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 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

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a very yeasty flavor and a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Kuges
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
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 forsakenpariah
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle -> tulip glass

A: Slightly hazy golden pour with a big fluffy head. Decent retention with lots of lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Muted scent of some citrusy American hops and slight yeasty fruitiness, though the aroma is surprisingly faint.

T: The flavor is MUCH more aggressive than the aroma in the very best way. Lots and lots of American hops up front. Pretty decent bitterness with some sweet malts and lots of Belgian yeast character shining throughout.

M: Medium-heavy with lots of carbonation. Warming alcohol really starts to come out as the beer nears room temperature.

This is a very fine beer. There is a delicate sort of balance about it between very intense hoppiness and traditional Belgian malts and yeastiness. I will definitely be picking this one up again.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – amber in color, clear, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – floral aroma, with hints of clove. In general a bit like a hefe.

Taste – more bite than I was expecting at first. There’s the bite in the taste of the hops themselves, and then you feel the bitterness creep in during the middle. Cloves and a sense of muskiness prevails in the end. Slightly bitter, but pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced overall, not leaning too far toward the watery or creamy sides.

Overall – Not a bad brew at all. Very interesting and good-tasting.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of daledeee
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new brew from a new Member of the Iowa beer family.

Pours a nice dark gold with white head and great lacing.

Nose is medicinal, perfumy, hops, spicy.

Taste is a great blend of Belgian hops and some mellowness I didn't expect. I figured they would throw in some massive hops and some in your face taste once again. This one is actually mellow.

Mouth feel is velvety and lovely. Overall, I think this one is a repeater. It's not easy to categorize other than it goes in the category of "I like it".

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottled in the middle of May. Pours an attractive reddish orange with a half inch of sticky white head, that leaves ample lace. Smell is clove, orange, bread, banana, pine, and grapefruit. Taste is big clove and orange up front, with grapefruit and pine in the powerful finish. Body is medium large, lots of carbonation, not very dry for the style, and very drinkable for the hefty ABV. This is an excellent example of a style that I am starting to love. I am not a huge Belgian fan, but when you give me the hop fix like Raging Bitch, Smuttynose Hormonuculis, and Le Freak I truly enjoy.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - hazy, straw color. Good head with moderate retention. Lacing evident down the glass.

S - Belgian bottle yeast and biscuits. Great smelling BIPA. Especially from the states.

T - bananas, yeast, sweetness. Great flavors indeed. Really hard to put this one down.

M - Great IPA mouthfeel. Yeast and carbonation blend well. Medium mouthfeel. Finishes extremely clean.

O - The more I drink from Green Flash the more I love them. This is a fantastic BIPA, only slightly below Rich Life from FFF. Super easily drinkable for a 9%+ ABV. Great fresh flavors and clean finish. Keeps you coming back for more. Wish I could find a 22oz bottle!!! Green Flash = most underrated west coast brewery.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,411 ratings.
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