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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,869
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 85
Gots: 140 | 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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Sanford

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

One of my favorite beers is Houblon Chouffe Tripel, Double IPA. Le Freak should be right up my alley. From the first pour it is a cloudy orange with a nice rocky looking head. Pretty nice lacing is left along with some little Islands of foam. Others write about pineapple and other specific fruits...I smell fruit...and sweetness, (can you smell swetness?), and Belgian...Belgium...a tripel maybe. I don't smell hops. Others have written that Le Freak is like an American Dbl. IPA made with a Belgian yeast. I disagree. I think that it is a good blend of two distinct styles. For me it is like a tripel that is hopped very agressively (DUH). But, unlike a Dbl. IPA the aroma is very Belgian (yeast and fruit), and the sweetness doesn't seem to be purely malt driven...candy sugar. I am enjoying Le Freak, but...no, no buts...but, but, I am a bit confused. Le Freak is a Cali Double IPA/Belgian Trippel "Extreme ale converging San Diego-style imperial pale and Belgian-style trippel". I get the Belgian Trippel, but the imperial pale ale, though not lost on me, seems subdued. Don't get me wrong, there is considerable hop bitternes...lingering bitterness, but no hop aroma or flavor. Finally, Le Freak is quite drinkable. I like the roundness of the mouthefeel with the subtle sparkle of carbonation.

06-12-2009 02:28:50 | More by Sanford
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

A- With the yeast sediment from the bottom of the bottle, it is hazy and peach orange. Without it, it is clear and light amber. The head is impressive and pillowy for such a high ABV% and leaves pretty lacing.

S- Big smell of clean, bitter, floral hops and some caramel on top of an intoxicating smell of tropical fruits like pineapple and coconut.

T- Lots of bitter on the tongue and very complex on top of that. This beer is hard to pick apart, and I like that. Noticeable flavor comes from malt, hops, yeast, alcohol, and even water. Malt is light wheat bread and caramel. Hops are citric and floral. Yeast is fruity and funky.

M- Very substantial with the sediment. Full-bodied yet smooth and drinkable. Carbonation is effervescent and silky.

D- Damn exquisite and damn smooth. The artwork on the label confuses the sh*t out of me but I have a great time drinking the contents.

06-06-2009 00:52:35 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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zeff80

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Poured out a somewhat hazy, golden orange color with a thick, off-white, thick, three-finger head of foam.

S - It smelled spicy, yeasty and quite fruity.

T - It tasted very fruity, like pineapple. Also, sweet caramel maltiness with a spicy yeasty flavor.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is a very tasty brew. I'd like to try many more brews from Green Flash.

06-04-2009 19:16:59 | More by zeff80
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williamherbert

New York

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%

Pours a clear golden color into a chalice. Champagne-like bubbles. Pure white head that lasts about 4-5 minutes.

The smell is the spicy blast of a funky Belgian Tripel. Heavy, flowery perfume of a strong hop. Like a tripel crossed with a pilsner (as opposed to an IPA).

The taste is, first, a major alcohol burn, which I don't feel this beer needs. It overshadows the bitter wood hops, perfume and bubblegum. A major, brutal flavor; not unpleasant but hugely strong. Heavy acidic qualities.

Creamy and fizzy on the palate. Burns on the way down. A big, fiery concoction. One glass is about all I can handle.

05-29-2009 23:49:29 | More by williamherbert
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tjsprague

California

4.65/5  rDev +15.7%

The beer is a wonderful light golden color with a foamy white head on top.

The smell is very Belgian with a sweetness and a bit of malt.

The flavor is all west coast IPA. Except at the end there is a taste of the Belgian sweetness. It is remarkable how well they have managed to blend these two styles. There is a slightly hoppy, bitter beer at the front and a nice Belgian sweetness at the end.

The mouthfeel is great. Imagine a nice thick hoppy IPA that finishes slightly sweet so you don't have that lingering thickness in your mouth.

This is a truly wonderful beer. I have been burned out on IPAs and this has made the difference. A great combination of two worlds. I had the Stone Cali-Belgian but this beats it hands down. I can't recommend it enough.

