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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,813
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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ej285701

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-15-2011 08:09:26 | More by ej285701
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waldoiverson

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into Tulip

A: quite a lovely golden to light copper color, large off-white head that left tons of lacing

S: a bit of a barnyard funk with a bit of banana and coconut, green tea...really nice.

T: if you bought green tea bubble gum then this may be what it tastes like. strong and tannic bitterness, there's a hit of citrus zest. the alcohol rolls in at the end but not overly hot.

M: Dry from the bitterness but the sweet makes the taste buds jump until the alcohol and carbonation beat them around

O: This is not my favorite beer but it is extremely interesting and not like any other that i've had (or at least can remember). I'd suggest sharing the bottle as it is a beast of an experience. Le Freak is an apt name.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 02:30:45 | More by waldoiverson
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-15-2011 01:59:59 | More by orangesol
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-15-2011 00:19:30 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-14-2011 21:56:12 | More by Neffbeer
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-14-2011 20:34:09 | More by bpfrush
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-14-2011 19:30:34 | More by sbricker
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-14-2011 19:18:13 | More by Elfastball7
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-14-2011 16:48:51 | More by seanwhite
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

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

Hazy, dirty yellow. Frothy white head, about a fingers worth. Citrus hops in the nose right up front. Spicy yeast also becomes a dominant aroma. Light wheat bread malts. Peppery spice and orange, tangerine and lemon hops once it hits your tongue. Malt character is similar to the nose. Light and crisp wheat and bread flavors. Hops maintain a strong fruity presence all the way to the finish where they slowly show a orange/lemon peel bitterness. Impressive this is 9.2% with such a crisp and thin body. Tasty hoppy beer. Hops overpower the yeast character but it does faintly compliment the hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 20:39:22 | More by DrinkingDrake
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to HoppySuds for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden color into a tulip. About a finger of slight off white head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Belgian yeast quite heavy up front, citrus and fruits, floral and grassy hops, malty backbone.

Taste – Not very IPA like to be perfectly honest. Similar to a Trippel though there is slight hop presence. Caramel malts, slight toffee, and earthiness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall – Have never been a fan of Belgian IPA’s, not going to lie. This one was not so much IPA as it was a Trippel in my opinion. Would not revisit.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 04:15:31 | More by SpdKilz
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at catskeller.
Pours a crystal clear orange colour. Nce white head. Looks nice.
Smells hoppy and aggressive. Some nice floral aromas. Very belgiany under the hops. Tastes bitter and hoppy. A bit harsh but a really nice flavour profile. Thick, a bit syrupy moth feel. Overall pretty enjoyable but harsher than i typically i enjoy

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 20:01:31 | More by Urbancaver
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: 1/2" light cream coloured head over amber liquid.

S: Citrus and floral hops and yeast.

T: Pine and earthy hops up front with a malty finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: Not a bad Belgian IPA overall, but I get the feeling that most would be able to find an IPA that is either American, English, or Belgian which would suit their palate better.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 02:15:59 | More by DaftCaskBC
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nppeders

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must start this off by saying...I don't like floral hops and this beer clearly has floral hops...or possibly the yeast create that floral, potpourri type smell. That being said, it's mainly in the aroma. The rest of the beer is total money!

appearance -Crystal clear with a nice head. good lacing. Nice as big of a head as I thouight but good.

smell - floral, spicy, brett funk. Definitely has a bretty smell that earthy. I guess that might be from the hops.

taste - taste starts of with malty, caramel, and toasty. The middle is hoppy and floral and a little bitter, and it finish's with a bretty earthy flavor.

mouthfeel - Thin to medium mouthfeel, and medium carbonation. Alcohol isn't present at all even though it's 9%

overall - A very nice beer. Reminds me of Houblon Choufe Doublon IPA Tripel, but fresher and more floral. Very tasty. I'd highly recommend this as one of the best beers you could consider buying if available.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 01:21:15 | More by nppeders
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice orange copper body. Small white head settlers to a film and thick ring

S - floral and spicy yeast and hops. Nice stuff but not big

T - bitter citrus hops and nice floral notes compliment the Belgian spicy grapey fruitiness of this beer. Good balanced complexity.

