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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,971
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 95
Gots: 168 | FT: 1
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 Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Gueuzedude, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

kojevergas, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -0.5%

oriolesfan4, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, with a medium white white head, great thick sticky white lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, pepper, hops, solid scent for the style.

T: Taste is big on the Belgian yeast spice on the first taste. Then the hops come in and combine with the yeast flavour to create a menthol, peppermint flavour, interesting. Hops are filled with a grassy and pine bitterness reminiscent of a spruce ale, but you know they're hops, a strange flavour, but tasty.

M: Very yeasty, light phenols, medium-bodied, has a bit of chalky character to it.

D: Another very good beer from Green Flash, is it possible for this brewery to make a beer that is not delicious? Great example of the new style, glad I finally found it.

Halcyondays, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +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.

Gavage, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

GClarkage, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.5%

InspectorBob, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy amber/orange color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thick 1.5 finger foamy yellowish head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with hints of soil and pine needle as well as some slight citrus fruit notes, mainly grapefruit. There's also some crisp , light apple and pear notes along with subtle peppery/coriander spice.

This beer tastes and feels much more like a DIPA than an Belgian IPA. Very hop forward with lots of earthy pine and citrus fruit notes. Hints of grapefruit, mango and pineapple with a decent malt back bone that provides nice balance. Very bitter throughout with a slight alcohol warmth and bone dry finish.

corby112, May 06, 2010
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -0.5%

orangesol, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent, hazy light gold with a 2 finger head of off white fluff. Decent retention and lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary, estery, doughy yeast with some citrus, and floral, herbal hops coming through with a peppery spiciness.
Taste is of the mentioned aroma with estery, spicy, caramel, apple, vanilla, citrus, sugary, hoppy.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky of sugar & hops, boozy, and warming.

weeare138, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy and pleasantly hued orange-golden colour, with a massive and rather impressive head of white. Sticky lacing in proper Belgian-style lace down the inside of the glass. Looks very impressive and very appealing.

Nose is lovely and sharp with citric American hoppiness, but with a round and sullen Belgian yeast character that adds some meat and spice. slight hint of astringent booze to it too, which is not unexpected in a beer weighing in at 9.2%, but it's a bit like seeing the man behind the curtain--I'd be happy just experiencing the complexity of character without the alcohol.

Taste is very subtle and very pleasantly balanced. The hops here settle down a bit, leaving the Belgian yeast to give it the slightly spicy and slightly phenolic bite on the back of the palate. There's still a greenness on the front, which gives a refreshing and fragrant uplift to the beer, but here, the Belgian notes come into prominence. Feel is light and crisp, but with a pleasant smoothness.

Yeah, it's a good blend, and it's a good use of the blend. Individually, the hoppy characters and the Belgian spice wouldn't make either a good IPA or a good Belgian Ale, but together they mesh nicely to complement one another. What you end up with is a rather tasty and rather unique brew.

lacqueredmouse, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

wrightst, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Billolick, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Blue Tusk in Syracuse, served in a tulip. Hazy yellow color with a white head and lacing.

Interesting, the hops don't kick in until the aftertaste. The initial flavor and aroma are of white bread, orange peel, and yellow cake. Then once this beer rolls back, it bursts with citrus and pine hops for an American IPA-strength bitterness. If you're into Belgian IPA's, this one's for you.

tempest, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great brew!
Poured a nice golden color with a nice white head. Nose is hoppy, citrusy, floral. Taste was great from beginning to endwith citrusy hops up front, sweetness in the end. ABV was well hidden and this beer is so easily drinkable its no even funny. Best Belgian IPA I have had to date.

barleywinefiend, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since Belgian IPA is such a broad category- basically meaning any Belgian style to which lots of hops are added- more specifically this beer is a highly hopped tripel, and man, there are indeed a lot of hops here. Very much a beer to have fresh. Pours a very hazy golden, edging toward orange. Looks almost like a hefeweizen, except for the head which is very finely beaded, pure white, pretty thin, but leaves some okay lacing. Smells extremely herbal from the hops- there is almost a thyme-like aroma to start, followed by more herbal notes and some late tripel swweetness almost obscured by the hops. Tastes marvelous! More of that herbal forwardness, also with thyme notes, married well to the Belgian tripel notes with some sweetness and clove and coriander spice notes with a long tangy finish. Firm and crisp in the mouth. Really one of the best Belgian style tripels I've had.

