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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,057 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,057
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 104
Gots: 213 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Photo of hopkrid
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of jakea
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Burkbom23
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Photo of BColton1
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of IBUnit63
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bomber into Cab glass...

Beautiful rustic caramel hue with ample carbonation rising to latte-colored sourdough bread-like head with nice lacing.

Big-time floral hops rochambeau with Belgian yeast and spice profile (coriander, a little cloves, ginger... the usual suspects). Hefty caramel malt and alcohol sweetness are in the background at first but warmth opens this up a bit. A little soapiness on the hops. Dangerously close to the dish on the sink at your grandparents' house. After warming there's a little mild apple and peeled white grape aroma.

Carbonation mixes with hops that turn piney to create an austere first impression complete with strong oakiness. Alcohol is on the back burner while the spices create a further woody texture complemented by strong yeast and dry malt. Very powerful and complex if a little biting.

At first mouthfeel is extremely tight from the oak and pine hop bitterness of this offering but warmth quickly pries open the palate to provide a more soothing feeling. Dominant tone is still piney bitterness here; despite the bite it's very enjoyable.

This feels like GF accomplished its goals, but it needs some Beautiful Chemistry to help the elements play nice in the sandbox. Balance is present only in over-abundance of the yeast, oak, spice and ultra-piney hops but the bitterness and spice have a little turf war going on. Within style, a little more malt and oil on the hops could be the ties that bind. The hop bitterness overpowers the yeast and malt and/or wheat electricity common with this style. Can't argue with the individual ingredients, though, but this has a fair complement of austerity - maybe a little too much. Age may help this one mellow. Still, it's prettty interesting and enjoyable stuff. I would definitely try this again.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear with a slight copper-orange hint. White head that seems to be rather quick-lived but leaves a nice remant at the surface just to let ya know it was around.

S - Orange-peel, coriander and citrusy hops... but very mild. There also seems to be a subtle yeast accent, which I think takes away slightly.

T - It begins as if its coming in as a Beglian style tripel. Then is slowly increases the flavor intensity and breaks open the hops and finishes sweet with a light malt flavor.

M - Dry in the start and finish. The middle has a moderate coarseness to it that sets the dryness aside for a second or two.

~ Very unique characteristics in this rather unique styled beverage. The combination of a San Diego Pale Ale and Begian Tripel makes for one of the more interesting brews I've had in awhile. This is a sipping brew and one that should be enjoyed by all... or at least me and the freaks.

Photo of JimGlonke
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Bwagner1122
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Gatch
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, bright, golden-amber in color with a big, white, fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Malty, boozy, funky.

T: Hoppy, malty, & delicious. Everything a good beer should be, I guess. Notes become nearly illegible because this was the last beer of the night.

M: Funky, Belgian, boozy, and different.

O: Pretty good. Unique.

Photo of Stigs
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in Stone Levitation glass

A - two fingers of loose and fluffy, just off-white foam which is slowly creeping down the glass and leaving spotty marks of lace all the way down. the beer is the fine line between gold and amber, clear and actively carbonated.

S - first comes a whiff of grassy hops joined by some belgian soapy yeast. notes of lemon peel, pine, crisp cracker malt.

T - lemony yeast off the bat before a sharp grassy bitter hop attack. sharp lemon, lingering pine and grass, just a touch of biscuit underneath. definitely some alcohol near the end.

M - heavily carbonated but counterbalanced by a thick syrupy body. lots of flavors (even styles) in this one but carried well.

D - bottle says its a derivative of a Belgian IPA and Triple, but the Triple qualities are few and far between (maybe just a touch of clove in the aftertaste). little bit of an abrasive Belgian IPA at that, needed something else to balance that just doesnt show up. not a bad brew by any means...just falls short of being anything more than "good".

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- With the yeast sediment from the bottom of the bottle, it is hazy and peach orange. Without it, it is clear and light amber. The head is impressive and pillowy for such a high ABV% and leaves pretty lacing.

S- Big smell of clean, bitter, floral hops and some caramel on top of an intoxicating smell of tropical fruits like pineapple and coconut.

T- Lots of bitter on the tongue and very complex on top of that. This beer is hard to pick apart, and I like that. Noticeable flavor comes from malt, hops, yeast, alcohol, and even water. Malt is light wheat bread and caramel. Hops are citric and floral. Yeast is fruity and funky.

M- Very substantial with the sediment. Full-bodied yet smooth and drinkable. Carbonation is effervescent and silky.

D- Damn exquisite and damn smooth. The artwork on the label confuses the sh*t out of me but I have a great time drinking the contents.

Photo of sommersb
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 04-04-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Light copper in color, the beer is clear on the first pour and then hazy as I work down to the bottom of the bottle. Off-white head is a rocky 3+ fingers high, showing both excellent lacing and retention.

S: Primary aromas are of hops, both piney and citrusy, with lemon and grapefruit notes. You can also smell a little Belgian yeast funkiness.

T: Taste is first and foremost of hop bitterness. There is a malty backbone that brings a little sweetness to the table, and this is more evident as the beer warms up, but still the hops are the main aspect. Other flavors include spicy and acidic elements.

M: Carbonation is high and the body is fairly thick. Aftertastes are zesty, bitter and mostly dry.

O: More IPA than Belgian, I felt this beer definitely improved as it warmed up a bit. Probably not a style I'd seek out often, but I was glad to give it a taste.

Photo of ATPete
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

9.2% as printed on label

Le Freak pours a dirty orange color with a big creamy, frothy white head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Huge nose of fresh hops and a clean Belgian yeast quality, very impressive to combine the aromas of the two styles so perfectly. Hops play a very important role here, initially they attack fresh, with lots of pine, plant/cannabis, and citrus fruit character and some subtle spice provided by the yeast, then once the quality, semi-sweet pale malt texture with a different bready yeast note really caresses the tongue it rounds and transforms this beer into a balanced animal. One of, if not THE best in the Belgian IPA style i have ever had. Medium bodied, slight alcohol heat but very quaff-able. I highly recommend this beer to hopheads and Belgian beer fans alike.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not terribly freaky but pretty good. Drinks much more like a tripel than it does an IPA but the added hops make for a nice balance as seems to be the case for the "Belgian IPA" style.
Apple aromas are pretty strong but done in such a way that it doesn't bother me like it does with some beers. Fruit cake, fermented fruit flavors that one finds in many tripels. There's a question of whether or not the hops are there to save a mediocre tripel or if it all just happens to work.
It has been awhile since I had it, but now that I think about it, this is a very much a hoppier version of Green Flashes Trippel, a beer which I kinda liked but wasn't quite excited about.
Familiar flavors within the style, done pretty well. American aggression mixed into Belgian ideals. I can dig it.

Photo of eulerthegrape
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,057 ratings.