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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash Le FreakGreen Flash Le Freak

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Ratings: 1627
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%

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:
This Belgian Style IPA is an "out of the box" convergence of beer styles where American Imperial IPA meets Belgian Trippel.

(Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007)
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Photo of Jacurdy60


4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-17-2013 22:53:26 | More by Jacurdy60
Photo of estlinska


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

Served in a tulip on-tap at Big Orange on 4/10. Pours a golden amber, almost burnished bronze color. It was fairly cloudy, but it did allow some light penetration. There is a half centimeter of bright white head, moderate lacing. The smell is very fragrant with decend bready malt and fruity belgian yeast of melons like some tasty honeydew. There is a slight resinous hop that sneaks through as well. The taste is a tasty belgian brew with strong bittering throughout. There is a sweet, tangy flavor as well, but not quite sour, very much like fresh, ripe cherries. There is a bit of a champagne flavor to it as well at the end. The finish is heavy on the bitter and finishes extremely dry. Overall this is a very good beer (so I had another).

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2013 14:23:40 | More by estlinska
Photo of TheSixthRing


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

Had on-tap at Sports Page in Roseville, CA

Appearance - A hazy golden orange, served up with a white, finger width head. Good retention. Spotty lacing.

Smell - Yeasty Belgian funky sourness. Green banana, subtle citrus notes sit beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong Belgian yeast character, hitting on green banana, funk and subtle spice. Hops pop through mid-taste, hitting on subtle floral character and bright citrus notes, then turn a slightly bitter orange pith in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Somewhat chalky, with a fairly dry finish.

Overall - Fantastic Belgian IPA. Reminds me a lot of the Stone Cali-Belgique, albeit with a significantly stronger ABV. At twice the price, though, I'd opt for the Stone more often than not.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 03:11:26 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of Gu3mom


3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At our house, we use a 10-point scale. For this particular beer our ratings are as follows:

Her - 6 Hint of banana flavor which I do not like in beer.
Him - 8 High octane, good flavor. Pricey.

Overall, drinkable but a far cry from a top choice; we hold out for brews that are at least a 7 on our scale. Cheers!

Serving type: growler

02-07-2013 19:16:38 | More by Gu3mom
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a very yeasty flavor and a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 01:18:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a three finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, sweet alcohol, fruit, wheat, fruit hop, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, wheat, spice, spicy hop, earth, and alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was a lot going on in this one in both the aroma and flavor, however they didn’t all seem to work together in my opinion, but rather against one another. This really hurt the overall brew in my opinion. There was definitely a lot of spice going on here which was nice blended with the fruit tones, but the alcohol came along and wrecked it all. Too bad. Worth trying to judge for yourself.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 11:01:14 | More by thagr81us
Photo of argock


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a chalice at The Regal Beagle (San Diego, CA). Reviewed from notes.

A: Golden amber with sticky 1/2 finger of white head with good staying power and copious lace.

S: The hoppy IPA side of this beer strikes first with mango, pineapple, and tart lemon that segues into the tart yeast aromas. The base maltiness is crackery and bready.

T: The flavor has much more Belgian yeast character than the aroma, although the hoppiness is no slouch. The tart yeast is a tad rough and doesn't mix with the fruity alcohol as well as it should. The hoppiness is very tropical fruit oriented with mango and pineapple and a bit of pine and citrus. The malt component is pretty substantial but one dimensional as it should since this beer already has enough going on.

M: They did a good job of drying this beer out to help its consumability. At 9.2% it's still a bruiser but still drinks reasonably light relatively. Carbonation is also lively which helps too.

