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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 716
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
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Gots: 282 | 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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Ratings: 2,147 | Reviews: 716
Photo of TheLiterati
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Le Freak combines an imperial pale ale with a Belgian-style trippel, resulting in another great hybrid beer.

Pours a bit more gold than amber with a finger-high creamy white head. Smells of pine, with a bit of candy sweetness in the nose. Tastes like a smooth DIPA at first sip, but then mellows into the Belgian-inspired sweetness of a trippel.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, making this a quite drinkable beer.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz poured into my tulip, no freshness date.

Pours a slightly hazy apricot with the light catching it just right and making the orange highlights glow and burn. Nice two plus fingers of head swell up and leave a rocky head that slowly recedes to a thin foam and leaves patches of sticky lacing down the glass.

Nose is piney hops underlaid by a more tropical pineapple sweetness, hints of Belgian yeast give off almost a strawberry smell.

Yep, this is Green Flash! Loads of West Coast hopping hit your tongue first, lots of pine and hints of grapefruit. Then comes the Belgian yeast giving some esters, kinda spicy, a bold pale malt backs this up and gives off biscuity malt that borders on a burnt, thick sticky feel but the beer works due to a spot on carbonation. Bitterness that meets you in the middle and carries through well into the finish. Definitely some booze in the finish as well.

I've never been a huge fan of BIPA simply because they rarely integrate the two styles very well, they just seem disjointed. This is one of the better examples that goes full bore with the hops and gives the esters a run for their money - my only real complaint is the booziness (and big ABV) that severely hinders the drinkabiity, it just doesn't seem to fit.

Otherwise, a terrific stab at the hybrid style, tasty!

Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium sparkling copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured mentholly type yeast esters and an herbal hop.

The taste consisted of upfront yeast esters followed by a potent herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.

Overall a BIPA that leans heavily toward the Belgian side.

Photo of kkipple
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle in trade from jlindros. Thanks bud! No freshness date, alas.

A. Ok, this beer got head. A simple pour into my Tripel Karmeliet goblet yields a massive, 2.5 inch tall head...??! What is this?! That's Belgian, alright. Puffy, billowy, chunky, rocky... the sides fall first, leaving a precarious island of light tan foam precariously balanced in a sea of crackling bubbles, while the pure orange gold brew beneath dances and shimmers. This beer got style, but I can't possibly believe the head was meant to be so... overwhelming? Still, who complains about too much head?

S. Initially very West-Coast hoppy, but this is more complex than that... spicy, dry, fruity-estery, (pineapple? green apples?) grapefruit, slick booze, sweet and candied... quite unusual, hits like a American hopped Belgian Golden. Which it is. Cool!

T. Hops up front, big Cali citric-grapefruit hops. Solid, sweet malt presence. As it warms and you drink more, the Belgian notes come out, and welcome they are, too! Pepper, tropical fruity esters, some fine yeasty notes, quite tough to pin down. Is it an American DIPA, loaded with succulent malt depth and gobs of hops? Is it a soft, dry, complex Belgian golden? Who knows? Who cares? This is unique, tasty and quite drinkable.

M / D. Soft carbonation, medium-hefty mouthfeel, rather rich feeling, finish is short and sweet - grapefruit bitters with a peppy dryness. Oddly, not warming... hmm.

I really liked Le Freak, in case you couldn't tell. More breweries should attempt marriages of two styles like this. The DIPA is a good DIPA, the Golden a good Golden, and together they make something not only delicious, but memorable. Send more Jared!

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

I am really liking this Belgian IPA style and this is a great example . The hop notes are west coast big and piney but the Belgian flavours really anchor the beer. I noticed that it seemed a little confused in focus in the first couple sips but soon the hops came to the front and the beer truly tasted like an IPA from Belgian. This is a big beer and a sipper but very drinkable ( much like the DIPA from Green Flash). Cool beer

Photo of coachdonovan
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

my second foray into Belgian IPA territory... let's see how this compares to WildDevil.

i will admit this looks pretty great in the glass. both initial and subsequent pours build a creamy pillowy head that leaves a beautiful trail down the glass. color is a few shades from orange with some sediment in the bottom of the glass.

taste and aroma does a pretty good job of marrying the Belgian tart sweetness with the oily flavors from the double/imperial IPA. the hops are a little much and seem to overwhelm the yeast a bit.

palate is a little too fried and abv is a little too high for me to want another. or even for me to be excited about finishing the bomber. (oh don't worry, i finished it. i was just looking forward to moving on to something else.)

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

Green Flash Brewing has only recently made it into the Chicagoland market and I gotta ask ... What took you so long!?!?!

Wow! LeFreak is an amazing brew. The marriage between an IPA & a Trippel is brilliant. It spotlights the finest qualities of an IPA & the finest qualities of a Belgian, while ommitting some of the aspects that are acquired tastes when it comes to each style of brew.

In my opinion:

IPA "pros" - bold hops & an underlying malt sweetness.
Trippel "pros" - sharp citrus, spice & balanced alcohol.

