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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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86
very good

1,341 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,341
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 45
Gots: 103 | 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

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Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

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1.5/5  rDev -60.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of wedge
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling, deep gold color after leaving most of the sediment behind in the bottle. A nice, fat head crowns the top, dropping slightly to a clumpy, frothy covering. Lovely, funky Belgian aroma...spicy, bright lemon, herbs, pear, and leather. Flavors of clean, zesty citrus, grass, phenolics, light earthy hop bitterness, and dry, estery yeast. Funky with a mild sweetness. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, and a little drying. Good stuff! Pulls off the style very well for a US brewery.

Photo of azureoval
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cold into a goblet.

Rayon Vert has a hazy copper appearance with thick white head. Great retention and good lacing left behind.

Aroma is really unique and very pleasant. It's loaded with fresh tropical fruit and citrusy, floral hops.

Flavor is intense but balanced. There is a light malt base that really lets the abundant hops and Belgian yeast shine. The hops have lemon, grapefruit, and spice notes. The yeast adds a kick of black pepper.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well carbonated. Balanced but lots of good hoppy bitterness.

Overall a really nice Belgian IPA if you ask me.

Photo of zeff80
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, bronze color with a three finger, tan head of long-lasting, bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled funky with phenolic notes. It had some yeasty notes with caramel sweetness.

T - Very phenolic flavor with funkiness and spicy hop bitterness. Good sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is fantastic. It's my favorite beer of the year so far.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

Pours a clear, light copper color with about three fingers of white, whispy foam which slowly deflate. Good retention and lots of lacing. Quite a bit of brett, vanilla, tart citrus fruit. Taste is not quite as impressive, and a little muddled: brett, moderate citrus and piney hops, finishing bone dry with moderate bitterness. More integration would go a long way. Or maybe the hops have just faded some and that's what I'm picking up; can't tell. Medium-light body and carbonation. Overall, interesting and quite drinkable. Pairs perfectly with spicy Indian or Asian food.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a 3Floyds pint glass.

Great pour, as Rayon Vert sports a lingering taupe head that spatters webs of lacing along the inside of the glass. The body is a hazy, iced-tea orange with ample carbonation. Nice aroma, too, flaunting tangerine flesh and pungent, earthy Brett notes. Hops are floral and bright and the malts grainy with hints of bread dough.

Spicy hops and spicier yeast is the motif of Rayon Vert. Leafy, herbal hops combine with Belgian yeast esters and a kiss of funk from the Brettanomyces. The 7% is well hidden until the end, where a hit of warming alcohol flashes across the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a dry, medium body. Overall, a fairly tasty beer, but I was expecting a bit more from Green Flash given the ingredients to this beer. Perhaps after a few months of aging the Brett will really start to shine.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a nice slightly hazy rich copper color with some nice vibrant orange hints and some slight amber. There is a nice off-white head that is an inch tall and is quite dense with some bigger medium sized bubbles mixed in there. Active CO2 on the sides of the glass. The head sticks around for a nice long time.

Citrusy nose. Hints of orange and orange peel with some slight grapefruit notes. Hops are quite present up front. There is some nice Belgian yeast funk notes in the background there but the citrusy lemon/orange notes really shine to the forefront.

Flavor starts off fluffy like a BPA should. There is some quick barnyard and Brett funk up front followed by a rush of citrusy lemon and orange notes. Hopy grass notes are present as well. The middle portion also has some slight Belgian malt notes with some nice slight spice and some banana. This brew is pretty delicious. I could see how if Green Flash was Belgian they would brew this as their go-to beer. Very well balanced notes of Belgian with a citrusy West Coast hop profile. Refreshing. Fluffy and crisp mouthfeel.

Good offering from GF. I would purchase this more often along with my regular Hop Head REd fix. Very good flavors a nice balance and definitely a nice take on the BPA style.

Photo of ArrogantBastage
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A-Pours a hazy orange/amber with a very thick, dense head that tops off the tulip right to the rim. Head slowly dissipates leaving plenty of lacing in the glass and settles into a nice island of meringue like foam. A nice ring of foam remains as well.

S- Loads of phenols in the aroma as well as hops. Smells of band aid, bretty funk, yeast, hops, faint malt and some tropical fruit notes like pineapple in the background. As the beer warms more of the Belgian like aromas take over and the signature brett aromas begin to dominate. Band aid like phenols along with aromas of apricots, pineapple, mango are the dominate smells once the beer opens up all the way.

T- Slightly spicy in the beginning followed by the band aid like phenols swiftly filled in with slightly sweet malt and bitter hops. Dries a little in the finish but not overly so. Hop bitterness lingers as well as a subtle brett like flavor that I can’t quite pin down.

M- Medium bodied with a fair amount of prickly carbonation.

D- Enjoyable and one that I find is worth sipping on to see how the beer develops as it warms. Not a bad example of an American made Belgian pale ale. I’d be interested to see how Green Flash develops this in future batches. Recommended to those that like beers like Orval and Ommegang BPA.

