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.

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

I've had a few of these newfangled american belgian hybrids and I've enjoyed them quite a bit. This one is no different.
Big thick rocky head. Color is a bit darker than a normal trippel. On the nose the belgian yeast and sugar dominate (practically screams trippel), hops light in the background. Taste is satisfyingly bitter. The hops really take over in the body. Otherwise, coriander and spiciness round out the flavor. And don't forget citrus abound. Carbonation is on point for the style. It's quite easy to drink. I will definately have more of these in the future.

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Photo of farrago
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Generous two-finger plus head of uneven white foam that takes a good long time to dissolve and leaves a sticky lacing behind. Zinc orange to copper in color, warm hazy glow to it, draws you in. The mandarin orange and pink grapefruit citrus evident in the nose, avoids excessive sweetness and sourness, flowers and coriander spice add depth, same for the pear, apricot, guava fruit scents, hoppy in a gentle grain-driven fashion, not too bready nor toasty. Full-bodied, pushes into the mouth but ceases the aggression thereafter. The clove, anise, coriander spice beats the white grapefruit, orange citrus out of the starting gate. The carbonation stays at the right level to allow it to retain weight and chewiness, also allowing for clarity and separation of the flavors. The semi-tropical feel of guava, mango, apricot, pear fruit continues, with a glazed or dried fruit character. Momentary pinch of white pepper and salt, however, this only serves as entry to the herbal hops past the mid-palate. Tries hard to achieve a lot, thus don't see this as a beer to "relax" with.

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Photo of trevormiller
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz bottle into tulip.

A: Amber color, very cloudy with a lot of sedmient in the bottom of the bottle. Moderate amount of head with bigger bubbles and minimal lacing.

S: Sour, grassy smell. I tasted outdoors, though, so some more interesting notes might have been blown away.

T: The description on the bottle, "converging San Diego-style imperal pale ale and Belgian-style trippel" is right on. The weird thing that happens is that, as you taste it, you can decide which you'd like to focus on and that particular style. However, for me, there's a reason these two styles are usually, well, two styles: they really don't mesh well on my palate. However, they get points for achieving exactly what they set out to achieve.

M: Feels more like the IPA side than the Trippel side.

D: A bit of a chore to drink this much of it, even over the course of a couple of hours. I don't need to have it again, so I won't be buying it. An interesting creation, but not on the frequent flier list.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a Dogfish pint glass twice. Not sure of the date on this one.

A- GF Le Freak pours out a beautiful golden color with orange highlights. Even with a careful pour this yielded a 3+ finger head that was thick and foamy like a milkshake. This head had a beige color& stayed throughout the drink. This has the look of a Belgian triple (De Dolle) for sure. Small patches of foamy lace stick to the glass in places.

S- With a beer billed as an IPA/belgian triple blend i'm picking up more ipa scents, although the triple is represented with the yeast profile. Typical IPA scens such as pineapple and other citrus. The Belgian influence is also backed by the up front spices and sweet candy factor. Some apple shows up as well balancing the two styles more equal.

T- A nice candy sugar blast backed by an array of hops giving off some pine, grapefruit, pineapple and other citrus flavors. A good amount of bitterness. Some funkiness maybe from the yeast strain and is 100% Belgian influenced. I'm really digging the yeast in this as it gives off a lot of fruit taste consisting of apple banana pears and others. A lot of spices show up with cloves, nutmeg, brown sugar, pepper Etc. This is all backed by a nice caramel malt build. All things considered this is on the funky side of things with no brett used & leaves me scratching my head.

M- Le Freak finishes incredibly dry and has a medium body to it. It leaves a lot of the spices in the mouth and good carbonation. Quite bitter for the first 10oz but that subsides with time. I could see how this could be difficult for some to handle as even i had to take my time. Did not notice any alcohol.

D- No problem taking the whole bottle down but it took time. The bitterness became a non issue with warming as it became more creamy with the spices and malts coming out more. I'm glad I picked this up and need to find Green Flash Grand Cru. Took me a while to really pinpoint the style and what the brewery was going for and truthfully i'm still baffled but impressed.

