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Fearless Fifty | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Trader Joe's 50th anniversary beer.

Brewed with California sweet orange peel and tangy rose hips inspired by the Crown City of Roses. It's malty character is balanced by fruity El Dorado hops.

Added by damzz on 12-29-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,488
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
69
pDev:
8.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

To be fair, it does say that it was best before June 2017. Pours a very hazy golden color with a small foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is good. Floral aroma with some farmhouse yeasts and slight citrus on the back end. Very carbonated up front with some bitterness, followed by the orange peel then the farmhouse yeasts. The farmhouse flavor persists on the aftertaste. Not a bad beer. Somewhat silky at the end. Light to medium bodied.

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Photo of madelf66
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of B_B
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in honor of Trader Joe’s 50th anniversary, as an exclusive for the natural foods chain.

Appearance: Clean golden with a huge white head.

Aroma: Fruit all the way, with a sweet and sour citrus and red fruit nose. Nice.

Taste: Sour fruit up front, with a little hint of bitterness from, presumably, the El Dorado hops. Peppery spice notes come in, too, as this one warms a bit. Solid and quite tasty.

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Photo of tubeyes
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boone757
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light amber, mostly transparent, lots of head.
Smell is fruity citrus with a slight floral note. Taste is similar. Cracker malt, with slight hint of pepper. No real funk and not quite what I was hoping for out of something labeled "saison". No bitterness on finish.
Light and crisp, highly drinkable.
Overall good and a nice light beer for spring but not what I was looking for.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of dbauer
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vabeerguy
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle BB 5/18/17 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp. The beer is bright straw yellow in color with short lived white head. It does retain a cap of head and very sparse lacing. Aroma is predominantly yeast with perhaps a hint of the orange peel and rose hips. Taste is mostly yeast with the orange showing up late possibly mixed with the slight hop profile. Mouthfeel is on target, sharply carbonated and semi dry. Overall, this is a nice take on the style. Still worth picking up a bomber at $3.99 if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light gold with lots of sharp white head. A bit of a yeasty pilsner scent. As it heats up, some soft floral sweetness emerges. Taste is more pilsner than ale, with smooth, salty flavors with minimal hop hit. There is a slight sweetness to the finish from the rose and orange, but it's not that strong. Overall, a fairly average beer considering Green Flash's normal standard.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a beautiful straw color, the slightest bit hazy, bubbly nearly like champagne. Gorgeous beer.

The Saison yeast and orange peel really come through on the nose - a sweet, slightly funky delight. The orange peel is very forward on the taste, and the Saison yeast sits back and guides this in for a very nice landing.

I think Green Flash nailed this - if drink this regularly if it was available in the summer.

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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MickeyHops
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99
Purchased: Feb. 24, 2017
Consumed: Feb. 25, 2017
Reviewed as: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Misc.: Best by June 1, 2017

Not the biggest fan of Green Flash, but had to get it once I saw this was Trader Joe’s 50th anniversary beer. Going into it with guarded optimism. Label calls it a “Saison-Style Ale Brewed with Rose Hips and Sweet Orange Peel.” El Dorado is the main hop as well. Let’s do this.

Poured a medium yellow semi-hazy color with three fingers of rocky white head. Lots of different bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Outstanding sporadic foamy lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled orange peel, coriander, juicy orange, even blood orange, peach, nectarine, grassy malts and some white peppery spices late. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste followed the nose for the most part. Liking this. Getting all those orange flavors, orange peel, blood orange juice, coriander, peach, floral, cloves, white pepper, citrus zest, grass and white crackers. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Citrusy, slightly spicy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Wow. Very good Saison. Much better than I thought. Would be great for the summer. (Overall - 4.00)

4.04 | 90 | A-

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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Fearless Fifty from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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