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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,055
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 103
Gots: 211 | 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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Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, sourced from NORVA and deemed suitcase worthy

unleashed during cubs-cardinals game 2

appearance: cool label art...served in my de koninck chalice, bright tangerine-amber body, foamy white crest with very light lacing

smell: not as overpowering as it could be, juicy citrus hops, light traces of belgian yeast and sugar

taste: a dipa/tripel hybrid...i am having a hard time with this beer - its bitter and pungent and in the end it seems too sharp to let the tripel play a meaningful role. extremely bitter grapefruit, peppery booze

mouthfeel: prickly

drinkability: ok

Photo of mugglesandhops
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received in a BIF. Poured into a tulip glass. Orange in color, big frothy head, very active carbonation. Smells more like an IPA than a Tripel. Citrus fruit, bready, some clove like spice also. Alcohol up front in the taste, citrus. The tripel blend of this comes out more as it warms. The clove flavor really comes through in the taste as it warms.

Photo of ToddT
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very clear orange yellow color with a bug fluffy off white head. Head falls quickly to a sticky ring and leaves a little lacing on the glass as it does so.

S- Citrus hops and floral notes. Very mild in aroma compared to most IPAs or triples. As it warms a little notes of spice become evident.

T- Starts off with a little heat from the alcohol. Followed by the citrus bite of the hops. Lots of other flavors peak out through the hops- clove, pepper, orange, and caramel. A biscuity yeast makes itself known at the finish, which is dry and almost astringent with an aftertaste of alcohol heat and fruit. Really complex in flavor profile with some funk as well.

M- Medium in body and light in carbonation. Finish is dry and clean but with heat.

D- At 9.2% ABV it is a strong one, it is smooth and easy to drink but the alcohol is not hidden. Not unpleasant but not hidden either.

Unique beer, you will like it or you will hate it. I can't see anybody not having a strong opinion on this one.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip, without the yeast this is a bright clear golden orange, with a really nice, thick, creamy white head and lacing that lasts. lots of yeast sediment in the bottom of the clouds up the second pour quite a bit. tropical fruit, belgian spicy yeast in the nose along with some citrus and honeyed bread notes. taste starts off like a tripel, round and doughy, spicy sweet, and finishes like an ipa. medium bodied and a really nice level of carbonation leads to a prickly and frothy mouthfeel. with the yeast, mouthfeel is more chewy. long, big smooth bitter, drying, finish. a complex sipper.

Photo of bfields4
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes to a very full head like any good Belgian tight at first then dispersing cloudyness. The body is a nice pale opaque orange.

Very sweet citrus orange smell more like belgian sweetness than hoppy, but hops complement it nicely too. There is also a floral aroma from the hops.

A very nice blend of hoppy bitterness with the sweet belgian witbier spiciness. Orange zests peppers and cloves. maybe a little biscuity. The nose and the tastes complement each other nicely. A very complex beer.

Takes it's body from more the Belgian styles lots of carbonation and medium bodied.

I am always looking out for Belgian IPAs to try. Fell in love with Urthel's, but this one didn't disappoint. Hope to look for more from these guys soon.

Photo of flexabull
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a local liquor store, nice to see Green Flash now being carried in town.

Pours a bright and slight cloudy, gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are a little nutty, with a nice floral hop nose, some citrus fruits, with mostly notes of grapefruit.

Taste is really dry, with a nice complex hoppy finish. Beer starts with a light malty flavors that are a little bite tea like, and with a hard candies. Finish has a lot of hop flavors, a bit floral, mineral like, dry aspirin, and bitter grapefruits.

Mouthfeel is nice. Seems really clean, and almost overly dry.

Drinkability is a good. This is a very nice Belgian IPA. I drank this on draft in San Diego a couple of months ago, and it was fantastic. This bottle doesn't quite stack up to the draft version, (what does?) but this is a still a fine beer that I would recommend trying.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Glowing orange-tangerine with a nice head that's small, but firm and tightly bubbled. Lots of really fine lace sticks to the glass, and while head retention isn't stellar, it is good for the abv and builds right back up to a finger after a swirl. That lace is beautiful and that, along with the pretty color is a win-win combo.

