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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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87
very good

1,331 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,331
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 44
Gots: 93 | 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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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.

Photo of Sinewave
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Murrhey
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of PthPndr
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of n2185
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of BigJK
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of movingtrain
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of rmaste6282
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of cestlavie
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,331 ratings.