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Green Flash Le Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Le Freak® is the first-ever hybrid ale of its kind: the convergence of a Belgian-Style Trippel with an American Imperial IPA. This zesty Amarillo dry-hopped, bottle-conditioned marvel entices with fruity Belgian yeast aromatics and a firm, dry finish. Aromas of orange and passion fruit with sweet bready malts, and flavors of orange marmalade and citrus fruit pith. Experience a legendary beer.

Added by Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007

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Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's cloudy and is primarily gold in color, though it does have some orange qualities. The head is sheer beauty. It's vanilla colored and easily stands a little more than three fingers tall. It was very slow to recede and and left thick sheets of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose is very spicy. Strong notes of clove, banana, and a little corriander really permeate throughout. There are some sweet fruity scents (mostly apple, orange, and pear). Belgian yeast is really prominent. They were right on with that one. It is floral and a little earthy smelling. Interestingly enough, I'm not picking up much in the hops department. For something that's styled, at least in part, an "imperial pale ale," I was expecting more. Perhaps the spices drown out some of the characteristics.

Taste: It's sweet and fruity up front. Apple, pear, and orange flavors are sweet and start things off nicely. The spices are very aggressive and are a little overdone. There's clove, pepper, and some corriander, in addition to an interesting banana flavor. They really overpower some of the other elements of this beer. Belgian yeast is easily noted in flavor. It adds quite a bit, including a little authenticity. There is a pretty nice hop surge that emerges late and adds a nice bitter kick. They taste mostly floral and give it an earthy/grainy vibe. But, they're a nice touch. A little alcohol is noted on the tail.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a pretty good feel. Carbonation is very high and really gets in the way of it being as smooth as it could. But, it still holds together well. Drinkability is good, but that's about it. I'm enjoying the bomber, but it's a little too spicy and the abv is robust at 9.2%.

Green Flash did a pretty solid job in fusing an "imperial pale ale" and a tripel. It could be improved by toning down the spices a little and bringing more hop flavor to the forefront. But, it's a solid beer nonetheless. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy golden apricot with a crisp white head, of marshmallow like thickness.

Aroma is citrusy, with light tropical fruit. Candy-like sweetness matched with a yeasty spices. Generous floral hop aroma.

Taste is bready pale malt and resinous green leafy hop. Strong citrus aspect with orange peel and grapefruit standing out. Tobacco and oak meld with the Belgian spices creating a unique experience. Finish is awash in mild bitterness and lingering coriander, clove, and alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium-full.

A very interesting brew. Plenty of complexity and depth to keep things interesting. The floral hop and Belgian yeast melded on the palate in ways that I hadn't anticipated. A must try.

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Photo of gubbt
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a nice firm white head.

Nose is tropical fruit, mostly mango, pear, some powdery yeast and a bit of clove.

Lots of fruit on the palate. Pineapple, pear, citrus. The finish is nice and bitter and lingers for quite a while. It's hard to say where the yeast flavors end and hops begin. The flavors are very well balanced.

A bit on the heavy side with moderate carbonation. Very pleasent.

The alcohol is high on this one, but it is very drinkable. This one would be great with some blue cheese or a salad. Great stuff from Green Flash as they show their brewing prowess once again.

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Photo of jwc215
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a thick creamy white head with plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

The smell is of candy sugar, clove, bubblegum, banana, and citrus/grapefruit. Belgium meets America done awesomely.

The taste is of candy sugar, clove, banana with grapefruit. Sweet, sour and bitter converging nicely. A "Belgian-style" IPA with an American hop presence. It converges beautifully.

A wonderful marrriage of Belgian and American characteristics!