O: A pretty enjoyable beer overall although I would pick a Belgian yeast strain with less tart and more fruity esters to go with the hops and evident alcohol fruit character.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 00:30:27 | More by argock
Photo of Tone


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, gold/copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, yeast, hint of wheat, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight wheat, hint of coriander, hint of pale malt, and slight yeast. There is a strongly cloying aftertaste. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 13:54:28 | More by Tone
Photo of PorterLambic


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrives the color of tanned leather with a voluminous slightly off-white head. Dissipation occurs within a minute or so leaving copious lacing and a thick, albeit chunky, film.
Smell is full of green apple and oak with some malt and hop notes. An acidity is present to back the hops.
Taste is hops, malt, oak and apple, somewhat sour.
Slightly watery up front with a nearly full bodied middle and finish. Slight dryness with some ABV warming presence from the swallow on. Nice brew without the overkill hops of the standard west coast breweries.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 23:30:07 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy yellow-orange color with a small yet compact white head. The head faded slowly giving way to some nice lacing.

Smell – 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 that really comes into fruition. This is mixed with a nice spiced bready aroma. All the aromas combined to make one fantastic smell.

Taste – The taste follows the nose rather nicely. There is a slightly fruity and sweeter bready flavor that meets the tongue. These tastes become more yeasty in flavor more toward the middle of the experience. Toward the end, the hop really comes into play and a nice citrus hop flavor takes the taste experience to the end and leaves a nice lingering flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – A nice creamy body with a medium to slightly higher carbonation level. The combo of the two, in this case, create an almost spongy feeling on the tongue. The feeling is warming and sticky with a nice “bouncy” turbidity. It is rather unique and actually very pleasant.

Overall – This was quite a fantastic beer. It takes some of the best features of each beer style; the very nice yeasty/spicy/bready/creamy feel of a good Belgian and the great hop flavor of a nice IPA. Very well done!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 00:02:48 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into tulip at Yardhouse Scottsdale.
Pours a hazy golden brown. 2 inch head and great sticky lacing. This brew just looks great.
Smell is disappointing but still good. Belgian yeast with some hoppy banana. But its very subtle.
Taste is very good. Belgian yeast is obvious, slightly sweet and malty, a bit of hops and fruity/banana flavors. Its a bit too bitter for me...being a belgian style. But still very drinkable.
Really good brew. Get one if you see it!

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 01:28:20 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a two finger thick pillow of eggshell hued foam.

S: Citrus hoppiness is most prominent in the aroma accompanied by subtle Belgian candi, heavy fruits and some German style bitterness.

T/M: Carbonation is relatively high, passive aggressive would describe it well. Pilsner-like bitterness settles on the tongue with soft biscuit maltiness giving way to potent grapefruit tones and floral hop notes. Orange and peach linger throughout.

Overall, a delicious Belgian IPA.


Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 23:42:22 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of falloutsnow


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glass on tap during Green Flash's tap takeover night at Crescent Moon in Omaha, NE
Served in a Green Flash pint glass
Review from notes

Green Flash's Le Freak is an interesting mix of the American double IPA and Belgian strong ale (though they suggest tripel). This was my second preferred of the four Green Flash beers I tried during the evening, and was undeniably pleasant due to its mix of strong hop flavor and aroma combined with a noticeable Belgian yeast and sweetness combination. Difficult to discern its high ethanol content, the beer is dangerous, but good.

The glass arrives at my table with a 1cm head of off-white foam, which dissipates in a minute, leaving a ring around the glass and some spotty lacing. Beer's body is a golden color, with burnt yellowish highlights when held to the light. Active carbonation is visible.

Interesting aroma that is mixed between Belgian yeast, overripe plum sweetness, a bit of potting soil earthiness, and a simmering layer of citrusy hops. Fairly delicious and complex.

Taste opens with bready malt and attendant malt sweetness that is flanked by Belgian yeast and its secondary metabolites that reveal a bit of soil, slightly old fruit, spent apples, and some very slight funk. The secondary component of this beer becomes dominant on the mid and back of the palate, and that is the hop presence, which offers some grapefruit and pineapple flavor. Somewhat spicy finish, with a bit of ethanol bite.

