Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 718
Hads: 2,244
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 125
Gots: 353 | FT: 2
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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 brurevu
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Le Freak poured a bright golden color with a large fluffy white head that reflected its bottle conditioning. The aroma was big and fruity with a fresh hop nose and Belgian yeast undertones. The taste started lightly sweet and fruity and melded into a slightly bitter citrus hop flavor that was expertly nuanced and balanced. The best flavors and profiles of the Trippel and Imperial IPA blended exceptionally and continued to pull me back in for sip after sip. (460 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a medium, rocky off-white head. Aromas of freshly cut granny smith apples and a tiny hint of band-aid. Taste begins with a sweet apricot flavor, followed by some sharp herbal, medicinal tastes, then finishing with a grapefruit and asprin finish. Mouthfeel is quite rich. Overall a very good BIPA. (329 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a orange golden with tons and tons of rocky head.

The aroma has lots of Belgian yeast, almost like a sourdough being rested. However, there's lots herbal and spice notes along with a huge punch of pine and citrus from the hops. It's so Belgian bready and yeasty, but then there's also that hop punch.

The flavor follows with an attack of yeast, which then settles to a light bready malt. The spicy Belgian flavor is in there as well. There's tons of bitterness of pine and mostly grapefruit pith. The end is very drying with yeast and bitterness.

The alcohol is well hidden and I did not expect it to be 9.2%.

It's a good beer, though the yeast character is a bit much for me. However, for those really going after Belgian IPAs, this is up there. (768 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into SA glass.

Cloudy, orange-yellow liquid, huge 3 finger head, thick lacing.

Multiple aromas hit the senses: spice, bananas, subtle pine, earthy tones, cloves. Very nice.

Well balanced, sweet malt cut with some nice bitter hops, meld together nicely. Vanilla, spice come through.

Medium body, a bit over carbonated but not uncommon for the style. Alcohol subdued.

Really enjoyed the combination of the styles. Well done. (446 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a beautiful opaque copper/orange with a two finger head which lasts for a while. Some of the head remains on the top of the brew until the end. Good lacing.

The smell is wheat, bananas and cloves. I don't smell too many hops here. Maybe some light piney hops. There is also a bubblegum/yeasty smell.

The taste is citrus hops, wheat, bubblegum, sweet malts and pine. There is also a 'musty' taste similar to what shows up in the smell.

The mouthfeel is thin and creamy, good carbonation. The brew leaves a dry taste in the mouth after swallowing and an oily taste on the tongue.

Overall this brew is pretty plain for something that is called "Le Freak" It does taste as advertised, a cross between a Trippel and an IPA; more Trippel than IPA. (761 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Belgian IPA? Let's see what the fuss is. Bottled on 3/5/13, so freshness may be an issue.

A: Looking pretty standard so far. Off pale slightly hazy orange/copper. Two fingers khaki head. Dissipation is fairly rapid. Not much for lacing.

S: Aha! Banana/clove esters escape from the glass. Notes of bubblegum, all spice, some sweet /spicy fruitiness. Underneath is some milled grain. Not much hop presence noted.

T: Big spicy fruity notes in the beginning. The same clove, banana and candied fruit. Pretty quickly enveloped by a big wave of tropical cone bitterness that runs through the mid palate. The finish picks up again with the same zesty, spicy (all spice, grains of paradise/ coriander) This intermingles with the bitterness to leave a pleasant herbal soapiness and zesty, citrusy taste. Leafy/woodsy bitterness brings up the rear. Finish has a lot of apple with a zesty, lemony bitterness. Aftertaste of herbal green apple.

M: Light on its feet. Picks ups a little body mid palate, but finishes very refreshing. Very deceiving 9.2 abv. The alcohol gives some body, but not nearly the level one would think.

