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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: 128
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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I didn't know what I was ordering when I asked for "Le Freak", just that there has been a lot of hype about it. I'd seen it on tap in San Diego and passed it by while I was out there, so I figured I'd have to have it now. I was expecting something funky, tart, and maybe even barnyard. How wrong I was!

(I should note up front that I had this while I was out for dinner and it was kind of dark and very loud, and the room was full of different aromas. I couldn't even see the bottle to read it! Therefore I can't give this a proper review, but I'll go more hedonistic and base it mainly on my enjoyment of it).

The hops were apparent during the pour, citrusy and just slightly piney or spruce-like. It didn't seem sour..

...and it wasn't. It was oddly Belgian-esque, however. The yeast was clearly Belgian, and the sweetish malt blended well with notes of vanilla, mild honey, sugar with perhaps a touch of clove, and more mild spices. And then there were hops!

I immediately thought of La Chouffe Houblon, and then I got it. Ahhh, I says, as a light-bulb comes on over my head, it's a Belgian style IPA. Well, that's not too uncommon these days. But then it all made sense. Green Flash makes a very decent IPA, and a very decent Tripel. I toyed with the idea that perhaps they'd just made a blend and called it "Le Freak" , but I waved that off with another sip.

I had a burger with blue cheese and mixed greens, and it went quite well. I drank the whole 22 oz bottle by myself, and it's a bit strong, but I'd have considered another one under different circumstances. It was reasonably priced; and I'd suggest giving it a try. (1,641 characters)

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

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet, I've had it a bunch of times cause it's a great beer.

Light head with golden orange clear beer.

Nose of light funk, light barnyard light golden malts, light grassy and citrus hops, floral and effervescent, semi sweet.

Taste starts sweet, light grassy and citrus hops, fairly bitter hops as well, light orange peel, as well as light funk and Brett, light barnyard funk, long bitter hoppy finish, drier finish, and light honey.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

This beer is really interesting, fresh is a nice citrus and floral IPA with just a hint of funk, older gets fairly funky with less of the hop profile. On both ends its a great beer IMO. This is a fairly standard go-to for me when I have to pickup a beer for a party or something, especially for newer beer drinkers to really show them the ropes. (867 characters)

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, floral hops, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of grassy hops that is quickly followed by the bready flavor of Belgian yeast and sweet flavors of citrus & caramel. The malt character is a little on the thin side for the style but provides some balance. There a strong booziness that comes though at first but it fades a little as the beer warms. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet. The label reads "Extreme ale converging San Diego-style imperial pale ale and Belgian-style trippel." The interesting part about this beer is that in one sip I'll taste 2IPA and in the next I'll taste Tripel.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice stronger beer with some complexity that makes it worth drinking for a long time. (1,129 characters)

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

Beautiful golden amber in the Affligem chalice. Nice foam and lacing. It's certainly a big hoppy beer but it does swing both ways. Rather sweet, and probably more of the Belgian sugar. Even tastes a little like the recent GF Rayon Vert, with the big dose of Brettanomyces. So there are plenty of Belgian tastes with a lot of the off-center bitter-sweet.

This has a lot of the Imperial IPA character, with the malty richness and huge hops. Very bitter aftertaste. Overall it's just too much of the bitter hops but the yeasty and bacteria flavors are quite forward. On the coarse side and quite sharp. 22 oz bottle from Mega Liquor in Hemet. (640 characters)

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

Pours a fully fogged in orange with a brown hue. nose is real strong with lemon and seems to smell like Pine Sol. Yeah. I said that. Flavor is smooooth. Real smooth. Meaty hops and meaty citrus. Robust and earthy. Feel is silken on liquid. This is pretty tasty. Surprisingly, it leans much farther to Belgian than IPA, which is good. Well done. Very well done indeed. (367 characters)

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

Thanks to Hophead101 for this one, cheers Greg!

