Freak Out Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Freak Out AleFreak Out Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by SethB2 on 08-12-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 142
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Photo of Brewfan
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Titties and beer, titties and beer. Titties and beer, titties and beer. Titties and beer, titties and beer. Titties and beer, titties and beer.
-Frank Zappa

Huge Zappa fan. I was so pshched when Gail Zappa put her stamp of approval on this beer. It's always nice to see new stuff with Franks name on it, be it music or beer. The 22 oz. bottle has a label that is an exact replication of the landmark "Freak Out" album that was released 40 years ago.
Poured into my tall Pizza Port bulge-sided glass.
Gorgeous 2-finger head slightly of slightly off-white fluffy foam. Large and small bubbles mixing together. Very nice lacing. Great retention.
Lightly murky orangish body. No visible carbonation.
Slightly malty nose. Resiny and piny. Some citrus comes through: pineapple and some lemon. Even a little guava richness in there. Not overly huge, but very inviting.
I've been getting used to very hoppy beers. !!PA's, etc. They all, for the most part pack a whollup on the tastebuds. Sometimes you forget that less is better. This being a west coast IPA, you would expect a huge hop bomb, but it's not. It's a solid IPA, very drinkable. Slight maltiness mingles with a hoppy zest. Some pine and pith round the beer. I like the balance of the hops and malt.
Medium mouthfeel. Nice body to this one.
I would definitely revisit this beer again and again. I have one more bottle downstairs. I know, don't sit on IPA's, but if they keep releasing Frank's albums covers on bombers, I wouldn't mind a complete set.

"Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the Best."
From the label on the bottle.
-FZ Joe's Garage, 1979

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped at the Consumer Beverage in Orchard Park they have a great staff let me tell ya, anyways on to the review.This poured a medium dull golden with a 1/2 finger very sticky white head that left soapy rings around my pint glass as it settled,very piney nose like walking thru the pine trees in my backyard as a kid just fresh and pretty intense a lighter toasty malt base underneath is also pretty noticable.Very dry up front and quite resiny a cereal-like toasty malt profile really holds up to the dry hop presence the pine mixes with deeply concentrated grapefruit rind notes to keep this beer very very dry thru out there is a lighter stcky sweetness that comes along late.Fresh and tasty the alc% is hidden very nicely I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This poured a crystal clear orange with a nice white head with little orange stringy coloring around it.

Smell – The rich, orange rind hops dominate the nose. There are some light malts in there as well but the smell has that medicine cabinet kind of character that I’ve come to dislike in most cases.

Taste – Yes, the medicine cabinet has run amuck. The light malt flavor actually isn’t bad but the citrus hops turned boozy and medicinal.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and hoppily bitter. It’s very smooth in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – The off medicine flavor made this drinkable but unsessionable.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle with sweet Frank Zappa label. Pours into my tulip glass a deep honey orange color with a healthy, creamy half inch of white head on top of the brew. Aromas begin with some toasted, sort of biscuity malt aromas melded with grapefruity, citrusy herbal hops. Some pine in there as well with sweet caramel accents. Juicy.

First sip brings a crisp, somewhat dry biscuity, lightly toasted maltiness that segways into a nice grapefruity, herbal hoppiness. A bit of pine sneaks in as if flows down and hits with a nice blast of bitterness on the back of the palate. Sweet caramel hints are in there as well. The brew finishes with a lingering hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit on the dry side overall. Good steady carbonation works in well. The brew goes down smooth and lends itself to easy drinking. Overall, this beer is kinda freaky and tasty at the same time. I might have to get another bomber before this disappears..kudos to Lagunitas for brewing a beer in tribute to Zappa and for getting their beers into the midwest on a regular basis now!!

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Photo of blitz134
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden yellow body on this one, sparkles in the glass almost. 1" white head to start with and reduced to a quarter inch of pillowing foam. Grabby lace as well. Pretty good...a bit light in the color.

Smells intensely of straw and pine straw hops, quite green and fresh smelling. Bits of citrus peel outs out too. Light malting in the aroma, leading to maybe a touch of honey in the aroma. Clean malting overall, lets the hops show though. A note though, as the head subsided the aroma got a bit weaker.

Lots of hops lead to a fair amount of bitterness, definately an IPA. Might have the IBUs of a double, but doesn't have the malty backbone to bring it fully to that level. Straw and citrus shows through, mainly grapefruit. Still clean in the malting with only hints of dinner rolls. A good flavor but not overly complex.

Mouthfeel is a touch thinner than I'd expect still decent though. Carbonation level adds a decent crispness to this. Good drinkability overall. Nicely bittered IPA with a good flavor and is easy to put down. I think the ABV is a little high for what you get flavorwise though.

