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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a rocky ecru head that sticks nicely and leaves a few shards around the pint glass

Smell: Apricots and pine, with a biscuity element underneath

Taste: Opens rather sweet, with a nice biscuity flavor that is quickly joined and then pounded by apricot and pine elements from the hop bill; after the swallow, the malt pushes everything back into balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I forgot I had this one in my cellar and I was nervous when I opened it, but it has aged nicely; not nearly as hoppy as it was in its youth, but the flavors come together in much better fashion than the other beers in the Zappa tribute series

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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 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 TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus fruit and caramelized malt with hops in the background.

T: The taste is very-well balanced with all of your typical IPA flavors alternating with each other frequently for dominance. It begins with citrus sweetness (lemon & grapefruit) and mildly smoky malts. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in and eventually ends up the being the more prevalent flavor, but again it seems as though all of the flavors rotate. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very good representation of style, nice kick. Does it make me “freak out”? No. But it’s a very good beer that is well-worth drinking continuously for an evening or just relaxing with one bomber.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Radiant, clear amber body with a medium-sized white head.

Smell: Full, tropical aroma of flowery hops, orange peel, and lemon zest. This is joined with sweetish notes of candy sugar. Very solid aroma!

Taste: Clear cut flavor of caramel sweetness infused with grapefruits and tangerines. An initial clean hop bite smoothes out into a more mild, dry finish. The sweet malty core really helps to balance out the acute bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: An IPA that's both full of flavor, well-balanced, and reasonably unique. That's a lovely concept.

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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 mikesgroove
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jaxon53 for the bottle!

Pours a cloudy pale amber with lots of suspension, huge thick white head that reluctantly gave up ground but only to leave behind and enourmous trail of lace, Yummy!

Smell had alot of bread, and grassy, grainy earthy tones. Slight hint of hops.

The taste was not s strong as I had hoped. Predominance of bready and earthy tones. Slight hint of a piney hop in the aftertaste, with a dry finish. Sweetness in there as well, can't place it, almost like strawberry or cherry.

Goes down smooth enough, not overally carbonated, but still nice. Very drinkable.

Overall this did not really impress me as much as I thought it would. Still a good call, but not a hop bomb by any stretch.

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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 Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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 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 GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/07/07- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with a cool Zappa depiction on the front. No dating, but it is labeled as a 2006 limited edition release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Light caramel-golden colored pour. 3/4 inch full and creamy looking head. Nice small rim of head remains for the distance. Very nice spotted lacing action.

Smell- Deeper roasted malts with a fruity tropical hop nose.

Taste- Reminds me much of the Ballast Point DIPA, but a bit more restrained. Very sugary and fruity flavored hops with a sharp pine backing. The roasted malts meld well.

Mouthfeel- Medium to lighter carbonation level. Lasting pleasant bitter aftertaste...tongue coating.

Drinkability- All in all a really good IPA that I am glad I tried. If you can still find it, grab one to try. I still see a few floating around as of March '07.

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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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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 tempest
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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 brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium honey color with a thin white head and good carbonation. Just a little bit of uneven lacing.

Smells of earthy hops with some light pine and citrus notes. The citrus seems to grow as the beer breathes.

I agree with an earlier reviewer that this doesn't quite fit the hop profile of Lagunitas. This one is brighter and more citrusy up front and lacks the long spicy finish many of their beers have- this one is not worse, just different. Bitter hops right at the front palate, followed by sharp lemon citrus, all underpinned by a piney note. The beer fades quickly on the palate, but there are lingering echos of the hops. Really pretty nice, if not hugely complex.

Pretty highly carbonated and not a huge body, but neither is really a problem. There is some creaminess in the mouth despite the high carbonation, and a pretty crisp finish. Not bad.

I like this beer more as I drink it, and I think it could be a good albeit high alcohol session beer. Surprisingly refreshing and light. Quite an interesting beer, I'm glad I tried it, and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of biegaman
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gorgeous orange topped body, golden yellow on the bottom. Some head forms and seems to stay. Bits of lacing slide down the glass. A lively, earthy hop aroma - quite bold, notes of green, estery hops. Aroma is well developed and plentiful of estery fresh hops. An odd roast character. Some syrupy, honey-like sweetness to the malt. A crisp, pronounced bitterness. Drinks very well. A nice malt after touch. Excellent balance. Another stellar Lagunitas offering. Thanks Harry!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with an ever so lightly hazy, beautiful, orangish tinged, copper color. It is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some lacing as it slowly falls back into the beer. The aroma is certainly hop driven with ample sweet citrus notes noticeable. Ruby red grapefruit, candied orange peel, tangerine, apricot and lychee are found up front. Towards the end, and especially if you dig around a bit, there is a biscuit like, even cracker malt character that can never quite shake the dominant citrus character. Some pine like notes form a backdrop to these other aromatic notes as well.

My first sip confirms that yes, this is definitely a hop driven beer. It has a medium body to it that provides a bit of palate fullness that even tends to lingeringly coat the tongue ever so lightly with a malt character that doesn't entirely peek out from behind the hop character. Citrus notes of candied orange peel and tangerine play a big part of the flavor profile, but a solid hop character of menthol, pine and a biting bitterness finish each sip off. The malt plays a secondary supporting role here, perhaps there is a hint of caramel character, but along with the malt sweetness this really serves to accentuated the citrus hop components rather than be noticeable in their own right. The mouthfeel of this beer almost has a soft buttery note to it that provides a smooth easy drinking character to this brew.

This beer has all the components of a great IPA, but for some reason it just does not quite gel. Somehow I think the palate gets in the way. It seems a bit astringent at times, though I would not say that the hops are over the top in any way. Still this is an enjoyable quaff, and I would be happy to sip my way through a couple pints if I had no other better options.

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Photo of Zorro
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours surprisingly thickly for the style. I am rewarded with an orange gold colored beer with an acceptable amount of off white head.

Aroma is sweet and spicy with a lot of citrus aroma. There is a slight pine edge to the scent. Malt aroma is mostly the scent of bread and yeast. Quite tame smelling by IPA standards.

Taste is sweet and bready with just a bit of grapefruit in the mouth at the beginning. Citrus flavor just gets stronger as you sip this beer. Flavors of tea and wood are flavors here but just a little. A very citrus flavor heavy IPA, orange and grapefruit are the major flavors. Bitterness level is really low for and IPA and lets the lighter flavors of hops come out. A truly tasty ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Outstanding drinkability here. So easy to drink that this could have been classified as a pale ale on the basis of taste and ease of drinking it. A near perfect IPA in the drinkability department. A truly great beer I heartily recommend it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a rusty pale golden color with some haziness and a off white fluffy head.

S: There was a nice floral hoppiness and citrusy nature on the nose with some pine and a slight malt sweetness.

T: malty and dry, with oranges, and a dry floral hopping of citrus and pine. Dry caramel with a nice dry hopped finish of citrus coats the tongue after the swallow with a nice film lacing and remembrance.

M: The mouthful had a medium fullness, and was bitter, and dry.

D: Fairly good drinkability thought nothing new, typical lagunitas hop profile.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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