Green Flash Le Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Le FreakGreen Flash Le Freak
Green Flash Le FreakGreen Flash Le Freak

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Le Freak® is the first-ever hybrid ale of its kind: the convergence of a Belgian-Style Trippel with an American Imperial IPA. This zesty Amarillo dry-hopped, bottle-conditioned marvel entices with fruity Belgian yeast aromatics and a firm, dry finish. Aromas of orange and passion fruit with sweet bready malts, and flavors of orange marmalade and citrus fruit pith. Experience a legendary beer.

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Reviews: 757 | Ratings: 2,435
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky yellow color.

Huge white head; strong lacing throughout.

Clove nose; fresh bread notes as well.

Medium mouthfeel.

Muted clove taste; hops smack your lips with bitterness. Booze well hidden.

Pretty tasty; not life changing.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque orange gold with 2 fingers of off-white, soap bubble foamy, lasting head that leaves wonderful sheets of lacing. Aroma is lemon/lime sherbet, Belgian yeast, banana and hop tones of floral, pine and citrus backed up by sweet caramel malt. Taste is banana pop sickle, hoppy bitter notes of pine and citrus, a menagerie of Belgian yeast and sugar balanced with caramel malt sweetness. Finishes with an odd combination of butter, spice and pepper, Aftertaste is bitter and distinctly chalky. Superbly balance for what is an astronomically complex brew. Touche Green Flash!

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Photo of iguanodon
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

[Original rating 2016-01-16] Clear orange gold with a medium white head. Aroma of pepper, stone fruit, grass. Taste is spicy, black pepper, fruit, flowers, very complex. Reminds me of Epic Brainless IPA, but though I like the Epic, Green Flash just does it better in every way.

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Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass from a 22oz bottle

A - a semi translucent blood orange copper with a hint of dark gold, two finger almost off-white head and some serious sugar lacing

S - Belgian yeast upon, Belgian yeast, tons of sugar, toasted grain/malt, orange/banana/pineapple juice, lots of alive and dead earth, tons of soil, vanilla pipe tobacco and tons of sweet and savory dried flowers.

T - the Belgian style yeast is very prevalent, lots of sweet/toasted hops, orange, pineapple, very sugary, not much of a booze note for the ABV, lots of charred wood, sweet anise, dry earth and some slight grass

M - full bodied, well balance, great complexity, medium plus acidity, medium carbonation

D/O - La Freak is a beast, with tons of flavor, a nice bite and refreshing to boot. It's also pretty easy to drink for how much is going on and don't be fooled, it's not over the top or anything, not perfect, but delightful. Paired really well with a homemade tuna Mac n cheese and a sweet and savory chocolate cookie. This dude can be enjoyed fresh or save for the perfect occasion. Couldn't imagine this being anything but good unless it is hot and humid outside. Drink chilled and let warm gradually for a multitude of flavors.

Final thoughts - $8-10 a 22oz is high, but worth a try and the nearly 10% ABV is awesome for a night cap or to share amongst friends.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into Snifter. No date.

L: Pours a clear bronze with a nice finger and a half of off-white head that has wonderful retention and stick.

S: First you get a whiff of citrus and floral hops, then a subdued note of Belgian yeasty esters come forth. Some spice hidden in there as well. Quite interesting.

T: This is wonderful. It begins with the hops, which again are mostly citrus with some floral, and then the yeast makes its presence known. Just purely unique to anything I have had yet.

F: Medium-Full body with crisp carbonation and a dry finish with lingering hop residuals.

O: Super unique, super tasty.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. The appearance has a hazy orange/amber body that leaves a half finger foamy white head appears that lasts for a good two minutes before dieing. No carbonation is seen rising nor any lacing was left The smell has some clove, banana, combined decently with some citrus and floral tones. Hops are pretty subdued. The taste has a dominating clove with fairly strong banana, citrus and floral tones are less defined. The alcohol is very hidden. The palate is about medium bodied and well balanced - not too watery, but not too heavy, just right. It has a dry finish. I would say this is fairly drinkable. Overall, good for what it is.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz "bomber" into Libbey Glass
BB 5/3/17
L- hazy burnt orange, nice off-white cap of foam, great retention, lacing as well
S- fruity yeast aroma which masks the resin-y hop aroma
T- sweetish start to the beer, followed by fruity yeast ester on the linger, with a real nice and dry bitter 101 IBU finish
F- medium-bodied, creamy, crisp, and bitter
Overall a real nice beer, great representation to the style, which they claim to have started. with the 'Belgian-y' feel to it with the great IPA finish

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Photo of CellarGiant
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, copper color with some orange highlights. Very fine bubbles, a large head with good retention.

Aroma: Citrus, pale malt and yeast character on the first sniff. Clove, banana and other spicey phenolics. Plenty of citrus hop character, orange juice and maybe a touch of pineapple. Some nice malt character with just a touch of toasted bread and bread crust.

