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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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very good

427 Reviews
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Reviews: 427
Hads: 1,354
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 25.32%
Wants: 47
Gots: 106 | 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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Reviews: 427 | Hads: 1,354
Photo of bfields4
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of KDawg
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of DavidST
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Reviewed live.

A- Fluffed up to a thick three finger whitish head that fades to spotty tufts of foam. Hazy orangish color and good carbonation.

S- Hoppy and some dark grains in the nose as well.

T- Sweet and gummy, some lighter hops but really gentle and sweet.

M- Medium bodied. Weak carbonation. No linger.

O- Not my favorite style, but drinkable and smooth.

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Photo of n2185
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Nice mix of sweet and funky aromas here. Sweet candy sugar, bubblegum, and pear notes stand out. Strong, funky barnyard aromas follow with a slight mustiness and sourness as well. Very nice aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some slight Belgian sweet notes at first with hints of light fruits and bubblegum. The Brett flavors come on strong with lots of funk and barnyard flavors. The finish is lightly bitter and bready. There are some slight medicinal notes on the aftertaste.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is slightly watery and could benefit from a lighter body and higher attenuation.

O: A pretty good beer, overall. There's a nice combination of sweet and funky, and it smells wonderful. I'd like the BPA aspects to shine through a bit more in the flavor and to have a drier body, but still it's a cheap alternative to the likes of Orval.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow, leaning toward golden color. Huge head on this one, slowly falling to half a finger, backed by a good amount of carbonation.

Up front in the nose is grapefruit, followed by oak, peppercorn, white lilies, and tarragon. A bit of a winey aroma, and maybe a bit of those earthy Belgian-esque notes.

The flavor here is interesting. It is a pale ale, indeed, with decent hop notes and a lingering citrus taste. But, while the Belgian element isn't too prominent, it is there, making this pale a bit more dynamic. Hints of toasted bread, oranges, clove, white grapes, and green peppercorn. With each sip, the Belgian notes grow a bit stronger, as do the hoppy bitterness of the brew.

On the palate this one is a bit astringent and bitter. Though, that is not to say it is not palatable--because it is. The astringency of the beer on the tongue lingers, but the flavor of the beer does not suffer as a result here.

Overall, an interesting take on what seems to be an increasingly popular style for breweries to take on. I like it because it takes the pale ale to different level...not necessarily a better level, just a place that offers some new flavors from a classic style. Green Flash does a pretty good job with it here.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown, monster 3+ inch creamy, foamy head. Tons of lacing.

Smell - West coast ipa hop kick. Belgian yeast, plenty of herb and spices. Grapefruit, lemon and some pepper really make this interesting.

Taste - Nice belgian spices, malty and west coast sytle hops are the main flavor of this beer. Grainy aftertaste and floral, yet smooth and flavorful. Alcohol isnt really present, nor is this beer overly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, lots of flavor and easy to drink. Tounge gets alot of malts, spices, hops and sugars. Palette gets remaining malts and hops, and a little hop bitterness. Aftertaste is dry and sweet.

Overall - Really tasty and easy to enjoy. Not too sweet, not to bitter, and not too strong. Nice twist of the west coat hops to make this different from the rest. I find this really enjoyable and not as expensive as some of the other green flash brews. Will drink this oen again for sure.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours rich gold in color with reddish hues in the light; has a big three finger head with moderate retention and some splotchy lace left on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of many subtle notes and not really very intense. Very herbal, hops, malt and yeast are all there with noticeable funk. As it warms more fruit comes out, grapefruit, lemon and some tropical notes.

T - Sweet malt and funk upfront and then a little burst of hops takes over the palate, as it fades your left with funky tart and bitterness. Herbal and spicy with more of a lemon rind bitterness.

M - Super smooth and balanced, great feel overall.

O - This is a really well balanced and very enjoyable offering from Green Flash. I would really like to see how this one continues to develop over time.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright glowing hazy blend of orange and yellow amber. Bubbly copper masterpiece. I believe it is bottle fermented. The head jumps out of the beer creating a large foamy 1 finger head with great lacing.

I immediately smell tart cherries and piney hops. This smells like an American IPA brewed like a Wild Ale. This is a really unique beer. I get funky sour notes, floral potpurri and perfume. Mild esters. Secondary aromas of juicy tangerine and sugar malts cling to wild yeast.

The taste is bitter, then sweet, it gets funky and then drys out. I like the variety of phases that this beer goes through. After a long drinking session it leaves a cherry cola sour taste. It could use more hop aroma. I get lemon rind, honey dew melon. resinous and grassy hops like a SN Torpedo IPA. malts are candied but distant.

The mouthfeel is clean San Diego style. Super bright and flavorful a little heavy on the hops side. The wild flavors could be experiemented with.

I enjoyed this ale a lot. It's very well executed and a delight to sip. I would like to get a few more bottles to see how the Wild yeast vary.

