Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,221
Reviews: 730
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
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Gots: 342 | FT: 2
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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: 2,221 | Reviews: 730
Photo of foodplusbeer
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This ia more of a Belgian IIPA than BPA. Starts off with a very tropical hoppy aroma. When it hits the tongue I get some that tropical fruit, a bit of pine, then a slight malt sweetness. There's a noticeable alcohol burn and taste just before the finish that leaves you with a boatload of hop bitterness! Wow, I didn't expect that. A unique experience, highly recommended.

Photo of lbower860
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this out of a 22 oz bomber into a 20 oz snifter.a

A: Really nice dark orange color with a beautiful white/tan frothy head that stuck nicely to the glass on the way down.

S: Belgian yeastiness comes out immediately but doesn't over power the smell of the hops. Really has a nice balance between Belgian trippel and imperial ipa

T: Great. Tastes much more like a Belgian trippel than imperial ipa but that's not a surprise, nor is it a negative. First thing I notice is really pleasant sweetness on the front of the tongue. No bitterness here, sweet, beautiful and smooth from start to finish. Exquisite.

M: More carbonation than expected but not unwelcome. This beer is very very smooth and refreshing regardless of the high abv.

O: Awesome. This beer really impressed me in a lot of different ways. Im not even a huge fan of belgian/ ipa hybrids, but this one is all around great. Highly recommend it.

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Photo of DavidST
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip, sadly no freshness date. This pours a light orange color with a massive white head which leaves a lacing. The smells are wonderful, a nose full of sweet yeast esters, banana and spices, along with a little hop. The feel is medium with even more carbonation. The taste us outstanding, first is a bitter mouthful of hops, followed by a semi sweet taste, then a nice bitter after taste, another great one from green flash.

Photo of Willytee3
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rating on my 2nd bottle into the 4 pack. The first was too good to stop and write.

Pours a rich clear orange with yellow tinge around the edges. Nice two finger head settles to a thick film with good lacing.

Incredible smelling beer! Bubble gum and spice with some bright funk. Candy apple and flowers.

Tastes of bubble gum and spice with green flowers and light Brett funk! Bitter through drink carries all with a piney hops on the finish. Nice carbonation.

Great beer with lots going on funky and just works! Daring to combine a Trippel with an IPA and it comes up a winner!

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Piney, citrus aroma with slight caramel. The booziness is evident. Silky malty taste up front, then you get hit with a wallop of a piney hop burst. Citrus at the end. The Belgian yeast is evident. Very good beer. Thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So this is how you do this style. I loved it. In a tulip, it was a gold color, maybe a bit on the orange side. Thick white head with copious lace. Aroma of an IPA and a tripel. Floral and citrus combining with sugar and yeast. Same thing with the taste. Mostly grapefruit, a little pine, with cotton candy and yeast. A balanced combination. Would drink this one anytime.

Photo of acrawf6
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
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 tipnsip
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
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 tjsprague
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a wonderful light golden color with a foamy white head on top.

The smell is very Belgian with a sweetness and a bit of malt.

The flavor is all west coast IPA. Except at the end there is a taste of the Belgian sweetness. It is remarkable how well they have managed to blend these two styles. There is a slightly hoppy, bitter beer at the front and a nice Belgian sweetness at the end.

The mouthfeel is great. Imagine a nice thick hoppy IPA that finishes slightly sweet so you don't have that lingering thickness in your mouth.

This is a truly wonderful beer. I have been burned out on IPAs and this has made the difference. A great combination of two worlds. I had the Stone Cali-Belgian but this beats it hands down. I can't recommend it enough.

Photo of MarkBeerDawg
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing! Sometimes I feel like an IPA sometimes a Belgian Style...This is both. Very unique, Floral/citrus and malty aroma, beautiful caramel amber color, Bready and mildly bitter hop notes.

Take special notice of the orchestration of the balance between the hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

A must try, Drink It!

