Audioslave It Is Not
A Review of Le Freak by Green Flash Brewing Co.
Posted on 6/26/2012 by Brew's Your Daddy
Sometimes, placing two awesome things together results in something even greater. Putting Chris Cornell from Soundgarden with the band part of Rage Against The Machine got us Audioslave. When you put peanut butter with jelly, you get a sandwich that hardly anyone would pass up. But sometimes putting two great things together results in a less than stellar outcome. Harley Davidson made some perfume and cologne once. Oops. The list of corporate no-nos is endless, but when a craft brewery has an idea go wrong, it somehow tends to sting a little more in my world. My latest experience with this was Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Company.

To begin with, I would like to state that I have had several fantastic offerings from Green Flash Brewing. That is actually one of the main reasons I was eager to grab a pack of these. And I know that in theory, Le Freak seemed like a good idea. Belgian trippel? Goooood. American IPA? Goooood. So blending them together could only end up good as well, right? Unfortunately, not so much.

The coloration was somewhat of a burnt orange or copper brown, and the thick, light tan head had plenty of staying and lacing power. From there describing this beer is actually pretty easy. At times it is pure Belgian trippel, and at others it is pure AIPA, but never does it seem to ''blend'' or ''mesh''. You start off with the smell of sweet Belgian yeast and some hints of clove and honey, and then the citrus hops come through with a bit of a grapefruit and pineapple feel before a really earthy and herbal hops finishes things off. Yes all the aromas of both styles are present, but picking up on anything working together was difficult at best.

The first taste of it was just like the nose predicted. At first you taste a pure Belgian trippel, with the sweet yeast greeting you and then the clove comes in to guide you straight to the AIPA profile. Its a pretty standard AIPA profile as well, with your normal pine and grapefruit tastes making up the majority of the noticeable flavors before a bit of a caramel malt layer peeks through at the end. The mouthfeel lands more closely to the AIPA side of things, as does the aftertaste, with just a bit of sticky caramel and grapefruit lingering on your tongue.

I have a really hard time saying that Le Freak is a bad beer. I openly admit that the people of Green Flash Brewing know what they are doing when it comes to the tasty brew juice, so I want to give them the benefit of the doubt. I just think I had expectations for this beer that weren't met. I wanted more of a blend and maybe that wasn't their intentions. So I guess what I'm saying is that if you see this beer, take it for a spin and see if I'm wrong. Maybe its just me. It wasn't in any way gross or disgusting. It just wasn't what I had in mind.

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