By Hudson Lindenberger
What to drink after a day outside basking in fall and its entire splendor? This question is circling my head as I scan the shelves looking for the perfect beer to quaff after a day outdoors. As sunlight flees and Old Man Winter approaches I find myself craving a more full-flavored beer, something with a bite. Green Flash Brewing has the perfect barley pop for the season, the appropriately named Le Freak.
The 11-year-old brewery located in San Diego, Calif. has built up a reputation for their numerous award-winning hybrid styles of beer, like Dr. Frankenstein these folks continually crank out interesting inventions. Le Freak earned its moniker because of merging two styles that should compete – a Belgium Tipple and American Imperial IPA – but instead they blend beautifully. The beer was the brainchild of brewery owner Mike Hinkley and brewmaster Chuck Silva. It has won Gold at the Great American Beer Festival, Bronze at the World Beer Cup and several other awards in California, and it has a rating of 98 percent on Ratebeer.com and 90 percent on Beeradvocate.com. It is available year round in a 22-ounce bottle format and tips the scale at 9.2 percent ABV. This should be fun.
As I crack the bottle the first thing I notice is the light citrusy hop scent wafting from the bottle. I pour into a tulip glass and am immediately impressed by the bright hazy golden color of the brew. It has excellent lacing an inch up the side with a full two fingers of bright white head. The smell is sublime with a mixture of floral hops, slight pine, caramel malts and bananas, good sign of things to come. The mouth feel is medium, not too bubbly, with strong malt body backed by a nice hop hit. The taste is fantastic, a perfect blend of Belgium yeast, American hops and delicate spices. The first taste of sweetness slowly slips into the background as the hops take center stage. I am left wondering after each sip if more secrets wait in the next sip.
Take a chance with Le Freak. It will help to ease the loss of summer and allow the mind to embrace the beauty of autumn.
Find this brew at a store near you by visiting the Green Flash Brewing website at www.greenflashbrew.com/where-to-buy-srs