Green Flash Le Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
#3,711
Reviews:
754
Ratings:
2,429
pDev:
10.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
143
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481
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,429 |  Reviews: 754
Photo of hopkrid
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Kuges
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Overall, this is a great beer. You get the greatness from being an IPA with the extra hoppiness, finished with the malty Belgian taste. I wasn't sure about this beer, but I try almost everything Greenflash puts out. This one is excellent, and definitely something I will drink again.

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Photo of Poupae
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of probert
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22ox bottle.

A - Pours a very nice and most like a West Coast IPA orange and copper beer with a slight haze to it. There is a nice off-white slightly ecru head that is about 0.5 inch tall and is very dense. It is quite active and recedes quickly to a thin film.

S - Sharp grassy and citrusy Citra hops jump out first. Quite intense and harsh but in a good way. They just burst out of the glass into a grapefruit and tangerine aroma that is entrancing. There is some nice slight Belgian yeasty funk and spice with some slight clove qualities to it.

T & M - Starts off with intense citrus juice. Tangerines and grapefruit with some orange rind int eh middle. Very much a west coast hop profile. Delicious. The Citra hops are great and quite intense leaving and nice slightly dry sensation on the tongue. The hops are enough to get a hop head excited for sure. The second half of this beer is definitely Belgian. Nice slight peppery and clove spice with some good smooth and slightly chalky yeast notes. The Belgian side definitely takes a more supportive role because this could definitely pass as a big American IPA. However, the yeast really gives this a nice subtle finish that isn't as harsh as the initial hop blast would lead you to believe. Feel is nice and light with some slight alcohol burn and a nice carbonation that helps clean the palette.

O - This beer is great. Might not be my favorite true Belgian IPA but still is a delicious take on the style and a great beer in general. Thanks to arniepnminne for this great brew.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Emerges clear and golden bronze in color with a large, dense and rocky, stiff white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. The head susides into a cloudy like, meringue topping.

Aroma is floral hoppy with a touch of mustiness. Spicy corriander and yeast as well as some candi sugar. A touch of medicinal aroma found in a homebrew I once did; band aid like.

Flavor is in your face hoppiness. Fruity and earthy with a ton of yeastiness, white pepper spice, and a touch of orange and lemon peel. Quite spicy and quite bitter.

A touch thin but I really dig the hop bitterness. Finishes stark dry and completely pallate cleansing. Quite refreshing. I should have bought more of these. I really liked this one. Certainly any hophead would love this as well.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

taken from old notes

A: 1” off white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Clear deep copper body.

S: Nice citrus and earthy hop notes, with some yeast, clove, and dark fruit.

T: Clove, sweet malts, and some funk battle bitter grassy/earthy hops throughout. The hops win – thank goodness.

M: Medium+ body. Fine carbonation. Smooth, with a biting bitter hop finish.

O: Alcohol pretty well restrained. Great beer, but I'd have enjoyed it more without the belgian spice/yeast.

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Photo of crossovert
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 ml bomber. No best by date.

Pours a deep orangeish gold with a foamy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is very clovey, very sweet smelling, and very syupy/medicinal smelling. The hops are there but are extremely medicinal.

The taste is all over the place, it has a bit of "band-aid"(rubber/plastic), tons of medicinal hops, and some bitterness. It tastes like medicine. I jsut can't enjoy it fully.

Overall if you want a good BIPA make sure it is a "B" IPA if you get what I mean.

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Photo of Mack
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of csfcmitchell
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of TrojanRB
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of bonbini26
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask @ the Blind Tiger 10-03-08

A - Hazy light orangey color, with thin white head. Great lacing

S - Great floral aroma up front, bordering on citrus fruit as well. Good hop presence in the mix

T - As delicate as the aromas are, there is quite a big taste. Plenty of hop bitterness, per the style, with hints of spices

M - The hops attacks in a totally different way than your normal IPA, so amazing, I love hoppy beers and this beer on cask was unlike any type of hop attack ive ever had. with a pretty dry finish

D - Plenty of interesting layers to this brew, but superbly drinkable. If it wasnt for $7 a mug price i would drink a whole cask of this

Overall this is one of my favorite beers ive had in a while, simply outstanding. Ive had this beer from the bottle, but on cask its a totally different beast, simply outstanding.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear golden color, with 3 fingers of head and a huge sticky lace all over the glass

S - Belgian yeast strain and candy sugar all over the place

T - A very tasty mix of an IPA and belgian style. A huge hoppy bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied. Well balanced.

O - A damn good beer! A trippel mixed with a Double IPA? Nice!

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Photo of Docrock
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Bdel34
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HumanParaquat
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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 98green
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bmwats
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into footed tulip.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Plenty of spider web lacing.

S: Sourdough, paper, pine, coriander.

T: Hoppy bite, pale yeast, coriander, clove, oregano....

M: Crisp, yet syrupy. Pungent hop bite throughout.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really good. Nice head, plenty of lacing. Nose is Bready with some strong hops and Italian spice. Hoppy, yet yeasty with spice. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of GJ40
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a chalice.

A - Golden and crystal clear with a small white head.

S - A mix of west coast, piney hops and Belgian spice.

T - For me, the west coast hop oils lead over the Belgian spice. There's a malt richness and a subtle sweetness as well. This is a big, outgoing beer.

M - Silky and oily with a moderate carbonation.

D - Fun and flavorful. An interesting blend of styles but for for me, it's more west coast than Belgian.

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of benloho
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,429 ratings