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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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1,903 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,903
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 89
Gots: 153 | 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 forsakenpariah
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle -> tulip glass

A: Slightly hazy golden pour with a big fluffy head. Decent retention with lots of lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Muted scent of some citrusy American hops and slight yeasty fruitiness, though the aroma is surprisingly faint.

T: The flavor is MUCH more aggressive than the aroma in the very best way. Lots and lots of American hops up front. Pretty decent bitterness with some sweet malts and lots of Belgian yeast character shining throughout.

M: Medium-heavy with lots of carbonation. Warming alcohol really starts to come out as the beer nears room temperature.

This is a very fine beer. There is a delicate sort of balance about it between very intense hoppiness and traditional Belgian malts and yeastiness. I will definitely be picking this one up again.

forsakenpariah, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of ATXRyan
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

ATXRyan, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of kell50
4/5  rDev -0.5%

kell50, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Axnjxn
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Axnjxn, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Geuzedad
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Geuzedad, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of elspaniard
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

elspaniard, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – amber in color, clear, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – floral aroma, with hints of clove. In general a bit like a hefe.

Taste – more bite than I was expecting at first. There’s the bite in the taste of the hops themselves, and then you feel the bitterness creep in during the middle. Cloves and a sense of muskiness prevails in the end. Slightly bitter, but pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced overall, not leaning too far toward the watery or creamy sides.

Overall – Not a bad brew at all. Very interesting and good-tasting.

Nerudamann, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of ralphw56
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

ralphw56, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of KCM
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

KCM, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of daledeee
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new brew from a new Member of the Iowa beer family.

Pours a nice dark gold with white head and great lacing.

Nose is medicinal, perfumy, hops, spicy.

Taste is a great blend of Belgian hops and some mellowness I didn't expect. I figured they would throw in some massive hops and some in your face taste once again. This one is actually mellow.

Mouth feel is velvety and lovely. Overall, I think this one is a repeater. It's not easy to categorize other than it goes in the category of "I like it".

daledeee, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of stairwell2811bre
4/5  rDev -0.5%

stairwell2811bre, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottled in the middle of May. Pours an attractive reddish orange with a half inch of sticky white head, that leaves ample lace. Smell is clove, orange, bread, banana, pine, and grapefruit. Taste is big clove and orange up front, with grapefruit and pine in the powerful finish. Body is medium large, lots of carbonation, not very dry for the style, and very drinkable for the hefty ABV. This is an excellent example of a style that I am starting to love. I am not a huge Belgian fan, but when you give me the hop fix like Raging Bitch, Smuttynose Hormonuculis, and Le Freak I truly enjoy.

SawDog505, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of BoilDinner
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

BoilDinner, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Momar42
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - hazy, straw color. Good head with moderate retention. Lacing evident down the glass.

S - Belgian bottle yeast and biscuits. Great smelling BIPA. Especially from the states.

T - bananas, yeast, sweetness. Great flavors indeed. Really hard to put this one down.

M - Great IPA mouthfeel. Yeast and carbonation blend well. Medium mouthfeel. Finishes extremely clean.

O - The more I drink from Green Flash the more I love them. This is a fantastic BIPA, only slightly below Rich Life from FFF. Super easily drinkable for a 9%+ ABV. Great fresh flavors and clean finish. Keeps you coming back for more. Wish I could find a 22oz bottle!!! Green Flash = most underrated west coast brewery.

Momar42, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of halo913
4/5  rDev -0.5%

halo913, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of TrevorWGrover
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

TrevorWGrover, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden color with a huge fluffy white head that has massive amounts of retention. Beautiful beer.

S- Definite Belgian spice notes and a slight hint of earthy or dank hop notes. Clove and a little banana are the main aromas.

T- Interesting mix of hoppy bitterness and the classic spicy belgian yeast flavors. Also a touch of citrus or mango hop notes, but the flavor is dominated by the belgian yeast.

M- Ultra smooth, really nice.

O- Pretty smooth, with an interesting mixture of flavors, but it isn't a world-beater. Good mixture of flavors. Overall, I like it, but I'm not in love with it.

IPA4LIFE, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Ljoreilly
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Ljoreilly, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of acevenom
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Pours hazy golden with a large, white head that dissipates slowly. Plenty of sticky lacing is left behind as the head dissipates. There are aromas of citrus and piney hops, but these are not very strong. There are sweet malts and Belgian yeasts. Having just had a tripel, I can see where this is an IPA meets a tripel. The hops are forward in this beer, but not like they are in typical West Coast hop bombs. There are flavors of citrus, bready malts, caramel, pine, and good Belgian yeast. It tastes like the perfect marriage of a Belgian tripel and an American IPA. The body is medium to full with good carbonation. There is a dry finish to this beer and this is highly drinkable. This is an excellent beer. Green Flash has yet to disappoint me.

acevenom, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 2oz bottle... Poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours a slightly hazy golden orange with an obnoxious three and a half finger head that takes a while o dissapate, leavs a bunch of soapy looking lacing.... Would given the appearance a 4.5 if it wasn't for the unsurdly large head, and it was a gentle pour.

