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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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1,925 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,925
Reviews: 689
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 91
Gots: 155 | 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 Stigs
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in Stone Levitation glass

A - two fingers of loose and fluffy, just off-white foam which is slowly creeping down the glass and leaving spotty marks of lace all the way down. the beer is the fine line between gold and amber, clear and actively carbonated.

S - first comes a whiff of grassy hops joined by some belgian soapy yeast. notes of lemon peel, pine, crisp cracker malt.

T - lemony yeast off the bat before a sharp grassy bitter hop attack. sharp lemon, lingering pine and grass, just a touch of biscuit underneath. definitely some alcohol near the end.

M - heavily carbonated but counterbalanced by a thick syrupy body. lots of flavors (even styles) in this one but carried well.

D - bottle says its a derivative of a Belgian IPA and Triple, but the Triple qualities are few and far between (maybe just a touch of clove in the aftertaste). little bit of an abrasive Belgian IPA at that, needed something else to balance that just doesnt show up. not a bad brew by any means...just falls short of being anything more than "good".

Stigs, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

MattSweatshirt, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Gatch
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, bright, golden-amber in color with a big, white, fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Malty, boozy, funky.

T: Hoppy, malty, & delicious. Everything a good beer should be, I guess. Notes become nearly illegible because this was the last beer of the night.

M: Funky, Belgian, boozy, and different.

O: Pretty good. Unique.

Gatch, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep gold beer with ivory head; settles into a filmy lid with lots of lacing left behind

S: hoppy citrus and pine predominate

T: the citrus, pine, and some resin come out in front, but there is a nice dry Belgian-y finish

M: fuzzy, crisp, clean-finishing, smooth dry; very drinkable

O: to me, this was like a double IPA with a Belgian strong pale ale finish; an excellent beer

Greywulfken, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of NYR_Rob
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

NYR_Rob, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

StephRai, Friday at 01:34 AM
Photo of dbossman
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light brown-sun tea colored with a thick, foamy head; lacing is okay

S: Grainy and yeasty with a floral and citrus hop presence

T: Lots of floral graininess; earthy, yeasty--some citrus; also a touch of biting alcohol

F: Good mouth feel--a touch thin but it does sit on the sides of the mouth pleasantly

D: A good, drinkable, interesting beer--a nice marriage of the Belgian and American styles

dbossman, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber, Le Freak pours a rich golden hue with a modest, creamy head. Lacing was good.

Aroma has a big wallop of citric hoppiness followed by fruity esters and yeasty phenols.

The bitterness is large and in charge with this hybrid Tripel-DIPA. There's quite a bit of hop flavor as well-- mainly citrus, but also earthiness and spice. Speaking of spicy, this beer also has a lot of herbal Tripel goodness and spice, along with that classic Belgian butteriness found in many Trappist beers. However, the clove-like phenols might be a bit too much, especially when paired with DIPA characteristics. The mouthfeel was a high point: huge, fluffy and luscious.

Lives up to its billing as a freakish Tripel-DIPA hybrid, though I would not classify it as a Belgian IPA. It's too big.

dasenebler, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Tom-Peters
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Tom-Peters, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of woodchip
4/5  rDev -0.5%

woodchip, May 31, 2013
Photo of kmanjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

kmanjohnson, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of ncelauro
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ncelauro, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of hopkrid
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

hopkrid, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of JimGlonke
4/5  rDev -0.5%

JimGlonke, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of GPHarris
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick off-white head into a snifter that left thick clingy lace and sheet throughout. the body was a bright and bubbly orange.
s - a little sweet, a little spicy, a little yeasty.
t - light citrus hop with some bready malts, yeast and spice.
m - creamy and really smooths out in the finish.
d - delicious belgian ipa but not quite as good as stone cali-belgique.

GPHarris, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of dalepryor
4/5  rDev -0.5%

dalepryor, May 07, 2013
Photo of Kromes
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear golden color with a huge white head that laces the glass.

S: Belgian yeast, clove, herbal, grassy and earthy hop.

T: Toasted malt with a nice Belgian yeast bubblegum and clove flavor. The finish gives way to some spicy herbal and grassy hop with a bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium feel with peppery carbonation. Bitter, dry finish.

O: Flavors are good. One of the better Belgian IPAs out there if you like them hop heavy.

Kromes, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of johntfox
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

johntfox, May 20, 2013
Photo of nzerbe
4/5  rDev -0.5%

nzerbe, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev -0.5%

seanchai, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Gosox8787
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Split a bomber bomber with a friend. Poured half the bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Dark orange to brownish in color with a small amount of haze throughout. Two finger white head with almost no retention.

Aroma: Bright hops upfront in the form of tropical fruits and pine. Some tart green apple and clove near the back end come into play.

Taste: The hops dominate the flavor as well. Big floral pine and tropical fruit notes are eveywhere. Near the middle, the belgian influences reallt come into play. Tart fruit and clove stand out here. The aftertaste is slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and nicely carbonated. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: The ABV is pretty high and the flavors are agressive, so this is definitely one to sip and spend some time on.

Overall, a pleasant take on the Belgian IPA. The Belgian yeast and the hops do not meld together as nicely as I'd like and at times this can seem like two seperate beers. Even with this, I found this enjoyable. Certainly worth the opportunity to try.

Gosox8787, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of HamGlade10
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

HamGlade10, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

bluckbeyes, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A honeyed amber that starts out with a light cloudiness but as I work through the bottle becomes it opaque. A big head and very good lacing. Carbonation is visible but not so much as to draw attention to itself.

Smell is your first hint of what is in store for your drinking pleasure. You can smell the distinct components. A full Belgian Tripel and an American IPA. Big honey and malt with Belgian candi sugar. A huge hoppiness that blend sublimely with the tripel. A largish alcohol facet mixed in as well.

Taste is perfect. Just like the nose. A firm Tripel that supports an aggressive hop profile. Huge hoppiness is multifaceted and complex with all the usual suspects. Citrus and pine. Grapefruit in abundance. Balance provided by a large Belgian malt sweetness and thick honey like component. A resinous and oily mouthfeel is kept in check by a Belgian malt based weight and liquid velvet carbonation.

It is so easy to quaff this stuff it ought to be illegal. While aggressive and strong it nonetheless displays a balance that allow a free spirited and unrestrained sessioning. Let the drinker beware!!

Much love to WasTrikenSie for this one ! A great beer.

scootny, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of memphischas
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

memphischas, Jun 25, 2013
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,925 ratings.