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Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship BrewGreen Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew

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317 Ratings
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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 21.78%


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

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 08-29-2012)
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A midnight black colored body is accompanied by a mountainous 3 finger goldish-tan head that was absolutely rock steady on the hold. Thick, sloppy spongy patchwork adores the glass.

S: Slight muskiness, barnyard, hay is prominent with a dry grain finish.

T: Flavor is musky chocolate, dry grains and hay with that aforementioned barnyard flair. Dry bitter finish comes with some burnt vegetation and a touch of burnt wood, coal, and earthy soil. Dry barnyard funk, burnt herbaceous hop cones and some coffee with a dash of peppery spice.

M: Mouthful was bitter and dry, medium bodied, burnt touch, barnyard funk and soft carbonation.

O: Overall hard to determine what spices were used. the belgian yeast added some barnyard funk to compliment the dark bitter grain base. Good.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 01:58:25 | More by beerthulhu
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a large tan head.
Nose shows slight roast along with an unmistakable tang and some spice that I can't pick. Interesting.
Same story with the flavours: wierd spices and some roasty malt along with the same tang again.
Carbonation is spot on at least.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 04:41:51 | More by CrazyDavros
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dgilks

Australia

3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Inky balck with a big, rocky, tan head. Great head retention.

Interesting combination of aromas. Roast, earth, pine, juniper, coriander.

Roast dryness and lots of earthy spice. Lightly sweet malt. I don't like the way some of the herbs play in here as it doesn't seem to work.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

An okay beer but the flavours don't seem well integrated to me with the herbal notes just not working.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 08:16:44 | More by dgilks
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BDMao88


1.25/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A -It's very dark with a VERY thick head that is easily 3-4 fingers.

S - A very flat cola smell with a tiny bit of spice.

T - Horrible, this is the first beer I had to pour out it was that bad! I'm really surprised since this brewery makes amazing beer. It has a strange minty/super flat cola taste...it's a bit strange to describe.

M - has a light feel to it

O - I bought this beer twice to make sure I didn't pour it wrong to get the insane head on it or the horrible taste. I do not like this beer at all!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:17:13 | More by BDMao88
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance –Served a black colored brew with a small tan head. The head faded quite fast, leaving a nice amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt mixed with spices of coriander and clove. Some pepper aromas as well as some funky aroma are mixed in as well giving it a odd roasted and funked saison kind of smell.

Taste – The flavor begins with a strong dose of roasted malt mixed with a small amount of a citrus taste. Spices of pepper and clove are rather heavy up front. While the spices dwindle toward the end they remain ever present in the taste. A herbal and grassy flavor comes to the tongue at the middle to the end. These flavors take the taste to its end where a roasted and lightly bittered grass/herb flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was on the medium side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that was average as well. Both were a good compromise for the roasted body of the beer and the more funky and spicy flavors.

Overall – A fairly interesting beer in my opinion. While the flavors don’t meld perfectly at all times they make for an interesting combination and style. While it isn’t one I would go to on any real occasion, it is a good one to try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 00:14:37 | More by Darkmagus82
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep, dark body on the border between black & purple, thick mocha head, sticks around nicely.

Interesting, heavily herbed nose. Can't quite put my finger on exactly what herb this evokes, but it really reminds me Saison du BUFF, I think sage is the dominant note. Throws in a little mint, anise, lime, but yeah, that "other" herbal note is way stronger than any of those. Some fig & floral smells, too. Tough getting at the actual beer through all this, but a pretty unique smell among beers. Ooh, I think I got it - cardamom!

Again, strong herbal & dried flower taste at first, right on the border where fruity turns to flowery. Moves into a mildly roasty, sweet character, which makes for a curious interplay with the floral aspect. Like many ''black'' hybrids, ends with that roasty flavor, but the cardamom lingers.

Both silky & heavy on the tongue at the same time - very smooth & kind of slides right along, but leaves a lot in its wake. Medium-bodied, & that roasty character leaves a slightly ashy feeling.