Would love to try this on tap and another impressive offering from GF.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good melange of West COast IPA and Belgian. Aroma is hoppy, and complex. Taste is above average mouthfeel, almost full mouthfeel. Taste is satisfying: Controlled hoppiness, with yeast notes. A bit ore to sweet side, not too bitter. Nice small white head.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an overflowing head into my pint glass. Color is a clear light amber. Yeasty on the bottom.
Smell is clovey, belgian hops, sweetness from the malts. Floral.
Taste: Is this a west coast IPA or a belgian tripel? Tastes like a blend. The flavors come over very nice, though. Nice smooth hop bitterness. Nice clovey taste.
Mouthfeel: pretty good. Small bubble dominate , ala a typical belgian beer.
Drinkability: Really good. Surprised to see that it's 9.2%. I went through that bomber pretty quick.
A very nice Belgian IPA, not quite up to Urthel or Houblon Chouffe but damn good.

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Photo of matty
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange colored ale with a very slow fading head.Aroma is hoppy and citrusy.Taste starts off hoppy and citrusy then changes to more warming belgian ale flavors.Very sweet and enjoyable.I would recommend for someone to try this ale at least once!!

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Photo of midaszero
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orange straw body with one finger of white head

S - Sweat floral and citrus hops with Belgian yeast

T - Citrus notes with bitter hops on the backend

M - Medium body with medium-high carbonation

D - Not to bad but wish it was more subtle and balanced

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

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a slightly chilled orange with a fluffy cream colored head that sits beautifully in the tulip. Good retention and rings of lace left here and there.

A nice citrus aroma of lemons, oranges and pineapples with a touch of honey and spice and lightly toasted bread.

A little more exotic fruits in the flavor profile. Mangoes and passion fruits, pears, green apples, toasted bread, white pepper, and caramel. A good bitter punch here. Wasn't expected but was welcomed with an open palate.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. Chewy hops and a bitter, dry finish.

This was a nice west coast Belgian IPA, exactly what you would expect from Green Flash. Easily quaffable for a high abv. I had to remind myself to slow down.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden color with a nice finger layer of foam. So many bubbles swimming to the top it reminds me of the song "Tiny Bubbles".

Smells fruity with hints of green apple and pineapple.

The first taste is an eye-opener. Tart with a major jolt of grapefruit characteristics. A lingering aftertaste may not be enjoyable for some, but I like the feel on the back of the throat and tongue which makes me yearn for another taste.

I think this beer is a great take on the Belgian IPA mix but it also reminded me of a Double IPA.

Well done Green Flash.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lively orange with amber undertones. A nice, thick, stark white head bellows up and then clings to the walls while falling to a slick. Smell is full of earthy citrus hop, orange zest, pine apple, a bit of tropical / mango comes through. Aroma is balanced with a nice, cakey malt with hints of spicy yeast. Taste is very nice. Assertive bitterness full of earthy, citrus hops reminiscent of biting into an orange with some rind left on it. Hints of a belgian strong golden ale lie underneath... shortbread like malt flavors with white pepper and ginger spiceyness. The bitter finish pairs extremely well with the dry, heavy carbonation beer's swallow. Alcohol slightly burns the back of your throat on the way down, but easily a sipper. Another win from Green Flash in my books. My favorite of the style so far.

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Photo of stumac
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Me and Green Flash go back...

this brew pours up a murky orange color easily resembling orange juice. Nice bubbly white head with great lacing on my Duvel glasseroo. the nose is a symphony of WHOA! American hopfest! citrus, subtle floral, pale malts, a hint o'booze, very spicy. the taste is thick and creamy. orange citrus, grapefruit, nice hop bittering, couldn't even tell that it has high alki. full bodied, crispy heavy carbo. A very bitter and tasty beer.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old favorite. I am sure am glad they started bottling it. Reviewed 1/14/09. Poured from bottle to oversized St. Bernardus glass.

