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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,808
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 83
Gots: 119 | 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 jpmclaug

South Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Got this in a nice BIF box from domtronzero. I'm looking forward to trying this. I love IPA's but don't care much for Tripel's so it will be interesting to see what happens when they meet.

A - Clear golden body with a decent sized white head resting on top.

S - I smell citrus hop notes and then a whiff of banana and the other aroma's I associate with Belgian yeast.

T - Taste like a mix of the two styles as I should expect... The citrusy hops are the first thing I notice but then the Belgian tripel flavor comes in and takes over. Just really not a big fan of that and it really kills this beer for me.

M - medium bodied, a fair amount of carbonation and some stickiness

D - I really don't like the flavors that come with a tripel and unfortunately they are way too present in this for this to be enjoyable for me. I like the citrus hop flavors but they just aren't strong enough. I'm glad I got to try this but I don't see any reason to try it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 23:46:34 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of happygnome


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice golden orange color (emphasis on orange) with about two inches of head that disappears slowly leaving a massive amount of lace around the edge of the glass and top of the beer

s: I get a citrus hop bitterness. There is also a piney hope bitterness but the citrus is more distinct. Everything is balanced nicely with a malt backbone. Alcohol is nicely hidden.

t: the hops hit you right away, citrusy hints of pine bitterness very nice.

m: on the lighter end of medium bodied with little carbonation

overall, i really enjoy this beer it is very nice

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 16:06:17 | More by happygnome
Photo of trevorjn06


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

Pours a crystal clear, light golden color with one finger of white head that recedes to a layer of foam and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very complex, it hits you with plenty of North American hops (citrus, fruit and pine) riding on top of a distinct Belgian yeast character. There is grapefruit, orange, pine, lemon, pepper, light malts, a moderate sweetness and hints of spice.

Taste is bready malts, hop bitterness, Belgian yeast, peaches, a general "fruitiness" and citrus. The finish leaves a bright, fruity hop character and sweet malt lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Flavors coat the mouth well and the hops balance out the strength/sweetness well.

Overall this ale is well crafted and balanced. The flavors of Belgian yeast are not over-done and the the hops bring a nice complexity. It's not quite on par with similar beers of the style such as Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, but I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 03:29:17 | More by trevorjn06
Photo of brendan13


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

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange with a few centimetres of head that slowly falls away.
S - Piney & woody hop notes initially with some citrus notes. Peachy fruit esters & peppery phenols. Bit of alcohol coming through.
T - Also very piney & woody in the taste, almost too much so for a BIPA. The belgian yeast esters and phenols are there but the strong piney & woody character dominates too much. The malt is bready with light caramel notes.
M - Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation. Pretty hefty bitterness.
D - Nice enough & worth trying but I probably won't be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 10:36:16 | More by brendan13
Photo of Franz4


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

A- poured a nice golden color with a two-finger head that mostly settled, but hung around throughout the duration of the beer. Lacing was evident.

S- Grapefruit and grassy notes come through strongest.

T- Solid, but not as complex as I was hoping for. Grapefruit and grass dominate as in the nose, there is also some yeasty belgian flavor

M- Medium bodied, drinks smooth as a trippel should.

D- An above average brew, but not something that I'm feeling excited about. 1 was probably enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 01:29:15 | More by Franz4
Photo of dondeez21

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is described as a fusion of Imperial Pale Ale and a Belgian Triple. I didnt notice much of an Imperial Pale Ale influence it mostly reminded me of a Triple.
A: Clear, Orange beer with a nice 1 inch head and nice lacing
S: Very yeasty, smells like a nice Belgian Triple
T: Belgian tastes. Yeast is most noticeable with a slight alcohol kick. Not much hop flavor in this beer.
M: Thin dry and fizzy
D: This beer is good but not exactly what I was expecting. If I were to compare it to triple I would say it represents the style well. I dont feel it holds up well as an IIPA. There isnt much, if any hop flavor or aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 01:48:25 | More by dondeez21
Photo of BarrelO


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

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Hazy orange body. Ginormous white fluffy head that leaves lots of lacing.

S: Honey and citrus.

T: Begins with fruity esters and bready malt. Shifts toward clean bitterness and alcohol sting in the middle. Ends with citrus and tropical fruits. OK overall, but the alcohol burn really hurts it.

