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Green Flash Saison Diego - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash Saison DiegoGreen Flash Saison Diego

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532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%


Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 03-26-2012)
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, straw-gold coloring with a ton of tiny carbonation bubbles throughout the body and a sparse, filmy, bright white head. Nose of toast, clove, coriander, floral highlights, and a hint of nutmeg. Flavors are tangy sweet, with a buttery biscuit backbone and a flourish of spices, including clove and coriander. Very effervescent in the body, keeping the flavor profiles light and slightly frothed. The aftertaste is toasty and grainy, leading to a clean, effervesced finish that is crisp and slightly drying. Refreshing beer with a profile that is easy to drink, but a body that makes it a slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 03:36:17 | More by GarthDanielson
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rdickey

New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw colored, with a nice swirl of bubbles from the bottom forming a one-finger off-white head, which lingers and leaves scattered lacing.

Smell: Tartness, some mild citrus hops, along with a slight funk. Not terribly complex, and not at all big, but overall it’s pretty appealing.

Taste: More of the same in the mouth. What is there is tasty and nicely balanced – the lemony citrus keeps it bright, and there is a grassiness that joins the very mild funk – but there’s just not a lot there. There are hints, for example, of traditional Belgian yeast spices, but they’re almost nonexistent.

Mouthfeel: Very, very light. The carbonation feels punched up, and although it keeps it very light in the mouth I’m not sure if it actually helps this brew. Letting it settle down a bit might actually help.

Drinkability: I should say that I fully support creating lower ABV versions of great styles, particularly great quaffable styles like saisons. This one doesn’t quite do it for me for the reasons outlined above, but I recognize the challenge facing brewers and have confidence that a happy medium can be realized.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 00:14:08 | More by rdickey
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ericj63

Kansas

3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into shaker pint.

It pours a cloudy gold with a substantial head. Good head retention about half inch with some lacing on the glass sides. A nice aroma of malt, lemon, coriander and a little herby hops. The flavor is pleasant - doughy malt, the lemon, coriander, a herb hop flavor. The carbonation adds a slight tingle to a very light body.

This is a pleasant beer to drink, but not a really memorable one.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:33:24 | More by ericj63
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy yellow-golden, with a fine head of dense white carbonation. Spotty lace.

Nose is spicy and fruity -- hints of tropical fruit and citrus with plenty of spice.

Taste is rich and complex -- I get fruitiness melding with spice all over the place. There are also some floral notes and some barnyard funkiness. This is a very well-done and solid saison. Bravo Green Flash!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 14:20:26 | More by secondtooth
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, with one of the weaker beer pun names that I've come across recently. How about "Where in the world is <insert beer name here>"?

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some pleasantly abstract wave splash lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of grainy, kind of bready pale malt, mild lemon pith, earthy yeast, and laid back leafy, citrusy hops. The taste is more of the same - rather plain grainy, semi-sweet pale malt, gritty, dirty yeast, a soft lemon-lime fruitiness, a touch of airborne black pepper, and earthy, slightly weedy hops.

The carbonation is very light, and mildly frothy at best, the body a near medium weight, and actually pretty unadulterated in its smoothness, and even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the malt picking up on its inherent sweetness, while the yeast and fruit esters bandy about, and the hops just noticeable enough to deftly balance things out.

Wow. I've always given Green Flash mad props for not equivocating on the extreme west coast IPA bitter, hoppy front, so I shouldn't be surprised that they take a much more refined, easygoing style, and go with what works, with what was originally intended. Here that means a drinkable, enjoyable replacement for water after a long day of toil, and today, on the sultry ides of August, that actually makes a whole lot of sense.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 05:18:50 | More by biboergosum
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It’s been a few weeks since Green Flash hit the shelves in Indiana, but I still get excited when I see their beer at the liquor store. Cheers!

Brewed 05/14/13, or three months before the date of this tasting.

A: Perfect look for a saison: chunky white head two inches high above a translucent, pale gold body that’s teeming with carbonation. The retention is so good that I’ll have to drink past the foam if I ever want to get a taste.

