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Green Flash Le Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
740
Ratings:
2,367
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
19.35%
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
449
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 740 | Ratings: 2,367
Reviews by Reino:
Photo of Reino
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of six reviews that are all possible because of a great first time trader, theWolfofMibu. Thanks man!

Appearance- Poured from a 22oz bottle with some cool artwork into my trusty New Belgian goblet. A bit over a two finger head rises up, off-white in color, and fairly resilient. Looking through the glass you see pretty large bubbles gripping the sides, but from the top it looks creamy and tight. It fights the good fight for a good amount of time, but gives in to its fate leaving a creamy skim for me to remember it by. There's a good amount of lacing, but nothing epic. The beer itself is a very full/dense burnt orange-gold with apricot and blond highlights surrounding it on all sides. The transitions in colors makes for a pretty beer.

Smell- This beer smells REALLY good. The bubblegum yeast jumps at you first. The yeast sort of smells like a banana, sweet pear flavored cotton candy. I don't get much in terms of hops, but what I do smell gives off a cousin cannabis hop aroma. There are underlying notes of clove and a tiny bit of coriander. The delicious sugary scents pretty much dominate, but with the hops trying to get into the party, there is this resulting smell of something I'm having trouble describing. It forms this cleansing, cool aroma, like a sweet spearmint tea or Vick's vapor rub. I'm probably crazy, but I enjoy taking big whiffs of this brew.

Taste- This beer greets me with leafy and spicy hops. The nose and the taste are on two completely different plains of existence when it comes to sweetness levels. This beer has a ton of shit going on. One sip starts leafy/floral, moves on to bubblegum, apricot, spicy pear and piny heat. The next sip leaves me with a completely different finish that is more earthy with a bit of citrus rinds and has much more pepper in the middle than sweetness. Just when I think I have somewhat of a grip on the flavors, it starts having malts in the finish. These malts taste like a very legit, whole wheat bread that was rubbed with hops instead of olive oil and garlic. I really enjoy what the finish has evolved into. The beginning to middle/end turns into a buddy-up session between pepper spiciness and leafy and piny hops. There is definitely sweetness in this beer, but it comes in flashes in the middle and is overshadowed by some awesome bitterness and the ever evolving finish. One thing about the finish is pretty consistent though, it's dry. The only touch of sweetness comes from a taste of grapefruit rind. This beer has a shit-ton going on. It would be a 5 if more sweetness was present. I'm greedy and would like to see more of the tripel sweetness that I usually bad mouth show up in the taste like it did in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Refreshing and cleansing with a good amount of carbonation and medium to light fullness. The 9.2%abv does not let itself be known on the tongue. However, this beer is very dry on the tongue. You'll want a glass or two of water after you're done with the bomber.

Drinkability- 9.2% bah, lies! This baby goes down smooth with little heat. The dryness does take it's toll, though. A bomber goes down no problem, but I think I'm ready to move on to something with less going on and that isn't as wearing on the tongue. Definitely keep the bomber to yourself, though. One pint would not be enough. Shit, I'm really torn on this score. Oh well, I'm getting buzzed and shouldn't second guess myself. A great beer. Worth trading for.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
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 Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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 +18.1%
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 founddrama
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
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 DavidS333
5/5  rDev +24.1%
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 TH28
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
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 jngrizzaffi
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
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 BSiegs
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
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 RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is a super-cloudy light orange in color with a decent head.

Smell - This is very interesting. There are basically two bouquets to this ale. The first one is classic American DIPA. The big, stiff piney hops and rich, caramel-laden malt scream West Coast DIPA. But then there is a Belgian Tripel kind of aroma. It's behind the first one for sure, but I can pick up some fine Belgian yeast and some traditional Tripel spicing, particularly coriander.

Taste - OK, this is officially The Freak. It's like drinking two beers very similar to the notes I made about the smell. The American DIPA is more prominent and that yeast aroma hardly showed up at all, but there is some classic Belgian spicing to this beer that makes it a wonderful DIPA/Tripel hybrid.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full. It is exceptionally balanced and has some terrific carbonation. There is no real bitterness to the drink even though it is swimming in hops.

Drinkability - This is actually quite an easy-drinking ale. Again, at the risk of sounding repetitive, the balance makes this a fabulous offering. The various flavors work in perfect harmony and produce a big, giant beer with what could easily be competing flavors but that work incredibly well together and go down like nobody's business. Grean Flash pulled off a miracle with this effort - it is a unique beer that speaks to the boldness and creativity of the brewmasters. Well done!

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Photo of MadScientist
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: a slightly hazy, glowing amber with orange highlights. The persistant, rocky, off-white leaves some light lacing on the glass.

S: An intense hop aroma that is mostly pineapple and citrus with some pine. There is a grassy note mixed with a more herbaceous note like sage. A moderately-light candy sugar like malt aroma blends with orange esters. Light peppery phenols and a soft alcohol aroma round out the nose for this delicious smelling beer.

T: There is high hops bitterness but it's supported by a moderate, clean malt sweetness. There is moderately-strong hops flavors of pineapple, citrus with some pine. The grassiness os from the dry hopping but the sage and rosemary might be from the fermentation or actual herb additions. Moderate orange flavors from the yeast. The balance is firmly bitter having a dry finish with a lingering bitterness and pine.

M: medium-light bodied with moderately-high carbonation. There is no creaminess, a little dryness from the high CO2 and a moderate warming from the alcohol.

O: I love this West Coast Belgian; it combines my favorite element of each in an assertive yet balanced beer. It'll make hop head somewhat happy , just don't except a total hop bomb.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Hokualohilani
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OSHO
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber pours into my glass a clear golden yellow/orange hue with a creamy two fingers of foam on top and good active carbonation as well. Aromas start out with fruity yeast esters and spiciness with some clove and a touch of pepper. Big citrusy hops with orange peel accents. Quite intricate and the hop kick is quite nice.

First sip brings crisp malt upfront with a nice melding of Belgian yeast esters and fruity spiciness. Notes of clove, nutmeg and a light peppery accent. Midway through the hops kick in with a citrusy/bitter hit. Notes of orange peel and hop resins on the way down. Finishes smooth with a bit of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat creamy and smooth. Goes down with ease for being nearly 10%. Overall, a tasty Belgian IPA for sure. I've only had a few so far but I have enjoyed them. Thanks to PatronWizard for sending this my way.

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Photo of Joebraggot
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fredaboots
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So this is how you do this style. I loved it. In a tulip, it was a gold color, maybe a bit on the orange side. Thick white head with copious lace. Aroma of an IPA and a tripel. Floral and citrus combining with sugar and yeast. Same thing with the taste. Mostly grapefruit, a little pine, with cotton candy and yeast. A balanced combination. Would drink this one anytime.

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Photo of freshflesh
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. No bottle date. Purchased 8/10, consumed 3/1/11

A - Pours a clear orange/copper with three fingers of very persistent head. Leaves some lacing.

S - Smell is mostly tropical fruit hops, citrus and sweet malts. Slight amount of spiciness, definitely some coriander.

T - Probably let this sit a bit too long, as the hop component is pretty subdued. Still, pleasant citrus and tropical fruit hop taste up front, with good malt following. Maybe a bit too sweet.

M - Medium mouthfeel with nice hop bite. Slightly drying feeling.

O - Very enjoyable Belgian IPA. Noticeable alcohol takes it down a notch.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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