Pours a semi-hazed apricot with 2 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Murks up at the bottom of the bottle, good lacing & head retention

S: Honey, pineapples, lemons, green bananas & white pepper

T: Passion fruit, pineapples, grapefruit up front, plus appleskins. More grapefruit, green bananas & noticeable but light alcohol, as as this warms. Finishes with much grapefruit, some booze, pears & apple peels, plus a touch of breadyness

MF: Syrupy, low carbonation, medium bodied with pretty good balance & warming sensations

Drinks pretty good for the style & abv, this Belgian PA certainly has a west coast slant, as you'd expect from Green Flash (703 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz. brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a six finger head of fair cream and thickness, and great retention. Colour is a semitransparent light copper.

Sm: Light floral hops is all me broken nose detects; all apologies, lads. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Well handled bittering hops and pleasant floral notes tamed by a light unobtrusive barley. Not horribly complex, but well balanced and decently built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour of the body.

Dr: Very drinkable, but the quality of the flavour is limited. The ABV is high, but it suffers from low quality. (713 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange golden hue with a fine bubbled off white head forming thick, fine speckled lacing lines the sides of my glass.

A brash collision of Belgian yeast and American alpha hops going on. Citric/pineapple tropical fruit explosion with hints of spicy yeast and slight band aid phenolics.

Flavor can't make up it's mind, the roughness of the two flavors colliding, harsh herbal/citric/dank mary jane colliding with the fruity phenolic spicy yeast characteristics. It just doesn't work for me as a whole the flavors don't complement each other.

Mouthfeel is oily slick with hops, carbonation is lively from the Belgian yeast fermentation. Body is medium to full a bit cloying from the harsh hops and spicy yeast hitting me at once.

Drinkability overall isn't what I want from the style, most versions are their own worst enemy this is a perfect example of that. American hops and Belgian yeast are hard to harmonize. (926 characters)

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

Hazy. Light amber color with a touch of orange. Four-finger head that ends up in a rocky foam. Extensive lace...clumpy and impressive.

Belgian yeast aroma with a light level of hops. Slightly sour with some smell of pine.

Strong pine and pepper with lots of bittering hop. The alcohol is strong. The malt flavors is subtle...unlike most Belgian style ales, this is mostly hoppy. The body is what I'd expect of this style; the carbonation is appropriate. (455 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopsleeroy for one of these - took me long enough to open it up, so it might be a little less hoppy than others have observed. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - One finger of late-rising eggshell foam with solid retention and lacing. Hazy golden orange with a nice glow to it, and streams of tiny bubbles racing to the top. I wish there was a touch more volume on this one.

S - A nice mixture of Belgian yeast and all that it entails (banana, bubblegum), citrus-y hops with a lemon zest punch, and a touch of caramel malt. I think the yeastiness is a little too present, but otherwise it's rich, complex, and potent.

T - Dry, slightly champagne-like quality, with plenty of fresh citrus and grassy hops. There's quite a bit of hop bitterness at the top of the palate and in the aftertaste, where it is joined by a hint of peppery spice. The yeast is significantly more subdued, and this allows more fruit flavors to emerge - Gala apple, lemon, grapefruit, maybe a touch of pear. The taste is wonderful, but the aftertaste is less pleasant, and brings it down a touch.

M - Lots of carbonation - probably a little too much even for the style. Very light and thin-bodied. It enters the mouth crisp and dry, yet manages to leave a ton of residual sticky resins.

D - Even though this tastes terrific, it has all the things I DON'T equate with drinkability. High carbonation, a strange and bitter aftertaste, and high ABV. It's going to be a challenge to consume all 22oz on my own (although I will succeed!). This beer would be much better off in 12oz bottles or on-tap.

A great American take on the Belgian IPA - up there with Houblon Chouffe. (1,654 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Green Flash Le Freak Ale. Green Flash Brewing Company, San Diego, CA. "Zesty Brew", it says on the label. Alc. by Vol. 9.2%. I'll read the rest of the label after drinking.

Highly hazy. Dull golden coloring, apricot-ish. Nice, dotted head of foam, creamy white, lacy.

Aroma: lightly spicy notes, lightly hoppy one, and Belgian yeast. Just a little bit funky.

