Freak Out Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Freak Out AleFreak Out Ale
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American IPA
3.91 | pDev: 9.72%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Freak Out AleFreak Out Ale
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Reviews by vanrassel:
Photo of vanrassel
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was never a fan of Frank Zappa's music but I always respected his creativity. I am a fan, however, of this impressive beer created in his honour.

It poured into my pint glass coppery with a slight chill haze and a nice, compact white head. The aroma was characteristic of a well-crafted American IPA: pine and herbal hops and caramel malt in a nice balance.

The pine-y hops and malt intermittantly played over my taste buds before an assertive bittering took over. The finish was a bit medicinal and dry, with a slight aspirin taste. Smooth-bodied overall, though, and pleasantly drinkable for 7.3 per cent ABV. I'd have more if I could get my hands on it.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow-orange body, topped with two.five fingers of white froth. Thin lacing stretches down the glass.

Good nose of grapefruit, oranges, and pine. Very inviting.

Malt beginning just sorta slides on by without really putting down stakes. Fruity citrus tickles the mouth before a relatively mild hop snap scrapes it all away, leaving a low grade hop buzz aftertaste. Nothing wrong, just not anything really freak out worthy.

Mouthfeel is a little light for the abv. Good drinkability.

A bit of a let down after their two permanent IPAs. Not bad really, but you might want to skip this and pick extras of the Maximus instead.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Dogbrick
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Sep 22nd, 2006: Golden amber color with a medium thick white head. Thck spotty lacing. The aroma is citrusy hops all the way. Medium-bodied and somewhat bitter with a fresh citrus and hops flavor, along with a dash of sweet fruit. The finish is soft, fruity and hoppy. Not bad overall.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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 TheLongBeachBum
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Distinctly not Lagunitas!! No mumbo-jumbo wording or subliminal messages and spaced out text…..just a label dedicated to the late great Frank Zappa and the 40th Anniversary of the Freak Out Album complete with late 60’s repro label…hmm, oh wait a minute what was I saying?….Listed at 7.3% ABV.

Appearance: Rich deep and very clear golden body with splashes of amber. The 1” thick creamy off-white head soon fades and drops down to an 1/8” stretched covering, littered lacing with splodgy

Nose: Fruity orange and some toasted malts. Heavy on the orange rind with a luscious syrup aspect and dollops of Robinsons Golden Shred Marmalade.

Taste: Pine cones and hops, oily orange bitterness and grain malts all balance nicely to produce one of those IPA’s that fronts with hesperidia and coats the mouth. Finish has some lemon citrus with a delicate spiced Piney finish.

Mouthfeel: Viscous hops oils are textured with grainy malts but the whole experience gains levity from the finely dissolved carbonation which lifts this brew.

Drinkability: Not your usual West Coast IPA, moreover it has an East Coast feel to it. The orange tones and thick oily hop nature is nicely balanced with a solid carbonation that picks up the Drinkability to a point that will have you forgetting that this is over 7%.

Overall: Cost $3.99 at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, and one of the better Lagunitas specials for some time.

Love the small text at the bottom left of the label:
NOT Available in TX!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 freed
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Zappa and Lagunitas? How can I pass this up @ $2.99 a bottle? Great label, and pours a bright and crystal clear golden. Turbulent white head fizzes off slowly.

Aroma is of noble hops, grassy and piny. Slight bit of pale malt and a fruity yeast aroma somewhat uncommon in an IPA (if that's what this is).

Taste is all over the place. Clean hop profile and nice sweet malt body, but very peculiar yeast atrifacts. Some sips are hot and wild, some ore estery and sour, others are perfect bitters.

Mouthfeel is dry and accumulating sweetness can make for a long 22oz.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed, pale orange hue, 1/2 " head, pure white, looks nice.

Soft, but spiked aroma, pine and tropical fruity. Melon and citrus. Nice.

Ah! Tasty!
Sparkling, alert and lively hops, sticky, oily, spanking bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. The tongue gets smacked with every sip, then mellows, and it's all good. A whole bomber of this? Ain't I lucky!

An interesting interplay, easy going in the mouth, but hits the palate with bitter hops anew with each sip. Bam, yum, fruity, delicious, fierce, and freaky.

Very good.

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Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How can you turn away from a beer with Frank Zappa and the Mother's of Invention of the label? The truly scary part is that it's to commemorated the 40th anniversary of the album. Wow!

