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.

Added by Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,408
Reviews:
750
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.92%
 
 
Wants:
139
Gots:
472
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 2,408 |  Reviews: 750
Photo of CampusCrew
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nearly flawless beer.... beatiful beer... nice amber colorkng with huge fluffy white head... nice head retention. Huge aromas... the name fits the nose... freaky funky aromas.. lots of belgian yeast fighting with a huge helping of citrus hop presence.. medium bodied and green flashes best beer... atleast from the oned ive had.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the best beer I have had in a long, long time. I went into it knowing nothing about it - pure experiment. I poured it at the end of the evening, as I settled in to watch TV. And nearly two hours later, I realized I was still nursing it, unwilling to let it go. And when it was gone, I missed it. When I woke up, I thought about it.

I had a crush on this beer.

Pours a sunny orange with a fluffy white head and a torrent of carbonation. Aroma is grainy and phenolic, light orange zest, clean and malty. Flavor is rich and citric, with a tang of orange, clove and allspice and a surprising and uncharacteristically deep bitterness, a slight metallic bite, but balanced by a clean, musky malty bite. Mouthfeel is buttery and rich, accentuating the bitterness. The best part is the delicious deep abiding bitterness, that clings to the back of the tongue.

A must try.

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Photo of Dogpiss
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Immortale25
4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had at the Local in coral gables, FL. Arrives in a duvel snifter.

A- Is overflowing in the tulip glass due to a hasty pour from the bartender. What results is a two-finger white head atop a medium amber colored body. What a crouzen. It slowly recedes down the glass with beautiful cobwebs of lacing following.

S- Tropical fruit aroma of pineapple and pear with some citrus hops trailing and amplifying the bouquet. Very apparent Belgian yeast that's rich and tangy.

T- Heaven. Yeast, hops and some spice all commingle to create a bittersweet citrus flavor that's irresistible. Inevitable pineapple notes plus grapefruit, tangerine and apricots. The grassy bitterness lingers on the palate and begs for more sips to which I quickly submit. Every ingredient and every taste seems to work in perfect unison delivering a knockout of taste.

M- Highly prickly and tight, especially in the aftertaste, but not overly dry. Medium-high carbonation and a malt body that's certainly strong enough to compete with an IPA which further constitutes its BIPA style.

O- In many aspects, this is the king of Belgian IPAs. All of the key factors are there: intense fruity bitterness from the hops; rich, somewhat chalky yeast character; complimentary malt body; vibrant carbonation. Truly a world-class beer.

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Photo of ireyes88
4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, copper color. Head is very creamy but dissipates quickly, with medium carbonation left behind. Smells of wheat, oranges, and a slight twang. The beer begins with a citrusy taste that develops into a sweet maltiness that ends with a slight hop bite. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium. The drinkability is great but because it is a hefty beer not thank drinkable. Overall an amazing beer, especially being one of my first blends for a beer.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask @ the Blind Tiger 10-03-08

A - Hazy light orangey color, with thin white head. Great lacing

S - Great floral aroma up front, bordering on citrus fruit as well. Good hop presence in the mix

T - As delicate as the aromas are, there is quite a big taste. Plenty of hop bitterness, per the style, with hints of spices

M - The hops attacks in a totally different way than your normal IPA, so amazing, I love hoppy beers and this beer on cask was unlike any type of hop attack ive ever had. with a pretty dry finish

D - Plenty of interesting layers to this brew, but superbly drinkable. If it wasnt for $7 a mug price i would drink a whole cask of this

Overall this is one of my favorite beers ive had in a while, simply outstanding. Ive had this beer from the bottle, but on cask its a totally different beast, simply outstanding.

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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 salcedo
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber poured into glass.
L: Nice orange color. Quite hazy.
Off-white head that lingers a while.
S: Fruitiness you'd expect from a Belgian yeast with malt and alcohol.
T: Nice malty flavor. The alcohol flavor is not as pronounced as you would expect from the scent. The Belgian fruitiness is definitely there. There's also a nice hoppy IPA bitterness.
F: Medium body. Highly carbonated.
O: Overall, I can see why Le Freak is so popular. Green Flash has successfully blended Belgian and IPA styles into a delicious brew.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The original hybrid of two beautiful worlds:Dank Belgian-like yeast with a huge American dry hop.

A hazy golden straw color with a tower of clumpy, sea foam, lacy and sticky, clumps of foam stick to the glass. Ultra slow dissipation from the lively carbonation.

A massive, complex Amarillo hop aroma strikes first, earthy, pineapple, red fruits are abundant. Coupled with a very complex dual yeast smell, sour, earthy and sweet that couples with a big, sweet malt effect. A deep, wild yeast, wheat and hop array of aroma's makes for an Endlessly interesting whiff.

The complexity is otherworldly, beyond space and making time stand still.The Amarillo dry hopped effect is earthy, bitter, fruity and intense, easily one of the most interesting hop effects from any beer i've ever had. Couple that with one of the best most complex and wild yeast beasts From an American brewer that I can think of. The malt is no joke, heavy, sweet and smooth, gives major body and balance to a heavy-hitting hop & yeast dominant combo. Depth of flavor is very high, sip, savor and ponder the beauty of this freak.

