Green Flash Le Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash Le FreakGreen Flash Le Freak
BA SCORE
4.02/5
2,418 Ratings
Green Flash Le FreakGreen Flash Le Freak
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 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.

Added by Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,165
Reviews:
754
Ratings:
2,418
pDev:
10.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
144
Gots:
475
Trade:
6
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of AlexFields
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Smells of spicy, floral hops with tons of citrus zest--not much actual fruit but very very zesty. Maybe some lemon or lime. Very spicy aroma, yum.

Taste has lots of zest too, spicy and floral hops again, but also some dank grassy hops, and a moderate maltiness that wasn't in the nose at all. Not quite as good as the. Owe but very tasty.

Pretty well carbonated feel, fairly refreshing and drinkable, body is a little thick and syrupy though.

Yum!

7.6/10

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of eulerthegrape
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz split served in a SN IPA Glass

A - Pale golden body with a big fluffy white head, nice retention and lacing throughout.

S - Belgian yeast, bananas, bubblegum, spicy, black pepper, cloves, spices, some honey an floral notes come out when warmed up.

T - Follows the nose with spicy yeast wrapped in aggressive hops. Strong undercurrent of fruit, bananas, apples, and pears, spiciness continues with clove and pepper, some honey floral and grapefruit rind toward the back end. Super dry on the finish.

M - Medium body with semi-fine carbonation, very dry on the finish.

A very complex mix of flavors. Awesome Belgian yeast with good use of hops. This packs a punch in all ways but keeps it's balance. Very nice.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy golden orange color. Looks like a typical unfiltered Belgian witte. Nice white head that retains well and settles at about a finger width. Foam cascades down the entire side of the glass as I drink and leaves a thick latticework of lacing

S-Belgian yeast hits you at first. Followed by bitter hops and dank parmesan cheese. A touch boozy as well. At the back of the nose, some citrusy fruits make a quick presence

T-Dank cheese, sour fruit, bitter hops precede a warm boozy bite. Tastes fantastic. The yeast and hoppy fruit precedes a thick, semi-sweet background

MF-Rich with low carbonation. The body is thick and full but it is not too thick. Consistency resembles a milk stout.

O-A very complex brew. Combining a Belgian Trippel and a DIPA was a fantastic idea, as the flavors blend perfectly in Le Freak. Everything is mixed well, but no typical notes of the two styles were too subtle. Exceptional brew.

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Photo of BeerlyLegal
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of estlinska
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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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3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,418 ratings
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