This beer poured a clear orange tan body with a small white head.

Nose has an oily hop smell mixed with some bready biscuit malt and mild caramel touches. Mostly focuses though on the big oily hops.

Taste is medium bodied with a huge oily hop resin taste and bitterness. Very smooth from start to finish but ends with just a touch of grain. Orange, grapefruit peel, rotting lime peel, medicine, pine needles and resin. Very overpowering with hops, but yet a very clear hop taste. Super dry hopped with a serious oily resin taste yet rather dulled hiding any leafy or citrus hop flavors. Ends with a lingering hop bitterness.

A one trick hop pony that sidesteps taste and flavor in favor of a hug in your face oily resin hop flavor. I don't know if it freaks me out, but it's a hop monster with little much else.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and murky yellow sort of color. Small white head at first. Aroma is on the lower scale of hops. Not a full frontal assault. Good balance of flavor between the malt and hops. Both are fairly dominant. Nice piney and citrusy flavor to it. A bit dry in the finish. Good body-not sickly sweet and syrupy like some. All in all a pleasant, everyday beer. Good to see a toned down version of a US pale.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a slightly hazy yellow, almost copper colored, with a small sticky white head. The smell was yeasty, with hints of spice and a little piney hop. The yesty taste was first then there was some orange and pepper, then a nice piney bitterness. It was on the light side of medium for the mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation. The piney bitter aftertaste was very nice, it made me want to drink more. It is a good drinkable beer, the taste and mouthfeel made up for the weak nose.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Love the label, very different from Lagunitas, lets see if the beer will be different. Very nice look to it, bright burnt orange ale, with a good sized rocky /bubbly off white head. Quite a hopped up nose to this, and slightly salty aroma too, I cant quite place. Very brash hopping i taste for a lagunitas, though the malts are strong they are not as sweet as in the usual Lagunitas product, thus lead to a very piney/spruce ,slightly citric quality to most of the taste. Bitter semi drying finish. I especially liked the palate on this one, very livelly, yet the solid malts keep it with a smooth underflow. Overall a good beer from lagunitas..a little different then the usual. I like ..well thats quite usual for me and Lagunitas!

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber. Pours up a lightly hazy orange and bronze color with a volumnous off-white head that doesn't want to quit. Leafy, grapefruity and piney hop aromas with hints of crystal and pale malts. This ale has an upfront malty caramel sweetness that morphs into a lightly bitter, hoppy dry finish laced with residual tea-like tannins. Pretty well balanced, nothing's really over-the-top by American IPA standards (meaning it's really hoppy and somewhat malty). Faint hints of alcohol. Carbonation is pretty good, maybe a tid bit too much, but not offly so. A very nice once-off from Lagunitas to pay homage to a wierdo musical genius who once ate his own poo on-stage and loved beer almost as much as mammory glands.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Brewfan
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of sulldaddy
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle is poured at cellar temp into a snifter. The beer pours a only slightly cloudy orange color with a fluffy eggshell white head foaming up about 2 cm and gradually fading leaving windowpane lattice as it recedes.
Aroma is pine sap and a little citrus as well, but all hops. Not very bold but pleasant.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine tingly carbonation that really foams up in my mouth when I swish the beer.
Flavor starts with a bit of caramel and then goes to some citrusy hops with hints of orange and grapefruit, this moves to a slightly more bitter pinesap hop quality. Again not over the top, but very nice and crisp. A well brewed beer with a very cool label. No hint of ABV and definitely an easy drinker, I should have put Joe's Garage on while I drank this beer!

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Photo of Gavage
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a thick fluffy 2" head.

Smell: loads of citrus and sharp bitterness.

Taste: nicely fruity, full of orange and grapefruit citrus. Pears, honey, a touch of grassiness, and a nice balancing bitterness rounds it out. Alcohol is not noticable at all.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. There is a brief pleasant bitter citrus aftertaste . Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: very easy to quaff this beer. You won't freak out over this beer, but it is a solid offering.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label says 7.3% ABV. Pours a slightly hazy golden color, with a hint of orange. Thick white fluffy head holds very well. Nice piney, citrusy hop aroma. Pale and sweet in the beginning, slightly toasty, followed by juicy, citrusy flavors. Finishes with a hint of aspirin (Amarillo?). Nice patches of lace coat the glass as it is drank. Oranges in the flavor come out more at the end. Pretty good balance, nothing overwhelming. Medium body. Pretty nice.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in Edmonton at Sherbrooke, one of the few places in the province that I've noticed still continues to carry some Lagunitas products.

