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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,145
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
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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: 2,145 | Reviews: 715
Photo of champ103
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a semi hazy golden/yellow color. A dense two finger white head forms with good retention. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Yeast, sweet malt, and light fruity aromas up front. The hops come in strong towards the end. Mostly as citrus hops with a soapy dish water aroma.
T: Yeast, peppery spice, and fruit. A light sweetness, and a light hop presents. Mostly a soapy flavor.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Dry and crisp. Some alcohol is noticeable. Though a good beer to sip on.

Not bad at all. Though this is more of a one and done for me. This tries to be a Tripple and a Belgian IPA. It comes up short on both ends. There are much better examples of both.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from/at the old now defunct liquid purveyors or whatever they called it in Portland.

Great appearance, vibrant dark yellow haze. Aroma not as hoppy as was expected.

Taste, hops more noticeable, but this one seems to fall into the belgian category than west coast ipa. Sweet and not hot spicy, but that kind of hop spice you get occasionally from Europe or New Zealand I've noticed. A little much of the spice and alcohol feel.

A costly bottle. Worth checking out at least once though. But definitely not the best San Diego area belgian ipa.

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

Appearance: A lightly hazy copper-orange body capped by two fingers of off-white head that fade slowly and leave almost no lacing.

Aroma: A mix of spice, golden fruit, doughy yeast, and pale malt accompanied by lots of leafy and tropical fruit-like hops. So far, this is reminiscent of a hoppy Tripel.

Flavor: Bananas, clove, pepper and pale malt mixed with lots of hops. The hops are complex with green, resinous, tropical fruit, and medicinal character. Everything is actually balanced quite decently here, though the hops do take the lead. Yeast and leafy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Some very mild burn and general oiliness from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable for the ABV, you'll have to keep an eye out.

Verdict: Le Freak could break either way: bitter and pithy Tripel or Belgian-infused San Diego IPA. It's pleasant enough, and certainly lives up to the promised mix of San Diego and Belgium, though it doesn't quite strike the note I was hoping for. I like the concept and most of the flavors, but the hops are just a little too medicinal for me.

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

A- Hazy golden color that reminded me of tree sap. White, 1 finger head that left behind some lacing at first, but both the head and lacing quickly disappeared leaving behind a thin head.

S- On the first smell I got a big whiff of a huge mix of indistinguishable smells. After that I didn't get much. Some yeast and a general sweetness.

T- Sweet followed by hoppy goodness. Apple notes followed by steely, bitter hops. Later I tasted yeast and spice followed again by the hops. A hint of alcohol now and then, but really I would not have known this was around 9% percent if I hadn't looked at the label. Long dry hop finish. Every sip seemed to transform from sweet to bitter, but overall the hops seemed to dominate for me.

M- Some light carbonation on the tongue. Light and smooth, almost creamy at times. Pleasant to drink. No trace of the alcohol.

D- Very interesting. I can't remember the last time I had a beer with such a deep flavor profile. Every sip was a different transition from sweet to bitter. I liked it and I could easily drink more than one, but I don't think I will buy it again because of the $8 price tag.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. no date that i can remember. tasted in early june 2009. poured into duvel tulip.

deep honey color w/ amber and orange tones. clear on first pours (decant 2cm). large, 3-finger near-white head, puffy, with meringue then gradually a thin layer. great lacing, especially further down the glass.

aroma: citrusy, piney hops, mixing w/ belgian yeast notes giving slight mustiness, then the grassy euro hop notes peek through, then lots of tropical fruit esters (guava? papaya?), w a firm caramel malt base. candied, dried orange peel and faint anise, w gentle phenols in back.

taste: truly a cross between american IPA and belgian tripel. fruity, w/ spicy phenols, and hoppy with both american and euro characters. moderate bitterness, both snappy and resinous.

light to medium body, with moderate, crisp, and lightly prickly carbonation upfront. then into a lightly syrupy smoothness, then resins in the finish. carbonation is fluffy overall and provides lift to the flavors.

pleasantly surprised by this one. perhaps a little too much going on, almost muddled instead of complex, but in the end stays together decently enough, as an expression of some of the best of both worlds. might get a little ahead of itself in terms of boldness, and thus being categorized alongside the likes of chouffe and de ranke doesn't do it any favors, unfortunately.

Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time trying this, a bomber from the cooler at a local shop.

It glows a deep orange shade, plenty of creamy foam to top it off.

Aroma is sweet and caramelly, some pine there, traces of Belgian yeast.

Sweet and more or less syrupy, mild hop bitterness in the back. Huge caramel & toffee flavor. Bready with some green herbal notes from the hops. More hefty malt than hops showing through though, this may be an older bottle, but honestly there's no way to tell. Pretty full bodied, not the lightest, bordering on DIPA.

Probably not one i'll be reaching for again, with many better examples out there.

