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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,860
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 84
Gots: 137 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-17-2012 04:26:54 | More by bluckbeyes
Photo of tronester


3.84/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a clear golden orange with a medium, rocky off-white head. Aromas of freshly cut granny smith apples and a tiny hint of band-aid. Taste begins with a sweet apricot flavor, followed by some sharp herbal, medicinal tastes, then finishing with a grapefruit and asprin finish. Mouthfeel is quite rich. Overall a very good BIPA.

09-05-2013 23:47:35 | More by tronester
Photo of CWhite


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

05-10-2014 04:37:52 | More by CWhite
Photo of HamGlade10


4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-30-2014 19:53:32 | More by HamGlade10
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-02-2014 17:57:20 | More by JimGlonke
Photo of dcloeren


4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Shared this bomber with my fiance out in our backyard. Perfect brew for sunny and 80 after a long day at the office.

Poured a beautiful and hazy golden orange with a little bit of sediment suspended in this golden sunset of a beer. It's inviting me in like a neon blue light to a mosquito. I.... can't.... resist! My pour produced 2.5 fingers of rocky bright white head. I had a nice plateau that remained through at least half of my beer.

The aroma is very tropical, sweet and hoppy all at the same time. I'm getting blasted with pineapple, belgian yeast, mango, orange peal and pine sap. Amazing aroma!

The taste is in the same ball park as the nose but with different emphasis on the different elements that make this beer up. The belgian yeast takes the wheel and brings along some great spices. Getting some black pepper and lemon peel along with pineapple and some dankness in the background.

Medium to light in body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. A very effervescent beer with a drying and spicy finish.

Overall, this is an amazing beer. Very tasty and refreshing without sacrificing body, taste or aroma. This is a top notch brew. I wish it was more easily accessible because I would keep this brew stocked from March to October for sure.

04-18-2012 23:40:56 | More by dcloeren
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.3/5  rDev +7%

Invested in a case of bombers, and this is the sum of those (although several have gone to GOOD friends). 22oz bottle into Duvel glass at 42 degrees, and warmed well into the 50's during the review.

Lovely 3F, fluffy, cream/white head sitting on top of golden amber body with visible carbonation streaming to the top. Decent amount of sticky lacing.

Initial smell of sharp pine needles, followed by slightly musty yeast and a wee touch o' da grassy funk. As it warmed, the sweetness shone through, with some ripe banana, cinnamon bun, and clove.

This is a full flavored dichotomy of styles. The west coast hops are very present - with both grapefruit and pine sap. The rich tripel struggles to shine through, but does make an appearance for no other reason than to balance the sharpness of the IPA. For 9+%, the alcohol was nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel is where the tripel comes through - rich, slightly cloying, but a sufficiently dry bite at the same time.

If you love IPAs, and you love Tripels, this is a no-brainer - a nice representation of both with great flavor and appropriate mouthfeel to represent each. Serve it up... Immediately!

07-25-2009 22:57:13 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of scootny

New York

4.38/5  rDev +9%

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.

04-18-2009 03:36:08 | More by scootny
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Got a bottle in trade from jlindros. Thanks bud! No freshness date, alas.

A. Ok, this beer got head. A simple pour into my Tripel Karmeliet goblet yields a massive, 2.5 inch tall head...??! What is this?! That's Belgian, alright. Puffy, billowy, chunky, rocky... the sides fall first, leaving a precarious island of light tan foam precariously balanced in a sea of crackling bubbles, while the pure orange gold brew beneath dances and shimmers. This beer got style, but I can't possibly believe the head was meant to be so... overwhelming? Still, who complains about too much head?

S. Initially very West-Coast hoppy, but this is more complex than that... spicy, dry, fruity-estery, (pineapple? green apples?) grapefruit, slick booze, sweet and candied... quite unusual, hits like a American hopped Belgian Golden. Which it is. Cool!

T. Hops up front, big Cali citric-grapefruit hops. Solid, sweet malt presence. As it warms and you drink more, the Belgian notes come out, and welcome they are, too! Pepper, tropical fruity esters, some fine yeasty notes, quite tough to pin down. Is it an American DIPA, loaded with succulent malt depth and gobs of hops? Is it a soft, dry, complex Belgian golden? Who knows? Who cares? This is unique, tasty and quite drinkable.

M / D. Soft carbonation, medium-hefty mouthfeel, rather rich feeling, finish is short and sweet - grapefruit bitters with a peppy dryness. Oddly, not warming... hmm.

I really liked Le Freak, in case you couldn't tell. More breweries should attempt marriages of two styles like this. The DIPA is a good DIPA, the Golden a good Golden, and together they make something not only delicious, but memorable. Send more Jared!

12-16-2009 02:06:34 | More by kkipple
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-17-2012 20:52:04 | More by theminutemen
Photo of Pecan


3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-20-2012 16:33:58 | More by Pecan
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

10-29-2013 02:21:27 | More by sansho
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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


3.48/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

08-22-2011 07:17:00 | More by Reaper16
Photo of BostonHops


3.7/5  rDev -8%

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

05-15-2012 23:00:11 | More by BostonHops
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-17-2012 21:40:11 | More by Tom-Peters
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

10-14-2013 09:26:09 | More by hopkrid
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-10-2013 22:02:13 | More by Drk93TT
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-14-2014 22:26:40 | More by kmanjohnson
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-16-2013 06:19:20 | More by BKotch
Photo of scottoale


4.38/5  rDev +9%

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!

05-10-2007 23:34:16 | More by scottoale
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

09-14-2013 09:02:56 | More by seanchai
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-12-2013 04:14:41 | More by NYR_Rob
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-10-2012 00:36:53 | More by DrFunkenstein
Photo of JackieTH


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

10-03-2013 03:09:50 | More by JackieTH
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.