M - medium body with some bigness and smoothness.

O - a real good Belgian ipa. Not much more to ask for

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 18:15:23 | More by ColdPoncho
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Koufax21

New Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Beermuda in New Kensington, PA.

A - pours a hazy, deep orange color. Very little head on it. I think this was more the resulting effects of a bad pour.

S - smells of tropical fruit and Belgian yeast.

T - sweet. Lots of Belgian flavor. Mild hop bitterness. Hides the alcohol very well.

M - full bodied, and lightly carbonated.

O - this was a pretty good beer. I'd buy it again. I'd like to get a pour with a good head on it and see if it changes this beer for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 13:43:12 | More by Koufax21
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TTAmod

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into Chimay chalice. No visible freshness date.
"Extreme ale converging San Diego-style imperial pale ale and Belgian-style trippel." Hot damn. Love DIPAs and love tripels...so this should be right in my wheelhouse.

A: Very slightly hazy orange...essentially the same color as the Green Flash Imperial IPA. Head is similar, as well. Starts off as a one-finger white head but soon dissipates. There is a nice lacing that sticks around for the entirety of the drink, though.

S: Smellin' some grapefruit hops and belgian yeast. It smells pretty sweet....like a tripel mixed with an IPA (go figure.)

T: Hops are pretty subdued here....much, much less intense than the Imperial IPA. Essentially the hops are more of an underlying base and not the main attraction. The yeast, sugar, and malt are pretty prevalent. The taste is extremely Belgian with some hops in the background. It's quite sweet. My lips stick together after the liquid dries...this definitely did NOT happen with the DIPA. There is also a subtle bitterness that sticks around for awhile.

M: Creamy, full-bodied....addicting. The Belgian beers have a certain quality to them that provide such an excellent mouthfeel. It's hard to explain, but it's just....awesome!

O: Yum! This essentially takes two of my favorite beer styles and takes the best aspects of each one. What's not to like? It's hoppy, bitter, and malty like an IPA, but it's sweet and yeasty like a tripel. Honestly, this is my first foray into the style, so I'm comparing this to their Imperial IPA, which I had last night and what I'm guessing is the IPA they used in this brew. It shares a lot of the aspects of the Imperial IPA, but it's less intense. The tripel really balances it out. I'm definitely digging this more than their Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 04:31:04 | More by TTAmod
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We pour a brew of dark bronzy-amber. It holds a two and a half finger tan head of sticky and foamy bubbles. The head shows great retention, leaving intense lacing as it goes. Haze is thick, especially in the last few drops, with flecks of yeasty sediment bobbing about. Carbonation appears active. The aroma is highlighted by a funky yeast. It is robust and metallic, and quite Brett-like, but not exactly. This mixes with paler, Belgian-forward malts, and an orange fruitiness. The hops are floral and lightly citric, and swoop in and out of the nostrils for a balance. With warmth comes booze, and a spicy black pepper. As we sip, the flavors unfold with sticky sweet malts, brown sugar, metallic yeast, and a bittering hop character. The latter are soapy and spicy. These flavors fuse, and move us to a middle characterized by butterscotch sweetness, of malts, and more of that biting hop character. The end shows a creaminess, of heavy creamer, lactic sourness, hop oiliness, and a synthetic orange sweetness to cut. The aftertaste breathes of that Bretty yeast, white sugar sweetness, and coiny, peppery booze. The body is medium to full, and carbonation is active. The feel is heavily foamy and creamy with each sip. The brew is fully coating, but gives an ultimate astringency. The abv is appropriate, but warming, and this beer drinks quite easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was that funky bitterness. With this yeast mixing with the Belgian type malts, this made for a sticky and sweet, and delicious beer. This beer is very characteristic of the style, with big bitterness. This bitterness could have been enhance, and arguably better, if the hops had even more of a presence overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 21:21:19 | More by TheBrewo
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle from 'the Brabander' as a gift for the beer tasting at my place. Thanks again Thijs for your kindness. I shared the beer with my father in law.

