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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Photo of BeerlyLegal
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured this 12oz into a tulip. From the outside looking in it's got great aroma (apples, oranges, lemons) and a vibrant orange appearance. However, from the moment this brew hit my lips it was freakishly bitter and dry (pun intended) for the way in which I've gotten used to Belgian's tasting. The bottle description states this is a "Zesty Brew" which it is.

Nonetheless I like my beer like my women. This one is just throws itself onto you and there isn't a whole lot of discovering involved.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ericlawton007
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of estlinska
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip on-tap at Big Orange on 4/10. Pours a golden amber, almost burnished bronze color. It was fairly cloudy, but it did allow some light penetration. There is a half centimeter of bright white head, moderate lacing. The smell is very fragrant with decend bready malt and fruity belgian yeast of melons like some tasty honeydew. There is a slight resinous hop that sneaks through as well. The taste is a tasty belgian brew with strong bittering throughout. There is a sweet, tangy flavor as well, but not quite sour, very much like fresh, ripe cherries. There is a bit of a champagne flavor to it as well at the end. The finish is heavy on the bitter and finishes extremely dry. Overall this is a very good beer (so I had another).

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Photo of TheFightingMongooses
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a tulip. No freshness info.

Appearance - Deep amber with an orange glow, hazy from the yeast. A one finger off-white head takes a few minutes to dissipate leaving nearly no lacing. This beer looks very unique and appetizing.

Smell - I'm really surprised by the aroma on this given its appearance. I'm getting black cherries, prunes, the sort of dark fruit aromas I would expect to find in a dubbel or quadrupel, but without any roastiness. There is plenty of candy sweetness here. None of the clove or spice notes I would expect to find in a Belgian Trippel are present.

Taste - The taste follows the nose pretty well; dark fruits and sweetness dominate with just enough bitterness in the back to balance everything out. These styles are extremely well integrated! I was expecting to be able to pick out citrusy hops separately from the spicy Belgian yeast, instead they come together well to create the aforementioned dark fruit taste and aroma.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel on this baby is absolutely outstanding! Medium body, soft on the tongue; the carbonation is not prickly but helps to lighten everything up. And I'm sure the yeast plays a role in making this quite smooth and drinkable for 9.2%.

Overall - I picked this up on a whim because I first heard of it a week ago, thought it sounded very interesting, and just happened across it this weekend. It is very tasty, and very unique so I'm glad I picked it up, despite being a bit pricey. I don't think I'll seek this out very often due to the price tag, but this has definitely sparked my interest in Belgian IPAs. If other examples of the style are as complex and unique as this, then I am in for a fun ride.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured it into a Weizen-glass, and man was I right; the glass fills to the brim with all head, off-white and kind of light - definitely wheat in this one. When the head dissipates the clear golden liquid apperas. The lacings are rich and beautiful.

S: Rather mild smell, but the wheat is still there; ripe bananas. Yeast and bitterness. A bit funky and sour. Citric.

T: Now we're talking; the bitterness is rich and direct. Flowery and floral. A hint of bananas, still. Yeast is rich, as is the caramell malt, semi-sweet.

M: Bone-dry long aftertaste. Body is rather full while carbonation is mild.

O: A bit uneven but the taste is too die for...

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Photo of benfons
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: clear orange colour, decent head

S: some yeast, some banana and peach, hops, not as outspoken as I expected

T: yeast, hoppy, hints of citrus, hops at the end, litle one sided

M: undercarbonated, very dry finish

O: not as balanced as I like, undercarbonated, I quite like, it's not a great beer

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a large head.
Nose shows spicy, piny hops, spicy Belgian phenols, mineral characters, some light fruit-like esters and clean sweet malt.
Aggressive flavours. Spicy, piny hops, Belgian phenols, a little light malt and soft booze.
Carbonation could be a bit higher.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,408 ratings.
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