O: Impressive. Still not completely onboard with Belgian strains of yeast, but this is a good starting point. (1,233 characters)

Photo of Juuroumaru
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle found in the back of my cellar dated 10/22/12
A-Poured aggressively with a 2in white head. lots of micro bubbles being released from the center of the glass. Head retention in not very good, almost completely dissipated within 1 minute. leaves a small thin lacing.
S-Malt with what appears to belgian yeast and a light citrus nose.
T- Very malty with no sign of hops and a slightly spiced body.
M- Good carbonation with a solid mouthfeel.
O- Can definately tell that this beer has degraded a lot but it’s still a solid drink (543 characters)

Photo of Brew_42
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy gold with a white head

Smells of banana and spices

Tastes banana sweetness and spices with a slight bitterness that hangs around

MF-Slightly carbonated and very drinkable

Overall- Very nice beer. I will definitely pick up some more in the future. (264 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden yellow and nearly transparent. Beautiful off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S - Bready and citrus, orange and grapefruit

T - Caramel base with strong spicy pine and grapefruit hops and tons of banana. Normally I am not a fan of the banana flavor that Belgian yeast imparts, but this is the most I've ever enjoyed. The high ABV and hops balance the flavor amazingly.

M - Crisp and clean with perfect carbonation. Very drinkable!

O - This is a new favorite. I'm not normally a fan of Belgians or Belgian/IPAs because of the yeast flavor profiles but the strong hops and dry hopping counterbalance this perfectly. I will definitely be enjoying this again. (681 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into footed tulip.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Plenty of spider web lacing.

S: Sourdough, paper, pine, coriander.

T: Hoppy bite, pale yeast, coriander, clove, oregano....

M: Crisp, yet syrupy. Pungent hop bite throughout.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really good. Nice head, plenty of lacing. Nose is Bready with some strong hops and Italian spice. Hoppy, yet yeasty with spice. Overall, this is a good quaff. (487 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Mike Hess glass. Pours a golden amber with a nice, foamy white head. The trippel part of this brew really stands out in the smell, way more so than the IPA part. The taste is actually pretty balanced between an IPA and a trippel though. Just a hint of pine and loads of citrus and bitterness with that Belgian yeast taste to sort of soften the blow of the hops. Mouthfeel is just below average I'd say. Carbonation was maybe a bit low, I like an IPA with a good amount of carbonation. This beer is basically what you'd get if you took half GF IIPA and half GF Trippel. Now, I enjoyed GF Trippel, but it really wasn't as good as I expected, and GF IIPA is of course amazing, but the two together are just so unique. It brings a smile to my face. This is exactly what GF Trippel was missing. (817 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash Brewing Company - Le Freak, poured into DFH IPA glass.

Look -Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with a ruby tinge and a huge soapy head that dissipates at a medium pace leaving an abundance of chunky lacing. Great looking brew!

Smell - Fruity citrus resembling apple and the blending of sourdough Belgian has it come off as almost a rich cider of sorts.

Taste - Rich caramel malt, Belgian sourdough, then deep citrus hops with bittering pine at the end. Bravo! Well done!

Mouthfeel - Sits bitter and slightly sticky. Mouth and throat warming but not super hot, booziness level is right where you'd expect for above 9%. Good drinkability. Medium-bodied with low carbonation.

Overall - Solid, solid brew. Green Flash is great at blending and interpreting styles. Definitely recommend trying this one. (815 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange body with good head and moderate lacing, thanks to active carbonation, on top of a bountiful aroma of citric and grape like hops that mix, not overpower, with Belgian yeast and some sweet (candi sugar?) malt and orange peel as well. This beer is smooth, not too spicy or bitter or anything that may have gone wrong with combining "western style" hops with a Belgian IPA. I find the balancing act a succesful one as there is some sweetness in this beer, both malty (candi sugar, caramel, I think) and touches of tropical fruit (tangerine comes to mind for some reason, as does apricot) but also a spicy, strong hop presence (more orange, citric, touches of grape). Finishes with crisp bite and alcohol is well contained. Overall, a pretty good and interesting beer and not too many like this one are around. (829 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a Beligan Tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orangish-copper hue with a white, 4-finger, frothy head that slowly dissipates leaving a great trail and solid lace.

S: Sweet tangerine fruity aroma.

T: Sweet tangerine and spicy flavor with a good hop profile. Ends of the sweet fruity side of bitter.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is one of the combination beers that actually works. Complex flavors and aromas. (459 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing slightly hazed yellow body. Loads of cascading lace down to the bottom.

