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 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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Photo of ewright
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sharing a 22 oz bottle the the better half.

A: Pours out clear, nice burnished gold color. A layer of egg-white bubbles forms and recedes to a thin coating with moderate lacing.

S: This smells exactly as advertised. Nice citrus (grapefruit, tangerine) hop aromas up front with spicy clove and faint banana and bubblegum aromas from the Belgian yeast.

T: Amazingly enough, this tastes like two different beers at the same time. Up front, more of the Belgian characteristics show up. Tastes just like a tripel with bready yeasty notes and a bit of spice. Once this hits the back of the tongue, the hop bitterness really kicks in and you're reminded of the west coast IPA aspect.

M: The one drawback here is that I'm not overly fond of the bitter aftertaste over the yeasty spiciness. The hops weaken an already slightly thin body. Carbonation levels are appropriate for either style.

D: This is one more interesting beer. I'm almost glad I'm not having this with food. There's so much going on I wouldn't want to be distracted as I savor the nuances of this brew.

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

Poured a light, hazy amber color with a huge pillowy head. Very nice Belgian aroma at the start-lots of spice, but then a good whiff of leafy American hops. Taste was an interesting hybrid of spices(coriander and anise maybe?) and citrusy hops up front, with sweet peachy malts in the finish. Alcohol was well hidden, so the drinkability was very good. I'll be picking up some more of this the first chance I get.

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Photo of Tolann
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy orange/golden color with a fluffy mostly white head. Looks like good lace on this one too.

S - smells...Belgian. Sweet green hops and Belgian.

T - It's an IPA, no wait its a Belgian, finishes like a hoppy IPA. Its kinda odd. It's super hoppy, but has some Belgian yeast characteristics. It finishes with a hoppy grassy flavor

M - light to medium mouth feel. Not too much carbonation. Slightly dry in the after taste.

D - its pretty nice. I'd try this again, but probably would think to make the nite of it. It's not over crazy impressive, but still really good and enjoyable

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A copper body with an off-white head.

Smell is mostly hops, piney and citrusy.

Taste is also mostly hops. Some fruitiness up front followed by tons of pine along with citrus and just straight bitterness. In the background, espcially in the finish, I notice a belgian yeast character. Mouthfeel is thicker than an IPA and not as oily.

Fairly drinkable brew, an interesting drink.

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Photo of roan22
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful hazy peach color, opaque. Smells of ripe melon like Cantelope, or perhaps Midori liquor, also a whiff of straight up booze (yeah GF!), and maybe a slight tartness.

Tastes of sweet peach, melon and grapefruit, at first...followed by a boozy gasoline taste (aka a pine hop resin taste), intermingling/remixing into serious west coast hop bitterness (mm tastes like centennial and simcoe hops to me!), with a tinge of traditional belgian tripel taste. Undercarbonated to me.

Finish is dry, and the lasting bitterness is good IPA familiar territory. Somewhat saison like in mouthfeel, but there's no funk note, and no crazy belgian foam which is kind of a disappointment. Overall Belgian somewhat in taste, but the hops finish first, subtley.

Pretty impressive belgian IPA beer coming from one of the hoppiest brewing areas of California..masters of IPAs, but beginners at belgians... or so I say. Cheers Green Flash, this is another winner!

By the way the ABV is a shockingly high (for me!) 9.2%..its definitely a sipper.

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Photo of largadeer
2.38/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a small white head.

Smell: Estery funk, candy sweetness and hops of the herbal and citrus variety.

Taste & mouthfeel: Candy-like sweetness and fruity esters up front. A bit of yeasty funk is present in the background, lending some nice complexity until the abusively bitter hops begin to rape the palate. This beer has to have the worst balance of hops I've ever tasted - there's little hop flavor or aroma, while the bitterness is completely over the top. Midway through the glass my palate was numb and I couldn't actually taste anything beyond bitterness. Pretty ridiculous stuff, and not in a good way.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice weird mix of cloudy triple and IPA. Poured with a finger and a half of head.

