While doing a bit of Craft Beer/Wine/Whisky gift shopping over the 2012 holidays, I noticed that Green Flash has finally released 12 ounce versions of their Le Freak ale. Since I have yet to have a lackluster beer from this brewery, I just had to pick up a bottle!
Here is what Green Flash has to say about their Le Freak:
An ‘out of the box’ modern ale crafted by converging two beer styles, Belgian Trippel and American Imperial IPA. Dry-Hopped and Bottle-Conditioned – it’s a zesty brew with enticing American hop and fruity Belgian yeast aromatics.
Let’s get on with the review…
- Appearance: Hazy, red-orange color. Thick, fast rising head that tops out at an inch or two. Dissipates slowly and leaves a thin layer of foam on top. Some mild lacing.
- Aroma: Honey. Shortbread cookie. Citrusy hops, i.e. clementine oranges. Some yeasty funk.
- Taste: Medium carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Starts off with some light honey sweetness. Bitter hops kick in at mid palate and lead you to a dry and moderately bitter finish.
- ABV: 9.2%
Once again, Green Flash doesn’t let me down! Smooth, well balanced, and oh so drinkable, the Le Freak is a delicious mash up of a West Coast IPA and a Belgian Tripel (just as the brewer intended). There’s only one downside to this beer. The Green Flash Le Freak is so deceptively smooth and easy drinking that you could easily drink a couple of them and not realize how potent it truly is. Until it’s too late. Proceed with caution.