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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 721
Hads: 2,258
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 127
Gots: 368 | FT: 3
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 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. (1,370 characters)

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. (528 characters)

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. (658 characters)

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. (1,265 characters)

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... ;) (253 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 1pt 6oz bottle best by 9/18/15 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a small yet compact white head that fades slowly giving way to some nice lacing.

S-A nice potent aroma of yeast cake and banana are the biggest and are up front in the nose. There is a nice hoppy aroma of citrus and spiced bread.

T-The taste follows the nose rather nicely. There is a slightly fruity and sweeter bready flavor that meets the tongue.

M-Has medium carbonation with a fizzy/creamy mouth feel with a very dry finish. Well balanced.

O-Overall was a great blend of my two favorite styles. Not hoppy. (618 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. A cloudy dull orange brew with an odd head, a matrix of small bubbles surrounded by a sleeve of much larger bubbles. Fairly good head retention. Aroma is bright and fruity, very citrus-forward (fresh orange juice) with a decent blast of sweet yeast and Belgian clove-like spice, apple, cotton candy. Palate is a very close split between Belgian tripel and American IPA, as advertised. Often a take on this style will skew decidedly one way or the other, but this exemplar really does try to meld the two in equal measure. Very bitter hop finish and tons of citrus hop flavor, orange and grapefruit rind and flesh plus a tinge of tropical nectar for good measure, mango and melon. Also getting a pungent spice like equal measures of clove and cumin, black pepper and cardamom, faint butterscotch and banana chips/peel. A whiff of bandage-like phenols. Rather spicy and pungent at first but softens over time to reveal a fruit cocktail sweetness that begins to dominate the proceedings late. Quite fizzy and there's a little booze in the finish. I dig the whole laundry list of flavors to find in here and one can telescope in and out to alternate between citrus hops and Belgian spice. For all the shit Green Flash gets for various reasons beyond the scope of this review, they produce world-class IPAs and rather solid Belgians as well, and here is where they meet. (1,404 characters)

Photo of tbraun1
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 9oz tulip glass - on tap.

A - A nice light, golden amber.
S - Smoky and spicy. Rich and aromatic. Outstanding.
T - Again, subtle smoke flavor. Spice, is it clove? Very well balanced but at the same time complex.
M - Fantastic, very drinkable for the style.
O - Delicious. I believe I'll have to find this in stores.

-Cheers- (342 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a large (1 pt, 6 oz) bottle.

A - Color is burnished gold with some orange. Hazy. Off-white head is thick, persistent and sticky, more like the yeast cap of fermenting beer during high krausen. Thick, sticky lace on the glass. A very nice looking beer.

S - Aroma is like a hoppy trippel. Bready, clean malt, cotton candy, bubblegum. The hops are earthy and woody and not overly strong in the nose. I may have an aged example whose hops have suffered, because I can't tell this has Imperial IPA as a part of its heritage. There is a bit of funky farmhouse character in the background.

T - The flavors are well balanced between malt and hops. Graham cracker, bready malt mixed with earthy hops. Some black pepper, leather, maybe the tiniest bit of horse blanket. High hops bitterness that cuts the slightly sweet finish. Complex and delicious.

M - Thick body combines with fine carbonation to give a creamy sensation. Some alcohol presence. All is pleasant for this big beer.

O - This is a big, complex malt monster, in my sample. The Belgian heritage is obvious and delicious. If it was intended to have Imperial IPA character, the aroma is way too muted, but that is probably due to an aged example. (1,215 characters)

Photo of BigMurph
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a hazy orange. Gives a nice slightly off-white head that never disappears, but transforms into this light foam topping connected to the sticky lacing.

S- Smells great! Yeasty, fruity, banana cloves infused with piney spicy bitterness mixed with candied sugary sweetness. A hint of booze.

T- Begins on the Belgian side....smooth, creamy, a lot of yeast with hints of fruit sweetness before giving way to the IPA. As the IPA steps in to make itself known with its very present hoppiness.

M- has a some weight on the toungue more like the belgian and the carbonation is on dead on.

O- This is an excellent blend of two styles that really works well together. I will definitely be picking up another soon!

Serving type: bottle (737 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty hazy bright yellow fluid into a tulip glass. Some sediment, a sticky lacing.

The aroma comes with sweet malts, lemon grass, honey, and floral brightness.

Flavor in the mouth has a lot going on, sweet malts up front, followed by mango/pineapple, with some bourbon-like wood on the back end. Alcohol content is definitely a ghostly presence, but not frightening. Goes down easy.

This is quite good. I'm a malt guy who loves double IPA's, but not regular IPA's. The key, here is the Belgian quality, the hop bitterness backstopped by strong fruit-juice sweetness and bready grain. I like it nearly as much as my favorite IIPA's, Double Trouble, Hopslam, Lupulin Maximus, Lagunitas Maximus, and the like.

