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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,798
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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Photo of aeminter


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very clean clear copper color with a thick white head.

The aroma is very fruity, floral and spicy with a clear hop note.

Wow, the hops just momentarily took my breath away. MMMM hoppy goodness. There is some malt to balance it all out, but this is predominantly hops and alcohol.
The body is good, the finish dry and the carbonation low

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 01:15:26 | More by aeminter
Photo of Nick3


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

Poured into my Rochefort chalice, beer forms a 2 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Apple juice golden in color with some lacing, beer looks enticing. Nose is yeasty with notes of banana, clove, hops, and pine trees. Hops are mellowed well on the forefront by the malt but the hops kick in big time in the finish and linger in mouth for a while. Taste like a Tripel until the finish when it transforms into a strong IPA. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy, very nice. I appreciated the uniqueness of this "combo" styled beer. I typically don't enjoy Tripels or IPAs too much but thought this one was pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 04:58:37 | More by Nick3
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

I had gotten this twice in the past but never reviewed it. Decided to open it up last night and see what it was all about. Served cold and poured into a couple pint glasses, this one was consumed on 04/12/2009.

The pour was nice, very light in color with a good clarity to it. This led me to be able to see the streams of carbonation that were rising up from the bottom of the glass effortlessly. A nice light and white head came up over the top and settled down to about two inches before really faded away to just a broken crown after a space of two minutes or so. The aroma was light, hints of light coriander and peach were the most prominent, followed by a very nice touch of light grass in the finish. Quite complex and very well done I have to admit. The flavor was crisp, cleaning, light and very easy to drink, especially early in the session. Just the lightest amount of spice kicking up toward the finish, but a generally very light, and very flavorful profile. Smooth and easy, I had no issue with this nice hopped up Saison.

Overall I would definitely drink this one again. Very solid and very much a nice beer, that drinks much lower then its ABV would suggest.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 00:32:12 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice beer. A tripel mixed with IPA, eh? That's about right, although I think the Belgian-ish-ness overpowers the IPA-ish-ness.

A nice pour, cloudy golden, vibrant brew with one heckuva pillow head. Chunkiness and lacing are very nice.

Strong floral and citrus zest develop in the nose, tingly. Coriander and some hints of pine are detected at the end of a good whiff. Lemony perhaps a bit, without the bite.

Tingly feeling as the sip starts. Mixed malt citrus calm down the acidity feeling, and the yeast is soft. Slightly sour on the back sides of the tongue, gives it a crisp sensation.
This is a nice beer. I'm not a tripel fan per se, but this is very good. The rather large bottle was easy to finish, and the abv was not noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 08:03:35 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of wchesak

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served out of a bomber into Allagash tulip

A - golden, slightly hazy, a little more than 2 fingers worth of nice fluffy white head, instantly leaves lace as it gradually dissipates

S - not too much smell too it really besides some citrus hops and belgian yeast that is very minimal

T - starts like a Cali IPA and ends like a belgian tripel...finish is very dry, and you also get a faint hint of the alcohol

M - good carbonation and dry like it should be

D - love this combination, Green Flash did a great job accentuating the distinct flavors of the two types of beer while at the same time allowing them to complement each other

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 23:01:59 | More by wchesak
Photo of ReDave


3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy cloudy orange amber yellow, with a large fluffy white head.

Aroma was pretty limited, either it was me or something, but i couldn't detect much.

First sip.... interesting spices..
then... hops... mmm different than some other Belgian IPA's I've had. more spices, more hops..

also, can taste and feel the alcohol...

nice sticky lace down the side of the glass.

Some build up of hop flavors. nice

I like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 03:17:19 | More by ReDave
Photo of willjschmidt


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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Bright golden color with a huge white head.

S: American hops with some spicy Belgian yeast mixed in.

T: An excellent medley of american floral and citrus hops mixed with some spicy Belgian yeast. Probably the best of these "West Coast IPA / Belgian IPA's" that I've had.

M: High carbonation, a bit dry.

D: Very drinkable, especially for the high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 15:37:34 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of Hautacam


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

Slight haze , golden , with a foamy lacing head.
Smells like hay and herbal hops.
The taste reminds me a lot of Schneider -Brooklyner Hopfenweiss; the German version. Earthy, funky, grassy , wheaty, with some Belgian characteristics....a hint of bubblegum, some raw spiciness ...and quite bitter, especially at the end....bordering on harsh.
Body is medium and the carbonation just right.
A very nice hoppy hybrid.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 19:45:54 | More by Hautacam
Photo of Vancer


2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The start is off on the right foot - a hazy amber orange with a real rocky top white head, plenty of sheet lacing in the Corsendonk tulip. Tons O' yeasties on the bottle bottom.