M: Medium-bodied with enough carbonation to make it feel lighter.

D: It's been my experience that American hops don't really go well with Belgian yeast. This beer didn't disabuse me of that notion. A shame, too. Ive been a big fan of every other Green Flash beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 01:45:17 | More by BarrelO
Photo of Naugled

New York

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

Crystal clear light copper color with a white head that lasts and lasts. Highly carbonated.

Nice black peppery nose.

Good malt and hop and yeast balance in the flavor. Zesty and crisp with a clean medium mouth feel.

Very drinkable a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 19:07:12 | More by Naugled
Photo of mulder1010


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

Bomber poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a light honey gold color. Medium pour got a huge 3 finger off white head. Took quite a while for it to dissipate. Leaving all sorts of lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent head retention with this on swirling.

S-- Very Belgian smell to this. Biscuit, pear, honey, apricot and slightly floral smell. Alcohol well hidden. Very nice.

T-- Started out with bread and then lots of grapefruit and orange. Very aggressive and assertive.

M-- Where the US side kicks in. Lots of grapefruit, orange and pine bitterness. Long lasting flavor and assertiveness. Higher carbonation in mouth than visual. Slightly oily feel to it.

D-- Excellent. Well balanced between Belgian and US styles. ABV is well hidden and although it is a sipper due to the bitterness, it is quite drinkable. Such a good beer. Wish I had more of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 14:55:29 | More by mulder1010
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange golden hue with a fine bubbled off white head forming thick, fine speckled lacing lines the sides of my glass.

A brash collision of Belgian yeast and American alpha hops going on. Citric/pineapple tropical fruit explosion with hints of spicy yeast and slight band aid phenolics.

Flavor can't make up it's mind, the roughness of the two flavors colliding, harsh herbal/citric/dank mary jane colliding with the fruity phenolic spicy yeast characteristics. It just doesn't work for me as a whole the flavors don't complement each other.

Mouthfeel is oily slick with hops, carbonation is lively from the Belgian yeast fermentation. Body is medium to full a bit cloying from the harsh hops and spicy yeast hitting me at once.

Drinkability overall isn't what I want from the style, most versions are their own worst enemy this is a perfect example of that. American hops and Belgian yeast are hard to harmonize.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 04:24:17 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of jbowers56


4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks pretty great. golden/red colour with a white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing.

More belgian on the nose than I expected. Heaps of typical tripel scents with pear, dried apricots, spicy phenols plus lashings of us hops giving juicy citrus.

This is a belgian IPA. I have tried what are meant to be the best in the style, and this is better. I have to give it a 5 due to that, right? Or at least a 4.5. However, I love this so much imma just go ahead and say it deserves the 5. Wow. I dont know what to say. The elements are balanced so perfectly. The yeast sets up a rich fruity, estery, spicy flavour which is supported by a strong malt base. Then the hops just scream right through - spicy and peppery as well as the typical us hop characters.

I am really suprised at how good this beer is.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 14:36:44 | More by jbowers56
Photo of xnicknj


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

22 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

Emits a clear dark auburn color with burnt orange hues. An inviting, creamy white head bubbles and retains nicely while drinking and leaving plenty of lacing around the glass.

The scents are multi-layered, containing some funky yeast and wheat along with some soft fruit sweetness and hops.

This quickly dishes up some of its Belgian influence, with dark caramel malts and slightly spiced yeast flavor. Bitter, yet juicy hops start to creep in before the fruit character with apricot and banana explode along with some more pleasant spiciness. Some piny bitterness rides out until the end, as the beer finishes with a hint of boozy warmth which is appropriately masked.

Medium bodied, with moments of wet and dry in the feel at the same time, which is a bit strange but still appealing. The carbonation isn't overdone, and for a heavy duty Belgian styled IPA, the drinkability factor is crazy as a bottle of this can disappear before anyone knows what happened.

A touch of warmth towards the finish is nice, and considering many similar beers with less alcohol are far more boozy, Green Flash pulled off a great job of providing flavor instead of just alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 15:42:09 | More by xnicknj
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

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

Le Freak pours a beautiful bright golden copper, with a nice fluffy head that lingers as a thin creamy layer. The aroma is estery and phenolic, with a slightly funky character. Resiny hops mix with the esters, it's hard to pick out if there is a citrus character from the hops, or if it is just the fruity esters.

