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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,148
Reviews: 716
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 117
Gots: 282 | 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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Ratings: 2,148 | Reviews: 716
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came at the recommendation of Robert, the beer guy at Spec's in the Woodlands, and he has turned me on to some pretty good beers so far, so I just blindly took his word for it on this one. Looking at the score, I am glad that I did. Let's see what this one has to offer.

Appearance: Pours with a huge head and tons of carbonation. Though you can tell that the beer is pretty clear, there are so many bubbles rising that it looks cloudy. I know that this will settle down eventually. The head was pushing 2" when I first poured it, and it hadn't changed in over a minute. After drinking half the glass, there is a thick wall of lace left on the glass that looks very Belgian.

Aroma: The foam is making the aroma a bit hard to identify in the beginning. I can get a bit of hops, and bit of sweet toasty malt with some caramel thrown in there, and some already obvious alcohol. I will come back to this once it settles a bit. Coming back to the aroma, it gets a bit more intense as it has warmed up, and the alcohol is getting to be a bigger player. I guess the hops are coming out a bit more too, so it is starting to favor the Pale Ale side here.

Taste: The flavor is very smooth and well blended. There is a good bit of hops up front, so they were put in the kettle late, and are accentuating the Pale Ale aspect of the beer. The malt is very firm in its toastiness and there is a good bit of mouthfeel giving you a little bit of cream to coat the throat and keep the alcohol from being so noticeable at first. The beer is well balanced in the finish, so much so that it is hard to tell who is in charge. I think that I am going to say that the hops win in the end, but not by much. They make the beer a little dry on the back of the throat, and by the time the alcohol cuts through the creaminess, it gets a little dry on the palate to linger after the sip.

Opinion: Overall I have been really happy with this beer. It has a different experience in flavor, and really favors a Belgian Pale overall and would compete with any of the best of them in my opinion. That said, it isn't necessarily my favorite style, so I doubt that I will feel the need to go back here, but it was a good experience and I am glad that I took Robert's word for this one. He's racking up credits, IMO.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a cervoise at Duke's Alehouse.

My first time here, might as well go for something I've heard good things about. It pours a clear amber topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises black pepper, tart mandarin orange, lemon zest, ruby red grapefruit, and banana. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, orange peel, lemon zest, clove, banana, Belgian yeast, and light caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a dry, nearly sticky finish. Overall, a great BIPA, one that definitely lives up to the billing of being a collision between IPA and tripel. Very good times.

Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy golden yellow color, the head was fluffy and white. The lacing on the glass was really nice too. The smell of the beer was packed with hops and some Belgian yeast. The aromas of fruits, pine and spice all wrapped into one nosefull. The taste of the beer was really nice, the flavors of a traditional Tripel upfront that quickly gets pummeled by the big amount of hops in this brew. The taste finished with a dry spicy pine flavor in the back of your mouth. The mouthfeel is very delicate for such a beer that has an aggressive side. Overall this beer was a lot of fun to try.

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

Orange and clear with many rising bubbles, both big ones and small ones. Head is decent and fluffy off-white, leaving pretty good lacing.

Smell seems to be what I expected, a bit of tripel going on there, with yeasty banana and spicy aromas joining an obvious hops presence, a little bit of citrus and some fruitiness.

Taste is somewhat bitter but not without the fruity, yeasty flavors you'd expect from a tripel, along with a rather pronounced hops and dry lemon peel finish.

Feel is medium bodied, slightly slick, and quite tangy, moderately dry, with a tinge of alcohol coming through and warming as it goes down.

Overall it's very interesting and a bit odd, but quite enjoyable. Great job on creating a new and interesting beer for me to try whilst on vacation in Cali!

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

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: A classic amber, perhaps on the pale side. Leaves a respectable 2 finger eggshell white head. Head fades off quickly but not alarmingly.

S: When I originally opened the bottle I was hit by a dominantly Hops/IPA smell, which surprised me. After I poured it, though, the belgian yeast seemed to take over leaving an overall sweet, almost sour character with tangerine and a faint trace of tropical fruits swirling around.

T: Hops and belgian yeast both strongly present. Banana and tangerine hit in the initial taste and bloom in the middle, and it all fades away with a salt-esque bite lingering. Alcohol is very well hidden. Taste changes in interesting ways as it warms up and as the mouth adjusts.

M: Carbonation was a little light and the viscosity seems low for the style; otherwise I found it smooth.

O: You get a lot of what's typically good about west coast style IPAs and Belgian Tripels in this beer, but very little of what is potentially great in either or the combination of the two. Overall a solid mix of styles that I could see myself picking up again or recommending to somebody, but I did find the idea of this beer out of Green Flash was more exciting than the reality.

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

A: This looks like a big glass filled with melted honey. It's kind of misty and has a teeny rim of foam.

S: Smells like a sweet barbecue sauce; mustardy and vaguely smoky. I'd slap that on some pork, no problem. And there is a fruit undertone, maybe like pineapple or those orange colored melons everyone avoids in a fruit salad.

