Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,062
Reviews: 703
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
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Gots: 222 | 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:
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 AltBock
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a cool modern art painting of a San Diego beach. Over the painting is the name of the beer, a short description of the beer, and the ABV%. To the far right of the label is the mandatory US information. I've never seen a Green Flash bottle with any kind of date on it and "Le Freak" is no different.

Appearance: It seemed fitting to pour "Le Freak" into my Chimay Chalice. I'm sure the glass helped it out a little bit, but it was mostly the beer that made "Le Freak" eye candy! It poured an impressive hazy and bright golden tangerine orange with a small glimmer of sunshine yellow at the bottom of the beer. If the color doesn't impress you, then the head of foam will. Upon pour, this beer had a beautiful 1 to 1 1/2 inch silky head of white foam. It was one of those long lasting heads of foam. The only time it receded was when liquid was removed from underneath the head of foam. When it did recede, it left behind milky white streaks all along the edge of the glass. It was indeed a top notch appearance!

Smell: The aroma of "Le Freak" was on the citrusy side of things. No malts were ever found in the aroma. It was just a hardcore citrus aroma. The aroma was very citrusy with lemon peel, a splash of orange peel, tart grapefruit, and tart lemons. Not only were there citrus fruits, but also some exotic fruits like the mango and the pineapple. Even the hops couldn't get away from being citrus based. If you take all of these citrus aroma I described and rolled them into a ball and then put this citrus ball on a bed of pine needles, you'll get the same aroma that "Le Freak" has.

Taste: The label said it was a cross between an Imperial Pale Ale and a Belgian Triple. They weren't joking! The taste was Imperial Pale Ale first and then Triple second. The taste wasn't going to mess around. It kicked off dry and hoppy with dried and bitter citrus hops. It had a relatively high hop content. You could actually taste the hops gather strength. The hops started off mild and then peaked at a high medium level. The taste was a very hops short of becoming hugely hopped. Among with the citrus hops were a few citrus fruits, a dash of pine, and a slight touch of yeast. There weren't as many citrus fruit in the taste as there was in the aroma. Hope you like citrus flavors when you drink this beer.

Mouthfeel: This was a medium to full bodied beer that featured a full flavored hoppy aftertaste of bitter citrus hops, a splash of lemon peel, a hint of tart grapefruit, and a load of pine needles. This aftertaste will linger on the surface of your tongue for a good 20 minutes. You better keep your eyes on this beer because it's one of those sneaky beers. You can't feel the alcohol content till the last drop of beer is gone.

Drinkability: I have had this beer on cask and in a bottle. Let me tell you that any version of this beer is delicious. While the aroma was hooked on the citrus and exotic fruits, the taste was concentrating on the bitter citrus hops. "La Freak" is Freakishly delicious! One bottle of this fine beer will not last long. If you can find it, good for you! Hope you enjoy it!

Photo of Keith238
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into snifter. Golden/honey color with tight lacing around the glass.

Very nice combination of styles here. Scent brings plenty of fruity notes and spices that I can't quite place. Very hoppy yet biscuity with a dry finish. Moderately carbonated and not too over the top on alcohol makes for an easy to drink, very tasty Le Freak.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Emerges clear and golden bronze in color with a large, dense and rocky, stiff white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. The head susides into a cloudy like, meringue topping.

Aroma is floral hoppy with a touch of mustiness. Spicy corriander and yeast as well as some candi sugar. A touch of medicinal aroma found in a homebrew I once did; band aid like.

Flavor is in your face hoppiness. Fruity and earthy with a ton of yeastiness, white pepper spice, and a touch of orange and lemon peel. Quite spicy and quite bitter.

A touch thin but I really dig the hop bitterness. Finishes stark dry and completely pallate cleansing. Quite refreshing. I should have bought more of these. I really liked this one. Certainly any hophead would love this as well.

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

Thanks to MASPuros for the bottle.

Pours a very cloudy golden, almost wheat color, with a creamy two finger head. The foam sticks around for a very long time, leaving a thick sheeting of lace behind.

Smell; tone of tropical fruits, mangoes, pineapples, oranges and lemons. Some pepper and alcohol give a nice spiciness to the aroma, and some sweet caramel and candied sugar round out the nose.

Taste; those tropical fruits come through in the flavor as much as they did in the aroma. Pineapples, mangoes, oranges and lemons all make an appearance with the additions of some bananas. Through the middle a great spiciness with white pepper, cloves and alcohol. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, with caramel and a touch of candied sugar. Despite the sweetnes it actually comes off as a little dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a great drinkability.

