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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,055
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 103
Gots: 211 | 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 HopDiggityDawg
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Enjoyed on tap at Tops in a small tasting snifter.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of aepb1
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A- Golden translucent body with a huge fluffy white head

S- Belgiany. Piney and citrusy hops as well

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

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

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

Photo of Gunslinger711
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded to me by treehouse.

Poured into a goblet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Osiris9588
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of beer2day
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

a nice blend of styles

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

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

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

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

poured from a 22oz bottle into a new belgium tulip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid drink and really tasty.

Photo of tbrown4
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle -> snifter

Pours dark gold with a solid two finger head. Hop bitterness up front with a sweet malty aftertaste. The richness from the tripel with the up front flavor of a good pale ale. Nice thick lacing. As it opens up the flavors flip, the tripel up front with a pale ale finish. Does not taste at all of a 9.2% brew.

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

The marriage between Belgian and IPA always seems a tricky proposition. The sweetness of the Belgian can go well with the sweet malt of a big IPA, but the bittering that goes so well with IPA malt does not always integrate with the Belgian sweetness. While not an outstanding beer, the brewer does a pretty good job of getting everyone in the boat. There seems something here that is just a bit lacking, that I can't quite put my finger on. Just needed a bit more punch in either the hops or the Belgian character.

Photo of puboflyons
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bomber with no lot code/date. Sampled on December 2, 2010. The pour is a highly carbonated pale orange-light amber with a good inch of delicate, foamy tan head that sticks around and leaves lacing. The aroma has some notes of yeast, wheat, grape/apricot, and a little alcohol. The body feels medium with a kind of slick, honey-like texture on my tongue. The beer has a playful weirdness about it with its spectrum of yeast, malts, wheat, and spices up front and a sour, but thin hopped ending.

Photo of cjoc83
2.3/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into Stella Artois chalice.

Bottle states "Extreme ale converging San Diego-style imperial pale ale and belgian-style trippel." If only.

Pours an opaque, hazy amber with some yellow straw color coming through at the edges. A medium-aggressive pour leaves a nice, creamy 2-3 finger head that leaves nice lacing. A bit of yeast-y sediment floating around. If only the rest of the beer was as impressive as it looked.

The nose is all hops. Not really what I was expecting as it is supposed to be an imperial pale ale (not a IIPA) mixed with a trippel. Taste is about the same. Piney, bitter hops from start to finish. The belgian aspect of this beer is almost non-existant, perhaps because the hops are just simply way too over-powering. Reminds me a bit of Brewworks 'Hopsolutely', which is a triple IPA.

IMHO, a pretty poorly executed beer. The balance between the hops and the belgian flavors is completely out of wack. This brew would get much higher marks from me if it was just listed as a DIPA, but I'm rating to style. This brew is completely over hopped (and I'm usually a fan of hoppy beers). I would not seek this out again.

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

Clear Honey color with a thin white head.

Smells clean, nice esters, peaches, apricots, some yeasts and bread.

Taste is earthy hops up front and a medium alcohol presense. But, it lost all the fruity esters?

Body is lite to medium with zesty carbonation, hop bite, dry finish, medium alcohol warmth.

A Hops forward ipa. Earthy hops have a good bite, alcohol well hidden along with the other ingredients. If you like hops and alcohol up front this brew will suit you!

Photo of mfaulk
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Serving: 2 glasses from a 22 oz bottle. 1st glass was a bit cold (about 40F), while the 2nd was right (around 55F).

A: deep yellow to straw, a bit murky. Thick head leaves lacing.

T:
1st: pepper, hot alcohol and hops teaming up to be harsh and unpleasant. Not enjoyable.
2nd: peppery, some sweet malt, honey. Moves into more citrusy flavors. Hops and pepper have blended together a bit more. Okay.

M:
1st: surprised by mouth-filling froth, given the light carbonation in the glass. Some alcohol hotness. Dry + hop finish.
2nd: carbonation has subsided. Thick and creamy. Alcohol is still hanging around.

D: It wasn't easy going through 22oz. Struck me as the worst-of-both-worlds, combining what I like least of IIPA and tripel.

This one really benefits from the warmer serving temperature, but still isn't as enjoyable as a traditional SD IIPA or a Belgian IPA.

Photo of jpmclaug
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.

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

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.

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,055 ratings.