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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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1,814 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,814
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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sharpski

Oregon

2/5  rDev -50.2%

02-15-2012 21:43:01 | More by sharpski
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.4%

02-15-2012 02:02:19 | More by ridgeline23
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hoserking

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

02-14-2012 00:29:28 | More by hoserking
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bdm620

California

5/5  rDev +24.4%

02-12-2012 02:59:32 | More by bdm620
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

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

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a two finger thick pillow of eggshell hued foam.

S: Citrus hoppiness is most prominent in the aroma accompanied by subtle Belgian candi, heavy fruits and some German style bitterness.

T/M: Carbonation is relatively high, passive aggressive would describe it well. Pilsner-like bitterness settles on the tongue with soft biscuit maltiness giving way to potent grapefruit tones and floral hop notes. Orange and peach linger throughout.

Overall, a delicious Belgian IPA.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 23:42:22 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

02-11-2012 01:42:48 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-11-2012 01:13:56 | More by Tyrawlings
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lizfig

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-10-2012 18:07:46 | More by lizfig
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glass on tap during Green Flash's tap takeover night at Crescent Moon in Omaha, NE
Served in a Green Flash pint glass
Review from notes

Green Flash's Le Freak is an interesting mix of the American double IPA and Belgian strong ale (though they suggest tripel). This was my second preferred of the four Green Flash beers I tried during the evening, and was undeniably pleasant due to its mix of strong hop flavor and aroma combined with a noticeable Belgian yeast and sweetness combination. Difficult to discern its high ethanol content, the beer is dangerous, but good.

The glass arrives at my table with a 1cm head of off-white foam, which dissipates in a minute, leaving a ring around the glass and some spotty lacing. Beer's body is a golden color, with burnt yellowish highlights when held to the light. Active carbonation is visible.

Interesting aroma that is mixed between Belgian yeast, overripe plum sweetness, a bit of potting soil earthiness, and a simmering layer of citrusy hops. Fairly delicious and complex.

Taste opens with bready malt and attendant malt sweetness that is flanked by Belgian yeast and its secondary metabolites that reveal a bit of soil, slightly old fruit, spent apples, and some very slight funk. The secondary component of this beer becomes dominant on the mid and back of the palate, and that is the hop presence, which offers some grapefruit and pineapple flavor. Somewhat spicy finish, with a bit of ethanol bite.

Body is medium to medium-heavy, with modest carbonation that is a bit too low weight of the beer. Mouthfeel results in a slightly sluggish feel. Finishes dry. Really, the only aspect of this beer I wasn't particularly impressed with.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 00:15:47 | More by falloutsnow
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-08-2012 22:27:40 | More by John11486
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barczar

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the tulip a fairly hazy golden brown color with a solid half inch cream head that dissipates into a lingering pool of foam covering the entire surface.

Belgian candi sugar, sweettarts, esters of dark cherries, dominate the aroma, with subtle earthy hops and a stronger grapefruit presence. Wouldn't have known it was an ipa by the aroma.

Belgian yeast, bready malt, candi sugar, begin the flavor profile, and the ipa character becomes very evident in the taste. Pineapple, apples, and grapefruit take over mid palate, ending decidedly hoppy bitter and spicy.

Body is medium light, with moderate carbonation that showcases the bitter finish.

Had the hop character been present in the aroma, I would've been more impressed, but the beer is a solid offering, with the flavor profile making up for the aroma shortcomings. Still think I like houblon better.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 02:41:21 | More by barczar
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KimenTshom

California

3/5  rDev -25.4%

02-05-2012 19:30:17 | More by KimenTshom
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bbHOP

California

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A double IPA / belgian trippel hybrid... combining two of my favorite styles and coming from Green Flash, this was interesting enough to take home.

A: Wow - amazing 3 finger head after a moderate pour. Burnt golden color with amber hues... a lovely, thick, very slightly off-white biscuit forming in the middle of my glass while sticky lacing remains caked on the side of the tulip. Again - wow.

S: The belgian yeast comes forward pretty quickly - tropical fruit notes... maybe pineapple and lemon zest. I may be picking up a little grapefruit hop aroma - but it's not blasting me... was hoping it to be a bit more hop-forward - but that just may be the Green Flash expectation, given their typical style.

