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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,812
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 83
Gots: 120 | FT: 2
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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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-23-2013 05:41:52 | More by MattSweatshirt
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johntfox

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-20-2013 22:20:28 | More by johntfox
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber served into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy, dull mustard yellow color. Less than a finger of soapy white head on this pour. This looks like an average Belgian IPA to me. It leans more towards the appearance of a Tripel, but there's nothing really standout about it either way.

If you read my reviews of any other Belgian IPA style beer, you'll see that I vastly prefer beers of this style be an IPA first and foremost, as opposed to a Tripel or Belgian Blonde Ale w/ a more assertive hop character than normal. Le Freak is hard to negotiate on those lines. On the surface, it smells like a Tripel with some moderate hop character. But it also smells in such a way that it makes me think this might be an older bottle. There's no bottle dating, so I can't be sure. Judging just by the sensory details in front of me, this is a Tripel: soft banana esters, candi sugar, baked bread. The lemon and grass (not lemongrass) notes from the hops are there, but they are decidedly a secondary characteristic. And so I run into the quintessential problem of the style: the hops don't really add anything positive (in a harmonious sense) to the beer, and the underlying Belgian ale isn't interesting enough to warrant trying without the hops. add to this conundrum the fact that the 9.2% ABV definitely shows strong on the palate, and you have a beer that isn't my thing. Still, it is a better effort than most in the Belgian-first school of Belgian IPAs.

That stylistic schism makes the mouthfeel on these beers hard to score too. If this is nominally an IPA then the beer is too thick. But it's mostly spot-on for a Tripel. I'm going to score it as above-average and call it a day. Overall, this is not the kind of beer that I'll likely revisit. I don't much care for Belgian IPAs that aren't IPAs first. To its credit, Le Freak gives a strong effort as far as that kind of beer goes.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 07:17:00 | More by Reaper16
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JimGlonke

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-02-2014 17:57:20 | More by JimGlonke
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-27-2014 16:05:25 | More by sammyg832
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scootny

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 03:36:08 | More by scootny
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scottoale

California

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of these last night at (who would have guessed?) O'Brien's, served in pint glasses. A milky apricot-orange, almost looks like a Kern's peach nectar with a 1/2" of smooth, white head. The froth settles quickly, leaving some nice lace rings clinging to the glass after the first few sips. An interesting looking ale for sure.

The smell is somewhat sweet, and definitely spicy as you would expect in the Belgian style, with the yeast and hops leading the way into the complexity. Banana, bubblegum, clove, corriander, honeysuckle and a general funkiness that are followed by a most pleasant citrusy hop finish...this stuff tastes absolutely great.

Plenty of body with the "cask" smoothness, make this rather high octane brew ( 9.0% ABV if I'm not mistaken) go down effortlessly and most enjoyably. This is a kick-ass, larger than life, authentic in style offering from the Green Flash, that I look forward to having again...on tap or cask conditioned!

Serving type: cask

05-10-2007 23:34:16 | More by scottoale
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JackieTH

Minnesota

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

Hazy orange-amber with a sticky cap of foam and moderate lacing.

Smells of oranges, cloves, pungent and sourdough.

Taste has cloves, spice, oranges, grapefruit, resin, bubblegum. Bitterness is medium lingering in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and a nice zip of carbonation. It holds together well across the tongue.

Pretty tasty Belgian - IPA hybrid. The Belgian elements are obvious as is the hop flavor and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 03:09:50 | More by JackieTH
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a slightly hazy golden amber tone with two fingers of an off-white/beige head that impresses with both its retention and lacing.

nose is aromatic and wild. bold hoppy notes (citrus), spice, bubblegum, banana, sweet, candy-like malt, and maybe a touch of pepper. flavor mostly follows the aroma, though i pick up on a stronger presence of floral hops and a bit more booze as it warms. finish is bitter. to be sure, le freak is an interesting, tasty brew. doubt this would be something i would turn to on a regular basis, but enjoyable nonetheless - especially in small doses; if you're looking for a change of pace i would definitely recommend it.

has a medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with about average carbonation. so-so drinkability: not bad, but personally i'll be set with a glass.

original review: 10-10-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 23:00:11 | More by BostonHops
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Le Freak pours a beautiful bright golden copper, with a nice fluffy head that lingers as a thin creamy layer. The aroma is estery and phenolic, with a slightly funky character. Resiny hops mix with the esters, it's hard to pick out if there is a citrus character from the hops, or if it is just the fruity esters.

