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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 721
Hads: 2,260
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 128
Gots: 371 | 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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Reviews: 721 | Hads: 2,260
Photo of Doomcifer
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazy, bright gold with a magnificent white, thick head that goes absolutely nowhere. Terrific lacing and tons of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Smell is of honey, belgian spices, clove, like a good tripel. Taste is where the hops come though...bigtime. Huge hop presence of grapefruit and aspirin-y flavors in the finish. Astringent. It's got all the characteristics of a great tripel - honey, spices ala clove, coriander, white grapes, with a very bold hoppiness that kicks you in the face and grabs you by the balls. I love it. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, very carbonated with tiny bubbles typical of Belgian Ales, astringent-dry finish. Tremendous beer and the best of the style I have had so far...better than La Chouffe, Hop-It, etc. I've only had their IPA and now this but Green Flash has got it goin' on. (832 characters)

Photo of JBuff41413
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my second offering from Green Flash, the first being their Barley Wine. I liked, but not loved their Barley Wine so I was excited to see what this had to offer.

A- Somewhat hazy honey, light amber color with a 1 1/2 inch shaving cream like off white head.

S- Citrus, caramel malts, bread, and a little clove.

T- Very sweet, citrus, caramel malts, bread, with a little Belgian spice ( clove and coriander), slight alcohol finish.

M- Medium bodied, with a dry finish in your mouth. It leaves your mouth a little beaten up...but it is worth it.

D- Fairly drinkable. The sweetness can be a little intense at times, but overall this beer is very good and a few can be had in a night. The alcohol will get to you before the taste does. (742 characters)

Photo of corey0212
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazed honey/orange color, gloriously foamy tan head fades very slowly, and leaves behind big clumps of lacing. Seriously piney hoppy aroma, sticky and resinous pine, some grapefruit aroma. Really bitter, and I like it. Bitter grapefruit, and an almost aspirin-like bitter aftertaste, and some lemony citrus flavors. Smooth, and very finely carbonated. I could drink this all the time. Really tasty, and a style I quite enjoy. (442 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear amber golden color with a thick fluffy tan head that mostly collects in the center of the mug. There is some light suds that stick to the side of the glass.

Smell is of an earthy bubblegum mixed with some citrus. There is a light floral hop whiff that has notes of spiciness and sugar candies.

Taste is sweet, malty with a instant hop flavor. There is a warm blanket of bready yeast with caramelized sugars. Its slightly bitter in the finish with a mild peppery feel. There is a dry, woody taste in the finish that is quite pleasing.

Well balanced beer, this one doesn't have an overpowering hop presence compared to the malt and yeast flavors. Everything is just in the right place. Quite tasty and good for washing your licker. (753 characters)

Photo of ralflord
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden color. Very Beligan like. The smell is a mixed bag of IPA and tripel. Duh. Very interesting. I didn't know what to expect as I put the beer to my lips. After I got over the mixture of flavors I really enjoyed the taste. The hops balanced nicely with the malty sweetness. Very pleasant. I could drink this all night, which would be dangerous with the high abv. Excellent beer. (388 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this beer after the german beer tasting at my house this weekend with a few fellow BA's. What a great beer to end on.

From what I remember it was a beautiful yellow color, it was outside and it was already dark out.

Smell great too, I was drunk. I just remember thinking, wow this smells so much like a yeasty socal IPA.

Taste was a perfect balance of light body, with tasty sweet hops. Couldn't ask for a better mix of the two.

I would rather drink this beer all night long, than listen to Lionel Richtie. (517 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a creamy two fingers of off-white head. Head retains quite well but only leaves a little bit of stick.

Smells like what it is - a really hoppy Belgian tripel. There are citrus and herbal hop aromas layered on top of some candi sugar and pale malt sweetness, yeast and spice.

Taste has even more citrus flavor than the smell, but has a good deal more herbal bitterness than I was expecting. There is some yeast and malt sweetness along with the citrus flavor, and a pretty good amount of spice, too, but they are overtaken by hop bitterness halfway through. Still a ton of citrus hop flavor, but the bitterness is very intense and really dominates. Less bitterness would really let this one stand out even more, even though there are some great Belgian yeast characteristics here.

Mouthfeel is a creamy and smooth medium-full body that gets quite dry through the finish.

I think this beer would be an absolute knockout if the hop bitterness was not so intense. A more moderate bitterness would serve it better. Still, a very tasty beer from Green Flash. (1,091 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking forward to trying this since I enjoyed Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel and Urthel Hop-it. These beers combine two of my favorite styles so what's not to like?!

Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle so I try to pour slow and carefully. As soon as I pop the cap I get nice hop aroma. Nice fluffy head on top of a slightly hazy golden-orange beer. The head sticks around nicely and leaves some strong lacing.

Smell is powerful both like a tripel and an IPA. It has the characteristic banana, clove, and yeast of a tripel with an unusually strong hop aroma as well.

Flavor is intense, starting with hop bitterness, then going all tripel, before ending somewhere in between. Hops are grassy and piney, they seem to enhance the spiciness of the tripel. When compared with what I remember from the Belgian versions of this style, this has much more punch both in being a stronger tripel and being much more hoppy.

Mouthfeel is suffering because it is high in spice, hops, carbonation, and alcohol. All of these aspects together make this a killer on the tongue and so drinkability suffers too. After half way through this glass, I find that it's getting easier to drink but my taste buds feel fatigued!

Although this beer has character and attitude in spades, the Belgians always seem to have a more subtle and well-rounded approach. Of course, the west-coasters always go for BIG and in this one, Green Flash certainly succeeded. (1,457 characters)

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

Appearance: It's cloudy and is primarily gold in color, though it does have some orange qualities. The head is sheer beauty. It's vanilla colored and easily stands a little more than three fingers tall. It was very slow to recede and and left thick sheets of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose is very spicy. Strong notes of clove, banana, and a little corriander really permeate throughout. There are some sweet fruity scents (mostly apple, orange, and pear). Belgian yeast is really prominent. They were right on with that one. It is floral and a little earthy smelling. Interestingly enough, I'm not picking up much in the hops department. For something that's styled, at least in part, an "imperial pale ale," I was expecting more. Perhaps the spices drown out some of the characteristics.

Taste: It's sweet and fruity up front. Apple, pear, and orange flavors are sweet and start things off nicely. The spices are very aggressive and are a little overdone. There's clove, pepper, and some corriander, in addition to an interesting banana flavor. They really overpower some of the other elements of this beer. Belgian yeast is easily noted in flavor. It adds quite a bit, including a little authenticity. There is a pretty nice hop surge that emerges late and adds a nice bitter kick. They taste mostly floral and give it an earthy/grainy vibe. But, they're a nice touch. A little alcohol is noted on the tail.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a pretty good feel. Carbonation is very high and really gets in the way of it being as smooth as it could. But, it still holds together well. Drinkability is good, but that's about it. I'm enjoying the bomber, but it's a little too spicy and the abv is robust at 9.2%.

Green Flash did a pretty solid job in fusing an "imperial pale ale" and a tripel. It could be improved by toning down the spices a little and bringing more hop flavor to the forefront. But, it's a solid beer nonetheless. Definitely worth a try. (1,983 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy golden apricot with a crisp white head, of marshmallow like thickness.

Aroma is citrusy, with light tropical fruit. Candy-like sweetness matched with a yeasty spices. Generous floral hop aroma.

Taste is bready pale malt and resinous green leafy hop. Strong citrus aspect with orange peel and grapefruit standing out. Tobacco and oak meld with the Belgian spices creating a unique experience. Finish is awash in mild bitterness and lingering coriander, clove, and alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium-full.

A very interesting brew. Plenty of complexity and depth to keep things interesting. The floral hop and Belgian yeast melded on the palate in ways that I hadn't anticipated. A must try. (715 characters)

Photo of gubbt
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a nice firm white head.

Nose is tropical fruit, mostly mango, pear, some powdery yeast and a bit of clove.

Lots of fruit on the palate. Pineapple, pear, citrus. The finish is nice and bitter and lingers for quite a while. It's hard to say where the yeast flavors end and hops begin. The flavors are very well balanced.

A bit on the heavy side with moderate carbonation. Very pleasent.

The alcohol is high on this one, but it is very drinkable. This one would be great with some blue cheese or a salad. Great stuff from Green Flash as they show their brewing prowess once again. (606 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a thick creamy white head with plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

The smell is of candy sugar, clove, bubblegum, banana, and citrus/grapefruit. Belgium meets America done awesomely.

The taste is of candy sugar, clove, banana with grapefruit. Sweet, sour and bitter converging nicely. A "Belgian-style" IPA with an American hop presence. It converges beautifully.

