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Freak Out Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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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3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

Hazy, dull gold color. Medium sized, light tan head. Quite creamy, with decent lacing present as I drank.

Aroma was Pine-Sol! Not quite, but there is a lot of tree in this bottle. I also picked up alcohol, peaches and grass.

Taste was pine, but it didn't live up to the scent. Nice, biscuity middle. Some alcohol. Pretty well balanced.

Medium + in body. Medium + in carbonation. Quite dry.

Middle of the pack IPA. Scent seems to promise more than taste delivers. I prefer Kill Ugly Radio, Maximus and Hop Stoopid. Probably not a fair comparison since those are all doubles, but that's where I would go if I wanted some hops from Lagunitas.

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Photo of ohoove
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear , burnt orange color with suds like head and great lacing to match

sweet malts, light pine / citrus-soap?

sweet floral tones, sweet malts, with a present but well balanced hop kiss

slick/oily mouthfeel ,nice coverage of the t-buds

drank this at room temp and all the senses were given a real treat, well balanced between malts and hops- best of both worlds. Will definitely do this one again

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Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light amber colored brew with a fat off-white head and very solid lacing. The aroma includes mostly vanilla and malt, sweet and mellow, very inviting but not overstated. The flavor comes on as a fine but mellow malt with buttery overtones. Not really what I normally want from an IPA but I didn't even realize this was an IPA from the label. I believe it just calls it an ale and there is very minor hops presence according to my senses. Still, this is just good drink, IPA or whatever. Very easy drinking but quite a substantial beverage with a hint of alcohol. A creamy feel with a tasteful bitterness at the finish. Mostly a malt experience I think. Very pleasing, definitely recommended for a try. I will happily revisit this one any time.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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 markaberrant
3.47/5  rDev -11%
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 chezztone
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a new version of it out now, "Kill Ugly Radio." Another Zappa reference, I guess (sorry, I am not familiar with all FZ esoterica, although I do enjoy his music and even saw him live a couple times). Big pic of him on label, and an explanation that this commemorates his Absolutely Free album. The beer? A nice straw-colored true IPA (not double or imperial). Reminiscent of the new Alaska IPA. Nice hop edge on a fairly light-bodied and -colored beer. Another well-made and interesting and well-priced (I think "value" should be another category in the ratings on this site) beer from Lagunitas. Cheers.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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 MrMcGibblets
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

straw to light apricot in color with a slight haze. light creamy head/lacing. lots of sweet, doughy malts in the nose, honey, toffee, and some resiny notes. something else going on in the bouqet that i can't put my finger on. taste is quite nice, a moderate malt sweetness well-balanced by a moderate hop bitterness. good to taste the hops here as they were less than evident in the nose. mouthfeel is creamy and medium in body. not a sessionable brew but one you want to keep drinking. normally, "schtick" beers (see monty python ale) are not very good but this one (honoring a zappa album cover) is up to snuff.

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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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Photo of bort11
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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 dickieb
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poors a hazy straw color with a frothy head. Smells of sweat hops and a bunch of citrus. Taste is pretty bitter, but very flavorfull with citrus hops, and a nice hopy finish. Im not gonna lie, i purchased this because of the zapa referance, but i am very satisfied with the result

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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 ccrida
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 oz. snifter at Lucky Lab fest - didn't know what this was going in, but it was quickly evident it was an IPA. Clear pale yellow, like a pilsner, with a really nice, pillowy white head.
The aroma was fantastic, as are most of Lagunitas's brews - heavy citrus, but more along the lines of pineapple then grapefruit, and uncured or still growing herb. Freak out indeed, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if they snuck some in to dry hop!
The taste was also nice and hoppy, fresh flowers, more bud, sweet malt, more grapefruit citrus here, and a slight, yet pleasant sour tang. Very good.
The mouth feel was light and effervescent, and combined with the very good taste, made this one highly drinkable.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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 objectivemonkey
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a kind of honey amber copper, with a heaping huge off-white head, settling down to a thick foam, lots and lots of lacing in rings and spiderwebs and bubbles down the glass. And upon second pour, the head swells again to two inches of foamy delight, a great big mustache is my reward.

The aroma is citrus domination, lots of hops pining (ha) for attention. And yes, notes of pine too. Unfortunately, its rather good, but almost one dimensional.

The taste is also big on the hops, naturally, citrus taking top billing with its cast of characters pine, fruits of melon and apricot, hop oils, a hefty bittering, and a smooth, silky mouth to go along with it all. And with just the right amount of carbonation, this beer went down woefully quick.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of BeerRun13 my 2007 Secret Bunny.

Pours a clear golden orange color with about an inch of eggshell head. Nice mountain ranges of lacing circle the glass.

The aroma is a good blend of hops (pine and citrus) and caramel malts. Hops come out a bit more as warms slightly.

The flavor is even better, with the hops playing a more dominant role. Bitter citrus taste is kept in check by a creeping caramel malt flavor. The malts come and go but the hops never leave.

Medium body with smooth carbonation. Semi-dry aftertaste with a touch grapefruit bitterness. The abv isn't noticed at all. This bomber and another and another... wouldn't be a chore at all. Very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Cwrw
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Available in Alberta now in their 650ml bottle, with a wacky label with Frank Zappa quotes all over it. Looks kinda cheeseball, but I think that's what they wanted. Anyway, kind of an ugly label. But I won't judge the book by the cover.

The cap pops and out pours a hazy peach coloured bear with plenty of white head and decent, but patchy lacing. A nice enough looking ipa. The aroma is full of piney, grassy hops, with some dusty lemon and faint grapefruit. The hops are overpowering the nice biscuity malt though, and this beer makes me want to sip away. I expected a bit more bite in the nose from the 7.5%, but it really doesn't change the profile much. All in all, this is a very balanced aroma...nothing overpowers. That might mean that nothing really stands out as distinct either, but it adds to the drinkability. The taste is fuller and more unique than the aroma.

The first sip gives tones of pine needle, a little mint, and plenty of peppery honey flavours. The middle gives a nice solid malt backbone, but it is felt more than tasted--because this is all about the hopping. Yet it's never over-the-top, which renders this beer's flavour very drinkable, but not terribly exciting. Still, my compliments on a wonderfully flavourful and easy to drink ipa, with little or no hint of the higher abv.

The mouthfeel is just as thick as it needs to be, with medium carbonation. Extremely drinkable high-abv ipa! I give it higher than average just because they crafted this beer very sensibly, aiming for drinkability and balance rather than shock-value. Cheers.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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 orsulacp
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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 GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes....I feel lucky that I got to drink more than one of these being that they were around for such a short time.

A-Great bottle and label, Very bubbly, amber/transparent golden color, 1/2inch white head thick lace...decent head retention, with a little remaining throughout the entire beer.
S- HOPS! Floral(big), grassy(light), and a hint of citrus(grapefruit, and orange).
T- Full flavor hops that come off really really big....big and floral...I can see why it was a fall seasonal but would have made a great spring one as well....citrus in mid-body (again with the grapefruit), malt backbone, with a mellow finish that is a bit sweet for an IPA.
M/D- This could either be a strong IPA or a light DIPA....bubbly, medium bodied, and hoppier than most....again I am glad I had a couple bottles of this...I hope it is brewed again!

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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 crwills
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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 Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Freak Out Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 157 ratings
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