Georgiabeer, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle picked up at State Line.

A: The BIPA is an amber color, tea- or penny-colored. A steady stream of bubbles is the only disruption in the glass. A small head is attempting to lace around the edges of the glass.

S: The nose has a nice tripel profile, sweet with a blast peppery coriander. Floral hops emerge, moreso as the ale warms, releasing an intoxicating lupulin aroma that is strong but not blindly bitter.

T: The body is boozy and heat, heavy on the alcohol from the get go. The hops are just behind the alcohol, herbal and bitter. The hops blend nicely with the Belgian profile, meeting the sweetness with blinding bite. The tripel's profile is fast to fade, leaving the candi and coriander rather quickly. Bitterness is the catchphase for the finish. As I drink the ale, I appreciate the melding of flavors but some of the elements are too strong and don't always work.

M: You better like either a) blinding booze or b) blinding hops. The heat and hops are both wicked.

D: The ale is too strong to have more than one bomber. I want to love the beer, I really do. I just struggle with fact that it comes across as too big. Damn, damn, damn.

akorsak, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

superspak, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to raoulduke37 for buying this for me at Hi-Times a week ago. 22 ounce bottle with a colony of yeast found at the bottom. On to the beer:

Very cloudy and electric blonde on the pour, could be tangerine color. Two-fingers thick of creamy froathy head as it lands in my Stella Artois chalice. Good nose, mild on the power, some tart mango, horse blanket, and lemon rind. Fairly complex aroma, and I really dig it.

Clove and peppery spice knock on the palate in it's introduction. There's faint pineapple and bitter grapefruit rinds making a pleasant bitter flavor. Echoes of fresh sqeezed mango. Spearmint, aspirin, and medicinal qualities linger on in the aftertaste. Medium-heavy feel, not too hevay for me, somewhat silky texture with a tickle of carbonation.

Just what I would want in a Belgian IPA. A break from the easily accessible San Diego hop bombs.

DoubleJ, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear orange body for the first few draws from the bottle with each additional pour the beer turns hazy until the last 2 glasses are murky. There is a slow dense carbonation of microbubbles supporting antique white head that last for a good bit.

S- The perfumed smell of green hops is followed by a soft honey sweetness that turns into more of an enamel paint aroma as the beer warms. The bright hop finish has a tarragon quality and a nice green herbal finish.

T- The big green earthy hop flavor has a light soapy flavor to it with a dandelion flower and orange rind flavor to follow. There is a dandelion milk bitterness that finishes the beer and also lingers a moment after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a tight fizz finish. No alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer is a bit like the husky kid at his first school dance. Some parts are really good but the big dandelion bitterness steps on everyone's toes and there isn't that much depth or complexity noticed.

rhoadsrage, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

BARFLYB, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always interested to try a new offering from Green Flash.

Slightly chill hazed copper colored ale with a good off-white to very lightly tan colored head. Head falls fairly quickly.

Smell is spicy and dry to the nose and quite floral. This is very herbal with a trace of Belgian Candi sugar mostly toffee. Pepper and coriander scent is present, but I'm not sure if any spices were added or if this is all yeast. Minor trace of apple aroma but this isn't very fruity.

The taste starts out very dry in the mouth and quite woody with a trace of toffee aftertaste. Well-balanced bitterness, this doesn't hit you like a hop sledgehammer. Very herbal in the mouth but think English style hops and not North West Pine and Citrus. Quite warming in the chest, this is by no means a low alcohol beer the bottle says 9.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel is good.

Superbly drinkable so long as you like a dry beer, this is very dry. Herbal and dry the only thing I would avoid serving this beer with is anything sweet.

Zorro, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Pear nose. Flavor is sweet and sour pear and grapefruit. Not bad but not a Belgian trippel. High ABV is hidden. $9.95 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

jdhilt, May 09, 2009
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

afsdan, Apr 23, 2014
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,971 ratings.