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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,983
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 95
Gots: 175 | 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 ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -0.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

SocalKicks, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of largadeer
2.3/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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 04, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

biboergosum, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

zeff80, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

NeroFiddled, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is exceptional and very different. it pours hazy glowing blonde with a tall and delicate white head with great retention. smells like a hop bomb, which is to be expected with green flash beers. there is also some really spicy belgian yeast in the nose thats got some peppery funk to it. the flavor is deep. it starts off like a big sappy ipa with oozing citrus hops and an alcohol sting. it is quickly mellowed and enhanced at the same time by the yeast, which rounds out the hops into a full meal of flavors. a lot of stuff dances around the mouth, but the hops just keep coming back. this is a monster of a beer, fresh as can be. feel is good, bright carbonation and a medium body thats made heavier by the sticky hop quality. overall this is a great beer to share, totally unique and very strong. paired will with some ash cured goats cheese and spicy nuts. give it a try.

StonedTrippin, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Kegatron, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Slatetank, May 17, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

russpowell, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

MasterSki, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet, I've had it a bunch of times cause it's a great beer.

Light head with golden orange clear beer.

Nose of light funk, light barnyard light golden malts, light grassy and citrus hops, floral and effervescent, semi sweet.

Taste starts sweet, light grassy and citrus hops, fairly bitter hops as well, light orange peel, as well as light funk and Brett, light barnyard funk, long bitter hoppy finish, drier finish, and light honey.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

This beer is really interesting, fresh is a nice citrus and floral IPA with just a hint of funk, older gets fairly funky with less of the hop profile. On both ends its a great beer IMO. This is a fairly standard go-to for me when I have to pickup a beer for a party or something, especially for newer beer drinkers to really show them the ropes.

jlindros, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Green Flash Le Freak Ale. Green Flash Brewing Company, San Diego, CA. "Zesty Brew", it says on the label. Alc. by Vol. 9.2%. I'll read the rest of the label after drinking.

Highly hazy. Dull golden coloring, apricot-ish. Nice, dotted head of foam, creamy white, lacy.

Aroma: lightly spicy notes, lightly hoppy one, and Belgian yeast. Just a little bit funky.

Taste: A lot livelier in the mouth than it was in the nose. Very vibrant on the tongue, a zesty brew, indeed. Big and bouncy. Is it a triple? A Belgian IPA, and Imperial one? Some combination thereof? Plenty of citrus fruit notes in the flavor, plenty of pepper. Good drinking, despite the high A.B.V.

In all, I like this one just fine, but it didn't thrill me. They can't all.

So, yeah, that's all I've got to say. What do they say? "An 'out of the box' modern ale crafted by converging two beer styles, Belgian Trippel {sic} and American Imperial IPA. Dry-hopped and bottle-conditioned--it's a zesty brew with enticing American hops and fruity Belgian yeast aromatics." --signed, ----(I can't read his signature), Brewmaster.

feloniousmonk, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is orange and clear, forms a white tight head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is high and made up of small bubbles.

Aroma is spicy and bitter like an orange peel is bitter. Strong bready yeast character, not getting a lot of hops but with these Belgian IPAs its pretty random whether or not you'll sense hops.

Beer is oddly spicy, bittering in back with kind of a sharp bite to the whole thing. Overall, the bitterness and the citrus just don't quite work together, definitely not doing it for me. It just seems off.

drabmuh, May 03, 2010
Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful golden amber in the Affligem chalice. Nice foam and lacing. It's certainly a big hoppy beer but it does swing both ways. Rather sweet, and probably more of the Belgian sugar. Even tastes a little like the recent GF Rayon Vert, with the big dose of Brettanomyces. So there are plenty of Belgian tastes with a lot of the off-center bitter-sweet.

This has a lot of the Imperial IPA character, with the malty richness and huge hops. Very bitter aftertaste. Overall it's just too much of the bitter hops but the yeasty and bacteria flavors are quite forward. On the coarse side and quite sharp. 22 oz bottle from Mega Liquor in Hemet.

mactrail, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

mendvicdog, May 19, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It's everything a traditional west coast DIPA has, citrusy hops, pale malts, but with a touch of Belgian style yeast esters. The taste is great as well. I'm a big fan of the DIPA's with belgian yeast strains. It tastes like a top notch DIPA, but the yeast mellows the finish and adds a great deal of complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent beer. It's big on flavor and aroma; highly recommended!

WesWes, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of mdfb79
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received this as an extra from Nugganooch; thanks Dane! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Czechvar tall tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat dark golden orange color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, bready malts, sweet fruity malts, honey, Belgian style yeast, light tang/sourness. As it warms up some light floral notes. Pretty good.

t - Tastes of bready malts, sticky sweet fruity malts, honey, light must, yeast, floral notes. Light spice as well. Not bad, but a little off and too sweet for me. Average at best.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation .

o - Overall a decent beer, but not my favorite. Some nice citrus hops in the nose, but a bit tangy and too sweet for me. Not something I'd probably seek out again.

mdfb79, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

MarkyMOD, Jun 26, 2013
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,983 ratings.