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Green Flash Saison Diego - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

613 Ratings
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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 16
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

username, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

OregonGrown7, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

secondtooth, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of MattGoose
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

MattGoose, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

BlueMoon10, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

biboergosum, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Kmat10, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

BarryMFBurton, Aug 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

jpaulsen, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

RocksteadyRye, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

IdrinkGas, Aug 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

TrojanRB, Aug 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

HumanParaquat, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

InspectorBob, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

icehawk, Aug 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

kell50, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on pint in a tulip glass

Appearance – The beer is served a light golden yellow color with one finger of foamy white head. The head fades slowly over time leaving a wonderful level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer Is mainly of a citrus lemon and light bready smell mixed with aromas of yeast and a bit of spice of clove and coriander. Along with these aromas are some smells of hay and a bit of a grassy smell mixing with a little bit of a pear and apple sweetness to round out the aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a light biscuit flavor mixed with some flavors of lemon citrus upfront. As the flavor advances, some light yeast tastes greet the tongue. The yeast brings some spice along with it, bringing to the tongue some flavors of clove and coriander. The taste takes on some wheat and light fruit flavors along with a light grassy and earthy flavor at the end of the taste to leave a rather light and crisp flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is very light and thin with a carbonation level that is slightly above average. The body is actually a little too thin for the brew even at its low abv., never really allowing any of the flavors time to linger on the tongue.

Overall – While it was quite light and rather crisp it was a little weak in flavor and a little too watery for a saison for my taste. Just OK.

Darkmagus82, Aug 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

smb71481, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of AdamBear
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

AdamBear, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

gushov, Aug 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

jkermitj, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Jmamay22
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Jmamay22, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

DefenCorps, Aug 04, 2013
Green Flash Saison Diego from Green Flash Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.