Treasure Chest - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 87
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dmsohyea on 06-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 87
Photo of MrVonzipper
2.28/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a real nice rich caramel color with a solid dense frothy eggshell colored head with excellent retention and light lacing.

Here's where it goes downhill. The semi bretty Belgian yeast along with the hop character just really work against each other to create a band-aid smell.

The same thing with nose is going on with the flavor x5. The conflicting yeast and hops create a huge funky band-aidy flavor that is very off-putting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with pretty high carbonation.

Overall this beer is unfortunately a hot mess. I was told this by Ehammond1 who gave me this beer and I didn't want to believe him. But it is actually just like he described. Very disappointing. (692 characters)

Photo of oline73
2.36/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear amber color with two fingers of thick off white head. Decent retention.

Smell: A lot funkier than I thought it would be. A strong sour/funky note from the yeast dominates. There are some citrus and herbal qualities, but mostly funk.

Taste: Very funky and hoppy at the same time. This creates a very medicinal/band aid type taste that I can't say I am a fan of. Some sweetness and hop bitterness, but I can't get past the off flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, aggressively tingly carbonation, slightly dry finish.

Overall: Didn't really enjoy the smell of this beer, and the taste was worse. I wouldn't have another. (701 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
2.47/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle (2011)

Green Flash Brewing Co.
Mira Mesa, CA

Somewhat murky orange and amber with a thick, white head. Very little lacing down the glass.

Belgian (Brett?) yeast, some citrus and banana, bread, and lots of Band-Aid/rubber in the aroma. It's not all that appealing because the strong rubber and Band-Aid aroma is dominant, unfortunately. Perhaps that will mellow over time, but right now, it's a real hindrance.

Fortunately, the beer is a bit more tasty than the aroma would indicate, though not by much. The Band-Aid flavor is still largely present, followed by Belgian yeast, some clove? and banana, along with a mild bitterness.

Thin to medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

A below average Belgian pale done in by unfortunate rubbery Band-Aid flavors. (764 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Alex for sharing this and the purchaser for helping support the conservation of one of my favorite body parts.

A - Amber colored beer with a nice sized head that had pretty solid retention. Nice lacing.

S - Phenol, yeast, floral and grass notes, some honey. It's fitting for the style, but it's not a good take on it, and there are some strange chemical notes in there as well. A little alcohol comes up too, which is too much considering the ABV.

T - Too much yeast, somewhat bready, not a ton going on. A little bit of floral and hay taste, but this is not a good tasting beer.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Framboise for a Cure was a fantastic beer that raised money for this cause. Drinking this makes me think the brewers hate boobs. I'll pass. (780 characters)

Photo of brentk56
2.77/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Just like the label, this beer is a real looker, with a massive head sitting atop the pale amber liquid, just as pleased with herself as she could be; nice lace, too

Smell: The chick on the label looks a bit skanky, however, and the aroma here reinforces that impression, with a phenolic, rubbery edge as well as a sweaty character

Taste: Up front, the taste is not so bad, with a Belgian malt character, but by mid-palate, the hops and the phenols start to battle it out; after the swallow, the band-aid flavor that others have noted asserts itself

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: How could Green Flash have done so well with Rayon Vert yet messed it up so badly with this one, particularly in support of such a worthy cause?

Thanks, jodan, for the opportunity (821 characters)

Photo of seeswo
2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very nice, overcarbonated orangey color that looks very nice. The nose has light citrus flavors, breadiness and a pretty agressive vinegar. Comes together so/so, but it is unclear if that is intentional. The taste is extremely funky and a bit sour. Like a cherry sweetness, with a bready, light hop flavor. I can't tell if it is intentional or not, but it does not work for me. Really, not a big fan. (408 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.81/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this tick with me at my place the other day. The label is the best part about this beer unfortunately.

Beer is yellow, mostly clear, huge head, decent retention, white, medium and large bubbles, minimal lacing, lots of carbonation. Looks OK I guess.

Aroma is like a cheaper version of Orvall but not in a good way, bandaids all the way. Smells like a Brett c beer.

