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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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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
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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Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - mellow golden color, clear, with good carbonation and about two finger's worth of frothy creamy-white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - definitely spicy, and the orange peel is somewhat noticeable.

Taste and Mouthfeel - the spiciness of it, as in herbs and spices, is very noticeable. There's a bit of a bitter feel in the finish, but not quite like that from hops, but rather more from something like the orange peel. The mouthfeel is a little creamy and/or filmy feeling. The texture itself is also somewhat on the creamy side.

Overall - an interesting brew with a fairly captivating taste range.

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.


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

a surprising render of a unique note. did have a funk to it but somewhat of a french saison yeast note. golden cloudy with a retention. pour was a bit foamy. bubbles tight. grassy nose. palate is wheat and a mild pilsner hint of funk. finish is the most interesting of all. i got a distinct mustard seed. it seems to be spiced well. or the hopping has a unique twist... either way. creative. wonder if its hints of high AA bittering or secondary spicing though. either way... i'm trying it out on my next saison.

Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 corby112
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago.

Appearance - cloudy yellow with a slight froth on top.

Smell - Grassy and herbal with hints of spice and citrus. Lots of aromatic Belgian yeast aromas.

Taste - Grassy and herbal, spicy ginger and corainder, peppery notes, lots of fruity Belgian yeast.

Photo of trappistlover
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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 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.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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 HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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 juhl31
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-yellow, and very clear as a non filtered beer would leave you to believe. crazy retention on that white head though. good amount of bubs to start

-bit of hay smell, some belgian yeast notes, and some minor background fruits

-not a big saison taste. there is a bit of lemony with some banana taste behind the yeast, but not as flavorful as i would like

-decent body for the abv, a bit dry and some bitter feel towards the end

-despite the lack of flavor a bit, i do enjoy it. it is a nice easy drinker and would never mind drinking this on a hot day

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

Photo of beagle75
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of goatgoat
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone tulip. A clear sunny yellow with a thick white head that I wish had stuck around a little longer. No lace. Aroma is light orchard fruits, a nice tangy funk. Don't get much spice in the nose, but the flavor brings more out. A good flavor, finish is bone dry and nicely bitter. Carbonation is a little too filling in the mouth.

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

Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a nice strong golden straw color with some solid haze. Nice 1 inch head recedes slowly and goes down to a nice thin mat.

S - Aroma is a bit mild for my taste. Some slight phenols and spices are up front followed by some clove and nice malt sweetness. Some fruits like grapes and apples.

T & M - The flavor is a bit more like it. A slight musty and tart lemony flavor. Then its followed by some nice mild and sweet malt flavor. Slight clove flavors are present as well and are very prevalent in this beer. Nice and spicy pepper as well and this plus the slight tartness gives it a nice dry finish. There is a slight hop bitterness at the end from the hops that also give it a slight grassy taste on the back end. Great crisp and clean flavors that all work together and enhance each other.

D - Very delicious an with the low ABV a good choice for massive consumption.

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 m1ked
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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

Bomber into a tumbler.

A : Pours a very bright gold with a inch tall white fizzy head, lots of carbonation bubbles rolling to the top.

S : Lots of yeast, peppery spices and a pinch of apricot note.

T : Spicey earthy taste, with a bit of a sweet maltiness. The apricot note from the smell is their, albeit even lighter than then.

M : A nice medium body, quite carbonated but with a smooth finish.

D : This one is gulpable, as a great summer beer should be. Fantastic to cool off on the hot day, but not the best of the style.

Photo of GoalieRon33
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- golden straw colored...sorry to be gross, but was the color of urine... or mountain dew

s- sweet tasting with fruity undertones. decent hop aroma, pungent.

t- slightly bitter with a fruity spice. great tasting overall, very mild but complex

m- solid drink with lower carbonation. medium bodied, similar to a flat soda.

d- easy to drink. although more of a summer beer, can be enjoyed year round. Great "starter" beer for a new to craft market drinker.

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 illidurit
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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 magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Stimack
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try this last evening on tap, this is my first experience to find any Green Flash products on tap so this was a treat. The brew was poured to a nice golden yellow color with a medium sized head that left a sheet of foam on the top of the beer through out the whole experience. The aroma is nice, citrus fruit come to mind with some lemon and orange. Also there in the nose is a nice spicy that could be coming from the yeast and/or actual spices, regardless of how they are there they are a nice welcoming aroma. The flavors of this one seem at first to be light but as it warms a little and this session continues more and more flavors come to mind. Citrus flavors of lemon zest and orange is noticeable at first but the further I get into this one a nice spice flavor come out more and ore. Nice dryer finish, very smooth, somewhat velvety. This is a very good and easy drinking brew that I will look to see if they have in bottles as I see Olivers is now carrying some of there offerings.

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