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Green Flash Summer Saison - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Summer SaisonGreen Flash Summer Saison

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72 Reviews
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Reviews: 72
Hads: 133
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: tonistruth on 09-01-2007

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Reviews: 72 | Hads: 133
Photo of JAFoley
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

A - Crystal clear pale amber body with foamy white head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S - Lots of citrus

T - Incredibly dry. Citrus and floral hops. Not a whole lot of malt to speak of.

M - Light body with moderate/high carbonation. Somewhat thin and watery.

O - Good but fairly one note. Lack of body leads to seltzer-like mouthfeel. Not bad but not something I'll pick up again.

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine in mid-November for $8.99. Given the "Summer" moniker i am not sure how well this beer has held up over time.

Beer poured golden with a massive white head that is leaving lacing behind in my Duvel tulip.

Nose is grainy with some hints of citrus.

Taste is grainy and musty with orange peel and pepper.

Mouthfeel is lively on the palate yet smooth.

Overall this is an outstanding session beer, full of flavor and life! Green Flash has done quite well with this brew!

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sycamore, Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty and spicy with some grain-like aromas.

T - It had a nice spicy bite with some floral notes. Good grain and caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice sessionable saison.

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Photo of KMcG
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow with nice large bubbles, fizzy head that builds nicely then diminishes to a slight lace

Lemon, belgian yeasty funk, grass and a touch of honey and coriander. 

Slightly funked, clove and ginger are present, but there is a nice lemon overtone. 

Light and refreshing- great summer ale. There is great carbonation fuzz that keeps your mouth happy. 

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Photo of magine
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Terasas.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow, nice creamy white head, little lace.

Grassy lemon zest nose, with yeasty malts.

Creamy sweet malts up front, spicy middle and slight dry finish. Good clean yeasts, clove and lemon and maybe a touch of banana

Good saison lighter and more refreshing and sessions better than most saisons.

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Photo of Chaney
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a DFH pint glass.

A: Poured an almost clear moderate yellow color, with a slight chill haze. The head was frothy and definitely had that inviting, foamy, frothy, summery look to it.

S: Spicy.... OMG! Farmhouse funk for sure, with a huge ginger component. Still, I could tell this was meant to be a highly gulpable, clean, saison.

T: Crisp, spicy, and flavorful. This was not the standard, unfiltered, "brace yourself the a spice bomb" fare that I'm used to siphoning. This was like a souped up Lager or Kolsch with farmhouse characteristics.

M: Just enough bitterness to add character and the spice component was still somewhat aggressive, yet not overbearing. Nice carbonation.

O: My only gripe is that this one really needs to be sold for about $9.99 in sixers. The whole 4.5% ABV, summer style, bomber thing just doesn't sit right with me....

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Photo of goldendenizen
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty true to the style (Saison). This is the first US brewed Saison I've had. As I've been told, French farmers would serve their workers this style; hence the low alcohol level. I love the unfiltered nature of Saison. Rustic and damn good! Wish they sold 6 packs of their Farmhouse Ale. Hope to see this all summer in SF!

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Photo of Nay
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saison Diego 4.20% ABV textbook saison, dry phenolic tiny bit tart, tiny bit funky, low ABV, thirt quenching. Lacks head and pils flavor and could be fruitier, but much more accurate saison than most. Nice haze for a mersh beer. A bit more wheat too might have been good to smooth out hop flavor and Brett pepperiness. or is that seeds of paradise?

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed beautiful golden billowing white head, right off the bat as the lacing settles I get citrus, spicy yeast, and a slight peppery hint. Diving right into flavor, spiced mild citric notes with a mild Belgian yeast chalky/spiced character. More citrus comes out with each sip, a bit of mellow West Coast hops in the back end help it out, very drinkable more fruit esters super enjoyable Summer Saison. Mouthfeel is smooth sturdy carbonation carries the body well, nothing becomes rough or stagnant on the palate between sips other than a touch of lingering Belgian yeast spiciness. Overall a solid summer beer that I will reach for especially when it's only 4.5% abv and available in the summer heat prior to a ball game.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am going to assume that 'Saison Diego' is another name for the Summer Saison. If not, let me know.

A - Murky wheat, stark white large head. Lots of cascading bubbles. Some foamy lace.

S - Barny, small malt profile, spicy citrus.

T - Ginger and orange peel is definitely apparent in layers of this straw like, lightly funked beer.

M - Light, medium body, good carb, good balance.

D - Easy drinker for sure!

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a beast of a fluffy bone white head. Leaves some spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Has a really pleasant and light smell. Ginger, coriander, cinnamon, candied orange and a light bit of barnyard funk and phenols.

T: Unfortunately, not quite as good as the smell. Grains. And ginger, bready malt and some lighter hints of lemon and faint grassy hops. A pretty nice saison.