Photo of runner72
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving in a 22 ox bottle

A - pours with a nice, two finger head. cloundy golden, copper hue. lots of small bubbles for carbonation

S - very nice. you can tell the belgian yeast. slight banana, and floral aroma. a little bit of phenolic smell

T - smooth at first, followed by bitter taste of an IPA. the hops are very well balanced. you can not taste the alcohol even at 9.2%.

M - bubbly on the mouth, a little bit of a hop bit

D - very drinkable.

Overall, a great beer. very complex and different.

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

Pours hazy and dark golden in color. Thick, fluffy head with great retention and lacing in the tulip glass. Smell was of a hoppy belgian beer to point out the obvious. A nice hop kick to it along with some sweet sugar, ripe fruit (banana stood out to me), and yeast. Taste was great. Starts out slightly sweet with some fruit (very hefe like almost) with a nice dry, bitter hop presence on the back of your tongue as it goes down. Slightly oily, a little chewy but not too thick on the mouthfeel. Overall a really nice beer and probably my favorite of this particular style.

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

650 ml bomber. No best by date.

Pours a deep orangeish gold with a foamy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is very clovey, very sweet smelling, and very syupy/medicinal smelling. The hops are there but are extremely medicinal.

The taste is all over the place, it has a bit of "band-aid"(rubber/plastic), tons of medicinal hops, and some bitterness. It tastes like medicine. I jsut can't enjoy it fully.

Overall if you want a good BIPA make sure it is a "B" IPA if you get what I mean.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bobby8405. Thanks Bob.

A - Depends on how you pour. I initially poured it carefully into two glasses, resulting in a rich and translucent copper-golden hue with a healthy white froth. After tasting it, I decided to pour in the substantial amount of remaining yeast; the brew then presented an orange hue, opaque in its haziness, with a long-lasting head.

S - It smells bitter and astringent; hops are obvious but not dynamically flavorful. The malt is also a tad on the bitter-sour side, more akin to rye malt in flavor than the base for West Coast IPA.

T - Better with a healthy yeast pour. Very dry, overly bitter without it; more complexity and nuances within the hops are illuminated with the yeast poured in. To be honest, this beer reminded me of XX Bitter and/or Houblon Chouffe (as they likely intended), not as good though. Just a basic fusion of the two worlds of AIPA and BIPA.

M - Fairly slick, and very carbonated. A tad too prickly.

D - A bit off-balance perhaps, but Green Flash is a good operation, so it is still on a fairly high level.

Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful amber color with ruby hues, a thin but thick just off-white head rests atop the beer. Diminishes a bit, but leaves a film across the entire exposed surface area.

S- Pale malt, sugar sweetness, citrus hops, caramel

T- So... let's evaluate this as what it is supposed to be - an imperial pale ale/Belgian trippel hybrid. Starts with a heavy caramel/ candi sugar sweetness, citrus hops through the middle, heavy sweetness with the slightest Belgian yeasty flavors at the end. Not as many fruity Belgian style flavors as I would have liked, but does finish dry like a trippel should. Quite hoppy, with a perfectly balanced malt background enhanced by Belgian candi sugars. Alcohol warms down my throat.

M- Could possibly be a bit creamier, but that may just be my preference, and I may be thinking about this as a trippel more than a hybrid. So, let's put that aside, The mouthfeel is still a bit thin even for a pale ale. It's nowhere near awful, but could be improved.

D- This things amazing. The alcohol reduces the drinkability a bit though.

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

Alors, le freak? choice no. 2 tonite, whilst sampling many beers from GF. While funky named this beer is by no means a freak to its nature- belgian, that is.

pours a glowing dark yellow half cloudy but mostly translucent body with this creamy, evidently creamy white head with a lot of lacing.

The smell is spicy, not too profound though. some fruity feel but for the most part an outright malty sweet feel.

Taste...well midpointish between your average belgian pale ale and perhaps a fit dry saison. sweet and definetly quite spicy feeling, some alcohol within although it is not manifest of its whole 9.20%. well bodied and just a light bitter finish running perhaps along the lines of sterker belgisch bieren like piraat perhaps. or corsendonk.

This is a good belgian example with a very complex feel, threw me off a few times. worthy.

Photo of Flashsp2
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Le Freak bomber into a snifter

A beautiful light orange body with golden highlights, perfect clarity.
A moderate pour generates a two finger big puffy head that leaves nice
cobweb trails when it finally dissipates, leaving behind a nice
eggshell creamy cap of foam. The opening let out a sizable gush, but
it lasted just a brief moment. Bubbles of different sizes stream
throughout the entire glass in a beautiful Champagne like display.

The nose is a big bready, yeasty, light fruits and a touch of earthy
and citrus hop action. It has a very classic and delicate trippel
aroma.

