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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,062
Reviews: 703
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 104
Gots: 223 | 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 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
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

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

Bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a creamy off-white head. Nice retention and lace. Manages to look very Belgian. The nose predominantly consists of juicy citrus mixing with dry grain and light alcohol, but digging further reveals a sweet spiciness from the Belgian yeast. Subtle and well-done.

The flavour is decent, and clearly feels more like a cross between a tripel and an IPA rather than an IPA that's had Belgian yeast thrown into it. Strong dry grain base with considerable hopping on top giving a pleasant citrus character, which becomes slightly tropical once the sweet spiciness of the yeast hits. Slight notes of earth and pepper kick in during the long, dry finish. Very good balance to it, but give me a hopsinjoor any day! Slightly heavy mouthfeel could do with being a bit lighter, but its a minor quibble.

A great balance between tripel and IPA. Not necessarily a beer that wowed me, or one that I'd hunt down again, but you can tell its well-made and it wouldn't be a bad world if all beers were like this.

Photo of pennywhistle
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The IPA hoppiness added a really interesting flavour to the typical Belgian style. It's both calm and slightly syrupy, and a little carbonated at the same time. I really like this beer, and think it would go well with any meal - it would match a nice dinner just as well as an outdoor picnic.

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

a: shaker pint, rich golden color, nice head leaves some lace behind

s: pungent tropical fruit and green pine hops on a full pale malt body, the Belgian yeast influence is mild - perhaps some phenols but generally pretty overwhelmed by the hops, richly sweet and fruity, really like this

m: carbonation lively and smooth, full bodied

t: sweet, fruity pale malt structure supporting loads of resinous pine and tropical hop flavors, lip smacking bitterness with lingering sugars in the finish, the Belgian side of this beer seems pretty overwhelmed by the West Coast side, but it's damn tasty nonetheless

d: goes down well given the strength

pint at Galaxy Hut, Arlington

Photo of ksimons
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-poured into a snifer glass, has a dark orange/amber color and a creamy looking head that leaves some sticky residue on the glass

S-a citrus pine scent is most predominant, very spicy and sharp on the nose. Hints of sweetness come out as well

T-very bitter for the most part, but towards the end there is a tiny bit of sweet malts. Overall though this is a bitter beer

M-very dry, low carbonation, leaves a very bitter aftertaste

D-too bitter for me so I probably wouldn't have it again, but if that is your thing you would probably like this one a lot

Photo of dougofthefuture
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split two ways with my lovely wife. Tripel is her favorite style, while I prefer IPA's...

A - Cloudy, bright orange with very little head after the pour.

S - There is a dry spicy belgian yeast, complemented with a fruity citrus flavor that is sharper than most tripels. Not a lot of hops in the nose.

T&M - A little more bitterness in the taste, but this is much sweeter than it is bitter. The balance of spice from the yeast and citrusy malt, finishing with a slightly bitter dry hoppy flavor come together very well. A little lower on the carbonation than I would have expected. Very nice nonetheless.

D - It comes across as a bit heavier than I would like, but that could be the malt-forward aspect. It certainly hides the 9.2% ABV.

Photo of wedge421
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden/orange color with a white head of about 1 finger. very good amount of hop haze. Carbonation is spot on.

S - At first tons of citrus and pine hops followed up by a very familiar belgian note of bread and fruity esthers from the Belgian yeast. Im confused and intrigued at the same time! There is nothing bad to say about the aroma on this one, a perfect blend of the two styles.

T - WOW! A hit of bitterness right at the first sip followed smoothly by citrus and mango flavors. By the end all of the hops are mellowed out and blended together by the bread malts of the belgian component of this beer. Amazingly well balanced.

D - If this beer were not 9.2% this would be one of the most drinkable beers around. This beer is an absolute gem in the "hybrid" style of Belgian IPA's. Many breweries try but there are only a few that have managed to meld the 2 styles together as flawlessly as Green Flash has done on this one. FIND THIS BEER!!

Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy amber/orange color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thick 1.5 finger foamy yellowish head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with hints of soil and pine needle as well as some slight citrus fruit notes, mainly grapefruit. There's also some crisp , light apple and pear notes along with subtle peppery/coriander spice.

This beer tastes and feels much more like a DIPA than an Belgian IPA. Very hop forward with lots of earthy pine and citrus fruit notes. Hints of grapefruit, mango and pineapple with a decent malt back bone that provides nice balance. Very bitter throughout with a slight alcohol warmth and bone dry finish.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So this is how you do this style. I loved it. In a tulip, it was a gold color, maybe a bit on the orange side. Thick white head with copious lace. Aroma of an IPA and a tripel. Floral and citrus combining with sugar and yeast. Same thing with the taste. Mostly grapefruit, a little pine, with cotton candy and yeast. A balanced combination. Would drink this one anytime.

