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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of TheHoppiest


3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized goblet. Pours a slightly hazy copper amber color, with a thin soapy white head.

Has a sweet, fruity aroma, with sharp white pine notes and a witch-hazel smell tempered with yeast. Smell is strong, almost overpowering.

Tastes of Belgian yeast, mild malt, and a bubbly, carbonated hop that really doesn't meld well together. While not very bitter, there is still plenty of pine and evergreen tastes with very little of the fruit that was abundant in thhe smell. Ends somewhat biting, though again, not terribly bitter.

Medium mouthfeel, with a metallic tang that ends dry.

I'm a huge fan of Flying Dog's Raging Bitch Belgian IPA, so I held high hopes for this brew. Unfortunately, I feel a bit let down, as it seems the brewer could not decide which direction to go with this beer, so s/he decided to go a few at once. The alcohol content is very evident in the taste, and the bitterness ismmore metallic than bitter. For $10 for the bottle, I'd spend my money elsewhere next time.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 00:48:36 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of Jimmys


3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: maybe a slight haze on this orange body. good looking white head looks thick and has great retention. loads of carbonation can be seen as well.

S: a real breadiness from the yeast can be detected. similar to fresh baked banana bread. the citrus/earth is evident as well and plays nicely with the above described aromas.

T: this is a biggie. banana working with a nice black pepper spice. a little bit of alcohol (not entirely ridiculous considering the 9.2% nametag). a smooth vanilla. hop flavors are present as well, but are more of the earth variety.

M: pretty soft carbonation on this big body lets a lot of flavor shine through.

D: really cool beer. definitely closer to the tripel side than the IPA side, but nice showing by both aspects of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 02:50:58 | More by Jimmys
Photo of dbmernin83


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

Pours a golden orange with a nice 1 inch head.
Smells of piney hops, bready Belgium yeast.
Pine hops are huge, Belgium sweetness tries to keep up. The first sip, the hops destroy the sweet, bready malts and yeast but as I get further into the bottle, the brew balances, and the tripel characteristics reveal themselves through the west coast style hops.
On first sip, I was dissappointed that the west coast IPA destroyed the tripel, but this brew warms up nicely on the palette.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 08:10:39 | More by dbmernin83
Photo of JasenT


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

1Pt .6 FL oz bottle purchased in San Diego. Not a huge Pale Ale fan but this is a good beer. Fair hoppy flavored with a little bit of citrus not bad for a Pale Ale beer. Good overall color, body, texture and finish. ABV % of 9.2 is definitely there. Taste is more robust as beer warms up but finish heats up a bit too.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 02:14:44 | More by JasenT
Photo of eric5bellies


3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at Monk, Fremantle

A - Pours a greyish golden colour with a very slight Hazy colour, fluffy white head that laces.

S - A little sweet on the nose, apple and spice present.

T - Quite large malt flavours but a dominant sickly sweetness to it that dominates the flavour too much. Not enough pine for a Belgian IPA.

M - Little light on the body and carbonation

O - A long way behind the Belgian versions of this style

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 13:18:38 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of jlindros


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet, I've had it a bunch of times cause it's a great beer.

Light head with golden orange clear beer.

Nose of light funk, light barnyard light golden malts, light grassy and citrus hops, floral and effervescent, semi sweet.

Taste starts sweet, light grassy and citrus hops, fairly bitter hops as well, light orange peel, as well as light funk and Brett, light barnyard funk, long bitter hoppy finish, drier finish, and light honey.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

This beer is really interesting, fresh is a nice citrus and floral IPA with just a hint of funk, older gets fairly funky with less of the hop profile. On both ends its a great beer IMO. This is a fairly standard go-to for me when I have to pickup a beer for a party or something, especially for newer beer drinkers to really show them the ropes.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 22:51:20 | More by jlindros
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a chalice.

A - Golden and crystal clear with a small white head.

S - A mix of west coast, piney hops and Belgian spice.

T - For me, the west coast hop oils lead over the Belgian spice. There's a malt richness and a subtle sweetness as well. This is a big, outgoing beer.

M - Silky and oily with a moderate carbonation.

