Green Flash Le Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Average: 4.05 | pDev: 10.86%

Reviews: 757 | Ratings: 2,435

Belgian IPA | 9.20% ABV

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

Notes: Year-round availibility. 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
Reviews by GuyFawkes:
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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 ta_hagen
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite double Belgian IPA's for sure.

Smell is Belgian yeast funkiness upfront overtaken by the big hop nose, citrusy flavor upfront, then earthy and piney flavors in the finish. Beautiful color in white head, little orange peel and citrus smell.

Taste is also very sharp and bitter, but so good: similar to the aroma, where the Belgian yeast funkiness presents first, then the hoppy flavors follow; hops are similarly citrus and earthy blend, with a lingering biting flavor from the piney/earthy flavor.
Very good beer, would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Piney, citrus aroma with slight caramel. The booziness is evident. Silky malty taste up front, then you get hit with a wallop of a piney hop burst. Citrus at the end. The Belgian yeast is evident. Very good beer. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of founddrama
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tastes as golden as it looks. Wonderful blend of the Belgian and American IPA styles. A Tripel on the nose but a hoppy finish. Even a little bit herbal? floral? spicy? Such a complex profile.

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Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Light amber in colour. Nice foamy light beige 2 finger foam.
Aroma is floral, citrus, corriander.
Tastes complex. Orange, banana and spices, peppery.
Mouth feel Is wonderful. Under tongue. Bitter. Carbonation indicative of Belgium ales.

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Photo of jsp3
4.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love how it opens like a Belgian trippel, and finishes similar to an IPA. One of my favorites. What I'd hoped Stone's Cali-Belgique would be but isn't.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful color, thick off white head. Definitely get the Belgian yeast on the nose, along with some orange and fruit. Complex, delicious taste. A very nice hop presence, along with a lingering bitterness. Great Belgian IPA.

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Photo of TH28
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. No bottle date on label. Appearance: Golden, slight haze, and moderate off white foam head. Aroma: Belgian yeast aroma dominates, with strong banana, pear, and clove. Also pick up a light grassy, citrus hop aroma. Aroma leans more heavily toward a tripel than IIPA. Taste: Starts with a soft malt sweetness and fruity clove character of a tripel, then transforms into a really strong hop bitterness that immediately stops the fruitiness. Tastes like two completely seperate beers that came together in one. Mouthfeel: medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Finish: Dry with a strong lingering bitterness. Fruity yeast retronasal aroma. Overall: A robust, strong, bitter ale that is surprisingly easy drinking. Beautiful aroma lends it to the combo of the desired styles. If I could recommend one change it would be to back down the bitterness a few notches to let the yeast shine more in the taste and finish. Once that bitterness kicks in it overrides all the other flavors that make this a great hybrid.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Le Freak is a sort of hybrid Belgian/Imperial IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co. The smell is fresh and sort of has a sort of vibrant/lightly rich refreshing aroma. The color is a sort of darkened harvest gold. The froth is a little more bubbly and light than one might be used to with just Imperial IPAs. The body is medium on the side of lightish on a scale of light/medium/thick.

The flavor of the beer is sort of rich and dynamic. In keeping with the two-beers-combined theme of the beer, hence making it a "freak" of a beer. The flavor changes from the front of the mouth as the beer transitions to the back of the mouth. The beer has a sort of rich sort of Imperial style fore taste, that is sort of like a rounded hop-dome if you will, not as steep as Green Flash's "Imperial" beer/ale.

Once one gets over the sort of rounded hop-hill of taste, the beer sort of mixes into a nice medley of sort of Belgian lightness/gaiety that leaves one with a very satisfying aferaste that is semi hoppy around the edges of the taste per se, with a sort of semi-present hoppiness on the toungue-tip of the taste, leaving a sort of light Belgian-style(perhaps) refreshing taste on the mid portion of the tongue/taste.

Overall I think this is a tasty/pleasantly understated-rich beer. It has the initial hop taste that is satisfying if one is a fan of the Imperial/Double genre per se, and it has the nice sort of rich Belgian flavor wave per se, that gives the beer a very sweet/smooth/refreshing mid/aftertaste, and ultimately makes it a beer that is both a pleasure to sip, as well as a pleasure to sort of "drink" normally if one will.

Altogether perhaps an interesting idea brought to a sort of tasty fruition in an expertly crafted beer.

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Photo of Stigs
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in Stone Levitation glass

A - two fingers of loose and fluffy, just off-white foam which is slowly creeping down the glass and leaving spotty marks of lace all the way down. the beer is the fine line between gold and amber, clear and actively carbonated.

S - first comes a whiff of grassy hops joined by some belgian soapy yeast. notes of lemon peel, pine, crisp cracker malt.

