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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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1,338 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,338
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 46
Gots: 101 | 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:
Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

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Photo of ElGallo
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Pours a lovely red-orange with a monster white head. The head is so big it takes several minutes of careful pouring to get the bottle into my 0.4 L tulip.

Nice earthy aroma, which I'm guessing comes from the Brett, mixing with yeasty and sour fruit notes.

The flavor is dry and crisp with sour fruit notes. This beer is all about the wild yeast. Reminds me of a basement.

Body is light and fizzy, but not watery.

If you don't like funk, you won't like this beer. Wild ale fans, seek it out.

Photo of mlhenson
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of KELPAK
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Allagash tulip glass.

Poured a beautiful light gold and had a thick two finger head.

My first taste of this beer was a few months back when it was originally released and wasn't impressed. However, over time this beer grew into a very nice Belgian Style Pale Ale with great flavor.

Had a very subtle taste of hops and a nice citrus appeal to it. Once again Green Flash impressed me.

Photo of Brushkanna
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of BoRaeCho
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Jamcrae16
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of olympicgatorade
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Jammer42
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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

A: Translucent tarnished orange shows a strong display of effervesce. The head builds nicely on this, evident of a Belgian yeast strain that dominates the vessel. Soft cream coloring with a porous foamy content is a good 3 fingers high with a good rate of stay and a very good coverage.

S: Barnyard funk, hay and some horse blanket are first to get noticed from the strong brettanomyces presence. Wet aging barn wood. The yeast is dominant, the hops not so much, musky greenery.

T: Barnyard funk again, strong and musky tones of hay and horse blanket from the yeast. Musky grains, sour citrus and lemon with an earthy musky greenery. Touches of malt sweetness interlude.

M: fairly crisp upfront, frothy on the hold with a slippery texture and mid-range body. Sour musky fade. The brettanomyces yeast truly stands out and may not be for the faint of heart but overshadows what little hoppiness it has. Lots of barnyard funk and love the strong Belgian yeast, an aspect many American breweries tend to shy away from, this embraces it and doesn’t hold back. Youll either love it because of the yeast or be turned off.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a New Haven Craft Beer Week tumbler pint glass.

A: Murky, golden orange in color beneath a massive, three-finger head that fiercely bubbles over. The rocky head clings to the glass leaving chunks of sticky, off-white lace.

S: Sweet, funky, herbal, spicy and hoppy with a little bit of lemony tartness thrown in and a pinch of elephant.... yep.

T: Spicy, malty and effervescent up front with loads of herbal and citrus sweetness. Peppery and grassy flavors meld with funky, tart wheat and yeasty fruit esters. A little bit of acidic booziness creeps onto the palate before washing down bright, bubbly and ramped up with Belgian yeast flavors.

M: Very tart, bubbly effervescent mouthfeel, packed with carbonation and a chewy yeast feeling.

O: A fine BPA and one that has just the right amount of Green Flash flair with a hopped out profile and 7% ABV. Drinkable and flavorful, but not crazy about the "horse-blanket" aroma that I can't quite identify outside of the circus. Smell for yourself, but I'll breathe before I sip for now.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Tan to copper color, huge white head, medium lacing.

S: Sweet fruity pear aroma, some hops/pine.

T: A little surprising. It's like a funky IPA - grapefruit/citrus/pine, funky, earthy, sour, barnyard. I like it.

M: Smooth, sour, mild hop bite with tingly finish, fairly highly carbonated.

O: I really like this, but could see it's not for everybody. Very enjoyable, but probably not all night drinker. I'm curious to see how this ages.

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

Pours a murky golden copper color with a lofty, foamy off white head that kept growing, The aroma consists of some lemon, vinegar, nice and funky with some grassy notes. It tastes of bitter lemon peels with just a slight sourness, lots of citrus peel, grass a,d belgian yeast. The beer is pretty light bodied with a ton of carbonation and a dry metallic finish. I think this beer will really develop with some age, seemed quite 'raw' at this point. Still good though, dont get me wrong.

Photo of Mississippi
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of andrewborstein
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of idontskinnydip
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was suggested to me because I was asked if I like sour beers. I said yes and they said to pick this one. I picked up a 4 pack for 10.99 and I am not disappointed. I can see why the sour beer affinity is important. The sour essence is there in the nose and in the taste. It's not that sour-tart that most might expect, rather the sour fermentation aroma and complexity.

This beer has a fair amount of minerals in the smell and taste. The sour background is like a ripening cheese. It's a beautiful beer with a fluffy crackling head.

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of cfinch2
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of NardiByNature
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Sediment at the bottom of the bottle; a careful pour yields a massive head: fluffy, cratered, and eggshell white, it really takes its time settling down into a nice pancake; leaves behind plenty of lacing. The beer is sort of a burnt gold with streams of carbonation.

S: Lemon meringue pie or key lime pie. Go figure. Sort of a baby powder smell too. Overall the aroma of this brew is mild. Gets a little funky as the beer warms which I liked.

T: Fruit snacks and a little fresh grass. Some bitter hops in the aftertaste.

M: Soft like most BPAs, but wetter even though it’s a litte more hopped. Fizzy. Alcohol is basically undetectable.

O: It’s appearance (right down to the stylin’ bottle) was its strongpoint for me, followed by the aroma. I found the taste a little bland, and the aftertaste phenol-ically clawing. If you like Green-Flash and you’re curious about their take on a BPA, give it a shot.

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

A: huge off white head on an easy pour when it was right out of the fridge. The body is golden orange, cloudy, and maintains a 1mm head.

S: huge lime smell with some spice and a bit of malt. At first a little offputting, but I found it quite inviting after a few sniffs.

T: also full of lime, spice, and bitterness up front, then has a good malt backbone noticeable on the finish.

M: as carbonated as can be, this one was full of crispness from the beginning, with a medium-light body.

O: excellent beer; I was surprised by this not knowing what I was getting into. Price point was about $3 per 12 ounce bottle where I go to get ripped off.

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of billowy bright-white head. This retains with a ¾ finger cap of rich froth that leaves back heavy swathes of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh with grass, pine, and citrus, which is undercut by bold Belgian yeast spiciness. Sweet grains and more of a tropical fruit character (orange is really sticking out to me) add a bit of a firm stickiness along the back of the nose.

The taste is sweet up front with doughy grains and more orange citrus flavor, while bitter grapefruit, pine, herbal notes, and peppery spice move out across the back of the profile. I like the spice here, as it’s more integrated than what it was in the nose plus it nicely compliments the more assertive aspects of those hops. The finish is quite dry with a moderately assertive mix of resins, spice, and pith. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick and creamy feel on the edges while that bitterness firms up on the tongue with some light sharpness. Overall though, this mostly has a smooth and bubbly feel to it in the mouth with some minimal warmth on the finish.

I’ve had quite a few American takes on the Belgian Pale Ale style but this was probably the juiciest version that I’ve had yet, as I don’t really think that I gave those citrusy hops enough credit here in this review. The spiciness here wasn’t overdone either and helped add an extra zippy layer of attitude to this. Well done Green Flash. This is one that I will be returning to.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of funky barnyard notes with dry hoppy notes with light floral undertones. Taste is a wonderful mix between some Brett notes with its characteristics barnyard notes which are well integrated with the dry hoppy notes with a solid malt backbone that is not overly sweet. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Great balance between the different aspects of this beer while retaining some very good drinkability.

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,338 ratings.