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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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color. Produced a light cap of white froth.

(S)- A lightly malty biscuit and earthy clay yeast. Bits of lemon and apple.

(T)- A little musty up front with a big yeast and apple flavor. Bits of clay, lemon, and an unknown subtle spice.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. An ok balance, but a bit of a sharp grain and yeast profile to it. Not necessarily bitter, but heavier on the clay and yeast realm.

(D)- Not bad, but a little strange and disjointed. Too old? I cant be for sure due to no bottled date.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful golden amber in the Affligem chalice. Nice foam and lacing. It's certainly a big hoppy beer but it does swing both ways. Rather sweet, and probably more of the Belgian sugar. Even tastes a little like the recent GF Rayon Vert, with the big dose of Brettanomyces. So there are plenty of Belgian tastes with a lot of the off-center bitter-sweet.

This has a lot of the Imperial IPA character, with the malty richness and huge hops. Very bitter aftertaste. Overall it's just too much of the bitter hops but the yeasty and bacteria flavors are quite forward. On the coarse side and quite sharp. 22 oz bottle from Mega Liquor in Hemet.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a two finger thick pillow of eggshell hued foam.

S: Citrus hoppiness is most prominent in the aroma accompanied by subtle Belgian candi, heavy fruits and some German style bitterness.

T/M: Carbonation is relatively high, passive aggressive would describe it well. Pilsner-like bitterness settles on the tongue with soft biscuit maltiness giving way to potent grapefruit tones and floral hop notes. Orange and peach linger throughout.

Overall, a delicious Belgian IPA.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glass on tap during Green Flash's tap takeover night at Crescent Moon in Omaha, NE
Served in a Green Flash pint glass
Review from notes

Green Flash's Le Freak is an interesting mix of the American double IPA and Belgian strong ale (though they suggest tripel). This was my second preferred of the four Green Flash beers I tried during the evening, and was undeniably pleasant due to its mix of strong hop flavor and aroma combined with a noticeable Belgian yeast and sweetness combination. Difficult to discern its high ethanol content, the beer is dangerous, but good.

The glass arrives at my table with a 1cm head of off-white foam, which dissipates in a minute, leaving a ring around the glass and some spotty lacing. Beer's body is a golden color, with burnt yellowish highlights when held to the light. Active carbonation is visible.

Interesting aroma that is mixed between Belgian yeast, overripe plum sweetness, a bit of potting soil earthiness, and a simmering layer of citrusy hops. Fairly delicious and complex.

Taste opens with bready malt and attendant malt sweetness that is flanked by Belgian yeast and its secondary metabolites that reveal a bit of soil, slightly old fruit, spent apples, and some very slight funk. The secondary component of this beer becomes dominant on the mid and back of the palate, and that is the hop presence, which offers some grapefruit and pineapple flavor. Somewhat spicy finish, with a bit of ethanol bite.

Body is medium to medium-heavy, with modest carbonation that is a bit too low weight of the beer. Mouthfeel results in a slightly sluggish feel. Finishes dry. Really, the only aspect of this beer I wasn't particularly impressed with.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,427 ratings
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