A: MMmm! A crisp, bright orange/amber with a slight-off white head that fizzles away quickly and leaves a small rim of lace just above the liquid in the glass.
S: Tangy, citrus hops. Aromas of tropical fruits, pineapple, blood orange, and a bit of pine. Faint esters of alcohol.
T: Crisp pine flavors up front. Fruity dominance with grapefruit, pineapple. An herb-like quality presents on the back end. Can't put my finger on it exactly, but it is a bit savory, salty.
M: Sharp carbonation. Balanced body with heavy flavors and distinct hoppiness. Astringency from the hops leaves me smacking my lips.
D: Oh how I missed Le Freak. I didn't find the bottle tasting as good as I remember it served from the tap, but it is still damn good. A nice SoCal spin on the Belgian IPA. Chuck really nailed this one. 9.2% ABV is well balanced with the serious flavor packed into each serving.

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

bought at Specs #6 Bay Area at 5:58pm Houston,TX...

drank at around 8pm , same day, Jan. 14th 200...9!


a good day today

i can't stand to see a robot cry, let's watch T.V.... ever drank a whole bottle of NyQuil just for shits and gigs? ... wheres the wick? $125 for rockstar shit? ... and who is dumb enough to buy a fast food sandwich for $8?... Le Freak, man, glad to try this in my neck of the fat sucked wheather mans neighborhood ... lots of belgian honey hops... damn frigidy good lacing and coco white head ... parole officer says i need an upgrade, or they won't give me back my stabbin knife... wow, fantastic brew here.. bitter , sweeet, balanced like a eraser on a pencil erasing a doodle of a naked man at that porno dudes house ... so so easy to drink... smooth, enjoyable, the real mccoy ... at&t, ever been to brussels, cuz i want to kick your arse... quite an amazingly enjoyable and crisp bitter example of the hop (and the genius thinking out of the box yeast examples in this brew)and the playful sensation of bitterness on the tongue and complete coating of the trap... ballack, what a goal, but roons was tap-rific! ... i may not make sense to you the reader, who reads my crap anyway, but this is a great beer, great bitterness, smooth as silk, aggressive yet retarded kitten like... buy this if you see it, me personally will be buying quite a few more bottles of this wonderful elixer, or butt sex...

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Le Freak poured a lovely clear hay color with a strong foam head. It had the look of tripel with the tiny bubble growing from bottom to the top of the glass.

The aroma felt a little subdued with the typical yeasty smell accustomed to the Belgian style. The taste had a good malt backbone but then the bitterness and dry finish came into play. It was a lively beer and left the humus lupulus in the mouth long after the drink was finished. I found it to be a pretty solid effort from an American brewery.

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by a generous soul at the HMoG at the Brick Store.

Pours hazy yellow with a small white creamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma was dominated by light fruits, with pineapples and lemons playing prominently. There was also a big bready malt aroma in the background.

The taste follows the nose with the light fruits and bready malt, but there is definitely a bit more spicy Belgian yeast than the aroma.

The mouthfeel is smooth but highly carbonated and very crisp in the finish.

This is a good Belgian IPA and maybe more of a trippel, but, either way, it's tasty.

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

Poured a slightly hazed golden/orange with a thick creamy off white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

The smell had a big yeasty quality with banana nut bread and orange aromas.

The flavor starts out very mild with a classic german hefe banana and citrus yeast quality to it. The hops slowly build becoming more bitter and grapefruity the more I drink. Along with a subtle malt and alcohol sweetness poking through as well.

The mouthfeel is very thick and creamy with a long oily finish.

Very easy drinking, only the thick mouthfeel gives away how big of a beer this is.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This New age trippel pours a large l.t and frothy head that has great retention. The Nose gives off a fresh bannana bread mixed mix with a hint of cloves. The taste starts with the spicy hops and quickly fades into a sweet gum and burt caramel fade. The mouthfeel is kinda on the light side wich is a nice touch that let's the hops really shine thru the mix. At 9.2% abv. this ale really drinks well.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a tulip glass, the brew pours a cloudy golden orange in color with a full inch of off white head. Head collapses upon itself slowly and leaves random chunks of lacing.

Nose is of some citrus hops muddled with candi sugar. Bit of banana and yeast in the background.

Tastes more of a Tripel than an IPA, as Green Flash calls it a cross between the two. Hops are present yet swarmed by the rich malts, yet the yeast isn't that prevalent either. Still it is enticing and complex and rather drinkable for its size. Flavors improve notably with some warming. The alcohol is pretty well hidden here but the sweetness would limit the drinkability. A unique beer worth a try.

