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:
#3,350
Reviews:
754
Ratings:
2,425
pDev:
10.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
144
Gots:
478
Trade:
5
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bobtaylor0414
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tjmiller718
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Steve78
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wontonst
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

In my mind, this is the fusion style that crossed the line of common sense and, eventually, got away with it. (I've had 14 Belgian IPAs, so I'm entitled to my opinion... but it is still IMHO.)
I believe it is something of a brewing crime to traditionalists like me to mix a Belgian style with a British style.
One uses yeasts better than the other and the other uses malts better than the other. (You can guess easily what and whom I'm talking about.)
So now, along come the Americans and they start adding lots of hops (a third ingredient that neither of the two traditions think is primary) and, as is the American entrepreneurial prerogative, they innovate this fusion style. And much to the certainty of objective observers like me, the style does not hold together. (In fact, the style is such a radical technology leap that it simply cannot hold together.) But, that doesn't stop the Americans from making a market.

So, what to make of this beer ?
I'd say, it was one of the early innovators. That Green Flash did a pretty good job and synthesized two styles as well as could be expected of a difficult task. But, they got sloppy in the finish; leaving my tongue coated with, seemingly, some metallic substance... I presume from the hops.

I suppose this ale Looks like one (more like the Brits who tend to have more lace.) But, Le Freak Smells like less than either. And you know what, it Tastes like neither, also. A Belgian yeast was used. But as is so often among American brewers, something happens to the yeast and Smells and Tastes seem not authentic enough to also be good.
As for Feel, the bitter does not leave me smiling. So, what can you expect from a Belgian yeast-head? (Did I just invent a new animal?)

OA: I actually like Le Freak for what it is: an early attempt to do the impossible.
PS: Don't be fooled by the hops. It will take another decade to make several Belgian IPAs worthy of both traditions.

Le Freak made the "1001" and makes an important contribution in melding cultures. (After all, America is the proverbial melting pot.) Have Le Freak. Enjoy it. And consider that American culture is good, but not always as good as we think.

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Photo of benloho
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taospowder
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterRigger
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of reptile3141
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of littledreamer87
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of quang_dam
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IrishCowboyBend
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian IPA mash up. Decent. Ben and Nicks, Oakland CA, March 2016

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dols401
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look is that of a soft amber with a white head that quickly became a beautiful persistent white lace.
The aroma is surprisingly fruity for an Imperial IPA with the signature Belgian yeast and malt bready smell.
The hops are not at the for front of this IPA but the Belgian yeast Trippel flavor is also not over powering so as to make it a straight Belgian Ale. After taking another sip and letting it stand in my mouth the hops and floral bitterness began to blend really well with the breadiness of the yeast and malt. Definitely better the second sip than the first. The longer you allow the flavors to blend on your palate the most pronounced they become.
Very crisp mouth feel. You can tell it was bottle conditioned.
Overall this is a beer that I didn't particularly like the first sip but as I let the flavors blend and pronounce themselves the more I enjoyed it.

P.S. Even bonus points to my wife who is not a hop head and hates IPAs stated that she felt this beer was drinkable. (She is more of a Hefe or Sour Lambic lover)

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Photo of Jeromedepot
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nolynylon
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VailTommy
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing blend of trippel and IPA... Dear I say a perfect blend... Light and refreshing for 9% beer.

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Photo of Shmizzen
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,425 ratings
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