Freak Out Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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American IPA
3.91 | pDev: 9.72%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Reviews: 142 | Ratings: 157
Photo of MLegendre
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light gold with a massive 4" head that never seems to disapear. Lots of visible carbonation. Quite a bit of lacing leaving uneven patterns all over the glass.

S: Strong smells of floral hops and sweet malt. Good, but nothing that stands out too much

T: Unlike any IPA I've ever had before. Sweet malts come out first followed by some spicy hops and a bit of grain. The grainy notes fit in better than I would have thought giving it a slight sweet kick midtaste. Alcohol is noticable in the finish. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

M: Light carbonation tickles the tongue, goes down very smooth.

D: This IPA is original as Frank Zappa himself. I'm sure he approves of this tribute. Too bad it's only brewed once, I would love to have this again, and again. I like the idea of music inspired beer. Maybe Lagunita's will have a Mr. Bungle beer in the future (hint, hint).

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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 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 clickpush
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 22oz bomber to tulip. Lots of visible bubbles throughout glass. One finger off-white head over a pale amber body. Head's very clingy to glass and leaves nice lacings.

Nose: Mmm! Nutmeg, orange, tangy hops, soft malts, plum, pears, tons of fruit. Yummy.

Mouth: Mild flavor up front, kind of fruity and calm, slightly sweet, maybe some lavender. In back it's like BAM! Explosion of hops through the swallow with a lasting bitter after taste like sucking on a grapefruit rind. Very strong carbonation which prickles all the way to the throat.

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Photo of unklesyd
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice offerning from one of my favorite brewers.

Fairly typical IPA, with the exception that for one as strong as this, the color is much more lightly hued, which right away told me that I was not going to expect lots of dark caramel, which I often find offputting in an IPA.

Taste was well balanced without being cloying in the malt. Crisp, very very slightly fruity, dry nose. Nicely effervescent without souring the beer with too much carbonation.

Overall, a very strong beer.

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Photo of flexabull
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I freaked out last night and shared a bottle of this with a friend.

Pretty nice looking beer, a nice pale gold color with an average looking head.

Aroma is a bit on the weaker side, but the aroma that is there is pleasant... piney hop smells.

Beer has a pretty good overall mouthfeel. You feel it in your whole mouth, and it finishes well. The flavors are good too... mostly citrus with bitter hop notes.

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Photo of Murchmac
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Crystal clear and what a color. Looks like a budweiser that died and went to heaven, and smells like a handfull of hops and malt blessed by Zeus himself. The best, repeat BEST IPA I have ever had!

I don't usually take the time to review a beer. As a matter of fact the last time I did it was to let the brewer know their beer tasted like a dead whales vagina.

Can't wait to taste this beer on draft.

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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 msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle to a 1/2 pint glass. Crazy (but appropriate) label pays tribute to Zappa - really stands out from the other Lagunitas labels...

A: Golden-orange with a creamy white 1-finger head. Nice lacing.

S: Wow...huge floral hoppiness, herbal and citrus zest, too. A surprisingly malty sweetness, almost candy/sugar sweet, creeps in.

T: Flavor roller coaster...upfront bitterness. Transcends to herbal/floral notes, grassiness, pine, orange, grapefruit, even a bitter twang I'd liken to parsley. Softened by the inclusion of malts which lend a biscuity and slightly caramel taste. If the point was to "freak out" my taste buds, I'd say it worked.

M: Crisp and nicely dry - bitter finish. Medium body. A bit of lingering sweetness.

D: A good "IPA"(?). Like others have noted much different from the regular IPA Lagunitas brews. I liked it...definitely worth a try.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very nice beer from Lagunitas - perhaps their best IPA style brew.

A very clear brew with a deep golden color, thick creamy gold head, lots of lacing throughout the drink.

Woody, mossy hop note is pretty much the main aroma, some light golden grain scents.

