Green Flash Summer Saison - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Summer SaisonGreen Flash Summer Saison

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86
very good

133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | 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 by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with two fingers of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Clean bready yeast, bright lemon citrus, and vinous/fermented chiles form the bulk of this beer's smell. A whiff of bacon-like umami is detected at times.

T: Begins dry, with lightly toasted pilsner malt, bright citrus fruit, and fennel seed. Understated grassy hops emerge in the middle as yeast becomes more assertive, but never funky. Finishes very clean, with a hint of sweetness, leaving the palate refreshed.

M: Thin viscosity, very wet on the palate, with heavy carbonation that prickles the palate.

D: A light saison with bright, clean character that features a few small mis-steps. The hints of smoky umami are out of place stylistically, even though they are fleeting and appealing. The abundance of carbonation is slightly fatiguing due to the filling effect it creates in the stomach. This beer is stylistically similar to, although a step below, the Bruery's Saison de Lente, suggesting the birth of a wonderful West-Coast tradition in saison brewing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Brien's. Pours bright hazy gold with a pillowy white head. Good lacing. Fresh orange peel and coriander nose, with lots of spice and ginger. Yeasty big time. Taste was zesty, lots of orange and orange peel. Tangy peach/apricot bite, almost sour. Very tart and dry. Some have been saying Granny Smith, but to me it was more sour apricot candy with a bitter end. Very easy going down. Liked it.

Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Bright and clear golden. Little to no lacing down the glass.

Wonderfully aromatic beer. Floral, hoppy, spicy, and a tad funky. Very complete saison aroma, and this one seems particularly bright and aromatic.

Not quite as funky in flavor as I may have expected from the aroma, but still a decidedly good saison. Bright floral and hop elements combine for a wonderful drink, though it seems to drink much heavier than a 4.5% ABV beer. Seems far more substantial than the alcohol content would have me believe.

Medium bodied, but a touch heavy and thick in the mouth. I find myself drinking this one slowly.

A bright, floral, hoppy saison.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold taste, good saison. Mildly funky aroma with spice. Above average mouthfeel, bitterness accompanies the ginger, orange and spice. More of a sipper than an after mowing lawn beer, but very good with a mulicoursed meal. Grapefruit coloured body, with retained three-eights of an inch head.

Photo of californiakebab
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went up to the new brewery and picked up a growler of this...pours a brilliant straw gold with a silky white head that leaves plenty of rings around the glass. Even after it's been sitting for awhile there's still head on it! Aromas of tart orange, lemon, some faint belgian esters of clove. The taste mirrors the aroma with lots of citric flavors, and an element of tangy, tartness. Some spice comes through towards the end, along with dryness. It gets a little puckering once the glass warms up. This is a very well attenuated beer with a light body, and a dry finish, which is exactly what a great saison should be. Overall, highly drinkable and refreshing...I like how its only 4.3%, seems there aren't many Belgian's out there with this much character at a lower ABV. Another great job by GF.

Photo of KMcG
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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. 

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Photo of HalfFull
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a New Belgium globe glass. Pours a golden hazed yellow with a thick and rather resilient cap of white foam. Looks good, and offers solid lacing throughout the glass.

Nose of light lemon and a bit of spice, yet pretty solid through the foam. Touch of Belgian-esque yeast is everpresent in a good way.

Flavor is bit muted however and offers a short finish. Decent but short and in fact a bit of a letdown given the pour. Pleasant nonetheless though lacking a bit in body for the style.

Overall a solid offering that might benefit from a bit more residual malt..

Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my ever-trusty Zatec fluted glass from a 22oz bottle. Nice 2 fingers of spongy head with decent retention and average lacing. Nice cloudy golden color. Smells a bit citrusy and corianderish, more like a Belgian white than a Saison in my opinion. Flavor is similar. Definitely leaning toward the Belgian white. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation, slightly creamy. Refreshing, imminently drinkable. A little skewed from style, but definitely achieves what a Saison should. Another winner from Green Flash.

Photo of trappistlover
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(had this on draught at the brewery in Vista). Pours golden with thick white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is grassy, hay, spices. Taste is semi-sweet with some dry bitterness. Light bodied with thin and oily texture. Finish is bitter. This was ok, but I could see having it when it warms up here in Arizona and I'm in the mood for a saison.

