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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 6
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tonistruth on 09-01-2007)
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

hpthebull, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

Halcyondays, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of rdr2006
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

rdr2006, Dec 06, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

msarver16, Jun 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

sd123, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

SFC21, Jul 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

brandonasplundh, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

MareInfinitus, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

theempire, May 08, 2012
Photo of Northsider
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

Northsider, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

JizackFH, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of Nay
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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?

Nay, May 31, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

ocelot2500, Aug 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Gstolas, Dec 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Mikeymcglynnigan, May 01, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

DefenCorps, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Boto, Aug 23, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

beagle75, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of FanofHefe
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

FanofHefe, Aug 30, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

ffejherb, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of m1ked
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

m1ked, Aug 23, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

A-

TTAmod, Jan 08, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

DovaliHops, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  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.

ehammond1, Jul 15, 2011
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Green Flash Summer Saison from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.