Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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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.
10-29-2008 20:57:14 | More by BEERchitect
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.
04-14-2009 00:32:12 | More by mikesgroove
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.
08-26-2009 23:55:46 | More by womencantsail
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.
09-16-2012 02:21:46 | More by kylehay2004
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).
09-20-2008 04:12:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
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.
07-01-2011 20:21:46 | More by Knapp85
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.
07-02-2011 00:42:34 | More by TMoney2591
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.
04-11-2010 22:28:53 | More by emerge077
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
A - Poured out a somewhat hazy, golden orange color with a thick, off-white, thick, three-finger head of foam.
S - It smelled spicy, yeasty and quite fruity.
T - It tasted very fruity, like pineapple. Also, sweet caramel maltiness with a spicy yeasty flavor.
M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale.
D - This is a very tasty brew. I'd like to try many more brews from Green Flash.
06-04-2009 19:16:59 | More by zeff80
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.
09-03-2008 23:26:44 | More by largadeer
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
22oz slender bottle, with a standard Green Flash label, one quite different from the example currently displayed here.
This beer pours a slightly glassy pale copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, and um, freakishly foamy and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves a wall of dense and intricately webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of musty, almost funky yeast, acrid grapefruit, orange, and lemon peel, underripe pineapple flesh, bready pale and caramel malt, some isolated raw sugar, and further herbal, weedy hop notes. The taste is more gritty earthy yeast, an orange and pineapple fruitiness, some middling green funk, clove/coriander spice, white pepper, pale grainy malt, and more bitter grassy, herbal hops. A small twinge of edgy alcohol emerges as it gradually warms.
The bubbles are a bit frizzy, but mostly on the softly lilting side, the body a decent medium weight, and kind of hit and miss in the smoothness department, as yeast and hops have a certain way of messing with that. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and malt maintaining enough heft to hold those hop and yeast muckrakers at bay.
While hardly my favourite style, this at least comes off as a pleasantly capable version, the Belgian yeast and Yankee hop astringency playing together nicely enough. The experience softens as things move along, which may have more to do with the well elevated and integrated ABV than anything flavour oriented.
01-04-2014 05:19:00 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev -0.5%
Well I didn't know what I was ordering when I asked for "Le Freak", just that there has been a lot of hype about it. I'd seen it on tap in San Diego and passed it by while I was out there, so I figured I'd have to have it now. I was expecting something funky, tart, and maybe even barnyard. How wrong I was!
(I should note up front that I had this while I was out for dinner and it was kind of dark and very loud, and the room was full of different aromas. I couldn't even see the bottle to read it! Therefore I can't give this a proper review, but I'll go more hedonistic and base it mainly on my enjoyment of it).
The hops were apparent during the pour, citrusy and just slightly piney or spruce-like. It didn't seem sour..
...and it wasn't. It was oddly Belgian-esque, however. The yeast was clearly Belgian, and the sweetish malt blended well with notes of vanilla, mild honey, sugar with perhaps a touch of clove, and more mild spices. And then there were hops!
I immediately thought of La Chouffe Houblon, and then I got it. Ahhh, I says, as a light-bulb comes on over my head, it's a Belgian style IPA. Well, that's not too uncommon these days. But then it all made sense. Green Flash makes a very decent IPA, and a very decent Tripel. I toyed with the idea that perhaps they'd just made a blend and called it "Le Freak" , but I waved that off with another sip.
I had a burger with blue cheese and mixed greens, and it went quite well. I drank the whole 22 oz bottle by myself, and it's a bit strong, but I'd have considered another one under different circumstances. It was reasonably priced; and I'd suggest giving it a try.
11-26-2008 03:56:20 | More by NeroFiddled
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
Pours a fully fogged in orange with a brown hue. nose is real strong with lemon and seems to smell like Pine Sol. Yeah. I said that. Flavor is smooooth. Real smooth. Meaty hops and meaty citrus. Robust and earthy. Feel is silken on liquid. This is pretty tasty. Surprisingly, it leans much farther to Belgian than IPA, which is good. Well done. Very well done indeed.
08-24-2008 20:30:31 | More by RblWthACoz
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of citrus, floral hops, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.
T: The taste starts with a strong burst of grassy hops that is quickly followed by the bready flavor of Belgian yeast and sweet flavors of citrus & caramel. The malt character is a little on the thin side for the style but provides some balance. There a strong booziness that comes though at first but it fades a little as the beer warms. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet. The label reads "Extreme ale converging San Diego-style imperial pale ale and Belgian-style trippel." The interesting part about this beer is that in one sip I'll taste 2IPA and in the next I'll taste Tripel.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice stronger beer with some complexity that makes it worth drinking for a long time.
