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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,966
Reviews: 694
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 95
Gots: 167 | FT: 1
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 Viggo
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!

Viggo, Oct 04, 2010
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

LtCracker20, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
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.

codewarrior, Sep 25, 2010
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.

msmezher, Sep 23, 2010
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.

jrallen34, Sep 23, 2010
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.

SolomonGrundy, Sep 22, 2010
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

DaveJanssen, Sep 19, 2010
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.

rahtobeer, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of klikger
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber (courtesy of cmswoboda - thanks again!) served in a Goose Island IPA tulip

A - Amber-orange and cloudy with a large white head which dissipates slowly, leaving behind excellent lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, lemon, grapefruit, and floral hops

T - The yeasts are apparent from the second it touches the tongue, but they never become too much. Citrus fruits - orange, lemon, and grapefruit - make up the next section and are joined by subtle notes of vanilla and oak. A blast of caramel and floral hops finish this one off, resulting in a sublimely sweet/bitter end.

M - Lively, good carbonation, and nice body - thick & complex without being too syrupy.

D - For what it is - a nearly 10% blend of a tripel and a west coast IPA - this is pretty drinkable.

This beer is an interesting mix of flavors...hoppy enough to satisfy the heads, with a fair amount of Belgian yeast and even certain barleywine-esque notes. Not sure how many other beers would fit a new category, but this is a Belgian DIPA for sure. I'm very glad I got to try this and will look forward to cracking another one open when the opportunity presents itself.

klikger, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Whole Foods-Arroyo Prkwy Pasadena,Calif

Poured a dark golden color into tulip glass. About a 1" head with lots of bubbles. Smell of citrus off the glass. First taste of a Belgian trippel hits the tastebuds. The mouthfeel is a nice Belgian trippel taste then goes a little sweet on the backend. Good drinkability as the different styles of Belgian trippel and IPA mixes together. I can taste the two styles together. Very interesting.

Westsidebuddha, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of dbossman
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light brown-sun tea colored with a thick, foamy head; lacing is okay

S: Grainy and yeasty with a floral and citrus hop presence

T: Lots of floral graininess; earthy, yeasty--some citrus; also a touch of biting alcohol

F: Good mouth feel--a touch thin but it does sit on the sides of the mouth pleasantly

D: A good, drinkable, interesting beer--a nice marriage of the Belgian and American styles

dbossman, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy bright orange with big foamy off-white head with good retention and lacing. Floral,earthy yeast aromas. Big yeasty belgian sweetness upfront immediately followed by big alpha hop bitterness. Flavors of light pepper and pine with a light alcohol finish with a long bitter linger. Smooth mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

This is a very bold belgian IPA. Hardy flavors from top to bottom and throughout the entire bottle. A fine pairing with Youth in Revolt considering Michael Cera is certainly a freak.

Bfarr, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sent to me by AleWatcher in the Blind Beers BIF. Reviewed totally blind.

Blind beer #2 is meant for a goblet, so right off the bat Im thinking something Belgian.

A- A bright gold orange beer with a pretty deep haze. Nice white head hangs around for a while leaving soapy lace.

S- Fruits drift around the room. Strong pine and pineapple with a clearly Belgian yeast. Lots of spice and light fruits. A kind of odd hairspray like smell. Im thinking super hoppy tripel at this point.

T- Chalky and earthy yeast, green apple, bitter pine and grapefruit rind. Very hoppy.

M- Sharp carbonation and lingering bitterness.

D- I can feel the alcohol, it seems to be right around the same as blind beer #1 was so about 10% Im guessing.


MbpBugeye, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a nice slightly hazy golden color with a small white head that starts sticking to the glass. Nose is similar to Raging Bitch or Hugh Malone, it's got a sort of tipel nose from the yeast, but then a nice hoppy/fruit note that's very nice as well.

Mmm, this is pretty "freaky", it's quite different from other Belgian IPAs that I've had. It's got a nice funk to it, maybe it's bret? It's certainly well hopped, it's got a very nice bitter bite to it that really holds onto your palate for a while. Even though Green Flash is known for their west coast hoppiness (see Imperial IPA, West Coast IPA), it's got a different hop character to it. It is aggressive but it's also a bit floral and delicate, maybe it's the hops but it could just be the combo with the yeast. Aftertaste is a bit astringent and grainy, also somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel is a bit small for a Belgian, It says on the label that it's a "trippel" but it doesn't have that huge full mouthfeel that I love in Westmalle tripel, and other similar Belgian tripels. Not saying that it's bad it's just a bit light which makes it perhaps a bit more drinkable.

Considering this is such an odd hybrid style and that it's 9.2%, this is a damn drinkable beer. It's got a nice Belgian floral bite to it, and a really good Belgian character with a little bit of funk, it combines for a very beer-geek-centric flavor profile that's really enjoyable. I think I paid $10 for this, and it's worth the price.

kingcrowing, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of JDH2000
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into an Ommegang Three Philosophers chalice.

A- rich golden color with about a finger and a half of head that lasts throughout the drink.

S- Floral and citrus notes give way to spices and more earthy scents. Light malt behind the hops.

T- The hops and bitterness is nicely balanced by the Belgian side of things--the candied sugar, spices, and Belgian Yeast.

M- The 9.2 ABV has a warming effect almost immediately. Nice carbonation throughout. Has the feel of a typical tripple, but not with the sweet or heaviness.

D- Overall pretty good. Has the feel of a typical Tripel, but not with the sweet or heaviness.

JDH2000, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of OskarL
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a steady stream of carbonation. The head has good retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

Aroma is full of citrus hops, spices (corriander) and yeast.