S: Belgian yeast right up front, which makes me question how much I'm gonna enjoy this one, I'm not a big fan of yeast heavy Belgians, I get a good amount of bannana and a touch of clove, along with a light citrusy, breadiness.... The Belgian yeast deffinatly seems to be the most dominant force in the aroma department.

T: yum... The hops deffinatly jump out a lot more in the flavor then they did in the nose, I get light Belgian yeast notes blended with a nice west coast style citrus or ward hop profile and a bit
Of a bitter pine bite on the finish, the yeast seems to just balance out the flavor profile and contribute some nice belgian fruity yeast notes of bannanna peel and a touch of clove, but they are in no way as dominant as they were in the nose.... A very well balanced brew. Belgiany and bready up frog blending into
Citrusy and piney hops.

M: medium bodied with medium carbonation, and a nice dry slightly piney bitter finish. Nicley drinkable and refreshing considering the abv.

O: a nicley balanced Belgian ipa, I was nervous at first but this one really pulled through, a great hybrid of two styles, if you like Belgian ipa's this one is a must try.

PeterIngemi, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of jmerloni
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich, hazy, golden color. Head is very substantial, bright white, filled with a ton of tiny bubbles that makes it look reminiscent of sea foam. Laces very well on the glass with a thick, sea-foamy film.

S - Cloves, big yeast profile, pineapple, honey-molasses malts. Pretty bold aromatics.

T - Hoppy. Big yeast profile detected on the nose is there in the taste and the floral cloves and sage spice flavors are embedded really nicely into the yeast profile. Bananas here as well. Malt is there more in the front of the palate while a nice, clean, hop bite finishes the sip. There's something about Green Flash's inherent, natural taste - as in, the uniquely idiosyncratic flavor of the brewery itself - that is seriously just so pure and clean tasting, almost in a way that is antique, even antediluvian. I'm such a huge fan of the brewery's inherent, idiosyncratic taste that all of its beers seem to have. Every brewery has one of those tastes and their's is just godly and mystical.

M - Surprisingly heavy for a BIPA. It could actually be considered chewy in my estimation. Sip stays together pretty well. Carbonation is spot-on.

D - A great beer, overall. As with every offering from Green Flash, I'm very impressed. They might have overtaken Founders as my favorite brewery with this one. It's a brewery that really just gets it. Drinking a beer from Green Flash is like watching a movie from your favorite director where the director is on point with his usual, familiar aesthetic, where he is expert, and where everything is exceptionally bold but never overdone. I recommend anyone with similar affinities to try Green Flash's Rayon Vert - it's like no other beer I've ever encountered.

jmerloni, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of MagicJeff
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter

A: Nice fluffy gold, slightly hazy; aggressive pour leads to over an inch head. The beer looks great, but what impresses me the most is the head that retains throughout the beer. Lacing all over the glass afterwards

S: Citrus, but a lot of ripe banana and clove. Maybe nutmeg? Some pine and caramel. A lot going on here.

T: To me, it tastes more like a belgian ale at first, then out of no where you are hit with the citrus taste of a west coast IPA. I taste banana, orange, slight grapefruit/lemon, and pine. Alcohol warms the palate on the back taste, which ties in great. The Belgian yeast ties it all together--very balanced beer, and after a glass or two, one picks up on the subtleties.

M: I'd say medium bodied due to the intense carbonation, yet extremely refreshing in this 95 degree Atlanta heat.

Overall: Haven't had a Belgian IPA in some time, and this one was a great find. The 9.2% ABV is an afterthought with this one, very drinkable after a long day at the office. Definitely recommend and will pick up this and more Green Flash brews now that they are available in ATL. Good stuff.

MagicJeff, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich gold with a fluffy, bright white two finger head that leaves a ton of sticky honey lacing all over the glass. A decent blend of clarity and haze...excellent carbonation that never ends!

S- Grapefruit, orange peel, banana, clove, and nutty yeast. Picking up some nutmeg, lemon, sweet caramel, licorice, bubble gum and pine cones. It's exactally what it is... a West Coast IPA with Belgian Yeast qualitys! It's amazing how you can pick out all the seperate notes and nuances, but at the same time... they blend seemlessly together.

T- Pungent pine and citrus smack your palate right off! Little bits of over ripe banana, winter pie spices and little hints of caramel apple. Some sour lemon/green apple notes along with buttery caramel, bitter orange peel, pine sap and some wet grass and compost funk fron the yeast. Not the most complex Belgian IPA, but very nice.

M- Great bubbly carbonation! Nice blend of sweetness, sour/bitter citrus, and spicey yeast. The alcohol is very well hidden underneath all that bloom and flavor. This is a fantastic brew!

O- Really glad that this finally made it's way to NY. I'll definately be picking up a few more 4-packs of this one! Great complexity... tons of flavor, and goes with so many different foods.

Thickfreakness, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of mwayne
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

mwayne, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of fuzzcherry
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

fuzzcherry, Jul 23, 2012
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,903 ratings.