Green Flash Le Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash Le FreakGreen Flash Le Freak
BA SCORE
84.1%
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Green Flash Le FreakGreen Flash Le Freak
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:
#3,135
Reviews:
754
Ratings:
2,418
Liked:
2,034
Avg:
4.02/5
pDev:
10.95%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
143
Gots:
475
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 2,418 |  Reviews: 754
Photo of BigRedDog
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep copper color. Hazy as well. The head on this beer is very thick and fluffy, good lacing and amazing head retention.

Not much smell here. Some citrus mixed with some sweet, yeasty, maltiness expected from a belgian.

Taste is malt forward at first, but mellows into a nice hop bitterness that lingers on the finish. Some bread, biscuit flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp for a belgian, but creamy for an IPA. Good middle ground. Easily drinkable.

Good beer and this is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of greenspointexas
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, gold/copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, yeast, hint of wheat, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight wheat, hint of coriander, hint of pale malt, and slight yeast. There is a strongly cloying aftertaste. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body.

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Photo of JDean439
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of jojox
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - gold, slightly cloudy, fair amount of sediment. Small, holding head. Tons of sediment in the bottle.

s - belgina yeastiness, clove + bananna. Smells like a belgian trippel.

t - like a belgian trippel, bittering hops stronger at the end. Peppery at the end. Aftertaste is a bit IPA-ish.

m - nice, dry and well carbonated.

d - good. The trippel aspect shorts it for me, but only due to personal dislike of trippels.

It's like a belgian trippel with a good amount more hop bitterness.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, yet vibrant golden color with a nearly pure white head. Some white lace drags the edges of the glass. The aroma is inviting with creamy Belgian yeast and balanced tartness and sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty full and not too dry, which is a criticism I have of a lot of Belgians. A little bready, a little raisiny, but not too much of anything. Get's a little spicy. The hops help that component. A pretty unoffensive Belgian. Very drinkable and mild despite its 9.2% ABV.

ADDENDUM: As beer gets a little warmer, the tartness fades and the sweetness from the grain expresses itself, making it a little more appealing.

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Photo of Keyportnick
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A-pours a golden amber with a haze. Strong white head that fades and rests a thin a layer on top.

S-very strong bready tones from the Belgian yeast and malt. The hops are pretty much no present in the nose. More Belgian than iipa.

T- strong Belgian sweet bready malts. Hops kick in with bitter dry grass and dull citrus

M- big body with a light carbonation. Finishes sweet and dry

O- one hell of an interesting combo here. Trippel takes the cake as far as the blend goes but the hops are sneaky and tasty too

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured clear (no sediment added) with a large tan head that had moderate retention.

Smell: Lots of citrus from the hops with sweet fruits tossed in (Belgian yeast?).

Taste: The ample hop load is not overdone, as feared ("American Imperial IPA"), allowing clove, other spices and fruits from the tripel to contribute.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; Medium carbonation; a bit too harsh and astringent.

O: This mix of styles was better than expected, and is done well enough that they don't just clash. Still, it lacks the fine amalgamation found in, for instance a Chouffe Belgian IPA.

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Photo of kwakwhore
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Really pretty golden color with an off white head which lasts forever and leaves lace on the glass.
Cloves dominate the aroma. Smells like a tripel to me. As the beer warms up, a little bit of malty sweetness creeps in as well. But aromas can be deceiving.
Serious shot of grapefruit bitterness up front in the taste. Hops are a large part of what's going on here. At first it seems almost out of balance, but the more I sip it the more the flavors seem to merge and make sense. Some malty undertones emerge and provide a hint of balance, more than in most Green Flash beers.
Decent mouthfeel. Drinkability depends on how if you like hops. If you do, you can drink this for a while. Alcohol is not noticeable at all on the way down, but I am starting to feel the 9.2%.
I'm not sure I'll finish the bottle but I'll be giving it a good try. Hopheads rejoice, all others beware.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Smells of spicy, floral hops with tons of citrus zest--not much actual fruit but very very zesty. Maybe some lemon or lime. Very spicy aroma, yum.

Taste has lots of zest too, spicy and floral hops again, but also some dank grassy hops, and a moderate maltiness that wasn't in the nose at all. Not quite as good as the. Owe but very tasty.

Pretty well carbonated feel, fairly refreshing and drinkable, body is a little thick and syrupy though.

Yum!

7.6/10

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Photo of mtwentz
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour literally looked like piss; piss after drinking a shit ton of vitamins. rich gold that settles into a thick honey orange. head has various sizes of bubbles. it settles into an off-white veneer with a sponge cake / coral wall.

smells good. a bready malt hides beneath a tart yet inviting booziness.

taste the ipa upfront. but this fades to a candy coating. the after taste reveals again the hops and weight.

a nice blend of styles

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Photo of BWED
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A- Hazy copper/brass. Nice one finger off white head. Sticky lacing gets left behind from the great retention.

S- Belgian yeast notes up front. It almost has a bit of Weizen yeast notes as well. Some citrus, banana, and clovy spice.

T- Dry citrus peel. Slight caramel sweetness. Subtle Belgian spice.

M- Medium body. Sweet throughout the drink, dull bitterness in the finish.

O- Interesting hybrid. Bitterness isn't over the top, but more so than in a Dubbel, but the Belgian spice is also subdued. The two styles seem to mild each other out.