S - Oooh, Hops! Floral, flowery, and slightly citrusy. Creamy and slightly reminiscent of vanilla. Reminds me of Orval with a shitload of hops thrown in for good measure. Something in there almost reminds me of musky cologne, combined with a floral perfume. Maybe like an old couple... he wearing English Leather and she wearing something lilac-y and stuffy. I can appreciate some toasted caramel malt tones, but floral hops are the star of the show.

T - Even hoppier on the palate than on the nose. This moves from a floral and perfumey aroma to a more citric and piney flavor. Deep, complex, and very much true to the Belgian tripel style... but with a very much California level of hops. Apple, white grapes, and vague cinnamon undertones, but these are all second fiddle to the glory that is HOPS. Outstanding!

M - Medium bodied with a very muscular and lean mouthfeel. this is a greyhound of beers... lean, ripped and firm, but powerful in an angular way. The alcohol is detectable and it almost reminds me of good sherry. The finish is very dry and lasts for days.

D - This hybrid brew presents the best of both worlds: complex Belgian hop characteristics, only amped up to west coast levels. Good stuff!

Photo of Oxymoron
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled a semi-cloudy apricot/peach color with a light orange hue throughout. A soft white fizzy head that had limited retention after the initial pour. Some lacing but light as well.

The nose is complex with some light Belgian malt notes, complex yeast and noticeable hop aromas. To start the malt has a more grainy note with a hint of Belgian pale. Some lighter caramel and some prune notes that I associate with Special B. A light sugar notes as well, but limited. The hops are there with a herbal and almost woody aroma. Some yeast notes with a light ester and phenolic notes, mostly cloves and plums. Would have liked a bit more Belgian characteristics with malt and yeast but still good.

The taste is a bit different. The malt is a bit more grainy and is limited in the Belgian malt notes. Some hints but very lacking. More of a 2 row husky and hints of honey malt. The hops are there. A strong bitterness that leaves an astringent bite in the finish. A light herbal hop note in finish but the bitterness is the stronger character. The yeast comes out more and brings more "Belgian" beer quality. The fruity esters are nice with plums, apricots and a hint of cherry. Some pepper and cloves come out in the finish.

The body is moderate and a bit big for style. Would have liked to see it finish a bit drier. Overall a good Belgian IPA but limited Belgian quality really deters.

Photo of spointon
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice.

A= This ale poured a chill hazy gold color with a slight orange highlight to it. The white head rose 1/2" at most and then settled to a thin but solid cap. Some nice wispy lace decorated my glass.

S= Aromas of pale malt, grassy and spicy hops, mild fruity esters, and a bit of Belgian "funk".

T= Flavor profile was a wrestling match between a big spicy IPA and a fruity Belgian ale. I think the IPA won, but the Belgian character was not completely overwhelmed either. The malts were biscuity with just the slightest hint of caramel. The hops were always front and center showing a spicy, grassy, and all around "noble" character. Finish was dry and left a hoppy aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied with a higher carbonation level.

D= This was a good but not great beer. I wish the IPA qualities were slightly more in-check and the "Belgian" qualities were turned up just a bit more, but it was enjoyable all the same.

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
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 jdubjacket
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My sister picked up a 22 ounce bottle of this for me from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC. Popped it open tonight and poured it into a British pint glass. Color is an opaque orange that produces little head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Alcohol, citrus and sweet candy in the nose. Taste is slightly alcoholic, with orange and citrus undertones. Very hoppy with a decent malt backbone up front but finishes relatively bitter. Good amount of carbonation in the mouth. Very interesting beer - the unique taste and the high ABV make it hard to drink more than one.

Photo of Sanford
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers is Houblon Chouffe Tripel, Double IPA. Le Freak should be right up my alley. From the first pour it is a cloudy orange with a nice rocky looking head. Pretty nice lacing is left along with some little Islands of foam. Others write about pineapple and other specific fruits...I smell fruit...and sweetness, (can you smell swetness?), and Belgian...Belgium...a tripel maybe. I don't smell hops. Others have written that Le Freak is like an American Dbl. IPA made with a Belgian yeast. I disagree. I think that it is a good blend of two distinct styles. For me it is like a tripel that is hopped very agressively (DUH). But, unlike a Dbl. IPA the aroma is very Belgian (yeast and fruit), and the sweetness doesn't seem to be purely malt driven...candy sugar. I am enjoying Le Freak, but...no, no buts...but, but, I am a bit confused. Le Freak is a Cali Double IPA/Belgian Trippel "Extreme ale converging San Diego-style imperial pale and Belgian-style trippel". I get the Belgian Trippel, but the imperial pale ale, though not lost on me, seems subdued. Don't get me wrong, there is considerable hop bitternes...lingering bitterness, but no hop aroma or flavor. Finally, Le Freak is quite drinkable. I like the roundness of the mouthefeel with the subtle sparkle of carbonation.