Great aroma of a musty, funky brew with plenty of Belgium yeast kicking into the mix.

But the taste? WOW, major let down. An astringent taste of orange and citrus, sweet start and sour finish - only a bit of sweet Belgium candy cane saves this at all. This combination does not work well at all. Finish is dry and burning with the alcohol. Funny how sometimes one does not taste a beer the same as the majority.

I'm passing on this one, a one and done beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 20:16:39 | More by Vancer
Photo of Pagzzz


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

22 Oz. Bottle

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Demonstrates some nice legs.

Aroma: Light sweet maltiness, with a kiss of light caramel. Lightly citrusy and spicy belgian ester profile. Citrus hops blend nicely, but don't seem IPA like. Overall balance is closer to a tripel with a little more hop character.

Flavor: Nice mellow hop bitterness thats nice, but doesn't detract from light malt sweetness. Spicy phenolics are crisp with some citrus character. Fruitiness blends well with the earthy and citrus hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little fuller than I would have expected for a tripel, but in line with an IIPA. Impacts the drinkability some, along with some hot alcohols, but a good bottle to split with someone.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 04:47:56 | More by Pagzzz
Photo of MasterSki


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopsleeroy for one of these - took me long enough to open it up, so it might be a little less hoppy than others have observed. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - One finger of late-rising eggshell foam with solid retention and lacing. Hazy golden orange with a nice glow to it, and streams of tiny bubbles racing to the top. I wish there was a touch more volume on this one.

S - A nice mixture of Belgian yeast and all that it entails (banana, bubblegum), citrus-y hops with a lemon zest punch, and a touch of caramel malt. I think the yeastiness is a little too present, but otherwise it's rich, complex, and potent.

T - Dry, slightly champagne-like quality, with plenty of fresh citrus and grassy hops. There's quite a bit of hop bitterness at the top of the palate and in the aftertaste, where it is joined by a hint of peppery spice. The yeast is significantly more subdued, and this allows more fruit flavors to emerge - Gala apple, lemon, grapefruit, maybe a touch of pear. The taste is wonderful, but the aftertaste is less pleasant, and brings it down a touch.

M - Lots of carbonation - probably a little too much even for the style. Very light and thin-bodied. It enters the mouth crisp and dry, yet manages to leave a ton of residual sticky resins.

D - Even though this tastes terrific, it has all the things I DON'T equate with drinkability. High carbonation, a strange and bitter aftertaste, and high ABV. It's going to be a challenge to consume all 22oz on my own (although I will succeed!). This beer would be much better off in 12oz bottles or on-tap.

A great American take on the Belgian IPA - up there with Houblon Chouffe.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 03:10:25 | More by MasterSki
Photo of AltBock


4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a cool modern art painting of a San Diego beach. Over the painting is the name of the beer, a short description of the beer, and the ABV%. To the far right of the label is the mandatory US information. I've never seen a Green Flash bottle with any kind of date on it and "Le Freak" is no different.

Appearance: It seemed fitting to pour "Le Freak" into my Chimay Chalice. I'm sure the glass helped it out a little bit, but it was mostly the beer that made "Le Freak" eye candy! It poured an impressive hazy and bright golden tangerine orange with a small glimmer of sunshine yellow at the bottom of the beer. If the color doesn't impress you, then the head of foam will. Upon pour, this beer had a beautiful 1 to 1 1/2 inch silky head of white foam. It was one of those long lasting heads of foam. The only time it receded was when liquid was removed from underneath the head of foam. When it did recede, it left behind milky white streaks all along the edge of the glass. It was indeed a top notch appearance!

Smell: The aroma of "Le Freak" was on the citrusy side of things. No malts were ever found in the aroma. It was just a hardcore citrus aroma. The aroma was very citrusy with lemon peel, a splash of orange peel, tart grapefruit, and tart lemons. Not only were there citrus fruits, but also some exotic fruits like the mango and the pineapple. Even the hops couldn't get away from being citrus based. If you take all of these citrus aroma I described and rolled them into a ball and then put this citrus ball on a bed of pine needles, you'll get the same aroma that "Le Freak" has.

Taste: The label said it was a cross between an Imperial Pale Ale and a Belgian Triple. They weren't joking! The taste was Imperial Pale Ale first and then Triple second. The taste wasn't going to mess around. It kicked off dry and hoppy with dried and bitter citrus hops. It had a relatively high hop content. You could actually taste the hops gather strength. The hops started off mild and then peaked at a high medium level. The taste was a very hops short of becoming hugely hopped. Among with the citrus hops were a few citrus fruits, a dash of pine, and a slight touch of yeast. There weren't as many citrus fruit in the taste as there was in the aroma. Hope you like citrus flavors when you drink this beer.

