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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of mhaugo
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Flounder57
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head tha has reduced to a puffy layer. It is a golden orange color with a hazy clarity and signs of carbonation coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: yeasty goodness and super hops aroma. Spiciness from the yeast and lots of citrus from the hops. Bready and sweet malts along with grassy and pungent hop aromas too. Very funky aroma wth a lot going on here.

Taste: hops are up front here. Citrus, pineapple, and pine that leave a lingering bitterness in the beer. Picking up some banana and bready malts too. Spiciness and some belgian characteristics follow. Very interestingly tasty.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little chewy, full bodied, medum carbonation, a little dry, and a lingering bitterness.

Overall: A good offering by GF to the BIPA style. Super hops up front that leave a lingering bitterness, but the beer did get better as it warmed up. Hops could be toned down a bit or just add a bit more sweetness,which in turn will add more alcohol to the beer. The alcohol is veyr well hidden too.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22-oz. bomber into a pint glass at my house on July 20, 2012. Lots of foamy white head, probably about three fingers. Honey golden pale color. The head stayed forever and was thick and foamy on the top and sides of glasses.

Got a surprising mix on the nose of citrus hops, Belgian style and American Pale Ale. First and probably the most strong note is the Belgian style - cloves, light banana, wheat. Sharp spicy bitter citrus hops, seemed to be more tangerine or orange than anything else. Also a light lemon grass.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, really what I described above. Sharp bitter pale notes, sharp bitter citrus hops, at least somewhere in between. Tangerine still is the main citrus hops that I can taste, also a bit of pine. Unlike the nose, the Belgian notes aren’t as pronounced, but they are still there. Some kind of spice is in there as well.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-above average carbonation. Long bitter finish.

Enjoyed this beer. Just a nice hybrid and good change of pace. Would definitely try it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of imbibehour
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Real interesting brew here, It appears almost red and pink, then the body color shows a nice orange amber and very slow rising carbonation coming up. Head is a nice bright white and clumpy with a creamy top.

Nose is really wonderful, floral, sweet Belgian candy, toast malts, faint chewy pear.

Taste brings a great hop push in the palate with a rich malt and sugar candy sweetness. Finish brings hints of pear but also lots of banana like esters. Bitterness and hop angle lingers real nicely and compliments everything nicely. Fruity angle comes out nicely, with a bit of mush and over-ripe tones. Crisp almost body but dense with the mushy-ness and sharp carbonation.

Fantasic brew here, love this take on Belgian IPA. Great beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Westmalle Chalice. Not bottle date from what I can see. Sounds interesting, I have limited experience with hoppy Belgians, but the dryness and yeast flavors of a tripel with the hop spice of an IPA sounds like it could work really well.

A: Perfectly clear light amber body with a dense off white head. Lacing is great, as is the retention.

S: Tremendous aroma, yeast and hop aromatics complement each other well. Maltyness in the background smells like cookies.

T: Blends pretty much just like you'd hope. I tend to favor Belgian beers, so I was looking for a little more yeast derived flavor, but it is excellent nonetheless.

M: Love the dryness, no sticky sweetness like some DIPAs.

O: I think of this beer as one of the best DIPAs I've had in awhile. The Belgian yeast ads some complexity, and the cane sugar dries it out.

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4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I opened this bottle of Le Freak after a long and trying day. I'd been looking forward to finishing my day with a beer--any beer, really--but I was especially eager to pull Le Freak out of the fridge. I'm a big fan of Green Flash, and this particular brew advertises two of my favorite styles: Trippel and IPA. It also wins points for its catchy name.

Opening the bottle, I reflexively think, Trippel. The sharp fruity smell of Belgian yeast stands out above more subtle aromas of clove, spice, and a touch of banana and citrusy hops. It smells nice, but underwhelming. I think a stronger and, in particular, hoppier aroma could go a long way with a hybrid IPA/Trippel like this one.

As I pour, bubbles dart up the side of my pint glass and a tall, foamy, beige head quickly forms. Without a doubt, this is a well-carbonated beer. Medium bodied, a deep honey, and just slightly hazy.

As I’ve grown to expect from Green Flash, hops are the predominant flavor. The bitterness starts mild at the front of the palate before asserting itself at the back, lingering sharp and clean for the aftertaste. Let me reiterate: Green Flash makes the hophead in me swoon. And the sweet, spicy, and tart flavors of the yeast add that signature Trippel flavor, giving this Freak an unmistakable funkiness that I adore. Enter the malty sweetness and this brew’s taste comes together beautifully.

Le Freak is smooth and complex, delicately balancing an IPA’s bitterness with the dulcet funk of a Belgian Trippel. My only real criticism is a weak aroma. I could stand to smell those hops a bit more. All in all, however, this beer is remarkably unique, winning points for both attitude and originality.

What are you waiting for? Go get your Freak on.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of dontpanic5
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. The white billowy head on this is gigantic atop of a amber body that had cloudy swirls in it, which alarmed me at first since I'm unfamiliar with this style of beer! The hops are at the forefront of the smell. The hops are readily apparent in the taste as well, but are balanced out nicely by a malt flavor. For how high the alcohol percentage is in this beer, it hides it well. After you take a swig you're again reminded of the hops in the aftertaste, there's a common theme here! The mouthfeel of this beer is great, thanks to the balance of the ingredients. Truthfully, if I have to tell someone what my favorite beer is, I'll respond with this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Edruil
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into Stone IRS tulip glass

Appearance: lovely pale gold / copper, nicely opaque, creamy fluffy two finger head that retains well but leaves little in the way of lacing lacing

Smell: The "freak" isn't coming through very strongly, this smells like a tripel. Clove, spice, light fruits (banana, apple maybe?), honey, herbal esters. Not much in the way of hoppiness punching through, though I do detect a bit of citrus. Nice, though.

Taste: Very nice. Belgian flavors up front, with the clove, honey, sweetness, banana up front, nicely transitioning into citrus hop bitterness on the finish. A tripel up front and an IPA on the finish, this really is a freak - but a good one!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied yet crisp, less than average carbonation, dry and bittering. Has the feel of an average imperial IPA. Needs more carbonation

Overall: This is an interesting beer for sure. Never had anything quite like it. The intent - to mix a tripel with an imperial IPA - is achieved quite well on the taste, if not so well on the nose. Really enjoyable. Would benefit from better carbonation and improved feel.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep gold beer with ivory head; settles into a filmy lid with lots of lacing left behind

S: hoppy citrus and pine predominate

T: the citrus, pine, and some resin come out in front, but there is a nice dry Belgian-y finish

M: fuzzy, crisp, clean-finishing, smooth dry; very drinkable

O: to me, this was like a double IPA with a Belgian strong pale ale finish; an excellent beer

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.92/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a caramel brown with three fingers of bubbly beige head. It's settles to leave some cobweb lace.

Bananas and bubble gum in the aroma with some spiciness in the background. Cloves come to mind. Seems sweet and lacks hop character. The pallet is filled with spice. Ginger and cloves with some toffee sweetness. A little bit of a bitter hop finish on this.

The body is medium with coarse carbonation. Sticky on the pallet.

Overall this one underwhelmed me. Not enough hops (IMO) and a bit to sweet. I feel like the flavor profiles don't come together in the end. Drinkable, but I won't buy it again (hell I didn't even buy this, it was given to me).

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,429 ratings