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

A- With the yeast sediment from the bottom of the bottle, it is hazy and peach orange. Without it, it is clear and light amber. The head is impressive and pillowy for such a high ABV% and leaves pretty lacing.

S- Big smell of clean, bitter, floral hops and some caramel on top of an intoxicating smell of tropical fruits like pineapple and coconut.

T- Lots of bitter on the tongue and very complex on top of that. This beer is hard to pick apart, and I like that. Noticeable flavor comes from malt, hops, yeast, alcohol, and even water. Malt is light wheat bread and caramel. Hops are citric and floral. Yeast is fruity and funky.

M- Very substantial with the sediment. Full-bodied yet smooth and drinkable. Carbonation is effervescent and silky.

D- Damn exquisite and damn smooth. The artwork on the label confuses the sh*t out of me but I have a great time drinking the contents.

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat hazy, golden orange color with a thick, off-white, thick, three-finger head of foam.

S - It smelled spicy, yeasty and quite fruity.

T - It tasted very fruity, like pineapple. Also, sweet caramel maltiness with a spicy yeasty flavor.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is a very tasty brew. I'd like to try many more brews from Green Flash.

Photo of williamherbert
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color into a chalice. Champagne-like bubbles. Pure white head that lasts about 4-5 minutes.

The smell is the spicy blast of a funky Belgian Tripel. Heavy, flowery perfume of a strong hop. Like a tripel crossed with a pilsner (as opposed to an IPA).

The taste is, first, a major alcohol burn, which I don't feel this beer needs. It overshadows the bitter wood hops, perfume and bubblegum. A major, brutal flavor; not unpleasant but hugely strong. Heavy acidic qualities.

Creamy and fizzy on the palate. Burns on the way down. A big, fiery concoction. One glass is about all I can handle.

Photo of tjsprague
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
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 sethmeister
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my tulip glass golden with a pink hue. Large rocky frothy off white head surges, falls and leaves sheaths of lace

Scent is fruity, sweet and heady. grapefruit hops. tropical fruits.

taste is similar. sweet citrus and tropical fruit. pineapple, grapefruit, mango. there's a subtle pine flavor that comes out here and there. honey and toasty bread. lightly sour and musty flavors. spicy notes. can discern white pepper but not sure what else. definitely has aspects of both an American IPA and a Belgian ale. Nice bitter finish.

Mouth is a coating medium. Juicy on the sides of the tongue and dryly bitter with a slight warming in the throat.

Drinkability is very good and high abv is hidden well.

Wasn't sure what to expect from a hybrid IPA / Belgian style beer but the end result is absolutely delicious. Lots going on but still manages to be relatively subtle and very easy to drink.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly smoky apricot with bright lemon peel trim. Active carbonation feeds the underside of a firmly creamy, yellowed ivory cap that becomes gently rocky while melting. Squiggles of soapy lace do a pretty good job of covering the sides of the glass.

Le Freak is essentially an American Double IPA that uses a Belgian yeast strain. The GFBC brewers used their house yeast as well. The hops are 100% red-white-and-blue: Summit and Nugget, dry-hopped with Amarillo. The nose features mostly pale malt, an enjoyable orange citrusiness and a whiff of Belgian spiciness that I hope is much more prominent on the palate.

This is a pretty good American-brewed version of one of my favorite styles, but it doesn't even sniff the world's best. There's too much DIPA and not enough tripel for the marriage to be an entirely successful one. A little too much unmasked alcohol doesn't help, although it's already fading some with time and warming.

Green Flash must not be in possession of the world's most outstanding Belgian yeast strain because their Trippel doesn't make the grade. Maybe that's where they should start if they decide to make changes to this offering. There are a boatload of alpha acids zipping about, with white grapefruit pith, bitter orange rind and bitter grasses delivering the bulk of the hop flavor.