A wonderful marrriage of Belgian and American characteristics! (458 characters)

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

Pours a golden orange color with a small but dense white head that dissipated into a sparse yet chunky cap. The aroma is of candied tropical fruit, light corriander and white pepper. A tad sweet on the aroma but still nice; hops don't have much of a presence here. The taste is not as sweet as the nose, not as strong on the tropical fruit (which is good). The flavor has nice Belgian yeast phenols, nice candi sugar presence, and an American hop kick in the end. It has a bitter resiny hop which quickly balances out the Belgain characteristics. The feel is moderate and well carbonated, rather crisp, finishes on the bitter end. More of a hop driven Belgian IPA, which is what I expect from an American brewer. I prefer the more Belgian sided BIPAs but this is a very well made brew. (785 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an light orangey amber with a moderate white head that laces pretty well.
the aroma has a big powdery lupulin hoppiness to it, with large amounts of pine and grapefruit rind. just a little bit of buublegum with warmth, followed by some spiciness like anise, pepper, corriander (faint). the is also some booze that is fairly evident, but not overpowering.
the atses brings another torrent of hops floral and citrus hops bite up front with pine towards the back. you get some more traditional tripel notes somewhere in the middle, but in abundance they are not. there is a distinct pepperyness though the hops have a saw tooth edge that not much gets through. the bitterness cleans things up tidily.
the body seems deceptively thin due in part to some of the bitterness, and fairly active carbonation, but i think it's actually fairly medium bodied.
the drinkability it good. this beer has some serious hop balls, but manages to retain decent complexity beyond the hops. the most hop loaded begian IPA i've had so far. (1,022 characters)

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium light amber color with a solid half inch of white head and excellent tracing. Aromas are a sweet mix of west coast citrusy hops melding with subtle spicy phenolics. So far on all the Belgian IPAs, Le Freak gets the aroma right: HOPS with Belgian yeast character. On the palate, things continue to be done right. This is truly an IIPA with tripel flavors, and not a tripel with subtle hop flavor. Mouthfeel hurts this beer a bit as it's nearly syrupy thick with moderately low carbonation, hurting the drinkability. Overall, however, I think this beer hits the nail on the head for BIPAs. (607 characters)

Photo of Nickls
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Hazy light orangey color, with thin white head. Great lacing

S - Great floral aroma up front, bordering on citrus fruit as well. Good hop presence in the mix

T - As delicate as the aromas are, there is quite a big taste. Plenty of hop bitterness, per the style, with hints of spices

M - Thinner mouthfeel, with very muted carbonation (it was on cask after all), with a pretty dry finish

D - Plenty of interesting layers to this brew, but superbly drinkable. I would have no trouble partaking in it all night.

Overall, this was a standout brew (at least for me) at the 2nd Chelsea Cask Festival in Manhattan. Really great stuff, and would highly recommend. Looking forward to trying the bottled version (726 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. nice bright orange color, very opaque. nice light orange/tan head. good retention. mild lacing.

S: some belgian notes...spices, sweet fruit, along with a big hoppy blend. citrus is the big note. nice big alcohol esters.

T: Wow. its like a dry-hopped belgian tripel. Big tripel qualities...spices, anise, clove, sweet fruits, like berries, peaches, melon. With a huge IPA flavor of hops.

M: very dry finish. a lot of carbonation. thick and meaty for both styles.

D: this is really good. a good example of the two blended styles. well worthy of a try in my book. alcohol is a little high, but hey, who doesn't like a big high ABV bomber? (652 characters)

Photo of ATPete
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

9.2% as printed on label

Le Freak pours a dirty orange color with a big creamy, frothy white head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Huge nose of fresh hops and a clean Belgian yeast quality, very impressive to combine the aromas of the two styles so perfectly. Hops play a very important role here, initially they attack fresh, with lots of pine, plant/cannabis, and citrus fruit character and some subtle spice provided by the yeast, then once the quality, semi-sweet pale malt texture with a different bready yeast note really caresses the tongue it rounds and transforms this beer into a balanced animal. One of, if not THE best in the Belgian IPA style i have ever had. Medium bodied, slight alcohol heat but very quaff-able. I highly recommend this beer to hopheads and Belgian beer fans alike. (820 characters)

Photo of bradybeer
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium reddish orange with a rocky white head. A bit of Belgian lace as the head recedes. Pine resin and a slight citrus from the hop bomb aroma. Malt is surprisingly well balanced by the hops-I was expecting a more Belgian body-light on the malt and heavy on the sweet. However, I detect no sweetness, malt or candy sugar. Finish is surprisingly smooth-with a hint of hop bite. Mouthfeel is chewy and drinkability good.

