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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,902
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 90
Gots: 151 | 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 lightindarkness
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very thoughtful extra from a great trader, torchednoodle. Thanks!

Pours a super cloudy golden orange color with some dull straw highlights. A nice short cap of ivory froth covers the top, settling slowly to a thick filmy layer. Leaves some decent hanging spotty lace.

Some really enticing aromas rise out of the glass. Hoppy juices of peach, pineapple, and grapefruit. Yeasty notes of grape and white pepper hang in the mix. Coriander and doughy hay also make it into the nose.

Wow, taste. The immediate assault on the taste buds makes it difficult to know where to begin. Fumy notes of banana doughy belgian yeast hit the tongue and last for only split seconds as they're immediately wiped out by overbearing hop flavors. Bitter pine and grapefruit grind over the tongue mixed with a tingly carbonation. Lemon zest plays boldly in and out of the hoppiness, with a momentary dappling of soft bread and white pepper. Trippel character fights to return at the finish with building yeasty flavor, finding an awkward imbalance against the hanging bitterness. Finishes with a stylistically consistent tinny grainy bitterness, the clash of what would be a spicy smooth trippel finish now blended with an intense hop flavored bitterness.

Sips rather nicely, though notably impeded by the impressive, if not awesome bitterness throughout. Alcohol, while only mildly notable in character, is still a detractor in overall drinkability given its strength. It's admittedly a difficult blend of styles, and this is one of my preferred examples of the attempt, but I think I still prefer a trippel to be a trippel and an IPA an IPA.

lightindarkness, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a bubbly, wispy, white head.

Smell: A mix of grains and grapefruit held together by mashed bananas and tossed with pine needles and white pepper.

Taste: Pale and Belgian maltiness, with a touch of grain, and a brief, though refined sweetness. Tastes of bananas, citrus grapefruit, and pine before a caustic, moderate bitterness is unleashed upon the tongue. Dash of spice. Light yeastiness. Some floral and fruity peach hints to be found during the rare times when the bitterness lets up. Finishes crisp and with a bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Yep, it's a bitter tripel, alright. It performed a bit better than expected, but I wouldn't push over an old lady to get a bottle unless she was really really asking for it (to be pushed, not the bottle).

ChainGangGuy, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to newtonty for bringing this beer to my place and sharing! (He's a big fan of BIG and exciting beers, but he's too shy (or lazy?!) to review 'em...

Appears an orangey-brass with a gorgeously fluffy, pancake batter-looking white head with minimal amounts of sticky lacing climbing up the walls of my pint glass.

Smells of candied sweets and Belgian yeast. Very dry and crisp on the nice.

Initial flavors of bitter orange rinds, coriander, cinnamon, white pepper upfront, followed my more pepper, slight alcohol mixed with a dry sweetness on the long and lingering finish. Very enjoyable and surprisingly crisp.

Drinkability is medium to high. This was the perfect beer to enjoy with good friends and savor, like a nice red wine. Medium bodied.

Because it's technically the same style and since I haven't had many Belgian IPA's, it reminded me of Struise Mikkeller's (Elliot Brew)...

Very unique and enjoyable overall, recommended.

beachbum1975, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of bbothen
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold/orange color with a fluffy 2 finger deep white head. Looks great.

Smells of Belgian yeast, sugary, bubble gum, spiciness, & some earthy hoppiness.

Tart, sour apple, black pepper spice, bready character, piney & herbal hops, all very well balanced together.

Dry, fairly carbonated, lingering hoppiness.

Exciting new style. Tasty & interesting brew. Seek this one out.

bbothen, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pint glass. Hazy orange color with a fluffy white head. Good thick lacing. Tropical citrus aroma with some Belgian yeast esters. A bit of tree sap too. Bready and yeasty malt undertones, mango notes, perfumey alcohol, medium bitterness. Soft carbonation, maybe a little undercarbonated. Semi dry and mostly clean finish.

illidurit, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from the 22 oz bottle. Pours an extremely murky yellow with a huge piloowy head. Smells of some light citrus hop and some begian yeast. Pretty sweet smelling. Taste is more along the lines of a tripel for me. I wanted a bit more bitterness, but it is very drinkable. Some candied sugar flavor with jsut a hint of cinammon spice. Some hop bite to finish but not tons. Very smooth and oily mouthfeel. Good beer and it hides the 9% abv well.