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saison Diego

A: Extremely pale in color resembling a golden clear lager.

S: Ginger and fruit spices caress the nose and dominate the senses

T:Tthis one is a very delicious farmhouse ale with unique complexity  of gingerbread, grassy flavors with a mix of light citrus.

M: This one is uniquely dry which i love. The carbonation is high, flavor is bold and the tongue craves more.

O: A delicious saison that i would love to pair with a food combo. Not my favorite style but a great beer overall.

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Photo of abrethanson
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Green Flash Brewery.

Look - light copper and clear. Looks more like a Pilsner than a saison.

Smell - yeasty, airy, and a little like PBR.

Taste - Light breadiness with some vanilla. A hint of straw and funk. Pretty flat and watered down as well. Honestly the beer tasted pretty bland and there was not a lot of positives to go on unfortunately. The (2) of us tasting it agreed the best take was PBR without the sharpness of an aluminum can.

Overall - The Rayon Vert (comparable to a Saison) is one of my favorite beers so with their actual Saison I was expecting something very dry & complex with bready funk. I was very disappointed with this beer because Green Flash is one of my favorite breweries and Saison is my favorite style. I only had it this once as a taster so maybe it was bottom of the keg and had gone flat. Or maybe this was supposed to be more of a 'starter' Saison marketed to the blue collar man's man. I will try this again in hopes that this time was an aberration and I was sorely mistaken.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

glass: Tulip

a: Hazy orange/melon color with a foamy 3+ finger head, lots, LOTS of small bubbles rushing to the top.

s: Lots of soft, bright fruit on the nose, apricot, peach, lemon. Soft cracker aroma underneath. Overtones of lemon peal, peppercorn and floral hops.

t: A lot of those characteristics translate to the taste, soft fruit but a noticeable banana and clove flavor is present along with the signature "funk" which comes off to me like some malt liquors would taste like. Finishes a bit bitter, with lemon peel and some dryness and floral hops.

m: medium-bodied with high carbonation

o: A bit to carbonated but overall nice.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Tulip

A - A pretty clear straw color with lots of visible carbonation, and a 2-finger white head. The head retention seems to be decent, and I got some splotches left on my glass at the end.

S - Upfront is very noticeable grassy, lemon citrus and floral characteristics that almost comes off skunky. I also pick up soft cracker with banana and a touch of clove. Overall it smells citrusy and bright.

T - It's pretty astringent throughout. The first thing I get is lemon citrus and zests. Quickly following is soft cracker with banana and clove towards the finish. It finishes very dry and very astringent, with lite-moderate bitterness.

M - Highly carbonated with a tight champagne like crispness. Medium bodied.

O - I think the smell and the appearance are very inviting. I also liked the flavors of the beer, but I didn't like the high level of astringency and dryness of it. I felt that the carbonation was a bit to champagne like as well, and very filling. Overall I liked it but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy and kind of a dark yellow color. Pour yields about two fingers of fluffy white head. The head disappears quickly down to 1/2 finger then just kind of...stays

S: A LOT of banana/apple/pear in this brew, overlaying a grainy sweetness and a slight peppery spiciness.

T: Very yeasty taste up front, and thankfully not nearly as fruity as the nose led me to believe. Still a fair amount of the banana taste in the yeast, and the beer has some nice tingly spices at the end in the form of ginger. Dry finish.

M: Relatively light with quite a lot of carbonation.

O: A tasty beer, maybe not the best saison I've ever had, I wish it was a little bit spicier, but the dry finish is nice, and the sweetness is kept in check. Worth a look to be sure.

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Photo of beerismysavior
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very feint aroma with a hint of lemongrass and old pine needles. Lemongrass aroma lends a certain zesty characteristic. My nose detects a characteristic tartness to this beer.

Appearance: Pale straw color with bright white foamy head. Pours beautifully into a tulip glass with a significant head formation and solid lacing characterisitcs.

Taste: Mellow flavor with characteristic juicy citrus qulaity. Hint of spice, reminds me of and/or would pair well with grilled pineapple over a lemon vinaigrette salad. Yummm...

Mouthfeel: Bright carbonation lifts off the pallet, extremely thirst-quenching quality to this beer. Somewhat dry beer, beautiful balance of juicy with a drying quality.

Overall: Happy to have gotten this beer way later than I should have. All the cellaring had been done for me, and it still held up. Really easy-drinking, takes me back to summer time during these frigid months.

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Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Linkery under the name of "Saison Diego" but is supposed to be identical to the Summer Saison. Tastes so much different (and better) than the cask version I had last year.

Warm, rich brew with a distinct Hefeweizen taste. A mellow buttery flavor before the brambly Belgian taste kicks in. Hops and yeasty bitterness make a nice counterpoint to the malty sweetness. Classic Saison flavor profile with a large dose of malt, yeasty funky flavors, and a modest bitter twang. Nice sudsy mouthfeel. Moderately tart with a dry, mineral aftertaste.