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Photo of soccerman7
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Holy Smoke in a pint glass.

A- Gorgeous glowing blonde color with a very sticky head that laced all the way down.

S - Truly complex nose. hops were there with the citrus and pine, but also the sweetness as expected on a triple.

T - Fantastic. I was expecting more of an east coast style DIPA but you could make out the DIPA and tripel. hops were perfectly balanced with the sweetness and the flavors unravelled as it gently warmed.

M - very smooth but had a sticky coating affect with the sweetness.

D - Definitely one of the better beers around. can see why the cult status with many people. Highly enjoyable brew but more than one can be overwhelming on the palate.

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Photo of snpub540
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at AJ's Fine Foods in Peoria, AZ. Seemed like an interesting beer since IPA's are my go to and Belgians I am starting to have more of an appreciation for.

Poured a hazy, orange color with a small off white head. Left very clingy lacing on the glass the whole way down.

Smell was mostly hoppy, with citrus and floral being the most apparent. There was also a slight amount of earthyness from the yeast in the nose.

Taste was very complex and interesting. My first sip was all IPA. Hoppy, dry and delicious. My second swig was spicy and yeasty, what I would expect from an unfiltered belgian style beer. There was also the faint sweetness and warming effect of the alcohol. Towards the end of the beer I did get a sort of chalky aftertaste but it didn't linger.

Mouth feel was medium bodied. Drinkability was great. It is definately a different tasting beer but one that seemed to blend the two styles very well.

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Photo of meatyard
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Is a clear orange with a big white head that fades to a cover. Steady stream of carbonation and sticky lacing.
S-Is an interesting mix of pineapple & citrus, Belgian yeast + a little bubblegum.
T-Is peppery, doughy, some more bubblegum and a light bitterness at the end. The hops are subdued compared to the smell but shows up near the end.
M-Is medium & well carbonated.
D- Yep, this is very drinkable. The alcohol is apparent but fairly well hidden. One bomber of this serves it's purpose though.

The aroma is nice but I wouldn't mind seeing more hops in the taste. Since it's a bit unique I guess I can want what I want. As it is it's a fun, enjoyable beer that I would like to have something like this every 2-3 weeks. Good effort, nice beer.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from my tasting notes on 12.27.08. Glowing orange with a pretty white fluffy head. Very striking in the snifter, exceptional. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerines and rock candy. Huge bitter orange peel hop flavor with a lingering hop finish. Spicy, dry mouthfeel. Slightly prickly on the tongue, very big tangerine hop flavor. Great lacing in the glass...very tasty.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful, clear golden-amber color with an enormous head. It almost escaped my liter-sized snifter. Decent retention and lacing, though the head reduces in size rather quickly because of the giant bubbles. The smell is purely of hops, citrus, a bit of pine and fruitiness. It makes me wonder where the belgian part comes in...until I taste it. You get the characteristic flavors of a belgian ale, almost that yeastiness, sweetness, fruitiness of a trippel. You lose the hop flavor and aroma quickly after the head has reduced and there isn't a whole lot left to smell. There is some bitterness, but really, neither the yeasty belgian goodness nor the hoppiness is able to conquer the taste of the alcohol. You get peachiness, and burning sort of, but mostly that taste that certain unbalanced beers get, and I have not learned to love the taste, and I doubt if I ever will. That really hurts you after you let the taste sits in your tongue for a second. Then you notice that there isn't a huge amount of body to this, unlike most belgians and IPAs. I found myself early on wanting to get back and taste it again, but as it went on, I found myself satisfied but still interested. I finished it kind of slowly, but I still enjoyed it enough to want more.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my tulip glass with a very clear gold color and a nice foamy white head. Decent retention and even better lacing. Quite a bit of visible carbonation. I nice looking beer.

The aroma was a touch musty and earthy and also had a great deal of spice. Interesting.

At first some mild citrus, then sweetness. After this I was getting a lot of spices. Mint and ginger. Pretty enjoyable. The carbonation definitely brings some life to the flavor.

A pretty light and refreshing mouth feel. Nicely drinkable.

Good but not as good as their Trippel.

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