What I identify in my more memorable Belgian pale ales and Belgian strong pale ales (and which I don't get here) is that banana-taffy flavor and aroma. I think that might be what some reviewers call a "tropical fruit" flavor? Wish I knew what gives a Belgian that odd banana sweetness. Time for research mode... (1,035 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect when I purchased this beer- I was quite surprised- it' s a different tasting beer, and excellent.

Poured in a Mikasa tulip, the beer has a cider color with a 1F head.

The aroma is nice- not overwhelming, but distinctive: vanilla, spice, lemon, fruit, clove.

The mouth feel is not overly carbonated.

Taste: this beer is a combo of a Imperial IPA and a Trippel. The grapefruit is not like a typical DIPA, it's more understated, and it blends well with the fruity, spicy character of the taste attributed to the Trippel style.

The finish is hoppy, medium bitterness, and spicy. One of the best finishes I have tasted in a beer with hops, clove, and spice in its profile.

Overall- an excellent beer. Very different. It combines the best elements of a Trippel and a DIPA: hops, bitterness, spice, clove, and lighter fruit. (852 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Pours a golden-orange color with a substantial off-white head that dissipates slowly. Just enough carbonation bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass- quite enticing to look at.

Smell: Before even putting my nose up to the glass I caught a few whiffs of what smelled like white grape, or possibly even champagne; upon closer inspection this remained. The closer look, however, also revealed notes of lemon, grass, and just a hint of breadiness.

Taste: As the bottle advertises, this truly tastes like a blend of tripel with American imperial IPA. Begins with fairly aggressive West Coast hoppiness which rounds out to a yeasty, bready flavor before finishing with citrus zest topped off with herbal flavors. Some bittersweet alcohol right at the end, as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a boozy finish that yields to hoppy dryness.

Overall: Again, this is not necessarily what one would think of when the term "Belgian IPA" is bandied about. This is a tripel souped up with West Coast dry hopping. Excellent. (1,106 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Red-orange pastel amber with a proud standing head of white. Foam sits over an inch thick. Holds strong. Laces as it falls.

Fresh apricot, lemon, pomelo, and some Belgian pale maltiness. A little grassy, and a little musty. Could be extra soft, or possibly a little oxidized.

Has a hoppy bite with some Green Flash citrus. Light estery qualities from the Abbey yeast. The tripel barely bleeds through past the Imperial IPA, which is unfortunate. It's a little more deteriorated from when I've had it before on-tap. Notes of lime, melon, grapefruit, and apricot. American hops aren't entirely out-of-place. It's evidently missing balance between the two ales.

The body actually takes flight with good crispy drinkability. Carbonation is very perky and adds great texture.

I need a fresher bottle. (799 characters)

Photo of PintSizedLover
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden amber with fluffy white foam, with better than average lacing. Floral hop and bubblegum predominate the nose with some herbaceous earthy spice coming in at the end. Floral, slightly bitter grassy hops start leading into traditional Belgian spice and yeast with clove and bubble gum flavors. Slightly sticky on the palate with a peppery drying finish, and slightly tinny aftertaste. This will be a go to this Spring. (441 characters)

Photo of TheBrewViking
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance is about as good as it gets, bright golden amber color with pillow of white foam on top that sticks around for a while and leaves some impressive lacing.

Smell is fruity, with cloves and floral hops. Lots going on here.

Taste is sweet and musty Belgian yeast followed by fruity hops with hints of mango and pineapple. The fruity hops and sweetness balance out and finish dry leaving this beer very drinkable.

Good amount of carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. The alcohol is well hidden and the hops are more floral than bitter. Very smooth

Overall I'm finally getting to review this beer after drinkin it on many occasions. One of my if not my favorite Belgian ipa. Super drinkable and tasty beer (761 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap in a point glass.

Pours a slighty hazy medium gold with a fluffy white head. Average head retention and lacing.

Tons of yeasty Belgian esters hit in the aroma with bubblegum being predominate. Some clove and orange underneath but it is quite buried.

The flavor also continues the yeasty theme and closely follows the aroma. There is more citrus present, however, that I assume is from the massive amount of hope. Bitterness is on the high side but it helps to balance out the sweetness. Finish is slightly sticky.

Overall, a very well put together Belgian IPA that nicely balances the hop notes with the yeast esters. Alcohol is well-hidden as well. Definitely one to pick up. (691 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Fusion" beers scare the hell out of me, but it's GF, so gonna give it a try.

Pure amber color with a thick, craggy, off-white head.

Orange and lemon and yeast to the nose up front, followed by a pointed earthiness, piney hops, taffy, and far-off spice. Complex, pleasant and unique. I'm starting to question my initial apprehension, but the true test is yet to come

Has an interesting mix of sweet and bitter with smooth light fruits (orange, pear, grapefruit), caramel, pine, and a hint of vanilla and cumin. Fabulous and flavorful with all components working equitably.