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

The California hop addiction meets your favorite Belgian Trippel... The result is Le Freak.

Definitely a different take on your standard hopped up brew. Pours a dark copper and being unfiltered there is plenty of goodness at the bottom of the bottle. The flavor of hops is not lost amongst the smoothness of the trippel. Goes down extremely smooth, does not taste like a >9% abv beer. All of the beers that I have had from Green Flash have been well done.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Color is orange, with hints of brown. Big, foamy head that slowly fades leaving chunky lace on the glass. Very cloudy.

S - Big citrusy hops up front. Lots of grapefruit and a little lemon. A sweetness is present also with hints of banana. A light, peppery aroma lingers underneath.

T - Much more DIPA than Belgian Tripel. Citrusy bitterness initially that lasts through the entire drink. Not as mouth wasting as many DIPA's, but still very dominant. The Belgian yeast comes through mid-drink with hints of clove and banana. The entire beer is tied together by a nice, not to strong, sweetness. I would like a little more of the Belgian yeast to come through, but still very tasty.

M/D - Medium bodied and a little on the chewy side. The hop resins coat the mouth. Excellent carbonation and very easy drinking. The alcohol does provide a nice warming but is not too overpowering. Could be dangerous at 9%+.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful deep gold/amber and nice, puffy head that descended slowly to a collar. Nice lacing and a strong carbo-stream.

S - Raw honey with freshly cut, wet grass.

T - The bitterness detracts from what might have been a superior offering. It's hard to get past the artichoke stem-like bitterness. That said, there's some alluring spices and a nice raw honey element in the mix but the alcohol on the back end subdues it. Pity.

M - Nice carbonation and decent creaminess make you strive for more but . . . .

D - The alcohol is over the top but I can see swirling this down with hop heads on a warm, sunny deck somewhere. This might work with mussels.

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

22oz bottle at 55 degress.

Pours clear gold with a two inch mass of white froth into the tulip glass. The whipped head slowly settles into rocky seafoam with a coned center. After the first few sips the head sinks to reveal a solid skim coat on the surface as well as plenty of torn curtains of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of spice, cloves, and earthy hops. Cut grass, white pepper, coriander, bubblegum, sugar-dusted cloves, and a hint of lemon zest. Pungent and floral.

Light bodied with a crisp, sharpish mouthfeel. Effervescent for sure.

A firm, drying bitterness and spicey hops start the palate. The bitterness builds quickly and joins with a bite of peppercorn, followed by citrus-spritzed cut grass. Throat-prickling heat steps forward as well as grapefruit pith and bitter greens. A trace of sweet, biscuity malt trys to pull through.

Finishes with a lingering peppery bite, massive bitterness, and a hint of mustard seed. A hint of light residuals and dandelion greens as an afterthought.

What a massive interpretation of a Belgian IPA. The spicing, hopping, and warming alcohol are almost over the top. A real sipper.

Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PEBKAC for this, it was on my wants forever.

Pours a golden orange with a rocky white head.

Smell: Lemons, Pine, Yeast, Grapefruit, Oranges, and Pine.

Taste: Pepper, Lemon, Bread, and Apples. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice dry bitterness.

Photo of nick76
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very hoppy with citrus and grass. It's also got fruit and malt. The appearance is hazy gold with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma and rather bitter. The palate is thin but smooth. Overall it's decent but a little to astringent.

Photo of JoeBloe
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from a 22oz bomber into a stella artois 40cl glass ( at least they make good glassware) - pours real nice - that nice hazy tangerine color with a proper head that leaves good lacing down the glass -
noticing some yeast sediment swirling up from the bottom of the bottle - smells nice, good hop aroma - tastes real good - quite complex, none of it off-putting - better on the 2nd glass, as it had warmed a bit, also more bready notes(due to more yeast content towards the bottom?) - very enjoyable - i got a good buzz off this - le freak!

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

A: Slightly hazy burnt orange color. Poured a 2 finger coarse tan head with fair retention. Laced in light rings. Lightly decanted continually.

S: big citrus hops up front. Light-colored fruits (banana and pear). Yeast notes and bready malts in the background. Very pleasantly complex in the nose as I'm sure there was more.

T: Almost a candy-like sweetness up fron that was surprising after the nose. Some orange and lemon citrus zest in the middle. Resiny bitter hops linger in the finish. Warming alcohol becomes more prominent as it warms.

