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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
Ranking:
#3,242
Reviews:
754
Ratings:
2,420
pDev:
10.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
144
Gots:
475
Trade:
5
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Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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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Photo of TADion
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of monnik
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of cestlavie
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of LampertLand
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BrewtalAlement
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of sharpski
2/5  rDev -50.2%

Photo of ridgeline23
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of hoserking
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of bdm620
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

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Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of lizfig
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Pours into the tulip a fairly hazy golden brown color with a solid half inch cream head that dissipates into a lingering pool of foam covering the entire surface.

Belgian candi sugar, sweettarts, esters of dark cherries, dominate the aroma, with subtle earthy hops and a stronger grapefruit presence. Wouldn't have known it was an ipa by the aroma.

Belgian yeast, bready malt, candi sugar, begin the flavor profile, and the ipa character becomes very evident in the taste. Pineapple, apples, and grapefruit take over mid palate, ending decidedly hoppy bitter and spicy.

Body is medium light, with moderate carbonation that showcases the bitter finish.

Had the hop character been present in the aroma, I would've been more impressed, but the beer is a solid offering, with the flavor profile making up for the aroma shortcomings. Still think I like houblon better.

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Photo of KimenTshom
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of bbHOP
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A double IPA / belgian trippel hybrid... combining two of my favorite styles and coming from Green Flash, this was interesting enough to take home.

A: Wow - amazing 3 finger head after a moderate pour. Burnt golden color with amber hues... a lovely, thick, very slightly off-white biscuit forming in the middle of my glass while sticky lacing remains caked on the side of the tulip. Again - wow.

S: The belgian yeast comes forward pretty quickly - tropical fruit notes... maybe pineapple and lemon zest. I may be picking up a little grapefruit hop aroma - but it's not blasting me... was hoping it to be a bit more hop-forward - but that just may be the Green Flash expectation, given their typical style.

T: At first sip, this seems to follow the nose pretty closely... belgian yeast with its fruit notes, slightly spicy and drying. Seems about mid-way through swirling in my mouth that I get some light hop notes - citrus and lemon zest, maybe some grapefruit rind... even a hint of rye. Toward the end is a somewhat surprising bitterness that coats your mouth - making for a long, dry finish that effectively serves to remind you that you're drinking a double IPA. Hmmm.

MF: Pretty good, medium-bodied feel on this one - carbonation throughout, but not overly so... feels pretty rich and smooth - almost creamy (that thick biscuit up top is the first hint). At the end - a little astringent, given that most hop flavors are subdued at the feet of the belgian yeast flavors... I like to get a bit more hop in return for that sort of bitter punch.

O: Certainly thought this beer was interesting - did I love it? No. Will I buy it again? Probably not. When it comes down to it, I prefer well-crafted versions of either of the two styles they were looking to combine over this... but kudos for brewing something fun and different

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Photo of stercomm
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a regular pint glass

A - lighty coppery color with a massive 3 finger, frothy, creamy off white head that recedes slowly and coats the glass with nice lacing

S - Getting cloves, some pepper and lemon, there is a slight funkiness in the scents as well.

T - Agree with some of the other reviews, a rather different taste profile that candied sweetness of a Belgium ale and the bitter hops of an American pale ale. Starts out like a Belgium ale but ends with a combination of hops and Belgium funkiness.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation

O - Not sure I'm into this flavor profile, great smells, taste is a bit harsh

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,420 ratings
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