The taste isn't really what I expected from the nose. Where the nose
is more trippel, the taste is definitely more imperial pale/IPA. It
starts off with an almost skunky-grassy hop bite, followed by some
bready yeast, and then some lingering citrus hop bitterness. There is
a bit of the fruity esters typical to the Belgian style, but they
certainly aren't in the forefront. The hops seem to have a bit of an
oily quality on the back of the tongue. There is some malty-yeasty
bread sweetness, but it gets washed out pretty quickly.

The mouthfeel is positioned between the two styles. Its nicely
carbonated, such as a trippel should be, but the body is quite a bit
heavier than the looks and nose would hint at.

Although I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this hybrid, I do find
it pretty easy to knock back, especially since I'm not exactly a
hophead or anything.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Happy to see this on tap at D's in Swissvale, PA.

Poured into a shaker: Finger of creamy head over a clean, pale gold body with just a few slow bubbles. Gauzy lacing.

Smells of Belgian yeast spiciness with mild floral hops. Well-balanced. Slight wheat smell, crisp, sweet malt.

Wheaty, fruity, banana taste at first, followed up by a peppery spiciness. Then comes the booze: strong, dry. Finishes bitter & dry.

Mouthfeel is full, frothy, with some bite & heat from booze.

Not bad, not as complex as some other Belgian IPAs. Alcohol is a little unwieldy, but I'd still have another.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Corsedonk snifter. Pours a golden yellow color...pretty clear, with a fluffy white head, and decent head retention. Leaves nice lacing on the side of the glass, as it slowely slides down.

Aroma has a lot of grapefruit, malty, and citrus. Some floral hoppiness is detected. Overall, very nice, and mouthwatering...

Flavor has a slight bite at first, on the back of the tongue...followed by a sweet grapefruit body...with good carbonation, and ends a little dry and hoppy. You can taste the Belgian aspect/yeast in the middle body. Picking up a slight apple as well. Beer resembles a Belgian Tripel mixed with a DIPA. Pretty tasty!

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

22 oz. bottle from local bottle shop poured at colleague's house into tumbler 3.12.10.

To start off, an interesting tasting beer. A interesting tasting beer. Clear amber body, quick dissipation, nice spider legs. Nose is a bit spicy for a tripel, orange peel and cardamon rounded off by hops. Taste mirrors the nose with the hops being even more prominent than the nose. Some effervesce in the mouthfeel, fairly dry tripel like finish. Pretty drinkable, not too heavy. May have been a bit heavy on the tripel characteristics for the style, but overall quite tasty. Worth a try.

Photo of Rchap1
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this sitting in the cabinet since February of last year, so we'll have to see how this turns out.

A: Cloudy, a deep, darker gold color. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be this hazy or not, but it's definitely pretty opaque.

S: You definitely smell the hops in this. It really overpowers any of the associated smell that you'd get from a trippel.

T: Wow. This is a really unique one. I guess I'm differing from some of the other reviewers here in that this seems to have more of a characteristically IPA taste than a trippel taste. I think the only bit of the trippel that I'm tasting comes from the finish and aftertaste, where you get a little bit of spice.

M: Not as full as I would expect, put still pretty nice. It certainly lingers for awhile though.

D: I wouldn't think that you could do more than a couple of these in an evening, but I'm finding myself sipping it with regularity. I'm sure I'll slow down at some point though...

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

Not terribly freaky but pretty good. Drinks much more like a tripel than it does an IPA but the added hops make for a nice balance as seems to be the case for the "Belgian IPA" style.
Apple aromas are pretty strong but done in such a way that it doesn't bother me like it does with some beers. Fruit cake, fermented fruit flavors that one finds in many tripels. There's a question of whether or not the hops are there to save a mediocre tripel or if it all just happens to work.
It has been awhile since I had it, but now that I think about it, this is a very much a hoppier version of Green Flashes Trippel, a beer which I kinda liked but wasn't quite excited about.
Familiar flavors within the style, done pretty well. American aggression mixed into Belgian ideals. I can dig it.

Photo of fragilemacabre
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Based on the bottle, the style and the brewery, I expected a lot from this beer. Although it has little to no head (even though there are pretty foam swirls across the surface), it looks like a good cross between an auburn belgian and a golden hop monster.

With just an edge of hops and a definite perfumey twang to its scent, it actually reminded me most of the smell of bodywashes with shea butter.

Immediate reaction upon drinking: "I like this." It errs more on the Belgian side than the IPA side, but its aftertaste is reminiscent of finishing off a Lagunitas Maximus-- high praise in my book. Nothing terribly special about its mouthfeel, but you definitely don't realize you're drinking a 9-odd percent beeruntil you've gulped a few tasty swigs.

A definite improvement on other Green Flash IPA styles I've had.