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Auburn gold in color with a nice head, a little hazy.

S- Smells of grapefruit, citrus, licorice, and sweet candi sugar. Yum.

T- Tastes like a regular (but good) IPA at first then the belgian Yeast and candi sugar kick in. A nice sipping beer.

M- A little heavy in the mouthfeel, coats the mouth a bit to much.

D- A great once in a while Beer, I couldn't have it everyday but once in a while it would be perfect, very nice with indian food.

Photo of scottfrie
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Delirium tremens glass.

A: Pours a citrusy-honey color with a quarter inch of fizzy head that quickly faded into a thin film that left some sticky soapy lacing after each sip.
S: Sweet fruit, peppery spices and faint hop and yeast notes. Also pick up medicinal notes.
T: Sweet fruits that are balanced by some spicy, bitter hops in the finish with a slight cough syrup aftertaste. Citrus notes, orange peel, white pepper, yeast and faint pine. As the beer warms the citrus peel really starts to dominate along with the syrupy flavors in a bad way.
M: Feel is on the syrupy bitter side. Carbonation is soft and creamy, and alcohol is completely hidden except for some slight warmth in the finish.
D: Out of this and Piraat, the only two Belgium IPA's I've tried, I like Piraat better. This is a fairly drinkable beer, it's just a tad syrupy and medicinal for my tastes. Probably won't buy again.

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is orange and clear, forms a white tight head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is high and made up of small bubbles.

Aroma is spicy and bitter like an orange peel is bitter. Strong bready yeast character, not getting a lot of hops but with these Belgian IPAs its pretty random whether or not you'll sense hops.

Beer is oddly spicy, bittering in back with kind of a sharp bite to the whole thing. Overall, the bitterness and the citrus just don't quite work together, definitely not doing it for me. It just seems off.

Photo of callmescraps
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Seen this around forever, but never bothered to try. Just felt like something different tonight, so this qualifies.

Appearance- Really nice. A deep, rich copper color. Full two inches of thick, rocky head. It laces beautifully. It's a really good looking beer.

Smell- Interesting. Plenty of hops. Quite grassy. Nice hints of spice and clove on the nose. There's a little barnyard. Coriander. Interesting.

Taste- Follows the nose, and then some. Lots of grassiness. Very green. There is some biscuity malt. The spice disappears. It's mostly a DIPA, with more grass than I prefer. Some pale malt also comes through. Boozier than expected. Very bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Pretty decent. It gets a little syrupy. Would like a bit more bubbles.

Drinkability- More booze and more grass than I'd prefer.

Eh. I thought this was going to be a unique beverage. Instead it's just a grassy, boozy DIPA. Oh well, not for me.

Photo of femALEist
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the 2010 Firkin festival.

This poured a cloudy, orange teak.

It smelled Belgiany with tons of banana and clove but no hop flavors.

It tasted Belgian though, at first, then hoppy with some pine and grapefruit, then mixed with a fluffy, sweet banana aftertaste. It had a fantastic transition.

Great carbonation. Very interesting and yummy.

Such a great flavor combination. I will definitely be having this one again!

Photo of champ103
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a semi hazy golden/yellow color. A dense two finger white head forms with good retention. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Yeast, sweet malt, and light fruity aromas up front. The hops come in strong towards the end. Mostly as citrus hops with a soapy dish water aroma.
T: Yeast, peppery spice, and fruit. A light sweetness, and a light hop presents. Mostly a soapy flavor.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Dry and crisp. Some alcohol is noticeable. Though a good beer to sip on.

Not bad at all. Though this is more of a one and done for me. This tries to be a Tripple and a Belgian IPA. It comes up short on both ends. There are much better examples of both.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from/at the old now defunct liquid purveyors or whatever they called it in Portland.

Great appearance, vibrant dark yellow haze. Aroma not as hoppy as was expected.

Taste, hops more noticeable, but this one seems to fall into the belgian category than west coast ipa. Sweet and not hot spicy, but that kind of hop spice you get occasionally from Europe or New Zealand I've noticed. A little much of the spice and alcohol feel.

A costly bottle. Worth checking out at least once though. But definitely not the best San Diego area belgian ipa.

Photo of BeanBone
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A lightly hazy copper-orange body capped by two fingers of off-white head that fade slowly and leave almost no lacing.