Smells of banana and apple esters with a little spice and a splash of grapefruit.

The taste has more of the banana and apple, citrus, a little clove, then finishes with a burnt plastic that lingers.

Mouthfeel is full and a little sticky. Good carbonation.

Overall I thought it was a very good beer but for the off-putting aftertaste of plastic. The aroma and other flavors were very good. (475 characters)

Photo of tubeyes
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A hazy near orange amber, min white some lace.
S lots of peppery estery bubblegum.
T bubblegum some hoppy goodness estery.
M good drinkable mouthfeel estery aftertaste.
O very awesome and very belgium , quite tasty and enjoyable. Much better than the band of the same name... (275 characters)

Photo of Arborescence
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A little cloudy, orange; makes me think of orange zest in fact. Pours a white and creamy two finger head that lasts, quite pretty!

Aroma: Very aromatic citrus aromas from the hops, bright and lively.

Taste: A little overwhelming at first as there's a lot going on here and the alcohol kicks in strong too. But after a few sips there's a clear citrus/grapefruit taste, combined with strong and acidic bitterness. It's a bit much really, especially with the heavy alcohol, but there's certainly some depth.

Mouthfeel: A bit soupy even, but I think it's the alcohol content talking. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: Initially I was very excited by the looks and aroma of the beer, but in the end I think that there's just too much packed into here. I feel it would be better with an alcohol content in the 6-7% range, or even lower, as then there would be some nice thirst-quenching potential, given the citrus-like flavours and aromas. Still, it's a good beer and I'm happy to have tried it. (1,019 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown Green Flash style bottle. Label is of traditional Green Flash style on their 12 oz bottlings. Poured this into a Belgian style stemmed tulip glass.

A - straw like golden with some haze to it. Pretty velvety white head blends well with the body color. The head finds its way to a steady and frothy ring of lace leaving good stick.

S - good Belgian style yeast up front. Yeast aroma is very well done. Lots of fruitiness going on with some citrusy and pine like hop aromas. Everything gets almost floral toward the back with the addition of funky spices and the yeast takes on bready notes.

T - this ale is definitely well hoped, but the style of Belgian yeast used sets everything in motion while controlling the hop bitterness. Big light colored fruits, resinous hops, citrus, bread like with some nice spices. Finish is zesty and semi dry, but the touch of alcohol Booz remind you it's a big brew.

M - a definite Belgian styled ale. It has a lot going on and takes a moment to sort everything out as everything seem to hit you at once, but even with the 9.2% on the tag it's still a pretty damn enjoyable beer. I can't say its the smoothest I've ever had, but it does have a lot of drinkability to it.

O - it scores 100 based on pure uniqueness and the brewers ball size of even attempting to pull off a Belgian style ipa with a tripel lol. This is what I love about Green Flash.. The have the imagination to attempt something like this yet the class to pull it off. A pretty refreshing Belgian ipa. Something ill buy again no doubt. (1,552 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nothing better than walking into a gas station and seeing rows of Green Flash bombers; I’ve got to go to Missouri more often.

A: Pouring this into a Duvel tulip was a great idea, because Le Freak fits the Belgian pale look perfectly. Half-and-half white head and hazy amber body, with the foam looking nice and chunky as it slowly disappears. Bubbly lacing webs spread all the way around.

S: Pepper, ginger root, and white wine hop notes provide an uplifting aroma to a nose that broods with the caramel butteriness of American DIPA malt. It has a hint of age to it, almost old enough to provide an overpowering mustiness to the nose; however, the molasses and plum scent of Belgian candi sugar paint over most of the flaw with a hefty, in-style meatiness.

T: Candi sugar oozes tastes of plum and black cherry cobbler from the start, with a slight black licorice quality. A familiar hop pattern of pine and grapefruit make this distinctly American, exciting the palate to a momentary crispness as it melds with a slightly cheesy yeast funk. A buildup of brine sweeps across as the aftertaste hits, as bright, dry, and catty as any Belgian ale, but with a lingering note of biting fusel alcohol.

M: Try to swirl it around your mouth at all and you’re left with a frothy remnant of the beer you first drank – this is as softly carbonated as they come. A sign of bottle conditioning, sure, but a little crispness would help battle the thickness of the palate.