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

Pours a golden orange color with a small but dense white head that dissipated into a sparse yet chunky cap. The aroma is of candied tropical fruit, light corriander and white pepper. A tad sweet on the aroma but still nice; hops don't have much of a presence here. The taste is not as sweet as the nose, not as strong on the tropical fruit (which is good). The flavor has nice Belgian yeast phenols, nice candi sugar presence, and an American hop kick in the end. It has a bitter resiny hop which quickly balances out the Belgain characteristics. The feel is moderate and well carbonated, rather crisp, finishes on the bitter end. More of a hop driven Belgian IPA, which is what I expect from an American brewer. I prefer the more Belgian sided BIPAs but this is a very well made brew.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an light orangey amber with a moderate white head that laces pretty well.
the aroma has a big powdery lupulin hoppiness to it, with large amounts of pine and grapefruit rind. just a little bit of buublegum with warmth, followed by some spiciness like anise, pepper, corriander (faint). the is also some booze that is fairly evident, but not overpowering.
the atses brings another torrent of hops floral and citrus hops bite up front with pine towards the back. you get some more traditional tripel notes somewhere in the middle, but in abundance they are not. there is a distinct pepperyness though the hops have a saw tooth edge that not much gets through. the bitterness cleans things up tidily.
the body seems deceptively thin due in part to some of the bitterness, and fairly active carbonation, but i think it's actually fairly medium bodied.
the drinkability it good. this beer has some serious hop balls, but manages to retain decent complexity beyond the hops. the most hop loaded begian IPA i've had so far.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium light amber color with a solid half inch of white head and excellent tracing. Aromas are a sweet mix of west coast citrusy hops melding with subtle spicy phenolics. So far on all the Belgian IPAs, Le Freak gets the aroma right: HOPS with Belgian yeast character. On the palate, things continue to be done right. This is truly an IIPA with tripel flavors, and not a tripel with subtle hop flavor. Mouthfeel hurts this beer a bit as it's nearly syrupy thick with moderately low carbonation, hurting the drinkability. Overall, however, I think this beer hits the nail on the head for BIPAs.

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Photo of Nickls
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Hazy light orangey color, with thin white head. Great lacing

S - Great floral aroma up front, bordering on citrus fruit as well. Good hop presence in the mix

T - As delicate as the aromas are, there is quite a big taste. Plenty of hop bitterness, per the style, with hints of spices

M - Thinner mouthfeel, with very muted carbonation (it was on cask after all), with a pretty dry finish

D - Plenty of interesting layers to this brew, but superbly drinkable. I would have no trouble partaking in it all night.

Overall, this was a standout brew (at least for me) at the 2nd Chelsea Cask Festival in Manhattan. Really great stuff, and would highly recommend. Looking forward to trying the bottled version

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. nice bright orange color, very opaque. nice light orange/tan head. good retention. mild lacing.

S: some belgian notes...spices, sweet fruit, along with a big hoppy blend. citrus is the big note. nice big alcohol esters.

T: Wow. its like a dry-hopped belgian tripel. Big tripel qualities...spices, anise, clove, sweet fruits, like berries, peaches, melon. With a huge IPA flavor of hops.

M: very dry finish. a lot of carbonation. thick and meaty for both styles.

D: this is really good. a good example of the two blended styles. well worthy of a try in my book. alcohol is a little high, but hey, who doesn't like a big high ABV bomber?

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Photo of ATPete
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

9.2% as printed on label

Le Freak pours a dirty orange color with a big creamy, frothy white head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Huge nose of fresh hops and a clean Belgian yeast quality, very impressive to combine the aromas of the two styles so perfectly. Hops play a very important role here, initially they attack fresh, with lots of pine, plant/cannabis, and citrus fruit character and some subtle spice provided by the yeast, then once the quality, semi-sweet pale malt texture with a different bready yeast note really caresses the tongue it rounds and transforms this beer into a balanced animal. One of, if not THE best in the Belgian IPA style i have ever had. Medium bodied, slight alcohol heat but very quaff-able. I highly recommend this beer to hopheads and Belgian beer fans alike.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium reddish orange with a rocky white head. A bit of Belgian lace as the head recedes. Pine resin and a slight citrus from the hop bomb aroma. Malt is surprisingly well balanced by the hops-I was expecting a more Belgian body-light on the malt and heavy on the sweet. However, I detect no sweetness, malt or candy sugar. Finish is surprisingly smooth-with a hint of hop bite. Mouthfeel is chewy and drinkability good.

West coast Hop Bomb tripple? I am not sure about that-but I like this beer-what ever it is.

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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).

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of bbothen
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of rye726
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of m1ked
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of bkett01
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of ckaufman
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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