Aroma: A mix of spice, golden fruit, doughy yeast, and pale malt accompanied by lots of leafy and tropical fruit-like hops. So far, this is reminiscent of a hoppy Tripel.

Flavor: Bananas, clove, pepper and pale malt mixed with lots of hops. The hops are complex with green, resinous, tropical fruit, and medicinal character. Everything is actually balanced quite decently here, though the hops do take the lead. Yeast and leafy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Some very mild burn and general oiliness from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable for the ABV, you'll have to keep an eye out.

Verdict: Le Freak could break either way: bitter and pithy Tripel or Belgian-infused San Diego IPA. It's pleasant enough, and certainly lives up to the promised mix of San Diego and Belgium, though it doesn't quite strike the note I was hoping for. I like the concept and most of the flavors, but the hops are just a little too medicinal for me.

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

A- Hazy golden color that reminded me of tree sap. White, 1 finger head that left behind some lacing at first, but both the head and lacing quickly disappeared leaving behind a thin head.

S- On the first smell I got a big whiff of a huge mix of indistinguishable smells. After that I didn't get much. Some yeast and a general sweetness.

T- Sweet followed by hoppy goodness. Apple notes followed by steely, bitter hops. Later I tasted yeast and spice followed again by the hops. A hint of alcohol now and then, but really I would not have known this was around 9% percent if I hadn't looked at the label. Long dry hop finish. Every sip seemed to transform from sweet to bitter, but overall the hops seemed to dominate for me.

M- Some light carbonation on the tongue. Light and smooth, almost creamy at times. Pleasant to drink. No trace of the alcohol.

D- Very interesting. I can't remember the last time I had a beer with such a deep flavor profile. Every sip was a different transition from sweet to bitter. I liked it and I could easily drink more than one, but I don't think I will buy it again because of the $8 price tag.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. no date that i can remember. tasted in early june 2009. poured into duvel tulip.

deep honey color w/ amber and orange tones. clear on first pours (decant 2cm). large, 3-finger near-white head, puffy, with meringue then gradually a thin layer. great lacing, especially further down the glass.

aroma: citrusy, piney hops, mixing w/ belgian yeast notes giving slight mustiness, then the grassy euro hop notes peek through, then lots of tropical fruit esters (guava? papaya?), w a firm caramel malt base. candied, dried orange peel and faint anise, w gentle phenols in back.

taste: truly a cross between american IPA and belgian tripel. fruity, w/ spicy phenols, and hoppy with both american and euro characters. moderate bitterness, both snappy and resinous.

light to medium body, with moderate, crisp, and lightly prickly carbonation upfront. then into a lightly syrupy smoothness, then resins in the finish. carbonation is fluffy overall and provides lift to the flavors.

pleasantly surprised by this one. perhaps a little too much going on, almost muddled instead of complex, but in the end stays together decently enough, as an expression of some of the best of both worlds. might get a little ahead of itself in terms of boldness, and thus being categorized alongside the likes of chouffe and de ranke doesn't do it any favors, unfortunately.

Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time trying this, a bomber from the cooler at a local shop.

It glows a deep orange shade, plenty of creamy foam to top it off.

Aroma is sweet and caramelly, some pine there, traces of Belgian yeast.

Sweet and more or less syrupy, mild hop bitterness in the back. Huge caramel & toffee flavor. Bready with some green herbal notes from the hops. More hefty malt than hops showing through though, this may be an older bottle, but honestly there's no way to tell. Pretty full bodied, not the lightest, bordering on DIPA.

Probably not one i'll be reaching for again, with many better examples out there.

Photo of runner72
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving in a 22 ox bottle

A - pours with a nice, two finger head. cloundy golden, copper hue. lots of small bubbles for carbonation

S - very nice. you can tell the belgian yeast. slight banana, and floral aroma. a little bit of phenolic smell

T - smooth at first, followed by bitter taste of an IPA. the hops are very well balanced. you can not taste the alcohol even at 9.2%.

M - bubbly on the mouth, a little bit of a hop bit

D - very drinkable.

Overall, a great beer. very complex and different.

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

Pours hazy and dark golden in color. Thick, fluffy head with great retention and lacing in the tulip glass. Smell was of a hoppy belgian beer to point out the obvious. A nice hop kick to it along with some sweet sugar, ripe fruit (banana stood out to me), and yeast. Taste was great. Starts out slightly sweet with some fruit (very hefe like almost) with a nice dry, bitter hop presence on the back of your tongue as it goes down. Slightly oily, a little chewy but not too thick on the mouthfeel. Overall a really nice beer and probably my favorite of this particular style.

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,062 ratings.