Taste: A lot livelier in the mouth than it was in the nose. Very vibrant on the tongue, a zesty brew, indeed. Big and bouncy. Is it a triple? A Belgian IPA, and Imperial one? Some combination thereof? Plenty of citrus fruit notes in the flavor, plenty of pepper. Good drinking, despite the high A.B.V.

In all, I like this one just fine, but it didn't thrill me. They can't all.

So, yeah, that's all I've got to say. What do they say? "An 'out of the box' modern ale crafted by converging two beer styles, Belgian Trippel {sic} and American Imperial IPA. Dry-hopped and bottle-conditioned--it's a zesty brew with enticing American hops and fruity Belgian yeast aromatics." --signed, ----(I can't read his signature), Brewmaster. (1,091 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received this as an extra from Nugganooch; thanks Dane! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Czechvar tall tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat dark golden orange color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, bready malts, sweet fruity malts, honey, Belgian style yeast, light tang/sourness. As it warms up some light floral notes. Pretty good.

t - Tastes of bready malts, sticky sweet fruity malts, honey, light must, yeast, floral notes. Light spice as well. Not bad, but a little off and too sweet for me. Average at best.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation .

o - Overall a decent beer, but not my favorite. Some nice citrus hops in the nose, but a bit tangy and too sweet for me. Not something I'd probably seek out again. (868 characters)

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but should be pretty fresh. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, pine, candi sugar, bread, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of hop and yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, banana, bubblegum, clove, pepper, floral, grass, pine, candi sugar, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, banana, clove, pepper, bubblegum, candi sugar, bread, floral, pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity and balance of hop and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a fair amount of malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian IPA. All around awesome complexity and balance of hop and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,418 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 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 drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (546 characters)

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

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It's everything a traditional west coast DIPA has, citrusy hops, pale malts, but with a touch of Belgian style yeast esters. The taste is great as well. I'm a big fan of the DIPA's with belgian yeast strains. It tastes like a top notch DIPA, but the yeast mellows the finish and adds a great deal of complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent beer. It's big on flavor and aroma; highly recommended! (583 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangish-yellow with a white head. The aroma is very fruity, with a big Belgian yeast component. Smells very similar to a Belgian tripel. The flavor is fruity with some hop bitterness as well as a strong Belgian yeast character. Medium mouthfeel. (252 characters)

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

09/08/08- Purchased at Ledgers in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2008 release, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep golden straw colored pour. Full one inch head on pour. Slightly creamy and medium sized bubbles. Lacing is above average with nice patchwork and trails.

Smell- Strong hop prescence as well as a sugary sweet nose. Earthy as well.

Taste- Hops are big in this brew. Reminescent of Hobblen and Hop It as well as Bink Tripel. All use the hops to their advantage. The sweetness is a bit too much though. Plus the carbonation is pretty harsh. Grassy and a touch grainy as well. Not as dry as expected after reading a few other BA's reviews.

Mouthfeel- Mildly dry, rather foamy and brisk carbonation level. Long lasting hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- If the carbonation we a tad less and the sugar level was brought down a tad, this would be a very good beer. As is, still definitely above average and pretty tasty. (964 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright orange with a huge, thick, dense, foamy, pure-white head that has great retention

S - citrsuy hops, Belgian yeast

T - some light malt, honey, citrus, faint pine, mild hop bitterness, Belgian yeast throughout, some warming alcohol

M - very crisp, medium to full bodied, warm

This is a nice beer. It is a nice BIPA in the sense that it showcases some bright hops and also some Belgian yeast but maintains balance. The alcohol is also relatively well hidden adding only a slight warmth in the finish and some body. This is a BIPA that I could sip on for a while. I like the balance and the flavor profile. It was enjoyable throughout. (646 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from undated notes.