IPA "cons" - christmas tree in a glass
Trippel "cons" - yeastiness & sourness.

LeFreak accentuates the above "pros" & mellows the "cons".

It pours golden/orange & has a light white head ... the nose is very inviting with promise of lemon & spice ... from tip of the tongue to finish, Le Freak is well balanced taking you from bite to sweet to richness to clean finish.

I've had their IPA & their Trippel ... both very good brews, but this combination is where it's at.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with one finger of creamy white head.

Scent of Belgian sugar, citrus, yeast, earth, caramel, and bitter hops. More balanced than I was expecting, with the citrus taking charge rather than the bitter hoppiness.

Taste of yeast, citrus, earth, some hops, sugars, and a hint of alcohol. The sugar takes charge here, while the rest of the beer lacks behind a bit. It is a tasty beer, but it doesn't quite capture the spirit of either beer style it is trying to be.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a strong bite of carbonation, very nice.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a supremely cloudy, rich golden color. Incredibly thick and chewy (!) two fingers of light orange meringue. TONS of messy lace and suspended sediment.

S: Fruity yeast and spices. Grassy/herbal hops, with a slightly mineral-y and flowery alcohol aroma.

T: Subdued banana. Sweet apple and pear. Metallic-mineral flavor (probably the alcohol). Fresh grassy hops.

M: Dry and prickly with a solvnt-like alcohol quality in the finish. Bit of burn. Sweet fruit balances the hot and dry characteristics.

D: Surprisingly good considering the abv. We likey!

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

A - Orangish amber colour with a nice foamy head that dissipated with remarkable lacing. Very very nice lacing, can't say enough about it.

S - Fruit, belgian yeast, pine notes, citrus hops. Fun to try to pick it all out.

T - It tastes like a tripple. It tastes like an IPA. It tastes like both and not always at the same time. Very complex but a very good blending of two exceptionally different styles. Get the nice yeasty taste followed up by bitter hops twist. I tried to imagine what this would taste like and it seemed like a nightmare, but it is surprisingly pleasant.

M - Nice carbonation in a medium bodied and somewhat slippery beer.

D - Not super hard to drink, but would be hard to session these.

Photo of Dig
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great beer. Complexity and flavour of a trippel with the power and balancing bitterness of a 2IPA. Really good. Did start to get a bit 'chewy' toward the end, but didn't leave my mouth feeling quite as osmotically shocked as many other trippels. Must look out for more of these hybrid styles.

Photo of jwinship83
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle drank from duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours a bright golden orange colored body with a large, white, fluffy head. the head lasts nearly the entire time and leaves behind solid rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice is the belgian yeast. it starts off very similar to your run of the mill belgian trippels. banana, clove, coriander, and yeast. theres a little bit of alcohol in here too. at the end comes a large blast of american hops. very citrusy with lots of pine as well.

T- the taste is similar to the smell. trippel up front with an IPA in the back. lots of grapefruit and resiny piny hops. i could also detect some alcohol.

M- medium, bordering on full, bodied bodied and well carbonated. some warming on the way down from the alcohol.

D- i really liked this one. it was a great blend of two very contrasting styles. too potent to attempt a second one, but the bottle i had went down in a hurry. check this one out oif youre a fan of the style.

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

Pours glowing dark yellow with puffy, clingy white head that fades to rocky and leaves strings and webs of lace. Nose is Belgian yeast, a bit of farmyard, but also ginger, mango, lemonade hops. Rock sugar, pear and butterscotch up front. Floral and citrus hops fight it out with a white pepper and lemon burn. Fruity hops linger, then tighten to a tight dry finish with a bit of sour. ABV just peaks out, light prickle, creamy and a bit sticky, light to medium weight.

More California than Belgium. Very SD hops. Not entirely on style, but strays in a direction I like.

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

Bottle sample courtesy of my friend Adil- A deep hazed golden pour, topped with a frothy and rocky white cap. Intense nose of fresh hops with spices, flowers, citrus, yeast. Tastes sweet and of candy, tropical fruit,pear, and has a massive hop flavour of pine and citrus. A bit of a yeasty funk lingers towards a very lengthy and bitter finish. Very good!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a dark gold color with a tinge of orange and has a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops, cloves, and some tropical fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pine and citrusy hops, peppery spice, Belgian yeast and a bit of tropical fruit and cloves. Also has a good bitter hoppy finish. The taste does start off very hoppy, but it does balance out as the fruit flavor shows up more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit dry and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, the alcohol is well hidden and it's not hard to drink at all. I think this is a good overall brew, I enjoyed it.

Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber poured into a tulip. Notes.

A: Pours a glowing tangerine orange. Two finger head with good retention and some lacing.

S: Nice hop combo. Fruity, citrus, and lightly pined hops blend with a spicy Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Clove? Light alcohol.

T/M: Good bitterness for the combonation. The west coast hop profile battle for position with the Belgian yeast and malt side. Pleasantly sweet. A bitmore citrus creeps through on the lightly dry and bitter finish. Body is about medium with good carbonation.