S: Very sweet with tons of hops. Nice citrus blast. Also hints of spices and coriander.

T: Very interesting mix of triple and IPA. Definitely heavy handed with the hops. Also the sweetness of the tripel provides a nice balance.

M:Weird body on this. Little bit sticky. Little bit dry.

D: Very nice. Still not as nice as the Houblon but a damn fine example of the style and the best one I have had made in these United States.

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Photo of rgrace99
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel goblet. Big voluminous head, color was a cloudy golden, great lacing. Aroma was yeasty with come citrus. Slick mouthfeel, good body without being heavy. Flavor was that great belgian yeast along with citrus from the hops along with some stone fruit maybe a little peach. Very drinkable and something I'll definitely return to.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Blue Tusk in Syracuse, served in a tulip. Hazy yellow color with a white head and lacing.

Interesting, the hops don't kick in until the aftertaste. The initial flavor and aroma are of white bread, orange peel, and yellow cake. Then once this beer rolls back, it bursts with citrus and pine hops for an American IPA-strength bitterness. If you're into Belgian IPA's, this one's for you.

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

Pours a hazy orange with a decent lasting head that leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is crisp citrus hops blended nicely with Belgian yeast. The taste is an interesting blend of hops and yeast with sweet malts present as well. The beer certainly shows its 9.2% but it is still crisp, well carbonated and refreshing. While it's certainly no Houblon Chouffe, this is a very respectable American attempt at the style.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange-yellow color with a rather magnificent white head that leaps up quite high in the glass, lasts really long, and leaves beautiful stick.

Earthy, piney, Tomahawk-grassy hop aroma on the nose, along with plenty of citric notes, including lemon zest, a bit of orange, and lots of other fruit too. Really interesting, complex, and and with good peppery power.

Aggressive flavor, leads headfirst with pepper and finishes strong with bitter, lasting hops. Up front there is a lot of grassy, European style hopping, some grain sweetness comes up next, and afterward the hops take over til the finish, lending the fruity notes here.

Good, chewy mouthfeel that's about perfect for style, quite dry but still managing plenty of smoothness and body.

I fell in love with this beer on tap, and I adore it from the bottle. This is absolutely my style, and the addition of the massive, American-style heavy hop hand is right up my alley. Sweet.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a rich honey apricot color with very good head retention and lacing. On the the nose this beer is just terrific. I get a complex nose of hoppy citrus, but with underlying honey, fruit cocktail, lime and cinnamon.

Considering the fabulous nose on this beer, I confess I was a bit disappointed by the flavor profile. While there is some light sweet honey, it's blasted out of the way by some very dry, hoppy bitterness. The beer is actually surprisingly light tasting for such a big beer, which I attribute at least partially to the massive hoppiness and minimal malt presence. Drinkability is OK for this beer, though the over the top, excessive bitterness hurts the finish just a bit.

An interesting beer from GF. Wouldn't want this all the time, but it's a solid beer.

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

Pours a fully fogged in orange with a brown hue. nose is real strong with lemon and seems to smell like Pine Sol. Yeah. I said that. Flavor is smooooth. Real smooth. Meaty hops and meaty citrus. Robust and earthy. Feel is silken on liquid. This is pretty tasty. Surprisingly, it leans much farther to Belgian than IPA, which is good. Well done. Very well done indeed.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that breaks apart slowly to a thick surface foam. Big bubbles stick to the side of the glass. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: candied sugar, yeast, and a floral hop bitterness are up front. Some spiciness lingers in the background.

Taste: caramel, yeast, pepper, green apples, and a nice bitterness makes up a well balanced beer. The sweetness lingers around a while.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Hints of dryness arrive late. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer. Tasty, well balanced and somewhat refreshing. Worth picking this one up.

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Photo of opwog
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now listeing to: Gorillaz - Spitting Out The Demons

I admit it, I have a "thing" for Greenflash beers and while this beer was a stretch from most of their offerings, it did not disapoint at all.

