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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,119
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 113
Gots: 258 | FT: 1
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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 kwjd
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
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
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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
2.34/5  rDev -41.8%
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
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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.

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
2.63/5  rDev -34.6%
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
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of brendan13
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange with a few centimetres of head that slowly falls away.
S - Piney & woody hop notes initially with some citrus notes. Peachy fruit esters & peppery phenols. Bit of alcohol coming through.
T - Also very piney & woody in the taste, almost too much so for a BIPA. The belgian yeast esters and phenols are there but the strong piney & woody character dominates too much. The malt is bready with light caramel notes.
M - Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation. Pretty hefty bitterness.
D - Nice enough & worth trying but I probably won't be buying this again.

Photo of Franz4
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a nice golden color with a two-finger head that mostly settled, but hung around throughout the duration of the beer. Lacing was evident.

S- Grapefruit and grassy notes come through strongest.

T- Solid, but not as complex as I was hoping for. Grapefruit and grass dominate as in the nose, there is also some yeasty belgian flavor

M- Medium bodied, drinks smooth as a trippel should.

D- An above average brew, but not something that I'm feeling excited about. 1 was probably enough.

Photo of dondeez21
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is described as a fusion of Imperial Pale Ale and a Belgian Triple. I didnt notice much of an Imperial Pale Ale influence it mostly reminded me of a Triple.
A: Clear, Orange beer with a nice 1 inch head and nice lacing
S: Very yeasty, smells like a nice Belgian Triple
T: Belgian tastes. Yeast is most noticeable with a slight alcohol kick. Not much hop flavor in this beer.
M: Thin dry and fizzy
D: This beer is good but not exactly what I was expecting. If I were to compare it to triple I would say it represents the style well. I dont feel it holds up well as an IIPA. There isnt much, if any hop flavor or aroma.

Photo of BarrelO
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Hazy orange body. Ginormous white fluffy head that leaves lots of lacing.

S: Honey and citrus.

T: Begins with fruity esters and bready malt. Shifts toward clean bitterness and alcohol sting in the middle. Ends with citrus and tropical fruits. OK overall, but the alcohol burn really hurts it.

M: Medium-bodied with enough carbonation to make it feel lighter.

D: It's been my experience that American hops don't really go well with Belgian yeast. This beer didn't disabuse me of that notion. A shame, too. Ive been a big fan of every other Green Flash beer I've had.

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

Crystal clear light copper color with a white head that lasts and lasts. Highly carbonated.

Nice black peppery nose.

Good malt and hop and yeast balance in the flavor. Zesty and crisp with a clean medium mouth feel.

Very drinkable a great example of the style.

Photo of mulder1010
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a light honey gold color. Medium pour got a huge 3 finger off white head. Took quite a while for it to dissipate. Leaving all sorts of lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent head retention with this on swirling.

S-- Very Belgian smell to this. Biscuit, pear, honey, apricot and slightly floral smell. Alcohol well hidden. Very nice.

T-- Started out with bread and then lots of grapefruit and orange. Very aggressive and assertive.

M-- Where the US side kicks in. Lots of grapefruit, orange and pine bitterness. Long lasting flavor and assertiveness. Higher carbonation in mouth than visual. Slightly oily feel to it.

D-- Excellent. Well balanced between Belgian and US styles. ABV is well hidden and although it is a sipper due to the bitterness, it is quite drinkable. Such a good beer. Wish I had more of it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange golden hue with a fine bubbled off white head forming thick, fine speckled lacing lines the sides of my glass.

A brash collision of Belgian yeast and American alpha hops going on. Citric/pineapple tropical fruit explosion with hints of spicy yeast and slight band aid phenolics.

Flavor can't make up it's mind, the roughness of the two flavors colliding, harsh herbal/citric/dank mary jane colliding with the fruity phenolic spicy yeast characteristics. It just doesn't work for me as a whole the flavors don't complement each other.

Mouthfeel is oily slick with hops, carbonation is lively from the Belgian yeast fermentation. Body is medium to full a bit cloying from the harsh hops and spicy yeast hitting me at once.

Drinkability overall isn't what I want from the style, most versions are their own worst enemy this is a perfect example of that. American hops and Belgian yeast are hard to harmonize.

Photo of jbowers56
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks pretty great. golden/red colour with a white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing.

More belgian on the nose than I expected. Heaps of typical tripel scents with pear, dried apricots, spicy phenols plus lashings of us hops giving juicy citrus.

This is a belgian IPA. I have tried what are meant to be the best in the style, and this is better. I have to give it a 5 due to that, right? Or at least a 4.5. However, I love this so much imma just go ahead and say it deserves the 5. Wow. I dont know what to say. The elements are balanced so perfectly. The yeast sets up a rich fruity, estery, spicy flavour which is supported by a strong malt base. Then the hops just scream right through - spicy and peppery as well as the typical us hop characters.

I am really suprised at how good this beer is.

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

22 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

Emits a clear dark auburn color with burnt orange hues. An inviting, creamy white head bubbles and retains nicely while drinking and leaving plenty of lacing around the glass.

The scents are multi-layered, containing some funky yeast and wheat along with some soft fruit sweetness and hops.

This quickly dishes up some of its Belgian influence, with dark caramel malts and slightly spiced yeast flavor. Bitter, yet juicy hops start to creep in before the fruit character with apricot and banana explode along with some more pleasant spiciness. Some piny bitterness rides out until the end, as the beer finishes with a hint of boozy warmth which is appropriately masked.

Medium bodied, with moments of wet and dry in the feel at the same time, which is a bit strange but still appealing. The carbonation isn't overdone, and for a heavy duty Belgian styled IPA, the drinkability factor is crazy as a bottle of this can disappear before anyone knows what happened.

A touch of warmth towards the finish is nice, and considering many similar beers with less alcohol are far more boozy, Green Flash pulled off a great job of providing flavor instead of just alcohol.

Photo of ericj551
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Le Freak pours a beautiful bright golden copper, with a nice fluffy head that lingers as a thin creamy layer. The aroma is estery and phenolic, with a slightly funky character. Resiny hops mix with the esters, it's hard to pick out if there is a citrus character from the hops, or if it is just the fruity esters.

Intense bitterness dominates the flavor, but there is a ton going on between the yeasty character and the hops. Fruity flavors abound, with a great mix of grapefruity citrus and ripe tropical fruit. Sweet caramel malt flavor mixes in but is mostly hidden by everything else going on. The resiny bitterness mixes with an earthy, funky character in the finish, almost like a wild yeast character.

Overall this is a really amazing Belgian Tripel/IPA, I have a feeling that if it was hopped differently if could stand on its own as a Tripel, or if it was fermented with an American ale yeast, it could easily be a solid DIPA. The combination of the two is done quite well. I paid $10 for the bomber, which I find to be a bit expensive. I feel like it is fairly well worth the price, but it will not be a frequent purchase because of it.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a dry candy sugar and small hints of hops. In the taste, dry candy sugar and a pine like hop presence. A small hop, but mainly smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry Belgian like yeast on the aftertaste. Nice hop presence, with Belgian like hints.

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,119 ratings.