Apparently a Brett c contamination, beer is thin, airy on the palate but dry and medicinal. Harsh, strong, difficult to drink, didn't drink much of it anyway, not a repeat. (575 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very cloudy shade of orange with an extremely huge white head that fades quickly. Nice carb, beer is hideous though

S- light citrus, mild funk. Can't get a good grip on this

T- brett is loaded up in this one, not much else going on there

M- paper thin. Bleh

O- not a huge fan. Really boring (346 characters)

Photo of SDDanC
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a really light color with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Lots of bready, yeasty, funk, on the nose. On the tongue, there is a good amount of breadyness, which wasnt particularly delightful. a small bit of citrus, maybe grapefruit? Had a lot of yeast in the taste too, which masked a lot of the other flavors. Mouthfeel was strong, carbonation was very pronounce. Overall...well, i agree with the cause, not necessarily the beer. (477 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jodan for this brewery exclusive extra. Apparently I'm supporting boobs with this one. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of white foam that has good retention and leaves behind solid glass-coating lace. Hazy orange-apricot body.

S - Floral hops, Belgian yeast, a sharp tangy phenolic note, and plenty of fruity esters, particularly strawberry. A bit of medicinal funk as well.

T - Taste is sort of dull. Grain and peppery Belgian yeast. There's some mild hop bitterness in the finish. Very bready, and not particularly sweet.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, lightly grainy texture, and a touch of warming alcohol in the finish.

D - It's a pretty average Belgian Pale Ale, with a bit more on the aromatic hop side of things. Love the cause but wish Green Flash had put as much effort into this as Russian River did. (861 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber pour, big white head that leaves some lacing
Smell: Lots of yeast and bread
Taste: Not good, some off notes, lots of yeast and bread, brett also
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, high carbonation
Overall: A bit off, would not purchase again. (256 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks alex

Hazed, almost cloudy golden orange pour with a thicker crop of white head. Slight retention with some webbed lacing on the glass.

Floral hops with touches of fresh cut grass and a dash of citrus. Spice and biscuit bready notes with straw and yeast.

Quick snap of floral hops with a pang of spiciness. Yeasty and bready with biscuit and straw. Fairly refreshing on the palate, soft sweetness and a hint of citrus. Finishes a touch bitter and dry.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, bubbly and a bit thin on the palate. A decent, slightly hoppy Belgian blonde, but probably not something I'd seek out. (653 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into an oversized tulip. Thanks for this extra Alan. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep orange, almost gold, with lively carbonation. The head is huge on this one: there's easily two fingers' worth of yellow-tinted white foam in my glass. After my second pour, the head began to form stiff peaks. Big, soapy bubbles abound.

A surprising amount of tart funk in the nose. There's a strong, almost pungent sourness to the smell. Citrus sweetness, oranges and lemon peel underlie the funkiness. There's also a very prominent Belgian yeast aroma.

Wow, this tastes very funky. Other than Orval, this is the most sour-forward Belgian pale ale I've ever had. The yeast doesn't come through very strongly in the taste, and there are definitely some qualities of a Berliner weisse here. Though initially I detected just a little bit of bitterness in the finish, as this beer warmed it took on a bitter astringency.

The mouthfeel is very nice - light, crisp, and refreshing.

An interesting take on the style, diminished by the one-note character of the taste. Though the funky sourness was well done, a varied flavor profile would have made it more interesting and enjoyable. (1,185 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks alex for this rare brewery only tick it was amazingly rare amber dark good retention nice lace smells like flowers manure strawberries tastes boring bitter pale ale Belgian yeast subtle faint spiciness weak finish thin body decent beer at least it's a good cause (boobs) (277 characters)

Photo of biglobo8971
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Jodan for this bottle.
poured from bottle into a pub glass
faint orange with a reddish hue. Very fizzy head with lacing present the whole glass.
taste is very bready, with a faint hint of hops. The yeast is the most present taste. The resoning taste is bitter hops.
The mouthfeel takes a hit because this beer is very carbonated. Almost seltzer like, very fizzy. Almost to the annoying stage.
Overall not a bad beer, not my favorite Green Flash, would drink again, but not actively search for it. (506 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing too exciting. (500 characters)

Photo of jbeatty
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 8/14/2011

A: Pours translucent copper, fluffy white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Fresh, soft yeasty nose with herbal hops, a nice West Coast twist of some brighter citrus hops as well, and lighter, biscuity malts.

T: Follows the nose, with more of the citrus hop flavor coming though. Light malt backbone, herbal bitterness and finally a hint of brett.

M: Thin in the mouth, but sharp and crisp, with some creamy carbonation helping to fill things out a bit as it goes down. I could easily drink a few of these.

O: Really nice, as I prefer hoppier pale ales. Flavorful, smooth, and easy to drink- can't ask for much more here. (652 characters)

Photo of cocoapuph
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a refrigerator chilled bottle poured into a tulip.

