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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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1,799 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,799
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 81
Gots: 117 | 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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tatums1984

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-15-2012 13:36:07 | More by tatums1984
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warnerry

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. No bottle date. Purchased 8/10, consumed 3/1/11

A - Pours a clear orange/copper with three fingers of very persistent head. Leaves some lacing.

S - Smell is mostly tropical fruit hops, citrus and sweet malts. Slight amount of spiciness, definitely some coriander.

T - Probably let this sit a bit too long, as the hop component is pretty subdued. Still, pleasant citrus and tropical fruit hop taste up front, with good malt following. Maybe a bit too sweet.

M - Medium mouthfeel with nice hop bite. Slightly drying feeling.

O - Very enjoyable Belgian IPA. Noticeable alcohol takes it down a notch.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 20:59:59 | More by warnerry
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keenanite21

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-14-2012 06:55:58 | More by keenanite21
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ScrimshawFan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-08-2012 02:31:07 | More by ScrimshawFan
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Brad007

Vermont

4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful amber-blonde color with a frothy head into my glass. Nice presentation!

Hops burst from a cannon, right into my fucking nose. There's also yeast spice and a bit of sweet, buttery malt.

Wow, where to start? There are two layers to the flavor in this beer. The first layer is full of sweet, chewy malt with a spicy kick at the back. The second layer is chock full of hops on a strong grapefruit kick, followed by alcohol heat. Put the two together and BAM, you get Le Freak!

Mouthfeel is essentially the same as the taste. A complex combination of all flavors.

Crazy fucking beer but I love it! Some may deride projects like this but chances are, they're too close-minded to meet Le Freak!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 03:45:45 | More by Brad007
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 10oz pour at "The Library" during their happy hour.

A - A nice golden color maybe a touch amber with a thin layer of creamy head.

S - Smells of a nice Belgium IPA with a nice level of funky, fruity yeast, and a nice bit of citrus hops.

T - Wow I must say this is the first imperial Belgium IPA I ever had and it's quite excellent. The taste starts with citrus hops, then quickly to a yeast flavor that gives it a bubblegum like flavor (Belgium sugars) and finish is again hoppy but not overbearing to make it dry or bitter. Mid palate I get a slight pepper note almost giving it a sort of chili like spice. Interesting.

M - Medium bodied and better than a sipper this is a swell beer.

Overall who knew that they could actually make an IPA I enjoy (West coast is unforgivably bitter and soapy).
I may have this again on Tap if I see it but no luck on bottles since the price tag is around 10.50 and that's beyond my limit.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 05:12:19 | More by DrDemento456
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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-04-2012 04:35:51 | More by Stoffel
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Jstark5150

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-03-2012 00:30:08 | More by Jstark5150
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-02-2012 21:23:00 | More by drummermattie02
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avaldivia

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-02-2012 02:51:11 | More by avaldivia
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Lantern


4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-01-2012 17:44:43 | More by Lantern
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johnnybelgians

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-01-2012 17:15:00 | More by johnnybelgians
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hawkmage

California

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

12-31-2011 04:45:06 | More by hawkmage
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a brown 22 oz. bomber and poured into a Samuel Adams Turbonator. Many thanks to Masala Mama for delivering the West Coast goods.

Pours a clear, honey-golden copper with a massive, billowy, three-finger head with good retention and adequate lacing. Active carbonation throughout.

Aromas of green apple, Belgian yeast and spice.

Opens crisp and tart with notes of cider and green apple. Belgian yeast gains prominence with touches of clove, coriander and white pepper. Bitter citrus pith followed by grass and a scratch of grain. A blast of alcohol enters the fray with an afterthought of burnt caramel. Finishes bitter and dry.

What you have here is basically a DIPA dialed-up with Belgian yeast. And you know what? Le Freak works.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 01:57:23 | More by CaptainIPA
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powerss13

Kansas

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

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Light Amber color; not cloudy at all. Good carbonation.

Smell: Good fruit aromas, loud on floral aroma. Well balanced on malts/hops ratio

Taste: Floral taste at first, then runs of smoothly, and at the end a good bite of hops. This beer is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light in mouth; the floral is definitely there. Even with the belgian floral smell and taste, you still get the great hoppy american IPA style.

