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
Photo of warmstorage
2.26/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle, approximately $3 at BevMo Sacramento (Arden Way.)

Pours a moderately frothy white/cream colored head, dissipates fairly quickly, leaves some lacing/coating. Poured into an imperial bell-shaped pint glass, at cellar temp.

Medium bright clear orange, with visible carbonation bubbles.

Aroma is strange: a little earthy/metallic/material-like. Leather? Paper? Not what I'm looking for an in American (or any other) IPA. Now reading Tony Magee's (imo TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE review, since he gaves it all 5s, which presumably skews the averages and scores) of his own beer, I understand he never intended it to be styled as, or "pigeonholed" as an IPA, but himself described it as "American Imperial Lite Ale" for BevMo's website.

Taste is slightly perfume-y, earthy, grassy, with a distinct herbal note, almost medicinal. Again, an interesting beer, but not particularly good. (I've scored it as an 'overall' beer, rather than for style, to try to be fair. In most any style, I would give it about a 1.5, though I don't know what the hell "American Imperial Lite Ale" is supposed to mean.) Hmmm... think orange-flavored cough medicine, or cough drops.

Mouthfeel: present, but muted compared to the flavors, lingers a long time with the medicinal flavors.

This is a reasonably drinkable beer, I guess, if it's hot out, and I'm tired, thirsty, and not feeling picky.

Like so many of Lagunitas' beers, this one is random, strange, and not really in a good way, but rather a pretty big disappointment, especially given that it's an apparent tribute to Frank Zappa. After reviewing this, I looked at others' reviews, and have to agree that it could have been much more strange for a tribute.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3/5  rDev -23.3%
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 bonbini26
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Rudgers73
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bomber.

A- Golden yellow, rocky active head. Lots of carbonation.

S- Tangy, sweet, lemony hops.

T- Strong bitter hops. Nothing much else. Warming alcohol.

M- Dry, winey. A little too much on the alcohol.

D- One is enough.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have a high level of respect for Lagunitas so the first time I saw this offering I snagged a case. 2.99 a bomber is absolutely a steal and once again the Wine House surprises me with a great beer priced very well. It pours an amazingly clear body with a thin, loose, white head that leaves ring lacing. I really was amazed at the level of clarity in the body with minimal visible carbonation.

Everything is fairly soft in this offering (i.e. english IPA). Mouthfeel is on the thick side as it rolls rather than splashes, and is fairly sticky. Lighter, citrusy fruits, leaning towards green and raw. Piney at times but in the end to me this falls on the mellow side of an IPA and it works for me.

The syrupy mouthfeel seems like its a part of the oily side to this beer. Carbonation is stronger than the appearance would make you assume, it actually is medium strength.

Notes: Lagunitas has an unusual style. They are one of my favorite breweries from top to bottom. With that said this was not one of my favorites. Rather weak for such a bold brewer. Weak beers have a place if they are complex and interesting but this was just OK.

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Photo of trep
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle shared with my ladyfriend.

Perfectly clear honey golden body with a very nice white, bubbly head. Sporadic carbonation rises to the surface. Nice piney hops and a bit of wet cardboard.

Piney, grapefruit hops and a dry metallic taste. Not really too spectacular. A bit of honey in there mixed in with the hops. Malt profile is there but not really. Not really impressed with this one.

Light mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. Pretty refreshing, but overall not very drinkable in my opinion.

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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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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 Shadman
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am laughing/ chuckling to myself because this is a retired beer...yet I found it at a truck stop beer store east of where I live.

Appearance wise...oh babt...looks like a gooder...hazy/cloudy aprocot in color with a thick, almost sticky looking head that had excellent retention. Lacing was like Elmer's glue on the sides of the glass.

Ok...aroma wise...average..sweet and slightly citrus/grapefuit..

very, very sweet if they put a tad too much sugar in the mix. not much of a malt backbone and the citrus hop blast was very muted.

Can't fault them on mouthfeel...carbonation was bang on and felt full to me

for the style...a bit too sweet and a bit too lacking on the major components needed to run with the big boys...

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freak Out!
could stand to be a freakier beer, especially if one is going to compose an ode, in beer, to Frank Zappa.
This does strike me as a bit of a strange IPA. The scent and flavor are weird. Something seems a bit over-fermented in there somewhere. There's a high pitched sweetness in there which I'm guessing comes from the hops... or maybe from the aforementioned overfermentation. The body is a bit too thin as is the color; at least compared to what I would expect for an IPA. The color is a light, bright orange.
Not a bad IPA, exactly, just not a fitting Zappa tribute.

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Photo of crwills
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL cool-looking bottle with some fun Zappa quotes and an explanation of the brew.

Poured into a standard pint glass. Good, golden colour and mildly cloudy, but with almost no head (possibly due to this glass having been washed a lot in the dishwasher -- was at someone else's house).

Decently hoppy aroma with the typical pine/citrus/earthy notes of American IPAs. Taste very reserved and surprisingly malt-heavy; reminded me a lot more of English IPAs instead. The tameness of this beer made it pretty drinkable, but I was disappointed with the overall effect of it.

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Photo of mentor
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger frothy white head that clings. Cloudy apricot colored liquid. Smells centennial hoppy with some piney hops. Some oranges and grapefruit pith. Apricot and wet hay.

Taste hoppy piney with oranges. Wet sweet tempers hop bitter. Clean of most co-humulone. A bit of sour tang (from hops I think). Some woody and tangerine seed character.

Md mouthfeel with md-heavy carbonation.