Photo of ikats
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy gold in color with thick white head. Belgian-style aroma - light and refreshing. Aroma is full of fruity notes, cloves, some gratefruit and some pine notes. If you think too much, hops (American addition) are quite obvious, but they blend in so well that they work perfectly. Taste is very bitter, plus hops stick to your tongue to provide you with a bitter after taste. This beer seems to give the tongue a good scrubbing. Mouthfeel is pleasant and the beer is very drinkable giving the right circumstances. This beer will go great with some food.

I didn't plan to review this beer when I picked up a bottle to open. However, see how it's wonderful, I figured I have to get it on record. Nicely done beer.

UPDATE: I did not edit anything in my original post which was based on the first glass of chilled Le Freak. As the beer warmed up and as I drank more of it, its taste moved more and more towards hoppy bitterness. I was pleasant, but if you're not a hophead, you won't enjoy it.

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy yellow/gold - about three fingers of head.

Smell: Strong smell of hops, belgian yeast - like witbier/saison, alcohol

Taste: Tons of hops up front and then transforms into a belgian tripel. Alcohol bite hides behind the bitter hops up front. An amazing fusion of flavors - like a good mashup by Girl Talk.

Mouthfeel: hop bitterness, dry - nice effervescence from tripel

Drinkability: this one is very drinkable - I felt that it's a sipper - I wanted to savor this beer moreso than drink it because I liked it so much. I wish we got Green Flash in Charleston - then I could enjoy this beer on a regular basis. Great fusion - I recommend for the beer drinker/geek who appreciates both styles. Very cool!

Photo of TTAmod
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into Chimay chalice. No visible freshness date.
"Extreme ale converging San Diego-style imperial pale ale and Belgian-style trippel." Hot damn. Love DIPAs and love tripels...so this should be right in my wheelhouse.

A: Very slightly hazy orange...essentially the same color as the Green Flash Imperial IPA. Head is similar, as well. Starts off as a one-finger white head but soon dissipates. There is a nice lacing that sticks around for the entirety of the drink, though.

S: Smellin' some grapefruit hops and belgian yeast. It smells pretty sweet....like a tripel mixed with an IPA (go figure.)

T: Hops are pretty subdued here....much, much less intense than the Imperial IPA. Essentially the hops are more of an underlying base and not the main attraction. The yeast, sugar, and malt are pretty prevalent. The taste is extremely Belgian with some hops in the background. It's quite sweet. My lips stick together after the liquid dries...this definitely did NOT happen with the DIPA. There is also a subtle bitterness that sticks around for awhile.

M: Creamy, full-bodied....addicting. The Belgian beers have a certain quality to them that provide such an excellent mouthfeel. It's hard to explain, but it's just....awesome!

O: Yum! This essentially takes two of my favorite beer styles and takes the best aspects of each one. What's not to like? It's hoppy, bitter, and malty like an IPA, but it's sweet and yeasty like a tripel. Honestly, this is my first foray into the style, so I'm comparing this to their Imperial IPA, which I had last night and what I'm guessing is the IPA they used in this brew. It shares a lot of the aspects of the Imperial IPA, but it's less intense. The tripel really balances it out. I'm definitely digging this more than their Imperial IPA.

Photo of opwog
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now listeing to: Gorillaz - Spitting Out The Demons

I admit it, I have a "thing" for Greenflash beers and while this beer was a stretch from most of their offerings, it did not disapoint at all.

A- Cloudy, golden-yellow color, with firm white head
S- yeast, pear, citrus, straw
T- This is an incredibly balanced beer. Hops help keep the style slightly dry, while you still get all the fruit characteristics
M- For many Beligians, the mouth is my least favorite element, but just as with the balance that the hops add to the taste, that dryness improves the mouthfeel for this style
D- Very drinkable! If there wasn't such a large selection of revolving beers at Beechwood that I wanted to try, I definitely would have ordered a second!

