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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,119
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 113
Gots: 258 | 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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Photo of KeefD
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear pale ornage color with a two finger white head that was quite lasting,leaving some good lace. Nothing really screams tripel to me when I smell this brew. It's all American hops, and lots of them, plenty of citrus and pine, an underlying sweetness, like candied fruit. Taste has more of the Belgian yeast flavor at first, lightly sweet, turns sappy and bitter on the finish. Surprisingly, the aroma made this seem like it was a hop bomb, but there's more bitterness than actual hop flavor. Mouthfeel is light-medium, surprisingly low carbonation considering the massive head it started with. Nice rings of lace are circling glass as I finish it off. Good brew, but the bitterness of beers like these starts to wear on me these days, and the alcohol is a tad too warming. I enjoyed this one bomber though.

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

Snagged up a bottle of this at The BeerMongers here in SE PDX!

- Nice golden orange, semi-cloudy, bubbly IPA with a thin foamy white head... leaves a nice thick ring about,.

- Slight banana yeast, little caramel and light malt scent... slightly bready, banana... slight caramel sweetness... mild citrus and pine hopping.

- banana bready yeasty... but mmm sweet malt, caramel.. brown sugar... hopping is light, but nice and bitter, piney, and present. Rather balanced for a Green Flash Brew...

- Medium bodies... bitterly drying, but only slightly chewy...

- Super good Belgian brew. The yeast writes the story with this one. If you are a newb to Belgians... grab this one up... enjoy its clean and fresh ingredients... and absorb its Belgian nature. There you have it... a fantastic introductory brew to Belgians. Americanized.

Photo of spartanfan
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber with no freshness date

A: Pours a hazy light straw color with a fluffy white head that has faded into a thin layer.

S: At first all I can smell is the Belgian yeast and a bit of alcohol. As the beer warms an estery fruitiness and a faint hop bitterness appear as well.

T: Very interesting taste. At first it almost seems like a triple gone sour. But as it warms and I drink more of it the flavors become clearer. The beer tastes of Belgain yeast and earthy hops.

M: Highly carbonated, which was expected. Medium body, I would prefer a bit thicker, but it's not bad.

D: This is not one of my favorites, but I would try it again because I have a feeling my sample was none too fresh.

Photo of GPHarris
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick off-white head into a snifter that left thick clingy lace and sheet throughout. the body was a bright and bubbly orange.
s - a little sweet, a little spicy, a little yeasty.
t - light citrus hop with some bready malts, yeast and spice.
m - creamy and really smooths out in the finish.
d - delicious belgian ipa but not quite as good as stone cali-belgique.

Photo of JRed
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden in body with frothy head that sticks around. Hop aroma with slight spice, sugars, resin, and citrus. Flavors of citrus, resin, sugars, west coast hop tastes, and sour notes. Medium-heavy bodied brew with thick flavors. A treat to have and a great mix of styles. Two thumbs up for Green Flash.

Photo of blackc5
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz poured into a tulip at 49F. My first beer from this brewery as they just started distribution in WA.

A - A pale amber, slightly cloudy with a nice pillowy head that lingers and moderate lacing.

S - Very nice - lots of yeast and malt but very nice fragrant, earthy yet citrusy hops. Very strong, and quite pleasing.

T - Leans towards the trippel IMHO, but it is quite nice. Fruity and yeasty - definitely quite sweet in the form of sugary syrup. Hops are a bit mild, and I was expecting a bit more citrus or even bitterness to balance the sweetness given the nose.

M - Medium to heavy body. Moderate carbonation. Generally quite smooth, just a hint of alcohol on the swallow. Coats the mouth, a bit filmy.

D - Strong and warming, this is a good sipper.

Overall, I would say they almost pulled off this marriage of styles, and I definitely appreciate the attempt and would drink again.

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

A nice approach to a Belgian IPA, leaning on its sweet side with a touch of a spicy trippel side.

Presentation: 22 oz brown bottle. Poor label design based on a painting of a beach view from a balcony. One liner noting main style. Shows Alc. by Vol. (9.2%). Lacks bottling or best by date. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold to pale amber pour with a nice frothy head, medium retention, and some lacing.

S - Complex hoppy nose, citrus and pineapple, with an early spicy note, and a finishing sweet, sugary scent.

T - Sweetness prevails coating a hoppy and lightly yeasty, Belgium sense. Spice, coriander and a minimal sense of orange peel over a malty and sugary sense.

M - Medium to medium full body, with medium carbonation, and a sticky finish.

D - Interesting and stimulating marriage of styles, good drinkability.

Notes: A bit sweet for my liking, it leans on some US trippels that while likable for me are not a big match for the style. Here it plays nicely with the hoppy profile, although I think I lean towards Belgium IPAs that explore a crisper and a touch funky profile.

Photo of froghop
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-cloudy amber-orange with a medium size white head, and great lacing.

smell is of yeast, floral, some fruits, and malt in the back.

taste is smooth, bread dough, some caramel, malt, hops in the back, and some fruit, ends thick and a tad bitter.