D: ABV is pretty damn high for an IPA, even a Belgian. Tasty and interesting, though.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, floral hops, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of grassy hops that is quickly followed by the bready flavor of Belgian yeast and sweet flavors of citrus & caramel. The malt character is a little on the thin side for the style but provides some balance. There a strong booziness that comes though at first but it fades a little as the beer warms. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet. The label reads "Extreme ale converging San Diego-style imperial pale ale and Belgian-style trippel." The interesting part about this beer is that in one sip I'll taste 2IPA and in the next I'll taste Tripel.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice stronger beer with some complexity that makes it worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a brilliant clear gold with a thin white head. Bottle conditioned. Lots of piney hops in the aroma. Medium bodied with a solid malt base. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty drinkable for the ABV. The Belgian spice is there along with a load of hop bitterness in the finish. Not quite sure if I like this one, but it is an interesting mix of two brewing styles.

Photo of jacobseyb
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=pours a golden copper color with an off white head of one finger that hangs around quite well

S=definitely spicy with a cakey aroma to open with clear hops following

T=love the spicy flavors initially with a crisp clear hoppy bitterness finishing each sip.

M=a little light on the carbonation in my opinion, but overall a good feel.

D=very enjoyable and a great change of pace, though these hybrids arent usually my favorite.

Photo of aubuc1
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a very hazy light orange with a bright white thick head.

Big smell of pine and fruit ranging from grapefruit to pineapple with some belgian chalky yeast.

Taste is a hoppy, but not bitter. Smooth belgiany finish.

Very good mouthfeel and little alcohol taste with such a high abv.

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

had this beer an many occasions i feel it fits the description perfectly IMO it tastes and feels like a tripel that has been hopped to hell and its delicious golden orange color the smell is spiced and the big west coast IPA hop smell and the taste is spot on to the smell the carbonation is spot on and the drinkability great for being upwards of 9% this beer is great for its style is recommend it to any one

Photo of lackenhauser
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very nice orange/amber color with a decent head that receedes all too rapidly. Muted aroma-I think any Belgian notes overshadow the hops. Only slightly floral, somewhat earthy. Great flavor! Big ole blast of hops set against the malt and "sulfuryness" of a triple. Lingering bitterness. somewhat metallic ring to it. Sort of slick and oily. Finish is somewhat dry. Very nice body-very full. I find I almost want to gulp this-the great flavor and body rolled into one make this a very, very drinkable beer. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of paulieatworld
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a vivd and dense orange with a pure white, fluffly heads that disappears, halfway through.

smells of all the things you would expect from a belgian tripel. alcohol, dark fruits, sugar.

so the tastes on this one follows the appearance. i thought that this one poured awfully orange and hazy for an ipa/tripel blend and if i were blind folded i would have said that this taste much more like an ipa blended with a saison or even belgian wit. loads of orange, coriander and slight lemon zest. i don't typically find these notes in the tripels i frequent. the ipa part of this experience is almost an after thought. its like you get this intense belgian wit with high carbonation and a dry, citrus green flash west coast ipa finish.

all in all, a pretty enjoyable beer. really complex and unique and done better than the version brewed by stone. i just don't get the tripel in this.

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

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a hazed rich amber color with about two fingers of dense off white foam. The head leaves a minimal lacing on my glass. Nose and flavor are of herbal, woody earthy hops, some citrus such as lemon and orange, spices such as coriander, hints of caramel, yeast. A notch or two better than medium in body with ample carbonation. Pretty tasty stuff.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber picked up today at the Glen Ellyn Binny's in good old IL. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Greeted with two fingers worth of tightly packed, quietly bubbly and rather thick and pillowy soft sandy white head. Lazy little ropes of carbonation bubble up from the etchings on the bottom of the glass through the golden amber body to hold up the head for as long as it can manage, which turns out to be not that long as the head fades in five minutes or so and leaves scant lacing. Maybe it's the amount of booze in this beer but I was expecting more.

S: Very indicative of a Belgian IPA, don't really see it as a mix between West and far East coast quite yet. Aroma is grassy up front with doses of lemony pepper, coriander, clove, light banana, with a solid caramel malt backing. Just a clean, very well put together beer in terms of aroma. Good but not a wow beer and not the best in terms of style.

T/MF: Honey sweetness and grassy earthiness mixed together are my first impressions here. Then as the beer warms and additional sips are taken, lemon pepper with a good amount of floral and herbal spiciness. Midway through this beer gets a bit dry with warms breaths of alcohol interspersed between each sip. The "West Coast" in this beer is quite evident in the long and lasting finish where the heavier hop aspect is able to demonstrate its power on the back of my tongue. Mouthfeel is slightly under carbonated for a beer in this category, prickly bubbles pop on the tongue rather than dance and the hops coat the tongue faster than the booze can dry it out.

D: This beer is an easy sipper with a complex flavor profile and demonstrates a rather unique styling, but for all its frills, does not take my breath away like some others in this style have done in the past, though it is nice to be reintroduced to the style after such a prolonged absence.

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