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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 dgallina
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce brown bomber. Dated 2006.

Pours transparent copper. Tiny head that disappears quickly leaving insignificant lace. Smells like coarse sugared grapefruit. Extremely fruity for an IPA. Sweet fresh grapefruit flavor dominates the mouth from start to finish. No subtlety or development here at all, though the single overriding flavor is nice enough. Thin and only gently carbonated body. Refreshing, sure, yet not especially enticing.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon pouring, my expectations went through the roof! Followed closely by fruity, estery emanations...Then it went silent, so to speak.

Poured a wonderfully deep golden hue, with a fantastic looking head. Nice lacing ends up a little wispy. Nonetheless a nice looking beer. As I
pro(di)gress, an all to unfortunate mid-major IPA, tastes like one of the larger craft breweries IPA's. Not bad, but no what I was hoping, or expecting.

I'd like to see Lagunitas get away from their pseudo-advocacy of whatever, and concentrate on making stellar beer. I'm starting to loose faith in them.... a little.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - slight haze, orange, nothing but a ring for la head and no lacing

S - thick caramel malt, fruity esters. Doesn't seem very IPA-ish.

T - hop burst right off the start, kind of a bitter orange all the way through. Little to no aftertaste or bitterness in the end, maybe some mild grapefruit, which is odd. Pretty tasty malt backbone.

M - medium body, low carbonation. Good for the style, no complaints or standouts.

D - This tastes ok, but I'm not really interested in a balanced IPA, ya know?

This doesn't deliver on what I'm looking for in an IPA, but I suppose it is a unique approach.

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Photo of bort11
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Marvz for this one. Got it for the BA Anniversary Bomber BIF.

22 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice tall white head with very sticky lacing. Color is a clear golden yellow with active carbonation streamers.
Smell was mild, with a sweet citrus bitterness. Taste has a bit more kick. Sweet grapefruit citrus flavor. Mild malty background.
Mouthfeel is pretty light, almost watery. I would have liked a little more body. This goes down pretty quick. This is pretty tasty, but I'm not exactly "freaking out" about it.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks flexabull.

Pours a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small fizzy head which sticks around awhile, leaves some nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, citrus, and some caramel. The taste is nice, but not that hoppy at all, nice citrus and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad IPA, but have have better.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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 WetCoaster
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, just on the line between gold and amber. Very nice pure white head. Dense, pocked. The head breaks down to a foamy berg with layers of foam on the glasswall. Very fine carbonation.

Smell: Sweet pale malts register first, but are soon beaten down propa by an oddly floral quasi-Belgian yeast scent. Next, big blast of hoppy grapefruit and orange zest.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is surprisingly a bit dead; the carbonation zings, but dies a quick and ugly death. Very strong grapefruit juice taste, but a distinct, albeit tepid, malty sweetness makes its way to the top.

Drinkability: Meh. it's a pretty straightforward WCIPA in my book. Kind of a Maximus Lite. Love the label -- a lot -- but this ain't freakin' me out by a long shot.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"There is no Hell. There is only France"

--Frank Zappa

Transparent tangerine with sunflower yellow trim. The large cap is the very definition of ecru and looks like it contains a fair amount of hop resins. As lace begins to appear at the upper edge of the glass, it's apparent that it isn't going to be as thick or as sticky as I had hoped. It's still a good looking beer even if it doesn't qualify as eye candy.

Freak Out smells like a typical American IPA given its citrus peel dominance. I like it just fine, other than the fact that it's strangely muted. The cap is now at less than one finger, so that can't be it. I wouldn't have expected a Lagunitas IPA to be this laid back. An estimated six months in the bottle shouldn't have tamed it to this degree, I wouldn't think.

I'm still not impressed. It tastes like the recipe is slightly off somehow, as if the brewers didn't take the time to refine it prior to settling on a final version. At least I assume that's how the brewing process works. It isn't wild or wacky or experimental or avant-garde, all words that describe Zappa's music by the way. It's just dull and uninteresting; something that his music never is.

It isn't easy to tell where the fault lies. There appears to be enough pale malt onboard since the beer is sugar cookie sweet and has a full, creamy mouthfeel. I think I'll place the blame squarely on the lack of hopitude, both in terms of amount and varieties. It's more apricoty and peachy than it is grapefruity and orangey, and is only bitter--mildly so--on the finish.

The mouthfeel is enjoyable because it leans toward the full side of medium rather than the light side. A laid back amount of carbonation helps to give it a creamy smoothness that is the best part of this whole experience as far as I'm concerned.

I can help but feel that with a few tweaks, Freak Out Ale could have been a memorable beer. We'll never get the chance to find out though, since it's a one-off. That's okay, Lagunitas's lineup doesn't really need another IPA. It might have been better when ultra-fresh, but any IPA that can't weather a six month rest can't have been too special to begin with. Thanks to drewbage for the bomber.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dynamic and alive golden copper, very pristine. Head is a cornopia of various sized off white bubbles.

S: Green apples, soap, pear and lymon

T: Begins with apple...a mixture of red and green actually. Floral and lightly fruity; peach, strawberry and orange. Some conifer flavors from there, pine and cone woodiness. As the syrupy pine lingers, the bitterness starts to form and grow on the palate. Finishes biscuity with some soapy hints.

M: Medium body, little bit of spritzy carbonation.

D: Still has that Lagunitas taste but not as pronounced as other Lagunitas beers. Enjoyable beer but frankly I was expecting a little bit more.

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Freak Out Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 157 ratings.
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