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

Clear amber with golden trim topped by two thick fingers of white head; excellent duration and lacing. Good fruity aromas and quite a bit of farmhouse funk, more than I expected from the advertised Tripel (off The Blind Pig's printed menu; only later did I see this was Belgian IPA).

Very nice taste--fruity, a bit hoppy, lots of citrus but smooth and malty rather than gritty--mainly tangerine, pear, sour apple, and grape--really nice. Belgian IPAs tend to be much smoother than their American counterparts, and this is no different; cream and very accessible.

Very good beer, one I hope to see around the Midwest more. I wouldn't quite refer to it as freaky as the name implies, but this is a bit unusual, and welcome in its distinct style and flavor.

Photo of JTahoe
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Glowing hazy rich honey golden-orange with a rush of swirling carbonation and a substantial, dense, pillowy two-finger head with nice patchy bits hanging all around the glass. Looks great.

S - Subtle with light pear, apple, and banana. Pretty nice, but not too exciting.

T - Despite the unassuming aroma, the flavors really come on from all sides, very pleasingly delivering on the promise of a Belgian/West Coast hybrid. The Belgian yeast comess first followed quickly with an amazing infusion of big hop flavors of mixed citrus juices and peels (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon) with a body of pear, pineapple, and melon floating in a field of light banana bread flavored with vanilla, white pepper, clove, and straw. Amazingly balanced while rendering the character of both inspirations--truly an amazing feat.

M - Medium-full body, nearly syrupy but smooth, with moderate carbonation.

D - I'm a beer, and Le Freak was my idea. I wish... this is great, very enjoyable, imaginative, and brewed with skill. This one should nearly be a sipper, but goes down almost too easy...

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

A- Pours a light copper golden color with about a finger of head. Not nearly as billowy and extreme as some of the other B(I)PAs from Belgium. Lacing is sticky. Pillars of foam stick to the side of the glass.

S- The Belgian side definitely sticks out in the nose more then the IPA. Spicy banana and other light fruit. Maybe some pineapple. Very fresh.

T- Has a lot of trippel qualities to it but can taste the hops better then some others of the similar style. It starts off very trippel and finishes off with the american pale ale taste. The bitter hops linger on the palate. I can detect some pineapple in the taste along with the familiar banana and spice. Might also be some slight citric flavors to it from the hops. After warming a bit more I am getting some clove.

M- Definitely could never tell there was over 9%ABV in this beer. It goes down so easy with almost no bite. Just tastes fresh but after a few gulps you do start to feel the slight warming sensation.

D- As with most good strong craft beers, it would be hard to have more then one bomber. Drinking it could never be more pleasant but drinking more then one bottle of it could be overwhelming and at over 9%, you wont last long! After a beer like this I could go to either a good IPA or light trippel and then finish off with something like a Double Stout to finish off the night.

I would also like to note that this style is different in that nearly every beer I try in this style tastes completely different and had it's own unique qualities to it, more then I can say for most mainstream styles. Great iteration of an awesome style.

Photo of fropones
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice orangish gold color with about a finger and a half of ivory head.

S - Nice notes of pears and apples and clove from the belgian yeast. A hint of citrus from the hops but nothing that screams IPA.

T - More of the IPA is noticable here with a nice bitterness throughout. More of those apples and pears, some white pepper, a nice sweetness at the end. Not a lot of hop flavor, mainly hop bitterness.

M - A nice effervescence and bubbly mouthfeel that I look for in a Belgian IPA. Medium heft.

D - Drinks good for 9.2%. Would have liked to get more hop flavor in here, but oh well.

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

Large bubbly head on top of a copper amber liquid. Head loses retention fairly quickly leaving behind faint lacing.

Belgian yeasty aroma with some spicy hops and herbal notes. Grainy malt sweetness present as well.

Sweet caramel upfront with strong pine flavor and some spicy character as well. Herbal hop flavor and pleasant graininess as well. Possibly some tobacco too. Bitterness builds late and idles briefly. Alcohol is very well masked, and malt character plays a well balanced supporting role.

Medium carbonated and medium/full bodied; nice weight on the tongue.

Balance and lack of astringency make this beer a nice sipper. The 0.5 deduction in drinkability was due to the high carbonation. Otherwise this was spot on.

Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a hazy golden yellow with 1/4 inch of white head that dissipated quickly leaving a little more than light lacing.

The aroma is dominantly hops with some yeast and spice in the background. There is a notable citrus scent to the nose. The flavor starts out with a strong hop bitterness followed by some of the yeast/spice notes of a tripple and finishing with a combo of floral and bitter hops.

The body is good, substantial without being heavy. Drinkability is going to vary depending on individual taste, I split a 22 with 1 other person and that was enough for one day, although I would have it again.

Overall, a decent beer that you're just going to have to judge for yourself.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,145 ratings.