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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,062
Reviews: 703
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 104
Gots: 223 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Belgian Style IPA is an "out of the box" convergence of beer styles where American Imperial IPA meets Belgian Trippel.

(Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007)
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4.88/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of ireyes88
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, copper color. Head is very creamy but dissipates quickly, with medium carbonation left behind. Smells of wheat, oranges, and a slight twang. The beer begins with a citrusy taste that develops into a sweet maltiness that ends with a slight hop bite. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium. The drinkability is great but because it is a hefty beer not thank drinkable. Overall an amazing beer, especially being one of my first blends for a beer.

Photo of MiScusi
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, pours a clear golden orange with a big fluffy rocky head with great retention. The smell is so unique, much more so than any other Belgian style IPA i've had. The yeast phenols explode out of the glass but don't contribute a huge earthiness or funk, it more combines with the abundant hop aroma to produce something really unique, that I don't even know if I have a descriptor for. Sometimes I feel like I smell orange, sometimes there just seems to be hints of banana and other yeast products. The taste is just the same. Citrusy at times, yeasty at others, sometimes both. Just an excellent beer that I really enjoy more than the Houblon Chouffe Doublon to be honest.

Photo of jwc215
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
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!

Photo of Brad007
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful amber-blonde color with a frothy head into my glass. Nice presentation!

Hops burst from a cannon, right into my fucking nose. There's also yeast spice and a bit of sweet, buttery malt.

Wow, where to start? There are two layers to the flavor in this beer. The first layer is full of sweet, chewy malt with a spicy kick at the back. The second layer is chock full of hops on a strong grapefruit kick, followed by alcohol heat. Put the two together and BAM, you get Le Freak!

Mouthfeel is essentially the same as the taste. A complex combination of all flavors.

Crazy fucking beer but I love it! Some may deride projects like this but chances are, they're too close-minded to meet Le Freak!

Photo of jmerloni
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich, hazy, golden color. Head is very substantial, bright white, filled with a ton of tiny bubbles that makes it look reminiscent of sea foam. Laces very well on the glass with a thick, sea-foamy film.

S - Cloves, big yeast profile, pineapple, honey-molasses malts. Pretty bold aromatics.

T - Hoppy. Big yeast profile detected on the nose is there in the taste and the floral cloves and sage spice flavors are embedded really nicely into the yeast profile. Bananas here as well. Malt is there more in the front of the palate while a nice, clean, hop bite finishes the sip. There's something about Green Flash's inherent, natural taste - as in, the uniquely idiosyncratic flavor of the brewery itself - that is seriously just so pure and clean tasting, almost in a way that is antique, even antediluvian. I'm such a huge fan of the brewery's inherent, idiosyncratic taste that all of its beers seem to have. Every brewery has one of those tastes and their's is just godly and mystical.

M - Surprisingly heavy for a BIPA. It could actually be considered chewy in my estimation. Sip stays together pretty well. Carbonation is spot-on.

D - A great beer, overall. As with every offering from Green Flash, I'm very impressed. They might have overtaken Founders as my favorite brewery with this one. It's a brewery that really just gets it. Drinking a beer from Green Flash is like watching a movie from your favorite director where the director is on point with his usual, familiar aesthetic, where he is expert, and where everything is exceptionally bold but never overdone. I recommend anyone with similar affinities to try Green Flash's Rayon Vert - it's like no other beer I've ever encountered.

Photo of biegaman
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1 on tap at the Toronado, in San Diego and again at Cole's, in Buffalo.

Golden and orange tones are blended into an assortment of soft-hued pastels - the delicacy and balance of this synthesis is quite emblematic for a beer that sets out to fuse two distinctly archetypal brewing traditions. Although clarity is impeded it isn't entirely obstructed. The haze also fails to repress what is a very healthy looking glow.

Its lean, peachy coloured overlay is firm and durable. Despite the only modest proportion, it manages to embalm the glass like a mummy; strips of white are wrapped around and around. Le Freak certainly doesn't look like much of an aberration; instead actually, all indications show signs of a really well crafted beer.

The aroma isn't funky like I braced myself for it to be. I could possibly be convinced there was use of brettanomyces, although I know none were used. No, this bouquet of soft fruit (pear and apple) is the indication of an authentic, time-tested Belgian strain of yeast. It should go without saying that a proper yeast is the most important aspect of making a Belgian-type ale.

Here's where fruit will start to come at you from all angles. First, overwhelming and aggressively so from the hops. This is definitely West Coast style: it has all the juice, peel, piths, rinds and otherwise citrusy character you can soak out of hops. This produces flavours of banana, pineapple, grapefruit, melon, lemon zest, and cantaloupe.

The second source of all things fruity and flavorful, Belgian yeast, is far more subtle. It has the suggestion of fruit through its esters. It concentrates more on the orchard fruits (rather than citrus) and tops it all of with a smack of buttery vanilla, tons of white pepper and a pretty generous dose of barnyard funk.

The brewer considers this a "Belgian-style tripel meets San Diego imperial IPA" and it's still a bit of a mystery to me how, given if that's exactly what they set out to do, Green Flash could pull off something so well balanced. American hops are obnoxiously in-your-face aggressive whilst Belgian yeast works with subtlety and elegance. In theory the two contradict...

Yet in this beer both somehow go about their ways independently and do nothing to compromise the other. If there is one anomaly with Le Freak it would be how well the quintessence of both Belgian and American brewing has been merged. Green Flash must be commended for this. The result is something smooth and tremendously gratifying to drink.

I was very happy to learn Green Flash has decided to brew this one again. 'Le Freak' was definitely no miscreation; it happened to be one of the most ingenious, praiseworthy and admirable brewing aspirations I've had the pleasure of drinking. Mission accomplished Green Flash... now do it again!

Photo of Onslow
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bought at Specs #6 Bay Area at 5:58pm Houston,TX...

drank at around 8pm , same day, Jan. 14th 200...9!

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a good day today
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i can't stand to see a robot cry, let's watch T.V.... ever drank a whole bottle of NyQuil just for shits and gigs? ... wheres the wick? $125 for rockstar shit? ... and who is dumb enough to buy a fast food sandwich for $8?... Le Freak, man, glad to try this in my neck of the fat sucked wheather mans neighborhood ... lots of belgian honey hops... damn frigidy good lacing and coco white head ... parole officer says i need an upgrade, or they won't give me back my stabbin knife... wow, fantastic brew here.. bitter , sweeet, balanced like a eraser on a pencil erasing a doodle of a naked man at that porno dudes house ... so so easy to drink... smooth, enjoyable, the real mccoy ... at&t, ever been to brussels, cuz i want to kick your arse... quite an amazingly enjoyable and crisp bitter example of the hop (and the genius thinking out of the box yeast examples in this brew)and the playful sensation of bitterness on the tongue and complete coating of the trap... ballack, what a goal, but roons was tap-rific! ... i may not make sense to you the reader, who reads my crap anyway, but this is a great beer, great bitterness, smooth as silk, aggressive yet retarded kitten like... buy this if you see it, me personally will be buying quite a few more bottles of this wonderful elixer, or butt sex...

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Almost everything I want in a beer...
Head is super frothy, really depends on the pour, I have gotten 2-4 fingers on different occasions
The Belgian yeast mixed with hops combination is delicious, great combination of beer styles
There is definitely a banana/bubblegum taste, like Juicy Fruit, but not over powering and washed out with the hops
A grand mouth feeling

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