A - Amber colored with a beautiful white head. The retraction is slow and a fluffy head remains.

S - Hoppy flavors like citrus and pine, there is definitely some yeast to.

T - Sweet and hoppy, but much more than the smell gave away. Bitter after taste , soft and creamy in a reasonable full body. There is no alcohol to be discovered, well done, only after swallowing there is some warmth coming up.

M - Soft and creamy, with a spicy warm and bitter after taste. Soft to medium carbonation.

O - A very nice triple, a bit to much hop but I guess thats American.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 20:24:08 | More by Mar02x
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kojevergas

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz. brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a six finger head of fair cream and thickness, and great retention. Colour is a semitransparent light copper.

Sm: Light floral hops is all me broken nose detects; all apologies, lads. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Well handled bittering hops and pleasant floral notes tamed by a light unobtrusive barley. Not horribly complex, but well balanced and decently built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour of the body.

Dr: Very drinkable, but the quality of the flavour is limited. The ABV is high, but it suffers from low quality.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 04:28:05 | More by kojevergas
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foodplusbeer

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This ia more of a Belgian IIPA than BPA. Starts off with a very tropical hoppy aroma. When it hits the tongue I get some that tropical fruit, a bit of pine, then a slight malt sweetness. There's a noticeable alcohol burn and taste just before the finish that leaves you with a boatload of hop bitterness! Wow, I didn't expect that. A unique experience, highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 01:04:03 | More by foodplusbeer
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Le Freak opens with a nose that befits the name, being on the one hand almost sour in its presentation of lemons, tart cherries, bananas and cloves, and on the other hand extremely sugary, with Jolly Rancher-like sweet watermelon and apple notes, mixed with good hits of orange and lychee nut, and all this atop a bed of toast and biscuit. The effect is intoxicating, like a glassful of water to a marathon runner in Death Valley.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a brief shot of bananas and cloves, then moves with shocking speed into a grapefruit rind and pine sap blast of bitter hops that temporarily overwhelms the mouth and leaves the tongue tingling in joyous mercy. The IBUs in this monster run at 101, according to Green Flash's website, but the bitterness actually seems much higher (if that's possible), and the hops used in this brew must have had massive alpha acid levels. Get past the hops, and a lovely brown sugar, Brazil nut, and toasted grain base brings oranges, apples, and hints of pineapple, as well as whole wheat toast. Hints of a vodka-like alcohol tinge the edges. The aftertaste is mainly hops, with hints of some malty fruit flavors trying their best to shine through--banana and pineapple seem to do the best in this respect. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, somewhat detracting from the overall ensemble.

Overall, this is amazing beer, and has obviously been crafted by experts dedicated to the betterment of their craft. I suspect the unique qualities of this beer--specifically its bipolar flavor profile and huge bitterness--will seem offputting to many, and I can't help but feel that the brew is slightly out of balance, and tries to do too many things at once. Still, this is an ale that has to be tried to be believed, and is worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 00:44:16 | More by jondeelee
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lnashsig

Texas

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

Poured from bomber bottle into my Boulevard snifter. Pours a cloudy amber orange, really interesting head with small bubbles. its obvious this one is packed full of carbonation. Smell- cloves, tropical fruit, citrus. This is a perfect example of a BIIPA- a nice mash up of two different styles. Taste- first the sweet tropical fruit, then clove, then a piney bitterness. Wow. This is the best example of a Belgian IPA I have ever had. Made me believe in the style.

Overall, this was a really enjoyable beer- I would seek it out again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 23:45:15 | More by lnashsig
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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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beergod1

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours Orange and cloudy. Medium sized and almost white head. Fruity, sweet and hoppy aroma. A nice mix of bitter and sweet. It has the long bitterness of an IPA but there is a sense of the belgian yeastiness and sweetness. It seems like the new wave of "New Style" brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 23:52:39 | More by beergod1
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,813 ratings.