Green Flash Le Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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 FreakĀ® 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: 749 | Ratings: 2,405
Photo of mikeg67
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 Suds
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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 purely IPA.
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 Dols401
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +4.7%
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 -25.6%
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%
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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Photo of smbslt
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium gold with an off-white head. Head did not last long and not much carbonation. Good lacing.
Not enough Belgian character to include in the name. Decidedly IPA in smell and taste. Bitterness is harsh, not complemented by the spice. Better examples with more balance exist.

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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 Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold to light amber in color with a substantial haziness. There's a quarter inch of frothy beige head. Heavy lacing is present. Sweet and acidic aroma of fruity Belgian yeast dominates. The taste is a delicious blend of the fruity Belgian yeast and piney hops. The mouth is chewy, thick and sticky.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt red color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated leaving some stringy lacing rolling all about. Carbonation could be seen rising at a nice pace.
The smell starts off with some Belgian spices, a light funk, some sweet grassiness, a light lemon and then some mango all rolling into a nice blend.
The taste started off with a gentle sweetness rolling into the spice (definitely Belgian). A light lemon to tart aftertaste ran into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a crisp citrus sweet to bitter feel on my tongue. Carbonation feels good and settling.
Overall, I say this was a nice Belgian IPA that I would have again.

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Photo of j-rod18
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing special about the look. Great floral hoppy smell. The taste is not overpowering. You get hoppiness, but not an overabundance. It's cut with sweetness, which makes it a pretty smooth drink.

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Photo of SSS
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not a big fan of Belgium beers. That said, the concept of this beer is quite interesting. It's an IPA that crossed a yeast strain from Belgium. You get the typical Belgium style flavours, banana, bread, etc. They add sugar to bump the ABV and sweetness. This is a very sweet beer.

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Photo of imonhiatus
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottle sent my way as an apology for an infected silva stout. classy move!

that said this wasn't really my bag not bad just not my thing. Belgian pale aleish American style. good, not great

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Photo of JackieKu
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Best by 2017-04-07.

A: clear pale. Poured with 3 fingers high head and persists.
S: Pineapple, honey, pear, and coriander.
T: Tropical fruits. Coriander. Moderate bitterness. Dry to semi-dry. Dry and bitter finish.
M: Medium bodied. High carbonation.
O: I typically dislike the addition of coriander, but this IPA mixed it quite well with hops and malts. Really elegant and delicious.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slim 22 oz best by June 2015. Out of date but whatever. Two inch white head with a thick orange, almost cloudy. Foam clings to the glass leaving lots of lacing. Smell is belgiany- banana, cloves and yeasty. Taste is similar with hint of pine. Great Belgian ipa, would love to try fresh! Cheers!

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Photo of Pencible
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark gold with rocky off white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and grassy hops with spicy Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like lemon zest and grassy hops, with some candy sugar and spicy Belgian yeast. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste with a little alcohol warming.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a solid Belgian IPA with balanced but bold scent and taste. The body was good, but the finish was hot, so it was better to sip. Not to age. Quality but not that memorable.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from 2013

Pours a hazy amber color, pillowy off-white head is over an inch thick and retains indefinitely.

Smells of fresh floral and piney hops, apples, grapes, citrus, coriander, lemongrass, and honey.

Tastes of apple and fresh grassy malts, some coriander and lemongrass, followed by honey malts and a dry grassy bitter finish.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Exceptionally good beer that drinks something like a barleywine. Impressive retention of hop characteristics given the labeled bottling date. Would have expected this to be much more on the malt side. Drinks well and hides its strength, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper-golden, nice visible carbonation, big soapy head.
Smells farmhouse-like, with new leather, some spice, not much hops on the nose. In other words, mostly a Belgian scent.
Taste is funky and leathery, with underlying juicy hops and herbal zest.
Caramel/ sweet malt with spice and a mild burn.
Dry-finishing, but so juicy and flavorful up until then.
It feels medium-thick, somewhat syrupy/ chewy, with ample carbonation.
I think this brew was made with expertise. The overall spice note may not be my favorite, but this, I can say, is a successful hybrid Belgian IPA if I've ever tried one.

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Photo of johlac66
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear bronze with a voluminous head that stayed around a little while. Small dots of lacing.
Funky orange zest up the nose and on the palate.
Nice solid dry finish.
I'm really starting to dig this style. As always, more research is warranted. Cheers!

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Photo of DaveBar
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Champagne's outside of Detroit for $7.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that lasts forever. Film out was over 5mins after pour! Dark gold color and filtered almost clear

S- Oodles of hops.

T- A but funky. Has a hop bite but not a lot of malt backbone. Touch sour. Zero heat even though it's nearly 10%.

M- Dry and tart

O- Very good brew overall. Has a bite to it but is refined enough to sip on for an hour. Opens well as it heats up. Touch sour

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with....... Spicy stir fry. This IPA just bit right through the dish.


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Photo of ScrewBud
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - light Amber, typical
S - Bannanas, normal Belgian yeast smell
T - more of a Belgian than IPA I would say but I did like, decent aftertaste
F - nice carbonation
O - I usually don't care for Belgian beer, but this had enough IPA qualities that I did enjoy, probably not enough to justify the price however...

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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 moundbz
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy look throughout, Outstanding smell to this beer! I think the taste is easy wand fruity with a huge aftertaste. Aftertaste is bitter and alcohol, a little to strong.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Dark orange, amber with a bright white head, head is creamy, puffy, decent amount of carbonation stream, heavy lacing, cloudy, looks really good.

A: Belgian yeast aroma comes through really strong, doesn't smell very hoppy, for the high ABV I'm not getting any alcohol, smells more earthy, grainy than it does hoppy.

T: Belgian yeast flavors, then hoppy bitterness, finishes with a slight citrus bitterness but has a stronger piney, earthy bitterness to it.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a dry finish, not much carbonation on the mouth.

O: This is different, I am very familiar with American IPA but not so much with Belgian IPAs, this is a big beer with lots of flavor.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,405 ratings.
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