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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

131 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
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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2/5  rDev -47.6%

JustinMatthew, May 06, 2012
Photo of Floydster
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%

12 ounce goblet at Liar's Club in Mission Beach, San Diego

First taste was good, but then gets too sweet

Golden color with a 1/4 inch white head

Far too fruity with oranges taking over any other tastes

Tasted like Tropicana juice had been thrown into the mix with beer

People made a big deal out of this summer seasonal at the bar, but I could have done without it

Floydster, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of abrethanson
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%

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.

abrethanson, Mar 11, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

zonker17, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of tonistruth
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%

on tap @ Hamilton's in San Diego, CA

A- hazy gold, elegant 1 1/2" white head, good retent, spotty and thin white lacing

S- floral, grainy, wheat

T- wet grain, strong wheat character, malt sweetness, simple, grassy

M- medium body, crisp, coarse from carbonation

D- does summer mean boring? decent at best. a good brewery shouldn't dumb down a good style for "summer"

tonistruth, Sep 01, 2007
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

tpacek, Apr 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

ajcantu, Sep 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

barnzy78, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of charlzm
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

charlzm, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%

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...."

Rhettroactive, Aug 20, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -17.5%

(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.

trappistlover, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of illidurit
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Opaque gold color with a billowing white head. Aroma is wheaty with some banana notes. Also some citrus, but a distinct lack of spiciness. Flavor is mainly banana pith and lemon meringue. Again, not really any spice. Comes off sweet and underattenuated. Good mouthfeel but this is really just a typically uninspired American attempt at a Belgian style.

illidurit, Jul 09, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Quafftastic, Jun 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

rprinz22, Apr 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

brbrocc, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of TrevorGW
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%

Nice golden color some good lacing around the glass.

The aroma and flavor are pretty much what you expect from a saison: very fruity, spicy and dry. Plenty of apple notes, giving it a fresh feel. There is a faint taste of soap, but nothing too harsh. Very refreshing and sweet.

Another winner from Green Flash.

TrevorGW, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of JosiahS
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

JosiahS, Mar 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

iSrALE, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

nataku00, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Biketopia, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

cdugan, Feb 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

malfunxion, Aug 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Fattsmagee, Apr 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

MarkyMOD, Apr 12, 2012
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Green Flash Summer Saison from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.