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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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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barczar

Kentucky

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
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Philousa

California

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
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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
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mltobin

Connecticut

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
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Urbancaver

Ohio

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
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

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
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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
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foodplusbeer

Connecticut

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
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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
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

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
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at Monk, Fremantle

A - Pours a greyish golden colour with a very slight Hazy colour, fluffy white head that laces.

S - A little sweet on the nose, apple and spice present.

T - Quite large malt flavours but a dominant sickly sweetness to it that dominates the flavour too much. Not enough pine for a Belgian IPA.

M - Little light on the body and carbonation

O - A long way behind the Belgian versions of this style

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 13:18:38 | More by eric5bellies
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Phelps

Arizona

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

Enjoyed on tap at Tops in a small tasting snifter.

Perfectly clear pale golden-orange, with a frothy half-finger head of pure white that quickly fizzles to filmy spots and a substantial bubbly ring. Some long streaks of lace are left behind as I go.

Lots of coriander in the nose, along with fresh grass, lavender, pears, green apples and white pepper. There's a nice, crisp spiciness here, though it becomes somewhat soapy-smelling as it warms more.

The flavor follows through on the aroma's promises, for the most part. Great tripel flavors with increased bitterness. It's a floral potpourri of dried roses and lavender, bitter lime peel and some subdued pear juice before a rather dry finish.

Low carbonation. The alcohol is a bit noticeable in the flavor as well as the nose. A dry finish is compounded by bitter hops inside a smooth medium body.

One of the better Belgian IPAs, though it leans a little too far toward the Belgian side for my tastes. I could use some more hops.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 05:46:45 | More by Phelps
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a dry candy sugar and small hints of hops. In the taste, dry candy sugar and a pine like hop presence. A small hop, but mainly smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry Belgian like yeast on the aftertaste. Nice hop presence, with Belgian like hints.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2010 16:18:10 | More by OWSLEY069
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DaveJanssen

Germany

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

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Reviewed 5/25/2010. 10 oz pour in small wheat beer glass.

Ar: Powdery floral with tropical fruit and citrus, lillies, mandarin, light simcoe resin, vegetative hints

Ap: Fluffy off white head, great retention, fine haze pale gold straw, chunky lace, high effervescence

T: Strong resin, simcoe, spicy hop, citrus resin, tropical fruit, hops and yeast character don't clash but don;t blend beautifully, light alcohol in aftertaste, dry, hops balanced to resin

M: Resinous, mouth coating, alcohol warmth at the end, light fluffy body, medium/high carbonation

O: Cleaner and better than other BIPAs i've had, the yeast and hops don't clash but the don't work together, an in your face beer

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 00:59:45 | More by DaveJanssen
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drummstikk

California

3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Le Freak's Belgian yeast character is nearly drowned out by intense English hop aroma. Strong alcohol and strong woody hops make me think of this beer more as an imperial bitter.

Smell is of wood and alcohol. Taste is a powerful drying effect from hops that probably include Fuggle, along with stiff caramel malts and a bitter alcohol backbone. Body is medium to full, but the beer finishes dry. If you're a Fuggle and Northern Brewer fan, line up for a romp through the woods.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 06:22:05 | More by drummstikk
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oregonskibum

Oregon

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

Served from tap in a snifter glass.

A: Color is a golden orange with an amber tint. Poured with a thick 1 1/2 inch, slightly off white head that dissipated slowly, leaving some splotchy lacing.

S: Yup, this is Green Flash. Big citrus, piney hops hit you right away. There are some spicey, belgian notes apparent in the smell as well, but the hops are dominant.

T: Just like the smell, the big hoppy flavors show up right away, with plenty of citrus and piney bitterness. Unlike the smell, the bready, Belgian yeast flavors appear a little more prominently, especially by mid taste. Getting some faint pepper spiciness and orange peel that compliment the hops nicely. There's definitely some sweetness and a little warmth on the finish.

M: Medium to body with low carbonation. Some minor coating of the tongue, but not too bad. Generally, this is an easy beer to consume.