05-23-2009 04:26:20 | More by tjsprague
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours into my tulip glass golden with a pink hue. Large rocky frothy off white head surges, falls and leaves sheaths of lace

Scent is fruity, sweet and heady. grapefruit hops. tropical fruits.

taste is similar. sweet citrus and tropical fruit. pineapple, grapefruit, mango. there's a subtle pine flavor that comes out here and there. honey and toasty bread. lightly sour and musty flavors. spicy notes. can discern white pepper but not sure what else. definitely has aspects of both an American IPA and a Belgian ale. Nice bitter finish.

Mouth is a coating medium. Juicy on the sides of the tongue and dryly bitter with a slight warming in the throat.

Drinkability is very good and high abv is hidden well.

Wasn't sure what to expect from a hybrid IPA / Belgian style beer but the end result is absolutely delicious. Lots going on but still manages to be relatively subtle and very easy to drink.

05-22-2009 02:35:28 | More by sethmeister
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Lightly smoky apricot with bright lemon peel trim. Active carbonation feeds the underside of a firmly creamy, yellowed ivory cap that becomes gently rocky while melting. Squiggles of soapy lace do a pretty good job of covering the sides of the glass.

Le Freak is essentially an American Double IPA that uses a Belgian yeast strain. The GFBC brewers used their house yeast as well. The hops are 100% red-white-and-blue: Summit and Nugget, dry-hopped with Amarillo. The nose features mostly pale malt, an enjoyable orange citrusiness and a whiff of Belgian spiciness that I hope is much more prominent on the palate.

This is a pretty good American-brewed version of one of my favorite styles, but it doesn't even sniff the world's best. There's too much DIPA and not enough tripel for the marriage to be an entirely successful one. A little too much unmasked alcohol doesn't help, although it's already fading some with time and warming.

Green Flash must not be in possession of the world's most outstanding Belgian yeast strain because their Trippel doesn't make the grade. Maybe that's where they should start if they decide to make changes to this offering. There are a boatload of alpha acids zipping about, with white grapefruit pith, bitter orange rind and bitter grasses delivering the bulk of the hop flavor.

White pepper and ground clove put a spicy kick on the tail end of each mouthful, which is probably my favorite portion of the ever-changing flavor arc. Sugary sweetness lingers, which brings things together pretty well in the end. It's a shame that this review focuses on the negatives more than the positives, because I'm enjoying this big bruiser. It's just that I'd like it to be great rather than merely good.

It's no surprise that the mouthfeel is more akin to an American DIPA than a Belgian ale of any stripe. Since I love full, sticky and lush (in most cases), I'm fully onboard. One might even say that the mouthfeel is LF's finest feature. Even the lightly prickly carbonation works, given the beer's overall aggressiveness.

When cracking the crown on a bomber of Le Freak, don't expect a freakishly delicious Belgian IPA. This is, however, a worthwhile purchase for anyone who likes both American hops and Belgian yeast. It helps if you like big beer enough to forgive some of its excesses.

05-16-2009 20:40:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a hint of orange; the foamy head retains nicely but failed to deposit very much lace

Smell: Lots of citrus and a quick whiff fails to detect anything else; sniff for a while, though, and you can pick up the yeasty phenols

Taste: Biscuity, at first, with a growing pineapple citrusy/pithy bitterness; by mid-palate, the peppery phenols start to kick in, with clove in the mix, as well; after the swallow, the bitter citrus and peppery clove flavors combine into a lengthy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a bit of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A real tug of war on the palate, and that ultimately limits its drinkability; I liked it, at first, but then struggled with it the more I had

05-15-2009 23:57:28 | More by brentk56
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Beautiful golden, copper color, crystal clear liquid topped with 3 inches of stark white head. Retention was quite good with the head falling slowly to an unbelievably tall ¾ inch crown that persisted for the entire glass. The lacing was outrageously good coating the entire glass where the head receded.

Incredibly strong aroma, was immediately apparent upon popping the cap. The aroma is like clove studded citrus fruit. Lots of cloves. Orange, lemon and grapefruit. Leafy green hops. Caramel malt and bready malts.

Initial flavor is bready and sweet caramel malts. This is followed up by a big punch of cloves. After this a huge whap of bitterness comes with hints of leafy green hops and grapefruit pith. Fruit is layered through the entire flavor profile, from grapefruit to blood oranges to pineapple and other tropical fruit notes. There are also momments of peppery spiciness. The finish is a long brash bitterness combined with a dryness that really begs you to take the next sip.