The pour resulted in a big, yellowish-tan head with outstanding retention. Color was a very cloudy deep-apricot. Nose had an odd yeast-driven earthiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a strong sourness, undoubtedly borne of the yeast that wormed its way through the liquid. Extreme? No doubt! IIPA and Trippel? I would not have guessed without cheating up. It was quite sour, especially on the finish. I did not feel that it was the sume of its parts, although mine was definitely the minority opinion on this occasion. I even thought it compared to a saison. (588 characters)

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

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that breaks apart slowly to a thick surface foam. Big bubbles stick to the side of the glass. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: candied sugar, yeast, and a floral hop bitterness are up front. Some spiciness lingers in the background.

Taste: caramel, yeast, pepper, green apples, and a nice bitterness makes up a well balanced beer. The sweetness lingers around a while.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Hints of dryness arrive late. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer. Tasty, well balanced and somewhat refreshing. Worth picking this one up. (679 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled May 2007
The beer is quite hazy and is topped by a one-finger thick pale head that sits atop an orange-gold colored beer. Aromas of earthy spice, that sort of quintessential signature Belgian nose; notes of grass, with an underneath fruit mix of pear, apple and even some citrus (lemon and some orange peel). This is a really nice, interesting nose.

The beer is fairly dry tasting, yet it has a heft and body to it that belies this. I think the earthy, chewy spice notes help to dry out what would otherwise be a beer with some sweetness. Grassy hop notes are noticeable up front and the beer picks up some pale-grain sweetness after the first couple of sips; still it is fairly dry over all. A biting, herbal hop note is found in the finish; an austere bitterness as well as some hop flavor contributes to this. The beer is very hoppy, yet still the Belgian yeas character comes through in a supporting role. (921 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a Dogfish pint glass twice. Not sure of the date on this one.

A- GF Le Freak pours out a beautiful golden color with orange highlights. Even with a careful pour this yielded a 3+ finger head that was thick and foamy like a milkshake. This head had a beige color& stayed throughout the drink. This has the look of a Belgian triple (De Dolle) for sure. Small patches of foamy lace stick to the glass in places.

S- With a beer billed as an IPA/belgian triple blend i'm picking up more ipa scents, although the triple is represented with the yeast profile. Typical IPA scens such as pineapple and other citrus. The Belgian influence is also backed by the up front spices and sweet candy factor. Some apple shows up as well balancing the two styles more equal.

T- A nice candy sugar blast backed by an array of hops giving off some pine, grapefruit, pineapple and other citrus flavors. A good amount of bitterness. Some funkiness maybe from the yeast strain and is 100% Belgian influenced. I'm really digging the yeast in this as it gives off a lot of fruit taste consisting of apple banana pears and others. A lot of spices show up with cloves, nutmeg, brown sugar, pepper Etc. This is all backed by a nice caramel malt build. All things considered this is on the funky side of things with no brett used & leaves me scratching my head.

M- Le Freak finishes incredibly dry and has a medium body to it. It leaves a lot of the spices in the mouth and good carbonation. Quite bitter for the first 10oz but that subsides with time. I could see how this could be difficult for some to handle as even i had to take my time. Did not notice any alcohol.

D- No problem taking the whole bottle down but it took time. The bitterness became a non issue with warming as it became more creamy with the spices and malts coming out more. I'm glad I picked this up and need to find Green Flash Grand Cru. Took me a while to really pinpoint the style and what the brewery was going for and truthfully i'm still baffled but impressed.

Would love to try this on tap and another impressive offering from GF. (2,112 characters)

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

On tap at the Gate in Brooklyn ,NY as part of their recent California bee event. Always nice to try a new offering from a Green Flash. This pours hazy, apricot amber, under a rich looking off white head, that lasts and dissolves to tiny bubble film and shimmering lace on the glass. nose explodes with , ripe fuits, tropical and citrus, yeast, bread, and a mellow undertone of funk, wow, nice. Heady, bold and tasty brew. A lot going on here. Yeast, more tropical fruity ester, spiced up hops. Yummy, aggressive brew. Love the style and this one delivers the goods. Only wish this one was available in the local area on a regular basis. Oh well, gotta get back out to San Diego! (678 characters)

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