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Photo of Sanford
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers is Houblon Chouffe Tripel, Double IPA. Le Freak should be right up my alley. From the first pour it is a cloudy orange with a nice rocky looking head. Pretty nice lacing is left along with some little Islands of foam. Others write about pineapple and other specific fruits...I smell fruit...and sweetness, (can you smell swetness?), and Belgian...Belgium...a tripel maybe. I don't smell hops. Others have written that Le Freak is like an American Dbl. IPA made with a Belgian yeast. I disagree. I think that it is a good blend of two distinct styles. For me it is like a tripel that is hopped very agressively (DUH). But, unlike a Dbl. IPA the aroma is very Belgian (yeast and fruit), and the sweetness doesn't seem to be purely malt driven...candy sugar. I am enjoying Le Freak, but...no, no buts...but, but, I am a bit confused. Le Freak is a Cali Double IPA/Belgian Trippel "Extreme ale converging San Diego-style imperial pale and Belgian-style trippel". I get the Belgian Trippel, but the imperial pale ale, though not lost on me, seems subdued. Don't get me wrong, there is considerable hop bitternes...lingering bitterness, but no hop aroma or flavor. Finally, Le Freak is quite drinkable. I like the roundness of the mouthefeel with the subtle sparkle of carbonation.

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Photo of JDH2000
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into an Ommegang Three Philosophers chalice.

A- rich golden color with about a finger and a half of head that lasts throughout the drink.

S- Floral and citrus notes give way to spices and more earthy scents. Light malt behind the hops.

T- The hops and bitterness is nicely balanced by the Belgian side of things--the candied sugar, spices, and Belgian Yeast.

M- The 9.2 ABV has a warming effect almost immediately. Nice carbonation throughout. Has the feel of a typical tripple, but not with the sweet or heaviness.

D- Overall pretty good. Has the feel of a typical Tripel, but not with the sweet or heaviness.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Tim725
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Flashsp2
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Le Freak bomber into a snifter

A beautiful light orange body with golden highlights, perfect clarity.
A moderate pour generates a two finger big puffy head that leaves nice
cobweb trails when it finally dissipates, leaving behind a nice
eggshell creamy cap of foam. The opening let out a sizable gush, but
it lasted just a brief moment. Bubbles of different sizes stream
throughout the entire glass in a beautiful Champagne like display.

The nose is a big bready, yeasty, light fruits and a touch of earthy
and citrus hop action. It has a very classic and delicate trippel
aroma.

The taste isn't really what I expected from the nose. Where the nose
is more trippel, the taste is definitely more imperial pale/IPA. It
starts off with an almost skunky-grassy hop bite, followed by some
bready yeast, and then some lingering citrus hop bitterness. There is
a bit of the fruity esters typical to the Belgian style, but they
certainly aren't in the forefront. The hops seem to have a bit of an
oily quality on the back of the tongue. There is some malty-yeasty
bread sweetness, but it gets washed out pretty quickly.

The mouthfeel is positioned between the two styles. Its nicely
carbonated, such as a trippel should be, but the body is quite a bit
heavier than the looks and nose would hint at.

Although I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this hybrid, I do find
it pretty easy to knock back, especially since I'm not exactly a
hophead or anything.

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Photo of Yesac
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours clear light orange. Not much of a head at first, whatever does form fades quickly to a small ring around the glass.

S- Belgian yeast, slight spice and orange peel. Not much going on here.

T- Whoa, where did those hops come from? I didn't smell that coming! A power spicy hop bomb on the nose. The Belgian yeast is present throughout but is light. Strong hop bitterness with a spice domination. Slight toasty malt at the end. Interesting brew but this style isn't one of my favorites.

M- Medium carbonation, tingling on the tongue. Overall a medium body and a carbonated aftertaste.

D- Its drinkable and the 9.2% is very well hidden. Medium high carbonation and lots of spice keeps this one interesting but its not for me.

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Photo of Photchkiss
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thedoubler55
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a nice golden color, a bit of head at the top that left a nice coat of lacing around the glass.

S - Wild smell for an IPA, Belgian hops a bit of some sour fruit as well.

T - Crazy taste for this type of beer, seems like hops from 2 different parts of the world, a bit bitter and some slight sweet taste.

M - smooth beer, and perfect balance of carbonation

D - A good beer was definitely not dissappointed, I enjoyed this one, different kind of IPA.

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Photo of Aenema
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a cloudy honey with a thick, sticky head and nice lacing.
Smell - Starts with Belgian sweetness and spice before a faint waft of hoppiness at the end.
Taste - A burst of piney hops morphs into a sweet mid-palate of sweet and spicy Belgian yeast. It finishes with a bitter crispness.
As this warms up it loses the initial hoppy kick and becomes very sweet with a bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Creamy and well carbonated with cutting power and a clean finish.
Drinkability - Becomes too sweet towards the end. One of these is plenty.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at catskeller.
Pours a crystal clear orange colour. Nce white head. Looks nice.
Smells hoppy and aggressive. Some nice floral aromas. Very belgiany under the hops. Tastes bitter and hoppy. A bit harsh but a really nice flavour profile. Thick, a bit syrupy moth feel. Overall pretty enjoyable but harsher than i typically i enjoy

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Photo of corywalston
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Whole Foods-Arroyo Prkwy Pasadena,Calif

Poured a dark golden color into tulip glass. About a 1" head with lots of bubbles. Smell of citrus off the glass. First taste of a Belgian trippel hits the tastebuds. The mouthfeel is a nice Belgian trippel taste then goes a little sweet on the backend. Good drinkability as the different styles of Belgian trippel and IPA mixes together. I can taste the two styles together. Very interesting.

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Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84.1% out of 100 with 2,418 ratings
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