Taste is also a lot of citrus hops, spices (corriander, pepper), earthyness, a tartness, yeast and warming alcohol. Finishes with orange zest like bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, full body and a dry finish.

OskarL, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of Brez07
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottled poured into a 25cl Allagash glass

A: Cloudy golden orange that leaves a 1/2 finger white head. Good retention as there was always a thin layer sitting at the top of the glass. Also left some scattered lacing (edit: second pour got 2 finger head and much more lacing)

S: Starts with some citrus, then comes bubblegum, coriander, peeper, hops and floral notes

T: Wow, the hops are much more pronounced that I expected. Kinda caught me off guard. That's not to say they dominate though. The usual triple qualities of belgian yeast, spice and candied sugar

M: Full bodied, nice active carbonation. Dry, spicey finish

D: Definitely an interesting take on the triple. The hops add a nice, crisp character and go nicely with the spice and candied sugar. Not overtly sweet but enough to notice. Would recommend this beer

Brez07, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber, Le Freak pours a rich golden hue with a modest, creamy head. Lacing was good.

Aroma has a big wallop of citric hoppiness followed by fruity esters and yeasty phenols.

The bitterness is large and in charge with this hybrid Tripel-DIPA. There's quite a bit of hop flavor as well-- mainly citrus, but also earthiness and spice. Speaking of spicy, this beer also has a lot of herbal Tripel goodness and spice, along with that classic Belgian butteriness found in many Trappist beers. However, the clove-like phenols might be a bit too much, especially when paired with DIPA characteristics. The mouthfeel was a high point: huge, fluffy and luscious.

Lives up to its billing as a freakish Tripel-DIPA hybrid, though I would not classify it as a Belgian IPA. It's too big.

dasenebler, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of drummstikk
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Le Freak's Belgian yeast character is nearly drowned out by intense English hop aroma. Strong alcohol and strong woody hops make me think of this beer more as an imperial bitter.

Smell is of wood and alcohol. Taste is a powerful drying effect from hops that probably include Fuggle, along with stiff caramel malts and a bitter alcohol backbone. Body is medium to full, but the beer finishes dry. If you're a Fuggle and Northern Brewer fan, line up for a romp through the woods.

drummstikk, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost clear light honey, lots of near white head, leaves slow. Some spotty cling lace.

S - Strong herbal, spicy and hoppy note. Malt in the background.

T - Taste follows smell. Lots of spice and hops.

M - Medium body, good carb, nice balance.

D - Unusual and fun to drink.

srandycarter, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of ABOWMan
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an awesome golden yellow color which was slightly cloudy from yeast sediment. One finger of cream colored, fine bubbled, head resulted from my pour which produced lacing on the walls of my tulip glass. So far, very typical of a high octane Belgian ale.

The aroma is fruity with a burst of floral hops.

The flavor is full and rich. Ripe fruit, malt, bubble gum, piny hops all of which resulted in a perfect balance of bitter/sweet in this Belgian style ale.

The mouthfeel is rich and full on your palate yet refreshing because of the ample amount of hop bite.

Drinkability, despite this ales high abv, is great given it wonderful balanced flavor.

ABOWMan, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of MenloBeer
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy orange-gold, with a big head that sticks around with about a finger of foam. Good lacing on the glass.

S: The candy sugars came at me first right out of the bottle, followed closely by citrus and distinct hop bitter aromas. There's a hint of malty sweetness in there, too.

T: Very unique. From the smell you expect a big Belgian sweet beer, true to the Tripel designation. However, what you get is a lot more complex. Bitter hop notes, but balanced very well by malt. An interesting beer and an unusual style.

M: Not too heavy, but the maltiness gives it some heft on the palate. Not very slick, but the bitter hop notes hang around.

D: If you like bitter beers, you'll like this. It has everything an American IPA should have, plus some malts that you wouldn't get otherwise. This is kind of a beer lover's beer in that way. If you just wanted a mondo-bitter IPA, it doesn't fit the bill. Likewise, if you wanted a classic Tripel, you'll also be disappointed. Wanna try something new? You'll like this. 9%+ ABV makes it a bit hairy, though.

MenloBeer, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of diddly
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber

Nice creamy head. Pours a cloudy amber. You can definitely tell there's something different about this one, but it's tough to tell exactly what the combo is without knowing - I think it's easier to pick out the IPA than the other half. I definitely got the hops, but basically simultaneous with a ton of other flavors and aromas. The beer also seems to have some sour elements to it.

I enjoyed it, but probably wouldn't order it again.

diddly, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from undated notes.

The pour resulted in a big, yellowish-tan head with outstanding retention. Color was a very cloudy deep-apricot. Nose had an odd yeast-driven earthiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a strong sourness, undoubtedly borne of the yeast that wormed its way through the liquid. Extreme? No doubt! IIPA and Trippel? I would not have guessed without cheating up. It was quite sour, especially on the finish. I did not feel that it was the sume of its parts, although mine was definitely the minority opinion on this occasion. I even thought it compared to a saison.

woodychandler, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber.

Pours a nice yellow-orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, wheat, and alcoholic esters.

Taste is big, bold, and as expected - the combination of piney hops, citrus, and a touch of caramel from the imperial pale ale blend with candy sugar, wheat, and stone fruit from the trippel, carrying with it a wallop of alcoholic slickness.

A slow sipper, this one knocks your mouth out on first punch and keeps coming. Delicious, but I can't imagine drinking more than half a bomber.

RockyTopHeel, Jul 15, 2010
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,966 ratings.