S: A tart, lemony nose with a bright yeast quality, ripe with notes of sourdough bread, coriander, and floral soap. The light character peaks in a flinty, metallic tone, like well water.

T: Dim, faded hop tastes of lime and white pepper open what proves to be an uneventful palate. Orange zest, straw, and mild banana fill out the remainder, with a bready, metallic finish.

M: For a fizzy, Belgian-style beer, this leaves a lot to be desired in the mouthfeel. The carbonation is abundant, but very weak – like soda bubbles – and the body is light as light can be.

O: It seems like Green Flash was trying to make a session saison, and I commend them for that; we need more low-alcohol Belgian-style beers from American brewers. Unfortunately, this is way too watery to be satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 21:31:23 | More by BarryMFBurton
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-golden with a thin white head

S-buttery corn and some tartness and Belgian grains. Strong scent.

T-comes in how it smells except with more of a grassy aspect. It's pretty good actually. The smell was fake, but this has more genuity to it. It's not as strong as the scent though, more mellow. Matching after-taste.

M-heavy dry carbonation, dry finish

O-easy drinking saison. Fairly mellow though, which I guess is expected from the abv. I'm not a fan of the corn flavor it has.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 01:48:51 | More by AdamBear
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Jmamay22

New York

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer is a golden straw yellow with light foamy white head. Nice webbed lacing and slightly hazy. Beer smells faintly spiced with clove and grains of paradise. A bready scent mixes in with some dank yeast.

Upon sipping the spices are far more evident and a little overpowering in my opinion. Too much grains of paradise. The interesting yeast scent doesn't appear much once sipping, which would have been more interesting. Mouthfeel is light, very drinkable and carbonation comes off being fizzy.

Nt my favorite from a brewery I often enjoy. Reminiscent of Sam Adam's summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 20:22:32 | More by Jmamay22
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Whole Foods

A clear, glowing clear straw yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a great saison. The nose is bright, light and refreshing. Citrus, pear esters, a little apple, some ginger and a faint note of yeast and phenols are present. The palate is bone dry and with a clean, pils malt base with crackers, a pleasant blend of citrus, light fruit and a touch of yeast. While it is lacking the phenols and yeast character that defines the style, this is enjoyable. Light in body with a crisp, zippy carbonation, this is quite excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 19:41:32 | More by DefenCorps
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Zach136

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a GF 16oz Belgian Tulip

A - Pale yellow and very clear. Three finger rocky white head, that leaves a wall of lacing.

S - Subdued, hay and light spice, very little to no fruity esters.

T - Light pepper with a back-background of grassy hoppy. Very slight malt sweetness. No alcohol present.

M - One of the lightest ever, huge level of carbonation. Dissipating finish

O - Kind of like a Saison Junior, it hits all the notes it's supposed to, but they're pop flys to the infield.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 00:05:33 | More by Zach136
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beertunes

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a cloudy pale yellow color with about an inch of white head that quickly dissipated and left light to moderate lacing. There were a fair amount of floaties when I got to the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma featured a big, bright yeasty spice scent, and was supported by nice solid grains. The flavor profile was pretty similar, yeast and spice over a nicely solid grain base.

The body, while very pleasant, was a pretty typical medium, and had a very dry finish. Drinkability was good, I could put this into my Saison rotation. Overall, not a ground breaking example of the style, but still a good, solid one. Worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 02:54:38 | More by beertunes
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on: 04/30/13

A: Pours a straw yellow color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that slowly fades to nothing

S: Lightly spicy with notes of ginger and grains of paradise (think SA summer). Also get some fruitiness and wheaty notes

T: Starts off with some spicy and fruity notes and goes into some wheat and mustiness that are lightly earthy. Finishes with some more fruitiness and malts

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good farmhouse with some nice light spiciness and fruitiness. Very easy to drink, but a little pricey given the abv and nature of this brew. Certainly not bad by any means, but there are much better examples out there

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 06:27:45 | More by BEERMILER12
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For starters I have never been a big fan of Saison/Farmhouse Ales. I find the spices to over balance the rest of the ale.
I love Green Flash, so gave this one a try. It poured the light color like most of the Saison's I've had, same head and very similar nose. I was expecting a huge amount of spice when I first tasted it.
I was very surprised. Sure there was some spice there, a good amount, but the body of this beer was full and to me, balanced the spice. SO, together with the bigger body , the spices were pleasant and easy drinking.