Intense bitterness dominates the flavor, but there is a ton going on between the yeasty character and the hops. Fruity flavors abound, with a great mix of grapefruity citrus and ripe tropical fruit. Sweet caramel malt flavor mixes in but is mostly hidden by everything else going on. The resiny bitterness mixes with an earthy, funky character in the finish, almost like a wild yeast character.

Overall this is a really amazing Belgian Tripel/IPA, I have a feeling that if it was hopped differently if could stand on its own as a Tripel, or if it was fermented with an American ale yeast, it could easily be a solid DIPA. The combination of the two is done quite well. I paid $10 for the bomber, which I find to be a bit expensive. I feel like it is fairly well worth the price, but it will not be a frequent purchase because of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 02:06:18 | More by ericj551
Photo of OWSLEY069


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

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a dry candy sugar and small hints of hops. In the taste, dry candy sugar and a pine like hop presence. A small hop, but mainly smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry Belgian like yeast on the aftertaste. Nice hop presence, with Belgian like hints.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2010 16:18:10 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of emmasdad


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

Pours a nice golden color, slightly hazy, with a big, durable white head. On the nose, I get lots of Belgian yeast, along with aromas of citrus, candi sugar and a little spice. This one is medium bodied, with some citrusy hops on the palate, along with a little spiciness, Belgian yeast and dark brown sugar. A noble experiment and a delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 03:11:19 | More by emmasdad
Photo of perrymarcus


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

22oz bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a slightly hazy golden amber tone with two fingers of an off-white/beige head that impresses with both its retention and lacing.

nose is aromatic and wild. bold hoppy notes (citrus), spice, bubblegum, banana, sweet, candy-like malt, and maybe a touch of pepper. flavor mostly follows the aroma, though i pick up on a stronger presence of floral hops and a bit more booze as it warms. finish is bitter. to be sure, le freak is an interesting, tasty brew. doubt this would be something i would turn to on a regular basis, but enjoyable nonetheless; if you're looking for a change of pace i would definitely recommend it.

has a medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with about average carbonation. so-so drinkability: not bad, but personally i'll be set with the one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 01:27:54 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

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

another one from my most recent trade with papat444. thanks pat!

22oz bottle. sampled oct 3/2010.

pours golden yellow, not quite orange, with just a touch of haze. a big fluffy white head forms, dropping fairly fast but leaving a thick weave of complex lace down the glass.

aroma is great. my first thought is more belgian barleywine than belgian ipa, but me likes. rich caramel and toffee and a bunch of tasty citrusy west coast hops. candi sugar. belgian yeasty spice. white bread and cracker. alcohol.

taste is good. just under medium bitterness level. orange and grapefruit, and maybe just a hint of pine. belgian yeasty character. floral and just slightly perfumey. light alcohol. white bread and cracker.

mouthfeel is great. medium-light body with a dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance, showing but a small portion of its alcoholic strength. a fine example of the style - american hops paired well against the base belgian yeast and malt. delicious!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 02:08:21 | More by grub
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

22 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a clear orange, some dark amber and golden highlights, some protein floaties hanging around, very thick and chunky white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring and layer, very sticky, huge lace sheets stick all over the glass.

Smell is nice, pretty malty, big caramel, some biscuit, a bit of alcohol, very fruity, some pineapple and grapefruit, floral, a bit on the sweet side, lightly yeast, a touch of sour funk, pretty cool stuff.

Taste is neat, a bit of bandaid/plastic, sweet and malty, some caramel, clover honey, lightly fruity, biscuit, apricot, a touch of pineapple juice, some floral, a bit yeast, touch of spice and funk, almost a charred wood feel in the finish, interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, feels a bit slick going down, some alcohol burn. Not bad, but has some strange character to it. Thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 01:49:16 | More by Viggo
Photo of LtCracker20


3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Taken from notes.

A- Pours an almost clear golden color with a 2 finger off white head. The head doesn't hold up too long, but leaves a nice cap with nice spider web looking lace.

S- Sweet malt, bready, and a little bubblegum. Very little hop presence.

T- A bad tasting metallic bitterness up front. Some more sweetness, and again, not too much from the hops. The alchohol is hidden very well.

