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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,897
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 91
Gots: 146 | 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 Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -1%

Very good melange of West COast IPA and Belgian. Aroma is hoppy, and complex. Taste is above average mouthfeel, almost full mouthfeel. Taste is satisfying: Controlled hoppiness, with yeast notes. A bit ore to sweet side, not too bitter. Nice small white head.

Sammy, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

Had this on tap at the brewery, I thought it was just an experimental batch and didn't realize that it was being sold anywhere else. The lady at the brewery told me that its the same recipe as the Imperial IPA with the only difference being that they used a belgian yeast.

Pretty murky and slightly orange colored, doesn't look appealing. There was some creamy white foam and stuck around for a while. The beer smelled of the imperial IPA and belgian yeast which is consistent with what I was told. It also had a bit of citrus (probably hop related) in it as well as possibly a little banana. I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer.

The taste was quite good. It has the hoppy goodness of an IPA without too much bitterness, very smooth. The belgian part of the flavor came out more as the temperature rose. It started off very subtle and eventually contributed a golden ale type of flavor. Nicely balanced.

This beer has a fairly heavy body, a bit too much for my tastes. Also, the unfermented sugars were present in the beer. Aside from this and the crummy appearance of the beer, it is very drinkable. If the brewery wasn't getting ready to close for the day I would have stayed and drank more of this stuff. Definately an interesting beer to try even if you aren't in to these styles.

t0rin0, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.5%

zestar, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

acurtis, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down but has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has citrusy and spicy flavors as well as a light amount of bitterness; however these are mostly well balanced by the underlying malts and don’t overpower your palate. The bitter and spicy flavors persist through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The alcohol is well hidden from both the smell in taste, but the combination of bitterness and spiciness makes this more of a sipping beer.

metter98, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a hint of orange; the foamy head retains nicely but failed to deposit very much lace

Smell: Lots of citrus and a quick whiff fails to detect anything else; sniff for a while, though, and you can pick up the yeasty phenols

Taste: Biscuity, at first, with a growing pineapple citrusy/pithy bitterness; by mid-palate, the peppery phenols start to kick in, with clove in the mix, as well; after the swallow, the bitter citrus and peppery clove flavors combine into a lengthy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a bit of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A real tug of war on the palate, and that ultimately limits its drinkability; I liked it, at first, but then struggled with it the more I had

brentk56, May 15, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Lightly smoky apricot with bright lemon peel trim. Active carbonation feeds the underside of a firmly creamy, yellowed ivory cap that becomes gently rocky while melting. Squiggles of soapy lace do a pretty good job of covering the sides of the glass.

Le Freak is essentially an American Double IPA that uses a Belgian yeast strain. The GFBC brewers used their house yeast as well. The hops are 100% red-white-and-blue: Summit and Nugget, dry-hopped with Amarillo. The nose features mostly pale malt, an enjoyable orange citrusiness and a whiff of Belgian spiciness that I hope is much more prominent on the palate.

This is a pretty good American-brewed version of one of my favorite styles, but it doesn't even sniff the world's best. There's too much DIPA and not enough tripel for the marriage to be an entirely successful one. A little too much unmasked alcohol doesn't help, although it's already fading some with time and warming.

Green Flash must not be in possession of the world's most outstanding Belgian yeast strain because their Trippel doesn't make the grade. Maybe that's where they should start if they decide to make changes to this offering. There are a boatload of alpha acids zipping about, with white grapefruit pith, bitter orange rind and bitter grasses delivering the bulk of the hop flavor.

White pepper and ground clove put a spicy kick on the tail end of each mouthful, which is probably my favorite portion of the ever-changing flavor arc. Sugary sweetness lingers, which brings things together pretty well in the end. It's a shame that this review focuses on the negatives more than the positives, because I'm enjoying this big bruiser. It's just that I'd like it to be great rather than merely good.

It's no surprise that the mouthfeel is more akin to an American DIPA than a Belgian ale of any stripe. Since I love full, sticky and lush (in most cases), I'm fully onboard. One might even say that the mouthfeel is LF's finest feature. Even the lightly prickly carbonation works, given the beer's overall aggressiveness.

When cracking the crown on a bomber of Le Freak, don't expect a freakishly delicious Belgian IPA. This is, however, a worthwhile purchase for anyone who likes both American hops and Belgian yeast. It helps if you like big beer enough to forgive some of its excesses.

BuckeyeNation, May 16, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

Phyl21ca, May 08, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

GABF Weekend '08: I'm a'luv'n the hoppy Belgians. This one comes out with a witbier appearance- canary yellow and a firm head formation that laced well and retained to the bottom of the glass. Piercing aromas of lemons, acidic berry-like tartness, and sharp citrus-piney hops that stand out over the softer pilsner malts. Flavors are acidic of lemons, berries, white pepper, and a plethera of other fruity esters and peppery phenols. Hops (Amerillo's?) give a citric orange / grapefruit flavor swirled around strong notes of pine and lemmon grass. The hop flavor is intense, religating the malts to a backup role only. The intense hops and spices give a lot of complexity and variety. A light vineous, barrel-aged tannin quality prounounces in the finish. And so does a mild lactic astringency and a light soapy phenolic character. Otherwise a near-flawless beer.