It took me til halfway through the beer before I realized what it reminded me of: Epic Ales' OTTO-Optimizer, an ale with cardamom & roasted barley. I think this is more balanced than that, but it was fun reliving that crazy rollercoaster of herbs & roast. A unique beer, enjoyed it enough but can't say I'd revisit it a bunch.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 20:17:45 | More by OneDropSoup
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/7/2012. Pours fairly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense dark khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of roasted malt, coriander, clove, pepper, dark chocolate, lime, light smoke, toast, ginger, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Nice and unique aromas with good strength and complexity; lots of spices noted, was hoping for more roasted balance in the nose. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, lime, coriander, clove, sage, pepper, toast, light smoke, ginger, raisin, light coffee, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of roasted malt, toast, coriander, clove, pepper, sage, herbal, light coffee, lime, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Good flavor balance and complexity; with a solid malt/spiciness balance; and minimal cloying spices after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good black saison style. Good balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable and unique offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 05:18:55 | More by superspak
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MEsquandoles

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into bulbous St Feuillien stemmed glass.

Full carbonation with fine bubbles (bottle conditioned).

Aroma is dominated by spice and menthol.

Tastes kinda like bitters and mint chocolate latte, some chai as well. Definitely some Brett in there too. For spices, I'd guess from ginger, eucalyptus, some kind of pepper, cardamom, anise, allspice, or sage, and in the Belgian tradition I'd bet on grains of paradise, coriander, and/or some kind of fruit peel. It's an interesting and complex spice presence, and certainly a strong one.

Slick mouthfeel with dry finish and lingering herbal bitterness. Fairly astringent and somewhat metallic.

Unique for sure, it really grew on me but I'd recommend sharing the bottle. It reminds me of bitters and beer cocktails, which I thoroughly enjoy, so I think that's why I like more than most.

Should be interesting to age.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 06:50:48 | More by MEsquandoles
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nimrod979

Maryland

2.14/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Bottled 7/31/12. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Near black with a tan one finger head. Excellent retention and lacing everywhere.

Aroma: Huge peppery spice, medicinal. Juniper. Roasted malt.

Taste: Shew, where to begin? This beer is a mess of flavors and it's not good. overly spiced, peppery, juniper, coriander, orange peel, ginger? It's too medicinal and leaves a bad flavor in the mouth. Phenolic, slight bitterness (in a bad way) Just an overall mess.

Mouthfeel:Medium bodied with a slightly prickly carbonation. The flavors are too overwhelming to to appreciate any good mouthfeel qualities this beer could offer. Kinda like someone sprayed perfume in my mouth.

Overall: Glad I only bought one of these. Terrible.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 00:12:03 | More by nimrod979
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arizcards

Arizona

2.28/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Picked up a single from Total Wine in mid-November for $2.49.

Beer poured black as night with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is something out of a medicine cabinet with a bit of barnyard funk. The combo is terrible.

Taste is a muddled mess, the barnyard medicine cabinet ruins the beer. In the end the roasted malty hoppy backbone attempts to salvage this brew but cannot pull it off.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of smooth.

Overall this is a bad of beer that i have had in a long time. I don't think i can finish it which says a lot as this rarely happens.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 00:07:36 | More by arizcards
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green Flash Friendship Brew has an enormous, soapy, light brown head and a very dark brown (essentially black) appearance, with brown highlights in evidence on the edges as light hits the glass. Lots of lacing is left behind. The aroma is of spices (white pepper?) and dark bread crust, with an underlying sweetness. Taste is of white pepper, other odd spices of some sort, black bread, and there is a wall of bitterness at the back end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Green Flash Friendship Brew finishes dry, mellow, peculiar, and easy drinking. Overall, even though it’s a strange beer, it’s still quite nice.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 18:43:29 | More by RonaldTheriot
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DavidST

Texas

3.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, unknown bottled date. This pours a pitch black color with a large tan head which has long retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of spices, coriander, cloves, a little coke smells. The feel is medium. The taste is good, high peppery tastes, the spices, some weird bitterness (not quite hop bitterness), like a bitter orange.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 01:30:07 | More by DavidST
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animalchin

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY and was completely enamored. This is from the bottle, purchased at Tasty Beverage Company in Raleigh, North Carolina.

