Green Flash Summer Saison - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Summer SaisonGreen Flash Summer Saison

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very good

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 133
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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 Halcyondays
4.86/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA, had 2 servings because it was so good,

A: Pours a bright golden colour, with a somewhat fizzy white head which has surprisingly good retention and leaves some nice Belgian lacing.

S: Great nose, one of the best smelling beers I have had in a long time, fruit, flowers, orange, smells a lot like a summer meadow.

T: Taste is fantastic, lemon zest, sweet orange, mixes with mild coriander spice and pepper, malty, dry, but has enough residual sugar to bring it to the forefront at times, yeast brings some Granny Smith apple character adding tart acidity to the already complex flavour, absolutely delicious, the best Saison I have ever had.

M: Mouthfeel is superb for this style of beer, dry, smooth, very easy to drink.

D: This beer is real good, could have drunk this all day if it weren't $5.50 a pop, would drink this wherever it's on-tap, haven't been this excited about a new brew since PtE and Firestone 11, how do they get that much flavour into a 4.5% beer? Great job Green Flash. (1,041 characters)

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. (440 characters)

Photo of Northsider
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fountainhead Chicago as part of saison event.

Another brilliant beer! Saison is quickly becoming my favorite style. Appearance was cloudy yellow with good white head. Taste was very citrusy and wheaty. Mouthfeel was smooth.

Overall, a great great beer! (264 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at the bowery Whole Foods in NYC.

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. It has a nice fluffy 2.5-finger white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind a nice sheet of sticky lace on the glass.

S - The nose starts off with some nice light fruits and spice aroma. I am getting some green apple, white grape, and pear. There is a light barnyard scent to it. There are some lemon and yeast aromas as well.

T - The taste starts off with some nice light maltiness and spice flavors. There are some flavors of green apple, pear, white grapes, and lemon. There is a little bit of funkiness and hop flavor to it as well. The finish leaves some lingering hop bitterness and spiciness on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and crisp carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice refreshing feel to it. There is a bit of dryness and mild hop bitterness.

O - This has good drinkability, and I would have no problem having quite a few glasses of this in an evening. Overall, i think it is a really nice saison, and I recommend giving it a try. (1,108 characters)

Photo of Nay
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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? (348 characters)

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. (517 characters)

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. (513 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Capital Ale House: This one pours a hazy golden color. There was a small white head that slowly drifts away and leaves a good amount of lacing. It has a nice nose. Wheat, floral, earthy, light fruits, some spices. Interesting and good taste. Earthy, some spice, lemon, a touch tart. Very Nice! (303 characters)

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. (1,133 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass; no dating on the bottle of label. An aggressive pours yields a clear, light yellow body with plenty of carbonation and a big four-finger white head. Very good retention the settles to a big foam cap, and scattered lacing.

Light fruit in the aroma, mostly pear and apple, with a touch of citrus. Very light note of peppery spice and funky notes from the yeast.

The sweet, light, fruit flavors dominate and are accompanied by the funk and spice from the Belgian yeast. Interesting slight hop bitterness in a very small amount at the end.

Very light mouthfeel that goes down easy. Overall, a little sweeter than most saisons I've had, but it works very well and would be a great regular summer brew. (732 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Green Flash tasting room on 7/10/09.

A - Hazy pale golden/straw-colored body with a light fluffy white head that settled into a patchy film and left lots of sticky, bubbly foam around the glass.

S - Spicy aroma with a mild funky presence suggesting hay, pepper and earthy notes. Some bitter herbal notes also emerged as the liquid warmed up.

T - Spicy flavor overall with pepper, clove and earthy bitter notes. There is also a touch of barnyard funk in the backend that suggests hay and earthy hops. Finishes with a slight herbal hop bite.

M - Light to medium bodied with a light syrupy texture that's a bit watery overall. Finishes with a touch of spice and bitterness on the palate.

D - Really nice saison that featured everything I enjoy about the style. I found this to be a very well-balanced brew with a bit of sweetness, subtle spices and a hint of funk, which resulted in a very flavorful, sessionable saison. (940 characters)

Photo of m1ked
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22 at South Bay pharmacy (which is no longer a pharmacy).

A- pours a hazy, yet bright straw yellow with a huge meringue like head that measures in at 3". Multiple tiny streamers. Looks great.

S- Dusty, grassy, light citrus, light biscuit, little iron/ferrous note.

