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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,324 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,324
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 44
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Kopfschuss, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Brew33, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of getbehindthemule
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

getbehindthemule, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of josefnewsong
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep golden color, two fingers white head
S - wow...brett yeast, melon/citrus hops, funky and almost dirty smelling, very strong scent. This is the first time I've actually smelled that cat piss smell that people talk about - and oddly enough it is good albeit a bit off-putting once pinpointed
T - brett yeast spice and funk with some cantaloupe rind and fresh citrus hops. was not expecting such a unique pale - this one truly gets style points. not super clean tasting if you take my meaning, its got some balls to it. The only thing holding it back from a 5 for me is that cat piss characteristic - oddly enjoyable until you think about it. I advise not thinking.
M - crisp and bubbly, especially in the finish, medium-bodied
O - was really surprised at the quality and uniqueness of this beer. two just went down in the cellar. can't wait to see what it turns into over the years

josefnewsong, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Swentzel
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz btl into an over-sized snifter..

Big head that calms down but never really goes away.. Belgian spiciness and some tart/funky tones on the nose.. hops are hiding in the background..

Taste is similar to the noise with spicy/funky Belgian yeast balanced nicely with the bitter hops.. Well carbonated. The tart notes are a welcome additive and leaves the mouth with a light bitter aftertaste..

I really like this beer and drink way too much of it...

Swentzel, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of fiedler84
4/5  rDev +4.4%

fiedler84, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of wcintula
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring gently produces a great head,, ecru, puffy, uneven, leaving lace behind. Smell is a nice balance of malt, honey, dry brett yeast, hops. The taste follows the profile perfectly. I'm picking up a dry smell of plastic or band aid-ness, butt nothing to deter from the enjoy-ability of the beer. Great beer, can't tell it's 7%

wcintula, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Popp24, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

bentonquest, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ADTaber, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

gingersuds, Jan 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

JimmyTango, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Well thats pretty cool the carbonation is so good on this as I pop the cap I can see the bottle top fill with foam. In the glass I get a full inch of head that quickly turns to a patchy lace ring. Color is a hazy dark tinted amber/orange.

S - The nose smells promising with Belgium yeast spiciness, lemon and some floral hops.

T - Not really bad but the hops are pretty dry and piney in this. The sweetness of the Belgium sugar balance is minimal and it's hard to make out any other flavors because of how dry the hopping is.

M - Medium bodied and kind of hard to drink. Could use less hops.

Overall I have had more balanced Belgium pale ales but this one seems to be a Belgium IPA since the level of hopping is kind of excessive. One and done.

DrDemento456, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

ninner00, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of output01x
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that just never seems to go away. The body is a cloudy sunburst orange amber with a decent amount of small carbonation bubbles. Thick lacing covers the glass like a January snow drift.

Fruity Belgian yeast aromas are the first and strongest character in the nose. Notes of sour, green apple, pineapple, and banana. Sour and rather funky, the nose has a lot more Belgian than Pale Ale.

Belgian yeast with notes of lemon peel and banana meets a slightly spicy hop flavor that carries notes of wood and cinammon. As the beer is swallowed, the fruity Belgian flavors quickly fade to dry, floral hops flavors. After, a sharp bite is expected as a finish but never comes. A slight bitterness persists in the back of the throat between sips.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer has a crisp, clean swallow and dry finish. The body is a bit sticky and is definitely coating but is far from syrupy. The carbonation seems a bit weak at first but is definitely helping this beer's drinkability. A little more carbonation would be nice but isn't necessary.

output01x, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber gold color with a huge frothy head into my glass. What an amazing head!

Spicy yeast mixed with piney hops create an interesting combination of styles. It's all in the yeast.

Wow. The belgian yeast adds a whole new dimension. As a result, this ale is "juicy" with a good amount of citrus.

Lingering spiciness and citrus notes make up the mouthfeel. I can't rave enough about it.

One of the more livelier examples of a BPA. Perhaps not as authentic but still a good way to go about business.

Brad007, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of BillHilly
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

50 degrees into a duvel tulip

A: Wow, pours awesome, nice head and retention

S: green tea essence, fruity yeast

T: Very balanced, slight yeast finish, hops are perfect

M: Dang near a 5, great carbonation, not too thin.

O: Dang good beer for this style - well done GF

BillHilly, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

sd123, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

ineva, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

2dogbrew, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

theempire, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Magery, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of bstave
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass.

A- Two finger head after semi-aggressive pour. Nice creamy head that has good retention. A good amount of lacing as well. Color is typical of the style.

S- Citrusy hops, malt, and a little bit of funk brought on by the brett.

T- Taste follows nose. I dig the funky yeast, but other than that it's a simple pale ale.

M- Smooth creamy mouth feel. I would say the body is medium. Goes down smooth.

O- A good attempt at a Belgian Pale Ale, but it's lacking on overall flavor. Maybe I have met my Lupulin threshold. Enjoyed the one, but won't be seeking it out in the near future.

bstave, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a De Molen beer stemflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Expectations are above average; this brewery has impressed me in the past. Served refrigerator cold.

A: Pours a two finger head of decent cream, good thickness, and great retention - especially considering the above average ABV. Colour is a nontransparent murky copper. Not unique nor special, but generally appealing.

Sm: A moderately strong aroma of unexpected brett funkiness, sourness, wild yeast, and vague light hints of citrus esters. Very unexpected and interesting for a pale ale. I really didn't see that coming at all. I'm intrigued.

T: The funkiness is tonal and light, but unmistakably present, reaching its naked apex in the finish. It's yeasty without feeling sedimentary. In fact, yeast may be its main note alongside the vague malts and buried hints of citrus. Atypical and interesting for the style, but also simple and boring - even a bit bland. Bring out the funkiness or the malts. The flavours are muted rather than subtle - to its detriment (and my chagrin). No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream on the finish. Not too thick or too thin per se, but it never feels quite right. It should be a bit lighter on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. This boring pale ale from Green Flash intrigues with its funkiness, but quickly grows tired when it offers little else.

C

kojevergas, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

BlakeMatt, Jan 26, 2012
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,324 ratings.