Photo of KDawg
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice head and a clear lighter gold color. Pungent with tones of oranges, spices, citrus tones and even some floral tones. Lighter on the palate, but not lacking at all. Smooth with more prominent spices. This is a real good domestic saison

Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a tight, fizzy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of a bit of citrus and spiciness.

Tastes of some pretty mild fruit notes with a spiciness on the back end. Citrus and a bit of sour apple make up the fruits. A touch of grainy sweetness adds in the middle. On the end notes of coriander, white pepper, and some earthy notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, I find it to be quite a good saison, but I wish the price was a little less.

Photo of nataku00
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down leaving some lacing on the surface in the center of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edge.
S: The smell is mostly filled with aromas of orange peel and has notes of spices (from the grains of paradise) and hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste has an interesting contrast between initial flavors of oranges and fruity yeast (with hints of grainy malts) and then a light amount of bitterness and spiciness in the finish.
M: It feels relatively light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It would be a good choice for a hot summer day.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

This bottle was a gift from SirRuss last October, and has been in my cellar since. Cheers, Geez!

A: Clean at first pour, then cloudy as it gets to about the half way mark. It looks as it should: hazy hay-yellow. A two finger head which sticks around for some time is the product of a decent pour. Suitable lacing follows.

S: Like a wet towel left in the hot summer sun all day, then left to dry overnight. It's got a mustiness to it that it just can't shake. Hints of browning banana and crusted ginger are ever present, but the orange zest which it proclaims on the label is simply non-existent.

T: Again, the label states this to be fruit forward and showcasing crisp flavors of orange, ginger and so on. Sadly, it doesn't - this beer is just too remote for it's own good. Is it tasty? Sure, by standard saison standards, but by the lofty expectations set forth on the fugly label? Not so much. Lots of banana and green apple are the dominating flavors here, and they stick around from beginning to end.

M: Good stuff. It's rich and textured. The carbonation is well done, and the creaminess is where it should be.

O: For a standard saison, Green Flash's Summer Saison is above average. For a more unique take on a saison? Meh.

I've had this both fresh and now with some age, and I can tell you that the key flavor profiles you'd look for in this one are not there in either presentation. With some touching up in the offseason, I know Green Flash could make this one stunning brew.

In the mean time, and in the words of Jay-Z, "On to the next one...."

Photo of rdr2006
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stunning brew. Crisp, bright and session able. I have had this on tap at various San Diego pubs in 2008 and it has been consistently excellent. Superior example of the classic farmhouse ale with a light, clean finish and a touch of orange and spice. This was in decent circulation last spring and summer but resurfaced as a welcome surprise in the fall at the Linkery. Perfect kick off to an evening and pairs well with spicy sausage tacos.

Photo of charlzm
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 11/01/08 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Cloudy light yellow beer in a tulip glass. For a head, only a thin ring of foam clings to the sides of the glass.

Powdery, estery, yeasty aroma. Slightly sweet. Touch of ginger.

Flavor is light, almost thin. A suggestion of yeasty bread flirts briefly with the palate before a a faint bitterness finishes up. Not as complex or fruity as expected or desired.

Still and thin in the mouth. More carbonation would probably do wonders for this beer.

As served, not a beer I particularly enjoyed. I'd be willing to try it again, though, to see if this was just on off batch or something.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Green Flash

A: The beer pours a hazy golden straw with a thick white head that leaves good lacing.

S: Up front, nice spice notes to the aroma along with some bready malts. There is plenty of banana and a mild citrus rind note (mostly orange). Hints of white pepper, straw, and grass in the background.

T: The beer is lightly sweet with some notes of straw, citrus peel, and grass. Just a very light bitterness to it. Most of the flavor is in the form of bread and yeast, though there is a mild white pepper and coriander.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high.

O: Nice and light, easy to drink. An appropriate beer for a warm July day in San Diego.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's.

Light straw yellow, dense white head, this is a great looking saison. Nose is excellent. Dry, spicy with white pepper clove and a little floral character, there's a rustic, grainy character. Fantastic! The palate opens, dry, grainy and a touch watery, though that's only because the beer's served too cold. Moderately spicy, the balance on the palate is great. I also detect a mild hibiscus note. Dry, grainy finish, spicy and cripsly carbonated, this is an excellent saison. Highly recommended.

Photo of goldendenizen
4.01/5  rDev +5%
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!

Photo of notchucknorris
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of PintOHops
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Green Flash Summer Saison from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.