Medium body is back by a very creamy body. This creaminess is cut by a very zingy, crisp carbonation formed by very small bubbles.

This is very good Belgian IPA. I could easily have several glasses of this.

Thanks For Reading

05-13-2009 02:02:05 | More by jackorain
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Pear nose. Flavor is sweet and sour pear and grapefruit. Not bad but not a Belgian trippel. High ABV is hidden. $9.95 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

05-09-2009 22:19:19 | More by jdhilt
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry citrusy hops. Taste is also dominated by dry citrusy hops with a lightly sweet malt body. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no sign of alcohol. Very well done with great balanced between hoppy notes and malt; some more fruity ester would have brought this to another level.

05-08-2009 02:27:23 | More by Phyl21ca
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

Great beer, great name.
Pours a very hazy light chestnut amber, with a tan head that really puffs up.

Aroma is packed with some belgian yeast flavors, a bit barnyard/bandaid, but otherwise pretty clean. Orange and clove spiciness and some good strong hops. Some candy molasses or ripe fruit sweetness.

Powdery mouthfeel with bitter alcohol fusals. Some serious gerianol and indole going on in here, strong floral geranium, jasmine, and slightly skunky. It's complex, with good unique characteristics, so it's getting points for that. The abv is higher than I would like, the 22 is gonig to be shared with friends, or i'll get bored (and drunk) with it.

05-07-2009 02:00:53 | More by SurlyDuff
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FishGetter

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

Searved in a tulip. Pale yellow with slight haze. Thick frothy head expiring quickly leaving sticky heavy lacing on glass.
Distinctive Belgin yeast aroma. Cloves with mild grassy hints. Slight wheat and citrus hops round out nose of beer. Great diversity!
Suttle hints of pear at first drink. Grapefruit flavored resins push through. Finished with spicy clove flavors. Runs the gammet of sweet to slight bitter to spicy.
Medium bodied, oily hop resins cling to mouth.
At 9.2 ABV, this is a real sleeper! Grapefruit resins do a great job of taming alcohol content.

05-06-2009 00:46:23 | More by FishGetter
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BeerStine

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

An aggressive pour produces a thick off white head with a cloudy copper completion. It leaves a stick lacing as the beer goes down. Smells is balanced with oranges and tangerines representing the hops and a biscuits for the malts. Taste is much like the smell: fruity hops and Carmel malts. Mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation. Drinkability is good - I could definitely drink a few of these.

Overall a solid beer. Glad I tried it.

05-03-2009 03:47:33 | More by BeerStine
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Thanks, jnn4v!

Pours a golden color with two fingers of thick foam. Pretty good retention, lots of lacing.

Very nice yeasty/hoppy aroma. Cool blend of distinctly Belgian yeast and West Coast DIPA hoppy bitterness.

Taste is very interesting, to say the least. Sweet, spicy, fruity, bitter. There's a whole lot going on here. The hops dominate, but, after all, it's a Tripel/Imperial IPA. The citrus character of the hops plays really nicely off the sweetness and spice of the yeast. Piney finish.

Full, rich body. Smooth drinker. Appropriate level of carbonation. Crisp. Dry pine finish. Very interesting, and very tasty.

05-02-2009 02:53:31 | More by Gyle41386
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Seanibus

California

4.93/5  rDev +22.6%

This was the best beer I have had in a long, long time. I went into it knowing nothing about it - pure experiment. I poured it at the end of the evening, as I settled in to watch TV. And nearly two hours later, I realized I was still nursing it, unwilling to let it go. And when it was gone, I missed it. When I woke up, I thought about it.

I had a crush on this beer.

Pours a sunny orange with a fluffy white head and a torrent of carbonation. Aroma is grainy and phenolic, light orange zest, clean and malty. Flavor is rich and citric, with a tang of orange, clove and allspice and a surprising and uncharacteristically deep bitterness, a slight metallic bite, but balanced by a clean, musky malty bite. Mouthfeel is buttery and rich, accentuating the bitterness. The best part is the delicious deep abiding bitterness, that clings to the back of the tongue.

A must try.