Overall: A must in trying. This will broaden your horizons on beer styles if you have not ventured out much. Even if you have, it's still a great beer to enjoy a different hybrid.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 03:13:25 | More by powerss13
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CSQ1111

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is billed as a hybrid between a Belgian Trippel and a Imperial IPA. Sounds interesting...

Poured from a bomber into an imperial nonic.

A - Pours beautifully with a nice two finger head of white foam. The color is a little lighter than I expected with a nice golden hue.

S - Smells spicy with a juicy Belgian yeast fragrance. Green Apple & Bubblegum are also noted.

T - The typical Green Flash hop bite immediately hits the tongue followed by a spicy Belgian yeast finish. Bubblegum and spice. At first, I'm delighted but after half a glass it becomes a little wary. I'm not sure how well the hop profile matches up with the Belgian yeast. For me, the aspirin like bitterness just doesn't meld well with the juicy Belgian yeast.

The 9.2% ABV is barely noticeable. Very drinkable.

M - Dry very dry.

Compared to other Belgian IPA's that I have tried this one just doesn't seem to have the same balance that would raise it above the bar. If you are a hardcore Green Flash fan and love their over the top hop profiles, then I think you will love this beer. But for me, I found it to be worth a try but not worth seeking out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 16:26:14 | More by CSQ1111
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jak

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-28-2011 22:20:49 | More by jak
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cdwil

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-28-2011 17:19:35 | More by cdwil
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cbgbslev

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-28-2011 04:48:46 | More by cbgbslev
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in NYC.

Appearance is light orange, slightly hazy, nice cream colored head. Its` nose contains apple, banana, clove and belgian yeast. The taste of Le Freak has some malts, a good amount of hops, more belgian yeast, quite a bit more citrus. MF is pretty dry with some bitterness in the finish. It was nice to try this beer again, the last time I had it was a few years ago and at that time from a bottle that could have been past its` prime.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 03:13:35 | More by mltobin
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MEsoJD

California

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Poured into an genericl tulip glass]

I: My friend was raving about this beer, so I eventually picked a bottle for myself. It states"a converging of two beer styles, Belgian trippel and American IPA" both of which I love. I'm hoping I like this beer as much as I like the description. I really like Green Flash's west coast ipa, so I'm sure it wont be too bad.

B: [9.2% ABV, 1 PT. 6 FL. OZ.] A pretty generic bottle in shape, but the label retains a good amount of information. A decent summary of the beer with the standard info, that should be included on all beer labels,except expiration(i suspect that its those hard to find ones imprinted into the bottle). Overall it's adequate, but green flash never had the most inviting presentation with their labels.

A: Transparent amber/orange body with a fluffy head(fast dissipation), and some scattered/spotty lacing.

S: Bread malt and citrus/ light American hops. Comes off on the earthy side.

T: Off front is the sweet bread malt with west coast hops followed by a citrus zip. Taste more American to me, but the presence of a Belgian beer lingers.

M: Dry, Medium bodied, light/medium carbonation, and medium alcohol presence(that can creep).

O: A little too hyped in my opinion, but definitively an interesting beer. Appearance wasn't great to me, smell was adequate, taste was lacking the Belgian side, and mouth was decent. Worth trying at least once, but not something I would buy again, or recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 23:08:55 | More by MEsoJD
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An amber hued ale thats quite hazy. It pours with an medium size head and fades at a moderate pace with spotty lacing. Below average carbonation. Aroma is very malty with some Belgian yeast and a wee bit od spices.
Taste at first sip is that of a tripel. Malty with hints of dry spice. Then moves on into a quite bitter and dry IPA. It starts sweet and ends dry. Mouthfeel was thin and dry.
This beer is pretty good but a bit too bitter and dry. I like to see it with more hop character on the back end, because i wasn't really picking anything up there.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 12:52:06 | More by micromaniac129
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spamages

Michigan

3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-24-2011 21:24:31 | More by spamages
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jophish17

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

12-24-2011 08:59:34 | More by jophish17
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-24-2011 03:08:41 | More by virinow
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,799 ratings.