T: The taste is more complex and yummy than even the smell. It starts out tasting like pineapple with pepper on top. Then, it finishes with a light hoppy flavor. On a second sip, I can definitely taste Grey Poupon. It sounds like a grody experience, but the nice fruit/hops wins it over. I did catch a slight, very slight, bit of bitterness at the end. This is not too much a problem, but the taste does linger. I feel like I'm fogging up the computer screen with Le Freaky stank breath.

M: This is a really smooth beer; it's not fizzy or bubbly in the mouth. It just "is." Not thick, not tingly.

O: I liked the variety of flavors and smells, but I think this beer could do with a little more fizz. My mouth was pretty pumped with all of the many different flavors and smells, but the finish is a little bit bitter and lingered in my throat. Overall, complex, tasty, with a weird finish. Good.

Photo of Cavery
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Tulip

A: Featured an ephemeral head that held on with a desperate rim cling. Any lacing that did exist sought to rejoin it's liquid comrades. Clear amber within a gradient of orange. The general appearance is noticeably lighter on the sides of the glass, and progressively darker as it gets to the core. A satisfactory, and generally appealing visual.

S: Tropical fruit that leans towards mango, initially I wanted to say pineapple but it's far too subtle, there's an aspect that I can only describe as waxy. Honey infused bees wax that wraps itself around the coriander/orange/cammomile tea warmth provided by the well balanced prick of alcohol. actually a nose full that keeps me sniffing. breathing out through my nose causes me to dream of carmel covered hop cones.

T: slight Malty sweetness that is the opening curtain for the hops versus alcohol battle. There is definitely a peppery quality to middle and end that lingers more noticeably as I drink it. It maintains its generic tour through the world of tropical fruit. Furthermore I would say it avoids citrus, and only approaches it through a phantom cameo of coriander (I blame the yeast for this wizardry). Peripheral hop bitterness joins the party in the form of a steamed kale side to the already yummy tropical fruit salad lunch, pleasant and welcome.

M: prickly carbonation at the beginning helps form the velvet blanket that keeps you warm until the aspirin comes to finish the job. a rapid succession of sensations that makes you want to ride the roller coaster more than thrice.

O: This is a solid beer, and I think of it as being more trippel than IPA. That said I think you could make a case for it being more one or the other, as it will come down to the drinkers interpretation of the Belgian yeast presence. However the hop qualities are not lost, and kept me searching the depths of my mandarin tulip. I think the mouth feel and taste make for a wonderful combination. Each are good on their own, but the thing that takes this up a bit is the synergy between them. the pepper tingles with the carbonation, and the yeast coats the mouth in a way that flavor gaps are repaired. The alcohol is there, but it is not by any means a party-pooper. Give this a whirl.

Photo of JayAre46
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BIG UPS TO MY MAN JAMISON FOR THIS ONE!
A - 22oz bomber pours a deep transparent orange into a maudite tulip and gives a 2 finger fluffy head that falls quickly but leaving good lacing down the glass

A - light citrus hops, banana fruity aroma and the belgian yeasty esters, very pleasant and not overly belgian influenced.

T - very pale malt, again a banana flavor, good citrusy hops and the belgian yeast follow, finishing with a good hop bitterness, but could use more, alcohol detected. very easy to drink for myself.

M - actually a big body on this one closer to full and especially for the style. slight numbingness on the tongue. carbonation is light. It's is actually a dipa body with a belgian yeast strain to me with its body presence.

O - i wish i could get this on the regular, good representation, i enjoy the good hop presence to keep a control on the belgian influence that can be overpowering sometimes with the style. i love the style and how it is outside the box, if the joker had a favorite beer style this would be it drink it and let your freak shine.

Photo of Thanby
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale amber with a huge sticky off-white head.

Very pungent nose, crystal malt/caramely, Belgian yeast creates the characteristic banana, American hops in a nice sweeter balance, some apricot mixed in, overall pretty sweet.

First taste is a punch of hops, tastes like maybe Mt. Hood and Willamette with some higher-AA base? Anyway, the blend is nice and has a good floral/pine quality. Beyond the hops is a solid pale malt body with a little caramel sweetness, not as yeasty as it smells. The hops are almost overpowering at first, but as I got acclimated to them the malt characteristics began to shine through.

Medium body, a little sticky and with a long-lasting bittering hop aftertaste, this is definitely a good blend of styles.

Photo of Penguin3200
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my Cali trading trustee for this one. pours orange amber with a thin head into pint mug. Smell is great on this one with loads of breast yeast and bananas. Taste is bold and bitter but malty and the bananas continue to come through.

Bit alcoholic and metallic taste lingers on the finish. Overall a nice quaffable brew that hits the spot.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized goblet. Pours a slightly hazy copper amber color, with a thin soapy white head.

Has a sweet, fruity aroma, with sharp white pine notes and a witch-hazel smell tempered with yeast. Smell is strong, almost overpowering.