10-15-2009 00:20:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.43/5 rDev -14.7%
Bright orange golden hue with a fine bubbled off white head forming thick, fine speckled lacing lines the sides of my glass.
A brash collision of Belgian yeast and American alpha hops going on. Citric/pineapple tropical fruit explosion with hints of spicy yeast and slight band aid phenolics.
Flavor can't make up it's mind, the roughness of the two flavors colliding, harsh herbal/citric/dank mary jane colliding with the fruity phenolic spicy yeast characteristics. It just doesn't work for me as a whole the flavors don't complement each other.
Mouthfeel is oily slick with hops, carbonation is lively from the Belgian yeast fermentation. Body is medium to full a bit cloying from the harsh hops and spicy yeast hitting me at once.
Drinkability overall isn't what I want from the style, most versions are their own worst enemy this is a perfect example of that. American hops and Belgian yeast are hard to harmonize.
11-04-2010 04:24:17 | More by WVbeergeek
4.1/5 rDev +2%
Thanks to Hophead101 for this one, cheers Greg!
Pours a semi-hazed apricot with 2 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Murks up at the bottom of the bottle, good lacing & head retention
S: Honey, pineapples, lemons, green bananas & white pepper
T: Passion fruit, pineapples, grapefruit up front, plus appleskins. More grapefruit, green bananas & noticeable but light alcohol, as as this warms. Finishes with much grapefruit, some booze, pears & apple peels, plus a touch of breadyness
MF: Syrupy, low carbonation, medium bodied with pretty good balance & warming sensations
Drinks pretty good for the style & abv, this Belgian PA certainly has a west coast slant, as you'd expect from Green Flash
11-02-2008 21:56:14 | More by russpowell
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
22 oz bottle into a goblet.
Pours a clear golden orange with a finger of creamy off-white head. Retention barely shrinks down at all, leaving solid, nearly finger high layer that leaves a huge sticky latticework of lace behind. The aroma is a tingling mix of piney hops, floral notes, citrus, and some deep notes of clove and yeast in the back. I'm also picking up a light waft of heat under the other scents.
The taste is much the same, with a lot of West Coast character to it. Resinous hop bitterness, juicy citrus, spices, candied sweetness, and strong notes of clove and yeast that really starts to emerge towards the finish. The bitterness is strong but not so strong as to overpower the other flavors, which I think really helps this from becoming a bitter alcohol bomb. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an effervescent carbonation that possesses a touch of slickness to it. Thanks to the good balance, the almost 10% ABV is extremely well hidden, with an overall feel that is very smooth.
Nice. I've enjoyed the Belgian Style IPAs that I've had before but Green Flash takes things to the next hoppy level with this concoction. This is very West Coast but the Belgian qualities definitely get their day in the sun as well, making for a well balanced and easy drinking sipper.
12-05-2008 20:52:33 | More by Kegatron
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
Thanks to hopsleeroy for one of these - took me long enough to open it up, so it might be a little less hoppy than others have observed. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.
A - One finger of late-rising eggshell foam with solid retention and lacing. Hazy golden orange with a nice glow to it, and streams of tiny bubbles racing to the top. I wish there was a touch more volume on this one.
S - A nice mixture of Belgian yeast and all that it entails (banana, bubblegum), citrus-y hops with a lemon zest punch, and a touch of caramel malt. I think the yeastiness is a little too present, but otherwise it's rich, complex, and potent.
T - Dry, slightly champagne-like quality, with plenty of fresh citrus and grassy hops. There's quite a bit of hop bitterness at the top of the palate and in the aftertaste, where it is joined by a hint of peppery spice. The yeast is significantly more subdued, and this allows more fruit flavors to emerge - Gala apple, lemon, grapefruit, maybe a touch of pear. The taste is wonderful, but the aftertaste is less pleasant, and brings it down a touch.
M - Lots of carbonation - probably a little too much even for the style. Very light and thin-bodied. It enters the mouth crisp and dry, yet manages to leave a ton of residual sticky resins.
D - Even though this tastes terrific, it has all the things I DON'T equate with drinkability. High carbonation, a strange and bitter aftertaste, and high ABV. It's going to be a challenge to consume all 22oz on my own (although I will succeed!). This beer would be much better off in 12oz bottles or on-tap.
A great American take on the Belgian IPA - up there with Houblon Chouffe.
03-24-2009 03:10:25 | More by MasterSki
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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