DrDogbeer, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lacy Belgianesque head over a glowing golden color. The nose has sweet malts, tart fruits and peppery Belgian yeasts followed by a piney hop bouquet. As with the nose, the flavor profile is a superb balance between a rich Triple and an American IPA. It has some almost bready candy malts and topical fruit along with the spicy yeasts and a variety of hops that last through the finish. Full creamy body drinks well. A world class artisan ale.

rye726, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale/yellow in color, very clear with a small head. Smells of malt, yeast, and hops. First sip is bitter and hoppy. Nice malty backbone nicely compliments the hops. Strong yeasts also add to this beer's intense flavor. A strong bitter with above average carbonation. A fine showing

ATLbeerDog, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, split with a friend, poured into a Three Philosopher's Chalice. (Bottle says 9.2% ABV)

A hazy, golden-peach body pours from the bottle, beneath a fat, dispersed, off-white head. Great retention. The aroma is del.icio.us: earthy Amarillo hops neatly balanced with clove and banana, no doubt from the Belgian yeast.

As for the flavor, spicy yeasts and a breaded malt note pair perfectly with a finish of gentle, floral hops. The body is medium in thickness and nicely carbonated, with a grassy hop & biscuity malt finish. All in all, a great interpretation of the style that's certain to please.

wagenvolks, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of m1ked
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up randomly at BevMo MV. I had never seen it sold in bottles before. Cool label. $7.50. Ouch.

A- Pours a bright sandy orange that is very hazy, almost murky. Gives a nice off white head that hangs around a while. It never disappears, but transforms into this covering connected to the sticky lacing. Look hard and you will see the tiny jets of bubbles making their way up top.

S- This is pretty cool and smells exactly as advertised. Yeasty banana cloves infused with piney spicy hops bitterness. Totally intermingled together. Some candied augar sweetness. A touch of booze.

T- Starts off belgiany....smooth creamy yeasty slight banana clovey. Then the IPA makes itself known with its toned down but very present piney hoppiness. The taste is a little more two seperate flavors than the nose being more intertwined.

M- has a some weight on the toungue more like the belgian and carbonation is on point.

D- This is a totally cool GF creation. It reminds of frosted mini wheat with its two sides. The smell is a blend while the taste is seperate. I try to get this anytime I am out and about.

m1ked, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of bkett01
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange into the tulip glass. A small cream colored head dissappears quickly. Smell is citrus with that classic belgian spice.
I see lots of carbonation which gives a lively mouthfeel. Taste is sweet with a mix of belgian spice and fruit finishing with a hop bite that does not overpower. Interesting combination here that creates a very drinkable and fresh tasting beer.

I'm sold on this one, and with the price as the only drawback I would certainly recommend giving it a try.

bkett01, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Split a bomber with a friend. Hazy golden yellow, made sure to swirl in the sediment.

S. Piney hops, and some trademark belgian yeast. Hint of fruits.

T. A very nicely balanced brew that bastardizes two styles wonderfully. The hops are resinous, piney, slightly earthy. The malt is light. The yeast causes the dark fruit to come out, but it doesn't finish sweet, if anything a bit dry and bitter. Alcohal is well masked by all the other dominate flavors.

M. Medium bodied, a bit prickly on the palate.

D. This is a very well crafted beer. Its not quite as strong as some tripels/DIPA's. Certainly a must try.

Stinkypuss, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of ckaufman
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber into a tulip glass...

This beer pours out a nice hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger head full of bubbles. Medium lacing and retention in the glass.

I really like the way this beer plays in the nose. Clovelike and estery with a nice caramel malt undertone... and lets not forget the massive amount of piney and floral hop aroma.

This beer brings a complex taste to the table... I consider this beer a hybrid of sorts... a combination of belgian and west coast IPA. The taste definately backs up this theory. At first the Belgian yeast and the malts hit you in full force and then the bitter piney hops hang through the semi-dry finish... hang, hang, hang those hops do!

A full body with ample carbonation makes this beer fairly easy to drink even at 9+ ABV.

I will be picking up a few more Le Freak to enjoy in the future.

ckaufman, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

09/08/08- Purchased at Ledgers in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2008 release, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep golden straw colored pour. Full one inch head on pour. Slightly creamy and medium sized bubbles. Lacing is above average with nice patchwork and trails.

Smell- Strong hop prescence as well as a sugary sweet nose. Earthy as well.

Taste- Hops are big in this brew. Reminescent of Hobblen and Hop It as well as Bink Tripel. All use the hops to their advantage. The sweetness is a bit too much though. Plus the carbonation is pretty harsh. Grassy and a touch grainy as well. Not as dry as expected after reading a few other BA's reviews.