BEERchitect, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +5%

I had gotten this twice in the past but never reviewed it. Decided to open it up last night and see what it was all about. Served cold and poured into a couple pint glasses, this one was consumed on 04/12/2009.



The pour was nice, very light in color with a good clarity to it. This led me to be able to see the streams of carbonation that were rising up from the bottom of the glass effortlessly. A nice light and white head came up over the top and settled down to about two inches before really faded away to just a broken crown after a space of two minutes or so. The aroma was light, hints of light coriander and peach were the most prominent, followed by a very nice touch of light grass in the finish. Quite complex and very well done I have to admit. The flavor was crisp, cleaning, light and very easy to drink, especially early in the session. Just the lightest amount of spice kicking up toward the finish, but a generally very light, and very flavorful profile. Smooth and easy, I had no issue with this nice hopped up Saison.



Overall I would definitely drink this one again. Very solid and very much a nice beer, that drinks much lower then its ABV would suggest.

mikesgroove, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.5%

kjkinsey, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

I had this on tap originally and wasn't all that into it, but some friends and I shared a bottle and I like it much more.

A: This definitely has the look of a Tripel. A cloudy orangish color with white foam.

S: The initial smell is much more IPA, than Tripel. Great citrus and pine character from the hops are the first sensation, followed by that distinct Belgian yeast, spice, and orange peel.

T: The taste is quite interesting as well. I found the IPA part of this to be more prominent with the citrus and pine coming through quite strongly while the typical Belgian Tripel flavors round out the finish. Sort of indescribable.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: Definitely a challenge to the palate, but an enjoyable one.

womencantsail, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.5%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

GRG1313, May 25, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Two finger head with nice lacing on a cloudy orange with golden hues body. Grapefruit citrus hops, light pine resin, caramel malts, breads, herbal hops and standard belgian yeast. Flavor follows very nicely with excellent belgian character in the yeast with your prototypical mix of herbal, earthy and citrus hops for the style. Pineapple and orange peel for citrus hops. This one is overly carbonated though and medium in body. Overall a great representation of the style in my opinion even though it is supposed to be an american IPA and trippel hybrid of sorts.

kylehay2004, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a bubbly, wispy, white head.

Smell: A mix of grains and grapefruit held together by mashed bananas and tossed with pine needles and white pepper.

Taste: Pale and Belgian maltiness, with a touch of grain, and a brief, though refined sweetness. Tastes of bananas, citrus grapefruit, and pine before a caustic, moderate bitterness is unleashed upon the tongue. Dash of spice. Light yeastiness. Some floral and fruity peach hints to be found during the rare times when the bitterness lets up. Finishes crisp and with a bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Yep, it's a bitter tripel, alright. It performed a bit better than expected, but I wouldn't push over an old lady to get a bottle unless she was really really asking for it (to be pushed, not the bottle).

ChainGangGuy, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

This beer poured out as a hazy golden yellow color, the head was fluffy and white. The lacing on the glass was really nice too. The smell of the beer was packed with hops and some Belgian yeast. The aromas of fruits, pine and spice all wrapped into one nosefull. The taste of the beer was really nice, the flavors of a traditional Tripel upfront that quickly gets pummeled by the big amount of hops in this brew. The taste finished with a dry spicy pine flavor in the back of your mouth. The mouthfeel is very delicate for such a beer that has an aggressive side. Overall this beer was a lot of fun to try.

Knapp85, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Served in a cervoise at Duke's Alehouse.

My first time here, might as well go for something I've heard good things about. It pours a clear amber topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises black pepper, tart mandarin orange, lemon zest, ruby red grapefruit, and banana. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, orange peel, lemon zest, clove, banana, Belgian yeast, and light caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a dry, nearly sticky finish. Overall, a great BIPA, one that definitely lives up to the billing of being a collision between IPA and tripel. Very good times.

TMoney2591, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -0.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -6%

Second time trying this, a bomber from the cooler at a local shop.

It glows a deep orange shade, plenty of creamy foam to top it off.

Aroma is sweet and caramelly, some pine there, traces of Belgian yeast.

Sweet and more or less syrupy, mild hop bitterness in the back. Huge caramel & toffee flavor. Bready with some green herbal notes from the hops. More hefty malt than hops showing through though, this may be an older bottle, but honestly there's no way to tell. Pretty full bodied, not the lightest, bordering on DIPA.

Probably not one i'll be reaching for again, with many better examples out there.

emerge077, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of largadeer
2.3/5  rDev -42.8%

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a small white head.

Smell: Estery funk, candy sweetness and hops of the herbal and citrus variety.

Taste & mouthfeel: Candy-like sweetness and fruity esters up front. A bit of yeasty funk is present in the background, lending some nice complexity until the abusively bitter hops begin to rape the palate. This beer has to have the worst balance of hops I've ever tasted - there's little hop flavor or aroma, while the bitterness is completely over the top. Midway through the glass my palate was numb and I couldn't actually taste anything beyond bitterness. Pretty ridiculous stuff, and not in a good way.

largadeer, Sep 03, 2008
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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,897 ratings.