Mouthfeel: Very full carbonation, some warm alcohol and a strong initial Belgian spice character. Well balanced, but intense bitterness, very full body, coats the tongue, but the bitterness and high carbonation leave the mouth relatively clean, with just a bit of residual spice and malt.

Flavor: Lots of Belgian yeast phenolics, juicy citrus and tropical fruits, a little herbal hop character and some nice cracker and sourdough bread crust. Maybe a little bit of honey

Very intense, a great bridge between two very strong styles, though surprisingly not overwhelming.

Very recommendable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Very pretty creamy golden color with a tall head of 3 fingers. It leaves tons of lace behind.

Aromas of wit/hefe and pale ale both. There's fluffy orange aromas, marshmallow, yeast, moving into grapefruit pith, cracker malt, and alcohol.

Flavor is extremely bitter and hoppy, almost Stone-like; with onion, grapefruit, pine, and light caramel...following with Wit flavors so desperately trying to push through but unable to pierce this wall of bitter hop. On the back end (the part that cannot seem to push through until the finish), there's marshmallow, cream, lemon, and orange. Just too bitter and intense for me.

Feel is appropriate - very creamy, yet nicely carbonated, and a drying finish.

Overall - the look is great, the nose is great, the feel is great, but that flavor profile is just too much. It's a sipper, not only because of the alcohol, but because you can only take in so much at a time. I'm super upset I'll have to dump the rest of this bomber...but hey, you live and learn, right?

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Photo of MFMB
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian yeast, a fruity nose, classic spicy fruity taste from the Belgian yeast. Excellent hop profile that reinforces this is a IPA. Semi dry crisp finish. A enjoyable beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tripel or Belgian IPA? That’s the question. All around wonderfully crafted ale, yeasty and hoppy, pours with a tripel’s high fluffy head. Deep hazy gold, light hoppy aroma, taste has stronger hop elements. Dry, chalky finish, mildly sweet.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The original hybrid of two beautiful worlds:Dank Belgian-like yeast with a huge American dry hop.

A hazy golden straw color with a tower of clumpy, sea foam, lacy and sticky, clumps of foam stick to the glass. Ultra slow dissipation from the lively carbonation.

A massive, complex Amarillo hop aroma strikes first, earthy, pineapple, red fruits are abundant. Coupled with a very complex dual yeast smell, sour, earthy and sweet that couples with a big, sweet malt effect. A deep, wild yeast, wheat and hop array of aroma's makes for an Endlessly interesting whiff.

The complexity is otherworldly, beyond space and making time stand still.The Amarillo dry hopped effect is earthy, bitter, fruity and intense, easily one of the most interesting hop effects from any beer i've ever had. Couple that with one of the best most complex and wild yeast beasts From an American brewer that I can think of. The malt is no joke, heavy, sweet and smooth, gives major body and balance to a heavy-hitting hop & yeast dominant combo. Depth of flavor is very high, sip, savor and ponder the beauty of this freak.

Basically, Frankenstein's Monster if it was created by Albert Hoffman.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If you want a yellow beer with a shit ton of haze, this brings it. Definitely more belgian trippel in the nose than American ipa.

The hops do make an appearance in the taste, but it is not a 50/50 split in this one, it definitely leans far more belgian than it does ipa. Still a ton of spice rack, yeast and alcohol.

Would not bang again, but worth a tick and ride. Interesting enough.

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Photo of akolb
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: smells like a tripel! Coriander, yeast, clove, and light malts
Taste: sweetness at first. Then grass, spice, yeast, herbs, caramel, alcohol. A bitter and warm aftertaste.
Look: Light amber with a huge head. A wonderful hybrid between the tripel and DIPA styles.

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Photo of hman43
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours golden with an off white moderately high head. Head retention is fairly good Overall it has good clarity and Belgian Lace.

Smell: It has aromas of grass, some clove, floral, yeast, toasted, and grain.

Taste: The initial flavors are sweet. There are flavors of spice, clove, low fruit, flora citrus, yeast, toast, and grain.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a medium dry finish and lingering bitterness. It has moderately high carbonation.

Overall, this is a beer that is hop forward with complimentary background malts and yeast the balances the final product well.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely love this one. For this review I enjoyed this poured into a Belgian tulip glass from a 22oz bomber. Pours a clear golden/Amber color with a fluffy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Smell is Belgian yeast at first, then loads of Amarillo hops and just a touch of booze in the nose. The taste is pleasingly complex without being over complicated. First is sweet malt, then hops come in with citrusy and slight grassy flavors, and lastly the strong Belgian yeast combines with the sweet malt to bring the taste of a tripel. Feel is fairly full bodied and not too carbonated, and the hops linger well after its swallowed. Overall, I love this and it is (so far) my favorite Belgian (d)IPA.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, raspberries, plums, yeast and caramel malt. Body is full and crisp. Citrusy, herbal hops nicely balanced on the palate by caramel malt and misc. fruit. Finish is long, dry from alcohol. Delicious brew.

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Photo of Squire
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber gold color with white cap and lacing.