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Photo of Gmann
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with some amber hightlights; a bit hazy. The white head is big, frothy and rocky. The head slowly settles into a chunky cap.

The aroma is floral and hoppy. The is some brightness from the malt and yeast; quite perfumey and floral. Some lemony/champagne notes. Their is a strong citrus hop aroma, mainly grapefruit. There are some tropical fruit notes as well. Aroma reminds me of a AIPA. Could use some more belgian yeast characteristics.

The taste is sweet, candi sugar sweet. The malt is light and dry. Some perfumey notes from the yeast. Some tart notes, lemon and white wine. The hops work well with the rest of the beer. Again, mainly grapefruit but also some tropical fruit notes. Definitely sides on an AIPA style.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Definitely sweet on the palate but the hops balances every thing out. Drinks very well.

A very flavorful beer; nice hop profile. It could use more of a belgian yeast profile.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rayon Vert pours a lightly hazed copper. Things are topped off by a healthy two fingers of bone white head. Head has some staying power. Eventually settles to a ring. Plenty of sticky lace is left in its wake.

The aroma packs an interesting punch. Its a not to typical Belgian nose, but that is to its advantage. Very herbal upfront. Mint and floral notes stand out strong. Some mild lemon notes hit next. A light brett quality shows up. Brett becomes stronger as the beer warms, taking on a faintly barnyard aroma. Some faintly medicinal spice notes rounds things out.

There is some definite funk on the palate. Earthy, faintly barnyard-y brett hits upfront.. The lemon in the nose is stronger on the palate, lending a bit of a tartness. A healthy herbal bitterness takes hold mid palate. Herbal mint notes mix with tart lemons. The finish is lightly tart with a lingering floral quality.

Rayon Vert is light bodied with an effervescent carbonation.

Green Flash have said they spent four years developing this brew. Their efforts have paid off. This a great Belgian style ale. Light and refreshing with a good bit of heft. Their love of hops shines with out overpowering things. The brett adds just enough funk with out over powering. Reminds me of Orval in a way. It will be interesting to see how the brett changes and evolves this beer overtime. As is, Rayon Vert is one heck of tasty quaff. Props to Green Flash for doing Belgian beer right.

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Photo of gtermi
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a middy golden brown with a white head. This beer has a HUGE head on it. It slowly fades and looks like the head of a coke float. There is a lot of lace left on the glass. A very nice looking beer

S: This beer has a strong basil and spices scent to it with also a bit of hops. It honestly almost smells like a pasta I have had once at La Madeline, very nice.

T: Again I am getting the basil and spices that I got in the smell. The taste has a decent amount of hops which give it a nice piney taste. It tastes too much like pizza for my tasting though. The taste

M: There is almost no crispness to this beer at all. It is beyond smooth and is very easy to drink.

O: I know I talked a lot about italian food in my review, but this beer tastes so much like a pizza or pasta. I wish it was toned down a little bit in the taste, but everything else in the beer is very awesome. Maybe I will age the other ones and see what this beer does with time.

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Photo of beesy
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stone Cali-belgique tulip.

A - pours a slightly hazy light orange with 4.5 finger off white, rocky head.

S - smells delic! Some brett, sourness, juicy/citrus hops, alcohol

T - a little of a letdown from the aroma. Lots of brett character with a subdued hop flavor. Not balances at all. Some grainyness tasted with some alcohol present. Good old band aid on the back end. Finished fairly dry but has a slight off aftertaste i cant place.

M - slick, deceivingly thicker than expected, the carb hides this a tad

D - somewhat low. The unbalanced brett makes it a little hard for me to have more than two

Overall, not bad, but room for improvement. It has bonus points for the aroma.

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Photo of BB1313
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rayon Vert is bottle-conditioned. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent dark golden, huge frosty white head that doesn't go anywhere; great lacing. Pour slow. Phenomenal looking beer. The aromas are great.. lots of cherry and belgian funk. The hops are definitely present, but not in your face. Tastes great with lots of cherry, apricot, peach, pepper, and yeast. Very bitter, but in a subtle way.. great balance. Mouthfeel is smooth, spritzy, creamy. Extremely easy to drink. Wow, this is a winner.

This is probably the best BPA I've had. Pure winner from Green Flash. Try this stuff!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Green Flash. Juxtaposed alongside Treasure Chest. Thanks, Dave!

A: Dark orange with a large pillowy white head. Retention is good and there are sheets of lacing all over the glass.

S: Lightly peppery with pear and apple. I get big earthy notes with some leathery Brett. Herbal and floral notes are evident.

T: Apple up front with an insistent Brett presence that imparts light leather and earth notes. There's a dash of band-aid and a light bitterness that accompanies pear. Peppery phenols are evident in the finish.

M: Lower medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A very nice Brett Pale Ale. Certainly better than Treasure Chest. It lacks some of the harshness and astringency of the aforementioned beer (though those notes have mostly faded in Treasure Cheat). A great addition to the brewery's year round portfolio.

