Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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2.2/5 rDev -42.7%
Poured into an Allagash flute on 4/4/12
Pale, watery caramel brown; medium depth. In a classic "Uh-oh?" moment I'm contending with a head of foam that easily bests four fingers (and the brim of the glass). The head deflates to about a finger's worth but doesn't leave much lace, save a few pepperings here and there. Lace catches more halfway through the glass.
Wow, the aroma is bad. Pale malt trappings and dollops of light fruit are burdened with a wretched vegetal presence that ruins everything. Amid herbs and spices is a pervassive cooked veggie aroma that manages to smell simultaneously steamed, burnt and rotten. Sometimes it smells like an herb garden, sometimes it smells like nursing home kitchen dish pans soaking in water.
Rayon Vert tastes just as unsettling. Onion, herbs, wet grass, pine, and tangy, over-ripe fruit notes. Quite like perfume, too. Zesty citric tones sit underneath and move forward a bit as it warms up.
Medium body with average carbonation. It's kind of gritty, though. The finish is actually ok; juicy citrus notes emerge at that point. Well, some bitterness does linger, too.
Rayon Vert is an good study in palate desensitization and/or acclimation. I started off hating it, then didn't mind it quite as much. Toward the end of the bottle I find myself tired of it. I wouldn't be inclined to drink this again.
04-10-2012 23:51:50 | More by Ryan011235
2.2/5 rDev -42.7%
Poured an ounce or two into a pint... ended up with 1/2 inch of beer and about a 5 inch head. Far too much carbonation, IMO. Very spicy. Tingly. The first thing that came to mind about the taste was "dish soap." Really, not good. Big letdown from GF... I'm a big fan of their other stuff. I'll try it again... maybe it was a bad batch?
11-08-2013 19:54:15 | More by zbkai189
2.29/5 rDev -40.4%
When poured the color was a deep yellow with orange hue and a load of white foam. Pour very slowly because of the foam.
The smell was of spices and bitter type of hops
The flavor of this pale ale was the worst I've had from Green Flash. It was to bitter for this bitter ale and the flavor was over bitter with a vinal taste. The aftertaste on the palate was way to bitter with that vinal flavor. What happen to the aroma? The flavor does not match aroma!
07-04-2013 19:16:22 | More by BeerManDan
2.35/5 rDev -38.8%
POUR OVER A SINK OR OUTDOORS! Even with a cautious pour, it turns to a torrent of foam as soon as it hits the glass - impossible to pour without stopping to let it settle or overfill the glass. With a bottle conditioned beer, I chose to let it overflow to keep from disturbing the yeast sediment. Strike 1 for me. One thing I really don't enjoy in the appearance of my beer is seeing it overflowing into the sink. When it all settles, bubbles race up the golden amber liquid to maintain a airy sudsy layer that almost resembles sea foam.
The aroma of peaches and apricots hits first, with hints of green grapes. If you keep inhaling deeply, classic sour brett aromas cut through these light fruity scents. Lemony undertones. Perfumy. Their model for this is Orval, and the aroma is definitely reminiscent of the abbey beer. It is a refreshing aroma that is inviting in the summer heat.
The taste is a let down. Pretty one-dimensional - I mainly just get that brett sourness that is completely overpowering - it has sort of that sour cherry flavor to it that comes with this yeast. No real fruity complexity or malt flavors come through. If you wait long enough, you can almost get a hint of bread crust from the malt, but the sourness clings relentlessly to your tongue. No hop discernible presence, though, but I can't even taste anything through the relentless sourness that is starting to make me cringe with every sip. The more I drink this the more I want to dump it. The smell of perfume can be nice, but I don't enjoy drinking it. The mouthfeel is just foamy and bubbly with puckering sourness that doesn't let up.
The one dimensional sourness and over-carbonation really let you down after getting such a nice refreshing aroma from this beer. I am going to be generous with my overall score because I did enjoy the aroma. I won't be coming back for it though. This makes the press release for this beer look even more absurd. Add on their unjustified price increases, and I am just about done with Green Flash.
For anyone who sees this and is thinking maybe I just don't like the style, I love Orval (just not the price tag).
06-06-2012 04:00:06 | More by NCBeernut
2.4/5 rDev -37.5%
A: poured from a 12 oz bottle ( bottled 7/3/13) into a pint glass, Um...a gentle pour yields 3/4 of a glass of frothy off white foam on a layer orange amber colored cloudy liquid
S: bubblegum and apple, cider-like aromas, caramel
T: Sour apple, something is wrong here
M: very high carbonation
O: Is this beer supposed to taste like this or is something wrong? I don't like the sour apple hop funk taste.
09-13-2013 02:09:39 | More by M_C_Hampton
2.44/5 rDev -36.5%
Poured into a pint.
A - hazy orange.thick froth like head that has huge retention.
S - Burnt plastic....maybe a little spicy and sour...
T - Super carbonated...spicey,peppery....getting some cardamom....but overall this plastic like smell is drowning the rest out...ugh. Compared to the ommegang farmhouse saison, this is pretty bad...im disappointed :\
M- creamy...too carbonated for me though, wow.
Overall, this beer wasn't for me...the plastic like smell and taste drowned everything out to me...
10-23-2013 01:38:21 | More by Glennlawless
2.45/5 rDev -36.2%
I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $5 for a 12oz bottle served in a small brandy snifter.
It took awhile to see what color it was because the entire glass filled up with frothy white foam from top to bottom. After a 10 minute wait (I'm not exaggerating) about half the foam dissipated showing a honey/orange liquid. Lacing was good but the retention bordered on being ridiculous.
The beer had a hoppy citrus smell.
Complex mix of flavors that just don't work well together. It's both bitter and sweet, fruity and funky, but the resulting taste is like a bitter medicinal band-aid dipped in fruity alcohol. I didn't care for it at all.
Between light and medium bodied with very high carbonation.
One reviewer thought it tasted like a dirty sock. I won't go that far, but I didn't much care for it either.
05-17-2013 21:32:29 | More by matjack85
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,288 ratings.