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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,148
Reviews: 716
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 117
Gots: 282 | 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:
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: 2,148 | Reviews: 716
Photo of ireyes88
4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
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 bonbini26
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask @ the Blind Tiger 10-03-08

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 - The hops attacks in a totally different way than your normal IPA, so amazing, I love hoppy beers and this beer on cask was unlike any type of hop attack ive ever had. with a pretty dry finish

D - Plenty of interesting layers to this brew, but superbly drinkable. If it wasnt for $7 a mug price i would drink a whole cask of this

Overall this is one of my favorite beers ive had in a while, simply outstanding. Ive had this beer from the bottle, but on cask its a totally different beast, simply outstanding.

Photo of MiScusi
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
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
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
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
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
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 TheWhiskerReview
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright orange with a huge white head that reduces somewhat quickly but leaves a ton of soapy stickiness.

On the nose, the hoppy fruit tones meld perfectly into the Belgian Tripel fruitiness for an aroma that's actually very reminiscent of an Argentinian Torrontes- hints of juicy orange, melon, bubblegum and lychee- with a big, sweet doughiness to the malt and other complexities of fresh leafy herbs and yeasty spice.

Palate has a huge, frothy mouthfeel, the incredibly creamy malt stitched pretty perfectly to the hop slickness- weedy and herbal with those Belgian fruit undertones of Muscat and bubblegum. The DIPA starts to show a little more on the finish, after the creaminess starts to wane, with a moderate bitterness and some herbal tones- picking up some tree fruit and juicy grapefruit on the lingering resinous finish.

What a tasty Freak, segueing perfectly from the big, creamy Tripel character into the dry, snappy DIPA character. And those fruit tones are absolutely stellar. This and the Imperial IPA are by far my favorite GFs that I've tasted, but this may just have the edge with its freakness.

Photo of Tiernan
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of jmerloni
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of twillingthenoz
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of AndersenMarx
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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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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