A - Pours a very lively black body, which is assisted by a light tan head.

S - Very sweet, but carries that spiciness of a saison. Picking up some esters as well. Lively pepper, clove, lime, smoke.

T - Take what you know about a saison and a black ale and put it all together. The earthiness and spice of a saison clashes with the malty and bready backbone of a black beer, combining into a beautiful melange.

M - Frothy, creaminess upfront. Moves around nicely.

O - Probably one of my favorite beers of all time thus far, and hopefully available from Green Flash from here on out.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 21:51:36 | More by animalchin
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely tan head and foamage. This thick film of foam lasts for all twelve ounces. Like the oil black color and even some sticky lacing.

Spicey and roasty herbal aromas. Roasted malt acts as the backbone for the herbal spices one would often find in a more standard saison.

Herbal and roasted flavors abound from start to finish. Hints of coffee mixing with chammomile, sage, maybe lavender. Palate is dry and the finish is a bitter herbal flavor. This was a fun and interesting beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 17:34:58 | More by scruffwhor
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Weird nose on this. Can't quite pinpoint it, but it's a wad of spices not very defined. Flavor is kind of the same, though seems like a ton of pepper just heaped on there. It's too much. As far as saison tones, it's hard to get any off here since its so clogged with spices. This beer is not that good. Or at least, not as good as it should be.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 03:49:11 | More by RblWthACoz
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared w/Tim

Enjoyed chilled from a cervoise

A- black w/full thick cream ringlets of lace cling w/ translucent clarity

S-very spicy pine tinged and ginger like tropical earthy nose w/ herbal yeasty blend of scents
M- really spicy w/ highly effervescent and mostly dry feel w/ light bitter and semi tangy yeast feel

T- flavor has slight orange rind w/ mild astringent taste w/ piney hops and roast notes w/ acrid dark roast coffee w/ a tropical yeast which has Belgian earthiness and slight ginger bite w/ mild black tea-like herbal astringency

O- a very tasty dark Saison w/ lots of hops and spice emphasis w/out an abundance of peppery phenolic which is pleasant

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 10:46:35 | More by Slatetank
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KVota

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +51.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap, this beer began by tasting like the St. Feuillien Saison, then it changed to having lemony notes, then it finished with the light chocolate and mouth feel of a porter. I went back to have it 3 or 4 times while the bar near my house had it on tap and I never regreted it. They served it out of a porter glass, which may have enhanced the porter finish...

Had it out of a bottle the other day, after searching for months for somewhere that carried it, and it was bitter. The lemon was over powering, the traditional Belgian saison flavor non-existent, and it had none of the appearance the one on tap had. Looked and tasted like a completely different beer. While I give it a 5 on tap, I'd give it a 1 from the bottle....

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 03:37:18 | More by KVota
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a Belgian-style stemmed tulip glass. Needed aggressive swirling to get all the sediment out of the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance - Almost completely black, with garnet/ruby hue barely perceptible on the edges. If I didn't know better, I'd say it was a glass of cherry cola, with a slightly creamier head. The foam is light beige but denser than soda foam. Foam is sustained by traces of carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass. Moderate lacing

Smell - Some toasted rye, and biscuity malt and hint of floral bouquet. A faint hint of semisweet chocolate but aroma is dominated by medicinal/menthol/alpine overtones.

Taste - Nose expresses hoppy bitterness, but that gives way to fresh soil, earthy undertones and just an echo of that classic barnyard funk that so often comes with the saison style. It's almost not present at all. Perhaps a trace of coriander?

Mouthfeel - silky with a lingering feel on the tongue.

Overall, a beer that I would drink again in the right situation. It's weird and interesting, but there are certainly other beers that I would choose first. It's quirky and, imho, something worth sampling to help train your palette, but not a beer you would just sit down to drink, I don't think.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 08:04:29 | More by LambicPentameter
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dogfishandi

New York

3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at fridge temp. Poured into a snifter. Bottled on 7/31/12.