Mouthfeel- Mildly dry, rather foamy and brisk carbonation level. Long lasting hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- If the carbonation we a tad less and the sugar level was brought down a tad, this would be a very good beer. As is, still definitely above average and pretty tasty.

GClarkage, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bomber into Cab glass...

Beautiful rustic caramel hue with ample carbonation rising to latte-colored sourdough bread-like head with nice lacing.

Big-time floral hops rochambeau with Belgian yeast and spice profile (coriander, a little cloves, ginger... the usual suspects). Hefty caramel malt and alcohol sweetness are in the background at first but warmth opens this up a bit. A little soapiness on the hops. Dangerously close to the dish on the sink at your grandparents' house. After warming there's a little mild apple and peeled white grape aroma.

Carbonation mixes with hops that turn piney to create an austere first impression complete with strong oakiness. Alcohol is on the back burner while the spices create a further woody texture complemented by strong yeast and dry malt. Very powerful and complex if a little biting.

At first mouthfeel is extremely tight from the oak and pine hop bitterness of this offering but warmth quickly pries open the palate to provide a more soothing feeling. Dominant tone is still piney bitterness here; despite the bite it's very enjoyable.

This feels like GF accomplished its goals, but it needs some Beautiful Chemistry to help the elements play nice in the sandbox. Balance is present only in over-abundance of the yeast, oak, spice and ultra-piney hops but the bitterness and spice have a little turf war going on. Within style, a little more malt and oil on the hops could be the ties that bind. The hop bitterness overpowers the yeast and malt and/or wheat electricity common with this style. Can't argue with the individual ingredients, though, but this has a fair complement of austerity - maybe a little too much. Age may help this one mellow. Still, it's prettty interesting and enjoyable stuff. I would definitely try this again.

IBUnit63, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle just purchased from Gary's in Madison...
"Extreme Ale Converging San Diego-Style Imperial Pale Ale and Belgian-Style Trippel" on the front logo sticker...
This should be interesting...
An aggressive pour yielded a hazy, murky, dark-golden hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head...
Smell: Piney, citrus-laden... Certainly a cross between either an APA / IPA and a Belgian Tripel... Interesting...
Taste: Smacked with candied sugars, loaded with hops... A dead-on American(!) depiction of a unique Belgian style... Excellent stuff from Green Flash... Worth the price... A high quality, true-to-the-style brew... Could definitely be confused with an authentic Belgian ale... Hints of vanilla and cotton candy abound...
Creamy, rich, thick mouthfeel along with an excellent level of drinkability for a hefty 9.2% ABV, which the front logo sticker clearly states...
Highly recommended...

dsa7783, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Sixpoint
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe you can get this beer on-tap in Brooklyn. That's crazy.

Had this baby on draft at Pacific Standard. They always seem to have great beers on tap.

Not much of a head on this hazy golden beer, looked a little lifeless. However, the aroma had the sweetness and spice of a true Belgian Pale.

Lots of warmth from the alcohol, plenty of clove, nutmeg, the usual suspects.

Had a light carbonation, which was surprising, but I felt actually enhanced the drinkability of this brew. Went down way too easy.

Sixpoint, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the PB Tap Room for five dollars and some change, consumed 9/4/08, reviewed from notes, glad to finally find this stuff

A-Cloudy golden orange color with yellow highlights, 3/4 inch creamy white head that stayed around for about five minutes, nice lacing
S-Oranges, grapefruit, tangerine, cloves, other spices, bananas, bubble gum, Belgian yeast, candied sugar, hoppiness, straw, and pine
T-This brew reminds me of a tripel and a double IPA at the same time even though that does not seem possible, lots of underlying sugar to go along with the hops, Belgian yeast sticks out quite a bit as well, lots of pine at times too, a little sweeter than I would have wanted but still very good and different from the other Belgian IPAs I have had in that it is more abbey-like than being hoppy like a typical IPA
M-Spicy, dry, and sweet mouthfeel, above average level of carbonation, medium bodied that is on the thicker side, taste lingers
D-This stuff is slightly hard to drink because of its complexity, ABV seems like it would be high too, can heavy on the stomach, smooth for the most part but does get sweet by the end

I had Super Freak before this which is a barrel aged sour version and I was disappointed to say the least, this beer impressed me quite a bit and is part of a fairly new style, if there was a Belgian DIPA category, it would probably be in that, will be drinking again judging by the bottles I picked up while down south, recommended

Floydster, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Rzzzzz
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mission Pizza in Fremont (aka "Freakmont"). ABV not listed above, but bartender said it was 9%.

This is definitely an example of worlds colliding. Served in a pint glass, cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head that lingered, leaving behind some solid lacework.