West coast Hop Bomb tripple? I am not sure about that-but I like this beer-what ever it is. (521 characters)

Photo of lightindarkness
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very thoughtful extra from a great trader, torchednoodle. Thanks!

Pours a super cloudy golden orange color with some dull straw highlights. A nice short cap of ivory froth covers the top, settling slowly to a thick filmy layer. Leaves some decent hanging spotty lace.

Some really enticing aromas rise out of the glass. Hoppy juices of peach, pineapple, and grapefruit. Yeasty notes of grape and white pepper hang in the mix. Coriander and doughy hay also make it into the nose.

Wow, taste. The immediate assault on the taste buds makes it difficult to know where to begin. Fumy notes of banana doughy belgian yeast hit the tongue and last for only split seconds as they're immediately wiped out by overbearing hop flavors. Bitter pine and grapefruit grind over the tongue mixed with a tingly carbonation. Lemon zest plays boldly in and out of the hoppiness, with a momentary dappling of soft bread and white pepper. Trippel character fights to return at the finish with building yeasty flavor, finding an awkward imbalance against the hanging bitterness. Finishes with a stylistically consistent tinny grainy bitterness, the clash of what would be a spicy smooth trippel finish now blended with an intense hop flavored bitterness.

Sips rather nicely, though notably impeded by the impressive, if not awesome bitterness throughout. Alcohol, while only mildly notable in character, is still a detractor in overall drinkability given its strength. It's admittedly a difficult blend of styles, and this is one of my preferred examples of the attempt, but I think I still prefer a trippel to be a trippel and an IPA an IPA. (1,627 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a bubbly, wispy, white head.

Smell: A mix of grains and grapefruit held together by mashed bananas and tossed with pine needles and white pepper.

Taste: Pale and Belgian maltiness, with a touch of grain, and a brief, though refined sweetness. Tastes of bananas, citrus grapefruit, and pine before a caustic, moderate bitterness is unleashed upon the tongue. Dash of spice. Light yeastiness. Some floral and fruity peach hints to be found during the rare times when the bitterness lets up. Finishes crisp and with a bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Yep, it's a bitter tripel, alright. It performed a bit better than expected, but I wouldn't push over an old lady to get a bottle unless she was really really asking for it (to be pushed, not the bottle). (881 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to newtonty for bringing this beer to my place and sharing! (He's a big fan of BIG and exciting beers, but he's too shy (or lazy?!) to review 'em...

Appears an orangey-brass with a gorgeously fluffy, pancake batter-looking white head with minimal amounts of sticky lacing climbing up the walls of my pint glass.

Smells of candied sweets and Belgian yeast. Very dry and crisp on the nice.

Initial flavors of bitter orange rinds, coriander, cinnamon, white pepper upfront, followed my more pepper, slight alcohol mixed with a dry sweetness on the long and lingering finish. Very enjoyable and surprisingly crisp.

Drinkability is medium to high. This was the perfect beer to enjoy with good friends and savor, like a nice red wine. Medium bodied.

Because it's technically the same style and since I haven't had many Belgian IPA's, it reminded me of Struise Mikkeller's (Elliot Brew)...

Very unique and enjoyable overall, recommended. (944 characters)

Photo of bbothen
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold/orange color with a fluffy 2 finger deep white head. Looks great.

Smells of Belgian yeast, sugary, bubble gum, spiciness, & some earthy hoppiness.

Tart, sour apple, black pepper spice, bready character, piney & herbal hops, all very well balanced together.

Dry, fairly carbonated, lingering hoppiness.

Exciting new style. Tasty & interesting brew. Seek this one out. (389 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pint glass. Hazy orange color with a fluffy white head. Good thick lacing. Tropical citrus aroma with some Belgian yeast esters. A bit of tree sap too. Bready and yeasty malt undertones, mango notes, perfumey alcohol, medium bitterness. Soft carbonation, maybe a little undercarbonated. Semi dry and mostly clean finish. (367 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from the 22 oz bottle. Pours an extremely murky yellow with a huge piloowy head. Smells of some light citrus hop and some begian yeast. Pretty sweet smelling. Taste is more along the lines of a tripel for me. I wanted a bit more bitterness, but it is very drinkable. Some candied sugar flavor with jsut a hint of cinammon spice. Some hop bite to finish but not tons. Very smooth and oily mouthfeel. Good beer and it hides the 9% abv well. (459 characters)

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