M: Medium body. Carbonation brightens the feel by tickling the toungue. Warming alcohol dries the finish.

D: I sure liked this beer; like the label implied, trippel-meets-IPA. Its flavors and complexity seemed to ahnge with every swallow. The abv keeps it from being a sessionable - it turned me into a uni-bomber.

Photo of dukew456
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Duvel tulip.

Pours a bright honey-gold with a gorgeous one-finger head that sticks around, leaving lace throughout.

This smells "like a Belgian" in the sense that you pick up that sweet fruitiness with the barn funk in the background. However, a very faint hop aroma tries to peek through.

The theme of tripel up front, imp pale in the back continues with the taste, and it works wonderfully. I really like the fruity, yeasty Belgian tripel melding with a faint citrus hop bitterness. Unique, good stuff. The carbonation plays well with the viscosity, too.

Great beer, and now that I think about it, my first "Belgian IPA." I will definitely be seeking out more of this style, and this will be the bad boy that started me on them.

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

Thanks to raoulduke37 for buying this for me at Hi-Times a week ago. 22 ounce bottle with a colony of yeast found at the bottom. On to the beer:

Very cloudy and electric blonde on the pour, could be tangerine color. Two-fingers thick of creamy froathy head as it lands in my Stella Artois chalice. Good nose, mild on the power, some tart mango, horse blanket, and lemon rind. Fairly complex aroma, and I really dig it.

Clove and peppery spice knock on the palate in it's introduction. There's faint pineapple and bitter grapefruit rinds making a pleasant bitter flavor. Echoes of fresh sqeezed mango. Spearmint, aspirin, and medicinal qualities linger on in the aftertaste. Medium-heavy feel, not too hevay for me, somewhat silky texture with a tickle of carbonation.

Just what I would want in a Belgian IPA. A break from the easily accessible San Diego hop bombs.

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

I have been very eager to try this. I am starting to become a very big fan of the Green Flash brewery. I poured this from a 22 oz. bomber into my fancy smancy Samuel Adams beer tasting glass. As I am pouring the beer, Rick James's "Super Freak" is going through my head.

A- It pours a thick honey color with a 2" off white color head. It's cloudy from the yeast. The lacing is decent at best.

S- Orange maybe coriander. There are hoppy citrusy hints but the overwhelming scent is of fruit. I do detect traces of banana. I want to say pina colada, but that would be going too far. There's definitely a tropical fruit smell.

T- Wow. My palate doesn't know what to make of this. It's like watching sports at Gentlemen's club. My eyes don't know whether to watch the football on the big screen or the woman on the pole. It's the same for my taste buds here. The smooth fruitiness of the wheat is immediate. This is soon followed by the bitter tang of the generous amounts of hops. It's an interesting flavor; I've never had anything like this. There's too much going on, it's hard for me to look on any one flavor.

M- Medium body with a silky smooth finish on the tongue. Because of the hops, the finish is very dry.

D- This is where this interesting beer gets dinged on points. You are only going to like this beer if: #1. You are a weizen/Belgian ale drinker and #2. You are a hop head. I happen to be both so I love this beer. It does get better as it warms up a bit. This allows the rest of the beer to compete against the hops. As a beer connoisseur, I love this beer. It challenges you on every level. However, I can't see myself having more than one of these at a time. If you want a change of pace, and a beer that will challenge you? This is the beer for you.

Remember Rick James? This beer is a Super Freak, Super Freak, its Super Freaky...awwww. I love it.

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

Bomber into a Brooklyn snifter.

Appearance: A more golden copper color, with huge ice cream-like lacing that sticks around for a while, leaving huge clumps everywhere. What a sight to see in the glass, though it would've been nice to see more carbonation surging around, and it's odd that the head was that mountainous without such a factor.

Smell: An awesome combination of Tripel-like fruit, candied fruit, and pungent citrus hops. Lots of pineapple, pear, candied oranges, sweet banana cream, and nice lemon and mild grapefruit complimenting the brighter fruit flavors. The yeast seems to be doing magical things. Heady and intoxicating overall, with much to discover.

