Green Flash Le Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash Le FreakGreen Flash Le Freak
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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.

Added by Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a mildly hazy golden color. There is a white head of one finger that fades fairly quickly.

S: Belgian yeast, coriander and clove. A lot of spices. Also a bit of pine and some fusel alcohol.

T: Interesting. The flavors of an IPA and a Belgian ale are both present at the same time. The first flavor I get is resinous pine. Some of the Belgian spices come to meet and blend with this. This spice is complemented by some alcohol heat, but tempered by a bit of banana flavor. I want to say I can also taste some nutmeg. There are some notes of tropical fruit in the background, but the beer is primarily hops and Belgian spices.

M: Medium thin like a Belgian Strong Pale, with small, effervescent carbonation.

O: This is my first foray into Belgian IPAs. Tastes similar to what you might expect, like a Belgian ale with strong hop flavor. Still, interesting and enjoyable.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: Pours a very hazy orange golden color with a decent amount of sediment both in suspension and at the bottom of the glass, has a decent amount of carbonation bubbles permeating to the top as well as a thick head of frothy pure white head with just the slightest yellow tinge, head lingers nicely before dissipating and leaving an incredible amount of lacing spread across the glass
S: A scent which i would equate to a saison style ale, nice peppery notes and spiciness as i would expect from a Belgian style, hops are absolutely present towards the second half of the sniff but there is also a citrus note which is more on the sour side of lemons
T: the taste is quite bright and pleasant enough, a good amount of hops are present in the middle followed by their bitterness which lingers on the palate for an extended period, there is also a bit of an alcohol or perhaps even phenol like flavor in the middle which has a bit of a bite to it, obviously i know it is 9.2% but this taste is more than just heavy alcohol flavor, there is something on the very tail end of it that makes me point towards phenols
M: Medium carbonation up front, smooth and kind of frothy across the middle like it is almost fizzy without the carbonation bite, leaves the palate very dry and also feeling kind of musty like a basement
O: this is not a bad brew by any means, the scent is really quite wonderful but i feel a bit like the wrong notes popped out in the taste, none of the spiciness from the nose came through in the mouth, probably a one time shot for me

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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip
Looks like this is the first review of the new 12 Oz bottles

A- Hazy only when swirled. A surprisingly light golden orange. A huge three finger off white head with big bubbles and dense foam. Lots of little particles swimming around in this one. Nice retention and lacing.

S- Smells a lot more tripel then IPA. A nice light fruity bitterness up front. A wheaty Belgian yeast strain smell. A candy sweet smell and a little bit of west coasy hopiness but not much. An odd smelling brew.

T- Strange, A big hop bitterness up front and the wheaty Belgian flavors come in behind it and its quite odd. Hop profile is not very dominant because its only half IPA but it's undeniably west coast. A good bit of pine and grapefruit. The Flavors from the tripel side are wheaty, a lot of Belgian sugar and some dark fruit. A slight spiciness and clove and a tiny bit of alcohol. A complex and interesting blend.

M- Goes down really easy. Its not as bitter as a DIPA or as chewy as a tripel, really quite odd how well it works. Its well carbonated and the flavors are interesting enough to keep me coming back.

O- This is one of the most strange beers I have had in a long while and I quite like it. Having read the very mixed reviews on this beer it looks to be a love it or hate it type and I can definitively tell why. If you like to taste something different every so often, here's your beer.

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4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bomber poured into a duvel tulip. Pours a mostly clear bright orange amber. 2 finger off white head lingers a bit and leaves nice lacing as it slowly shrinks to coat the top. Aroma is very complex. Apricot, bread, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, Belgian yeast, golden raisins, and sour apples. Taste is bitter citrus up front. Grapefruit and pine resin. It quickly moves towards a bready, sweet candi, yeasty flavor. Pretty much a perfect fusion of the styles. Mouthfeel is medium and finish is dry. Excellent beer.

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3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks promising in the beginning with a lemon, orange color and rich frothy head. Then the head completely disappears leaving and clear liquid with no lacing. Very disappointing.

Smell is the best part with pine and citrus hop notes, yeast and light malt.

First sip is excellent with fresh pine and citrus flavors, candied sugar, fresh yeast and bready malt. After a few sips the hops get rough with a medicinal character. Its like each sip builds on itself to create an undesirable beer. Ruins the balance too.

Medium bodied and coarse, grainy texture. Drying.

There are better Belgian IPA's out there.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a slightly hazy golden amber tone with two fingers of an off-white/beige head that impresses with both its retention and lacing.

nose is aromatic and wild. bold hoppy notes (citrus), spice, bubblegum, banana, sweet, candy-like malt, and maybe a touch of pepper. flavor mostly follows the aroma, though i pick up on a stronger presence of floral hops and a bit more booze as it warms. finish is bitter. to be sure, le freak is an interesting, tasty brew. doubt this would be something i would turn to on a regular basis, but enjoyable nonetheless - especially in small doses; if you're looking for a change of pace i would definitely recommend it.

has a medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with about average carbonation. so-so drinkability: not bad, but personally i'll be set with a glass.

original review: 10-10-2010

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84.1% out of 100 with 2,418 ratings
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