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Treasure Chest - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Treasure ChestTreasure Chest

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dmsohyea on 06-13-2011)
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5/5  rDev +41.2%

11-19-2011 16:44:12 | More by Rempo
Photo of nanobrew


4/5  rDev +13%

11-14-2011 16:17:58 | More by nanobrew
Photo of biglobo8971


3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 01:40:47 | More by biglobo8971
Photo of oline73


2.28/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 01:24:00 | More by oline73
Photo of seeswo


2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 03:20:31 | More by seeswo
Photo of amphion1065


3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 03:27:12 | More by amphion1065
Photo of MrVonzipper


2.25/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 06:39:12 | More by MrVonzipper
Photo of jbeatty

New York

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:02:22 | More by jbeatty
Photo of HopHead84


3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 03:06:10 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Bendurgin


3.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 02:38:25 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of auroracrisis


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:19:10 | More by auroracrisis
Photo of ehammond1

2.48/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:06:14 | More by ehammond1
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 05:54:35 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of badboyrsl84


3.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 06:07:35 | More by badboyrsl84
Photo of SDDanC


3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 17:46:07 | More by SDDanC
Photo of AgentZero


2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 14:55:30 | More by AgentZero
Photo of womencantsail


3.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 19:59:15 | More by womencantsail
Photo of MasterSki


3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 16:15:53 | More by MasterSki
Photo of Halcyondays


4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle, thanks Andrew,

A: Pours a deep gold to orange with a firm white head leaving solid lace.

S: Very flowery, honeysuckle and daises, with some leathery Brett.

T: Strong direct citrus hop character which is matched well by the Brett. Hint of funk, leather, earth, reminds me a bit of Wild Devil.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth with some biting carbonation.

O: Green Flash makes another impressive Belgian-style brew, I'm glad I got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 21:46:17 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of largadeer


3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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)

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 05:53:49 | More by largadeer
Photo of FARGO619


4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my kind of beer, but have been looking forward to trying this. I knew from the beginning I wouldn't be knocking it down even if I didn't like it. If I didn't like it I would not have given it a review.
Poured a dark golden brown with a white head that lingered for a bit. Sweet sugar, maple, orange peel, and slight citrus danced in the glass. Floral aroma hit the nose from the get-go. Sweetened up a bit-slightly hoppy. Very little note of hop, but it was there. I enjoyed it. Worth the case. When in San Diego visit Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 02:36:32 | More by FARGO619
Photo of NoSignsOfPain


3.68/5  rDev +4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 23:21:28 | More by NoSignsOfPain
Photo of cocoapuph


3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 06:14:23 | More by cocoapuph
Photo of cb462


3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Spiegelau snifter.

A: Golden amber with a 3/4" fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Brett/bready yeast, light strawberry, lemon rind, light band-aid, light stone fruit hop aroma, lightly floral. Very nice.

T: Citrus hops, bready yeast, light band-aid, a tad of brett funk, flower petal (floral) ass end. Not too bad, but the nose is the key player for this right now.

M: Medium/light body, nice crisp carbonation. Clean and refreshing.

D: Not my favorite BPA, but a nice offering. I am looking forward to drinking this every couple of weeks over the next couple of months or so to see how the brett evolves this.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 23:28:48 | More by cb462
Photo of dmsohyea


4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle on the release day. Taster glass.

A: Pours a dark yellow with one finger head. Some lacing and good head retention.

S: Smells pretty hoppy for a Belgian. Good piny and citrusy notes, and some clearly funky brett bubbling up underneath. Quite a complex aroma, not bad at all.

T: Taste follows the nose quite closely. Tastes like a nice, hoppy American pale ale with a good amount of brett. Some lemony flavors and some other various citrus fruit round out the finish. However, this one is nice and hoppy all the way through with some pleasant funk and a touch of sour. Some people had mentioned some band aid flavors, but I wasn't catching too much of that.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body. Nice, but nothing to write home about.

O: Overall an interesting beer that I think will change drastically as the brett has a chance to do it's thing. I love the hopped up attitude it had fresh, but will probably age gracefully.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 07:11:34 | More by dmsohyea
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Treasure Chest from Green Flash Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.