T: At first sip, this seems to follow the nose pretty closely... belgian yeast with its fruit notes, slightly spicy and drying. Seems about mid-way through swirling in my mouth that I get some light hop notes - citrus and lemon zest, maybe some grapefruit rind... even a hint of rye. Toward the end is a somewhat surprising bitterness that coats your mouth - making for a long, dry finish that effectively serves to remind you that you're drinking a double IPA. Hmmm.

MF: Pretty good, medium-bodied feel on this one - carbonation throughout, but not overly so... feels pretty rich and smooth - almost creamy (that thick biscuit up top is the first hint). At the end - a little astringent, given that most hop flavors are subdued at the feet of the belgian yeast flavors... I like to get a bit more hop in return for that sort of bitter punch.

O: Certainly thought this beer was interesting - did I love it? No. Will I buy it again? Probably not. When it comes down to it, I prefer well-crafted versions of either of the two styles they were looking to combine over this... but kudos for brewing something fun and different

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 16:27:09 | More by bbHOP
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stercomm

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a regular pint glass

A - lighty coppery color with a massive 3 finger, frothy, creamy off white head that recedes slowly and coats the glass with nice lacing

S - Getting cloves, some pepper and lemon, there is a slight funkiness in the scents as well.

T - Agree with some of the other reviews, a rather different taste profile that candied sweetness of a Belgium ale and the bitter hops of an American pale ale. Starts out like a Belgium ale but ends with a combination of hops and Belgium funkiness.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation

O - Not sure I'm into this flavor profile, great smells, taste is a bit harsh

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 23:00:01 | More by stercomm
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McLaughlin5350

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -25.4%

02-04-2012 22:30:28 | More by McLaughlin5350
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Popp24

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-01-2012 00:31:11 | More by Popp24
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ghetto90007

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-31-2012 05:35:01 | More by ghetto90007
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TaySuth

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-31-2012 03:26:23 | More by TaySuth
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11millsown113

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -25.4%

01-30-2012 02:37:06 | More by 11millsown113
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sd123

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-30-2012 02:21:24 | More by sd123
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Belgian IPA from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a clear golden color, produced a thick, off white creamy head. Excellent Head Retention and thick rings of lacing were left on the pint glass. The aroma consisted of sourdough yeasty, spices , cracked pepper, citrus lemon peels and cloves. Medium in body, this Belgian IPA had a base of malted grain, a melody of fruit including pears, granny smith apples and citrus hops. This ale was more fruity then hoppy- not bad just not what i expected. The bottle says that is a mix of Belgian ale and an American Imperial IPA. I just dont find anything "Imperial" about this IPA. Overall, i think this is an excellent session beer- just don't go into it thinking your getting an aggressive hopped IPA- You will be disappointed.This beer failed my time honored IPA Test....I give my wife a sip and if her face doesn't pucker - its not up to par. Not only did she not pucker...she said mmmm this one is good. ....IPA Fail! ;) Prost!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 16:39:07 | More by GossageBrewery
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jbakajust1

Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-28-2012 00:37:03 | More by jbakajust1
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likeemdark

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-27-2012 12:50:31 | More by likeemdark
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-24-2012 20:22:04 | More by Whiskeydeez
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours out a nearly transparent,bronze body fitted with 3 inches of super,creamy,slightly off white froth that diminished slowly from the sides of the glass leaving a tall,center island of foam.Thick and clingy deposits of lacing were left.

S-Undeniable Belgian spice initially with scents of clove,white pepper and cardamom followed by fruity notes of pear,lemon and sweet citrus and finishing with doughy yeast and stick bubblegum
on the nose.

T-Things kind of went south for me here.There were some bright orchard fruit flavors of green apple and pear followed by bitter,grapefruit rind and bubblegum.The beer seemed jumbled and these flavors didn't mesh for me.The finish consisted of
a forced bitterness and an unappealing tinny/metallic note.

M-Light/medium body with a lasting bitterness and lively carbonation.The bitterness and overall mouthfeel here just didn't seem well calculated.This is the first Green Flash beer that left me disappointed.

O-I had pretty high expectations for this one but unfortunately they fell short.Nice looking beer with a good nose but something didn't quite work for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 12:38:54 | More by StlHopHead77
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,814 ratings.