A- Cloudy, golden-yellow color, with firm white head
S- yeast, pear, citrus, straw
T- This is an incredibly balanced beer. Hops help keep the style slightly dry, while you still get all the fruit characteristics
M- For many Beligians, the mouth is my least favorite element, but just as with the balance that the hops add to the taste, that dryness improves the mouthfeel for this style
D- Very drinkable! If there wasn't such a large selection of revolving beers at Beechwood that I wanted to try, I definitely would have ordered a second!

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always interested to try a new offering from Green Flash.

Slightly chill hazed copper colored ale with a good off-white to very lightly tan colored head. Head falls fairly quickly.

Smell is spicy and dry to the nose and quite floral. This is very herbal with a trace of Belgian Candi sugar mostly toffee. Pepper and coriander scent is present, but I'm not sure if any spices were added or if this is all yeast. Minor trace of apple aroma but this isn't very fruity.

The taste starts out very dry in the mouth and quite woody with a trace of toffee aftertaste. Well-balanced bitterness, this doesn't hit you like a hop sledgehammer. Very herbal in the mouth but think English style hops and not North West Pine and Citrus. Quite warming in the chest, this is by no means a low alcohol beer the bottle says 9.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel is good.

Superbly drinkable so long as you like a dry beer, this is very dry. Herbal and dry the only thing I would avoid serving this beer with is anything sweet.

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

22-ounce bottle poured into a tulip yields a glowing orange amber body crowned with two fingers of creamy ivory foam with orange highlights that settles to a soft, misshapen cloud formation that leaves fat rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is fruity, hoppy, and sweet. The aroma is a medley of banana and pine, brown sugar and bitter orange, with resinous herbal notes atop grilled pineapple.

The taste of the drink is fruity, hoppy, and sweet. Flavors of orange and pineapple with piney-bitter lemon rind complete with a rich malty backbone that brings a note of lightly-sweet caramel to the production. Banana and peach flavors compete with a stiff hoppy bitterness for ownership of the finish. A bit of alcohol rolls around in the flavor profile and works just fine for this beer, and a warming in the tummy marks the progress toward the bottom of the bottle.

A smooth and tasty brew with a potent 9.2% abv that probably limits its drinkability, but otherwise I could sip this one all day. An interesting blend of styles from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, with a medium white white head, great thick sticky white lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, pepper, hops, solid scent for the style.

T: Taste is big on the Belgian yeast spice on the first taste. Then the hops come in and combine with the yeast flavour to create a menthol, peppermint flavour, interesting. Hops are filled with a grassy and pine bitterness reminiscent of a spruce ale, but you know they're hops, a strange flavour, but tasty.

M: Very yeasty, light phenols, medium-bodied, has a bit of chalky character to it.

D: Another very good beer from Green Flash, is it possible for this brewery to make a beer that is not delicious? Great example of the new style, glad I finally found it.

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Photo of Kraken
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Le Freak poured from a 22oz bomber into a massivly oversized pint glass. Firm pour provides for a 2 finger head that quickly fades to a thin skim. minimal lace. Color is a orange amber that screams west coast IPA.
Nose- Its like a bunch of hops are trying to jump out of glass. Citrus, grapefruit, orange tangerine. No hints of banana or bubble gum in this bad boy, some of the belgian sutblties have been sacrificed for pure hoppy goodness.
Taste- Hops are in your face both comming and going. Hop forward with very prominent citrus, again with the oranges grapefruit and tangerine. Belgian charcteristics come through in the middle, candi suguar, nice body, somewhat smooth. Massive hop bitters in the finish. Finishes long bitter and dry. Just a faint bit of heat from the 9% alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Keeps you interested for the duration. Nice blend of both styles.
Drinkability- Le Freak is as drinkable as 9% beer can be. After an hour walk with the dogs on a hot august day this is very nice. Wish I had another.

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Photo of drunkmonk
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up bomber at Sam's Quick Stop for $8.