D - Fun and flavorful. An interesting blend of styles but for for me, it's more west coast than Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 23:52:49 | More by GJ40
Photo of laituegonflable


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dirty gold colour with slight sediment. Lots and lots of head that sinks steadily, but beautifully puffy and gorgeous lace left behind. Mother pearl colour, marshmallowy on top. Biutiful.

Smells nice and sour, plenty of citrus with some good barnyard funk; hint of berry and a cool, sweet cinnamon spice as well. Yeah, touch of apple as well; pretty darned pleasant.

Taste is fairly malty. Plenty of caramel with rich buttery cake malt and good earthy bitterness as well. Some pine notes, and fruitiness, with hints of apple, melon and some earthy phenolic notes. Some mildly corporeal characters at the back, almost a charcoaly flavour with a woody edge adding to it. Quite beautiful palate, plenty of character throughout.

Reasonably smooth on the feel, but a bit thin. There's a chewiness to it as well and not heavily carbonated so it's decent.

Lots to mull over here. Plenty of character but a real mild drinkability as well, in spite of the ABV. Pleasant drop.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 10:25:14 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of lacqueredmouse


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

Very cloudy and pleasantly hued orange-golden colour, with a massive and rather impressive head of white. Sticky lacing in proper Belgian-style lace down the inside of the glass. Looks very impressive and very appealing.

Nose is lovely and sharp with citric American hoppiness, but with a round and sullen Belgian yeast character that adds some meat and spice. slight hint of astringent booze to it too, which is not unexpected in a beer weighing in at 9.2%, but it's a bit like seeing the man behind the curtain--I'd be happy just experiencing the complexity of character without the alcohol.

Taste is very subtle and very pleasantly balanced. The hops here settle down a bit, leaving the Belgian yeast to give it the slightly spicy and slightly phenolic bite on the back of the palate. There's still a greenness on the front, which gives a refreshing and fragrant uplift to the beer, but here, the Belgian notes come into prominence. Feel is light and crisp, but with a pleasant smoothness.

Yeah, it's a good blend, and it's a good use of the blend. Individually, the hoppy characters and the Belgian spice wouldn't make either a good IPA or a good Belgian Ale, but together they mesh nicely to complement one another. What you end up with is a rather tasty and rather unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 08:56:14 | More by lacqueredmouse
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North Carolina

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

If I could submit a one word review for this Belgian it would be:
A - Nice head, dark body
S - Strange to smell IPA scents in a Belgian
T - Hops upfront like my beloved IPAs then a
strong malt rush
M - dry finish, light for a dark beer, great
D - Low which is a given for this style in a 22oz bomber
Green Flash mixed two styles perfectly almost like those old, old Reesee cup commercials where the choclolate bumps into the peanut butter.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 03:28:24 | More by HopDiggityDawg
Photo of Phelps


3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Tops in a small tasting snifter.

Perfectly clear pale golden-orange, with a frothy half-finger head of pure white that quickly fizzles to filmy spots and a substantial bubbly ring. Some long streaks of lace are left behind as I go.

Lots of coriander in the nose, along with fresh grass, lavender, pears, green apples and white pepper. There's a nice, crisp spiciness here, though it becomes somewhat soapy-smelling as it warms more.

The flavor follows through on the aroma's promises, for the most part. Great tripel flavors with increased bitterness. It's a floral potpourri of dried roses and lavender, bitter lime peel and some subdued pear juice before a rather dry finish.

Low carbonation. The alcohol is a bit noticeable in the flavor as well as the nose. A dry finish is compounded by bitter hops inside a smooth medium body.

One of the better Belgian IPAs, though it leans a little too far toward the Belgian side for my tastes. I could use some more hops.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 05:46:45 | More by Phelps
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4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a tasting hosted by vapodge, many thanks my friend!

A- Golden translucent body with a huge fluffy white head

S- Belgiany. Piney and citrusy hops as well

T- Hops up front and a decent malt presence in the middle for balance. There's really little evidence of the high ABV in the finish other than a little bit of warming

M- Full-bodied, big beer, and finishes dry

D- The beer itself is good, will certainly seek another out to have by itself. The label's design is nice too, making it stick out in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 16:19:00 | More by aepb1
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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded to me by treehouse.