Medium to heavy body with a noticeable fusel alcohol heat. Firm where needed and yielding when called for. I stand corrected, and bring me another. (725 characters)

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

22 oz Bomber.

A- Clean and clear. Amber, copper color. Off White head is a finger. Lacing strong throughout.

S- Delicious. Smells like a light IPA and a Belgian all in one. Aroma hops have done their job here. They smell delicious. Belgian yeast. Cloves. Banana peel bitter. Citrusy apple finish.

T- PA-POW. Hits with a pale ale hop and finishes with the brute force of a Belgian. Look for the citrus that finishes. It is not only hidden in the hop forest at the beginning of the taste but the yeasts hide it until the very end. Banana peel throughout.

M- Full to medium body. Alcohol is 9.2%: So while this is no slouch, it is hard to fathom until after the first half of the 22 oz. and when the very end of a sip occurs. Citrus hides the alcohol well. Warming and full.

O- I have been nothing but impressed with Green Flash so far. I have rated others of their beers very high and this is no different. For a Belgian Triple / American Imperial IPA this goes in the "must try" category. Delicious. (1,008 characters)

Photo of aquazr1
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 11/22/13 served in a tulip. Pours an orange golden color. Short white head that quickly dissipated. Light lacing lingers on the glass. The Belgium yeast is prominent in this beer. Also very malt forward. Little hop characteristics, probably faded over time. Beer is very good though mostly a trippel at this time. (332 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A- Hazy copper/brass. Nice one finger off white head. Sticky lacing gets left behind from the great retention.

S- Belgian yeast notes up front. It almost has a bit of Weizen yeast notes as well. Some citrus, banana, and clovy spice.

T- Dry citrus peel. Slight caramel sweetness. Subtle Belgian spice.

M- Medium body. Sweet throughout the drink, dull bitterness in the finish.

O- Interesting hybrid. Bitterness isn't over the top, but more so than in a Dubbel, but the Belgian spice is also subdued. The two styles seem to mild each other out. (576 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have always been interested in a Belgium / IPA style of beer. This one poured a little darker than a wheat style beer. The aroma was heavily on the Belgium side. The distinct nose of some of the yeast/hops they use make it different from other beers.
Since this was a West Coast beer, I thought there would be some of the typical medium to high IBU to give you that dryness and bitter taste with the nose of citrus and grapefruit. I think the Belgium side of this beer won out.
It was enjoyable drinking this from the first sip. Nothing that really stood out for me. A solid beer, but just not my style (605 characters)

Photo of blindtiger24
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

A: Slightly hazy amber / copper with a thin, carbonated, off-white head that pours strong and shrinks as you drink. Amazing streams of micro bubbles that jettison up the sides of the glass. Some of the most impressive carbonation I've ever seen!

S: Esters, yeast, cinnamon, and granny smith apples on the nose.

T: Piney and citrus bitterness and tons of spice - clove, pepper, coriander, all spice. Bready, yeasty malt flavors impart some sweetness. The spice and bitterness hits back in the end.

M: Creamy texture. You can feel the carbonation dance around in your mouth with each sip. At first, it's a light bodied beer, but moves into the medium bodied area once the spice kicks in. Very nice warming feeling on the throat.

O: Not a typical Belgian, not a typical IPA. But Green Flash puts its own stamp on the style and blew me away with its appearance, taste, and mouthfeel. Not as aromatic as I would have expected, but still a very strong beer. (994 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy medium golden brew with about an inch of foam.

It's a hoppy fruity yeasty smell that I get. I also sense some candi sugar sweetness.

Dry hoppy goodness with Belgian yeasty fruitiness, the label, she does not lie. A bit strong with the alcohol presence but manageable. Nice sipping brew that has a nice balance between the 2 attributes I mentioned.

Very nice mouthfeel adds to my admiration of Le Freak. I'm enjoying it. (438 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz slender bottle, with a standard Green Flash label, one quite different from the example currently displayed here.

This beer pours a slightly glassy pale copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, and um, freakishly foamy and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves a wall of dense and intricately webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of musty, almost funky yeast, acrid grapefruit, orange, and lemon peel, underripe pineapple flesh, bready pale and caramel malt, some isolated raw sugar, and further herbal, weedy hop notes. The taste is more gritty earthy yeast, an orange and pineapple fruitiness, some middling green funk, clove/coriander spice, white pepper, pale grainy malt, and more bitter grassy, herbal hops. A small twinge of edgy alcohol emerges as it gradually warms.

The bubbles are a bit frizzy, but mostly on the softly lilting side, the body a decent medium weight, and kind of hit and miss in the smoothness department, as yeast and hops have a certain way of messing with that. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and malt maintaining enough heft to hold those hop and yeast muckrakers at bay.

While hardly my favourite style, this at least comes off as a pleasantly capable version, the Belgian yeast and Yankee hop astringency playing together nicely enough. The experience softens as things move along, which may have more to do with the well elevated and integrated ABV than anything flavour oriented. (1,458 characters)

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.