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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 724
Hads: 2,281
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 129
Gots: 378 | 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 FishGetter
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Searved in a tulip. Pale yellow with slight haze. Thick frothy head expiring quickly leaving sticky heavy lacing on glass.
Distinctive Belgin yeast aroma. Cloves with mild grassy hints. Slight wheat and citrus hops round out nose of beer. Great diversity!
Suttle hints of pear at first drink. Grapefruit flavored resins push through. Finished with spicy clove flavors. Runs the gammet of sweet to slight bitter to spicy.
Medium bodied, oily hop resins cling to mouth.
At 9.2 ABV, this is a real sleeper! Grapefruit resins do a great job of taming alcohol content.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Auburn gold in color with a nice head, a little hazy.

S- Smells of grapefruit, citrus, licorice, and sweet candi sugar. Yum.

T- Tastes like a regular (but good) IPA at first then the belgian Yeast and candi sugar kick in. A nice sipping beer.

M- A little heavy in the mouthfeel, coats the mouth a bit to much.

D- A great once in a while Beer, I couldn't have it everyday but once in a while it would be perfect, very nice with indian food.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A-pours a golden amber with a haze. Strong white head that fades and rests a thin a layer on top.

S-very strong bready tones from the Belgian yeast and malt. The hops are pretty much no present in the nose. More Belgian than iipa.

T- strong Belgian sweet bready malts. Hops kick in with bitter dry grass and dull citrus

M- big body with a light carbonation. Finishes sweet and dry

O- one hell of an interesting combo here. Trippel takes the cake as far as the blend goes but the hops are sneaky and tasty too

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

A- Hazy golden color that reminded me of tree sap. White, 1 finger head that left behind some lacing at first, but both the head and lacing quickly disappeared leaving behind a thin head.

S- On the first smell I got a big whiff of a huge mix of indistinguishable smells. After that I didn't get much. Some yeast and a general sweetness.

T- Sweet followed by hoppy goodness. Apple notes followed by steely, bitter hops. Later I tasted yeast and spice followed again by the hops. A hint of alcohol now and then, but really I would not have known this was around 9% percent if I hadn't looked at the label. Long dry hop finish. Every sip seemed to transform from sweet to bitter, but overall the hops seemed to dominate for me.

M- Some light carbonation on the tongue. Light and smooth, almost creamy at times. Pleasant to drink. No trace of the alcohol.

D- Very interesting. I can't remember the last time I had a beer with such a deep flavor profile. Every sip was a different transition from sweet to bitter. I liked it and I could easily drink more than one, but I don't think I will buy it again because of the $8 price tag.

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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

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Photo of TheEremite
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Trappist in Oakland. Pours cloudy, white head. Looks like a saison or witt. The aroma is great. Lots of fruity spicy yeast character that mixes well with the citrus hops used. The flavor is "balanced" for an IPA with Belgian yeast. The buttering hops are relatively subdued that make this beermuch more drinkable than others I have had. I was not previously a fan of this type of beer, but le freak changed my mind. Worth a quaff.

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

22oz bomber into Duvel tulip. My only bottle. Would certainly like to have it again.

Color is a gorgeous peach-golden gradient. Bubbles were all mid-sized at first, a bit unimpressive, but looks more Belgian carbonated after awhile. Somewhat clear, then hazy, but some yeast sludge at the bottom of the bottle - I poured this in at the end.

Aroma is bit lacking in power, but interesting. Bubble-gum spice Tripel yeast dominates with some banana-clove, but some West Coast dry hop as well (significantly less than GF WC IPA, but some similar flavors).

Flavor: If I had to name dominating flavor in one word it'd be peach. Progression goes: Peach - Honey -Mango - Pear - Pineapple - Pine - Pear - Pine. Finishes with green hop flavor, some green peppercorn and maybe some white pepper that cover the high abv. Not harsh. Belgian flavors come through in waves. Still some green hop/pine on the pallet 20 seconds later. Nice balance. I'm glad there's not more Tripel sweetness.

The WC hop and Belgian yeast flavors have definitely melded by now. I'm not sure when this was bottled, but it tastes like almost 6 months of melding. However, the whole still seems a bit lesser than the sum of the parts - it's got some intense parts. I'd love to try it again in 6 months (but kept cold to preserve the hops!)

