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 mikesgroove
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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 brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden tangerine with a thin soapy head that leaves a few trail of lace.

S - Juicy citrus and grapefruit hops, slightly muted aroma but still present.

T - Slightly bitter citrus and grapefruit hops nicely balanced with a slightly sweet malt backbone.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly dry bitter finish.

D - This is a very solid IPA. Easy drinking and well balanced. Nothing stands out in this beer but there is nothing wrong either.

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Photo of sloejams
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It appears to have the textbook qualities of an IPA with its bronze color, slight head. The hops hit you first, as should be. Them hops is very fruity - mostly citrus. Orange zest and maybe a lil bit of apple. The taste revealed a bit more of the malt character, but not much. You could get a bit of the alcohol after awhile. I dig these special Lagunitas offerings.

Any beer celebrating Frank Zappa is cool by me, especially when it tastes this good.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 BlindPig
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Close to a 1/4" white or just off white head on a lightly cloudy body. Thin lacing that barley covers top of beer.
S- Big grapefruit hops, little pine, bit of a malt background, light oranges and few other citrus fruits. Not a very strong aroma.
T- A good amount of grapefruit juice flavor, light pine flavor, citrus fruits, bit of fruit rind too. There's a light malt back bone to it. Medium to high amount of bitterness that is left on the tongue in the aftertaste.
M- Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It started out as a average IPA for me. The more I drank I think the better it becomes. It's almost like a juice. Very nice.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Gavage
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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 rousee
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow--this definitely does not look like a 7.3% abv beer. Pours a clear golden color with just a hint of amber. The head is crazy and you need to pour this one carefully or you'll end up spilling a bunch ( I remembered this time) but the head is very vigorous and full. Active, fresh and hungry. Excellent head retention with a lemon marangue pie topping look to the lace. Very fluffy and thick -like egg whites beaten to soft peaks.

Smell is a beautiful blend of the nice American IPA hops that I have really grown to love. Im guessing they are centennial, cascade,amarillo, simcoe, warrior maybe--I just checked the website and there was no information on this beer. It is incredibly good.

Taste is almost perfect for a fairly strong ipa. All the hoppiness one would expect. Elements of pine, citrus, resinous elements too--slightly oily but in a very pleasant manner. The biggest flaw I can find with this beer is that it wastes too much of the carbonation in the beginning when it is first poured. It is slightly flat in the mouthfeel although I have tasted some other IPAs recently that were far worse in this department. I love Lagunitas as a brewery and again --this one does not disappoint.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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 Viggo
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to Zappa.

Pours a clear golden, thick white head forms, stays for the long haul, nice lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet, pineapple, citrus, some pine, crystal malt, apples, very fruity, some grapefruit as well, very neat. Taste is caramel apples, pineapple, pine, very balanced, clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, really don't taste the alcohol in this. Didn't blow me away but was pretty solid, seems to be the trend with Lagunitas and me.

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Photo of rsyberg01
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - 22 oz. bomber. FZ adorns this psychedelic bottle.

A - Pours a toasted honey hue, white head that reduces to a patchy cap.

S - Nice hop oil floral aroma, grassy and herbal as well, citrus on the back end with a thin malty backbone.

T - Great hop character, juicy citrus and dry bitter dance on the palate, sweetness entangles itself subtly.

M - Smooth, crisp, dry, juicy, nicel weighted. Good.

D - When I drink this I think of watching a baseball game, and having 2 bombers no problem. Very refreshing and tasty. Solid.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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 ViveLaChouffe
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an pale orangey copper, lightly hazy with a frothy ivory head, that dissipates to a thin but persistent head. Some sparse lacing. Smells of floral hops and lightly fruity, crisp pale malt. Hints of honeysuckle?