Mouthfeel: This was a medium to full bodied beer that featured a full flavored hoppy aftertaste of bitter citrus hops, a splash of lemon peel, a hint of tart grapefruit, and a load of pine needles. This aftertaste will linger on the surface of your tongue for a good 20 minutes. You better keep your eyes on this beer because it's one of those sneaky beers. You can't feel the alcohol content till the last drop of beer is gone.

Drinkability: I have had this beer on cask and in a bottle. Let me tell you that any version of this beer is delicious. While the aroma was hooked on the citrus and exotic fruits, the taste was concentrating on the bitter citrus hops. "La Freak" is Freakishly delicious! One bottle of this fine beer will not last long. If you can find it, good for you! Hope you enjoy it!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 18:51:55 | More by AltBock
Photo of Keith238

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into snifter. Golden/honey color with tight lacing around the glass.

Very nice combination of styles here. Scent brings plenty of fruity notes and spices that I can't quite place. Very hoppy yet biscuity with a dry finish. Moderately carbonated and not too over the top on alcohol makes for an easy to drink, very tasty Le Freak.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 00:47:50 | More by Keith238
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Emerges clear and golden bronze in color with a large, dense and rocky, stiff white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. The head susides into a cloudy like, meringue topping.

Aroma is floral hoppy with a touch of mustiness. Spicy corriander and yeast as well as some candi sugar. A touch of medicinal aroma found in a homebrew I once did; band aid like.

Flavor is in your face hoppiness. Fruity and earthy with a ton of yeastiness, white pepper spice, and a touch of orange and lemon peel. Quite spicy and quite bitter.

A touch thin but I really dig the hop bitterness. Finishes stark dry and completely pallate cleansing. Quite refreshing. I should have bought more of these. I really liked this one. Certainly any hophead would love this as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 16:22:00 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of RedHaze


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MASPuros for the bottle.

Pours a very cloudy golden, almost wheat color, with a creamy two finger head. The foam sticks around for a very long time, leaving a thick sheeting of lace behind.

Smell; tone of tropical fruits, mangoes, pineapples, oranges and lemons. Some pepper and alcohol give a nice spiciness to the aroma, and some sweet caramel and candied sugar round out the nose.

Taste; those tropical fruits come through in the flavor as much as they did in the aroma. Pineapples, mangoes, oranges and lemons all make an appearance with the additions of some bananas. Through the middle a great spiciness with white pepper, cloves and alcohol. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, with caramel and a touch of candied sugar. Despite the sweetnes it actually comes off as a little dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 01:16:28 | More by RedHaze
Photo of tdawgydog

New York

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

The California hop addiction meets your favorite Belgian Trippel... The result is Le Freak.

Definitely a different take on your standard hopped up brew. Pours a dark copper and being unfiltered there is plenty of goodness at the bottom of the bottle. The flavor of hops is not lost amongst the smoothness of the trippel. Goes down extremely smooth, does not taste like a >9% abv beer. All of the beers that I have had from Green Flash have been well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 00:09:21 | More by tdawgydog
Photo of ckeegan04


4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Color is orange, with hints of brown. Big, foamy head that slowly fades leaving chunky lace on the glass. Very cloudy.

S - Big citrusy hops up front. Lots of grapefruit and a little lemon. A sweetness is present also with hints of banana. A light, peppery aroma lingers underneath.

T - Much more DIPA than Belgian Tripel. Citrusy bitterness initially that lasts through the entire drink. Not as mouth wasting as many DIPA's, but still very dominant. The Belgian yeast comes through mid-drink with hints of clove and banana. The entire beer is tied together by a nice, not to strong, sweetness. I would like a little more of the Belgian yeast to come through, but still very tasty.

M/D - Medium bodied and a little on the chewy side. The hop resins coat the mouth. Excellent carbonation and very easy drinking. The alcohol does provide a nice warming but is not too overpowering. Could be dangerous at 9%+.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 19:48:52 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of pinotboy007


3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful deep gold/amber and nice, puffy head that descended slowly to a collar. Nice lacing and a strong carbo-stream.

S - Raw honey with freshly cut, wet grass.

T - The bitterness detracts from what might have been a superior offering. It's hard to get past the artichoke stem-like bitterness. That said, there's some alluring spices and a nice raw honey element in the mix but the alcohol on the back end subdues it. Pity.

M - Nice carbonation and decent creaminess make you strive for more but . . . .

D - The alcohol is over the top but I can see swirling this down with hop heads on a warm, sunny deck somewhere. This might work with mussels.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 22:35:12 | More by pinotboy007
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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

22oz bottle at 55 degress.

