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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

129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tonistruth on 09-01-2007)
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abrethanson

California

2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 16:52:42 | More by abrethanson
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brandonasplundh

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-03-2012 17:34:10 | More by brandonasplundh
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JosiahS

California

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 00:36:49 | More by JosiahS
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PintOHops

California

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 00:27:13 | More by PintOHops
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cdugan

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-20-2012 21:18:26 | More by cdugan
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mcallister

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-19-2012 19:52:43 | More by mcallister
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-13-2012 15:45:13 | More by Whiskeydeez
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-08-2012 22:26:54 | More by John11486
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 22:45:43 | More by DaveBlack
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Popp24

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-01-2012 00:29:12 | More by Popp24
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sd123

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-30-2012 02:22:03 | More by sd123
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jskennedy

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-27-2012 03:16:58 | More by jskennedy
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beerismysavior

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 01:57:09 | More by beerismysavior
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mactrail

Washington

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 01:47:24 | More by mactrail
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MareInfinitus

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-16-2012 04:51:09 | More by MareInfinitus
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nataku00

California

3.5/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:25:41 | More by nataku00
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TTAmod

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6%
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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Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:10:04 | More by TTAmod
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Philousa

California

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 05:29:06 | More by Philousa
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Grebdioz

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-27-2011 10:01:43 | More by Grebdioz
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HopHead84

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 17:09:52 | More by HopHead84
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Biketopia

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-19-2011 02:24:30 | More by Biketopia
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iSrALE

Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-18-2011 21:58:56 | More by iSrALE
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev -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

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 03:28:30 | More by russpowell
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.5%

11-27-2011 01:26:15 | More by barnzy78
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-24-2011 20:18:34 | More by daveytheformer
Green Flash Summer Saison from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.