Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,219
Reviews: 730
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 124
Gots: 342 | FT: 2
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: 2,219 | Reviews: 730
Photo of arvidkoval
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trippel up front, IPA in the back. Very interesting. Belgian sweetness and then a hop bitterness.

Photo of jooler
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not really a fan of the taste. Kind of like India pale shock top. But pretty fruity

Photo of MattR2014
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Too much Belgium for me but well done for sure very smooth for high abv

Photo of Kraj30
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really fresh on draft. def would drink again!

Photo of AndersenMarx
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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

Photo of DuffDaddy
1.5/5  rDev -62.8%

Had one while I watched the Chinese Acrobats at the Lakeland Center with the Sumners.

Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev -0.7%

A - Amber with a thick white head. Dissipates at a steady pace leaving dotty lacing

S - citrus, pine, banana bread, some funky Belgian aromas

T - banana bread, citrus, funky yeast, orange, coriander, peppery aftertaste

M - quite full bodied, finishes bittersweet

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Light amber in colour. Nice foamy light beige 2 finger foam.
Aroma is floral, citrus, corriander.
Tastes complex. Orange, banana and spices, peppery.
Mouth feel Is wonderful. Under tongue. Bitter. Carbonation indicative of Belgium ales.

Photo of mr-jj
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Collective. Review from 6/30/14.

Pours amber with two finger white head. Nose is hoppy banana bread. Definitely Belgian yeast. Flavor is quite unique - some fruity banana hops and melon followed by a citrus finish. It is growing on me with each sip. Medium/full body, moderate carbonation. I liked this more than I expected.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Le Freak pours a golden bronze color with a nice long lasting head. There is a strong spicy aroma, very hoppy and strong Belgian candy notes. The taste has some big sweet Belgian candy flavors, with a harsh bitter hoppy finish. Good feel, nice body. Overall it is as advertised a Belgian IPA mixed with IIPA, the only problem is the IIPA flavor is a bit odd, overpowering and tastes a bit old.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle to my FW snifter glass
Notes taken on 09/21/2014

A: Turbid caramel orange body with a mass of khaki foam suds that billows over top. Super heady with solid retention efforts. Lots of sticky lace webs down the glass after every sip.

S: Smells bright and floral with apricot, peach, and a touch of orange marmalade. I get some caramel malt sweetness to the nose and trailer of Belgian yeast in the form of banana peel and smoky clove. Fairly nice and balanced with the Amarillo hops coming through nicely.

T: Tastes much the same with a big Amarillo hop presence up front and strong bitterness striking at the palate. Lots of apricot/peach and candied orange peel here with traces of pine. Good balance of caramel malts with the alcohol kept well hidden throughout. Delivers some pleasant yeasty phenols of clove and banana towards the finish. Has a light smokiness to it almost. More West Coast IPA than a Belgian but it surprisingly works out well in the end.

M: Moderate filling body with some nice even levels of carbonation that play well into the high levels of bitterness here. Spritzy with a drying at the finish and light resinous linger. Some mild alcohol warmth on the backend.

D: I do enjoy getting my Freak on. Amarillo is always a good choice. Pretty solid beer that hits more on the American IPA side while incorporating that Belgian yeast. Remarkably well balanced for its size too.

Photo of Apellonious
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber (no apparent bottling date) poured into a tulip glass.

A - Cloudy ruby red, with a fluffy one finger head that hangs around for a while.

S - Banana, clove, grains, and a slight off smell that I can't place. Whiff of heat.

T- Trippel flavors hit first, followed by a fairly moderate malt bill, then some peppery spice on the back end.

M - The mouthfeel is thick, even with an above average carbonation that gives off a prickliness at times, and a dry finish.

O - Other than some off smells in the beginning, this pans out to be a decent brew, an interesting mix, and worth a go.

Photo of ttroha
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Tap. Pours clear orange with white head. Aroma of hops, citrus and grass. Tastes of bitter hops and citrus. Bitter aftertaste. Very good

Photo of cambabeer
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%

This was a really good Belgian IPA. Almost made me understand why the style is thus named. There were nice yeast and malt notes like a good belgian ale, sweet and alcohol very present. But at the same time the hops just punched your tongue. I really liked this. I'd have it again any day, though it is for sipping slowly.

Photo of JayQue
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding combination. This beer gives equal emphasis to good bitter hoppiness and more subtle Belgian yeast and fruitiness. Poured into mu Chimay goblet as a hazy apricot color. Good bubbly carbonation visible with a small fizzy white head. Head retention is average and there is some light, filmy lacing on the sides of the goblet.

Aroma had most elements of a Belgian Tripel (apples and pears; Belgian yeast) and a good blast of bitter hoppiness instead of the peppery spicing that would be found in most Tripels.

Flavor was about the same. Both elements (Belgian and hoppiness) shared equal time and emphasis. The Belgian yeast and light fruit were most evident up front and in the finish (especially as the beer warmed). There was a solid hoppy presence in the middle.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. This is an exceptional beer that I am sure I will enjoy again.