Pours murky golden peach color. Nice thick frothy head, gives way to a firm steady sheet of lacing. Nice combination of spicy phenols, clove, sweet belgian candi sugar, and Belgian yeast aromas. Also some pine and citrus hop aromas layering underneath. A definate west coast spin and I like it. Taste is much the same, nice clove, candy sugar, and spicy phenol and yeast flavors to start. The finish however gives way to a nice citric, piney, grassy hop bitterness. The warmer this got, the more the hop bitterness started to come to the forefront. Body and carbonation are spot on. Phenols are there, but in a more spicy character and not detracting at all. Hey, you got your triple in my Ipa, no you got your Ipa in my triple! A San Diego style Triple, you betcha. A really nice balencing act, that hit me in my wheel house. Seek this out.

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Photo of dbONE
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the tasting table on site at Green Flash.

A nice deep pale near golden looks crisp and clean, as the very carbonated head has trouble staying put in the glass.
They dont forget about the hops in this creation they are place well behind a fruity and spicy aroma
The flavor creeps in with a hint of spice then picks up the pace with fruityness, then sprints in to give a heafty hearble bitterness. They said it was 9% but it went down way easier than that.
Nice mouthfeel but the carbontaion was enough to take away from the heavier taste.
This is a nicly balanced beer and a catagory that is sure to keep growing. Get your notes in on this one first, then enjoy it with a Ashton VSG cigar, holy ----!

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Photo of sloejams
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Belmont Brewing Co

I was happy to see that nestled in amongst the BBC's own beers they had a few from Green Flash, including this one that I've not had previously. It pours a golden color, looking a lot like a tripel. Smell-wise too, I would have guessed this a tripel: there was clove, Belgian yeast and slight citrus. The hops didnt really come out until the bitterness of the taste. It took me awhile to warm up to it as it didnt have the bouquet of say an Urthel Hop-It or a Poperings Hommel. I will say that as it warmed it warmed up to me.

I will say the high ABV came out in the taste a bit which had me switch beers after just one.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traded to me in a brewer bottled 22 oz. bomber by Eyedrinkale as part of the BIF 2008 Race package, Le Freak was poured into a Duvel tulip. The beer looked very clear, golden in color, and had a two finger thick head of foam. The initial smell provided an enticing whiff of hops similar to an IPA, but deeper breaths revealed floral, yeasty, and spicy scents more typical of the Belgian styles. The taste was also a near 50/50 mix of the two influences, with the hops up front, and tropical fruits and yeasty funk shortly thereafter. Candi sugar like sweetness was also apparent and the subsequent peppery phenols were finished off by a bitter aftertaste. I love that this marriage of two styles has managed to present the essence of both in a melded yet distinct manner. Seems like such an ordinary concept on paper, but others that have tried it don't seem have pulled it off quite as well as Le Freak.

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Photo of 3frog
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Liars Club in Alpine.

A-due to the over-exuberant head, it took them a bit to get enough liquid in the glass. Halfway between pale and gold. sparkly!

S-mmm, spicy! somewhat fruity/apricotty. Good blend of aromas, that said Saison, though the hops were in the background.

T-saison spice and fruit, plus a pretty strong bitter backbone and tail. Didn't really notice the alcohol. The flavors married very well together, imo.

M-definitely some fizz, though the body was heavy enough that it felt fairly substantial when drinking.

D-ok, I'm just going to say it; this is my favorite Belgium-Calfornia IPA combination. It wasn't the first, but while others have been more of a tripel-IPA, this strikes me as a saison-IPA, and the spiciness of the yeast and hops integrate better than others I've tried (and I've had a few).

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gate in Brooklyn ,NY as part of their recent California bee event. Always nice to try a new offering from a Green Flash. This pours hazy, apricot amber, under a rich looking off white head, that lasts and dissolves to tiny bubble film and shimmering lace on the glass. nose explodes with , ripe fuits, tropical and citrus, yeast, bread, and a mellow undertone of funk, wow, nice. Heady, bold and tasty brew. A lot going on here. Yeast, more tropical fruity ester, spiced up hops. Yummy, aggressive brew. Love the style and this one delivers the goods. Only wish this one was available in the local area on a regular basis. Oh well, gotta get back out to San Diego!

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