Very clean flavor. Almost a big Pale Ale with a very light malt body but very bold clean hop notes. I'd love to know which ones because the flavors are not run-of-the-mill IPA and not typical for Lagunitas. Maybe something along the lines of Perle or Amarillo mixed with a noble variety. Mossy, piny, only a touch of citrus, spicy but most importantly clean and light. [edit - I'm told they're using Summit... Disappointing that nobody from Lagunitas returned my call but I got what I needed from an unimpeachable source]

Light body, lots of carbonation, dry finish, good bittering but by no means 'bitter' like Lagunitas' flagship IPA

Very tasty beer, in some ways similar to Deschutes' Hop Henge (but different hop varietals) very clean clear hop notes, not overly strong or super bitter. I'm liking this a lot.

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Photo of rayjay
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Just what I want to see in an IPA: light pale body. Head was small with oil spots, lacing, and busy carbonation.

S: That west-coast pure hop insanity.

T: Right on! Bitter, bitter, bitter, white grapefruit, and bitter. Spicy, and just a bit hot for a 7.3 % beer, reminding me of tequilla and wasabi. Lightly malted grains all the way, but lots of 'em; almost reminds me of a super-hoppy east coast pilsner, Burps resulting are the pure essence of hops, really tasty! Very bitter, but unique and interesting combo of hops, anyone know which ones?

M: The pale malts are great for spotlighting the hops, and the resins really coat your mouth. The malts and hot alcohol come out more as the beer warms, adding a light sweetness. By now, the carbonation has faded and given way to thicker tones.

D: The drinkability is good, because of the light body and sheer bitterness. An awesome west-coast IPA. As it warms, drinkbility goes down but complexity rises.

Totally different than Lagunitas IPA. Seek this out while it lasts. It's chaotic, obnoxious, and beautiful just like Zappa.

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Photo of stephendr
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gold orange appearance- thick head- nose has balance of bitter and pine hops light red berries–taste orange peel, bitter hops– body a little oily - aftertastes is short bitter, chalk Gold orange appearance- thick head- nose has balance of bitter and pine hops light red berries–taste orange peel, bitter hops– body a little oily - aftertastes is short bitter, chalk Gold orange appearance- thick head- nose has balance of bitter and pine hops light red berries–taste orange peel, bitter hops– body a little oily - aftertastes is short bitter, chalk

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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 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 calir1
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in Safeway in Rohnert Park, Ca

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Brilliantly clear, orangeish color, with a 1/2 inch snow white lasting head. PLENTY of carbonation with many bubbles coming up.. Just by looks, could have looked like a darker version of a kolsch with its clarity and frothy head.

S- Like someone said before, I had no idea what this beer was until I smelled it.. Instant pine and a floral of hops delighted me knowing I was about to gulp up an IPA

T- much like any other great IPA but unlike previous LG beers.. A great version of an IPA but not like Vinnies hop bombs

M- Much like other IPA"s nothing too special

Very drinkable and would buy again

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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 SethB2
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very interesting bottle, similar to many Lagunitas beers. You really have to read the fine print to get what is going on. This is a commemorative beer celebrating the 40th anniversary of Frank Zappa's Freak Out. The photo on the label is right off the album cover. Very cool.

Poured from a bottle into a chalice. I picked this glassware because I had no idea what this beer's style was going to be. It soon became very evident.

A - Orangish and clean with a good amount of carbonation. Head is snow white and fairly thick.

S - Yep, this beer is an IPA, but different that the usual Lagunitas offerings. Strong piney hops dominate, unlike any of their other beers. Sweet roasted grainy malts are also on the nose.

T - Wow. Very nice beer. Piney as all hell up front followed by a very sweet middle, before fading into another citrisy/piney bitter finish. Good stuff.

M - Medium, perfectly carbonated, and a tad oily.

D - I'm heading back the store to pick up a few more of these. For sure.

Overall, this is a very different IPA than anything they have produced thus far, and it is very good. I didn't know whether this should technically be classified as a Double IPA or not. The abv and taste put this right on the border. BA guys, feel free to change the classification if needed.

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Freak Out Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 157 ratings