PW's Year of Beer: Green Flash Le Freak

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at

In truth, when it comes to styles of beer, the American Double IPA/Imperial IPA and Belgian tripel are not too far removed from one another. Both are pale brews that are high in alcohol and characterized by grainy sweetness and assertive hops (especially when it comes to IPA). That makes Green Flash’s experiment with them seem in retrospect to be an obvious pairing. This California brewery merged the two styles, and fermented the beer with two types of yeast, creating a hybrid that defies categorization. Le Freak gives off aromas of both citrusy hops and Belgian yeast, attesting to its mixed heritage. The flavor does, too, with grainy, grassy malt sweetness and Earthy yeast being offset by aggressive American hop bitterness. Belgian beer lovers and IPA lovers will both find common ground with this incredible crossbreed. Try it right now at Sidecar.

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