Aroma of yeast bread, ripe fruit (orange), citrus zest and piney hops.

Taste on entry is fruit driven with a feeling of richness while actually remaining dry. Sharp hops follow right along and remain through the finish and in the aftertaste.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

I get the concept here, a cross between a Belgian Tripel and IPA. It works though I can't honestly say I prefer it to either of the two individually.

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Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a completely clear dark gold color. The head is lacy, tall, firm and long-lasting. The aroma is a matrix of honey, blooming flowers, and subtle malt. The taste is a complex mixture of sweet malt, bitter hops, and tea-like earthiness. The hops lend a bit of citrus that complements the taste. Nice residual, but not overdone, sweetness. Full in body and very enjoyable.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites, but any beer that is dry-hopped with Amarillo tends to migrate to the top of my personal list. I am typically not a big fan of the Belgian Trippel, given it's high ABV, but this twist was masterful. The look was exceptional, and the nose was a pure west coast IPA combo of citrus and pine.
Being from Green Flash, I knew this would be good, and it definitely exceeded my expectations. I'll certainly be on the lookout for this again in Ohio.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

In my mind, this is the fusion style that crossed the line of common sense and, eventually, got away with it. (I've had 14 Belgian IPAs, so I'm entitled to my opinion... but it is still IMHO.)
I believe it is something of a brewing crime to traditionalists like me to mix a Belgian style with a British style.
One uses yeasts better than the other and the other uses malts better than the other. (You can guess easily what and whom I'm talking about.)
So now, along come the Americans and they start adding lots of hops (a third ingredient that neither of the two traditions think is primary) and, as is the American entrepreneurial prerogative, they innovate this fusion style. And much to the certainty of objective observers like me, the style does not hold together. (In fact, the style is such a radical technology leap that it simply cannot hold together.) But, that doesn't stop the Americans from making a market.

So, what to make of this beer ?
I'd say, it was one of the early innovators. That Green Flash did a pretty good job and synthesized two styles as well as could be expected of a difficult task. But, they got sloppy in the finish; leaving my tongue coated with, seemingly, some metallic substance... I presume from the hops.

I suppose this ale Looks like one (more like the Brits who tend to have more lace.) But, Le Freak Smells like less than either. And you know what, it Tastes like neither, also. A Belgian yeast was used. But as is so often among American brewers, something happens to the yeast and Smells and Tastes seem not authentic enough to also be good.
As for Feel, the bitter does not leave me smiling. So, what can you expect from a Belgian yeast-head? (Did I just invent a new animal?)

OA: I actually like Le Freak for what it is: an early attempt to do the impossible.
PS: Don't be fooled by the hops. It will take another decade to make several Belgian IPAs worthy of both traditions.

Le Freak made the "1001" and makes an important contribution in melding cultures. (After all, America is the proverbial melting pot.) Have Le Freak. Enjoy it. And consider that American culture is good, but not always as good as we think.

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Photo of Dols401
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look is that of a soft amber with a white head that quickly became a beautiful persistent white lace.
The aroma is surprisingly fruity for an Imperial IPA with the signature Belgian yeast and malt bready smell.
The hops are not at the for front of this IPA but the Belgian yeast Trippel flavor is also not over powering so as to make it a straight Belgian Ale. After taking another sip and letting it stand in my mouth the hops and floral bitterness began to blend really well with the breadiness of the yeast and malt. Definitely better the second sip than the first. The longer you allow the flavors to blend on your palate the most pronounced they become.
Very crisp mouth feel. You can tell it was bottle conditioned.
Overall this is a beer that I didn't particularly like the first sip but as I let the flavors blend and pronounce themselves the more I enjoyed it.

P.S. Even bonus points to my wife who is not a hop head and hates IPAs stated that she felt this beer was drinkable. (She is more of a Hefe or Sour Lambic lover)

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Photo of Mr_Bojangles
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: golden amber, thin head with very little lacing. Aroma: hints of mushroom, fruit and pine. Taste: fruity, clean and a tad earthy. Not boozy despite high abv. Medium body with a clean finish other than lingering hops. Overall: fantastic beer that is exactly what It is claimed to be. The Belgian quality feels authentic while having plenty of hop character

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Photo of JeffBlue
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(22oz, Valencia, 12/11/15) Very crisp and consistent. Has that mushroom essence (must be the Belgian thingy). Still not a big fan of that flavor but a good beer for what it is.

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Photo of EMV
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at the Yard House, poured into a goblet.

L: Pours a semi-opaque dark golden color. Thick creamy white head with delicate sticky lacing.

S: Citrus and Belgian yeast and funk. Grapefruit and mango.

T/F: Strong malt character... hints of caramel and spiciness from the Belgian yeast. Banana notes giving way to a lovely citrus hop profile... tangerine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Peppery and effervescent. Very clean and far too refreshing for its ABV. Modestly warming.

O: Just a fantastic mash-up of styles that really works for this brew. Delicious and dangerously drinkable... another outstanding beer from the folks at Green Flash.

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