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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Le Freak

Le Freak is a Belgian IPA from the Green Flash Brewing Company of San Diego, California.

Green Flash is named after the sunset phenomenon.

Check out an interview with Green Flash's brew master Chuck Silva.

I bought this at Tower Liquor in Sacramento for $6.99 for a 22oz bottle. It has an ABV of 9.2%

The beer pours a hazy light copper or orange beer. It has a slightly off-white head that soons dissipates to a thin film. That aroma has assertive grapefruit and citrus and herbal and grassy hops. The taste starts with strong citrus hops, grapefruit, oranage, tangerine followed by a light Beglian yeast taste; spicy, and light cloves.

There is a mellow, sweet toasted malt backbone through out. The mouthfeel can be medium bodied, but thick at times. The alcohol cuts through thickness however, and leaves a bit of warming.

Overall, I really liked this beer. It's a great balance and mix of a West Coast IPA and a Belgian tripel. The hops are strong, the malts balanced and the Belgian are just the right amount for me. I've had a few Belgian IPAs and this one stands out. If you want to explore the emerging Belgian IPA style, this is a Must Have It.

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