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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 Freak® 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 CellarGiant
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, copper color with some orange highlights. Very fine bubbles, a large head with good retention.

Aroma: Citrus, pale malt and yeast character on the first sniff. Clove, banana and other spicey phenolics. Plenty of citrus hop character, orange juice and maybe a touch of pineapple. Some nice malt character with just a touch of toasted bread and bread crust.

Mouthfeel: Very full carbonation, some warm alcohol and a strong initial Belgian spice character. Well balanced, but intense bitterness, very full body, coats the tongue, but the bitterness and high carbonation leave the mouth relatively clean, with just a bit of residual spice and malt.

Flavor: Lots of Belgian yeast phenolics, juicy citrus and tropical fruits, a little herbal hop character and some nice cracker and sourdough bread crust. Maybe a little bit of honey

Very intense, a great bridge between two very strong styles, though surprisingly not overwhelming.

Very recommendable.

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Photo of DioS
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DMc8ride
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jentex
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cgrunin
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shellynix
2.94/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Very pretty creamy golden color with a tall head of 3 fingers. It leaves tons of lace behind.

Aromas of wit/hefe and pale ale both. There's fluffy orange aromas, marshmallow, yeast, moving into grapefruit pith, cracker malt, and alcohol.

Flavor is extremely bitter and hoppy, almost Stone-like; with onion, grapefruit, pine, and light caramel...following with Wit flavors so desperately trying to push through but unable to pierce this wall of bitter hop. On the back end (the part that cannot seem to push through until the finish), there's marshmallow, cream, lemon, and orange. Just too bitter and intense for me.

Feel is appropriate - very creamy, yet nicely carbonated, and a drying finish.

Overall - the look is great, the nose is great, the feel is great, but that flavor profile is just too much. It's a sipper, not only because of the alcohol, but because you can only take in so much at a time. I'm super upset I'll have to dump the rest of this bomber...but hey, you live and learn, right?

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Photo of Timtac
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Wheels2532
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JDoHo
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MFMB
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian yeast, a fruity nose, classic spicy fruity taste from the Belgian yeast. Excellent hop profile that reinforces this is a IPA. Semi dry crisp finish. A enjoyable beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tripel or Belgian IPA? That’s the question. All around wonderfully crafted ale, yeasty and hoppy, pours with a tripel’s high fluffy head. Deep hazy gold, light hoppy aroma, taste has stronger hop elements. Dry, chalky finish, mildly sweet.

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

Photo of tyjohnson55
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glinnebur
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Matthew315
2.99/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The original hybrid of two beautiful worlds:Dank Belgian-like yeast with a huge American dry hop.

A hazy golden straw color with a tower of clumpy, sea foam, lacy and sticky, clumps of foam stick to the glass. Ultra slow dissipation from the lively carbonation.

A massive, complex Amarillo hop aroma strikes first, earthy, pineapple, red fruits are abundant. Coupled with a very complex dual yeast smell, sour, earthy and sweet that couples with a big, sweet malt effect. A deep, wild yeast, wheat and hop array of aroma's makes for an Endlessly interesting whiff.

The complexity is otherworldly, beyond space and making time stand still.The Amarillo dry hopped effect is earthy, bitter, fruity and intense, easily one of the most interesting hop effects from any beer i've ever had. Couple that with one of the best most complex and wild yeast beasts From an American brewer that I can think of. The malt is no joke, heavy, sweet and smooth, gives major body and balance to a heavy-hitting hop & yeast dominant combo. Depth of flavor is very high, sip, savor and ponder the beauty of this freak.

Basically, Frankenstein's Monster if it was created by Albert Hoffman.

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

Photo of richj1970
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If you want a yellow beer with a shit ton of haze, this brings it. Definitely more belgian trippel in the nose than American ipa.

The hops do make an appearance in the taste, but it is not a 50/50 split in this one, it definitely leans far more belgian than it does ipa. Still a ton of spice rack, yeast and alcohol.

Would not bang again, but worth a tick and ride. Interesting enough.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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