The color was a nice bronze-orange/peach with a good looking head that slowly dissipated over time.

Aromas hinted at candied grapefruit and pepper. Also smelled a bit like a medicine cabinet and funky glue.

The taste consisted of a spicy peppery kick. Was about a medium on a hoppiness scale. Aftertaste was that of potpourri and first-aid kit... or what I would imagine those to taste like. Definitely funky.

This was refreshing for sure. The bitter flavors hang around a bit with the light body of the beer.

Wasn't a bad drink, wasn't the best. Will definitely try another in the next week or so to see if brett will transform the complexity of the flavors. (726 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a huge cream colored head. Good retention, mild lacing left on the glass.

S - Yeast, bannana, nuts, and floral.

T - Just like the smells, but with a hop bite.

D - Loads of carbonation.

O - Good, and you can feel the Belgium presence. (307 characters)

Photo of badboyrsl84
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden brown with a white head.

Smell - that funky belgian bananas and some__ malt present

Taste- hops and carbonation up front with a beautiful belgian taste in the finish. Hops presence in the aftertaste.

Overall- a little more carbonation than I like but overall its good. (286 characters)

Photo of NoSignsOfPain
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip

This BPA poured a nice, deep golden color with a good three-finger high head along with great head retention and lacing along the edges of the glass. The smell is a tad on the funkier side with herbal, resinous notes. The taste does not entirely reflect the smell however-- this BPA is hop forward with citrus/herbal/resinous notes that fades rather quickly. This one is well carbonated with a good mouthfeel. Overall, it's a solid beer that's quite refreshing in this warm, California weather! (526 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Randy. Thanks homey. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a clear amber color with three fingers of creamy biege head. It settles with sticky lace.

Bready yeast is right up front on the aroma. A little bit of a citrus fruit character in the background with a little bit of spicy hops. Seems to have a bit of a corriander aroma to it. The flavor mirrors the aroma nicely. Bready yeast with a bit of orange fruit to it. A little bit of spicy hops finish it out somewhat bitterly.

The body is a little sticky and syrupy with lower carbonation than I had expected. Pretty tasty brew here. Glad to have tried it. (620 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brian for picking up a case of this and splitting part of it with me.

A: The pour is amber in color with a rather large white head.

S: I like the smell on this one. Floral and spicy with quite a lot of yeast. There's a mild bread note and not much sweetness. Not a super pronounced Brettanomyces character, but there is a bit of leather to it.

T: The flavor isn't quite as good. Spicy and yeasty, with some light floral notes. The Brettanomyces character is once again subdued in terms of the flavors. Bready malt is about all the sweetness this one has. A light bitterness and maybe just a hint of fruit.

M: The body is somewhat light with a crisp, dry feel and high carbonation.

O: This seems to be a somewhat polarizing beer. I thought it was nice, but others didn't like it so much. To each his own. (818 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8/10/2011

Bottle opened at home and poured into a snifter. I've had three of four of these since the release, but never properly reviewed one.

A: Dark orange with a slight haze (chill haze, perhaps) and a mountain of white froth that lingers for a few minutes before receding into a thin white layer. Lacing forms sheets on the glass.

S: Apple, pineapple, and a dash of breadiness. Floral notes abound. There's evident clove and a touch of band aid, the strength of which has waned since the beer's release.

T: A peppery spiciness accompanies floral notes and a light earthy, piney bitterness. Fruit reminds me of apple and pear. There's a little band aid midpalate, but it's mild and seems to be fading each time I try this. Malt is light and bready. The finish is dry and spicy.

M: Lower medium body with a lower high level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

Overall: This gets better each time I try it, and I'm enjoying it quite a bit. Refreshing, light, and easy to drink. (996 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a copper color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. My bottle was a little flat from leaking, which can account for it having no head but I am not factoring that into the score.

Smells like bready Belgian yeast and hops, with some band aid and cheese thrown in. This beer is still young, but it is already showing some surprising funk characteristics already.

The taste is a sourdough hop bite, with a touch of band aid. Resiny and pine like hop flavor. Some cheesey funk rounds out the edges of the yeast and hops. Sweet, biscuity malts in the background are a little more noticeable once the beer warms.

Mouthfeel was thin-medium and a little flat. My bottle leaked a bit in transit so I decided to give a fair average of what the others scored the beer as for mouthfeel.

Overall, not bad. A good interpretation of the style and glad I was able to try it. As far as brett pale ales go, there are better ones out there but this one has a nice funk for being so young. (1,022 characters)

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Treasure Chest from Green Flash Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.