Body is medium to medium-heavy, with modest carbonation that is a bit too low weight of the beer. Mouthfeel results in a slightly sluggish feel. Finishes dry. Really, the only aspect of this beer I wasn't particularly impressed with.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 00:15:47 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of barczar


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the tulip a fairly hazy golden brown color with a solid half inch cream head that dissipates into a lingering pool of foam covering the entire surface.

Belgian candi sugar, sweettarts, esters of dark cherries, dominate the aroma, with subtle earthy hops and a stronger grapefruit presence. Wouldn't have known it was an ipa by the aroma.

Belgian yeast, bready malt, candi sugar, begin the flavor profile, and the ipa character becomes very evident in the taste. Pineapple, apples, and grapefruit take over mid palate, ending decidedly hoppy bitter and spicy.

Body is medium light, with moderate carbonation that showcases the bitter finish.

Had the hop character been present in the aroma, I would've been more impressed, but the beer is a solid offering, with the flavor profile making up for the aroma shortcomings. Still think I like houblon better.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 02:41:21 | More by barczar
Photo of Philousa


3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed on tap at the green Flash tasting room on 12/30/11. Review done from notes and recent bottle tasting to refresh my memory.

Pours a nearly clear golden rust with little head. Bubbles are irregular, suggesting the Belgian yeast used in this beer. It should be noted that the bottle version had about three fingers head. Although it's not going to blow when you open it, be careful with this one. Zesty, piney, biscuity, with a bit of grapefruit along the banana and grape esters. Mild spiciness detected from the yeast, this has more body than the other Belgians I've tried from GF. Malt bill suggests tasted white bread. Spicy, pungent Belgian yeast goes up to your nose with the first sip. Banana, allspice, and cinnamon come through in taste. Musky Belgian yeast takes over and combines with bitter hops, which taste green and fresh. Some toasty malt comes through but the bitterness lingers in the back of your throat reminding you it's an IPA. Acidic and watery with a dry finish.

This one was interesting, but ultimately a bit disappointing. I guess I should have tried this first in my sampling, because the Rayon Vert set the bar too high. Ultimately, this one is too yeasty and pungent. Don't know if I would buy again, to be honest. Understand that this is only because GF makes better beer. This is still a complex, interesting Belgian inspired IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 04:01:43 | More by Philousa
Photo of DrDemento456


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 10oz pour at "The Library" during their happy hour.

A - A nice golden color maybe a touch amber with a thin layer of creamy head.

S - Smells of a nice Belgium IPA with a nice level of funky, fruity yeast, and a nice bit of citrus hops.

T - Wow I must say this is the first imperial Belgium IPA I ever had and it's quite excellent. The taste starts with citrus hops, then quickly to a yeast flavor that gives it a bubblegum like flavor (Belgium sugars) and finish is again hoppy but not overbearing to make it dry or bitter. Mid palate I get a slight pepper note almost giving it a sort of chili like spice. Interesting.

M - Medium bodied and better than a sipper this is a swell beer.

Overall who knew that they could actually make an IPA I enjoy (West coast is unforgivably bitter and soapy).
I may have this again on Tap if I see it but no luck on bottles since the price tag is around 10.50 and that's beyond my limit.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 05:12:19 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of mltobin


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in NYC.

Appearance is light orange, slightly hazy, nice cream colored head. Its` nose contains apple, banana, clove and belgian yeast. The taste of Le Freak has some malts, a good amount of hops, more belgian yeast, quite a bit more citrus. MF is pretty dry with some bitterness in the finish. It was nice to try this beer again, the last time I had it was a few years ago and at that time from a bottle that could have been past its` prime.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 03:13:35 | More by mltobin
Photo of Urbancaver


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at catskeller.
Pours a crystal clear orange colour. Nce white head. Looks nice.
Smells hoppy and aggressive. Some nice floral aromas. Very belgiany under the hops. Tastes bitter and hoppy. A bit harsh but a really nice flavour profile. Thick, a bit syrupy moth feel. Overall pretty enjoyable but harsher than i typically i enjoy

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 20:01:31 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of ColdPoncho


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice orange copper body. Small white head settlers to a film and thick ring

S - floral and spicy yeast and hops. Nice stuff but not big

T - bitter citrus hops and nice floral notes compliment the Belgian spicy grapey fruitiness of this beer. Good balanced complexity.