MF/D- Medium/Full body without being syrupy. Nice dryness. I know this is highly rated, but I wouldn't buy it again. Was expecting more from this. Again, in no way is this a bad beer, but I've had much better Belgian IPAs

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 21:13:45 | More by LtCracker20
Photo of codewarrior

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz Bomber, poured into a chalice

A: Dark amber. Rich foamy head, and lots of it.

S: Hoppy and sweet! True to it's namesake, this thing smells freaky ... an odd combination to be sure.

T: Rich sweet start, hoppiness rises late, then bitter, then sweet again through the finish and we've come full-circle.

F: Creamy, but light.

D: For how freaky and demanding as this beer is, it's quite good. It definitely takes an open mind, and a little getting used to. Tasty though ... and that's all that matters.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 00:41:03 | More by codewarrior
Photo of msmezher


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

I recently saw Le Freak on tap at SideDoor in Corona Del Mar, but opted for New Belgium's Eric's Ale, and faced with the same choice, I'd probably do it again, but I'm a sucker for sour beers. Le Freak is a well orchestrated blend of an American IPA and Belgian Tripel. Hoppy and herbal on the IPA side, but sweet, spiced, with hints of dried fruit in the finish. One of the better style combinations I've had lately. Le Freak is aptly named, very classic belgian styling with a hoppy, American kick. If you're tired of the same ol' beers pick this one up, Green Flash doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 00:38:25 | More by msmezher
Photo of jrallen34


4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey gold, light tope head, ok retention, with AWESOME spider web lacing...A medium aroma of nice floral hops start to finish, not complex but alluring...The taste is what separates this here and introduces a whole new style of the blend of tripel and ipa that is advertisted. There is a nice floral hop start but a piney finish, its simply amazing and intriguing.

A wonderful beer well worth trying with great depth on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 23:14:30 | More by jrallen34
Photo of SolomonGrundy


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber, with the slightest haze I've ever seen. It's there if you really look. Beautiful soapy head that leaves tons o' lacing, and mildly carbonated. Aroma is crammed full of apricot, and some clean and crisp hop characteristics right underneath. Maybe some green apple, too. Flavor is very full and rich, carrying the apricot from the aroma, and melding smoothly into a great hop finish. Very nice and well balanced considering it's supposed to be hop forward. Nice round flavors in here, even something akin to butter. Smooth and delicious. Not the cheapest in the world at $6.49/bomber but very unique and pretty good. Worth tracking down.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 20:14:00 | More by SolomonGrundy
Photo of DaveJanssen


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

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Reviewed 5/25/2010. 10 oz pour in small wheat beer glass.

Ar: Powdery floral with tropical fruit and citrus, lillies, mandarin, light simcoe resin, vegetative hints

Ap: Fluffy off white head, great retention, fine haze pale gold straw, chunky lace, high effervescence

T: Strong resin, simcoe, spicy hop, citrus resin, tropical fruit, hops and yeast character don't clash but don;t blend beautifully, light alcohol in aftertaste, dry, hops balanced to resin

M: Resinous, mouth coating, alcohol warmth at the end, light fluffy body, medium/high carbonation

O: Cleaner and better than other BIPAs i've had, the yeast and hops don't clash but the don't work together, an in your face beer

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 00:59:45 | More by DaveJanssen
Photo of rahtobeer


3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

More of an editorial than a full review (I'm a recent wine-to-beer convert and have not yet found my "voice")....

I'm a big-time AIPA and belgian-style fan (La Fin du Monde est la Fin!). However, I find the full-AIPA hop treatment in this beer to be a bit overwhelming when matched up with the phenolic spiciness of the belgian yeast. It's as if these two tastes are battling it out in my mouth with my taste buds as the collateral damage.

I therefore find the drinkability quite low compared with the velvet-hammer approach of Piraat and the lower-key G.D. Belgica. Other than that I found the smell remarkably light given the sheer intensity of the tastes, though the mouthfeel/head/lacing are awesome. Nevertheless, paired with the right food this would be great, but just for sipping...no.

BIPA's are clearly a style that is trying to find its definition. I am not sure I've found what that is for me (not even Piraat quite does it and Belgica is a bit light/simple). Hopefully though, the full-on pairing of west-coast hops with a phenolic tripel will be dialed back to something more refined.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 20:44:24 | More by rahtobeer
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,808 ratings.