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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 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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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!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of impending
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a light crystal clear nice yellow, towering dense pure white head recedes leaving clumping froth.

Solid rich saison aroma with no funk, nice hops.

Taste is much more farmhouse than the smell. Fairly sweet beginning, near zero bitter, mild dry finish. Aftertaste delivers the hops which almost are a stand-in for funk. Pleasant prickly mouthfeel.

Superb example of how a low abv can deliver in all measures. Nice brew to serve with lunch.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.8/5  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.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +5%
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.


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Photo of rtepiak
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of DovaliHops
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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..

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