Photo of Stigs
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in Stone Levitation glass

A - two fingers of loose and fluffy, just off-white foam which is slowly creeping down the glass and leaving spotty marks of lace all the way down. the beer is the fine line between gold and amber, clear and actively carbonated.

S - first comes a whiff of grassy hops joined by some belgian soapy yeast. notes of lemon peel, pine, crisp cracker malt.

T - lemony yeast off the bat before a sharp grassy bitter hop attack. sharp lemon, lingering pine and grass, just a touch of biscuit underneath. definitely some alcohol near the end.

M - heavily carbonated but counterbalanced by a thick syrupy body. lots of flavors (even styles) in this one but carried well.

D - bottle says its a derivative of a Belgian IPA and Triple, but the Triple qualities are few and far between (maybe just a touch of clove in the aftertaste). little bit of an abrasive Belgian IPA at that, needed something else to balance that just doesnt show up. not a bad brew by any means...just falls short of being anything more than "good".

Photo of MikeGill
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am big fan of Green Flash and I was intrigued by the idea of this blend. 22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Orange yellow color with minimal head.

Alcohol and yeast dominate the nose with some earthiness poking through. The beer is kind of aggressive at first, it needed some time to open up in the glass. Warm and clumsy was my first impression but this gave way as it mellowed.

Fruity, yeasty and bitter with some spice. I felt like the hops punched through but are covered in syrup so they play nicely with the belgium half of this brew but unfortunatly are striped to the point of only imparting bitterness, which dominates the aftertaste. A very interesting beer but not my favorite example of the style.

Photo of LibraryTom
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Belgian IPA, or a hop infused Belgian Tripel. Whichever you like. For such a strong beer, this one drinks pretty easy. The very astringent, almost caustic hops of the Green Flash IPA juxtaposed against a rich Belgian golden malt, sweet with big apricot fruit. The balance is good. Finish is dry, and almost all hops, though the late-mid palette carries a lot of the malt flavors.

Photo of theopholis
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying this one. Poured it into a tulip. Perfect blond color. Not as much foam as I would have anticipated, though. Some lace.

Lot of tamarind and orange rind, and a little mint, in the nose. Slight whiff of alcohol. Almost smells like a lower-ABV 120 Min IPA. Good, not quite the pungent green hop I was expecting.

Appearance- Body is clear, bright amber/honey color. Head is a 2-finger, white, fluffy cap.

Aroma- Fresh, inviting, daily hoppy with malt sweetness that comes through the nose.

Taste- Faily hoppy and bitter, that is nicely blended with a very nice malt sweetness. lots of pine and citrus. Hints of bitter orange, Pepper. You could definately taste the Belgian yeast. Very tasty.

Mouthfell- Medium-full bodied, good carbonation, faily soft.

Drinkability- yum!

Photo of NCSUdo
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Hazy pale amber under a good sized, chunky white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Mix of west coast hops and some Belgian yeast. Citrus of hops, then a more pine blend before giving way to the earthy yeast. Very well done.

T: Again, a good blend of what the bottle says: Belgian and west coast. Citrus hops and earthy, a bit funky, Belgian yeast. Bitterness is up there, but earthy yeast wins in the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, heavier than I expected, prickly carbonation. This one is a sipper, it's just so in your face in terms of hops and yeast character. Very well done.

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

Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex citrus hoppy aroma with a alcohol tone. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bitter and small alcohol bite finish of moderate duration. This is a good beer.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 9.2% abv. Pours a darker golden color, with just a bit of haze. White foamy head disappears rather quickly leaving a few spots of lace.

Floral perfume up front in the nose. Some spicy, yeasty notes. Tropical fruit aroma as well. A bit of alcohol in the back end.

Pale, cracker like malt up front. A bit of fruit transitions to some Belgian yeasty flavors. Long lingering floral and herbal bitterness.
Medium body with a good amount of carbonation, adding to the belgian feel. Some alcohol is felt. Pretty nice beer here.

Photo of Patrick999
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to trying this one. Poured it into a tulip. Perfect blond color. Not as much foam as I would have anticipated, though. Some lace.

Lot of tamarind and orange rind, and a little mint, in the nose. Slight whiff of alcohol. Almost smells like a lower-ABV 120 Min IPA. Good, not quite the pungent green hop I was expecting.

On the palate, very hoppy and bitter, with more of that aforementioned bitter orange theme than grapefruit, pine, or tobacco. Peppery, drying Belgian yeast evident. Very tasty. I want to compare it to Stone's Cali-Belgique, but I think they are two entirely different animals within the same style.

Medium-full bodied, you can tell you are drinking something up around 9%. Lacks the soft mouthfeel of Belgian entrants in this style, though. It can't hold a candle to the meringue-fluffy Houblon Chouffe in this department. I don't know what those crazy Ardennes gnomes do, exactly, to get it that way, but Green Flash couldn't match it.