Pours clear gold with a two inch mass of white froth into the tulip glass. The whipped head slowly settles into rocky seafoam with a coned center. After the first few sips the head sinks to reveal a solid skim coat on the surface as well as plenty of torn curtains of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of spice, cloves, and earthy hops. Cut grass, white pepper, coriander, bubblegum, sugar-dusted cloves, and a hint of lemon zest. Pungent and floral.

Light bodied with a crisp, sharpish mouthfeel. Effervescent for sure.

A firm, drying bitterness and spicey hops start the palate. The bitterness builds quickly and joins with a bite of peppercorn, followed by citrus-spritzed cut grass. Throat-prickling heat steps forward as well as grapefruit pith and bitter greens. A trace of sweet, biscuity malt trys to pull through.

Finishes with a lingering peppery bite, massive bitterness, and a hint of mustard seed. A hint of light residuals and dandelion greens as an afterthought.

What a massive interpretation of a Belgian IPA. The spicing, hopping, and warming alcohol are almost over the top. A real sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 22:07:31 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of TheBlackMallard


3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PEBKAC for this, it was on my wants forever.

Pours a golden orange with a rocky white head.

Smell: Lemons, Pine, Yeast, Grapefruit, Oranges, and Pine.

Taste: Pepper, Lemon, Bread, and Apples. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice dry bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 02:11:05 | More by TheBlackMallard
Photo of nick76


3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very hoppy with citrus and grass. It's also got fruit and malt. The appearance is hazy gold with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma and rather bitter. The palate is thin but smooth. Overall it's decent but a little to astringent.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 10:22:37 | More by nick76
Photo of JoeBloe

New York

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

from a 22oz bomber into a stella artois 40cl glass ( at least they make good glassware) - pours real nice - that nice hazy tangerine color with a proper head that leaves good lacing down the glass -
noticing some yeast sediment swirling up from the bottom of the bottle - smells nice, good hop aroma - tastes real good - quite complex, none of it off-putting - better on the 2nd glass, as it had warmed a bit, also more bready notes(due to more yeast content towards the bottom?) - very enjoyable - i got a good buzz off this - le freak!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 13:48:45 | More by JoeBloe
Photo of Haybeerman


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

A: Slightly hazy burnt orange color. Poured a 2 finger coarse tan head with fair retention. Laced in light rings. Lightly decanted continually.

S: big citrus hops up front. Light-colored fruits (banana and pear). Yeast notes and bready malts in the background. Very pleasantly complex in the nose as I'm sure there was more.

T: Almost a candy-like sweetness up fron that was surprising after the nose. Some orange and lemon citrus zest in the middle. Resiny bitter hops linger in the finish. Warming alcohol becomes more prominent as it warms.

M: Medium body. Carbonation brightens the feel by tickling the toungue. Warming alcohol dries the finish.

D: I sure liked this beer; like the label implied, trippel-meets-IPA. Its flavors and complexity seemed to ahnge with every swallow. The abv keeps it from being a sessionable - it turned me into a uni-bomber.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 15:54:18 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of dukew456


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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Duvel tulip.

Pours a bright honey-gold with a gorgeous one-finger head that sticks around, leaving lace throughout.

This smells "like a Belgian" in the sense that you pick up that sweet fruitiness with the barn funk in the background. However, a very faint hop aroma tries to peek through.

The theme of tripel up front, imp pale in the back continues with the taste, and it works wonderfully. I really like the fruity, yeasty Belgian tripel melding with a faint citrus hop bitterness. Unique, good stuff. The carbonation plays well with the viscosity, too.

Great beer, and now that I think about it, my first "Belgian IPA." I will definitely be seeking out more of this style, and this will be the bad boy that started me on them.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 02:41:17 | More by dukew456
Photo of DoubleJ


4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to raoulduke37 for buying this for me at Hi-Times a week ago. 22 ounce bottle with a colony of yeast found at the bottom. On to the beer:

Very cloudy and electric blonde on the pour, could be tangerine color. Two-fingers thick of creamy froathy head as it lands in my Stella Artois chalice. Good nose, mild on the power, some tart mango, horse blanket, and lemon rind. Fairly complex aroma, and I really dig it.

Clove and peppery spice knock on the palate in it's introduction. There's faint pineapple and bitter grapefruit rinds making a pleasant bitter flavor. Echoes of fresh sqeezed mango. Spearmint, aspirin, and medicinal qualities linger on in the aftertaste. Medium-heavy feel, not too hevay for me, somewhat silky texture with a tickle of carbonation.

Just what I would want in a Belgian IPA. A break from the easily accessible San Diego hop bombs.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 04:54:11 | More by DoubleJ
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,798 ratings.