I have to say, I did enjoy this one, my first Saison that I really enjoyed!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 13:44:51 | More by rdilauro
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Green Flash Saison Diego has a medium, off-white head, lots of streaming bubbles, and a relatively clear, light golden appearance, with powdery white specks suspended throughout. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is of light beer with added citrus and spices. Taste is of peppery, spicy, white bread, with citrus and mild back bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Green Flash Saison Diego finishes mostly dry, sweet, and drinkable. Overall, this is a good beer in the style, although one can find comparable ones for a lower price. It's worth checking out.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 12:46:20 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured 12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Well, it is a deep yellow hazy color. Nice 2 finger cloud white head. Leaves a thick collar and traces of lacing on glass.

S - Straw, bread, yeast and mild funk. Only hints of lemon, tart, earthiness and spice.

T- Rather mild taste. Kinda sweet with yeast and bread. Some straw and very mild funk and clove spice. Very little lemon and tart citrus. Not much going on.

M - Nice and bubbly light like a Saison should be. Crisp, wet and refreshing.

O - A rather bland and average Saison compared the some of the newer ones on the market. It's a good refresher on a hot day, but that is about it. Much better representations that'd rather spend my money on.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 00:25:13 | More by Ri0
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Gmann

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with some honey highlights. It has that whitish haze that witbiers have. The head is white and soapy settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of hay and light clove. Some floral notes as well. Slight funk. Not overly complex but bright.

The taste is of a dry pils malt. Some light hay and clove fairly simple. A general floral flavor with a musty farmhouse funk. Again quite light.

The feel is light with airy carbonation. Sweet on the palate with a decent yeast spice. Drinks well and the abv is appreciated. Good summer brew.

A sessionable saison. A bit too light on flavor but enjoyable. Green flash kept it true to its Belgian origins.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 03:41:33 | More by Gmann
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vkv822

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Clear golden yellow with a thick, billowy white head.

Spice and funk notes primarily in the nose. It carries over to the palate, and is then accentuated with a slight citric, orange sweetness.

Medium body with foamy, carbonation.

A pleasant saison, the citric finish was a pleasant compliment to the spice and funk notes upfront.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 08:31:37 | More by vkv822
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into tulip (bottled in march 2013)

Appearance- Pale straw, pretty big white head

Aroma- Lemon, the saison notes are there but mild, slight breadyness, picking up some spices but not real strong

Taste- Saison funk comes up a bit more here still very mild though, citrus, light crisp, spices are evident and may even be covering the yeast

Mouthfeel- medium-low, not watery though, good carbination

Overall- I tried to put the price I paid for this out of mind when I wrote this. I didn't see an abv and expected it to be in the normal saison range. As a session saison it is great, would be an awesome summer beer. But considering what I paid, I was looking for more complexity. Still very nice beer though.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 02:24:06 | More by LI_PO12
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a tight, white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of lemon zest and some grainy malt.

Tastes of the grainy malts with a little citrus to it. Grainy sweetness comes through and supported by some cracker like notes. Lemon and grassy hops come through, but are a little faint. Touches of peppery spice come through on the backend.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this one grew on me a little. It is light and refreshing, but I would have trouble choosing it over other saisons.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 02:10:16 | More by ocelot2500
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow. A simple head sits on top, off white and lingers for a bit for good rentention though not much lacing.
The aroma is lighter in this saison. It has a pale malt smell with hints of yeast, cloves and spices, all of which are lean and sutle.
In the taste I get some biscuit maltiness, tart lemon juice, pepper, yeast and spices.
It drinks clean dry and crisp on the palate.
A good saison. It's light and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 10:45:46 | More by micromaniac129
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a one finger fizzy white head. Decent head retention thanks to the plentiful carbonation but very little in the way of lacing.

