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
Ratings:
2,408
Reviews:
750
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.92%
 
 
Wants:
139
Gots:
473
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 2,408 |  Reviews: 750
Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of edthehead
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jcb890.

A - Slightly hazy, golden, burnt orange with a thin white head that quickly turns into a small wisp of foam in the center.

S - Juicy citrus hops, maybe even a bit of lemon, spicy clove, Belgian yeast, candy sugar sweetness and a touch of banana and bubblegum.

T - Tripel like candy sugar sweetness with spicy cloves followed by orange cream like, resiny hops that leave a lingering bitterness on the tongue. A touch of alcohol is also noticeable.

M - Crisp mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Medium mouthfeel that gets heavy at times. Slight warming from alcohol.

D - One of the hoppier Belgian IPA's I have had. Very good but the flavors seem to be in contrast at times.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

For me, this beer is the model of the IPA-Belgian crossover. Pours clear copper with a puffy white head. Rich, spicy aroma characteristic of a Belgian trippel: yeast, pepper, banana, but with a citrus zest. Clean, crisp, yet sweet taste. Good amount of grapefruit and resin, but tempered with the sweetness of the spice and yeast. Spicy and bitter, citrus and sweet; it all formed a great beer with the best qualities of both the DIPA and trippel coming through.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ALC82
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of rkarimi
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of pmcadamis
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Glowing orange-tangerine with a nice head that's small, but firm and tightly bubbled. Lots of really fine lace sticks to the glass, and while head retention isn't stellar, it is good for the abv and builds right back up to a finger after a swirl. That lace is beautiful and that, along with the pretty color is a win-win combo.

S - Oooh, Hops! Floral, flowery, and slightly citrusy. Creamy and slightly reminiscent of vanilla. Reminds me of Orval with a shitload of hops thrown in for good measure. Something in there almost reminds me of musky cologne, combined with a floral perfume. Maybe like an old couple... he wearing English Leather and she wearing something lilac-y and stuffy. I can appreciate some toasted caramel malt tones, but floral hops are the star of the show.

T - Even hoppier on the palate than on the nose. This moves from a floral and perfumey aroma to a more citric and piney flavor. Deep, complex, and very much true to the Belgian tripel style... but with a very much California level of hops. Apple, white grapes, and vague cinnamon undertones, but these are all second fiddle to the glory that is HOPS. Outstanding!

M - Medium bodied with a very muscular and lean mouthfeel. this is a greyhound of beers... lean, ripped and firm, but powerful in an angular way. The alcohol is detectable and it almost reminds me of good sherry. The finish is very dry and lasts for days.

D - This hybrid brew presents the best of both worlds: complex Belgian hop characteristics, only amped up to west coast levels. Good stuff!

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

A - Color is orange, with hints of brown. Big, foamy head that slowly fades leaving chunky lace on the glass. Very cloudy.

S - Big citrusy hops up front. Lots of grapefruit and a little lemon. A sweetness is present also with hints of banana. A light, peppery aroma lingers underneath.

T - Much more DIPA than Belgian Tripel. Citrusy bitterness initially that lasts through the entire drink. Not as mouth wasting as many DIPA's, but still very dominant. The Belgian yeast comes through mid-drink with hints of clove and banana. The entire beer is tied together by a nice, not to strong, sweetness. I would like a little more of the Belgian yeast to come through, but still very tasty.

M/D - Medium bodied and a little on the chewy side. The hop resins coat the mouth. Excellent carbonation and very easy drinking. The alcohol does provide a nice warming but is not too overpowering. Could be dangerous at 9%+.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traded to me in a brewer bottled 22 oz. bomber by Eyedrinkale as part of the BIF 2008 Race package, Le Freak was poured into a Duvel tulip. The beer looked very clear, golden in color, and had a two finger thick head of foam. The initial smell provided an enticing whiff of hops similar to an IPA, but deeper breaths revealed floral, yeasty, and spicy scents more typical of the Belgian styles. The taste was also a near 50/50 mix of the two influences, with the hops up front, and tropical fruits and yeasty funk shortly thereafter. Candi sugar like sweetness was also apparent and the subsequent peppery phenols were finished off by a bitter aftertaste. I love that this marriage of two styles has managed to present the essence of both in a melded yet distinct manner. Seems like such an ordinary concept on paper, but others that have tried it don't seem have pulled it off quite as well as Le Freak.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 2,408 ratings.
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