Photo of patpbr
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep orange without much head retention.
S - Belgium yeast, hops
T - Sweet then leading to some citrus and general hops. Finished with lots of yeast flavor.
M - Medium body and dry finish.
O - Nice blend that would be nice in a four pack.

Photo of 45nDown
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Hazy amber pour with an ample head. Clove taste comes out fairly strong in the beginning but tapers off through the drink and warming. This beer is not bad but not my taste.

Photo of 8BaconBits
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Served in bottle.

Lots of C02, but not too much to be annoying.

Fruitiness is very strong, but not over powering. Not sure I would get it again, but still enjoyed it.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Very unique. All the fruitiness of Belgian ale with lots of clove banana and maltiness goodness. Work in the nice hoppy finish that one would expect from west coat friends. The finish also let's through the banana bread taste as well. After thought of the combination of two great types of beers makes this one of my recent favorites! Very exciting new type of beer for me.

Photo of PaulyB83
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%

Server on tap in a straight pint glass.

A- Light amber, good clarity, white head.

S- Spice, cloves, a little fruitiness including some light banana.

T- Bitter, lots of spice character of cloves and maybe even a touch of caraway?

M- Medium nice and creamy

O- I didn't really care for this one, I'm not really a fan of the style in general, I don't find Belgian yeasts really complement higher hopping that well. One note of caution for me though is that I had this at a place where the beer sometimes has a funny taste to it, so I might have to grab a bottle of this sometime to compare.

Photo of Jimmys
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

best by 11-1-15. 22 oz bottle.

pours with plenty of carb. big time head and retention. color is good. still has a slight haze and an orange body. aroma has really calmed down with time. a little bit of oxidation, but really not that off-putting. however, hop aroma is highly diminished. still getting some of that booze as time hasn't eliminated all that yet. again, any hoppiness is virtually eliminated and this now drinks like a big belgian tripel with some time on it. finish is still very dry. getting a mild metallic flavor as well.

original review from 5-2-11. best before date not indicated.

A: maybe a slight haze on this orange body. good looking white head looks thick and has great retention. loads of carbonation can be seen as well.

S: a real breadiness from the yeast can be detected. similar to fresh baked banana bread. the citrus/earth is evident as well and plays nicely with the above described aromas.

T: this is a biggie. banana working with a nice black pepper spice. a little bit of alcohol (not entirely ridiculous considering the 9.2% nametag). a smooth vanilla. hop flavors are present as well, but are more of the earth variety.

M: pretty soft carbonation on this big body lets a lot of flavor shine through.

D: really cool beer. definitely closer to the tripel side than the IPA side, but nice showing by both aspects of the brew.

Photo of BigRedDog
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep copper color. Hazy as well. The head on this beer is very thick and fluffy, good lacing and amazing head retention.

Not much smell here. Some citrus mixed with some sweet, yeasty, maltiness expected from a belgian.

Taste is malt forward at first, but mellows into a nice hop bitterness that lingers on the finish. Some bread, biscuit flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp for a belgian, but creamy for an IPA. Good middle ground. Easily drinkable.

Good beer and this is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles.

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger white head of robust foam, orange and bubbly.

S: Bubble gum, banana, Belgian yeast, spicy hops

T: Holy Moly! A lot going on here. Banana/Clove yeast like flavor quickly gives way to piney, spicy hops. This is a wonderful hybrid of Belgian Tripel followed by West Coast IPA. This is a big league beer, as to be expected from Green Flash.

M: The only drawback on this is mouthfeel. It is a little light, but only because my expectations were higher with the ABV. Surprisingly drinkable.

O: Highly recommended. If you like this style, Green Flash nails it. I have had 3-4 different Belgian IPAs and this is definitely the best I've had thus far.

Photo of Phocion
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. bottle split between two Surly Darkness tulips. Hazy golden/reddish body with a solid finger of frothy beige head. Excellent retention and substantial chunky lacing.

Nose is very Belgian. Very fruity esters, primarily banana and orange/lemon zest. The fruity yeast combines quite well with the grapefruit and citrus notes in the hops. White pepper and cloves are also very prevalent. Malt is subdued, with the yeast at the forefront followed by hops. Just a slight touch of generic graininess.

Very fruity flavor, and as in the nose the citrus hops and bright yeasty esters are working together in harmony. Very little acidic hoppiness, but the orange and grapefruit are definitely telling me that "this is a DIPA." Slight touch of alcohol, pale malt, and a nice dry/spicy peppery finish.

Substantial body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very soft and smooth on the palate with a slight alcohol warming, balanced perfectly with the spicy yeasty finish.

Overall, this is a pretty standard DIPA brewed with a good, but not exceptional Tripel yeast. It could be better, sure, but the hops and the yeast combine to give this thing an extraordinary balance. It's deceptively drinkable and relatively refreshing for such a high gravity beer. Drink this.

Photo of sloanzilla
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MMM MMM good! I love this smooth baby. I usually get it bottled and can't remember if I've had it on tap. I've only see it in bombers so far. Nice little treat to have on occasion! I've run out of things to write but I have to reach 200 characters... ;)

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,219 ratings.