O: I’m left wondering whether I got all that I paid for. I know that Green Flash started bottle-dating recently, but it’s possible that the light yellow ink had been rubbed off, which is frustrating. Now, I don’t think every brewer should make their beers like Stone, with the “Enjoy By” date in huge letters on the label, but it wouldn’t hurt to date bottles in a manner that couldn’t be sabotaged by any bottle shop employee with a wet rag and a desire to sell old beer. At any rate, this is a beer that did pretty well with a little age on it. Though I wished it were fresher, I’m glad I got to try – because it was an excellent Belgo-American ale. (2,137 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Sierra Grille. Beverage had a great and orange-copper appearance with a rich, frothy head. Aromas included smells of yeast and hops. Wish I could have pin-pointed the fruit aroma I smelled, but there was a nice ripe, fruit aroma to the drink. Taste was a good mix of fruits and hops. I felt like I could taste a flavor of pineapple and bready hops. Good mouthful of a medium carbonation that helps the flavors come out without being muted. Overall, a pretty good drink. Never tried too many Belgian IPAs, but this definitely makes me want to try more. (569 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Hazed orange amber with white head and a solid lacing.

A- Sweet belgian spice. Cloves. Citrus hops.

T- Smooth belgian flavor with slightly sour fruit hoppiness. Thick belgian sweetness with a bitterness throughout and in the finish.

M- Medium body and medium-high carbonation.

D- Quite a tasty beverage. I was expecting something a bit funkier, but enjoyable. (366 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured clear (no sediment added) with a large tan head that had moderate retention.

Smell: Lots of citrus from the hops with sweet fruits tossed in (Belgian yeast?).

Taste: The ample hop load is not overdone, as feared ("American Imperial IPA"), allowing clove, other spices and fruits from the tripel to contribute.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; Medium carbonation; a bit too harsh and astringent.

O: This mix of styles was better than expected, and is done well enough that they don't just clash. Still, it lacks the fine amalgamation found in, for instance a Chouffe Belgian IPA. (605 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Smells of spicy, floral hops with tons of citrus zest--not much actual fruit but very very zesty. Maybe some lemon or lime. Very spicy aroma, yum.

Taste has lots of zest too, spicy and floral hops again, but also some dank grassy hops, and a moderate maltiness that wasn't in the nose at all. Not quite as good as the. Owe but very tasty.

Pretty well carbonated feel, fairly refreshing and drinkable, body is a little thick and syrupy though.

Yum!

7.6/10 (458 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz split served in a SN IPA Glass

A - Pale golden body with a big fluffy white head, nice retention and lacing throughout.

S - Belgian yeast, bananas, bubblegum, spicy, black pepper, cloves, spices, some honey an floral notes come out when warmed up.

T - Follows the nose with spicy yeast wrapped in aggressive hops. Strong undercurrent of fruit, bananas, apples, and pears, spiciness continues with clove and pepper, some honey floral and grapefruit rind toward the back end. Super dry on the finish.

M - Medium body with semi-fine carbonation, very dry on the finish.

A very complex mix of flavors. Awesome Belgian yeast with good use of hops. This packs a punch in all ways but keeps it's balance. Very nice. (719 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy golden orange color. Looks like a typical unfiltered Belgian witte. Nice white head that retains well and settles at about a finger width. Foam cascades down the entire side of the glass as I drink and leaves a thick latticework of lacing

S-Belgian yeast hits you at first. Followed by bitter hops and dank parmesan cheese. A touch boozy as well. At the back of the nose, some citrusy fruits make a quick presence

T-Dank cheese, sour fruit, bitter hops precede a warm boozy bite. Tastes fantastic. The yeast and hoppy fruit precedes a thick, semi-sweet background

MF-Rich with low carbonation. The body is thick and full but it is not too thick. Consistency resembles a milk stout.

O-A very complex brew. Combining a Belgian Trippel and a DIPA was a fantastic idea, as the flavors blend perfectly in Le Freak. Everything is mixed well, but no typical notes of the two styles were too subtle. Exceptional brew. (929 characters)

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.