Poured into a goblet.

Le Freak pours a stunning amber color. A little head builds up, but doesn't retain too long. Evidence of carbonation throughout the brew via bubbles.

Light malty scent, it's definitely smells like a Belgian. There's a hint of heat in there too.

Mouthfeel: Harmless and smooth, no heat or bite on it.

Taste: You're immediately hit with a citrus taste, which gives way to that smooth malt you smelled early. There's a little bitterness at the end which is the only trace of the 9.2% abv.

I got this to compare it to Flying Dog's Raging Bitch which is a Belgian IPA a lot easier to get in my part of the world. The taste is about the same, the look is a little better.

Final verdict: A drinkable Belgian IPA to be sure. Worth the trade.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 04:52:28 | More by Gunslinger711
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4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass. Slightly hazy orange bronze with a thick, frothy well-lacing off-white head. Aroma of big citrusy grapefruity hops and sweet caramel and biscuity Belgian malts and yeast. Body starts with good malty fullness and sweetness well balanced with bountiful citrus flavor and bittering hops before a crisp, slightly warming bittersweet finish. Definitely my favorite brew from Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 04:24:56 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of AgentMunky


4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice.

A: Big hulking head, pitted and turbulent. Lovely golden colour with tiny bubble trails. Only a slight haze to the clarity. Lacing sticks in clumps.

S: Very nice. It smells like more like a tripel than an double IPA. Belgianesque spices, citrus zest, some light hops.

T: Tasty and unusual. Hops are far more prominent here, drying, bitter, and delectable. A buttery edge leads into an unexpected sweetness that reminds of Belgian candy sugars like those in a dubbel or quadrupel, but likely derives from heavy malting. The aftertaste is long, drawn out, with lightly citrusy hops and some yeastiness. Delicious. Right on the tipping point of a 4.5.

M: Lovely. Substantial, caring, just enough carbonation and/or dryness...perfect balances. Very very good.

D: Crazy-good; very drinkable. Definitely recommended. After just two of them, I've concluded I'm a big fan of Belgian IPAs. I could absolutely go for another bomber of this *right now*. I can't taste the alcohol at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 18:23:05 | More by AgentMunky
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

220z bomber procured from Grandview Carryout. Poured a clear, pale bronze color. The creamy 2-finger head formed a nice sticky cap with some craters and substantial lacing.

The nose is dry and spicy with a bit of wood, with only a hint of yeast and banana.

It starts on the tongue right away with a dash of sweet cherry, they the middle is dried out hoppiness, then some phenols and earthiness, then finished with a flutter of banana and rock candy. It's complex, and characteristics of both styles which comprise it emerge.

The ABV--and the alcohol is rather present--and the woody aftertaste, don't make it highly drinkable, but having just one is very pleasurable.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 23:15:58 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of cdkrenz


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear with a slight copper-orange hint. White head that seems to be rather quick-lived but leaves a nice remant at the surface just to let ya know it was around.

S - Orange-peel, coriander and citrusy hops... but very mild. There also seems to be a subtle yeast accent, which I think takes away slightly.

T - It begins as if its coming in as a Beglian style tripel. Then is slowly increases the flavor intensity and breaks open the hops and finishes sweet with a light malt flavor.

M - Dry in the start and finish. The middle has a moderate coarseness to it that sets the dryness aside for a second or two.

~ Very unique characteristics in this rather unique styled beverage. The combination of a San Diego Pale Ale and Begian Tripel makes for one of the more interesting brews I've had in awhile. This is a sipping brew and one that should be enjoyed by all... or at least me and the freaks.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 05:13:15 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of Beerenauslese


4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Body is a clear dark gold. Initial head dissipates to a ring of foam, leaving curtains of lacing on the glass.

A nice bready aroma, with some brown sugar and green hops and a little tropical fruit.

Tastes of malt and fresh hops. There is a bit of tropical fruit in the mid-palate and in the long dry finish, which culminates with a slight bitterness and a nice hoppy numbness on the tongue.

