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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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90
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1,906 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,906
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 90
Gots: 153 | 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 sansho
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%

sansho, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Invested in a case of bombers, and this is the sum of those (although several have gone to GOOD friends). 22oz bottle into Duvel glass at 42 degrees, and warmed well into the 50's during the review.

Lovely 3F, fluffy, cream/white head sitting on top of golden amber body with visible carbonation streaming to the top. Decent amount of sticky lacing.

Initial smell of sharp pine needles, followed by slightly musty yeast and a wee touch o' da grassy funk. As it warmed, the sweetness shone through, with some ripe banana, cinnamon bun, and clove.

This is a full flavored dichotomy of styles. The west coast hops are very present - with both grapefruit and pine sap. The rich tripel struggles to shine through, but does make an appearance for no other reason than to balance the sharpness of the IPA. For 9+%, the alcohol was nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel is where the tripel comes through - rich, slightly cloying, but a sufficiently dry bite at the same time.

If you love IPAs, and you love Tripels, this is a no-brainer - a nice representation of both with great flavor and appropriate mouthfeel to represent each. Serve it up... Immediately!

BeerImmediately, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of BeerCon5
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

BeerCon5, May 28, 2013
Photo of BostonHops
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a slightly hazy golden amber tone with two fingers of an off-white/beige head that impresses with both its retention and lacing.

nose is aromatic and wild. bold hoppy notes (citrus), spice, bubblegum, banana, sweet, candy-like malt, and maybe a touch of pepper. flavor mostly follows the aroma, though i pick up on a stronger presence of floral hops and a bit more booze as it warms. finish is bitter. to be sure, le freak is an interesting, tasty brew. doubt this would be something i would turn to on a regular basis, but enjoyable nonetheless - especially in small doses; if you're looking for a change of pace i would definitely recommend it.

has a medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with about average carbonation. so-so drinkability: not bad, but personally i'll be set with a glass.

original review: 10-10-2010

BostonHops, May 16, 2012
Photo of JamesStreet
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%

JamesStreet, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Camjmorton
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Camjmorton, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of kkipple
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle in trade from jlindros. Thanks bud! No freshness date, alas.

A. Ok, this beer got head. A simple pour into my Tripel Karmeliet goblet yields a massive, 2.5 inch tall head...??! What is this?! That's Belgian, alright. Puffy, billowy, chunky, rocky... the sides fall first, leaving a precarious island of light tan foam precariously balanced in a sea of crackling bubbles, while the pure orange gold brew beneath dances and shimmers. This beer got style, but I can't possibly believe the head was meant to be so... overwhelming? Still, who complains about too much head?

S. Initially very West-Coast hoppy, but this is more complex than that... spicy, dry, fruity-estery, (pineapple? green apples?) grapefruit, slick booze, sweet and candied... quite unusual, hits like a American hopped Belgian Golden. Which it is. Cool!

T. Hops up front, big Cali citric-grapefruit hops. Solid, sweet malt presence. As it warms and you drink more, the Belgian notes come out, and welcome they are, too! Pepper, tropical fruity esters, some fine yeasty notes, quite tough to pin down. Is it an American DIPA, loaded with succulent malt depth and gobs of hops? Is it a soft, dry, complex Belgian golden? Who knows? Who cares? This is unique, tasty and quite drinkable.

M / D. Soft carbonation, medium-hefty mouthfeel, rather rich feeling, finish is short and sweet - grapefruit bitters with a peppy dryness. Oddly, not warming... hmm.

I really liked Le Freak, in case you couldn't tell. More breweries should attempt marriages of two styles like this. The DIPA is a good DIPA, the Golden a good Golden, and together they make something not only delicious, but memorable. Send more Jared!

kkipple, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

theminutemen, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of bnes09
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks promising in the beginning with a lemon, orange color and rich frothy head. Then the head completely disappears leaving and clear liquid with no lacing. Very disappointing.

Smell is the best part with pine and citrus hop notes, yeast and light malt.

First sip is excellent with fresh pine and citrus flavors, candied sugar, fresh yeast and bready malt. After a few sips the hops get rough with a medicinal character. Its like each sip builds on itself to create an undesirable beer. Ruins the balance too.

Medium bodied and coarse, grainy texture. Drying.

There are better Belgian IPA's out there.

bnes09, May 20, 2012
Photo of Pecan
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber served into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy, dull mustard yellow color. Less than a finger of soapy white head on this pour. This looks like an average Belgian IPA to me. It leans more towards the appearance of a Tripel, but there's nothing really standout about it either way.

If you read my reviews of any other Belgian IPA style beer, you'll see that I vastly prefer beers of this style be an IPA first and foremost, as opposed to a Tripel or Belgian Blonde Ale w/ a more assertive hop character than normal. Le Freak is hard to negotiate on those lines. On the surface, it smells like a Tripel with some moderate hop character. But it also smells in such a way that it makes me think this might be an older bottle. There's no bottle dating, so I can't be sure. Judging just by the sensory details in front of me, this is a Tripel: soft banana esters, candi sugar, baked bread. The lemon and grass (not lemongrass) notes from the hops are there, but they are decidedly a secondary characteristic. And so I run into the quintessential problem of the style: the hops don't really add anything positive (in a harmonious sense) to the beer, and the underlying Belgian ale isn't interesting enough to warrant trying without the hops. add to this conundrum the fact that the 9.2% ABV definitely shows strong on the palate, and you have a beer that isn't my thing. Still, it is a better effort than most in the Belgian-first school of Belgian IPAs.

