Green Flash Summer Saison - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tonistruth on 09-01-2007

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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 72
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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.

Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into my Sierra Nevada glass. Golden yellow in color with a thin and bubbly white head to. Pretty nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has some crisp, pilsner like malts to it mixing with some Belgian yeast spice. I get a little clove to it out of the yeast. Some brighter, refreshing lemony citrus is present as well.

The taste shows a lot of the Belgian yeast spice throughout the flavor. Midway some of the sweeter grainy malts come through, while in the finish I get more of a bitter citrus rind presence.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a pretty good beer, but not outstanding in the style. It was flavorful and pretty easy drinking but the spice and bitter citrus rind felt a little harsh at times. Overall an enjoyable beer though.

Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Sporadic spots and streaks of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with a good amount of zesty spice, alcohol, bready yeast and light/citrus fruit. Subtle barnyard presence with hints of grass and hay which is complimented nicely by spicy pepper, coriander and ginger. I don't know that I would have picked up ginger on my own but knowing that it's there makes it stand out. Faint alcohol presence along with a prominent fruit character in the nose. Hints of apple/pear but the citrus notes really stand out with some grapefruit and a strong orange rind presence.

Medium bodied with a slight dry, earthy funk character that's countered by the zesty spice and very sweet fruit flavor. Bready yeast adds some nice flavor and fullness to the palate. Spice is most prominent up front with some pepper, coriander and ginger. This is countered by a very sweet light fruit/citrus character. Hints of apple and pear with a very strong grapefruit and orange peel flavor. Slight dry finish.

Overall this beer s pretty flavorful and easy to drink but it's a touch too sweet for my liking. It could use some more earthy funk to balance things out a bit but I still enjoyed it.

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.

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 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

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 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.

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

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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/3/08. On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours a cloudy gold and wmall white head. Aroma of wheat, lots of spices. Flavor is wheaty with a spicy finish (pepper, clove). Somehow I had a feeling that this would taste a lot like the Southern Tier Cherry Saison and I was right. More wheat beer/hefe like than a saison, but it was tasty.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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.

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

Fair take on a light and pleasing saison.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Repeat poor label design based on a painting of a beach/sunset view from a balcony. One liner noting main style and ingredients. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy straw pour with a good 1" of frothy head, fair retention, with moderate surface memory and lacing.

S - Nose is fair earthy and yeasty with a good fruitiness. A bit generic and mellow but pleasing.

T - Fruity and lightly zesty, good yeasty sense with a touch of spice. The complexity hinted by the orange peel, ginger and grains of paradise is not quite there… But the profile overall works well.

M - Light/medium body with moderate carbonation, fair sense of permanence in the finish.

O - All things considered this flows pretty well without much to be remembered for other than a nice drinking experience.

Notes: Nothing outstanding here, but the brew is all kinds of decent, the price/quality ration is pretty good and could be picked up for a social if it were available.

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 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!

Photo of srandycarter
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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!

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 Floydster
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

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Green Flash Summer Saison from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.