White pepper and ground clove put a spicy kick on the tail end of each mouthful, which is probably my favorite portion of the ever-changing flavor arc. Sugary sweetness lingers, which brings things together pretty well in the end. It's a shame that this review focuses on the negatives more than the positives, because I'm enjoying this big bruiser. It's just that I'd like it to be great rather than merely good.

It's no surprise that the mouthfeel is more akin to an American DIPA than a Belgian ale of any stripe. Since I love full, sticky and lush (in most cases), I'm fully onboard. One might even say that the mouthfeel is LF's finest feature. Even the lightly prickly carbonation works, given the beer's overall aggressiveness.

When cracking the crown on a bomber of Le Freak, don't expect a freakishly delicious Belgian IPA. This is, however, a worthwhile purchase for anyone who likes both American hops and Belgian yeast. It helps if you like big beer enough to forgive some of its excesses.

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a hint of orange; the foamy head retains nicely but failed to deposit very much lace

Smell: Lots of citrus and a quick whiff fails to detect anything else; sniff for a while, though, and you can pick up the yeasty phenols

Taste: Biscuity, at first, with a growing pineapple citrusy/pithy bitterness; by mid-palate, the peppery phenols start to kick in, with clove in the mix, as well; after the swallow, the bitter citrus and peppery clove flavors combine into a lengthy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a bit of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A real tug of war on the palate, and that ultimately limits its drinkability; I liked it, at first, but then struggled with it the more I had

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

Beautiful golden, copper color, crystal clear liquid topped with 3 inches of stark white head. Retention was quite good with the head falling slowly to an unbelievably tall ¾ inch crown that persisted for the entire glass. The lacing was outrageously good coating the entire glass where the head receded.

Incredibly strong aroma, was immediately apparent upon popping the cap. The aroma is like clove studded citrus fruit. Lots of cloves. Orange, lemon and grapefruit. Leafy green hops. Caramel malt and bready malts.

Initial flavor is bready and sweet caramel malts. This is followed up by a big punch of cloves. After this a huge whap of bitterness comes with hints of leafy green hops and grapefruit pith. Fruit is layered through the entire flavor profile, from grapefruit to blood oranges to pineapple and other tropical fruit notes. There are also momments of peppery spiciness. The finish is a long brash bitterness combined with a dryness that really begs you to take the next sip.

Medium body is back by a very creamy body. This creaminess is cut by a very zingy, crisp carbonation formed by very small bubbles.

This is very good Belgian IPA. I could easily have several glasses of this.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Pear nose. Flavor is sweet and sour pear and grapefruit. Not bad but not a Belgian trippel. High ABV is hidden. $9.95 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry citrusy hops. Taste is also dominated by dry citrusy hops with a lightly sweet malt body. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no sign of alcohol. Very well done with great balanced between hoppy notes and malt; some more fruity ester would have brought this to another level.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer, great name.
Pours a very hazy light chestnut amber, with a tan head that really puffs up.

Aroma is packed with some belgian yeast flavors, a bit barnyard/bandaid, but otherwise pretty clean. Orange and clove spiciness and some good strong hops. Some candy molasses or ripe fruit sweetness.

Powdery mouthfeel with bitter alcohol fusals. Some serious gerianol and indole going on in here, strong floral geranium, jasmine, and slightly skunky. It's complex, with good unique characteristics, so it's getting points for that. The abv is higher than I would like, the 22 is gonig to be shared with friends, or i'll get bored (and drunk) with it.

Photo of FishGetter
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Searved in a tulip. Pale yellow with slight haze. Thick frothy head expiring quickly leaving sticky heavy lacing on glass.
Distinctive Belgin yeast aroma. Cloves with mild grassy hints. Slight wheat and citrus hops round out nose of beer. Great diversity!
Suttle hints of pear at first drink. Grapefruit flavored resins push through. Finished with spicy clove flavors. Runs the gammet of sweet to slight bitter to spicy.
Medium bodied, oily hop resins cling to mouth.
At 9.2 ABV, this is a real sleeper! Grapefruit resins do a great job of taming alcohol content.

Photo of BeerStine
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

An aggressive pour produces a thick off white head with a cloudy copper completion. It leaves a stick lacing as the beer goes down. Smells is balanced with oranges and tangerines representing the hops and a biscuits for the malts. Taste is much like the smell: fruity hops and Carmel malts. Mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation. Drinkability is good - I could definitely drink a few of these.

Overall a solid beer. Glad I tried it.

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,055 ratings.