Basically, Frankenstein's Monster if it was created by Albert Hoffman.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, pours a clear golden orange with a big fluffy rocky head with great retention. The smell is so unique, much more so than any other Belgian style IPA i've had. The yeast phenols explode out of the glass but don't contribute a huge earthiness or funk, it more combines with the abundant hop aroma to produce something really unique, that I don't even know if I have a descriptor for. Sometimes I feel like I smell orange, sometimes there just seems to be hints of banana and other yeast products. The taste is just the same. Citrusy at times, yeasty at others, sometimes both. Just an excellent beer that I really enjoy more than the Houblon Chouffe Doublon to be honest.

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Photo of jwc215
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a thick creamy white head with plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

The smell is of candy sugar, clove, bubblegum, banana, and citrus/grapefruit. Belgium meets America done awesomely.

The taste is of candy sugar, clove, banana with grapefruit. Sweet, sour and bitter converging nicely. A "Belgian-style" IPA with an American hop presence. It converges beautifully.

A wonderful marrriage of Belgian and American characteristics!

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite double Belgian IPA's for sure.

Smell is Belgian yeast funkiness upfront overtaken by the big hop nose, citrusy flavor upfront, then earthy and piney flavors in the finish. Beautiful color in white head, little orange peel and citrus smell.

Taste is also very sharp and bitter, but so good: similar to the aroma, where the Belgian yeast funkiness presents first, then the hoppy flavors follow; hops are similarly citrus and earthy blend, with a lingering biting flavor from the piney/earthy flavor.
Very good beer, would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of Brad007
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful amber-blonde color with a frothy head into my glass. Nice presentation!

Hops burst from a cannon, right into my fucking nose. There's also yeast spice and a bit of sweet, buttery malt.

Wow, where to start? There are two layers to the flavor in this beer. The first layer is full of sweet, chewy malt with a spicy kick at the back. The second layer is chock full of hops on a strong grapefruit kick, followed by alcohol heat. Put the two together and BAM, you get Le Freak!

Mouthfeel is essentially the same as the taste. A complex combination of all flavors.

Crazy fucking beer but I love it! Some may deride projects like this but chances are, they're too close-minded to meet Le Freak!

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright orange with a huge white head that reduces somewhat quickly but leaves a ton of soapy stickiness.

On the nose, the hoppy fruit tones meld perfectly into the Belgian Tripel fruitiness for an aroma that's actually very reminiscent of an Argentinian Torrontes- hints of juicy orange, melon, bubblegum and lychee- with a big, sweet doughiness to the malt and other complexities of fresh leafy herbs and yeasty spice.

Palate has a huge, frothy mouthfeel, the incredibly creamy malt stitched pretty perfectly to the hop slickness- weedy and herbal with those Belgian fruit undertones of Muscat and bubblegum. The DIPA starts to show a little more on the finish, after the creaminess starts to wane, with a moderate bitterness and some herbal tones- picking up some tree fruit and juicy grapefruit on the lingering resinous finish.

What a tasty Freak, segueing perfectly from the big, creamy Tripel character into the dry, snappy DIPA character. And those fruit tones are absolutely stellar. This and the Imperial IPA are by far my favorite GFs that I've tasted, but this may just have the edge with its freakness.

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Photo of jsp3
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love how it opens like a Belgian trippel, and finishes similar to an IPA. One of my favorites. What I'd hoped Stone's Cali-Belgique would be but isn't.

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Photo of chazasu
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tiernan
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of OSHO
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Joebraggot
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of fredaboots
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of juicebox
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of richkrull
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of jmerloni
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich, hazy, golden color. Head is very substantial, bright white, filled with a ton of tiny bubbles that makes it look reminiscent of sea foam. Laces very well on the glass with a thick, sea-foamy film.

S - Cloves, big yeast profile, pineapple, honey-molasses malts. Pretty bold aromatics.

T - Hoppy. Big yeast profile detected on the nose is there in the taste and the floral cloves and sage spice flavors are embedded really nicely into the yeast profile. Bananas here as well. Malt is there more in the front of the palate while a nice, clean, hop bite finishes the sip. There's something about Green Flash's inherent, natural taste - as in, the uniquely idiosyncratic flavor of the brewery itself - that is seriously just so pure and clean tasting, almost in a way that is antique, even antediluvian. I'm such a huge fan of the brewery's inherent, idiosyncratic taste that all of its beers seem to have. Every brewery has one of those tastes and their's is just godly and mystical.

M - Surprisingly heavy for a BIPA. It could actually be considered chewy in my estimation. Sip stays together pretty well. Carbonation is spot-on.

D - A great beer, overall. As with every offering from Green Flash, I'm very impressed. They might have overtaken Founders as my favorite brewery with this one. It's a brewery that really just gets it. Drinking a beer from Green Flash is like watching a movie from your favorite director where the director is on point with his usual, familiar aesthetic, where he is expert, and where everything is exceptionally bold but never overdone. I recommend anyone with similar affinities to try Green Flash's Rayon Vert - it's like no other beer I've ever encountered.

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Photo of Snellgg5
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of twillingthenoz
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,408 ratings.
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