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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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72 Reviews
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Reviews: 72
Hads: 133
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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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Reviews: 72 | Hads: 133
Photo of notchucknorris
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saison Diego

A: Extremely pale in color resembling a golden clear lager.

S: Ginger and fruit spices caress the nose and dominate the senses

T:Tthis one is a very delicious farmhouse ale with unique complexity  of gingerbread, grassy flavors with a mix of light citrus.

M: This one is uniquely dry which i love. The carbonation is high, flavor is bold and the tongue craves more.

O: A delicious saison that i would love to pair with a food combo. Not my favorite style but a great beer overall.

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Photo of abrethanson
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Tulip

A - A pretty clear straw color with lots of visible carbonation, and a 2-finger white head. The head retention seems to be decent, and I got some splotches left on my glass at the end.

S - Upfront is very noticeable grassy, lemon citrus and floral characteristics that almost comes off skunky. I also pick up soft cracker with banana and a touch of clove. Overall it smells citrusy and bright.

T - It's pretty astringent throughout. The first thing I get is lemon citrus and zests. Quickly following is soft cracker with banana and clove towards the finish. It finishes very dry and very astringent, with lite-moderate bitterness.

M - Highly carbonated with a tight champagne like crispness. Medium bodied.

O - I think the smell and the appearance are very inviting. I also liked the flavors of the beer, but I didn't like the high level of astringency and dryness of it. I felt that the carbonation was a bit to champagne like as well, and very filling. Overall I liked it but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy and kind of a dark yellow color. Pour yields about two fingers of fluffy white head. The head disappears quickly down to 1/2 finger then just kind of...stays

S: A LOT of banana/apple/pear in this brew, overlaying a grainy sweetness and a slight peppery spiciness.

T: Very yeasty taste up front, and thankfully not nearly as fruity as the nose led me to believe. Still a fair amount of the banana taste in the yeast, and the beer has some nice tingly spices at the end in the form of ginger. Dry finish.

M: Relatively light with quite a lot of carbonation.

O: A tasty beer, maybe not the best saison I've ever had, I wish it was a little bit spicier, but the dry finish is nice, and the sweetness is kept in check. Worth a look to be sure.

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Photo of beerismysavior
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very feint aroma with a hint of lemongrass and old pine needles. Lemongrass aroma lends a certain zesty characteristic. My nose detects a characteristic tartness to this beer.

Appearance: Pale straw color with bright white foamy head. Pours beautifully into a tulip glass with a significant head formation and solid lacing characterisitcs.

Taste: Mellow flavor with characteristic juicy citrus qulaity. Hint of spice, reminds me of and/or would pair well with grilled pineapple over a lemon vinaigrette salad. Yummm...

Mouthfeel: Bright carbonation lifts off the pallet, extremely thirst-quenching quality to this beer. Somewhat dry beer, beautiful balance of juicy with a drying quality.

Overall: Happy to have gotten this beer way later than I should have. All the cellaring had been done for me, and it still held up. Really easy-drinking, takes me back to summer time during these frigid months.

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Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Philousa
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Green Flash taproom 12/30/11.

Pours a golden hazy straw color with a thin head sitting on top. A punch of citrusy, musky yeast in the nose and not much else. Spice up front tickles the nose; lemon and orange zest flavors end in a funky spice and mild hop bitterness. Middling finish with a balanced feel makes this a very drinkable beer.

I love Saisons, but the thing I don't like is that there isn't much difference between them. Green Flash has actually succeeded in making a different tasting Saison. This is super light, despite being unfiltered. It's very light on everything in the beer, from the lemony zest to the barely there hop bitterness. Easily the most drinkable Saison. I just wish I had this during the 100 degree weather I experienced this summer. It's made for hot weather, but good any time.

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


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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an imperial pint. Slightly hazy bright yellow with a 2-finger white head, retention was decent, not much lace left.

Smell/taste - Smell is a bit faint, but not bad, reminds me of a hefeweizen. Taste is also very hefeweizen - huge banana especially, clove/spice, lemon, citrus, yeast and some bread. Not much of a hop presence.

Nice mouthfeel, good body for 4.5%, carbonation is at a good place, easy drinking.

I did enjoy this, but didn't really feel like a saison at all, so I knocked some points off.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of californiakebab
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went up to the new brewery and picked up a growler of this...pours a brilliant straw gold with a silky white head that leaves plenty of rings around the glass. Even after it's been sitting for awhile there's still head on it! Aromas of tart orange, lemon, some faint belgian esters of clove. The taste mirrors the aroma with lots of citric flavors, and an element of tangy, tartness. Some spice comes through towards the end, along with dryness. It gets a little puckering once the glass warms up. This is a very well attenuated beer with a light body, and a dry finish, which is exactly what a great saison should be. Overall, highly drinkable and refreshing...I like how its only 4.3%, seems there aren't many Belgian's out there with this much character at a lower ABV. Another great job by GF.

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Photo of KDawg
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice head and a clear lighter gold color. Pungent with tones of oranges, spices, citrus tones and even some floral tones. Lighter on the palate, but not lacking at all. Smooth with more prominent spices. This is a real good domestic saison

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Boto
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
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...."

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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