T- light floral, herbal notes that become second fiddle to the citrus Belgian sweetness, with a little clove and white pepper. The Ginger notes are nice but not overwhelming.

M- light, crisp, refreshing. Finishes dry and crisp.

D- This is a delicious beer, and so easy to enjoy. Great summer refresher. (587 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, bright straw color with a medium-white head. Scent is a little funky with a lot of spice notes. There are some delightful citrus notes with coriander and Belgian yeast. Taste is very well-balanced...not quite as funky as a Fantome or anything like that... but light funk. Some lovely Belgian yeast flavors with nice citrus lemon and orange. A lot of spicy, peppery flavors...Tons of pepper on the back of the tongue. A little floral some bitter hoppiness as well. Mouthfeel is nice and dry with some pleasant crispness. As the name implies...perfect for summer. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is not the best representation of a true Belgian saison, but it is a very tasty beer. (704 characters)

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. (679 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled June 2011; beer purchased at the end of 2010 Summer
A steady pour into my De Glazen Toren tulip produces a two finger thick, pale, just barely off-white colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, gold-copper color that shows a bright, pretty gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a slight musty pale malt note to it up front that makes me think of a damp field of grain that just came out of a summer rain. There is a bright citrus note here that is backed by an earthy spiciness. The malt also contributes a dry, somewhat dusty, cracker like and even fresh crushed pale grain aroma to the nose. After coming back to the aroma after a moment or two away, I can now smell ginger quite distinctly, there is also just a touch of plastic-like phenolics that let you know some sort of Saison Yeast was used here. This beer is definitely dominated by the spice contributions; I certainly prefer a Saison that relies more upon the yeast character and malt / hop contribution to get its primary character, but the spices are at least not completely overwhelming here in the nose.

This has a nicely peppery carbonation and texture to it that works quite well with the light body; the beer nicely foams up as it rolls across my tongue. The beer is quite dry, but has enough malt character to have a suggestion of maltiness to it. The spices are dominant in the flavor, but don’t overly intrude somehow; ginger is the most prominent spice note, but there is also some supporting citrus, some touches of clove like phenolics towards the finish and a spicy bite to the finish that seems equal parts carbonation and ginger, but also perhaps a hint of pepper like character. The malt character is quite soft here, but does produce a touch of chewy bread like character (reminds me a bit of a chewy, not quite whole wheat bread that has a suggestion of some other whole-grain). As the beer warms up a touch more sweetness comes through, and this accentuates, or perhaps rounds out and makes fuller the ginger and orange zest character.

If I am being completely honest, the texture of this beer is damn near perfect; light, refreshing, with a lively carbonation and enough body to keep things interesting, your really can’t ask for much more in a Saison. Visually it is almost as good, though the head isn’t quite as voluminous and fluffy as found in the best examples. The beer itself relies a bit too much on spices rather than upon the lively yeast character that I prefer; the spices have likely been muted quite a bit, if this beer was compared to a fresh sample, and this works out quite well for me. Despite the spice focus, I find that I am quite enjoying this beer. (2,689 characters)

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! (324 characters)

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. (663 characters)

Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/23/2011

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. (459 characters)

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ the Green Flash Brewery

A - Poured a hazed yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus fruits spices and Belgian yeast

T - Follows the nose with citrus fruit spice and Belgian yeast flavors

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is an excellent warm weather beer that I could drink all day long very easy to drink with its good taste worth looking out for to get yourself a pint (453 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery so why the hell not? Golden color , slight spicy smell.The taste was clean with a little spiciness but very refreshing. This would be an awesome summer beer for barbecues and sitting outside. Nice stuff but that is not surprising for Green Flash. (268 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, clove, spices,

taste: citrus, hay, wheat, spices,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very respectable saison. easy drinking and this one is true to style.

Cheers,
The CPJ (281 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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 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.  (363 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden, murky, with a shortish white head. Retention is superb, lacing is okay.

Orange blossom and apple come out in the nose, along with the sweetness of a pale malt. Hops are present but out of the way. Lightness is the only knock.

Lots more citrics in the flavor along with the complexity of some additional spices. Somewhat dry but not too much, somewhat thin, but not too much. Actually this is quite full for a saison.

Tons of flavor for the size; it's very fruity and quaffing. Perhaps some people don't take it very seriously as a result, but I'm impressed. (571 characters)

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