head. Although it's not going to blow when you open it, be careful with this one. Zesty, piney, biscuity, with a bit of grapefruit along the banana and grape esters. Mild spiciness detected from the yeast, this has more body than the other Belgians I've tried from GF. Malt bill suggests tasted white bread. Spicy, pungent Belgian yeast goes up to your nose with the first sip. Banana, allspice, and cinnamon come through in taste. Musky Belgian yeast takes over and combines with bitter hops, which taste green and fresh. Some toasty malt comes through but the bitterness lingers in the back of your throat reminding you it's an IPA. Acidic and watery with a dry finish.

This one was interesting, but ultimately a bit disappointing. I guess I should have tried this first in my sampling, because the Rayon Vert set the bar too high. Ultimately, this one is too yeasty and pungent. Don't know if I would buy again, to be honest. Understand that this is only because GF makes better beer. This is still a complex, interesting Belgian inspired IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 04:01:43 | More by Philousa
Photo of DrDemento456


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 10oz pour at "The Library" during their happy hour.

A - A nice golden color maybe a touch amber with a thin layer of creamy head.

S - Smells of a nice Belgium IPA with a nice level of funky, fruity yeast, and a nice bit of citrus hops.

T - Wow I must say this is the first imperial Belgium IPA I ever had and it's quite excellent. The taste starts with citrus hops, then quickly to a yeast flavor that gives it a bubblegum like flavor (Belgium sugars) and finish is again hoppy but not overbearing to make it dry or bitter. Mid palate I get a slight pepper note almost giving it a sort of chili like spice. Interesting.

M - Medium bodied and better than a sipper this is a swell beer.

Overall who knew that they could actually make an IPA I enjoy (West coast is unforgivably bitter and soapy).
I may have this again on Tap if I see it but no luck on bottles since the price tag is around 10.50 and that's beyond my limit.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 05:12:19 | More by DrDemento456
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in NYC.

Appearance is light orange, slightly hazy, nice cream colored head. Its` nose contains apple, banana, clove and belgian yeast. The taste of Le Freak has some malts, a good amount of hops, more belgian yeast, quite a bit more citrus. MF is pretty dry with some bitterness in the finish. It was nice to try this beer again, the last time I had it was a few years ago and at that time from a bottle that could have been past its` prime.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 03:13:35 | More by mltobin
Photo of Urbancaver


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at catskeller.
Pours a crystal clear orange colour. Nce white head. Looks nice.
Smells hoppy and aggressive. Some nice floral aromas. Very belgiany under the hops. Tastes bitter and hoppy. A bit harsh but a really nice flavour profile. Thick, a bit syrupy moth feel. Overall pretty enjoyable but harsher than i typically i enjoy

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 20:01:31 | More by Urbancaver
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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.