Photo of MadScientist
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: a slightly hazy, glowing amber with orange highlights. The persistant, rocky, off-white leaves some light lacing on the glass.

S: An intense hop aroma that is mostly pineapple and citrus with some pine. There is a grassy note mixed with a more herbaceous note like sage. A moderately-light candy sugar like malt aroma blends with orange esters. Light peppery phenols and a soft alcohol aroma round out the nose for this delicious smelling beer.

T: There is high hops bitterness but it's supported by a moderate, clean malt sweetness. There is moderately-strong hops flavors of pineapple, citrus with some pine. The grassiness os from the dry hopping but the sage and rosemary might be from the fermentation or actual herb additions. Moderate orange flavors from the yeast. The balance is firmly bitter having a dry finish with a lingering bitterness and pine.

M: medium-light bodied with moderately-high carbonation. There is no creaminess, a little dryness from the high CO2 and a moderate warming from the alcohol.

O: I love this West Coast Belgian; it combines my favorite element of each in an assertive yet balanced beer. It'll make hop head somewhat happy , just don't except a total hop bomb.

Photo of azbadger
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a beautiful hazy golden orange, with a nice head

Smell: wonderful belgian smell with bananas but also piney, citrus hop smell present, more so as it warms

Taste: really like this beer, very complex with a lot going on, tastes of a triple with great hop finish

Mouthfeel: full bodied with good amount of carbonation

Drinkability: really enjoyed this beer, great blend of two styles, green flash continues to impress me. Lived up to the hype in my opinion

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 from dqderrick .... This brew has been on my radar for a while.. and much thanks goes out to Derrick for the great trade... poured into my Chimay goblet.

Very pretty meringue like head.. tons of Belgian lace.. woow! no kidding.. very nice... the brew is very hazy.. golden orange.. sorta glows.

There is a ton of stuff going on in the Le Freak.. loads of esters and phenols... spicy for sure with orange peel.. very complex... slight pink bubblegum and banana.. I am very impressed at this point.. and I haven't even taken a sip... maybe a little bit of solvent alcohol.. but not bad at all and it actually lends to the overall complexity.

Flavor is remarkably complex too but is very different than the aroma.. huge expected triple flavors but punctuated with a fair amount of SoCal hoppiness. clove and white pepper.. orange and lemon.. a thorough bready sweetness that never separates but more binds everything together verging on perfectly.... the finish takes minutes.. amazing.. this reminds me of Midnight Sun Wrath but with a great "freshness" quality to it...

I've had quite a few Green Flash brews over the last year or two.. but wow.. this is far and away my favorite.. I need to get more of these in a big way.. simply a lesson in complexity and balance.. I am soooo impressed. Cheers... I wish I could get you guys locally.. but again.. Wow! Thanks Derrick!!

4.5/4.5/5/4/4

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Pours a golden-orange color with a substantial off-white head that dissipates slowly. Just enough carbonation bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass- quite enticing to look at.

Smell: Before even putting my nose up to the glass I caught a few whiffs of what smelled like white grape, or possibly even champagne; upon closer inspection this remained. The closer look, however, also revealed notes of lemon, grass, and just a hint of breadiness.

Taste: As the bottle advertises, this truly tastes like a blend of tripel with American imperial IPA. Begins with fairly aggressive West Coast hoppiness which rounds out to a yeasty, bready flavor before finishing with citrus zest topped off with herbal flavors. Some bittersweet alcohol right at the end, as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a boozy finish that yields to hoppy dryness.

Overall: Again, this is not necessarily what one would think of when the term "Belgian IPA" is bandied about. This is a tripel souped up with West Coast dry hopping. Excellent.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - hazy burnt-orange color with a huge off-white head that left big globs of lacing behind.

S - sweet candy yeast aroma with a hint of alcohol.

T - starts out sweet like a trippel before the bitterness of the hops kicks in, the finish leaves a sweet after taste in the mouth and the burps are hoppy tasting.

F - medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D - very good drinkability for a 9.2% abv brew.