Taste: I can see how some would be turned off by this, but I am certainly not. Huge burst of Tripel-like fruit and Belgian flavors at first. Everything from banana, vanilla, candied and tropical fruit, maybe some mango, certainly some pear, grapefruit, white wine characteristics, pear, and pineapple. But what the beer achieves is the immediate yet not jarring transition from the sweeter flavors to the absolute onslaught of pungent bitterness, and I mean insanely pungent bitterness. But because of the malt sweetness and huge effervescence on that end, the hops don't drown anything out. But this is more for the hophead, as the hops are bitter as hell, yet they still manage to do great things with the transition, the amalgam, and the long finish. When the bottle's done, a huge cake of yeast lies on the bottom of the bottle, even more than I've seen in many real Belgians. That has to make a difference, with a ton of flavors, and probably many changing from bottle to bottle, as the yeast is beyond generous.

Mouthfeel: Expectantly medium to full-bodied, with a decent creaminess and carbonation.

Drinkability: From what I heard before I tried this, it's a love it or hate it beer, and it seems that for most folks it's the former. And I'm certainly also in that camp. The biggest detractor is the $9-ish price tag, which just seems a bit outrageous. Take it down to the $7 range and we'll see, but Green Flash -- unlike someone like Lagunitas -- always has their prices high, so I suppose you have to expect it. But man, what a wild beer, and a style that I hope continues to catch on.

Photo of ElGordo
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to reviewing a bottle of this, which I have to say was my favorite beer at the GABF last year. Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. The body is somewhere between golden and orange, topped by a thin, creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Wonderful aroma of shary citrusy hops, funky Belgian yeast, and notes of cut grass and pineapple.
Palate is a good dose of sweet, bready malt that is quickly supplanted by a strong dose of grassy, citrusy hops. A husky bitterness is detectable underneath the more overt flavors and lingers for a while after the finish. Otherwise, the finish is mildly sweet, with just a hint of candi sugar and spicy Belgian yeast.
Body is robust and creamy, but with a mild chalky streak that is a little offputting. Still, on the whole, the body is a good balance between the thick, syrupy backbone of a double IPA and the creamy carbonation of a tripel. A good effort on Green Flash's part, but there are still a few flawed elements.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber bought for me by a friend at Jungle Jim's in Ohio. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear light copper color with a huge pillowy off white head. The head on this one was at place in the glass I picked. It settles pretty well, but doesn't completely go away. It tries to leave lacing, but the bubbles slide down the glass instead of sticking.

S: What an interesting aroma. Citrus hops mixed with a banana aroma that I assume comes from the yeast. It definitely has caught my attention with the nose.

T: Tastes like what I would expect. A tripel with a kick of hops. Yeasty sweet Belgian flavor that is washed away with a load of citrus and piney hops. A little bit of spicing adds some extra interest too. Its interesting, but I have had better tasting versions of the style.

M: It has a medium body with a nice in mouth carbonation level. The spicing adds a little bit extra character.

D: The piney hoppiness of this one turns me off a little bit. It makes it a bit more harsh than others I have had of the style.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jcb890.

A - Slightly hazy, golden, burnt orange with a thin white head that quickly turns into a small wisp of foam in the center.

S - Juicy citrus hops, maybe even a bit of lemon, spicy clove, Belgian yeast, candy sugar sweetness and a touch of banana and bubblegum.

T - Tripel like candy sugar sweetness with spicy cloves followed by orange cream like, resiny hops that leave a lingering bitterness on the tongue. A touch of alcohol is also noticeable.

M - Crisp mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Medium mouthfeel that gets heavy at times. Slight warming from alcohol.

D - One of the hoppier Belgian IPA's I have had. Very good but the flavors seem to be in contrast at times.

Photo of Proteus93
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden-amber with a head somewhere between cola-like fizzly and creamy. Leaves a wonderful wall of lace behind that makes for a nice looking brew.

S: On first smell, I detected the citrus hops. With each further sniff, the more delicate qualities all started to come out - some a little more pronounced than others (that is to say, NOT so delicate!) The yeast esters compliment the citrus hoppiness wonderfully, allowing it to carry an aromatic character and sweetening it in a way with a softer fruitiness, and even some hints of clove. Very nice.

T: Flavour is much like the scent... yeasty fruitiness, citrus hops with a bit of an herbal bite adding a nice touch of bitterness towards the finish. I could swear I'm even picking up a good little note of banana in here. Either way, it's very tasty.

M + D: Full flavoured, and full bodied to go along with that. Not TOO heavy, though... it's on the richer side of medium, really. Moderate, but assertive carbonation does it justice, and makes for a very enjoyable beer. This is an impressive beer, I'd certainly recommend trying it out. Green Flash has done a terrific job with this, and I'll most definitely be getting some more in the near future!

