Green Flash Le Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

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.

BEER STATS
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757
Ratings:
2,435
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
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145
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481
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Reviews: 757 | Ratings: 2,435
Photo of chefscott79
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this on tap at the brewery...

Smell...well it had a nice hoppy smell with an undertone of estery goodness

taste...tasted like a combo of two of my favorite styles....tripples and ipa....and somehow it really worked....worked really well the hop flavor did not overwhelm the malty/estery flavors..

appearance....lots of brussles lace and nice fine head

drinkability....bottle this stuff now please!!!! I love it I could drink it all day...but with the alcohol content at 9% it might get me kinda drunk though

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the growler (filled 5 days ago) into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours an opaque orange/apricot hue, head is minimal now but was solid at earlier tastings, slight lacing sticks to the glass
S- Nose is sweet and spicy, banana, citrus, and Belgian candy are up front, tones of clove, vanilla, grass, touch of funky yeast and alcohol
T- Initial taste that hits is sweet candy and spices intermixed with citrus/floral hop bitterness, waves of earth and herbal tones enter midway, finishes with warming alcohol and dry grassy hops
M- Medium/full-bodied style, oily texture, good carbonation
D- This is definitely a thick and chewy IPA with considerable complexity and intermingling taste sensations, the alcohol is present in the aftertaste and I probably wouldn't drink more than two in a row; overall a very interesting combination of styles that is exciting and innovative, I wish Chuck & Co would bottle this up but until then, I will have to get my fix at the brewery and local pubs.
Buy Again? Definitely
Personal Score- 88

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Green Flash, they said they were the first or only brwery to create a belgian IPA, sounds dubious but ok. Hazy, cloudy, murky yellow orange. Smells spicy, some herbal hops. Taste is more perfume than floral. Mouthfeel was chewy and probably the best feature of this beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery, I thought it was just an experimental batch and didn't realize that it was being sold anywhere else. The lady at the brewery told me that its the same recipe as the Imperial IPA with the only difference being that they used a belgian yeast.

Pretty murky and slightly orange colored, doesn't look appealing. There was some creamy white foam and stuck around for a while. The beer smelled of the imperial IPA and belgian yeast which is consistent with what I was told. It also had a bit of citrus (probably hop related) in it as well as possibly a little banana. I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer.

The taste was quite good. It has the hoppy goodness of an IPA without too much bitterness, very smooth. The belgian part of the flavor came out more as the temperature rose. It started off very subtle and eventually contributed a golden ale type of flavor. Nicely balanced.

This beer has a fairly heavy body, a bit too much for my tastes. Also, the unfermented sugars were present in the beer. Aside from this and the crummy appearance of the beer, it is very drinkable. If the brewery wasn't getting ready to close for the day I would have stayed and drank more of this stuff. Definately an interesting beer to try even if you aren't in to these styles.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled May 2007
The beer is quite hazy and is topped by a one-finger thick pale head that sits atop an orange-gold colored beer. Aromas of earthy spice, that sort of quintessential signature Belgian nose; notes of grass, with an underneath fruit mix of pear, apple and even some citrus (lemon and some orange peel). This is a really nice, interesting nose.

The beer is fairly dry tasting, yet it has a heft and body to it that belies this. I think the earthy, chewy spice notes help to dry out what would otherwise be a beer with some sweetness. Grassy hop notes are noticeable up front and the beer picks up some pale-grain sweetness after the first couple of sips; still it is fairly dry over all. A biting, herbal hop note is found in the finish; an austere bitterness as well as some hop flavor contributes to this. The beer is very hoppy, yet still the Belgian yeas character comes through in a supporting role.

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Photo of scottoale
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of these last night at (who would have guessed?) O'Brien's, served in pint glasses. A milky apricot-orange, almost looks like a Kern's peach nectar with a 1/2" of smooth, white head. The froth settles quickly, leaving some nice lace rings clinging to the glass after the first few sips. An interesting looking ale for sure.

The smell is somewhat sweet, and definitely spicy as you would expect in the Belgian style, with the yeast and hops leading the way into the complexity. Banana, bubblegum, clove, corriander, honeysuckle and a general funkiness that are followed by a most pleasant citrusy hop finish...this stuff tastes absolutely great.

Plenty of body with the "cask" smoothness, make this rather high octane brew ( 9.0% ABV if I'm not mistaken) go down effortlessly and most enjoyably. This is a kick-ass, larger than life, authentic in style offering from the Green Flash, that I look forward to having again...on tap or cask conditioned!

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Stone World Bistro

A: Thick appearing apricot copper on the yellow side of things. Head is dope, a good inch of pure white dense bubbles.

S: Clove, green banana, bell pepper, vanilla and wet grass

T: Begins pungent remeniscent of pear, green apple and over ripe kiwi. Nips of citrus come next as well as minor grapefruit old lemon juice and really watery orange juice. Familiar farmhouse flavors preside with washes of spicy, floral hops. Finishes alcoholic, syrupy and vaporific.

M: Full bodied and soft.

D: Nice beer. Would like to try it non cask to see what its really like.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 2,435 ratings