M - medium body with some bigness and smoothness.

O - a real good Belgian ipa. Not much more to ask for

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 18:15:23 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of Koufax21

New Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Beermuda in New Kensington, PA.

A - pours a hazy, deep orange color. Very little head on it. I think this was more the resulting effects of a bad pour.

S - smells of tropical fruit and Belgian yeast.

T - sweet. Lots of Belgian flavor. Mild hop bitterness. Hides the alcohol very well.

M - full bodied, and lightly carbonated.

O - this was a pretty good beer. I'd buy it again. I'd like to get a pour with a good head on it and see if it changes this beer for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 13:43:12 | More by Koufax21
Photo of foodplusbeer


4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This ia more of a Belgian IIPA than BPA. Starts off with a very tropical hoppy aroma. When it hits the tongue I get some that tropical fruit, a bit of pine, then a slight malt sweetness. There's a noticeable alcohol burn and taste just before the finish that leaves you with a boatload of hop bitterness! Wow, I didn't expect that. A unique experience, highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 01:04:03 | More by foodplusbeer
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a nice golden color, a bit of head at the top that left a nice coat of lacing around the glass.

S - Wild smell for an IPA, Belgian hops a bit of some sour fruit as well.

T - Crazy taste for this type of beer, seems like hops from 2 different parts of the world, a bit bitter and some slight sweet taste.

M - smooth beer, and perfect balance of carbonation

D - A good beer was definitely not dissappointed, I enjoyed this one, different kind of IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 16:31:51 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of AdamBear


3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-clear golden orange with a nice frothy cream colored head. decent lacing

S-smells like spicy hops with a touch of citrus and belgian sugars. good strength.

T-hmmm this isn't too bad. hits with a strong taste of spicy hops and bitterness. there's also a good hint of orange peel in there as well as a strong alcohol note. the spicyness and alcohol are the main characteristics and they last through the after-taste. there's also a good bit of belgian sweetness in the after-taste. definitely a complex beer.

M-full bodied, medium creamy carbonation with a fairly dry finish

O-definitely a belgian IPA. its a good mix of bitter hops and belgian sugars/spices. its also fairly complex as well as fairly well balanced. i like it. its not something i want a lot of, but its definitely a decent attempt at the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 11:44:21 | More by AdamBear
Photo of ehammond1

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4


Green Flash Brewing Co.
Mira Mesa, CA

Clear golden orange, nearly amber. Not nearly as much carbonation as I would have expected or preferred. Pours with a thin head and doesn't leave much lacing down the glass. A pretty color, but this beer seems under-carbonated.

The aroma of this beer seems more Belgian than it does San Diego. The tart and tangy Belgian yeast is dominant, along with some sweet fruit aromas and a honey-like sweetness. Interesting and evolving as it warms, but distinctly Belgian.

Tangy Belgian yeast flavor along with a more typical San Diego IPA hop bitterness. A nice combination. There is some sweet citrus, perhaps lemon, flavor as well.

This beer seems a bit syrupy and heavy. Unfortunately, this wasn't quite as carbonated as I'm assuming others have experienced.

A good marriage of Belgian yeast and a San Diego style hoppy and bitter IPA. Better carbonation would have significantly improved a couple areas, but still a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2011 16:10:41 | More by ehammond1
Photo of TMoney2591


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

Served in a cervoise at Duke's Alehouse.

My first time here, might as well go for something I've heard good things about. It pours a clear amber topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises black pepper, tart mandarin orange, lemon zest, ruby red grapefruit, and banana. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, orange peel, lemon zest, clove, banana, Belgian yeast, and light caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a dry, nearly sticky finish. Overall, a great BIPA, one that definitely lives up to the billing of being a collision between IPA and tripel. Very good times.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 00:42:34 | More by TMoney2591
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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