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 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
Ratings:
2,416
Reviews:
754
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.92%
 
 
Wants:
143
Gots:
473
For Trade:
6
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beers of California

#9

Freshness Date: None

A: Hazy golden in my snifter topped with about a finger and a half of bone white fluffiness which fades leaving a film on the glass

S: Spice and powdery, biscuity maltiness with highlights of banana and possibly even pine.

T: This brew is built on a biscuity, powdery, fresh baked bread maltiness that lends this brew a wonderful chewiness. Strong black pepper and clove appropriately paired with hints of banana and peach. The hops are bittering adding also some notes of lemon citrus and pine needles. Nice warming alcohol finish.

M: Chewy with good linger and moderate carbonation

O: Green Flash's version of marrying Belgian and California style brews. A brew which at first may confuse and overwhelm the palate, but remains interesting, exploring new flavor combinations, and creating a style of its own. Although a brew with good ideas, it is far from perfect and I am interested to see how California breweries build on this style of Belgian / West Coast blends.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of FickleBeast
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours cloudy orange with a finger of sticky foam. Aroma is full of spicy yeast flavors, phenols, clove. Certainly smells Belgian.

First sip is... thick, viscous, extremely hot, spicy, with a big bitter finish. This is like a Belgian barleywine. Yeast dominates the front, but there is a substantial hop presence. Unfortunately, it is washed away by the harsh alcoholic flavors, and the strong lingering bitterness.

This is an ok beer, but it is just too hot and spicy right now... needs some serious time to mellow out.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous beer! Can see right through it. Clearest beer I have ever seen. Bright fluffy white head that leaves clouds of lacing, unique. Dark straw with orange color.

Smell- You can smell the yeast upon uncapping. Totally overwhelms any hop aroma. Belgian yeast with a peppery, banana aroma and a little funk. Little hop aroma.

Taste- Nice assertive bitterness that interacts with the peppery yeast very well. It screams to me I'm Belgian and I'm an IPA. Very distinct. Slight alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel- bitterness that coats teeth and gums. Well carbonated. Smooth but bitterness lingers for a while.

Overall, one of my favorite beers of all time.

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

A - Great off-white, fine bubbled head. Great lace and retention. Light gold body.

S - Grape, orange, black pepper, bread crust, yeast, a touch of banana, and a light funk.

T - Bright, bitter grapefruit marmalade. Bready center. Leafy green bitter finish. Delicious.

M - Nice carbonation. Great medium/full body clings to your palate.

O - A fantastic beer. A great take on combining the best of a triple with an IPA.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a chalice. The label has the abv. listed at 9.2% and there is no freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a light yellow gold color and a cloudy appearance. Its head builds up tall before slowly settling down to small covering which hangs on well and makes for some nice lacing.

Smell: Its aroma has a solid hopy presence with some classic Belgian yeast and sweet malt.

Taste/Palate: Up front on this one are loads of classic Belgian funk, yeast and malts. The hop character slowly builds up and adds big juicy citrus and tropical hop notes. The hops finish this one off with a blend of funk and pine like hops. The palate feels full and well carbonated.

Notes: The hop flavor was big and bold which made for a very interesting beer.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is exceptional and very different. it pours hazy glowing blonde with a tall and delicate white head with great retention. smells like a hop bomb, which is to be expected with green flash beers. there is also some really spicy belgian yeast in the nose thats got some peppery funk to it. the flavor is deep. it starts off like a big sappy ipa with oozing citrus hops and an alcohol sting. it is quickly mellowed and enhanced at the same time by the yeast, which rounds out the hops into a full meal of flavors. a lot of stuff dances around the mouth, but the hops just keep coming back. this is a monster of a beer, fresh as can be. feel is good, bright carbonation and a medium body thats made heavier by the sticky hop quality. overall this is a great beer to share, totally unique and very strong. paired will with some ash cured goats cheese and spicy nuts. give it a try.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,416 ratings.
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