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Photo of Duster72
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light orangey copper with a nice big head. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is a huge blast of citrus with a nice backing of carmely sweet malts. Taste is perfect blend of carmely malts with tastey sweet citrus. Perfect bitter finish makes you immediately anticipate your next gulp. This isn't the biggest IPA I've ever had, but it's one of the tastiest. Loved it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, nice Zappa graphics/photo. A nice deal @ $3.75/bottle @ New Beer in NYC. Pours clear, light almond amber, with a near white head.. Nose is of fresh, spicy, grassy hops. This is an oily, moderatly hoppy brew. Resin and oil of da hops is all over this one. Splash of lemon/lime/orange adds some zip and complexity. Pleasant and easy drinking ale. Nice offering, here, worthy "everyday" citrusy, hoppy, kind of brew. Well worth picking up a few bottles.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a co-worker for dropping this one in my lap.
Golden copper in color with more than 2 full fingers of off-white head...goes nowhere and leaves some sticky lacing as I enjoy a sip.
Juicy fruit and citrus hops in the nose with a dash of malty sweetness...very inviting.
The smell is just a tad better than the flavor for me...the beer tastes divided in an odd way. While it has a tremendous bitterness, the sweet malt actually distracts you from the hop profile, while feeling quite thin in the mouthfeel.
One of the cleanest finishes I have ever experienced in an IPA and the alcohol is completely masked...perfect carbonation allows this one to go down quite easily.
Overall, a nice offering...just not quite balanced the way I'd expect.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold-orange with a decent white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is pine hops with some fresh oranges. The taste is very crisp; peppery hops, resin, grass, and only a bit of the standard Lagunitas sugary sweet malts. Kind of soapy/dishwatery with the blend. Good, tart hop flavor, but without the bite. Enjoyable, but I really expected more.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bomber with an awsome label featuring an imaged culled from the cover of the classic 1966 Mothers of Invention album. The color is gold with a light orangey hue. It pours rather clear with a frothy two finger head with decent retention and some slight lacing.

The smell is of yeast, malt, spiced hops, and pine. The flavor profile consist of candied malt, bitter hops, plastic, and just a flare of alcohol. The mouth is medium bodied and has ample carbonation; it's light and somewhat sweet on the front, then the hops sting the tongue, and slide into a phenolic, plastic finish.

The finish is murder on the platae, rendering a rather low drinkability. It's not an awful beer, but holistically, the characteristics seem out of balance. The quality of the beer does not correlate to the quality of the Freak Out! record.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Titties and Beer yes my friends Frank Zappa had life in perspective...great label tribute to the album and Zappa estate. Appears a light golden ambrosia with a bright white head leaves even lacing with each sip in my sampling snifter. Aroma has piney citrus and sappy resinous hop presence along with the sweentess from the pale malts I'm getting alot of grapefruit. Taste has a fruity grapefruit, treep sap pine Freak Out has resins be aware nice crisp hoppy ale. Mouthfeel has a medium body with effervescent healthy carbonation sticky on the palate definitely seems a bit oily. Drinkability is quality great a beer I could truely drink in number I got hit with 8 bucks on this bottle but overall great stuff.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear golden orange body with a thick dense creamy head and a high carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of pine green hops was pretty one dimensional but fresh. No notes of malt even as it warmed.

T- The light caramel malt notes had a big pine hop finish with a punch of grapefruit in there also. The hops are big but not deep.

M- The mouthfeel had a medium texture with a faint watery finish or maybe that is just my mouth going numb?

D- This beer has nice big hops with the support of some malt but not much depth or anything memorable about it. Another AIPA.

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Photo of sloejams
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It appears to have the textbook qualities of an IPA with its bronze color, slight head. The hops hit you first, as should be. Them hops is very fruity - mostly citrus. Orange zest and maybe a lil bit of apple. The taste revealed a bit more of the malt character, but not much. You could get a bit of the alcohol after awhile. I dig these special Lagunitas offerings.

Any beer celebrating Frank Zappa is cool by me, especially when it tastes this good.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a clear orange and gold with a medium head that lasted well. It left a fair amount of lace.

The smell brings pale malts and oranges on top of some light hops. The taste brings much more hop flavor than the smell, with pine notable. Orange lasts throughout. The mouthfeel is medium and smooth, and the drinkability is very good.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty crystal clear yellow orange color in the glass with a half finger white head that melts to moderately sticky lacing.
Aromas are subtile but still definately fresh green hops with grapefruit.
Taste is much more malty than I expected based upon the aroma. Sweet amber malt balances and shares time equally with citrus hops.
Aftertaste is clean and lightly citrus drying.
I could definately session this beer...not as big as I expected hence one after another would be appropriate.