Taste is dominated by the herbal, bitter hops but is nicely balanced by the malt. Not a ton of malt presence but just enough to keep the beer from feeling to thin or too harsh. Admittedly, it's on the edge of leaning to hard on the hops but the malt pulls it back from the precipice and allows the hops to shine quite pleasantly and tastily. More cirtusy in the finish and the hops linger on your teeth after the liquid disappears down the gullet. Mouth is medium, a bit of driness form the hops (or the 7.3% ABV, not sure which). Aftertaste is all hops as stated before. Tasty stuff, if uncomplicated.

Cool packaging honoring Frank Zappa's "Freak Out!" album too...

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into Imperial Pint Glass
Served @ 45 degrees

A - Besides the cool packaging... pours a very nice cloudy sunset orange with about 1/2 inch of off white head. Lacing is marginal.

S - Pleasant tender hop aroma with loads of floral notes. Malt counterbalance is detected, and adds a nice full complexity. Slight fruit (grapefruit) scent with little spiciness. High ABV content emerges as the beer warms.

T - Clean hop flavor and bitterness with a complementary malt profile that doesn't allow the hops to dominate. Pine and citrus notes abound. Aftertaste contains a strange astringent, cloying feeling that downgrades this brew a bit.

M - Moderate carbonation and clean yet full mouthfeel make this a worthwhile experience, minus the above aftertaste feeling.

D - My opinion on the annoyingness of the aftertaste varied widely throughout the course of this beer, and I really can't decide what to make of it. Without that one factor, this is a very enjoyable brew that straddles a nice line and disregards the popular conception of a West Coast IPA. Nothing to Freak Out about, but you should probably pick one up if you can.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet packaging (tribute to musical genius Frank Zappa).

Pours an orange-amber, kinda cloudy color with decent head and lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation. Good head retention on this one.

Somewhat faint aroma is sweet and lightly fruity with some citrus hops and a hint of toasted malt.

Taste is sweet with hops and citrus flavors followed by pine and a dry, somewhat bitter aftertaste.

A nicely drinkable IPA that is smooth and balanced, but doesn't offer any great complexity or big flavors.

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Photo of frazbri
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Freak Out Ale poured gold (like deadly yellow snow) in color topped by a tall, white head with a meringue like consistancy, good lacing and a constant upflow of tiny bubbles. It had a big grapefruit nose with a hint of grass. Flavor starts with alot of grapefruit followed by a little honey sweetness and a strong bitter backbone. Medium-high carbonation and fairly light body.

This Zappa inspired creation is a hop delivery vehicle. It delivers a ton of hops to the drinker. It hits you like the fur trapper's lead filled snowshoe hits Nanook's favorite baby seal. (Obligitory Zappa reference) It's as subtle as Frank Zappa's lyrics and I really like it.

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Photo of Luchman
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into an arrogant bastard pint glass

A: Pours a very light, clear, amber color that is almost yellow towards the bottom of the glass. Very small white head that vanishes quickly, leaving only a bubbly residue on the top and sides.

S: Hops, with very sweet lemon, orange, and grapefruit. One of the sweeter smelling beers I've had.. Almost reminds me of a punch of some sort... I like it!

T: Pretty sticky, with a big orange peel taste, hops, light grapfruit, flowers, and the malts. Over all not too bad. Leaves kind of a dry, light bitter, finish.

M: Medium body with a nice medium carbonation.

D:Definitely an easy to drink beer.At first I was real excited with the smell, but I don't think, overall, the beer delivered that much. Does intrigue me to try other Lagunitas brews though. Go check it out; I can see people loving this.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer number 2 in the best hoppier beer session TB, in all modesty, has probably ever seen. Much thanks again to CBA for this different yet tasty treat.

A golden coloured ale poured with a decent off white head. A low level of fine carbonation was present in this well laced brew.

Very interesting, big floral and fruity hop nose. Pear, pineapple, and grapefruit are all there, along with lesser malty scents of biscuit and caramel.

Creamy, biscuity malts with a touch of caramel complimented by hints of pear and white grapefruit. An interesting, floral and fruity ale that isnt very bitter, but has a lot of tasty hops present.