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Photo of wineman77
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of bottle into an Affligem goblet.

Rich orange amber with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Heavy lacing.

Nose of tart lemon, Bretty funk, a fruity aroma reminiscent of cherry infused vinegar. Very aromatic. Very interesting.

Lighter in body with a ton of carbonation. Very refreshing. A bone dry finish that made we come back for more. Earthy, slight tartness, herbal notes, lightly roasted malt finish.

I drank this by itself, but would love to experiment with food pairings. Can see this being a very versatile food beer. I have thoughts of steamed mussels, hard cheeses, and much more.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark orange with a big, fine white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of sweet malt, orange zest, and funky, musky brett. Big, pleasant nose on this one.

Taste is up front brett funk that fades into a carbonated ever slightly malty taste and ends on a bitter and bretty finish. Musky and earthy flavors ride high. It is a nice brett platform but there is little complexity here...too one note, maybe some time will improve this.

Lighter body, high carbonation, and bone dry. Really nice.

This is a good brett beer but it is too straightforward. Nice for a brett kick but little else. This is far from Orval, make no mistake about that.

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Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, golden body. Giant, dish water colored head pours out. It's comprised of tightly packed bubbles, and falls slowly, leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of citrus and herbal hops, with a minty and slightly medicinal twinge. Earthy yeast with some clove spice.

Lot of citrus and floral flavors, like a black tea with a lemon squeezed in. Herbal flavors pop up, with a menthol freshness. Slightly medicinal, but it works with the earthy yeast. Dry on the finish, with a woody bitterness. There is a lingering, peppery, alcohol warmness as well.

This is a very nice brew. Pretty unique, and is reminiscent of Orval, as others have said.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head that stays around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy hops (lemon peel, tropical fruit), peppery spice, pears and some bretty funk. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy hops (apricots, orange peel, tropical fruit), peppery spice, bready malt and a bit of brett. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy and well carbonated. I think it's a good beer. I'll have to try and save a bottle for a while to see how it changes (or evolves as stated on the label), but that's going to be hard to do! The 4-pack was $10.99.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slghtly hazed copper orange body with a bright white head forming thick and billowing above the rim of my chalice. Fine speckled lacing left behind in the glass. Aroma has a bright lemon/citrus nose with some wild barnyard floral notes as well, amplified compared to some other Belgian pale ales. The brett is really kicking in this beer, especially in the flavor with a bitter layer of earthiness, perfume, lemon zest, horse blanket, barnyard funk. Really unrlenting with the brett, either you dig this or you don't but this is heavy on it. Usually brett flavors tend to develop with age this one seems to have had some time in the bottle already to develop those wild yeast flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit rough with some moderate bitterness, noticeable alcohol, and unrelenting brettanomyces guided phenolics. Carbonation is effervescent much like an Orval with a medium body they really nailed the texture of the mother of all BPAs. Overall this beer lacks the finesse and diversity that Orval has but makes up for in true American style, with aggressive citric hops and noticeable alcohol flavors. Decent but I'm not sold on all of this brett.

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Photo of rand
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle to tulip...sneaked this into a movie and reviewed on my phone 08/21/2012

A: Copper-tab in color, the beer forms a huge, fluffy head. Slowly receding, the tulip glass is covered in sticky lacing.

S: The nose is crisp lemon-pepper and funk. Grassy and spicy, with lemon rind lingering.

T: Flavors are layered on the palate, with lemon sweetness and drying funk leading the way. Yeast has a surprising, almost puckering, drying effect. Earthy grassy flavors blend with toffee-tinged malts. Notes of white pepper close a long, dry finish.

S: Quite carbonated and effervescent, which works with the complex and layered flavors.

It's nice to see 4-pack bottles of this everywhere. This is the kind of brew you'd look for in a special release, but Green Flash graced is with wide availability. I'm sure I'll have many more of these in my beer-drinking career.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a hazed copper color, and bright orange golden in the light, into a globe glass, this Rayon Vert looks to be somewhat of a Flemish translation of 'Green Flash' and a somewhat modified continuation of their Treasure Chest charity brew concept. The pour has an inch of almost white foam that offers strong retention and lacing.

Malty and fruity aroma when first opened, the nose adds various layers with exposure. Some earthy hops are present along with peppery spice and clove, bit of lemon from the foam. Brett notes are subtle to me, ebbing and flowing through the malty body, and more as clove and fruity(strawberry) cheese than any barnyard aromas.

Taste has several layers as well depending on what you're concentrating on. More pepper and clove up front with layered fruit on the finish. As the beer warms the mouthfeel fills up a bit, adding spice and a grainy texture to the finish. An interesting beer to pick apart, perhaps I should have another one..

Edit: New rendition is sickly overcarbonated as of Spring 2013. Brett is more evident in nose and taste however. Bottom line; if it weren't for these robust bottles this would likely explode in distribution. 4.0 to 2.0 on appearance/overall. Seek this one on tap in the meantime, rare as it may be.

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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.