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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,083
Reviews: 708
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 108
Gots: 240 | 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:
Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007

This Belgian Style IPA is an "out of the box" convergence of beer styles where American Imperial IPA meets Belgian Trippel.
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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.

Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of dbossman
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Photo of Bfarr
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/4

Photo of kingcrowing
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of JDH2000
3.82/5  rDev -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.

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.

Photo of Brez07
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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.

Photo of drummstikk
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of ABOWMan
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of MenloBeer
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of diddly
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of mtstatebeer
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours a clear (prior to sediment) golden orange color with a good frothy off-white head, lacing throughout. Aroma is sweet, pale malts, orange, lemon, grass, and yeast. Flavor is caramel, orange, peppery yeast, and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, bitter that sticks around for a good while. Great one, I really enjoy this style.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Split a bomber bomber with a friend. Poured half the bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Dark orange to brownish in color with a small amount of haze throughout. Two finger white head with almost no retention.

Aroma: Bright hops upfront in the form of tropical fruits and pine. Some tart green apple and clove near the back end come into play.

Taste: The hops dominate the flavor as well. Big floral pine and tropical fruit notes are eveywhere. Near the middle, the belgian influences reallt come into play. Tart fruit and clove stand out here. The aftertaste is slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and nicely carbonated. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: The ABV is pretty high and the flavors are agressive, so this is definitely one to sip and spend some time on.

Overall, a pleasant take on the Belgian IPA. The Belgian yeast and the hops do not meld together as nicely as I'd like and at times this can seem like two seperate beers. Even with this, I found this enjoyable. Certainly worth the opportunity to try.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light amber/golden color with a rich head

S - Aroma is very enticing! Hints of pine, citrus and spice

T - Does have quite a bit of bitterness, but it is nicely balanced out by the spice and citrus notes.

M - Pretty light in the mouth, less carbonation than expected and does leave behind some bitterness

D - Really great beer, but probably just want to have one considering the bitterness and abv

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

Huh. Weird beer, but I like it. Poured with a nice foamy frothy sudsy thick cream colored head that lasts and good lace. Color is a slightly hazy medium amber. Aroma is vineous yeast malt fresh baguettes and fresh hay. Flavor is like aroma but also uncludes good hop and some pale malt sweetness. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and also has a tinge of acid and is of some length. MMmmm, not a session; perhaps one or two.

Photo of BDTyre
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I rather like this. Nice golden-orangey-amber with a fluffy white head. Very typical American IPA hop bite in the scent, but with a certain smoothness to it.

Hop blast in the flavour, but with a malty sweetness to it. Candi sugar, and Belgian yeast are very noticeable in this. Very rounded and smooth, in fact I think much smoother than most American IPAs.

I think this could have a bit more carbonation, and the Belgian profile lends a bit of chewiness. The ABV limits the drinkability, but this is still a very nice beer.

Photo of LittleDon
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep golden with a slight amber tinge. Creates virtually no head. Honey sweetness with some allspice like spiciness. Very slight hop oiliness is also present in the aroma. I also get bananas as it warms. Very foamy on the first sip (without a carbonation bite). No noticeable sign of high ABV. Typical Belgian-style aromatic esters up front, but very muted and hard to determine any overriding characteristics. Very bitter back end without the pine or citrus from a West Coast IPA. IMO, a good example of combining two styles with results substantially below the sum of the parts.

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

Pours a deep golden amber color with a large fluffy bubbly white head that sticks for a while. Smells of spicy hops, slight twinge of orange or tangerine with a spicy Belgian yeast character. Taste is sweet up front with a slight mineral edge followed by some spicy earthy hops finishing with a sweetness and that twang of Belgian yeasties. Moderate level of carbonation, sweet syrupy mouthfeel, medium body. Nice Americanized Belgian IPA. Taste leans more towards an IPA, but I'm good with that.

Photo of oregonskibum
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap in a snifter glass.

A: Color is a golden orange with an amber tint. Poured with a thick 1 1/2 inch, slightly off white head that dissipated slowly, leaving some splotchy lacing.

S: Yup, this is Green Flash. Big citrus, piney hops hit you right away. There are some spicey, belgian notes apparent in the smell as well, but the hops are dominant.

T: Just like the smell, the big hoppy flavors show up right away, with plenty of citrus and piney bitterness. Unlike the smell, the bready, Belgian yeast flavors appear a little more prominently, especially by mid taste. Getting some faint pepper spiciness and orange peel that compliment the hops nicely. There's definitely some sweetness and a little warmth on the finish.

M: Medium to body with low carbonation. Some minor coating of the tongue, but not too bad. Generally, this is an easy beer to consume.

D: Overall, I thought this was quite nice. I liked the big hop bitterness and more minor role played by the Belgian yeast. It was a touch sweet at times and I would be concerned that the beer wouldn't age well. As the hops die off, I think the sweetness would become increasingly unwelcome.

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,083 ratings.