Strong aroma of hops, typical of a west coast IPA. And of Belgian yeast & spice, typical of a Belgian tripel. My brain can't figure out which way to go with this one, as the pull is equally strong from each direction. Tasting only adds to the confusion, as the flavors match the aromas. These are not two styles I'd in any way associate with one another yet there they are living harmoniously in the same glass.

An unusual animal for sure, but with a nice, smooth mouthfeel and a subtle alcohol warming at the end, this stuff is oddly satisfying.

Rzzzzz, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of ewright
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sharing a 22 oz bottle the the better half.

A: Pours out clear, nice burnished gold color. A layer of egg-white bubbles forms and recedes to a thin coating with moderate lacing.

S: This smells exactly as advertised. Nice citrus (grapefruit, tangerine) hop aromas up front with spicy clove and faint banana and bubblegum aromas from the Belgian yeast.

T: Amazingly enough, this tastes like two different beers at the same time. Up front, more of the Belgian characteristics show up. Tastes just like a tripel with bready yeasty notes and a bit of spice. Once this hits the back of the tongue, the hop bitterness really kicks in and you're reminded of the west coast IPA aspect.

M: The one drawback here is that I'm not overly fond of the bitter aftertaste over the yeasty spiciness. The hops weaken an already slightly thin body. Carbonation levels are appropriate for either style.

D: This is one more interesting beer. I'm almost glad I'm not having this with food. There's so much going on I wouldn't want to be distracted as I savor the nuances of this brew.

ewright, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of rodrot
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light, hazy amber color with a huge pillowy head. Very nice Belgian aroma at the start-lots of spice, but then a good whiff of leafy American hops. Taste was an interesting hybrid of spices(coriander and anise maybe?) and citrusy hops up front, with sweet peachy malts in the finish. Alcohol was well hidden, so the drinkability was very good. I'll be picking up some more of this the first chance I get.

rodrot, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Tolann
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy orange/golden color with a fluffy mostly white head. Looks like good lace on this one too.

S - smells...Belgian. Sweet green hops and Belgian.

T - It's an IPA, no wait its a Belgian, finishes like a hoppy IPA. Its kinda odd. It's super hoppy, but has some Belgian yeast characteristics. It finishes with a hoppy grassy flavor

M - light to medium mouth feel. Not too much carbonation. Slightly dry in the after taste.

D - its pretty nice. I'd try this again, but probably would think to make the nite of it. It's not over crazy impressive, but still really good and enjoyable

Tolann, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A copper body with an off-white head.

Smell is mostly hops, piney and citrusy.

Taste is also mostly hops. Some fruitiness up front followed by tons of pine along with citrus and just straight bitterness. In the background, espcially in the finish, I notice a belgian yeast character. Mouthfeel is thicker than an IPA and not as oily.

Fairly drinkable brew, an interesting drink.

Hojaminbag, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of roan22
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful hazy peach color, opaque. Smells of ripe melon like Cantelope, or perhaps Midori liquor, also a whiff of straight up booze (yeah GF!), and maybe a slight tartness.

Tastes of sweet peach, melon and grapefruit, at first...followed by a boozy gasoline taste (aka a pine hop resin taste), intermingling/remixing into serious west coast hop bitterness (mm tastes like centennial and simcoe hops to me!), with a tinge of traditional belgian tripel taste. Undercarbonated to me.

Finish is dry, and the lasting bitterness is good IPA familiar territory. Somewhat saison like in mouthfeel, but there's no funk note, and no crazy belgian foam which is kind of a disappointment. Overall Belgian somewhat in taste, but the hops finish first, subtley.

Pretty impressive belgian IPA beer coming from one of the hoppiest brewing areas of California..masters of IPAs, but beginners at belgians... or so I say. Cheers Green Flash, this is another winner!

By the way the ABV is a shockingly high (for me!) 9.2%..its definitely a sipper.

roan22, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of largadeer
2.3/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a small white head.

Smell: Estery funk, candy sweetness and hops of the herbal and citrus variety.

Taste & mouthfeel: Candy-like sweetness and fruity esters up front. A bit of yeasty funk is present in the background, lending some nice complexity until the abusively bitter hops begin to rape the palate. This beer has to have the worst balance of hops I've ever tasted - there's little hop flavor or aroma, while the bitterness is completely over the top. Midway through the glass my palate was numb and I couldn't actually taste anything beyond bitterness. Pretty ridiculous stuff, and not in a good way.

largadeer, Sep 04, 2008
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,902 ratings.