Pours out pretty much opaque black with a huge, billowy tan colored head. Some really nice lacing and amazing, rocky head retention. Looks great! Very stout like.

Interesting aroma. Floral smelling, reminiscent of roses, with a big scent of smarties candy. A bit of spice. Also some tart aromas which make me think a little bit of Brett is at play.

Follows the aroma, very floral, smarties candy, sweet tarts, some overall tartness. A bit of pepper and hop bitterness in the finish. Hints of spice. Some roasted grain as it warms, expected a lot more just based on the color.

Very light feel, carbonation is up there. Just a touch watery. Becomes creamier as it warms.

Not too bad, a little off at first but it grows on you the more you drink it. Very Saigon like.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 20:36:46 | More by dogfishandi
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Tombomb

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Started out looking like a winner. Nice color and an interesting aroma. The nose was almost medicinal? Then the taste...had a hard time even getting it down. The face I made had the whole group laughing. So much so that they had to "see how bad it was" we all had the same reaction. I think it may have been infected or something. It had a distinct band-aid taste that was very unpleasent. One guy at the bar who was sipping his Sam Adams Winter lager had to ask what was so funny and decided to see how bad it was. We protested that the bartender should warn people before pouring that it was not for everyone. Very disapointed since I usually enjoy the offerings from Green Flash and normally like a saison...

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 22:41:30 | More by Tombomb
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flexabull

California

2.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a big rocky tan head.

Aromas are very floral. Mixture of spices and a note of cola.

Taste is very vegetal. Slight cola sweetness, floral and spice notes and a quite bitter finish. Odd tasting beer for sure.

Mouthfeel is ok, on the thin side.

Overall, blah... Not a fan at all, I finished this but certainly didn't enjoy it. Worst beer I've had from Green Flash by far. Looking back, I think my review was kind, because this wasn't a good beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 19:18:15 | More by flexabull
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CA_Infidel2o9


2.08/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber to a Tulip

A- jet black, 2" long lasting fluffy khaki head

S- mint, herbs, spices, black licorice, citrus

T- follows the nose in a horrible way with added funky hops and a metallic twang

M- watery, average carbonation

O- looked nice, smell was interesting, drain pour...

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 01:26:01 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
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babayaga

Nebraska

3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- As poured, 3-finger light brown head. Very lasting &
excellent lace. Black, almost opaque. I actually tried to shine some light through it and it blocked it all out.

Aroma- Big. Mint, medicinal, herbal, you can smell the funk.

Taste- That minty flavor transforms a bit with the roastiness, but it's still in-your-face. Much rounder in flavor than I would suspect from the aroma. Nice light acidic tang, slight clove and ~allspice background.

Mouthfeel-light to medium creamy body. Moderate carbonation. It's just very-interesting.

I didn't think that I would enjoy it as much as I am. I would definitely drink it again on a cool saturday afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 21:25:39 | More by babayaga
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark cola brown out of the bottle and turns black in the glass. There is a thick, light tan head that dissipates very slowly. There is plenty of lacing left behind on the glass as the head dissipates. The aroma of Brett hits the nose up front. There's citrus, roasted malt, and some other spices as well. It definitely conjures up memories of Rayon Vert. Dark roasted malt and those spices hit up front along with that farmhouse yeast. More of the citrus comes out as I sip it. The hops don't really show up very much here. The roasted malts add some of that bitterness you would expect. The flavors are unique. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry. This is a decent beer that's worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 03:06:59 | More by acevenom
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Lost Abbet chalice.

A- pours black with a 2" dark tan head. Blotches of bubbles and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- roast, lemon zest, peppercorns, more spices

T- sweet roasted malts, light dark fruits, and then just a overpowering mix of spices and citrus that just do not work for me.

M- medium body and high carbonation. Dry tingling feel.

O- this beer just doesn't work. The spices and dark malts lend for a mess of peppery, citrus, and some sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 00:10:22 | More by kawilliams81
Green Flash / St. Feuillien Friendship Brew from Green Flash Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.