That stylistic schism makes the mouthfeel on these beers hard to score too. If this is nominally an IPA then the beer is too thick. But it's mostly spot-on for a Tripel. I'm going to score it as above-average and call it a day. Overall, this is not the kind of beer that I'll likely revisit. I don't much care for Belgian IPAs that aren't IPAs first. To its credit, Le Freak gives a strong effort as far as that kind of beer goes.

Reaper16, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of BRYeleJR
4/5  rDev -0.5%

BRYeleJR, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of DrFunkenstein
4/5  rDev -0.5%

DrFunkenstein, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of scottoale
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of these last night at (who would have guessed?) O'Brien's, served in pint glasses. A milky apricot-orange, almost looks like a Kern's peach nectar with a 1/2" of smooth, white head. The froth settles quickly, leaving some nice lace rings clinging to the glass after the first few sips. An interesting looking ale for sure.

The smell is somewhat sweet, and definitely spicy as you would expect in the Belgian style, with the yeast and hops leading the way into the complexity. Banana, bubblegum, clove, corriander, honeysuckle and a general funkiness that are followed by a most pleasant citrusy hop finish...this stuff tastes absolutely great.

Plenty of body with the "cask" smoothness, make this rather high octane brew ( 9.0% ABV if I'm not mistaken) go down effortlessly and most enjoyably. This is a kick-ass, larger than life, authentic in style offering from the Green Flash, that I look forward to having again...on tap or cask conditioned!

scottoale, May 11, 2007
Photo of JackieTH
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-amber with a sticky cap of foam and moderate lacing.

Smells of oranges, cloves, pungent and sourdough.

Taste has cloves, spice, oranges, grapefruit, resin, bubblegum. Bitterness is medium lingering in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and a nice zip of carbonation. It holds together well across the tongue.

Pretty tasty Belgian - IPA hybrid. The Belgian elements are obvious as is the hop flavor and bitterness.

JackieTH, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

LampertLand, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of ksimons
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-poured into a snifer glass, has a dark orange/amber color and a creamy looking head that leaves some sticky residue on the glass

S-a citrus pine scent is most predominant, very spicy and sharp on the nose. Hints of sweetness come out as well

T-very bitter for the most part, but towards the end there is a tiny bit of sweet malts. Overall though this is a bitter beer

M-very dry, low carbonation, leaves a very bitter aftertaste

D-too bitter for me so I probably wouldn't have it again, but if that is your thing you would probably like this one a lot

ksimons, May 15, 2010
Photo of deereless
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear coppery orange, cottony head, signs of layering on the glass - 4.50, S: Perhaps it is a little too cold but the aromas a more subtle than I expected, the Belgian side is what is most noticeable - orange peel, some spices - likely coriander, citrusy/lemony off the hops I assume - 3.75, T: All of a sudden this beer becomes a hop bomb, loads of piney bite, some syrupy sweetness to try and moderate the hops though in reality the hops just dominate, only the slightest sign of the Belgian makes it through all the hop juice - 3.50, M: 4.00, D: Always a fan of the IPAs, this one is a good representation of the style though the balance is a little too far skewed in the direction of the hops - 3.50

deereless, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of Burkbom23
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Burkbom23, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of ericj551
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Le Freak pours a beautiful bright golden copper, with a nice fluffy head that lingers as a thin creamy layer. The aroma is estery and phenolic, with a slightly funky character. Resiny hops mix with the esters, it's hard to pick out if there is a citrus character from the hops, or if it is just the fruity esters.

Intense bitterness dominates the flavor, but there is a ton going on between the yeasty character and the hops. Fruity flavors abound, with a great mix of grapefruity citrus and ripe tropical fruit. Sweet caramel malt flavor mixes in but is mostly hidden by everything else going on. The resiny bitterness mixes with an earthy, funky character in the finish, almost like a wild yeast character.

Overall this is a really amazing Belgian Tripel/IPA, I have a feeling that if it was hopped differently if could stand on its own as a Tripel, or if it was fermented with an American ale yeast, it could easily be a solid DIPA. The combination of the two is done quite well. I paid $10 for the bomber, which I find to be a bit expensive. I feel like it is fairly well worth the price, but it will not be a frequent purchase because of it.

ericj551, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of nygannon
4/5  rDev -0.5%

nygannon, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of sparx1100
4/5  rDev -0.5%

sparx1100, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of williamherbert
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color into a chalice. Champagne-like bubbles. Pure white head that lasts about 4-5 minutes.

The smell is the spicy blast of a funky Belgian Tripel. Heavy, flowery perfume of a strong hop. Like a tripel crossed with a pilsner (as opposed to an IPA).

The taste is, first, a major alcohol burn, which I don't feel this beer needs. It overshadows the bitter wood hops, perfume and bubblegum. A major, brutal flavor; not unpleasant but hugely strong. Heavy acidic qualities.

Creamy and fizzy on the palate. Burns on the way down. A big, fiery concoction. One glass is about all I can handle.

williamherbert, May 30, 2009
Photo of jakea
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

jakea, Sunday at 06:00 AM
Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4/5  rDev -0.5%

THEOPTIMATOR88, May 12, 2012
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,906 ratings.