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 weareallfalafel
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely love this one. For this review I enjoyed this poured into a Belgian tulip glass from a 22oz bomber. Pours a clear golden/Amber color with a fluffy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Smell is Belgian yeast at first, then loads of Amarillo hops and just a touch of booze in the nose. The taste is pleasingly complex without being over complicated. First is sweet malt, then hops come in with citrusy and slight grassy flavors, and lastly the strong Belgian yeast combines with the sweet malt to bring the taste of a tripel. Feel is fairly full bodied and not too carbonated, and the hops linger well after its swallowed. Overall, I love this and it is (so far) my favorite Belgian (d)IPA.

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Photo of kdown
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Studfarm69
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griphon
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeg67
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, raspberries, plums, yeast and caramel malt. Body is full and crisp. Citrusy, herbal hops nicely balanced on the palate by caramel malt and misc. fruit. Finish is long, dry from alcohol. Delicious brew.

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Photo of Twotom
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of Squire123
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber gold color with white cap and lacing.

Aroma of yeast bread, ripe fruit (orange), citrus zest and piney hops.

Taste on entry is fruit driven with a feeling of richness while actually remaining dry. Sharp hops follow right along and remain through the finish and in the aftertaste.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

I get the concept here, a cross between a Belgian Tripel and IPA. It works though I can't honestly say I prefer it to either of the two individually.

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Photo of edthehead
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpenske
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a completely clear dark gold color. The head is lacy, tall, firm and long-lasting. The aroma is a matrix of honey, blooming flowers, and subtle malt. The taste is a complex mixture of sweet malt, bitter hops, and tea-like earthiness. The hops lend a bit of citrus that complements the taste. Nice residual, but not overdone, sweetness. Full in body and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Thebeerman82
1/5  rDev -75.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Eureka draft

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Photo of CBrodbeck
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moodyxc9
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattsucks
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites, but any beer that is dry-hopped with Amarillo tends to migrate to the top of my personal list. I am typically not a big fan of the Belgian Trippel, given it's high ABV, but this twist was masterful. The look was exceptional, and the nose was a pure west coast IPA combo of citrus and pine.
Being from Green Flash, I knew this would be good, and it definitely exceeded my expectations. I'll certainly be on the lookout for this again in Ohio.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aufie
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bobtaylor0414
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tjmiller718
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Steve78
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wontonst
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Beginner2
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

In my mind, this is the fusion style that crossed the line of common sense and, eventually, got away with it. (I've had 14 Belgian IPAs, so I'm entitled to my opinion... but it is still IMHO.)
I believe it is something of a brewing crime to traditionalists like me to mix a Belgian style with a British style.
One uses yeasts better than the other and the other uses malts better than the other. (You can guess easily what and whom I'm talking about.)
So now, along come the Americans and they start adding lots of hops (a third ingredient that neither of the two traditions think is primary) and, as is the American entrepreneurial prerogative, they innovate this fusion style. And much to the certainty of objective observers like me, the style does not hold together. (In fact, the style is such a radical technology leap that it simply cannot hold together.) But, that doesn't stop the Americans from making a market.

So, what to make of this beer ?
I'd say, it was one of the early innovators. That Green Flash did a pretty good job and synthesized two styles as well as could be expected of a difficult task. But, they got sloppy in the finish; leaving my tongue coated with, seemingly, some metallic substance... I presume from the hops.

I suppose this ale Looks like one (more like the Brits who tend to have more lace.) But, Le Freak Smells like less than either. And you know what, it Tastes like neither, also. A Belgian yeast was used. But as is so often among American brewers, something happens to the yeast and Smells and Tastes seem not authentic enough to also be good.
As for Feel, the bitter does not leave me smiling. So, what can you expect from a Belgian yeast-head? (Did I just invent a new animal?)

OA: I actually like Le Freak for what it is: an early attempt to do the impossible.
PS: Don't be fooled by the hops. It will take another decade to make several Belgian IPAs worthy of both traditions.

Le Freak made the "1001" and makes an important contribution in melding cultures. (After all, America is the proverbial melting pot.) Have Le Freak. Enjoy it. And consider that American culture is good, but not always as good as we think.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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