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to output01x for this beer.
Gave this one a normal pour, nothing special except the stop 75% of the way through to agitate the bottle. This got me two fingers of foamy white head that sat there for a few minutes. Body color is like apple cider, and the beer is cloudy with a good amount of suspended particles noticed. Head finally goes down to a thick foamy ring and topping. Thus I drink.

Strong pine and citrus hop smell. Digging deeper you find the belgian hints, a little funk, some yeast, banana and spices.

Banana was the first flavor I got off the bat. This transitioned to pine with a grapefruit and orange backbone. Yeast and cloves both intermingle and finish her off with some banana.

Medium bodied. Dry. Nothing to write home about on mouthfeel.

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent entry in the hot Belgian IPA genre, but not up to the usual astonishing standards of Green Flash.

Pours a slightly dark golden with a fluffy white head and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and phenolic, with apricot and a wheaty edge. The flavor is clean and phenolic with apricot and raising and a light rye-toast feeling. There is a deep gasoline-like bitterness, like a good sprig of fresh epazote. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

Good, but not quite as good some others such as Flying Dog's Raging Bitch or New Belgium's Belgio.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a globed DFH glass

A- Poured a hazy medium amber color with fluffy head that leaves quite a bit of spotty lace

S- Hay funk, banana, clove, lemon, and bready notes. Very well balanced aroma

T- Big funky barnyard hay taste, lemon, bready and chalky yeasty notes. A very unique flavor profile, I can't quite put my finger on some of these flavors, but it is spicy, yeasty, and funky.

M- High prickly carbonation, kind of dry chalky quality

O- A very unique tasting beer. I like it, but not sure how often I would go reach for a beer like this. I heard this is very similar to Orval, which I had recently and did not like. I notice some similarities in aroma and a little in taste, but I actually like this beer and did not care for Orval at all. I don't get the overly bitterness and salty qualities I got with Orval.

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bfields4
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden filtered body. Big frothy lacy white head.

Peppery spicy sweet Belgian aroma. Nice candi sugar citrus notes. Green apple Belgian yeast.

The spicy peppery clove Belgian spice blend couples with a nice floral slight citrus hop. The twang from the brett provides for a nice dry finish.

Light with good amounts of carbonation. Easy sipping flavorful complex brew. Could very easily be my new goto summer higher alcohol beer.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip. Glowing pale orange color. You can see the CO2 escaping from the base of the glass. This one is capped with a huge merangue like head leaving behind sheets of belgian lace. Bready and slightly phenolic on the nose. Lightly hoppy in the citrus department too. The first sip lets you know the Brett is here. I love how citrus and Brett play together. Horse blanket, funk, smokey and phenolic. Yup its spicy. But wait there is more, bready malts. A little prickly and slightly over-carbed.
A very good interpretation of a Belgian Pale finished with Brett. A little over-carbed. Good Brett presence. I will be purchasing this again.

Photo of KDawg
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a nice and rich orange/gold color with a nice frothy head

very complex with aromas of funk, oranges, florals, spice aromas and a bit of grains. Excellent depth on the aromas as well

medium/full bodied with very balanced flavors of spices, funk, oranges and a hint of various citrus flavors.

A quality belgian ale. The wild yeasts add good complexity along with a real good feel.

Photo of dfillius
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Billolick
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness indication.

Pours clouded medium apricot tinged amber, nice puffy off white head, dissolves to a fine film and leaves espectable spotty lace.

Nose is full of basil, pepper and Belgian yeasty fumes.

Flavorful and full of intrigue. More fresh basil, some barnyard, more pepper, light leather, layers of Brett charged phenolics and musty/funkyness, add a hint of smoke, a slight bite of ginned up alcohol, and some near dank hoppyness...yeah complex and tasty.

Nice Belgian inspired, San Diegoacized brew.

Photo of Gilmango
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DavidST
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet, no date but fresh. This pours a nice amber color with a massive off white head which lasts for a while. The smell is pretty good, a little bubble gum, a hint of funk, lots of malts. The feel is medium lots of carbonation. The taste is good, a little funk, some barn yard, Belgian esters and a little bitterness, very good, I'm looking forward to seeing how this one changes.

Photo of dubinsky
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Lost Abbey snifter.

A - The hyper carbonation of this beer yielded a very heady pour of a rocky off white head. The beer that rested underneath was a nice, slightly hazy dark orange. As the head receded it left behind some serious lacing.

S - The Aroma is definitely belgian with some nice brett characters, tropical fruits, citrus and a slight sour note and a nice hop presence. Looking forward to this.

T - The taste follows the nose rather closely with a fairly prevalent, earthy brett character and juicy tropical fruits. There is a nice hop bitterness. The finish has a slight band aid flavor to it. Fairly dry finish.

M - As mentioned, the carb levels are really high on this beer, but that also does an amazing job cutting the fairly heavy body.

O - This was a good beer that i am happy to see come on the scene from an american brewer. Its not as good as Damnation and has lots of room for growth, but its a great first atempt. I'll give this a shot after a few months again.

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,341 ratings.