I'd be interested to see the recipe, but I'd guess a Tripel yeast and some Belgian Tripel-style candi sugar, American DIPA hops and malt, and maybe some Belgian-style beer malts too. I'd also like to know the FG, as it's obviously a big beer, but has a nice finishing dryness that I enjoy.

I've had no trouble reaching the end of this bomber. A pleasure.

Even amongst Stone 08-08-08, Chouffe Houblon, and Urthel Hop It, I'd certainly recommend it.

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

a - gold, slightly cloudy, fair amount of sediment. Small, holding head. Tons of sediment in the bottle.

s - belgina yeastiness, clove + bananna. Smells like a belgian trippel.

t - like a belgian trippel, bittering hops stronger at the end. Peppery at the end. Aftertaste is a bit IPA-ish.

m - nice, dry and well carbonated.

d - good. The trippel aspect shorts it for me, but only due to personal dislike of trippels.

It's like a belgian trippel with a good amount more hop bitterness.

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

A- Pours a light copper golden color with about a finger of head. Not nearly as billowy and extreme as some of the other B(I)PAs from Belgium. Lacing is sticky. Pillars of foam stick to the side of the glass.

S- The Belgian side definitely sticks out in the nose more then the IPA. Spicy banana and other light fruit. Maybe some pineapple. Very fresh.

T- Has a lot of trippel qualities to it but can taste the hops better then some others of the similar style. It starts off very trippel and finishes off with the american pale ale taste. The bitter hops linger on the palate. I can detect some pineapple in the taste along with the familiar banana and spice. Might also be some slight citric flavors to it from the hops. After warming a bit more I am getting some clove.

M- Definitely could never tell there was over 9%ABV in this beer. It goes down so easy with almost no bite. Just tastes fresh but after a few gulps you do start to feel the slight warming sensation.

D- As with most good strong craft beers, it would be hard to have more then one bomber. Drinking it could never be more pleasant but drinking more then one bottle of it could be overwhelming and at over 9%, you wont last long! After a beer like this I could go to either a good IPA or light trippel and then finish off with something like a Double Stout to finish off the night.

I would also like to note that this style is different in that nearly every beer I try in this style tastes completely different and had it's own unique qualities to it, more then I can say for most mainstream styles. Great iteration of an awesome style.

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

A: Pours a golden orange with over two fingers of foamy white head that sticks around, this one has an excellent lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, cloves, spices and floral hops. Wow there is a lot going on here.

T: Upfront there is Banana, clove, and spices then it starts to transition to the IPA qualities citrusy grapefruit, orange and pine.

M: A medium body that is highly carbonated. The finish is surprisingly smooth.

O: My first beer from Green Flash I really like this one it's an amazing blend of the two styles. Refreshing complex and well balanced.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, very slightly hazy golden with not much head action. The aroma is a combination of autumnal fruit and an almost barbecued pork smell. Slightly offputting but intriguing. But then bam, the first taste is a chewy, Thanksgiving stuffing, savory Belgian nougat, and then the citrusy, resiny hops kick in mid-palate. I find the combination to work very well--manages to combine the two styles in a way that both stand out equally and neither cancels the other out. Way better than Stone's Cali-Belgian. Impressive.

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Photo of Penguin3200
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my Cali trading trustee for this one. pours orange amber with a thin head into pint mug. Smell is great on this one with loads of breast yeast and bananas. Taste is bold and bitter but malty and the bananas continue to come through.

Bit alcoholic and metallic taste lingers on the finish. Overall a nice quaffable brew that hits the spot.

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Photo of bkett01
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange into the tulip glass. A small cream colored head dissappears quickly. Smell is citrus with that classic belgian spice.
I see lots of carbonation which gives a lively mouthfeel. Taste is sweet with a mix of belgian spice and fruit finishing with a hop bite that does not overpower. Interesting combination here that creates a very drinkable and fresh tasting beer.

I'm sold on this one, and with the price as the only drawback I would certainly recommend giving it a try.