Tastes of Belgian yeast, mild malt, and a bubbly, carbonated hop that really doesn't meld well together. While not very bitter, there is still plenty of pine and evergreen tastes with very little of the fruit that was abundant in thhe smell. Ends somewhat biting, though again, not terribly bitter.

Medium mouthfeel, with a metallic tang that ends dry.

I'm a huge fan of Flying Dog's Raging Bitch Belgian IPA, so I held high hopes for this brew. Unfortunately, I feel a bit let down, as it seems the brewer could not decide which direction to go with this beer, so s/he decided to go a few at once. The alcohol content is very evident in the taste, and the bitterness ismmore metallic than bitter. For $10 for the bottle, I'd spend my money elsewhere next time.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a nice 1 inch head.
Smells of piney hops, bready Belgium yeast.
Pine hops are huge, Belgium sweetness tries to keep up. The first sip, the hops destroy the sweet, bready malts and yeast but as I get further into the bottle, the brew balances, and the tripel characteristics reveal themselves through the west coast style hops.
On first sip, I was dissappointed that the west coast IPA destroyed the tripel, but this brew warms up nicely on the palette.

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

1Pt .6 FL oz bottle purchased in San Diego. Not a huge Pale Ale fan but this is a good beer. Fair hoppy flavored with a little bit of citrus not bad for a Pale Ale beer. Good overall color, body, texture and finish. ABV % of 9.2 is definitely there. Taste is more robust as beer warms up but finish heats up a bit too.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at Monk, Fremantle

A - Pours a greyish golden colour with a very slight Hazy colour, fluffy white head that laces.

S - A little sweet on the nose, apple and spice present.

T - Quite large malt flavours but a dominant sickly sweetness to it that dominates the flavour too much. Not enough pine for a Belgian IPA.

M - Little light on the body and carbonation

O - A long way behind the Belgian versions of this style

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

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet, I've had it a bunch of times cause it's a great beer.

Light head with golden orange clear beer.

Nose of light funk, light barnyard light golden malts, light grassy and citrus hops, floral and effervescent, semi sweet.

Taste starts sweet, light grassy and citrus hops, fairly bitter hops as well, light orange peel, as well as light funk and Brett, light barnyard funk, long bitter hoppy finish, drier finish, and light honey.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

This beer is really interesting, fresh is a nice citrus and floral IPA with just a hint of funk, older gets fairly funky with less of the hop profile. On both ends its a great beer IMO. This is a fairly standard go-to for me when I have to pickup a beer for a party or something, especially for newer beer drinkers to really show them the ropes.

Photo of GJ40
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a chalice.

A - Golden and crystal clear with a small white head.

S - A mix of west coast, piney hops and Belgian spice.

T - For me, the west coast hop oils lead over the Belgian spice. There's a malt richness and a subtle sweetness as well. This is a big, outgoing beer.

M - Silky and oily with a moderate carbonation.

D - Fun and flavorful. An interesting blend of styles but for for me, it's more west coast than Belgian.

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

Pours a dirty gold colour with slight sediment. Lots and lots of head that sinks steadily, but beautifully puffy and gorgeous lace left behind. Mother pearl colour, marshmallowy on top. Biutiful.

Smells nice and sour, plenty of citrus with some good barnyard funk; hint of berry and a cool, sweet cinnamon spice as well. Yeah, touch of apple as well; pretty darned pleasant.

Taste is fairly malty. Plenty of caramel with rich buttery cake malt and good earthy bitterness as well. Some pine notes, and fruitiness, with hints of apple, melon and some earthy phenolic notes. Some mildly corporeal characters at the back, almost a charcoaly flavour with a woody edge adding to it. Quite beautiful palate, plenty of character throughout.

Reasonably smooth on the feel, but a bit thin. There's a chewiness to it as well and not heavily carbonated so it's decent.

Lots to mull over here. Plenty of character but a real mild drinkability as well, in spite of the ABV. Pleasant drop.

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

Very cloudy and pleasantly hued orange-golden colour, with a massive and rather impressive head of white. Sticky lacing in proper Belgian-style lace down the inside of the glass. Looks very impressive and very appealing.

Nose is lovely and sharp with citric American hoppiness, but with a round and sullen Belgian yeast character that adds some meat and spice. slight hint of astringent booze to it too, which is not unexpected in a beer weighing in at 9.2%, but it's a bit like seeing the man behind the curtain--I'd be happy just experiencing the complexity of character without the alcohol.

Taste is very subtle and very pleasantly balanced. The hops here settle down a bit, leaving the Belgian yeast to give it the slightly spicy and slightly phenolic bite on the back of the palate. There's still a greenness on the front, which gives a refreshing and fragrant uplift to the beer, but here, the Belgian notes come into prominence. Feel is light and crisp, but with a pleasant smoothness.

Yeah, it's a good blend, and it's a good use of the blend. Individually, the hoppy characters and the Belgian spice wouldn't make either a good IPA or a good Belgian Ale, but together they mesh nicely to complement one another. What you end up with is a rather tasty and rather unique brew.

Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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