Pours out a hazy marmalade hue, a sticky frothy slightly off-white head that retains to a thickish cap, at least up to the rim with the space left in the glass. Lots of thin sticky lacing as the glass empties as well.

The aroma is fairly mild, the hops leap up at you first, but the real muscle comes up from the depths with a sweet, chewy malt.

The muscle in the flavour however doesn't really choose to flex. In fact it's the mouthfeel that really tends to carry this IPA, the malt remains an aloof light cereal flavour, some orange and even some drunken cherries in the middle, and a poke every now and again from the hops on the finish.

A very well-mannered and behaved IPA, I'd like to call it balanced but the flavours are not really present enough to give it credit for that, they both seem to be doing the same shoe-string staring shuffle on opposite sides of the school gymnasium on their own, rather than in any tandem of proximity. An easy drinker, that's for sure, but really not enough offered in any given area to justufy the imported price tag to stock up on more. However I was still digging on the whole Frank Zappa concept and homage, and even when they do fall somewhat short, Lagunitas knows how to put together an entertaining label and pursue an interesting concept.

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Photo of powerpop
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this tonight (9/21) in the bomber bottle, at the Pittsburgh Bottleshop Cafe in Collier Twp., Pittsburgh, PA.

OK, I have to admit some bias at the start, being a fan of Frank Zappa, but I've never heard of this beer before. A friend of mine (BA= 103Stiga) called me over to the bottle cooler for a look at the label on this bottle. The 40th anniversary of the release of FZ's debut album gives this beer it's name. Who can argue with that as the reason for naming/creating a beer? One whiff, and I knew this beer was up my alley. Pungent floral hops to the max...I was thinking ''double IPA'' from the 1st whiff, and also from the 1st taste, so was surprized to see that it's listed with only one ''I'' here and not a ''double.'' For comparison's sake, this beer reminds me a lot of Troegs' Nugget Nectar, or Victory's Hop Wallop. IMO, very similar in taste/smell, but a bit lighter in color than those two fine products. If you like those two, you can't go wrong here. I think the full frontal hop blast was just shy of being over-the-top...that's a good thing. Give this beer a try if you want a beer a bit beyond the American style totally outshined the Victory Hop Devil in my other glass. I may have to re-think FZ's words of wisdom to not eat the yellow snow if the snow is yellow from someone accidentally spilling a bit of the Freak Out Ale. In this case, it would be wise to eat the yellow ''Freak Out'' snow crystals!! Might just go quite well with a dog doo snow cone...!!

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Photo of rajendra82
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Freak out poured out very clear pale into the pint glass. At least the part that was visible under the four finger thick foamy head was clear. The smell was a laced with spicy and piney hops, and the taste was bone dry making it a hop showcase once again. The only thing attempting to provide a semblance balance was the wispy caramel malt. The mouthfeel was medium to thin, and drinkability was beyond words. All I can say is “Wowie Zowie” after the whole bomber “I’m not satisfied”.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought this IPA was very unusual due to its orange color and orangey flavor, but quite good and different than the other IPAs I've had lately. I would definitely recommend it.

I had this on draft at Roman's in Milwaukee. It poured a rather bright and hazy orange color and smelled rather piney to me, rather than the more typical citrus aroma I've become accustomed to in my favorite IPAs. Flavor was truly unique; it was very orangey, like an orange cream soda but still very beer-y. Quite good. Mouthfeel was pretty thick and sticky, as I'd expect from a "big" IPA.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this at Downtown Wine & Spirits a week or two ago. I served it in my NERAX pint glass at around 45º F.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden-copper with a one-finger white head that clings to the sides of the glass leaving heavy lace as it thins to a persistent film.

Smell: Mild toasty malts and peppery spice. There are strong aromas of hops: citrus, resin and grapefruit.

Taste: Toasty and sweet malts upfront. The malty sweetness carries through to a tart grapefruity hop bitterness in the finish, with a bit of spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low to moderate-carbonation, with an oily slickness.

Drinkability: Very tasty and easy to drink.

Overall: A very good American IPA, the hop bitterness is strong and isn't overpowered by malty sweetness.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
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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Freak Out Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 157 ratings