Moderate body is matched with effervescent carbonation, providing a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

This is a nicely balanced malt and hop concoction, with a tropical fruit undertone. In terms of the Belgian IPA style, Le Freak is more malty and hoppy than their collaborative Bier de L'Amitie (with St. Feuillien), which I think better presents the tropical fruit elements of the Belgian yeast. But this is a very well balanced and thoroughly enjoyable beer. Don't really taste the ABV level due to the powerfully flavorful elements of this beer, but it can creep up on you.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 02:53:58 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium gold, with hints of light orange. Light, fluffy, 2-finger head with a nice 1-finger retention. Very active carbonation. Good, thick lace.

Strong citrus nose, with hints of Belgian banana. Yeast and cream with bread round things out.

Very Belgian up front with a tart hit right away. Creamy middle followed by a floral mix of hops in the finish. Substantial body and flavor. Tart and dry in the aftertaste offsets the creamy texture well.

Alcohol comes through mid-glass and slows this down to an easy sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 02:27:31 | More by beer2day
Photo of mtwentz


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

pour literally looked like piss; piss after drinking a shit ton of vitamins. rich gold that settles into a thick honey orange. head has various sizes of bubbles. it settles into an off-white veneer with a sponge cake / coral wall.

smells good. a bready malt hides beneath a tart yet inviting booziness.

taste the ipa upfront. but this fades to a candy coating. the after taste reveals again the hops and weight.

a nice blend of styles

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 06:03:06 | More by mtwentz
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Rattle N Hum in New York City. Was planning on saving the Ola Dubh 40 on cask for my last beer, but then was told they were out. That's a lesson for you, never wait to order an Ola Dubh 40 on cask. After I got through my intial stage of crying, I ordered a Le Freak on cask.

Pours a cloudy orange colour with thin white head. Nice head retention and some lacing on the glass. Smells of strong citrus hops, candy sugar and Belgian yeast. Lots of bitterness in the flavour, with the dry yeast coming through. Quite smooth on cask. I'd love to have this again.

Serving type: cask

01-07-2011 16:22:40 | More by kwjd
Photo of CruisaC


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into a new belgium tulip

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a 3 inch creamy head that slowly dissipates and leaves some beautiful lacing all the way down

Smells of sweet malts but I detect almost some winter spices with cinnamon and cloves.

Taste is more belgian style malt flavor with some mild hoppiness at the end. Again I taste the winter spices and warm cinnamon bread.

The body has medium carbonation and just enough silkiness to hang around on the mouth

The 9% is somewhat detectable which is the only thing that would limit the drinkability on this one. Otherwise it's a fine blend of two styles that I very much enjoy. If you are looking for a hop bomb or a belgian sweet bomb then look elsewhere; Le Freak tries to marry the two and pulls it off quite nicely

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 00:52:01 | More by CruisaC
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a beer mug. The beer is a bright copper-golden color with a foamy, 2-inch head. The beer has smells of citrus and sweet spices, an even blend that is very enticing. The beer has initial tastes of round sweetness, with a base of spices that taste like coriander and cinnamon. There are also hints of the alcohol in the beer mixed in with the heavier flavors. The beer has a spicy and somewhat sour finish, with the spices and sour notes present on the aftertaste. The beer is surprisingly crisp and sharp, in spite of the bold, round flavors. Finish is pleasant, and this is easily a get-in-trouble, drinkable beer. Could polish off a lot of this one in a given sitting. Very tasty, light, and pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 04:08:59 | More by GarthDanielson
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New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of hops hops on sweet malt with Belgian yeast

T - Follows the nose but the hops are stronger on the sweet malt and Belgian yeast

M - This beer has a medium body with medium Carbonation to it

D - This is a damn fine BIPA even though its not as hoppy as others out there still very drinkinable and a beer thats worth finding to give it a try sometime

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:01:22 | More by armock
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4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden colour with a moderate off-white head. Decent head retention.

High, tropical fruit hop aromas with what appears to be Simcoe hops. Good fruity yeast character. A little sweaty.

Smooth with a good malty base, nice yeast character (you can really pick out that the base is a Tripel). Good, moderate bitterness with nice hop flavour. Well balanced for a hop forward beer.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid drink and really tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 10:21:18 | More by dgilks
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,814 ratings.