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

12 oz. bottle, no date, I'm assuming it's pretty fresh since its only been in this market for about a week, poured into NB Globe glass
A- Pours a very hazy orangish yellow with thick, maybe slightly off-white head, great lacing and good retention
S- Has a definite aroma of a Trippel, banana, Belgian yeast, sugar, fruity, candy. Light malts and grassy hops in the background
T- Taste features more bitterness than expected from the nose, balances well with more Tripel flavors from the nose. Sweet and hoppy.
M- 5.0. Best part of this beer.. Big, Smooth, juicy and a little creamy in the mouth, bitter and "zesty" as the label suggests as well, flavors coat the mouth but its very drinkable even at 9.2%
O- This is a damn fine beer, Deliciously drinkable, not much I didn't like here, has a big, diverse body and combines the great flavors of a Trippel and an IPA. Looking forward to having many more of these.

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

Pours a hazy orange with a nice firm white head.

Nose is tropical fruit, mostly mango, pear, some powdery yeast and a bit of clove.

Lots of fruit on the palate. Pineapple, pear, citrus. The finish is nice and bitter and lingers for quite a while. It's hard to say where the yeast flavors end and hops begin. The flavors are very well balanced.

A bit on the heavy side with moderate carbonation. Very pleasent.

The alcohol is high on this one, but it is very drinkable. This one would be great with some blue cheese or a salad. Great stuff from Green Flash as they show their brewing prowess once again.

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Photo of drummstikk
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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

First of six reviews that are all possible because of a great first time trader, theWolfofMibu. Thanks man!

Appearance- Poured from a 22oz bottle with some cool artwork into my trusty New Belgian goblet. A bit over a two finger head rises up, off-white in color, and fairly resilient. Looking through the glass you see pretty large bubbles gripping the sides, but from the top it looks creamy and tight. It fights the good fight for a good amount of time, but gives in to its fate leaving a creamy skim for me to remember it by. There's a good amount of lacing, but nothing epic. The beer itself is a very full/dense burnt orange-gold with apricot and blond highlights surrounding it on all sides. The transitions in colors makes for a pretty beer.

Smell- This beer smells REALLY good. The bubblegum yeast jumps at you first. The yeast sort of smells like a banana, sweet pear flavored cotton candy. I don't get much in terms of hops, but what I do smell gives off a cousin cannabis hop aroma. There are underlying notes of clove and a tiny bit of coriander. The delicious sugary scents pretty much dominate, but with the hops trying to get into the party, there is this resulting smell of something I'm having trouble describing. It forms this cleansing, cool aroma, like a sweet spearmint tea or Vick's vapor rub. I'm probably crazy, but I enjoy taking big whiffs of this brew.

Taste- This beer greets me with leafy and spicy hops. The nose and the taste are on two completely different plains of existence when it comes to sweetness levels. This beer has a ton of shit going on. One sip starts leafy/floral, moves on to bubblegum, apricot, spicy pear and piny heat. The next sip leaves me with a completely different finish that is more earthy with a bit of citrus rinds and has much more pepper in the middle than sweetness. Just when I think I have somewhat of a grip on the flavors, it starts having malts in the finish. These malts taste like a very legit, whole wheat bread that was rubbed with hops instead of olive oil and garlic. I really enjoy what the finish has evolved into. The beginning to middle/end turns into a buddy-up session between pepper spiciness and leafy and piny hops. There is definitely sweetness in this beer, but it comes in flashes in the middle and is overshadowed by some awesome bitterness and the ever evolving finish. One thing about the finish is pretty consistent though, it's dry. The only touch of sweetness comes from a taste of grapefruit rind. This beer has a shit-ton going on. It would be a 5 if more sweetness was present. I'm greedy and would like to see more of the tripel sweetness that I usually bad mouth show up in the taste like it did in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Refreshing and cleansing with a good amount of carbonation and medium to light fullness. The 9.2%abv does not let itself be known on the tongue. However, this beer is very dry on the tongue. You'll want a glass or two of water after you're done with the bomber.

Drinkability- 9.2% bah, lies! This baby goes down smooth with little heat. The dryness does take it's toll, though. A bomber goes down no problem, but I think I'm ready to move on to something with less going on and that isn't as wearing on the tongue. Definitely keep the bomber to yourself, though. One pint would not be enough. Shit, I'm really torn on this score. Oh well, I'm getting buzzed and shouldn't second guess myself. A great beer. Worth trading for.

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

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber with plenty of frothy, sticky head that left plenty of lacing inside the glass.

S: Smells of freshly cut grass and bready belgian yeast. I didn't notice much hop aroma.