Intense bitterness dominates the flavor, but there is a ton going on between the yeasty character and the hops. Fruity flavors abound, with a great mix of grapefruity citrus and ripe tropical fruit. Sweet caramel malt flavor mixes in but is mostly hidden by everything else going on. The resiny bitterness mixes with an earthy, funky character in the finish, almost like a wild yeast character.

Overall this is a really amazing Belgian Tripel/IPA, I have a feeling that if it was hopped differently if could stand on its own as a Tripel, or if it was fermented with an American ale yeast, it could easily be a solid DIPA. The combination of the two is done quite well. I paid $10 for the bomber, which I find to be a bit expensive. I feel like it is fairly well worth the price, but it will not be a frequent purchase because of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 02:06:18 | More by ericj551
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deadliest

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

10-24-2013 18:15:31 | More by deadliest
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hopkrid

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

10-14-2013 09:26:09 | More by hopkrid
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Drk93TT

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-10-2013 22:02:13 | More by Drk93TT
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sansho

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

10-29-2013 02:21:27 | More by sansho
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williamherbert

New York

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color into a chalice. Champagne-like bubbles. Pure white head that lasts about 4-5 minutes.

The smell is the spicy blast of a funky Belgian Tripel. Heavy, flowery perfume of a strong hop. Like a tripel crossed with a pilsner (as opposed to an IPA).

The taste is, first, a major alcohol burn, which I don't feel this beer needs. It overshadows the bitter wood hops, perfume and bubblegum. A major, brutal flavor; not unpleasant but hugely strong. Heavy acidic qualities.

Creamy and fizzy on the palate. Burns on the way down. A big, fiery concoction. One glass is about all I can handle.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 23:49:29 | More by williamherbert
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-16-2014 03:27:34 | More by aquazr1
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Tom-Peters

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-17-2012 21:40:11 | More by Tom-Peters
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-17-2012 21:57:56 | More by LampertLand
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eulerthegrape

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-19-2013 20:46:27 | More by eulerthegrape
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an light orangey amber with a moderate white head that laces pretty well.
the aroma has a big powdery lupulin hoppiness to it, with large amounts of pine and grapefruit rind. just a little bit of buublegum with warmth, followed by some spiciness like anise, pepper, corriander (faint). the is also some booze that is fairly evident, but not overpowering.
the atses brings another torrent of hops floral and citrus hops bite up front with pine towards the back. you get some more traditional tripel notes somewhere in the middle, but in abundance they are not. there is a distinct pepperyness though the hops have a saw tooth edge that not much gets through. the bitterness cleans things up tidily.
the body seems deceptively thin due in part to some of the bitterness, and fairly active carbonation, but i think it's actually fairly medium bodied.
the drinkability it good. this beer has some serious hop balls, but manages to retain decent complexity beyond the hops. the most hop loaded begian IPA i've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 23:46:09 | More by kmo1030
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazy, bright gold with a magnificent white, thick head that goes absolutely nowhere. Terrific lacing and tons of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Smell is of honey, belgian spices, clove, like a good tripel. Taste is where the hops come though...bigtime. Huge hop presence of grapefruit and aspirin-y flavors in the finish. Astringent. It's got all the characteristics of a great tripel - honey, spices ala clove, coriander, white grapes, with a very bold hoppiness that kicks you in the face and grabs you by the balls. I love it. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, very carbonated with tiny bubbles typical of Belgian Ales, astringent-dry finish. Tremendous beer and the best of the style I have had so far...better than La Chouffe, Hop-It, etc. I've only had their IPA and now this but Green Flash has got it goin' on.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 20:24:15 | More by Doomcifer
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

04-27-2012 01:27:36 | More by gleemonger
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Le Freak poured a lovely clear hay color with a strong foam head. It had the look of tripel with the tiny bubble growing from bottom to the top of the glass.

The aroma felt a little subdued with the typical yeasty smell accustomed to the Belgian style. The taste had a good malt backbone but then the bitterness and dry finish came into play. It was a lively beer and left the humus lupulus in the mouth long after the drink was finished. I found it to be a pretty solid effort from an American brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 02:39:02 | More by cswhitehorse
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seanchai

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

09-14-2013 09:02:56 | More by seanchai
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ramrod666

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-03-2014 19:26:21 | More by ramrod666
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,812 ratings.