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Photo of ABokononist
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Dewey0603
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange with a huge white foamy head. The smell is very citrus hoppy with grpefruit and tangerine mixed with candy sugar and piney. Very good. The taste is light with alcohol, hop bitterness, and some citrus flavors. The taste is alittle harsh and some aging would do this beer a world of good. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing only OK, the harsh hop bitterness dominates this beer. Not a bad beer, but could use alittle work.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aged about a year in my basement, found at Belmont Part Supply, Dayton. Smells like an IPA and initially quite hoppy, with a finish of palm/coconut oil. Drinkable,but the coconut oiliness is not my favorite. Medium bodied. Golden yellow with loyal bubbly almost transparent head.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single (bomber) at Riley's here in Madison.

Pour: a crystal clear golden yellow under an inch of loose white foam that fades to a lasting skim.

Nose: sharp, potent grapefruit/copper hops, some apricot and caramel malt.

Taste: again sharp, biting grapefruit/pine resin hops, light apricot fruitiness , rounded caramel malt sweetness with a lingering metallic hoppiness.

Feel: light and crisp

Drinkability/Overall: a nice balanced (D)IPA. Crisp and assertive, not overly complex or outstanding in any category. A little restrained for a beer honoring Frank Zappa.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is like a wrapped tuna sandwich... it looks good from the outside, but once you open it THE FUNK IS REVEALED! Only kidding, that's an odd Zappa reference that most people won't get. In fact, "Freak Out" is actually quite mainstream...

Appearance: Hazy golden amber (bottle conditioned?). Frothy white head. Average retention and lacing.

Smell: Limited aroma for the style. Pale ale yes, IPA.... not so much. Some citrusy (pineapple, mild grapefruit, a drip of orange) hops, some yeast, very mild malt. Otherwise clean.

Taste: Straightforward malt beneath citrusy and lightly piney hops. Well-balanced. Rounded. Starts with a spike of citrus fruit flavor, softens to reveal a bit of malt, and then fades away with only some lingering citrus and a mild bitterness in the finish. Nice lingering note of juicy citrus (orange, grapefruit... some Amarillo and/or Simcoe?). Again, more of an American pale ale, although it has the strength of an IPA. -??? - Maybe that's the match to the name of the Zappa album.... you drink a lot of this as if it were a standard APA, but then the abv hits you and you "Freak Out"! ... .... ... perhaps that's a stretch, but the abv never does show in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a light zest from a median carbonation. Smooth. Primo.

Drinkability: Quite nice! Very straight forward. Very balanced. Very drinkable. The only thing I don't understand is how "Freak Out" ale could be so non-freaky.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this in at the store Friday and I had to try it to be able to talk it up with the customers. Label is very cool - an adaptation of Frank Zappa album cover art, with some FZ quotes around the edges.
Pours a golden-amber color topped by a half-inch or so of bright white, creamy head. Very still - almost no carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Sweet aroma of light malt, fruity aromatic hops, and a touch of vanilla. Palate is redolent with fruity hops and sweet malt and notes of vanilla and maple. Well-balanced and very smooth throughout. Another great offering from Lagunitas.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, Steve's - University, opened as the bears demolish the packers on opening sunday in the NFL

appearance: First of all, what a great label. A beer brewed for the 40th anniversary of Frank Zappa's "Freak Out"??? Are you kidding me, thats freaking awesome. I havent really been moved by a lagunitas beer to date but their marketing ploy sucked me in. I love it. Well onto the beer...poured into my new New Belgium chalice...pale golden-orange body with a fluffy beige head and pretty solid lacing

smell: aroma is dominted by juicy green hops, big pine burst, bubblegum, dimensional but great hoppy aroma

taste: for some reason this beer doesnt have as much flavor as aroma in my book...hops are still dominant but the flavour doesnt take off like some other great ipas...pine is present, grapefruit/orange citrus, lightly toatsted malt. I dont know how to describe it, but this just comes off bland and uneventful, especially when held up to the standard the great aromas would suggest

mouthfeel: slight alcohol presence, juicy, oily, moderate carbonation

drinkability: good

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer aside, the label and idea for this beer is pretty sweet. It has a familiat Lagunitas malt taste of very smooth caramel malt flavor followed by citrusy hops. The bitterness wasn't overwhelming but stacked up with your average IPA. Had an unusual, but tasty creamy quality. A solid beer, but a bit too expensive for me to get again. Still worth a try if you like bigger IPAs or different takes on the style.

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Photo of studentofbeer
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very clear burnt orange color with a frothy, bubbly white head. kind of english cask conditioned in appearance, works nicely.

strong hoppy aroma, guessing cascade. some earthy notes in the background.

taste is a good, straightforward ipa, lots of grapefruit-y hops, good bracing bitterness, and a sweet malt background that offers some biscut flavor. some apple in there, and a little hot from alcohol. again, i note an earthy undertone, and get some gritty hop mouthfeel. good bitter finish. medium mouthfeel, easy to drink.

i would say this is a good, classic ipa, maybe straddling the american/english dichotomy--straightforward flavors that meld well into a hoppy, balanced beer. wouldn't say this is super special, but pretty tasty.

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Freak Out Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 157 ratings