Photo of adamparker05
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a nice amber, apricot-orangey color. Very hazy.

Aroma is very subtle: spicy and citrusy. Little bit of white pepper. Nice hoppiness.

Taste is very interesting. The whole "san diego imperial ale/ belgian-style trppel" mish-mash can be strange but delicious; this one delivers. Spicy citrus, red grapefruit, clove, then some sweet malty flavor, and a finish so prickly it's like pop rocks.

Dangerously drinkeable for 9.2%

Get it. Get 2 or 3. In every sip I kep tasting something different; try i cold, but let it warm up a bit and the spicy hops give way to floral hops, and a whole basket of fruits starts to develop.

Photo of femALEist
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the 2010 Firkin festival.

This poured a cloudy, orange teak.

It smelled Belgiany with tons of banana and clove but no hop flavors.

It tasted Belgian though, at first, then hoppy with some pine and grapefruit, then mixed with a fluffy, sweet banana aftertaste. It had a fantastic transition.

Great carbonation. Very interesting and yummy.

Such a great flavor combination. I will definitely be having this one again!

Photo of corey0212
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazed honey/orange color, gloriously foamy tan head fades very slowly, and leaves behind big clumps of lacing. Seriously piney hoppy aroma, sticky and resinous pine, some grapefruit aroma. Really bitter, and I like it. Bitter grapefruit, and an almost aspirin-like bitter aftertaste, and some lemony citrus flavors. Smooth, and very finely carbonated. I could drink this all the time. Really tasty, and a style I quite enjoy.

Photo of wedge421
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden/orange color with a white head of about 1 finger. very good amount of hop haze. Carbonation is spot on.

S - At first tons of citrus and pine hops followed up by a very familiar belgian note of bread and fruity esthers from the Belgian yeast. Im confused and intrigued at the same time! There is nothing bad to say about the aroma on this one, a perfect blend of the two styles.

T - WOW! A hit of bitterness right at the first sip followed smoothly by citrus and mango flavors. By the end all of the hops are mellowed out and blended together by the bread malts of the belgian component of this beer. Amazingly well balanced.

D - If this beer were not 9.2% this would be one of the most drinkable beers around. This beer is an absolute gem in the "hybrid" style of Belgian IPA's. Many breweries try but there are only a few that have managed to meld the 2 styles together as flawlessly as Green Flash has done on this one. FIND THIS BEER!!

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

Le Freak opens with a nose that befits the name, being on the one hand almost sour in its presentation of lemons, tart cherries, bananas and cloves, and on the other hand extremely sugary, with Jolly Rancher-like sweet watermelon and apple notes, mixed with good hits of orange and lychee nut, and all this atop a bed of toast and biscuit. The effect is intoxicating, like a glassful of water to a marathon runner in Death Valley.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a brief shot of bananas and cloves, then moves with shocking speed into a grapefruit rind and pine sap blast of bitter hops that temporarily overwhelms the mouth and leaves the tongue tingling in joyous mercy. The IBUs in this monster run at 101, according to Green Flash's website, but the bitterness actually seems much higher (if that's possible), and the hops used in this brew must have had massive alpha acid levels. Get past the hops, and a lovely brown sugar, Brazil nut, and toasted grain base brings oranges, apples, and hints of pineapple, as well as whole wheat toast. Hints of a vodka-like alcohol tinge the edges. The aftertaste is mainly hops, with hints of some malty fruit flavors trying their best to shine through--banana and pineapple seem to do the best in this respect. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, somewhat detracting from the overall ensemble.

Overall, this is amazing beer, and has obviously been crafted by experts dedicated to the betterment of their craft. I suspect the unique qualities of this beer--specifically its bipolar flavor profile and huge bitterness--will seem offputting to many, and I can't help but feel that the brew is slightly out of balance, and tries to do too many things at once. Still, this is an ale that has to be tried to be believed, and is worth seeking out.

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

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,221 ratings.