T: What a beautiful job Green Flash has done in marrying the best aspects of a DIPA and Belgian Tripel! Somehow, the bitter hoppiness plays a beautiful background to effervescent Belgian yeast flavors.

M: Medium-light mouthfeel with ample carbonation to help clear the palate.

D: Another? Yes please.

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Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Whole Foods-Arroyo Prkwy Pasadena,Calif

Poured a dark golden color into tulip glass. About a 1" head with lots of bubbles. Smell of citrus off the glass. First taste of a Belgian trippel hits the tastebuds. The mouthfeel is a nice Belgian trippel taste then goes a little sweet on the backend. Good drinkability as the different styles of Belgian trippel and IPA mixes together. I can taste the two styles together. Very interesting.

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

Enjoyed at the tasting table on site at Green Flash.

A nice deep pale near golden looks crisp and clean, as the very carbonated head has trouble staying put in the glass.
They dont forget about the hops in this creation they are place well behind a fruity and spicy aroma
The flavor creeps in with a hint of spice then picks up the pace with fruityness, then sprints in to give a heafty hearble bitterness. They said it was 9% but it went down way easier than that.
Nice mouthfeel but the carbontaion was enough to take away from the heavier taste.
This is a nicly balanced beer and a catagory that is sure to keep growing. Get your notes in on this one first, then enjoy it with a Ashton VSG cigar, holy ----!

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Photo of Dhren1979
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed: August 5th, 2011

Serving Type: 22 oz Bomber poured into a Tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale golden, copper color with minimal amount of head. Nice carbonation.

S: The aroma of a Belgian yeast is present and quite dominant. Some malts are present and grassy hops as well.

T: Reminds me of a Trippel more than an IPA. Some sweetness in the middle with a light bitter hop finish.

M: Medium body brew with a decent amount of carbonation.

O: At 1st I was unsure what to think of this brew; however, afterwards I was quite impressed with this brew! Normally, I pass Green Flash brews up because the labels just do not stand out...I'll keep my eyes open from now on.

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

This was a very gracious gift from a fellow BA member that visited Kauai and brought me a few goodies.

On with it

A - sexy golden amber, 2 big fingers of head....frothy. just like a beer should be. oh yea...lacing...mmm

S - as soon as i opened this BAM! holy amazing. fruityness mixed with warm comforting smells. this beer makes me feel ignorant to not be able to distinguish what amazing things i am smelling. sweet and buscuity.

T - yep. that's a hybrid! up front...belgian. pale style. but that moves away to big bold hops al la the ipa. this is fairly incredible, as it is so well balanced and there is a distinctive change from the belgian to the ipa

M - Not overly thick...but there is plenty of linger of flavors as the beer transitions.

D - Good question. Unbelievably delicious but at 9.2 and fairly hoppy at the end not sure how many 22oz' one could take. then again...it's freakin' good.

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Photo of diddly
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber

Nice creamy head. Pours a cloudy amber. You can definitely tell there's something different about this one, but it's tough to tell exactly what the combo is without knowing - I think it's easier to pick out the IPA than the other half. I definitely got the hops, but basically simultaneous with a ton of other flavors and aromas. The beer also seems to have some sour elements to it.

I enjoyed it, but probably wouldn't order it again.

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Photo of jjchristiano
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hops and Alcohol.
One of the hoppiest beers I've tried and the ABV is 9.2%.
Appearance is a little murky as I poured into a wine glass and there was active yeast still bubbling away in the glass. Drank it at temperature in the 45-50 degree range which was just right. smell and taste are a perfect match in this beer as the very hop flavor you anticipate is what you get. No other off flavors to surprise.

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Photo of ckaufman
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber into a tulip glass...

This beer pours out a nice hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger head full of bubbles. Medium lacing and retention in the glass.

I really like the way this beer plays in the nose. Clovelike and estery with a nice caramel malt undertone... and lets not forget the massive amount of piney and floral hop aroma.

This beer brings a complex taste to the table... I consider this beer a hybrid of sorts... a combination of belgian and west coast IPA. The taste definately backs up this theory. At first the Belgian yeast and the malts hit you in full force and then the bitter piney hops hang through the semi-dry finish... hang, hang, hang those hops do!

A full body with ample carbonation makes this beer fairly easy to drink even at 9+ ABV.

I will be picking up a few more Le Freak to enjoy in the future.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.