05-02-2009 01:21:38 | More by Seanibus
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +9%

A great brew!
Poured a nice golden color with a nice white head. Nose is hoppy, citrusy, floral. Taste was great from beginning to endwith citrusy hops up front, sweetness in the end. ABV was well hidden and this beer is so easily drinkable its no even funny. Best Belgian IPA I have had to date.

04-30-2009 03:47:24 | More by barleywinefiend
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear orange body for the first few draws from the bottle with each additional pour the beer turns hazy until the last 2 glasses are murky. There is a slow dense carbonation of microbubbles supporting antique white head that last for a good bit.

S- The perfumed smell of green hops is followed by a soft honey sweetness that turns into more of an enamel paint aroma as the beer warms. The bright hop finish has a tarragon quality and a nice green herbal finish.

T- The big green earthy hop flavor has a light soapy flavor to it with a dandelion flower and orange rind flavor to follow. There is a dandelion milk bitterness that finishes the beer and also lingers a moment after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a tight fizz finish. No alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer is a bit like the husky kid at his first school dance. Some parts are really good but the big dandelion bitterness steps on everyone's toes and there isn't that much depth or complexity noticed.

04-22-2009 13:47:37 | More by rhoadsrage
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thryn

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

A beautiful golden color into my St. Bernardus goblet, with a finger of fluffy white head and carbonation that just won't quit. I suspect if I had a tulip I would have gotten a really nice head. Note to self -- get a damn tulip! It leaves *gorgeous* lace. ... Pouring the second half of the bomber, ALL the yeast was there. So the first half was crystal gold -- the second half is very cloudy amber. Still beautiful, and a lot more head in pour 2.

The nose is super interesting! Forward grassy hops, some honey-sweetness, spice character and some funky sourness.

The taste follows. All that is there -- the bold, forward hop character, the warm sweet honey and spice, the funky sour finish, a bitter aftertaste. Lots of grass. It doesn't come together *quite* as well as it does in the nose, but it's still damned good.

Mouthfeel is light but creamy, with the carbonation staying in the background.

Drinkability is good, but not great simply because this is a strange beer. Still, I am *really* glad I picked this one up. I'd definitely grab it again given the chance.

04-21-2009 05:50:21 | More by thryn
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scootny

New York

4.38/5  rDev +9%

A honeyed amber that starts out with a light cloudiness but as I work through the bottle becomes it opaque. A big head and very good lacing. Carbonation is visible but not so much as to draw attention to itself.

Smell is your first hint of what is in store for your drinking pleasure. You can smell the distinct components. A full Belgian Tripel and an American IPA. Big honey and malt with Belgian candi sugar. A huge hoppiness that blend sublimely with the tripel. A largish alcohol facet mixed in as well.

Taste is perfect. Just like the nose. A firm Tripel that supports an aggressive hop profile. Huge hoppiness is multifaceted and complex with all the usual suspects. Citrus and pine. Grapefruit in abundance. Balance provided by a large Belgian malt sweetness and thick honey like component. A resinous and oily mouthfeel is kept in check by a Belgian malt based weight and liquid velvet carbonation.

It is so easy to quaff this stuff it ought to be illegal. While aggressive and strong it nonetheless displays a balance that allow a free spirited and unrestrained sessioning. Let the drinker beware!!

Much love to WasTrikenSie for this one ! A great beer.

04-18-2009 03:36:08 | More by scootny
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MiScusi

California

4.83/5  rDev +20.1%

Poured into a tulip, pours a clear golden orange with a big fluffy rocky head with great retention. The smell is so unique, much more so than any other Belgian style IPA i've had. The yeast phenols explode out of the glass but don't contribute a huge earthiness or funk, it more combines with the abundant hop aroma to produce something really unique, that I don't even know if I have a descriptor for. Sometimes I feel like I smell orange, sometimes there just seems to be hints of banana and other yeast products. The taste is just the same. Citrusy at times, yeasty at others, sometimes both. Just an excellent beer that I really enjoy more than the Houblon Chouffe Doublon to be honest.

04-17-2009 23:49:19 | More by MiScusi
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aeminter

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

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

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

California

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +5%

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.

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

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

04-07-2009 08:03:35 | More by Mebuzzard
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,869 ratings.