Very bready aroma with orange, clove, and bubblegum. Quite zesty and very appropriate for the style although it does lean quite a bit towards the yeasty/bready side.

The flavor had lots of orange and tangerine up front with yeast and bread. Some lemon and spice in the background before it all fades to a moderate and very dry finish. Seltzer-like carbonation aids in the drying in the finish.

Overall, a decent saison although a bit on the pricey side and lacking the depth of some of the better known Belgian examples. Worth picking up on occasion but would not become a regular staple of mine largely due to the price.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 01:25:43 | More by rangerred
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from BrewDog Edinburgh. Pours a light hazy gold colour, unfiltered with suspended particulate, with light whispy film and lacing.

Smell is full of apple and yeasty lemon, some of the ginger definitely comes through. Quite a fresh grassy floral nature to it, with a slight spice prickle.

Taste is full of lemon, hay, barnyard yeast, slightly funky apple pear fruits with some good yeasty earthy bite to it. Very nicely balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel is light, easily drinkable with a good firm yeastiness to it and citrus character.

A very nice light saison, lot of citrus fruit character with the american hops, and the spices mostly work and dont throw it off kilter. Some earthy and yeasty character comes through, nicely balanced and drinks quite well though it doesn't have the same depth of complexity one would expect from a top class beer of this style. More about refreshment and that is what it provides rather well.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 09:12:57 | More by mick303
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flagmantho

Washington

3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: yellow-golden hue with a bit of haze and a very light effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam. A decent-looking brew!

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a good funk. I can't really tell what the intended spicing is, but it's kind of materializing as the corn-pops character that you get in beers brewed with adjunct maize. It's a sense that doesn't really work.

Taste: a bit of sweetness, a light tartness, a hint of funk and bitterness -- and that little jolt of corn pops. I really can't figure out the spicing, but I doubt this beer has corn in the recipe. It's not bad, but it is a little bit messy and unfocused.

Mouthfeel: light body with a surprising carbonation, given its low level of apparent effervescence. There's actually a good creaminess here.

Overall: this beer is decent, but it just has a little something I don't quite like.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 02:07:02 | More by flagmantho
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into belgian tulip. Pours with big white head and smells of sweet citrus fruit and peel. Tastes fairly thin and doesn't have much of a flavor profile. Even the citrus doesn't really show through. Kind of bummed with this one because I love the green flash barleywine. Might have to pick up another bottle and try it again

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 11:57:26 | More by alaimoa
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prototypic

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saison Diego pours a very light straw color. It’s nice and clear. Unusual for the style. Backlighting brightens it a little and gives it a little more of a gold look. It’s topped with a modest head. It’s white and stands about a finger in height. The bubbles are quite active though, and it holds firm there for quite a while. Lacing was rather thick and sticky. Looks good.

The nose is okay. It’s a little weak in the aromatics department. It does have a prominent earthy, grainy scent that resonates throughout. There are some light fruity notes. Smells like lemon and perhaps a little orange. It is a tad spicy smelling. Belgian yeast might be the contributor. Light clove and pepper are noted. I was expecting some hops, but I’m not getting much. Maybe some grassy variety. Alcohol is very light. Not getting much at all there. Smells alright.

The flavor is about on par with the nose. It’s very earthy and grainy initially and throughout. Belgian yeast does add a spicy note or two. Pepper and light clove mostly. It is a little fruity with a twist from grassy hops. Lemon and light orange fruit flavors are noted. Grassy hops are a nice addition. They’re light, but add a bit of a bitter bite. I honestly expected more in the hops department, but what’s here isn’t bad. Alcohol is buried. Finishes grainy, a little spicy, and grainy.

The body is definitely light. It’s not bad, but feels a bit too thin. Carbonation is active. It’s crisp and refreshing. Certainly easy drinking.

Saison Diego a little surprising. I expected a hopped-up Saison. It’s not that at all. It’s a light, mild mannered Saison that’s not bad. It’s nowhere near competing with the world’s best Saisons, but if you’re looking for a sessionable, pretty tasty Saison – this is a good option.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 02:49:51 | More by prototypic
Green Flash Saison Diego from Green Flash Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.