T - lemony yeast off the bat before a sharp grassy bitter hop attack. sharp lemon, lingering pine and grass, just a touch of biscuit underneath. definitely some alcohol near the end.

M - heavily carbonated but counterbalanced by a thick syrupy body. lots of flavors (even styles) in this one but carried well.

D - bottle says its a derivative of a Belgian IPA and Triple, but the Triple qualities are few and far between (maybe just a touch of clove in the aftertaste). little bit of an abrasive Belgian IPA at that, needed something else to balance that just doesnt show up. not a bad brew by any means...just falls short of being anything more than "good".

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Photo of adamparker05
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a nice amber, apricot-orangey color. Very hazy.

Aroma is very subtle: spicy and citrusy. Little bit of white pepper. Nice hoppiness.

Taste is very interesting. The whole "san diego imperial ale/ belgian-style trppel" mish-mash can be strange but delicious; this one delivers. Spicy citrus, red grapefruit, clove, then some sweet malty flavor, and a finish so prickly it's like pop rocks.

Dangerously drinkeable for 9.2%

Get it. Get 2 or 3. In every sip I kep tasting something different; try i cold, but let it warm up a bit and the spicy hops give way to floral hops, and a whole basket of fruits starts to develop.

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Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of revo
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of tatums1984
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of acashk
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mmulebarn
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of BuzzFee
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Studfarm69
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large Gulden Draak tulip and received an enormous cloud of puffy white stuff on top (capped with meringue-like texture on the surface) under a brilliant burnt orange color. Leaves some lace stick as the head slowly, slowly mellows.

I'm guessing Green Flash used a Belgian yeast strain here, and on that assumption, it seems the Belgian yeast and American hops are playing nicely together. One doesn't dominate the other in the nose; they coalesce nicely, with the final outcome being a slightly flowery and very fruity scent. Toss just a kiss of alcohol heat in there and it's unlike any other beer I can recall.

As complex as the nose is, the flavor offers just as much depth and is even more of a pleasure. Warm sweet dough comes to mind, somewhere between sugar cookie dough, glazed donuts and yellow cake batter. Flashes of butterscotch. Grassy bitterness from the hops offers an interesting complement to the particular tweak of sweetness happening here. Citric bitterness and fruity tartness ride through to the finish, while warming brings out the peculiar yeast personality--a bit dirty, a bit nutty. Alcohol is present, but with everything going on, you hardly notice--it definitely doesn't stick out too far.

Mouthfeel is also pretty complex...it can't decide whether to be buttery or effervescent, so it sits equally between both. It's a little sticky and a little dry. Beguiling texture, at the very least.

I couldn't wait to try this one. Double IPAs and Belgian Tripels are two of my favorite styles--how could a top-notch brewery like Green Flash go wrong? They certainly didn't. Le Freak is delicious and a bit elusive. It's a tough one to fathom, and for that reason I wouldn't rate the drinkability higher than I have. Maybe my mere human tongue and brain aren't sufficiently equipped to process this new style--I look forward to acquiring more in the future to try and tackle its mysteries.

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Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a hazy golden yellow with 1/4 inch of white head that dissipated quickly leaving a little more than light lacing.

The aroma is dominantly hops with some yeast and spice in the background. There is a notable citrus scent to the nose. The flavor starts out with a strong hop bitterness followed by some of the yeast/spice notes of a tripple and finishing with a combo of floral and bitter hops.

The body is good, substantial without being heavy. Drinkability is going to vary depending on individual taste, I split a 22 with 1 other person and that was enough for one day, although I would have it again.

Overall, a decent beer that you're just going to have to judge for yourself.

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Photo of Florida9
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber in color with only the slightest haze. Pours with a nice big head, though there is little retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Green apples. An "easy" sourness and light malts.

T: Light yeasty twang to it. Lighter on malts, with an appreciable hop bitterness on the end. A little sweet.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. An astringent bitterness on the finish.

D: Very good. An interesting combination that works well: light, but flavorful, with a user-friendly sourness. I served this with a Proven├žal-style omelette and it paired very well.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber, with the slightest haze I've ever seen. It's there if you really look. Beautiful soapy head that leaves tons o' lacing, and mildly carbonated. Aroma is crammed full of apricot, and some clean and crisp hop characteristics right underneath. Maybe some green apple, too. Flavor is very full and rich, carrying the apricot from the aroma, and melding smoothly into a great hop finish. Very nice and well balanced considering it's supposed to be hop forward. Nice round flavors in here, even something akin to butter. Smooth and delicious. Not the cheapest in the world at $6.49/bomber but very unique and pretty good. Worth tracking down.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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