D: Overall, I thought this was quite nice. I liked the big hop bitterness and more minor role played by the Belgian yeast. It was a touch sweet at times and I would be concerned that the beer wouldn't age well. As the hops die off, I think the sweetness would become increasingly unwelcome.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 20:16:16 | More by oregonskibum
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pennywhistle

California

4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The IPA hoppiness added a really interesting flavour to the typical Belgian style. It's both calm and slightly syrupy, and a little carbonated at the same time. I really like this beer, and think it would go well with any meal - it would match a nice dinner just as well as an outdoor picnic.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 21:58:33 | More by pennywhistle
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blackie

Virginia

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

a: shaker pint, rich golden color, nice head leaves some lace behind

s: pungent tropical fruit and green pine hops on a full pale malt body, the Belgian yeast influence is mild - perhaps some phenols but generally pretty overwhelmed by the hops, richly sweet and fruity, really like this

m: carbonation lively and smooth, full bodied

t: sweet, fruity pale malt structure supporting loads of resinous pine and tropical hop flavors, lip smacking bitterness with lingering sugars in the finish, the Belgian side of this beer seems pretty overwhelmed by the West Coast side, but it's damn tasty nonetheless

d: goes down well given the strength

pint at Galaxy Hut, Arlington

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2010 23:22:52 | More by blackie
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is orange and clear, forms a white tight head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is high and made up of small bubbles.

Aroma is spicy and bitter like an orange peel is bitter. Strong bready yeast character, not getting a lot of hops but with these Belgian IPAs its pretty random whether or not you'll sense hops.

Beer is oddly spicy, bittering in back with kind of a sharp bite to the whole thing. Overall, the bitterness and the citrus just don't quite work together, definitely not doing it for me. It just seems off.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2010 17:38:38 | More by drabmuh
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Andreji

Colombia

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

Alors, le freak? choice no. 2 tonite, whilst sampling many beers from GF. While funky named this beer is by no means a freak to its nature- belgian, that is.

pours a glowing dark yellow half cloudy but mostly translucent body with this creamy, evidently creamy white head with a lot of lacing.

The smell is spicy, not too profound though. some fruity feel but for the most part an outright malty sweet feel.

Taste...well midpointish between your average belgian pale ale and perhaps a fit dry saison. sweet and definetly quite spicy feeling, some alcohol within although it is not manifest of its whole 9.20%. well bodied and just a light bitter finish running perhaps along the lines of sterker belgisch bieren like piraat perhaps. or corsendonk.

This is a good belgian example with a very complex feel, threw me off a few times. worthy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2010 04:59:21 | More by Andreji
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Happy to see this on tap at D's in Swissvale, PA.

Poured into a shaker: Finger of creamy head over a clean, pale gold body with just a few slow bubbles. Gauzy lacing.

Smells of Belgian yeast spiciness with mild floral hops. Well-balanced. Slight wheat smell, crisp, sweet malt.

Wheaty, fruity, banana taste at first, followed up by a peppery spiciness. Then comes the booze: strong, dry. Finishes bitter & dry.

Mouthfeel is full, frothy, with some bite & heat from booze.

Not bad, not as complex as some other Belgian IPAs. Alcohol is a little unwieldy, but I'd still have another.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2010 12:28:36 | More by OneDropSoup
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Gehrig

Illinois

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

Clear amber with golden trim topped by two thick fingers of white head; excellent duration and lacing. Good fruity aromas and quite a bit of farmhouse funk, more than I expected from the advertised Tripel (off The Blind Pig's printed menu; only later did I see this was Belgian IPA).

Very nice taste--fruity, a bit hoppy, lots of citrus but smooth and malty rather than gritty--mainly tangerine, pear, sour apple, and grape--really nice. Belgian IPAs tend to be much smoother than their American counterparts, and this is no different; cream and very accessible.

Very good beer, one I hope to see around the Midwest more. I wouldn't quite refer to it as freaky as the name implies, but this is a bit unusual, and welcome in its distinct style and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 01:00:36 | More by Gehrig
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LibraryTom

California

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Belgian IPA, or a hop infused Belgian Tripel. Whichever you like. For such a strong beer, this one drinks pretty easy. The very astringent, almost caustic hops of the Green Flash IPA juxtaposed against a rich Belgian golden malt, sweet with big apricot fruit. The balance is good. Finish is dry, and almost all hops, though the late-mid palette carries a lot of the malt flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 07:09:43 | More by LibraryTom
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david18

New York

2.4/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm not impressed with any of the belgian IPA's and this one is as bad as any of them. I love belgians and i love ipas but they don't blend well.

The hops and the belgian character almost cancel each other out and then you're left with a highly alcoholic beer with no additional distinguishing characteristic.

This one looks like a double ipa, smells like a mess and tastes like alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2009 21:39:05 | More by david18
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