The label of the bottled version says it brewed with Seville orange peel, ginger, and grains of paradise.

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Photo of nataku00
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A summer beer in the winter months but found this bottle noodling around in the back of a shelf as I was looking for a nice beer to go with roast chicken. Beer is a hazy pale golden color with two fingers of bright white foamy head. Head dissipates slowly, leaving some thick lacing along the inside of the glass, until a half finger collar of bubbly foam remain. Tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is a light grains and biscuit malt, some light floral and citrus aromas and some fruity esters that remind me of green grapes and white peaches. Mild aromas overall.

Taking a sip, stronger floral and citrus flavors accompany the biscuit malts and fruity esters. Decently refreshing beer, finishing dry on the tongue with only light lingering floral flavors on the tongue.

Light body and effervescent, carbonation softly sweeps your tongue clean and dry. Easy drinking and refreshing saison.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. into chalice

A: Looks good. Slightly hazy bright gold with sediment floating about. Thick effervescent white head that has good retention. Good lacing. Looks like a Duvel with some sediment and more haze.

S: Smells phenolic (mostly apple and pear.) Yeast and other spices are also noticeable.

T: Starts off peppery and cracked wheat notes. Bit of apple and pear come in after that. Finishes yeasty, dry, and slightly spicy. Very good and easy-drinking. Also quite traditional. I don't believe the original saisons were such high alcohol like many of them are today. I'd imagine they were something like this.

Lots of flavor and goodness, especially considering it's only 4.5%. Quite the achievement here.

M: Great. Really easy drinking. Carbonation is nice and prickly. Body is slightly less than medium and coarse. Very nice.

O: This is a great saison. It's not balls-to-the-wall crazy like many others out on the market, but it has a lot of drinkability, great taste, and solid all around. Like I said, this is an exceptional traditional saison. Pick it up if you see it.


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Photo of Philousa
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Green Flash taproom 12/30/11.

Pours a golden hazy straw color with a thin head sitting on top. A punch of citrusy, musky yeast in the nose and not much else. Spice up front tickles the nose; lemon and orange zest flavors end in a funky spice and mild hop bitterness. Middling finish with a balanced feel makes this a very drinkable beer.

I love Saisons, but the thing I don't like is that there isn't much difference between them. Green Flash has actually succeeded in making a different tasting Saison. This is super light, despite being unfiltered. It's very light on everything in the beer, from the lemony zest to the barely there hop bitterness. Easily the most drinkable Saison. I just wish I had this during the 100 degree weather I experienced this summer. It's made for hot weather, but good any time.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Green Flash.

A: Transparent yellow gold with a big white head.

S: Pronounced pepper blends with grainy malt and a light bitterness. Esters remind me of granny smith apple and pear. Orange peel is evident, as are grains of paradise.

T: Pepper-like phenols with apple and pear. Low bitterness accompanies grain, orange pith, and earth. No alcohol is evident.

M: Light by with high carbonation.

Overall: A pleasant low alcohol Saison.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of ivory colored head. Great head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Grassyness & mown hay, white pepper, plus grainyness

T: Follows the nose, a slight bit of yeasty twang, some lemony & a touch of band-aids up front. I do pick up some orange peels once this warms along with grainy notes, a touch of grains of paradise too & bit of grapefruit bitterness. Finishes grassy, crisp & with some serious bitterness derived from the orange peels

MF: Light/medium bodied, crisp carbonation

On the low end if the ABV scale, but probably more in line with what Belgian farmers were brewing & giving to their farm hands I'm sure, Very drinkable, but not terribly interesting

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Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. No bottling dates. Reviewed 2/6/11.

Clear, yellow-golden body. Big, bone-white head billows up and settles to a thin covering with tiny bubbles. Moderate lacing.

Yeasty and earthy aromas. Good spice profile, with aromas of ginger and pepper (likely from the grains of paradise). Hint of cinnamon. Grassy hops. A little soapy smelling.

Crisp at first, with grassy hops. Musty earthiness from the yeast. Cereal grains mid-palate. Pepper spices give way to a subtle ginger bite. Quickly leads into a soapy, slightly woody hop finish. Low on bitterness, with a developing citrus twang. Slight tickle from the soft carbonation.

A sessionable saison? Great idea, and very well done.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an imperial pint. Slightly hazy bright yellow with a 2-finger white head, retention was decent, not much lace left.

Smell/taste - Smell is a bit faint, but not bad, reminds me of a hefeweizen. Taste is also very hefeweizen - huge banana especially, clove/spice, lemon, citrus, yeast and some bread. Not much of a hop presence.

Nice mouthfeel, good body for 4.5%, carbonation is at a good place, easy drinking.

I did enjoy this, but didn't really feel like a saison at all, so I knocked some points off.

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Green Flash Summer Saison from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.