This light to medium bodied IPA? is well balanced, with a dry and slightly astringent and mildly resinous fruity and floral bitter finish.

Very drinkable and sessionable. Fruity yet bitter hops are freaky enough to satisfy the hop lover and hop newbie, looking to expand their taste buds, alike. Im glad to have had the opportunity to Freak Out!

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Photo of warmstorage
2.26/5  rDev -42.1%
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 watermelonman
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a clear orange and gold with a medium head that lasted well. It left a fair amount of lace.

The smell brings pale malts and oranges on top of some light hops. The taste brings much more hop flavor than the smell, with pine notable. Orange lasts throughout. The mouthfeel is medium and smooth, and the drinkability is very good.

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Photo of vanrassel
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 EvilKeith
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freak Out Ale poured hazed and honey amber in color. The head was a finger of off-white, leaning toward yellow, dense frothy foam. The lacing was a heavy sticky coating around the glass.
The smell was more subdued than I expected for the style. The scent was faint traces of citrus with grapefruit and tangerine.
After the fairly weak nose the flavor was this one’s saving grace. The taste started with a blast of sweet malt fruitiness followed by a wave of grapefruit citrus and pine resin. Caramel made a brief appearance before the intense hop bitterness closed out the finish. The body was medium plus and the carbonation was fairly light. The mouthfeel was slick, yet smooth.
I found this one to be easy to drink and don’t let the understated scents fool you. It would be worth the effort to find and try this one.

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Photo of joe1510
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber
Binny's Orland

Crazy Frank Zappa label with a few quotes. I passed by this beer a couple times cause after looking at the bottle I couldn't figure out what kind of beer it was. I finally bought it and now see it's an IPA. I'm glad to hear that.

Healthy pop of the cap releases a strong whiff of hops before the pour. Freak Out poured a really classy looking clear dark golden with all kinds of rising carbonation. A hefty 2 finger craggy white head sits on top and refuses to budge. Eventually fades to 1 finger and leaves spotty lacing at first but the more I drink it turns to drink history lines then sticky web lacing..

Smell is all hops. Not super strong but that's all I'm picking up. No malt to be found. The hops range from floral to herbal to citrus. The former two take the stage but with a deep inhale the citrus shows itself. As it warms the grassy/herbal hops are the most pronounced. Smells damn tasty.

The taste starts off immediatly with a moderate grassy bitterness. This is follows throughout the entire sip with a splash of bitter grapefruit at the end. There seems to be a little lightly toasted grain. That's all I can pick up from a malt standpoint. As it warms alcohol fumes come forward more in the nose and throat than in the taste.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. The carbonation is prickly mid-palate and in the swallow. A moderate bitterness lingers around until the next drink. The only problem is it's just a little too light.

The body of this beer makes it an easy drinker. I could see myself sitting around drink a couple of these bombers at a time. It's a good refreshing IPA.

This is a good solid IPA from Lagunitas. I'm going to pick up a couple more of these tomorrow. It's too bad Freak Out is only going to be brewed. I'm glad I got to try it out. Well worth it.


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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the almost clear golden brew. Head lasts well, with adequate delicate lacing. Aroma is light hoppy fruitiness. Flavor is moderate pale malt sweetness upfront, with a balancing citrus hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice, and I would gladly revisit this one. It's approachability almost makes me think this could be an English-style IPA.

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber purchased at Green’s in Atlanta. The aroma is a big citrusty blast with floral and caramel notes. The body is a dull muted yellow/orange with a frothy pinky sized white head that fades slowly. Citrus laden hops in the fore feature grapefruit, orange zest, soft floral bitterness like rose petals, caramel malt, toasted bready notes, pine and almost no hint of the alcohol. My kind of IPA....hoppy, but balanced and with a bit of range to it.

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Freak Out Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 157 ratings