Photo of dancinwillie
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, straw yellow color. Head is large, long lasting, and white. As I hold my glass up to the light, I realize this beer looks exactly like a hefe. No matter, as it's still an inviting looking beer.

Aroma is a yeast fruitiness, lemon mostly. Hops are detected, but I got a couple snorts of beer up my nose for trying to smell them.

Some good hop bitterness hits me up front. Followed rather quickly by the yeast flavors. Much like a tripel. I'm not picking up any malt flavors, however, and I'm not sure I approve of that omission. Seriously, a really good hop and yeast combo though. Hops are somewhat indistinct, however, and I wish there was more west coast citric hopping going on.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little chewy, and semi sweet finish.

This beer is kind of all over the place, and sometimes in the wrong places. This is an OK tasting beer, although not really for me. I have yet to taste a better Belgian IPA than the one Furthermore Brewing makes. That being said, I would drink this again if I saw it on tap somewhere. Cheers.

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

Picked up a 22oz single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Around $6. Very intrigued by this beer,the idea sounds amazing.

A: Poured a dull, cloudy orange color with an extremely huge three fingers of head, which is spot on for the trippel, extremely dense small bubbles, tons of lacing all around. Excellent and interesting looking beer. Amazing head retention.

S: Really dominated by the smells of a trippel, big time candy sugar sweetness, various spices as well, lots of banana esque Belgian flavors, a bit of bubblegum. I was hoping for more on the hop bill simply because it was described as a DIPA/Tripple mix. A little lacking in the DIPA mix. Tripple is spot on though.

T: The hops really come out in the mouth, quite bitter, citrus, but mixed with the sweet candy like trippel flavors as well, this is so complex. I love it. My mouth is being pulled in two distinct directions. Bitterness is spot on, but sweetness is there too. Honey, but hops as well. Definitely a complex beer. I'm really enjoying this.

M: thick and extremely dry, definite pucker from the hop bitterness too, relatively thick, very light carbonation.

D: Dangerously high, the trippel aspect of it really hides the alcohol. Very interesting beer. Highly recommended. One of my new favorites. Excellent beer.

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

Let's get freaky!

Wow, what a brew. This guy really woke me up when I opened up the bottle. The piney, slightly fruit aroma surged from the opened bottle. Poured a hazy orange in my tulip, like an orange cream float with a fluffy and chunky head floating on top. Lots of lacing and sheeting on the glass, and the head stubbornly refused to go away. Taste was really intense upfront with lots of fruity and piney goodness. Hard to identify the fruity notes, I picked up some pineapple, maybe some mango, and some apricot. Nice resin, mellow like aftertaste and a nice, pleasantly astringent mouth feel. Could barely detect the alcohol, and what I did taste blended well with the overall brew. With all these intense flavors going on, I'd hesitate to call this easy drinking, but it was pretty enjoyable.

I'd have another right now!

Photo of acrawf6
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a very nice hazy rich orange amber with a frothy slightly tan head floating on top. It looks very appetizing.

Smell. I get a strong clove aroma with a little bit of pine. The belgian side sticks out with sweet esters and creamy to my nose. I also get some banana and nutmeg.

Taste. A very nice flavor with the belgian sweetness and the ipa hoppiness balancing very nicely. Overall i think the hops take the dominant flavor, with a present, but mild citrus character, and i can taste the spice coming out too. But as it warms in my mouth the sweetness comes through nicely, and somehow remind me a little like sugar cookies i used to get at a grocery store that tasted like they barely baked the batter. Aftertaste is a nice sweet orange citrus.

Mouthfeel. Body is a crisp medium, but fills my mouth up real nicely. Carbonation is at a good and high level. I'm amazed this beer has this much alcohol but stays so light and refreshing.

Overall, an incredible beer! Just great complexity, and great balance; all these flavors work together so nicely. This style is such an interesting concept to me, and i with the others i have tried this one stick above the rest.

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

Hazy. Light amber color with a touch of orange. Four-finger head that ends up in a rocky foam. Extensive lace...clumpy and impressive.

Belgian yeast aroma with a light level of hops. Slightly sour with some smell of pine.

Strong pine and pepper with lots of bittering hop. The alcohol is strong. The malt flavors is subtle...unlike most Belgian style ales, this is mostly hoppy. The body is what I'd expect of this style; the carbonation is appropriate.

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