All in all, a tasty beer that I would be glad to enjoy pretty much any time. Easy drinking for any self-respecting hophead, with plenty of crossover appeal for those who love saisons and other Belgian blondes.

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle in a Stella Artois glass.

Appearance: poured a pale golden with three fingers of head that reduced to a thick 1/2 finger of dense foam and small, clumping lace

Nose: complex and spicy, aged and cooked limes (citrus)

Taste: hops in the beginning, warming in the finish, the alcohol is very prevalent (9.2%) and helps in the warming, fresh lime juice

Mouthfeel: it coats the throat and warms

Drinkability: this beer is very powerful and a pleasure to try

Photo of n0rc41
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass....

A= Was really good I like the color and good 2 finger head that went down fast with excellent lacing.

S=wasnt too impressed, smelled like a cheaper Belgian beer.
T=not impressed, the cross of IPA's and Belgian taste dont mix in my book. I like good IPA's and good Belgians, like killains kilt lifter. but the two together. I just get this good belgian taste at first then at the end the IPA kicks in and I just dont think they mix in my book.

M=wasnt too good either, being the tastes didnt mix I had a strong alcohol taste in there. wasnt good..just still better than coors or bud lol

D=alright wasnt too bad overall. just didnt score good in my book.

Good beer overall. just had great lacing and IPA flavor, the Belgian just wasnt a good mix. but I am sure some one out there would love it. just no for me.

Photo of david18
2.4/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm not impressed with any of the belgian IPA's and this one is as bad as any of them. I love belgians and i love ipas but they don't blend well.

The hops and the belgian character almost cancel each other out and then you're left with a highly alcoholic beer with no additional distinguishing characteristic.

This one looks like a double ipa, smells like a mess and tastes like alcohol.

Photo of Mora2000
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangish-yellow with a white head. The aroma is very fruity, with a big Belgian yeast component. Smells very similar to a Belgian tripel. The flavor is fruity with some hop bitterness as well as a strong Belgian yeast character. Medium mouthfeel.

Photo of snaotheus
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle split into pint glasses (got it at Binny's in Orland Park)

Pours clear golden with a huge, coarse head and strong lacing. Smells hoppy and brett-y, a little soapy and dirty dishwatery.

Taste is a little odd...hops and banana. Sort of dirty aftertaste which lasts a long time.

Mouthfeel is dense and filmy. Strange taste reduces drinkability.

Bottle code says it's best by 04-24-2016

I have much more tolerance for Belgian IPAs these days, but still not a great deal of love.

That said, this isn't bad. Nice heavy duty west coast hop profile with plenty of grapefruit rind bitterness. Lots of clove and banana.

Photo of Florida9
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber in color with only the slightest haze. Pours with a nice big head, though there is little retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Green apples. An "easy" sourness and light malts.

T: Light yeasty twang to it. Lighter on malts, with an appreciable hop bitterness on the end. A little sweet.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. An astringent bitterness on the finish.

D: Very good. An interesting combination that works well: light, but flavorful, with a user-friendly sourness. I served this with a Provençal-style omelette and it paired very well.

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

Le Freak combines an imperial pale ale with a Belgian-style trippel, resulting in another great hybrid beer.

Pours a bit more gold than amber with a finger-high creamy white head. Smells of pine, with a bit of candy sweetness in the nose. Tastes like a smooth DIPA at first sip, but then mellows into the Belgian-inspired sweetness of a trippel.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, making this a quite drinkable beer.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz poured into my tulip, no freshness date.

Pours a slightly hazy apricot with the light catching it just right and making the orange highlights glow and burn. Nice two plus fingers of head swell up and leave a rocky head that slowly recedes to a thin foam and leaves patches of sticky lacing down the glass.

Nose is piney hops underlaid by a more tropical pineapple sweetness, hints of Belgian yeast give off almost a strawberry smell.

Yep, this is Green Flash! Loads of West Coast hopping hit your tongue first, lots of pine and hints of grapefruit. Then comes the Belgian yeast giving some esters, kinda spicy, a bold pale malt backs this up and gives off biscuity malt that borders on a burnt, thick sticky feel but the beer works due to a spot on carbonation. Bitterness that meets you in the middle and carries through well into the finish. Definitely some booze in the finish as well.

I've never been a huge fan of BIPA simply because they rarely integrate the two styles very well, they just seem disjointed. This is one of the better examples that goes full bore with the hops and gives the esters a run for their money - my only real complaint is the booziness (and big ABV) that severely hinders the drinkabiity, it just doesn't seem to fit.

Otherwise, a terrific stab at the hybrid style, tasty!

Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium sparkling copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured mentholly type yeast esters and an herbal hop.

The taste consisted of upfront yeast esters followed by a potent herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.

Overall a BIPA that leans heavily toward the Belgian side.

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,119 ratings.